The Big Report!

International Day 2017.

Recently Dovedale celebrated one of our favourite day’s of the year: International Day!

In Reception the children went Down Under and looked at Australia. The children in Reception got to make their very own boomerang and decorated them in an aboriginal art style. As well as making boomerangs, Reception made a didgeridoo! This is a famous Australian instrument. The children listened to aboriginal music and played along with their didgeridoos and even got to take these instruments home.

Year 6 had an Australian day like Reception. In the morning, Year 6 got to see their classmates dressed in costumes related to Australia, such as: cow boys/girls, colours of the Australian flag, kangaroos and one student even came dressed as a koala! Until lunch time, they did a quiz about Australia, after having learnt some interesting facts about the country and its history. After a lunch break in the sweltering, hot sun, Year 6 came back into the cool, shady classroom and did aboriginal art using thin paint brushes to arrange dots to form a fascinating picture that was originally used on rocks.

Year 1 did China whilst Year 2 did Mexico and they both learnt lots of interesting facts about their countries.

Year 1 learnt about a country at the opposite end of the world, China. Starting off with brightly coloured lanterns –which were red and gold- Year 1 were heading towards a marvellous week. They also wrote their names in Chinese and beautifully decorated their own individual fans. Year 1 finished the week by writing a whole page jam packed with fun facts about China.

 Year 2 had an entire week about Mexico, and they really enjoyed it. Their focus was Mexican folk art and its outcome looks really delightful. On the last day of their fab week, they finished off by making Mexican plates. They used folk art to re-create traditional foods renowned in Mexico .The food wasn’t real, of course, it was made of coloured card and tissue paper. There were things like: fajitas, nachos and burritos.

Year 3 looked at all the facts about France and traditions they have. Also, they tried some French foods and named them. I wonder if you could name one?

Year 4 focused on Italy, with pupils coming in dressed in flags and even as pizza!

Year 5 did Brazil on International Day and had lots of fun! First, they learnt lots of fun facts about Brazil. Did you know the name Brazil came from a famous tree called Brasilwood? Then they made some Brazilian masks out of card, glitter and pompoms! Later, they did a parade outside wearing their hand-made masks and presented them to Year 3. After that, they drew art based on a famous Brazilian artist.

We hope you all enjoyed International Day as much as we have enjoyed reporting on it!

 

 

World Book Day 2017.

 

Hi guys! It’s your favourite reporters and today we are telling about our experience of World Book Day 2017.

Haris here! I have seen tons of costumes and drawn my own cover of my own book. Everybody’s costumes were great and there were a wide variety.

Hi I’m Harriet and I am going to tell you about my experience of World Book Day. Everyone’s costumes were amazing and all were very creative and original. I did a book cover on the book I am reading ‘The Bubble Boy’ I would really recommend it!

Hi, I’m Gabby; I’m another member of the Inside Scoop team. I am going to tell you about my experience of World Book Day. I saw lots of interesting and individual costumes such as: Miss Havisham, thing 1 and thing 2 and the fortune teller out of Goosebumps. I really enjoyed world book day this year.

Hello, it’s me Ayesha, and I’m talking about World Book Day. Everyone had amazing costumes and it looked like everyone had dressed as something different. In class, we designed a cover of one of our favourite books. The costumes included The Mad Hatter, Charlie Bucket and Harry Potter- but they were all very good!

Hi it’s Cerys. I came dressed as Hermione Granger for World Book Day. The book that I recommend is Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

Hello, I’m Livia. The costumes I saw were really good! I came dressed as Lyra. People came dressed as: people from The Midnight Gang, Billionaire boy and Harry Potter! My best friend came dressed as Hermione as she looks just like her! All the costumes were so good!

Hey guys, it’s Danny! I saw really cool and unique costumes this year such as: Dumbledore, Doctor Who and of course myself… Danny Champion of the world!

 

Life after Dovedale

 

This week we have decided to look at life after Dovedale. We have interviewed a former Dovedale pupil; a student and we have seen how adults have achieved their current job. We are interested in the lives of our teachers and past pupils before and after Dovedale. This is the information we have collected from our interviews.

For Our first interview we interviewed a midwife

Why did you choose to be a midwife?

I like looking after women and babies.

 

How long does it take to become a midwife?

You have to go to university for 3 years and do some volunteer work for another year

 

How did you get to university?

I had to go to sixth form for 2 years, and I had to get good A-levels which enabled me to go to university.

 

What schools/university did you go to?

I went to Dovedale and I went to Edge Hill University.

 

Did you want to have any other jobs?

I wanted to be a teacher but only for a little while. A midwife was always my first choice.

 

What job did you want to have as a child?

When I was 6 I wanted to be a hairdresser.

 

Did you have any jobs before you were a midwife?

I used to work in next and I worked in a restaurant.

 

What hospital do you work in?

Whiston.

 

How many babies have you delivered?

80.

 

How long have you been a midwife for?

1 year.

Do you find your job difficult?

It is a hard yet rewarding job.

 

The next person we interviewed was a student teacher who works in one of our reception classes…

 

What do you like to write about?

I don’t write for pleasure as I have dyslexia but I do write lots of essays and assignments.

 

What made you want to be a teacher?

Working with children.

 

Do you have any writing clubs?

No but I take my work with me, meet up with friends and we work together.

 

How long have you worked in dovedale?

I started 5 weeks ago as a student teacher.

 

When you were a child did you struggle with reading books?

Yes but my mum would read books to me.

 

Did you want to be a teacher as a child?

I wanted to work with either animals or children.

 

And finally we interviewd a past pupil from dovedale who used to be a member of our team!

 

Has inside scoop helped your writing in secondary school?

Yes because we do lots of report writing in my school.

 

Have you joined any clubs like inside scoop yet?

No because there haven’t been any writing clubs.

 

What secondary school do you go to?

I go to bluecoat secondary school.

 

What style of writing do you most enjoy?

I like interviewing.

 

How much [from 1-10] did inside scoop help you?

8 [which is very high!]

 

Which do you prefer, Dovedale or Bluecoat?

I prefer bluecoat because you can explore the classes more.

 

What do you want to do after secondary school?

I plan to go to university to become a lawyer.

 

Which university do you plan to go to?

I would like to go to oxford.

 

What would be your second choice after a lawyer?

An English teacher in a secondary school.

 

If you could relive any year, what year would it be?

Year 5 because it was my favourite year.

 

 

From this report we have discovered how people get certain jobs. Different roles require different qualifications but all roles involve an element of hard work. What is evident from this research and other interviews we have carried out this year is that many people are still aiming for the roles they wanted as a child. We have spoken to someone with dyslexia and they are working towards their dream job which shows that we can overcome any challenges and achieve our dream job. Many jobs now require a Degree qualification which you will gain from University. In order to gain a place at a University, it is important that you have good exam results which means we always need to try our best at school. For some of us, we have only three years before we have to make the important decision of GCSE choices in Year 9, these choices often link to our career paths so maybe now may be the right time to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up...

 

 

Reading across Dovedale

 

On the 8th of November the book van arrived in our school playground and opened their doors to the pupils and parents of Dovedale. They unleashed their wide variety of books, for us to read, enjoy and share. Our school thoroughly enjoyed their visit, with queues flooding out of the door (or van).

 

As I am sure you will know, each class has their own reading area which each have their own theme. These are full of comfy cushions and bulky bookcases that children can access throughout the day. The books in the libraries range from sci-fi to comedy and suit all interests, so you will never be left without a book that you enjoy.

 

Dovedale follows a Phonics programme called Read, Write Inc. This programme runs from Reception all the way up to Year 6 with the challenges varying according to the year that you are in. This helps the pupils of Dovedale to read, understand what they are reading and supports our writing through the different activities. The time that Read, Write Inc is taught for is varied across the school as the younger children will need to spend more time working on recognising all the sounds that we have picked up and learnt over all of our years at Dovedale. In the juniors we also explore an educational video, presented by president Alpha, Zita, Mew and Gamma.

 

If you are looking for a new book to read we have collected lots of information on what books are popular amongst staff and children:

Mr Powell - “The Bridge written Ian Banks is my favourite book because it was a mix sci fi and reality.”

Miss Boyce - “The Secret Garden because I remember reading it as a child and I still really like it.”

Miss Callister = “The Stick Man by Julia Donaldson this is my favourite book because my grandson’s favourite and it also mentions Christmas.”

Here are some books we recommend:

-Diary of a wimpy kid

-Harry Potter

-Percy Jackson

-Horrible Histories

Here are some books that the younger children may like to read:

-Fat cat

-The Gruffalo

-Lillibet the monster vet

-Whatever next!

 

The School Council Report

 

This report will tell you all about how to become a school councillor and what the job consists of hope you enjoy our report.

 

To become a school councillor you need to prepare a speech and present it to your class this will need to include the following;

*why you should/want to be a school councillor

*what you will introduce to our school

*persuasive language

*you will listen to and consider everyone’s opinions and thoughts.

The school councillor will be elected with a ballot vote and the highest voted  for candidate will remain school councillor for the rest of the year.

 

 The responsibility of being a school councillor will include;

*attending meetings

*noting important events and suggesting good ideas.

*informing your class about the changes that will take place and things that will remain the same around the school

The council have been planning a lot of fun things for our school. We have collected lots of information from our personal school councillor Gabe. He tells us that the team of councillors are trying to add things to improve our school such as; more after-school clubs, ketchup for meals [sugar free] and an adventure playground. All these these things are being considered but not all will make it past Mr Smith as he will have the final say on which will be carried through and which ones don’t make the cut. So far not much has changed but expect more in future months.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for our school you can tell your school councillor and they will write it down in their ideas book or in some classes they have a bright ideas box which you can write down your ideas on a piece of paper and put it in the box and at the end of the week your councillor will take any ideas to future meetings and report to Mrs Cannon/Mr Smith

If you do have any questions do not hesitate to ask your school councillor and they will be happy to answer them.

Thank you for reading and we hope this will help you next year if you wish to become a school councillor love from the Inside Scoop team.

 

Welcome to our Big Reports section. We hope you enjoy our first report, looking at how Dovedale have been working with the NSPCC.         

NSPCC come to Dovedale

 

 

Last week the NSPCC came to visit our school and presented an assembly about their job to explain and raise awareness of many different forms of child abuse. They and their mascot Buddy told us we are always able to speak out and stay safe. They are challenging our school to use our maths knowledge to the best of our ability in a maths competition. This competition will take place on the 13th of October where we will be instructed to complete a series of maths sums chosen from a list of questions designed for different ages. You may be awarded with a certificate or badges. Dovedale have risen to the challenge of being sponsored by family and friends [but not teachers!] to support the NSPCC’s charity work.

 

 

 

The NSPCC have taken their time to share with us different forms of abuse directed to children. These consist of:

*Emotional

*Neglect

*Sexual

*Bullying

*Domestic

These forms shall not be tolerated and should be talked about to a trusted adult these could be; teachers , family or Childline here is their number:

0800 1111

[Always remember that they are always able to speak to you EVEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY!]

So, if you need to always speak out and stay safe.

Contact the School

Dovedale Primary School

Herondale Road
Liverpool
Merseyside
L18 1JX

Main Contact: Mrs Ann Ellinson - School Business Manager

Tel: 0151 7334232
Fax: 0151 7350941
admin@dovedaleprimary.co.uk OR head@dovedaleprimary.co.uk