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The Big Bang STEM festival programme

Nottingham Tennis Centre visit June 2017

Summer 2 Parents letter

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!


Thank you to all who were able to attend the Parents' SAT's meeting after school last night, it was lovely to see so many of you.

For anyone who couldn't make the meeting, please find attached the presentation that was shared. Also attached are two parent guides for explaining the process and the results and a copy of the testing timetable for the week.

We look forward to seeing you all at the forthcoming Parents' Evenings.


Key stage 2

The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 8 May to Thursday 11 May 2017.

There is no science sampling for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

Date Activity
Monday 8 May 2017 English reading
Tuesday 9 May 2017 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Wednesday 10 May 2017 Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 11 May 2017 Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

Excite and Inspire Week continued...

On Wednesday morning the children had fun with Mr Gooch learning how to program microbits. They programmed them to make smiley faces, created messages and made music.

In the afternoon the children had a pyjama party with a DVD and sweets as a treat.


On to Thursday...the fun continued with starting some silhouette art work ready for Remembrance Day on Friday. Then we all got the tram into Nottingham city centre and went to the National Videogame Arcade. The children had a great time playing old and new computer games, on old and new consoles - Fifa 10 and some of the classics on the old Sega Mega drives! After the arcade, we got the tram back to Beeston and returned to school for a picnic in the hall before setting off back out for fun and games on Broadgate park. We made it back just in time, escaping a torrential downpour! phewf!

Excite and Inspire Week in school November 7th - 11th 2016


The Year 6 children who have remained in school this week have had a great start to the week engaging in an alternative timetable designed to excite and inspire them. 

On Monday the children worked on a presentation for assembly about their outdoor project so far. They showcased to the rest of KS2 the exciting, creative, STEM based learning they have been doing and presented the outcomes of their work. As a team they managed to inspire the rest of the key stage and excite them for their opportunities later in the year to learn outdoors and tackle challenges.

They then had an energetic hour of "wheelie" fun. The children played games and had races around the playground on their bikes, scooters and skates. The best moment of the morning was watching some of the children helping and supporting other children, who couldn't ride bikes, learn how to.

In the afternoon on Monday we were very lucky to have Katrina Levi (Lara's mum!) and her colleague, Gemma, both Doctors of microbiology come into school and lead an afternoon of engaging science experiments. The children learnt about yeast as a live micro-organism and looked at a chemical reaction using it, they extracted DNA from strawberries and using an ultra violet light box, they learnt about how bacteria can be spread on hands, and about the prevention of viruses such as the flu through ensuring hands are washed thoroughly. We would like to thank Dr Kat and Dr Gem for coming in and inspiring us all in the field of microbiology!

Tuesday next. On Tuesday morning the children worked outdoors with Mr Goodburn, Miss Straw and Ms Pearson. It was cold! However, skilled in fire making now, the team built a fire which kept everyone warm all morning. The children worked in pairs to design and create natural collages on pieces of wood that will be mounted in the outdoor area as a piece of natural art work. Some children also created a contemporary piece of art work by stapling leaves to the trunks of trees. The result was stunning and can be seen in the photos attached. For the entire morning the children worked thoughtfully and meticulously, and offered feedback to one another on what they liked about each other's work and what they might do next to add to them or improve them.

In the afternoon the children went swimming, which as always they thoroughly enjoyed.



Residential visit to Kingswood - November 7th - 11th 2016

The Year 6's have arrived at Kingswood under glorious blue skies with an air of excitement that was tangible!  After previously enjoying a brief visit to RAF Cosford en-route they arrived on site for a tour of the facilities before launching into a variety of activities including the Scrapheap Challenge, Nightline and the awesome Zipwire in the dark!  

All children have enjoyed a big dinner and have settled into their dorms.  A good nights sleep is planned in order to tackle the packed day of activities and challenges tomorrow.

Keep up-to-date with their progress via the school website.

Monday 7th - RAF Cosford

Tuesday 8th - Another action packed (cold) day that has included Laser Zone, Caving, Archery, Crate Stack, Abseiling and Zip Wire.

Wednesday 9th - A varied and vibrant day full of both physical and mental challenge; activities have included Quad Bikes, Trail of Mystery, Indoor Initiatives, Caving and Team challenges to name a few. Great time being had by all!

Thursday 10th - The residential trip that just keeps on giving! Abseiling, Shelter Building, Fire Lighting, Mission Possible and Jacobs Ladder just some of the highlights! Our last full day has been fantastic!

Outdoor Classroom

The first part of our Autumn term has seen Year 6 begin their Outdoor Classroom project.  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.  In addition to the academic benefits, the enjoyment, engagement and enthusiasm shown by the pupils over the last six weeks has been superb.  The various results from each session are testament to this as you will see from the photographs.

Meet the Teacher Powerpoint

Leavers 2016

Year 5 & 6 teaching team.

Year 5 & 6 teaching team. 1

Year 6: These are your Jungle Book videos with lyrics to learn!


Each link takes you to one song that you need to learn. Get busy!        Bare Necessities  I wanna be like you  My own home  Hathi's March  Trust in Me

Year 5 & 6 visit to the Nottingham Tennis Festival


The return to school for our final half term of the academic year saw Years 5 & 6 visit the Nottingham Tennis Festival on University Boulevard.  This international event sees many of the worlds top players perform in preparation for Wimbledon.  Our pupils participated in a variety of coaching activities before watching some of the matches under beautiful blue skies.

The pupils were exemplary throughout the day and many comments were made by members of the public and tennis staff.  A credit to the school and their parents.

Year 6 Science - Animals including Humans

As part of our current science topic, Year 6 observed a dissection of a pigs heart, lungs and liver.  The dissection allowed pupils to observe what the inside of each organ looked like and helped in their understanding of how each works collectively and independently of each other.  Once again all pupils showed great maturity throughout the dissection.

Year 6 Summer 1 mind map and letter

Mr Oakland - Year 6 Ospreys, Miss Kyle - Year 5 Owls, Mrs Horan - Year 6 Teaching Assistant, Mrs Pearson - Year 5 Teaching Assistant, Mrs Barnard - English Tutor, Mr Rainford - Year 5 Red Kites, Miss Adcock - Year 5 Teaching Assistant, Miss Straw - Year 6 Blue Birds.

SATs week timetable 2016

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.

Year 6 Spring 2 Mind Map for the half term

Year 6 Science Assembly


Year 6 put together a wonderful assembly on Wednesday that shared some of the fascinating science work they have been doing.  With a range of presentations, a spectacular light dance and a practical science experiment for the audience it proved to be a great success.  The rows of filled parents seats at the back of hall showed once again what wonderful parental support we enjoy and the pupils appreciated their attendance.  Superb work Y6!

Year 6 observe a practical science lesson - dissecting a pig's eye.

Year 6 visited the Nottingham Ice Arena to watch an International Speed Skating Competition - January 2016

Spring 1 - Term Update

Year 6 letter: The rest of this half-term - updates

Medieval Britain


Year 6 concluded their half term project with a fantastic Medieval Banquet!  In addition to the typical food of the time which included breads, cooked meats and fruit the pupils played traditional games and performed their medieval dance.


The topic has proved to be a huge success and has seen all pupils gain a huge amount from the classroom study and trip to Nottingham Castle.  They have researched in great detail the importance of key historical events such as The Battle of Hastings, The Magna Carta and The Doomsday Book.

Year 6 Kingswood Camp

Ospreys show Year 2 their work on the USA. 12/10/15

Project Everyone


On Friday 25th September the United Nations launched the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The Goals were identified by the Member States as priorities for all people and our planet, in order to build a better world for all, within the next 15 years. The 17 Goals cover a number of issues, including:  ending extreme poverty, ensuring all children receive a good education, achieving equal opportunities for all, and promoting better practices for consumption and production that will help make the planet cleaner and healthier.


Schools around the world were encouraged to participate in the World’s Largest Lesson, by everyone teaching children about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development this week. 


Project Everyone was launched on Monday with a KS2 with Miss Straw. The children identified problems faced by our world: the planet and the people, and discussed which problems directly linked to us on a local scale, and which problems were global issues. Miss Straw shared with children the need to help the planet even if the problems didn’t directly affect us. The children went on to watch an animation produced by Richard Curtis, filmmaker and founder of Comic Relief, which called for them to be superheroes and learn this week how they can help towards making the world a better, safer and more just place.

Kolo Touré Introduces the World's Largest Lesson (English)

If you would like to see this film in International sign language, it can be found here:

New academic year!

Welcome to the start of a new exciting school year!  The children have returned to school happy and ready to start a challenging and hopefully enjoyable year.

We look forward to seeing you at our first Parents' Evening on October 19th & 21st where we can share your child's progress to date and targets for the year.  However, please feel free to contact us at any time should you wish to discuss your child and their progress at John Clifford.


Mr Oakland & Miss Straw

Year 6 £1 Project


Pupils in Year 6 began their project in style on Friday 25th September with a fantastic cake sale.  After being given their individual £1 coins earlier in the week from the school, they collaborated to buy the ingredients, bake their cakes and biscuits and finally promote their produce.  As always the cake sale proved to be a popular way to end the week as everything was sold to eager parents and pupils.


This is the second year that the £1 project has been ran in Year 6 and this cohort is keen to replicate the success of last years project where the pupils raised a whopping £800 over the year!  This money was used to take them away on an end of year trip to Skegness which was fantastic.


A big thank you to parents past and present who continue to support their children during the project.  Your support is appreciated enormously.


The next £1 project event will be at the school Bonfire Night on Thursday 5th November.

Homework for wkc 05/10/15 & 12/10/15

Some useful web-links to support learning:



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