Welcome to Our School

"The behaviour of pupils is good, as is their attitude to learning. Pupils are kind and considerate….Children in the early years make outstanding progress...Teachers and other adults plan very imaginative activities which help the children develop both socially and academically…The school knows the pupils as individuals, and programmes to help those with special educational needs or disability are strong….Leaders place a high priority on developing pupils' good cultural awareness, and their understanding of what it is to be British….The curriculum is characterised by a strong focus on developing cultural awareness, and developing well-rounded citizens." Ofsted 2016

Bentham Community Primary School is a happy, healthy and very effective place to learn.

We are a ‘learning family’. We model good behaviour, encourage everyone to support each other in caring ways and learn to work hard.

At Bentham Community Primary School everyone believes that we should enjoy our education.

Everyone believes that reading, writing and mathematics are the core of our learning. We are also taught how to learn. If you get something wrong you have another go!

There are four very important words that mean a lot to everyone at school these are: 'Achievement', 'Respect', 'Global' and 'Heritage'.

Mrs Boocock, our Headteacher, and the school staff want you to know that Bentham Community Primary School pupils are happy, positive and active citizens of the school. They grow up to be happy, positive and active world citizens.

If any parent requires a paper copy of any of the information on this website, then please contact the school office and this can be provided free of charge.



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Check out the fantastic film review by Ben. Be entertained by Henry's excellent story writing, and read the super descriptions used by Tom in his work. Read more

Thursday the 23rd of March was another fantastic day at Bentham Community Primary School. We held an RE (Religious Education) focus day where we looked in detail at the Christian story of Easter. This story was delivered in many guises and by many enthusiastic people from our local and not ... Read more

On Wednesday 22nd March, our newly formed Eco group were extremely honoured and excited to be invited to meet HRH Prince Charles during his visit to Broadrake farm, Ingleton. His Royal Highness was on his two day tour of the north of England when he visited the 17th century farm ... Read more

With Spring just around the corner, our Nursery children are really enjoying seeing the plants that they planted with Caroline grow. We have been learning about how to look after them, and watering them regularly. We've also been learning about animals, and are really enjoying the role play screens that ... Read more

Class 3 have been busy making fans as part of a Science and D&T project for a Mother's Day treat. The children worked amazingly sawing wood to create a structure for the fan, measuring and cutting bits of corrigated plastic to cover the structure and creating an electrical circuit so ... Read more

‘Big Dig’ ‘Thank you’ to all the people that came along and got involved and supported ‘The big dig’ on Saturday 11th March. We had a great turn out from children, parents, grandparents and staff throughout the day. This all helped create a real buzz and atmosphere on the day ... Read more

Following on from last year's 'Clean for the Queen' campaign, children in Key Stage 2 were joined by parents and teachers on a litter pick around Bentham. Children from all three classes split into groups, put on a pair of gloves and went to one of three locations around Bentham. ... Read more

If you are in school over the next few weeks, take a walk down the Key Stage 2 corridor. There are one or two lovely new displays showcasing the children's work, trips and achievements. The corridor looks lovely and bright and it is wonderful to see the children admiring each ... Read more

Take a look at these amazing pieces of work by Lucy,Oliver,Katiya, Aime, Freyja, Finlay, Abbie and Tom. Well done - your work is FAB! Read more

We celebrated Waste Week this year by joining in with EDF Energy's Pod competition. This year the theme was 'upcycle and recycle', therefore we spent the day on Thursday turning old and unwanted recyclable rubbish into amazing new puppets. The children had been busy collecting lots of materials over the ... Read more

We would just like to say a great big thank you to the FOBS team who have helped to fill our Science cupboard with lots of amazing new resources. They also bought us these fantastic new lab coats for the children to wear in their Sciene lessons. They got a ... Read more

Before the half term, Class 3 was transformed into a pirate ship as part of our KS2 topic looking at the Caribbean. We spent the morning researching where pirates originated from and looked at the famous adventures of Blackbeard, the most feared pirate of them all. The children jumped straight ... Read more

Last Wednesday, the SNAG group were lucky enough to be invited to take part in a Fair Trade Fortnight event, at Harlow Carr Gardens (Harrogate). The 12 of us spent the day smoothie making, planting lettuces and learning about the importance of Fair Trade products. We had a fabulous day ... Read more

Last Thursday, we celebrated World Book day with a Roald Dahl theme. This year, all the classrooms focussed on a different Roald Dahl book with a few fun filled activities for the children to do. Miss Thwaite's favourite Roald Dahl book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, therefore in Class ... Read more

Class 3 kicked off the beginning of lent by cleaning out the cupboards and making pancakes. We worked together following recipes to mix up a pancake batter; weighing flour, cracking eggs and pouring milk. We then got to cook our pancakes in Mrs Leak's large frying pan and enjoyed them ... Read more

Today in school we have been lucky enough to have a visit from Emily Hennessey from Settle Stories. Emily has been running workshops all day in school telling traditional Norsk stories with all classes. Class 1 and 2 sang along to traditional Norsk music and listened to stories including 'Stone ... Read more

Last week we had some visitors in school. They were tree specialists. They had come to plant some more trees in school grounds. Hopefully, when these trees grow they will prodive more shade and shelter when the children are playing outside at playtime and lunchtime. The trees are all different ... Read more

Year 6 children are flying with their reading! They have read so many books and their reading skills are so high that they needed more books for the Red and Black band of the Accelerated Reader scheme. Miss Pearson sent a wish list to the FOBS (Friends of Bentham School) ... Read more

To kick start our topic - The Caribbean - Year 6 spent the afternoon cooking! After a quick demonstration from Miss Pearson (who isn't very good at cooking!), we got into pairs and followed the recipe. We had to weigh flour, sugar and butter. We had to crack eggs (Tyler's ... Read more

Isobel produced a fantastic 30 second radio advert. Elizabeth wrote a beautiful description of her 'banquet hat'. Alma amazed us all with her postcard from the caribbean. Read more

Our vision is big; we would like to develop our outside areas so that they are more accessible to the children and community. Our hope is to create a space that will engage all types of people in the community and encourage learning from the outdoor environment for our children. ... Read more

We are extremely excited to begin a wonderful new project at Bentham School entitled 'Food for Life'. Food for Life is an award winning national programme that works to try and transform food culture within schools. Their aim is to develop a positive culture by implementing the following: - creating ... Read more

On Tuesday 31st of January, Yorkshire Pudding Day came early to Bentham School. After a batter making bananza in Miss Pearson's assembly on Monday, the children learnt the art of making a perfectly fluffy yet crispy Yorkshire Pudding, fit for a Yorkshire King. Mrs Leak, our school cook was not ... Read more

Over the past few months we have opened up our school dinner hall and invited parents, siblings, grandparents etc to enjoy lunch with their children. It has been lovely to see so many of you visting for lunch and have had some excellent feedback. On Friday the 27th it was ... Read more

The children thoroughly enjoyed watching Aladdin at The Grand Theatre in Blackpool. We set off from school after an early lunch on three coaches to Blackpool. There, we were entertained by Wishy Washy and his co- stars in what proved to be a highly eventful and funny show! We watched ... Read more

Matthew in class 5 wrote an amazing toy commercial. Caitlin in Year 3 produced a wonderful story about a princess and a dragon. Ellie in Year 2 has done some fantastic creative work. Billy in Year2 has used some super adjectives. Read more

Even the cold weather and frosty mornings haven't stopped our Early Years children from breing outside and enjoying our beautiful surroundings. Nursery children have been learning about winter and have been playing outside in the frost, feeling what it feels like to walk (and run!) on the frosty grass. They've ... Read more

A fantastic morning was had by all the children who took part in the Indoor Athletics competition at Giggleswick Sports Hall. The children took part in events such as sprint, relays, long jump, hurdles and speed bounce. All our children competed with great determination and effort, and we are proud ... Read more

Work by Seth, Ruby, Liam and Charlie that really impessed us all this week! Read more

On Friday night, the 9th of December, the children arrived back at school at 6:00pm ready and raring for a sleepover in the school hall. We spent the night munching on popcorn, watching Christmas films, playing Christmas quizzes and having a fabulous night with our friends. It's safe to say ... Read more

Children from Year 5 have recently been to Settle College for an afternoon of baking. They all really enjoyed it and they made some delicious muffins to take home. Here is what they had to say about it: "I really liked it when we made the muffins, it was really ... Read more

The Dogs Trust came into school today to provide workshops for Class One and Class Two. The children learnt about how to stay safe around dogs, as well as how to look after dogs so that they are happy and healthy. The workshops offered children ‘hands on’ opportunities to stroke ... Read more

A big thank you to all those who baked for or bought bakes from this year's Pudsey Bake Off! Winners of the best cakes or biscuits were: Ross Monk Ellie Rogerson Will Bentley Teddy Davy Each winner took home a certificate and Pudsey Bear plush toy. On Friday we had ... Read more

NSPCC Speak Out. Stay Safe. NSPCC volunteers came in to school to launch the ‘Speak out, stay safe’ programme. The aim of this programme is to “enable a generation of children to have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.” Assemblies were held for ... Read more

On Friday the 25th of November at 6 o'clock the corridors filled with the hustling and bustling of children, parents, grandparents and friends at our Christmas market evening. The shopping night, that had been organised by our FOBS team, was a raving success and we managed to raise an outstanding ... Read more

Friday the 11th of November 2016 marked 98 years since the signing of the Armistace book against allies during World War I. On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, silence fell over Bentham main street as the children of Bentham School, ex servicemen and community members gathered on school ... Read more

Year 5 and 6 took a trip to Williamson Park in Lancaster on Thursday 3rd November for the day. They were very lucky to have such fantastic weather, even if it was a little chilly. Not to be deterred, the children split into small groups and equipped with a map ... Read more

To raise awareness of anti-bullying week children enjoyed a visit from Mr Watterson and his puppets again. This time instead of telling traditional stories and using the puppets to act out the stories, the puppets this time were used to act out friendship scenarios and focus on kind words. Children ... Read more

Well done Finn, Alma, Leon, Ellie and George! Read more

On Sunday 2nd October, Bentham Churches Together held their Community Harvest Festival Service in our school hall. The service was held to celebrate our farmers, shops, schools and local businesses. It was wonderful to see the hall full with members of our local community. There was a potato decorating competition ... Read more

Class 5 have been continuing with their Footgolf lessons at Bentham Golf Club. The weather has only prevented us going on one afternoon and the accuracy skills have improved so much that score cards have appeared and the children are getting more competitive. Although some holes have a Par 4 ... Read more

On 6 October at 7.30pm Settle Sessions celebrated National Poetry day at Victoria Hall in Settle. There were poems by Michael McCarthy and John Killick as well as poetry by children from North Craven Schools, including two poems from children here at Bentham CP School. As well as the programme ... Read more

In our Science lessons we have been learning all about healthy eating and nutrition. In Class 3 we carried out a survey to find out what our favourite after school snack was. Our results found that lots of us chose things such as chocolate and crisps, with only 7 children ... Read more

On Tuesday 20th September it was delightful to meet up with 23 children from KS2 who wanted to run in the cross country event at Ingleton Primary School. Luckily the weather stayed dry, and all the runners completed the course with a smile on their faces. We are very proud ... Read more

Well done to Joe, Asher, Dan, Harley, Charlie and Billy for taking part in the Year 2 Indoor Athletics competition. These 6 children took part in various activities such as standing long jump, javelin, high jumps and short sprints in an after school event at Giggleswick School. During every activity ... Read more

Not one, not two but three trips this week. All three classes have enjoyed a History themed trip to Colt Park to explore a Viking style settlement at Gauber. Organised and ran by Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust, the children each spent a day under the shadow of Ingleborough as they ... Read more

Whilst we have all returned to Bentham CP School, Miss Shepherd, who left us in July, has travelled out to Greece to teach for 2 weeks. However, her classroom has been a tent, as she has been teaching refugees in a camp in Greece. Miss Shepherd has been sending the ... Read more

Class 5 have been combining the skills of two popular sporting activities over the past few weeks. Golf and Football! Thanks to Bentham Golf Club, Class 5 have been walking up Robin Lane to spend a PE lesson each week at the golf club. Mrs Boocock wondered how you used ... Read more

We were Cool School of the Week! Danny Matthews from The Bay Radio visited our school on the first day back after the summer holidays to speak to the children and staff about why we should be Cool School of the Week. Miss Pearson nominated us and Danny spoke to ... Read more

Alma Kandler (class 3) and Missy Slinger (class2) have worked really hard on their writing this week - well done! Read more

Please see the attached banner for information regarding Settle College Open Day on the 29th September. Read more

Thursday 30th June saw an enthusiastic team of children from Year 5 and 6 travel to Settle to play in the Cluster Rounders tournament. Sporting their green t-shirts and jumpers they looked like a professional team....would their skills match though? After a brief re-cap of the rules from Mrs Mercer ... Read more

C’est comme si on était vraiment en France! Nous avons passé l’apres-midi à manger et a jouer. Quel festin! Pour commencer...des croissants, des brioches, des madeleines, du pain et du fromage et un petit verre de vin rouge. Pourqoui pas? Quelques jeux de boules après, un peu de musique d’Edith ... Read more

This morning, three enthusiatic Y6 pupils asked teachers and parents and those eligible to vote to fill in our survey slips. 45 Bentham residents kindly took part. We calculated that this is 2% of the potential Bentham vote. Here are our results: UK Voting population is 46.5 million. 85% (based ... Read more

On Tuesday 14th June our Year 2 children took part in a cluster Mini Olympics event at Settle College. Luckily the rain held off for the morning of sports and everyone was able to put their all into taking part in the events. On arrival the children were split into ... Read more

On Friday 17th June the whole School took part in a Dress Up and Dance day for Macmillan. The children learnt about the charity Macmillan in an assembly and discussed why raising money for such a charity is important. This year’s dress up theme was ‘Rio Carnival’ as it is ... Read more

This week 2 children were specially selected for their amazing writing skills. Writing 1 - Dan Ellershaw - Y1 - For writing up his Science investigation in full sentences, with the correct punctuation and using his beautiful cursive handwriting. Writing 2 - Robyn Harrison - Y3 - For producing some ... Read more

The School was full of regal activity on Friday 10th as we celebrated the Queens 90th Birthday. Class 1 and Class 2 made made Union Jack flags, and learnt about its origin, as well as learning about Her Majesty's crown and her many residences around Great Britain. KS2 took part ... Read more

90 pupils from KS2 along with Teachers, Parents and members of the Bentham Litter Picking Group joined forces on Friday 10th June to make a difference in our community. The event was part of a day of celebrations to commemorate the Queen's 90th Birthday. The forecasters failed to warn of ... Read more

Part of year 6's post SATs enrichment was decorating parasols for the Bentham Community Carnival on Saturday June 4th. There was sunshine, music and the usual cheerful, waving crowd as we wove through the streets twisting our umbrellas to the beat. Thank you to those parents and children who took ... Read more

Purple hoodies could be clearly seen on the platform at Oxenholme Train station. Excited chatter from the children, nervous Mums and Dads and just one or two suitcases eagerly awaited the arrival of our train to Edinburgh. A last minute dash from one Year 6 and we were all seated ... Read more

Well, where do I start, we have had a very busy day. A relatively good sleep by all meant wecwoke ready and raring to go again! Breakfast in the youth hostel was followed by a walk through some beautiful Edinburgh streets displaying wonderful architecture. An impromptu visit to the Scottish ... Read more

One sunny, but windy, Wednesday the whole of KS1 set off to Fleetwood to enjoy a day at the farm. There is little point writing about our day here as Class 2 children have written some very impressive recounts to tell you all about it instead. Click on the photographs ... Read more

Surprisingly everyone slept well last night despite the excitement of the first night. After a cooked breakfast Adam's group were off exploring the mine. Maisie was encouraged by Tyler, Billy and Dec led the way and Isabelle and Miss Pearson had to be brave through a rather small gap! But ... Read more

After our bus journey here, we quickly unpacked, made beds and had a guided tour of the centre. Waterproofs were handed out and our instructors were met. Adam's group is Billy, Dec, Tyler, Finley,Ben W, Maisy, Bracken, Aisha, Isabelle, Leon, Isobel, the rest are in Jonny's group. Adam's group did ... Read more

Look below to find out who has amazed everybody with their superb writing skills over the last 2 weeks. Well done! Writing 1 - Augustas Statino - Y2 - A piece of instruction writing on how to plant a seed or bulb successfully. Writing 2 - Charlotte Ashley - Y3 ... Read more

FairTrade Fortnight ran from 29th Feb - 13th March. During the 2 weeks we have learnt about FairTrade in lessons and assemblies as well as from visiting other schools and attending FairTrade events. To start the fortnight we learnt about what FairTrade actually is during an assembly. A group of ... Read more

After a delayed start to an icey morning year 3 and 4 embarked on their Residential to Malham Tarn Field Study Centre last Thursday (25th March 2016). Waving off parents whilst dressed as pirates, we began walking across the fields towards the centre. Along the way we had time for ... Read more

Last half term, Class 3 were extremely lucky to be joined by Verpi from Settle Story Tellers. Verpi ran a four week animation workshop with us teaching the art of animation. We learnt the history behind animation, how it works and the skills involved. We got into groups and created ... Read more

Look below to find out who has amazed everybody with their fantastic writing skills. Well done! Writing 1 + 2 - Alma Kandler - Y2 - A story based upon the book 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne. Writing 3 - Rio Egner - Y4 - A retelling of a Traditional Tale. ... Read more

Lempen Puppets came to our school to tell us the story of The Amazing Thing. As they went through different stories they collected different objects to set the Thing free. The story was told by Peter Grimm , the props were fantastic and the music made you want to find ... Read more

On Friday 29th January the whole school took part in a Maths Day. In Key Stage 2 the three classes were mixed up and put into groups. The groups then moved around different classrooms throughout the day taking part in different problem solving activities, all linked to Maths and in ... Read more

Today (3rd February) Class 3, 4 and 5 took part in a dance workshop as part of our ‘Eastern Religions’ topic this term. We have been finding out about Eastern Religions, countries and mountains and today we listened to and danced to music from Eastern countries. Ludus Dance Company came ... Read more

The Education Department Guide at the Houses of Parliament described Bentham Pupils as the best group of that age she had ever had the pleasure to teach. This was perhaps, in part, due to our excitement at being in such an awe- inspiring building which any amout of pre-learning could ... Read more

This Christmas, the winter holiday challenge for KS2 was to learn and perform a poem of choice " off by heart". There was a promise of glory (and prizes) for the winning entrant and pupils spent last week impressively reciting a total of 60 poems to their classmates and staff. ... Read more

Did you recieve a chess set this Christmas? Would you like to like to learn how to play? Do you know how to play "a bit" but would like to get better? Do you need a partner to show your awesome chess moves to? If the answer to any of ... Read more

Look below to find out who has amazed everybody with their superb writing skills. Well done! Writing 1 - Taylor Collingwood - Y2 - A piece of independent instruction writing based on a non-fiction book about birds. Writing 2 - Lauren Taylor - Y5 - A cross curricular poem based ... Read more

Music lessons have continued in Class 4 this term. After some tuning of the instruments following the Christmas holidays, all the children practised 4 notes. Clarinet players got the hang of changing their reeds and our saxophonists had some tricky finger positions to master. Strings were plucked by our guitarists, ... Read more

Armed with questionnaires and pens, some of our Governors came along to our Parent Teacher Evenings to gain the views of parents about our school. As a school, we are always keen to improve all aspects of our school and gaining the views of parents is an important part of ... Read more

On Friday 27th November Reception and Key Stage 1 enjoyed a visit from our North Yorkshire Fire Safety Officer along with local firemen from Bentham Fire Station, and perhaps most excitingly, a fire engine! As part of our 'Fire, Fire!' topic, children from Class 1 and Class 2 found out ... Read more

Our new school Eco-club has been created with children from across Key Stage 2. We kick started our new eco-club with a visit to RHS Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate as part of a school eco event. We travelled with Mrs Boocock and Miss Pearson to Harrogate where we joined ... Read more

On Wednesday 18th November Class 3 and 4 embarked on the lengthy journey to Chester to visit the Dewa Roman Experience. The trip had been organised to coincide with our KS2 Autumn topic entitled ‘The Rotten Romans’. During our visit the children took part in two workshop style sessions; the ... Read more

Our Head Boy, Matthew Hill and our Head Girl, Louisa Hill attended High Bentham Remembrance Service on School Hill on the 11th November. Although the whole school planned to take part in the service, the wet and windy weather meant this was not possible. Instead Louisa and Matthew were joined ... Read more

Five boys have been working with Mr White to make a go kart. We used wood and even got to use a power drill! It is very fun and we are very lucky to be making it. Soon we are going to be painting it. We just need to think ... Read more

Our final Science club has taken place with our eager Scientists from Key Stage 2 exploring a range of investigations all linked to colour. Paint, pastels, chalk, food dye and felt tip pens were all used to explore some exciting phenomena. We created fingerprint artwork, looked at colour separation and ... Read more

The rights respecting group have been selected to voice the opinions and ideas of all the children in school, and will endeavour to ensure that children here all have their rights met. Mrs Harrison is looking forward to working with them and will update you on any developments in the ... Read more

Mrs Steele was very excited this week! She had some fantastic news to share with the children and after playing 'Chariot's of Fire' on the piano our sporting themed Praise Assembly got underway, beginning with an announcement that our school has won the Sainsbury's Silver Games Award. The School Games ... Read more

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