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.
During the Spring 2 half term, the children will be able to describe and understand key aspects of human geography including land use in the context of using sketch maps and use simple sketch maps that show how land is used. They will conduct fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps in the context of drawing a sketch map. By the end of the unit they will be able to describe and understand key aspects of human geography including land use in the context of using sketch maps.
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).
Year 5 and 6: Types of change
Children will demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes. Children will have understood that melting is a reversible change and will have investigated this process. They will be able to explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.
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.
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!
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.
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.