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Lowerplace Phiz Lab

September 13th, 2017 · No Comments · General News

Opening in Autumn/Winter 2017

Working in collaboration with the Ogden Trust – a trust set up by former pupil Peter Ogden to support science education in the UK – Lowerplace’s Phiz Lab is a dedicated science classroom: the children get the opportunity to wear their own white lab coat and work like a scientist would. The lab is well equipped with a wide range of science equipment and resources; it is a real hub of science enthusiasm and learning within the school – something we are very proud of.

The Phiz Lab provides Lowerplace with an excellent opportunity to nurture a passion for science in all our children, as well as provide regular opportunities to work scientifically and develop a broad range of skills. Only around 20 other schools in the UK currently have a Phiz Lab, and those that do report a wide range of benefits:

• Improved progress and attainment in Science

• Better quality of learning and teaching in Science

• Development of effective partnerships

• Raised science profile

• Raised aspirations of pupils

• Increased parental engagement

• Basic skills development

• More balanced curriculum coverage



Royal Institution visit

September 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · General News

Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome Diana Bracewell from the Royal Institution for a day of fantastic science activities. We also welcomed children and staff from St Michael’s Primary in Middleton to share the experience. The day began with science shows for KS1 children. They learned about static electricity and experienced the force of an electromagnet. In the afternoon KS2 also learned about electricity and took part in a series of impressive chemical reactions.

After school, the staff enjoyed a training session with Diana, where she showed us lots of practical activities we could share with the children to help really bring science alive in the classroom.

Finally, we welcomed children and families from both Lowerplace and St Michael’s for an amazing community event. The evening began with the demise of a jelly baby, to demonstrate the amount of energy in sugar based foods. In a truly interactive experience, children took part in a range of experiments from attempting to pull apart two telephone directories to demonstrating the technology behind the fibre optic broadband. This was interspersed with a series of impressive chemical reactions in the form of flashes and (very loud) bangs, all presented with easily accessible scientific theory to back up the theatre.

These are exiting times for science at Lowerplace, in addition to this wonderful opportunity for the children and families of Lowerplace, we look forward to the opening of our Phiz Lab later this term, in partnership with the Ogden Trust.

Here are some pictures from a great day…

And finally, here’s the dramatic finale to a great day – the bang was so loud I dropped the iPad!


Pupil Voice Questionnaire

May 13th, 2017 · No Comments · General News


Science Week in EYFS

April 17th, 2017 · No Comments · General News


Raspberry Tea Experiment – Science Week – Year 1

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · General News

During Science Week, the children of Lowerplace were conducting an experiment into how raspberry tea diffuses into still and sparkling water differently. This gave the children an opportunity to develop their skills of careful observation. Here are some pictures of the experiment in Year 1.


Mad Science in KS1

March 7th, 2017 · No Comments · General News

The children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 were visited by Mad Science today and have been learning about sound. Go to to see some great pictures of the assembly. We love having visitors in school to teach us about Science!


Videos from our Mad Science assembly

March 7th, 2017 · No Comments · General News

Mr Couldridge does a chicken dance…

Chicken dance from Karl Riley on Vimeo.

Kasim does an impression of an elephant…

Untitled from Karl Riley on Vimeo.

…and the whole of KS2 recreates a thunderstorm!

Untitled from Karl Riley on Vimeo.


Year 4 – Sound – How do we hear?

March 6th, 2017 · No Comments · General News

Untitled from Karl Riley on Vimeo.


Welcome to the Lowerplace Science Blog

March 6th, 2017 · No Comments · General News

The Science Blog is a new blog for Lowerplace Primary School, which has been set up to share the fantastic Science work that goes on around school. This is the place to see Science in action from all classes in the school and share the scientific achievements of the children.

Please feel free to leave comments on the posts; I know the children of Lowerplace would love your support and encouragement.

Mr Lowe