Thorner’s Fledglings Pre-SchoolThorner’s CE VA SchoolSchool LaneLitton CheneyDorchesterDT2 9AUTel: 01308 482410Thorner’s Fledglings began as the Bride Valley Fledglings playgroup in the Puncknowle Village Hall in the 1980s. In 2007 the playgroup moved to premises within Thorner’s Primary School in Litton Cheney. In 2016 the pre-school became part of the school.Fledglings welcomes children aged 2 years 9 months or more.The premises are perfect for our young Fledglings. Our children have full access to school resources and enjoy:the use of the school hall (LATCH) for gymnastics and other activitiesthe Discovery Area for outdoor explorationthe school playground, tennis court and field for games, cycling and scootingthe school pool for swimming in the summer term, and the extra resources the school can provide above and beyond what we offer. Our classroom is well-resourced and the children enjoy many experiences as they learn through their free-play and teacher-led activities.For all policies and procedures please look at our website via the school’s website: www.thorners.dorset.sch.uk and click on the Fledgling’s Logo.
The children enjoyed a French day – mais oui! They set up for the day with a French breakfast of pain au chocolat and hot chocolate. During the day they made and enjoyed crepes (thank you to Chris Smith and Kate Smith), learned about France, played boules and French cricket and watched ‘French’ DVDs (all rated U!). Thanks to Morrish-Banham, the parents had French wine tasting.Litton and Chesil had a super assembly based on ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ which left the audience smiling! They were so confident and spoke and sang beautifully. The Ethos Council led an assembly on our value of this half term – Perseverance. We had a special strings concert in which several children playing violin, cello, guitar and ukulele took part. They performed confidently and to the enjoyment of staff and children.The children had a great time supporting their house contestants in the times tables challenge. Mary Kingsley house (green) won – well done to them and to all the participants. Bredy and Eggardon competed in a spelling bee. It was tense and exciting and… Edmund Hillary (yellow) and Ernest Shackleton (red) Houses were joint winners! Well done to all who practised and took part.Visits and visitors: Richard Bradford, a Crowdfunder campaigner who helped to publish and deliver ‘The Lost Worlds’ to every school in Dorset, presented the school a copy of this beautifully illustrated book about wildlife and nature. The Bridport library service visited to encourage the children to participate in their summer reading challenge. We had an assembly on road safety. Fledglings, Litton and Chesil had an exciting visit by a police van. They all seem to have had a go at the siren!Year 5 went to a Colfox festival for Year 5s and had an afternoon of fun activities. Litton and Chesil visited Corfe Castle as part of their History topic. They had a great time. Fledglings visited Pecorama. Bredy visited Ourganics Farm.Sports: The weather was nicely cool for our Sports Day The children were very competitive and Ernest Shackleton House won the trophy. Well done! Thank you to the TSA for providing ice-creams to the children at the end.The children enjoyed displaying their swimming skills to their parents at our swimming galas.The children who took up sailing after school did really well and enjoyed their lessons – very few fell in, I am told! Eggardon enjoyed a morning of sailing.Our girls’ team played at the Cricket County Finals in Bryanston. They were placed within the first 12 which is wonderful, given that there are more than 150 schools in Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth! The children starting Reception in September, and their parents, came to school for an introductory information session.When Year 6 went to Colfox for their transition day, the other children in school went to their next classes/year groups. Jyotsna Chaffey, Headteacher