Weekly Newsflash! Friday 16th June 2023

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Dances Days come to BAWB!

We had a fantastic visit from Dance Days today! The children absolutely loved their sessions.

“It was very fun and I liked it very much! The dance moves were interesting.” Lily

“It was very interesting and I liked learning a new skill.” Dylan

“It was really fun and we got to learn loads of new stuff!” Grayson & Toby

The Swallows and Kingfishers had a fantastic dance workshop with Leigh from Dance Days. The children loved learning how to dance the Charleston with its quirky fun moves and they impressed Leigh with their behaviour and effort. Here is a link to Charleston! by the Jazz Ensemble on Youtube, the track can also be found on Spotify.

“It was fun and energetic!” Isla

“I loved the scarecrow dance move.” Rene

“I liked the dance because the moves were funny.” Alex

“I enjoyed the bridge and will practise at home.” Theodore.


Askrigg Produce Show

We have been very lucky to have visitors from the Askrigg & District Produce Association Show come to each of our schools to help with the children’s entries! Please take a look at the schedule for this years show here – there is small prize for every entry and 1st , 2nd and 3rd receive a cash prize!

PTFA Meeting – 22nd June

Don’t forget that the PTFA meeting takes place next Thursday 22nd at The Falls Cafe in Aysgarth! The second hand uniform twill be there to give you the chance to have a rummage. Clothing is for small donation as you see fit. Please find the meeting info here – we do hope you can come along and support the fantastic work our PTFA does. They work tirelessly to raise funds for the school and we’d be lost without them!

Beamish Car Rally – Bainbridge

The Beamish Run will be taking place again on Sunday 18th June 2023, for vehicles manufactured up to 1956 – the run will be passing through Bainbridge and the classic cars will be stopping from 11:30am-2:30pm.

Science Club

We still have spaces on our science club! It is running every Monday from 3:30pm-4:30pm until Monday 17th July. The club is open to Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 pupils and will consist of a block of six 1 hour sessions. As this club is run by an external provider it will cost £30 per child, additional siblings will receive a discounted rate of £15 per child. The balance will be payable via ParentPay. Spaces are limited and are first come, first served – please complete this form to reserve your place.

Summer Sports Club!

Chris Bullock is holding a sports club at Bainbridge during the summer holidays – please find more information here.

Uniform Update

The link to our uniform website will go live soon – as soon as we have it, we will post it for parents to peruse. Please note that sizing samples of the new uniform is available at Askrigg, and we will have it available at Bainbridge celebration assembly next week.


Did you know you can synchronise your 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 have been learning all about snails this week!  The children have LOVED making spiral snail shell drawings and repeating patterns around spirals.  We have been focusing on the story, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and we have even made some snail themed Father’s Day cards-they look fantastic! Our nursery children have been introduced to the ‘s’ sound (perfect for our snail topic) and they have enjoyed writing the ‘s’ shape in the sand. 

Many of our tadpoles had turned into little frogs by the end of last week, so they have gone to live in a lovely pond nearby. And excitingly, we now have Caterpillars in the class! They seem to be changing daily at the moment and the children are all taking a real interest in observing them. Stay tuned for more caterpillar updates!


The phonics screening check has been a big focus in the Owls this week. Mrs Park is super impressed of every single child – they have worked their socks off and all did the check with a big smile on their face! They really did us proud. In preparation for the check, we had a fun game of alien word hide and seek which we loved and want to play every day now! 

In other news from the Owls, in DT we have been focusing on the EatWell plate in preparation for making our own fruit salad! In Maths, we have continued to look at place value to 100 which included an introduction to the use of bead strings. In geography, we looked at human and physical geography features. If you’re not sure what one of these is, just ask an Owl! 


The Swallows are still talking about the school trip to Bradford and our now getting excited for our next trip to Morecambe Bay on 29th June. In the meantime, the Swallows have been evaluating commercially available smoothies to help them design make and evaluate their own smoothie. The kale, spinach and broccoli smoothie was surprisingly popular! Over the next few weeks we will be revising food hygiene, practising key skills and then designing and making a smoothie.

This week’s PE lesson focused on balancing, the children used apparatus to copy their partner’s balance and to work together to balance.


The Kingfishers are enjoying their new unit of work on Poetry.  We are reading poems by Roger McGough, and have been reciting the poem ‘Poetry Pie’ using expression and adding actions for effect.

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles, or should we say, future geographers, thoroughly enjoyed their geography fieldtrip on Thursday. We visited and observed the impressive human and stunning physical features in our local area. We travelled from Askrigg to Hawes, Hawes to Semerwater, Semerwater to Bainbridge and back to school. Whilst in Hawes on our lovely walk in the sunshine, we took a trip to Wensleydale Creamery and had the pleasure of tasting some famous Wensleydale cheese!

While examining physical features, we wanted to investigate the pH and the speed of river flow in the River Ure. In order to compare results, we conducted our investigation in two different locations that the River Ure flows through, Hawes and Bainbridge. This will allow us to consider factors that may have an impact on the river and therefore, our results. 

We were able to appreciate how extremely lucky we are to live in such a peaceful area as we sat and ate our lunch, gazing at the beauty of Semerwater.  To finish a fantastic day, we sat in the sun and enjoyed some cold, refreshing lollies. A great day was had by all!


What a fantastic morning having ‘Dance Days’ in for the Merlins class. We thoroughly enjoyed learning our rock & roll style dance. It was very impressive how much Leigh was able to teach us in such a short space of time. 

This Week’s Awards:

Pupil of the week
Robins (Nursery)Joshie, for being super helpful and for effort in lots of his learning this week. Well done Joshie!
Robins (Reception)Albert, for his love of drawing and for telling us such wonderful stories with his pictures and writing.
Owls (Y1)Charlie for enthusiastically sharing his learning from home about the ‘Bluebird K7’.
Swallows (Y2)Myles for taking responsibility for his learning whilst working independently to solve maths problems.
Kingfishers (Y3)Rene for her enthusiastic contributions to our science lessons, always using scientific vocabulary.
Golden Eagles (Y4)Harry for his effort and enjoyment during the geography fieldtrip.
He has been praised by different adults this week.
Harry has listened to all instructions in class.
Mrs Gamble noticed Harry’s bravery when he jumped in the swimming pool.
Mr Stokes explained that Harry was full of enthusiasm when doing the geography investigation.
Merlins (Y5)Jo for politeness and effort in supporting other. A really important skill.
Merlins (Y6)Kirsty for being responsible and a perfect role model to younger children. In 6 weeks time we will be worse off!

Headteacher’s Awards
BainbridgeRocco for his enthusiasm for learning, being ready to learn and answering questions carefully.
AskriggWilliam B for being a wonderful role model, always following the RESPECT code.
West BurtonSidney G for effort, listening carefully and trying hard to follow our RESPECT code.

Good Samaritan Awards For courage, care, compassion
(for the children, from the children).
Nominated by
OwlsAda for helping her when she had lots of nettle stings!Emma
SwallowsLizzy for giving Rosie a pencil she had sharpened and for playing with her when lonely.Theodore
Ben for letting her go on the bars in the playground.Martha
Rosie, Theodore, Lizzy and Martha for sharing the bars even though they wanted to play on them.Olivia
KingfishersIsla for checking if a friend was ok when he hurt himself.Lizzy
MerlinsAntoni for taking responsibility for keeping the class quite.Johnny
Best Learning Space (classroom)Robins
Most Effective learning Environment (school)Bainbridge
House Point Winning Team Red Squirrels
Best Class AttendanceRobins – 100%
SUPER SCIENTIST AWARD from science clubFearne