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Brian James @ Dore Primary School

posted 14 Sep 2018, 08:28 by Oliver Mills

Today Year 6 would like to thank Brian James for visiting to read extracts to us from his book: Dangerous Skies. The children were fascinated by his gritty depictions of children's lives during the bombing of London during World War II.
Brian also answered questions for the children about growing up during the Blitz and the experiences of his family and friends. 
Brian also gave us a sneak peak into the sequel to his first book he is currently writing - watch this space!

Year 6 Spellings - Autumn 1 Week 3

posted 14 Sep 2018, 08:20 by Oliver Mills

The spellings for next week are attached below; these will be handed out as usual on Monday.

Author Visit - Brian James (14/9/18)

posted 10 Sep 2018, 07:29 by Oliver Mills

We have arranged an exciting opportunity for Year 6 children to have the chance to meet someone with first-hand experience of the bombing of London during World War 2. Locally-based author Brian James will be visiting each Year 6 class on Friday the 14th of September to read excerpts from his novel ‘Dangerous Skies’ and discuss with children his experiences growing up in London during the Blitz. This will allow our children to deepen their insights into life during the war and give our pupils the opportunity to ask questions to explore areas of interest.


There is no charge for this event.


Mr James will also bring copies of his book which will be available for children to purchase for £8.99 should they wish to do so. Unfortunately, payment for this will not be available on Squid. We ask that any money be brought in a named envelope and given to class teachers immediately upon arrival at school.


Attached is a synopsis provided by the author:


It’s wartime London. Eight year old Alan and his best two mates Tommy and Wilkie hardly ever bother about going to school. Classes are continually being disrupted by air raids, and many of the teachers have been brought out of retirement to replace those who are serving in the armed forces. As a result, lessons are often tedious and boring creating an atmosphere of “why bother” for both teachers and children.

As the air –raid sirens wail, Alan and his mates drift about the streets foraging among the burnt-out houses.

They are gradually sucked into the world of Duggie, a teenage Fagin who runs a gang of boy looters until they become caught up in the dangerous web of an armed robber called Ted.


The book is also listed on Amazon where it has received 17 recommendations from readers, the majority receiving 5 stars. There is also an audio version available.

Year 6 Spellings - Autumn 1 Week 2

posted 7 Sep 2018, 08:19 by Oliver Mills   [ updated 7 Sep 2018, 08:23 ]

Firstly, its is with great pleasure that I welcome all our new children, parents and carers to Year 6. Mr Goodwin, Mr Mills and Mr Paterson have all already been impressed by what they have seen from the children so far!

Without further ado, I present the inaugural set of spellings for Year 6. Just like in previous years, a paper copy of these will be handed out to children on Monday (though they will be available below for anyone who wishes to get started early). The spellings will be practised by children throughout the week before being tested on Friday. 

The spelling test will be administered by dictation and will not necessarily contain every single spelling; the test may also award some marks for correct use of punctuation. 


Year 6 Leavers Sleepover: A mostly silent night

posted 8 Jul 2018, 23:53 by Oliver Mills

Having had the weekend to catch up on missed sleep we can now reflect on the brilliant Year 6 sleepover. Firstly, thank you to parents for steadfastly ignoring our request to let the children put up their tents unassisted - definitely a good call!

Once camp was erected, children foraged for kindling and lit fires on which to toast marshmallows and starburst. Pupils then had time to enjoy the outdoor space before camp games - a furiously contested game of Capture the Flag and, as darkness was setting, a game of Hide and Seek. 

Before turning in for the night, children sat round the campfire and shared some touching reflections about their time at Dore Primary School. Most children stayed slept in their tents, however some (and Mr Fletcher) enjoyed a night sleeping under the stars. 

Thank you again to parents for sorting out tents and helping before and after; also thank you to Year 6s for making it such a lovely evening!

Spellings Summer 2 Week 6

posted 8 Jul 2018, 23:43 by Oliver Mills

With great fanfare comes the final set of spellings for Year 6!

These will be handed out Monday and are attached below for convenience.

Spellings Summer 2 Week 5

posted 29 Jun 2018, 08:26 by Oliver Mills

Another week heralds a new set of spellings. These will be handed out on Monday as usual and are attached below as well. Note that the test this week will be on the Thursday instead of the usual Friday slot as the Year 6 children will largely be at King Ecgbert School for transition day on the 6th of July. 

Willow Weaving

posted 29 Jun 2018, 08:17 by Oliver Mills

Today Year 6 were visited by Chirstine Burdin from ArtRoom to embark upon an outdoor art installation. With our school's focus on outdoor learning in mind, this felt like an ideal way for our Year 6s to commemorate their time at Dore Primary School by enriching the outdoor environment that we are so fortunate to enjoy at this school.

Christine began by giving the children some background on the qualities of willow wood and the historical roots of willow weaving before demonstrating the techniques we would need to complete the project. All pupils showed great focus and resilience in learning and applying a new skill.

Stratford Residential 2018

posted 26 Jun 2018, 08:51 by Oliver Mills

An action-packed few days provided a breadth of experiences for our Year 6s: learning about the history and manufacture of chocolate at Cadbury World; exploring the horrors of Elizabethan Stratford on Mr Fletcher's ghost walk; visiting Shakespeare's birthplace; boating on the River Avon; discovering all manner of creatures at the UK's largest butterfly farm and taking a trip back to medieval England at Warwick Castle. 

The children were eager to get involved in every activity and behaved themselves impeccably throughout the trip - a wonderful time was had by all. 

Spellings Summer 2 Week 4

posted 24 Jun 2018, 23:48 by Oliver Mills

Well done to all of Year 6 for their vital contribution at Sports Day last Friday. Their support and encouragement helped make the experience even more special for our younger pupils and helped ensure a great day for all.

This week's spellings can be found below.

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