Primary Schools Outreach Events Summer 2019


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July

12 July: PSTT Science Assembly, Morice Town Primary Academy, Devonport, Plymouth, Devon

Tim Harrison visited this primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 125 pupils in Years 2-6 and 5 teachers during the afternoon. This assembly was part of a science competition prize for primary schools in Devon won by Morice Town Primary. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Paul Twynam (science teacher) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) as part of a nationwide project.

09 July: Science Day Workshops and Assembly for Year 4, Holymead Primary School, Brislington, Bristol

Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 180 Year 3 and 4 pupils and 9 teachers at this local school. This was followed by 3 hour-long slime workshops for all 90 Year 4 pupils. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nikki Holland in the organisation of the event. The event was partly sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol. The chemists assisting Jonny Furze with the workshops were Mary Jenkinson Finch and Eliza Hunt.

05 July: PSTT Science Assembly, Callington Primary School, Callington, N.Cornwall

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 8 of their teachers during the afternoon.

'KS2 (and year 2) were thoroughly entertained and educated on Friday afternoon by our special science assembly. There was a nervous and excited buzz throughout the whole hall as we entered to see balloons, gases, and all sorts of dangerous looking potions and chemicals. The children were thoroughly captivated by the engaging (and very humorous) manner of Tim who spoke with confidence, clarity and passion about his subject. It was especially brilliant that often he would make the children aware of who he was aiming his information or questions at (e.g. Year 2 and 3 - that means that one in every 5 breaths is oxygen. Year 6 - that's a lie. It's not 20% of the air that is oxygen it's 21%!) The bangs, colour changing chemicals, mysterious smoke and enormous growing foam earned lots of 'ooh's, 'ahh's and squeals from children from all age groups. As a bonus, I think the adults in the room were just as entertained and left feeling a little more knowledgeable too! ' KS2 teacher.

 “In the science assembly on Friday, I enjoyed many aspects: the explosive and non-explosive gases inside the balloons, the foam explosion, where there was a gas turned into a liquid and where he turned some coloured liquid into a different colour( by shaking the bottle) and then it went through a series of alternate colours back to its original colour . The assembly was extremely fascinating; I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to see or try some of the experiments again.”  Year 6 pupil.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with the science lead Tamara Hume and Ed Walsh (Cornwall Education science consultant) in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This is one of several such events in the region during the two-day visit and is part of a nationwide project.

02 July: PSTT Science Assembly, Gwinear Community Primary School, Hayle, S. Cornwall

Jonny Furze presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 55 pupils in Years 3-6 and their 5 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the science lead Kerry Austin and Ed Walsh (Cornwall Education science consultant) in the organisation of this event. This school was to host nearby Marazion School but, sadly, they had to cancel the day before. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This is one of several such events in the region during the two-day visit and is part of a nationwide project.

01 July: PSTT Science Assembly, Weeth Community Primary School, Cambourne S. Cornwall

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 190 pupils in Years 2-6 and 14 of their teachers during the afternoon.

'Thank you so much for an incredible afternoon. The look of awe and wonder on the children (and staff's) faces was incredible to see. It was all they could talk about when getting ready at the end of the day and were bursting to tell their parents. The demonstrations were spectacular and engaged all children. The discussions were child friendly and kept a great pace and energy. We are so grateful and thankful for such a great experience for our children. Thank you.' Emily Winson

Bristol ChemLabS worked with the science lead Emily Winson and Ed Walsh (Cornwall Education science consultant) in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the region during the two-day visit and is part of a nationwide project.

01 July: PSTT Science Assembly, Heamoor Community Primary School, Heamoor, S. Cornwall

Tim Harrison presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 114 pupils in Years 2-4 & 6 and to 7 of their teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the science lead Jo Shields and Ed Walsh (Cornwall Education science consultant) in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the region during the two-day visit and is part of a nationwide project.

June

21 June: Science Assembly, The Mead Community Primary School, Hilperton, Trowbridge, BANES

Tim Harrison visited this academy school to perform the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 250 pupils in Years 5 and 6 from the local consortium of primary schools, during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Neil Griffiths (STEM Lead) in the organisation of this event. The schools attending were Castle Mead School, River Mead School, The Mead Community Primary School and The Mead Teaching School. The visit was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

20 & 21 June: Science Assembly, Copthorne Junior School & Fairway Infant School, Copthorne, W. Sussex

Alison Rivett returned to these two schools to give demonstration assemblies as part of the Infant School's Science Week.  The 150 Reception & KS1 pupils and 240 KS pupils all enjoyed the colourful colour changes and amazing reactions they saw in the 'Chemical Rainbow' presentation.

Afterwards the Head Teacher at Copthorne Juniors said “Thank you very much indeed for joining us this week and leading such an exciting science assembly. The children loved it!”o:p>

The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

14 June: Science Assembly, Cam Everlands Primary School, Dursley, Gloucs

Tim Harrison and Jonny visited this state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 170 pupils in Years 2-6 and 8 teachers during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Sue Avis (Headteacher) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

11 June: EDF and Chilton Trinity Primary Science & Maths Day, Chilton Trinity School, Bridgwater Somerset

A Bristol ChemLabS team comprising Tim Harrison, Jonny Furze and Mary Jenkinson- Finch provide two circuses of practical experiments for 67 Year 5 pupils from 4 local primary schools during the morning. In the afternoon Tim Harrison presented the chemistry demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to all 67, plus 6 teachers and 4 Year 10 students from the host school.

'As always fantastic feedback from schools on the way out - students all engaged and really enjoying the opportunity to do proper science. Teachers also appreciative of the opportunity to see and do real science compared to what their own resources allow. Once again many thanks for the energy and enthusiasm you put into the day - it always amazes me that each time it is just as exciting.' Paul Cadmore, Organiser (Chilton Trinity).

The local schools attending were Eastover Primary School, Westover Green Primary School, Puriton Primary School and Northgate Primary School.

The event was sponsored via EDF Energy's 'Inspire' programme.

10 June: Science Assembly, Watermore Primary School, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this rural school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 240 pupils in Years 2-6 and 9 teachers during the afternoon.

'Thank you for your visit to school last week – you certainly left an impression on the children (and staff) as they are still all talking about what they saw during your assembly. It was lovely – he had the children totally engaged. It was [potentially] dangerous but fun and the children came back quoting their favourite parts and what they had learnt.' Jacqui Powell (Senco)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Janet Hoyle (Headteacher) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

09 June: 'A Pollutant's Tale: Special Edition', Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC), EICC ,Edinburgh, Scotland

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, concluded the 3-day international primary science conferences with a performance of the well-known lecture demonstration on climate change. 200 international delegates enjoyed the performance.

'……. thank you very much for the Pollutants Tale - it was a brilliant presentation.'

Pauline Roger (PSTT College Fellow).

'I am so excited after watching your show at PSEC. It was amazing!' Julie Neil (PSTT College Fellow).

The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

08 June: 'Gases in the Air', Children's Conference, Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC), EICC, Edinburgh, Scotland

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, performed a special version of the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' for 90 primary students and 18 teachers who were presenting their work at the teaching conference.

'Many thanks for your brilliant contribution to the Children's Conference at PSEC. It was a massive hit with the pupils and teachers that were present.' Robbie Taylor

The 14 schools present were Corpus Christi Primary (Glasgow), Cromarty Primary (Highlands), Rowantree Primary School (Dundee), West Jesmond Primary School (Newcastle), Crookfur Primary School (E Renfrew), Richard Taylor CE Primary (Harrogate), Isle of Wild Kids (home educated, Glasgow), St Thomas' Primary (West Lothian), Dalmally Primary School (Argyll & Bute), Humbie Primary School (West Lothian), Allans Primary School (Stirling), Bowmore and Port Ellen Primary Schools (Argyll & Bute), St Leonard's Primary School (S Lanarkshire) and Mearns Primary (E Renfrew).

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Robbie Taylor in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

06 June: PSTT Science Assemblies, Linlithgow Primary School, Edinburgh, West Lothian, Scotland

Tim Harrison visited this school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for senior primary pupils. 300 pupils in Years (English) 2-7 and 14 teachers enjoyed the event.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Deputy Head teacher and PSTT College member Robbie Taylor in the organisation of this event which is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). The PSTT International Primary Science Conference was also in Edinburgh this week.

May

24 May: PSTT Science Assembly, St Anne's Roman Catholic Primary School, Crumpsall, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 240 pupils in Years 3-6 and to 15 their teachers during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with science lead and new PSTT College member Lianne Clegg in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the region during the two-day visit.

23 May: PSTT Science Assembly, Lowerplace Primary School, Kingsway, Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 330 pupils in Years 3-6 and 31 teachers during the afternoon.

'The Gases in the Air science assembly delivered by Tim was a massive success and fascinated both the children and teachers. The children said it was the 'best assembly ever' and even staff said they 'loved science' after the assembly. The science content of the assembly was explained clearly, so that children from Year 3 to Year 6 understood and engaged with it. Tim captured everyone's interest with the fantastic practical demonstrations and ensured that the children were aware of the correct scientific vocabulary when explaining the demonstrations. He ensured that children and adults left the assembly with a much better understanding of gases, states of matter and reversible/irreversible changes. It was a brilliant show and I'm very excited to hopefully have you with us in Rochdale for the Great Science Share 2020.' Chris Lowe Bristol

ChemLabS worked with science lead and new PSTT College member Cristopher Lowe in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the region during the two-day visit.

22 May: PSTT Science Assembly, Fairway Primary School, Offerton, Stockport, Cheshire

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 220 pupils in Years R-2 and 4-6 and 12 of their teachers during the afternoon.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead and PSTT College member Louise Bousfield in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the region during the two-day visit.

22 May: PSTT Science Assembly, Great Moor Infant School, Great Moor, Stockport, Cheshire

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 80 pupils in Years 2 and 3 teachers during the morning.  

'Safe to say that it was a fantastic event!  All our Y2 children were utterly mesmerised by the visual 'science' on show.  But it's worth noting that they were also completely engaged with the underpinning narrative.  The spectacular wasn't just seen, it was understood.  The children have been highly enthused when recounting the different parts of the show in school and also to their parents too.  We have had super feedback through different communication platforms as parents feedback their children's enthusiasm and lust for more!  I would highly recommend the show and am actively looking at options to support another/regular visits!' Toby Tyler

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science lead and PSTT College member Toby Tyler in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the region during the two-day visit.

22 May: PSTT Science Assembly, Moorpark Junior School, Stoke, Staffs

Tim Harrison presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 250 pupils in Years 3-6 and 21 of their teaching staff during the morning.

'Thank you so much again for Wednesday - you are truly inspirational (I heard staff and children saying that you should go on Britain's got talent!!! 😂)' Headteacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science lead and PSTT College member (and Head Teacher) Karen Peters in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in England this week.

22 May: PSTT Science Assembly, Priory C of E Primary School, Trentham, Stoke, Staffs

Jonny Furze presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 190 pupils in Years 3-6 and to 16 of their teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS work with science lead and PSTT College member Julie Clarke in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in England this week.

21 May: PSTT Science Assemblies, Highlands Primary School, Ilford, Redbridge, London

Both Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze spent the afternoon in London working with PSTT College member Vanessa Seehra delivering 2 simultaneous science assemblies on the topic of 'Gases in the Air' at this state primary school. One assembly was for Years 2-3, the other pupils in Years 4-6. A total of 450 pupils and 23 staff enjoyed the events.

There was a great explanation about the role of scientists and Johnny unpicked the meaning of words used in Science, e.g. freezing, boiling, colourless” Miss Kara, Year 3

"One of the most exciting assemblies the children have seen! Mr Harrison was so energetic and funny and had all the children so engaged. The experiments were great!" Mrs Qureshi, Year 4

"The science assembly was the best assembly I've ever seen!" Year 4 pupil

The live experiments with dangerous chemicals were amazing.” Year 6 pupil 

Such visits form part of a series of assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) taking place across the UK.

20 May: Science Assembly, Bromley Heath Junior School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS, in the form of Jonny Furze, returned to this north Bristol school (for the seventh time) to again kick off their Science Week with a demonstration assembly on the theme of 'Gases in the Air'. The 240 KS2 children and their 7 teachers were, as always, excited to see such an assembly.

'I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank Jonny for the fabulous and engaging assembly this week.  The children absolutely loved it and lots of them have said it was the best part of the week. I couldn't run a science week without the help of ambassadors such as yourselves and therefore appreciate your time and effort -it was brilliant.'  Helen Gabler

Bristol ChemLabS is working with teacher Helen Gabler in the organisation of this event. The visit is partial sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

17 May: Science Assemblies, Minehead Middle School, Minehead, Somerset

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, again visited this school to perform the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 150 Year 6 pupils and 8 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Emily Wishart of West Somerset Council and teachers Gavin Fry (Science Curriculum Coordinator) in the organisation of this event.

'Just a quick email to thank you for once again visiting Minehead Middle School again this year. My colleagues and I really do appreciate the journey you make. The way you express your knowledge, love and understanding of chemistry really is wonderful to see, and each year you really do inspire our children.' Gavin Fry

The visit was sponsored by EDF Energy and was one of two visits in the area during the day.

17 May: Science Assemblies, Danesfield CofE School, Williton, Taunton, Somerset

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, again visited this school to perform the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 76 Year 6 pupils and 6 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Emily Wishart of West Somerset Council and teachers Mark James (teacher) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by EDF Energy and was one of two visits in the area during the day.

03 May: Science Assembly, Rowanfield Junior and Infants Schools, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, Gloucs

Jonny Furze visited this school so that pupils could enjoy, the now infamous, assembly on 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 250 pupils in Years 2-6 and 15teachers were delighted by the performance. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Deputy Headteacher Siona Swan, and Science Leads Megan Hill and Chris Tookey in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance and was one of 4 in the area this week.

03 May: Science Assembly, Springbank Primary Academy, Cheltenham, Gloucs

Jonny Furze visited this school so that pupils in Years 2-6 could enjoy, the now infamous, assembly on 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 230 pupils in Years 2-6 and 12 teachers were delighted by the performance. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Leads Helen Brown and Matt Human in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance and was one of 4 in the area this week.

02 May: Science Assembly, Badsey First School, Badsey, Evesham, Worcs

Jonny Furze visited this school so that pupils could enjoy, the now infamous, assembly on 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 100 pupils in Years 2-6 and 5 teachers were delighted by the performance. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Headteacher Jon Moss in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance and was one of 4 in the area this week.

02 May: Science Assembly, Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, Gloucs

Jonny Furze visited this school so that pupils in Years 2-6 could enjoy, the now infamous, assembly on 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 330 pupils in Years 2-6 and 20 teachers were delighted by the performance. Bristol ChemLabS is worked with Science Lead Keir Jones in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance and was one of 4 in the area this week.

01 May: PSTT Science Assembly, Westgate Primary School, Morecombe, Lancs

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this Lancashire school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for senior pupils at a PSTT school during the morning. 330 pupils in Years 3-6 and 19 teachers enjoyed the spectacle.

'Today's Science assembly was a great opportunity for our children to help bring some of the more abstract concepts of Science to life in a way which we as class teachers cannot do.  The children were enthralled and excited to see a range of whizz, bangs and pops and find out more about the science behind them.  Teachers were armed with the knowledge to go back to class and discuss with the children the different things they had seen and how they fit in with the Science learning that has been taking place in the classroom.  The children and teachers loved the assembly and certainly went away from it with a fresh love for Science.'  Lisa Newton

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Mentor Michelle Grimshaw and PSTT College Mentor Lisa Newton (Class 4 Teacher) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a nationwide outreach project.

April

30 April: PSTT Science Assembly, St Monica's Catholic Primary School, Pollok, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this Glaswegian school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air to 336 primary pupils in (English) Years 107. 15 primary teachers were also in attendance.

'Tim delivered his incredibly informative, educational, engaging, mesmerising, jaw dropping, all-round-AWESOME Chemical Changes workshop for our 360 pupils yesterday afternoon.  For the majority of our pupils, they have never, and may never again, see anything that brings science to life in such a visually engaging way!  The unsurpassable wonder and awe which was experienced during the presentation and will no doubt continue to reverberate within the walls of St Monica's and within minds of our pupils for a long time to come.

By relating everything in the presentation to the air we breathe, Tim made the subject matter instantly accessible to all pupils regardless of age and stage.  His anecdotes and incredible wealth of knowledge ensured that a plethora of scientific facts and vocabulary were shared with pupils and many common myths and misconceptions were dispelled.  The feedback from pupils and staff alike is a testament to just how unique and beneficial Tim's presentation is.'  Nicola Roberts  

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nicola Roberts (Principal Teacher) and PSTT College member) in the organisation of this event which is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

30 April: PSTT Science Assembly, Mearns Primary School, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, East Renfrewshire

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for senior pupils at this state school during the morning. 400 Pupils in (English) Years 4-7 and 20 teachers enjoyed the show.

“The assembly was excellent, a brilliant mix of exciting practical, informative chat and funny anecdotes meant the children were fully engaged throughout.” Primary 6 teacher.

“It was perfectly pitched for the pupils who were there. The level of interactivity and excitement was just right to keep them totally engaged.”  Primary 5 teacher.

“The children are still talking about it now! They found it really exciting and interesting and are still able to remember lots of what they were taught.”  Primary 4 teacher.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Paul Tyler in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and was part of a nationwide outreach project.

29 April: Science Assemblies, Stane Primary School, Shotts, Mid Lothian Scotland

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 100 senior pupils (English Years 3-7) and 5 teachers during the morning.

'Tim Harrison presented the assembly 'Gases in the air' to our P3-7 pupils this morning. The STEM programme to raise awareness in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Maths is a pivotal programme in engaging children at an early age. Our aim at Stane Primary School is to Raise Attainment for all our pupils.  For them to have the opportunity to witness real-life scientists performing chemistry experiments, is an experience that will enrich their learning and perhaps create the spark for some of them to study science in the future.

What an excellent experience for everyone involved. Both children and adults were captivated for the entire assembly. The assembly was very visual and enthralled the entire audience, they left the hall buzzing. The Head Teacher commented on the buzz of electricity and excitement that the children projected. As one child said “It was very inspirational, and I would consider becoming a scientist. It was interesting learning about different types of chemicals It was so cool and exciting.”

'Thank you once again for taking the time to visit our school and present your assembly to our children. They really did have a fantastic time.' Karen White

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Karen White (teacher) in the organisation of this event which was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) as part of a nationwide programme.

23 April: Science Assembly, Cornwood School, Cornwood, Ivybridge, Devon

Tim Harrison visited this small, rural Devonian school. to perform a morning science assembly to pupils in Years 1-6. 77 pupils and 4 of their teachers enjoyed the, now infamous, assembly on 'Gases in the Air' during the morning.

'You have managed to wow our children and staff.  There have been so many great science questions and talk about science today that people are amending their planning to capitalise on this. 

The staff were really impressed with the amount of scientific language used throughout and how children's misconceptions were addressed in such a fun way without the children even realising – this is a definite learning point for the teachers!

Having spoken with some children the thing that has struck me the most is their realisation that science is fun.  Within the primary setting it is not always easy to get the wow moments.  As a federation we are in the process of re-writing our curriculum and this has given us some inspiration for the development of science teaching within our federation.  Thanks again for coming to such as small school!' Emma  Newman (SENCO).

Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

23 April: PSTT Science Assembly, Modbury Primary School, Modbury, Devon

Tim Harrison visited this rural school to perform an afternoon science assembly to 130 pupils in Years 2-6 and to 5 of their teachers.

'Thanks for the fantastic science show.  It was a real hit.  Here is the paragraph I wrote for our newsletter:

'Science Spectacular

On Tuesday, years 2 to 6 were treated to a fantastic science show, delivered by Professor Tim Harrison from the University of Bristol.  We won the show a few months ago and had saved it up to tie in with the science week that we celebrated at the end of last term.  As well as learning lots about the chemistry of the gases in the air we breathe, we saw liquids change colour spontaneously, watched slime and foam appear from nowhere and witnessed a lot of small (controlled!) explosions.

The show was really exciting, at times shocking and overall very entertaining.

Finn, in year 3, wowed Professor Harrison with his knowledge of the gases in photosynthesis and Tom, in year 6, surprised him with his understanding of the gases in air.  Everyone was a bit bamboozled about the colour of Nitrogen?  Can you remember what it was?  Or can you remember what you call something with no smell?' Katharine Pemberton

Bristol ChemLabS worked with new PSTT College member Katharine Pemberton in the organisation of this event. Such assemblies are sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and form part of a nationwide project of visits. This visit was one of two in the same postcode today.

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