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Woodbridge Junior School

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Autumn 2



Our reading focus this term is matching – linking information together. We will be using our skimming, scanning and close read skills to help us match information. We will use these skills in larger texts to match events, emotions and other information. Throughout our reading lessons, we will be using the class reader, 'Journey to Jo'burg' by Beverley Naido' to pose and answer matching questions. 



To begin our English topic for this half term, we will be looking at diary entries. We will use a range of diary entries to identify the features of a diary entry. In our Rainbow Grammar lessons, we will be developing our knowledge of adverbial clauses and linking adverbs whilst recapping descriptive language skills developed in Autumn term 1. We will use these skills to help us write a diary entry as on of the characters from our class reader 'Journey to Jo'burg'. 


Later in the term, we will be learning how to write a autobiography. We will develop our knowledge of the famous artist Joan Miro, look at a range of auto biographies and identify their features to help us write our own. In our Rainbow Grammar sessions, we will be developing our knowledge of relative clauses and parenthesis. 

Autumn Term 1



Our reading focus this term is skimming and scanning. We will recap these skills and use them in larger texts to gain a deeper understanding of the text and answer questions using evidence gathered. These core skills are vital in helping retrieve information, make inferences about a text and provide evidence to support the opinion or point being made. Later in the term we will begin to read our class reader ‘The Explorer’. We will use this text to develop our skimming and scanning skills as well as identify features of a description text.



To begin our English topic this term we will look at non-chronological reports. We will explore the genre identifying the key features and using them to write our own non-chronological report on our class animal. During our Rainbow Grammar lessons, we will develop our knowledge of modal verbs and the impact they have in non-chronological reports, and subordinating conjunctions. 


We will then look at narrative based on a journey story recipe. During the planning stage of the journey story, the children will create their own characters, using character profiles. They will explore the setting of the Amazon Rainforest and Rio de Janeiro, develop their knowledge and understanding of survival skills, during forest schools sessions, and carefully plan the purpose and impact of each section of their writing. Our Rainbow Grammar lessons will focus on punctuating speech correctly, non-finite clauses and figurative language (personification, similes and metaphors). The children will then produce a wonderful, captivating story of bravery, resilience and pride that they will bring home to share with family members. 





During this half term, we will be using our oracy skills to express our views and opinions. We will take part in a Soapbox Challenge week,  where we will create our own speeches about a topic we feel passionate about.