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Year R Transition 2020

Hello and welcome to all the children due to start Thornhill Primary School in September and parents/carers! We are your Year R teachers and our names are Miss Simmonds and Mrs Diaper.


          Miss Simmonds                                           Mrs Diaper

            Bumblebees                                                Ladybirds


We are really looking forward to meeting you in person but this may not happen for a little while yet. You should have received your Year R Transition Pack last week which will give you all the information you need about starting in September. We would like to meet you and your parents/carers online using Zoom (telephone conversations available if you can’t access Zoom), so we can introduce ourselves and answer any questions you may have. We will telephone you soon to arrange when it would be best to do this.


In your packs you will have been given all forms that need to be completed and returned. If you are currently attending Brambles or St Christopher’s preschools, you can give the forms to their staff who can pass them on to us. Due to social distancing, we are unable to have anyone onto the school grounds.


We at Thornhill Primary are taking social distancing guidance very seriously to ensure all children and staff currently in our school are happy and safe and that you will be safe when you start with us in September. You can watch our video showing our social distancing regulations on this website.


Below is a link to a virtual tour of our school, given by Miss Simmonds. Usually you would have started having short sessions in our school to get used to the classrooms and outside areas. Because we can’t do this at the moment, we have produced this short video so you can see what it will look like when you start here.

You will also find other resources on this page to help you get ready to join us. If you have any questions, you will be able to ask us when we have our Zoom meetings or you can email us using our class email addresses:


Miss Simmonds –

Mrs Diaper –


If you have any general questions, please call the school office on 02380 449595.

Example Weekly Year R Timetable: 

Practice Phonics Videos and Resources:


If you click on the link below you will be able to see lots of different videos showing you activities you can do at home to get your child/children ready for school. For the moment we will be adding phonics videos to help teach your child/children to listen and begin to read and write. 


If you have any problems don't forget you can contact your child/children's new teacher via email!

Coming Soon!