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Read about all the day-to-day events in our busy primary school.

Thursday 1st February 2018

Green Class have been on a welly walk! It was very cold outside but the children were wrapped up warm from head to toe and ready to explore. The class have been reading the book 'Owl Babies' and where on the hunt for nest materials, they found lots of different kinds of leaves, twigs and branches. They also discovered insects, talked about the weather and searched for objects that where big or small. Well done Green Class keep up the good exploration work.

Friday 26th January 2018

It's Australia day.

Classes 3, 4 and 5 are taking part in all sorts of activities based around their multicultural topic of Australia. They have been handwriting down under, creating boomerangs and didgeridoo's, making bunting and drawing famous Australian landmarks. This afternoon they will be putting on their Australian party clothes and having a BBQ. Crikey it all looks and sounds very exciting.  

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Today 16 of our Y5/6 students are out representing us at Parkgate Astro as part of a Rotherham United Community Trust Football Tournament. Come on «Thorpe Hesley Reds« and «Thorpe Hesley Blues «  

Tuesday 16th January 2018

Yesterday Y2 had a visit from 'Mr Meet A Creature' as part of their new topic - Australia. He brought in lots of different creatures for the children to interact with including Giant Millipedes, Tree Frogs, Pythons and Tarantulas. The children learned lots of things about the creatures of Australia and their habitats, they were all very brave when holding the animals and were fantastic all day well done classes 3, 4 and 5.  

Monday 15th January 2018

Today was our Y5 American sports day the children in classes 11,12 and 13 came dressed in their best sporting gear and took part in a variety of activities throughout the day. We had a coach from Cheermania Allstars, a cheerleading group based in Sheffield, who came in to teach the children some cheerleading skills and routines.  We were also joined by coaches from the Sheffield Giants who taught the children all about American football and the skills needed to play. It all looked like great fun well done Y5.

Monday 8th January 2017


We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a great New Year. 

Tuesday19th December 2017

Now that all of our performances and sing-a-longs are done I would like to say a huge well done to all of the children. The singing was fabulous and the acting and dancing from our KS1/2 children was OUTSTANDING, it looks like we have some starts in the making. I think everyone will agree they were the best performances in Rotherham and indeed the world.ê

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Today has been an exciting day at Thorpe Hesley Primary, there’s been lots going on. All of the children came to school this morning in their Christmas jumpers, years 1-6 went down to church for the Christmas gift service and this afternoon we all had Christmas dinner. 

In church the children sang Christmas carols, they sounded lovely and we were even treated to a preview of a couple of the choirs young voices songs. The lady from the Salvation Army thanked everyone for the gifts that where donated and told the children a Christmas story.

A huge thank you to the dinner ladies and kitchen staff for a fabulous Christmas dinner it was very yummy.


Thursday 30th November 2017

Rehearsals are in full swing for the Christmas plays and the children sound great, we can’t wait to watch the performances. Keep up the good work guys.

24/11/17 Children in Need 

We went dotty and spotty on Friday for CHILDREN IN NEED! We collected our old pound coins, counted out pennies and put on our favourite spotted clothes.

Thank you to everyone who dressed up and donated, we have raised a total of £569.36 WELL DONE EVERYONE!!

24/11/17 Anti-Bullying Day 

Today was our Anti-Bullying Day, the children put on their best yellow and blue clothes and took part in workshops and assemblies throughout the day. We would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Foxley- Johnson for coming in to work with the children. 

Christmas Fayre 2017

Last night was our christmas fayre, thank you to everyone who came along and to those who had stalls. There was some lovely things to buy and lots to do, it looked like everyone had great fun.

We had our loch ness monster treasure hunt last night at the fayre, pieces of Nessy could be found around the school and prizes were given to those who found them all. We will be announcing how much we raised on the newsletter soon.

17th November 2017

Last night was the second of our E.T Film Nights in the Junior hall, all went according to plan and on both nights the children loved watching E.T and eating their popcorn and ice cream. What a wonderful way to celebrate the 80's as part of our 90 Years Dennis' Decades  Celebration. 

Sponsored Charleston-athon

Yesterday, was our Sponsored Charleston-athon to celebrate the 1920s as part of our whole-school Dennis' Decades work. We managed to keep the Charleston going for over 5 hours! Thanks to everyone who got involved by collecting sponsorship money, sending in costumes and accessories and just joining-in and having a go. It was a fabulous event and the children (and staff) all had lots of fun!

Friday 27th October 2017

Happy half term to all our families, enjoy the week off and have fun.

Enjoy the Halloween events if you are going to any and please be very careful around bonfires and fireworks. We want everyone back safe and sound!

Monday 17th October 2017

If you come down to Thorpe Hesley today your sure of a big surprise!

Theres a bear on the loose. The F2 children have been on a bear hunt this morning around the village and im told that they found one, it was last seen on the way to the Junior building i hope it dosent get into the staffroom.     

Friday 13th October 2017

The children in the Yellow class have been on the junior playground searching for leaves this morning, they have been learning all about autumn and how the wind blows the leaves around. They are using their leaves as part of a lesson on counting, it looks like a lot of fun in that class today we can't wait to see what else they have been doing. 

Tuesday 10th October 2017 

This week the children will be writing their own 'I Have A Dream' speech as part of our 90 years celebration. We cant wait to see what their hopes are for a better tomorrow.  

Friday 29th September 

Today was our Macmillan coffee morning. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came and to those who donated buns. It was lovely seeing so many parents, grandparents etc. A special well done to the group of girls who performed a Bollywood inspired dance for the occasion. 

Also today was our Eid celebration, the children have all been dressed in their brightest clothes and have taken part in Bollywood inspired dance sessions throughout the day. 

Thursday 21st September 

This morning was our first mathematics coffee morning in the outdoor classroom. It was lovely to see lots of parents eager to learn.

Today, was also the Phonics Stay and Learn for Year 1 and the Maths Stay and Learn for Year 3. It was lovely to see so many parents and the children loved showing their parents what they're learning in school.

Wednesday 20th September 

Classes 1 and 2 have just arrived back from Whirlow Farm looking very tired, we can't wait to hear all about the visit tomorrow.


The Great Get Together



What is great about our community.


Everyone contributed to our chalk playground picture.

To commemmorate the life and work of Jo Cox

Thanks for the invite!

Foundation Stage and KS1

Bright and beautiful - just like us!

Friday 16th June

Gardening clubs are in full swing at KS1 and KS2. The infant children have grown the most impressive radishes I have ever seen. I thought they were small beetroot at first!

Thursday 25th May

Mrs Screaton has organised a small group of the School Council to run a "bake-sale". The children decorated the buns very professionally and they sold like hot cakes!!

The children have had to keep a record of expenditure and takings so they can calculate their profit. Further meetings next half term will allow them to decide what the money is to be used for. 

Thursday 25th May

The Foundation Stage children were treated to a mini-beast ball as the culmination of their most recent topic. They all looked wonderful (if a little warm) on the hottest day of the year so far. We had little ladybirds, butterflies, bumble bees, caterpillars - you name the bug - we had one!

Tuesday 23rd May

The Year 3 children have just completed their road safety training. They have been taken out onto our local streets and taught to spot hazards and use the roads and pavements safely. Great advice - remember to use it every time you go outside - STAY SAFE.

Thursday 11th May

Our local community police officer, Helen Brookes, visited classes 1 and 2 yesterday to raise awareness of stranger danger. We are very grateful to anyone who helps to keep our children safe and secure, so thank you to her for coming and delivering those very important messages. 

Thursday May 11th 

The Year 6 children have been working extremely hard to complete their SATs tests. They have done everybody, but especially themselves, proud. 

They were rewarded with an activity afternoon and the weather was kind to us, so they could spend it outside. 

WELL DONE EVERYONE and thank you to the Year 6 teachers for all their hard work too. 

Tuesday April 25th

Year 3 children are to receive training about how to stay safe as a pedestrian today. Anything we can do to keep our precious children safe is well worth it!

Monday 24th April

Welcome back - a lovely Easter break. 

Thursday 6th April

Active kids all around.........

The Year 6 children are at the English Institute of Sport having a go at a range of athletic activities. Meanwhile the Year 4 children are experiencing their Everest Day, putting up tents for a base camp and building camp fires. 

The Year 2 children have visited the junior building to see how lunchtime works there, ready for when they move to Year 3 in September. They loved playing games with the parachute on the top yard. 

Monday 3rd April

We are very proud of our Miss Moran who completed her marathon in just over four hours. What an incredible achievement - WELL DONE!!

Friday 24th March

In a week of such awful news, it is really heart-warming to see that our children and families continue to represent all that is good in society. A really well-supported cream tea yesterday, organised by our re-formed PTA, celebrated Mothering Sunday in "Spring Style". And today, Red Nose Day, everyone looks resplendent in RED and there are buns in abundance. Thank you as always to everyone for supporting school and the good causes we try to help too. 

Monday 20th March

The film night to celebrate great reading at home was good enough, but the games night was even better. Even more children earned the chance to attend and join in the fun by keeping up regular reading at home. I wonder what Mrs Rawlinson has up her sleeve for next time!!

Friday 17th March

What a week! We have literally been all around the world with our fantastic multi-cultural assemblies that have been extremely well supported by parents and visitors. It has been a joy to see all the children so keen to showcase their learning and to see all the elements of our rich and broad curriculum celebrated in this way. Thank you to all staff and pupils for all the hard work that has gone into these.

Monday 13th March

The first of our multi-cultural assemblies today featuring Year 6 and Year 2, visiting Egypt and India, all within one hour. 

Friday 10th March



We are all dressed in yellow and blue today. Do you know why? Blue is the colour that we feel if we are unlucky enough to be bullied. Yellow is the colour we feel when we do something about bullying and everyone feels happier. Assemblies, workshops and classroom activities today will remind us about what bullying is and what we can do about it, if it happens to us or to other people. Thank you to Mrs Foxley-Johnson who has led the assemblies and workshops. 

Thursday 9th March

We can all be a bit more  sure that we will be safe and sound when we are out and about on the roads following our Road Safety assemblies today. 

Ellie from the Road Safety Team reminded us about safe ways to cross the road and to always STOP, LOOK and LISTEN.

Great advice. Please remember it everyone - we want you to be safe!

Monday 6th March, Wednesday 8th March

Two very well-supported parents' evenings. Thank you to everyone involved. 

Thursday 2nd March

World Book Day

Harry Potter, Captain America, Little Bo Peep, Cat in the Hat, Peter Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland....... and Uncle Tom Cobbley and ALLLLLLLLL and Uncle Tom Cobbley and ALL.

Unbelievable array of imaginative and colourful costumes. Quite superb turnout. Thank you to you all for all your super efforts.

Wednesday 1st March

Today's staff meeting was a really great one, where teachers shared their plans and work that showcased creative and active learning. Some FANTASTIC stuff here - wish you could have seen it!

A well-attended year 6 SATs meeting. Thank you to all the parents who came to find out a bit more about what's involved and to the staff who stayed to help.

Tuesday 28th February

PANCAKE DAY!! yum!!!

Monday 27th February

Great to be back at school after a welcome break.

Congratulations to Jonnie Halliwell for reaching the final of "Let it Shine". A very close contest but just pipped at the post. We are very proud of you!!

Thursday 16th February

Foundation Stage have had a sports activity day for which they have dressed up and have been sponsored. So far they have raised more than eight hundred pounds - incredible!

Also Y2 have been sharing an Indian feast. Yum!

Wednesday 15th February

Althletics success again for Thorpe Hesley in a Learning Community event. Some great running by all accounts. Good luck for the next round guys!

Tuesday 14th February

Valentine's Day ...... and love is all around us!!

How lovely!

Friday 3rd February

What a successful "Ramp Up The Red" day. Everyone looked resplendent in every shade of red you can imagine. We did the British Heart Foundation proud!

Wednesday 1st February

What a fabulous way to celebrate the Chinese New Year, with a visit from a dancing dragon. Lots of pics and videos on Twitter.

Wednesday 1st February

Mr Parkin took a group of children to a basketball competition - a new first for our school. We like to try new things! The courts and nets were full size and the children did a great job in their matches, playing with determination and fairness as always. 

Tuesday 31st January

Rvd Lynn Broadhead from Thorpe Hesley's Holy Trinity Church is to present a cheque to school from the Church Council to contribute towards playground improvements. This is very much appreciated and school would like to express their gratitude for this kind gesture.

Monday 30th January


Lots of interesting feedback about the Birdwatch and some tweets too HAHA!!

Friday 27th January

Two lovely celebration assemblies today with lots of reasons to be proud of our children including our "Stars of the Week". 

Thursday 26th January

On this cold, cold day, some of our children have been outside without hats, gloves and scarves at playtime. BBBBRRRRRR

The wind whips across our playgrounds, so please send warm outdoor clothing. 

Wednesday 25th January

We have received some slips back about the 30 hours provision for Foundation Stage 1 at our school. Please let us have yours if you haven't already done so. 

Tuesday 24th January

A cold and frosty start but still no snow .... thank goodness. Lovely and warm in school though - a nice, welcoming environment for good learning. 

Monday 23rd January

What a lot of fit and healthy children we will have if they continue to attend the Fitness Garage sessions in the Junior Hall. 

Friday 20th January

Sporting news...

Two teams of KS2 boys attended a tournament today. All the children represented school really well, as always. We didn't qualify for the next round but played extremely well. Thank you to Mr Parkin and Mr Hanson for organising this and taking the teams. 

Thursday 19th January

The newly formed PTA met today and came up with some great ideas for fundraising and supporting school. Keep a look-out on the newsletter for forthcoming events and pop along to the next meeting if you can. Its on Tuesday 16th March ar 2:30pm. 

Wednesday 18th January

A very busy and crowded staff meeting last night. Thank you to all our hard working staff for attending to find out more about an exciting new maths initiative for school. 

    Monday 16th January




How exciting that an ex-pupil, Jonnie Halliwell, did SO well on Saturday's "Let It Shine". He was amazing and we all are rooting for him. 

Friday 13th January

Expecting some snow but fortunately not much more than a few flakes. Mr Fox will be disappointed not to have needed his new snow-moving machine. 

Tuesday 10th January 2017

Miss Stephenson has received her message from the Teaching Awards team. Part of the message (from a former class-member) says.....

'I certainly am glad that I had you as a teacher. You have proved to me that anyone can do/be anything they put their minds to and there certainly isn't such a word as "can't".'

What a way to be remembered as a teacher!!


Monday 9th January 2017

We are trying to spread a little happiness in school ...... It's contagious!!

Friday 6th January 2017

Today was the first day for our new spelling groups. New Year's Resolutions to learn the lists thoroughly every week and spell the words accurately in our writing???

Thursday 5th January 2017

Miss Stephenson has been nominated for a national teaching award. Who has nominated her?? Watch this space!!

Wednesday 4th January

Returned to school today and we welcomed Miss Knowles to our office staff team.