Marvellous Maths Day & Times Table A Thon

Pupils took part in Marvellous Maths Day, to celebrate all the wonderful Maths learning taking place at Dove Bank and to promote a positive mathematical culture in school.

As well as undertaking a Time Table A Thon, children had a very good workout for their Maths reasoning and problem-solving skills by working together in groups to solve a range of tricky challenges.

In addition to some super outdoor learning experiences in Classes 1 and 2, there were also lots of creative, practical and exciting Maths activities back in class.

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Summer Fair

Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who came to the Summer Fair.

Despite Sports Day having to be cancelled due to poor weather, we still managed to have an indoor picnic, and set up stalls inside. Sardines in a tin springs to mind! Nevertheless, we raised just over £775 during the afternoon, which is wonderful.

Thank you to the PPS group and staff who helped to set up the fair and to the pupils who ran their own stalls. A brilliant team effort!

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Beyond Bullying Award

DSC05521We are thrilled to have received a prestigious ‘Beyond Bullying Award’ to highlight the steps the children have put in place to prevent bullying in school.

Lily and Scarlett attended the awards, run by Leicestershire County Council’s Safeguarding and Improvement Unit at the National Space Centre (on 27th June) in order to pick up the award.

The accolade recognises schools that have signed up to the local authority’s s anti-bullying charter, and have gone on to demonstrate their commitment by ensuring that anti-bullying practice is embedded across the school.

We’re delighted that our work in school to combat bullying and celebrate diversity has been recognised; our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are especially proud. The award will encourage them to continue their fantastic anti-bullying work and will remind others in school of the importance in ensuring a friendly, supportive learning environment for all with a strong sense of community and good standards of behaviour.

We want all our children to enjoy school knowing that they will be free from bullying and harassment. Dove Bank is working incredibly hard to make that happen, and these awards recognise the effort and commitment of all concerned-pupils, staff, governors and parents.

 

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Green-fingered wheelbarrow winners!

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In the year that BBC 2’s Gardeners’ World celebrated fifty glorious years, we were delighted to have been won ‘People’s Choice’ in the hugely popular Meal in a Barrow competition.

Along with another 43 schools, which spanned the East and West Midlands, we were incredibly proud to have our wheelbarrow displayed at June’s Gardeners’ World Live event at the NEC.

The competition involved the pupils planting up a wheelbarrow, with all of the home-grown ingredients required to rustle up a fresh and tasty summer recipe. The theme for Dove Bank’s barrow was inspired by ‘Ratatouille’. Working with the school’s ‘Growing Together’ project manager, Richard Smith, the pupils’ imaginations ran wild with props and creative flair making the barrow a joy to behold!

The competition has proven to be a great way for pupils to get involved in gardening, inspiring them with how easy and fulfilling it can be to grow their own ingredients.

As you know, we are passionate about developing pupils’ growing skills and knowledge of healthy eating and so getting the children involved in a hands-on project such as this has been fantastic. The pupils’ enthusiasm and passion for our ‘Growing Together’ scheme is producing fantastic results and is testament to the success of the programme which is inspiring children to get involved in fun activities around gardening and healthier lifestyles.

The school received a trophy, presented by TV gardening personality, Jim Butteress.

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Book Fair

Thank you to all those parents and children who   purchased books at the book fair. Because of the 100% commission generated, the school now has £790 worth of books that it can purchase for the   library and class reading stocks! Absolutely brilliant!

There were also some lucky raffle ticket winners, who chose a free book as their prize. Well done to them – happy reading!

 

Sporting News

Congratulations to the pupils who represented the school in the recent Quad Kids Athletics Competition, as well as the Woodstone Netball Tournament and Newbridge NWLSSP Netball Tournament.

We were delighted to have successfully qualified for the Quad Kids final – there are 36 schools in the NWLSSP so just getting through to the next stage was an achievement in itself. However, we were even more thrilled to be awarded 4th place out of the final eight teams. This was a wonderful achievement and we are exceptionally proud of the children for their super attitudes and athletic efforts in the 400m, 50m sprint, throwing event and long jump.

We are also very proud of our Netball/High 5 squad. Whilst we didn’t win our group in the Woodstone netball tournament, we scored lots of goals and the children showed a great deal of determination.

In the Newbridge NWLSSP tournament, whilst we were joint first in terms of points for matches won/lost/drawn we actually came fourth on goal difference. Again, this was great!

Thanks to Mrs Shaw and Mrs Smith, who accompanied pupils and trained the teams.

 

Dragons’ Den

To launch their new topic ‘The Great Exhibition’, pupils in Classes 1 and 2 became mini-entrepreneurs to invent and market a new invention to two very fearsome ‘Dragons’!

As well as making the product, the groups had to think of a name, come up with money making strategies and     prepare a 2 minute pitch which would promote and   persuade the Dragons to invest in their scheme. There were some ingenious ideas, including a teddy made from 100% re-cycled materials and a floating hotel!

House Competitions Week Results

Congratulations to Norman House who won House Competitions Week with 103 points overall. Vikings were second with 99 points, Romans third with 92 points and Saxons fourth with 84 points.

Thank you so much for your support with the ‘Perimeter of Pennies’ challenge. Through your kind donations, a total of £99.70 was raised for School Council funds.

Also raising funds were the wonderful pupils in Class 4, who altogether created a profit of £262.01 from their Enterprise Scheme. Mrs Wallis and I were so proud of the children in Y5/6 for their creativity, independence and levels of responsibility. Again, a huge thank you for sending pupils in with money to spend.

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Rainforest Expedition and Zoo Lab Visit

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To celebrate the start of their Rainforest topic, pupils in Key Stage 2 took part in a Rainforest Explorer workshop, delivered by a member of the ‘Explorer Academy’ team.

A real-life explorer himself, Simon Ward-Harris kept the children utterly enthralled with stories based on his real life expeditions. Blending personal development training, cross-curricular learning and enrichment, the full-day teambuilding programme took pupils on a journey to the amazon Rainforest, all without leaving the school premises!

Pupils took part in hands-on team exercises and problem solving activities allowing groups to practise key life skills, whilst image-rich   interactive presentations sought to develop in pupils a sense of fascination and curiosity about the natural world.

Pupils also had a wonderful session meeting a range of rainforest and endangered creatures during a visit from Zoo Lab. The children learnt lots of incredible facts and had great fun handling the creatures. Who knew that snails had so many teeth and enjoy gnawing on rocks?!

 

 

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Sporting News

We have been working hard to increase the opportunities for all pupils at Dove Bank to take part in after-school sporting activities. Whilst we might not have won any matches, both the Y3/4 and Y5/6 football teams played with determination and effort during the group stages of the Unity Football Tournament. Similarly, our Y5/6 High 5 team will no doubt do the school proud at Woodstone Primary School when they play in a tournament on May 25th.

Competitive and inclusive sporting opportunities are valued at Dove Bank, and none more-so than the NWLSSP Quad Kids competition. Our Y3/4 pupils have made the finals on 7th June – good luck to them.

Wake and Shake Club has again been oversubscribed – pupils have thoroughly enjoyed their early morning workout!