Welcome to the my page on the website, my name is Dolly and I am the school dog. Here you can find out lots of information just about me and what I have been doing.
Here you can keep track of the events that I take part in at school.
You might have noticed that I have been a little absent lately. The weather lately was just too hot for me to come to school so I decided to take a little break and I learnt to swim and surf board.
However, when I came back into school, it was Sports Day! I really enjoyed sports day and loved watching all the children compete in the various activities. I did have a go at the shot put, but I don’t think my little paws were big enough to hold the shot.
I had a lovely surprise this week. 2 children from Year 2 came and woke me from my snooze to show me all the thank you letters and cards they had written and drawn for Mrs Palmer after having enjoyed sports day so much. There were lots of pictures of me in them too! I then surprised them by writing an email to say a thank you and I helped Miss Dunn read it out to all the children.
Since we have been back after half term, I have been so busy I havenâ€™t had time to write my blog.
In Year 6 they were learning about computer algorithms and how to program spherus â€¦. In doggy language, a plastic ball.Â Through the use of an iPad the children were able to guide a computerised ball around obstacles in the hall.Â I particularly enjoyed chasing them around, although my mouth wasnâ€™t big enough to pick one of them up and run off with it!
Year 6 had also been very busy learning about the General Election and they had chosen candidates to stand for each party and put their argument forward.Â I couldnâ€™t resist and I decided to set up my own party.Â I think at Oaks I would win!
We also had the annual hatching of the eggs in Nursery and although I have Shirley and Sharon at home who chase me round the garden, I hadnâ€™t seen chicks before.Â They did look very tasty, but I decided it wouldn’t be very nice of me to eat one of them!
I popped into the library and found Joey learning his number bonds so I had to have a look to see if they were correct!
Year 5 have had such a busy couple of weeks planning their enterprise week and I visited their classroom when they were in the planning stages.Â I hope I was of some helpâ€¦
One of the enterprises that Yr 5 had organised was a charity car wash and also selling burgers and ice creams.Â Guess who shared an ice cream with me?
Mrs Palmer made the mistake of leaving her pom poms in the office and I couldnâ€™t resist jumping in the box and choosing one to do a little bit of cheer leading with during my lunchtime.
We enjoyed having Leo with us on work experience and he joined in with our activities, and we even had a running race up at the park at lunch time. See if you can spot me in the picture? As a treat we all had a go in the park. We even shared our food from the tuck shop at break time.
I have also been on hunting duty to see if any of the children have left any treats for me in their trays, this one smelt particularly good, but unfortunately there were no goodies found.
This week I met my first ever wood louse and I didnâ€™t know whether to play with it or eat it.Â Luckily for the wood louse I wasnâ€™t hungry.
To finish off the week it was lovely to be able to visit Year 3 and celebrate some good work that was made by the pupils, particularly Ellie Mai and her maths.Â It also coincided with the class working towards their Level 3 Gardening Award and a compost bin had just been delivered, so guess who had to go and make sure it was all clean and fresh to use.
It’sÂ another mad and busy week!Â All the children have been keeping me so busy with their learning I have to scamper from class to class, outside to the playground, and then back into the office to check the staff are all working hard too, itâ€™s non stop.Â I had to hide outside Year 2 to try and catch the suns and to also have a little rest!
It has been so exciting this week because all the children have been learning about apples and how they grow and what they produce and I was allowed to help plant a young apple tree in our school garden.Â I even got to taste some freshly squeezed apple juice.
In Year 2 some of the children have been reading about Sebastian the Sausage Dog, and I was really lucky because they invited me to come and read with them.Â I think I have found a new boyfriend!
At lunchtime I went and played with the children in the lovely sunshine, although I think I was a little too small to play hula hoop.Â I went and joined Robbie and Richie for a rest but I am still trying to work out which one is which!
On Thursday it was very exciting because I got to jump on a tractor and help the groundsman cut the grass and paint the lines.
Thank goodness we have a week off.Â Happy half term everyone.
On Tuesday 2nd May, Year 5 were learning about how the earth rotates and how that changes the position of the sun. This creates shadows which move all throughout the day and we went outside to measure our shadows every hour.Â Also, the ‘Book Box’ arrived and I spotted a squidgy toy I quite liked the look of.Â The office have now had to hide it to stop me playing with it.Â It was a lovely day so I scampered down to Year 4 to ask if some of the children would like to come for a walk to the park at lunch time.Â We had a lovely time running around and making fun shapes but I was very tired afterwards and had a little lay down in the sun.
On Wednesday I popped into Year 5 who were having a Maths day.Â They were deciding their favourite sports and putting the answers into different style graphs.Â Nobody had put running down which is my favourite physical activity. A little later I strolled down the corridor and I noticed that Year 4 were very quiet!Â I went in Â jumped on a chair and sat and listened to Mr Watts explaining what the children would be doing next.Â I was very impressed with their sitting and listening skills.
On Monday 24th April it was my 1st birthday!!! Â I had a cake made for me, and it was like looking in the mirror. Â I shared it with all the staff and it was very tasty.Â It was also very exciting because Molly in Nursery had bought me a birthday present so I trotted down to Nursery to collect it. Thank you Molly.
Also, Sunday was St George’s Day, so on Monday afternoon we had an assembly to celebrate.Â We had two dragons which visited us whom I didn’t like very much initially, but we did become friends by the end.Â I was dressed as St George which you will be able to see in some of my photos.
I have been very busy learning with Yr 3 this week and have spent a lot of time in the classroom with them.Â On Tuesday we were learning about where all different fruits and vegetables come from and I helped Miss O’Donoghue put the labels on the countries in the world where they come from.
Also this week, I have been starting the day with my well balanced breakfast of branflakes and milk.
This week year 5 were having a week all about World War II and the class all dressed up in clothes from the time. Also, the children all made teddies that children would have had during World War II. Year 5 then laid all of their made teddies out and I decided to add my own to their collection as well. Can you spot it?
On Friday Year 3 made savoury flapjacks which were delicious but I wasnâ€™t tall enough to get seconds and on Tuesday I had a new experience when I went to see Ana learning the piano with James. However, I am not sure my legs are long enough to be a pianist.
Every morning when I arrive I go straight to the office where I get to have a little bit of milk to help set me up for the day.Â Sometimes I also sneak upstairs and enjoy listening to the staff chatting in the staff room about the dayâ€™s events.Â Sometimes I even get to share my office with children and help them read which is always a treat.
I like to start the day off with a healthy breakfast and I enjoyed munching on an apple this morning. I also was able to welcome Pedro the guide dog who popped in for a chat to arrange when he and his owner would be coming to visit our school for the day and then I went to see Mrs McFadden to book the date in the school calendar. Â After that, I had just enough time to sit with Connor and help him with learning some new words. And I managed to get all of this done this week despite it being only Wednesday!
On Monday 27th February I didnâ€™t have to wear my usual coat because I was allowed to wear my dressing gown instead because all the children were wearing their pyjamas for the start of book week.Â I think I looked quite cute and I also bought my favourite cuddly toy with me.Â I sat really well in assembly and I think I did good sitting and good listening.
I did try and visit most of the children during the day and I hope you enjoy looking at some of the pictures.
It was a very busy day and I couldnâ€™t keep my eyes open by the end of the day because I was so tired.
Welcome back everyone, I hope you all had a lovely half-term.
It has been very exciting since coming back and I have been completely run off of my little legs.
When I came in on Monday there were strange lines on the playground and Mrs Palmer was whooping and jumping and very excited! Â These lines were are for a new netball court which has been designed on the playground. Apparently she has been waiting for these for 4 years so be warned children you will be doing some fabulous new lessons utilizing them.Â However, I think my face says it all!!!
I was called in to Yr 5 to help Miss McBride with their maths last week.Â The children kept me busy and I even helped Miss McBride with the white boardâ€¦ There are no end to my talents. Â I hope I was of help although I think looking at Tylerâ€™s face, I might have confused him a little, but Chandana did manage to understand.
On Thursday I sneaked in to the library to catch up with some reading before Book Week and Miss Dunn was struggling with the photocopier.Â I suggested her to check the paper tray â€¦ and guess what it was empty.Â What would these teachers do without me?!
Mrs PalmerÂ has also been sorting out her office and I know she has hidden some of my treats, so while I thought she was teaching I decided to try and sniff them out.Â Unfortunately she caught me trying to find them.
As you are aware Oaks are taking part in the Word Mania Challenge and are using every bit of spare time to build up their scores. It is great fun to play, but I am not very good at spelling but I am learning some new words.
On Tuesday and Wednesday all the children were learning about Road Safety and I popped into the hall to look and listen.Â I am always very safe when walking on the pavement and Mrs Palmer ensures my lead is on and I stay away from the road.Â Big lorries scare me because they are very noisy.
I also joined in with Years 5 and 6 and we all visited the 7 New Wonders of the World â€¦ and we didnâ€™t even leave the classroom.Â Â The children all wore special virtual reality glasses and had a wonderful time, but unfortunately there wasnâ€™t a doggy pair for me.
What a busy week and it is only Wednesday! It is Eco week at school and all the children have been making models out of old boxes, cartons and plastic bottles. Ruby in Year 3 even made a â€˜Dollyâ€™ model out of her recycling. What do you think? Do you think it looks likeÂ me? I then visited Year 5 and their models, some of them were really good and also smelt really nice.
On Monday we all had a very special visit but for me it was extra special because I had a doggy friend come to school. Pal is a very clever dog because he helps look after his owner who has diabetes and because she doesnâ€™t feel when she is poorly he is able to alert her by pawing her leg and sitting in front of her which tells her she needs to test. Pal is able to pick her mobile up and take it to someone if she is really poorly but I donâ€™t think he is that clever to answer it! All the children sat beautifully in assembly listening to Claire and they all giggled when Pal started showing off. After assembly Pal trotted down to see Year 1 so they could stroke him and have their picture taken.
Wow I have been in so much demand this week with all the good work that has been produced and I even received a request from Year 1 to visit their class to look at their amazing writing. You can see I really enjoy reading their work and they love showing it to me. I wish I was that clever! Also, as you all know we really encourage Oaks children to eat a healthy and balanced diet and that also applies to me as well. I love carrots and Mrs Smith helped me eat mine at play time.
I have had a really busy week already and it is only Wednesday!Â On Monday I was very lucky when Alex and Abigail asked to see me.Â They had bought me a new toy each which was very kind of them and I am now driving the office mad by playing with them because they make a nice squeaky noise! Later that day I went down to see Blackbirds in the afternoon to show them about good sitting and listening but I think I might have been a little bit of a distraction because they all wanted to stroke me. The end of the school day was however slightly sad too, because one of our students was leaving to go to another school so I went and gave her a special cuddle.Â Hasti always came and played with me at lunchtime so I will miss her.
On Tuesday Yr 5 were practicing their songs for assembly when they were getting ready for the end of school so I went and joined in with them.Â I love singing. Also, Mrs Brown doesnâ€™t know this but when she was in the corridor I snuck up on her chair and helped her do some work.Â I hope I got it right!
I have been very lucky and had a longer holiday so I could play with all my lovely Christmas presents Thank you to all the kind children who sent me cards and gifts.Â I have had to do lots of walking to work off my Christmas biscuits. Â I have brought a couple of my toys to school so I can play with them in the playground.
I have also sent out a Walking Out with Dolly Consent form to KS2 so if you would like to come for a walk and a chat at lunchtime, please fill it in and return it to Mrs Palmer.Â It will be nice when the weather improves a little and not so muddy on my little paws.
I have loved coming back to school for the New Year and I am looking forward to coming to see you all in your classrooms.Â Remember if you have worked hard and produced really good work, please come and show me.Â We can have a photo taken.Â Â My New Yearâ€™s resolution is I am going to try really hard not to bark too much!
I have had such a busy week, as have all the children.Â Â They have all been practicing their Christmas plays and I was lucky enough to join the cast in the KS2 production and sat and watched them perform along with the rest of the school.
I sat really quietly and enjoyed listening to the children’sâ€™ singing.Â I also took some Yr 5 & Yr 6 children out for another walk at lunchtime.
This week I visited nursery to join in with their play. Â I had a lovely time and the children enjoyed showing me their games and paintings.
On Friday 18th November,Â both the children and staffÂ at Oaks Primary Academy dressed up in spotty clothes to raise money for Children in Need.
I also decided to dress up in spotty clothes and you can see me below.
This term, I have been visiting the children at after school club on Thursdays.
Both me and the children played games together including Connect 4.
On Monday 31st October an assembly was held to officially introduce me as the school dog and the children were set a writing challenge to incorporate me into their stories and poems. Â IÂ visited each class during the day to encourage the children with their learning. Â An assembly was held at the end of the day to celebrate all the good writing the children had done, with prizes given out to the best piece of work from each year group.
During the assembly a power-point presentation with pictures of me with both the staff and the pupils was shown to the school. If you would like to view it, then please click here.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and I was a Super Dog.
Mrs Palmer and I have set up a walking club in the lunch hour and children will be able to join us at 12 Oâ€™clock to walk out of school up to the local park for some exercise and relaxation for half an hour.Â It is an opportunity to learn about responsibility of owning a dog and how to respect our local park areas.
On Thursday Mrs Palmer, me and 8 children from Year 5 and 6 walked out in high visibility jackets for our Â first outing.Â It was very successful and they all took it in turns to walk with me.
Monday 30th January -Â Violet and Bronte did the most beautiful handwriting and received a Head Teacherâ€™s sticker and they got to have their photo taken with me!!Â I am getting very good at posing!
Wednesday 7th DecemberÂ – Maisy in year 1 received a head teachers award for her really good learning. Also, Abigail in year 1 received a gold star for her lovely handwriting. Both Girls came to see me and showed me their work.
Wednesday 30th November -Â Elli-Mai in year 3 worked really hard in her maths this week and achieved really good results.Â She was rewarded with a visit by me for being a gold star.
If you wish to view any more of the photos of me and the events I have been involved with, then please access my gallery page by clicking here.
Good teaching is allowing pupils to make up for previous gaps in their learning. Pupils have good attitudes to learning because teachers plan activities which maintain pupilsâ€™ interest and enthusiasm. Pupils are proud of their work and this is reflected in their books, which are very neatly presented.Ofsted
The academy provides well for pupils of all abilities. The most able pupils are given work which is at the right level and are encouraged to do as well as they can and so they make good progress.Ofsted
Pupils enjoy reading and use the well-stocked library to choose a different book each week. Daily reading sessions, together with well-taught phonics (the sounds that letters make) help to secure pupilsâ€™ good achievement in reading.Ofsted