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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 will be given weekly, on Tuesdays, and will be tested on the following Monday. There will be a short task for your children to complete involving their spellings or the spelling patterns/rules we are focusing on. This will need to be handed in on Monday mornings. Your child will also be encouraged to try to learn the 'Password Pair' which are high frequency words, taken from the list of 100 words that the children are expected to learn in Years 3 and 4 under the current National Curriculum. In addition, there will also be a Maths Activity to complete, which will be based around work that we have been doing in class along with ten games of TTRockstars. Please use your child's Home Learning Book to comment on these tasks if needed.

 

Please support your child's reading by hearing them at home. Your child may not read every day in class, so please encourage your child to be responsible for changing their own book when they finish one. Books to be changed can be placed in the box in the classroom at any time. When your child has read at home, a brief note in your child's reading log is greatly appreciated and also feel free to note any other texts your child may read as it is useful to know the range of texts your child engages with aside from school reading books.

 

LITERACY

The children will be reading, analysing and experimenting with writing the following texts:

  • Local stories/legends

  • Discussion texts

  • Poetry-List poems

 

Our spelling, grammar and punctuation focus will be:

  • Organising out writing in paragraphs
  • Apostrophes for possession
  • Fronted adverbials

 

The children will be encouraged to use a fluent, cursive handwriting script.

 

Author of the Term: Astrid Lindgren

 

Poet of the Term: Brian Patten

 

MATHEMATICS

The children will be covering the following areas during the term:

  • Decimals

  • Length and perimeter

  • Shape

  • Time

  • Volume and capacity

  • Statistics

 

SCIENCE

The children will be looking at:

  • Habitats

The children will explore animals and adaption, local habitats and food chains.

Topic link: What creatures can be found on Haddon Hill?

 

  • States of Matter

The children will explore how matter can change through heating and cooling.

 

 

TOPIC

The children will be learning about dams and rivers, This will lead into a study of Haddon Hill, The children will consider:

  • Local flora and fauna
  • Industry on Exmoor
  • Conservation of the environment
  • Settlement changes

 

Key questions: How and why is Haddon Hill being conserved for the future? What did it used to be like on Haddon Hill?

 

ART/DT

The children will be completing their print-work from the Spring Term. They will then be exploring weaving and creating sketches inspired by the local environment.

 

FRENCH

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

  • Numbers
  • Days of the week
  • Months


Physical Development

The children will be involved in:

  • Maypole dancing

  • Catchball

  • Athletics

  • Swimming

 

Religious Education

The children will be exploring a unit of work on:

  • Why are some journeys and places special?

 

Christian Values : Trust and Hope

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be covering:

  • Relationships

    The theme provides opportunities for the children to explore feelings within the context of our important relationships including 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.

 

MUSIC

The children will continue learning to play their brass instruments and will be learning songs for the Simonsbath Festival.

 

Core Task

The children are required to do ONE Core Task for each Term and need to give it to the Class Teacher ON the specified day. The other suggested tasks are for the children to do at any time during the Term and are intended to support, broaden and extend their learning of our class topic.

 

This term we are learning about river and dams. We are focusing on the Aswan Dam in Egypt and we with then be focusing on our own locality and a study on Haddon Hill and Wimbleball Reservoir.

 

Choose ONE of the following core tasks to complete. Your work can be presented in anyway, for example a model, a poster, a leaflet, a piece of writing, a booklet etc! It can be hand-written or produced using ICT. The choice is yours! Be creative! Think about the comments on your last core task!

 

1) Create your own dam, either by creating a model or by temporarily building a dam on a river/stream and taking photos.

How does the dam affect the flow of water? Consider why dams are used in different countries across the world. can you find any fascinating facts about dams?

 

2) Prepare a 2 minute speech either about the problems caused by building a dam (against dams) or in favour of building a dam (for dams).

Consider the risks to animals, people and land when dams are built.

 

Due on Tuesday 5th June 2018.

 

Other activities you could do at home:

  • Find the name of a major river in each continent of the world (North America, South America, Asia, Oceania, Europe, Africa and Antarctica).
  • Visit Wimbleball Reservoir for yourself - sketch what you see of take some photos.
  • Find the names of rivers local to Exford. Which rivers do you pass in your daily life?
  • Visit the school website and play some of the Maths and Science games, Remember to vote for your favourite!

 

Take a look at some of the following websites:

http://idahoptv.org/dialogue4kids/dams/facts.cfm

http://ngkids.co.uk/places/amazon-facts

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/river-monsters/games-more/river-monsters-game.htm

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/engineering/dams.html

http://www.dkfindout.com/uk/earth/rivers/river-dams/

 

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

 

Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your teacher know!

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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