Harvest Time!

Reverend Baker returns to Dove Bank once again, to celebrate the Harvest Festival with us in school, on Tuesday 10th October at 10am.


We will be singing Harvest songs, sharing poems and reading extracts from the Bible so that we can give thanks for the food we receive.

Here at Dove Bank, we like to ‘do our bit’ for the community and ask that you please bring in some food items that you can spare so that we can donate them to Kidsgrove Food Bank.

Let’s see if we can beat our record of most food items donated from Dove Bank! Thank you.

Year 1 visit Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne

Year 1 visited Fairways Garden Centre near Ashbourne on 29th June.  It took about an hour to get there and the children thoroughly enjoyed the coach journey looking at the different scenery while travelling.

On arrival we were instantly made to feel very welcome and we put our lunches in a quaint building were we would be having lunch.

Debbie our gardener for the day showed us round the outdoor area and explained the different types of plants, such as alpines, climbers, roses, fruit trees and bedding plants both hardy and annual.  She informed us that different plants need different types of soil and some plants come back year after year and some only last a year.  After that we went to the edible plant area and smelt and tasted different herbs and then on to the different vegetables.   Debbie was very impressed with the facts that the children knew and also the interesting questions that she endeavored to answer.

The children were also keen to look at the other garden features and tools, such as the water features, forks and spades.   Before leaving everyone was fascinated by the seed section and we bought cress seeds for the children to independently grow in our own class garden centre.   The cress has now grown so have a look at the photographs!

“I love all the different colour of the beautiful flowers.” said LH

“I can’t believe the cress has grown. We must be good at gardening.”  said WB


Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh

Year 1 have been learning about famous people and one of them has been the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh.  The children made 2 versions of his painting ‘Sunflowers’ using different mediums.  This also linked with the Science topic of ‘Plants’.



Healthy and Active Week!


This week all the children have been taking part in Healthy Body, Healthy Mind! week. The children have enjoyed completing a range of activities including fruit kebabs, making smoothies using a bike, trying out golf, taking part in the Usain Bolt challenge, completing a yoga class with parents/grandparents and learning about how to keep healthy.

Letters to the local MP

Year 5 have written letters this week to Ruth Smeeth (the local MP) to persuade her not to close the local swimming pool.  This is an issue which the children, and the community, feel strongly about and the children are excited that they will have the chance to have their views heard.