Starting School in September 2020

Welcome to Bowmandale

You should now have your welcome packs. Please enjoy sharing the information within it with your child.

We are pleased to inform you that we will also be shortly receiving details of our transition arrangements for September.

Meet the Team

Mrs Dunstan

Mrs Dunstan

Hello, I am Mrs Dunstan and I am the Head Teacher at Bowmandale. I really love my job and I especially enjoy popping down to see all my friends in EYFS and joining in with all the wonderful things that they are learning. I am really looking forward to getting to know you all in September.

Miss Turner

Miss Turner

My name is Miss Turner. I am the Deputy Headteacher which means I help Mrs Dunstan to look after the school and all of the children. When I am not at school I love to run and I have lots of medals from running. I have just started gardening - I am really enjoying it but I am still learning. Adults still have lots to learn you know!

Miss Wilkinson

Miss Wilkinson

Hello, my name is Miss Wilkinson and I am the EYFS leader and teacher. I love going for long walks with my dog Bobby, you will all get to see photographs of him soon! I like to plan lots of outdoor learning so I hope you enjoy running and playing outside.

Mrs Simpson

Mrs Simpson

Hello everyone, my name is Mrs Simpson. I am an EYFS teacher and Art co-ordinator at Bowmandale. I love crafts, painting and being imaginative. I also have a new puppy, I can't wait to show you all a picture of her!

Mrs Mason

Mrs Mason

Hello my name is Mrs Mason, I am a teaching assistant at Bowmandale and I am looking forward to working with you in September. When I am not at school I love to walk my dog, and also really enjoy camping with my family in the holidays.

Mrs Prestwood

Mrs Prestwood

Hello everybody my name is Mrs Prestwood and I am the early years practitioner. I like to make school as fun as possible and I’m always thinking of new little challenges for you all to do. One of my favourite things to do in school is get the musical instruments out and sing and dance and make up songs with you. When I’m not at school I like to travel and explore different places.

New Class Booklets

Download the Foundation Welcome Booklet 2020.

Download the whole New Starter Pack 2020 as a .zip file (16MB).

Videos to Introduce Reception

Videos showing the classroom, toilets and outside space will be uploaded to Tapestry soon. Please share these videos with your children over the summer. A Tapestry sign up form was in your pack so please return the completed packs as soon as possible.

Useful Information for Parents and Carers

Below are a number documents which you may find helpful in preparing your child to start school.

Happy talk

Listen and learn

Make a mark

Toileting support

Using cutlery

School uniform activity

All About Our School Uniform

All children are to wear the school uniform and the school PE kit. The school uniform is sensible, practical and reasonably priced clothing, which is usually available in the majority of children's clothing shops. Bowmandale sweatshirts, cardigans and PE T-shirts can be bought from the school office.

We consider that the wearing of school uniform gives your child a sense of pride and belonging. It also eliminates the problem of differentiating between which are school clothes and which are leisure/play clothes.

This policy has the support of the school governors and the staff, but above all, our parents.

The uniform consists of:

White socks, sandals and green and white checked or striped dresses are welcome in the summer months.

The PE T-shirts are coloured depending on your child's house team and are available for purchase from the school office. These T-shirts are to be worn with black shorts and plimsolls or trainers. Warm sweatshirts and jogging bottoms can be worn over the PE kit in colder weather.

Headbands, bobbles and hair slides should be plain black, green, grey or navy with no bows or flowers.

Children should not wear jewellery to school as it can be dangerous in certain activities and it is likely to get damaged or lost.

You can find out more information about our school uniform, including prices on our Parent & Carer Info page.

Story Activities

We love reading and listening to stories at Bowmandale. Please enjoy these online stories below and there are some activities you might like to try at home.

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Listen to 'The Gruffalo'

Why not have a go at making a Gruffalo crumble?

Gruffalo crumble

Make a no-bake Gruffalo crumble on mummy2twindividuals.com

Make your own Gruffalo at home

A home-made Gruffalo

Have a go making your very own Gruffalo using a cup and craft materials.

Retell the story

A Gruffalo diorama

Could you print or draw your own Gruffalo characters and then stick them on lolly sticks to make your own puppets? See if your child can retell the story using their own words.

More Gruffalo Activities

Gruffalo website

There are more Gruffalo activities on the Gruffalo website.

Oi Frog!

Oi Frog book cover

Have a listen to the story Oi Frog! Discuss the story with your child and discover their favourite part of the story.

Rhyme game

Play a matching rhyming game. Can your child think of a matching animal that rhymes with the animal you give them such as cat and rat?

Get Moving

Why not play a game of musical statues but when the music stops the children have to become a statue of a frog?

Spinderella

Spinderella book cover

Listen to Spinderella

Get Outside

Spinderella loves counting goals. How many goals can you score? Have some fun outside and keep track of the goals.

Counting

Caterpillar illustration

Spinderella loves to count and she is very good at it. What number can you count up to? Have a go at counting with a grown up and see how high you can count.

Singing

Incy Wincty Spider book cover

Nursery rhymes are so important in Early Years. Why not incorporate some singing and sing Incy, Wincy Spider together?