Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand


Sequence of Learning – Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand


At Lady Joanna Thornhill we believe that every child is a writer. Every child has something worth saying and our role as educators is to enable children to find their own unique voices.


“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart” Maya Angelou.


Through high-quality teaching, children will progressively acquire the skills of spelling, handwriting and using the correct punctuation and grammar necessary to express themselves. These skills are essential but children must also be inspired to write. They could be inspired by what they have read, inspired by what they have experienced or inspired to find out more about the world they live in.


At Lady Joanna Thornhill we teach writing through exposing the children to a range of high-quality texts, through participating in memorable, hands-on experiences including drama and through exploring issues in the wider world. We expect children to take pride in their writing and all our staff model positive attitudes towards writing.


Writing for the head:

  • Being able to communicate clearly through writing is a fundamental skill which is key to academic success.
  • Children will use writing as a tool to deepen their learning across the curriculum.


Writing for the heart:

  • At Lady Joanna we want to instil a love of writing in all children.
  • Children will use their imagination and creativity to engage their readers.
  • Children will express their ideas, thoughts and feelings through writing in a wide range of genres.


Writing for the hand:

  • By becoming secure in the transcriptions skills such as handwriting and spelling children learn to communicate effectively.
  • By learning to record their ideas quickly and clearly (for example in the form of notes) children can use writing to clarify their thinking processes and help them solve problems.

Wye's Words - School Magazine.

Lady Joanna Thornhill now has an exciting and informative school Magazine called 'Wye's Words', which is written entirely by our pupils.   Please follow this link for more information.