Gallery of Recent Events and Educational Visits

Nursery and Reception Visit ‘Nest in the Woods’

For the second year running, Nursery and Reception visited Nest in the Woods, Adlington for their final school trip of the academic year. We were treated to some gorgeous sunny weather (unlike last year…) which made for a thoroughly enjoyable day out. Some of our activities included:

A dinosaur hunt followed by a dinosaur story:

































Making leaf art using pieces of fabric and hammers:





































Exploring the Adventure Playground:


















































And to end the day, the children toasted marshmallows over the campfire:
































































Delicious! A fantastic day was had by all. Thank you to all of our parent helpers for coming along – these trips cannot happen without you so we are always grateful! Take a look at some more of the trip highlights here:

Lunch with a view! ^

We met a tiny frog! ^

The whole Nursery class squeezed onto a fallen tree branch! ^

Outdoor Classroom Day 2018

 Mighty Mighty Thorn Grove!

We would like to share some magical moments from our fabulous ‘Outdoor Classroom Day’ earlier this term.  We hope the children told you all about it but if not- here are some highlights!

The day began with an Outdoor Assembly where the teachers shared the Outdoor rules for the day. The number one rule was to enjoy the outdoors!  Each class moved around 6 areas where they took part in a physical activity, circle time, field work, investigation and Forest School challenge.

At play time, the children swapped playgrounds for the day.  During lunch time the whole school shared a picnic on the field.  It was wonderful to see the oldest and youngest children coming together for this!

The afternoon involved children revisiting favourite activities such as den building, compass reading and stone decorating.

Whilst children were busily occupied, each class had an opportunity to toast a marshmallow around the campfire.

This was a special and extraordinary day which we hope children will remember for a very long time!  Many thanks to all our parent helpers who supported the day and to Chris in the kitchen for preparing all the packed lunches!






Thorn Grove Cheer lead the way

Last Saturday (23rd June) our amazing Team Spirit at Thorn Grove KS2 Cheerleading squad took part in the UK Schools Competition held at the Velodrome in Manchester.

The Squad, many of them competing for the very first time, were joined by their Team Spirit coaches Hannah and Lindsey as well as Mr Wilson and parents at the venue.

The team were incredible and following a grueling warm-up, uniform check and photos, took to the stage to perform.

The routine was delivered brilliantly and the children (from our year 3,4,5 and 6 classes) worked fantastically together to wow the huge crowd.

Then the wait arrived….

The awards ceremony was at the end of the day and squad members, coaches and staff busied themselves watching the other squads and soaking up the atmosphere of the huge event.

Finally the wait was over, and it was worth it.

Team Spirit at Thorn Grove, appearing in their first competitive event as a school squad, were announced as winners in the large group category and are now UK Champions.

A huge thank you must go to the parents who helped on the day and,  of course to the brilliant coaches at Team Spirit who worked tirelessly to help the team.

We are hoping to keep this success going and develop even more, so if you would like to join the squad, please see Mr Wilson in school.

Here are some of the pictures from the day.


Nursery & Reception go to Stockley Farm – 16th May 2018

After last year’s success, Nursery and Reception took another trip to Stockley Farm last week. The children met lots of different animals big and small, including rabbits, goats, tortoises and cows!  As well as meeting and feeding the animals, we took a ride on the farmer’s tractor trailer and had some time to enjoy the weather in the outdoor play area. See some of our highlights below:

Our first ‘Forest School’ session

The first session of Forest School has been successfully delivered.  The session included 30 Reception children along with some very helpful and willing volunteers. The children were hugely excited and even though the weather was glorious, a few children insisted on wearing their brand new water proofs- just in case !

The session began around the fire circle where we discussed the Forest School rules.   The children were given an opportunity to mark out the boundaries using ribbon markers.  After which they were gathered to share and reinforce the limitations for Forest School.

The main activity consisted of creating their own journey sticks taking care to find objects of their choice.  All the children were able to remember not to pick any plants (except dandelion’s) and proudly took home their sticks to share with their families.

At the end of the session before reflection time the children were absolutely thrilled to spot a large frog jumping away from the fire circle area.  After lots of squeals of delight the frog was safely removed to the hedgerow away from lots of excited children.

Here are some of the high-lights:



Firefighter Freebairn

Another great big thank you to Mr Rob Hallworth (Thomas and Kate’s Daddy) for being a great sport and bringing all of his firefighting equipment to show the End of Week Nursery children. Much to the children’s amusement, Miss Freebairn dressed up in all of the firefighter’s uniform – including the (incredibly heavy) air tank!

The children really enjoyed learning about all of the brave and brilliant things firefighters do as part of their job.





Parents – thank you!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the Nursery parents who have taken the time to be Secret Readers this term. The children have absolutely loved having surprise guests in to read them new and wonderful stories!

If any more Nursery parents / grandparents / relatives are interested in being a Secret Reader in the Summer Term, pop in and speak to Miss Freebairn, Mrs Yates or Mrs Tucker to arrange.

Basketball Team ‘net’ a great result

Yesterday evening, the Thorn Grove Basketball Team went to compete in the District finals. They battled hard and did extremely well, facing stiff competition from five other superb teams. After winning three games and losing two they finished third – one point off second place. The squad and coaches would like to say a huge well done to Charlotte for achieving the Spirit of the Games award for her determination.

Sports Reporter: Sam K

Here is our brilliant squad.

Thorn Grove Primary School
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