Welcome to the Junior’s Class Page!
We have 29 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.
History - The changing power of monarchs We will learn about William the Conqueror’s reign from 1066 onwards, how King John made himself very unpopular as monarch and why King Henry VIII married so many times. The children will also learn who Queen Anne was, what Queen Victoria achieved during her reign and look at the role of the British monarchy today. By the end of the unit the children will have a good understanding of how both the monarchy and the world around us has changed over time.
LKS2- Magnets and forces:
In this unit children will explore the properties of magnets and magnetic materials. They will also be able to apply their knowledge of how things move on different surfaces to create a table top game. Working scientifically, children will investigate how toys can be grouped according to how they move. They will carry out a simple investigation into the way an elastic band catapult can move a toy car. They will investigate the effect of different surfaces on the movement of a sliding coin and have the opportunity to identify which materials are magnetic and which are not.
In this unit children will learn about a variety of forces including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. They will explore how simple mechanisms can be used to make work easier. They will observe and explain how gravity causes an unsupported object to fall towards the Earth and look at the gravitational pull on other planets. Also, they will carry out a range of activities to identify the effects of friction, air resistance, and water resistance. Working scientifically, children will find out how to measure using force meters and will use this knowledge to investigate their own scientific predictions, using their results to form conclusions.This unit builds on the work children did in Year 3 Magnets and Forces.
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 Wednesday and the children have their test on the following Thursday. 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.
At Home Math Resources/Textbooks
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.
https://preview.pearsonactivelearn.com/PowerMathsYear3 https://preview.pearsonactivelearn.com/PowerMathsYear4 https://preview.pearsonactivelearn.com/PowerMathsYear5 https://preview.pearsonactivelearn.com/PowerMathsYear6
Eye of the Wolf
UKS2 have been reading Eye of the Wolf and thinking carefully about the relationship that develops between Africa and Blue Flame. In this lesson, the children got into groups to role play the scene where Blue Flame and his family are fleeing the hunters as they have killed his father. They explored inference thinking carefully about what the characters were thinking and feeling at key moments.
The Dragon Slayer
LKS2 looked at the problems the dragon slayer faced: take the baby dragons and save them, kill them or leave them to fend for themselves. They did a conscience alley thinking carefully about what he would be feeling and why, looking at the pros and cons of saving the baby dragons. Ultimately, they decided the right thing to do was to save and raise the babies!
UKS2 looked at Earth's gravity and the pull it has taking objects down towards the ground. To help them visualise this, they used cardboard rolls to represent the earth, elastic bands to represent gravity and drew pictures of themselves being pulled back down by gravity.
LKS2 car catapult experiment
LKS2 have been exploring the forces of push and pull. They made predictions about how to get the toy car to travel further using the elastic band catapult and then concluded that the greater the force of pull on the elastic band, the greater the force of push on the car, meaning that it travelled further forward. They then plotted their results on a graph.