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 active and 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 caring, family community, committed to achievement and sharing in the successes of each individual in our care.  We pride ourselves on our inclusive, family feeling school.

The curriculum here is 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. 

Claire Pearson / Alison McGregor


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

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Class 1 have been learning about Pancake Day. They learnt about where Pancake Day comes from, what ingredients are needed to make pancakes and how to make them. The children have also enjoyed joining in lots of other pancake themed activities including: making pretend pancakes, flipping pretend playdough pancakes, discussing ... Read more

Year 6 were visited on Wednesday afternoon by author Christina Gabbitas for an informative presentation entitled 'No More Knives or County Lines'. She has put into animation a scenario showing how young people can unfortunately and quite easily become involved in County Lines and knife carrying; County Lines being the ... Read more

This year, children were invited to come to school dressed as a Superhero in order to raise money for Red Nose Day. It was brilliant to see so many children arrive at school dressed as their favourite Superhero's as well as their personal heros! We had children dressed as doctors, ... Read more

Class 5 were extremely lucky to be joined recently by the Dales Countryside Museum to run a workshop based on our current learning about World War II. We had a super afternoon looking a range of historical artefacts and examing different items within evacuees suitcases. The children had so much ... Read more

On Wednesday the 16th February we were able to host a World Religion afternoon. This was a fantastic opportunity for all our children to be part of. We were able to put on a carousel of activities that children enjoyed in their house groups. This meant that children from all ... Read more

Class 4 have started learning about climate and biomes in Geography. We recapped our learning from our science Earth and Space topic, thinking about how the the Earth orbits the Sun. We made orange 'worlds' with elastic band Equators and white tack Poles. Then we shone a torch on our ... Read more

Children from Years 4 and 5 were lucky to have the opportunity to join a live author event with Hannah Gold. We found out about Hannah's life and inspiration for writing. After a really fun quiz we took part in a Q&A session. Hannah told the children not to put ... Read more

Children in Key Stage 1 performed the fantastic 'Pricky Hay' Nativity which told the story of how Sam and The Shrew prrepared the hay for Baby Jesus. It was amazing to be able to welcome parents back into the school after such a long time and watch a performance. The ... Read more

This time last week we were all dressed up, completing mathematical challenges, having fun, and raising money! The children looked brilliant in their array of number themed outfits; we had Mr J Number Bond, an entire football team, a handful of dice and lots of brilliantly decorated t-shirts. Each class ... Read more

On Wednesday 9th June our Year 2 and Year 3 children enjoyed a fabulous day in the woods exploring the plants and animals that live there. After arriving at Settle the children walked up to Cleatop woods, which was an achievement in itself. We were very proud of how the ... Read more

On Thursday afternoon, children in classes 4 and 5 were invited to their annual Christmas party. Hoooooray, we are finally allowed to party again!! We danced, laughed and ate and drank plenty of cake and juice. We enjoyed playing a number of games from Christmas Corners to a team balloon ... Read more

Deck the Hall with children crafting! Tuesday saw a record number of children taking part in our annual Christmas Crafts evening after school. The atmosphere was lovely; smiling children, festive adults, Christmas music, smells of hot chocolate and foliage. The children made wreaths, garlands, table decorations, hot chocolate spoons, stockings ... Read more

This time last week Year 6 were out and about on the roads around school completing their Bikeability training. Thankfully the weather was much better then than it is now and the children could enjoy their training over both days. As always, we were very proud of how well the ... Read more

On Wednesday afternoon, children in classes 4 and 5 made the short walk down to Victoria Institute to sing an array of Christmas Carols for the annual Age Concern Christmas Dinner. We had a lovely afternoon and sang a number of carols from Good King Wenscelas to Jingle Bells. It ... Read more

Thank you to all those children who took part in the Phizzi Photo competition. The competition challenged children to take a photo of Physics in action. Well done to Freddie who won overall at Bentham with his photo showing earth's gravity. Also to Joe who was the runner up with ... Read more

Friday 30th April 2021 would have been Captain Sir Tom Moore's 101st Birthday. All of us at Bentham got involved with the '100 challenge' both in School and at home. We had some fantastic photos from children at home including feeding 100 sheep,100 jumps on a trampoline and pogo stick, ... Read more

Friday 7th May was NSPCC Number day. Children came to school dressed as numbers and took part in all sorts of different number activities throughout the day. As a school we managed to raise the fantastic amount of £172.31 for the NSPCC and our 'Guess the smallest number' winner took ... Read more

On Monday Class 5 spent the day at Keasden Farm learning about plants. The children enjoyed counting species of plants before dissecting a bluebell. Later in the morning they dressed as flowers and played a game to learn about pollination. The children were all good sports. After lunch we wandered ... Read more

Class 3 are extremely lucky to be receiving specialist tennis coaching this half term. The children have been learning lots of different footwork techniques (ask them to show you their shimmy!) and are now looking at racket and ball control. They have been really enjoying the lessons so far. We ... Read more

Class 3 have spent the last few weeks studying rocks, fossils and soil in their Science lessons. All the children have fully embraced this topic and have really enjoyed finding out how rocks and fossils are formed as well as undertaking investigations into the properties of rocks and soils. We ... Read more

As part of our Stone Age Topic, two lovely ladies from Woodmatters transported us back in time for the day. We spent the whole day outside in the woodland area, despite the terrible weather. First we thought about prehistory and made a human timeline. Then the children enjoyed making flint ... Read more

Everyone joined together for our Remembrance Day assembly yesterday. It was wonderful to share such a special moment with everyone! Some of the Year Six children read aloud the poem In Flanders Field by John McCrae, before we joined together in a two minute silence. The children also completed lots ... Read more

On Wednesday 11th November Class 3 learnt all about Remembrance Day, along with the rest of the school. During our art lesson we used different fruit and vegetables to make our own edible poppies! This linked perfectly with lots of different learning as in PSHE we have been looking at ... Read more

As part of our Science unit on animals, we have been very busy exploring and comparing the features of different birds. We thought about the food they would eat today and made our own bird feeders! Read more

The whole school enjoyed a lovely Harvest Festival assembly this week. Each class performed or presented something about Harvest in the assembly to the rest of the school. Class 1 decorated the word harvest with everything they know is linked to Harvest time. Class 2 presented some lovely fruit and ... Read more

As part of our new Science Partnership, all schools involved are running a Fantastic Flying Machines competition. There is the chance to be the overall winner across all seven schools, as well as prizes for winners within our school and each class. There are two competitions running at the same ... Read more

We had a very successful week raising awareness and money for Children In Need. All week the children took part in various activities encouraging them to look after their own mental health and wellbeing. Every day each class learnt about an aspect of the '5 to thrive' programme. We looked ... Read more

Our school has been selected to be part of a Science Partnership, called The Craven Partnership. We have joined with: Sutton in Craven CP School Bradleys Both CP School Cononley CP School Cowling CP School Kildwick CE VC Primary School Water Street CP School Our group of seven local schools ... Read more

On Thursday 11th November, the children in classes 4 and 5 joined the Bentham community at the Remembrance Service on School Hill to pay our respects to those who fought and sadly lost their lives during previous wars. During the service, our Head Boy and Head Girl read the poem ... Read more

Class 2 and 3 designed and made Tudor Houses, while thinking about the Great Fire of London and how the fire spread. We had a visit from some firefighters who arrived in their fire engine ready to put out the fire. We watched as the houses we made were set ... Read more

Class Two were practising their handstands and cartwheels in gymnastics this morning! Read more

Last week we ran a Girls vs Boys Times Table Rockstars challenge. Did you take part? Who was victorious? Here are the results... Class 2 - Girls won! Cheska was the most valuable player for Class 2, earning them most points, closely followed by Tanaia in 2nd place and Summer ... Read more

Get involved with our photo competition over the Easter holidays! As you may be aware, we are part of a Science Partnership called the 'Craven Partnership', which aims to improve the teaching and learning of physics within schools. You can visit their website here www.cravenpartnership.co.uk Our last competition, Fantastic Flying ... Read more

Have you seen our new 'Marvin and Milo' Physics activities you can try at home? They are extremely simple and easy to do at home and also lots of fun! If you have a go, why not email the partnership with some photos of what you got up to at ... Read more

Class 5 had a wonderful time exploring the river Ribble from its source to its mouth! Starting at Ribblehead Viaduct we explored the source of the River Ribble, the surrounding land and the viaduct itself. Then jumping back on the bus, we travelled to Horton-in-Ribblesdale where we found the river ... Read more

This half term we are learning about castles! This week we ventured outside and kicked off this term's topic by using equipment in the construction area to make our very own castle. Amazing team work! Reception children will be visiting Skipton Castle at the end of term. Read more

Over the past couple of weeks, children in Class 5 have been revisiting and looking at British Values - thinking about what they mean and how this might look in our country as well as our school. They were set a Brain Builder challenge to create a model that they ... Read more

As part of the Great Places exchange Project, Class 3,4 and 5 had the opportunity to take part in a number of artistic workshops lead by three professional artists. Rachel Thornton, Bentham based artist, Maria Del Carmen, an award winning painter and ceramist and Kees Ouwens, a sculptor who both ... Read more

Whilst Year 6 were out caving this week, the Year 5's, in Class 5, took it upon themselves to make some mince pies in preperation for some upcoming festivities in school. The children found a recipe and scaled up the ingredients before venturing into the village to buy fresh, local ... Read more

In preperation for the Christmas Fair on Friday, children in Class 5 put their floristry skills to the test and created the most beautiful Christmas wreaths to sell. They worked so hard and so carefully to make these wonderful creations and it was lovely to see them 'fly off the ... Read more

With the election looming, Class 5 have spent some time over the past couple of weeks looking at all things political. We have looked at our government: how it runs, the different parties, their leaders and policies and its been great to see so many children take a genuine interest ... Read more

Children in Class 3 and 5 walked down to Low Bentham Institute this afternoon to spread a little festive cheer amongst the older generation of Bentham. Several ladies and gentleman had been invited to a special Christmas lunch and when we were asked to sing a few carols for them, ... Read more

‘‘Twas the middle of a maths lesson when all through the room, not a child was stirring, not even a tune Year 5 and 6 were busy learning about angles, with plenty of word problems they were trying to unscramble. When knocking on the door came a tiny little clatter, ... Read more

On Tuesday 17th December children from Class 3 joined Clapham School in an advent trail around the village. With 24 pictures to find, we all split up into two groups and walked around the village keeping our eyes peeled for advent pictures hidden in windows, gardens and porches. Sadly neither ... Read more

On Wednesday 18th December the whole school enjoyed a day filled with Christmas and Maths! Class 1 children enjoyed making their own wrapping paper using repeating patterns and used their mathematical knowledge to do some baking. Class 2 also made repeating pattern wrapping paper and had to programme the beebots ... Read more

Some of the children in Class 5 opened our toast cafe this week for the very first time, and it was wonderful to see so many children queing up for a slice of toast! Our cafe will open every Monday during morning break and serve delicious fresh toast to those ... Read more

A huge thank you to all who have bought from 'The Book People' company at School Fairs, The Book Bus and online at home. We raised over £80 in commission and Mrs Harrison had the very satisfying job of spending the money on new books. After attending a course on ... Read more

Last Monday, the children in classes 3, 4 and 5 joined the Bentham community at the Remembrance Service on School Hill to pay our respects to those who fought and sadly lost their lives during previous wars. During the service, Abbie read beautifully the poem 'In Flanders Fields' by John ... Read more

This year, children were invited to come into school dressed in something bright and spotty in order to raise money for Children in Need. Throughout the day, all classes also took part in a work-out that was live streamed and run by Joe Wicks who spent the week touring around ... Read more

As mentioned previously on our class page, Class 5 returned to school in September and spent a couple of days writing job applications for some roles and responsibilites that they wanted to carry out this year. Their letters were amazing and it was a hard choice when it came down ... Read more

In Class 5, our art throughout the Autumn Term has been inspired by Peter Thorpe. Peter began creating his work when he became so fed up of wasting paint, that he started to use his left overs to create abstract backgrounds with a space theme. We liked this artist as ... Read more

Book Club is every Tuesday lunch time in the Library. The Year Six children are fantastic librarians, scanning books in and out for all the children. It is lovely to see so many children from all year groups reading together. Read more

Have you noticed the fantastic willow dome on the school field? Thanks to Peter (the Willow man) and our School Council representatives our first willow structure was errected within a day! The children learnt how to weave the willow and ensure the structure stayed firmly in the ground. The dome ... Read more

Children in KS2 have been joining Mrs Cadman, this half term, on a Wednesday lunch time at Maths Club. We spend our time practising our times tables knowledge through a number of different games and/or on TTRockstars. It's great to see the children so enthusiatic to learn their tables as ... Read more

To kick start our electricity unit in Science, Class 5 visited Heysham Power Station today and had the most amazing day. We spent the morning discussing the different types of electricity used across the UK and predicting the percentage usages before looking at the grid online. We were shocked to ... 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

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

Class 3 have been looking at how not everything published on the Internet is true. After looking at the Tomato Spider website we spotted the following clues that told us it probably wasn't factually correct; Pictures were drawn and there were no photographs. There wasn't an author's name or company ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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