School Blog

Year 2 Violin Lessons

Today, our year 2 children enjoyed their second violin lesson.  They are already able to identify the different parts of the violin through song and rhyme; and they have been learning the names of each string, EADG; and how to pluck them.  Next week, we will be using bows for the first time!

Toddler Taster – Creative Cooking

What a wonderful morning our pre-school children had at our Toddler Taster Cooking session this morning.  Mrs Mason organised a range of fun activities including: crispy cakes, filo-pastry parcels, strawberry mice and pitta-pizzas with lots of different toppings.  It was lovely to welcome so many families from our local community and thanks to staff, governors and some year 5 pupils for coming along to help.  The morning concluded with a favourite rhyming story; ‘Pass the Jam Jim!’ and each child left with a bundle of tasty treats for lunch!  We look forward to our next Toddler Taster session in March.

Friday morning in Bowfell Class

Thought we would share a snapshot of this morning’s learning in Bowfell Class with our Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children.  Lots of different activities going on, some independent, some teacher led;  including: phonics, making 3D shapes and 3D towers, basket weaving, construction, guided reading, role-play in the cafe with signs and menus; and lots, lots more!  All the children engaged and happy in their learning!


Should the UK ban all plastic bags?

In the week when Theresa May has pledged the Government’s commitment to irradiate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042, Scafell and Skiddaw came together in our school hall to debate whether plastic bags should be banned from all supermarkets and high street stores.  First, we watched a video called ‘plastic seas’ where we learnt some startling facts about the impact of our use of plastic on our environment.  Our seas and oceans are overflowing with plastic waste that our marine life is becoming entangled within or is mistaking for food.  In some areas the waste is so extensive it is called ‘plastic soup’.

This afternoon, our year 6 experts demonstrated how to debate this issue in the same way topics are debated in the House of Commons with a very strong and expert ‘Mr Speaker’.  The only difference was that our children were much more polite, no one fell asleep and the vote at the end was unanimous – The UK Government should ban plastic bags!

A Busy Week

We have all enjoyed a wonderful first few days back after the Christmas holidays.  Take a look at some of the fun and learning taking place across our school…

Area and perimeter, multiplication arrays, piano lessons,  playing together at breaktimes, identifying odd and even numbers, multiplication jigsaws, storytelling, thank you letters to Santa, newspaper reports……

Can you spot any new faces in these photos.  We have some new nursery children joining this week and Mrs Haslam has spent today getting to know Bowfell Class.

The Cabin…

On Thursday 4th January, in the afternoon, a crane landed a cabin in the playground.

The cabin was transported, in two halves, by trucks. First they put one half onto the block stands and about half an hour later they attached the second half.

The workers were harnessed to the crane to keep them safe. They had to wear hard hats, gloves, high vis jackets, metal toe capped boots, padded tops and pants and waterproof trousers. They used walkie talkies so they didn’t have to shout and so they could communicate to the person in the crane and to each other. The workers had to use metal chains and hooks so then they could attach them to the cabin and lift the cabin into the playground.

The cabin is staying for up to 10 months and we are going to use it as a dining hall canteen for now because the other one is having work done on it. By Skiddaw Class

Building Friendships

During a very very wet indoor play, all of Bowfell came together to enjoy some of the activities set up in the classroom.  With our new nursery children starting this week; it was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and have fun on a miserable day.

Mastering Multiplication

This morning, our year 2 pupils had great fun exploring their understanding of multiplication using skittles and pairs of socks!  The children were arranging the objects visually into ‘arrays’ and writing number sentences in different ways.  Really good development of team work and explaining their thinking orally to each other and to the adults in the room!  Well done Year 2!

Christmas Musical Extravaganza

In our Musical Extravaganza this morning more than a third of the school performed wonderfully on guitar, piano and violin. Family and friends from the whole school gathered to listen with a hushed reverence and sometimes the rhythms inspired a jolly jiggle or air piano movement amongst the youngest in the audience! All the practising was definitely worth it. Keep it up and we do hope you are able to entertain any guests over the holidays with your seasonal tunes. Many thanks to the wonderful instrumental teachers who support all our musicians in school – the magic wouldn’t happen without your patience and encouragement.

Christmas Carol Service at St John’s Church

On Thursday afternoon, the staff, children and their families contributed to a fabulous Christmas service at our local church. Songs were sung, prayers were read and the Nativity Story was told. Below are some pictures of Scafell class rehearsing for their fantastic performance; after only a few days of being given their lines. Well done Scafell, and well done to the rest of the school for their beautiful singing.

Thank you to Mrs Wadey for her consistent enthusiasm regarding music and singing, to Open The Book for the wonderful costumes they allowed us to borrow, and to everyone who was able to attend. Merry Christmas to you all!

Below is a prayer read by one of our children during our special service:

O Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the food and remember the hungry,

We thank you for our health and remember the sick,

We thank you for our friends and remember the friendless,

We thank you for our freedom and remember the enslaved.

We are grateful for each hand we hold, gathered around this table,

From far and near we travel home, blessed that we are able.

Bless us Lord this Christmas time, with peace and understanding,

Joy that is beyond material possessions, love that knows no boundaries.