Southfield Junior School

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Science and Topic

Science - Week Commencing 8th June 2020

For Science this term, we are going to be revisiting our ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ module.  You might remember how we classified animals (and sweets!) according to their specific features, for example their patterns on their fur.  For the next two weeks, we would like you to investigate classifying plants and trees.  Watch the following clip and then complete the activities below.

  • Collect leaf specimens either from your garden or during you daily walks and sketch them. Add labels to describe your leaves for example their shape and texture.
  • Remember to only collect specimens from the ground; do not pull them off trees and plants.
  • Research the leaves that you have found; what trees or plants did they come from?
  • Sketch an image of the tree or plant next to your leaf sketch either using a picture from books/internet or from the tree/plant that you found your specimen near.
  • Once you have your sketches complete, can you classify your specimens?


Topic - Week Commencing 8th June 2020

Over the next 2 weeks, we would like you to complete these two activities to recap and learn more about WW2.

Activity 1

To begin, create your own crossword using questions based around WW2. For example, ‘name of the shelter where people could take refuge from bombing’. The answer would be ‘Anderson’. Once you have created at least 10 questions, you can begin to put them into a crossword for a member of family to complete. If you upload it to class dojo, we can have a go at answering them! Below is an example of a crossword template, yours will look different depending on your answers.

You can make certain letters bold to reveal a secret message at the end!

Activity 2

Morse code is a way to send messages without using words.  The code has its own alphabet made up of short and long sounds or flashes of light. Can you find out why Morse code was used during WW2?

Use the Morse code alphabet to translate the message below:

Now have a go at creating your own message!  Once you have done this, use a light such as a torch or your voice to create a long and short sound.  Can you try this out at home and see if they can guess your message?

Science - Week Commencing 18th May 2020

Light waves travel in straight lines and when blocked shadows are created.  In class, we looked at shadows and their size depending on how close the light source was to the object (shape cut out using black card).  However, would shadows still be created if different objects are used?

  • Time to investigate! Choose a selection of objects that are different colours and transparencies (can you see through them?) to test, for example: a glass, piece of white paper, coloured container, ruler, coloured cellophane (sweets are sometimes wrapped in this), foil etc.  Shine a light source onto these objects and record what happens to the shadow.  Does it remain the same for every object or does it differ?
  • Think about why and how shadows form. Can you come up with a general rule for how shadows are created?

Topic - Week Commencing 18th May 2020

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

Find all you can about which animals migrate and why. Pick 5 animals to research.

How far do the animals travel?

Where do the animals travel to and from?

Are there any problems these animals come across on their journey?

What makes your chosen animal unique? E.g. do they have the longest migration of any animal?


Consider land and water animals when conducting your research.

Present your findings anyway you would like!

  • A leaflet on animal migration
  • A fact file on animal migration
  • A news report documenting your findings (research)
  • An illustrated line of measurement (not to scale) of the distance travelled by each animal

Have fun and be creative with your ideas! Let’s bring history alive!

Science - Week Commencing 4th May 2020

Light waves travel at a different speed when they go through other transparent materials, such as water or glass. This causes the rays of light to change direction and bend. This is known as refraction. To put it simply, refraction is the bending of light!

  • Time to investigate! Grab a clear glass and fill it halfway with water. Place an object (straw, lollypop stick) in the glass. Look at the object through the side of the glass, what do you notice?
  • Draw a small picture on a piece of paper - a smiley face or star are some examples of images you may draw. Then, place an empty glass over the top of the picture and look at your image through the side of the glass. As you watch your picture, slowly fill the glass with water. When the glass is full, you should cover the top of the glass with a saucer. What happened to the image you drew?

Science - Week Commencing 20th April 2020

Science – Light

· Choose scenes/characters from The Arrival (use the following link for a refresher of the book: and recreate as puppets using card.  Then shine a torch against your cut-outs to create shadows on the wall.  Use your script to retell the story of The Arrival using your puppets.

· How many different ways can you create a rainbow using a light source and household objects?  Make a note of what objects made the best rainbows and those that did not work.  For example, what happens if the light shines on bubbles generated when washing up?

The Happy News Project - Week Commencing 1st 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!

Happy News Project guidance

Topic - Week Commencing 20th April 2020

Topic - Migration

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


Find all you can about how transport has changed over time.

What was the first type of transport made?

How did transport change over time?

Who were the main pioneers in the transport industry?

What is currently changing in the transport industry?

How many different categories of transport are there?  Think animals as well as machines!

What do you think transport will look like in the future?  Can you design your own new transport?


Present your findings anyway you would like!

·        A model of different types of transport

·        A non-chronological report

·        A news report from a transport manufacturer

·        An illustrated timeline showing the changes in transport and new inventions


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


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.