1H Buddy Training

1H started their Buddy training today. We learnt how to walk Buddy, give him treats and what we need to look after him. Once all of the class have been trained we will start to take Buddy on the daily mile.

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Attendance this week has fallen unfortunately and was only 94%.

There were 145 late arrivals to school.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted about Buddy and lots of people outside our school ask me what kinds of things he does, so here’s what this life at Bowker Vale has looked like recently for Buddy!

On Monday this week, Buddy had a great day in the park with Yr1. As part of their learning, the children followed a map around Heaton Park, identifying landmarks and learning lots about things that happened in the past. Everyone was surprised when Buddy started barking at the lion statues!

Buddy has been to both Reception classes this week. The children had thought of some really interesting questions to ask and learned all about what Buddy needed to survive, and also what he needed to keep healthy. He needs food and water to survive, but also exercise and love to keep healthy.

Our Year 5 training group had a session with Shelley, our dog trainer this week. Buddy is working towards his Kennel Club Gold Award and the children are practising all sorts of skills with him. To get gold, he needs to be able to walk to heel at different paces on a lead and off a lead too! Everyone had a go and was impressed at how well Buddy did!

The training team are also now trained as ‘Basic Handlers’ so they will begin their own training sessions with Year 1 children during Children’s Choice time this week.

Lots of the week though….this is what Buddy has been doing!


News Blog 31.01.20

Thank you for supporting our School Councillors who requested a non-uniform day today for a donation towards the devastation in the Australian bush, where fires have destroyed wildlife and communities. Our £517 raised today will be sent to Clifton Creek Primary School, which has been burned to the ground, and is relying on charity to support their rebuilding programme. A brilliant team effort!

Everyone has enjoyed trying out our ‘Active Playground’ this week. As some of our Year 5 children said;

‘it’s such great fun as well as keeping us fit and healthy using muscles we don’t normally exercise!’

PLEASE NOTE – the equipment is not for parents or families to use. Also, just like the Vale Trail, children will not be allowed to use the equipment before or after school at the start or end of the school day. This is for health and safety and insurance reasons. Thank you for supporting school with this. The children are all aware of this rule.

Some residents from Redford Road (the cul-de-sac just off Northbrook Avenue) have contacted school to complain about the number of cars that are blocking their small street during busy school drop off and pick up times. I am told there are disabled residents who need clear access at all times, so please can everyone be considerate when parking on the surrounding roads?

Thank you.

Dates for your Diaries…..

Wed 5th Feb – 2.30pm – PGL meeting for families with children going on the Year 6 residential

Tuesday 11th Feb – Safer Internet Day

Wed 12th Feb – ‘The Secret Garden’ theatre show in school for Key Stage 2

Fri 14th Feb – school closes for half term – Engineering afternoon

Mon 24th Feb – school reopens

24 – 28 Feb – Year 6 PGL trip

Tues 25th Feb – Animals in-Tuition to Reception

Mon 23rd March– Parent’s Consultations for Yrs 4, 5, 6  – 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Wed 25th March – Parent’s Consultations for Yrs 1, 2, 3 – 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Fri 3rd April – school closes for Easter

Mon 20th April – school reopens

Fri 22nd May – school closes for half term

Mon 1st June – school reopens

Fri 17th July – school closes at 1.30pm for the Summer holidays

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Lego League

The Year 5 ‘Lego Vale’ team took part in the City Shaper competition at The University of Manchester.

It consisted of four challenges:

  • professional robotics engineers interviewing the children about their robot programming
  • a team game to design an eco-school (in only 2 minutes!)
  • a presentation on a local traffic problem and their ideas to solve it
  • and a series of robot challenge games.

The team managed to score the highest number of points in the robot game earning them a trophy (made from Lego of course!).


4M on the active playground

This week we enjoyed our first slot on our fantastic active playground. Healthy body = healthy mind! Well done 4M!

We worked with Pentagon Play who design and install outdoor learning environments for schools and nurseries. You can visit their website here – www.pentagonplay.co.uk


DT Moving Fire Engines

In Design Technology Year 1 have been making toy fire engines. We have linked it to our topic of old and new toys and The Great Fire of London. The children explored existing toy vehicles and how the wheels help them move. They then ‘tinkered’ with different materials to see what would work well to build the chassis and the wheels. The children then designed and made their fire engines in teams and along the way they made changes to keep improving their designs. Year 1 were excellent at working together in teams to achieve their goal and the fire engines look fantastic!


Year 1 sharing our work

Year 1 TS have been very busy writing something fishy stories. On Friday we shared our writing with our grown ups. It was lots of fun.

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Dinosaurs visit Reception

This morning the children in Zebra class discovered a mystery in our classroom. Our classroom had been left in a big mess. The children used their investigation skills to discover who the culprits were. Look closely at the pictures to see if you can spot who our mysterious cheeky visitors were…


Buddy visits the Zebra Class

The children in Zebra class had a visit from Buddy this morning. We learned all about how to look after Buddy and how to keep himself and ourselves safe. Buddy showed us some of his tricks and he was a very good boy waiting for his treats. The children thought of some interesting questions to ask Mrs Jacques about Buddy.

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