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In order to share information about the school and showcase best practice, we host regular parent workshops.

Teaching British Values – Mr Robinson, Deputy Headteacher

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SEN at Thornhill – Mrs Abedian, Assistant Headteacher

This week (27th January) Mrs Abedian went through our SEN provision. The workshop focused on how we support children with special educational needs and how we measure the impact of our interventions. Please look out for the upcoming SEN coffee mornings for more information – we’d be extremely grateful if you could complete the parent questionnaire below (‘Future SEN Coffee Mornings’) to inform us of your desired content.


Marking & Feedback – Mr Robinson, Deputy Headteacher

On Friday 20th January, Mr Robinson delivered a session on the principles of effective marking and feedback and how we aim to deliver this at Thornhill. There was a particular emphasis on the need to ensure children receive ‘next step’ targets and how we facilitate opportunities for ‘greater depth’ thinking in children.


Best Practice in the Early Years – Ms O’Flaherty, EYFS Phase Leader

On Friday 13th January, Ms O’Flaherty delivered a session to parents of children in the EYFS explaining how we teach the youngest children here at Thornhill. The session comprehensively covered the development matters, early learning goals and the characteristics of effective learning.

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Problem Solving in Maths – Ms Akinmoyede, Maths Leader

On Friday 27th May, Ms Akinmoyede (Maths Leader) delivered a workshop on how we teach problem solving in maths at Thornhill. The practical session focussed on the bar model – a visual approach to solving word problems and one of the strategies used during the pictorial stages of the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach.

For a copy of the presentation, please click on the link below:


Sex & Relationships: Talking to your child about boys and girls, growing up and changing – Islington Health & Wellbeing Team

On Friday 4th March 2016, Islington’s Health & Wellbeing team ran a workshop for parents on ‘Talking to your child about boys and girls, growing up and changing’ to support parents in developing skills and confidence to talk their child about sex and relationship education (SRE).

The aim of the workshop was for parents to:

  • know what is appropriate to talk about with their child according to the child’s age/stage of development
  • know some ways to begin to engage children in conversations
  • feel more confident to begin conversations with their child
  • feel more confident to respond to their child’s questions

We have the SRE books used at the session available for lending. Please speak to Ms May or Ms Ryer if you would like to borrow the books.

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Assessment without Levels (AWL) – Mr Robinson, Deputy Headteacher

On Friday 5th February 2016, Mr Robinson delivered a session to parents explaining the changes to assessment and how Thornhill has adapted to life without National Curriculum Levels.

The presentation covered such areas as:

  • The Government rationale behind the changes
  • The implications on Thornhill – meeting the increased expectations
  • The decisions we have made in order to embrace AWL
  • Understanding Thornhill’s approach to AWL
  • Reporting of your child’s progress and attainment

To review the content of the session please click on the link below:


Early Years Foundation Stage – Mrs Constable, EYFS Phase Leader

On Friday 29th January 2016, Mrs Constable (Early Years Phase Leader) delivered some insightful training to parents on how we teach our youngest children at Thornhill.

The session covered areas such as the Early Years Curriculum – Prime and Specific Areas of Learning; Learning Opportunities and Classroom Organisation; Assessment and Activities to do at Home.

To review the content of the session please click on the link below:


Science – Ms Begley, Science Leader

On Friday 20th November 2015, we delivered our latest instalment of our Parent Workshops. The session was delivered by our Science Leader Ms Begley and covered a wide range of topics including an overview of the new curriculum, how science is taught at Primary school and how parent’s can support their child at home.

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New National Curriculum – Ms Ryer, Assistant Headteacher

This morning, Ms Ryer led us through the changes to the new National Curriculum. She explained the changes to the content within the curriculum, the increased expectations for outcomes at the end of the key stages and what it means to now be assessing children without the use of levels.

It was another excellent turn-out from keen parents, eager to learn more about how to support their child at home.

To review the content of the session please click on the link below:


English, Grammar & Spelling (SPaG) – Ms McIntyre, English Leader

On Friday 9th October 2015, we delivered our latest instalment of our Parent Workshops. The session was extremely well attended with over 40 parents joining our Literacy Leader Rachel McIntyre, to learn all about how we teach children the rules of the English Language.

To review the content of the session please click on the link below:

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