Thistle Hill Academy is a Primary School on the Isle of Sheppey

Please take a good look around our website where you can find lots of information about our school. You can scroll through this page and then use the navigation at the top of this page for even more information.

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What do we get up to?

One of the best ways to get a feel for what our school is like is to look through our newsfeed below. Here you will find just a taste of what it is like to be a pupil at Thistle Hill Academy. Click on the ‘Load more’ button to view even more examples.

Our EYFS

To help parents get a feel for our school and in particular our EYFS, watch our video to see a ‘day in the life’ of our reception classes. Filmed with our current reception children, we hope you can see how settled, happy and engaged in learning these young children already are.

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Rising 4s

Do you want to help your child’s transition into their first year at school?

Then join our Rising 4s facebook group!

In our group you can:

  • Get weekly video updates from EYFS staff
  • Become familiar with our school setting
  • Enjoy a story or fun activity with school staff
  • Build new friendships with other parents and children
  • Receive lots of fun activities for your children to complete at home
  • Ask the EYFS Team questions about starting school

Engaging and rich EYFS experiences

Our children are excited and motivated to engage in rich and challenging experiences, both inside and outside of their classroom. We have high ambitions for all of our children, with staff planning carefully to meet each child’s needs and stage of development, ensuring our children get off to a great start in their education. Child initiated play based learning is at the heart of our practice. where we carefully plan for opportunities, activities and experiences that develop all of our children into independent, resilient and confident learners.

Wrap Around Care

We recognise the importance of providing childcare options to assist working parents.

Thistle Hill Academy is open from 7:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

As well as our Breakfast Club and After School Club, we offer a range of free Extra-Curricular Clubs every term that children can take part in after school.

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An Engaging Curriculum

Within carefully selected topics, our children make meaningful links between Art, Music, History, Geography, Design Technology, English, Mathematics and Science.

They are helped to understand how these subjects bring a deeper understanding to their lives, other people and the world. 

Children are given the opportunity to attend numerous educational visits linked to their topic and are regularly visited by a variety of interesting professional who give talks or provide exciting workshops.

A LOVE of reading

Our broad and balanced curriculum ensures that teaching of reading is tailored to the children, with a clear understanding of the skills needed to be a successful reader and how these develop during each term and year.  Teachers are clear of the barriers to learning to read and are forensic in identifying these in individual pupils and groups and they use a range of strategies to overcome these, including careful deployment of skilled adults.

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Take a look back at last year

It was a memorable year for all children, parents and staff at schools in The Stour Academy Trust.