Southfield Junior School

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Science and Topic

Science Home Learning - Week Commencing 8th June 2020

Bones and skeletons

Both bones and skeletons are very important to some living things. During the next two weeks we would like you to find out about bones and skeletons by answering these questions. 

Once you have all the answers you might like to put on a quiz for your family!

  • Animals that have a skeleton are called … some examples of these animals are …
  • Animals that don’t have a skeleton are called … some examples of these animals are …
  • Animals that have their skeletons on the outside have …
    some examples of these animals are …
  • How many bones are there in an adult human?
  • What do bones do / what is their job?
  • What would a human look like without any bones?
  • Which is the largest bone in the human body?
  • Which is the smallest bone in the human body?
  • Can you find out any interesting facts about our bones?
  • What is it called where two bones come together and move part of the body called? (Somewhere like the knee, the elbow, the hip or shoulder).
  • Are all the places where bones move another part of the body the same?
  • If not, why not? What are they called and which different movements does each allow?
  • Some parts of our bodies are very delicate – how are they protected and by what?
  • What do we need to move our bones?
  • Can you find out some interesting facts about the things that move our bones?
  • Can you find a picture of an animal’s skeleton (like a horse, cat or dog) what can you see that is similar to a human skeleton and what is different?

These websites will help to get you started:


What does your skeleton do?

Topic Home Learning - Week Commencing 8th June 2020

Over the next 2 weeks, we would like you to do a project on the ‘Cotswold Wildlife Park’ or any other Wildlife park or zoo of your choice.

Find out as much as you can about it, here are a few questions to get you started, but I’m sure you will have many more of your own:

  • Which animals do they have there?
  • Why are the animals there?
  • Are any of the animals endangered species, is the zoo doing anything to support these animals in the wild?
  • Do any of the animals get released back into the wild?
  • How do they look after the animals?
  • What do they feed the animals?
  • Who looks after the animals, and what does their job involve?
  • Which countries do the animals come from?

You can present your project any way you like.

Remember, be creative and surprise us.

Science Home Learning - Week Commencing 18th May 2020

  • Our new topic for science is ‘Keeping Healthy’. This is important at any time but especially at the moment. We need to keep our bodies and minds healthy. 
  • To keep your mind healthy - Remember our Jigsaw lessons. Use the techniques we have been practicing whenever you need to, maybe once a day, or when you are in bed at the end of the day. Think about the Jigsaw chime, close your eyes and think about yourself in a safe, comfortable place. This could be lying next to a gently flowing stream, on a warm beach, at the top of a mountain watching the clouds drift past or tucked up snug in your bed.
  • Think about your breathing – put your hands on your tummy. Slow your breathing down. Breathe in for 3 counts and out slowly for 3 counts. Repeat this several times until you feel calmer and more relaxed.
  • Think about how amazing your body is – it lets you run, jump, draw, think, learn, play and laugh. It really is incredible.
  • With your eyes closed, concentrate on one part of your body at a time. Start at your toes, scrunch them up tight, hold it for 5 counts and relax them. Next flex your feet up and hold for 5 counts then relax them. Now your calf muscles, then thigh muscles, bottom and tummy, fingers, arms and shoulders in turn. You should feel more relaxed and calmer by the time you get to your shoulders.
  • To keep your body healthy – You need a balanced diet and exercise – we thought about these on Sport’s Relief Day so we are going to use what we learnt then to help us with our science.
  • On a piece of paper draw a large circle for a plate. Research these words to find out what sorts of food are in each group;  carbohydrates, protein, fruit and vegetables, dairy, sugar and fats.
  • Find out how much of each food group is a healthy amount and draw a healthy meal on your ‘plate’. Use a ruler to draw lines out from your food to label with the food name and food group that it belongs to.  We talked about how it is best to eat a range of different coloured fruits and vegetables. See if you can include a rainbow of food on your plate. Don’t forget to add a drink.

Give yourself a ‘Brain Break’ – As well as eating a healthy diet, your body also needs regular exercise. In between activities you could run round the garden or run on the spot. Imagine yourself running around the playground at Southfield – run until you have imagined yourself all the way around. (Watch out for the Picnic benches and net ball posts!)

Topic Home Learning - Week Commencing 18th May 2020

Over the next 2 weeks, we would like you to do a project on: Endangered animals

Click here to listen to the story ‘ZOO’ by Anthony Browne

Make a list of at least 3 animals that are endangered (if you are not sure what this means, use a dictionary to find the definition, or get your grown-up to help you research it on the internet).


Choose one of your animals. Find out as much as you can about it.

  • - What does it look like?
  • - Where in the world does it live?
  • - What kind of habitat does it live in?
  • - What does it eat?
  • - What are its habits (how does it behave)?
  • - Is it nocturnal?
  • - Why is it endangered?
  • - Any other interesting information you can find


How can you use your information to inform other people about your chosen endangered animal?

  • - Fact file
  • - Leaflet
  • - Poster
  • - Game
  • - Picture
  • - Model
  • - TV / Radio interview
  • - Wildlife show

These are just a few ideas. Be creative, think outside the box…… surprise us!

Extra challenge

Imagine you are your chosen animal. Can you write a diary page for a day in your life as your chosen animal?

Remember to use the information you have found out about your animal. Think about how you might be feeling and thinking as well as what you are doing, and don’t forget to describe what is going on around you.

Make it as informative and interesting as you can.

You might find it helpful use a mind map (see English) to help you plan out your ideas.

Science Home Learning - Week Commencing 4th May 202

Rocks and Fossils
  • As part of our science about Rocks and Fossils we were going to learn about soil. You already did this investigation with Mrs Parsons in your Forest Schools work.
  • If you have a safe outside space you can use (and you have checked with your grown up that it is OK) you can try this science investigation at home.
  • You will need a clean empty jam or sauce jar with a lid that seals tight, a trowel, scoop or small spade, some soil and water.
  • Put some soil in the clean jar until it is 1/3 full. Pour in tap water until the jar is 2/3 full. Put the lid on tightly and shake the jar vigorously for 3 minutes to really mix the soil and water.
  • Find somewhere at home where your jar will not be moved but you can observe it.
  • Keep the jar still – do not move it for a week.
  • At the end of the week, without moving the jar, carefully observe what has happened then write your answers to these questions.
  • What has happened? Why do you think this has happened?
  • Make a careful observational drawing of the jar and its contents. Use label lines to add some more detail to your drawing.

Science Home Learning- Week Commencing 20th April

  • At the beginning of our science this term we made a list of the things we would like to know about rocks and fossils. One of the questions was ‘Who found the first fossil?’ No-one knows who the first person was to find a fossil and understand what it was, but a lady called Mary Anning was one of the first people to find a large fossil and understand its importance. 
  • Here is a clip about Mary Anning for you to learn some more about her. She called the fossils ‘curiosities’ as the word ‘fossil’ hadn’t been created then.

  • Find a picture of a fossil that interests you or use a fossil if you have one. Make a careful observational drawing of it. Use label lines to add some information about to your drawing and any facts you can find out about it.

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!

Guidance for The Happy News Project

Topic- Week Commencing 20th April

We have been learning all about volcanoes, where they can be found around the world, what causes them and using lots of technical vocabulary to describe them.

As volcanologists we would like you to explore a volcanic eruption in your own garden or kitchen… yes really! Watch the you tube clip below; collect the materials and ingredients that you need and have fun. (You can build your volcano in the garden with mud if you haven’t got any plasticine). Give your volcano a name.

Health and safety: you will need to ensure that you have your grown ups under control as they will probably become very excited during this activity!

Remember to take photos of your volcano during construction and whilst it is erupting.  Here's our back garden volcanic eruption to get you started.  

Other children in the school; your brothers and sisters, cousins and aunties and uncles would all love to know how to make their own volcano. It would be great if you could write out a clear set of instructions for them to follow.

Remember to include sections to explain ‘What you need’ and ‘How to do it’, sub-heading and imperative verbs.

You could also illustrate your instructions or use your own photographs.

Good luck volcanologists.



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.