The 5p challenge returns!

Last year we raised an incredible £365 just by collecting 5 pence coins. This money was spent on a theatre company performance and hi-visibility vests for school trips. The children enjoyed the 5p challenge so much that we’re bringing it back!

The aim is for each class to collect as many 5p coins as they possibly can from now until Easter. You child will be given their own small cardboard box to fill with 5ps. This time, the class that collects the most 5p coins by Easter will win their very own Easter egg hunt!

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Recommended books for year six…

Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr. The Diamond of Drury Lane – Julia Golding . Framed / Millions / Cosmic – Frank Cottrell Boyce. Homecoming – Cynthia Voigt. Noughts and Crosses / Knife Edge – Malorie Blackman. Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson. His Dark Materials Trilogy – Philip Pullman. Dragon Keeper – Carole Wilkinson. Peter Pan – J M Barrie. Wizard of Oz – F Baum. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens. The Railway Children – E Nesbit. Alex Rider series Anthony Horowitz (highly recommended by 6D). Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl- Ed. Otto H Frank. Boy Overboard – Morris Gleitzman. Sabriel – Garth Nix. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis. Watership Down – Richard Adams. Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce. Eye of the Wolf – Daniel Pennac. The Machine Gunners – Robert Westall. Once – Morris Gleitzman. Skellig – David Almond. Silverfin – Charlie Higson.

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What are you reading during the holidays?

We have been talking a lot in 6D recently about reading suitable age related books and how the books we read can help us to gain ideas for our writing.

I am reading Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz, this holiday which has been recommended by 6D.

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What are you going to read? Can you recommend an interesting, enjoyable book?

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This week’s attendance has dropped again and is only 93%, let’s make a really great effort next half-term to reach our 96% target each week.

There were less late arrivals at school this week at 104, however this still means that, on average, 20 children are arriving to school late each day.

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News Blog 14.02.20

We are half way through the school year now! You will be receiving your child’s mid-year report during the first week back after the holidays. For children who are not on track with their learning, please spend 10-15 minutes each day (even in the holidays) either reading to them, or listening to them read. We know that reading is the key to being a successful learner, so the more your child is reading, the more words they learn and the wider their vocabulary will become.

This week has been Safer Internet Day where the theme has been ‘Together for a Better Internet’. Ask your child what they have learned through class and assembly time this week about keeping safe online.

On Wednesday we had a wonderful performance of ‘The Secret Garden’ from M&M Theatre Company in our school hall for KS2 – everyone really enjoyed the story. (This is another example of how school fund is spent).

We finish for half term today and return on Monday 24th February when we will be waving Year 6 off on their PGL adventure.

Have a lovely break.

Dates for your Diaries…..

Mon 24th Feb – school reopens

24th – 28th Feb – Year 6 PGL trip

Tues 25th Feb – Animals in-Tuition to Reception

Fri 28th Feb – Mid Year Reports home (Yr 6’s the Monday after)

Fri 28th Feb – Non uniform day – wear anything yellow to celebrate St David’s Day on 1st March

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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Our School Values

After lots of requests, we have decided to add a really important word into our school values statement – known as our Bowker Vale Standard.

It is currently –

Being Respectful, Honest, Fair and Proud.

We are going to add the word KIND to our standard.

So, our standard will become –

Being Respectful, Honest, Fair, Proud and Kind.

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Nursery had so much fun dancing in the snowstorm


A ‘Thank You’ from Clifton Creek Primary School

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School Council Taking Care of Blackley Forest

Another afternoon for the School Council working hard looking after Blackley Forest. We managed to stay dry this time whilst trimming branches and litter picking at the Victoria Ave railings. We were sad to see lots of litter we had to pick up – we were surprised it was so much.


Year 5’s blogging challenge

It’s easy to feel unlucky in life, or that everything and everyone is against you. Always stop to think about reasons to be thankful – it lifts your spirits and makes you smile.

Family has to be my number one thing to be thankful for. While my children are miniature and expert time thieves and home can sometimes be tantrum central, life would be pretty dull without them. Busy family life is full of trips to the zoo, or bike rides in the park. A rainy day at home with imaginative children can turn into quest to find pirates and their treasure during a storm on the ocean. Not to mention the fearsome crocodiles trying to hunt us down. Families – hard work, but always worth it!

What do you have to be thankful for?