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Thornhill Lower School
Grove Road, Houghton Regis, LU5 5PE, UK Dunstable
+44 (0)1582 863516

A warm welcome from Mrs Lawson (Headteacher)

Thornhill is a happy, friendly, caring and forward looking school where everyone is equally special and important. The whole Thornhill staff team is an enthusiastic, united and highly skilled group of people who are totally dedicated to providing the best possible education for our pupils. The children enjoy their learning and make very good progress in all areas of the curriculum.

" We are all very proud of our school "

(Drawing by Conor O'Brien - Beech Class)

note : last updated 25th Sept. 2006

Grove Road, Houghton Regis LU5 5PE
(01582) 863516

Our School Aims

At Thornhill Lower School we aim to :

Provide a happy, caring and challenging environment in which each child can reach his or her full potential.

Ensure that all pupils have equal opportunities in all aspects of school life, regardless of ability, gender, culture, religion, personality or lifestyle and that every member of our school community is valued.

Encourage children to believe in themselves so that they can achieve their best and find success.

Help children to become good learners by listening carefully, concentrating, organising themselves, persisting, becoming independent, being imaginative and being proud of their success. 

Develop high standards of communication, literacy and language.

Use real life situations to build mathematical, scientific and technological understanding.

Encourage the childrens' curiosity and sense of wonder about their world through a wide and relevant curriculum.

Encourage growth and healthy development.

Develop an awareness of the spiritual dimension of life.

Help children to appreciate beauty in their surroundings, in art and in music and to express their ideas through art and music.

Encourage the kind of behaviour which is valued by society: co-operation, honesty, respect, courtesy, tolerance, responsiblity and care for one another and their surroundings.

Develop in our pupils the skills and attitudes necessary to become the citizens of the future.


Take a look at what the classes have been up to by clicking on a link below.

reception class
reception & year 1
years 1 & 2
year 2
year 3
years 3 & 4

The Nursery

Foundation Stage - Nursery - January 2007

One of the topics that your child will be learning about in the Nursery over the next few weeks is the 'Winter'. Below, under the 6 areas of learning in the Foundation Stage, you will find a brief description of the activities your child will be involved in.



Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Your child will learn about working in a group, sharing, helping each other, cooperating, taking turns and generally becoming more independent. He/she will be encouraged to talk about what he/she likes/dislikes about the Winter, what he/she likes to do in the Winter, how he/she feels when the days are cold and the nights are dark early, types of clothes they need to wear etc. The children will be encouraged to put on their own coats and to fasten the zip/buttons - could you please encourage your child to do the same at home - thanks.

Communication, Language and Literacy.
Your child will be encouraged to talk in a small group/in a large group about seasonal changes, e.g. cold, sunny days, frosty mornings, snowy days (hopefully), the need to wear warm coats, scarves, gloves etc. At story time we will choose stories that have a 'Winter' theme, as well as making up and acting out our own stories.

Mathematical Development.
We shall be preparing food which the children will enjoy eating in the 'Winter', e.g. making vegetable soup, making bread to eat with the soup, making jacket potatoes to take home for lunch or tea. This will involve the children counting, measuring, learning about size, making patterns, practical addition and subtraction, practical division (sharing), practical fractions (cutting a loaf of bread into 1/2s and1/4s) etc. They will begin to learn about the pattern of the seasons in the year, talk about the weather yesterday, today and what they think it will be tomorrow and to learn the order of the days of the week.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
The children will go for a walk in the school grounds with the Nursery staff to look for signs of 'Winter' and experience different types of weather in winter. We will talk about the need to wear a coat when playing outside. The children will be preparing seasonal food and we shall be talking about the vegetables being used and where they grow. This will involve them in naming vegetables, observing, using tools for preparing food, discussing what they see and what is happening, observing change while preparing food and using their sense of smell and taste. We shall be observing the growth of the bulbs that were planted in the Autumn. The children will also experience what happens to water when it is outside on a very cold night and how it changes when brought into a warm room.

Physical Development.
The children will be able to play outside in the Foundation Stage Area with their coats, hats, scarves and gloves on. They will find ways to keep warm when playing outside, e.g. running, jumping, pedalling their bikes quickly etc. It would be appreciated if your child could have a pair of boots at Nursery to wear when playing outside - thanks. They will begin to learn more about how their bodies cope with heat - they will perspire when they get hot, they will shiver when they get cold. The children will use one-handed tools when digging in the garden and when they are preparing food.

Creative Development
When we are walking in the school grounds and playing outside, the children will be looking at and naming the colours that they see around them. They will have the opportunity to mix these colours using the primary colours and black and white and use them for painting pictures and printing. We shall learn songs to sing from memory and play musical instruments to accompany them and play ring games indoors and outdoors. We hope the children have lots of fun!

Yours sincerely,

The Nursery Staff.


Click on a link below to find out about the clubs at Thornhill ...

Tuesday Club

Football Club

Maths & Literacy Club

Netball Club

Prospectus Infomation

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Thornhill family!  This is a friendly and caring school where everyone is equally special and important.  We look forward to sharing with you in educating your child.

Thornhill is a busy and lively school.  Our pupils enjoy learning through carefully planned, exciting activities and experiences in comfortable, attractive surroundings.

We are proud to have a committed team of staff who have a wide range of talents and interests.  They take great care to cater for their pupils individual abilities and to ensure that each pupil makes good progress.

We are always happy to show parents around the school.  If you would like to do this, or if you would just like more information, please contact the school office on 01582 863516.

Alison Packer (Headteacher)

The School

Thornhill is on the northern edge of Houghton Regis and occupies a pleasant and spacious site next to open farm land.  The grounds include two playgrounds (well equipped with play facilities), a large field for games, a pond area with wildlife garden and separate play area for nursery and children aged 4 and older.

The building is bright, comfortable and welcoming with spacious classrooms, a large hall, a well stocked library, computer suite, reading and technology areas.


The Bedfordshire Education Authority will consider all applications to join the school and places will be granted to:

1. Children who live within the school's catchment are, but only if the parents have expressed a positive preference for Thornhill.

2. Children who live outside the school's catchment area will be considered in the following order:
a) where there medical reasons for the child attending this school
b) where there are brothers or sisters already attending the school

c) where brothers or sisters have previously attended the school

d) children who live closer to the school.

Children can join our nursery class at the beginning of the term following their third birthday.  Before they are due to start at nursery, children and parents are usually visited at home by the nursey staff.  They are then invited to come on a series of visits before being admitted.  Children attend nursey for five half day sessions each week.

In September following their fourth birthday children move to our reception class. They continue on a part-time basis, gradually building to full-time.  This is done according to their age and is discussed with parents.

Equal Opportunities

All pupils are treared equally and no one is denied access to any activity on grounds of gender, race, religion, ability, lifestyle or personality. There is wheelchair access to the school and separate disabled toilet facilities.

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