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We are 28 full of life individuals that are a wonderful team. We use our REACH values to help us to make good choices and always strive to be the very best version of ourselves. Our motto is try everything, believe you can and you will and perseverance is succeeding. 

Our topic is: Rich and Poor. We are learning all about Britain in the Victorian era and comparing this to other significant periods of wealth and poverty. We will be finding out in Science, how electricity was brought to Britain and how this impacted on this country. In We will also be combining it with music, art and even our drama.


15/2/19 What a busy week we have had: visiting head teachers and CEO from our academy; a class debate to decide whether Jim should leave the workhouse and assessments. What super stars my hydrangeas are. They have made me very proud. I do worry for some of you adults though, for when teenage years come, as their debating skills were very passionate, persuasive and persistent! 


8/2/19 In RE this week we learnt all about Hajj. If your child talks to you about this journey and you write a note in their diary to tell me so then I will reward them a merit.

6/2/19 Are you a budding writer? Do you fancy yourself as the next J.K.Rowling?  Then why not enter the BBC Radio 2's 500 word  short story competition? Click on the link below if you fancy entering. 5 merits for everyone that enters. The competition will email me to tell me you have entered. Then give Miss Berrington a copy of your short story to be entered into our own Dovedale competition.

Our next visit to TLES library will be 27/2/19 Get reading those books so that you can swap with a friend and read a few before we choose our next books.  I strongly recommend reading the book I chose: The Runner. It's a quick read but very gripping and a fun protagonist.

30/1/19 Our first visit to TLES library no So don't forget your reply slip. 

25/1/19 We had a wonderful time in PE this week - making up our 12 point rhythmic gymnastics routines.

23/1/19 Thank you Santa for bringing so many of us The London Eye Mystery. As you can see lots of us are enjoying it. 

17/1/19 I am looking at all of the Christmas holiday homework this weekend so please ensure you have handed in what you want rewarding for. Remember to follow the instructions (in the homework section) below if you want to receive instant feedback on your papers. 

7/1/19 Welcome back everyone. It's going to be a very busy term so I hope you are all rested, recharged and raring to go!

18/12/18 Have a wonderful break and enjoy the precious time with your families. Be grateful, spread cheer and help out with the cooking and pots. 

This week we spent our time on a scurvy ridden Tudor Gallion in Henry VIII's Royal Navy. We wrote letter home to Ma or Pa so look out for those on Class Dojo.

30/11/18 Wow, what a busy week. We finally finished our masterpiece bridges and showed them off in our showcase assembly. Thank you to so many of you for coming along to see the children share their learning journey with you.


23/11/18 We have been writing letters to our Chinese friends from Wang hu Primary School today. They are all parceled up along with some friendship bands that Deven kindly made for us to give as gifts. 

20/11/18 This week we are reading our pen-pal letters from our sister school in China and writing to our new friends there. 

16/11/18 Today's cake sale was a huge success. Lots and lots of money was raised for Children in need.

12/11/18 Anti-bullying Week - The children wore odd socks to dare to be different and celebrate uniqueness. heart

9/11/18 This afternoon we took a trip to Trent College to meet Robin Stevens who spoke to us about her writing and what inspires her to write her Murder series. The children designed a murder plot with her and got to ask her a series of questions. My personal favourite was, 'Where did you get your shoes from?' They were very shiny! She was fascinating to listen to and we are hoping for some great writing to come out of today's visit.

18/10/18 Today was the last of our Forest School sessions. To celebrate we made a fire, toasted marshmellows and climbed trees. Thank you to Deven for bringing the extra chocolate spread for everyone to share. It is official that Sarah is the best marshmellow toaster in the class and Callum was the slowest. It didn't matter how well or how quickly they were toasted. They still tasted amazing! Thank you Miss Barratt.

5/10/18 We raised over £700 for Macmillan cancer care with our generous cake sale. Good Team work Hydrangeas. 

4/10/18 Caitlin and Charlotte represented our girls at a football festival this week and did us proud with their 'get stuck in' attitudes.

3/10/18 Our footballers did a sterling job and were only pipped at the post on goal difference in the end. Thank you Joe, Milly and Luke for being great sports people and fantastic ambassadors for our school.

29/9/18 Hidden in a book called Phoenix is a gift for the first child in the class to read it. mail

28/9/18 Today was Stand up Derbyshire day which meant we did 50% of our lessons actively on our feet. Who would have thought that you could learn how to spell as a playground game! We then raised lots of money for Macmillan by having a cake sale. 

27/9/18 We made volcano structures during Forest Schools and then concocted a solution to make them erupt. 

21/9/18 Bonus 2 merits for anyone that finishes their reading book over the weekend and tells me this in their diary with the secret code message of: Avocados are my friends!cheeky

19/9/10 University of Derby Fitness testing - remember your trainers.

14/9/18 Forest Schools starts - remember your old clothes.


Debate: Should Jim Jarvis Leave the workhouse?

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Some budding politicians in our midst.


Homework in Y6 is used as a stepping stone for what can be expected at secondary school. It is important that diaries are used on a daily basis, that homework is recorded in them and that they are signed by an adult at home on a weekly basis. 


At least one piece of homework is given out each week. This may be in the form of e-homework (mymaths,, TT Rock Stars etc) or it may be paper based. When paper based it needs to be completed in the homework book. The presentation and organisation expectations for work in this book are also set out in this book. Pupils hand homework back within a week of it being set.

Remember: To be the best version of ourselves we give our all to everything.


16/2/19 Have a lovely holiday. If you are thinking of a family day out I strongly recommend the Workhouse at Southwell. It has great topic links for the children and will help to bring their learning to life. 

Please complete the Spring Reading booklet. The answers can be found on the link below. My experience is that the children get more out of these booklets when left to complete them alone but receive instant feedback by marking them together using the link below.

8/2/19 We have a TT Rock Star Rock Slam with Tulip Class. We want to bag ourselves a win so get on there this weekend and times tables your hearts out. Remember: everyone must contribute for a win! 

1/2/19 task set (I hope it works first time this time. if it doesn't do not worry.)

25/1/19 Mymaths Fractions, Decimals and percentages task set

18/1/19 tasks set

11/1/19 Mymaths tasks set

18/12/18 The children will be coming home on Thursday with a plastic wallet full of booklets. In it will be: Maths Arithmetic and Reasoning; Reading text and answer book and SPAG. Please allow the children to complete these by themselves then go through them together - using the answers linked below - to see where they are correct or incorrect. It is much more valuable to do this with them rather than just giving a meaningless tick or cross. The children like to know where they have gone wrong and the instant feedback is much more pertinent at the time. Please reassure them they are only practises and the results do not matter. It is the process that is valuable at this point. 


7/12/18 Mymaths and Spellings this week please folks. The maths is a flip task so being given out before the teaching. It's a tricky concept so prelesson learning will be a big help.

30/11/18 Factors/Prime Numbers game and spelling wordsearch

23/11/18 A maths activity came home on paper and there are class assembly words to learn ready for next week.

16/11/18 Trent College Author follow-up task - To plan and write the first paragraph for your own murder mystery story. 

9/11/18 A maths activity relevant to your child's progress this week has been given out. 

Please read - at least- a chapter of your reading book

25/10/18 An underground city (comprehension. 

Y6 complete spelling list

18/10/18  Mymaths and

5/10/18 - TT Rock Stars (Studio baseline test)

The Baking Battle (comprehension)

28/9/18 - Volcanoes of the World (reading comprehension)

21/9/18 - Mymaths and some additional spelling word searches that are optional.


8/2/19 It was a great day for Luke today as he was in the Award Assembly limelight for his resilience and perseverance after his operation. frown

Well done Finan for being awarded your Ambassador status - what a Dovedale Super Star smiley

1/2/19 Daisy was nominated for our award this week but sadly she is poorly so will be receiving it next Friday. Hope you feel better soon, Daisy.

25/1/19 Today, lucy was our super star of the week for her persistence and work output.heart

18/1/19 Today Erin was given my award for her outstanding result of 39/40 in a recent assessment.

11/1/19 Callum was recognised to day for being 

7/12/18 The first three 'Ambassador's' were awarded today. Two of which were in our class. Well done Michael and Erin for being exceptional human beings.

7/12/18 Liam was awarded a certificate for his fantastic learning attitude today. frown

30/11/18 This morning Dylan got to shine as he has been rewarded for his ability to adapt and adjust from intervention to drumming and back to class seamlessly.indecision

23/11/18 Today Lucy was rewarded for her fantastic effort with her fractions work. She dug deep and persevered with work that did not come easily to

16/11/18 What a super star Deven is. He has his own business set up to make and sell all sorts for Children in Need. This generosity and humility is wonderful to see from such a young person.crying

9/11/18 Today Ellie was rewarded in our Awards' Assembly for pushing herself and aiming high. cheeky

18/10/18 Lani is a super star and was recognised today in or special assembly. Her writing is a treat to read. indecision

5/10/18 Today Ben shone. He was recognised for his wonderful attitude towards his work and how he treats people.cheeky

28/9/18 Our star student this week is Katie S for her perseverance, willingness to try and general nothing is too much trouble attitude. frown

21/9/18 Today Joe received the class award for his fantastic attitude towards Y6. He has been a great team member and because of this has earned his place in the school football team too. no

14/9/18 Michael was the first person to be recognised in our special assembly for his fantastic start and role model behaviour.smiley


The following websites will be useful for homework and general use. They are all educational but fun to boot.