Weekly Newsflash! 23rd October 2023

Published by Phoebe Martin on

Coming up after half-term…

Monday – Yoga @ Bainbridge
Tuesday – Y1 and Y5 swimming
– PSCO visit @West Burton
Wednesday – GNAAS Collection
– Flu Immunisations @ Askrigg and West Burton
– After School Sports Club
Thursday – Flu Immunisations @ Bainbridge
Friday – School Photographer – Individual Sessions


Our children did BAWB proud last week with their Harvest service at St. Andrew’s Church. Their acting skills were showcased, as well as their beautiful singing voices. As well as the Year 3 and 4 production, Reception and Year One sang their hearts out, and Years 4, 5 & 6 recited some poems and prayers, and showed off their Harvest-themed art!

Pumpkin Carving Competition!

We received some amazing looking pumpkins at school this morning! We are so impressed with the variety of designs the children have come up with!

A huge congratulations to our winners – Aiden, Oscar, Alex & Anna

How to keep children safe this Halloween

Halloween can be an exciting time of year for children, dressing up and going out after dark. But, whilst Halloween is supposed to be spooky there are some horrors that families will want to avoid. Please click here to find out more information.


Great North Air Ambulance Service – DONATIONS


As many of you know our after school cycle club is run by Helen at Stage1 Cycles, they are running some fab sessions alongside their usual bike clubs including a Haunted Castle Halloween Ride with hot chocolate and cake as a reward! They are also offering a Pumpkin Bike trail which is suitable for beginners. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and find the face paints. These events are hosted by Wensleydale Bike Club but are open to all. So if you have visitors staying for the 1/2 term they are very welcome to join in. Bikes are available to loan but must be booked. Find out more here.

Reception Starters


Secondary School Applications

If you haven’t already made an application for a secondary school for September 2024, please don’t forget to apply by the 31 October 2023. Applications can be made online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/admissions – if you need any help with this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the office.

SL SEND Hub Stay and Play



Did you know you can synchronise our calendar with our school calendar? Click here to visit the calendar and click the link at the bottom of the page that says ‘subscribe to calendar’ – this will enable you to push events out to your personal calendars.


We love our pumpkin activities! We have loved having the opportunity to use a range of tools safely when exploring the pumpkins. We have used knifes to cut parts of the pumpkin and we have used wooden hammers to press nails through the pumpkins too! 

We love our dinosaurs so much we are taking them everywhere with us!

We have been focussing on 1,2,3 in Maths this week. We have been acting out the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, where the children talked about how many goats could be on either side of the trolls bridge at different times. 
All the rain this morning has helped us make some yummy mud pies!


Owls made their own word cards during independent learning this morning!

We are continuing to look at addition, this time number bonds to 10, recording as number sentences. 


The Swallows have been working super hard in Maths this week – the classroom was eerily quiet as everyone was busy working! It’s been brilliant to see the children loving doing their maths – and asking to do “lots” more!
In RE, we have been learning about Islam and what Muslims believe. This week we learnt about the importance of the Qur’an. The children were all very respectful.

Swallows & Kingfishers

We did some amazing autumn art work this week. These photos show us experimenting with the pastels and the dyed water which both contributed towards our final product. The finished work is amazing and we can’t wait to get it up on display!

Today the Swallows and Kingfisher’s had a visit from Imran Kotwal, a qualified teacher who runs workshops to promote a greater understanding of Islam in schools and colleges to foster better relationships between learners of all faiths and no faith. Not only did the children love their workshop but Imran was full of praise for their attitudes and prior knowledge of Islam. Thank you Imran!

Golden Eagles

This week the Golden Eagle’s Collective Worship Ambassadors led a wonderful collective worship based on the story of the enormous turnip. The different characters in the story were generous with their time and followed the teachings or our Christian Vision by helping their neighbours.

In science we have been practising using different measuring equipment in our unit on states of matter.

The Swallows finished their unit of work in art on the use of art in storytelling by completing their Jabberwocky story book illustrations.

Over the last 8 weeks the Golden Eagles have worked very hard and deserve their half term break!


The Herons have thoroughly enjoyed their last grammar lesson of the half-term – they split up into small groups and played a fierce game of ‘SPaGopoly’ and were able to practise all of the grammar rules they have learnt so far while winning points! A great time was had by all.


In art, the Merlins have been exploring and redesigning food packaging. The pupils have used typography and design lettering that is effective and fit for purpose and have transformed their visual notes and ideas into three dimensional objects. We shared our work and talked about our intentions and whether these were portrayed in the outcome. We evaluated our work and we’re able to listen to responses from our classmates and take feedback on board.

On Tuesday, our Y6 collective worship ambassadors delivered a beautiful, moving assembly to our pupils at Askrigg. They explored inspirational people and encouraged the pupils to be inspirational themselves through acts of kindness and following our RESPECT code in and out of school. They asked questions and kept their audience engaged at all times, what a fantastic team! Well done Holly, Arthur, Sam and Katie – you are all inspirational!

Imran Kotwal also made a visit to the Merlins this week to discuss the Holy Qur’an and The Five Pillars of Islam