Recent Primary Schools Outreach Events


I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for coming into school today for what was clearly a brilliant assembly! You really did go out with a BANG!! You had the children eating out of the palm of your hand by the end. To have over 200 children completely transfixed throughout 1 hr and 10 mins is a mighty achievement!!

Mrs Pearce, Deputy Head,Crossways Junior School Thornbury

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2019

March

21 March: Science Assembly, Manor Junior School, Farnborough, Hants

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly at this large state junior school to 240 excited pupils in Years 3-5 and 11 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Year 4 teacher Caroline Dakin in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a NERC Portfolio grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

15 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Talbot Heath Independent Junior School, Bournemouth, Dorset

Bristol ChemLabS visited this girl’s school as part of a visit to the area. Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, gave a presentation of ‘Gases in the Air’ to pupils in Years 3-6. These were joined by 45 pupils in Years 4-6 from nearby St Martin’s Primary School (Bournemouth). Altogether 210 pupils saw the event along with 8 teachers.

We absolutely loved the science assembly! The children thought that the demonstrations were fantastic. The delivery and ability to capture their imaginations was perfectly pitched and you made the whole assembly very entertaining. 

We have been able to use the science knowledge shared in school since the assembly and many of the parents have been interested in developing their experiences further with Science Clubs. Thank you so much for such an enjoyable afternoon. We greatly appreciated it.’ Laura Richards, Headteacher (St Mary’s Primary School).

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Sue Martin (PSTT) in the organisation of the visit. The prize was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

15 March: Science Assembly, Ferndown Middle School, Ferndown, Dorset

Bristol ChemLabS visited this competition wining school as part of the prize for the 2017/18 CLEAPSS Primary Science Competition. Jonny furze gave a presentation of ‘Gases in the Air’ to Years 5 and 6. 270 pupils saw the event along with 12 teachers.

 KS2:"Amazing! Inspiring. We had a chat about our stereotype lesson we did in September to show that anyone, young or old can be a scientist. Really engaging and the kids loved it!" Mrs Barnes

"They thought it was very enjoyable and remembered lots of interesting facts. They enjoyed the way it was delivered and the live experience of the experiments. They also enjoyed seeing a real scientist in action." Mr Wyeth

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jason Harding of CLEAPSS and Science Technician Sophie Owen in the organisation of the visit. The prize was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

14 March: PSTT Science Assemblies, Bridgewater Primary School, Northampton, Northants

A Bristol ChemLabS team of Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this large Northampton school to deliver the science assembly ‘’Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon. 450 pupils in Years 2-6, and ‘25 of their teachers, enjoyed the demonstration of practical chemistry.

‘Thank you so much for yesterday both the children and the staff loved it. Our older children were really challenged by the explanations of the chemical reactions taking place, whilst our younger children were gripped with anticipation at what would happen next. The staff said it was engaging and thoroughly entertaining and both children and staff left the assembly excited about science - exactly what we wanted! Once again, thank you for putting on a wonderful assembly.’ Alex Wooder 

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster Lead Tracy Tyrrell and Science Lead Alex Wooder in the delivery of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT) and was part of a nationwide project.

14 March: PSTT Science Assemblies, Irchester Community Primary School, Irchester, Wellingborough, Northants

A Bristol ChemLabS team of Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this Northamptonshire school to deliver the science assembly ‘’Gases in the Air’ during the morning. 330 pupils in Years 1-6, and ‘21 of their teachers, enjoyed the demonstration of practical chemistry. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster Lead Tracy Tyrrell in the delivery of this event, and related events, which will involve other local cluster schools during the day. The event was sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT) as part of a national project.

12 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Grenoside Community Primary School, Sheffield S. Yorks

Tim Harrison, aided by Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Yorkshire state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during mid-morning. 200 Year 3-6 pupil and 6 teachers enjoyed the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and Science Lead Teacher Jenni Monach in the organisation of the event. Such visits form part of a series of science assemblies, sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

12 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Shooters Grove Primary School, Sheffield S. Yorks

Tim Harrison, aided by Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Yorkshire state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon. 210 Year 3-6 pupil and 13 teachers enjoyed the assembly.

‘So..the biggest impact teachers have talked about really is the questions that children had afterwards (having remembered your comments about questions being dangerous). Some information was certainly 'mis-remembered' but there won't be any children sucking the helium out of 5 consecutive balloons. 

Safety was one thing that really came out to children and adults - knowing what you are doing and doing it safely - chemicals are not for messing! (Well maybe sometimes!)

Vocabulary is a focus in our school at the moment and it really came through (odourless and colourless etc.) but also the terminology for other things: solution, insulation (and many more).

Engagement in the assembly goes without saying but generally in science it re-engaged some pupils and they all came out feeling science was fascinating and fun. Seeing what real scientists do in the real world is another hugely important factor, it gave an insight into the world of chemistry.

Children remembered about the density of different gases and could use the language to explain this. Very few knew about the different coloured flames and temperatures which was a real revelation to them. 

Even in the space of just over an hour, the children's observational skills were tested and developed. Jenny Monach, Science Lead.

Thankyou, for the very enjoyable assembly that you ran at our school. All the children enjoyed it and were fully engaged. Talking to children afterwards was more revealing. Many children enjoyed the spectacle, the noise and the excitement - but were happy to leave it at that. With other children it had a deeper impact. They had more questions about why and over the next few days showed me things that they had found out about gases and the atmosphere and related facts.’ Stephen Crabtree (Science Subject Lead)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Jenni Monach and Science Lead, Mr Crabtree 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.

11 March: National Science Week Science Assembly, Shipley Primary School, Shipley, West Yorkshire

Tim Harrison, aided by postdoctoral chemist Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and to 8 teachers at the school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Caroline Hudson in the organisation of this event.

"The children were engaged throughout the assembly and afterwards have been caught many times talking about science - the things that they witnessed within the hour and other aspects which have come up during the week. They transferred the observation skills, which Tim went through, in science lessons during the week. Staff were inspired by the way science was shown to be exciting - and that there are many elements which they can teach!

It is so important for our children to get to see the real people behind the developments in the world of science and medicine - that they have faces, personalities and are fired up about their work. They have few high performing role models and meet few people beyond their own families who can give them ideas and ambition about the possibilities open to them in the world. On Monday you showed them this, as well as showing them that skill and learning is to be valued and that hard work is exciting and motivating.’  Caroline Hudson, Teacher.

The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

07 March: PSTT Science Assembly, St Mary’s Fields Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to a total of 300 pupils in Years 3-6 and 15 teachers in this 3 form entry school during the afternoon.

The chemistry assembly was an exciting and engaging experience for all of our KS2 children. The children were encouraged to use their scientific skills in an exciting context, challenged to question their assumptions, and motivated to engage further in their scientific experiences outside of the assembly. Many children have now set their sights on becoming scientists. Thank you so much. It really was a wonderful experience for the school. ‘ Olivia Heath.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames and Olivia Heath, Science Lead in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

06 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Sandfield Close Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 300 pupils in Years 3-6 and 12 teachers during the morning.

‘Professor Tim’s assembly has made me want to study chemistry in the future’, announced one year 4 child as I walked through the corridor.  Thanks to the Primary Science Teaching Trust and the University of Bristol, School of Chemistry for organising Tim and Jonny to come to Leicester.  The assembly created an explosive atmosphere, where misconceptions were addressed and interest in chemistry increased.  The audience were spellbound and the teachers smiled and giggled, I certainly learnt something and it created a memorable learning experience that increased the science capital of both teachers and children.’ Sarah Eames

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science lead and PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

06 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Glebelands Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to a total of 130 pupils in Years 3-6 and 8 teachers during the afternoon.

‘Thank you so much for the wonderful assembly. As you know, I could only stay for the first few minutes, but from what I saw, the children were completely enthralled! When I saw some of our year 6 children after school, they were absolutely enthused and still bubbling with excitement! One child told me all about the volunteer children lighting the balloons at the end, using the correct scientific names for the gases. I have no doubt that they will have learnt a great deal from the assembly, and it was pitched just right for our Key Stage 2 children. Many thanks to both of you once again.’ Rachel Hobson, Science Lead

‘I have never seen science delivered in such a direct yet engaging fashion.  The children were amazed by the science which was put on demonstration and the engagement in their faces was obvious.  The subject matter related to their everyday experiences and I am certain they will all remember the occasion.”  Lawrence Lee, Headteacher.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead Rachel Hobson and PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

05 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Slater Street Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Jonny Furze performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 96 pupils in Years 2-5 and 8 teachers or other adults during the morning.

Year 2: Adults and children of year 2 both really enjoyed the science assembly. The children, although the youngest in the room, came out of the hall wanting to talk about science (particularly the experiments.) They learnt all about the gases in the atmosphere and we spoke at length after the assembly about global warming. All in all, we had a fantastic hour and would love to be a part of it again the future.

Year 3: I thought the assembly was very engaging and fast paced throughout with the right amount of interaction with the children. There was a lot of experiments that linked with what he was explaining so it children were observing science happen in front of their eyes! It has given me a few ideas linking some science with my Volcanoes project (geography) with some science as some children came up to me saying it looked like an eruption! Also, I think it got children very excited and enthused about learning science now and in the future especially when they get to use all the equipment and chemicals in secondary school!  I REALLY enjoyed it! (makes me think however that magicians might just be great scientists when performing some of their tricks haha!)

Year 4: A really great assembly, demonstrating areas of science that excite the children in a way we can’t in a primary classroom. Lots of facts for both staff and pupils, links to the curriculum now and in the future were clear, and children all came out with a different favourite thing to talk about. Thank you for bringing chemistry to life in an accessible way.

Year 5: Great, enthusiastic chemist - thoroughly engaged Year 5, making reference/links to Year 5 Science curriculum- Properties and changing materials. Year 5 used some of their prior knowledge to explain/discuss various concepts being demonstrated.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science lead Jessica Edmonds and PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

05 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Mayflower Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to a total of 350 pupils in Years 3-6 and 10 teachers or other adults during the afternoon.

The assembly was amazing and the adults as well as the children thoroughly enjoyed it.   I have attached some feedback from the children that I received.  I thought you pitched it at the right   level for the children, and although it was an hour long, the children were completely engaged and focused and wanted you to carry on! The majority of our children are EAL and the Science you showed was very visual.  They loved all of the experiments that you showcased and I know that they all learnt something about gases and reactions.  Thank you once again for taking the time out to come and see us, we would welcome you back anytime!’ Reena Chandarana, Science Lead

‘I liked the fact that he talked to the children in a grown-up scientific way.’ Miss Atkins, Teacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science lead Reena Chandarana and PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

05 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Stokes Wood Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison gave two performances of the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to a total of 13 classes, 360 pupils in Years 2-6 and 42 teachers or other adults during a busy morning.

‘Tim Harrison’s assemblies created a sensation at Stokes Wood Primary School, in Leicester. Our children were left spellbound by the lively demonstration of chemistry experiments. At Stokes Wood, we are working hard to engage with the science community outside school, so this was an ideal opportunity to show our children that there is a whole world out there with real-life scientists doing real-life science.'

Mrs Gadsby, head teacher of Stokes Wood, said, “Our children were captivated by the amazing science. Tim’s demonstration was pitched exactly at our children’s level of understanding – he had them eating out of his hands! Many of our children come from disadvantaged backgrounds, so events such as Tim’s assemblies help us to raise aspirations and enrich our children’s learning.”

The event was a good opportunity for our pupils to demonstrate the knowledge they had already acquired through lessons about states of matter and materials. All our children, from the Year 2s to the Year 6s, returned to their classrooms buzzing with excitement for science and their heads full of yet-unanswered questions. The assemblies have raised the profile of science at our school and we were delighted that it was a whole-school, shared experience.’ Bhavesh Patel

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead Bhavesh Patel and PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

01 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Galliard Primary School, Enfield, N. London

Tim Harrison, aided by chemist Jonny Furze, visited this large N. London state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning. 360 pupils in Years 4-6 and 9 teachers enjoyed the assembly. o:p>

All the staff and children thought it was absolutely amazing and personally (as I said) I thought it was the best, most exciting Science Assembly that I had ever seen! It really helped the children see what being a scientist is like and enabled them to think about future careers (most of them want to be footballers or youtubers!). Also, being a teacher in a primary school often means we can't do 'exciting' Science investigations such as you showed us today so that was something many of our children hadn't experienced before.’ Linda Middleton (Science Lead).

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster lead Stacey Reid and science teacher Linda Middleton. Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were several such assemblies in this period in the Borough of Enfield.

February

28 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Latymer All Saints Primary School, Enfield, N. London

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this 3 form entry N. London state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’. Two performances were given to a total audience of 450 Year 2-6 pupils and 24 teachers.

‘Fantastic Science Assembly provided by the Bristol University School of Science. It was both entertaining and informative, enthusing adults and children alike about the wonders of our world and the science within it. Bringing a deeper level of science, that can't be conjured up in the home with ingredients found in the local supermarket, is what particularly set it apart from other science assemblies. The noise and vibrations from the exploding hydrogen balloon was equally matched by the reaction of the children who were enthralled at each demonstration. Highly recommend it, and there is no doubt that it will have ignited a keen desire in all those present to explore science further.‘ Michael (Teacher)

‘Thank you so much for the show. So many children and staff said how wonderful it was’  -Science lead

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster lead (and deputy headteacher Stacey Reid in the organisation of this visit. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were several such assemblies in this period in the Borough of Enfield.

27 February: PSTT Science Assembly, St Georges Freezy Water CofE Primary School, Enfield, N. London

Tim Harrison visited this London state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning. 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 9 teachers enjoyed the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster lead Stacey Reid and teacher Sandra Burt in the organisation of the visit.

Thank you again for yesterday's stellar science assembly. The event provided an incredible opportunity for our children and staff and there was a tremendous buzz in the atmosphere. Your delivery was pitched at an appropriate level to enable access - without compromising the content. As promised, here are comments from members of the teaching staff:

‘This morning’s assembly was an incredible experience for my year 2 children- they left awestruck and inspired by what could be achieved through science. After the assembly many of the children shared how they would like to be scientists, doctors and engineers- these experiences open up worlds and ideas for children.’

 ‘I found myself enthralled by every experiment alongside the children and was particularly interested when you asked them to just observe and to look beyond the obvious- this will be something I will reflect on in my own science teaching practise.’

‘A really fun and informative session. This also fitted very well into our new topic about the water cycle. The children were able to use what that learnt and saw in the workshop to their lesson today incorporating the vocabulary of water, condensation, vapour etc. Thank you’ 

‘Thank you for this mind-blowing science assembly. The children in year 4 learnt a lot and are considering becoming scientist. Thank you.’ 

‘ My class (Year 6)  are now considering careers in science and I was totally captivated by your delivery. You covered so much in a relatively short space of time providing a memorable experience. You are 'gold dust' to the teaching profession providing that 'awe and wonder'. Our children opened up and confidently shared their knowledge and understanding referencing key vocabulary: reversible experiment and names of gases’. ’Sandra Burt, Science Lead

Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. 

27 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Lavender Primary School, Enfield, N. London

Tim Harrison visited this London state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon. 350 pupils in Years 2-6 and 18 teachers, in this large urban school, enjoyed the assembly.

‘ A massive thank you again for the assembly today; it has created such a buzz around the school. All the teachers keep telling me how excited all of the children were after the assembly and they themselves were really impressed with how much scientific knowledge you managed to squeeze in and share with the children. The students were all so enthusiastic.  Lots were heard sharing that the "explosions were their favourite parts". They all seemed really amazed and, as one of my students said at the end, their minds really were blown with how fantastic the assembly was, so a huge thank you for all of your hard work and efforts to make this happen at Lavender. I think we all thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon! Thanks again.’ Ashley McGrath

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster lead Stacey Reid and teacher Ashley McGrath. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. 

26 February: RSC Primary Schools’ Lecture Demonstration, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham, Gloucs

The afternoon lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ was presented by Tim Harrison for Year 4 and 5 pupils was again hosted by Cheltenham Ladies’ College, for state and independent schools in the region. On this occasion 273 pupils and 28 teachers and other adults enjoyed the event.

The children responded well and were very engaged with the subject matter. What a privilege to experience chemistry in such an entertaining way. I thought Tim's presentation style was very refreshing and exactly what the world of chemistry needs if it is to attract the very best brains.’ Teacher, Leckhampton Primary

 The local state and independent primary schools attending were: Dunalley Holy Trinity St Gregory’s, St John's Primary School Leckhampton, Gotherington, Airthrie and Richard Pate.

This event is now a regular fixture in the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach year. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Matt Gill (Head of Science, Cheltenham Ladies’ College).  The event was sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Bristol ChemLabS.

25 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Yealmpton Primary School, Yealmpton, Plymouth, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS visited another Devonian primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon. 150 Year 2-6 pupils and 7 teachers enjoyed the performance.

‘Many thanks for visiting Yealmpton Primary School this afternoon and delivering such a fantastic session all about chemistry and gases.

Both the staff and children thoroughly enjoyed your session which was both informative and entertaining. They came out buzzing with all the things they had learned and as you could tell from your Q & A session with the year 6 children afterwards, they relished the opportunity to find out about chemistry from someone with such a wealth of knowledge.

It was a great opportunity for the children to see examples of chemical reactions which we would not be able to demonstrate in school and to use their observational skills and to learn scientific vocabulary. Staff commented on how you linked the science shown with topics including climate change and emphasised the importance of working safely.

As a school, we have been considering ways to increase Science Capital. Your references to science in the real world and possible science jobs which the children might pursue in the future has undoubtedly helped with this. It was also great to hear the children talking excitedly to their parents at the end of the day, eager to share all they had learned.’ -Nicky Collins

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Member Nicky Collins 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 and one of two in Devon today.

25 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Victoria Road Primary School, St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS visited this Devonian primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning. 120 pupils in Years 2-6 and 14 teachers enjoyed the performance.

Quotes from children:

It was interesting loved the balloons changing size

Loved the red and blue liquids changing colour

It was fun, scary, loud and clever

It was interesting

Loved when the balloons popped with the fire

Liked when the balloons went bang

Liked the bangs

Very mesmerizing and explosions

Learnt lots about science

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Member Carla Jenkinson 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 and one of two in Devon today.

14 February: PSTT Science Assembly, St Mary's Primary, Kidderminster, Worcs

Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Worcestershire primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning/afternoon. 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 7 teachers enjoyed the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nick Barker (Warwick). Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

14 February: PSTT Science Assembly, St George's Primary School, Kidderminster, Worcs

Tim Harrison/ visited this Worcestershire primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning/afternoon. 210 pupils in Years Reception to Year-6 and 8 teachers enjoyed the assembly.

I’d like to thank you for your inspirational assembly to our children at St George’s Primary School, KIdderminster. Firstly, I would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and the knowledge that you imparted on our children and staff. I know that our children and staff were inspired by the experiences you provided. Making the science fun and real will ensure that the children remember the key messages you put across to them. As a school, raising aspirations for our children is something that we want to develop, and your assembly was a great starting point for this. Planting the seed for university and the worlds of STEM was an important step for our children’s future. In addition to the benefits to children, the staff thoroughly enjoyed the assembly as it gave them the ignition and a vehicle that they need to put in the passion into their teaching. We hope that this will be something the children and staff will talk about in years and come.’ Matt Modley (Maths and Science Coordinator)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nick Barker (Warwick) and Science Lead teacher Matt Modley in the organisation of the event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

14 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Pitmaston Primary School, Worcester, Worcs

Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Worcestershire primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning/afternoon. 350 pupils in Years 2,4,5 and-6 and 20 teachers, in this 3-form entry school, enjoyed the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nick Barker (Warwick) and teacher Rumi Choudhury in the organisation of the event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

14 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Carnforth School, Worcester, Worcs

Tim Harrison visited this Worcestershire primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning/afternoon. 195 pupils in Years Reception to Year 6.7 teachers also enjoyed the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nick Barker (Warwick) and teacher Sarah Shellard in the organisation of this event.

A huge thankyou to Tim for his entertaining and captivating assembly. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and have experienced ‘real science’ on a big scale.’ Teacher.

My Year 1 class have just voted to have a science kit brought in as an end of term treat!’ Teacher

It was really good and we earnt about chemistry’ Pupil

‘I am now going to work harder for what I want to do when I am older.’ Pupil

‘The bangs were terrifying but cool because we could see how chemicals react! I liked watching the colours changing.’ Pupil

Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

12 February 2018: Primary G&T Science Day, Redmaids’ High School, Bristol

For the ninth year running Bristol ChemLabS delivered a Science Day for Gifted & talented pupils from local primary schools hosted at Redmaids’ High School (Bristol).

48 specially selected Year 5 & 6 pupils from local schools were invited. The day included the chemistry demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’, presented by Jonny Furze. This involved 80 Year 5 and 6 Redmaids’ High Junior School pupils. This was followed by a series of experiments in the Senior Schools Laboratories for the visitors, supported by Bristol postgraduate chemists.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Lisa Brown (Redmaids’ School) in the organisation of this event.

The 9 Bristol schools participating were: Redmaids' High Junior School, QEH Junior School, Headley Park Primary School, Holymead Primary School, Woodlands Academy, Waycroft Academy, Wicklea Academy and Elm Lea Junior School.

12 February: Science Assembly, Bridge Farm Primary School, Whitchurch, Bristol

Rescheduled from a snow day, Bristol ChemLabS visited this school to deliver 2 science assemblies for a total of 550 students in Years 2-6 and 14 accompanying staff members. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Jessica Lockyear in the organisation of this visit. The event, delivered by Tim Harrison, was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

07 February: Crystal Workshop, St John’s Primary School, Bristol

Undergraduate Heather Hudson, aided by fellow undergraduate chemist Lucy Bird, led 30 very keen Year 3 and 4 pupils in an exploration of crystal growing during the afternoon.

The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

January

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

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to local primary and preparatory school from the region. In 2 events hosted by Sherborne School for Girls. Two lecture demonstrations were in Years 5-7. In total, 498 pupils and 32 teachers saw the talks. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Tony Angelosanto (Deputy Head) and James Grierson (Chemistry Teacher) in the organisation of this event.

Thanks again for the wonderful lectures. The students and teachers (498 in total) were buzzing’ James Grierson (Sherborne)

‘I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you once again for inviting us to your Science lecture. The children were absolutely enthralled (as were the teachers) and we certainly have had plenty of questions to follow up in our Science lessons.’ Preston School

Thank you very much for inviting us to your school to watch gases in the air. We all had a great time and many of us have never seen these experiments in real life. The lecturer was very good and we all appreciate the time he took to come and teach us; we all look up to him. The experiments were really cool, many of us wanting to try them back at school (best not though!).’ Pupil, Sunninghill School

Thank you ever so much for inviting us to your fascinating science lecture. We are sure that we will remember it for years. The lecturer was absolutely amazing, He made the lecture funny, interesting and explained chemistry really well and taught us about everyday gases. As we haven’t done an awful lot of chemistry, I think it gave us a very good introduction to the subject although we have just learnt about acids and alkalis. If you did another science lecture we would be delighted to come again.’ Pupil Sunninghill Prep School

Schools attending were: Sunninghill Preparatory School Hanford Preparatory School, Hazelgrove Preparatory School, Knighton House Preston Primary School, Forres Sandle Manor, Bradford Abbas, Yetminster, Sherborne Primary School, Thornford Primary School, Sherborne Abbey Primary School, St Nicholas CE Primary School, North Cadbury CE VC Primary School, St Andrews CE VC Primary School, Buckland Newton CE Primary School and Sherborne Girls (Year 7).

The visit was partly 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.

30 January: Lecture Demonstrations, Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex

Tim Harrison, aided by Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this historic school to perform a demonstration science talk to 18 Reception pupils aged 2-4 and 6 accompanying adults.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with form Bristol ChemLabS Outreacher, and now Deputy Head Teacher (Senior School) , Marcus Medley in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

25 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Ryders Green Primary School, West Bromwich, West Midlands

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this two-form entry state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning. 300 Year 2-6 pupils and around 20 staff enjoyed the assembly.

‘Feedback on your assembly from the staff and received the below:’

‘The best assembly I have seen here.’

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the assembly and the children were enthused. Professor Tim had a fun yet informative approach. Very enjoyable!’

 ‘Children were captivated throughout the whole assembly and we were all left wanting more! Best assembly I have seen and a wonderful way to get children engaged with science.’  -Lucy Blackmore (Headteacher)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and headteacher Lucy Blackmore 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.

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

Bristol ChemLabS revisited this local specialist science college for the 11th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools over 2 days. On the second day 201 pupils from Years 4-6 and 22 accompanying teachers/adults enjoyed the talks.

We did indeed very much enjoy the Christmas lectures. We found Tim to be very clear and engaging for the children. They particularly enjoyed the experiments (especially the bangs!) and being able to engage in active science. They have all said that they are looking forward to secondary school where they will get to experience more of this Science.’ Oasis Bankleaze

‘The lecture was great. I've been to these before and they continue to be a highlight of our school calendar. Children were engaged etc, enjoyed seeing the practical aspects and the lecture was lively and interesting. Just keep it as it is going forwards.’ Our Lady of the Rosary

I thought that the lecture was great for the Y6 children that we brought. There was a good level of science, fun and experiments which kept the children engaged and they learnt lots of new information.’ St Theresa's

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science teacher Jo Pascoe in the organisation of this event. The visit is subsidised by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

The Catholic primary schools participating today were: Our Lady of the Rosary (Bristol) (60), Oasis Bank Leaze (Bristol) (51), St Peter and Paul’s (30) and Holy Family (60).

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

Bristol ChemLabS revisited this local specialist science college for the 11th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools over 2 days. On the first day 240 pupils from years 4-6 and 14 accompanying teachers enjoyed the talks. Bristol ChemLabS worked with science teacher Jo Pascoe in the organisation of this event. The visit is subsidised by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

The Catholic primary schools participating today were: St Theresa's (Bristol) (60), Corpus Christi (Western Super Mare) (60), St Bernard’s (Bristol) (60) and St Francis (Nailsea, Bristol) (46).

16 January: Science Assembly, Exeter Junior School, Exeter, Devon

The Outreach team of Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze from Bristol ChemLabS visited this independent school to deliver a science assembly to 191 eager pupils from Years 3-6 during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS again worked with PSTT College member and Headteacher Sue Marks (Headteacher) in the delivery of this event. Unfortunately, other local schools were unable to attend.

‘On Tuesday, we all enjoyed a visit from Tim Harrison of Bristol University Education Outreach. He delivered a fast paced, informative and very entertaining presentation all about gases, vapours, perfumes and, how they are chemically crafted and used in so many of our everyday products. The science he presented covers key curriculum areas, is relevant and, above all, memorable. His demonstrations are always inspiring, full of exciting bangs and explosions, chemical bubbles and colour changes, leaving pupils feeling thoroughly ‘wowed’ by the ‘awesomeness’ of science!’ Headteacher

The event was sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT) as part of a national project.

14 January: Science Assembly, St Helen’s CE Primary School, Alveston, Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this local state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon.

‘Thank you again for the workshop that you delivered at St Helen’s Primary School today – it was excellent. The session exposed the children to a rich and varied range of scientific language and concepts. It was excellent the way that precise language was frequently reinforced and investigated (without the pace or enjoyment suffering). The equipment and materials showcased during the session were far beyond those normally seen in primary education and it fired up the children’s enthusiasm for science. The children were full of questions and observations after the session, showing a highly positive attitude towards their continuing scientific studies. The teachers present also found it both educational and an excellent demonstration of how engaging and interesting science teaching can be. The session held links to several areas of the primary scientific curriculum and it was great to see the entire range of age groups (from Year 2 to Year 6) able to learn from and enjoy the experience.’ Jon Leeming, Year 6 teacher and Maths lead

Bristol ChemLabS will be working with secretary Stacey Reid in the organisation of the event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

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

Tim Harrison returned to this local primary school to give a talk on ‘smelly chemistry’ -The Chemistry of Perfumes. 110 pupils in Years 3-6, 4 teachers and several student teachers enjoyed the talk. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Josie Karruck in the organisation of this event.

The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

2018

December

19 December: Science Assembly, Waycroft Academy Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by undergraduate Heather Hudson, performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 4 staff in this two -form entry school during the morning.

‘Thank you again for the assembly on Wednesday, the children thoroughly enjoyed it and are still asking me various questions which I've had to swat up on!

The assembly ran by Tim and a student from the University was superb. The children were fully engaged with the exciting and captivating scientific experiments and reactions that were happening in front of them. We have held previous assemblies like this, but none have captured the children's interest or caused the pupils to come away asking numerous questions to the teachers around the school. I would certainly recommend this service to any school looking to create an enthusiasm for science’. ’Elliott Jones, Year 4 class teacher.

Bristol ChemLabS again worked with teacher Elliott Jones in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

12-19 December: Loanable Boxes’ Visit, Hollymount Primary School, Worcester, Worcs

A ‘Water Loan Box’ from the Loanable Library of Equipment, was used in this school by Nick Barker (Warwick) to deliver some practical science sessions. 14 KS2 pupils at Science Club used the resource and all 60 Year 6 pupils from 3 classes also used the chemicals and equipment. This activity was sponsored by the PSTT and Bristol ChemLabS. For more information on the loan boxes please click here.

11 December: PSTT ‘Wonders of the Earth’ Science Assembly, St Mark's CofE Junior School, Salisbury, Wilts

The lecture demonstration ‘Wonders of the Earth’ was presented by Sibongile Twala (SciBono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Chemist Jonny Furze (Bristol) to 186 members of Key Stage 2 and 8 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS again worked with Peter Sainsbury, PSTT Cluster Advisor, in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

10 December: Science Demonstration, Hollymount Primary School, Worcester, Worcs

Sibongile Twala (SciBono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Bristol Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this large primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Wonders of the Earth’ to 360 pupils in Years 1-6 and 26 teachers during the morning. A second shorter science assembly was performed by Tim Harrison for 60 pupils and three teachers from Reception classes.

Thank you very much for your assembly with Sibo on Monday.  For the children in this community, the benefits of meeting a scientist from another country (who is female and an excellent communicator) are quite profound.  It makes the world seem a larger place with more possibilities.  It almost goes without saying that the assembly was excellent! THANK YOU!’ -Nick Barker

Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Nick Barker (Warwick) in the organisation of this event. This visit was sponsored by the a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

10 December: Science Demonstration, The King’s School, Gloucester, Gloucs

Sibongile Twala (SciBono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Bristol Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze, visited this primary school (acting as host) to perform a science assembly to pupils aged Year 3-6 from Kingsholm Primary School (Gloucs) and the host school’s junior department. 180 pupils and 21 teaching staff attended the science assembly.

 ‘The children thoroughly enjoyed the science yesterday and it was lovely to pair up with Kingsholm.’ Head of King’s Junior School.

Bristol ChemLabS worked deputy head teacher Saskia O’Sullivan in the organisation of this event. This visit will be sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

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, visited this primary school to perform a science assembly for 170 pupils from Reception to Year 6 and 8 teachers during the afternoon.

'A massive ‘thank you’ to you and your brilliant team for presenting the science show today from all the children, teachers and governor, at Holt Primary – it was a fabulous Christmas treat. A poll of instant responses from the children reflected great enthusiasm: “awesome”, “inspiring”, “magical”, “mind-boggling”, “exciting”, “It made me love science even more”. 

‘Bubbles’ delivered brilliantly – engaging and encouraging the children effortlessly with a great balance of child-level humour (samples from the boys’ toilets / how explosive farts are), challenging questions and slipping in challenging vocabulary and conceptual explanation. She was very positive in her responses to the children’s contributions – praising their knowledge and use of scientific terms.   Immediate impact has been parents telling me their children haven’t stopped talking about the show and have asked for science kits for Christmas. The follow-up aim is for teachers to discuss with their class what they can remember, what they enjoyed, what puzzled them etc. Older children will be asked to choose one of the events, research it further and try to mock demonstrate and explain it – as if presenting it. We were lucky enough to be treated to a similar show last year – and its impact was evident one year on: it was obvious that many children did not just remember the activity but much of the science behind it. More evidence for children being capable of learning tricky language, concepts - especially when they are having fun!’ ‘An awesome show on Friday - many, many thanks for stretching to so many on one day’. -Pauline Rogers

 Bristol ChemLabS worked 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.

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

Sibongile Twala (Sci Bono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze, visited this Community Academy School (acting as host) to perform a science assembly to over 300 pupils aged Y4-6 from 7 local primary schools. At least 20 teachers were also in attendance. Bristol ChemLabS worked 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.

They (Year 5) were all very much engaged, it built on prior knowledge, but introduced lots of new concepts, and they all came back asking about experiments we could do at school. The presenter was extremely knowledgeable, and the pace was perfect for the age group. An excellent morning!’ Will Orr Studley Green Primary School

‘Although late and panicking to finish assessment week and arrive in time for the show, the kids loved it. The level was pitched for all our Year 6s and what an absolute privilege and faith restoring session it was. To have had a black, female role model for our girls (and boys) in a Chemist lead role was truly inspiring and gave many of the lift needed to inspire our children. Amazing!’ Adrian, St John’s, Trowbridge

‘Our children loved it and gave be a blow by blow account of the different experiments, sorry I missed it. Here’s just a few of their comments.’ Ruth, North Bradley (Trowbridge)

Comments by pupils:

“It was kind of exciting and kind of scary with the balloons popping with flames with the gas we breathe out.”  Samuel.

“It made me think differently about air and about the gases in air and how dangerous they can be.”  Erin H

I learnt that fire needs oxygen, fuel and heat to keep going and that you need to be careful round liquids and gases and check you know what they are, don’t assume it’s just water because it’s clear.”  Erin C “

 ‘I would love to go again, and the Years Fives definitely need to go next year.” Harry.

The PSTT Trowbridge cluster primary schools attending were Studley Green, North Bradley, Southwick, St George’s, Sambourne, St John’s and Bitham Brook.

06-21 December: Loanable Library of Equipment, Henbury Court Primary Academy, Bristol

The PSTT sponsored ‘Electricity Box’, from the loanable library of equipment, was on loan with this local school Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Amy Hall. The box was used by ’42 pupils from Year 6. The loanable library of equipment is sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the since Faculty at the University of Bristol.

06 December: Widening Participation Science Demonstration Lecture, University of Bristol

Alison Rivett gave a performance of the 'Gases In The Air' lecture demonstration for 328 primary pupils as part of a University 'Taster Day' organised by the Widening Participation team to raise awareness and aspirations.  After a busy morning of workshops the children were excited to watch the different experiments and wowed by the bangs and flashes in the grand surroundings of the Victoria Rooms Auditorium.  Year 6 students and accompanying teachers attended from the following local Bristol schools: Barton Hill Academy (50), Bannerman Road Community Academy (45), The Dolphin School (30), Merchants Academy Primary (22), Waycroft Academy (60), Wicklea Academy (72), Woodlands Academy (19), St Bernadette Catholic Primary (30).

Afterwards the organiser (Raeesah Ellis-Haque from the Student Recruitment Office) said "It went really well and we got lots of great feedback from teachers and children alike!"

06 December: Schools’ Science Lecture, Marlborough School, Wilts

Sibongile Twala (Sci Bono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze, visited this Community Academy School (acting as host) to perform a science assembly to over 300 pupils aged Y4-6 from 7 local primary schools. At least 20 teachers were also in attendance.  Marlborough College hosted the event.

‘Feedback from visitors was excellent – eye opening, inspirational, fun, informative – parents saying that their son/daughter can’t wait to study Chemistry! Sibo pitched the talk well to her audience.’ Head of Science

The schools attending were Swindon Academy (150), St Katherine’s CofE Primary (17, Savernake), Ramsbury Primary (30, Marlborough), St Michael’s Primary (27, Aldbourne), Broad Hinton CofE Primary (4, Swindon), St Mary’s (20, Calne), St Francis (30, Pewsy) and Pinewood (55, Shrivenham). 

Bristol ChemLabS was again be working with Gary Doyle in the organisation of this visit. The event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

06 December: Widening Participation Demonstration Lecture

Alison Rivett gave a performance of the 'Gases In The Air' lecture demonstration for 328 primary pupils as part of a University 'Taster Day' organised by the Widening Participation team to raise awareness and aspirations.  After a busy morning of workshops the children were excited to watch the different experiments and wowed by the bangs and flashes in the grand surroundings of the Victoria Rooms Auditorium.  Year 6 students and accompanying teachers attended from the following local Bristol schools: Barton Hill Academy (50), Bannerman Road Community Academy (45), The Dolphin School (30), Merchants Academy Primary (22), Waycroft Academy (60), Wicklea Academy (72), Woodlands Academy (19), St Bernadette Catholic Primary (30).

Afterwards the organiser (Raeesah Ellis-Haque from the Student Recruitment Office) said "It went really well and we got lots of great feedback from teachers and children alike!"

04 December: Chemistry Demonstrations, 2018 Bridgwater STEM Festival, National College for Nuclear, Cannington, Bridgwater, Somerset

Tim Harrison, aided by outreach chemist Jonny Furze, performed a version of the lecture demonstrations ‘Gases in the Air’ to 199 Key Stage 2 pupils, 21 teachers and 24 STEM Ambassadors who were visiting or presenting at the Bridgwater STEM Festival 2018. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Sherryl Sellick in the organisation of the visit. The event was sponsored by EDF Energy.

‘I would like to extend my most sincere and biggest thanks out to each and every one of you for an outstanding achievement at the second Bridgwater STEM Festival held a little earlier this week. A sterling amount of effort and enthusiasm went into the event which I feel was an enormous success. Each teacher/member of staff who I spoke to from the Primary Schools felt it was a wonderful event, and we could all see ourselves the students were enjoying themselves with the level of their engagement and smiles.’  -Sherryl Sellick

The primary schools attending were (Morning): Enmore CofE Primary School (Bridgwater), Nether Stowey CofE Primary School (Bridgwater) and Cannington CofE Primary School (Bridgwater), (Afternoon): Somerset Bridge Primary School (Bridgwater) and North Petherton Primary School (Bridgwater).

November

29 November:’ Loanable Boxes’ Visit, Hollymount Primary School, Worcester, Worcs

A ‘loan box’ from the Loanable Library of Equipment, was used in this school by Nick Barker (Warwick) to deliver some practical science sessions with 12 Year 5 pupils This activity was sponsored by the PSTT and Bristol ChemLabS. For more information on the loan boxes please click here.

27 November: Science Assembly, Chalfont St. Peter Academy, Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze returned to this own primary school to present a science assembly. Jonny Furze performed the assembly on the theme of 'Gases in the Air' during the morning for 240 Year 3-5 pupils and 7 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Rosalind Pool (Science Lead) in the organisation of this event.

‘I wanted to let you know how wonderful your visit to CSPA was, and how much the children enjoyed it.  All the feedback from the different years was that children (and staff) were engaged, entertained and, most importantly, inspired.  There has never been a bigger push for STEM subjects in both schools and businesses and all children went home raving about their experiences.  Thanks again for an explosive day.’ Roz Pool, Science Lead.

The event was sponsored by a NERC portfolio grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

22 November: Science Assembly, St John’s School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this local, Bristol school to present a science assembly for 300 KS2 pupils and 10 teachers. Chemist Jonny Furze performed the assembly on the theme of 'Gases in the Air'. The KS2 children at St John’s are always excited to see such assemblies.

‘The children and staff who viewed the science demo were all incredibly impressed and, more importantly, wowed by the science on show, including the range of experiments. Many of the children were talking about it afterwards and some even commented that they wanted to become scientists so that they could do the same things. We would love to have more of these events at St. John’s in the future.  Reg Amarshi

Bristol ChemLabS again worked with Ali Vining (Deputy Head) and teacher Reg Amarshi in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

15 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 181 pupils in Years 2-6 and 14 teachers during the day. 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.

14 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Southbourne Infants School, Emsworth, Nr Chichester, West Sussex

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze visited this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ twice to 150 Year 2-4 pupils and 11 teachers during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS again worked 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.

14 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Southbourne Junior School, Emsworth, Nr Chichester. West Sussex

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze visited this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ twice to 120 Year 5-6 pupils and 8 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS again worked 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:’ Loanable Boxes’ Visit, The Littletons Primary School, South Littleton, Evesham, Worcs

The water box was taken into this school by Nick Barker (Warwick) to deliver some practical science sessions with 2 X Y3 groups and 2 X Y4. The 40 pupils evaluated the best water filtering system. Nick was working with teacher Katy Blowfield. This activity was sponsored by the PSTT and Bristol ChemLabS.

13 November 2018: Colston’s Lower School, Bristol

The Bristol ChemLabS team returned to this local independent prep school for the second time as part of a special STEM Day.  The 150 Year 2-6 children enjoyed an explosive demonstration assembly from Dr Alison Rivett on the theme of ‘Fire & Fireworks’ to start the day off with a bang (or several!).  Postgraduate chemists Mary Okoh, Joanna Sparks & Mary Jenkinson-Finch then worked with 90 Year 3, 4 & 5 pupils in four Slime workshops.

Afterwards Rachel Wellington (Science Teacher at Colston’s Lower School & ex-School of Chemistry Masters student) said “Thanks so much to you and your team for yesterday. The children and parents have given great feedback and the day was a great success. I'm thrilled with the hands-on learning the children gained and the fact that they got a real insight into STEM careers.”

The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the local Royal Society of Chemistry branch to help with the costs of the day.

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

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze visited this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ twice to a total of 70 pupils aged Y2-6 and 10 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked 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, Thorney Island Community Primary School, Thorney Island, Emsworth, Portsmouth, Hants

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze visited this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, on a military base, to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 50 pupils aged Y2-6 and 10 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster this month. Such visits formed 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 visited this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, on a military base, to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 60 pupils aged Y2-6 and 8 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster this month. Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

October

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

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 240 pupils in Years 3-6 and 9 teachers at this large Berkshire primary school during the afternoon.

Children (& staff) really enjoyed your science lecture and although we thought it may have been too long for the children, most were enthralled with the experiments, and excited by the outcomes.  It was noted that there was a buzz as children left the hall and there were comments heard such as ‘that was awesome’.  All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon. Many thanks for coming to our school, with a range of scientific experiments for our children to witness, which I am sure will inspire them for the future.’’ Hazel West, Headteacher,

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Headteacher Hazel West in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

23 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Knowepark Primary School, Selkirk, Scotland

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Scottish Borders school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 270 pupils aged Y2-6 and 8 staff during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow (and Headteacher) Arlene Bannerman 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.

23 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Thornton Primary School, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Scottish school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 200 pupils aged 1-7 and 8 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Joanne Jarvie in the organisation of this event. Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

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

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Northern Scottish state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon. 250 pupils in Primary Years 1-7 and 12 teachers enjoyed the performance. Bristol ChemLabS worked with headteacher Iain Lunan in the organisation of the visit. Such events form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were several such PSTT assemblies in Scotland this week.

22 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Hythehill Primary School, Lossiemouth, Scotland

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Northern Scottish state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning. The demonstration assembly was enjoyed by 320 pupils in Primary 2 to 7 and 12 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Rachel Wolford in the organisation of the visit. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were several such PSTT assemblies in this period across Scotland.

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

Tim Harrison visited this Welsh state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning. 142 pupils in Years 2-6 and 7 teachers were engaged by the science demonstrated. 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 were 2 such assemblies on this morning in Cwmbran.

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

Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze visited this small, Welsh state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning. This was enjoyed by 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and by 7 teachers. 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 were two such assemblies on this morning in Cwmbran.

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

Tim Harrison visited this Welsh school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 120 pupils aged Y2-6 and 5 teachers in the afternoon.

‘! Lots of positives to report following your show; all the key stage two practitioners I spoke to reported feeling more confident about teaching “changing materials” and they particularly appreciated the links you made to climate change as obviously this is an area that we have to cover and you really brought that to life. I also appreciated the focus on observational skills and the importance of working safely. The comments from colleagues regarding relevance to the curriculum included also referred to ventilation, photosynthesis and space.
In terms of the impact on pupils, the show was inspiring and informative in equal measure and included very memorable activities; in particular the liquid nitrogen shower – engaging pupils with the unexpected. Colleagues also reported pupils’ enthusiasm and interest in colour changing investigations and the frozen flowers. I loved the use of the balloon shrinking and expanding and the introduction of the ideas around changes of state at particle level.’
Headteacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked 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.

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

Jonny Furze visited this Welsh school, part of a local cluster to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 110 pupils aged Y2-6 and 5 teachers in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked 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.

18 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Dovelands Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 350 pupils in Years 2-6 and 13 teachers in this Leicestershire school during the morning. ‘May I say the most enormous thank you for the opportunity to have Tim Harrison here for the science assembly yesterday. We absolutely loved it, and it has inspired us all thoroughly.’ Class teacher ‘Sara’ Bristol ChemLabS worked with Judy Beer (PSTT Science Cluster leader) and Sara McAdam (Headteacher) in the organisation of this visit. Two primary schools were engaged in the day. 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 Jonny Furze performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 330 pupils in Years 3-6 and 4 teachers in this Leicestershire school during the afternoon.

An exciting and engaging assembly. After going back to class, my children were full of questions about science. There was a buzz in the classroom and several of them said they wanted to be scientists when they grow up and asked when were you going to be coming into school again to do more science.  Scientific vocabulary was used and reinforced throughout the assembly. This was fantastic for our school as one of our school foci is improving children's vocabulary particularly for our EAL learners. All staff present mentioned how engaged and excited all the children were and how much they learnt within that short period of time. Thanks again for a brilliant assembly.’ -Joe Gask, Teacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Judy Beer (PSTT Science Cluster leader) and Annie Carter (Headteacher) in the organisation of this visit. Two primary schools were engaged in the day. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

16 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 2, Vittoria Primary School, London

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 7 teachers in this London school (the lead for a PSTT cluster project) during the morning.

‘Thank you very much for the assembly yesterday. We had a Science themed staff meeting last night and all the staff said how much they had enjoyed it and talked about the amount of questions and talk it had promoted in class. Year 6 had a planned visit from UCL Chemistry students yesterday afternoon, as part of a pollution project we participate in each year, and they were able to answer the questions about what gases were in the air!
Our Head wasn’t at the show, but she commented on how many children she overheard talking to their parents about it at the end of the day: it definitely had the WOW factor. We are keen to grab every opportunity to have scientists in school and for children to develop their curiosity and science questioning. Your session certainly did that and you have raised the children’s expectations about what secondary school science might look like. 46% of pupils qualify for pupil premium and they don't tend to get much exposure to science outside school, so it is really important that we open
their eyes to future possibilities. With finance tight, we wouldn’t have been able to have such a session without the support of the PSTT so thank you very much.’  -Joanna Moore

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader (Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of the 5 visits across the 2 days of activity. The primary schools engaged in the 2 days of visits were: 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.

16 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 2, Winton Primary School, Kings Cross, London

Jonny Furze performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 110 pupils in Years 2-6 and 9 teachers in this London school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader, Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of the 5 visits across the 2 days of activity and Claire Brown (Headteacher) at the school. The primary schools engaged in the 2 days of visits were: 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.

16 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 2, Duncombe Primary School, Camden, London

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 300+ pupils in Years 2-6 and 13 teachers in this London school during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader, Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of the 5 visits across the 2 days of activity and Alex Wood, Science Lead at the school.

'Thank you so much for coming to the school and engaging with the staff and children in such a positive and motivating way. After the assembly, many members of staff commented on how wonderful the experience was (even members of staff who were unable to attend the assembly!). The children would not stop talking about the experience and the teachers commented on the amount of questions and talk it had promoted in class. 

Following the assembly, I have been approached by many children from all the year groups, asking about their science investigation and how they would like to use some of the information they had learned from you. The assembly inspired not only the children but the staff also (especially our headteacher, who was particularly impressed and motivated by the wonderful display). Our children do not get many opportunities to experience science in the way you were able to do so. I have also had comments from parents asking about the assembly as their child had communicated their excitement about it at home.

Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity to motivate and engage the children. It has supported the children's understanding of science and given them an opportunity to develop their questioning and reasoning skills. It was a great success!’  -Alex Wood

The primary schools engaged in the 2 days of visits were: 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: Science Assembly, Charfield Primary School, Charfield, S. Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented the science assembly, ' Gases in the Air' to all 150 pupils and 8 staff in Years 2-6 to kick start the school’s Science week.

I spoke to staff who were all so enthusiastic and motivated after your assembly. 

The main points they really learnt were: (a) Your use of vocabulary and how you modelled its correct use. They now feel more able to use the correct terms and to not accidentally instil misconceptions e.g. using the terms boiling and freezing in conversation about the weather! (b) The idea of using many different resources to teach the same concepts and to keep relating back to the same knowledge but applying in a different way

The equipment and knowledge you brought with you enabled us to have such a rich learning experience and the children are still talking about it now! With our limited resources and knowledge, we would have been unable to motivate the children to understand science in such a powerful way.  You really did start our STEM week with a bang.’ Kathryn Morrissey

This event is co-sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS is working Kathryn Morrissey (Teacher) in the organisation of this event.

12 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 1, PSTT North London Science Cluster, Newington Green Primary School, Mayville Estate, London

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 360 pupils in Years 3-6 and 14 teachers in this London school.

‘’Thank you so much so coming to deliver an assembly on Friday. I have had so much fantastic feedback from both teachers and pupils who were blown away and in awe (but also full of new knowledge!). The experiments you conducted were incredible and extremely engaging for the children. As well as having the wow factor, the content covered was relevant to National Curriculum objectives and you targeted specific year groups to ensure they got the most out of it. The way you explained what you were doing and used questioning supported children in lower year groups and challenged those in higher ones. One teacher told me that it had inspired her to make sure her lessons were as exciting and engaging. Something we have been working on as a school is increasing our children's Science Capital. The assembly you delivered and the language you used when delivering it encouraged the pupils to think about themselves as scientists and inspired them to consider what they could discover if they chose to become a scientist in later life. For a school with a high deprivation indicator and a large number of children qualifying for pupil premium, it was especially impactful. We loved having you, we would absolutely recommend you to other schools and we would love to have you back!’  -Chloe Lister.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of the 5 visits across the 2 days of activity and teacher at the school. The primary schools to be engaged in the 2 days of visits were: 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.

12 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 1, PSTT North London Science Cluster, Gillespie Primary School, Highbury, London

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 6 teachers in this London school during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of the 5 visits across the 2 days of activity and Sana Azm Teacher at the school.

First of all, thank you so much for visiting our school. We all really enjoyed the assembly and have given us staff all food for thought! The children were extremely engaged throughout the whole assembly. They were mesmerised and excited all at the same time! I have a couple of children in my class in particular who have sensory needs and do not enjoy loud noises, but they were so engrossed that leaving due to loud bangs did not even cross their minds!  Not only were children heard discussing the experiments during playtime after your assembly, they were also heard speaking with their parents about it after school, and some teachers were approached by parents too to find out what it was all about. 

With regards to staff, teachers especially felt inspired. It has given teachers ideas of practical ways that they can structure lessons and to maybe be a bit bolder than they have been when it comes to experimenting! The pitch was great and re-highlighted for us the differences in expectations between the younger and older children.’ -Sana Azm, Teacher

The primary schools to be engaged in the 2 days of visits were: 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.

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

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze performed the ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies for 300 Year 3-6 primary pupils and 12 teachers during this annual event.

'There was a real buzz when I visited the site on Friday. Staff were enthusiastically telling me it was fabulous. Children I spoke to thought it was awesome and why can’t all assemblies be that much fun!  A real hit! ' Teacher

This visit was sponsored by 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. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Dr Chris Lockyear (Governor) in the organisation of this event.

09 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Fochriw Primary School, Fochriw Bargoed, Caerphilly, Gwent/h4>

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the science assembly ' Gases in the Air' to all 90 pupils in Years 1-6 and 4 teachers at this small, rural, Welsh school.

‘Our school loved the visit from yourselves! The children were enthralled throughout the assembly, from our oldest down to our youngest, some of whom were only 5! The scientific knowledge they gained was amazing, with children talking about temperature and states of matter, as well as density and reactions! Some really tricky concepts were included but explanations were really clear and allowed the children to learn about them in a fun way. Who doesn’t like to learn through explosions?! The children were inspired to find out more and continued to talk about their learning several days later. All staff were fascinated by the experiments and even the kitchen and office staff popped out to have a look at what was going on! It allowed some of us to refresh our own science knowledge and others were taught new concepts. Any opportunity to make science fun is a positive for us! ‘

 

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow (and Head Teacher) Sharon Pascoe in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

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

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze, performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for 120 senior pupils in Years 5 and 6) and 5 teachers at this large school during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS working with cluster primary science teacher Jenny Else in the organisation of this visit. The visit, one of two in the area today, was 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 to the area following a snow closure in February 2017.

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

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze, performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for pupils at this small rural school during the morning. 160 pupils in Years 1-6 and 8 teachers saw the show. The event was the start to the school’s ‘Science Week.

Thank you so much for an inspiring assembly once again. The children simply are gripped and blown away by the excitement of the chemical reactions -as were the adults. Everyone was buzzing afterwards. Phil (our head) also said how much his school enjoyed it. A huge thank you to you both once again!  -Jenny Else.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with primary science teacher Jenny Else in the organisation of this visit. The visit, one of two in the area on this day, was 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 2017.

04 October: Science Assemblies, Old Buckhenham Hall School, Brettenham Park, Ipswich, Suffolk

Jonny Furze performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for 100 Pupils in Years 5-8 and 7 teachers in two performances. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jay Baptist in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

03 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Briar Hill Infant School, Whitenash, 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 from the host school and Year 3 from neighbouring Whitnash Primary School.

‘Thank you so, so much for the invite and making us part of today! The children LOVED it (and so did the staff!)  Thanks again for everything - He was FAB!’ Jen Roger (Whitnash)

‘Thanks so much for last week, the children absolutely loved the workshop! 210 children from 2 schools and 3 different year groups got to experience wow science with awe and wonder! Staff from both schools experienced a master class in getting children to think, observe and make predictions and were buzzing with excitement afterwards. Children started thinking that a science-based career might be for them!’ Jane Catto

Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Jane Catto. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

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

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this local school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to nearly 80 pupils in Year 2-6 and 8 adults. Bristol ChemLabS worked 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 and by a Widening participation grant from the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

September

28 September: Science Assembly, North Nibley CofE Primary School, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucs

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented ‘Gases in the Air’ to 70 pupils in Years 2-6, 5 teachers and 12 parents at the small, rural primary school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Julie Collins (School Governor)) 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.

Newsletter article: here

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

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 300 pupils in Years 2-6 of this 2 from entry Wiltshire school. 10 teachers also saw the presentation during the morning. This session was followed by a one-hour Q&A with 60 members of Year 4 and 5 teachers. ‘

The 'Gases in the Air' assembly was a fantastic, interactive experience for all pupils involved. The pupils learned a great deal about states of matter and left the assembly wanting to do even more science. The follow-up for Year 4 was also excellent - many of their questions related to how long Tim had been a chemistry professor for and how many experiments he had done (they were fascinated his work as a scientist and enjoyed learning that his interest in chemistry started at age 11). Both Tim and Jonny gave us great ideas for future science experiments and thoroughly engaged the children. They were talking about the morning for the rest of the day and were disappointed that we weren't teaching more science in the afternoon! It was the highlight of their year so far and has definitely raised the profile of science. I would highly recommend the assembly.’ - Corin Holiday, Year 4 Teacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked 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 and the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

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

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this big Tyneside school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 360 pupils aged Y2-6. 14 teachers also saw the presentation.

‘Thank you so much for the amazing assembly you delivered. You certainly created a buzz here at King Edward Primary School! The staff and our children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about gases in the air. The assembly was very informative and exciting as it gave our staff and children an opportunity to develop their own knowledge and understanding of the gases around us whilst having lots of fun too. The show was extremely engaging and inspiring! The children were absolutely amazed by the demonstrations as were the staff. I've also had feedback from parents who said that their children had told them all about the show and that they wanted to be the best scientist in the world just like you! Thanks again for the experience!’ - Hannah Osueke

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and Science Lead, Hannah Osueke in the organisation of the visit. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. This is the first of two such assemblies in North Shields today.

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

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 160 pupils in Years 1-6 of this rural school during the morning. 8 teachers also the presentation.

‘We have just been 'wowed' and 'inspired' by your Tim and Jonny Furze at the Science show this morning here at Haxey - it was FABULOUS and I am lucky enough to see it all again at St Martin's Owston Ferry this afternoon!’  - Headteacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Headteacher Jo Buckle in the organisation of this event. The visit was 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, Spring Gardens Primary School, North Shields, Tyne and Wear

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, l visited this big Tyneside school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 240 pupils aged Y3-6, during the morning. 12 teaching staff were also present. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow (and Deputy Head) Kate Wankowicz. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. This was one of two such assemblies on this day in North Shields.

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

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this big Tyneside school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 360 pupils aged Y2-6. 14 teachers also saw the presentation. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and Science Lead, Hannah Osueke. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. This is the first of two such assemblies in North Shields today.

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

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 2 schools during the afternoon. 100 pupils in Years R-6 of this host rural school were joined by a delegation of 20 senior pupils from the much smaller, nearby West Butterwick Primary School. Altogether 8 teachers saw the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Headteacher Jo Buckle in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

12 September: Primary Science Day, Bristol ChemLabS

41 Year 6 pupils from Foulds Primary School (Barnet, London), together with numerous teachers and other adults, will return for their annual visit to the Teaching Laboratories to undertake a circus of experiments, tours and model building. In the afternoon the pupils and accompanying teaching staff toured the department and enjoyed a lecture demonstration given by Jonny Furze. Bristol ChemLabS worked with former Headteacher Helen Prewett in the organisation of the day. The postgraduate chemists assisting Jonny Furze in the running the day were, Rafael Moreno, Michael O'Hagan and Alberto Avila.

11 September: Primary Science Day, Bristol ChemLabS

50 Year 6 pupils from Haywards Primary School (Tiverton, Devon) made their annual trip to Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of practical work and an afternoon tour and lecture demonstration.

‘We had a super time. Jonny was great and really took on board the responsibility well.

Super teaching session in the lecture hall, holding the children's interest and challenging their thinking.

The whole team were a credit to (you and) the university. Enthusiastic, they had a real passion for their subject and courses and shown a genuine interest in the children. Super role models for them. It was really a great opportunity for all the children.’ Deputy Head

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Ruth Dixon in the organisation of this event. In the afternoon the pupils and accompanying teaching staff toured the department and enjoyed a lecture demonstration given by Jonny Futze.  The postgraduate chemists assisting Jonny Furze in the running the day were: Abigail Mountford, Rafael Moreno, Michael O'Hagan and Joe Barker.

June

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

Bristol ChemLabS supported this local event, for local primary schools, by providing a lecture demonstration during the evening. 100 pupils in Years 5-6 and 40 accompanying teachers and parents saw the short demonstration chemistry talk given by Tim Harrison. Around 20 local primary schools were represented at this event which was in support of STEAM subjects. Bristol ChemLabS will work with Paul Temple (Head of Chemistry / Academic) in the host school in the organisation of this event.

‘As the finale to our first STEAM event, Tim demonstrated a series of experiments to show the difference between chemical reactions and some physical changes. The audience, which ranged from primary aged children through to sixth form and their parents, were wowed by the explosions and impressed with the enthusiasm and knowledge Tim showed. A very enjoyable end to our event.’ Paul Temple.

The schools attending were: Almondsbury Primary, Ashley Down Backwell Junior, Begbrook Primary, BGS, Blaise Primary, Brentry Primary, Bristol Metropolitan Academy, Bromley Heath Junior, Cathedral Primary, Chew Valley, Elm Park Primary, Gracefield, Henleaz Junior, Home Educated, Horton Primary,, Immanuel Christian School, Lower School Colstons, Luckwell Primary, Mangotsfield Secondary, Marlwood School, Meadowbrook Primary, Redland Green School, Saint Peters CofE, St Bernard’s, St Josephs Catholic, Nova Primary, Red Maids, St Mary Redcliffe, St Patricks, St Peters Church of England Primary School, Staple Hill Primary, Summerhill Academy and The Dolphin School.

The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spend the day in Surrey working with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader) delivering two science assemblies on the topic of ‘Gases in the Air’ at this very large primary school. Altogether 400 pupils n Years 3-6 enjoyed the performances. It was also seen by around 20 teachers.

 “Please find below feedback from some of those that attended: “I sat in on the year 6 workshops and I don't know about the children but I learnt so much! The gentleman leading the session was so interesting and humorous but most importantly kept the whole session focused on developing the children's curiosity and scientific thinking. Fantastic session! Excellent, engaging and informative! “ “My class loved it. Were totally mesmerized by the dry ice and liquid nitrogen showers! I've been amazed by how much they retained and have been able to recall since!” “He was fab! Managed to grab every child's attention despite using big long scientific words!” “My class really enjoyed the show, a few boys were hesitant when they learnt the assembly was about science, but came out saying 'I didn't know it was going to be that cool!' and they were transfixed the entire time. Another pupil has started to talk to me about becoming a chemist so he can do the 'awesome experiments' too! I just thought the assembly was great, a good balance of scientific and gruesome facts to keep all the pupils hooked! The kids came back buzzing!” “I was in Year 3 and 6 presentation. I thought it was great and children were engaged and enjoyed it. They used many "experiments"/chemical reactions that were very visual and quite spectacular and these were the highlight and really engaged children: flame under gas filled balloons so they exploded, dissolving the polystyrene block in chemical, using the liquid nitrogen and changing temperature to produce steam and reaction, changing colour of liquids. They involved children, which children really enjoyed.” Sarah Mayes, Lead Practitioner.

Bristol ChemLabS liaised with Science Coordinator Sarah Mayes in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) taking place across the UK.

20 June: EDF 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. 65 children and 8 accompanying teachers took part in two hands-on workshops led by Bristol chemists. All then enjoyed a demonstration assembly by Tim Harrison on the theme of ‘Gases In The Air’.

‘…. thank you so much for the great opportunity EDF funded for our Year 5 students. We had over 60 students from Eastover, Westover, Puriton, Woolavington and Otterhampton engage in the Chemistry and Maths day we host and the funding to allow Chemlabs to come down is as always much appreciated. Tim Harrison and his team as always gave huge value for money with great workshops in our laboratories and then a highly entertaining lead assembly for all the students in the afternoon.’ Paul Cadmore.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with CHeMneT member Paul Cadmore in the organisation of the day. The chemists assisting Tim Harrison were Beth Glaisyer and Steve Street. The primary schools expected were: Puriton, Westover Green, Eastover, Wembdon & Otterhayes. The day was sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

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

Tim Harrison visited this large 2 form entry Bristol school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice during the morning. Altogether ~300 pupils from Reception to year 6 and 18 teachers saw the presentations. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nicky Reynolds (Lead Practitioner and Regional Science Lead) in the organisation of this element of the school’s Science Week. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

15 June: Science Assemblies, Danesfield CofE Voluntary Controlled Community Middle School, Williton, Taunton, Somerset

Tim Harrison, added by Jonny Furze, visited this middle school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 74 Year 5, 8 Year 8 pupils and 6 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Emily Wishart of West Somerset Council in the organisation of these events. The visit was sponsored by EDF Energy.

12 June 2018: St Patrick's Primary School, Corsham

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Wiltshire school as part of their Science Day on the theme of 'Colour Chaos'. Alison Rivett delivered a Demo Assembly entitled 'A Chemical Rainbow' with lots of colourful experiments to the 200 Reception to Y6 pupils. The four Key Stage 2 Classes (110 pupils in total) then worked with Alison and postgraduate chemists Lina Mohammed, Mary Okoh, Jonny Furze & Mary Jenkinson-Finch in a series of Slime Workshops for the rest of the day. The KS1 pupils also enjoyed doing some chromatography experiments with sweeties using some 'special' solution provided by ChemLabS.

Afterwards the organising teacher & science coordinator, Pippa Tate said "Thank you very much for preparing and presenting such a fantastic day as part of our Colour Chaos Science Week. The whole school were totally enthralled by the colours of the Chemical Rainbow assembly and the Slime workshops were thoroughly enjoyed by both children and staff. We all noted and appreciated the attention to the KS2 science curriculum and the explanations given as part of the assembly and workshops. We could tell that the children were really engaged in their learning - something that's very important to us here at St Patrick's. All members of staff spoke very highly about the content and presentation of the workshops."

The school were pleased to receive a small grant from the local Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the costs of the event.

07 June: PSTT Science Assembly, Cordwalles Junior School, Camberley, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Surrey school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’. 180 pupils in Years 2-6 and 8 teaching staff were excited by the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader) and Science Lead Pierre van Vuren.

On Friday, Tim came to our school and led an awesome science presentation. He showed us a huge variety of fun experiments! One of my favourites was when he filled up one balloon with Hydrogen and the other with Helium, then he blew them up with fire. Tim crazily brought in some liquid Nitrogen and explained to us that if you put your hands into it for 5 seconds or more then your fingers would freeze and fall off. I really enjoyed this presentation and would love to see another one like it. It makes me want to become a scientist when I am older.‘  Year 6 Pupil

Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were 2 PSTT cluster assemblies on this day.

07 June: PSTT Science Assembly, Springfield Primary School, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Middlesex school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’. 550 pupils in Years 2-6 and 12 teaching staff were excited by the assembly.

'Tim and Jonny were exceptional. The communication beforehand was well organised and they arrived nice and early to set up before the assembly started. It was an extremely warm day but Tim still maintained a high level of enthusiasm to gain the attention and interest of all children. Children learnt a lot about different gases around them and have used this knowledge within their lessons since! I was particularly impressed with the differentiated questions for each year group and the understanding of the curriculum to ask age related questions yet challenge them further if need be. Children were very excited throughout the assembly which obviously meant that they were loud during some parts of it but Tim managed them brilliantly and kept them ALL engaged the whole way through. The noise of the explosions and the suspense before they happened was immense. Children are still talking about the assembly to this day. Thank you again for coming all this way to put on such an amazing show and sharing your expertise with us!’ -Science Lead

"That was the best assembly I've ever been in!" Boy aged 9 "Did you see the explosion?! It was so cool!"  -Boy aged 7.

"What an amazing assembly, I've told my husband all about the Science that I've learned too!"  -Teacher Year 3

 ‘Thank you so much for coming in last week! The children and staff are still buzzing from everything you taught them.’

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader) and Science Lead Zoe Robinson. Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were 2 PSTT cluster assemblies on this day.

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

Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration on 'Gases in the Air' in the London school’s Rutherford Theatre. 60 Year 5 pupils from nearby West Wimbledon Primary Students and 60 Year 5 Junior School pupils from the host school (Wimbledon High School for Girls) and 8 teachers enjoyed the talk.

‘We are so grateful to Tim for bringing his marvellous Chemistry assembly to Year 5 and year 6 pupils. They were enthralled and were given a fantastic insight into the chemistry of the environment. Tim delivered the assembly with the crafted skill of a story-teller, punctuated with thrilling demonstrations. He has had a massive impact in enthusing and exciting them about Science. Thank you!’  -Nadine Russo

Bristol ChemLabS worked 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.

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

Tim Harrison presented the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 240 pupils in Years 2-6 and 9 teachers as a start to the school’s Science Week. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Shona Deas in the organisation of this event.

‘Just to say a huge thank you for yesterday's show. The children were enthused by the practical approach and visual results of your chemical experiments. Children always enjoy watching chemical experiments as they are the hardest strand of science to demonstrate in primary schools. We had a lot of interesting questions from the children; how can you measure the cold of liquid nitrogen if everything breaks when it touches it? How can you measure the temperature of a gas? How can ice be dry? What is a compound? Why does the foam stop overflowing? I noticed that the children in my class, having listened to you list the changes you had observed, took greater care when describing their observations in our subsequent science lessons. Simple observation is often an over-looked skill and often the children find it hard to describe what they see, never mind changes that take place.  If I am able to arrange further science days in the future I would love to invite you back. Thank you again for your time and expertise.’ Shona Deas, Science Coordinator

The visit was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

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

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, performed the science lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 240 pupils and 10 teachers from the two-form entry primary. This event was the start of the school’s science-centred term. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jennie Courage (Science Coordinator) in the organisation of this event.

Today's assembly was great. It was pacey, held the children's attention and contained plenty of Science. Gases is an area difficult for us to teach in many ways and this assembly enabled plenty of awe and wonder experiments the children will remember and helped pass on important relevant scientific information. Useful information such as key points of observation and the importance of good observation were also mentioned. Many thanks.’ Debbie Russell and Jennie Courage (Science coordinator)

The visit was partly sponsored from a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

May

22 May: Science Assembly, Wellesley Primary School, Yate

Alison Rivett visited this South Gloucestershire school to deliver a Demonstration Assembly as part of their annual Science Week where she performed ‘Gases in the Air’ to 180 pupils from Reception to Year 5 and 7 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead Caroline Cadman in the organisation of this event. The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the costs of this event.

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

Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze visited this school to perform 3 science assemblies to different year groups of the school body during the day. The assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ was enjoyed by a total of 600 pupils in Reception to Year 6 and 30 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Annabelle Cartwright in the organisation of this event.

 ‘The chemistry assemblies delivered by Jonny Furze was a roaring success across the whole school. The teachers were impressed with how Jonny engaged the children for a whole hour. His questioning was great, targeting different age groups with different levels of questions. New vocabulary was introduced, the children in my year 3 class are still talking about the different gases using their correct names. One of the year one teachers commented that Jonny “had a fantastic way of explaining what was happening to the younger children, using the correct vocabulary for them to understand”. ‘

‘The children have been really enthused. A Year 5 teacher told me one of her children said, “the assembly was fascinating, and I’d like to have more assemblies like that”. There was a general buzz around the school afterwards. Children have talked about wanting to carry out more experiments with clear chemical reactions. Parents have commented about how excited their children were when they got home. It has also made children more aware of how science is used outside school and in the wider world. As science subject leader I am thinking about how we can include more chemistry-based wow activities into the curriculum to teach the science skills.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jonny to other schools.’ Science Lead

The visit was subsidised by a grant from the Bristol and District branch of the RSC.

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

Academic staff Karen Parish and Chris Holland delivered 3x1 hour sessions for a total of 90 Year 5 pupils at this local school in support of their science week. The pupils investigated the properties of slime and will work on rates of reaction chemistry. The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

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

Postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze visited this Welsh state primary school to deliver the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning to 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 12 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead Lucy Bright in the organisation of this event.

‘In order to raise the profile of science and technology in our school, we planned to deliver a week of lessons dedicated to science and technology and really enthuse and engage the children, especially girls. We reached out to the University of Bristol who, very kindly, offered to do an assembly for children in years 2 to 6. We used this assembly to ‘launch’ our week and set a tone for how interesting and exciting science can be. Dr Johnny Furze led the assembly and from the moment the children walked into the hall they were excited! They were greeted with floating balloons, science equipment and a rea- life scientist standing in front of them! They had lots of questions, and Dr Furze was incredibly knowledgeable. No question, no matter how big, small or silly was too much for him! The children were enthusiastic throughout the demonstrations and commented on how interesting they were. Without the visit from Bristol University, the children would not have experienced any of the experiments, or discovered how exciting science can be, as primary school science is often very limited. Many of the children stayed behind to speak to Dr Furze whilst he was packing away to find out more about his experiments and ask more questions. Teachers have approached the science team to say how beneficial the assembly was and some have continued to research topics in class. There was a real ‘buzz’ around the school after the assembly and an anticipation of what was to come throughout the week. Many of the children have asked if Dr Furze will be visiting the school again, as they would like to see other experiments! Dr Furze also sent a link to University of Bristol School of Chemistry website so that teachers were able to complete follow up lessons based on the visit, and also look for additional resources and lessons which may not be readily available to primary teachers. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to benefit from your school visits. Teachers Lucy Kelley & Paige Rees

The visit was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

18 May: Chemistry Talk, Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol

Chris Russell gave a talk to a class of 24 Year 2 pupils at the local school where he had to explain his job as a research chemist. Chris performed some practical demonstrations and supervised the class doing some work on chromatography.

11 May: Science Assembly, Frome Vale Academy, Downend, Bristol

A Bristol ChemLabS team of Jonny Furze and Tim Harrison visited this local primary school to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 120 pupils in Years 2-5 and to 4 teaching staff during morning assembly.

The session was very well run, organised well, the session was very informative and was aimed perfectly for our children. Both the adults and children learnt a humongous amount today and it was a very fun session for all. The children have left knowing about the safety and fun that can be had with chemicals, reversible and irreversible changes, liquids, solids and gases and their changing of state and quite a few misconceptions have been targeted including the boiling and freezing points of liquids. Finally, thank you so much for answering all of the children’s wild and wonderful questions, it has been a great enriching session that I am sure they won’t forget. I couldn’t speak highly enough of it, nor could the children and staff here.’

[Some of] The children’s comments are as follows;

“Fascinating”  “Mad” “Extreme” “exciting”

“We learnt about the safety of mixing chemicals and the began to learn some of the periodic table!”

 “Thank you for letting us learn about the chemicals and their reactions. We know that blue fire is really dangerous. Hydrogen is explosive and nitrogen is not”

 “Thank you for helping us with our observation skills and even helping our mental maths at the start, you were a bit like a magician.”

 “The assembly was magical because of the explosions and the colour changes.”

 “I found out that the reversal changes go back to their original state.”

Thank you again,’ Josie Karruck, Science Lead

Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Josie Karruck. The event was sponsored by a Widening Participation Grant from the University of Bristol.

10 May: PSTT Science Assemblies, Warlingham Village School, Warlingham, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spent two days 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’. This afternoon’s assembly was held at this school, part of a PSTT cluster, for 180 pupils in Years 2-6 and 6 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Rianna Mills in the organisation of this event.

‘Thanks for a great afternoon! The children and staff at WVPS really enjoyed it!’  -Rianna Mills

Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

10 May: PSTT Science Assemblies, Lime Tree Primary School, Redhill, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spent two days 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’. This morning’s assembly was held at this school, part of a PSTT cluster, for 240 pupils in Years 2-4 and 8 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Alexandra Tomlin in the organisation of this event.

‘The Science assembly that we received was exciting; the children absolutely loved every minute of it. They learnt many new things and were so enthusiastic to take part in all the investigations. From this, the children are keener to take part in investigations and are more understanding when it does not always go to plan.’ -Alex Tomlin, Science lead

Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

09 May: PSTT Science Assemblies, Whyteleafe Primary School, Whyteleafe, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spent two days 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’. This morning’s assembly was held at this school, part of a PSTT cluster, for 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 8 teaching staff.

On Wednesday we were very lucky to be visited by the University of Bristol. They performed an interactive and engaging science show assembly for all the children in years 2-6. The show taught us about gases in the air and experiments were demonstrated with liquid nitrogen, dry ice, oxygen, acetylene, hydrogen and helium. The show also taught us about states of matter changes, combustion and what is and is not a reversible change. Children in year 6 were treated to an extra experiment including liquid nitrogen.  The show was incredible, and the children were talking about it for days after, with some children claiming that they now want to be scientists. It demonstrated how science can be exciting and our children all learnt something new. Even some of the teachers learnt something they did not know before.’ Karina Pearson, Science Lead

Here are some quotes from the children about the show:
“It was mind-blowing to see a balloon blowing up. It was so cool to stand in one of the coldest things on Earth: Liquid Nitrogen!”
“We thought it was awesome as the experiments were mind blowing. The year 6 exclusive experiment was the best.”
“I thought the Science Show was amazing. I loved it when the hydrogen balloon exploded like a huge fireball.”
“I learnt that hydrogen was explosive. I thought the assembly was really good because we got to watch some really cool experiments.”
“The science assembly was absolutely mind blowing! It was so inspiring how Tim and Johnny made the explosions.”
“I really liked it because it gave me a lot more knowledge and there was loads more things I didn’t know. I found them really amazing. “

“I knew a lot before but I have learned more. Now it makes me convinced I want to be a science teacher when I’m older.”
“I couldn’t take my eyes of it, it was so good!”

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead Karina Pearson in the organisation of this event. Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

08 May: Churchdown Village Infants School, Gloucester

Alison Rivett visited this village school in Gloucestershire as part of a special Science Investigation Day.  The 180 Reception & Key Stage 1 children were very excited to start off the day watching the 'Gases In The Air' demonstrations.

 You can see some pictures from the day on the School's website here: www.churchdownvillageinf.co.uk/post?s=2018-05-08-science-investigation-day

Afterwards the Science Coordinator, Sarah Curtis, said "Your assembly is extremely valuable in showing children how exciting science can be.  In addition, we can then base the kind of classroom exploration that our equipment will allow on the basis of the valuable information provided by yourself - all at a level that the children can understand."

 Staff comments afterwards included:

 One Y1 pupil said afterwards "I have learnt what liquid, solid and gases is" and a Y1 pupil added "I have learnt more about science and how it works". The Assembly was fully sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by Bristol ChemLabS.

                                     

08 May: PSTT Science Assembly, Exeter Junior School, Exeter, Devon

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this independent school to deliver 2 science assemblies during the day to a total of 195 pupils and 8 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Sue Marks (Headteacher) and Science Coordinator Richard Pidwell in the delivery of this event. Sadly local schools could not attend.

Excerpt from school newsletter: “On Tuesday, the pupils of Exeter School had a wonderful surprise to come back to. After many communications we were lucky enough to arrange a special Science demonstration and workshop with the celebrated Scientist and Educationalist, Professor Tim Harrison. Professor Tim and Dr Jonny put on an amazing show for the pupils of Exeter Junior School. There were huge bangs, vile smells and combustion fireballs for the pupils to awe and wonder at. The children learned a huge amount and left massively enthused about science.

Charlotte Greenwood said “It was fantastic fun, especially the liquid nitrogen.”

Benjamin Cooling said “I really enjoyed learning about all the different gases in our atmosphere.”

Tahlia Hill said “The fireballs were awesome. I liked how each gas reacted differently.”

"Huge thanks to both Tim and Jonny for such a great show.”

‘Really great to see you today, Tim! Thanks so much for coming. The children couldn’t stop talking about it!’  - Headteacher

The event was sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT).

April

27 April: Science Assembly, Moyles Court School, Ringwood, Hampshire

Alison Rivett visited this independent school in the New Forest near Ringwood to speak to both the Junior and Senior students. Alison presented the demonstration lecture 'A Pollutant's Tale to the 70 Year 7 to 10 students, who were equally appreciative.

You can see a photo on the school's Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/moylescourt/photos/a.360887207399778.1073741828.360145900807242/982250591930100/?type=3&theater

A parent commented there afterwards "I’ve never seen my daughter so enthused. She’d now like to be a science teacher when she leaves school"

The event was partially sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) in the University of Bristol.

24 April: PSTT Science Assemblies, Marden Lodge Primary School, Caterham, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spent the day in Surrey working with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader). The afternoon science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ was held at this school, part of a PSTT cluster, for 180 pupils in Years 1-6 and 12 teaching staff.

‘First of all I wanted to say thank you so very much for coming to visit. The children had a fantastic time and loved every second. I have had a lot of positive feedback regarding the assembly from both students and teachers. It has definitely inspired many into further Scientific pathways. There were many children epically in Year 4 and 5 that have expressed their excitement and enthusiasm towards Physics since.  ……. the children learnt a huge amount and were absolutely buzzing after the show. Year 2 also had many comments regarding the show. One being: ' OMG it was amazing! I loved every minute! My favourite part was when the liquid nitrogen made the flowers crumble.’ A video of one of your most popular experiments (and making Miss Turner scream!) has been uploaded onto our Marden Lodge Facebook page which has had many views and likes. Thank you once again for a fabulous afternoon.' - Miss Turner (Science Coordinator).

Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

27 April 2018: Moyles Court School, Hampshire

Alison Rivett visited this independent school in the New Forest near Ringwood to speak to both the Junior and Senior students. The 70 Year 3 to 6 pupils were fascinated and enthused by their demonstration assembly all about 'Gases In The Air'.  Following that Alison presented the demonstration lecture 'A Pollutant's Tale to the 70 Year 7 to 10 students, who were equally appreciative.

You can see a photo on the school's Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/moylescourt/photos/a.360887207399778.1073741828.360145900807242/982250591930100/?type=3&theater

A parent commented there afterwards "I’ve never seen my daughter so enthused. She’d now like to be a science teacher when she leaves school"

The event was partially sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) in the University of Bristol.

24 April: PSTT Science Assemblies, Hillcroft Primary School, Caterham, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spent the day in Surrey working with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader). The morning science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ was held at this school for 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 20 teaching staff.

 ‘Firstly enormous thanks again to you and Johnny for coming to Hillcroft today and doing such an amazing Science Show. The children loved it and there was a real buzz around the school for the rest of the day. I had lots of teachers tell me how engaged and enthused their children were afterwards (and how they couldn't stop talking about it).’  Science Coordinator

Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

23 April 2018: Bromley Heath Junior School, Bristol

Alison Rivett returned to this north Bristol school for the sixth time to once again kick off their Science Week with an interactive Demonstration Assembly on the theme of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases'. The 240 KS2 children were very excited to see all the experiments and gave them a really enthusiastic response.

The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the cost of the event.

20 April: PSTT Science Assembly, Laurel Avenue Community Primary School, Durham

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 100 Year 1-6 pupils enjoyed the talk along with 5 of their teaching staff.

We loved the ‘Gases in the Air’ assembly at Laurel Avenue. It enabled pupils (and staff) to see things that we would not usually be able to demonstrate in school and gave all age groups lots to discuss. We ensure our pupils have many and varied Science experiences and strive to teach them that one of the beauties of Science is that there are always new things to learn. This assembly really reinforced this point, and a Y4 child told me afterwards "That's one of the best things I've ever seen." Our school is in a deprived area, and we often struggle to raise the aspirations of our pupils so experiences like this are invaluable because they demonstrate to children the possibilities of future study and a career in Science. This presentation showed our children the possibility of doing amazing Science beyond school (in fact some of our Y5/6 pupils were inspired to research University Science courses). Thank you very much.’ Chris Lawson

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and PSTA award winner, Chris Lawson. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

19 April: Primary Science Assembly, Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland College, Hinckley, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 45 Year 5 pupils and 10 teachers and parents from St Mary’s Primary School (Hinckley).

First and foremost the students had a fantastic time, and having spoken to many of them in the few days since the visit they have clearly come away enthused about STEM. Tim’s presentation style was engaging and informative. He kept the young people enthralled with his demonstrations and maintained a light hearted tone throughout with his humour. The science was frequently related to everyday scenarios the students were familiar with, which maintained engagement and I am certain would be brought up in discussions at home in the coming weeks and months.’ Catherine Smith

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Chemistry Catherine Smith in the organisation of this event. The visit was hosted by the local secondary school and was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

16 April: PSTT Science Assembly, Exeter Road Primary School, Exmouth, Devon

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Devonian school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 180 pupils in Years 2-6 and 10 teachers during the morning.

Feedback from the assembly has been very positive.  A girl in Year 6 said her sister, in Year 3, was “going on about it for hours last night”.  That’s a feeling I’ve picked up from staff and other children too.  Staff who are parents said they’re children were talking a lot about it.  Thanks a million Tim and Johnny for providing such an inspiring event.’ Robin James, Science Coordinator

This was one of two talks during the day. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Robin James in the organisation of the event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

16 April: PSTT Science Assembly, Marpool Primary School, Exmouth, Devon

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Devonian school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 15 teachers during the afternoon.

‘This was the most awe inspiring and jaw dropping assembly I have had the privilege of experiencing.  Tim has a wonderful manner that enthralled the children from the outset.  Both the staff and pupils were engaged and invested from throughout, and the excitement that was created during the assembly was brilliantly managed.  Tim has a skill in delivering quite complex ideas in a way that the children were able to understand and engage with, our Year 5 children in particular were excitedly telling their teacher 'we've learnt about this!'  The experiments that Tim demonstrated were carefully selected to enthuse the children and to clearly reinforce the science he was teaching.  I know that I myself have already referred to his assembly in my own science teaching when our observation skills are needed, reminding them of what we saw (a change in colour) and the 11 changes that Tim identified.  Our school thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would eagerly repeat it!  I cannot recommend this assembly, or Tim, highly enough.  Thank you for bringing science to life.’ - Leanne Caldock, Science Coordinator.

This was one of two talks during the day. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Robin James and teacher Leanne Caldock in the organisation of the event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

13 April: Science Assembly, Alexander Hosier Primary School, Wickwar, S.Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 150 Year 2-6 pupils and 6 staff at this rural school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Amy Arrowsmith in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a Small Outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

March

23 March: Fairway Infants School & Copthorne Junior School, Copthorne, West Sussex

Alison Rivett presented the demonstration assembly 'Gases In The Air' at both schools in this West Sussex town to 150 Reception & KS1 pupils at the Infants School and 240 KS pupils at the Junior school

 

Afterwards the Science Coordinator at the Infants said "The whole school just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU for your science presentation on Friday. The children are still talking about it. It has certainly raised the profile of science even more in our school. It was brilliant!"

 

The Head Teacher at the Junior School commented "I wanted to say a big thank you for the excellent science assembly last Friday. The children absolutely loved it! It was great for them to experience exciting scientific experiments that we really can't do in class."

 

The events were sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) in the University of Bristol.

20 March: Nitrogen Dioxide Pollution Monitoring Project, Bristol ChemLabS

Chris Adams, aided by a team of undergraduate chemists, hosted a visit from the eco team at Bristol Grammar Infant and Junior Schools. The pupils had monitoring the nitrogen dioxide pollution around their school site and they brought their sample tubes into our labs for analysis. Five first year undergraduate students, Marla Mbemba, Stephen Sweeting, Olivia Graham, Qinzhi Zhou and Cas Pelders), got to show the youngsters how science was done.

16 March: Science Assembly, St Werburgh's Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett returned to this inner-city school to round off their National Science Week celebrations with an exciting Demonstration Assembly on the theme of Gases In The Air. The 270 KS1 & 2 children gave all the experiments a very enthusiastic reception and the science coordinator said afterwards "Thank you so much for the assembly on Friday. The children obviously absolutely loved it!". A parent afterwards commented "My son came home saying that he had loved the 'super cool science assembly'" and the school tweeted some pictures here: https://twitter.com/st_werburghs/status/974685655048642562 This event was fully sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

06 March: Science Assembly, High Littleton Primary School, High Littleton, Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Amy Foulkes, performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for 150 pupil in Years 2 to 6 and to 6 staff in the small rural school.

‘Thanks so much for coming into our school and celebrating Science with us. Here are some comments and notes that I received from some of the children;

"The most amazing experience; especially the liquid nitrogen! Funny for everyone. All ages were included: the best assembly EVER! Although it was humorous it was serious too. It has inspired me to do more Science." Josh.

"Tuesday's assembly was absolutely inspiring. I learnt lots; had lots of fun and enjoyed all of it. My favourite bit was when the liquid nitrogen flew across the floor in ripples." Jack

"The assembly was mind-blowing! The experiments were really interesting; the explosive balloons were extraordinary!" Flynn.

"The fascinating experiments were amazing- the liquid nitrogen spiralling across the floor like an ocean!" Zachary.

"I was blown away by the fantastic presentation. I am now even more interested in Science and definitely want to become a Scientist now!" Joseph.

I thought Tim's humour, presentation style and experiments captivated every single child in the room." William.

Thank you once again.’ Lisa Tunstall (Science coordinator).

The event was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

07 March: Science Assembly, Colston’s Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for 240 Year 3-6 pupils at this local school during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with primary science teacher (and former outreach postgraduate chemist) Rachel Wellington in the organisation of this visit to the school.

 ‘All the staff here have raved about the assembly you gave and for days afterwards, children were talking about Professor Tim and how cool he is! Children are even spelling hydrogen and nitrogen correctly in science lessons! Parents have also commented on how enthused their children were following your demonstration and that they received detailed accounts from their child of each and every aspect of the assembly. I had children in the dinner queue at lunchtime the following day joking about how they would ‘inhale’ their food if their mouths were vacuums and how when their parents tell them ‘it’s boiling’ they shall correct them! You certainly made an impact! Thanks again – you’re a legend (and, as one child writes, ‘totally fearless’)!’ Rachel Wellington (Science Coordinator)

 The visit was sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

February

28 February: Science Assembly, St Patrick’s Primary School, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Tim Harrison will visited this school in the afternoon to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 210 pupils in Years 1-6 and 10 staff from St Patrick’s and 60 Year 3&4 and 10 accompanying teachers/parents from neighbouring Clapham Terrace Primary School) in the second of 2 visits in the area during the day.

‘May I take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent science presentation on Wednesday. The staff and children have not stopped talking about your visit since you left. You created a sense of awe and wonder that will remain etched in the memories of both staff and children alike for many years to come. One of my primary aims within school is to continue to raise the profile of science whilst continuing our journey towards excellence. You have certainly contributed to this and did so in such an inspiring and engaging way. Your excellent delivery, manner with the children and fabulous sense of humour kept the children captivated, 'hanging off your every word'. I have had many children (including those from our partner school), teachers and parents personally thanking me for organising such a memorable experience. I take no credit, it was your delivery and expertise that provided such an enormous impact. One little girl said, "I loved that Mrs Edkins. I like science, but now I know I want to be a scientist when I grow up!" And, may I add that we have a number of rather challenging boys in one of our year groups- they were absolutely 100% engaged and on task throughout the duration of your visit (you would not have been able to pick them out from the crowd). Thank you once again and I do hope that we meet again in the future!’ - Mrs Edkins

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Pauline Grier (The Ferncumbe CofE Primary School) and Angelique Edkins (St Patrick’s) in the organisation of these events. The visits are sponsored by an education grant 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 visited this small rural primary school to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 180 pupils from Reception to Year 6 and 8 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.

‘I just wanted to drop a quick line to thank you so much for today - miserable driving conditions, hotel stop over AND 2 schools! The kids were bowled over today, not to mention the staff who trailed in after school one by one to thank me for organising it - I said to them all that it was you they needed to thank, so they have all asked me to pass it on! thank you once again.’ - Penny.Grier (Science Coordinator)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Pauline Grier in the organisation of these events. The visits were sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

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

Tim Harrison visited this large primary school to give 2 hour-long science assemblies on ‘Gases in the Air’ during the day to 360 pupils in Years 3-6 and to 90 Year 2 pupils from the neighbouring Briar Hill Infants School. Around 20 teachers also saw the presentations. Unfortunately another 60 pupils from Whitnash Primary School could not make it because of the snow!

‘Tim, I just wanted to thank you for coming to deliver your workshop to our pupils today. They were absolutely captivated and full of enthusiasm! The 3 positives, I think were:

• Teachers and support staff had a fantastic hour of science CPD,

• Children got the chance to see and experience firs- hand how exciting a career in science can be,

• Children have grown in their learning of both the science of gases in the air, and in their working scientifically skills.

My favourite comment was when you said, 'Make a prediction, take appropriate action just before an explosion!' Not to mention the enthusiasm that will spill over into families and the community as word spreads!' - Jane Catto (Science Coordinator, Briar Hill).

What sets you apart from the average science show is that after capturing the children's attention with a spectacular science demo you explained the relevant science at the correct level and linking with KS2 expectations: Reversible physical and chemical reactions were explored and compared to irreversible reactions; changes of state with the vocabulary for processes were revised in a different context to the water cycle and for the most able in the audience they were challenged to use information given in new contexts.

I know that the show will be a highlight of the year for the children and making memorable experiences is an important part of school life. We feel lucky that you were able to visit our school and delight and inform the children and staff here. Thank you again.’ - Rebecca Ellis (Science Lead, St Margaret's Junior School)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Dr Rebecca Ellis at the school in the organisation of this visit. This event was sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

27 February 2018: Primary G&T Science Day, Redmaids High School, Bristol

For the eighth year running Bristol ChemLabS delivered a Science Day for Gifted & talented pupils from local primary schools hosted at Redmaids High School.

 36 specially selected Year 5 & 6 pupils from Headley Park Primary School, Henleaze Junior School, Holymead Primary School, St Peter & St Paul Primary School, Waycroft Academy, West Town Lane Academy, Wicklea Academy & Woodlands Academy attended.  They joined the 80 Y5 & 6 Redmaids High Junior School pupils to start the day with an exiting Demonstration Assembly from Alison Rivett on the theme of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases'.

The visiting pupils, plus 10 Redmaids High Junior girls then spent the rest of the day undertaking experiments in the Senior Schools Laboratories with postgraduate chemists Joanna Sparks, Jonny Furze, Maddy Nichols, Angela Suriyakumaran.

Afterwards Redmaids High Senior School tweeted "We've had an amazing day here hosting our juniors and pupils from other local schools. It's wonderful to see everyone enjoying practical science. Thanks Bristol ChemLabS!" 

You can see more pictures and a video from the day here: https://twitter.com/i/moments/972091332645871616 and read an article on the Waycroft Acdemy website here: www.waycroftacademy.com/web/year_5_visits_science_department_at_redmaids_school/338142

 The event was supported by the University of Bristol's Widening Participation Fund.

23 February: Chemistry Demonstrations for Local Primary Schools, Commonweal School, Swindon, Wilts/h4>

Tim Harrison spent the day at this school giving a series of one hour-long demonstration lectures for younger students at the school and for senior pupils from regional primary schools. One of the 3 performances hosted by the school included one for 169 Year 5 pupils and 6 teachers from 3 schools attended. The primary schools that came were; Lethbridge Primary School (Swindon), Robert Le Kyng Primary School and Croft Primary School (Swindon). Primaries also invited but who could not attend were: King William Street CofE, Wichelstow and Castle Mead primary schools (Trowbridge).

‘The KS2 students were wowed and open mouthed at the spectacular of the demonstrations and also developed their knowledge and understanding of the basic facts within chemistry. Overall an enjoyable, fun packed day with learning happening without them even realising!. Overall an enjoyable, fun packed day with learning happening without them even realising.’ - Polly Long.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science teacher Polly Long (Commonweal School) in the organisation of the event. The visit was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol and by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the primary event.

22 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Heygreen Primary School, Liverpool, Merseyside

Tim Harrison presented the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 170 pupils in Years 1-6 and to ’12 teaching staff.

‘WOW!! AMAZING!! INCREDIBLE!! FASCINATING!! Just a few words from staff and children to describe the assembly delivered at Heygreen this morning by Tim Harrison. The children and staff were engaged, astounded and genuinely excited by Chemistry this morning. Pupil and Teacher voice over the past few years has always requested for explosions and bangs and today we delivered exactly that!! The buzz in the hall as the children were leaving was electric. Out on the playground the children were talking about Science, in the staff room teachers were talking about Science and what they saw. The delivery of the assembly was outstanding not only did it contain the WOW factors but the language of Science was dripped through the whole assembly clarifying terminology for both children and staff alike. It has impacted the staff’s own subject knowledge and developed their understanding of Chemistry and has been a fabulous and inspiring CPD session. Not only did the assembly inspire and develop the teaching and learning of Science in Heygreen but children in Y6 went straight into their English session and wrote recounts about the assembly. The inspiration they got from the assembly allowed them to produce outstanding pieces of work based around the ‘Sizzling Science’ they had just seen as quoted by one year 6 pupil in their work. Science was impacting writing skills, which is essential at this time of year, so close to SAT’s. One child said ‘Mrs Burger, I hope you invite Tim to our school again’ Staff and children will remember this assembly for a very long time. Huge, massive thanks to PSTT and Tim Harrison for allowing this opportunity to happen. Hopefully we have inspired some future Scientists and raised aspirations for our children at Heygreen.’ - Julia Burger (Science Coordinator)

Bristol ChemLabS work with PSTT College Fellow and National Award winner Julia Burger in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

22 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Garston CofE Primary School, Liverpool, Merseyside

In a second performance of the day Tim Harrison presented the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and to ’8 teachers.

‘We welcomed Professor Tim to Garston CE Primary School and to say we were literally blown away would be an understatement! The children were mesmerised by the Science in the room! One of the key things that came across for both staff and parents was the fact that he showed us so much Science that links to real life, the examples were both engaging and promoted high levels of learning. All of our children took away key factual learning and during the session many misconceptions were addressed. The fact that all of the Science was practical meant that the children could clearly see where it fitted in and could understand chemical reactions. Another plus was that there was so much scientific vocabulary used, this language can now be built on in Science lessons. Thanks for such a valuable session.’ - Sarah, Garside Primary School

 Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and National Award winner Julia Burger in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

20 February: Science Assembly, The Federation of Newent Schools Glebe Infant and Picklenash Junior Schools, Newent, Gloucs

Tim Harrison delivered a science assembly to 180 pupils in Years 2-6, and to 8 teachers, at this rural school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Hannah Bloxham in the organisation of this event with the target to inspire and enthuse the pupils in science.

‘Wow! What an exciting afternoon. The assembly that Tim delivered to us this afternoon was phenomenal. The children and staff were enthralled and their enthusiasm was apparent. Although there was a lot of talking, this was only because they were so engaged and inspired by what they were being shown. When the children returned to class we spent the rest of the afternoon discussing what they had seen, what they enjoyed and their ambitions to become scientists now which was amazing. Also, the many staff who were present, all commented on how much they had enjoyed the assembly and how they want to ensure that the children are as excited by Science in their Science lessons now too. We have worked hard over the last year to raise the profile of Science across the school and promote a love of the subject. This assembly certainly helped us with that. The children cannot wait now for the rest of their Science lessons this term. Thank you, Tim for providing an amazing experience for our children!’

Year 5 pupil – “I enjoyed the liquid nitrogen experiments because it was a fun experience to see. I have been inspired to be a scientist.” Year 4 pupil – “Thank you for inspiring me even more to be a scientist. My favourite part was when you had a shower of liquid nitrogen.” Year 5 pupil – “I enjoyed everything. It was mind blowing. I want to see it a thousand times over again.” Year 4 pupil – “I loved it. I wish you can come again. I am coming to your school to learn more about Science!”

-Hannah Bloxsome, Science Coordinator

The event was sponsored by an Education Project Grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

13 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Penllergaer Primary School, Swansea, South Wales

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Bethan Donnelly, visited this Welsh school to perform the assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon as part of a day working with the Swansea PSTT cluster. 70 pupils in Reception to Years 6 and 3 teachers were enthralled by the science assembly.

‘Thank you very much for a wonderful afternoon's demonstration today. This was truly a potentially life changing event for some children and if they aren't enthused by the wonders of Science after today then they never will be. You, and your able assistant Bethan, created a wonderful display highlighting the magic of chemistry without a mirror or trapdoor in sight. Using something as common as air as a starting point immediately helped catch the pupils' attention and using a number of explosions and vivid chemical reactions kept even the youngest viewer enthralled. … once again thanks for providing an amazing experience for our children.’ Dave Caswell, Deputy Head

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and Bristol ChemLabS endorsed PSTA award winner, Kelly Thomas and local teacher Dave Caswell. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

13 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Pengelli Primary School, Swansea, South Wales

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Bethan Donnelly, visited this Welsh school to perform the assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning as part of a day working with the Swansea PSTT cluster. 300 pupils in Years 1-6 and 4 teachers were enthralled by the science assembly.

‘Year 6 pupils - "The explosives were cool". "It was really exciting" Year 2 pupils- " I want to be a scientist now". "I give it 5 stars" The assembly that Tim delivered at Penllergaer this morning was way beyond our highest expectations. He and Bethan arrived at school early and began setting up the mass amount of equipment. He engaged each and every pupil from Year 1 to Year 6 and their enthusiasm was obvious, they were up off their bottoms straining to see and hear and although this is not normal behaviour for an assembly I was secretly really pleased at how engrossed the children were. To a child it was the epitome of Science, when they envisage the subject, I imagine this is what they imagine. We work hard at Penllergaer to motivate children in Science and promote the subject as a potential career choice for the future. My children can't wait for their next Science session, I only wish that I could promise them the excitement that they experienced today in every lesson. Thank you Tim and team, you really have enthused our learners and we hope to see this impact on their motivation in their work.’ -Kelly Thomas, Science Coordinator

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Kelly Thomas in the organisation of this visit. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

06 February: PSTT Science Assembly, All Saint’s CE VC Primary Bishop Caundle, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this Dorset school to give a morning performance of 'Gases in the Air' to all 45 pupils in Years 2 to 6, and to 4 teachers from this rural primary school. These were joined by 45 Year 3-5 pupils from Lewiston Prep. School and 4 accompanying teachers.

"Chemlabs was a very exciting and hugely beneficial opportunity for the children at All Saints. There was a real 'buzz' from the children afterwards and a clear interest in the Science that they had seen. It fitted very nicely into our STEM themed week, adding a kind of experience that would have been hard to get from anywhere else. We were very pleased to have been able to share the experience with children from Leweston Prep." -Sara Beecham (Science Coordinator)

The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the Sherborne PSTT Cluster organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS also worked with Sarah Gooding, science coordinator in organising the event.

06 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Milborne Port Primary School, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this Dorset school to give an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air' to all 150 pupils in Years 2 to 6, and to 5 teachers in this rural primary school.

The children were looking forward to the visit of a 'scientist' from Bristol University. Some children had heard about Dr Tim Harrison from older sisters and brothers who had seen him previously.

The children enjoyed the range of demonstrations carried out. Subsequently we have gained a great deal of momentum in our science lessons; both in scientific thinking and in realising as staff and pupils how important it is to really hone down on using accurate scientific language to describe what we observe and hypothesise. Many Thanks.’  - Susan Boyce

The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the Sherborne PSTT Cluster organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS also worked with Susan Boyce Science Coordinator, in organising the event.

January

30 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Buckland Newton Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Buckland Newton, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this Dorset school to give a morning performance of 'Gases in the Air' to all 44 pupils in Years 2, to 6, and to 4 teachers and 7 parents in this small, rural primary school.

'EXPLOSIVE ASSEMBLY: Professor Tim Harrison from Bristol University came to visit us on Tuesday this week – it was fabulous! The delivery was entertaining, educational and at times, loud! We witnessed colour-changing chemicals, plenty of frothing and foaming and a few bangs. Children, staff and parents alike were thoroughly engaged. He certainly gave us a flavour of how exciting the life of a scientist can be – we would highly recommend a visit. Our children were enthralled!' -Deputy Headteacher

The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the Sherborne PSTT Cluster organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS also worked with Becky Bond, the deputy head in coordinating the event.

30 January: PSTT Science Assembly, St. Andrew's CofE Primary School, Yetminster, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this Dorset school to give an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air' to all 120 pupils in Years 2, to 6, and to 4 teachers in this rural primary school. The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the Sherborne PSTT Cluster organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS also worked with Moira Lyons-Montgomery, the school administrator, in coordinating the event.

29 January: Science Assembly, St Matthews CoE VA Primary School, Stroud, Gloucs

Tim Harrison visited this Gloucestershire school to kick start their science week with an hour long assembly entitled ‘Gases in the Air’. 180 pupils in Years 2-6 and 5 teachers saw the performance.

Tim came to us to present an outstanding assembly on the first day of our STEM week. The children (from Year 2 to Year 6) were completely captivated and enthused by the presentation about gases around us. They learned a lot, as I have found out in subsequent teaching of my Year 5 class. Tim made chemistry memorable and exciting. He engaged the children completely, all the time educating and entertaining, and ensuring the children understood how to be safe when carrying out practical work. In a primary school, it is sometimes difficult for staff to have the required subject knowledge and confidence to carry out such experiments, so it was fantastic to have someone as knowledgeable and confident as Tim. The children had lots of questions, which were patiently answered. Tim also went as far as keeping Year 6 behind in order to answer one of their questions in more detail.

The impact on the children has been great - not only in terms of the enthusiasm for chemistry that they now have, but in terms of the sheer amount of knowledge that they have managed to accumulate from the assembly. Our STEM week really went with a bang and Science has taken on a more prominent place in the curriculum. Thanks so much.’ Jen Patton

 Bristol ChemLabS worked with science coordinator Jen Patton in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

26 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Greenhill Primary School, Leeds, W.Yorks

Tim Harrison visited this Yorkshire school to give an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air' to all 150 pupils in Years 2, to 6, and to 5 teachers in the city-based primary school. The visit was part of a series of assemblies for PSTT National award-winning science teachers (2016).

All the staff who attended the assembly thought it was fantastic, and most of them even learned something! The children were really enthused and, despite all the excitement (and screams!) they still learned plenty about a topic that it is very difficult for teachers to cover effectively in the classroom. We've just had parents evening tonight and a number of parents commented to me how much their children enjoyed the assembly and that they were talking about what they had seen all weekend. Thank you very much for a brilliant assembly that definitely increased children's interest in chemistry.’ Kathryn Horan (Science Coordinator)

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS also worked with Kathryn Horan, in coordinating the event.

25 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Abbey CofE Primary School, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented a science assembly to 180 excited pupils in Years 3-6 and to 7 teachers at this Dorset school.

Tim Harrison was visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day period. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury, and teacher Laura Neville, in the organisation of these ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies which were sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

25 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Sherborne CofE Primary School, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented a science assembly to 180 pupils in Years 3-6 and to 7 teachers at this Dorset school.

Tim Harrison was visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day period. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury in the organisation of these ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies which were sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

24 January: PSTT Science Assembly, St Mary's CofE Primary School, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented a science assembly to 120 pupils in Years 1-6 and to 7 teachers at this rural school.

'Thank you very much for your lecture yesterday. It was immensely enjoyable and all the pupils I spoke to were impressed and excited by the demonstrations. It showed how science can be engaging, dynamic and spectacular in a way that is difficult for us to convey in Primary lessons. I'm sure you will have made some children think of science in a very different and more positive light. The staff were also very impressed and there was much talk in the staff room at lunch time.
I was pleased that so many of the KS1 children were able to appreciate the lecture and several of them are still talking about it to their teachers this morning! I think you've got some converts there!
It was a pleasure to see you again. I appreciate that we were very lucky to have you in such a small, intimate venue where the children could be so close to the science and I am sure you have had made a big impact on their views about the subject.
' Dean Harpham , Teacher

Tim Harrison was visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day period. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury, and teacher Dean Harpham, in the organisation of these ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies which were sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust ( PSTT).

24 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Thornford CofE VA Primary School, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented a science assembly to 99 pupils in Years 1-6 and to 5 teachers at this small, rural school.

‘The children thoroughly enjoyed the science workshop. They were captivated by the experiments and were fascinated by all of the different reactions created. The children liked the range of different experiments, especially the hydrogen fire balloon and the liquid nitrogen. When asked about the science workshop, the children still talk about it with great enthusiasm and can clearly recall details from the assembly. As a school, we feel this has expanded their enthusiasm for science. I would definitely recommend this to other schools and I feel it has inspired the children here at Thornford.’ - Rachel Saunders, Science Coordinator

Tim Harrison was visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day period. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury, and teacher Rachel Saunders in the organisation of these ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies which were sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust ( PSTT).

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

Bristol ChemLabS revisited this local specialist science college for the 10th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools for lecture demonstrations to a total of 360 pupils in Years 4 and 6 were performed by Alison Rivett and Tim Harrison (one day each). Around 24 teachers and accompanying adults also saw ‘Gases in the Air’.

"This week St Bede’s hosted the University of Bristol Christmas Lectures provided by ChemLabs. These lectures are modelled on the Christmas lectures held annually by the Royal Institution in London which are televised during the Christmas period. It is through events like this that St Bede’s promotes its science specialism and helps make science more accessible to pupils. Comments made by the primary children who also visited us for the Lectures, were ones of awe and amazement.  This was the tenth annual St Bede’s Christmas Lecture series. These events have a truly inspirational effect on the children involved and allow them to see what could be involved in studying Science at A level and university level." -Jo Pascoe, Science Teacher

The 6 visiting primary schools from Bristol and the surrounding area attending were: Our Lady of the Rosary, St Peter & Paul, St Mary's, St Teresa's, St Francis, St Bernard's & Holy Family. 

The visit is subsidised and sponsored by a Chemical Education grant held by the Atmospheric Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

16 January: Science Assembly, St Fagan’s CoW Primary School, Cardiff, Glam, South Wales

Bristol ChemLabS’ Tim Harrison returned for a third time to this Welsh Primary school to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 177 pupils in Years 1-6, and 9 teachers.

‘Just wanted to say a huge thank you again for popping over the bridge to present your science assembly today - the children were still talking about it on their way out of the door! Your presentation was gratefully received by all! Staff felt that it was most suitable for Key Stage 2 pupils, although the younger children still enjoyed the WOW! Factor! Key Stage 2 staff intend to use your assembly as a 'springboard' or 'engage' to our work about Materials and their properties this term. We loved the fact that you were able to give the pupils experiences using materials and chemicals that would be too dangerous or impossible for us to use normally (as we don't have your experience or expertise). The impact of the assembly on pupil engagement was obvious! However, even more importantly, you covered concepts such as reversible and irreversible change, properties of materials, the importance of close observation in science and safety procedures and risk assessment which we can follow up with our own classroom-based enquiries. The fact that we all have experiences from today to drawn upon and reference is a great starting point for our teaching and learning. We are also in the throes of aiming for the PSQM, so as subject leader the impact of today's assembly means that science continues to enjoy a raised profile across the school, which is something I am constantly striving to achieve!’ -Science Coordinator

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Linda Curwen in the delivery of this event. The event is sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT).

2017

December

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

290 Pupils in Years 5 and 6 and 30 teachers/accompanying adults saw Tim Harrison give a performance of ‘Gases in the Air’ at the local secondary school which was acting as host. Bristol ChemLabS was working with PSTT college member Pauline Roger in the organisation of the event. The schools attending were part of a large PSTT cluster of local primaries and secondary schools.

Feedback received by organising PSTT Member: ‘Wow Pauline, what a way to finish the term, a MASSIVE thank you from myself and the Year 5 children at Southwick.’ Accompanying Teacher, Southwick Primary ‘Walwayne went and we loved, loved, loved it!! He [Tim] was so engaging and my children were mesmerised. I loved that he called them ‘trainee scientists’. He also had little jokes for the grown-ups. My TA and I chuckled a lot. It really was a feel good show. Aside from that it supported the children's learning and highlighted some bits we need to revisit ( how many times have I done condensation with them and the water cycle but they still had no idea!!). Brilliant show. Accompanying Teacher, Walwayne School.

The Primary Schools that were confirmed as attending were: Hilperton, Southwick, Staverton, North Bradley, Rivermead, Walwayne, Bitham Brook, St Johns and Studley Green. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT)

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

Tim Harrison visited this Yorkshire school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning to 240 pupils in Years 1-6. An additional 15 minute assembly was performed for 30 Reception pupils. 8 teaching staff saw presentations Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and headteacher Sarah Parkinson

I just wanted to say a huge thank you from all the staff and pupils at Adel Primary for your inspiring and exciting Science Assembly today. The whole school was buzzing for the rest of the day and could speak of little else other than the elephants’ toothpaste, balloon experiments and all the other experiments. It was pitched perfectly to the audience and challenged the children's science investigative skills as well as their knowledge. I particularly liked how you related it to things the children were familiar with so that they could relate to it all. You always know when something has gone down well in schools when you overhear conversations in the dining hall about what sort of scientist/ engineer the children want to be when they grow up! Thank you for your time and effort and also for the extra show for Reception class.’ Sarah Parkinson.

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

06 December: Primary Schools Christmas Chemistry Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual Primary Christmas Chemistry Conference for local primary schools saw Tim Harrison present ‘Gases in the Air’ to an audience of 181 Year 5 and 6 pupils and 12 teachers following the consumption of mince pies. The schools attending were: St John’s CofE VC (Clifton) and Westbury-on-Trym Primary school.

Thank you for organising such a great event today. Please can you also pass on our thanks to Tim Harrison. The children absolutely loved the chemistry presentation and were talking about all the experiments on the way back to school. Thanks again for a really fun and interesting afternoon.’ Teacher, (Westbury on Trym C of E Academy)

The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty of the University of Bristol.

05 December: EDF Sponsored Lecture Demonstrations, Bridgwater STEM Festival 2017, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset

Tim Harrison performed 2 lecture demonstrations of ‘Gases in the Air’ to an audience of Y5-6 primary pupils as part of a STEM event sponsored by EDF Energy. 319 pupils and 44 teachers, plus 24 STEM Ambassadors saw the presentations.

'I just wanted to say thank you for delivering what I can only explain as an epic live demonstration!' EDF Organiser

The primary schools from the Bridgwater area attending in the morning were: Enmore CofE, Nether Stowey CofE, Otterhampton and Stogursey CofE. In the afternoon: Kingsmoor (Bawdrip), North Newton Community, Wembdon St George's CofE and Cannington CofE. Bristol ChemLabS was supporting Lorraine Taplin (EDF’s HPC Inspire Programme) in the organisation of this event.

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

Tim Harrison visited this Devonian school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to students and staff at the school. He was aided by Dudley Shallcross. Bristol ChemLabS worked with trainee teacher Naomi Shallcross in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ARCG) at the University of Bristol.

01 December: PSTT Science Assembly, Manor School, Uckfield, East Sussex

Tim Harrison visited this school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 390 pupils in Years 2-6 and 20 teachers saw the presentation. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and Bristol ChemLabS endorsed PSTA award winner, Amy Woolgar.

The staff and children at Manor Primary School enjoyed the chemistry assembly by Tim. The assembly engaged and excited the children as it was full of explosions, fire and bangs! At several points, it had the children on their knees eager to see and learn more about gases in the air. This assembly provided an opportunity for Year 5 and Year 6 to access high level science: it was amazing to find out that some children were very knowledgeable about the elements. The excitement for science continued through the day and several children are inspired to become scientists when they are older. An experience not to be missed!’ Amy Woolmark

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

November

30 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Harlands Primary School, Uckfield, East Sussex

Tim Harrison visited this East Sussex school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 6 teachers saw the presentation. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and Bristol ChemLabS endorsed PSTA award winner, Amy Woolgar. This school is part of her cluster.

Harlands Primary School thoroughly enjoyed the science assembly by Tim. He was very engaging to the children, making them laugh and shocking them at the bangs, fizzes and expanding foam! The children learnt so much in a short space of time and were encouraged to think scientifically through the practical demonstrations and experiments Tim did. It was lovely to see the children so excited by science. I would highly recommend the science assembly to anyone. Thank you allowing us to have the assembly. Both the children and staff really enjoyed it.’ Deputy Headteacher

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

28 November: Science Assembly, Broomhill Junior School, Bristol

Tim Harrison visited this local school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon to an audience of 80 Year 4 and 5 pupils and 2 teachers.

 ‘I would like to say thank you to Tim for the amazing show. From the moment t began the children were excited and engaged-they were all asking questions. Each experiment helped the children to understand the work done in class and inspired them to think carefully about why reactions and changes were taking place. As the children were leaving they were all discussing the experiments and their change in career choice to scientist. Thank you again.’ Miss Hansford and Mrs Ogden

The visit was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

15 November - 11 January: Loanable Library of Equipment, St Pius Primary School, Bristol

13 pupils in Year 4 had access to the ‘electricity box’.

‘The children were really engaged with the box and we used some of the investigation ideas.’  - Class teacher.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with class teacher Joelle Beaumont in the organisation of this event. The kit was sponsored by a wider participation grant held by the Science faculty at the University of Bristol. Contact: Joelle

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

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to 153 primary pupils and 12 teachers from primary schools in the Bunbury area. The schools attending were: Djidi Djidi School (43), Maidens Park Primary (50) and Adam Road Primary (60). Bristol ChemLabS was 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, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to a total of 280 primary pupils and teachers from schools in the Greater Perth area. The pupils were from Year 4 to Year 7. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Dr Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event which was a part of the Old Ways, New Ways project. The primary schools attending were: Merriwa, Two Rocks, Carramar and Eddystone.

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

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to 270 primary pupils (Y4-7) and 19 teachers from schools in the Greater Perth area as part of Edith Cowan University’s national award-winning outreach programme.

The schools attending were: Two Rocks, Merriwa, Eddystone and Carramer primaries.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Magda Wajrak and Jason Barrow (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

08 November: Science Assembly, Bluecoat School, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucs

Tim Harrison visited the school to perform the science assembly ' Gases in the Air ' to 180 excited and absorbed pupils in Years 3-6 and 4 teachers.

‘The children found the Science assembly on Wednesday very engaging and they were all captivated by the practical demonstrations.  Afterwards, many of the children talked about how great it had been and could retell lots of the facts and information that they had learned.  Mr Harrison made it entertaining as well as informative. One of the TAs was grateful that he warned before any loud bangs so the children were prepared for them. The children particularly enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions.  The highlight seems to have been the "mushroom cloud"!’  - Steve Brooks (Assistant Head KS2 and member of school STEM team)

 The event was sponsored by a small outreach grant provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

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

Tim Harrison visited this school to deliver the ' Gases in the Air' science assembly to 450 pupils in Years 1-6 and 12 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Anna Perry (science coordinator) in the organisation of this event.

 ‘Thank you so much for your visit. We very much enjoyed it. Feedback from the staff and children was very positive. Many teachers came to me to say that they thought that it was an amazing assembly and how the children were all so engaged. They thought it was inspirational. The children were equally as positive and there have been questions from the older children about how to become a chemist and from the younger children that they want to be scientists when they are older. The children have been talking in science lessons using knowledge they gained from the assembly. Parents have also been commenting after their children talked about it at home. Children in my science club are keen to replicate some of your experiments. That would be interesting! The response on twitter was also very favourable with likes and comments.’ Anna  Perry

The visit, one of two in the area this day, was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to deliver science assemblies in primary schools.

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

Tim Harrison visited this school to deliver the ' Gases in the Air' science assembly to 250 pupils in Years 2-6 and 8 teachers in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Belinda Jones (science coordinator) in the organisation of this event.

Your science assembly had a tremendous impact on both the pupils and staff. During the demonstration there was such a high level of engagement and afterwards teachers were reporting back to me about the range of information the children had retained, when your assembly was discussed back in the classrooms. The following evening was a CPD session at Ledbury School about practical suggestions for science investigations in physics, so together with your high-powered demonstration, staff are now truly on board and inspired.’ Belinda Jones, Cluster Science Coordinator

As for the children at Ashfield Park School they already enjoyed science lessons, but now they feel it is a really exciting subject that they would want to go on to study to a higher level. 'We wish all assemblies we that good,' and ' That was awesome.' Many thanks’ Belinda Jones, Cluster Representative

The visit, one of two for schools in a local cluster during the day, was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to deliver science assemblies in primary schools.

October

25 October: Science Assembly, Llanyrafon Primary School, Cwmbran, Gwent

Tim Harrison visited this large Welsh primary school to deliver the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 240 KS2 pupils during the afternoon.

'Thank you very much for providing the pupils and staff at Llanyrafon Primary School with a very exciting and engaging demonstration yesterday. All of us thoroughly enjoyed the experiments with clear, interesting explanations. The children were very enthusiastic and amazed, stimulating their curious minds. Many thanks again and if any projects arise in the future, we would love to be involved if there is an opportunity.' Claire Clark, Science Coordinator

This event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Administrator Judith Joy in the organisation of this event.

19 October: Science Assembly, Sea Mills Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison visited this local primary school to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 60 Year 5 and 6 pupils and 2 staff during the morning. The pupils had recently been studying materials science.

On behalf of the school and the children I would like to thank you for your amazing science assembly you carried out for us. The children truly loved it and really gained a lot from it. Although we have been working hard this term on the theory side of materials, it wasn’t until your presentation that the final link for the children was made in their learning. The demonstrations were the final key that was missing to make their understanding clear. I would very much recommend your assembly to other schools. It is such a valuable resource that we are missing at primary level.’ Acting Deputy Head

Bristol ChemLabS worked with KS2 Coordinator Darren Hunt in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

19 October: Lecture Demonstration, Fairlands Middle School, Cheddar Somerset

Postdoctoral Chemist Steve Street visited this Somerset school to deliver an afternoon performance of the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 125 Year 4 and 5 pupils.

The Year 5 children absolutely enjoyed the science assembly, led by Steve. For many children it was their favourite part of the whole week! The experiments, equipment and effort that he put in to the presentation were great. A big thank you for arranging it all and for sourcing the funding.’ Susan Naden.

The event was sponsored by EDF Energy. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Susan Naden in the organisation of this event.

17 October: Science Assembly, Crowthorne CofE Primary, Crowthorne, Berks

Tim Harrison delivered an afternoon assembly for 120 very enthusiastic pupils in Years 2 to 5 and 5 teachers on the topic of 'Gases in the Air'. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Melanie Todd in the organisation of this event.

Thank you so much for coming to Crowthorne CE Primary. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the assembly. All of the experiments you showed the children created a buzz about Science and sparked the children's curiosity- this was evident in how many children had questions at the end! Your explanations of the science behind the excitement were clear and I particularly liked the fact that you emphasised the skills of a good scientist so the children would be able to apply these at any level in their learning. I am positive that there will be many 'dinner table' conversations tonight about what happened and I am looking forward to children coming in with their own research/investigations based on what they have found out this afternoon. For Year 4 and 5 the topics were particularly relevant to their existing knowledge and you targeted these children well to explain their understanding. Thank you for a fun-filled, informative and inspiring assembly.‘ Melanie Todd (Science Coordinator).

The visit was sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

September

27 September: PSTT Assembly, Holt Primary School, Wiltshire

Alison Rivett visited this rural village school to deliver a whizz-bang chemistry assembly for the 160 science-mad pupils. The whole school (Y1-6) gave the demonstrations a very enthusiastic reception! Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Member Pauline Rodger in the organisation of this visit which was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).​

21 September: Science Assembly, Almondsbury CofE Primary School, S. Gloucs

Tim Harrison visited this local primary school to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 170 pupils in Years 3 to 6 and 8 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Katie Goode in the organisation of this event.

The children absolutely loved Tim's demonstration assembly. They were so engaged by all of his experiments and his interaction with the children included the perfect balance of scientific precision and fun for their age range. We even had a request for Tim to come back to be our science teacher! When I got home, I recounted our experience to my husband (also a chemist) and he felt that the demonstrations Tim performed were really a once in a lifetime experience for the children to be part of. Thank you so much! Hope to get a chance to work with you again.’ Katie Goode

The visit was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

17 September: Primary Science Day, Bristol ChemLabS

37 Year 6 pupils and several teachers from Foulds Primary School (Barnet, London) returned for their annual visit to the Teaching Laboratories to undertake a circus of experiments and model building. In the afternoon around 45 pupils and accompanying teaching staff will tour the department and enjoy a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’.

They absolutely loved it! What a great experience for them. It is always a highlight when, at the end of Year 6, they look back on their time at Foulds.' Headteacher

The day was led by Alison Rivett. The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratory and in tours were: Sam Briggs, Lina Mohammed, Oscar Fernandez, Joanna Sparks and Angela Suriyakumaran.

18 September: Primary Science Day, Bristol ChemLabS

50 Year 6 pupils from Haywards Primary School (Tiverton, Devon) made their annual trip to Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of practical work and an afternoon tour and lecture demonstration. The day was led by Alison Rivett.

‘’ Thank you all once again for a super day. We really appreciate the time and organisation you all put into the event. It’s a great opportunity for the children, many of who [……..] do not have the experiences to travel and visit places which offer them learning in such a practical and visual way. It was also great to be around the students who are such a credit to the University and you.’ Deputy headteacher.

The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratory and in tours were: Sam Briggs, Lina Mohammed, Oscar Fernandez, Joanna Sparks and Angela Suriyakumaran.

15 September: Year 6/7 STEM Conference at St Mark's School, Bath, BANES

Postgraduate Chemists Jonny Furze and Sam Briggs presented a one-hour lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ to 231 Year 6 primary pupils and Year 7 secondary students and 25 teachers to kick-off this STEM conference. This is the second time that Bristol ChemLabS has been involved in this annual event. Bristol ChemLabS was working with teacher Paula Hawkins in the organisation of this element of the day’s conference. The visit is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to the team who attended our STEM conference on Friday! Wow – they really put on a show and deserve a very big clap on the back (and a very well-deserved glass of something nice)! The children (and adults) were so enthralled and engaged with the presentation, it was truly the highlight of the day for everyone – who doesn’t love a bit of explosive action! Thank you again to you and your team for being so accommodating and providing such an amazing, high energy assembly for everyone to take part in.’ Organising Teacher

The local schools attending were: Stephen’s Primary (Year 6 x 60, plus 8 adults), St Saviour’s Juniors (Year 6 x 80, plus 5 adults), Swainswick Primary (Year 6 x 12, plus 2 adults), Wick Primary (Year 6 x 30 plus 4 adults) and St Mark’s School (Year 7 x 49, plus 6 adults).

July

4 July: Holymead Junior School, Bristol

The Bristol ChemLabS team visited this local Brislington school for the third time to work with the Year 4 pupils as part of their curriculum learning on States Of Matter. The 90 children enjoyed a Demonstration Assembly by Alison Rivett on the topic of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases'. Afterwards the three classes were very excited to work with postgraduate chemists Mary Okoh, Amy Foulds and Harriet Bray to make Slime and their very own Polymorph to take home. Afterwards the organising teacher, Naomi Courtenay, said "A fantastic event again, thank you!" The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the University of Bristol's Widening Participation fund to help towards the costs of the day.

June

29 June: Fairlands Middle School, Cheddar

As part of this Somerset school's Communities Week Alison Rivett delivered a Demonstration Assembly to the 250 Year 5 & 6 Pupils all about Gases In The Air. The event was sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme. Afterwards the Deputy Head, Kate Persaud, said "It was a great afternoon of whizz bang science" and the school tweeted a short video here: https://twitter.com/Fairlands482/status/880424663591079938 and a photo here: https://twitter.com/PersaudKate/status/880526043844460545

27 June: St Philip Evans RC Primary School, Cardiff

A team from Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Welsh school for a special Science Day. The 228 KS2 pupils enjoyed a Demonstration Assembly about Gases In The Air delivered by Alison Rivett & Jonny Furze. The 58 Year 4 children then took part in two practical workshops with Alison, Jonny, Mary Okoh and Joanne Sparks exploring some sticky slime and the reaction between a metal and an acid.

20 June: Chilton Trinity School, Bridgwater

The Bristol ChemLabS team returned to this Somerset school for the 6th time to help deliver a Science & Maths day for visiting Year 5 pupils from local feeder schools. The 68 children and accompanying teachers took part in two hands-on workshops led by postgraduate chemists Lina Mohammed, Mary Okoh & Joanna Sparks and then all enjoyed a Demonstration Assembly by Alison Rivett on the theme of Gases In The Air. The primary schools attending were: Puriton, Westover Green, Eastover, Wembdon & Otterhayes and the day was funded by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

13 June: Grove Junior School, Nailsea

The Bristol ChemLabS team, led by Alison Rivett, visited this North Somerset school to deliver a Science Day with a whole school Assembly for 240 KS2 children and Chemistry Workshops for the 72 Year 6 pupils.

The postgraduate Chemists assisting Alison were Lina Mohammed, Jonny Furze and Steve Street along with lecturer Dr Chris Adams from the School of Chemistry. The event was fully-funded by a grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry for rural schools.

Afterwards the organising teacher Carl Bates said "Thanks again for a very good day - feedback all very positive from staff and children alike. The younger pupils all really enjoyed seeing science brought to life by a 'real' scientist and were totally wowed by all the experiments! The Year 6's benefited greatly from having the hands-on experience in the workshops which reinforced their science curriculum learning and allowed them to practice some key practical skills which they will need at secondary school next year. There are lots of photos on our website here: "

08 June: PSTT/CLEAPSS Sponsored Science Day, The River School, Worcester

Bristol ChemLabS delivered the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 28 pupils in years 2-8 and 3 staff at this very small Worcestershire independent school. A workshop for a total of 16 pupils in Years 3-6 was also delivered during the day. Tim Harrison led the visit. He was assisted by Postdoctoral chemists Kelly Butterfield and Steve Street. The event was part of the prize for winning the 2016 CLEAPSS Primary Science and Technology competition.

…many thanks Tim for your visit to The River School as part of the school’s prize for winning the CLEAPSS primary science and technology competition. The school has been in touch with me and said how overwhelmed they were by the amazing day and that they were incredibly grateful.’ Jason Harding

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Fiona Whittaker from the school and Jason Harding from CLEAPSS in the organisation of this event. The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and CLEAPSS sponsored this visit.​

6 June: Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett visited this local Bishopston primary school for the 7th time to deliver two Demonstration Assemblies to the 680 Year 1 to 4 pupils who were thrilled to learn more about the Gases In The Air. There is an article on the school's blog with lots of photos here: www.bishoproad.bristol.sch.uk/science-assembly-visit/ and the organising teacher commented afterwards "The children were amazed by what they were seeing and were talking about it long after the assembly."

05 June to 03 July: Loanable Library of Equipment, St John the Evangelist CE Primary School, Clevedon, Somerset

This North Somerset school borrowed the Forensics Box to use with 90 Key Stage 2 pupils as part of their Activities Week. The original boxes were created by a grant from the AZSTT (now PSTT).

May

26 May: Tickenham Primary School, Clevedon

Alison Rivett visited this rural North Somerset school as part of a special off-timetable Science Day as the children had particularly requested a chemistry show. All 84 Reception to Y6 pupils enjoyed the 'Wow' assembly about 'Gases In The Air'.

Excerpt from very detailed feedback: ’ Every single child in the audience was captivated. The children were immediately inspired by what they saw and in my next lesson one child exclaimed that he was definitely going to be a scientist when he grew up! I noticed that during the investigation that I taught as part of the science day, the children were much more focussed and were using the learning points and vocabulary which Dr Alison taught them in the assembly in their discussions and observations. The whole school was buzzing all day about science and in the playground the main topic of conversation was the assembly and the science they were learning about – what a way to raise the profile of a subject?!’ The Science Coordinator, Gail Cooke said afterwards "Dr Alison made us think about the everyday in a completely different way. We returned to our classes inspired and ready to find out more about science. One child exclaimed that he ‘wants to be a scientist now!’ and all the children I taught had a new vigour, understanding and desire to discover more science. It really was a wow assembly and the best I've ever seen as a teacher!! " You can read a longer article in the School's Newsletter here:

The school was very pleased to receive a grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry to sponsor the visit.

26 May: PSTT Assemblies, Clifton Primary School, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, Midlands

Tim Harrison, assisted by postgraduate chemist Steve Street, delivered three science assemblies for 480 pupils and 16 teaching staff in Years 4-6 at this and 2 local schools. The other attending schools were Arden Primary School (Sparkhill) and The Rosary Catholic Primary School.

Both children and staff were blown away by the science knowledge that you managed not only to get into the session, but to explain in a way that the children could engage with. Your energy for the subject of chemistry really did shine through in all three lectures, and this transferred a genuine curiosity into the children; in our last Ofsted our children were described as having little confidence in speaking, however I was impressed by the level and confidence of the questions they posed at the end of the year 6 session. The other two schools that attended were Arden and Rosary. As they left, one of the children from Arden said, "I didn't really like Science before today, but I love it now!" True praise indeed!’ Organising teacher.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Member Kate Redhead in the organisation of this visit. This event was sponsored by Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).​

25 May: Bristol ChemLabS Science Discovery Assembly & Day, King’s School, Gloucester

Tim Harrison performed the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 322 pupils from years 5 and 6 from state and independent schools in north Gloucestershire as part of a full science day organised by CHeMneT member (and deputy head) Saskia O’Sullivan. 26 primary teachers also enjoyed the event.

For my part: 'the lecture was the Crown Jewels of the Science Discovery Day - pupils were treated to a wide variety of demonstrations, the science of which was explained in an accessible, accurate, and humorous way. Pupils were gripped for the hour and fifteen minutes, discovering and learning more about the gases in the air around them; Tim not only explained the Chemistry behind his demonstrations, but invited pupils to consider how they might become more involved in finding out about the what and why of life - that wonderful endeavour we call Science.' Saskia O’Sullivan

The schools attending were: Berkhampstead Primary School (Cheltenham, 36 pupils and 2 teachers), Edward Jenner School (Gloucester, 13 pupils and 2 teachers), Hopelands Preparatory School ( Stonehouse, Gloucs 32 pupils and 3 teachers), Kingsholm C of E (Gloucester), 90 pupils and 4 teachers), King’s Junior School (Gloucester. 82 pupil s and 5 teachers)), St. Peters Primary (Gloucester, 60 pupils and 4 teachers) and The Richard Pate School (Cheltenham, 15 pupils and 2). The assembly was partly sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol and via a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) also at the University of Bristol.

23 May: Science Assembly, Pentwynmawr Primary School, Newbridge, Gwent, South Wales

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 55 pupils in Years 3-6 and 3 teaching staff. Tim Harrison worked with headteacher Jackie Nash in the organisation of the visit.

I would like to thank you for the outstanding assembly that you delivered to our Key Stage 2 pupils. You captivated pupils and staff from the start with an amazing array of chemicals and a huge variety of visual chemical reactions. The assembly was very well resourced and provided learning experiences that, as a small primary school, we were unable to deliver. It was very well structured and ensured that pupils used a range of scientific skills in particular the skill of close observation. Pupils gained a clearer understanding of chemical changes, physical changes and sound changes. It also challenged pupils thinking, especially with regard to temperatures in particular the boiling points of chemicals. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed this assembly. Several pupils stated that they wished to be chemists when they were older. One pupil said it was the best day he had ever had ever in his life! Staff stated that they wished they had had such inspirational teachers when they were in school. Staff and pupils would like to say a huge thank you and I would highly recommend Chemlabs and the Outreach Programme to all schools.’ Headteacher

The event was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to work with rural schools in the region.​

16 May: North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC), Weston College Academy, Weston-super-Mare

As part of EDF's Inspire Education programme Alison Rivett gave two Science Assemblies for local primary schools hosted by this 14-19 free school in North Somerset. In the morning 75 Y3-6 children from Haywood & Winscombe Primary Schools attended, followed by 180 Y1-6 pupils from Ashcombe & Herons Moor Primary Schools in the afternoon. The all enjoyed learning more about the 'Gases In The Air' and seeing lots of exciting science demonstrations. You can see a couple of pictures from the event on the College's Twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/NSETCollege/status/865444694037155845

Fri 12 May: Minehead Middle School & Danesfield Middle School, Somerset

Alison Rivett returned to these Somerset middle schools for the third and fifth times respectively to deliver a Demonstration Assembly at each, sponsored by EDF's Inspire Education programme. The 'Chemical Rainbow' presentation was watched by all 140 Y6 pupils at Minehead and at Danesfield by all 85 Y6's plus 10 lucky Y7's, who gave the colourful chemistry experiments an enthusiastic response after a busy SATs week. Afterwards Minehead School commented "A great way to end the week for the Year 6's" and Danesfield tweeted "Fantastic way to end SATS week. Thanks to Dr. Alison Rivett from Bristol University @BristolChemLabS". You can also see some photos on their twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/danesfield_mid/status/863036652746416129

15 May: Science Assembly, Kingswood County Primary School, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucs

Tim Harrison returned to this rural primary school after an absence of 4 years to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 110 pupils in Reception to Year 6. Six teaching staff also enjoyed the demonstration.

Many thanks for visiting us last week and sparking our children into a greater enthusiasm for science and chemistry in particular. The session had a great impact with children across the school. Our Reception class have now installed a laboratory in their outside play area and have been mixing and separating materials in new test tubes and scientific flasks that we have bought for them in response to their enthusiasm after the session with you. At the other end of the school, our Year 6s are champing at the bit to have access to the chemistry labs at KLB next year. We are also looking, as a whole school, to increase the amount of practical investigations in science and have drafted this into the School Development Plan for 2017-18. Once again, many thanks - we appreciate you coming in to see us and demonstrating that what you do is "science, not magic"!’ Headteacher

The event was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

05 May: Science Assembly St Patrick’s Primary School, Corsham, Wilts

Tim Harrison of Bristol ChemLabS delivered a sponsored science assembly at the Wiltshire School for pupils in Years 2-6. 150 pupils and 6 teachers saw the assembly.

Well, there is such a buzz around the school today, THANK YOU so much for the most amazing fun you can have with a Bunsen burner! You were absolutely brilliant with the children, we all loved your fun sense of humour, gruesome descriptions, loud bangs, and your incredible knowledge of and passion for your subject. Your presentation created masses of excitement but also, and most importantly, so much discussion of all they had seen and learned. You brought Science to life for us, in the most engaging and exciting way. You have definitely inspired many future Scientists today, and there is no price-tag that can be put on that. ‘Teacher Libby Oborne.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Libby Oborne at the school in an event sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

03 May: Science Assembly, Ightenhill Primary School, Burnley, Lancs

In celebration of the establishment of. 'Phiz Lab' at the school Tim Harrison presented the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 200 pupils in Years 2 to 6 and to 8 teachers during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT representative Michelle Grimshaw in the organisation of this visit.

I really can't thank you enough for making the long trip upt'north to bring us your wonderful demo. The two schools you visited are very challenging. The impact you had was amazing! The staff and pupils at Ightenhill were absolutely buzzing and you have done more for the promotion of science than any of the usual school visits and visitors that these schools have access to.’ Michelle Grimshaw

 The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).​

03 May: Science Assembly, Whittlefield Primary School, Burnley, Lancs

Tim Harrison presented the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’to 180 pupils in Years 1 to 6 and 6 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT representative Michelle Grimshaw in the organisation of this visit. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

02 May: Science Assembly, Eact Academy, Ilminster Road Primary School, Knowle, Bristol

Tim Harrison visited the school in the south of the city to give a science assembly on 'Gases in the Air' to 200 pupils from Year 1 to 5 and 8 teachers.

'Today's science assembly was incredible. At a primary level we have neither the expertise or resources to create such awe and wonder with the children. Tim's assembly was engaging and fun for all. He had well over 100 children (and adults) on the edge of their seats. Our school is in such a high area of social and economical deprivation that some of our children can have very low aspirations. To see chemistry at its finest left our children with lasting and wonderful memories. Children returned to class enthralled and inquisitive. It leads beautifully into our STEM week on the weeks commencing 5th June. We would be more than happy to work with Tim and the university again to enhance our science teaching and learning. As a staff we will now go away with questions and activities to plan for STEM week. An hour's assembly has made a science footprint at Ilminster Avenue. We can't thank you enough' Fliss Hawkins, Science Coordinator

The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

April

25 April: Minerva Primary Academy, Bristol

The team from Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Fishponds school as part of their Science Week activities. The day started with an exciting assembly by Alison Rivett entitled 'A Chemical Rainbow' for the whole school, 325 Reception to Year 6 children. Afterwards postgrads Harriet Bray & Lina Mohammed ran 3 workshops for the 92 Year 4 & 6 children, who worked together on two experiments with sticky slime and thermochromic paints.

The school tweeted afterwards "What a great start to Science week! Children enjoyed an assembly by Chemlabs this morning and are fired up about the week to come." and you can also see a photo from the assembly here: https://twitter.com/MinervaCLF/status/856861155385647105

24 April: Bromley Heath Junior School, Bristol

Alison Rivett returned to this north Bristol school for the fifth time to once again kick off their Science Week with an exciting Demonstration Assembly. All 240 KS2 children enjoyed finding out about the chemistry of light and colours in the new 'Chemical Rainbow" presentation.

 Afterwards the organising teacher said "Thank you Alison for yet again an amazing assembly on Monday. Both the children and staff were raving about it! I think it was pitched perfect for our children and the staff agreed." You can also read about the "super assembly" in the school's newsletter here and see some pictures in their online gallery here:

Bromley Heath Junior School

The event was partially sponsored by Bristol University's Widening Participation Fund.

04 April: Easton CE Academy, Bristol

Alison Rivett returned to this local school to deliver an Assembly on the theme of 'Gases In The Air' as part of their Science Week activities. The 400 Year 1-6 children gave all the demonstrations a very enthusiastic response! You can see some pictures on twitter here: https://twitter.com/EastonCEAcademy/status/849293813793394688 https://twitter.com/EastonCEAcademy/status/849293727206191107 https://twitter.com/EastonCEAcademy/status/849293616690364416 The event was partially sponsored by Bristol University's Widening Participation Fund.

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