Primary Schools Outreach Events Autumn 2020


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October

06 October: Science Assemblies, Haywards Primary School, Crediton, Devon

The two year 6 classes of Miss Hannah Down and Miss Kat Cousins enjoyed shortened performances of the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' given by Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze. 56 pupils and 2 teachers enjoyed the performances.

Excerpt from School's newsletter:

Y6 were very fortunate to have a surprise visit from Bristol University outreach team on Tuesday. Tim and Jonny delivered an interactive assembly to each of the year six classes. The children were engaged throughout the assembly, learning about aspects of chemistry within their world. The demonstrations were very visual and fascinated the children, pushing their thinking and questioning. It is always a wonderful experience to have scientists working with the children, who can give them opportunities that are not available in the usual primary school science lessons. We would like to thank Tim and Jonny, who have been working with Hayward's for over ten years, for making arrangements in a short space of time to enable the Y6 children to have this amazing experience. I think it is also a credit to Hayward's that, despite the difficulties we face through the restrictions of COVID, we continue to provide the children with opportunities and experiences which will make their learning memorable.

'Many thanks once more for the time and effort that you give to Haywards. You are always wanting to give children the best opportunities, going above and beyond. Many thanks.' Ruth Dixon, Deputy Head. Comment from a parent to the school: 'Just wanted to say thank you for organising today's Science workshop – [named pupil] absolutely loved it! It was a shame they couldn't go to the Uni as usual, but this was the next best thing.'

The visit, delayed from earlier in the year due to Lockdown, was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the RSC through the Bristol and District Section.

September

25 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, Richard Taylor Church of England Primary School, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice to two bubbles of Year 4 pupils and their 2 teachers during the morning. The assemblies were zoom broadcast to Years 3-6 classes in the school and to two other schools.

In terms of schools watching live there was Woodfield Primary School, Richard Taylor Primary CofE School and Pannal Primary School. Richard Taylor Primary CofE School had 5 classes in total. 2 Year 4 classes in the hall (31 children in each class) and 91 children from Richard Taylor Primary School watching remotely. Pannal had 34 children watching and Woodfield 26 in their schools.

Teacher Feedback:

"It was fantastic to see how engaged the children were. It helped me to address many misconceptions and equip me with the correct scientific language to use in the future. I'll be using colourless from now on." "They were inspiring! The children were so fortunate to experience such a mesmerising session. They made many difficult concepts understandable and accessible."

Feedback from Children:

"That was amazing!" "I've never seen anything like that before" "Science is so cool!" "I understand what a solid, liquid and gas is with water but didn't think that different things are solid, liquid and gas at different temperatures"

'Since your show we signposted out parents and the other Ogden schools to you pre-recorded session. Grove Road School said they are planning to watch this next term. Many of our children watched again with parents at home. Both the teachers in the hall with classes have said they will refer back to your video when they are doing solids, liquids and gases in the summer term. Thank you so much for your visit. I asked the children on Friday (2 months later) what they remembered about the session and it was loads! Testimony to how memorable it was.' -Emma Crissell

Bristol ChemLabS worked with new PSTT College Fellow Emma Crisell (and Deputy Headteacher) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a national programme of events.

24 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, Hilderthorpe Primary School, Bridlington East Riding of Yorkshire

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a Year 4 cohort of 55 children and 2 of their teachers. 4 classes of Year 5 and 6 (~100 children) saw the live feed. A 10 min Q&A session followed. This was an afternoon event. Bristol ChemLabS worked with new PSTT College Fellow Molly Fletcher (in her former school) and Gail Pugh in the organisation of this event.

'Thank you again for a lovely afternoon. Thoroughly enjoyed the gassy assembly/science show! Tim was a very competent/confident deliverer to the children - was pitched well, made fun and made relevant to everyday life and our AIR! Was very informative, exciting and held many facts that Y4 children will draw from when we finally study Gases/Liquids etc. We have plenty photos and now diary writing to refer back to. Quotes from children - the balloons popping were thunderous... - it was so exciting and interesting... - Tim looked like a scientist in his lab coat and goggles - loved the elephant foam experiment - just like on You Tube! - I was scared but excited at the same time Very good all round and thank you from us all.' Gail Pugh

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a national programme of events.

24 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, Mountbatten Primary School, Hull, Humberside

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice to 2 cohorts of children classes and their teachers during the morning. 100 pupils in Years 5 and 6, with 5 teachers seeing the assembly live.

'Thank you so much for the show today. The children and staff absolutely loved it! They were all desperate to come and tell me their favourite parts and what they'd learnt I think they will remember this for a long time to come and you inspired some of them to want to become chemists. Here are their comments: Y6- It was really cool, I loved the exploding balloon. I learnt that when you cool particles down they become more compact. - I learnt chemical changes can be reversible or irreversible - I want to be a science technician when I'm older. I learnt that Helium isn't the only gas that makes a balloon float Y5- I liked the clouds going across the floor. I learnt some gases are explosive. -It was amazing! I liked the flaming balloons. I've got a lot of jobs I'd like to do on my list but now I've added Chemist too. Y4- I liked it when the balloon got smaller and grew again -I learnt Nitrogen is so cold it would injure you -I liked the balloon explosion and shaking the wee. Y3- It was fun. I loved all the bangs. My favourite part was the volcano of foam. I learnt the names of some gases like Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen -It was fun. I liked the changing colours best. I would like to be a Chemist when I'm older -It was really exciting. I loved the foam because I've seen it on TV before. I learnt there are lots of types of gases- one is called Nitrogen -The explosions were very funny, they were my favourite. I learnt that some gases can explode.' 'Thank you so much for coming all this way to see us and I hope you also had a lovely afternoon at Hilderthorpe.' -Molly Fletcher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with new PSTT College Fellow Molly Fletcher (now a peripatetic Science Teacher) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a national programme of events.

23 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, St Johns CE(A) Primary School, Trent Vale, Stoke, Staffs

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to two bubbles of Year 4 pupils and their 2 teachers during the afternoon.

'Thank you so much for coming in to do the assembly, the children absolutely loved it and have gone home very excited to tell their parents all about it. It was great to see the demonstrations - the children have certainly seen things this afternoon that it would not have been possible to show them with our limited resources in school. Based on this snap shot we would definitely recommend your assembly to anyone, and have you back in a heartbeat. One child said that he was excited to see a 'real scientist' as we don't have them in school.... more work to be done here I think!' -Vicky Peak, Science Lead

Bristol ChemLabS worked with new PSTT College Fellow Vicky Peake in the organisation of this event. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a national programme of events.

17 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, St Peter-in-Thanet CE Junior School, Broadstairs, Kent

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze each performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice to 4 'bubbles' totalling 364 children in Years 3-6 and 20 staff. This was the most easterly school that Bristol ChemLabS has ever visited in the UK! Bristol ChemLabS worked with new PSTT College Fellow Nathan Williams in the organisation of this event.

'The children and staff of St Peter's had the fantastic opportunity to meet Professor Tim and Dr Johnny in an exciting assembly about gases in the air. All the children were thoroughly engaged and wowed by the science they saw before them. It was great to see the faces of the children and the staff when the hydrogen balloon exploded and they have not stopped talking about it since. It has promoted science in the school and I overheard a number of children saying that they wanted to be a scientist when they grew up (comment made by year 3 children). The questions that the children asked and the discussions that we have had since about science have been amazing and there is a real 'buzz' about science in the school!' -Nathan Williams, Science Coordinator

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a national programme of events.

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