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Children in Need

posted by Richard France

Today we've been holding our annual fundraising event for Children in Need.  Across the school, children have come with ideas for stalls, baked buns and cakes, dressed up, and had a great time.  We have raised over £2100, which is phenomenal.

Many, many thanks to parents for supporting the event by helping create stalls, buy prizes, bake or buy buns and cakes, and to the DPA parents who came in to count up the money for us.


Buying a book online? Read this first!

posted by Matthew Smith

There's a great way you can support Dore Primary School while you are buying books online.  It's called "Big Book Boost".  Here's some information from The Book People.  You can sign up here:

Sign up today!  Or...whenever you can.

What is Big Book Boost?

Big Book Boost is The Book People’s brand new fundraising scheme. Every time you place an order with us over £10, we’ll donate £1 to a school of your choice for them to spend on books! With your help, we aim to donate 1 MILLION BOOKS to UK Schools by 2022.

How can I be a Big Book Booster?

If you’re new to The Book People, firstly WELCOME. Here’s how you can get going on boosting a school’s book budget;

Choose a school and then simply start shopping! Once you’re ready to check out, you can either login or set up your account and off you go!

How many schools can I BOOST?

You can add more than one school to your account. When your order qualifies for Big Book Boost, you will be asked to pick one school to give your boost to.

You can choose your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, godchild or friend’s kids’ school or even the school that you went to.

Dore Primary Marks Remembrance Day

posted 13 Nov 2019, 08:17 by Douglas Paterson   [ updated 13 Nov 2019, 08:26 ]

On the 11th of November, Dore Primary School observed Remebrance Day: remembering those who have died in conflict and have been affected by war and strife. As part of a day of lessons and assemblies, Y6 childern went into the other classes and led the children in a short service of remembrance, which included the sharing of remembrance themed art work, as well as the recital of poety prepared by the chidren. There then followed a minute of silence, observed by staff and pupils.

Y6 have been studying World War Two as part of their "We'll Meet Again" topic. As part of this, they have looked at war poets and poetry: studying various famous poems and identifying the features and characteristics of war poetry. They have learnt ambitious and emotive vocabulary that could be used as part of a war poem and have practiced using descriptive techniques, such as figurative language. The children have written powerful poems, that try to convey the nature of war and the importance of remembrance.

The Y6s have also used the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website to conduct research on local men and women, named on the Dore memorial, who died in the first and second world wars. They were able to find details of the units that they fought with, as well as where they lived, giving a more personal view of the sacrifices made by the men and women of Dore.

Y6 Athletes Take Home Gold at Sports Hall Athletics Qualifying

posted 13 Nov 2019, 04:54 by Douglas Paterson   [ updated 13 Nov 2019, 08:01 ]

A group of Y6 pupils showed their sporting prowess recently at the qualifying round of the Sheffield Sports Hall Athletics Chamionship which was held at the English Institute of Sport.

20 boys and girls competed in track events such as: hurdling, sprints and relays as well as field events such as: target throw, long jump and seated throw. The team achieved an impressive first place, despite stiff opposition from other schools.

All Y6 Children have learnt new athletics skills as part of their P.E. learning this term and everyone took part in try-outs for the team. The 20 selected took part in extra training sessions as part of their P.E. learning and many decided to do extra some extra pactise out of school, showing great commitment and passion. 

The event was great fun; "The children were incredibly impressive," said Mr Paterson, who led the trip. "They put in maximimum effort and team spirit and their behaviour was amazing: showcasing the school wonderfully!"

The team will now compete against the six top scoring schools in the city at the finals event, held in a few weeks time.

Year 5 at the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2019

posted 8 Nov 2019, 08:31 by Richard Hanks

Last Year Mr Hanks and Mrs Simpson read some of the books from Sheffield Children's Book Award with their Year 4 classes. Today, they reunited with these classes to attend the awards ceremony to hear the announcement of the winners and meet some of the authors and illustrators. It was a fabulous day, thanks to all the parents who supported us and the children for being so enthusiastic about reading and books. See their blog posts and photos from the day below.

Today my year group and I went to the Book Awards, there were 64 of us split into 6 groups the Awards had been around for 31 years already.

We arrived at the Crucible after going on a bus to get there, books were for sale and after we had all finished getting some books if we wanted to we went into the room.

There were songs on when we came in until everyone was ready and they checked if we were ready, introduced us and started. They announced the winners and the Lord Mayor announced the big winner. All the authors talked and then after they’d finished we left for lunch.

We had our books singed and then we ate lunch in the Winter Gardens and then we went back.

I would definitely recommend this.


On the 8th of November Y5 went to the SCBA (Sheffield children’s book awards.) We had an amazing time meeting famous authors and watching the excellent ceremony. At the Crucible there was an amazing: 1,000 children plus lots of adults. The awards have been going on for 31 years and are sponsored by Capita reading cloud.


Today I and my year group of 64 children went to the Children’s book awards 2019 which has been running for 31 years and it was at the Sheffield crucible. It is where many brilliant and famous authors meet and to see the winners of the competition. Some people in my year group bought books so after the ceremony they could get their books signed by many famous authors. There were over 1,000 people in the room and they told us all the winners of the seven categories. The overall winner was a book called “The boy at the back of the class”!

After that, we went to the winter gardens house to have lunch and I had a very nice lunch. Then we went to the bus stop and got the number “98” bus and we arrived to school and then read our new signed books!

One World Week 2019 14-18th October - Celebrating Our Wonderful World

posted 13 Oct 2019, 05:40 by Caroline Simpson

From 14th - 18th October we are celebrating One World Week at Dore Primary School. During our annual geography focus week the children will be taking a closer look at their class country. We will be investigating the location and key facts about the countries, as well as learning and experiencing a flavour of their traditions and cultures through art, dance, music or food.   

This week we are also launching the brand new Our Wonderful World Photographic Competition. I would like children to send in their favourite photos to celebrate ‘Our Wonderful World’ to create a fantastic geography themed display in school, showing our personal and cultural links to the wider world and our love and appreciation for the places and landscapes we know. 

The theme is open to interpretation, but I am looking to see pictures celebrating our links to the world we live in. This could be at home in Sheffield, family connections in the rest of the UK, places we’ve visited on holiday or countries and cultures that are part of our families’ heritage.

Photos must be pictures that children have taken themselves, and NOT published photos from publications or websites.  

As many as possible of the best photos from each class will be used to create a display, and the most outstanding pictures will be printed bigger to form the centrepiece, with the children named as the photographer. 

Photos can be sent to or given to your class teacher or Mrs Simpson.

Competition Rules:

·         The photos must be your own.

·         Photos should not mainly be of people (It’s OK if there are some people in the shot eg in the background.)

·         You can take your photos on a camera, smart phone or tablet.

·         Photos can be entered electronically or as prints.

Please give pictures an identifiable file name with child’s name, class and location shown in the picture. eg Mrs Simpson Y4S Madeira

I can't wait to see some amazing photos of beautiful landscapes and places we know.

Caroline Simpson - Geography Lead

FairAchievers Award

posted 17 Sep 2019, 11:16 by Julie Davison

We are celebrating the news of having our school's 'FairAchiever Award' renewed by the Fairtrade Foundation this August. Thanks to the staff and pupils who continue to think and produce quality work about the importance of Fairtrade. Also to the hard work of the KS2 Fair Trade Team, who continue to raise awareness, especially during Fairtrade Fortnight. Well done!

KS2 Summer Citizenship Awards

posted 19 Jul 2019, 04:06 by Richard France

For our final citizenship awards, one child from each year group was selected by class teachers for their outstanding contributions to the school, embodying our values of kindness, creativity, resourcefulness and resilience.  Well done!

Sheffield Schools Active Awards - Primary School of the Year

posted 13 Jul 2019, 07:36 by Richard France

We are very proud to have been awarded the 'Primary School of the Year' award at the Sheffield Schools Active Awards this week.  To win this award, we had to showcase a whole-school approach to developing PE and justify the impact PE, sport and healthy living has had on pupils, staff and the community.

This is a real endorsement of our ethos on developing the whole-child, and our enriched wider curriculum.  It is an award for every child and member of staff in the school, as well as many parents who've supported sporting events over the years, and the many sports clubs and providers we work with in school and in the local community. Yippee!

The children who attended the awards had been nominated by their peers, parents and staff.  We had so many nominations that selecting just a few was very difficult.

Y6 Boys Kwik Cricket - 2nd in YORKSHIRE!

posted 13 Jul 2019, 07:12 by Richard France

On a stifling day in Hunslet (Leeds), our amazing team of Y6s finished second in the whole of Yorkshire in Kwik Cricket!  We won every game on our way to the final, where we couldn't quite manage to maintain our form and were beaten by a very good team from Pannal, Harrogate.  Congratulations to them!

Our boys did us proud, batting, bowling and fielding superbly all day with very little time to rest in between matches.  They were a credit to the school, and should be very proud of their achievement.

Many thanks to the parents who took the team to the game and gave the boys full support all day.

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