Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

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Term 2 Blog

15th November 2023


Welcome back to our blog for Term 2 - we are excited to share all the things we have been working on so far this term with you!


One of the most exciting things we have done so far this term is Bikeability! We learnt about how to safely ride our bikes out on the road. We learnt how to safely signal and where to position ourselves on the road, for example when coming up to a t-junction. 


In PE, we are starting Hockey. So far we have learnt to straight dribble, loose dribbling and Indian dribbling. We are also learning Lacrosse. Last week we learnt how to catch and cradle a ball and practised our passing. 


We have been raising lots of money for good causes this term. We dressed in spots for Children in Need and this Thursday is the Rainbow Run, raising money to support Cancer Research. 


Finally, we also enjoyed a visit from 'We'll meet again' - an immersive World War 2 experience. We acted out scenes from World War 2 and got to experience life as an evacuee. Photos to follow!


23rd November 2023


Woodpeckers' Wartime Wonders: Exploring the Blitz, Bikeability, and Bard's Brilliance


Greetings once again, dear readers!

As the term progresses, the Woodpeckers of Year 6 continue to dive deep into the annals of history, particularly the captivating era of World War II. Our studies have led us to unravel the tales of resilience during the Blitz, the courage of evacuees, and the iconic spirit of 'keeping calm and carrying on.'

Exploring the Blitz:

In our history lessons, we've delved into the heart of the Blitz, uncovering the stories of bravery and determination displayed by the British people. Learning about the resilience of communities during this challenging time has been both enlightening and inspiring. The Woodpeckers have been actively engaged, discussing the impact of air raids, blackout measures, and the indomitable spirit that defined an entire nation.

Evacuation and Evacuees:

The tales of evacuation have also captured our imaginations. Understanding the experiences of evacuees, both children and adults, has allowed us to empathise with the challenges they faced. Through discussions, readings, and activities, we've gained a profound appreciation for the sacrifices made during this crucial period in history.

Anderson Shelters on the Horizon:

Looking ahead, we're eagerly anticipating the culmination of our World War II studies – the construction of Anderson Shelters. This hands-on project promises to bring history to life as we work together to build miniature replicas of the shelters that provided safety during air raids. It's an exciting venture that combines creativity and historical understanding.

Bikeability Triumphs:

In the midst of our historical explorations, we've also taken on the challenge of Bikeability. Despite the challenging weather, the Woodpeckers have displayed remarkable resilience and determination. Every participant has not only weathered the storms but has improved their biking skills. It's a testament to the Woodpecker spirit – facing challenges head-on and emerging stronger and more skilled.

Shakespearean Sojourn:

Switching gears from history to literature, our English lessons have been filled with the timeless words of William Shakespeare. Inspired by the Bard's classic play, 'Macbeth,' we've embarked on a literary journey, exploring the complexities of ambition, power, and the human psyche. The Woodpeckers have produced incredible pieces of writing, and our upcoming focus on Lady Macbeth's madness promises to be an epic venture into the realms of Shakespearean drama.

As we continue our academic voyage through the term, the Woodpeckers remain enthusiastic, curious, and eager to absorb the wealth of knowledge that each subject brings. Stay tuned for more updates from our vibrant classroom!

Until next time,

The Woodpeckers of Year 6



7th December 2023


Woodpeckers' Wonderful Winter: Ambassadors, Celebrations, and Club Chronicles!

Season's Greetings, dear readers!


As we bid farewell to autumn and welcome the crisp air of December, the Woodpeckers of Year 6 are bubbling with excitement for the festive season and all the joy it brings to our school community.

Christmas Cheer:

December in school is always a magical time, filled with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and the spirit of giving. The Woodpeckers eagerly anticipate the Christmas celebrations that bring warmth and joy to every corner of our school. From decorating our classrooms to preparing for Christmas sing-songs, the festive spirit is infectious, and we can't wait to spread the joy with everyone.

Ambassadors at Work:

This term, we're proud to announce that many of us have taken on new roles as ambassadors for different subjects and areas of school life. It's a responsibility we take seriously, and we're excited about the opportunity to contribute our ideas and creativity to enhance our school experience. From Science to Sports, we're committed to making a positive impact and fostering a sense of community within our school.

RE Riches and Artistic Perspectives:

Our RE lessons have been a highlight of the term, sparking rich discussions and debates. Exploring diverse perspectives and delving into philosophical questions has been both enlightening and thought-provoking. We look forward to more engaging conversations in the coming weeks.

In our Art lessons, the focus on perspective has allowed us to view the world through new eyes. Experimenting with various techniques, we've unleashed our creative spirits and produced artwork that reflects our unique perspectives on the world around us.

Club Chronicles:

The lunchtime sports clubs on the field have become a hit among the Woodpeckers, providing a perfect outlet for our energy and a chance to bond over our favorite sports. The trading card and chess clubs have also become popular, fostering strategic thinking and friendly competition among us.

Our members of the School Council have been hard at work brainstorming new ideas for extra clubs to launch after the Christmas break. The anticipation is high, and we can't wait to see these ideas come to life, adding even more excitement to our school days.

As we approach the festive season and the end of the term, the Woodpeckers are filled with gratitude for the enriching experiences and opportunities that have come our way. Here's to a joyful December and a new year filled with more learning, laughter, and shared adventures!

Warmest wishes,

The Woodpeckers of Year 6