The Bingo Association donates their 34th Variety Sunshine Coach to Rowan Tree Primary School

A Variety Sunshine Coach has been presented by Alan Clinton, Assistant Manager from BJ’s Bingo in Leigh on behalf of the Bingo Association to pupils and staff at Rowan Tree Primary School. This Sunshine Coach is the 34th donated by The Bingo Association in the past five years.

Also, in attendance at the presentation were BJ’s Bingo Operations Manager, Lee Rich, and Deputy Manager Jenny Brocklehurst.

Due to the pandemic, we have not been able to deliver activities and lessons off-site and children have been unable to apply skills learned in school to new more challenging community contexts. Having a new minibus to enable us to re-introduce a large part of our curriculum is fantastic. We have all missed it so much: its importance has been further heightened. The focus at Rowan Tree is on pupils and family’s well-being. If we can teach and support pupils to access community facilities, then we are reducing their anxieties about going to new place and doing new things. Having a minibus to get us around and about opens new possibilities not just for pupils but also for their families. We cannot overstate how important it is to the well-being of the whole school community. This new larger minibus means we can get more pupils involved in the community more regularly, including those pupils who travel in wheelchairs, as the tail lift on our old minibus was unreliable and prevented us from using it for all pupils. It was wonderful to know that BJ Bingo and Sunshine Coaches have worked together to enable us to get this brilliant new vehicle and can’t thank them enough for their generosity.

 – Ms Loftus

BJ’s Bingo were delighted to nominate a local school Rowan Tree Primary school in Atherton to receive a Variety Sunshine coach, we were pleased that the bus was handed over late last year and are now delighted that we can make the formal presentation in person, it is the 34th Variety coach that has been donated as a result of fundraising by the Bingo Association and its members. Thank you to all of our staff and customers, for their support over the years in helping raise much needed funds for such a worthy charity.

 – Andrew Tattershall – General Manager of BJ’s in Leigh

Rowan 1 Sensory Circuits

Rowan 1 enjoy starting their day at the hall, engaging with Sensory Circuits.

Sensory circuits are designed to facilitate sensory processing and are a great way of stimulating children’s sensory-motor skills, ready for learning.

Through a series of short, snappy actions Sensory Circuits are designed to facilitate sensory processing and are a great way of stimulating children’s sensory-motor skills, ready for learning.

Pine 2’s Moving Monsters

In Pine 2 this term they have been designing, making and evaluating a moving monster.

The children drew their own designs and decided how their monster was going to move.

They then chose a variety of materials and explored cutting and sticking, designing their very own monsters.

Later on they made a video of our moving monsters and said what they liked about each others monsters and how the children could make them even better. Fantastic work Pine 2.

Athletes in Maple 2

In PE this term, Maple 2 have been experiencing and exploring a range of athletic activities such as travelling, running, jumping, and throwing. Each week they have worked on a new skill which led them to their final lesson where the children completed a circuit. As part of a cross curricular approach, the pupils watched on and timed their peers as they completed the activities.

In teams, the pupils recorded these results using tally charts then used Purple Mash to transfer these findings into a bar chart. Excellent work Maple 2!


Fir 2’s Cafe

This week in Fir 2 we sat in our lovely outdoor cafe. There were cakes and crisps for sale.

Fir 2 worked hard selecting the correct picture of a coin to match the price and some children counted the correct number of coins needed to pay. Well done Fir 2 on all your hard work and engagement with our money topic.

Birch 1’s Wonderful Week

Another great week in Birches.  In Maths, they have been using their measuring skills to measure out the ingredients to make salt dough, and also using different measuring equipment to measure out Gelli Baff.  In DT, the children rolled out salt dough in order to make tiles and then printed different objects into them to make beautiful patterns.  In English Birch 1  have been using the wooden and magnetic letters to write words and their names.  They have also enjoyed watching our school butterflies, they are almost ready to be released!

Strawberry Milkshakes in Berries

Each day this week, Berries have been tasting the fruit from the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.

On Thursday they tasted strawberries. Later on, also making strawberry milkshakes.

To make the milkshakes the children each took it in turns to add four strawberries and a cup of milk to the jug of a blender.

They then controlled the blender by pressing a switch button to turn it on and by taking their hands off to turn it off.
They all enjoyed being able to control the blender with the switch and watching as it mixed the strawberries and milk together.
Later on, they tasted their milkshakes and used a talking mat to say if they liked it or didn’t like it