Southfield Junior School

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Science Home Learning - Week Commencing 8th June 2020

For science, this week we would like you to become an expert in the 7 characteristics of a living thing.

  • Watch the PowerPoint and find out who Mrs Nerg is! She will help you remember the 7 characteristics of a living thing. After you have found them out, we would like you to make a poster to explain life processes to younger children. Keep it simple, colourful and interesting to look at as well as full of information.
  • Next, ask an adult if you can take a walk around your local area to see how many living things you can find. Make a list and check that they are living by using your Mrs Nerg poster.

You could challenge yourself by making a list of living things that you won’t find locally and begin to think why. There are definitely no rhinoceros in my street – I wonder why!

Click here to view the PowerPoint  

Topic Home Learning - Week Commencing 8th June 2020

Over the next 2 weeks, we would like you to do a project on the Aztecs.

Find all you can about the Aztecs;

  • Who were the Aztecs?
  • What were they known for?
  • Where did they come from?
  • How did people live in the Aztec times?

Present your findings anyway you would like!

  • Make an Aztec timeline
  • A fact file
  • A PowerPoint presentation                             
  • Record a video
  • Design an Aztec mask

Here are a couple of links to get you started:

Science Home Learning - Week Commencing 18th May 2020

For science, this week we would like you to keep a diary to record your water use at home during the week . List visits to the toilet, showers, baths, washing at sink, clothes washed, washing up or dishwasher, drinks containing water, water given to pets, watering the garden, cleaning, etc.

Can you think of any other uses of water? (Cleaning the car, water put out for birds, garden pond, etc.)

Think about the water cycle diagram you drew last week. How would some of these water activities fit into the cycle?

You could draw diagrams or pictures to show your thinking.

Topic Home Learning - Week Commencing 18th May 2020

Over the next 2 weeks, we would like you to a project on the history of chocolate.

 Find all you can about chocolate;

  • Who first invented chocolate?
  • What is chocolate made of?
  • Where did chocolate originally come from?
  • When did we start eating chocolate?                                                 
  • How was chocolate first used?

 Present your findings anyway you would like!

  • A non-chronological report
  • A news report
  • A PowerPoint presentation
  • Record a video or make a song about the history of chocolate
  • Design and make a leaflet

Make it as exciting as you can!  Let’s bring history alive!

Science Home Learning - Week Commencing 4th May 2020

This week we are thinking about The Water Cycle.

Can you make it rain indoors?

What you need:

  • Ice cubes
  • Wide glass jam-jar
  • Plate
  • Very hot tap water (make sure you have adult help with this)


  1. Put the ice cubes on the plate.
  2. With your adult helper, pour around 3 centimetres of very hot water into the glass jar.
  3. Place the plate and ice cubes on top of the jar.
  4. Watch what happens! Can you see droplets forming on the bottom of the plate? If you tap the plate they will fall down like rain!

What's happening?

As hot air hits the bottom of the cold plate, water vapour in the air condenses. The water vapour forms water droplets on the bottom of the plate. The water droplets drip down like rain. The same thing happens in the atmosphere. Warm, moist air rises. The rising warm air meets colder air high in the atmosphere. The water vapour in the warm air condenses and forms water droplets. The water droplets fall to Earth as rain.

Click here for the link to the Water Cycle song

Have a look at the picture of The Water Cycle. Use arrows and labels to explain what is happening.

The Happy News Project- Week commencing 4th May 2020

Over the next two weeks, we would like you to focus on a ‘Happy News’ project. This is a project that is being sent out to the whole school and if you have siblings, you could even work on it together. It is a fantastic opportunity to exercise some of our school values; friendship, awareness, courage, determination, respect and excellence.

Please see the attached sheet for more guidance on how to complete your project. Once you have finished, we would love to see your end results. We have put together a handy guide for you and your parents/carers so that you can upload your work onto ‘Dojo’ for us to see. Once uploaded, we will select some excellent examples of your work to feature on the school website and twitter page!

Click here for more guidance 

Science Home Learning - Week commencing 20th April


Explore what happens to a puddle in the garden over time (create one if it has not been raining!).

What do you think will happen? How can you measure what is happening? Think about its perimeter / diameter / length across widest point.

  • Try drawing a chalk line around the puddle once an hour/half hour and observe its changes.
  • Can you explain what has happened to the water? What do you think causes the drying?
  • Create a list of key words you have used and their definitions.
  • Draw a diagram to explain the evaporation process.
  • Can you name any other everyday examples?

Remember:  The water hasn’t ‘disappeared’ but has become a gas. Have a look at this clip online to secure your understanding:

Topic Home Learning - Week commencing 20th April

Over the next 2 weeks, we would like you to become an extraordinary inventor like Willy Wonka and invent your very own room in the chocolate factory.  

What will your invention be? Hot ice-cream for cold days, hair toffee or even an everlasting gobstopper?

What is the name of your invention?

Will it be edible?

Present your findings anyway you would like!

  • Make a model of the room you have invented
  • Write a description of your invention
  • Draw an illustration
  • Write a section of the story- What will go terribly wrong? Will a character disappear?
  • Use your baking skills to make your creation!


If you have got questions that you need the answers to, or would like to investigate something you have been talking about, this is a great online Encyclopedia that will help you.