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Cumbria Sings presents 'Wish'

Cumbria Sings! This video features students from all over Cumbria. Can you spot us? Wait until the end for a special treat!

Let's Get Ready to Rumble ....

Year 6 lead our school on their last day before quarantine. We'll be back soon! xx

Year 5 invent a new game - human swingball!

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Classes 3 and 4 drumming with Zozo!

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Chinese Lion Dance ...Class 4 style!

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Working with Fen Fen - more on the sports pages!

Maths awards this week!

Enhancing Carnival of the Animals with the music service!

Mega maths!

Super spellers from Class 3 - all right all term! Amazing!

Mega mathematicians!

Maths stars!

Nativity stars!

Our new ambassadors chosen as fabulous class role models. Well done!

Maths marvels!

Maths award winners and a silver timestable champ!

Poppy shop on sale! 50p and £1!

School council talk school dinners with our school meal providers

Congratulations to our mathematicians!

Maths whizzes!

Maths magicians!

Super mathematicians!


BBC music day certificate. We looked at Wagner's The Ride of the Valkyries...

Mathematicians and reading stars!

Super readers

Maths champs!

Times table champs and one times table Olympian!

This week's math-magicians!

Jennifer strikes gold!

Read to succeed! New reading award winners.

Superstar maths!

The best Year 6s in the world. Fact!

This week's maths award winners - well done!

Mega May Mathematicians!

The Amazing Jennifer! Silver Times Table Medal Winner!!

Times tables award winners - excellent work!

Maths award winners!

Super mathematicians! Big congratulations to our maths award winner, Jennifer, who has also gained the first ever Bowness bronze award in times tables.

Information for parents: 2017 key stage 1 tests

Details of the national curriculum tests (SATs) children in year 2 will sit throughout May.

Information for parents: 2017 key stage 2 tests

This video provides details of the KS2 national curriculum tests (SATs) that Year 6 children will take in May.

This week's maths award winners

Super mathematicians!

Building Anglo Saxon villages

Maths award winners - well done!

Sharing our new books - Ambassador cake party!

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Book group cake party with our ambassadors! They all got a new book today, too.

Ambassadors - our Bowness role models

Star spellers - learning their spellings week after week. Winners!

Maths Award Winners - super mathematicians!

The excellent Fidaddle delighted us on Monday with their music and skills!

This week's excellent mathematicians!

Maths Award Winners! Well done!

A walk around school (11ish on 1st February)

Our first maths award winners! Well done!

Christmas Dinner - guess the most popular cracker prize!

Year 3 elves decorate the tree in the entrance hall

It's already feeling a lot like Christmas. Stars on the walls, elves in the workshop and Elfie riding a reindeer...

Mighty Zulu Nation

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Asia experience with year 5!

Celebrating the end of SATs with sporty fun. Can you skip as well as we can?

Mud kitchen! Thank you Mr and Mrs Harrison.

We were visited by Annan Boat Club on Friday 22nd April.  They delivered the bell, ready to be stolen on the 7th May, and dressed me up as Captain Jack Sparrow.  Unfortunately, there were no photographs taken.

Afternoon choice. Golden ticket winners - the Murray brothers and the Williams sisters...

Alice in Numberland - a week of maths. Doors and walls are full of wonderland.


Thank you to Klare for our beautiful Advent Wreath and for scouring the shops of Cumbria for coloured candles.  It's all worth it - honest...

Pudsey visited our school yesterday (Tuesday 3rd November) with Radio Cumbria!  More photographs to come!

The Poppy Shop is open! 50p and £1 items available for the British Legion Poppy Appeal. A big thank you to everyone we raised £121.19 for the Poppy Appeal

Bowness' Thriller

What else do you do on a miserable October day?

Thriller Flash Mob

I have been very lucky over these last few weeks and have been out and about with our oldest children.  I have been on a train with Class 3 as well as to Tullie House and Glasson Moss with Class 4.  Proving that Class 4 are great nature detectives, Joe found the tiny Sundew (insect eating plant) on the Moss when we were learning all about this unique habitat on our doorstop.  Such a beautiful plant!

Out with Class 4

Our woodland is finally open.  Thank you to Cumbria Logs for supplying the wood, to Mike Waning and Phil Harrison for materials and sharing their skills and the mighty PA for their imagination and hard work.  We love it!!
The Golden Ticket Raffle winners have been enjoying their prizes whether it's getting your dinner first or extra playtime with your friends.  How about afternoon tea for you and a friend?

One of the prizes for the Golden Ticket raffle was afternoon tea. What a way to spend a Tuesday!

St Michael's Church for Heritage Day

We're Going to be Friends

Back to school song! See you all soon.

What a fantastic gallery! What talented children and such hard working staff. Special thanks to the mighty Mrs Misselbrook who planned and organised this super Art Week. Roll on the 2016 Science Week!

Art week continues with fish made of willow and recycled bottles as well as the completion of the 3 haaf nets - one for each class.  This is Class 3's.  Can you see the oyster catcher? 

Mrs Misselbrook has lots of fab, creative ideas and Art Week is fantastic!  Thank you so much to our army of parent helpers who are helping our children to do so many fun things.  However, art is not really my strong point, but I keep smiling! smiley

So pleased to see our adventurers back from Barcaple today.  They are tired but happy.  Some are more tired than others...


I visited Barcaple today and met happy, excited and well behaved canoeists!  Tom is having such a great time, I doubt he'll come back!


We have received this email from FNKD:

Dear Bowness on Solway Primary School
First I would like to thank you once more for the cheque you sent us in December.
I just wanted to up date you on how we have spent some of your money.
Most of our work is centred around the village of Bucence near the town of Rukungiri in South Western Uganda. We started helping Bucence Primary School a few years ago as it was in such a poor state and in the centre of a village where all of the families are living in extreme poverty. By improving the buildings, buying school uniforms and materials and starting sponsorship programmes we raised the place from 23 children to now 220.
Last year the school opened a nursery section to the school and the children met in the church as they had no building. Now after your great help we have our first nursery classroom. I was in Bucence during the Easter break and saw that some of your money had already been spent on rendering the walls inside and putting in a concrete floor and so I asked for the work to continue. So, some more of your money has been used to put in door and window frames and also wooden shutters as you can see on the pictures. The picture of the children was taken as they were singing a song to say thank you.
Thank you once more for the great help you have given to this school.
Kind regards
Rachel Harris
Chairman of Fnkd (Friends of North Kigezi Diocese)


Photographs from the Ugandan orphanage

Blue Peter Book Awards 2015

This award winning author is called Pamela Butchart and she is visiting Bowness-on-Solway Primary School in July!!

BBC Music Day - Hadrian's Wall of Sound

A musical relay is planned for Friday 5th June beginning at Bowness-on-Solway.  At dawn (well, 6am) you'll here music coming from the marsh, from Carlisle saxophonist Roz Sluman, as the relay begins.  Over 600 artists will be taking part with the final performance of the day being at Wallsend over 12 hours later.  Will you be up in time?

For more information go to the BBC site here.

Backwards Google

I'm sure you already knew this, but a child has told me to type this into the address bar -

Try it and investigate the games there...

Defending the Bowness Bell

Book Swap

In our entrance hall is a bookcase.  This is our book swap.  You can take a book home to read.  If you love it, you can keep it but if you don't just bring it back and maybe try another.  If you have any books at home that are in good condition that you don't read or want anymore you could donate them to the book swap.  Over the last 2 days, we have refilled the bookcase 3 times and yet this is what it looked like at hometime on Friday!

All around the world

Did you know that people from all over the world have looked at our website?  So far we have had visitors from New Zealand, Japan, India, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, Romania, Kazakhstan, Oman, Cyprus, USA and the UK!  This is very exciting.  Do you know where all these places are?  Try and find them all on this interactive map of the world.

U Dance 24th April 2015

Now, I love dancing but unfortunately I am a bit rubbish at it.  However, after help from Charlotte and Freya I can join in with about 5 seconds of Class 3's U Dance routine.  Thank you girls!  However, luckily Class 3 are absolutely amazing and their performance at the Sands in Carlisle was jaw dropping and eye popping - totally brilliant!  Miss Edwards, Elaine, Tom, Miss Nattrass and I were astounded.  Congratulations Class 3 and thank you to our talented choreographer, Miss Edwards, and Elaine our wardrobe mistress.    Photographs on Class 3's page.  We met Kirkbride Primary School there.  Thank you to Caitlin for my nails!

School Council Elections 23rd April 2015

On Thursday 23rd April the classes voted for their school councillors.  There were many moving speeches and I'm certainly glad I didn't have to choose!

Our new councillors are Theo, Penny, Freya, Charlotte, Evelyn, Jack and Annabelle.  Congratulations!

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web has been voted the best book for children according to a BBC poll of international book critics. See the rest of the list on the HT's Blog! Have you read them all?

Library vote!

There are 6 windows in the library.  Which book characters should go on those windows?  Are you an Elmer fan?  Paddington?  Harry Potter?  Or something different?

Go to the blog to leave a sticky note on the noticeboard!!

World Book Day

What a day of stories!  We had hot chocolate (well, we are in our pyjamas!) and fantastic stories from teachers from other classes, Mrs Cozens in the office, Mrs Watters from the kitchen, Jenna our bus driver, Debbie Paisley our Veterinary  Nurse and even a crocodile called Tom!  Pre School came to visit and we all went home with our £1 book token, reading smiles, book worms and story sherbet.  Thank you to Bookends in Carlisle who donated enough books for every child in school (and in pre-school) to take one home.  Look at our book decorated doors, too!