Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand


Thursday 21st September 2023


Hello, Dear Readers, and welcome to the Wagtails Class Year 6 blog!  It's been an incredible start to the year, and we can't wait to tell you all about it.

The Power of Responsibility

As the new leaders of the school, our Year 6 students have truly embraced their roles and responsibilities. It's amazing to see how they've taken on the mantle of being the seniors with enthusiasm and grace. As they say, with great power comes great responsibility, and our Wagtails are shining examples of this.

One of the most exciting moments so far has been the introduction of benches during assembly. It might sound like a small change, but for our Year 6 students, it's been a source of genuine excitement. These benches symbolise their transition to the top of the school, and they couldn't be more proud.

Leadership Unveiled

Our school has elected a Head Boy and Head Girl, along with their dedicated deputies. The election process was a fantastic learning experience for our students, as they not only understood the importance of leadership but also the significance of teamwork and community. These young leaders are already making a positive impact in our school.

In addition to the Head Boy and Head Girl, students have been preparing their proposals for the School Council and Sports Captains. The level of dedication and creativity in these proposals has been outstanding, and it's clear that our Year 6 students are ready to contribute their ideas to make our school an even better place.

Learning Adventures

So far, our learning journey has been nothing short of amazing. In English, we delved into the incredible life of Matthew Henson, exploring his courage and determination in the face of adversity. Currently, we're on a thrilling adventure with Shackleton, learning about his epic Antarctic expedition. The stories of these remarkable individuals have ignited our students' curiosity and imagination.

In Science, we've been unraveling the mysteries of inheritance, adaptation, and natural selection. From understanding how traits are passed down through generations to exploring how species evolve to thrive in their environments, our Year 6 students have been engaged in thought-provoking experiments and discussions.

Exploring History

Dover Castle has already been a highlight of our history lessons across the first few weeks. As the term progresses, we will be continuing to uncover the rich history of this magnificent fortress, from its medieval origins to its role in the World Wars. The castle has served as an incredible backdrop for our history lessons, sparking discussions about the past and its relevance to our lives today.

In Conclusion

It's been an incredible start to the year for Wagtails Class Year 6. Our students have shown maturity, responsibility, and an eagerness to learn that is truly inspiring. We can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us.

Thank you for joining us on this adventure, and we look forward to sharing more of our exciting experiences and achievements as the year progresses. Stay tuned for more updates from Wagtails Class Year 6!


Thursday 19th October 2023


Welcome back to Wagtails' blog!

We've just returned from the most incredible residential trip to PGL on the Isle of Wight, and we can't wait to share all the thrilling moments of our unforgettable adventure. From soaring on the Big Swing to conquering towering cliffs in rock climbing, we've made memories that will last a lifetime.

During our time on the Isle of Wight, we tackled an exciting array of activities that left us buzzing with excitement. The Big Swing brought exhilarating highs, while rock climbing pushed our limits, and fencing had us feeling like knights of old. The zipline, the sensory trail, and problem-solving challenges tested our courage and teamwork, while aeroball, archery, the vertical challenge, and dragon boating showcased our determination and skill. Each day was a new adventure, and we met them all with enthusiasm and bravery.

Evenings were equally enchanting as we gathered around campfires, shared stories, played games, and embraced the camaraderie that comes from completing challenges as a team. For those who stayed at school, baking cakes and engaging in fun activities made their time equally special. The memories you created during this time will be cherished for years to come.

Before we dive headfirst into the half-term holiday, we'd like to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to the parents. Your unwavering support throughout the first term has been truly invaluable. Without you, this amazing adventure would not have been possible. Thank you for your trust, encouragement, and partnership in our mission to provide the best experiences for your children.

Children - as you embark on your well-deserved half-term break, take time to rest and reflect on the incredible journey you've had. Whether it's sharing stories around your own campfires, going away or spending time with loved ones, we hope you make the most of your holiday. Year 6, you've shown us the power of teamwork, courage, and resilience. Continue to embrace new challenges and adventures, and we can't wait to see where your journey takes you next!


9th November 2023


Welcome back to the Wagtails Class Blog!


Dear readers,

We hope this post finds you well. We are thrilled to share the exciting start to our Year 6 term – a spectacular World War II immersive day titled 'We'll We Meet Again.' This immersive experience took us on a journey back in time, allowing us to step into the shoes of those who lived through the challenges of World War II.

Our day began with actors joining us, bringing history to life as they acted out various scenarios from the war. The enthusiasm and energy of the actors were contagious, and they made sure to involve us at every opportunity. It was an unforgettable experience that left a lasting impact on each one of our Year 6's.


Quotes from our Day:

"It was brilliant. The actors were so good, and I learnt so much about the war." 

The immersive day was not just entertaining but also incredibly educational. The actors skillfully portrayed historical events and engaged us with facts and stories, making the learning experience both enjoyable and informative.

"It was really funny and also a bit scary when the sirens went off - it must have been terrifying when it was real." 

The sirens added an element of realism to the day, giving us a glimpse into the fear and uncertainty people felt during air raids. It was a stark reminder of the challenges faced by those living through World War II, and it sparked valuable discussions among the children.


Highlights of the Day:

  1. Interactive Scenarios: The actors made sure to involve us in various scenarios, allowing us to experience firsthand the challenges people faced during the war. From air raid drills to rationing activities, every moment was engaging and thought-provoking.

  2. Educational Insights: The immersive day provided us with a deeper understanding of the historical context, fostering a sense of empathy and appreciation for the sacrifices made during World War II. The blend of entertainment and education made the experience both enjoyable and enlightening.

  3. Memorable Moments: Whether it was watching as an audience, participating in role-playing activities, or listening to personal stories from the actors, every moment contributed to a day filled with memories that will stay with us forever.


As we embark on the rest of the term, the Wagtails are eager to explore more about World War II in our lessons. The immersive day served as an inspiring introduction, sparking curiosity and enthusiasm for our upcoming studies.

Stay tuned for more updates from the Wagtails Class Blog as we continue our educational journey through the pages of history!


23rd November 2023


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


Greetings once again, dear readers!

As the term progresses, the Wagtails 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 Wagtails 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 Wagtails 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 Wagtail 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 Wagtails 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 Wagtails 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 Wagtails of Year 6

7th December 2023


Wagtails' 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 Wagtails 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 Wagtails 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 Wagtails, 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 Wagtails 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 Wagtails of Year 6