Dare to Believe Festival

On Friday, 10 children went to the dare to Believe Festival at Testwood School with Miss Ingram.  Dare to Believe is a collaboration between the Youth Sport Trust and Allianz in order to help build on the legacy of the Paralympic Games. The aim of the festival was to increase the opportunities available for all young people with additional support needs to realise their own personal aspirations in life and sport.  

The festival was held at Testwood School and was delivered by Paralympic Swimmer Kate Grey and sports leaders from Testwood School, The Mountbatten School and The Grange School.  The festival provided a unique school based opportunity for young people of all abilities to attend, and:

  • Created friendships between young people with and without additional needs and disabilities from their and other schools.
  • Provided opportunities to take part in new and exciting activities.
  • Promoted inclusion and diversity in school and the community.

The festival format was a round robin with different sports. including seated volley ball, hearing rugby and Bocha. They rotated around in their groups and were  asked a series of questions to encourage self-reflection after each of the activities.

The children were fantastic and really enjoyed the experience.

dare to believe website

Prokick 2017

Today every child has a go at Prokick. Matt from the Sports Foundation demonstrated how to score.  The challenge was to kick the ball into the goal. The children's kicks were measured in miles per hour. The fastest girl and boy in each class will be awarded a medal. prokick website 

Football Team

We couldn't be more proud of our young footballers who represented the school today at Applemore's 3G football tournament. Adorning the new football kit, kindly provided and sponsored by Mr Tribble, the seven boys played five matches against schools from all over the New Forest area. 


The boys were dealt an eleventh hour blow when two of the original eight became unavailable to play, however we are a school where there will always be keen and enthusiastic pupils who will wear the school jersey with pride and we were not let down this time either.
Captained by Alex, who is forever a credit to Calmore due to his never-ending willingness to lead by example, the boys drew their first match but then came triumph in match two! Goals from Alex, George and a thunderbolt from Matt - you had to be there to believe it - saw the team run out 3-0 winners. Connor was making some heroic saves in goal while Jeho and Daniel worked tirelessly on either side of midfield - both making their debuts for the school.
As the matches continued, the lack of a substitute began to take its toll on the team and the next two matches ended in close fought but ultimately disappointing one nil defeats. By the end of match five, the boys were dead-on-their-feet having never once given up but having given their all for the team and school.
We are always proud of our pupils who step forward and represent us all at these tournaments but we could not have chosen a more magnificent seven to do so today.

Murphy Our Reading Dog's Bog Thursday 2 November 2017

Hi there
Some great reading today!
First today was The Lost Voice, where Chip had lost his voice and Floppy thought he knew where it was!  He looked in the radio, in the TV, even under the bed, but he couldn't find it anywhere!  Where else do you think he could look?
Next was Noah's Ark Adventure and the children were feeling fed up with the rain, so they used the magic key to go to another land and ... you'll have to read it to find out what happened!  I don't mind the rain, I just shake it all off again!
Then I listened to The Giant Postman, where Billy had a letter to give to the postman in the village.
Last today was Chamber of Treasures where Nok was trapped in one of the cages with all the rubies.  Do you think the friends were able to rescue him?
Keep reading
Licky lick
love Murphy

Reading At Home

Research shows that reading with your child is the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education.

Reading shows you CARE for your child.

Reading helps you to CONNECT with your child.

Reading can unlock CONFIDENCE in your child.

Top tips for reading at home with your child.

1. Read aloud to your child.

Even children as old as twelve enjoy the experience of a parent or loved one reading aloud to them. You may have read to your children when they were very little: get back into the habit and it’s something you will both enjoy. It’s a great opportunity for you and your child to talk, to be close and share a few laughs.

2. Encourage your child to read aloud to you.

Be positive and patient about your child’s reading - even when they are being very slow or are struggling. The most important thing you can do to support your child’s reading is to offer encouragement and patience.

3. Find somewhere comfortable and cosy.

Make sure your child has a cosy, comfortable place in which to read: somewhere with no noisy distractions – and no television.

4. Use your child’s interests.

Help your child to choose books that he or she will find really interesting. If your child loves Star Trek, choose a science fiction novel. If he or she is a football fanatic, find a book, poem, comic or magazine which is all about their favourite  sport.  Do you know the name of your child’s favourite author? It’s time to find out.

5. Have plenty of books at home.

Borrow them free of charge from the school library or from your local public library; buy second-hand books from charity shops and car boot sales; give your child a book on birthdays.

6. It is ok to read the same book time and time again!

Don’t worry if your child wants to read the same book over and over again, or if your child chooses a book which seems to be too easy or too young for him or her. The most important thing is that your child enjoys reading. Children will move on to more difficult books when they are ready.

7. Find out what is going on in school

Ask your child about what he or she is reading at school. Encourage your child to talk about books they’ve enjoyed at school, and if your child has to do some reading as homework, encourage him or her to read aloud to you and to talk to you about the characters and ideas that come up in the book.

8. Practise!

Try to read with your child as often as you can. ‘Little and often’  is best aim for a minimum of 5 times a week.

9. Make if fun!

Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then do something else.

10. Maintain the flow.

If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If your child does try to 'sound out' words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than 'alphabet names. names'.