Weekly Newsflash! 1st December 2023

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Coming up next week…

Monday – Xmas Shops @ Bainbridge & Askrigg
Tuesday – Xmas Shops @ West Burton
– SEND Meeting for parents @ West Burton
Wednesday – Girls Football (Second Round) @ TWS
– KS1 Skipping Festival @ TWS
– Box2BFit (Y2 & 3) @ West Burton
– After School Sports
Thursday – Christmas Jumper Day!
– Stone Age Workshop @ West Burton
Friday – After School Science Club
SundayPTFA Christmas Fair @ Askrigg Village Hall (10am-3pm)

Safeguarding Item


Skipping Festival @ TWS

Wednesday morning will be an energetic one, as our Owls & Swallows will be heading to the Wensleydale School to take part in the Skipping Festival! Please ensure your Y1/2 child comes to school in their PE kit and brings a water bottle too. Thank you.

Box2BFit (Y2 & 3) @ West Burton

On Wednesday 6th in the afternoon, the Swallows and Kingfishers will be taking part in a ‘Skip2BFit/Box2BFit‘ workshop at West Burton! As Y2 will already be in their PE kits from the morning, can parents of Y3 children ensure they bring in their PE kits and a water bottle.

PTFA Christmas Shops!!

The PTFA Christmas Shops are taking place on Monday and Tuesday next week – this gives children the opportunity to purchase pressies for their loved ones! We are asking children to bring no more than £10, however, gift prices range from 50p to £3 so there is no need to spend lots, and of course there is no obligation for children to bring money at all.

PTFA Christmas Fair

As the PTFA Christmas Fair quickly approaches, we are asking (very nicely) for donations of items such as chocolate bars, mince pies, wine, Christmas jumpers and uniform.

As always, the donations are much appreciated and go a long way to helping the PTFA raise money for the school – this school year alone they have generously funded the Pantomime and transport to Richmond for all of the children at BAWB, as well as Christmas books, a school trip to York and countless other resources.

The fair is taking place on Sunday 10th December at Askrigg Village Hall, please come along and show some support!

School Lunch Choice Form

Thank you to those that have completed the lunch choices form for next term. If you haven’t already, please complete the form here. Thank you.

Upper Wensleydale Benefice



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We are definitely starting to feel festive in Robins this week- especially with the visits from Jack Frost and the dusting of snow! We have been preparing for Advent by making our own class Advent Calendar. Lots of skills have been practised to create our advent candles, which reveal a Christmassy picture drawn by each child. 

The children have been practising their mark making and writing skills by writing letters to Santa and Christmas cards to their friends. The postbox is already very full!

There has been lots of fabulous discussions with friends when children have been cutting out pictures of toys they’d like for Christmas. 

Our focussed story this week is ‘Burglar Bill’. The children are becoming very familiar with the story as we revisit it each day. They enjoy joining in with repeated phrases and learning new words. The children are getting brilliant at sharing their thoughts about the story with their ‘talking partners’ too. 


Great excitement this week as we were able to have fun in the snow, what a beautiful place to be making snow angels in the sunshine!

More great team work developing ball skills and strategies in PE!

The children are really enjoying their DT unit ‘levers and sliders’, this week they created moving pictures.

Swallows & Kingfishers

Another busy week for the Swallows and Kingfishers! This week we have had assessment week and have given our best efforts in SPAG, reading and maths. 

Away from assessments we have had lots of fun across the curriculum. Here you can see a few photos of our music lesson this week where we learned all about composing our own music. We even had the opportunity to share our work with each other at the end of the lesson.

Next week looks to be a busy one as the Swallows attend the KS1 skipping festival and both the Swallows and Kingfishers get to enjoy an afternoon of Box2BeFit on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday we’re looking forward to our Stone Age workshop. Keep your eyes peeled for photos of these events next week!

Golden Eagles

In science the Golden Eagles planned, carried out and evaluated an experiment to investigate the effect of temperature on the evaporation of water.

The Golden Eagles studied the different periods of the Ancient Egyptian Empire and created large timelines in order to consider and compare the periods.


The Herons have enjoyed discussing their new English book ‘The Viewer’. We analysed the illustrations and were able to imitate the illustrator’s design to make our very own ‘ class quilt’. We thought about the objects that were special to us and pieced them together to create a class project!


Happy 1st December! The Merlins have worked extremely hard during this week’s assessments and so are having a relaxing, delightful morning getting into the Christmas spirit. They have thoroughly enjoyed preparing the classroom, ready for the December festivities. We have opened our Christmas Story advent calendar, made decorations and listened to some festive songs. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Askrigg Primary School!

This Week’s Awards:

Pupil of the week
Robins (Reception)Arthur for showing pride in his achievements and for trying really hard to make the right choices in his learning. 
Owls (Y1)Ceci for fantastic progress with her swimming and making good choices, listening carefully and helping others 
Swallows (Y2)Ada for her quiet determination during assessment week.
Kingfishers (Y3)Sammy for a positive attitude towards assessment week, putting in maximum effort.
Golden Eagles (Y4)Maisie for excellent effort and use of workings out in her maths assessment. 
Herons (Y5)Lily, for consistently following all aspects of the RESPECT code and being a shining example to others. 
Merlins (Y6)Jo for her hard work and determination so far this year, especially during assessment week. Jo puts maximum effort into everything she does and is a glowing representative for the Merlins!

Headteacher’s Awards
BainbridgeGeorge for some fantastic listening and great contributions during Collective Worship. 
AskriggAlbert for engagement in maths; practising his counting even when tidying up! 
West BurtonMartha for politeness and smartness; always setting a good example.

Good Samaritan Awards For courage, care, compassion
(for the children, from the children).
Nominated by
RobinsJoshie for encouraging him during phonics – telling him how good his writing is. Dexter
KingfishersTheodore for being a good friend after she slipped on the snow and asked her to join in his game.Rosie
Golden EaglesMaciek for helping him when he got hurt at breaktime.Riley
HeronsCallum for being really caring and helping her when she was upset.Lily-Anne

Best Learning Space (classroom)Robins
Most Effective learning Environment (school)West Burton
House Point Winning Team Otters
Best Class AttendanceSwallows – 100%