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Year 4 Hockey Tournament

posted 15 May 2019, 10:44 by Richard Hanks   [ updated 15 May 2019, 11:00 ]

Year 4 celebrated the children's significant improvements in Hockey skills with a tournament between all the children in twelve teams across Year 4.

Last week, two Dore teams competed at a South Sheffield competition at Abbeydale Sports Ground. These children lead the teams in our school competition.

It was fantastic to see all the children playing so enthusiastically for their team, co-operating together and celebrating good play. We also witness so true resilience with children bouncing straight back from knocks and falls!

Teams competed in a Cup, Plate and Bowl competition and these proved incredibly well balanced with two competitions drawn and the other only decided after a golden goal. Congratulations to all the winning teams and everyone for such a dedicated morning of sport.

A special mention should go to our special Trophy crafters and presenters for the wonderful prizes.










Dore Village Trip

posted 30 Apr 2019, 01:59 by Richard Hanks   [ updated 1 May 2019, 23:45 ]

Last week, the Year 4 children took a trip around Dore village. We acted as geographers assessing the services, land use and facilities that Dore had to offer.

Even for children who knew the village very well, we all noticed new things and assessed what sort of community Dore is, its main features, how these have changed over the years and how they could change in the future.

The children made insightful observations and interpretations and sustained there curiosity (despite a lack of snacks!)

We were incredibly lucky with the weather which was awful before and after our explorations. 

We are very grateful to the parents who gave up there time to support the children.

We are now using our detailed knowledge to compare Dore to a settlement:  Margate in Kent.


The Battle of Dore and the mystery of Sutton Hoo

posted 30 Mar 2019, 23:25 by Richard Hanks

After the History Van visit, the children in Year 4 have continued to find about about the Anglo Saxon History of Dore.

We visited King's Croft and the village green to recreate the submission of King Eanred to King Ecgbert, at which point he became: "overlord of all England".

We used this understanding to write reports about King Ecgbert and Dore to tell them about this lesser-known ruler.

We sent our finished reports to volunteers at Sutton Hoo, a much more famous, Anglo Saxon site. We have used a video link to collaborate with the National Trust staff and volunteers at Sutton Hoo to learn about the fabulous artefacts that were discovered there.

The Year 4s have really enjoyed the Anglo Saxon topic especially getting to know Dore's significance. Next term we will think about whether everyone should know more about Dore!




Anglo Saxon pennants

posted 30 Mar 2019, 23:24 by Richard Hanks

To prepare for the Anglo Saxon "Battle of Dore" in 829AD we have been developing our design and technology skills to sew pennants inspired by the imagery of Anglo Saxon kings and kingdoms. This includes the wyvern of King Ecbgert that is the inspiration for our school logo.

Children needed to:
  • Review icons and colours
  • Design their own achievable plan
  • Cut materials to the correct shape
  • Thread needles!
  • Pin the items together
  • Select and use an appropriate stitch: running, back or blanket
  • Adapt their plans as needed
  • Review and celebrate the end results
A big thank you to the parents who supported us, the end results look fantastic!


Year 4 - Anglo Saxon - History Van

posted 6 Mar 2019, 09:02 by Richard Hanks   [ updated 6 Mar 2019, 09:17 ]

Today we were treat to a visit from The History Van, loaded with objects and ideas to inspire our learning about the Anglo-Saxons. Edith, from Northumbria visited us to explain how a great meeting had happened here in Dore in 829AD between King Eanred and King Ecgbert. We prepared for this by:
  • Preparing ink and parchment
  • Writing in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
  • Illuminating letters
  • Looking after our animals
  • Grinding flour to feed the army
  • Milking cows and sheep
  • Cooking supplies
  • Spinning wool
  • Dressing in appropriate clothes
  • Relaxing with some games
  • Arming ourselves with battle axes
  • Preparing a battle chant
In the end, there was no battle: King Eanred submitted to King Ecgbert who became first king of England!

I was a super day, the children were fantastically excited about the Anglo-Saxon history right here in Dore. A big thank you to Kathryn from the History Van for bringing it to life for us!



Year 4 - Spelling - Set 20

posted 25 Feb 2019, 23:20 by Richard Hanks


Food for Thought - Bird Feeders

posted 6 Feb 2019, 23:56 by Richard Hanks

Our topic this half-term is 'Food for thought', we have learnt about: teeth, digestion, how cooking causes changes in state, how food is important in religious ceremonies and around the world.

But we haven't forgotten our feathered friends in this cold weather, so last week, we used out Design and technology skills to create bird feeders to help keep the wildlife healthy through the winter.

This meant using:
  • Maths skills to divide up the ingredients,
  • Use of tools and equipment (making holes in yogurt pots is harder than it sounds),
  • Understanding of species and diets,
  • Resilience: handling the fat was not the most pleasant experience,
  • Teamwork, getting the feeders to the higher branches.

Y4 travel through a portal to a fantasy land

posted 6 Feb 2019, 23:42 by Richard Hanks

The children of year 4 have created magical portals that have transported them to magical world, you would not believe the characters we have found there!

Inspired by The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Hobbit and new favourite Journey, the children have been describing settings and characters using imaginative descriptions. 

We are now planning what adventures our characters will have next...















Outdoor Learning - Fire-lighting and States of Matter

posted 18 Jan 2019, 08:25 by Richard Hanks

Over the last two weeks we have been lucky enough to have Mr France lead us in Outdoor Learning sessions focusing on Fire-lighting and States of Matter. Children showed great resilience to practice their ability to start a fire using flint and steels even in very chilly conditions.

We also began to consider the solid, liquid and gas states that materials could exist in.  We witnessed ice melt quicker in a metal pan than directly on the fire and appreciated the difference between steam and smoke. We will investigate this further in subsequent science lessons.

Oh, we also made and ate quite a lot of popcorn.

It was pleasure to see the children supporting each other, taking turns and sharing limited resources together.

Fantastic afternoons of outdoor learning fun!



Y4 Spellings - Set 16

posted 18 Jan 2019, 00:03 by Richard Hanks


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