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Phizzing with excitement

Published: 13 June 2019

Last week, Wickham Market Primary School officially opened its new Phiz Lab – the first in East Anglia. Part of the East Suffolk Primary Partnership, students from Easton, Aldeburgh, Leiston and Saxumdham primary schools attended the celebration event.

More than 125 KS1 pupils visited the Lab in the morning, and a further 125 KS2 children in the afternoon all taking part in some fantastic hands-on physics.

Activities on the day included chromatography, Da Vinci bridge building, building electrical circuits, giant pendulum painting and making basic motors. Simon Snowden, Ogden Teacher Fellow at Northgate High School, Ipswich got the day off to a ‘crackling’ start with some ‘wow’ physics. He did electricity demonstrations using a van der Graaf generator and was lighting up LEDs using an orange as a cell.

Julie and Debbie from EDF Energy were also on hand with a workshop to show how we can generate the electricity that we use at home and at school.

Wickham Market Headteacher Helen Murray said, “our new Ogden Trust Phiz Lab is a wonderful base for our science work across all of our partnership schools. It’s been fantastic to see so many pupils engaged in all the activities during the day.”

The schools will now be completing their Phiz Lab portfolio, capturing the fantastic physics that takes place in their new lab.

Student voice

“I liked it best when we got the orange to make the light come on.”

“I liked walking over the bridge we built using just wood fixed together with no nails or screws.”

“I discovered that my black felt tip is made up from lots of different colours that I could see on my paper.”


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