School Science Winners visited by the University of Bristol


Issue Date :  19 June, 2017

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School science winners visited by the University of Bristol

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools has recently been visited by a team of chemistry experts from one of the UK’s top universities.


Pupils from The River School – based in Worcester – enjoyed a series of explosive science workshops organised and presented by the University of Bristol.

The workshops were offered as part of a national science competition that the school won in October 2016.

The competition was organised by The Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services, or CLEAPPS.

The organisation – which launched the competition in spring 2016 – encouraged primary schools up and down the country to take part in a science competition to help improve biodiversity in their school or local area.  The children – from Years 3 and 4 at The River School – chose to focus on bees and planned and executed a project encouraging bees to thrive in the school grounds; this entailed designing and building bee houses, researching flowers and designating an area of the school to planting them, promoting the project and engaging with people to encourage wildlife.

The finished project was entered with the results and bar charts of what was discovered in the process.

The children also wrote to Worcester MP Robin Walker enclosing a petition with 80 signed names to encourage pesticides to be banned.

The workshops included an hour long session where the children – from Years 3 to 8 – were introduced to different chemicals and their reactions.  This was followed by some hands on science in a laboratory set up by the lecturers, including dissolving magnesium in acid and making slime out of borax and PVA; the pupils also learnt about how polymers work and even created their own!

Fiona Pessoa, class teacher at the school said : “Our young people had an absolutely wonderful time when we were visited by a team of scientists from the University of Bristol.  The sessions were a combination of bangs, whistles, smoke and some extraordinary scientific sights!  One pupil from Year 6, David Palmer, exploded a balloon full of hydrogen which was a fabulous moment for all those present!  It was a truly remarkable experience and a great introduction to chemistry and the wonders of science.  The team have thoroughly inspired us!”

The River School is a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester. The school occupies a large Georgian Grade II listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.


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Carol Parry on 01905 457047




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