Monthly archives: June 2019

Busy Bees

To mark UN World Environment Day 2019, we focused on bees and the essential job they do in the world. Having started with this rhyming story The Beeman – we explored facts about bees and how they live. We then explored tessellating hexagons to create our own hives and added a queen bee, drones, worker bees and house bees.


We were extremely proud of Bowfell’s hard work last half term in producing a scarecrow and planting trolley for competitions at Countryfest which was held last weekend.

Their Rapunzel scarecrow for this year’s fairy tale theme was on display in the Sew Crafty tent and received a ‘highly commended’ award.

They also entered for the first time the ‘thriving trolleys’ competition which involved a planting display on the theme of health and happiness in a supermarket trolley! Many thanks to Pam Martin for her tremendous help, in not only designing the trolley, but also giving up her time to help the children plant flowers, vegetables and herbs from her garden.

It was lovely to see the children’s efforts on display last weekend and they represented the school so well.

Hedgehog homes

As part of Bowfell’s learning around World Environment Day yesterday, Reception and Year One learnt about the decline of hedgehogs. They found out about their habitat and what they like to eat. In an attempt to help, the children made hedgehog homes at the back of Bowfell’s outdoor area. They used plastic boxes, mud, leaves, twigs, stones and straw. They certainly look inviting and cosy, we hope for some inhabitants soon!

Scafell’s day of walking and sailing


Well done everyone; you braved a wet, blustery and cold day to make the most of this wonderful second opportunity to develop our sailing skills.  The day started early with lots to do before we could get on the water.  First, we needed to be kitted out in wetsuits, water shoes and splash tops. Then, we learnt how to rig our boats: with the added addition of a boom at the base of the sail this week.  After lots of instruction about how to manoeuvre on the water, off we went.  It really isn’t easy; so lots of determination, teamwork and resilience was required from everyone.

After a great session on the lake, we headed up through the woods and fields to Orrest Head for our late picnic lunch.  Our day ended with a well-deserved ice cream to celebrate a memorable day.


UN World Environment Day 2019

Every year the 5th June is marked as the United Nations World Environment Day. This is a day to question what contribution you are making to reduce the catastrophic footprint humans make on our very precious planet; before it’s too late.

The theme for this year is air pollution.  Did you know that 90% of people around the globe are breathing polluted air each day and many children die each year because of air pollution.

Following a whole school assembly on Tuesday morning, each class has been exploring climate issues.    Look out for more posts soon to see what we’ve been up to.


Knex Crazy!

Thanks to FOLS, Skiddaw class enjoyed a fantastic Knex morning exploring maths, engineering and team work all mixed together! We learnt about how triangles are a stable and sturdy shape and that constructing things reinforced by triangles makes them more successful. We had competitions to see which team could build the highest sturdy tower and which team could build a helmet that fitted well and had a ‘special feature’. Our creativity and problem solving skills were certainly given a workout and Fran, our session leader who works all over the country, spoke very highly of all team’s perseverance, great ideas and determination. Well done Skiddaw – it was fascinating watching you at work and your teachers were really proud of you all.