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Y5 Oakes Residential Day Two

posted 21 May 2019, 16:08 by Richard France

Day Two, and more fun in the sun.  Once again today the most popular activities were rafting and the 'tough mudder'.  Some children also had a go at archery, rope walkways and remote controlled cars.  Spirits have been high all day, with children making the most of the excellent weather and the amazing grounds at The Oakes.  As always, the activity leaders have been fantastic - caring, energetic and highly skilled, ensuring all our Y5s have had a great couple of days.  Thank you!

Oakes Day 2.mp4

Y5 Oakes Residential Day One

posted 20 May 2019, 11:13 by Richard France

As you can see from the slideshow below, Y5 have had a great first day on the Oakes residential.  The weather has helped.  This evening we are having a football and basketball tournament, then a bonfire before bed!  All the children are very settled, and have taken part in every opportunity presented to them - especially the ones involving mud!

Oakes Day 1.mp4

Sheffield Badminton Champions

posted 19 May 2019, 06:30 by Richard France

Last weekend was another very successful one for some of our keen badminton players.  In the Sheffield Federation for School Sports Y5 and under Badminton Competition, the two boys below won the doubles to become city champions.  One of the boys was also runner-up in the singles competition.  Not bad considering they are both in Y4!  Congratulations boys.

We are very lucky at Dore to have a strong link with Abbeydale Badminton Club.  We regularly have children competing in these weekend competitions, and Abbeydale come into school to run a popular after-school club.  Through these links we have many children who have gone on to represent the Sheffield and Yorkshire in competition.

Easter Egg & Easter Bunny Competition

posted 23 Apr 2019, 11:39 by Richard France

To support our amazing Dore Parents' Association with fundraising efforts, school staff donated Easter eggs to raffle off, and an Easter Bunny to name (obviously the winning name was Superman?!?).  We raised over £360, which will be spent on new maths equipment in school.  As you can see, the winners were rather pleased...


Proud of Sheffield

posted 23 Apr 2019, 11:05 by Matthew Smith   [ updated 23 Apr 2019, 11:10 ]

Y5 were recently asked for their homework to creatively demonstrate how Sheffield exemplifies our values of Creativity, Resourcefulness, Kindness and Resilience.

Super effort here from Evie, well done!  

Parental permission was obtained to share online.

Premier League Writing Stars winner

posted 30 Mar 2019, 22:49 by Richard Hanks   [ updated 30 Mar 2019, 22:51 ]

In December, Year 4 children took part in the Premier League Writing Stars challenge to create a poem on the theme of diversity.

We are very proud to be able to tell you that Thomas P was selected as a highly commended winner from a selection of 25,000 poems.

All of the Year 4s poems were excellent and as a result we received a Premier League Book Bag full of poetry and other books that we will definitely make use of next term!

Well done Tom and all of Y4.

Tom's poem is on the right and you can read the winning entries on the Premier League Writing Stars website.

It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, 
Or if your eyes are blue. 
It’s what’s on the inside that counts, 
Your personality makes up you. 

Different is important, 
Respect should be shown. 
You should be treated equally,
No matter what you own.
by Thomas, aged 8
Dore Primary School

Great Result for Y5/Y6 Boulderers, in City Championship

posted 15 Mar 2019, 09:30 by Douglas Paterson   [ updated 15 Mar 2019, 09:43 ]

A team of six Y5/Y6 boys and girls walked away with a podium finish last Friday morning, when they achieved joint third at the finals of the Sheffield Schools Bouldering Championship, held at the Mini-Works bouldering centre.


For those not in the know, bouldering is a sport in which climbers attempt to climb short, but very difficult routes, without ropes and over crash mats. The routes are called "problems" because to get to the top you need to work out a very specific series of moves. Over 50 children tried out for the squad, and this was whittled down to a team of 12, who competed in a qualifying session at the Mini Works, in February. The scores of the best climbers were compared to the other 36 schools who took part in the contest, and only the ten best schools were invited back to the finals.


The finals were very close, with some very impressive climbing on display. Despite this being the first year that Dore Primary has entered the competition, the team was able to achieve an amazing joint third place. Mr Paterson, who took the team to the competition with Mr Fletcher, said: "The team worked very hard and put in a great effort. Bouldering is a sport that involves a great deal of resilience and teamwork to work out techniques and routes. The team worked well together: encouraging each other and offering advice on the best moves to try. We couldn't have asked for a better set of children to represent our school."


Kaitlin, from Y5, was the recipient of a special individual prize from the team's professional coach, who helped the team on the day. Kaitlin was recognised for her teamwork and enthusiasm; “Winning the award made me feel like I’d really helped my team out,” she said “The competition was great!”

Y5 BizKids Fundraising Project for St Luke's Hospice

posted 10 Mar 2019, 08:43 by Richard France   [ updated 19 May 2019, 06:35 ]

After weeks of planning, the Y5 BizKids 'Bizzy Night' event was a huge success, with over 160 children in Y3-Y6 attending the event.  As you can see from the photos, the food and drink went down well, and the movie was lots of fun - especially as children had brought onesies, sleeping bags and beanbags to relax in/on during it.  The hard work of everyone in the Y5 team had been worth it, and the weeks of planning had paid off, as we raised over £900 for St Luke's!


Prior to the event, Y5 children developed their key school values of kindness, creativity, resourcefulness and resilience as they planned for the night.  This process included:
  • finding out about St Luke's Hospice and the work they do
  • coming up with fundraising ideas (and understanding that not all ideas could be chosen)
  • voting on a final idea
  • promoting the event through: letters and emails to parents; giving presentations in assemblies; creating audio adverts to play before and after school on the playground; making posters to display around school
  • conducting market research around school to decide what food, drink and entertainment to offer
  • comparing prices of the products and putting orders in
  • selling tickets before and after school
  • setting up for the evening by: decorating the main entrance; preparing the food and drink; organising stamps; signing children in; acting as ushers
  • clearing up after the food had been served
  • counting the money up after the event
For 80+ children to be fully involved in the planning and preparation for the event shows how well they cooperated.  The children were completely motivated by the fundraising aspect, and desperately wanted to provide an evening that their fellow pupils in other year groups would remember - they succeeded!

An example of an audio advert

Google Docs Video


To finish the project off, each class pulled names out of a hat to select nine children to attend the BizKids Presentation Event, at St Luke's Clifford House.  The children put together a presentation about our event, and shared it with a panel of business leaders and charity workers.  They did a great job of this, especially as the computer for their final presentation didn't work, so they had to present completely from memory!  They received special commendation for their resilience from the panel for this.  We didn't win the 'enterprise award' or the 'most money raised award' (£4500!), but this doesn't really matter as 85 children planned a fantastic event for their peers, and raised a large amount of money for charity in doing so.  Well done Y5!


World Book Day 2019

posted 8 Mar 2019, 08:49 by Richard Hanks

As always, children, parents and staff really got into the spirit to celebrate a fantastic World Book Day at Dore Primary. The theme this year was Sharing a Story and we did this in all sorts of ways:
  • With a parent or carer
  • Checking out all the brilliant costumes
  • Meeting up with another class
  • Designing Book Token Vouchers
  • Drama by the Y5s inspired by famous books
  • Celebrating the members of Writing Club
  • Getting the book vouchers
  • Visiting Book Fair after school in the infant hall
  • Meeting the author Angle Anwyl
It inspired lots of reading and sharing, so thank you to every one who got involved.

Keep reading!

World Book Day - Friday 8th March at DPS

posted 14 Feb 2019, 05:49 by Richard Hanks   [ updated 14 Feb 2019, 06:14 ]

This year we will be celebrating World Book Day, the biggest annual celebration of books and reading for children in the UK, on Friday 8th March (the day after the official date – we like to be different!)

The theme is sharing a story and there are lots of ways we will do this together:
  • Parents and carers reading - If you are available, you are invited to come and read with your child in the morning. Please go with your child to their classroom when the bell rings and then normal lessons will begin at 9.00 am. 
  • Children share reading – KS2 and KS1 classes will be paired up during the day to get together and share what they love to read.
  • Bring in books and favourite things to read – Children are encouraged to bring in their favourite book or other text. KS2 children could bring in a current favourite and also something they loved when they were in KS1 to share with younger children.
  • Children dress-up – Children are invited to dress as a character from a children’s book, ideally the one they have brought with them! If children do not wish to dress up as a character they must come to school on that day in school uniform. 
  • Free book tokens – All children will receive a free £1 equivalent book token, which can be exchanged in all participating bookshops for one of the six specially published £1 books. These books by top authors cater for a wide age group.
  • 500 Words competition -  Children have been encouraged to enter the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition. The deadline is World Book Day so we hope to be able to share some entries on the day. Please support your child to enter, submit their entry online and pass a copy to Mr Hanks to share in school.
  • Juniors Library Challenge – Encourage your children to read and review 6 books to complete the 2019 Dore Primary School Library Challenge  (Juniors only).
  • Book Donations - Dore Primary has a very well stocked library. But we are always on the look out for new books that the children have been asking for, see the children's book wishlist
  • Other events - You can also look out for special displays and details of family based activities in local bookshops and libraries, which will focus on a range of children’s books from all ages. To find out more about World Book Day please visit the website at: .
Thank you for your support with this exciting day and the build up to it.

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