Bowmandale News

What's Happening At Bowmandale?

There's always something interesting going on at Bowmandale. Whatever the time of year, there will be competitions, sporting events, educational visits and lots of learning. You can also download our monthly newsletter and mobile app to keep up to date with all our news.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day

At the beginning of February, we provided a range of activities for Safer Internet Day. Key Stage 2 followed Google's new online safety programme called 'Be Internet Legends', focusing on taking responsibility for their online activities. In Key Stage 1, the children learnt to log on with their own password and Buddy the Dog gave them tips about staying safe online.


Robinwood   Robinwood

Last month, Year 4 spent three days at Robinwood Activity Centre in Todmorden trying a range of outdoor and indoor adventure activities. Everyone was encouraged to leave their comfort zones and push themselves into their 'stretch zone', including the adults. For some people it was the climbing wall and trapeze that stretched them, whilst for others it was the caving and bouldering, not to mention that it was many of the children's first time sleeping away from home. It was wonderful to watch the children's confidence grow over the time we were there. Their courage and perseverance was a credit to themselves and the school and they made all of the adults very proud.

You can see many more pictures on our app.

Young Voices 2019

Young Voices 2019   Young Voices 2019

We went to Sheffield Arena with Mrs Everson, Miss Dunkerly, Mrs Mason and Mrs Dunstan. Young Voices was really fun because there was an embarrassing dad dancing session and we took part in the biggest choir in the world. There were lots of famous popstars and hip hoppers. We had to hold little torches and wave them about in the darkness whilst we sang. We had to practise over 11 songs for 4 months, the most popular songs was mostly pop medley and the Greatest Showman. We were there for about eleven hours and we set off at eleven and came home at ten oclock. It was the best experience ever!!!

By Alex and Emily


KS2 panto   KS2 panto

For their concert this year, Key Stage 2 performed 'Cinders', a pantomime based on the story of Cinderella. All the children were involved, with the Year 3s and 4s singing in the choir and Years 5 and 6 providing the actors, dancers, back stage hands and also singing. A lot of practice and hard work from children and staff went into bringing this production to life and the result was a memorable performance that everyone enjoyed.

Christmas With The Aliens

KS1 concert

The children of Years 1 and 2 completely wowed us this year with a remarkably professional performance called 'Christmas With The Aliens'. All of the actors, singers and dancers did an amazing job and they really lived up to the saying 'the show must go on'! Well done to everyone involved!

The Nativity

EYFS Nativity   EYFS Nativity

Christmas would not be complete without the Foundation Stage Nativity and this year was no exception. All their had work paid off and the children treated us to a magical performance. We are already looking forward to next year!

Conker Competition 2018

Conker final 2018   Conkers final 2018

This afternoon, the whole school gathered in the hall for this year's conker competition final.

All week, Key Stage 2 children have been battling it out for a place in the final and today we got to find out who would be the winner. We started with 16 competitors but 8 were soon knocked out. Then it was down to 4 and, at last, 2 people were left battling face to face. We have to say a big well done to the winner who will get her name engraved on the trophy.

Inspire Afternoon

Inspire afternoon   Inspire afternoon

Yesterday, we held our first inspire afternoon. All of the teachers and teaching assistants chose an inspiring activity they wanted to share with the children to give them the chance to try something new. The staff obviously have a wide range of interests because the activities on offer ranged from art and athletics through to music and camping. Two of the teachers even brought their dogs to school! It's safe to say that the children and grown-ups all had a super afternoon and we can't wait to do it again!

Rock Up

Rock Up   Rock Up

This morning Year 5 shone on their class visit to Rock up, they showed not only amazing perseverance but also great team work when supporting each other! We were very proud of all the children today, their hard work even inspired the staff to join in!

We held our own Olympic event on the speed wall, bringing the competitive side out in us all! Well done the both Oscar and Isaac for tremendous speed climbing, winning in their own groups meaning they both received a voucher to return to Rock up. An amazing time of 18.02 seconds was set as record by Oscar.

When we returned to school, we considered the pros and cons of rock climbing in general and then considered the decision of the Olympic officials with allowing it in the Ancient Greek founded Olympic Games in 2020.

Great work Year 5!

Music Through The Decades

Music Through The Decades   Music Through The Decades

Over the last half term, all of the children have been learning about a decade in music and they all learnt a song from their decade from the 1960s to the 1990s. Last week, we all joined together in the hall for a performance of our work.

Foundation sang 'Spice Up Your Life' by the Spice Girls from the '90s. Year 1 followed them with 'Under the Sea' from 'The Little Mermaid', a Disney film from the '90s. The Year 2 classes' decade was the 1960s. Miss Singleton's Year 2s sang 'Yellow Submarine' by The Beatles and Miss Picksley's class sang 'Octopus's Garden' also by The Beatles. We then had an instrumental break with a Boomwhacker performance accompanied by Mrs Evison on keyboard and conducted by Mrs Smith.

After play, we reassembled for the Key Stage 2 performances which opened with Miss Brewster's Year 5s singing 'The Bear Necessities' from Disney's Jungle Book which came out in 1967. The three Year 3 and 4 classes worked together on the 1970's and treated us to 'The Wombles' and 'YMCA' which got all the teachers' feet tapping. Last of all, we were transported back to the '80s with the Mrs Noble's Year 5s and all the Year 6s singing 'Africa' by Toto.

Well done to everyone for your beautiful singing and a big thank you to Mrs Evison and Mrs White for organising this marvellous event.

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Radio Humberside School of the Week

Radio Humberside School of the Week   Radio Humberside School of the Week

Bowmandale Primary School has been offered the very exciting opportunity to be Radio Humberside's School of the Week. Today, Carl came into school to record the children ready for the show going out next week.

We chose several children to speak about a range of topics covering different aspects of our school such as art, sport, the school council, Buddies and more. Mrs White's class even sang a song! It was a fascinating experience for the children and staff involved and we look forward to hearing ourselves on the radio.

Bowmandale's School of the Week slot will be at 7:50am in the week beginning Monday 18th June.

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Key Stage 1 Sports Day

Key Stage 1 Sports Day   Key Stage 1 Sports Day

Yesterday, it was our Key Stage 1 sports day. The weather stayed fine all afternoon and it was not too hot for the competitors and spectators. In addition to the running races, we also enjoyed the bean bag races and the egg and spoon. Another highlight was the toddlers' race where so many younger brothers and sisters joined their older siblings on the track. Yet again, the children showed remarkable effort and determination. Well done everyone and thank you to all the families who came to watch.

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Key Stage 2 Sports Day

Key Stage 2 Sports Day   Key Stage 2 Sports Day

We had beautiful weather yesterday for our Key Stage 2 Sports Day and lots of parents joined us on the field to watch. The afternoon kicked off with the individual sprints then moved on to skipping, the one lap race and the relay. We took a quick break for the popular toddlers' race then finished with the optional one and a half lap and two lap races. The children showed superb sportsmanship all round and we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of sport.

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Arts Week and Enterprise

Arts and Enterprise Week   Arts and Enterprise Week

This week was our Arts and Enterprise Week. All the children have worked incredibly hard to produce artwork relating to their artist of the term. Our art exhibition looked spectacular with our amazing art products on display in the hall inspired by artists such as Kandinsky, Mondrian and Andy Goldsworthy. On Friday afternoon, we had our Enterprise Sale where the whole school came together to buy each other's work. The profits from each class will go towards something that the class has chosen.

You can see more pictures and read more about Arts and Enterprise Week on our app.

Ball Throwing Competition

Ball throwing competition   Ball Throwing Competition

This afternoon, we all went onto the field for our annual ball throwing competition. Three girls and three boys competed from each upper school year group. It was a close competition which was enjoyed by everybody. The results will be announced soon, at the upper school sports day.

Garden Offical Opening

Garden Opening   Garden Opening

Last year, we asked the year 5 children to design a garden for the school including working out the cost of their design using the money donated by Tesco. The children worked in groups and the winning design has now been turned into a real garden. This morning, the whole school gathered together to watch the winning team cut the ribbon to mark the official opening. The garden will be a quiet space that will be enjoyed year round by the children. The designers also hope it will encourage wildlife and they have included a bird table with feeders that the classes take turns to fill. Thank you again to Tesco for supporting projects in our local community.

Royal Wedding Celebration Picnic

Royal wedding picnic   Royal wedding picnic

We were lucky to have such a beautiful day today for our picnic to celebrate the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The cooks prepared packed lunches for the children who usually have school dinners and everyone sat out on the sunny field. The children were also all given a special commemorative coin to take home as a gift from the school.

Eden Camp

Eden Camp   Eden Camp

Year five and six have had an excellent day out at Eden Camp, despite the rain! Fortunately, there were plenty of fascinating huts to shelter in, each one with its own theme such as 'Women at War', 'The Great Escape', and 'The Blitz'. Can you share with your families what we looked at in the other huts and what your favourite part of the day was?

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