Kidz Fit Workshops – Thursday 14th September

At Dove Bank we know that a fit and healthy lifestyle means a better, brighter and happier future. We were therefore delighted to invite ‘Kidz Fit’ into school to run four fantastic ‘Health and Fitness’ workshop with pupils of all ages. The children (and staff) had an amazing day, taking part in exercise to music, skipping, hula-hooping, jumping, catching, strength games, quizzes and lots more fun fit-challenges.

All of these super-fun activities ran alongside educational talks on the importance of a Healthy Lifestyle, where they discussed: food pyramids, healthy diet plans, drinking water, 5 a day fruit and vegetables, exercising, and the importance of sleep and personal hygiene; all of which were included in a fun quiz at the end of the session.

Everyone, including all of the Dove Bank staff, had an engaging, educational, memorable and fun time. Thanks Kidz Fit!

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‘Ello, ‘Ello, ‘Ello!

We were delighted to welcome PC Richard Heath from Hinckley and Bosworth Police Station who visited Dove Bank to educate the children in Classes 1 and 2 about the work of the police. After the talk, the children had to opportunity to ask the officer questions, and were shown the types of equipment the officers carry.

Pupils also had the opportunity to try on items of police uniform, sit in a marked police car, activate the blue lights and sound the siren.

All of the children had a super afternoon. The visit proved to be a fun way for the children to interact with the police and enabled some very important messages about the valuable work of the police to be shared.

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Emergency, Emergency Inspiration Day

To launch their ‘Emergency! Emergency! topic, the children from Classes 1 and 2 had great fun learning about special people who help us.

They dressed up as police officers, fire officers, doctors and nurses, postmen/women etc. and took part in role play activities, demonstrating great imagination and confidence. They produced some super art work – the paintings of ambulances and fire engines were particularly impressive!

There were songs, stories and lots of discussion. Well done kids for showing so much enthusiasm.



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Marvellous Me Inspiration Day

To kick start their ‘Marvellous Me’ topic, ‘medical students’ from Classes 3 and 4 took part in a variety of activities designed to enable them to learn lots about the body.

After enrolling at university, the white coated young medics, received their own i.d. badge and task list, and embarked on a series of competitive challenges which included some of the following: drawing round a fellow student and labelling the body organs, taking part in a true and false human body quiz and working in groups to complete a science investigation to measure lung capacity using an upside pop bottle and a straw! The students loved it!

They have made a wonderful start to their ‘course’ but have lots left to learn, including how to make blood!

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Character Education Day – Friday 1st September

To remind pupils of the importance we place on developing ‘character’, we ended for the first week of the new academic year with a special Character Education Day.

Mrs Wallis led a special assembly based on a book called “perfectly Norman”.

Then, working in their House Teams, pupils took part in a range of activities to develop skills and personal attributes related to learning characteristics such as: perseverance, concentration, confidence, creativity, teamwork, curiosity, fairness and kindness.

Activities included reading a group story where each child contributed a sentence in order to develop ‘listening’ and back to back instructional drawings. There was pasta and marshmallow building construction and a challenge for pupils to carry an object across the classroom without using hands in order to build ‘teamwork’. A talking welly helped the children to raise lots of questions while a ‘Guess what’s in the box?’ challenge promoted questioning and a lot of in trepidation!

It was a super day. Thank you to all of the staff for their hard work.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back. On behalf of all of the staff at Dove Bank, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all new children and their families. Pupils have made an excellent start to the new academic year, especially our Reception children, who have settled very happily into their new class. Children are already immersed in their new topics: Key Stage 2 – ’Marvellous Me’ and Reception and Key Stage 1 – ’Emergency! Emergency! We also have some super visitors planned for the next few weeks, including workshops run by the police, a coastguard, The Kidz Fit Team and St. John’s Ambulance first aiders.

I very much look forward to sharing news of future events, trips and special visitors over the course of the year.


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!


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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