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Hove Junior School

Portland Road & Holland Road

"There is strong evidence of good systemic leadership and an aspirational culture, supporting strong outcomes for pupils and in raising standards for disadvantaged and SEND pupils" - Ofsted, February 2020

Current Topics


Spring Term 2024 Topics

Year 3
Trash to Treasure

Our topic this term, Trash to Treasure, will develop children’s understanding of being global citizens, aware of the world around them and their responsibility to look after it. We will look at the importance of recycling through a series of high-quality texts, and the concept of turning something used into something new and beautiful will link in with our DT: Creating pop-up books! In our Stunning Start, the children will spend the day completing a range of arty projects involving recycled materials and later in the term, we hope to take a trip to the Rampion Windfarm visitor centre.

Year 4
Vicious Vikings

During our Spring topic we will be exploring the Vikings' history of raiding and plundering! Our key texts are Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (about the extraordinary adventures of a young Viking boy and some interesting animals) and an introductory text on the Norse Gods. We will be designing and building flagpoles in DT, and are excited about another visit from Portals to the Past for lots of interactive Viking activities.

Year 5
The Mighty and Mysterious Maya

During our spring topic, we will be journeying back to the Ancient Maya era in Mesoamerica. We will find out about various aspects of Ancient Maya life, considering the mystery of why this civilisation collapsed. In English, we will be reading an exciting new novel, “The Hero Twins Against the Lords of Death: A Mayan Myth" by Dan Jolley and David Witt. We will also learn about the geography of modern day Middle America and Mexico, including population, climate and exports.

Year 6
A World at War

 During spring, Year 6 will be learning all about World War II in our topic named 'A World At War'.  We will learn about life on the home front during wartime, the land army and the effects that this devastating war had on England and the rest of the world. At the beginning of our topic, we will read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll and follow two young children who are evacuated to the Devonshire coast and have to solve a mystery that links back to their home. Later in the term, we will read the story of Rose Blanche, which portrays parts of the holocaust through a young girl’s eyes and beautiful illustrations.


Activity Passports

Year 3 Activity Passport

Year 4 Activity Passport

Year 5 Activity Passport

Year 6 Activity Passport

At Hove Junior school we feel passionate about opportunities to learn and try new things both in the classroom and outside of school.  To encourage this, we have taken inspiration from the Department of Education and put together suggested sets of activities that run alongside our curriculum. 


Together, these activities make up a passport for children into the world around them.  They could be challenges to weave into holidays in new places or weekend goals that tie in with classroom learning.  As they go through each year group, children can tick off as many as possible, keeping records of their achievements and the adventures they have enjoyed, sharing their experiences and inspiring others.  It is a chance for families to enjoy new challenges together.


We look forward to hearing about the different activities that children and families do over the coming school year.