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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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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.

20 September: PSTT Science Assembly, King Edward Primary School, North Shields, Tyneside

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this big Tyneside school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to nearly 400 pupils aged Y2-6. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow Hannah Osueke. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There are likely to be several such assemblies on this date.

21 September: Science Assembly, Oakhurst Academy Primary School Swindon, Wilts

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will be presenting the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to around 300 pupils in Years 2-6 of this Wiltshire school during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Year 4 Teacher Corin Holliday 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.

October 2018

02 October: Science Assembly, The Kingfisher Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this local school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to nearly 150 pupils in Year 2-6. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Dominic Da Costa in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a grant from Computational Chemistry within the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol.

03 October: 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).

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.

09 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Fochriw Primary School, Fochriw Bargoed, Gwent

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will present the science assembly, ' Gases in the Air' to all pupils in Years 2-6. This event is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust. Bristol ChemLabS is working with PSTT College Fellow (and Head Teacher) Sharon Pascoe in the organisation of this event.

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.

12 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 1, PSTT North London Science Cluster, London

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will visit members of this Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) cluster project to give several science assemblies to pupils in Years 2-6. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of these 5. The primary schools engaged in the 2 days of visits are: Vittoria, Winton, Gillespie and Duncombe and Newington Green. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

15 October: ‘Gases in the Air’ RSC Lecture Demonstration, Cirencester College, Cirencester, Gloucs

Tim Harrison, supported by Jonny Furze, will present the ever-popular lecture demonstration for families and school groups (Y5-13) at the theatre at Cirencester College from 7:00 until 8:00pm. Doors Open from 6:45pm. Bristol ChemLabS is delighted to work with Alex Cresswell (theatre) and Liam Nolan (Science) in the organisation of this event. The event is free of charge and is sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry. For school groups please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk to reserve spaces. Families may simply just show up. There is a limit of 202 seats at the venue.

16 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 2, PSTT North London Science Cluster, London

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will visit members of this Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) cluster project to give several science assemblies to pupils in Years 2-6. On this date one of the schools will be Vittoria Primary School (Islington). Bristol ChemLabS is working with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of these 5 assemblies. The primary schools engaged in the 2 days of visits are: Vittoria Winton, Gillespie and Duncombe and Newington Green. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

18 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit Midlands school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils aged Y2-6. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow Judy Beer. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There are likely to be several such assemblies on this date in the area.

18 October: PSTT Science Assemblies, Dovelands Primary School, Hinckley Road, Leicester

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will spend the day in Leicester working with PSTT College member Judy Beer in delivering two science assemblies on the topic of ‘Gases in the Air’ for pupils in Years 2-6. This school will be visited in the morning. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

19 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Tongwynlais Primary School, Cardiff, Glamorgan

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this Welsh school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils aged Y2-6 in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow Elaine Stockdale. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There are likely to be several such assemblies on this date.

19 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Henllys Church in Wales Primary School, Cwmbran, Torfaen, Gwent, South Wales

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this Welsh state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Dr Philippa Minto (Deputy Head). Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There will be 2 such assemblies on this day in Cwmbran.

19 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Woodlands Community Primary School, Cwmbran, Torfaen, Gwent, South Wales

Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this small, Welsh state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Dr Philippa Minto (Deputy Head) as this school forms part of her local cluster. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There will be several assemblies on this day in Cwmbran.

19 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Coryton Primary School, Cardiff, Glam

Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this Welsh school, part of a local cluster to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils aged Y2-6 in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow Elaine Stockdale in the organisation of this event.. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There are several such assemblies on this date.

21-24 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Hythehill Primary School, Lossiemouth, Scotland

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this Scottish state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow Rachel Wolford (Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There will be several such assemblies in this period in Scotland.

22 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Kinloss Primary School, Kinloss, Forres, Scotland

Tentative: Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this Scottish state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Iain Lunan from Kinloss PS. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There will be several such assemblies in Scotland this week.

26 October: Science Assemblies, for PSTT College Members and Clusters

This date has been reserved for schools of members of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and their cluster project members. These school visits will be all over England and Wales.

30 October: Science Assembly, Oaklands Junior School, Crowthorne, Berks

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will be presenting the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils in Years 3-6 of this large Berkshire school during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Headteacher Hazel West 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.

November 2018

08 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Thorney Island Community Primary School, Thorney Island, Emsworth, Portsmouth, Hants

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, on a military base, to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils aged Y2-6 during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster in November. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

08 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Funtington Primary School, West Ashling, Chichester. West Sussex

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils aged Y2-6 during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster in November. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

09 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Bosham Primary School, Bosham, Chichester. West Sussex

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils aged Y2-6 during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster in November. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

13 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Compton and Up Marden CofE Primary School, Chichester. West Sussex

Tentative: Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze will visit this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ twice to pupils aged Y2-6 during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster in November. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

13 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Milton Park Primary School, Portsmouth, Hants

Tentative: Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will spend the morning in Portsmouth working with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan delivering a science assembly 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.

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 date has been set aside for the annual conference. Timings are expected to be 1:45 pm to 4;30 pm. 250 places are still available. There will be 3 talks, 2 by academics and ne by a postgraduate chemist. Further information will be placed here in due course. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk to book places.

07 December: Science Assembly, Holt VC Primary School, Trowbridge, Wilts

Sibongile Twala (SciBono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze, will visit this primary school (acting as host) to perform a science assembly to pupils aged Y3-6. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow and cluster lead Pauline Rodger in the organization of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There are likely to be several such assemblies on this date.

07 December: Science Assembly, John O’Gaunt School, Trowbridge, Wilts

Sibongile Twala (SciBono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze, will visit this Community Academy School (acting as host) to perform a science assembly to nearly 300 pupils aged Y4-6 from local primary schools. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow and cluster lead Pauline Rodger in the organization of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There are likely to be several such assemblies on this date.

10-11 December: Science Assemblies, for PSTT College Members and Clusters

This date has been reserved for schools of members of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and their cluster project members. These school visits will be all over England and Wales.

13-18 December: Science Assemblies, for PSTT College Members and Clusters

This date has been reserved for schools of members of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and their cluster project members. These school visits will be all over England and Wales.

January 2019

07 January: Perfume Chemistry Christmas Lecture, Frome Vale Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison will return to this local primary school to give a talk on ‘smelly chemistry’. The event is sponsored by a grant from the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

15 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.

24 January: Science Assembly, Frome Vale Academy, Downend, Bristol

A Bristol ChemLabS team including Tim Harrison will visit this local primary school to deliver the science assembly ‘on ‘Smells and Perfumes’ to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and to their teaching staff during a morning assembly. Bristol ChemLabS is working with teacher Josie Karruck in the organisation of the visit. The event will be sponsored by a Widening Participation Grant from the University of Bristol.

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.

31 January: Primary Science Demonstrations, Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne, Dorset

im Harrison and Jonny Furze will be presenting the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to local primary and preparatory school from the region. in Years 5-7. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Tony Angelosanto 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. And by the Bristol and District branch of the RSC.

February 2019

11-12 February: Science Visits, Hollymount Primary, Tolladine, Worcester

Tentative: Tim Harrison will be working with Nick Barker (Warwick) at this and other local schools in a project funded by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

14-15 February: Science Visits, Hollymount Primary, Tolladine, Worcester

Tentative: Tim Harrison will be working with Nick Barker (Warwick) at this and other local schools in a project funded by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

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, Midlothian, Scotland

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will be using this period to visit the nearby primary schools of PSTT College members and present ‘Gases in the Air’ to primary schools in advance of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) conference.

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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