Only 3% of English primary teachers have a background in science, according to the Royal Society’s 2010 State of the Nation report. As such we consider it important to help where we can in science instruction at this level.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering has provided funding for us to do this for local primary schools. We provide the following two sessions for primary school children.
If you wish to book either please get in touch
Solids liquids and gases show
Enthuse and amaze primary children, up-skill your teachers and build links with university scientists.
The Solids Liquids and Gases show has been entertaining and educating primary children around Manchester for the last few years and highlighting challenging areas of the syllabus at the same time.
Topics we tackle include forces, gases around us, solids and liquids, and changing materials along with a series of demonstrations involving dry ice or carbon dioxide, oxygen, and liquid nitrogen. As well as turning solids and liquids into gases, we also turn gases into liquids and have lots of fun with balloons, bangs and bottle-rockets, all of which grabs the attention of learners.
You can book us for an end-of-term science refresher or ask us to revisit with a hands-on workshop.
"There were ample moments of true awe and wonder in the children's faces and excited voices which was lovely to see/hear. There has been much talk of them wanting to become scientists!"
We have a variety of activities on hand, but most popular is our Bath bombs workshop.
This two hour session is relevant to solids and liquids, gases around us, and changing materials topics. It allows room for children to observe and participate and for you as a teacher to observe them, while our student ambassadors take them through the workshop demonstrations.
These sessions promote scientific enquiry and pupil autonomy. There is space for children to discover for themselves why bath bombs only go off when you add water. They will learn that it is not a reaction of the bath bomb ingredients with the water, but that water helps the ingredients to react by dissolving them.
This is a subtle message with a lot of science behind it as well as being a great way to encourage the basis of 'how science works' though observation and deduction.
As well as taking these 'off the shelf' activities, we aim to engage teachers in the sessions dialogue in order to give them the confidence to be involved in planning and delivery of further workshops. The outcome of this is intended to be a long-term bond with the schools and a teacher cohort more enthusiastic and knowledgeable about chemistry.