Through additional funding from the University of the West of England, the ClairCity team in Bristol ran a fun-packed day of activities for 9-10 year olds in January. In conjuction with Orchard School, nearly 90 pupils from Upper Horfield Community School and Horfield CE Primary School spent the day learning about the impacts, sources and solutions for Bristol’s air pollution problem. These materials are available for all schools to use for free.
The pupils had the chance to do their own tests on diffusion tubes and observe particulate matter with microscopes. They collected traffic data, thought about their own journeys to school and came up with solutions to reduce air pollution in Bristol.
After finding out all about air pollution, the pupils then wrote their own letters to Bristol’s mayor Marvin Rees to explain what they had learnt and share their suggestions with him. They also produced posters to help others in their school community understand more about air pollution. The letters have been sent to the Marvin Rees, with the pupils’ MP, local councillors and West of England combined authority mayor in copy. A selection of the posters are being printed for use within all of the schools and the university, so that more people can find out about air pollution through the work of the children.
The teachers reported “We had a brilliant day and the children learnt so much – they particularly enjoyed getting to do a science experiment in a ‘real lab’ and wearing the coats, goggles and gloves. The Top Trumps session was also enjoyed by all. From our point of view, writing and sending the Mayor letters made the learning purposeful and very real for the children… Thank you for such a great day!”
Huge thanks to Emily Prestwood and Laura Fogg Rogers from UWE Bristol, Helen Howard and excellent student assistants from Orchard School, the teachers, assistants and volunteers from Year 5 Upper Horfield Community School and Horfield CE Primary School, and especially to all of the year 5 pupils from both schools who put so much effort into making the day a success.
Corra Boushel, ClairCity, UWE Bristol