Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand

Term 2

As we lead up to Christmas, we have a very exciting term ahead and a new topic: Scream Machine!


In English, the children will continue and finish reading, 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. Reading this gripping novel is a fantastic way for the children to continue to learn comprehension skills of inference, predicting, explaining and summarising. The children will also be exposed to a non-fiction text, 'Broomsticks and Balloons' by Jenny Lachlan and '1000 Questions and Answers'.  They will also read poetry - 'A Year of Nature Poems' by Joseph Coelho and Kelly Louise Judd and write their own poems.  The children will learn how to write an explanation text about rollercoasters and even write a persuasive letter to Ms Foster.  I wonder if they manage to persuade her!


Science this term is all about forces! The children will be conducting lots of experiments to see forces in action and consider equal and unequal forces. 


The topic this term is geography based, focusing on Europe. The children will look at Great Britain and the physical and human geography within England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They will then consider Europe as a continent, before researching a country in Europe. They will then make a leaflet in Computing about their chosen country.  Also in Computing, the children will be learning about e-Safety. 


This term, in maths, the children will learn about statistics, about multiplication and division and all about perimeter and area.


In D.T, the children will be collaborating to design and make their own fairground rides.  They will learn about pulleys and motors to help them create a moving ride that is suitable for their intended audience.


In R.E, the overarching questions will be: Why do some people believe God exists and why do some people believe that God exists?  The children will think about what Jesus' values were and consider how many people believe in God.


Our PE days are Tuesday (dance) and Thursday (netball and cricket). As we are outside, please may all of the children bring warm clothing as we will be out in all weathers! 



Each week we will be asking children to complete a range of pieces of homework which will cover maths, reading, spellings and topic.

Maths - Every week, MyMaths is updated with activities that are relevant to the topics taught in class. Before completing these activities, the children should read through the teaching slides to remind and support them in their learning.  The children should also be regularly logging on to TTRockstars to retain speedy recall of all the times tables up to 12x12. 

Reading - We expect the children to be reading for at least 20 minutes a day.  It is very good practice for the children to be reading with an adult so that discussions and questioning can clarify meaning and spark further interest. We ask that when reading (whether your child reads independently or with someone) you sign their reading records. This shows us that the children are completing their learning and indicates to us who needs further support or encouragement to read in school. Reading Record Books are reviewed every Monday.

Spellings - Every Friday, the children will have a spelling lesson, in which they learn a spelling rule and think about words that relate to that rule.  They will then receive a list of spellings which apply to this rule.  We expect the children to practise these spellings and learn the spelling rule, ready for our quiz on the following Friday.  If they are able to remember the spelling rule, they are able to apply it to new and unknown words.

Topic - Every term, the children will receive a topic grid with provides them with a range of activities relating to that term's topic.  The children are welcome to complete as many as they wish!

As always, please check the website and Class Dojo regularly for updates.


Many thanks,

Mr Lines, Mrs Williams and Mrs Lloyd