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 writing biographies, one based on the historical figure of King Alfred and another biography on a living person of the children's choice. We will then be reading and analysing the poem: The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.  This poem is a narrative poem and romantic ballad, which we use as the basis for our own writing. In reading practice sessions, the children will be reading The Lady of Shalott and Beowulf. Both texts will be analysed using the reading VIPERS. 


This term in maths there is a number focus.  We will continue to focus on fractions - how to add, subtract and multiply them. The children will then move on to learning about decimals and percentages. 


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 also look at the raids - focusing on the raids on Lindisfarne. We will find out if the creation of Danelaw was a good idea for the Vikings, and will finish our unit finding out about the events of 1066. 


In DT, the children will be designing and making salads. 


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 Wednesday (OAA) and Thursday (basketball). As we are outside, please may all of the children bring warm clothing as we will be out in all weathers! We will also be on the field on a Wednesday so please make sure your child's shoes are appropriate for potentially muddy terrain! 



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