Headteacher update

I love these last weeks before Christmas. The children are so excited and it makes being in school magical.

We have had an action packed week as you will see from the newsletter. We have also been showing around more parents wanting to send their children to us when they begin Reception in September. We are growing the school steadily and will never compromise on quality. We are looking to expand our staff and still have a lunchtime supervisor vacancy and will be releasing a vacancy for a Teaching Assistant this week.

A quick note on the Nativity: we had our nursery children involved and we were thrilled that our 3 year olds took part. As a school, we are inclusive and we want everyone to take part whatever their ability or age. I know our families appreciate this and that is why as a staff, parent group, governing body, 3-18 Trust we are proving such an effective team.

Pantomime next week as well as Christmas parties – it is going to be a wild one!

Sam Aiston


Thankyou to everyone who came along to support our Nativity performances this week. The children loved having you there and it was magical to share this as a community. We are so proud of our children for ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway’.

ICT at Bowbrook

We have had a delivery of i-pads and have a range of apps to support the children’s learning. We love technology at Bowbrook!

Serving the community

At Bowbrook we are determined to be the focus of our wonderful community and want to share the incredible resources that we have. It was a pleasure to host the Brain tumour support group’s Christmas party in our hall.

Imagination Playground

After experiencing this equipment for the first time at Shrewsbury Museum we purchased this for our children. It is great for their physical development but also to enable them to become critical thinkers and designers and solve problems. We all love it too!


We constantly talk to the children about the importance of working as part of a team and ensuring we all help one another.

Exploring time

A huge part of the Early Years Foundation Stage is the physical, social and emotional development of our children. We use the outdoor area as much as we can to enable this.


We are having great fun at our After school clubs. This half term we have done Football, Board games, Coding and Dance club.

Christmas Fair

Thank you for everyone who came to our Christmas Fair! It was lovely to see our families.


Headteacher update

Just two weeks to go until we break up. This is a wonderful time of the year and so exciting for our children. Thankyou to all the people who came to our Christmas Fair – we love our community and we will be looking to arrange many more events next term.

We have been discussing plans for the future and the plan is to grow the school one year group at a time. We believe that this will enable us to build our teaching team gradually, continue the strong relationships that we have built with our families whilst building an exciting and challenging curriculum.

We are making plans for next term and will be looking at real life heroes. We will be inviting members of our community into school to talk about their roles in society.  As well as this we will be having lots of fun and ensuring that we are a ‘school of opportunity’.

I will see plenty of you next week when we welcome you in for our Nativity. This is always a great event and I am sure you are looking forward to us as much as we are.


In Assemblies we have been talking about teamwork. We have discussed examples from the animal kingdom including penguins, killer whales, meerkats and geese.

The children are really progressing in terms of co-operating and achieving a common goal.

We love our music sessions

We are continuing to explore different sounds with our music teacher, Mrs Porrett. The children love experimenting with the different instruments and discussing what they can hear.

Headteacher update

The Christmas build up has started.

Nativity practice is underway; there’s nothing better than hearing the children singing when you are in a school and I know that our first ever Nativity is going to be wonderful.

We are getting a Christmas tree delivered next week and we will be switching the lights on next Friday evening and would love it if you are able to pop along for a mulled wine with us all.

Projects that we have on the go at the moment include the library and our outdoor area outside the classroom. Plans have been drawn up, resources ordered and work will be underway shortly.

We had our first school photographs done this week with mixed results. There are some beautiful pictures that I am sure parents will love and there are some staff ones that will be going in the bin!

We love Science at Bowbrook

‘Supersonic Sue’ the scientist came to visit us today to explore light.

We saw how the electricity in a Plasma ball lit up a bulb, held special beads tight that changed colour when exposed to the light, made glow in the dark slap bands to keep us safe, and wore special ‘rainbow’ glasses that let us see all the colours in light.

At the end we made Polymer that changes colour in the light!

It was great fun observing, describing, asking questions and making something new. What great scientists we are!

Book Fair

We are having a Book Fair in school from 27th to 30th November. This is a chance to come and purchase some books for your children whilst raising some money for the school.


Stay and Play

We had a great time with our parents and carers at our Nursery Rhyme stay and play. We love having our families in school and the children love showing off what they have been learning.

Using green screens

We used green screens to retell the story of Humpty Dumpty. The children enjoyed using the I-pads and were able to retell the story with pictures.

Shrewsbury museum

As part of Nursery Rhyme week we visited Shrewsbury Museum. Our Nursery Rhyme today was Hickory Dickory Dock. The children had to follow clues to find Maximo Mouse. We worked as a team and followed the trail to find him.

We also had some Maximo Mouse snacks too before exploring the Imagination playground. Another day of communication and language being at the heart of our learning.

Delivery to the foodbank

Following our Harvest festival, we took all our donations to the food bank in Coleham.

Mr Aiston had to have some helpers as there was so much to carry thanks to the generosity of our parents.

Headteacher update

What a fantastic week this has been. We started Monday with yoga and mindfulness in our dance studio and ended the week covered in mud at Forest school at Inside Out.

It has been Nursery Rhyme week and it has been action packed. We have been using green screens, visited Shrewsbury museum, dressed up, had the parents in for stay and play as well as having a visit from Reverend Charlotte.

We also had another show around school for parents of children looking to join us next September. We have had a great deal of interest which shows the reputation we are creating for ourselves in the community. This is down to the hard work of our staff who have been incredible and are providing so many wonderful opportunities to supplement the children’s learning.

We still have spaces in our Nursery so please get in touch if you are interested. Funding begins in the term after your child’s third birthday.

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to next week which promises to be action packed once again!

Sam Aiston

Yoga with Relax kids

This morning we had Jess from Relax kids in school to do some yoga and mindfulness with the children. We are constantly working on the children’s personal, social and emotional development and they all really enjoyed it and will be looking to do much more of this in the future.

Harvest Assembly

We performed some Harvest songs for our parents and carers today. We sang a couple of the classics and some that we have learned with Mrs Porrett. We used Makaton to accompany some of our songs.

Thanks to everyone for your support. We are proud of our little superstars!

Diwali treats!

We have been learning all about Diwali. We have listened to the story of Rama and Sita, made diva lamps and created Mehndi and Rangoli patterns.

The children also loved trying their Diwali sweets brought in by Idhika!

Jackson Pollock

The new aprons arrived during half term and thank goodness!

We have been experimenting with the painting techniques of Jackson Pollock. We talked about how he dropped, dribbled, dragged, splattered, dripped and drizzled paint to create an abstract painting. It was great fun! We thought our ‘masterpiece’ reminded us of the firework displays that many of us visited over the weekend.

Headteacher’s update

We have had a lovely first week back in school.

There has been a really calm atmosphere this week. I am pretty sure this will not be the case as we lead up to Christmas. This half term is such a magical time in a primary school and all the staff are really excited for it.

We have had our first Parents’ Evening this week and the feedback from parents and staff was great to hear (although conversations went on longer than expected so timings were not great). I feel that everyone enjoyed sharing the successes of the year so far.

We have been back swimming this week and it really is such a brilliant experience to see the children ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway’. It will be something that we will  be looking to continue further on in the year and as the children go through school.

We have Nursery rhyme week, nativities and visits to the theatre as well as a range of visitors in an action packed half term. It is is going to great!

Enjoy the weekend.


Sam Aiston

Headteacher update

What a first term. I can’t believe that the first 8 weeks is over.

We have an incredible time and whilst we will enjoy our week off, we are excited for the next half term and the run up to Christmas.

We are immensely proud of the school, the culture, the community we are creating. I know this is just the beginning but so many things are in place to ensure this school provides a fantastic education to our young learners.

Looking back through all our posts, I am thrilled to see the opportunities that the children have had. We will sustain this and live up to the ‘school of opportunity’. The children have made great progress in a short space of time. Their reading, writing and maths has progressed extremely well and the books, data and observations reflect this. However, what is harder to measure is the children’s progress in their personal, social and emotional development but we can see how this has developed and we are so proud of our little ones.

Have a great half term everyone.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Monday.

Sam Aiston

New bikes and trikes

Our new bikes and trikes have arrived and the children can’t wait to try them out.

They are great for burning off energy whilst working on balance, co-ordination and spatial awareness.

Super swimmers

At the start of the term, we took a class of nervous but excited Dragonflies to their first swimming sessions. We had refusers, first time swimmers and those already attending lessons.

Fast forward 6 weeks and we now have a class of children who will ALL enter the pool, put their face in the water and let go from the side with at least one hand! We are so incredibly proud of the children’s perseverance, determination and bravery.

There are 3 little superstars who deserve a special mention for ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway’. These children achieved their 25 metres by themselves. An incredible achievement for 4 and 5 year olds.

Four swimming sessions to go and we are excited to watch the progress continue. Who knows? We may be teaching the next Rebecca Adlington or Michael Phelps.


Our Art Exhibition is open

A fantastic afternoon for our little artists, showcasing their work from this half term.

We have loved exploring different artists such as Iris Scott and Henri Rousseau and the process of creating the artwork has taught us so many valuable skills.

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