Spring Term 2023
Spring 2 - Maths:
Maths at Woodbridge Junior School follows the Maths No Problem Textbooks –
In the chapter on Geometry we will be investigating angles on their own, in word problems and in shapes. The chapter begins with us looking at vertically opposite angles before solving word problems involving angles. We will then be looking at angles in triangles and quadrilaterals, using that information to complete a lesson on word problems. Next, we will be investigating the parts of a circle before solving word problems about angles in a circle. Pupils will spend some time drawing quadrilaterals before moving onto triangles. At the end of the chapter, pupils will be required to draw the nets of 3-D shapes.
In the chapter Position and Movement, pupils will work with polygons on coordinate grids. They differentiate between translation and reflection before moving on to express movement using algebra. In the first lesson, pupils review negative numbers on horizontal and vertical axes. They then learn to describe the position of objects in relation to a common starting point. Pupils begin to use a coordinates grid from different starting points and recode the coordinates of the points. The coordinate grids become more complex as the chapter progresses, using all four quadrants and translating and reflecting objects.
In the chapter Graphs and Averages, pupils will learn to present and interpret information in different ways. It begins with lessons exploring the mean, but also briefly looking at other ways of showing averages. Pupils calculate mean in different situations and use the mean to find other information. They then move on to showing information on different types of graph. They revise bar graphs, pictograms and tables, then spend several lessons drawing, reading and interpreting pie charts. Pupils begin with pie charts split into sections of equal size, then quickly move on to pie charts with different fractions of different denominators. They use fractions, percentages, angles and algebra during these lessons. Next, they focus on line graphs; drawing, reading and interpreting the information in them. Pupils begin with distance/time, then explore a variety of uses for line graphs, including converting units of measurement and currency.
The short chapter on Negative Numbers includes adding and subtracting negative numbers. The first lesson involves recognising patterns that arise when adding and subtracting negative numbers on a number line. The second lesson has pupils developing number stories for equations involving a negative number.
In the chapter on Algebra, pupils will learn some of the conventions of algebra in the context of patterns and real-life problems. The chapter begins with lessons describing patterns and using a letter to denote a variable. Pupils then move on to write expressions using the four operations and fractions, while continuing to look for patterns and determine rules. Throughout the chapter, the expressions become more complex, including more than one variable with multiple steps. Pupils write and evaluate algebraic expressions and use formulae to solve problems in real-life contexts. The chapter ends with pupils using word problems to write equations with two unknown values solving a range of equations.
We will also be highlighting problem-solving and using and applying as a priority in all the areas of coverage, in preparation for our SATs.
Spring 1 - Maths
This term, we will be covering topics including measurements, percentages, ratio and algebra.
In Measurements, the children will be solving real life problems and converting between centimetres, metres and kilometres, litres and millilitres as well as grams and kilograms. As well as learning about and finding percentages of amounts, this topic will give us a chance to revise our knowledge on fractions and decimals. Towards the end of the term, we will be studying ratio and algebra.
There will be plenty of opportunities to apply these skills in Greater Depth Challenges and problem-solving activities. We will also consolidate rapid recall of X tables up to 12 x 12.