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Woodbridge Junior School

Happy Children Inspired to Learn


Spring 1



This terms topic is all about the Ancient Greeks and how they have influenced the way we live today. We will look at the foods they ate, democracy, their beliefs and how they inspired the Olympic games.




This term we will be learning about Living Things.  We will be:

  • recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Topic plan

Autumn Term 2



This terms' Topic is based on art.  The children will learn about the lives and influences of a range of artists and be able to experiment and try out a range of styles using a range of art equipment.  The children will discuss their opinions on a range of artworks and compare styles and artists.  By the end of the term, the year group will have created their very own gallery to showcase their works of art.



We will be studying 'Sound' this term.  This links in beautifully with our topic as music can be a form of art.  The children will:

  • identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
  • recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear
  • find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it
  • find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it
  • recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases


Our environmental topic ‘Have we got the power?’ will be based on renewable energy linking with our Science topic on Electricity. 

In History, we will link with a local study on Richard Arkwright starting with a trip to Cromford Mill to participate in a ‘Wonderful Waterwheels’ day.  We will be looking at how Richard Arkwright developed his industry, the life of children working in the mill as well as how he used the waterwheel to power his factory. 

In Geography, we will also look at how the village of Cromford has developed over time.



This term we will be learning about Electricity.  We will be:

  • identifying common appliances that run on electricity
  • constructing a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
  • identifying whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
  • recognising that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
  • recognising some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors