At Bowmandale we have a system of house teams. Children are allocated a house on starting school, with siblings being given the same house. We have five houses named after the local rivers, Ancholme, Hull, Humber, Ouse and Trent. Each house is given a different area of responsibility and has two elected house captains - a boy and a girl. These ten house captains then form the school council.
At the end of each week, the number of stars awarded to each team are counted and an average calculated. The team with the highest average for that week wins an extra 10 mins playtime and gets the house trophy.
The School Council made up of the house captains. We are all keen to keep our school running as well as we can. Our house team members voted for us because we have several useful skills for the role; skills like listening, speaking clearly, being organised and having ideas to share. We have what is called 'the pupil voice' which means we represent all the children in our classes, bringing their ideas to each meeting.
Area of responsibility: Staying Safe
Aims: To promote safety both in the real world and online
Area of responsibility: Community
Aims: To promote our sense of community
Area of responsibility: The environment
Aims: To improve the school environment for everyone
Area of responsibility: Play
Aims: To promote and improve play
Area of responsibility: Health and Fitness
Aims: To promote and improve fitness in school
On Tuesday 4th July, the whole school took part in a brilliant event called Team Challenge where all the house teams were split into three teams: A, B and C. Some of our favourite games were Penalty Shootout, Limbo Limbo, Wet Sponge Relay, Whose Shoes and Over and Under.
At the wet sponge relay, we lined up and when the whistle blew we got a very wet sponge and ran to squeeze out water to get points. At the netball shootout, we stood and we threw a basketball at a net and we tried to score. Whose Shoes was where we had to guess whose shoes they were and match the name cards beside the shoes.
We all had an exciting time seeing our parents watching us do amazing challenges.
By Sazan and Dylan
On Tuesday afternoon the whole school participated in our annual House Choral Speaking Competition. Throughout the last half term, each house team had great fun rehearsing their chosen poem ready for Tuesday's performance. All poems were performed beautifully, complete with actions, and Foundation Stage were a wonderful audience! The performed poems included; 'The Ning Nang Nong', 'Gran Can you Rap?', 'The Reader of this Poem', 'The Dog Ate my Homework' and 'I'm Late for School'.
All of the children then voted for their favourite poems back in their house teams. We are delighted to share that Humber House team were the winners of this year's House Choral Speaking trophy, with their performance of the poem, 'Gran Can you Rap?'. We even had our own resident 'gran', performed by Callum Day in Year 5! A huge well done to all of the house teams who worked so hard to prepare for the day.
This year, as part of our activities for Sport Relief, we held a house team skipping competition. There were two events: the most skips in 2 minutes, and a routine to music. The energy levels were high and the standard was very impressive. The house captains judged the routines but they weren't allowed to vote for their own team.
Well done to Trent for winning and well done to everyone who took part.
The whole school were delighted we could have our traditional team challenge! We were mostly exhausted after an hour and a half of extremely fun activities, but still happy to find out the result of who won, but we don't mind only a little celebration wouldn't hurt for the winning team.
Before we started, we all came together as a house team and formed a round circle. At the end of the play-ground, Mr Taylor stood on top of the bouncy wall. When we all formed a circle and Mr Taylor took a photograph.
Some of the activities were:
Whose Shoes was an activity where what you had to do was pretty simple, you had photos of the teachers and a pair of shoes to go with the photo of the teachers. It was very fun and confusing because most of us don't remember what our teachers wore on their feet!
Limbo-Limbo was basically limbo, but you wasn't allowed to put your hands or knees on the floor to support your body, while you go under the rope. We all really enjoyed it.
At the end, everyone joined in with the dance that Miss Turtle's dance club practised.