Weekly Newsflash! 24th November 2023

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Coming up next week…

Tuesday – Y1 and Y5 swimming
– Nursery Taster Afternoon – 1:30pm
Wednesday – Y3/4 Mixed Football @ TWS
– After-school sports
– Nursery Taster Afternoon – 1:30pm
Friday – After-school science club

Safeguarding Item


PTFA Updates

Thank you to all those that attended the PTFA meeting last night, if you couldn’t make it, please find the minutes here. The next meeting will take place on the 25th January 2024.

We have one table left at the Christmas Fair, please let us know if you would like to reserve it! Donations are still needed – chocolates, mince pies, wine, Christmas jumpers and school uniform would be all much appreciated! Donations can be dropped off at any school in the run up to the fair on the 10th December.

Don’t forget that The Wheatsheaf is also holding a pub quiz to raise funds for the school so please do pop along if you fancy a slightly different type of Mad Friday!

Upper Wensleydale Benefice


Leyburn Christmas Festival 2023


Christmas Fair – Catterick Leisure Centre

FEAST Holiday Activities – Stage1Cycles

Stage1Cycles are offering free holiday activities for those eligible! This includes a Mountain Bike activity suitable for those aged 11 and above and a Christmas Bicycling activity which is aimed at beginners and is suitable for children with SEND for ages 4-11.

Stage 1 Cycles are also hosting a Christmas Club Ride on the 28th December, with a promise of hot chocolate and a mince pie too!

Diabetes UK



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We have introduced the children to some “Problem Puppets” this week. The teachers have modelled different conflict scenarios with the puppets and the children have helped to come up with positive ways to resolve the conflict, so that no puppet is hurt or sad. If the children have a disagreement with a friend they are encouraged to use the puppets to talk through the problem, with the teachers supporting children where needed. We have been so proud to see children recognising when they need the puppets to help them and a friend. This really  helps to remind the children that they have choices for how they react to situations. 

Following on from the children’s interest in water and waterfalls last week, we have had some fabulous water play in our outdoor area! We provided tuff trays at different levels, along with other water resources, to encourage the children to work together to allow the water to flow. The children have also added tubes and buckets- it has been lots of fun and created lots of problem solving. 

We are continuing to focus on numbers 4 and 5 in Maths this week. We have sung lots of popular counting songs, eg. “5 Currant buns”, “5 little Speckled frogs”. The children have used ‘Five Frames’ with counters on, so they can “take one away” as they sing the songs, to say “how many are left now?”

Each child has a space on the display boards in our setting with photos of their wonderful learning. This week we have spent some special time with the children in small groups where they have been able to talk about these photos. I think all the children felt proud. The opportunity to describe their learning in the photos and the progress they have made since the photos were taken has been really valuable.


Another busy week….

Last week in science we recorded the weather each day as part of our seasons unit of work…….we didn’t need to use many symbols other than wind and rain!  This week we made rain gauges ready to collect and analyse more data next lesson, let’s hope they’re not overflowing by Monday!

In computing we have been developing our digital painting skills, this time using line and shape tools by recreating Piet Mondrian’s artwork.

We have been exploring shape in maths too, this time 3D shapes, building models and describing the properties of the shapes they used.


Maths this week has been particularly tricky but the Swallows have smashed it! We have been working on subtracting two 2 digit numbers. Our key word was EXCHANGING. We used base ten to support our learning. Well done Swallows, a fantastic week!

Happy Birthday Mrs Park!!


In computing this week we have continued our work on animations, here you will see two our of favourite animations using Lego.

Swallows & Kingfishers

Friday was a good day for all involved, because West Burton had a visit from the cake fairy (aka Mrs Fawcett!). A very chocolately birthday cake was shared out to celebrate Mrs Park’s birthday, we can safely say it was yummy!

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles have continued their work on shell structures by creating cubes from squares of card and more complex shapes from nets. 

In PSHE the children have thoughtfully been discussing issues around bullying, which has tied in with our collective worship theme of “No Outsiders”.


This week in Herons we have been writing poetry linked to our book, The London Eye Mystery.  We have also been doing some one-point perspective sketches linked to this book.  Our sketches were inspired by the main character’s journey across London on the London Underground.


In science, the Merlins have been investigating how different voltages change the brightness of a bulb and loudness of a buzzer. We discussed the different components as variables and what we needed to do to ensure a fair test.

This Week’s Awards:

Pupil of the week
Robins (Reception)Grace for effort in lots of her creations this week. What a wonderful imagination Grace has! 
Owls (Y1)James for effort with his handwriting, always presenting his work beautifully.
Swallows (Y2)Rose for her fabulous writing! Her enthusiasm for writing is fantastic which is lovely to see! 
Kingfishers (Y3)Olivia for following every aspect of the RESPECT code and setting a superb example to others. 
Golden Eagles (Y4)Sidney for effort with his joined up handwriting.
Herons (Y5)Abe for following a taught technique for PE and being successful as a result.
Merlins (Y6)Gabriel for embodying all aspects of our RESPECT code and for being an exemplary pupil, Gabriel is a credit to the BAWB Federation.

Headteacher’s Awards
BainbridgeHugo for politeness and consistent effort in all subjects
AskriggJoey Teasdale for consistent effort in maths
West BurtonRosie Benson for independent practice of times tables at home

Good Samaritan Awards For courage, care, compassion
(for the children, from the children).
Nominated by
SwallowsAimee for inviting her to play in her game.  Rose
KingfishersLizzy for checking she was okay when she fell.Rosie
Olivia for helping her with a maths question.Martha
Golden EaglesMaciek for helping him get his glasses when they fell behind the bookcase. Jake
Alex for helping Fearne when she was upset.Maisie
MerlinsDylan for guiding and encouraging him in maths.Fred

Best Learning Space (classroom)Golden Eagles
Most Effective learning Environment (school)Askrigg
House Point Winning Team Otters
Best Class AttendanceSwallows – 100%