Weekly Newsflash! 8th December 2023

Published by Phoebe Martin on

Coming up next week…

Tuesday – PANTOMIME!! Rapunzel @ Richmond Georgian Theatre
Wednesday – Christingle @ St. Oswald’s Church, Askrigg
Friday – Celebration Assembly
– After-school science club

PTFA Christmas Fair

Our long-awaited Christmas Fair is finally here!! Please pop down to Askrigg Village Hall on Sunday 10th December for a Christmassy day suitable for all! Mulled wine for the adults, and a chocolate tombola for the kids – what could be better? Once again, thank you for all of your donations, we are so appreciative.

Panto & Christingle

Please can we ask that children do not bring bags to the Pantomime or Christingle. This ensures we have more space, and things are much less likely to be misplaced! Thank you for your understanding.

Askrigg Sports Committee Christmas Activities – all welcome!


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The children have really enjoyed getting the classroom ready for Christmas this week. They have decorated the little Christmas tree in the home corner and have loved finding presents to wrap up, to put under the tree. Robins have also been busy planning their Christmas cards which they will start making next week. There are some really thoughtful and creative ideas. 

Maths has been all about shape this week. The children have enjoyed going on shape hunts and sorting shapes in different ways. Some of the children have also been role playing as vets this week, spending some time filling out very important paperwork. The animals are very safe in their care!

The ice has been very engaging. The children were fascinated when they found a large block of ice with leaves frozen inside it. Christmas jumper day was very exciting. The children loved looking at all the Christmassy jumpers their friends were wearing. 


In science we enjoyed testing whether objects would float or sink, we made predictions and there were some surprises, we discussed how the shape of objects can affect how well it floats.

On Wednesday the Owls and Swallows enjoyed the Skip2Bfit workshop at The Wensleydale School. They had a great time and behaved impeccably.

“I liked the skipping ropes, they counted how many” Rosie

“I liked the warm up because the man had funny exercises” Lexi

“I liked it when Oscar led the actions in the warm up” James

The Owls had a festive Friday for Christmas Jumper Day! We do love a jazzy jumper at BAWB 🙂

Swallows & Kingfishers

The Swallows and Kingfishers had a session of Box2BFit with Dave. The smiles on their faces tell us everything we need to know – they had a great afternoon!

On Thursday we had a visit from Imagining History! We have been learning about the Stone Age and Adrian and Laura brought it to life! We learned about the Stone Age timeline, how to hunt prey, approaching a terror birds nest, and how to effectively find our tribe with a bull-roarer (take a look at the video for some excellent re-enactments!). We freeze-framed some key aspects of Stone Age life, including cave painting and using a bow and arrow to get food. The children engaged amazingly well and loved the workshop! Laura and Adrian have a website that children can access to learn more about different periods of history.

A great day was had by all on Christmas Jumper Day!

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles have had a very musical week. In class they showed off their creativity in music by improvising on xylophones and then played a fantastic rendition of the Last Beat Stomp with Mr Price.

The school council members have made a beautiful advent wreath to help us count down the weeks to Christmas.


The Herons have been using their sewing skills to produce some beautiful decorations for the Christmas tree in Askrigg church.

They have also been composing their own pop tunes on Charanga!

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!


The Merlins have thoroughly enjoyed Christmas Jumper Day! We have been busy creating Christmas decorations, we incorporated our D&T skills into this activity; carefully using saws to hand-craft our designs. The end results were festive and fabulous!

This Week’s Awards:

Pupil of the week
Robins (Nursery)Bethan for super listening and effort in all her chosen activities.
Robins (Reception)Dexter for great effort and progress in Phonics. 
Owls (Y1)Connie for effort, beautiful singing during nativity rehearsals.
Swallows (Y2)Rocco for his infectious enthusiasm at Skip2BFit and Box2BFit!  
Kingfishers (Y3)Joey T for effort and enjoyment during our Box2BeFit. Fantastic determination and mindset. 
Golden Eagles (Y4)Aaron for fantastic effort and enjoyment in music lessons. 
Herons (Y5)Caleb for fabulous listening and always being ready and eager to learn. 
Merlins (Y6)Katie for being a fabulous sportswoman and an even better friend.  

Headteacher’s Awards
BainbridgeMaisie for her wonderful manners.
AskriggRene for working hard to overcome difficulties.
West BurtonTheodore for his huge enthusiasm for all areas of learning.

Good Samaritan Awards For courage, care, compassion
(for the children, from the children).
Nominated by
OwlsRosie for getting a grown up when he hurt himself at playtime.James
SwallowsMrs Park for working together to tidy up a pencil pot that had fallen on the floor.  Lizzy
Charlie for helping Joey up after he’d fallen over outside.Sammy
Libby for going out of her way to return something she had lost.Rosie
KingfishersArchie for helping Joey when he had fallen over.Ben S
Olivia for cheering up Libby when she was sad.Martha
HeronsLydia for helping her when she was upset.Lily
Theo, Caleb, Abe and Oliver for helping Harry when he fell over in PE.William
MerlinsAmelie for helping her on a tricky maths question.  Hollie F
Katie for being an amazing friend and encouraging them during the football tournament, they also explained that during a game Katie helped up another player from an opposite team. Holly F, Georgie, Eliza & Amelie
Toby for helping him to learn a new technique in D&T. Toby helped Archie to sand his Christmas decoration.Archie
Ava because she looked out for her when she had a worry by listening to her and giving her some good advice.Beatrice QB

Best Learning Space (classroom)Merlins
Most Effective learning Environment (school)Askrigg
House Point Winning Team Otters
Best Class AttendanceSwallows – 98%