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Thorner’s Fledglings Pre-School Thorner’s CE VA School School Lane Litton Cheney Dorchester DT2 9AU Tel: 01308 482410 Thorner’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 activities the Discovery Area for outdoor exploration the school playground, tennis court and field for games, cycling and scooting the 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: and click on the Fledgling’s Logo.
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Autumn   term dates   Event   Date   Autumn   term starts   Thurs day  3 September   2020   Autumn   half term   Monday  26   to Friday  30   October   2020   Autumn   term ends   Friday  18 December   2020   Christmas  holidays   Monday  21   to  Fri day  1 January 2021   Bank holidays in the  autumn   term   Christmas Day ,   Friday 25 December   2021   Boxing Day, Monday 28   December  2021   New Year’s Day, Friday 1 January 2021   Spring term dates   Event   Date   Spring term starts   Monday 4   January  2021   Spring half term   Monday 1 5   to Friday  19   February  2021   Spring term ends   Thurs day  1   April  2021   Easter holidays   Fri day  2   to  Fri day  16   April  2021   Bank holidays  in the spring term   Good Friday ,   2   April  2021   Easter Monday,  5   April   2021   Summer term dates   Event   Date   Summer term starts   Mon day  19   April  2021   Summer half term   Monday  31   to Friday  4 June   2021   Summer term ends   Friday 23   July  2021   Summer holidays   Mon day   2 6   July  2021   to  Wednes day 1 September   2021   Bank holidays in the s ummer   term   May Day, Monday  3   May  2021   Spring Bank Holiday, Monday  31   May  2021   Summer Bank Holiday, Monday  30   August  2021
a village in the Bride Valley Litton Cheney Dorset
It has been very difficult since reopening to create the opportunities for sport we would normally like to offer the children. However, this term has seen the return of our football coach, Lee Cuff, who has been putting the children through their paces with a series of competitions, skill drills and games. The older pupils have enjoyed the chance to compete, albeit only in their bubble, and the younger ones have learnt new skills that will help with their development in both PE and the other core areas. Another sport the children are really looking forward to is swimming. We are hopeful that, given the current guidelines, our outdoor (heated!) pool will be open as usual for pupils after the half term break. We try to ensure each child swim every day in the summer term so that they develop both their strokes and crucially the confidence in the water to continue with this brilliant life skill and form of exercise out of school. Lastly, we would like to thank the Portland Sailing Academy and Andrew Simpson Sailing for enabling a group of 20 pupils (both past and present) to go sailing every Monday night in Portland Harbour. As well as our more experienced sailors, many novices are coming out on the water for the first time to work towards their RYA levels and develop the confidence that comes with sailing independently. Again, many thanks to all parents who have supported us with this and lovely to see former pupils come down to share their enthusiasm with our current group of children. Off the sports field, the children have been busy in music. In Bredy, our 7 and 8 year olds have been having virtual Ukulele lessons through the brilliant Dorset Musicianship Scheme. Each child receives their own Ukulele for 12 weeks and they have weekly lessons online and with their class teacher Mr White (who also plays Ukulele). If a child is interested in continuing then school can provide further lessons and children can work towards either graded exams or simply play for fun. Given the success of this scheme, we are looking to provide similar taster sessions later in the summer for drums and keyboard so that children have the chance to experience a range of instruments before committing to learning one. The other classes have also been learning a range of musical techniques such as body percussion and composing pieces with instruments from around the world. Lastly, thank you again to all those around the village who have donated cuttings and plants for our raised beds. We would be grateful for any donated plants and these may be left at the school front door at any time. Thanks also to Mrs Cox here who has always looked after the school's gardening initiatives and who has been instrumental in getting the children stuck into working outdoors and growing things from seed wherever possible. As many of you will know Mrs Cox is sadly retiring at the end of this year after over 30 years of service at the school. We wish her well in her retirement and are certain that many generations of Thorner's children, past and present, will join with us here in thanking Pat for her enthusiasm and dedication to both the children and school life in general over the years. We hope you all have a lovely half term break and we look forward to a hectic, jam-packed last summer term. Mike Sitch Headmaster