All posts by Jack Desnica

Swimming at Lovell House

It has been a joy over the year watching the boys grow in confidence as they learn to swim. During all the swimming lessons throughout the school, Mrs Whittamore and Mr Smith have helped boys overcome their fear of water, and challenged them when developing their strokes and style.

Research from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) states ‘A third of children in England cannot swim by the time they leave primary school.The researchers calculate that this means around 200,000 children leave primary school each year unable to swim properly.’

It is important at Lovell House that we give every boy swimming lessons to enable our boys to gain the skills and confidence to swim.

To read more of the research findings please go to, Primary schools ‘Failing to honour swimming obligations’ By Judith Burns.

Lovell Land newspaper

Lovell Land has officially opened! There are lots of things to do in Lovell Land.  There are six different places. We have the newspaper, the cafe, the garden centre, the post office, the libary and the garage.

In the newspaper group we report about what is happening in Lovell Land.  The cafe is next door to the newspaper where they are enjoying their food and drink.

Ptolemy found out in the libary, boys are making a giant Lola from the Charlie and Lola stories.  In the garage, boys are cleaning bikes by using soapy water and in the garden centre, potatoes are being planted.

Andrew and Jacob reported that the boys think Lovell Land is fantastic!

Vijay and Jack discovered that in the cafe they are using chopstikcs to try and pick up raisens and eat them!  It looked really tricky!

Joshua found out that in the garden centre, onions are being grown! Also, bikes are being cleaned in the garage.

Finn, Tom, Rui and Luca interviewed some boys. Here is one of those interview from the cafe.

Off to London!


This term the boys at Lovell House will be learning about London, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

At playtime they travelled on their new London bus which took them to have tea with the Queen. They pretended to visit the Tower of London, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament on the new scooters, space hoppers and tricycles.

Thank you so much to Tregi for making the fabulous bus for the boys, and to the Friends of Lovell House for buying the scooters and tricycles.