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We believe that high quality learning is much more than learning facts and information but is about the development of lifelong learning skills such as the ability to collaborate effectively, take risks, show resilience and persevere.

At Thornhill we teach the national curriculum creatively through our carefully mapped out curriculum maps. They have been written to engage pupils in a variety of ways and provide
a rich and exciting stimulus for learning.

For information on our approach to teaching and learning please click the link below:

Teaching and Learning at Thornhill

If you have any further questions or queries regarding our approach to teaching and learning then please do not hesitate to speak to Ms Ryer, Assistant Head teacher for Curriculum.


Enrichment at Thornhill

During our Ofsted Inspection in March 2017, we agreed our pupils’ progress is less secure in the wider curriculum due to our focus on reading, writing and mathematics.

“Leaders agree that developing the core subjects has been a high priority. Subsequently, pupils’ progress in the foundation subjects is not closely monitored. This results in pupils making inconsistent progress in the wider curriculum.”  (Ofsted, March 2017)

In order to address this we have developed an Enrichment Programme.

We believe that learning is so much more than attainment and grades on a page but a myriad of attitudes, emotions, beliefs and skills. Learning new skills benefits children in the long run. It not only helps them develop confidence and social skills from a young age, but enrichment programs are actually considered critical because the brain is developing so rapidly at this age.  Research shows that learning art, music and other enrichment skills can help children excel in many ways.  The best learning incorporates physical learning that involves handling, observing, thinking and actually doing, learning how to learn and to have the opportunity to explore new ways to learn.

Our Enrichment Programme will seek to focus on work-related learning, community participation and personal, social, emotional development.  Enrichment activities and experiences will have clear outcomes linked to Foundation subject objectives within the 2014 National Curriculum.   To achieve this we believe it is essential to develop school links with different organisations to give our pupils a head start.

We aim to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum linked to real life experiences through an Enrichment Project The purpose of the programme is to promote the life-skills needed for everyday life, develop “soft skills” that, in the long term, employers and universities look for, while also giving pupils the opportunity to find out more about their interests and passions.

The Thornhill Enrichment project will create opportunities for our pupils to develop a range of essential skills by widening and opening up our curriculum.

In order for the programme to be accessible to all pupils, we have decided to make an adjustment to the school timetable creating a space that will be ring-fenced for enrichment.  We are proposing that every Friday afternoon will be known as Enrichment Friday from 5th January 2018.

Children will be grouped within their year groups and allocated to an activity within the school or at an external venue (park, community home, secondary school/university, business, activity centre, etc.) For an example timetable of activities click here: Enrichment Programme – timetable of activities