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A space for science

A new Phiz Lab encourages primary pupils to explore science and the opportunities it can lead to.

Published: 6 July 2023

The South Lowestoft Partnership, which includes seven Active Learning Trust primary schools across Suffolk, has joined the Phiz Lab family this week to open a dedicated science space at Red Oak Primary School.

The new Phiz Lab will allow children to experience science in an awe-inspiring way, raising aspirations in STEM subjects and making it accessible to all learners. The lab will be open to other Active Learning Trust schools, as well as offering different opportunities for community involvement including STEM clubs and twilight sessions.

A group of 4 children seated around a desk making paper windmills as part of a science investigation; other children are seated on a table in the background

Science ambassadors from across the South Lowestoft Partnership took part in an afternoon of activities to celebrate the opening of their new Phiz Lab, joined by Graham Wigley from The Ogden Trust.

“It was a privilege to attend the official opening of the Phiz Lab and to see the science ambassadors from across the partnership schools enthusiastically engaged in the afternoon activities,” enthuses Graham. “They explored ‘forces’ through their investigations, building and testing catapults and constructing towers out of pipe-cleaners. The students were also engaged in making and testing windmills with a variety of shaped sails.

“I am sure that the Lab will provide a thriving science space for the school and more widely across the partnership and local communities,” continues Graham. “Although this was the official opening, the Phiz Lab has already been used to host a space-themed evening of stargazing and other space activities earlier in the year.”

“The South Lowestoft Partnership has had a really active year with parent/pupil rocket days among its activities. It is great to be part of their journey as they continue to inspire their pupils to realise their potential and to explore the massive role that science plays in every aspect of their lives. Their new Phiz Lab will undoubtedly help to make that journey even more exciting,” concludes Graham.

Mrs Earle, science lead at Red Oak agrees: “We are delighted to be able to bring this opportunity to the pupils within the local communities, ensuring they are aware of just how exciting and wide-spread their future prospects are within science careers and hobbies.”

a group of 17 children are lined up for a photo outside they are dressed in a mixture of school uniforms and everyday clothes - three adults are also in the photo pictured to the right of the line

Ogden school partnerships 

The Ogden School Partnerships programme provides five years of funding, support and CPD for schools who want to work together to enhance the teaching and learning of physics. Applications for new partnerships open each year between September and February.

You can find out more by visiting the partnership pages on this website

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