Stone Age to Iron Age

Today, Year 3 were visited by Yellow Brick Road. We were introduced to our next topic and we enjoyed incorporating drama into our learning. We look forward to learning lots more about the Stone Age and Iron Age.


Y6P Party

Well done Year 6P for winning the 5p challenge. They raised a whopping £57.20. For their amazing achievement, the School Council gave them a non-uniform day and a party!


Winter Art Exhibition

Another amazing Exhibition!! Well done to all the pupils and staff, the Winter Artwork looked fantastic. Thank you to families for coming and supporting your child’s/children’s work.


News Blog 24.01.20

We were very proud of our Winter Art Exhibition that took place this week – lots of families were able to visit and were amazed at the brilliant art and design work. Many commented how professional the exhibition looked and were impressed that all the children, from Nursery to Year 6 took part and had a piece of work displayed.

Our ‘Active Playground’ has also been installed and children have started to be trained on the equipment today and will continue into next week. Nursery and Reception children are too small to safely access the equipment and also have their own appropriate play area. Year 1 and 2 will do so under teacher supervision during some of their PE lessons. Year 3, 4, 5 and 6, once they have been shown how to safely use the equipment, will be able to access it during PE lessons and also during play time and lunch times.

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.

School Council have been concerned about the devastation in the Australian bush, where fires have destroyed wildlife and communities. They have asked to have a non-uniform day next week (Fri 31st) and raise money to send to Clifton Creek Primary School, which has been burned to the ground, and is relying on charity to support their rebuilding programme. Please support this valuable cause if you can.

Dates for your Diaries…..

Monday 27 Jan – Yr1 trip to Heaton Park

Friday 31st Jan – non-uniform – donation please to support the Australian bush fires

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

Tuesday 11th Feb – Safer Internet Day

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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Come along to Winter Art Exhibition

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5p Challenge

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Attendance for the week was 95.6% and there were 133 late arrivals to school.

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Reception trip to the Post Office

The children in Reception had a trip to the post office this morning. All of the children paid for their own stamp and then posted their letter in the post box. Please look out for your very special delivery over the next few days. All of the children behaved beautifully. We would also like to say a massive thank you to the parent helpers who came with us.


Year 6 Anchor Ed

Thank you Ed (from Anchor Ed). You really helped us to get to grips with tenses yesterday.


Reducing Single Use Plastic Straws

Mrs Cooke and I met with Eco Team this week and sent this letter to our milk carton supplier. We are concerned that we are adding to the single use plastic problem and want to do something about it. Change starts here!


Dear Sir,

As a school, we have made a new year’s resolution to reduce our single use plastic waste. We know that you will be aware of the damage to the environment that single use plastic is having. Did you know we are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilised for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.

We have pledged to take this seriously and do what we can to initiate change.

One of our discussions has been around the plastic straws and their plastic pouch that are attached to the milk cartons your company provide us with. We have 270 cartons per day, this is over 1300 straws per week and over 52,000 per year! This really concerns us.

Is this a concern that your company share? Is it a priority to think about change? Can we work with you to try to come up with an alternative? Some of our ideas are;

  • Paper straws
  • Straws that can be bio degradable but are made from another material
  • A drinkable carton that can be used without a straw
  • A larger container of milk that would be poured out into cups (this happens at lunch time)

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We eagerly await your response.

      Yours sincerely,

      Mrs Jacques and the Eco-Team at Bowker Vale Primary School