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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: Does everything have the capacity to change or be changed?. We are learning all about how we can use knowledge of science to change the course of things. We will specifically be looking at flight and how we can control/change the flight path of different aircraft. We will be finding out in Geography that the world is made up of different biomes and where they are.  In DT making our own aircraft will be our mission. This term in PSCHE we will be looking at the changes our bodies go through at different stages of life - especially puberty. We will also be learning about changes through art, drama and performance. 



5/7/19 SPORTS DAY - Go out there and do your best. You are all winners if you try your best, hold your head up high and wear your uniform with pride.

4/7/19 Dovedale's Got Talent over all winner was Erin from Hydrangea class. She wowed the judges with her monologue of The Forgetful Fairy Godmother. We are so proud of her.

3/7/19 Today is our last visit to TLES library so please remember your books to return. Those attending TLES next year may get a new book for the summer but will be your responsibility to return when you start in Sept.

It's picnic day so don't forget your sun cream and rugs to sit on.

14/6/19 HEALTH WEEK has been a huge success. We have set and beaten our Personal Best Challenge, participated in a yoga session, taken part in mindfulness activities, ridden on a smoothie maker bike, tasted exotic fruits and looked at how far foods travel as well as working our socks off with Box 2 B Fit. PHEW! We are exhausted but loved every minute of it. 


The Robinwood final arrangements letter - along with the personal information form and kit list -  have gone out and can be found under the News and Events / Letters Home tab home the home page. In addition to this, the leavers hoodie form can be found in the same place. 

7/6/19 PPA day has changes to a Friday and due to Mr Davies new appointment Mrs Read will be teaching on this day. 

Some of the transition schools (TLES and Wilsthorpe) have sent in their transition information packs so look out for these. Others will probably be here very soon.

Dates for the Diary

More information to follow just preliminary dates for people to book time off work where necessary

5/6/19 - Y6 NHS Height & Weight checks

13/6/19 Dovedale's Got Talent Auditions Y5&6

19/6/19 Y6 First Aid Training (during school day)

21/6/19 Y6 Career's Fair

26/6/19 Friesland Transition Day 1

            Wilsthorpe Transition Day 

                    Wilsthorpe Parent Meeting (eve)

27/6/19 Friesland Transition Day 2

      TLES Transition Day 1

                 Friesland Parent Meeting 6pm

28/6/19 TLES Transition Day 2

3/7/19 Whole school picnic (lunch time)

4/7/19 Dovedale's Got Talent Final (Finalist's parent invited 1:40-3:10)

5/7/19 Sport's Day (KS2 1:30-3:10)

9/7/19 Y5/6 Concert performance (6pm-7:30)

10/7/19  Y5/6 Concert performance (1:25 - 3:00)

          Y5/6 Concert performance (6pm-7:30)

11/7/19 TLES Parent Meeting

15/7/19 Hydrangea 100% Attendance reward - Forest Schools Morning

16/7/19 Leavers Assembly (Parents invited 9:10-10:10)

Leavers Party (4:30-6:00)

17-19/7/19 Robinwood


10/5/19 After a short week packed with five days worth of learning I think it's fair to say we are all shattered. The children have enjoyed learning about the hemispheres of the world and used the atlases to search far stretched countries of the world. They have studied the physical and mental changes a person goes through during puberty and how to recognise these. I would like to say just how mature and sensible they have been during these lessons. They should be very proud of themselves and you can be very proud that they are conducting themselves brilliantly. I am uber proud of them all. They are so ready for the opportunity to prove just how wonderful they are. I am especially proud of how cool, calm and 'I can do it' our class are being. 

21/4/19 We had a lovely afternoon parading our Easter creations. Thank you to our wonderful School Council for organising such a colourful afternoon for us. yes

8/4/19 Robin Hood W.A.T. Week has begun with a L.A.R.P. assembly and archery. The week is packed with lots of fun and exciting things so should be a great end to the term.

29/3/19 We had a blast on our trip to the Gallories of Justice. Everybody got a seat on the train, the sun shone on our walk through Nottingham and nobody was jailed. A perfect day all in all. 

28/3/19 Tomorrow is trip day. Please read the letter with the arrangements to ensure the children get to the train station at the appropriate time and with the required belongings. Please do not bring them any earlier than stated otherwise they will be standing around for quite a long time. Children may bring £5 spending money which they will be responsible for themselves. This will be a great opportunity for independence in preparation for secondary school. Please note that children are to be picked up from the train station at the time stated on the arrangement letter. We will not allow children to walk themselves home from the train station so please ensure they are picked up. Thank you. We are going to have a lovely day.

26/3/19 After Easter break Y6 will be embarking on their SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) module. The materials used to deliver this curriculum have been very carefully and sensitively selected to ensure the right amount of information in the correct manner. If you have concerns over the content of these materials please do not hesitate to contact Miss Aldis. The materials are available for viewing if you so wish. 

22/3/19 What an action packed week we've had: pilates, odd socks for Down Syndrome Awareness Day, an NSPCC workshop and lots more. 

15/3/19 It's Art exhibition day! Come along and see our wonderful work in a one day only exhibition. See our beautiful creations framed in all their glory. You never know you may be able to get a free autograph from the artists themselves. 

8/3/19 What a busy week we have had: Bikeability Level 2 passed by everyone; World Book Day Celebrated by everyone; comparative judgements writing complete. What wonderful workers we are. 

1/3/19 Today we took part in an anti-bullying workshop as part of our Diana Award training. The children learned what bullying is and how to look inwardly in their own roles in a bullying situation. They found solutions for not fueling a situation and how to be an 'upstander'. Ask them to tell you who an upstander is. Make a note in the diary if your child has told you what one is for a bonus merit. #itsgoodtotalk kiss

27/2/19 It has been brought to our attention that lots of children are encountering some negative experiences on social media and online gaming. I have attached a few documents below that may be of interest to parents and carers. My advice is to always monitor your child's online use, do not let them link with strangers via gaming or websites and to only allow them to access age appropriate materials. The peer pressure is only there when one allows their child to access then others are under pressure to follow. If we all stand strong and say no the children will learn that they are not old enough to make these decisions for themselves. blush

25/2/19 On Wednesday we will be going to TLES library so please be sure to bring your books back so that you can take a new one out. You have had a month to read it so may have read yours and someone else's by now. no

24/2/19 I hope everyone has had a wonderful week enjoying the sunshine and is fighting fit an raring to go this term. I think Dorothy Pig has missed you all as she keeps squeaking at me from the cage. I think she will be pleased to get back to school to get away from Mr Dog! 

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.

Please take the time to learn your spellings and go onto TT Rock Star.

Nobody ever got better at something without investing time in it!



14/4/19 Please do your own research for your IT Comic Life project. I do not need this handing in but it will aid you in your lessons when you come to typing them up.

7/6/19 Spend some time on Spelling Shed and TT Rock Stars please

(remember we can see who's been on ;) 


10/5/19 This weekend is all about R&R; rest, relax and come in on Monday with those huge smiles you always wear. winkEnjoy your Smarties my class full of Smartie pants!

3/5/19 Open the link below to find out about your Performance Poetry homework.

12/4/19 Your child has been given a holiday homework pack. As it is a two week holiday and it is valuable to keep the brain mentally stimulated we have sent home a pack of work books for your child. The answers can all be found below so that you can sit with your child after and give them instant feedback on areas for development and high praise on their successes. Hopefully it will be lovely weather and you can all get out and do lots of wholesome family things which we all know to be just as valuable as academia. 

5/4/19 Mymaths has been set and time spent on Spelling Shed looking at the Y6 word list will be very valuable.

29/3/19 Homework this week is to talk to somebody about your trip. remember all of the different parts to it. This will help you to write your recount on Monday.

22/3/19 has been set. 

15/3/19 Login to Spelling shed (online not via the paid app) to play the free learning games related to our weekly spellings and Y6 spelling lists. 

8/3/19 Homework this week is a reading comprehension task. The children have been given this on paper but I have attached the supporting guidance below. Please allow them to complete it independently to begin with, then go through it together using the guidance. This instant feedback is the most valuable when done directly after the task - while the text is fresh in their minds.mail

1/3/19 This week is Ratio on Mymaths - remember to carry out the practice before completing the task. This will secure better understanding for a higher percentage result on the task. 

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.

Summer 1 Wk 1 Homework

14/6/19 Oliver was celebrated in today's special assembly for being so fantastic during health week.

7/6/19 We have another Ambassador in our midst - Sarah was awarded her badge and certificate today for her contributions with Film Club.

5/4/19 Today Katie was recognised for her outstanding REACHing. Aiming high and achieving could be her middle names.frown

22/3/19 Today we celebrated Ben's wonderful sense of humour. We love how you make us laugh and smile Ben. cheeky

15/3/19 Daisy was chosen to be recognised in today's assembly for her wonderfully improved assessment results, perseverance and positive demeanor.surprise

8/3/19 Today's super star is Charlie for being such a wonderful reading partner.heart 

1/3/19 Michael's debating skills blew me away last week and for that he has been rewarded in our special assembly today. laugh

15/2/19 Today was Millie's day - she was recognised in our special assembly for her wonderful assessment results and general learning attitude.smiley

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.