Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand

Term 4

Welcome to Term 4 - we are halfway through the year! This term we are continuing our topic: 'Traders and Raiders'.


This term in English, we will be focusing on Beowulf in reading and writing. We will be looking at several different versions of the text, and using VIPERS to analyse this. The children will be writing a character description, a narrative including speech and a playscript. 


This term in maths, we will be continuing with decimals before moving on to percentages, then perimeter and area. 


Science this term is continuing to find out about materials. The children will consider if materials are soluble or insoluble and find out about 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 the vicious Vikings! The children will find out about how Vikings lived and travelled on longboats. They will understand the importance of trade and find links between the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. 


In Art, the children will be working towards making a clay crest. 


In R.E, the children will be learning about what places of worship are for and about their function before moving on to understanding the differences within Anglican and Baptist churches and making links between these features and their beliefs. 


To learn about what places of worship are for and about their function. 


Our PE days are Tuesday (Handball) and Friday (Dance). 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!

Reading Comprehension - We will send out a VIPERS style reading comprehension every other week, followed by the answers on the following week. The children can bring their work in on a Wednesday.

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


Many thanks,

Mrs Kinnear, Mrs Williams and Mrs Lloyd