Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School
Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand
Firstly, we hope you have all enjoyed a very restful and relaxing break and are ready for an exciting term ahead!
Congratulations to those children who received star awards and unsung hero awards at the end of Term 1 - we are very proud of all your hard work. Take a look at the latest celebration newsletter for more details of our winners.
This term we will be exploring a range of new topics, including World War II, electricity and embarking on our first adventure into the world of Shakespeare. We continue our history learning this term by exploring World War II: the causes, key events and consequences. Children will examine life in Britain at this time and in art we will look at Blitz silhouettes and propaganda from the era. We also have our "We'll meet again" visit which we hope will be an engaging day for all, linked to our topic of WWII. Our history learning will come a full circle as we explore the role of Dover Castle in the war, building on our learning of the last term.
In English, we will get to grips with a Shakespeare classic: Macbeth. Children will read an abridged version of the play and complete explorations of some of the key characters. Writing pieces will include learning about the structure of play scripts and the chance to write direct addresses and an internal monologue as Lady Macbeth herself. We are also hopeful of a chance to perform the play using a shadow theatre technique - watch this space!
For our mathematics learning, we will be continuing our work on the four operations with a look at short and long division. We will then move on to work on fractions prior to Christmas. Practice most definitely aids with improvement in this area of mathematics, so the weekly homework is a must.
For science, we will be learning all about electricity, getting hands on and constructing effective electrical circuits. We will also explore electrical safety and there is a homework activity linked to this for children to complete.
Home learning books are to be brought to school every Tuesday so that homework can be checked and the new tasks can be given out. The homework grid for the term can be found in the first page of the book and is also available online in case it should get lost. Reading Records are to be brought into school every day this term please so that we can track our '5 Star Readers' and any reading completed in school can be added. Thank you in advance for your support with home learning and reading at home.
Finally, PE days this term are as follows: Monday and Thursday. We are doing Hockey and Dance this term and will be outside in all weathers so please consider this when sending in PE kit. There is a note on the newsletter from the end of last term about PE kit - thank you in advance for your help ensuring children are appropriately attired. Please note that from Term 2 until Spring, children should all arrive at school in Uniform, even on PE Days, but please ensure they keep their PE kit in school ready to use.
Thank you for your continued support. Please never hesitate to contact either of us via our emails should any questions ever arise.
Mrs Burrell & Mr Godden