Mind Word Games Woodlands Junior School Homework

  • What was a Victorian classroom like?

    There were maps and perhaps pictures on the wall. There would be a globe for geography lessons, and an abacus to help with sums. Children sat in rows and the teacher sat at a desk facing the class. At the start of the Victorian age, most teachers were men, but later many women trained as teachers.

    Children wrote on slates with chalk. They wiped the slate clean, by spitting on it and rubbing with their coat sleeve or their finger! Slates could be used over and over. For writing on paper, children used a pen with a metal nib, dipped into an ink well.

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  • What subjects did children learn?

    Girls and boys learned together in primary schools, but were separated in secondary schools. Both boys and girls learned reading, writing, arithmetic, spelling and drill (PE).

    Boys learned technology: woodwork, maths and technical drawing, to help with work in factories, workshops or the army when they grew up.

    Girls had lessons in cooking and sewing, to prepare them for housework and motherhood.

    Children were often taught by copying and repeating what the teacher told them. Lessons included teaching in right and wrong, and the Christian religion.

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  • How were children punished?

    Discipline in schools was often strict. Children were beaten for even minor wrongdoings, with a cane, on the hand or bottom. A teacher could also punish a child by making them stand in the corner wearing a 'dunce's cap'. Another, very boring, punishment was writing 'lines'. This meant writing out the same sentence (such as 'Schooldays are the happiest days of my life' 100 times or more.

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  • Rich boys and schools for girls

    Boys from rich families were sent away to boarding school. Some 'public schools', like Eton and Harrow, set high standards.

    Other schools were awful places, run to make profits for the owners. Boys in these bad schools were half-starved, ill-treated, and taught very little.

    Girls sent away to be trained as governesses were not much better off, as you can learn from reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

    Girls and young boys were taught at home by a male tutor or a female governess. The first good girls' schools were started in Victorian times, such as the North London Collegiate School (1850).

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  • Year 6 visit to NUAST 

    (Nottingham University Academy for Science & Technology)

    Our Year 6 cohort recently visited NUAST to experience what a day is like at this new secondary school.  This imposing new building situated at the bottom of University Boulevard is home to the next generation of scientists, engineers and computer programming wizards.  Our pupils participated in all three disciplines where they were asked to build and program a robot, design a marble tower and design coat hooks using 3-D printers.  However, the science lesson that required them to make slime was a firm favourite.

    This short trip gave our students another insight into life outside John Clifford and will hopefully inspire some of them to go and become a leading light in the world of STEM.

    Outdoor Classroom

    Year 6 will begin their Outdoor Classroom project in the Autumn Term.  This new curriculum initiative will see the pupils participate in a variety of activities linked to their half term project as well as looking to solve STEM inspired challenges. Some of the projects the children will undertake will include raft building, designing and producing water carrying devices out of natural materials and exploring water purification methods. We expect the children will thoroughly enjoy the projects and in the process will develop many new skills, most of which will relate to team work and problem solving.

    Welcome back to the new school year, 2017-18!

    We hope you have had a lovely summer and that your children are all refreshed and ready for the challenges and fun of the new academic year!

    In the next few days, we shall be adding lots of extra information to this class page about routines, timings and expectations for your child in their new class, as well as lots of curricular information also.

    Please keep checking back regularly for updates and as ever, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to find your child's teachers at the start or end of day.

    Let's make this the best year ever!


    SATs revision

    Hear are some websites our Year 6 pupils might find helpful with KS2 SAT's Revision!


    The English area of the Bitesize website is packed with activities and questions 
    to help you prepare for the National Tests in English.


    These revision pages have been put together by Woodlands Junior School to 
    help students with their revision.


    Skillswise aims to help adults improve their reading, writing and maths skills. It 
    is targeted at Level 1 of the adult Basic Skills Literacy & Numeracy 
    Curriculums for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


    You might like to try some spelling practise on this BBC spelling site


    and this site too


    For spelling practice, Ambleside Primary offer an automated Look, Cover, Write, Check 
    word bank. Really useful for brushing up on Key Stage 2 spellings. 

    In 2013 the government introduced a new Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test. You 
    can try some online quizzes we collected, or download our grammar checklist (we also have 
    a checklist for level 6). 

    This site will help with the new spelling, grammar and punctuation tests



    Get your head around addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Take a 
    visit to Gere's Bike Shop and help them read their graphs and charts. Practise 
    working out the mode, median and mean for a set of numbers. Take a look at 
    time, mass and capacity. Investigate the properties of different shapes. Get your 
    brain ticking with some mental maths questions.


    A daily practise to keep those brain cells sharp


    Practise your tables with the games and activities on this fun site.


    Skillswise aims to help adults improve their reading, writing and maths skills. It 
    is targeted at Level 1 of the adult Basic Skills Literacy & Numeracy 
    Curriculums for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


    Woodlands Junior School has several fun online interactive activities to help 
    not only improve your mental maths skills, but also to help you with SATs 
    Revision too!


    Year 6 Spelling - the expected standard

    These are the words that a child working at national standards is expected to be able to read and spell. They are the statutory spellings that the children are working on in school and will need to be able to spell for the SAT's spelling test in May. Please practise them with your children at home. Many thanks.

    Some useful web-links to support learning:

    • www.mangahigh.com
    • www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/
    • www.topmarks.co.uk/
    • www.crickweb.co.uk/Key-Stage-2.html
    • www.mad4maths.com/
    • www.kids.nationalgeographic.co.uk/kids/

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