Primary Schools Outreach Events Spring 2020


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16 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Countess Gytha Primary School, Queen Camel, Yeovil, Somerset

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 70 pupils in Years 3-6 and 4 staff from this new school build during the afternoon. 'Thank you so much for such an engaging and informative assembly. The children and staff were buzzing and several parents mentioned it during our parents evening this evening. There has been a very positive excitement around science which is great to see.' Katrina Halford Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Katrina Halford 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.

13 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Dovecote Primary School, Clifton, Nottingham

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' at this shire school during the afternoon. 270 pupils in Years 2-6, 9 teachers and a school governor enjoyed the performance. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Tracey Barton 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.

13 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Wygate Park Academy, Spalding, Lincs

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' at this new school during the morning. 180 Wygate pupils in Years 2-6 were joined by 100 KS2 pupils from neighbouring Gosberton Academy. 'Thanks again to you and Johnny for today. The kids absolutely loved it - and the adults too!' Craig Early Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow (and Headteacher) Craig Early 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.

12 March: PSTT Science Assembly, St. Bede's RC Primary School Usworth, Washington, Tyne and Weir

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' at this state primary school during the morning. 150 Year 2-6 pupils and 6 teachers enjoyed the event. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Victoria Raynor 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.

12 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Acre Rigg Academy, Peterlee, County Durham

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' at this County Durham school during the afternoon. 150 Year 3-6 pupils and 5 teachers enjoyed the event. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow (and Deputy Headteacher) Nicola Mayo 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.

11 March: PSTT Science Assemblies, King Edward Primary School, North Shields, Tyne and Weir

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, revisited this cluster school to perform a version of the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 310 Year 2-6 primary pupils and 12 teachers during the afternoon. These were joined by 20 Year 7 students and 2 teachers from the nearby John Spence Community High School. 'The children and staff absolutely loved the science show and found all of the experiments extremely engaging. The children found out about lots of interesting facts about gases. Professor Harrison shared many experiments that were linked to National Curriculum and it has encouraged staff to try some of these experiments with the pupils they teach. Thanks again for another amazing show!' Science Lead Bristol ChemLabS will be worked with PSTT College Fellow (and cluster lead) Hannah Osueke in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of 5 such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for the cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

10 March 2020: Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemLabS was pleased to visit this new primary school for the first time as part of their National Science Week celebrations. The 280 Year 1-5 pupils gave Alison Rivett's 'Gases In The Air' Demonstration Assembly a very attentive and enthusiastic reception. Alison and postgraduate chemists Mary Okoh, Eliza Hunt and Makenzie Millward then delivered two hands-on workshops for the 50 Year 5's. Each class enjoyed making Slime, timing their Iodine Clocks and investigating a Mystery Acid. Afterwards the Science Coordinator, James Burley said 'The children had such a fantastic time. The three practicals were a brilliant exposure to a level of science they've never seen before and they loved it. The assembly went down a storm too!'

11 March: PSTT Science Assemblies, St Mary's RC Primary School, Cullercoats, North Shields, Tyne and Wear

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze visited, this PSTT cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 150 Year 2-6 primary pupils, 6 teachers and an OfSTED inspector during the morning. 'Staff feedback: I loved the science assembly. I think the gentleman had all children's attention with his science and anecdote fill in. All children who I spoke to afterwards absolutely loved the workshop and for lots of different reasons not just the hydrogen balloon. I think it has intrigued lots of children about science which can only be a positive thing. Maybe as a school see if we can incorporate some of his experiments in class and then learn the science behind them, if it fits curriculum of course. The boy who took part and his class (Year 5) loved his involvement and his bravery lighting hydrogen was referred to when asking him to undertake a class activity. Bring him back next year!' 'It was great. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and were talking about it out on the yard. There was a real buzz about science.' 'I was intrigued as well as the children! It was age appropriate and different classes were told different facts in a light hearted way. Year 6 loved getting the more accurate information.' Puipl comment: 'I want to teach kids around the world to give them the chance to find a career when they are older.' Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Hannah Osueke and local science teacher Joanna Willits in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of 5 such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

10 March: Chemistry Workshop, Westbury on Trym CofE Academy, Bristol

Duncan Wass (Cardiff and Bristol) gave a chemistry demonstration assembly to 120 pupils and teachers in Years 2 and 3 at this local school. He also spent 30 mins answering the questions the pupils had to do with chemistry. The event was sponsored by Bristol ChemLabS Outreach.

10 March: PSTT Science Assemblies, Holystone Primary School, Holystone, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Jonny Furze visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of Year 2-6 primary pupils during the afternoon. 'We have thoroughly enjoyed the Science assembly this afternoon, thank you very much. The children are very excited about Science and chemistry and have learnt lots of new knowledge about gases.' Anna Heginbottom. Bristol ChemLabS will be worked with PSTT College Fellow Hannah Osueke and local science teachers Anna Heignbottom and Julie Partrdride in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of 5 such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

10 March: PSTT Science Assemblies, Amberly Primary School, Killingworth, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this PSTT cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 270 Year 2-6 primary pupils and 10 of their teachers during the morning. 'First of all, many thanks for coming to our school on the Monday morning and delivering the amazing assembly 'Gases in the Air' for the children in KS2. The staff and children alike loved the Science assembly during British Science Week. All the children from Year 2 to Year 6 were engaged during the assembly and especially enjoyed the loud explosions and the practical element to the assembly. The assembly was very well pitched considering the age difference of the children. I'm a Year 6 teacher and straight after the assembly I could hear the children chattering about wanting to be a scientist now, about how 'cool' that scientist was, about how amazing those liquids were and wasn't those bangs awesome? I feel that all the children displayed enjoyment during the assembly therefore promoting the love of science across the school that we have here at Amberley- there was definitely a 'buzz' after the assembly!' Lauren Morrison Bristol ChemLabS working with PSTT College Fellow Hannah Osueke and local science teachers Michelle Nichols and Lauren Morrison in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of 5 assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This event forms part of a nationwide project.

09 March: PSTT Science Assemblies, Esh Winning Primary School, Esh Winning, County Durham

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a total audience of 220 Year 2-6 primary pupils followed by a shorter science demonstration for reception and Year 1 pupils (40). Altogether 15 teachers saw the demonstrations during the morning. 'Many thanks for the amazing show on Monday afternoon. The children really enjoyed it, even with the loud bangs and pops! It was pitched well as there were children in the hall ranging from 6 to 9. We have some budding scientists in years 3 and 4 and they have a thirst for finding out more about why things happen. They were fascinated by the changes to liquids and the work you did with the balloons in liquid nitrogen. We have a science club coming up in the summer term so I know they will use some of the science knowledge about irreversible and reversible changes that they learned with you and apply it to the activities they will do there. The children were all engaged throughout the assembly and were not afraid to answer questions. The staff present have said they had learned such a lot (even correcting themselves for some of the common misconceptions, such as the name for polystyrene) and felt able to chat to the children (with more confidence) about the work that they had seen. Staff have also said that they will pose a question to the children once per week in the style of 'what do you think will happen if.......?' as they enjoyed watching children's responses when you did this.' Wendy Gardner, Science and STEM Lead. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Helen Grainger in the organisation of this event. Such visits formed part of a series of 5 such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This event forms part of a nationwide project.

09 March: PSTT Science Assemblies, Langley First School, West Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 180 Year 2-4 primary pupils and 5 teachers during the afternoon. 'Many thanks for the amazing show on Monday afternoon. The children really enjoyed it, even with the loud bangs and pops! It was pitched well as there were children in the hall ranging from 6 to 9. We have some budding scientists in years 3 and 4 and they have a thirst for finding out more about why things happen. They were fascinated by the changes to liquids and the work you did with the balloons in liquid nitrogen. We have a science club coming up in the summer term so I know they will use some of the science knowledge about irreversible and reversible changes that they learned with you and apply it to the activities they will do there. The children were all engaged throughout the assembly and were not afraid to answer questions. The staff present have said they had learned such a lot (even correcting themselves for some of the common misconceptions, such as the name for polystyrene) and felt able to chat to the children (with more confidence) about the work that they had seen. Staff have also said that they will pose a question to the children once per week in the style of 'what do you think will happen if……?' as they enjoyed watching children's responses when you did this.' Wendy Gardner, Science and STEM lead. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Hannah Osueke and local science teacher Wendy Gardner in the organisation of this event. Such visits formed part of a series of 5 such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This event forms part of a nationwide project.

06 March: RSC Science Assembly, Cirencester Primary School, Cirencester, Gloucs

As part of a Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for pupils in Years 2-6 as part of a full day of events in Cirencester. 'I can honestly say that I think your assembly was one of the best visitor delivered sessions we've had here at Watermoor! Not only did lots of the children come away inspired, quite a few of the adults did too. The fact that you were able to deliver knowledge and entertainment in equal measures, whilst being able to engage all of the year groups and satisfy pupil curiosity was brilliant. I asked my class (year 5) to give me some feedback about it, and here are a few of the things that I received: It was outrageous (in a good way!). It was really interesting, and it made me want to be a scientist. I was so curious to see what would happen next. I liked when he had polystyrene and he put it in strong chemicals from nail polish remover; it looked like sill string at the bottom! It was tense but exciting, and I enjoyed the foam explosion. I loved it because I didn't know what was going to happen with the experiments [sic]. It was so cool - I want to be a scientist. I really like it; it was full of excitement and joy! I hope that this shows you the impact that you had on one class! I have no doubt that we would get very similar responses in the other classes. Once again, thank you so much for coming along and providing us with this excellent experience. I'm going to go away and spend some time looking into the PSTT awards and things, but (and I imagine a lot of teachers say this to you), please keep us in mind if there are any opportunities that you know of that you think we would enjoy/benefit from. Thank you.' Caysie Freeman Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Caysie Freeman (Watermore) in the organisation of this event. The visit is sponsored by the a 'Large Outreach Grant' from the RSC and is part of a regional programme of events.

06-15 March: Loanable Science Kits, Little Stoke Primary School, Bristol

As part of British Science Week two of the loanable PSTT sponsored science kits were taken to the local school for use by the pupils there. 'Our entire school were involved in using the boxes. In KS1 90 children used the Gases and balloons boxes. We were able to make self-inflating balloons and balloon rockets. The children really enjoyed being able to complete the hands on activities and the boxes allowed them to do this as there was enough equipment for children to complete the activities in pairs. In KS2 120 children used the Forensics box, each class completing a different activity to identify the culprit who had stolen the clock form reception. The children really enjoyed having the opportunity to wear white coats and complete activities which were completely new to them. Feedback from children was incredibly positive. Many commenting that they really felt like real scientists for the day. It certainly created a buzz through the school with many children and teachers requesting to do more science after science week. Thank you again for the loan of the boxes, they are fantastic!' Donna Southcott Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Donna Southcott in the organisation of the event.

06 March: RSC Science Assembly, Watermoor CofE Primary School, Cirencester, Gloucs

As part of a Bristol and District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 100 pupils in Years 3-6 and 4 teachers during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Caysie Freeman (Science Lead, Watermore) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a 'Large Outreach Grant' from the RSC. This was part of a regional programme of events.

04 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Raysfield Schools' Federation, Chipping Sodbury, S.Gloucs

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this local school and performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 280 pupils in Years 2-6 and to 13 teaching staff. 'Thank you so much for our amazing assembly last week- the children haven't stopped talking about it! The children loved all the practical demonstrations and engaged with so much scientific vocabulary. They were so keen to ask more questions: are there coloured gases? What made the liquid change colour? What can other gases do? They obviously asked if you can come back too! Parents were really pleased to see the engagement with science via our Class Dojo photos and they told us that the children were excited to tell them about the assembly. All teachers commented how excited and engaged the children were and that is was a great launch to our science week this week. Thank you to you and Johnny for your time…' Liz Southwell Bristol ChemLabS worked with newly appointed PSTT College Fellow Liz Southwell 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.

03 March: Science Assembly, Crockerne Primary School, Pill, Bristol

Jonny Furze visited this local school and performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 200 pupils in Years 2-6 and to 8 staff. After the assembly time was spent discussing climate change with some Year 6 pupils. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Billy Brogan in the organisation of this event. The event was subsidised by a small grant from the Bristol and District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

February

27 February: Chemistry Lecture Demonstrations, Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison, aided by Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this independent school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air to an audience of ~290 pupils from Years 4-6 from local primary schools and to 100 of their own Year 7 and 8 girls. Over 20 teachers were present. Bristol ChemLabS worked with James Grierson (Physics Teacher and Outreach Coordinator) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a 'Large Outreach Grant' from the Bristol and District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) under the project' RSC Schools' Chemistry Conferences and Talks'. 'Our children and staff were incredibly impressed with the presentation. The children were incredibly engaged and returned to school, "buzzing", eager to tell their other friends and teachers what they had learned. All felt they learned lots of new things, including some of our adults; it would not have been possible to teach this in school ourselves, so thank you for this fantastic opportunity.'' Sherborne Primary School. 'I asked the children how they found the science event. We made a wonderful word bank (and phrases) to describe the day. The children's thoughts of the day were: Amusing (in the most fantastic way - I was told) Interesting to be part of Jaw-dropping with an exciting sense of danger Almost felt impossible the things he was doing with the different chemicals Sense of wonder Inspiring to watch and wanting to do this in the future.' St Nicholas Primary, Henstridge: Bristol ChemLabS worked with James Grierson (Physics Teacher and Outreach Coordinator) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a 'Large Outreach Grant' from the Bristol and District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) under the project' RSC Schools' Chemistry Conferences and Talks'. The primary schools attending (50% Somerset and 50% North Dorset) during the day were: Session 1: from Hazelgrove, Sunninghill, Hanford Prep. Schools. Sherborne Girls School (Host) secondary school was also in attendance. Session 2: from Preston, Sherborne, St Andrews Yetminster, Buckland Newton, Thornford, North Cadbury and St Nicholas Henstridge primary schools.

25 February: Annual Primary Schools' Chemistry Lecture Demonstration, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Cheltenham, Gloucs

This date was set aside for the annual conference for 498 Year 5 pupils and 48 accompanying adults from local primary (state and independent) schools during the morning and afternoon sessions. Tim Harrison presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air'. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Science Matt Gill in the organisation of this event. This event was sponsored by a Large Outreach Grant held by the Bristol and District Section of the RSC. The Cheltenham primary schools attending in the morning were, Glenfall Community Primary School, Gardners Lane Primary School, Richard Pate School, Berkhampstead School and Rowanfield Junior School. The Cheltenham primary schools attending in the afternoon were, Warden Hill Primary School, Gloucester Road Primary School, St Gregory's RC Primary School, Holy Trinity CofE Primary School and Dunalley Primary School.

06 February: PSTT Science Assembly, St Margaret's CE Junior School, Whitnash, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 360 pupils in Years 3-6 and 12 teachers at this school.

'Thanks again for a fantastic morning of science.' Becky Ellis

'It was interesting to really understand that balloons which float have low density gases in them. The discussion about everyday use of the words boiling and freezing will help me clearly explain to the children.' Learning Support Assistant

'I took away the true meaning of boiling and freezing and will be careful to use those words in future. I learnt all about gases in air (including bottom burps haha!) Kids were able to talk about it in class after which was great.' Teacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Rebecca Ellis in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a nationwide programme.

04 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Ferndale Primary School, Great Barr, Birmingham, W. Midlands

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 270 pupils in Years 3-5 and 16 of their teachers at this school during the morning. Thank you. The staff and children were transfixed throughout the assembly. 'That was inspirational. We've haven't had anything like this before.' 'The children were blown away and were talking about the assembly all the week.' 'The children were in awe. I thought they were messing around when they said 'fart' but they were actually trying to be scientific'. 'The children loved it, you could see it on their faces.' Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and cluster lead Lucy Blackmore and local teachers in the organisation of this event. The event is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a nationwide programme.

04 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Hateley Heath Primary School, West Bromwich, W. Midlands

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 330 pupils in Years 2-6 and to 16 teachers at this school during the afternoon. 'Pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed it and it was inspiring!' 'Are you allowed to set fire to balloons filled with hydrogen in a primary school. I haven't heard anyone do that before!' 'It's nice to see real scientists showing children Science.' Bristol ChemLabS is working with PSTT College Fellow and cluster lead Lucy Blackmore and local teachers in the organisation of this event. The event is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a nationwide programme.

03 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Ryders Green Primary School, West Bromwich, W. Midlands

Jonny Furze presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to pupils in 270 Years 2-6 and 18 their teachers at this school during the afternoon. This was followed an extensive Q&A session. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and cluster lead Lucy Blackmore. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a nationwide programme.

03 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Primrose Primary School, Wednesbury, W. Midlands

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 24 pupils in Years 2-6 and their 8 teachers at this special behavioural needs school during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and cluster lead Lucy Blackmore and local science teacher Amy Sisley in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a nationwide programme.

January

30 January: PSTT Science Assemblies, Mersea Island School, West Mercea, Essex

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 300 Year 2-6 primary pupils and 12 teachers during the morning. 'Thank you so much for your assembly that you came and did for us at Mersea Island School. The children and staff loved it and were all buzzing following the assembly. It definitely helped to raise the profile and possibilities for science in our school. ' Jackie Elson, Science Coordinator at Mersea Island School 'It was brill -how to enthuse children and inspire them to want to be scientists. The children absolutely loved it'. - Year 5 teacher 'Thank you for organising Jackie, it was a great assembly to inspire the children with their science learning' Headteacher 'It was really good and I learnt loads! My class loved it and all want to be scientists now so job done. Maybe a little close to the bone with some comments about injuries and death but it didn't seem to bother the children!'- Year 3 teacher Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Rebekah May and science lead Jackie Elson in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

29 January: PSTT Science Assemblies, St Andrew's CofE VC Primary School, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 135 Year 2-6 primary pupils ad 7 teachers during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Rebekah May and science lead Lelia Berkley in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

29 January: PSTT Science Assemblies, Milldene Primary School, Tiptree, Essex

Jonny Furze visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 83 Year 2-4 primary pupils and 4 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Rebekah May and science lead Angela Read in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

29 January: PSTT Science Assemblies, Tiptree Heath Primary School, Tiptree, Essex

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 73 primary pupils in Years 2-4 and 6 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Rebekah May and science lead Laura Harker in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

28 January: PSTT Science Assemblies, Ardleigh St Mary's CofE Primary School, Colchester, Essex

Jonny Furze visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 80 Year 2-6 primary pupils and 7 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Rebekah May and headteacher Donna Parker in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

28 January: PSTT Science Assemblies, Birch CofE VA Primary School, Colchester, Essex

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, revisited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 108 Year 2-6 primary pupils and 5 teachers during the afternoon. 'Thanks Tim and Jonny. We had a great afternoon - the children really enjoyed your demonstrations and their learning. One of my boys took a copy of the periodic table home from our science area - I'm pretty sure he aims to learn it! '. Science Lead. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Rebekah May in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

28 January: PSTT Science Assemblies, Ardleigh St Mary's CofE Primary School, Colchester, Essex

Jonny Furze visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 80 Year 2-6 primary pupils and 7 teachers during the morning. 'Jonny was a big hit with the children and the adults. His extensive knowledge impressed the children and they were inspired, and awe struck by the experiments that he demonstrated. The hydrogen balloon explosions and liquid nitrogen experiments impressed the children most. His relaxed but informative style worked well with the children and I liked the way he gently corrected them when they misused or muddled scientific terms. Many thanks for your fantastic assembly we all thoroughly enjoyed it.' Romea Cafasso, Teacher Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Rebekah May and science lead Romea Cafasso in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

27 January: PSTT Science Assemblies, Grundisburgh Primary School, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, revisited this rural school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 166 pupils from Reception and Year 1-6 and 16 teachers during the morning.

'Thank you so much for visiting us at Grundisburgh on Monday. The staff the children and as a result, the parents haven't stopped talking about it all week! It was a truly inspiring assembly. 'The best assembly ever' according to the children. You really showed them how amazing science can be and how awesome the solids liquids and gases around us are! Thanks again for coming all this way to visit. I am confident your 'wow' science assembly will have inspired our children continue to explore, be curious and keep asking. 'why?' . Headteacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Sue Marks in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This visit forms part of a nationwide project.

27 January: PSTT Science Assemblies, Prettygate CofE VA Primary School, Colchester, Essex

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 300 Year 2-6 primary pupils and 20 staff during the afternoon. 'Thank you so much for putting on the assembly for us. Both the children and the staff all had positive feedback and are still speaking about it over a week later.The children were thoroughly engaged and enthused throughout the session. They got to witness science in a way they have never experienced before and the knowledge they gained has already been transferred into other curriculum areas! In the words of one child in Year 2 'That was the best assembly I have EVER been to!!'. Kirsty MacRae Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Rebekah May and local teacher Kirsty MacRae in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) for this cluster this week. This forms part of a nationwide project.

24 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS revisited this local specialist science college for the 12th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools over 2 days. On the second day 220 pupils from Years 4-6 and 24 accompanying teachers enjoyed the talks given by Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze. Bristol ChemLabS worked with science teacher Jo Pascoe in the organisation of this event.

The Catholic primary schools participating today were Our Lady of the Rosary (60) & St Peter & Paul (28), St Mary's (60) and St Teresa's (59).

23 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS revisited this local specialist science college for the 12th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools over 2 days. On the first day 220 pupils from Years 4-6 and 20+ accompanying teachers enjoyed the talks given by Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze. Bristol ChemLabS worked with science teacher Jo Pascoe in the organisation of this event.

The (mainly) Catholic primary schools participating today were St Bernard's (53), Nova Primary (47), Holy Family (60) & St Francis (60) and Corpus Christi (60).

20 January: Science Assembly, Parkfield Primary School, Taunton, Somerset

Jonny Furze visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 320 Year 2-6 highly excited, but well behaved, primary pupils and 15 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Craig Butts (Bristol) and Olivia Swarbrick (Parkfield) in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

10 January: PSTT Science Assembly, John Ball Primary School, Lewisham, S. London

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 180 pupils and 6 teachers in Years 2-6 at this south London school during the morning.

'Thank you so much for a fantastic show today! The children loved it and it provided for some great learning conversations afterwards. We will also use it in Year 4 when we start our 'states of matter' unit.' Beth Budden

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Member Beth Budden 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.

10 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Athelney Primary School, Catford, S. London

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' Air' to a very full hall of 350 pupils in Years 2-6 and 20 staff at this Catford school during the afternoon.

'Thanks ever-so-much for swinging our way on Friday – was absolutely Top Banana; I recognise how unique an experience it was for these children – one that was memorable and one that will stay with them.'

'Tim Harrison visited our school, Athelney Primary in Catford, London, on Friday and gave a belter of a lecture - jam packed with jaw-dropping demonstrations.  From my position at the front of the hall I got a great opportunity to see the look on the faces of all the people, aged 6-65, and I can tell thee it was a right picture!  The lecture was much more than eye-popping and ear-splitting chemistry demos though; Tim did a super-charged gallop through chemistry in the everyday world around us, differentiated to meet the needs of Year 2 right up to our Senior Leadership Team, drawing everything back to the primary Curriculum and firing out questions that kept everyone on their toes and chemical reactions that kept us all on the edge of our seats.  He myth-busted and fact-toided and challenged our thinking - all wrapped up in warmth and good humour.  It was lovely to hear children on numerous occasions spontaneously 'I want to be a scientist!'. Brilliant – Big thanks to Tim and Jonny' Greg Mace

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Member Greg Mace 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.

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