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.

Baysgarth Performing Arts Day

Baysgarth Performing Arts Day   Baysgarth Performing Arts Day

Today, the year 5's went to Baysgarth school for a performing arts day based on the theme of The Lion King. We split into two groups and separated for the three activities which were dance, making lion masks and music. We all met together for break and lunch. Everyone found something in the day to inspire them.

Key Stage 1 Sports Day

KS1 Sports Day   KS1 Sports Day

This afternoon we held our postponed Key Stage 1 Sports Day and the weather was perfect for running! First up were the 60m races, then came the egg and spoon race followed by collecting beanbags and finally balancing a beanbag on the head. Lots of parents came to watch the children showed great determination and sportsmanship. Well done everyone who took part and thank you to the Sports Ambassadors who helped keep the event running smoothly.

Artsmark Silver Award

Artsmark Silver Award

Over the past two years Bowmandale have been working hard to achieve the Artsmark, accredited by Arts Council England. We aim to teach a broad and balanced curriculum and the award is acknowledgement of the fact that we recognise children need the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts. We are delighted to announce we have been awarded a Silver level status and plans are already underway to go for Gold!

Easter Competition

Easter Competition   Easter Competition

There were some amazing entries in this year's Easter competition. Can you name the book the characters are from? A big thank you to every one who entered. The winning entries from each class were shared in the April newsletter.

There are lots more pictures on our app.

Bowmandale's Got Talent

Bowmandale's Got Talent   Bowmandale's Got Talent

Last night it was the final of our annual talent contest - Bowmandale's Got Talent! Well over a hundred family and friends came to show their support and cast their votes. Just as in the previous two years, we were treated to a wonderful and varied display of talent from children of all ages from across the school.

The show opened with last year's winners who were invited back to reprise their excellent performance and join the panel of judges alongside Miss Rushby from Rushby Dance and Fitness and our governor representative, Mr Thompson. The children's hours of preparation showed in the incredibly high standard of their performances – every one of them was amazing - from dancers to martial artists, to puppeteers.

The staff would like to say a huge 'well done' to the children for sharing their talents with us and to the adults who supported the performers to allow them their moment to shine in the spotlight. We are already excited about next year's show!

Sales of tickets and donations for refreshments raised £141 for the children's bereavement support group Jen's Special Place. Thank you.

World Book Day

World Book Day   World Book Day

This week was World Book Day and everyone made a huge effort as usual to come to school dressed as a book character. There were lots of book related activities going on and many children brought entries for the 'book in a box' competition which were wonderful. The day finished with a 'stay and read' session where parents and carers came to school to read with their children.

Be sure to check out our app for more pictures.


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.

You can see more pictures on our app.

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.

You can see more pictures on our app.

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.

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.