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Roughlee Church of England Primary School

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Welcome to the junior’s class page!


We have 22 pupils in our junior class, who are taught by Miss Duxbury and Miss Forkin, we also have the help of Mrs Jackson in the afternoon. We have a mixed age class with pupils from year 3 to year 6.



During the autumn 2 half term, the children are going to be exploring the history of the Shang Dynasty. They will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across periods by learning when and where the Shang Dynasty existed. The children will analyse how the social hierarchy of the Shang dynasty was organised and what life was like for different people. They'll construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information by finding out about the religious beliefs of the people from this era. 



Year 3 and 4: Identify parts of plants

Lower KS2 will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers, investigating the way in which water is transported within plants. They will make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers.


Year 5 and 6: Earth and Space 

The children are learning to describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system, identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments for different theories about the solar system. They will also use the idea of the Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.



Children will receive English and maths homework every Friday, this is to be completed for the following Monday. Homework is always based on work children have been doing in school and set to suit their abilities. If something is sent home that a pupil needs more help with, please inform us on the Monday morning so we can do this.


Spellings and times tables

Spellings and times tables are set on Thursday and the children have their test on the following Thursday morning. Children write their spellings in their book and have time to practice in school during the week. They are given times table sheets (with times tables up to 12×) at the beginning of the year. They are to use this to practice at home. While children are given time to practice in school it is important they take the time to practice at home too.  


For 6 Mondays, over Autumn term 1 and 2, we have a special guest who comes in to teach the children about the importance of healthy living. They look at how to eat healthily and get enough exercise so that they are living a healthy life style.  


Recently Mike brought products that are sugar free/reduced sugar and the same products with sugar in e.g. coke and diet coke. The children had to test each product and see if they could tell which had sugar in and which was sugar free/reduced sugar. The found this very tricky and learnt that the products taste just as good with reduced sugar in. 

Science through football!

Soccer Academy came in and taught our children about science in a fun and active lesson playing football. In the afternoon they then came in class and did a fun quiz testing their knowledge. 

Performance Poetry

This September, the year 5 & 6 are studying performance poetry. They will learn how to alter their voice and add movement/actions to their performance to bring it to life. They will observe each others performances and help each other to develop their skills. 

Science explorers 

Year 3 & 4 explored our outdoor area to investigate different places where plants have grown. This is what they found: 

What plants need!

Year 3 and 4 have been learning about what plants need to grow and survive (water, oxygen and nutrients, light). To apply their understanding they each planted a seed and then ensured the seed's needs were met so that it would develop and grow into a plant. 

Roald Dahl Day!

On Thursday 13th September we held Roald Dahl Day, where children were invited to dress up as their favourite book character. The outfits looked fabulous and the children enjoyed a day of activities! 

Noah's Ark 

The children have learnt what covenant means and discussed why it is important to keep promises that they make. We looked at the stories of Abraham and Noah, discussing the promises made between them and God. The children made clear links between these stories and the idea of covenant, looking at Christian promises.


Then, in class, we acted out a wedding, looking at the vows made and discussing their meaning. The children all agreed that promises are important vows that shouldn’t be broken, if can be helped. We also linked these to rules in the wider world, thinking about how we can help to make the world a better place. The year 6 children created a 'rules of school' list. 

Autumn 2 topic web

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O Roughlee Church of England Primary School Blacko Bar Road, Roughlee, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 6NX UK