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We attach the highest importance to teaching our children the vitally important skills of expressing themselves in written and spoken words.

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We track and record progress meticulously and constantly by means of GL Assessment.  Everyone takes tests at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, after which we follow the Common Entrance and Senior School Scholarship syllabus. There are school exams twice a year.

Good grammar, accurate spelling and punctuation and neat handwriting are paramount.

As important is a love of words. We stimulate this by encouraging reading for sheer pleasure through book fairs, reading and writing competitions, plays, theatre visits and debates.

Thornlow pupils also study: Spanish and French.

  • "Professor P" (also known as Mr Peter Davidson) visited Thornlow as part of our Dinosaur and Fossil Theme. He is the author of Jurassic Coast and Jurassic Island which are really good books and 10,000 people have bought copies!

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  • Over the half term holidays, the children have been extremely busy creating entries for our 4 in school competitions designed to celebrate World Book Day. We had a vast array of amazing book reviews, front cover designs, author reviews and 3-D models on display in the school hall today, and a lot of proud prize winners!

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  • Year 3 and 4 have been enjoying writing Monster Poems for a competition. Here are some of the wonderful entries!

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  • Spring Term 2014 will see Thornlow launch the 1000 words challenge as part of the National Campaign for languages ‘Speak to the Future.’

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  • Thornlow Times is our termly newsletter and is produced entirely by our pupils. I am sure you will be enthused by the 2013 Autumn Term's action packed edition!

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  • We are creating a poster full of poems inspired by autumn. We will post some of the wonderful work very soon!

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  • Year 7&8 pupils paired up with the Year 1&2 pupils today to work on their reading skills - some excellent teachers in the making and some exceptional pupils too!

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  • One of our pupils has prepared a wonderful article that we wanted to share - very apt at the moment!

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  • Years 5 - 8 enjoyed meeting local author Kate Kelly to talk about her latest exciting novel "Red Rock". Not only is Kate a writer, she is an oceanographer and an expert on the Arctic and climate change.

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  • "In English class we used Reading eggs. In this computer program we have to win Golden Eggs by doing English exercises. It's so exciting and fun and you learn a lot! I love it and it's so good for learning English." Juan

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  • Our pupils dressed up in a wonderful array of costumes inspired by Roald Dahl's imaginative stories. We loved the presentations and costume parades, and thank you for raising so much money for seriously ill children.

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  • On Friday 27th September, we'll be listening to some poems, reading extracts and performing sketches from our favourite Roald Dahl stories in Friday Assembly and in English lessons.

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  • Welldone Jamie, who has received the Independent Schools Association "Max Gate Intermediate Essay Prize" - a high accolade indeed! Jamie received "highly commended" certification.

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