Weekly Newsflash! 12th April 2024

Published by Phoebe Martin on

Coming up next week…

Monday– Sports Club
Tuesday– GNAAS Collection
– Forest Skills Club
Wednesday – Singing Club
Thursday– Cycle Club
Friday– Science Club


PE Timetables

Please find information regarding PE kits and instruments below!


Great North Air Ambulance Service – DONATIONS

Children have been sent home with bags, but any bags are accepted.

PTFA Raffle

Before Easter, we sent home one raffle book with every child for the PTFA May Day Draw and we would love it if you could sell the tickets to family, friends, neighbours, colleagues etc. Tickets are £1 each. If you have sold your tickets – brilliant! – please send the stubs and the money into school no later than Wednesday 24th April (thank you to those who already have!). If you have any unsold tickets – please send them into school as soon as possible so we can sell them elsewhere. 

Dales Dance

Thank you so much to Jo Banks and a team of parents who organised a raffle and a tea, coffee and cake stall at a recent Dales Dance Musical Theatre production. They have kindly donated £100 to BAWB to put towards the development of our creative offering. A large number of our pupils attend the wide range of classes that Dales Dance offers up and down Wensleydale and Swaledale, their timetable is jam packed with opportunities for all children and adults.  Please contact Hannah Smith RAD RTS AISTD, Principal at Dales Dance for more information about the classes, [email protected] www.dalesdance.com


Home Start Richmondshire

Autism Central and Homestart coffee mornings are an opportunity for families and carers of autistic people to connect with each other and get advice and support from Autism Central and Homestart staff. This group is suitable for you if you have a family member who is diagnosed/going through the diagnostic process/has been identified as having a need relating to autism, ADHD, sensory processing difficulties, anxiety and social communication differences.

Autism Central offers high-quality and easily accessible support, education and training alongside a dedicated website.

Upcoming dates

Tuesday 16th April / 10am-12pm

Tuesday 14th May / 10am-12pm

Tuesday 18th June / 10am-12pm

Tuesday 9th July  / 10am-12pm

All sessions are in-person and designed as a drop-in with no prior booking needed. Full address: Coverdale Suite, IPS Innovate, Colburn Business Park, Chartermark Way, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4QJ.

If you have any questions before attending a session, please email [email protected]


Budding builders!

A balancing act to avoid the lava and crocodiles!!

Our bean plants have grown so much over the Easter holidays. The children were amazed at how much taller they were and are excited to plant them out in our raised flower beds. 
They have also done some lovely observational drawings of our bean plants, where we encouraged the children to name and think carefully about the shape and colours of different parts of our plants. 

Arranging 10 in different ways has been our theme in Maths this week. The children really enjoyed this game with their partner where they had to take it in turns to arrange 10 counters, then the other partner had to guess how they were arranged by asking different questions. 

The children have also enjoyed making their own chocolate Easter eggs and buns using the “chocolate play dough”. It smells just like real chocolate but the children know that they can’t really eat it! 

We have been excited to observe frog spawn as they turn into tadpoles and then froglets. But the frog spawn and tadpoles we were going to get from Mrs Johnston’s pond have already swam away! If anyone happens to have any that we can look after and observe in Robins, please do let us know. Thank you!

We have loved welcoming our newest nursery children to Robins this week. They have settled brilliantly and we have been so proud of our older Robins for being so friendly and caring towards them. Well done Robins!


In maths, we’ve moved onto multiplication this term, some great counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. The owls are also enjoying rolling their numbers to help them to remember……ask them to roll their 2’s for you!

In science we have been exploring flowering plants, naming the different parts. Some great scientific vocabulary used to describe the function of these parts too.


In Maths, we have done our calculations and we have had a go at ‘rolling numbers’ to learn our times tables! 

This week in English, the Swallows have been reading more of ‘The Magic Finger’. We have focussed on the part where the Gregg family partly turn into wild ducks! The children freeze framed how they would react if they woke up and had wings instead of arms and wrote questions to ask Phillip Gregg about what it was like to be a part duck!

Thursday afternoon was a bit confusing for us as we were doing computing and music… but our computing unit is about making music! We listened to music composed by Gustav Holst which are all named after Planets such as Mars Bringer of War and Venus Bringer of Peace. The children decided on words to describe each piece of music and had a discussion about why they did or didn’t like it. This will help inform them on how they would like to compose their own pieces in the future!

In music, we did our warm up (which included a mouth warm up for singing!), learned the key vocabulary of question and answer (with an active practice) and had a go at playing to the song on the glockenspiels. 


We have started our new class book this week called ‘The Pebble in my Pocket’ we started it off by looking at a range of interesting pebbles and writing some free verse poetry about our interesting little pebbles.

We have also started our rolling numbers for learning times tables. We have started learning the first few chants this week. 

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles have had a fantastic week back and were very excited to meet their new TA Miss Schofield, who will be working with us Monday to Wednesday each week. The children were especially excited to hear about Miss Schofield’s dogs!
In computing we finished off our unit of work on photo editing by creating fantastical beasts.
In PE with Mr Bullock, the children learnt about problem solving and team work. Next week, the children will also start tennis PE lessons to work on their racket skills and tactics.
As part of our work on No Outsiders in PSHE we read the a story about a red crayon who struggled to be red. Whilst the characters in the book did not give Red good advice we came up with much better advice for Red.


This week the Herons have been learning about sexual reproduction in flowering plants and dissecting daffodils.


The Merlins have enjoyed a visit from Mr Hadfield and Mrs Dent; they were introduced to the school structure at Wensleydale School and were given the opportunity to ask any questions they had about their and their friends’ transition. We all finished the session off with a game and had a great time!

This Week’s Awards:

Pupil of the week
Robins (Reception)Willow for being so welcoming to our new nursery children- being kind, helpful and involving them in her games. 
Owls (Y1)Lexi for effort in maths, working hard on multiplication work, asking for support when needed.
Swallows (Y2)Oscar for having a fantastic attitude on our return to school. Oscar always works hard and tries his best!
Kingfishers (Y3)Sammy Hodgson for effort during English this week. Using adventurous vocabulary and creating a superb poem. 
Golden Eagles (Y4)Alex for always striving to do better. (Alex is an accomplished student but doesn’t rest on his laurels!)
Herons (Y5)Oliver for returning to school with a fabulous attitude and working particularly hard in maths. 
Merlins (Y6)Martha for her effort and progression in maths and reading. 

Headteacher’s Awards
BainbridgeSeth for making sure everyone feels included and being a good friend. 
AskriggRonnie for super manners. He very kindly helped me pick up a pot of pencils when I spilled them! 
West BurtonSidney L for a great start to the new term; lovely manners and working hard.  

Good Samaritan Awards For courage, care, compassion
(for the children, from the children).
Nominated by
SwallowsRocco for helping him up after he fell.Archie
KingfishersSammy for looking after him when he fell and bumped his ribs.Ben
Archie and Aidan helping him when he hurt his knee.Rocco
Golden EaglesElsie for helping her with her spellings.Maisie
Sylvi for catching her when she fell from the monkey bars.Fearne
HeronsTristan for helping Jacob to log onto the computer.William

Tidiest ClassroomGolden Eagles
House Point Winning Team Otters
Best Class AttendanceSwallows!