Welcome to Our School

I would like to thank you all for your caring and understanding regarding our child.  It shows that you have a great deal more to offer than just a fantastic standard of education - the support has been amazing! Parent of a Year 6 child 

The staff, governors, children and I welcome you to our busy, exciting and very friendly school. Through our website, we hope to give you an insight into our school, as well as providing regular updated information for both parents, children and other interested visitors.


A nurturing family, learning together.

Choosing a school for your child is such an important decision and we hope that by visiting us and reading about the activities and learning experiences that happen here, you will feel that Bentham Community Primary School is a friendly, caring, family community, committed to achievement and sharing in the successes of each individual in our care.  We pride ourselves on our inclusive, warm and family feeling school.

The curriculum here is bright, lively and creative.  We believe children should be allowed to experiment with, and experience, activities that inspire them to find out more.  The staff work very closely together to ensure a joined up thinking approach and to ensure high standards, through quality first teaching and learning experiences across the primary years. We aim to foster a lifelong love of learning and believe that our children deserve the very best as they start their learning journey with us.  We aim to enable children to recognise the positive contribution that they and others are able to make to our diverse, ever-changing society, both near and far.

Thank you for our child’s report.  We are so pleased with how he has come on this year and that is largely down to how supportive you all are of him.  We like the new end of year report format and especially the what makes the child unique and their comments.

We believe in working in partnership with parents, carers and members of our local community and wider communities in order to fulfil this aim.  An important part of our ethos is to value the partnership we have with parents as we believe that working closely together enables your child to benefit fully from school. We hope that you are able to visit our school to see us in action and to get a real feel of what it is like to be a learner with us.

Please do contact the school office to make an appointment for a guided tour. Should you have any further questions or concerns, we would be more than happy to discuss these.

We look forward to sharing in your child’s education in the future.

If any parent requires a paper copy of any of the information on this website, then please contact Sally Johnson in the school office and this can be provided free of charge.  Information can also be provided in a different language, braille or large print, if required.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find any information you are looking for. 
Thank you for visiting!

Claire Pearson

You do a fantastic job creating such a wonderful environment for the children and we are so pleased we chose Bentham 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

Latest News

Not ones to let the rain dampen our spirits, we were up early this morning after an uninterrupted first nights sleep and ready for a full day in Whitby. Due to rough seas, our plans for today changed slightly. Some of the children spent the morning completing a Dracula tour ... Read more

YAY!!! Finally, the sun made an appearance for us today and we have had such a fabulous time. We kick started the morning by visiting the Royal National Lifeboat museum before heading down to the dock to do some crabbing. We managed to catch over 30 crabs between us, even ... Read more

As all was calm on Thursday afternoon up in Key Stage 2, an angry Viking mob stormed the classrooms stealing personal belongings and urging our children to stand against the wall. After the Vikings had lined us all up, they paced up and down the line, one by one, picking ... Read more

In Class 1 we have been learning all about the story of Elmer. It has helped us think about how we are all unique. We have been thinking about how we are similar or different to our friends and family. We have also looked at how to mix different colours ... Read more

We have had a wonderful afternoon sharing stories with Molly the dog. She is from the company Pets as Therapy and listened to us read and make up our own stories. Read more

The rain didn't put off our keen gardeners tonight! Using the potatoes we dug up last week, half of the children cooked a potato salad, whilst the others planted lots of spring bulbs. Read more

On a lovely sunny day at the beginning of September, Bentham Show was held. The children's work was a delight to see. An assembly was held the following week where prize cards and money were given out to the lucky winners. Read more

Class 3's Brain Builder gallery this week reminded me just how much I love using Brain Builders for our homework! The range of different ways that children chose to show their learning was amazing! We had Viking longboats made from MineCraft, lego, junk-modelling, drawing, painting and collage! It's always fantastic ... Read more

This week, Class 3 have been learning about the Jewish festival Rosh Hashanah. They learnt how it is celebrated and created artwork. They also enjoyed saying 'Shanah Tovah' whilst eating apples with honey to wish each other a sweet new year. Read more

We were preparing for the autumnal months ahead this week in Gardening Club. From building our own bird table to making fat balls with lard, we had a super evening! Read more

Class 5 have been extremely busy this afternoon using their fantastic baking skills to make fudge for the School Summer Fair tomorrow after school. With our £10 spending money we have bought all the ingredients and priced each box up carefully with the aim of making a profit. We have ... Read more

The children are currently up in their dorms changing after a soggy first day in Whitby! It's always amusing, that the one thing they always want to do, when they come away, is spend time in their dorms. On arriving, and after a coach journey full of 'are we nearly ... Read more

This half term, we have been looking at making the right choices in our PSHE lessons which has linked brilliantly with our Science - Animals including Humans. We have been looking at making sensible choices in order to sustain a healthy and active lifestyle. During our lesson this week, we ... Read more

What a fantastic day we have had at Studfold Adventure Forest! From finding fairy houses high in the trees to tiny little doors down low on the ground, our imaginations were in full flow hunting for the magical objects. After dinner, we built our own dens. They had to be ... Read more

Class 3 had a terrific day at Austwick Hall Woods. We made dens, listened to stories and celebrated the birthday of a very old tree! Read more

Class 3 went to Settle for the fun mini olympics competition. We had a super time, despite the cold weather. The students from Settle college had set up lots of brilliant activities for all the children to try. Read more

During the Spring Term, Class 4 were studying South America during our Topic lessons. Within our English lessons, we used the much loved story by Eva Ibbotson - Journey to the River Sea, as a stimulus for our reading and writing. The story follows a young girl, Maia, and her ... Read more

Class Two have had the most wonderful afternoon toasting marshmallows on an open campfire. We learnt how to keep safe around fires and how to widdle our own wooden sticks! Read more

Children in KS2 have been busy battling it out on Times Table Rockstars this past half term to see who can gain a new ‘rock star status’. Times Table Rockstars in an application accessible online which allows children to practice and recall their times tables whilst having fun and gaining ... Read more

This half term, 36 children from KS2 have joined Miss Thwaite on a mission to 'get fit' after school on a Thursday. We have spent weeks completing circuits, running laps and following fitness programmes in order to improve our strength and fitness. The focus on the classes were to improve ... Read more

On this weeks Welly Wednseday we had to listen really carefully to eachother and work as a team to find the missing shapes. But there was a catch... We were BLIND FOLDED!!!! We thought carefully about the position that the shapes were in and explained where they were to each ... Read more

This week in Maths Class Two have been looking at Statstics and Data Handling. We have created our own bar graphs and pictograms. We found out people's favourite food, flavour of ice cream and type of pet they have. We also sorted Lego blocks and used them to create graphs. Read more

We were extremely lucky today to sample the delights of some of our school musicians in both assembly and in class. During assembly this morning, our fabulous pianists played a number of different songs with 2 of our older girls, Abbie and Ellie-May, playing a lovely duet entitled 'Music Box'. ... Read more

This half term we have been learning about different shapes and looking for them in the environment. Here are a few pictures of us on our shape hunt! Read more

It has been brilliant to see so many of our boys become more engaged with reading over the past year. Sometimes, it can be quite difficult to get boys into reading or even to choose to read on their own accord, however it has been so lovely to see such ... Read more

To recognise Fairtrade Fortnight within school, on Tuesday we held a 'Fairtrade Breakfast' event where we invtited children, parents and grandparents to join us for some tasty treats. The breakfast tied in with pancake day and we used as many Fairtrade products as we could to raise awareness aswell as ... Read more

This half term, Class 4 have started looking at Animals Including Humans during our Science lessons. We began by looking at and naming the different bones within the human body as well as looking at the function of our muscles - especially the biceps and the triceps. Last week, we ... Read more

The whole school joined together in House Groups this morning to celebrate World Book Day! The children read together in buddy pairs with the older children supporting or reading to the younger children. Inspired by our favourite stories we also created our own book front covers, comic strips and wrote ... Read more

Children in Reception and Year One took part in their first of three Pedal and Scoot sessions yesterday! With each lesson the children will learn to ride or develop their confidence on a bike. Despite the rain showers, the children were not deterred and had a fantastic time. I can't ... Read more

Children visiting the Houses of Parliament this week and taking a trip on the London Eye. Read more

As part of our topic we have been learning about people in our communities. We had a wonderful visit from North Yorkshire Police this morning. PC Jane told us how to keep safe on and around the roads as well as what to do if we encouter a stranger. We ... Read more

The children took part in their final Pedal and Scoot session today. I can't believe how much progress they have made over the last few weeks. From some children now balancing confidently to others pushing off and pedalling, every child has tried their best and grown in confidence. Thank you ... Read more

When we learnt about the terrible events that took place in the Three Bears Cottage last week, we decided that we needed to speak to Goldilocks in person! The Police brought her into court before we asked her lots of interrogating questions to find out why she broke baby bears ... Read more

Class 5 have been learning how to improve their Netball skills in PE lessons with Mrs Pearson. They took part in a tournament with children placed in 4 teams and all teams playing each other. There were lots of hard fought matches with excellent passing, catching, shooting and dodging into ... Read more

Our wonderful netball team took part in a competition on the 28th March at Settle College. After a few weeks of being trained by professional coaches Mrs Pearson and Miss Thwaite, they were read to take on the other teams. Our Year 6 team of Rueben, Robyn, Eddie, Emily, Aime, ... Read more

Mrs Chapman and Miss Richardson took a group of 16 children to Giggleswick Astro Turk to take part in the North Craven Quick Sticks Hockey tournament. We hadn’t had much (any!) time to practice for this but wearing bright gum shields and wielding a hockey stick, we fielded 4 teams ... Read more

Here are a few pictures from our Disco, raising money for our school as well as having fun with our friends. Great music, fantastic dancing and food as well. Mr White even got his dancing shoes on! Thank you to FOBS for organising the evening. Read more

Year 5 began the Summer Term with the most amazing week at Bewerley Park. We returned after the Easter break extremely excited for our adventure to Pateley Bridge and spent 3 days and 4 nights taking part in many wonderful outdoor activities. We went canoeing to Glasshouses Dam, ghyll scrambaling ... Read more

This half term, Class 4 have been taking some time out to become more mindful. Sometimes it can be easy to rush through life without stopping to think much, therefore we wanted to spend some time paying more attention to our own thoughts, feelings and the world around us to ... Read more

On Monday we were very fortunate to welcome Andrew Colau, a representative from the Mountain Search and Rescue team, into our assembly! He brought one of his rescue dogs with him. Andrew explained that we can stay safe when out and about in the countryside by telling someone where we ... Read more

Class 4 were busy spreading the love today; brightening each other's day and telling people how much they care. It was lovely to see so many beaming smiles in and outside of the classroom. Sometimes a little goes a long way! Read more

Class Two had to work as a team this afternoon to create a den that would protect them from an alien invasion! They listened to each others suggestions and supported one another. Read more

A huge thank you to all those parents that joined us in class this week for our reading focused Stay and Learn session. The children were so proud to show you around their classroom and I'm sure you will agree they are becoming wonderful readers! Read more

Monday 10th December was the long awaited Basketball Competition for children in Year 3 and 4. After weeks of coaching from Mark Gunn, Basketball Coach in both PE lessons and afterschool Basketball Club, a group of 5 boys donned their new bright green team kit and travelled to Giggleswick School ... Read more

For the seoncd year running the whole school walked to the Auction Mart in Bentham to join in the Churches Together Carol Service. Although wet and drizzly outside, there was a warm Christmas feeling inside. The middle ring was transformed into a Nativity scene and Rev Ann, Tim and Stephen ... Read more

Our first Bentham Outdoor Project (B.O.P) took place on a cold December day when Year 5 went to Ingleton Climbing Wall with Mrs Pearson and Miss Mulligan. Mrs Procter our Chair of Governors also came along. We split into two groups and whilst one group went bouldering, one group climbed ... Read more

A wet and very boggy cross country course greeted our cross country team, made up of willing boys and girls from Key Stage 2. After walking the course and been given top tips from Mrs Pearson, the children eagerly awaited their races. Determined efforts from all the children with all ... Read more

Class 3 are well on the way with their Green Tree Award as part of the Bentham Outdoor Project. On Naional Tree Day, Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust provided us with some tree saplings which the children eagerly planted in our outdoor gardens. After a short lesson, they worked as a ... Read more

Last Wednesday, a team of 5 boys and 5 girls from Years 5 and 6 visited Giggleswick School to take part in a cluster athletics competition. The children took part in many different track and field events from relay races to hurdles, long jump to tripple jump and a medicine ... Read more

Children in Reception and Nursery have had a fantastic time singing and making music with Sally-Ann Brown from the Mini Minims company! What an exciting and musical morning we have had. Read more

Class 1 had great fun in the snow today. We got our snow suits on and made foot prints and shapes in the snow. We went looking for ice in all the places where water settles. We played 'dancing on ice' balancing and twirling to music. After watching it snow ... Read more

After last weeks alien invasion and hunt around Bentham, we recieved a letter from Zog. He had been to the butchers for sausages, the bakery for bread, the Coop for a drink but in his letter he said he couldn't find his favourite pudding anywhere. Space Rock Buns! We decided ... Read more

On Monday 10th Decemeber children from across school celebrated Human Rights Day by working in their House Teams with children from Recepetion through to Y6. We found out about Human Rights and learnt that with rights come responsibilties. We then spent some time learning about the British Value: Individual Liberty. ... Read more

Class One and Two had a fantastic time at the Theatre on Wednesday! From the excitement of going on a bus to clapping along to the songs during the production we had a great time! The sweets, kindly provided by FOBS, were also a huge hit. Read more

As part of our work in school linked to anti-bullying week, children from Y2 to Y6 took part in an interactive singing workshop. The children learnt what bullying is, how it makes people feel and how to get help when it is needed. We learnt and performed the song 'Let ... Read more

This half term, during our PSHE lessons, Class 4 have been learning all about 'Keeping Safe'. We have looked at how to stay safe around fireworks and water as well as within our local area. We were able to identify different areas within our local community that have the potential ... Read more

On Thursday 22nd November we welcomed Jas Singh into school to lead a Sikhism Day. He started the day with an assembly and then led a workshop in class 2, 3, 4 and 5. He did a range of activities with the children including turban tying and finding out what ... Read more

On Wednesday 21st November we welcomed a story-teller from Settle Stories into school. He did a story-telling workshop with class 3 and class 4 and finished his visit with a story-telling assembly. Class 3 practised retelling a story, breaking a story down to its 'skeleton' and 'zipping into characters' to ... Read more

This term, the Year 3 and 4 children went on a 1 night residential to Ingleborough Hall in Clapham. We spent our time outdoors, exploring our surroundings and generally have lots of fun! On our first day went on a Selfie Scavenger hunt around the village capturning photographs off a ... Read more

It was wonderful that so many parents were able to attend our Autumn term Stay and Learn lesson. Parents were able to see children working in mixed ability groups to upskill each other when solving addition reasoning problems. They were also able to see the pitch of Y2 and Y3 ... Read more

Thank you to all those parents and grandparents that joined us in class for Stay and Learn! The children were so confident sharing their classroom and learning with you. Read more

Class 3 are using the book The Egyptian Cinderella in English. We have done some fantastic descriptive writing so far and this morning we used hot-seating to get to know the main character better. We invited the character into the classroom and the children asked her lots of thoughtful questions. ... Read more

Class 3 had a really exciting morning just before the half term holiday where we mummified a teddy bear to find out what the Ancient Egyptians believed in. The highlights were pulling out the brain through the nose with a hook, putting the organs into canopic jars and wrapping the ... Read more

This afternoon our Reception and Nursery children celebrated our Fire! Fire! topic work with a campfire. Children helped to collect small bits of fire wood to help start the fire and used a potato peeler to carefully whittle some sticks to toast marshmallows with. We had done lots of work ... Read more

Class One and Two came to school dressed in spots on Friday, to raise money for Children in Need. We also made our own Pudsey Bear patches and went on a parade to show everyone! Read more

Class Two are becoming wonderful readers and we love visiting the school library! Read more

The School Council worked with Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust to make two very special poppies. They weaved willow and dogwood through wire frames to make these wonderful poppies. In the afternoon another group of children from Year 2 to Year 6 finished off what the school council had started and ... Read more

Inspired by the story 'Supertato and the Evil Peas!' we have been very busy in the classroom this week. We have been writing messages to the Evil Pea and using adjectives to describe him aswell as grating carrots and sewing our own green peas. Of course the superheroes saved the ... Read more

In Science we conducted an experiment to see how long it would take to clean our hands if they were covered in paint! We found that using soap ensured our hands were cleaner in a shorter space of time, than when we just used water. We judged the cleanliness as ... Read more

Class One and Two joined together for our Harvest celebration this week, led by Reverend Ann. We thought about all the wonderful people that are needed when growing, delivering and cooking our food. Have a look at the size of the onions! Read more

Miss Thwaite's after school Tag Rugby club got off to a very wet and muddy start this week but that didn't stop us having fun! The club is open to children in years 4, 5 and 6 who want to get active whilst having fun with their friends. We spent ... Read more

On Tuesday, the whole of KS2 took part in a cluster cross-country competition. Our afternoon was full of fun and good spirit whilst children competed in year groups in order to go through to the cross-country finals. Well done to Emily who came the 3rd Girl in the Year 6 ... Read more

Last Friday, KS2 launched their Autumn Term topic with an exciting afternoon. Children received a boarding pass to an anonymous destination before boarding Bentham Airlines. Whilst onboard, children experienced some onflight entertainment and a little light refreshment before landing. On arriving in Egypt, we travelled back in a time capsule ... Read more

After we recieved a message from the pizza delivery man in our role play area, we decided we should make our own pizzas! We followed the recipe very carefully; mixing, pouring, grating and sprinkling! We had to use our shoulder and finger muscles to knead the dough. Read more

Key Stage One have been very busy in Science this week. We were exploring our lungs. Using a straw and a bag we simulated the effect of our lungs expanding and deflating. We also learnt that there are three things humans need to survive... oxygen, water and food! Read more

Year 6 from Bentham CP School have been awarded with their John Muir Discovery Award. Working in partnership with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust as part of the Stories in Stones Project, the Year 6’s have embraced the ethos of the environmental award scheme focused on wild places and encourages people ... Read more

All week children had been preparing for the big house choir competition to conclude last week's 'Bentham Rocks' celebrations. Each house met each day, learning a new song and thinking of choreography for their performance and the results of the weeks hard work did not disappoint. K2 (blue) went first ... Read more

This week is Bentham Rocks week in school and a number of classes have already been busy painting pebbles for our garden. Everyone from our school community, including parents and friends of school, have been invited to contribute and the results so far are fantastic. Lots of parents have got ... Read more

After weeks of rehearsing for this year's Summer production, last week saw two fantastic performances of the brilliantly funny Robinhood and the Sherwood Hoodies. An evening performance on Monday night and the matinee on Thursday afternoon were both fantastic and really showcased the amazing talents our children have been gifted ... Read more

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