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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2018

April

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

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

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.

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. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and PSTA award winner, Chris Lawson. The visit is 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). 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 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).

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.

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. 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).

25 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.

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).

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).

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

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

Pupils in Year 6 had access to the ‘Food and Healthy Eating’ box. Bristol ChemLabS worked with class teacher Rebecca Snape 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: Rebecca

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. 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 is 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: 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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