The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery

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Mandala Patterns

Summer Break

As the holiday arrives, I want to wish you all a safe, relaxing and enjoyable break.  It has been fantastic working with you all in our 'bubble' and I am sure you will continue to be successful in your new classes come September. 


You can find a short video from your new teachers introducing themselves to you in the Video section of the website.


If you are looking for some activities over the holiday, I would urge you to participate in the reading challenge at the local library. 

Information can be found at:


If you are unable to get to the local library,  the Oxford Owl website has a vast selection of ebooks that you can read.


If you can maintain your mental maths knowledge by playing Times Table Rockstars, you will be in a great position come September.  


Maths games on Top Marks would also offer some great challenges too. 


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Finally, parents and carers, if you do need support over the break, the school has an email address that you can message: 






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Celebrations, Festivals and National Events


Below are some current events that you can discuss with you child.



July is Transition Month. It’s a great time for your child to reflect on the last year and share some of their happiest or it’s a fun memories, as well as what they have learned before moving on.

Mandela Day

Mandela Day is an annual event named after Nelson Mandela and is designed to encourage everyone to take action against poverty. A United Nations (UN) international event held every year on Nelson Mandela's birthday, Mandela Day was founded on the principle that we can all give a little bit of our time to have a positive effect on the life of someone else. We can all make a difference in our community and help change the world for the better!

When is Mandela Day 2020?

Mandela Day takes place every year on 18th July. In 2020 the aim is to encourage people, governments, businesses and society to focus on 5 key areas:

Summer Reading Challenge

Details of the summer reading challenge can be found at the above website.


Basildon library opened on Monday 6th July and Laindon library is due to open on 13th July.

Pop Art based on the work of Roy Lichtenstein

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The ‘Young Writers’ website are running poetry competitions as a fun activity to use for home learning. You can use the downloadable worksheet, or children can write / type their poem instead. There is an engaging video that can be used for support.


EYFS- Reception and Nursery- ‘My Fist Riddle’-

KS1- There is a ‘Little Riddlers’

KS2- ‘Brain Swap’

They are offering prizes, depending on the age of the child, and the deadline for entry is Friday 24th July 2020.





Celebrations, Festivals and National Events


Plastic Free July

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste. Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work and school.


Asalha Puja Day

Asalha Puja Day is a Buddhist festival that occurs on the full moon of the eighth lunar month, which is usually in July. The festival pays homage to the Buddha and commemorates the Buddha's first sermon and the founding of the Buddha's Sangha - four noble truths. The day is observed by donating offerings to temples and listening to sermons.




Please also check the ‘Sports News’ section on our school website for some ideas of fun activities that you can try at home.

Biographies of Wilbur and Orville Wright

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Children’s Art Week is a UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.


In 2020, Children’s Art Week will take place online, at home and in schools across three weeks in June and July. Each week will focus on a special theme. The 2020 themes are…


  • Week 1 (from 29 June): The Natural World  
  • Week 2 (from 6 July): Connecting across generations  
  • Week 3 (from 13 July): Literacy and creative writing




Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, considered by many to be the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877.

At Twinkl, there are numerous resources specific for the Wimbledon event, use them to engage your children with tennis and get them excited for the tournament to begin!



Stone Age information produced by Jack and Nikol

Descriptive Writing


 In 4/5M we have been looking at how to develop description of a setting from a given list. We discussed what extra information would be good to include so that the image painted for the reader would be more vivid.  We also considered our use of relative clauses, parentheses, similes and metaphors. 


We used an extract from 'The Boy in the Tower' by Polly Ho-Yen as inspiration.

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