Upcoming Events


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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November

30 October to 30 November: Science Loan Box, St Pius X Primary School, Bristol

St Pius will be borrowing the ’Electricity loan kit' (originally sponsored by the AZSTT/PSTT) to work with KS2 pupils. Bristol ChemLabS is working with science teacher Joelle Beaumont in this engagement. The kit will be technicianed under a widening participation grant from the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

06-27 November: Loan Box, St Pius X Primary School, Withywood, Bristol

Year 6 at St Pius X Primary School will have the ‘Food’ loan box during this period. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Rebecca Snape, the Year 6 Class Teacher. The loan is sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol for schools in the BS and BA postcodes.

07 November: Science Assembly, Ashfield Park, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire

Tim Harrison will be visiting this school to deliver the ' Gases in the Air' science assembly to the school in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Belinda Jones (science coordinator) in the organisation of this event. The visit, one of two 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.

07 November: Science Assembly, Ledbury Primary School, Ledbury, Worcs

Tim Harrison will be visiting this school to deliver the ' Gases in the Air' science assembly. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Anna Perry (science coordinator) in the organisation of this event. 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.

14 November: ECU Primary Schools Presentation, ECU Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be performing the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to several hundred primary pupils and teachers from schools in the Greater Perth area. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

14 November: ECU Primary Schools Presentation, ECU Campus, Bunbury Campus, Bunbury, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be performing the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to several hundred primary pupils and teachers from schools in the Bunbury area. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

28 November: Science Assembly, Broomhill Junior School, Bristol

Tim Harrison will visit this school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with teacher Rachael Lucking. The visit is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

30 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Manor School, Uckfield, East Sussex

Tim Harrison will visit this school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member and Bristol ChemLabS endorsed PSTA award winner, Amy Woolmark. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

December

01 December: PSTT Science Assembly, Harlands Primary School, Uckfield, East Sussex

Tim Harrison will visit this Yorkshire school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Kathryn Hora who is a PSTT College member and National Expert STEM Teacher. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

01 December: PSTT Science Assembly, Harlands Primary School, Uckfield, East Sussex

Tim Harrison will visit this school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member and Bristol ChemLabS endorsed PSTA award winner, Amy Woolmark.  The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

04 December: Science Assembly, Mary Dean's C of E Primary School, Tamertkn Foliot, Nr. Plymouth, Devon

Tim Harrison will be visiting this Devonian school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to students and staff at the school. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with trainee teacher Naomi Shallcross. The event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ARCG) at the University of Bristol.

05 December: EDF Sponsored Lecture Demonstrations, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset

Tim Harrison will be delivering 2 lecture demonstrations of ‘Gases in the Air’ to an audience of primary pupils as part of a STEM event sponsored by EDF Energy. Bristol ChemLabS is supporting Claire Coulston (EDF’s HPC Inspire Programme) in the organisation of this event.

06 December: Primary Schools Christmas Chemistry Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS NOW FULL

The now annual Primary Christmas Chemistry Conference has been set for this date. The afternoon session will run from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Local primary schools will be invited.

 As usual there will be an opportunity for the consumption of mince pies or biscuits. The event is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty of the University of Bristol.

15 December: PSTT Science Assembly, Greenhill Primary School, Leeds, W. Yorks

Tim Harrison will visit this Yorkshire school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Kathryn Hora who is a PSTT College member and National Expert STEM Teacher. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

15 December: PSTT Science Assembly, Adel Primary School, Leeds, W. Yorks

Tim Harrison will visit this Yorkshire school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member headteacher Sarah Parkinson. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

18 December: Primary Science Assemblies, John of Gaunt School, Trowbridge, Somerset

This date has been reserved for Tim Harrison to deliver science assemblies to pupils from local primary schools. John of Gaunt School is playing host to the event that is being organised by Pauli Roger (PSTT) and Pippa Buchan (KS2/KS3 transition JioG) This forms part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

January 2018

16 January: St Fagans CoW Primary School, Cardiff, South Wales

A team from Bristol ChemLabS will be returning to This Welsh Primary school to deliver a science assembly and workshops. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Linda Curwen in the delivery of this event which will involve other local schools. The event is sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT).

18-19 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS will revisit this local specialist science college for the 10th 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.

23 January: Annual Primary Schools’ Lecture Demonstration (Assembly), Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Gloucs

An afternoon demonstration assembly for senior primary school pupils, and hosted by Cheltenham Lades’ College, for state and independent primary schools in the region is now becoming a regular fixture in the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach year. As usual Tim Harrison (Bristol) will perform the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ and a lecture demonstration. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Matt Gill (Cheltenham Ladies’) in the organisation of the event. The event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol and the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Expected timings will be 1:30- 2:45pm. The event is free of charge. For bookings please contact Simone at chem-net@bristol.ac.uk or directly with CLC.

24-25 January: PSTT Sherborne Cluster, Sherborne Area, Dorset

Tim Harrison will be visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day visit. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury in the organisation of these ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies.

29-30 January: PSTT Sherborne Cluster, Sherborne Area, Dorset

Tim Harrison will be visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day visit. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury in the organisation of these ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies.

February 2018

09 February: Primary Science Morning, Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Tim Harrison will be performing the science lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to senior pupils from local primary and prep schools. The event is sponsored from a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

05-06 February: PSTT Sherborne Cluster, Sherborne Area, Dorset

Tim Harrison will be visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day visit. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury in the organisation of these ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies.

23 February: Chemistry Demonstrations, Commonweal School, Swindon, Wilts

Tim Harrison will perform the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to primary pupils from the area and hosted by this secondary school. Local primaries invited to attend are Robert le Kyng, Lethbridge, King William Street, Swindon, Croft and Lawn (Swindon)) and The Mead Primary (Trowbridge). Bristol ChemLabS will be working with teacher Polly Long (Commonweal School) in the organisation of this event. The event is sponsored by a small outreach grant from the RSC to work with schools in the South West and South Wales.

27 February: ‘AIM Cluster Science Day’, Redmaids' High Junior School, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS will work with this local independent school for the 8th year running to put on a special Chemistry Day for Gifted & Talented children from South Bristol Primary schools. Approximately 32 visiting Year 5 & 6's will be joined by 80 Year 5 & 6 Red Maids' pupils at the start of the day for a Demonstration Assembly. This year postgraduate chemists Johnny Furze and Sam Briggs will perform a show on the theme of 'Gases In The Air'. The visitors and 10 Red Maids' girls then work with a group of 5 postgraduate chemists on 4 different hands-on experiments in the schools laboratories. In setting up this event Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Joanna Moe. (SENCo/learning enhancement teacher). Pupils from the following schools are expected to attend: Headley Park Primary, Hillcrest Primary, Holymead Primary, St Bernadette Primary, Waycroft Academy, West Town Lane Academy, Wicklea Academy, Woodlands Academy

The event is partly sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)..

27 February: Science Assemblies, St Margaret's Junior School Whitnash, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Tim Harrison will be visiting this large primary school to give several science assemblies during the day to the majority of pupils and staff. An additional assembly after school 'Family Learning Evening' is also in the planning. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Dr Rebecca Ellis at the school in the organisation of this visit. This event is expected to be sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

28 February: Science Assembly, The Ferncumbe CofE Primary School, Hatton, Warwickshire

Tim Harrison will visit this small rural primary school to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to around 150 pupils and staff in the first of 2 visits in the area during the day. This planned visit has already resulted in the school nominating the week of the visit as the school’s Science Week. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Science Coordinator Pauline Grier in the organisation of these events. The visits are sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

28 February: Science Assembly, The Federation of Briar Hill and St Margarets Primary Schools, Whitnash, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Tim Harrison will visit these two rural schools on a joint campus to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils and staff in the second of 2 visits in the area during the day. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Science Coordinator Pauline Grier (The Ferncumbe CofE Primary School) in the organisation of these events. The visits are sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.​

March 2018

01 March: 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.

01 March: 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.

05 March: Science Assembly, Lady Eleanor Holles, Hampton, Middlesex

Tim Harrison will make an inaugural day-long visit to this girls school to give a performance of ‘Gases in the Air’ to the junior school pupils and to Year 5 and 6 pupils from several nearby primary schools. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Catherine Packer (Chemistry Teacher) in the organisation of this event. The event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

June 2018

June 15: 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.

September 2018

18 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.

19 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.

October 2018


STEM Ambassadors programme

Postgraduates at the School of Chemistry are undertaking Ambassador training to equip them with the information and skills required to go into schools to talk to students.

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