Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand

Term 3

Happy New Year! Welcome to our new term and our new topic: 'Traders and Raiders'.


This term in English, we will be reading the book, Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick.  Floodland is an extraordinary novel, set some time in the not too distant future in a land that has been reclaimed by the sea.  It is perfect for older readers who will be captivated by a vision of the future that is not so unbelievable.  Because it's such a good quality text, the children's reading and writing skills are appropriately challenged and developed.  Why not ask your child about writing Zoe's diary entry or Dooby's persuasive speech?


This term in maths there is a number focus.  The children will learn about multiplication and division and begin to learn about improper and mixed fractions and how to compare and order fractions. 


Science this term is all about materials. The children will be looking at how to group and classify materials, before looking at the terms thermal insulators and conductors, considering if materials are soluble or insoluble and considering reversible and irreversible reactions. The children will be given the chance to decide how they should investigate a problem to find the answer to different questions. 


Our topic lessons are to do with Anglo-Saxons. The children will have the opportunity to research different areas of Anglo-Saxon life before presenting it to the class. They will learn about key historical characters and find out about their religion. 


In art, the children will be learning about Anglo-Saxon patterns and printing.  They will design and make their own brooch and create a printed wall hanging. 


In R.E, the overarching question will be: Why do some people believe God exists?  The children will question how they know what is true and will consider what people believe about how the world began.


Our PE days are Tuesday (gymnastics) and Thursday (leadership). 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 Mathletics to retain speedy recall of all the times tables up to 12x12. 

Reading - We expect the children to be reading for at least 20minutes 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