We practised many American Football skills and had a fabulous time meeting the Chicago Bears yesterday (not to mention appearing on local TV).
What a lovely event! We had a great time with everyone cheering on each other as a team and lots of points being scored.
All the kids came away with medals and we have...Continue reading
We had a wonderful time yesterday at the girls’ football tournament at St Neots. We knew how well all our girls played but we were especially proud that the organisers presented Amy with a...Continue reading
Some children from Year 2 represented Thorndown at the Multi-skills tournament at One Leisure this week. The children had a chance to visit 6 stations and they tried a range of sports. They...Continue reading
Thorndown has achieved an Artsmark Gold Award!
We are delighted to inform you that your setting has been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award. Congratulations!
Your Statement of...Continue reading
Our allotment is starting to produce the beginnings of its annual crops. Strawberries have been the first to be harvested and the children have been eating them at lunchtime as part of the fruit...Continue reading
Finley, Summer, Theo and Toby had the exciting job of unpacking loads of new books purchased using the Bounce for Books fundraising money! We really enjoyed unboxing and stamping them before placing...Continue reading
May 4th 2022 - Young Voices Trip:
When we arrived at the O2, we went into the arena and it was amazing! At around 3pm, we practised all the songs including the medleys. We sang: Fortuna, Lion...Continue reading
We were delighted to welcome back the golf coach from St Ives Golf Club to work with Thorndown children. He will be taking sessions with all Year 3 classes over the next few...Continue reading
Georgina from Pelicans wrote the following:
I think that ballet has really helped people to relax and even when they are still learning. I believe that some boys and girls thought they wouldn’t...Continue reading
Last week all classes in Year 1 and 2 attended a cricket workshop provided by a coach. This was to promote All Stars cricket sessions starting in St Ives – you may have seen the...Continue reading
During National Black History month, we have been learning about Black History and exploring the lives of significant people around the world. During one week, we found Rosa Parks very inspiring...Continue reading
Last week our Year 5/6 rugby squad attended a rugby tournament hosted by Westfield Junior School. Our two teams played very well and came second and fifth overall. Billy said “It was fun to play...Continue reading
THE NETBALL TOURNAMENT AT ST IVO
Last week, two teams of Year 5 and 6 netball players represented Thorndown at the ST Ivo tournament. Once we got there we had a lovely introduction from the...Continue reading
"Hello Family and Friends of Thorndown. We have come up with a great competition idea. The competition revolves around around littering, you can make a poster on how to stop or minimise the amount...Continue reading
On Tuesday 8th February 2022, the whole of Thorndown celebrated Safer Internet Day, alongside 170 other countries across the globe. Each year, the UK Safer Internet Centre shares a theme that it...Continue reading
This week, seven children represented Thorndown at the Panathlon. There was a game where you threw bean bags onto numbered squares and whatever the number was, you got that many points. We also did...Continue reading
On Friday 3rd December, Year 3 went on a trip to Leicester museum and gallery. We took part in an Ancient Egyptians workshop. We had the chance to touch real artefacts from the civilisation, we saw...Continue reading
We had loads of fun on Tudor day because we took part in lots of activities that the Tudors would have done every day. In the morning, we tried candle making, apothecary, leather marking and even...Continue reading
All the children at Thorndown School have been exploring ways to keep themselves and others safe during National Anti-Bullying week. It is so important that this is a subject we all talk about openly...Continue reading
On Friday 12th November, Year 3 took part in a Puffin virtual visit with Jacqueline Wilson! We watched a live stream of her talking about her new book, ‘The Primrose Railway Children.’ She told...Continue reading
Skip2Bfit is an amazing company, which visits schools to teach skipping. We had a wonderful two days last half term, when all classes from Year 1 to Year 6 learned or improved their skipping. The...Continue reading
On Friday 12th November, ten Year 4 children had the privilege of attending the remembrance service at RAF Wyton. It was an incredibly poignant morning where the children witnessed the laying of...Continue reading
Anyone who comes onto the front playground to visit or learn couldn’t have failed to have noticed our wonderful new trim trail. It replaced a rickety trail that was moved from the old school site...Continue reading
On Monday 5th July, a group of our Year 5 pupils went to Cambridge to hunt for our cow.
After waiting a year, the Cows About Cambridge Festival actually happened and a group of Year 5 children...Continue reading
As part of our Year 5 topic from last term, we enjoyed a fantastic day learning about the Vikings. The day started when we were sat in the hall, having no idea of what would happen next. Suddenly a...Continue reading
Reception took part in a dance workshop with Mrs Thompson, themed around this term’s topic of Fantasy. The children learnt how to use their bodies to make different shapes and move like...Continue reading
During the week beginning 21st June, each year group bubble ran their own mini sports events, which incorporated many of our usual Sports Day events. Again, I am so sorry that you and your...Continue reading
Year 4 have been investigating Egyptians and their artefacts. Emilo studied Tutankhamun’s death mask very carefully, as if he was an archaeologist finding the tomb for the first time.
The golden...Continue reading
Over the last few weeks, Years 2-6 have competed in their termly Interhouse competitions. Each year group focused on the sport/skills which they have been learning about in their PE lessons. As a...Continue reading
On Monday 19th October, we celebrated our first Marvellous Maths Day of the new school year and children across the school, from Year 1 to Year 6, had great fun exploring the topic of...Continue reading
The children of Thorndown have each had unique experiences of, and responses to, the events of 2020. This has been a year of significant world events, disrupting and changing the ways of life of...Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, Year 6 got to take part in the Rotary Quiz.
Around sixteen Thorndown children took part and two men from the Rotary Club came to deliver the quiz. Lots of different schools...Continue reading
A massive congratulations to the Year 6 and under football team who have reached the semi-finals of the Dickenson Cup after beating Godmanchester Community Academy 6-2 on the 12th February.
It was...Continue reading
After reading the statistic below in the summer holidays, Mrs Browne and I have been looking at ways in which we can increase the reading for pleasure that our children do throughout the...Continue reading
On Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July, our Year 5 and Year 6 performed Shakespeare Rocks!
This show gave a snapshot of Shakespeare’s life as he built the Globe Theatre and wrote some of his...Continue reading
Last Friday, we went to Burgess Hall and entered an athletics competition involving four teams. There were Westfield Team 1 and 2, Houghton and of course Thorndown. We took part in running, jumping,...Continue reading
On Wednesday 18th December, the Year 5 classes had visitors who told us about their war. These visitors were from the local British Legion, RAF Wyton and the St Ives Rotary Club.They told us their...Continue reading
Foundation Stage have discovered that someone has been taking breakfast cereal from the Three Bears Cottage in their joint classroom area.
The Three Bears Cottage was broken into and there was a...Continue reading
Thank you to all the parents who attended Open Classroom in Reception on Thursday. We’re glad you found the session useful and enjoyed seeing maths in action in the classroom. As ...Continue reading
Day 3 of Music Week and today we had the pleasure of Singaporean Pianist Churen Li playing for us. She wowed us with her musical talent and everyone enjoyed it. Thank you Churen.
As part of our Music Week we were incredibly lucky to have 'The Gent's' from St. John's College, Cambridge, visit us and sing to us in our Music Week assembly. We loved it! Thank you to 'The...Continue reading
Maths Workshop for Parents - Rainbow Recall
Thank you to those parents who attended our workshop last week. We looked at developing children’s number fluency using a range of strategies and...Continue reading
Well done to our first Rainbow Recall prize winners! We have been using our new maths programme in Key Stage 2 for almost a term now and each teacher selected three children to receive our special...Continue reading
As part of the drive to earn the Arts Mark award at Thorndown, the children worked with Wysing Arts.
Click HERE to have look at the newsletter and photos from the...Continue reading
Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our Open Classroom event in Reception this morning. Adults learned about how we are developing children’s number sense and understanding in the...Continue reading
Four talented artists from Thorndown recently had their artwork displayed at Impington Village College, in the Cambridgeshire Young Artists Competition.
Josh and Demi used printing...Continue reading
Super Science at Thorndown!
The National Science and Engineering week is taking place
between the 13th and 26th March 2017. Organised by the British Science Association
across the UK, our nearest...Continue reading
Thank you to all the parents who attended our Open Classroom event today. The morning was a great success! Parents learnt about how we teach multiplication and division with Mrs Gerrard and Mr...Continue reading
On Wednesday 25th January, our choir and their parents went to the NEC arena in Birmingham to sing with over 8000 other children, as part of the Young Voices celebrations.
As last year, the...Continue reading
Meet Mrs Zhu and Miss Chen
Following Mrs Gerrard’s very successful trip to Shanghai with 70 other teachers from across the country in November (see our last whole school Newsletter - Issue 43),...Continue reading
The Rotary Club of St Ives kindly funded a visit from the Life Education Centre. Over two days, years 4 and 6 had the opportunity to visit it.
We went into the centre and our mouths dropped, we...Continue reading
Mrs Claire Gerrard has been selected to take part in a prestigious teacher exchange programme, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in Shanghai.
Mrs Gerrard is among 70 expert...Continue reading
Number Sense and Fluency in Key Stage 1: Workshop for Parents
On Tuesday 1st November, we held a very successful maths workshop for Key Stage 1 parents. Over the last couple of years, we...Continue reading
With just one week back at school, children are already flying in their maths learning. The winners of our first Maths Eyes of the year were Zebra and Dolphin classes, and Sophia and Madeline proudly...Continue reading
Year 6 Motivational Writing
All of our Year 6s have been writing motivational speeches to send to the Olympic Get Set competition this week. The winning speeches will be read to our Olympic...Continue reading
On Tuesday 3rd May, we held a very successful maths workshop for Key Stage 1 parents. We shared findings from our recent research project, which has focused on strategies for developing children’s...Continue reading
What an exciting week! It all got started with a Science assembly led by Mrs Smith where the children’s natural curiosity of space travel was extended by looking at Tim Peake’s mission to the...Continue reading
Mr Sweeney and Miss Collins have put together short slide show regarding Year 6 SATs.
If you would like to view this briefing then please click...Continue reading
Parent Open Classroom in Years 3 and 4
On Thursday 4th February, the Year 3 and 4 teaching team, led by Mr Lemmon, opened their doors to parents to experience an open ended maths lesson on...Continue reading
Top Achievements in Art
In November we selected work from four of our promising artists at Thorndown. We had been invited to enter their pieces in the Cambridgeshire Area Young Artist Competition,...Continue reading
Congratulations to Jessica, Sophie, Lauren and Olivia who took part in the local English Challenge. They beat 6 other local schools in their heat and will now compete in the final at Ely...Continue reading
We are delighted that Thorndown now has its own clothes recycling bank on site. We are working with the Starlight Foundation ( http://www.starlight.org.uk) to raise funds for the school and this very...Continue reading
The Deputy Headteacher was delighted to host a parents' information session on fractions in school. We warmly welcome all parents who would like the opportunity of coming in to school to...Continue reading
On Saturday 11th July, Thorndown continued their long tradition of entering a float in the St Ives Carnival. The pupils, staff and parents worked hard to decorate the float to make a stunning visual...Continue reading
Cambridgeshire Libraries have launched the 10th 'Read it Again!' Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award and the children at Thorndown Primary School have been invited to take part.
On the...Continue reading
We are delighted to be able to invite parents to some workshops on reading and writing that we will be holding in school for parents. These are a wonderful opportunity to see how reading and writing...Continue reading
Click HERE to read the latest Literacy and Maths Newsletter. Find out about Skoolbo a new maths resource for Key Stage 1, maths sessions for parents and the new writing shed.
Discover how the money...Continue reading
Ofsted will be visiting the school on Wednesday 29th April and Thursday 30th April.
Please click HERE to view the letter from Ofsted for Parents and Carers.
It is important to Ofsted to gather...Continue reading
What is it?
A story box is a miniature setting, a shoe box-sized stage with a background and objects within it relating to either a specific book, or to a common story scenario.
Why do...Continue reading
Our trip to see Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry books, was great and all the children loved it.
At 8:15am, we were on the coach and ready to go to Cambridge. When we arrived at...Continue reading
Our Year 6s simultaneously played a huge quiz with 9 other schools in the local area. This was run by the St Ives Rotary Club in our school hall. We came joint second with a score of 121/150.The...Continue reading
On Monday 2 March, some of our pupils went to Hinchingbrooke Hospital for an Art Party to design a logo for their new garden restaurant. You may have seen them in the Hunts Post recently!
On Friday 6 March, the school celebrated World Book Day. The children dressed up as their favourite book characters, enjoyed book themed work in their classrooms and many, many pupils and their...Continue reading
National Science and Engineering week is taking place between 9 and 22 March 2015. Organised by the British Science Association across the UK, our nearest location is based close by in...Continue reading
The latest Thorndown Chronicle is available for download by clicking HERE. The pupils have really enjoyed putting their literacy skills to the test and eagerly anticipate reading the paper when it...Continue reading
We have a new online booking system for Parent Consultations. You will be able to book the time slots that fit in best with your own commitments and will receive an email confirming your booking. If...Continue reading
In Design and Technology, Year 5 and 6 children showed their powers of invention as they “dressed” traditional wooden dolly pegs, with the added challenge of making a firm stand. This project...Continue reading
The latest issue of the Literacy and Numeracy newsletter is available by clicking here. It has some useful ideas for apps that can be downloaded on Apple or Android devices.
Have you seen the new...Continue reading
Well done to the Year 5/6 Thorndown Tag Rugby team who managed to secure a fantastic 3rd place at the inter school tournament on Tuesday. The team played hard fought, frantic and fast moving games...Continue reading
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who attended our Maths Morning, which was a great success. The adults found it very useful to learn how we teach the children multiplication...Continue reading
On Monday 3rd November Sally Elding from Cambridgeshire's ICT service, came in to speak with KS2 about keeping themselves safe online. She also had a discussion with some parents about how to...Continue reading
Have you seen a copy of the Thorndown Chronicle? The newspaper is put together by the pupils and sold for 50p to raise funds for a quiet reading and writing area in the new playground. Here is just a...Continue reading
Thank you to the Farish family for this week's...Continue reading
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who attended our Maths Morning, which was a great success. The adults found it very useful to learn how we teach the children addition and subtraction...Continue reading
We are all very busy in school at this time and the children were set the challenge of composing a scene which focused on "Busy Hands" engaged on any task of their choice. We used watercolour wash...Continue reading
A comprehensive list of diary dates for the whole year has been sent out to all Parents to help. To view a copy please click...Continue reading
We have lots of after school activities planned for this term including; Ballet, Street Dance, Football, Coding, Chess, Karate, Tag Rugby, French, Choir, Drumming, Mad Science and Film Club.
We all arrived safely in the mist of the tree tops! Our first activity was the assault course- as you can see William became stretched through the tunnel and we had races under the nets. "Thorndown...Continue reading
Please click here to read the copy of the letter from Miss Godbold regarding the Year 6 and Year 2 SATs results for...Continue reading
Each year we ask the Parents and Carers to complete a short questionnaire. This gives us invaluable feedback as to how you feel about the school and allows us to address those areas where the...Continue reading
We have produced a Handwriting Guide for Parents information sheet that explains how we teach handwriting in school. It also includes ideas on ways which you can help to develop your child's...Continue reading