Welcome to the junior’s class page!
We have 21 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 Summer 2 half term the year 3/ 4 children are going to be learning about Eastern Europe and comparing it to the UK and the year 5/6 children will learn about Eastern Europe and the Americas comparing them to the UK.They will learn that a continent is a large land mass and that continents are groups of countries. They will learn about some countries in Europe, using an atlas to find and names of cities. They will think about geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America in the context of comparing.
Year 3 and 4: Living thing and their environment
Lower KS2 will learn how to recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways by sorting living things into a range of groups. They will be able to group living things in a range of ways. Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions by using a range of methods to sort and group living things.
Year 5 and 6: Evolution
The children will recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents in the context of inheritance.They will study Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, understanding the evidence he used to create this theory and examples he studied.
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.
In the build up to the Easter break the children decorated eggs for the Easter competition and created cards to take home to their families. We had a very busy week and lots of fun in class!
UKS2 Science- separating mixtures
Year 5 and 6 tested different materials to see if they were magnetic, hard, transparent, flexible and permeable. They worked in groups and recorded their results in a table. They also created their own electrical circuits and tested different materials to find what conducts electricity, causing the light bulb to glow, and what acts as an insulator against electricity. They then presented their findings.
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.
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.
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!
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.