Kent Fire and Rescue Service

EYFS at Thistle Hill Academy had a visit from the Fire Service

This week Reception had a visit from the Kent Fire and Rescue Service. The firefighters talked to the children about how they can keep safe if there is a fire, like listening for a smoke alarm, leaving the house and making sure someone calls 999. They also showed the children their fire engine! The children […]

Into the Woods

EYFS at Thistle Hill Academy

This term our topic is ‘Into the Woods’ and the first story we are learning about is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We transformed our role play areas into the cottage from the story and the children have already been busy retelling and acting out their favourite parts of the traditional tale. The children have also been busy using […]

Junk modelling robots!

Art attack at Thistle Hill Academy

This week as part of our ‘Art Attack’ topic, the children explored the work of differently abled artists and they had a go at trying to paint blindfolded or with using the paintbrushes in their mouths! This helped the children to understand and appreciate how those artists have persevered and been resilient in overcoming challenges​ to make their artwork.  We have also […]

Chinese New Year continued!

We’ve been continuing our learning about Chinese New Year this week. The children had a Chinese banquet on Tuesday, they tried lots of different foods and had a go at using chop sticks! Be sure to check out the video on below. The children were also inspired by traditional Chinese pottery and had a go at making and […]

Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. The children have been finding out about how people celebrate​ and have had a go at making their own lanterns and red envelopes. We have also been retelling the story of the Chinese Zodiac and the children have been applying their phonics knowledge to write some amazing […]

Sheppey Rocks!

EYFS at Thistle Hill Academy learning outdoors

This week the Reception children took a walk around the local area to ​hide the Sheppey Rocks that they have been busy making. Be sure to keep an eye out for them!

Art Attack!

EYFS at Thistle Hill Academy at the beach

To begin our topic of ‘​Art Attack’, we visited the local beach! The children collected rocks and other natural resources that they then used to create their own art. They explored the work of Andy Goldsworthy, as well as designing and painting their own ‘Sheppey Rocks’!


EYFS at Thistle Hill Academy on the farm!

Reception had an exciting trip this week…On Tuesday the children got to be farmers for a day! They prepared all of the animal feed, gathered the tools and equipment they needed, hand fed the different animals and cleaned out the alpaca enclosure. They had a rather chilly but brilliant day and we are very proud of how well they behaved. For […]

The Enormous Turnip

This week we have continued our learning about The Enormous Turnip. The children had a go at writing their own versions of the book, using their phonics knowledge to label the pictures they had drawn and their talk for writing to retell the story. We’ve been exploring shape in maths and the children have been using new vocabulary of […]

Farm shop!

Reception are learning about a new story- The Enormous Turnip. On Monday we took a trip to the farm shop to buy our own vegetables and the children prepared the vegetables to make their own soup! On Tuesday we were busy transforming our role play areas into our very own farm shops. ​This week the children have also been introduced to […]