Maths at Woodbridge Junior School follows the Maths No Problem Textbooks – This term we are focusing on developing our understanding of decimals including decimals in money. We will be understanding measures in mass, length and volume and solving problems converting measures e.g. cm to m. In our final unit this term, we will be looking at area and perimeter.
Our reading focus this term is fill in the gap. Whilst developing this skill we will recap our skimming, scanning and close read skills before looking at fill in the gap questions. To answer fill in the gap questions the children will look at the question for key words that will help them locate the answer in the text. Additionally, children will use their knowledge of the text to illuminate multiple choice answers.
Our reading text this term is ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl. Matilda is a bright little girl who is very eager to learn. Eventually, her insensitive parents send her to a school run by Miss Trunchbull. She is cruel and loathes children. Matilda befriends her school teacher, Miss Honey. She soon realizes Matilda's talents, but is later amazed to see the full extent of Matilda's powers.
Throughout the term we will be dissecting how a story is written before writing our own. We will then be developing our persuasive writing.
This term is our enterprise topic. ‘Can music make our lives better?’ is the title of our topic. We have been lucky enough to be able to buy a class set of ukuleles. During the term, we will research music that makes us feel different emotions, we will research and ask our families about their choices in music as well as looking at lyrics that are meaningful to us. Each week, we aim to record a song that makes us happy. We will also take part in weekly lessons to learn the ukulele. By the end of the term, we expect to have created a CD of songs that make us feel better. These are songs chosen by the children, the adults as well as songs on the ukulele. We plan create our own individual CD covers and use our persuasive skills in English to market and sell our CDs.
This term we will be learning about Solids, Liquids and Gases including the Water Cycle.
Pupils should be taught to:
- compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
- observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
- identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature
The following scientific methods will be covered this term:
- asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific investigations to answer them
- setting up simple practical experiments involving fair tests
- take accurate measurements using standard units,
- reporting on findings by writing results and conclusions
- using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
This term in computing we will investigate GarageBand. GarageBand operates like a fully equipped music studio where you can create your own sounds on instruments including percussion, strings, piano etc. Pupils will learn to layer their sounds and loop their compositions as well as experimenting with recording their own sounds.
Our focus in PSHE this term is ‘Back to School Feeling’
We will explore:
- the importance of expressing feelings,
- that our feelings are OK even if we feel differently to others,
- strategies to support our feelings
- Recap on what mental health is,
- When our thoughts and feelings get too big to deal with,
- Importance/power of positive thoughts and growth mind-set.
In our Religious Education lessons we will be looking at what we can learn from religions and deciding what is right and wrong.