Each year group also gives news in its Learning Journey under Year Groups.

FS and KS1 Citizenship Awards

posted 20 Jul 2018, 03:34 by Katy Godfrey

Today we were delighted to present the very special Citizenship Awards to Megan, Harriett and Fin!

Y4/5 Forest School Learning

posted 15 Jul 2018, 14:45 by Richard France

Y4 and Y5 Forest School Programme 2017-18
All children in Y4 and Y5 have experienced a block of Forest School sessions this year.  Activities included making wooden jewellery, fire-lighting, shelter making, outdoor art, lashings and using tools such as bowsaws and loppers.

As you can see from the photos below, different groups had very different weather experiences, but all developed skills and knowledge, as well as increasing their resilience, resourcefulness, creativity and kindness.

Next year the programme will be extended to all year groups.



Wileman Cup 2018

posted 15 Jul 2018, 13:34 by Richard France

This year's Wileman Cup was delayed significantly by our terrible winter this year, meaning the pitch was waterlogged, snow covered, iced over and then waterlogged again until Easter time.  When we finally got going, it was worth the wait, with some great football and close matches. One league was decided on goal difference. 

The final itself was a fantastic match, with both sides giving it their all and performing brilliantly in front of a huge crowd of children, parents and teachers.


Stronger Together School Sports Day (School Games Day)

posted 15 Jul 2018, 07:13 by Richard France   [ updated 15 Jul 2018, 07:57 ]

On 22nd June, our annual Sports Day was held.  This year the theme was 'Stronger Together', with zones themed around our core school values of resilience, resourcefulness, creativity and kindness.  Children were supported by more parents and family members than at any other sports day I can remember.  The atmosphere all day was superb, with children going about their tasks with confidence and skill, and being well-supported by Y5 and Y6 children.

Many thanks, as always, to the Dore Parents Association for helping to orgnanise the t shirts and ice lollies for the day, as well as selling teas and coffees.  Thanks also to Gemini Dance and Sheffield Collegiate Cricket for putting on two fantastic zones for our children.


Summer of Sporting Success

posted 15 Jul 2018, 05:33 by Richard France   [ updated 15 Jul 2018, 05:34 ]

This summer, our children have had an amazingly successful summer of sport.  Well over 100 children have represented the school across a range of sports.

Y3/4 Hockey
Back in May, two teams of Y3 and Y4 children represented the school in the Sheffield 'Quicksticks' Hockey competition at Abbeydale.  Despite many of the children having never played competitively before, the teams did really well, with one of the teams qualifying for the South Yorkshire School Games Summer Finals competition.  At this country level event in July, they again did brilliantly, finishing 5th overall.

Y3-6 Swimming
Just before we broke up for Spring-bank half term, our swimming team won the 'B' Division Sheffield Schools Swimming Relay Championships at Ponds Forge, winning six of the ten events.  Victory means we have been promoted to the 'A' Division for next year.


Y5/6 Athletics
On returning from the Spring-bank holiday, a team of 30 Y5 and Y6 children entered the City Athletics heats at Woodbourn Road Stadium.  Prior to this we had selected the team through encouraging all children to try all the events in an afternoon on King Ecgbert's playing fields.  At the heats, the children performed brilliantly, and out of 42 possible qualifiers, we qualified for 27 city final events.  In the finals the children were again a credit to the school, with several 2nd and 3rd place finishes, as well as a victory (therefore becoming city champion) in the Y5 girls' 60m sprint.

Y5 Kwik Cricket
June was the month for cricket, with Y5 children representing the school in the South-West Sheffield round of the City Kwik Cricket Competition.  The mixed boys and girls team won every match they played in a one-off competition, and the girls' and boys' teams qualified comfortably for the City Finals.  At the Girls' City Finals, our team got better with every game they played, and qualified for the final, where they were beaten by a very strong Greenhill team.  The day after, our boys' team also qualified for the final, also against a very strong Greenhill team.  This time the result was different, with the boys performing superbly to beat Greenhill and become city champions.  This means they have now qualified for the Yorkshire round of this competition, which will take place next summer.


Y5 Westbourne Rounders and Cricket Competition
Alongside the city competitions, two teams of Y5s attended the annual Westbourne Rounders and Cricket competition, performing very well and winning several of their games.  For many children in the teams, this was their first experience of competitive sport, and they represented the school fantastically well, playing with spirit and showing great teamwork and sportsmanship.

KS2 Abbeydale Badminton Challenge
Alongside all this outdoor sporting activity, we took three teams to the Abbeydale Badminton Challenge.  We have a strong link with Abbeydale Badminton Club, with many of our children attending their in-school and evening and weekend coaching sessions.  Many of our children have represented Sheffield and Yorkshire in badminton over the last few years because of these links.  It was therefore not a surprise that we performed well in this competition.  The boys' 'A' team won their event, with the girls' team and the boys' 'B' squad also performing well, meaning we finished second overall.

THANK YOU to all the parents, teachers and support staff who have given up time to coach and take the children to the many events we have attended this year.  It is a pleasure to work in such a supportive and cooperative community.

Soccer Aid for UNICEF update

posted 26 Jun 2018, 23:39 by Kathryn Davis

We are pleased to announce that we have raised £352 for UNICEF from our non-uniform day and football playground challenge. This money is enough to pay for a water pump to provide safe, clean drinking water for a school or whole village and an emergency supplies kit, including life-saving food. Thank you for your generosity. 

Talent Identification

posted 21 Jun 2018, 00:33 by Richard Hanks

On Monday, Mr Hanks and Mr Hall took a group of Y3, 4 and 5 children to Ponds Forge to take part in a sports assessment afternoon. These children had been identified by their teachers as showing an all round set of abilities in PE lessons and their results on Monday backed this up.

The children took each activity seriously, wanted to give it their best, but they understood they were only competing with themselves and not each other. So whilst there was some healthy rivallry the children really supported each other on each task.

First we met Sophie Cox, who has twice been to the Olympics as a judo player. She shared her experiences of a top-class athlete and really inspired the children before leading them through some Judo drills.

Then we went trough a series of speed and agility trials using the same equipment as professional sports men and women.
  • Accelleration and agility
  • Reaction time
  • Grip
  • Core flexability
  • Leg power
  • Ball control
  • Agility
We await the hi-tech results, but perhaps there was a future Olympian with us on Monday?

Soccer Aid for Unicef

posted 15 Jun 2018, 09:29 by Julie Davison

We have been busy around school today having a go at the Soccer Aid for Unicef Playground Challenge where we designed our own obstacle course ready to kick, bounce or carry a football around - great fun!  We enjoyed wearing our favourite sports kits, all for a £1 donation.

We also spent some time learning about how our efforts today may help and raise money for other children around the world. By taking part, we can help Unicef provide life-saving food and vaccines, as well as life-changing education.

Thank you everyone for all of your £1 donations. We will let you know our grand total very soon!


Writing Club

posted 15 May 2018, 23:56 by Richard Hanks

Following two successful taster sessions Writing Club is offering a series of six sessions in the next half term, on Thursdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th June and 5th, 12th July. 

Writing Club gives children the opportunity to experiment with writing in a supportive and creative atmosphere with the guidance of an experienced, trained (and DBS-checked) writing facilitator outside of the demands of the National Curriculum. 

That’s me! I’m Rosie Carnall and I’ve got over twenty years’ experience of working with children and young people in schools and elsewhere. I’ve got an MA in Creative Writing and I’m also a freelance Creative Facilitator with Grimm & Co, an Arts Council National Portfolio organisation in Rotherham. 

The sessions will run in the school library from 3.20pm – 4.20pm. Children can then be collected from main reception at 4.25pm (or drop off at Kids Club can be arranged).

The cost will be £36 for the half term, which is payable in advance. Unfortunately we cannot arrange refunds for missed sessions.  You can pay by cash or a cheque (payable to R Carnall) to the school office in an envelope marked Writing Club.
Please complete and return the permission slip with your payment to the school office.

07739 504720

Celebrating Writing in FS and KS1

posted 4 May 2018, 08:54 by Georgina Bradley

We were blown away with the children's tremendous efforts in their writing this week.

Y2 have been working on some exciting news report writing. Y1 have been working on the use of speech bubbles, just like you'd find in a real story book. Finally, FS2 have been writing thank you letters to Whirlow Farm after their visit last week along with some amazing retells of The Little Red Hen. Take a look...









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