School Blog

Bowfell Hot Cross Buns

Reception and Year One had a busy day yesterday, making hot cross buns with Mrs Mason. In the morning, they mixed, kneaded and left the dough to rise. In the afternoon  the mixture was kneaded again, shaped into buns and left to rise further before  being topped with a cross or shape of our choice. They were even professionally finished with a glaze. The children all took one home and enjoyed tasting all their hard work in school this afternoon!

Attendance Celebrated at Levens

Attendance at school was celebrated on the last day of the Spring Term.  We were delighted to celebrate so many of our pupils who have had good attendance this term as well as congratulate the pupils who have been registered with 100% attendance for the whole year so far!

Osprey Experts

Skiddaw class welcomed Jamie from Cumbria Wildlife Trust into school to help us learn more about the wonderful wildlife that is on our doorstep. He bought in a life size model of the rare and exciting bird of prey that is settling into to a very large nest in trees on Foulshaw Moss as you read this!

We learned a little about their migration and about how humans have changed their habitat and behaviour to encourage these fantastic fish eating birds back to our area. We are now busy making posters to let others know about how to appreciate and watch out for wildlife in our local area and we are going to be visiting the Foulshaw site later in the term.

The children of Levens made a great first impression with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust staff with their excellent answers and interesting questions alongside the thoughtful discussions that they engaged in. This looks like it will be a very worthwhile partnership.

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Building Dens

This week, Scafell were learning all about how to create dens with tarps, ropes and pegs.  The first challenge involved making a taut ridgeline to support the tent.  We explored different ways to create anchor and tension knots; we carefully chose the locations of our tents; and then many groups used their imagination with natural materials to act as tent pegs to secure the shape and structure of a stable tent.  Well done everyone!

Running Club Finale!

We are at the end of the cross-country season and to celebrate our success and our love of running, we enjoyed a very special final event at Sizergh Barn on Friday afternoon.

This week, we left school to run the farm trail accompanied by our two very keen running enthusiasts and coaches, Mrs Mason and Mrs Coker.  Afterwards, we enjoyed hot chocolate and cakes whilst watching the cows in the milking parlour.  Each member of running club received a medal and certificate for their determination, resilience and progress over the last few weeks.

Good luck to Oscar, who later this week represents Cumbria at the National Cross-country championships!  Go for Gold!


Raising money for Comic Relief

We had a wonderful day on Friday – all organised by our amazing School Council.

During the week, pupils had been given the opportunity to buy red noses.  Then on Friday we dressed in our pjs, enjoyed delicious cakes purchased during our breaktime cake sale and many pupils entered our ‘Design a new Red Nose’ Competition.

Today, School Council met to count all the money that had been raised – an incredible £159!  Thank you to everyone who baked, bought red noses, entered our competition and dressed up on the day – A great Levens’ team effort!

Toddler Taster

Thank you to all those of you who came to join us for our outdoor nature craft Toddler Taster session this morning. The children had lots of fun exploring in the mud kitchen, making clay faces with natural objects, flower crowns, stick people and transient art using natural objects!




A Surprise Gift!

Mrs Farraday doesn’t often receive phone calls offering school money…but this is exactly what happened yesterday! Sampool Caravan Park held a fundraising event recently. They wanted to support a local organisation with the proceeds and chose us. Angela and Steven presented us with a huge cheque for £249.00 in a special assembly today. We did a wonderfully rousing three cheers and thanked them for their generosity. Mrs Farraday’s already thinking how best to spend the money and we will let the home owners and staff at Sampool know as soon as we’ve decided.

Thank you so much!

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Skiddaw class have been learning about the benefits of Fairtrade and Mrs Mason has baked with every member of the class this week using Fairtrade items of bananas, sugar and chocolate. We held a Fairtrade tea and coffee afternoon on Friday and the canteen was bursting at the seams with takers for cups of Fairtrade tea or coffee along with slices of our baking. Shopper also purchased things from Pam and Eco team’s Fairtrade stall which sold £131.45 worth of goods. Thank you to everyone who queued so patiently and came along to raise awareness of this important issue.

Scafell’s Spoons

See Scafell’s wonderful spoon creations close up here…