On Wednesday 14th November, the other half of Year 1 went to visit St Nicholas Church. We acted out a wedding and baptism, played the organ and rang the church bells!
On Thursday 8th November 2018, local Historian, Ken Porter led the school in the Remembrance Assembly to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.
Year 6 performed their year group assembly with the theme of Remembrance. They presented the history of the Great War and the significance of the 100 year commemoration this year. They read out peace quotes and war poems written by famous people and authors. They then read out their own quotes and poems along with showing some artwork..
On Wednesday 7th November, half of Year 1 visited St Nicolas Church as part of our local history topic.
We walked around the church yard and looked at the amazing views around Laindon.
We learned about special events that happen in the church and even got to ring the church bells and play the organ!
The other half of the year group will visit next Wednesday and are very excited!
On Tuesday the 16th October, the Junior Governing Body delivered all the food collected during Harvest Festival to the Basildon Community Resource Centre.
The manager of the Resource Centre praised the children, families and staff of The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery for their donation of the food which will now be distributed to vulnerable people across the community.
On Thursday 4th October a theatre company visited from 'The Towngate Theatre' to promote their new production 'Wind in the Willows.'
A fantastic football tournament took place at Phoenix! Our Year 6 children competed all day to reach the final. When they weren't playing they were warming up and learning new skills.
Our winning teams each received a medal. Our referee Brian Taylor also presented a 'Player of the Day' award to S C-W and HG. The ref was looking for players who consistently showed Teamwork, enthusiasm and determination. These 2 players truly excelled themselves - Well done!
The religions covered in our R.E. curriculum were all represented today. We had visitors representing religions including: Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam come to speak to or Year 4 & 5 students about the core beliefs, festivals, special food/clothes and ceremonies. The children learned about how, where and when the religions were founded.
It was a very interesting day that gave the children an opportunity to learn about the differences and similarities between the religions. They also tried on some of the ceremonial clothes and saw a variety of religious artifacts.
The whole day had a real sense of community about it, which is great for our pupils to feel part of.
The children at The Phoenix Primary School, who are in Year Five and Six, heard from a variety of representatives from different professions, including a police officer, a nurse and university student.
The students were encouraged to see how working hard at school now will help them in the future.
Some of the activities they got to participate in included the children trying on police uniforms, a nurse demonstrating bandaging, finger printing and a talk about university life.
Some of the representatives on the day included Emma Watson, a University of Surrey student, Gemma Kirk a 999 call handler, and Brian Taylor, a retired homicide detective.
Amanda Taylor, school higher level teaching assistant and vocational visit leader said it was a highly successful event.
She said: “It was a very positive day and a joy to see the children buzzing about all the opportunities that are available to them in the world of work and the wider community.”
Words from the Basildon Evening Echo.
To celebrate the end of term with our pupils who had attained 100% attendance, we went to Toby Carvery for lunch! We received V.I.P. treatment and enjoyed a delicious roast with ice-cream to follow.
This year 33 children achieved 100% attendance by coming into school on time, EVERY DAY! Next year we aim to fill the whole restaurant!
Education matters and is the first stepping stone to being a successful pupil at Phoenix Primary School and Nursery.
Our Successful Pupils WILL become Successful Adults!
In the next school year there will be reward events at the end of each term for each child who maintains 100% attendance from 4th September 2018.
With summer holidays nearly upon us, children are hoping to be out and about enjoying the sunshine. Maria from Dogs Trust came in to talk about staying safe around dogs and responsible dog ownership. The children loved meeting Rocky, her demonstration toy dog and learned lots of vital information about how to stay safe around dogs - particularly dogs they don't know.
Year 5 had their workshop on Friday 6th July and Years 4 & 6 look forward to theirs on 13th July.
We had a delicious cake sale in aid of St. Luke's Hospice and raised over £200!
Hilltop Residential Trip ~ Day Two ~ Tuesday 20th February 2018
So we all woke up bright and early and guess what? It was still raining! The children were all really excited for the day ahead!
We all met for breakfast at 7.45am and we had bacon, scrambled eggs and waffles.
Then our day really started! We met on the decking at 9am and headed off to our first activity. My group had Crates and orienteering and Mr Mason’s group had Climbing Wall and Archery.
The weather has not been kind to us unfortunately and we had to reward ourselves mid morning with a hot chocolate.
Lunch was jacket potatoes with tuna, cheese or beans and then we all met outside ready for our afternoon activities at 1pm.
This afternoon was the highlight of my trip - Super Swing!
My group did Super Swing and mountain bikes and Mr Mason’s group did Tree Top Trail.
The children were incredible and Lacie was really brave in my group and went to the highest stage on super swing! I had to do the Macarena in return though!
Miss Holman and Mrs Allen commented on how brilliant Ryan was during Tree Top Trail but Mrs Smith commented that the award for the muddiest child goes to Nicola! Who managed to fall in the mud several times and still keep smiling!
Dinner was lasagne and garlic bread and ice cream for dessert.
Then Adam DJed the Hilltop Cheesy disco. The children all had a great time.
Children were all in bed by 8.45.
See you all tomorrow!
Hilltop Residential Trip ~ Day One ~ Monday 19th February 2018
What a brilliant first day we have had here at Hilltop!!
We were all in school by 6am and Mrs Symes didn’t have to go and get anyone! Apart from the coach, that didn’t turn up on time so Ms Bird had to phone them to check they were on their way!
We eventually left school at 6.50am and begun our journey to Norfolk. Unfortunately, we were met with some traffic but we eventually arrived just before 11am.
Then the rain continued to fall! We met our Course Director, Jacob and we started our team tasks.
We had chicken pasta bake for lunch and then we went outside for our afternoon activities.
Group 1 with Mrs Smith, Mr Richards, Mrs Banks and I did Archery and the Climbing Wall. The children all had a go and we were really proud.
Group 2 with Mr Mason, Mrs Allen, Miss Holman and Ms Bird did Crates and Orienteering. The children were all brilliant
This evening we had hamburger and chips for dinner and apple crumble for dessert.
Mr Mason and Mrs Banks then opened the tuck shop and the children went outside for Owls and Mice.
We have had a brilliant first day here!
See you all on Wednesday!
Well done to team Phoenix who raised £455.97 for St.Luke's Hospice.
All the children enjoyed meeting Luke during assembly 😊
An extra well done to 2G who raised the most money and won the cakes!
Years 5 & 6 had the best morning at Phoenix Primary School today when we welcomed people who work in the community to share their work experiences. As part of a Vocational Visit initiative we hosted a Careers Event. The children heard from a pilot, a fire fighter, a forensic scientist, and a radio frequency and security engineer. They had a great insight to the various roles showcased and learned how working hard at school now, increases their opportunities in the world of work when they are older.
The children are absolutely buzzing with all the opportunities that lie ahead of them and they understand how hard work at school will contribute to their own success.
On Thursday 14th December our Phoenix Salon Stylists were presented with their portfolios and certificates of achievement.
Hairdressing club hopes to run again from the end of February 2018.
Eight children were served at the Royal Table on Tuesday 12th December. After a half-term of showing Mrs Butler how well they use cutlery to eat their dinner each day, these children enjoyed the Royal treatment. (Check out the delicious cakes made by our cook Jackie!)
On Tuesday 28th November, Year 5 went to see the final dress rehearsal for Aladdin.
We played games in the foyer while we waited to be called in.
We all had a wonderful afternoon. We loved the spectacular song and dance routines and the 'funnies' that were constantly coming. The children were amazed at the flying scene and thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the theatre.
New Basildon Challenge ~ KS2 Public Speaking ~ The Great Debate ~ 22nd November 2017
All the competitors had a wonderful time and showed how BRILLIANT our Basildon schools are.
Ten schools from across Basildon came to The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery today with their Year 2 teams to compete in a Public Speaking Competition. Judges, Julia Jones - Headteacher at Barons Court Primary School in Southend and Tim Hudson, Managing Director at Manheim Ltd were very impressed with all the speakers. Certificates of Achievement were given to all the children taking part. Well done to Lee Chapel who came 1st, to Ryedene who came 2nd and to Lincewood who came 3rd. All the competitors had a wonderful morning and showed how BRILLIANT our Basildon schools are.
We have 6 new apprentices from Year 6 training with Daniel Lethbridge, franchaise owner of Toni & Guy Basildon. During this course the children will learn to blow dry, straighten and curl hair using salon tools.
Vocational Visit to Basildon Fire Station ~ 18.10.17
We had a great tour of the Fire Station, finding out where the Fire Fighters rest, train and work out.
We learned how important our school work will be, especially Maths, English, Science, Geography and PE.
We looked at where their equipment is stored on the Fire Truck and learned how to use a thermal camera.
We saw the cars with weighted dummies that they practise on for Road Traffic Accidents.
Last year Basildon Fire Station were called out to more than 1700 emergencies out of the 30,700+ in Essex.
KS1 Royal Table ~ 17th October 2017
Congratulations to those children who have earned the right to sit at the Royal Table today. They have all been working hard on their table manners and using their cutlery correctly during the school lunch time.
Phoenix entered 2 teams for the 2017 Maths Challenge at James Hornsby School. Both teams enjoyed the day. Watch out Year 6 - our Year 5 team beat you this time!
Year 6 Football Tournament ~ Friday 29th September 2017
On Friday FA Referee, Brian Taylor, visited Phoenix to Referee our Year 6 Football Tournament. We had a great day playing football and learning new football skills. The winning Girls team and Boys team were presented with medals. Brian monitored all players throughout the day and awarded Girls Player of the Tournament to Rheanna and Boys Player of the Tournament to Ollie.
On Monday, Mrs BP took an ex-pupil (now in Year 7 at James Hornsby) to London to attend the Fiver Challenge Awards Ceremony.
They were lucky enough to have a tour of Muggles; a private award-winning walking tour exploring the Harry Potter movie locations and uncovering the places that inspired JK Rowling. After a special lunch they attended the awards ceremony at Havas Media Company. It was a very grand affair, which saw our ex-pupil as representative of the Sweet 'n' Light Company awarded 1st Nationwide Runner-up for Best Pop-Up Shop. 34,560 students took part in this year's Fiver Challenge and only 30 were invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.
Careers Day ~ Wednesday 20th September
Years 5 & 6 had another great careers day on Wednesday when they heard from a variety of representatives from different working backgrounds. Our visitors included a Police Officer, a Paramedic, Service Sales Manager from a Car Auction Company, a Project and Field manager from UK Power and Toni & Guy hair stylists. All the children enjoyed learning about the different jobs and how they needed to work hard now at school so that they can choose their own career.
"This day made me feel like I can do anything..." K F-K
Congratulations to Sweet 'n' Light who made the most profit from company sales. They chose to spend the Year 6 profit on a bouncy castle assault course and ice creams for the afternoon!
In the KS1 dining hall, we have been focusing on table manners and dining etiquette. Congratulations to Riley, Imogen , Archie , Katrina , Atila , Holly and Darcy.
Congratulations go to 31 of our pupils who have come to school on time everyday since the start of the school year. As a reward for 100% attendance, the children played on a bouncy castle assault course.
What a lovely day the children had on Tuesday for our Districts Sports Day held at Basildon Sporting Village.
The children arrived with lots of enthusiasm and excitement for the events ahead.
Isoken from year six got the medals underway with a bronze in long jump, this was followed by 2 more in both the year 5 and year 6 girls relay.
We are awaiting news of the final scores.
Thank you for all the children who took part their behaviour was a credit to the school.
Alien Autopsy! What a brilliant day at James Hornsby School.
Four of our Year 5s had a great time investigating the origins of the Alien.
In Chemistry we looked at the pH levels of the Alien, testing parts of the Alien, such as skin and sweat - we needed to make sure it was safe to touch!
In Physics we made parachutes, using a boiled egg for our model Alien drop.
In Biology we tested the Alien to see if it contained protein, carbohydrates and sugars in its brain, snot and poo!
It was good to have hands-on experience in a laboratory.
Work Experience Taster at Toni & Guy Basildon
Two of our talented hairdressers, Libby Stevens and Hayley Tiller, had the opportunity to practise their skills at the Toni & Guy Basildon salon. Both the girls did incredibly well at washing hair, cutting and blowdrying the hair of real models!
The 'Infant School Games' were held at Laindon Park Primary School on Wednesday 14th June 2017. Activities included; running , throwing and dribbling a football. They also met new friends from other schools around Basildon, and were all delighted to come home with a certificate.
Well done key stage one!
Year 6 have been absolutely buzzing today! Products are being packaged, stands being decorated and quality items are ready for the 'Sale Day'.
Sale starts tomorrow, Wednesday 14th June at 3pm prompt in the KS1 playground.
Please come along and support Year 6’s Fiver Challenge
A busy, busy day! We watched a clip from Dragons Den to help us with writing our own sales pitch. Advertising posters needed to be designed and products made in readiness for the sale day on Wednesday. It's all go in Year 6!
Day 3 was shopping day. All our teams walked to Basildon town centre, in the glorious sunshine, to buy all the bits they needed to make and package their products. Everything was going so well... until... the heavens opened!! Thankfully everyone got back safely; albeit drenched!
On Thursday, our Year 6 Business teams made a great start to their week of being entrepreneurs! Company names have been confirmed, business plans formed, shopping lists written and logos designed!
On Wednesday 7th June 2017, Angela Hyde from Fiver Challenge kick started our Business Week with a masterclass. The children learned about buying, selling and producing goods. They calculated their profits after repaying the initial investment and tax. Year 6 will spend the next few days building up their own businesses in teams; competing against each other for the most profitable company.
We are proud to announce that our Phoenix Salon Stylists have completed the advanced Hairdressing course. Special Congratulations go to Libby Stevens and Hayley Tiller who have been chosen, by Daniel Lethbridge of Toni & Guy Basildon, to attend a work experience taster at the salon in June!
For their final style, the girls cut and shaped their model's hair around the face; being sure to keep the line straight. Then they rough dried the hair and finished the style off after choosing a heated tool to work with.
Based on the styles and progress made, Daniel will choose 2 stylists to go and spend an afternoon working on real people at Toni & Guy Basildon.
On Friday we welcomed Jac Bottjer from Poetry to Succeed to work with Year 5
In the morning we learnt how to write and expand our poems with figurative language. Jac is a published poet and shared some of his work with us. In the afternoon, Jac demonstrated how to perform, using a microphone. Most of us were brave enough to read our poems out using the microphone techniques that Jac had told us about. A few of us performed our poems in assembly!