Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand

Term 1 Blog

Welcome to the Woodpecker Class Blog (2023-2024)


Thursday 21st September 2023


Hello, dear readers, and welcome to the Woodpecker Class Year 6 blog!  It's been an incredible start to the year, and we can't wait to tell you all about it.

The Power of Responsibility

As the new leaders of the school, our Year 6 students have truly embraced their roles and responsibilities. It's amazing to see how they've taken on the mantle of being the seniors with enthusiasm and grace. As they say, with great power comes great responsibility, and our Woodpeckers are shining examples of this.

One of the most exciting moments so far has been the introduction of benches during assembly. It might sound like a small change, but for our Year 6 students, it's been a source of genuine excitement. These benches symbolise their transition to the top of the school, and they couldn't be more proud.

Leadership Unveiled

Our school has elected a Head Boy and Head Girl, along with their dedicated deputies. The election process was a fantastic learning experience for our students, as they not only understood the importance of leadership but also the significance of teamwork and community. These young leaders are already making a positive impact in our school.

In addition to the Head Boy and Head Girl, students have been preparing their proposals for the School Council and Sports Captains. The level of dedication and creativity in these proposals has been outstanding, and it's clear that our Year 6 students are ready to contribute their ideas to make our school an even better place.

Learning Adventures

So far, our learning journey has been nothing short of amazing. In English, we delved into the incredible life of Matthew Henson, exploring his courage and determination in the face of adversity. Currently, we're on a thrilling adventure with Shackleton, learning about his epic Antarctic expedition. The stories of these remarkable individuals have ignited our students' curiosity and imagination.

In Science, we've been unraveling the mysteries of inheritance, adaptation, and natural selection. From understanding how traits are passed down through generations to exploring how species evolve to thrive in their environments, our Year 6 students have been engaged in thought-provoking experiments and discussions.

Exploring History

Dover Castle has already been a highlight of our history lessons across the first few weeks. As the term progresses, we will be continuing to uncover the rich history of this magnificent fortress, from its medieval origins to its role in the World Wars. The castle has served as an incredible backdrop for our history lessons, sparking discussions about the past and its relevance to our lives today.

In Conclusion

It's been an incredible start to the year for Woodpecker Class Year 6. Our students have shown maturity, responsibility, and an eagerness to learn that is truly inspiring. We can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us.

Thank you for joining us on this adventure, and we look forward to sharing more of our exciting experiences and achievements as the year progresses. Stay tuned for more updates from Woodpecker Class Year 6!



Thursday 19th October 2023


Welcome back to the Woodpeckers blog!

We've just returned from the most incredible residential trip to PGL on the Isle of Wight, and we can't wait to share all the thrilling moments of our unforgettable adventure. From soaring on the Big Swing to conquering towering cliffs in rock climbing, we've made memories that will last a lifetime.

During our time on the Isle of Wight, we tackled an exciting array of activities that left us buzzing with excitement. The Big Swing brought exhilarating highs, while rock climbing pushed our limits, and fencing had us feeling like knights of old. The zipline, the sensory trail, and problem-solving challenges tested our courage and teamwork, while aeroball, archery, the vertical challenge, and dragon boating showcased our determination and skill. Each day was a new adventure, and we met them all with enthusiasm and bravery.

Evenings were equally enchanting as we gathered around campfires, shared stories, played games, and embraced the camaraderie that comes from completing challenges as a team. For those who stayed at school, baking cakes and engaging in fun activities made their time equally special. The memories you created during this time will be cherished for years to come.

Before we dive headfirst into the half-term holiday, we'd like to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to the parents. Your unwavering support throughout the first term has been truly invaluable. Without you, this amazing adventure would not have been possible. Thank you for your trust, encouragement, and partnership in our mission to provide the best experiences for your children.

Children - as you embark on your well-deserved half-term break, take time to rest and reflect on the incredible journey you've had. Whether it's sharing stories around your own campfires, going away or spending time with loved ones, we hope you make the most of your holiday. Year 6, you've shown us the power of teamwork, courage, and resilience. Continue to embrace new challenges and adventures, and we can't wait to see where your journey takes you next!