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Activities run by the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach team for primary schools

Teachers are asked to check back to these pages regularly to see details about these events as they become available. Those members of our Primary Schools network will have the details of events sent to them as soon as they become available. Teachers who are not yet part of this network may join simply by emailing chemart-quiz@bristol.ac.uk.

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For an "at-a-glance" overview of all Bristol ChemLabS Outreach activities please check the general Outreach activies page.

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May 2018

21 May: Science Assembly, New Inn Primary School, Pontypool, Gwent

Postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze will visit this Welsh state primary school to deliver the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning to pupils in Years 2-6 and their teachers. The visit is sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

22 May: Science Workshops, St Michael’s Primary School, Bishop Stoke, Bristol

Academic staff Karen Parish and Chris Holland will be leading 3 hour long sessions for a total of 90 Year 5 pupils at this local school in support of their science week. The pupils will be investigating the properties of slime and will work on rates of reaction chemistry. The event is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

22 May 2018 - Wellesley Primary School, Yate

Alison Rivett will visit this South Gloucestershire school to deliver a Demonstration Assembly as part of their annual Science Week.

22 May: Science Assembles, St Michael's School CofE VC Primary School, Stoke Gifford, South Gloucs

Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze will visit this school to perform 3 science assemblies to different parts of the school body during the day. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with teacher Annabelle Cartwright in the organisation if this event.

June 2018

04 June: Afternoon Science Assembly Somers Park Primary School, Malvern, Worcestershire.

Tim Harrison will be performing the science lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 300+ pupils from the two-form entry primary. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Jennie Courage (Science Coordinator) in the organisation of this event. The visit is sponsored from a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

05 June: Science Assembly, Kingsway Primary School, Quedgeley, Gloucs

Tim Harrison will be presenting the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils in Years 2-6. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Science Coordinator Shona Deas in the organisation of this event. The visit is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

06 June: Science Assembly, Wimbledon High School, W. London

Tim Harrison will be performing the ‘Gases in the Air’ Chemistry Demonstration for 110 Year 5 pupils in Wimbledon High Primary School and for 6 West Wimbledon Primary School during the morning. The event is hosted by this west London independent school and is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Nadine Risso in the organisation of this event.

07 June: Science Assemblies, Wimbledon High School, London SE 19

Tim Harrison will perform 3 lecture demonstrations on 'Gases in the Air' for students in Years 7 and 8 at the school and for members of the junior school. A third demonstration will be performed by pupils from nearby primary schools. Bristol ChemLabS will work with Nadine Russo (KS3 Science Coordinator) at the school. The event is partially sponsored by a widening participation grant held as a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group ((ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

07 June: PSTT Science Assemblies, Surrey Cluster

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will spend the day in Surrey working with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader) delivering several science assemblies on the topic of ‘Gases in the Air’. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

12 June: Assembly and Workshops Visit, St Patrick’s School, Corsham, Wilts

Alison Rivett will visit this school with a team of postgraduate chemists to deliver a science activities day.

15 June: Science Assemblies, Minehead Middle and Danesfield Middle Schools, Somerset

Tim Harrison will visit these schools to perform at each the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the day. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Emily Wishart of West Somerset Council in the organisation of these events. The visit is sponsored by EDF Energy.

20 June: Science day, Chilton Trinity School, Bridgwater, Somerset

The Bristol ChemLabS team will return to this Somerset secondary school for the 7th time to help deliver a Science & Mathematics Day for visiting Year 5 pupils from local feeder schools. Approximately 70 children and accompanying teachers will take part in two hands-on workshops led by postgraduate chemists. All will then enjoy a demonstration assembly by Alison Rivett on the theme of Gases In The Air. The primary schools expected are: Puriton, Westover Green, Eastover, Wembdon & Otterhayes. The day will be sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

20 June: Science Assembly, Perry Court E-ACT Academy, Whitchurch, Bristol

Tim Harrison will visit this large 2 form entry Bristol school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice during the day. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Nicky Reynolds (Lead Practitioner and Regional Science Lead). The visit is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

27 June: STEAM Festival, Colston's School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS will be supporting this local event, which will involve dozens of local primary schools, by providing a lecture demonstration during the day. Bristol ChemLabS will work with Paul Temple (Head of Chemistry / Academic) in the organisation of this event. The event will be sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

10-13 September: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

These dates have been set aside to work with primary schools. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

11 September: Primary Science Day, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 50 Year 6 pupils from Haywards Primary School (Tiverton, Devon) will make their annual trip to Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of practical work and an afternoon tour and lecture demonstration. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Ruth Dixon in the organisation of this event.

12 September: Primary Science Day, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 45 Year 6 pupils from Foulds Primary School (Barnet, London) will return for their annual visit to the Teaching Laboratories to undertake a circus of experiments and model building. In the afternoon 45 pupils and accompanying teaching staff will tour the department and enjoy a lecture demonstration. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Headteacher Helen Prewett in the organisation of the day.

19 September: Science Assembly, Haxey CofE Primary School, Haxey, N. Lincs

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will be presenting the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils in Years 2-6 of this rural school during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Headteacher Jo Buckle in the organisation of this event. The visit is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

19 September: Science Assembly, St Martin's CofE Primary School, Owston Ferry, N. Lincs

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will be presenting the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils in Years 2-6 of this rural school during the afternoon. These will be joined by a delegation of pupils from the much smaller West Butterwick Primary School. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Headteacher Jo Buckle in the organisation of this event. The visit is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

25 September: PSTT Science Assembly, Briar Hill Infant School, Warwickshire

Tim Harrison will visit this Midlands school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning for Years 1 and 2. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Jane Catto. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

October 2018

05 October: Science Assembly, Old Stratford Primary School, Milton Keynes, Northants

Tim Harrison will be performing the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for pupils at this small rural school during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS is working with primary science teacher Jenny Else in the organisation of this visit to the school. The visit, one of two expected in the area today, is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. This is a rearranged visit following a snow closure in February.

05 October: Science Assembly, New Bradwell Primary School, Milton Keynes, Northants

Tim Harrison will be performing the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for pupils at this small rural school during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS is working with cluster primary science teacher Jenny Else in the organisation of this visit to the school. The visit, one of two expected in the area today, is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. This is a rearranged visit following a snow closure in February.

11 October: Science Assembly, Sidmouth Science Festival 2018, Sidmouth Primary School, Devon

Tim Harrison will be performing the ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies for primary pupils and teachers during this annual event. This visit is sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and/or a portfolio of NERC research grants held by Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. For more information about the science festival click here.

November 2018

15-30 November: Outreach Events, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be returning to Western Australia to work with Dr Magda Wajrak (ECU) and her state award-winning outreach team to deliver a variety of lectures, lecture demonstrations and teacher/technician workshops for primary and secondary schools in Western Australia.

December 2018

05 December: Primary Schools Christmas Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

This is the reserve date for the chemistry lecture demonstration for local primary schools. More information will be posted here in due course.

January 2019

16 January: Science Assembly, Exeter Junior School, Devon

A team from Bristol ChemLabS will be visiting this independent school to deliver a science assembly during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Sue Marks (Headteacher) in the delivery of this event which may involve other local schools. The event is sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT).

17-18 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS will revisit this local specialist science college for the 11th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools and several of their own year groups. The visit is subsidised by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with science teacher Jo Pascoe in the organisation of this event.

29 January: Science Assembly, St Matthew’s CofE Primary School, Stroud, Gloucs

Bristol ChemLabS will present the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 200 primary pupils in an event coordinated by Science Coordinator Jen Panton.

March 2019

12 March: Science Workshops for National Science Week, Colston’s Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett will be taking a team of postgraduate chemists into this local School to deliver a series of practical workshops in celebration of National Science Week. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with former Bristol Postgraduate Chemist Rachel Wellington (Head of STEM) in the organisation of this event.

June 2019

04-05 June: Science Assemblies, Edinburgh, Scotland

Tim Harrison will be using this period to visit primary schools and present ‘Gases in the Air’ to primary schools in advance of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) conference. Schools requesting visits should email t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk.

06-09 June 2019: International Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC), Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Scotland

Advance Notice: Please pass on to colleagues interested in Primary Science Teaching The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) are holding their biannual primary conference in 2019. This will be held in Edinburgh at EICC. This world class venue is located close to the city centre, giving delegates the chance to explore the sights. Please see www.primaryscienceconference.org.


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