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Bowsland Green reporters probe the plastic plague

Posted on Friday 10th May 2019 at 8:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pupils proudly displaying their written work at the end of the presentation.

Young pupils at a Bradley Stoke primary school have been gathering opinions on the hot topic of plastic waste pollution after finding rubbish all over their playing field and watching films of animals trapped in plastic waste. The children, in the age range 5 to 7, conducted investigations and proudly presented their findings at a special event held on the last day of the spring term.

The project, at Bowsland Green Primary School, formed part of an ‘imaginary inquiry’ approach to learning called ‘Mantle of the Expert’.

Speaking to the Journal, Lottie Harris, Key Stage 1 teacher, outlined the work the pupils had undertaken in the build up to the presentation:

“Each year group takes on the role of a responsible organisation or team, who need to carry out an imaginary commission for an imaginary client. This term, Key Stage 1 were news reporters. Searching for a local news story, they were horrified to find lots of rubbish on their school field. When they investigated further, they learnt about plastic in our oceans and the danger that our animals are in. This made these young news reporters feel frustrated and angry! They were determined to share this story across the world.”

“After exploring the opinions of different people, including toy factory workers, families, the government and the environment agency, each class set about taking action and finding different ways of getting their story heard. We imagined working with clients such as BBC World and the environment department of different newspapers, creating news reports, new flashes and posters which we shared with the editor of the Bradley Stoke Journal during the concluding presentation.”

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Boys swim the Channel for Team Bowsland

Posted on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 9:31 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Bowsland Green 'Swim the Channel' team in the pool at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Three 10-year-old boys from Bradley Stoke have begun an ambitious aquatic challenge to raise much needed funds for their school. Finley Palmer, Archie Matthews and Joe Moody, all pupils at Bowsland Green Primary, are collectively hoping to swim the width of the English Channel (22 miles) over an estimated 12 weeks and are collecting sponsorship through an online ‘secure giving’ page.

Money raised through the initiative will be used to improve the outdoor play area at the boys’ school, which the parent teacher association Friends of Bowsland Green describes as “tired and uninspiring”.

Finley explained:

“We have enjoyed being at Bowsland and now we are in Year 6 we wanted to do something for the school. We really want better stuff to play on and when the weather is bad we aren’t allowed on the field, so we just have ‘the boat’ and that’s really old and falling apart.”

The lads are undertaking the challenge at Bradley Stoke Active Lifestyle Centre (a.k.a. the leisure centre), which is supporting them by allowing them to swim for free while they complete the 1,416-length challenge.

The three boys are keen swimmers, all having previously attended lessons at the centre. More recently, Archie and Fin have also been trialling water polo there too.

Finley’s mum Nichola explained how the challenge came about:

“The boys had been looking for a way of fundraising and whilst Fin was doing water polo he, saw a poster about challenging yourself to swim the Channel. Fin asked his friends what they thought then we discussed it as parents and with the school, as we knew it was a massive undertaking.”

The challenge began on Monday 1st October and by the end of the first week the boys had covered an amazing 331 lengths. They are swimming two or three times a week, but the amount varies due to their other commitments, such as football and rugby.

As we went to press, going into the final week of October, the boys had increased this to 594 lengths. To meet the 12-week target they will need to complete the challenge by Christmas Eve, but they say they ideally want to finish it sooner.

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Primaries get active for Sport Relief

Posted on Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 9:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Pre-match photo of the teachers' and parents' teams together.

Staff and children at Wheatfield Primary School held a series of events throughout the week leading up to Sports Relief on Friday 23rd March. This included hula hooping, penalty shoot outs, Zumba classes and the whole school taking part in a one-mile run around Bradley Stoke.

On the actual day, staff at the school challenged some of the parents to a netball match – competition was fierce with the parents coming out on top by a wide margin. Parents were asked to send in donations for children completing all of the challenges and tea and cakes were on sale for spectators of the netball match to raise money for the event.

Bowsland Green Primary School went Sport Relief crazy by taking part in lots of challenges. The children created ‘wake and shake’ routines, took part in a danceathon and walked a mile during Sport Relief week.

As well as this, some of the teachers at Bowsland Green decided to complete a 24-hour football challenge. Mr Stephenson, Mr Young and Mr Thomas (left to right in photo below) started playing football at 4pm on Thursday 22nd March and finished at 4pm on Friday 23rd March. They stayed on the school grounds for the whole 24 hours, playing matches, learning new tricks and by keeping the ball at their feet. During the event, both staff and students supported them by joining in and encouraging them to continue.

Sponsorship money is still coming in, but it is hoped that the event will raise at least £750.

Photo of teachers and pupils prior to the start of the 24-hour football challenge.

Photos: 1 Teachers’ and parents’ teams prior to the start of the netball match at Wheatfield. 2 Teachers and pupils prior to the start of the 24-hour football challenge at Bowsland Green.

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This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 3). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,200 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Tesco grant makes for challenging playtime

Posted on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 5:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Tesco community champion Dawn Richards (seated) with Reception teacher Wendy Collins and pupils.

Reception pupils at Bowsland Green Primary School in Bradley Stoke have been celebrating the installation of a new log climber in their garden, thanks to the generosity of a national supermarket chain.

Tesco Bags of Help.

Early Years Foundation Stage lead teacher Wendy Collins was successful in applying for a £4,000 grant through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

The Friends of Bowsland Green contributed a further sum of money to cover the remaining cost of the project.

Mrs Collins said:

“This climbing frame was chosen as the children need an opportunity to develop their gross motor skills. This frame presents a safe challenge for the children who are developing strength and balance. The open ended nature of this frame also supports development of imagination. The children have already been pretending that it is a castle and a ship. We plan to add drapes and big building blocks to further enhance these ideas. We are very grateful to Tesco for their financial contribution and to the Friends of Bowsland Green for the funds that they have raised.”

Photo: Bradley Stoke Tesco community champion Dawn Richard (seated) joins Mrs Collins and some of the Reception children to celebrate the installation of the log climber.

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 41). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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