week beginning 22nd September

posted 26 Sep 2014, 07:39 by Karen Breen

We are continuing the nursery rhyme theme this week with our work based on Humpty Dumpty.

 Art this week was, can we paint a picture of our favourite nursery rhyme?

To see more of our nursery rhyme work see the large display in the craft area.


 The children really enjoyed their first P.E lesson.

Mr Smith's class


Mrs Farrell's class.

Philosophy bear time.

THE BASICS of philosophy for children are straightforward. Children share some time with their teacher. The children are given a topic or a question to think about. They discuss it together. The teacher is concerned with getting children to welcome the diversity of each others' initial views and to use those as the start of a process of that involves the children questioning assumptions, developing opinions with supporting reasons, analysing significant concepts and generally applying the best reasoning and judgement they are capable of to the question or topic they have been given. The children in reception have a bear called philosophy bear.  They all sit in a circle and the child who is given the bear gets a chance to speak.  The other children understand that the only person allowed to talk is the one holding the bear, unless the teacher indicates otherwise.  The children show they wish to speak by putting their thumb up in front of them.

A central concept of philosophy for children work has been that of the ‘community of inquiry’, which may be defined as a reflective approach to classroom discussion built up over time with a single group of learners. The ‘community’ embodies co-operation, care, respect and safety; and the ‘inquiry’ reaches for understanding, meaning, truth and values supported by reasons. As a community of inquiry develops over time, the children's questions get deeper and more thoughtful. Their discussions are disciplined and focused, yet, at the same time imaginative. They care about what others say but don't accept easy answers. A community of inquiry combines critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinking.

The topic of discussion was....
How can we stay safe in school?

 Another new experience this week, Wednesday walk. Each Wednesday the children go for a walk. There will be a focus to this each time we go out. Firstly we go for a walk in the school grounds to give the children a chance to practice a few basic walking rules, once they have got the idea we venture out into the village and beyond! The children  this week we all learnt about how to put on our safety vest,keeping with a partner, holding hands to be safe and walking in a line!

This week we welcomed school governor,
 Mr Hope-Gill.  He is the link governor for the foundation stage.  He keeps in touch with our children and staff and this week came to help out by hearing the children read.


Well done Logan.  Logan took home one of the maths challenge cards and look at what a fantastic job he did.
Please feel free to take home a maths challenge card.  You can find them in a blue basket on the shelf as you come into school near the craft area.

Take a look at some of the nursery rhyme themed work that has been going on this week.

independent model making

Designing a get well card and writing a message for Humpty Dumpty.


Acting out Humpty Dumpty

Singing and listening to nursery rhymes

Can you build Humpty Dumpty a wall to sit on?

 Happy and proud sheets can be found on both parent notice boards. Each child should have taken home a letter explain about the sheets.

 Merit Stamps

School merit stamps or points are a very common practice in many schools as a method for teachers to assure children when they are making clear progress towards some of their personal targets. At Dore Merit Awards range from Bronze through to Platinum. It is a personalised approach. For example a small child who has great difficulty in sitting still and focusing on the teacher in order to learn may well receive a merit stamp when they show they are beginning to focus in this way. Another child in the class may receive a stamp when they begin to volunteer answers regularly in a teaching session if they have been used to a more quiet approach letting others answer. A child may receive a merit stamp if they have been inspired to go home and research a topic and bring some valuable information in to support their learning as in Learning at Home. A merit may be given when a child has completed a full piece of work with clear thinking and good presentation. We talk in assemblies to try to clarify this with the children and the teachers will be very clear with individual children about why merits are awarded.

We aim to reward small steps of academic progress and larger ones. Children visit the HT or DH when they receive an award, and are presented with a certificate in Achievement Assembly. We keep records of how the children are progressing through the Merit system.

 Mr Smith's Star of the week

 Mrs Farrell's Star of the week

 Endeavour Award - This is linked into the motto; I will listen, think hard, work, learn and make the most of ALL my abilities. Each week one child in each class who has demonstrated real endeavour takes home a small trophy. We recognise that this could well apply to more than one child. Each teacher keeps a record of the awards given so that there can be a balance of distribution and encouragement. Thank you for returning this trophy to school on Monday morning so that it can be awarded again. This trophy may be awarded more than once in a school year.

Mr Smith's endeavour award


Mrs Farrell's endeavour award

  Dore Democrats

Pupil Voice is very important to us at Dore Primary School and we seek to engage with the children, listening to and exploring their views in systematic ways. Our School Council, the Dore Democrats, are an active and vocal body within Dore Primary School. The Dore Democrats consist of 28 children, 4 from each year group from Y1 to Y5, and 8 from Y6. Key roles are given to the Y6 children including Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary amongst others.


The Dore Democrats are chosen by their classes after a secret ballot. The children who are willing to give up their time to be a Dore Democrat stand in front of the class and share why they think they should represent their class.  


The Dore Democrats meet two or three times every half term. Their main purpose is to try to improve the school and share people’s views. They also discuss their own ideas about what they think could benefit other children. Most importantly, they represent Dore Primary School.


Over the last few years the Dore Democrats have been involved with major developments in our school, including meeting Nick Clegg to improve safety in our school, officially opening a new shop in the village, achieving Healthy School Status and now Enhanced Healthy School Status, running a Healthy Tuck Shop for Juniors (using produce from the local shop), supporting charities by using some of our Sponsored Walk money, and much more! The Dore Democrats are now in the process of re-designing and developing the playground markings.


Every child who acts as a Dore Democrat is offered the opportunity with a parent to join the annual trip to Westminster at the invitation of Nick Clegg. This is a fantastic experience in which we have a tour of the House of Lords and the House of Commons and sometimes meet Nick Clegg.  In recent years we have walked Downing Street and had a photo stop at No 10. We finish with a flight on the London Eye and stop for pizza on the way home. It is a very long day but an experience not to be missed!  Children in the Infants wait until they are in Y3 to go along and a child may only make this trip once.

Meet our foundation Dore Democrats

  Einir                    Ben             Luke               Natasha