A Special Visitor!

Yesterday year 1 witnessed something spectacular. They saw a real life alien called Beegu and her spaceship! The poor creature seemed very confused, but luckily the teachers were on hand to help fix her spaceship. As a way of saying thankyou she also left the year 1 children a very special book to read in their class.

Y4 gratitude jars

This week, we read our whole-school book, The Invisible by Tom Percival, and discussed the main themes of the text including ‘poverty’ and ‘community’. We then created gratitude jars and filled them with all the things that we are thankful for including family, friends, education and our health. Finally, we had a lot of fun decorating our jars. Well done Year 4 for a great start to the year!

5M Gratitude Jars

This morning, we read our whole-school book, The Invisible by Tom Percival, and discussed the main themes of the text including ‘poverty’ and ‘community’. We then created gratitude jars and filled them with all the things that we are thankful for including family, friends, education and our health. Finally, we had a lot of fun decorating our jars. Well done 5M for a great start to the year!

Writing Competition Celebration Event

Earlier this year, our Year 5 and 6 children were invited to enter a creative writing competition held by the Co-op Academy Manchester. They were given one criteria- the title of their writing had to be ‘The Future’. Lots of our pupils entered the competition and I was amazed by some of the poems, stories and letters children wrote with the focus on their future.

The entries of four children from Bowker Vale were shortlisted and these children were invited to a celebration event held at the high school last week.

We are very proud of the children below who made it to the finals:

Glen- 6T

Corvin- 6P

Irfah- 5M

Ayaan- 5A

These four children shared their writing at the event and received a bag full of prizes.

An extra ‘well done’ goes to Irfah who won the the author’s choice award.

Year 1S – On the hunt for Princess Kate’s Hat

Today the children recieved an important letter from Princess Catherine of Wales. She asked Year 1 for their help as her hat had blown off her head on a recent visit to Manchester and she wondered if we would look for it. As Year 1 have lots of knowledge about their local area they were happy to help.

We searched Bowker Vale’s grounds by looking under the types, at the office door, in all the trees, on the Vale Trail, across at Blackley forest and finally we went in the memorial garden.

And there it was, under a bench but with all the beautiful daffodils. We said it was meant to be, what with it being St David’s day on the 1st March, the daffodil being the national flower of Wales and the fact that Kate is the Princess of Wales.

We were so happy to find it for her and we will send it back to her royal highness.

We will now link this ‘hook’ experience to the story of ‘The Queen’s Hat’ by Steve Anthony and in our English lessons we will write our own version on the story but with Manchester and local area landmarks.

Year 1S – Geography – Our Local Area – Heaton Park

Year 1 have been learning all about their local area in Geography. We went on a trip to explore aspects of Heaton Park.

We enjoyed following a map of the park to find different features. We found and learned facts about the Somme memorial and Heaton Hall. We even found the play park, which we got to have lots of fun on before spotting the geese and ducks on the boating lake and heading back to Bowker Vale. It was great to see all the fantastic features of our local area.

The children have since written their own lovely recounts about our trip. Well done Year 1.

SSC Adventure Stories

This half term, the SSC Class have worked hard creating exciting adventure stories!

We had the pleasure of sharing our adventure stories with Reception Class. Thank you for being so welcoming and great listeners Reception.

Have a read of some of our stories and let us know what you think. 🙂

Year 4 Firework Hook!

We kicked off 2023 with a fun activity to start our new English unit. ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ is our new text and is all about a young girl who sets off on a mission to make the greatest firework in the world! We decided to try and make our own using Cola and sweets. Suddenly, we all had smiles on our faces, had shaken off the winter blues and we went into class ready to find out about Lila, Lalchand and the secrets of the Fire Fiend!

Year 1S – Z Arts trip

Today Year 1 had an amazing experience at Z Arts. They were immersed in fairy tales as the ‘hook’ to our English. They acted out stories with actions, they became characters and played games linked to fairy tales. They explored the Fairy Tale villiage where could explore, re enact and enjoy lots of different stories.

Over the next few weeks the children are going to focus on the story The Three Little Pigs.

Poetry Recital

Today we had an exciting addition to our Upper School Celebration Assembly as some of our children (and staff!) performed their own poems as a way to celebrate National Poetry Day! They invested so much of their own time writing outstanding poetry which they performed with bravery and spirit! It was a joy to watch! Well done to all our children who wrote and recited their own poems in classes this week too.