Dove Class Blog

November 17, 2017
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Hampton Court

This week as part of our topic on Kings and Queens we went to visit Hampton Court Palace which was most famously built by King Henry VIII. We got to learn all about King Henry and his 6 wives and see the portraits and visited his kitchen and apartments.


The kitchens were huge and we discovered huge pots of stew cooking which at first we thought were toilets.

 William III lived at Hampton Court Palace after Henry VIII and we got to meet one of his courtiers Lady Portland who showed us the difference between the Tudor and Stuart parts of the building. Tudors buildings were made from red bricks and had round pointy windows, whilst Stuarts had square windows and the buildings were made from white stone.

Lady Portland explained how the Tudor dynasty had ended and the Stuart era had begun, it was very complicated so we acted it out so that we could understand it better. She also helped us work out where the best place was to hold meetings so that the Jacobites couldn’t discover the Stuart secrets and she uncovered a Jacobite spy amongst the adults!



After lunch we got to meet Craig Hatto who is the architect in charge of the restoration of many of the royal palaces. He told us about a top secret project that he has been working on at Kew Gardens with the help of Blue Peter and the famous children’s author Cressida Cowell. We also found out that he too lives in Whitchurch.

It was a really interesting and insightful day and we learnt lots about the history of Kings and Queens in England.

June 9, 2017
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Art Week


Doves have had a great time during art week. We started by looking at the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti that are formed from wire and linked this to our previous work on Mityana. We talked about traditional jobs that they may have carried out in the past and designed our own figure. The next step was to shape our figure out of wire. Lots of us found this hard as it made our hands ache!

On Wednesday we wrapped our figures in black wool and on Thursday we used coloured wool to represent clothing and added our accessories.

We are all proud of our finished sculptures and look forward to showing them off to the rest of the school.

May 19, 2017
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Robin Stevens Visit

On Thursday 18th May, Robin Stevens, the amazing author of the” Murder most unladylike” series, visited our school. It was interesting to know that she was American and lived in a collage growing up. She also told us what gave her inspiration to write her books. Robin also taught us how to plan a great murder mystery story and gave us lots of useful tips and tricks. after that we asked her questions, I asked her “Are you friends with any other authors?” and she replied “Yes we all kind of hang out together at  book launches!” My question was “What is your favourite animal?” she replied “Dogs!” Over all we really enjoyed her visit and it was a great day.

By Niamh and Tilly


November 18, 2016
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Iron Age Day

We had a fantastic time on our Iron Age day here are some photos of all the different activities. In the morning, we learnt that if you are 3 – 9 you would get a sling shot, then a javelin, then a spear at the age of 16. If you did something good you would become a warrior. The head of the warriors was called the champion and he was meant to be grumpy. The head of the tribe was the chief . After that we made a shield. In the afternoon we had warrior training. There, we got to whack a dummy with a wooden sword that looked like a rounders bat. Then we got to see some dead animals , some wool and a chainmail suit. We also saw some red deer antlers and we learnt that Iron Age people dug with them. Overall, we had a great day.

By Aidan and Charlie.


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November 11, 2016
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Author visit Ally Sherrick


I love Black Powder because it is full of adventure. But it had a dark turn,his dad was going to get hung and 12 year old Tom dose everything to save him.  I loved the mouse Jago  because he cased mayhem but  when he was needed he stood his ground . He comes face to face with an evil dark stranger and makes a deal with him only to later find out he is the Falcon. The Falcon in real life is the horrible Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the houses of parliament.  Everyone had a great time listening to what she was saying about herself, like when she was talking about that she was going to be a Egyptologist before she got into writing. When Ally came to visit I had so many questions to ask her. I wanted to ask her what inspired her to be an author but I never got to ask her.  I wish I could of asked how long has she known Mrs Clarke because they looked like good friends. Overall Ally is a great author and person.

By Violet and Tilly

October 19, 2016
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Half-term Round-up Doves


This half term we have been studying Mityana and thinking about the similarities and differences between their lives and ours.  We were very lucky to have a visit from Dodie Marsden who has visited Mityana on many occasions.  She played a game to teach us about fruit and vegetables in Uganda and she brought lots of artefacts for us to study.

We have also had the opportunity to sew a Ugandan-style piece of textile.  Thank you very much to all the parents who have come and helped!

This week we have enjoyed being out on our bikes, learning new skills and road safety.img_0802  img_0805