Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand

Squirrel 2022-23

Welcome to Squirrel Class!


Our class teachers are Mrs Whiteside and Miss Salkeld. Our class TAs are Miss Tonna, Mrs Matthews and Miss Pynn.


We have an exciting and fun-filled year ahead! We will be going on fantastic school trips, having exciting visitors into school, exploring our local environment, studying thrilling topics and celebrating your marvellous work. 


This year our termly topics are: -

Term 1 - Continents and Hot and Cold Regions of the World

Term 2 - The Great Fire of London

Term 3 - Explorers

Term 4 - Non EU and UK Comparison

Term 5 - Aviators 

Term 6 - Local Area Study

We are looking forward to exploring these topics with you. 


Squirrels Class Blog

Term 1 w/c 5th September


We are all really excited to have started back in Year 2 as Squirrels, although we were a bit nervous too.

We have started work on ‘The Gigantic Turnip’. We had a great drama session pretending to be all the animals helping the old man and woman to pull up the turnip.

We’ve had a couple of soggy days and loved discovering all the wet play activities we have in the classroom.

In Art we have learnt how to do a self-portrait by looking at how to use guidelines to make sure we put all our features in the right places.

Outdoor Learning has also started - it was brilliant and we have found out how to make friendship bracelets.

This afternoon we are beginning our Science topic and are really looking forward to that.

It has been lovely to see friends again and be back in school.

Squirrels Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Squirrels produced some beautiful work today after yesterday's sad news.

Term 1  - w/c 12th September


We have started writing the story of 'The Gigantic Turnip'. We have been learning about alliteration and making sure we are putting the story in the right order. Miss Salkeld and Mrs Whiteside have been really impressed with our writing skills.

In Maths we are becoming experts at problem solving. We have been helping Tiny the Tortoise to sort out all of his problems. We have been counting in 10s, forwards and backwards, partitioning and finding missing numbers.

We played a great game called 'Silly Spinners' in Science and ended up combining some very strange materials and objects - we invented a pair of glass socks and know why this is not a suitable material to use.

We have a lot of wobbly teeth in our class this week and some have even fallen out!

In Art we looked at 'The Umbrellas' by the French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir. We experimented with runny blue paint to see what effects we could use to make it look like rain.

Term 1  - w/c 19th September

We had a longer weekend as the country paused for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Some of us laid flowers to remember her whilst many of us watched the day on the television. We returned to school on Tuesday and began our day with Outdoor Learning. We've had such fun and enjoyed making journey sticks which we all took home with us.


In Maths we have been comparing numbers and practising recognising the symbols for more than and fewer than. We've begun writing our own versions of 'The Gigantic Turnip' and have been very creative mapping out our stories.


In Art we have been colour mixing to create shades of light and dark which will be used in our umbrella pictures inspired by Renoir's 'The Umbrellas'.