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Phoenix Primary School ‘Where We Rise to the Challenge’


In 2018 we celebrated women scientists.

Welcome to science at Phoenix Primary.


Hello and welcome to the science section of the school’s website.

My name is Mrs Sue Evans and I have been at Phoenix for nearly three decades! I have been science lead at Phoenix for five years. My favourite science subject is biology and my favourite investigation is the “great Phoenix poo experiment!” I work in most year groups and enjoy teaching science to all age groups.

I am responsible for the science teaching and learning at Phoenix. I write the science policy, collect assessment data, meet with parents and children, deliver staff training sessions, manage the science budget and resources, workshops for parents and arrange and organise our famous “Phoenix science weeks.”

Our philosophy for science at Phoenix is to create a “CAN DO” attitude. We want our children to be pro-active with their science at home and believe that with hard work and support they can study science at the top universities and go onto have careers in many of the science professions. Our science week 2018 was called “From class to career” which illustrated that most carers have some science aspect to them. Look at the photographs on the website.

Our school biodome provides opportunities for children and staff to take science outdoors. A lot of science teaching goes on in the biodome and we regularly produce food for the school kitchen or to sell at our Christmas and summer fayres.

How is science taught at Phoenix?

The school follows the National Curriculum topics throughout the year groups. In the foundation stage there is emphasis on the science element of the Understanding the World area. I regularly spend time in the foundation stage where working scientifically is at its best.

The school has adopted a “Fill the Gap” curriculum. This ensures that our children avoid the gaps that are present in the topics covered. These stand alone lessons are completed every half term and have a focus on science vocabulary. Each class teacher plans for at least one practical investigation every half term.

Classes display a science wall. This is made up of vocabulary cards for the topic that half term, working scientifically vocabulary and a misconception board. The misconception board allows children to talk freely about their science knowledge and address any misconceptions the children may have about the subject. They address the misconception at the end of the topic and correct any mistakes.

Science is great fun at Phoenix. If you have any questions or queries about science at Phoenix, please don’t hesitate to ask.

I can be contacted via the school office .

Yours in science,

Mrs Sue Evans.


What are we learning in science?


Science is taught on a two week time table.      

Autumn term 1 2018.                                      Autumn term 2 2018.

* Year 1- Plants.                                                             * Year 1-Plants.

* Year 2- Living things and their habitats.                     *  Year 2-Uses of everyday materials.

* Class 7- Plants.                                                            *  Class 7- Plants.                                 

* Year 3-Rocks.                                                              *  Year 3- Light.

* Year 4-Animals including humans.                             *  Year 4- Animals including humans.

* Year 5-Living things and their habitats.                      *  Year 5- Earth and space.

* Year 6-Animals including humans.                             *  Year 6- Electricity.


Spring term 1 2019.                                                     Spring term 2 2019.

* Year 1- Seasonal changes.                                        * Year 1- Everyday materials.

* Year 2- Plants.                                                           * Year 2-Plants.     

* Class 7- Seasonal changes.                                       * Class 7- Everyday materials.

* Year 3- Plants.                                                           *  Year 3- Animals including humans.

* Year 4- Sound.                                                          *  Year 4- Electricity.

* Year 5- Properties and changes of materials.           *  Year 5- Forces.

* Year 6- Light.                                                             * Year 6-Evolution and inheritance.


Summer term 1 2019.                                                  Summer term 2 2019.

* Year 1- Living things and their habitats.                   * Year 1- Animals including humans.

* Year 2- Animals including humans.                          *  Year 2- Animals including humans.

* Class 7- Living things and their habitats.                  *  Class 7-Animals including humans.

* Year 3- Animals including humans.                           * Year 3- Forces and magnets.

* Year 4- States of matter.                                            * Year 4- Living things and their habitats.

* Year 5- Animals including humans.                           * Year 5- Animals including humans.

* Year 6- Evolution and inheritance.                            *  Year 6- Living things and their habitats.


Scientist of the term


Science rocks at Phoenix! 


At the end of every term teachers are asked to choose a child from their class who is to be awarded the title of "Scientist of the term."

Children can be chosen for the following reasons:


smiley Working hard in class and making a great contribution to science lessons.

smiley  Showing expertise in working scientifically.

smiley  Carrying out a piece of scientific research at home.


smiley  Showing an interest in science and sharing their enthusiasm with staff and peers.


Winners are presented with a present and a certificate to recognise their achievements and presented with their award from people like Luciana Berger, MP, Deputy heads of local schools and school governors.


What is STEM and STEAM?




STEAM week is approaching. from Monday 24th June to Thursday 27th June and Tuesday 2nd July to Thursday 4th July 2019 Phoenix will be STEAMing ahead with activities based on science, technology, engineering, art and maths! every class will be learning a bout an artist and carrying out activities and investigations set around the artist but doing it in a cross curricular way! we are all very excited about it. Below you will find what every year group will be doing.


These are just a few of the activities taking place during STEAM week... look out for our tweets and photos on the web site. 


EYFS-Henri Matisse- They will be exploring art through shape. Designing and evaluating pieces of work through the topic of transport. In science reception will design and make straw airplanes and have a contest to see which plane travels the furthest. Nursery will create some chemical reactions to inflate balloons and make rockets fly into the air.


Year 1-George Stubbs. Technology sessions with MGL, 3D painting, VR and augmented reality. they will be designing and building a large 3D dog and lighting it up. For maths year 1 will be horse racing working out odds, ages and weights. In science they will be going on an animals paw print hunt and having a senses quiz. We are delighted to be able to welcome a visit from a vet to talk to year 1 about small animals. perhaps we will discover some future vets!


Year 2 and class 7.-Heston Blumenthal. Year 2 and class 7 will be looking at changing materials. what happens when we mix baking soda with oranges? Can we make our own butter? What happens when we put skittles in water? Can we make rain through shaving foam clouds? They will be researching and making recipes: art sundaes! In maths they will be weighing and measuring quantities. 



January 2019.

2019 is to be the year of the periodic table. its aim is to boost public awareness of chemistry. 2019 coincides with the 150th anniversary of the table's creation by Dmitry Mendeleev-(well worth doing some research on, a very interesting character!)

21st January 2019.

A total lunar eclipse also known as a blood moon visible from the UK in the very early hours of the morning. Next lunar eclipse will be on 16th May 2022.

The moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, lighting up the night sky as a striking Supermoon.

2019 is set to be an exciting astronomical year-5 eclipses, a stunning meteor shower, a rare planet transit and a blue moon will all feature.


26th-28th January 2019.

The RSPB are running their annual bird watching event this weekend. Watch the birds and record which ones you have seen. More information available from


Week beginning 28th January 2019.

This week the BBC launch Winter watch. This is a live broadcast at different times each night which has lots of interesting science news and information a long with  hidden cameras that film deer, badgers, hares and many more. Go to


2nd February 2019.

WORLD WETLANDS DAY- this is celebrated every February 2nd. the day marks the date of the adoption of the convention on wetlands in 1971. Remember what you have learnt about habitats in your science lessons! 


February 11th 2019.

International Day of Women and girls in science-(LOOK AT THE SCIENCE DISPLAY JUST BEFORE YOU GO INTO THE HALL!) 

This day helps to remind us that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and their participation needs to be celebrated.


17th February 2019.

An Israeli private company is launching an unmanned spacecraft to the moon. It is expected that it will place an Israeli flag on the surface of the moon and research the moon's magnetic field. CBBC Newsround is covering the story, so make sure you keep up to date with its journey.


19th February 2019.

The moon will be passing closer to the Earth than usual so we can look forward to a Supermoon in the night sky.


27th February 2019.


Every year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic.  The Polar Bears International (PBI)- has a great website with lots of activities and suggestions on it. Type in "Polar bear day" into your search engine. REMEMBER YOUR ONLINE SAFETY.


Saturday 9th March-10:30am-3pm and Sunday 17th March 2019.

Celebrate Science week at Chester zoo. Ideal for families, there are workshops, talks, presentations and demonstrations. You will learn about how the zoo uses science to look after rare and endangered animals.

Contact the zoo for more information.


Saturday 9th March 2019-12 noon -4pm.SCIENCE WEEK AT NESS BOTANTIC GARDENS.

This is a free family event aimed at 5-12 year olds. Lots of hands on demonstrations from experts from the University of Liverpool and other organisations. Majority of activities are free and held in the Visitor centre. 




Family science week event at Liverpool Hope university, Liverpool. 

Sunday 10th March 2019-1pm-4pm. At the health sciences building (Hope Park, Liverpool)

Events and workshops on sensory science and using microscopes for illusions.

No cost but you will need to book tickets.


8th- 17th March 2019.

British Science week. our science week normally takes place in June. If you are interested in British Science week contact



8th March 2019.

This is International Women's Day! Why not investigate and do some research on women scientists that have helped to change the world.


22nd March 2019.

World Water Day-this annual observance highlights the importance of freshwater and reminds us that we shouldn't take clean water for granted. You may remember when Janet from WATERAID came into school during 2017 science week and talked to us about the work they do. 





Easter activities.

I've searched for some events in the north west that offer Easter science activities. Please contact the event for further information. Please note that I have had no experience of these events prior to them being held.


Sue Evans-science lead at Phoenix.

8th April-22nd April 2019.

Science show: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre: Monday 8th-Monday 22nd April, 11am, 12, 2:30pm(Mondays-Saturdays).

Explores why things burn, float or are magnetic. These sessions are aimed at sparking children's curiosity and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table.

Aimed at adults and children aged 7+


CONTACT: Jodrell bank discovery centre, The university of Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire. SK11-9DW.

TEL: 01477 571 766


General Easter activities.

Please check out the fabulous, egg-cellent, egg-citing and egg-hilarating Easter science activities from the STEM website. 

* Look on the school website in the science section for more science websites...PLEASE REMEMBER E-SAFETY.


Throughout Easter. (Ends 6th May 2019).

"Jawsome sharks."   SEA LIFE, Manchester. Help Professor Finn find the missing shark teeth, discover jawsome shark species and more! For information ring 0871 221 2483-(booking on line can save you 25%). 



17th April 2019.

Easter egg hunt at Wheatacre Wood, Warrington. WA5-4HP.

A spring Easter hunt. Make nests from natural materials and have a chance to look at eggs and old rejected nests. Play in the woods and view the spring flowers. A family event for children from toddlers to 7 ish.

For more information please search Wheatacre Wood. 

Contact Mrs S Evans

If you have any comments or questions about this web page or science at Phoenix please drop me an email and help keep science rocking!

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