Year 5/6 - Doves: Blog items

Doves - Topic Homework

Date: 23rd Nov 2020 @ 5:28pm

Topic Homework - Autumn 2 

I have been so impressed by the quality and standard of the homework brought into school! The creativeness and hard-work put into them has blown-me away! 

Here they are:

I can't wait to see more pieces :) 

Doves - Star of the Week

Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 11:16am

Star of the Week: 

Here is our Star this week!

You have stood out in all subjects across the board this week and the common theme has been your improved attitude and maturity towards your learning. You have been contributing valuably to class discussions, understanding and implementing ways to improve your work and make progress and showing consistent hard-work. 

Keep it up! 

Doves - Reading Challenge

Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 10:27am

Reading Challenge: 

Well Done to our reading challenge winner who have remembered to read 5 times at home this week, and have chosen a new book to take home with them :) 

Doves - Spelling and Times Tables Winner

Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 10:27am


Well done to our Spelling and Times Tables Winner who have worked amazingly this week, ensuring to practise their tasks daily. 

Doves - Exploring CAM Movements

Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 8:57pm

Design and Technology 

Today in Design and Technology we started to look at what makes toys move - CAMS. 

We looked at a simple mechanism and the features it consists of: Crank Handle, CAM, Axel, Follower and a frame. Before discussing the purpose of these and labelling them. 

Once we completed this, we began to look at the different types of CAMs and the movements we make. Considering which ones we would use for our final outcomes. In pairs, we then began to make and develop one before evaluating it. 

They worked extremely well together in their pairs, enhancing their social development. 

Doves - Geography

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 3:21pm

LO: To locate cities, counties and hill forts

This afternoon, we have started our new Geography Topic. Today, we looked at identifying cities and counties on our map. 

Once we had completed this, we then looked at where the Hill Forts were based within the UK, looking at the counties they were in and the cities nearest to them.


Doves - Digital Leader

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 3:17pm

Digital Leader


Introducing our new Digital Leader!

This role involves helping other children in the class with their computing skills. Our Digital Leader has completed their training today and is ready to go! I am sure you will be a great help with supporting your peers in class and advising them on how we can continue to stay safe online. 

Doves - Spellings, Times Tables and Reading Winner

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 3:15pm


Well done to our Spelling and Times Tables Winner who have worked amazingly this week, ensuring to practise their tasks daily. 

Also, a Well Done to our reading challenge winners who have remembered to read 5 times at home this week, and have chosen a new book to take home with them :) 

Doves - Star of the Week

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 3:13pm

Star of the Week 


Congratulations to our star of the week!

I have been blown away by your resilience and determination towards your Writing and Maths work. You have worked independently to showcase your understanding of the tasks, and show the super progress you have made! 

Well done!

Doves - Star of the Week

Date: 10th Nov 2020 @ 6:05pm

Star of the Week: 


Congratulations to our star of the week!

You showed an amazing, positive attitude towards all of your home learning last week! You completed all the tasks set to a high standard, producing a good amount of work with quality outcomes. You showed resilience, determination and because of this you made great progress. 

Well done! 

Doves - Spelling and Times Tables Certificates

Date: 10th Nov 2020 @ 11:26am

Spelling and TT Rockstars Awards: 

Well done to these two for winning the first spellings and times tables certificates! They've worked really hard on the Spelling Shed/Times Tables Rockstars websites.

Doves - Science - LO: To identify inherited characteristics in living things

Date: 3rd Nov 2020 @ 5:28pm

Evolution and Inheritance 

Even though we're working from home, Doves class have been working tremendously hard on their new Science topic 'Evolution and Inheritance'. 

Initially, the children learnt about the term 'inheritance' and what traits we can 'inherit' from our parents and ancestors. Based on this, they create their own unique post card of details. 

Following on from this, we learnt about the difference between 'inherited' traits and 'environmental' traits, sorting between the two. 

Step 1: 

Step 2:

Step 3:

Doves - Physical Challenge

Date: 23rd Oct 2020 @ 8:03am

Physical Challenge 

To support the children with their physical development we incorporated a physical challenge into our daily mile time.

During this time, the children used an Active Alphabet. The aim was to complete the word as many times as they could in 5 minutes.

They have all worked hard to improve their scores from the previous week, encouraging their partners as 'motivation buddies'. 

Digital Citizenship

Date: 19th Oct 2020 @ 10:59am

Doves were surprised to learn that watching electronic screens before bedtime affects their ability to sleep.  They also learned that searching or playing an electronic device can become addictive.  We had a good discussion about how to limit our time when we are using an electronic screen.  New language was introduced in our lesson and the children understand that melatonin and dopamine are affected by electronic devices.

UKS2 Assembly

Date: 15th Oct 2020 @ 1:00pm

British Values 

This week, our UKS2 assembly focused on the British Values (democracy, individual liberty, tolerance and rule of law). We discussed what each of these meant and how we promote these values in school. 

Here are our ideas:

We then used this to help us with our Big Question "How do the British Values help us to become better citizens?"

- Rule of law teaches us to obey the law and society. This helps us to become a better citizen because we understand what we can and cannot do. 

- Individual Liberty, this helps us to become a better citizen as we know that our voices and our opinions are welcome and will be heard. It helps to strengthen us being a democratic society.

Doves - Classifying Leaves

Date: 13th Oct 2020 @ 3:46pm


Today, we continued learning about classification and dichotomous keys using leaves. 

Firstly, we used the outdoor environment to explore and collect a range of leaves. 

Following on from this, we learnt about different observable characteristics on a leaf. Examples: 

- Is it a simple or compound leaf?

- What is the leaf arrangment? Opposite or alternate. 

- What does the base look like? Rounded, Tapering, Uneven, Heart?

Finally, we used all of this information to work in groups to create a dichotomous key, classifying the leaves. This activity supported their social development as it provided children with the opportunities to work together in teams, enhancing communication skills. 

Doves - Reading Challenge

Date: 13th Oct 2020 @ 3:41pm

Reading Challenge

Well done to these 3 children who have been reading 5 times a week! As a reward, you get a book as a prize to enjoy at home. 


Doves - Mental Health Awareness Week

Date: 9th Oct 2020 @ 2:15pm

Mental Health 

As part of Mental Health Awareness week we have been discussing all the different ways we can look after ourselves e.g, doing activities we love, talking to our support network. We then made posters demonstrating these values. 


In Big Question this week, we looked at how our Mental Health affects our self-worth. Here are some examples: 

Doves - Always Child

Date: 9th Oct 2020 @ 12:00pm

Always Child


Well done to our Always child in Dove Class this week! Everyday, you come into school with a beaming smile on your face. You are engaged and enthusiastic in all of your learning and show a dedication to improve. You are extremely mature and are always looking for additional responsbibilities to complete around the classroom. Your standard of work is always 100% and you can always be relied upon to complete all your work and additional work e.g. your topic homework. Your manners are amazing and you are a role model in the classroom!


Well done! 

Doves - Star of the Week

Date: 9th Oct 2020 @ 11:57am

Star of the Week 


Well done to our star in Dove Class this week! You have been a super mathematician, progressing though the steps and have shown a positive growth mindset, demonstrating resilience and learning that mistakes in our work help us to improve. 

Keep it up! 

Doves - Art

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 1:56pm


We have been continuing to learn about the artist Robin Brooks and collages. 

This week we learnt about the process of making a collage and the thought process behind it. 

We then used the lesson to explore using different materials to use in our collages, to help us when we come to create our final piece. 

Doves - Virtual Mile

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 1:54pm

P.E - Virtual Mile

The children in Dove Class have worked hard this week to improve their virtual mile scores.

They ran 11 laps of the daily mile track, showing a positive mindset and encouraging their partners to do their best. 

Well done! 

Doves - Letter to the MP

Date: 7th Oct 2020 @ 12:20pm

Celebration of work! 

Well done to this young man! He has contacted our Local MP in Bolton to discuss the issue of 'dog fouling' outside of the school grounds. 

You have shown initiative and a responsibility to improving your local area. I loved reading your letter and I'm sure Chris Green appreciated you helping him to identify ways to continue improving and maintaining Westhoughton. 

Super work! 

Doves - The Big Anti-Bullying Assembly

Date: 7th Oct 2020 @ 7:53am

KS2 Assembly: 

This morning, we watched 'The Big Anti-Bullying Assembly 2020". 

This is a special film by The Diana Ward which aims to tackle the issue of bullying 

During this assembly we learnt about:

- The different types of bullying that may occur

- We listened to stories from other children who were bullied, their experiences and how they felt.

- We learnt and understood the term 'bystander', 

- We learnt about a support network and identified our own

Abigail - Mum, Dad, friends, teacher and head-teacher. 

Aoife- Parents, friends, brother. 

Brandon - Childline, parents, friends, teacher

Oliver - Parents, teacher, head-teacher, brother and trusted friends. 

Doves - Editing our ghost stories

Date: 7th Oct 2020 @ 7:45am


Today, we worked in partners to edit and improve our ghost stories. 

We worked collaboratively and socially to reflect on our writing, identifying strengths and looking for ways in which we could continue to develop this.

During editing we focused on: spellings, punctuation and including simple sentences. 


We can't wait to share the final results with you! 

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