What's been happening in the Boys' Junior School - 27/04/2018

What's been happening in the Boys' Junior School - 27/04/2018


Individual Competition

Year 6 - William (66)

Year 5 - Zack (76)

Year 4 - Ben (82)

Year 3 - Uzair & Saifuddin (78)

House Competition

Hulme - 45

Kay - 43

Howlett - 36

Derby - 34

Boys of the Week

Congratulations to the following boys who received Boy of the Week this week:

Year 3 Gold - Harry, for making an effort to complete his work neatly.

Year 4 Royal – Ethan, for careful reading of questions to ensure he answers all parts.

Year 4 Navy - Matthew, for detailed work on the Shang Dynasty.

Year 5 Emerald - Ibrahim, for an excellent piece of Icarus writing.

Year 5 Jade – Ayaanali, for excellent contributions to class discussion about the spread of plague.

Year 6 Burgundy - Cameron, for excellent ideas and explanations within Science during our new topic.

Year 6 Scarlet – George, for insightful comments on teamwork and leadership during our PSHEE discussions


The Under Eleven Rugby team took part in another Tag Rugby tournament this week as they reached the semi-finals of the Bury Junior Schools’ Tournament. A first game victory over St. Mary’s Radcliffe was followed by a 4-4 draw against eventual winners Gorsefield.

The semi-final saw BGS lose out to Greenmount, as the opposition scored the winning try, claiming a 5-4 victory, with the final play of the game.

Other Events

Crazy challenge children

Year 4 and 5 boys enjoyed their first Team Building Challenge lunch club where they had to scare a wolf, use physics to enable them to sit on each other in a circle without falling over and then demonstrate exceptional teamwork and communication skills in a final drawing race. All boys co-operated really well and out-smarted Mrs Melia…this time!

Anderson Shelters at the ready!

As a finale to their World War II topic the boys spent the holiday designing their own interpretation of Anderson Shelters which they would have used to protect themselves during The Blitz. The designs showed tremendous thought and application, with many boys even venturing into their own gardens to find moss, grass and other authentic coverings for their shelters.

The boys even considered the interior of their designs, with bunk beds, lighting and supplies on show in some truly exceptional designs.

Mr Turner had a very difficult afternoon indeed choosing his top four shelters. Well done to Ethan, Will, Cameron and Joe for making the final cut!

The Plague spreads across Year 5!

Interest in our new topic continues to spread at an alarming rate. In addition to our in class lessons, home-learning focused on creating visual timelines of plague symptoms has added greatly to our understanding. Continuing our exploration into how disease and infection spread, we examined the agar plates that had been growing bacteria from our dirty and then “clean” hands. We have all learnt that we need to wash our hands with a little more care as some of the clean plates were even worse! It has been fantastic to see the boys engaging with this new topic and taking on so much self-directed research. Huge thanks to Mr Watts and the Biology Team over at senior school who welcomed us into the labs and helped facilitate this memorable experience.

Green Thumbs

Year 3 are learning all about roots and shoots in Science this term. Earlier this week, they planted some cress seeds to keep in the classroom. It is up to each boy to find time during the day to take care of his own plant, as well as each table’s own special flowering plant. The seeds are currently sprouting nicely, to great excitement! Keep your eyes peeled for our cress updates.

You don't have to brush your teeth — just the ones you want to keep...

Year 4 investigated the different types of teeth this week. They explored the types of teeth different animals have, identifying if teeth belonged to an omnivore, herbivore or carnivore. They also looked closely at their own, recording like a dentist which of their teeth are adult or milk, and which ones may have a filling! We discussed ways to keep our teeth clean and healthy – and pain free! The boys said they will definitely be brushing their teeth well!