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Our EYFS team are delighted to be supporting children as they start their educational journey at Thurston CE Primary Academy. EYFS is split into two classes, Butterflies and Bees, children spend some of the day being taught specifically in these classes for example for phonics lessons, however much of the time the children and staff free flow between the two adjoining classrooms and have access to the resources of each room including a shared outside space.

Our Team

Mrs Chloe FranklandButterfly Class teacher Mon- Weds
Miss Hannah Lockwood Bee Class teacher
Mrs Rachael ColeButterfly Class teacher Thurs-Fri
HLTA Mon- Weds
Mrs Michelle McconnellTeaching Assistant
Mrs Sarah DrakesTeaching Assistant
Mrs Ann ColemanTeaching Assistant Mon- Weds
Mrs Patricia DaviesTeaching Assistant Thurs-Fri
Miss Katie StarieTeaching Assistant
Mrs Beverley GibbsTeaching Assistant

Our aim is to ensure we make every day count, work together to be ‘Truthful, Persevere and Aspire’, with God’s guidance and we hope that your child has a wonderful year with us here in EYFS.

We are a very approachable team and are happy to have a quick chat with you when you drop off or collect your child from school. For any longer queries or needs please arrange a more appropriate time. You can get in touch with the class teachers using the email addresses bees@thurstonprimary.net or butterflies@thurstonprimary.net, we will endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours during the working week. For all non-learning matters (e.g. payments, clubs, pick-up arrangements), or anything urgent please contact admin@thurstonprimary.net

Curriculum Coverage Map

Curriculum Newsletters


In the first instance, we teach your child how to read and write using phonics.  Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds (phonemes) and the symbols that represent them (graphemes, or letter groups).  To find out more about how we teach phonics and how you can help your child please visit our English page.

Below are a selection of our ‘Must Read’ books for children in Early Years. These are high quality texts that we feel will enrich our children’s reading experiences as well as help to take them on a varied reading journey. We recommend these as reading choices at home but we will also use some of these books as part of our learning in school and some we will simply enjoy together as a class story. Re-reading and discussing favourite books is such a valuable part of the reading experience and something that can also be enjoyed as a family. Happy reading!

PE Days

EYFS are taught PE on a Wednesday afternoon. On PE days we ask for children to come to school in their PE kit as this maximises the amount of learning time rather than spending a large portion of the lesson getting changed for PE.

Getting Ready for School

Here are some things you can practice at home to make sure you are ready for school.