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At home maths- these links allow you to access maths activities and text books for the different year group levels using your active learn login details.

Updated. Topic, science and art lessons- weeks 1 - 6 week commencing 20/4/20

Welcome to the Junior’s class page!


We have 24 pupils in our junior class, who are taught by Miss Duxbury with the assistance of Mrs Southern. We have a mixed age class with pupils from year 3 to year 6. 


I hope you're all staying safe and well! The children were sent home with their usernames and passwords for Active Learn, Purple Mash and TT Rock Stars. Please encourage them to go on these as they have been set reading books, spelling rule games, grammar games, maths activities and computing tasks. They were also sent home with a pack of math, English, topic and science activities to work their way through. If you have any questions, please contact school.  


Easter activities for at home

The Easter Bonnet and Garden competition will run over Easter; please submit photographs of the children's creations and vouchers will be posted out to the winners.


Here are some fun family activities you could do over the half term. Please take this time to enjoy each other’s company, play games, get creative and remain positive considering our current situation! 


-Bake some tasty treats: whether it be a Victoria sponge, decorated with seasonal fruits, a rice crispy bar, or creating the Easter biscuits, enjoy making something delicious to enjoy together as a family!

-Play a board game: get out some board games such as monopoly, cluedo or whatever is popular with the youth of today. It's w fun way of spending time together doing something all can join in with!

-Easter decorations: create some Easter decorations or a garland you can hang around your house to celebrate the holidays. I'll attach pictures on the word document of art/DT creations you could have a go at making! 

-Learn an Easter poem off by heart: you can add actions and movement, remembering to alter your voice and tone to show meaning, and when you are fully confident perform to your family!

-Have an egg hunt: whether it’s indoors or outdoors, a treasure egg hunt or hunting by names, this will surely bring out the laughter in your house!

- Gardening: help your parent/guardian to tidy up the garden by getting rid of those pesky weeds and if able planting seeds or new flowers. 


Topic lessons

During the Summer 1 half term the children were going to be learning about World War II; they were really looking forward to this, especially the year 6 cohort who have asked many times in the past if we could study it! Unfortunately, due to recent events and how essential it is we all remain safe, we aren't able to explore this topic together as a class. However, there is plenty of exciting research the children can still do at home to develop their knowledge of how the war came to be, how it affected different people's lives, how different countries came to be involved and ultimately how the war came to an end. 


Here are some age appropriate websites for research:


Science- home learning ideas beneath explanations

Year 3 and 4: Changes in state 

The children compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases and identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes. They will observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C).


Years 3/4 were sent home with a water cycle board game (printed on paper) and a copy of the rules to play. The BBC also has a super video explaining the water cycle with key information underneath the children can read. They could then make a poster to explain the process. Please follow the link:


Key questions to research:

What is the boiling point of water?

What is the freezing point of water?

Why does water evaporate?

Is freezing water a reversible change?

Is evaporating water a reversible change? 


Year 5 and 6: Evolution and inheritance

Upper KS2 will be focusing on evolution and inheritance. They will look at the terms 'adaptation', 'evolution' and 'genetic' and learn what they mean and then develop their understanding of these aspects. They will identify inherited traits and adaptive traits, understand that adaptations are random mutations, examine fossil evidence supporting the idea of evolution and identify the difference between selective and cross-breeding. 


Key questions to research:

Who came up with the theory of evolution and what is it?

Research and explain a species of animal that has changed due to evolution.

How have humans changed due to evolution?

What is an adaptation and why do some species have special adaptations?

Are adaptations always an advantage? 

What is the idea of survival of the fittest? 

You could create a poster, leaflet or booklet to explain your findings. 




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.  

Tree Planting - Spring 2020

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Making a stew!

During Autumn 2 we explored how food is transported to the UK from all over the world and explored the impact of this on the world around us (pollution). We looked at the importance of using food sourced locally and how this is often seasonal. We then explored what grows in the North West in winter and created our own stew. 

The Dental Nurse's Visit 

The dental nurse visited us and taught us the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day and making sure we do not eat too many sugary things such as sweets, chocolate or fizz drinks. We were also surprised to learn how bad fresh juice is on the enamel of children's teeth!

Blackburn Cathedral 

Bishop Phillip invited KS2 classes from a variety of schools around Lancashire to spend the day with him and his friends at Blackburn Cathedral. Here they spent the day learning about Christianity across the world. The children also were taught the importance of recycling materials to save the planet. They learnt about how materials polluting the ocean and the effects this has on fish/coral/sea creature's lives.

Friend or Foe

Year 5 and 6 have been reading 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo, a story about 2 boys who are evacuated during the war and sent to live a long way from their home. The children are making inferences and deductions as to how the characters feel and how other characters in the story react to them. They class have done lots of role-play, hot-seating and a conscience wall to explore and analyse the different characters. 

Science Experiments!

Year 3 and 4 tested different materials to see which was the most reflective and which was the least. They then ordered their different materials and designed a safe school bag that would be made from their most reflective materials.

Year 5 and 6 created their own periscopes using cereal boxes and mirrors to understand how light is given from a light source, travels in a straight line to hit an object and then bounces off to our eyes enabling us to see the object. 

Roald Dahl Day!

On Friday 13th September we celebrated Roald Dahl day in school. The children were invited to dress as characters from his books and learnt lots about him and how he came to be such a great author, who could look at the world through a child's eyes. We did lots of fun activities such as creating our own book marks, creating a fact file and a quiz! We also read some of his short adaptions of traditional tales from 'Revolting Rhymes,' which the children very much enjoyed. 


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