We believe that every child has the right to experience an outstanding Early Years education.

At Thistle Hill, our children are excited and motivated to engage in rich and challenging experiences, both inside and outside of their classroom. We have high ambitions for all of our children, with staff planning carefully to meet each child’s needs and stage of development, ensuring our children get off to a great start in their education. Child initiated play based learning is at the heart of our practice. We carefully plan for opportunities, activities and experiences that develop all of our children into independent, resilient and confident learners.​

Our weekly wows!

What have we been learning about this week?

Local area walk

We’ve been learning about autumn and on Monday we took a walk around our local area to look for some of the changes that happen in this season. The children had great fun splashing in the mud, skipping through the

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Visit from the farmer and his tractor

This week we have been exploring Numicon in maths and securing number knowledge to 10. The children have been retelling the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and using their phonics knowledge to make and label their own stories! We

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Making bread loaves

We’ve had a very busy first week back! The children have been applying their knowledge from phonics sessions to reading and writing simple words, they’ve also been learning about measuring in maths. Our first story this term is ‘The Little

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Fabulous Finish

This week in Reception we had our Fabulous Finish event. The children retold the story of The Three Little Pigs, then it was time to get creative! We finished off by singing a song that we had been learning for Harvest

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Three Little Pigs

This week in Reception, the children have been learning all about The Three Little Pigs. They’ve been using their construction skills to make their own houses like the ones in the story- they’ve especially enjoyed mixing and spreading their own

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Outside area

This week our Reception children have very much enjoyed exploring the new equipment and opportunities in their outside area. The gardening and planting area has been a big hit and the children can’t wait to start growing and taking care

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Reading for pleasure

Watch a bedtime story!

Enjoy a bedtime story with Mrs Johnston!