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Welcome to the Junior Class Page

 

This page contains information about what Junior Class will be learning this term.

Our PE sessions are on Thursdays and Fridays. Please ensure your child has a PE kit on these days with the correct uniform. Please also ensure your child has daps in school at all times. We will be checking PE kit this term so please ensure your child has the correct items of clothing in school.

Spellings are given weekly, on Tuesdays, being tested on the following Monday. Maths and Spelling Home Learning Activities will be collected on a Monday. We will also be taking part in a Times Tables Challenge across Years 2 - 4 to support the children's recall of these key mathematical fact.
 
LITERACY

The children will be reading, analysing and experimenting with writing a range of texts, focusing on:

  • Using paragraphs correctly

  • Using fronted adverbials

  • Punctuating dialogue with inverted commas

  • Using apostrophes for shortening words and to show possession

In addition, the children will continue to focus on:

  • Developing a fluent, joined handwriting style

  • Spelling words containing a range of suffixes and prefixes

 

MATHS

The children will be extending their understanding of:

  • Measuring angles

  • Capacity

  • Handling data

  • Fractions

  • Time

We will also be working on recalling times tables.

 

SCIENCE

The children will be looking at:

Growing Plants:

  • Functions of leaves, roots and stems

  • Photosynthesis

Topic Link: What plants are there on Dunkery?

Rocks and Soils

  • Properties of different rocks and soils
  • Permeability

 

TOPIC

Key Question: Who is Dunkery Hill for?

The children will cover the following key areas:

  • Exmoor landscape

  • Studies of the local wildlife, flora and fauna

  • Map work

  • Fieldwork skills

 

ART/DT

The children will be inspired by the local area and the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We will create:

  • Landscape sketches

  • Sculptures

  • Tie-dye

 

COMPUTING

The children will be developing their skills though:

  • Programming
  • Learing about e-safety
  • Handling data


PE

The children will be involved in:

  • Country Dancing/Maypole Dancing

  • Catchball

  • Cricket/Rounders

  • Athletics

  • Swimming

 

FRENCH

The children will be learning about France and French culture through the following themes:

  • Days of the week

  • Months

  • My family

 

RE

The children will be exploring a unit of work on:

  • How do people express their beliefs, identity and experience?

Our Christian Values for this term will be Creativity and Peace

 

PSHE

The children will be covering:

  • Relationships

    The theme provides opportunities for the children to explore feelings within the context of relationships with family and friends. The children will develop their skills in self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy. 

  • Changes

    This unit will help equip the children with an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and common human responses to it. The children will develop their ability to understand and manage the feelings associated with change.

 

Core Task

Linked to our Christian Value of Creativity, children are asked to create their own piece of artwork to illustrate all, or part, of the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful.

 

Due on Monday 5th June 2017.

 

Other optional activities you could do at home:

  1. Try baking some local Exmoor recipes. There are lots of ideas at http://www.exmoorian.co.uk/recipes.htm
  2. Try writing your own extra verse for All Things Bright and Beautiful.
  3. Have a look at the school website http://www.exfordfirstschool.co.uk
  4. Explore the forests and woods in your local area. What plants and animals live there> How are they similar to those that live on Dunkery Hill? How are the similar and different from  those that are found in the rainforests?
  5. Create a poster to illustrate the Country Code to advise visitors how to respect the environment.
  6. Research any other stories of poems that are set on Exmoor.

 

RAINBOW TARGETS
The Junior Class has Rainbow Targets each term for Reading, Writing and Maths which are focused on developing a different aspect of the subject. The targets are organised from red (easiest) to violet with each colour of the rainbow identifying the next step in learning for a skill, and therefore ensures all ability levels in the class can move their learning forward. Your child is not given a particular colour to aim for, but is encouraged to extend their own learning by challenging how high they can reach.


HOMEWORK TIMETABLE

Year Group Time per week Literacy Maths Topic
Reception
1 hour per week
Phonic sounds/CVC Flicker Books/Reading Books    
Year 1 Spellings
Reading
  Core Task-
one per term
Year 2 Spellings
Reading
Mental Maths Core Task-
one per term
Year 3
1.5 hours per week
Spellings with a task
Reading
Written Maths Task Core Task-
one per term
Year 4 Spellings with a task
Reading
Written Maths Task Core Task-
one per term

 

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Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!
Picture 1 Roman Day, November 2016
Picture 2 Roman Honey Cakes
Picture 3 Roman Day Feast, November 2016
Picture 4 Taunton Museum Visit , October 2016
Picture 5 Y4 Pinkery Residential, April 2016
Picture 6 Ancient Egyptians, March 2016
Picture 7 Y3 Bristol Residential, January 2016
Picture 8 Cobbaton Combat, Class Trip, Autumn 2015
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