Weekly Newsflash! Friday 26 May 2023

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Key Dates for your Diaries

Loads of wonderful, exciting things coming up as we approach the end of the school year. Please remember the school calendar here on our website; I have also summarised key events below for ease. Some of these events will have lots more information which will come separately.

Mon 29 MayWest Burton May Fair, including school tours
Mon 29 MayAskrigg Sports
Mon 5 JuneMerlins’ geography field trip
Thu 8 JuneY2 – Y6 trip to Bradford
Fri 9 JuneSwalefest concert for Y4, Y5, and Y6 children – Trio Volant
Mon 12 JuneY4 Multiplication Check
w/c 12 JuneY1 (and some Y2) Phonics Screening Check
Thu 15 JuneGolden Eagles’ geography field trip
Fri 16 JunDance workshop for Y2 upwards
w/c 19 JuneAssessment week
Wed 21 JuneKingfishers’ geography field trip
Wed 21 JuneKS1 orienteering at Leyburn Primary School
Tue 27 JuneEYFS balance bike session
Wed 28 JuneY1 – Y6 athletics at Richmond School
Wed 28 JuneY5/6 ‘Growing Up’ talk
Thu 29 JuneSwallows trip to Morecambe Bay
Thu 29 JuneY6 leavers’ trip – TBC
w/c 3 JulyThe Wensleydale School Transition week for current Y6 pupils
Mon 3 JulyBAWB ‘Moving Up Day’ – everyone in their new classes
Tue 4 JulyOwls walk up Addleborough
Tue 4 JulyEYFS balance bike session
Wed 5 JulyKS1 cluster sports at Spennithorne
Fri 7 JulyMoorland Trip for Golden Eagles and Merlins
(excluding Y6 who are out at TWS)
Mon 10 JulyY6 Bikeability at Askrigg
Mon 10 JulySports Day (afternoon – parents and families invited) for EYFS and KS1 children, at Bainbridge
Tue 11 JulyExtra Y3/4 swim due to previous pool closure
Tue 11 JulyEYFS balance bike session
Tue 11 JulyY6 Bikeability at Askrigg
Wed 12 JulySports Day (all day – parents and families invited for the afternoon) for KS2 children, at Askrigg
Fri 14 JulyReports out to parents
Tue 18 JulyEYFS balance bike session
Tue 18 JulyEnd of year cycle trip to Bolton Hall (EYFS and KS1 – Robins, Owls, and Swallows)
Fri 21 JulyLeavers Assembly (not church service).
To include a concert from the brass orchestra.
1:00pm, St Oswald’s Church.
Parents will be welcome to take children directly from there, but not obliged.

Support Your Child With Maths


After School Science Club

We are very pleased to announce that we will be offering an after school Science Club at Askrigg from Monday 12th June – Monday 17th July. The club is open to 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 to 20 and are first come, first served – please complete this form to reserve your place.

Y5/6 Cricket Competion

Y5&6 took part in a cricket competition in Middleham CC. We entered a boys and a girls team. We enjoyed a glorious morning of sunshine where we played a range of games against local schools. Our boys were fortunate to win their two matches. The first, by just one run and the second by just one wicket. They will progress through to the second round and join the Y4 team who also won their competition last week. 

Preloved Uniform

Do you have any uniform you’d like to donate? If so, please drop it off at any of the three schools so we can add it to our collection for the upcoming uniform stall at the West Burton May Fair. Any donations are greatly appreciated, as always.

Design a Lorry Competition

Mr Stokes has organised for our federation to take part in Aldi’s in Get Set to Eat Fresh’s Design a Lorry Competition! By taking part in the competition, our children have the chance to see their designs come to life – with the three winning designs each used on their own Aldi lorry, ready to deliver produce to Aldi stores around the country. The winning student will also receive an exclusive Team GB and ParalympicsGB goody bag, plus a £100 Aldi voucher, and the school will win a £1,000 prize too! Find out more info here about this fab competition.

Dodgeball and Spinning Clubs

Michael Syddall Primary School are offering after school clubs for KS2 pupils and above (even adults)! Dodgeball and Spinning sessions are offered and they are priced very fairly – £10 for 5 sessions or £12 for 6 sessions – if you are interested please click here for more information and booking.

Swaledale Alliance – Supporting Teaching and Learning


This week on their walk, the Robins were keen to show us their Spiderman web firing positions!


This week in Art, we used everything we have learnt this half term to make a bird out of foam board and paper. We manipulated 2D into 3D and I think we can all agree that we have made some funky bird creations! Well done to all the Owls for working so hard on their birds and being so proud of their work! 


After last week’s busyness of SATs and a school trip, the Swallows have enjoyed a normal week of learning. In PSHE the Swallows have continued their work on relationships by thinking about the people they know and trust and the types of people they can trust (such as police officers and doctors). In PE, the Swallows also focused on relationships in games, playing team games and completing team challenges. In computing the Swallows continued with their musical compositions and this learning can continue at home on Chrome Music Lab, the saved compositions can be found in sharepoint. Continuing the work on found objects in Art, the Swallows practised their sketching skills by sketching shells that had been found on the beach – unfortunately we didn’t have time to go to a beach to look for them but perhaps next half term during our geography trip to Morecambe Bay . . .


We enjoyed the ‘connect me’ and ‘calm me’ element of our Jigsaw PSHE in the glorious sunshine this week.  We discussed children’s wants and needs in relation to the United Nations ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’. 

In art the kingfishers have been enjoying the ‘animated art’ unit.  There have been a number of lessons sketching ideas and planning their artwork, here are some of the backgrounds ready for filming their animation using Stop Motion.

Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles have been learning about a Hindu’s life journey from birth to death. We have explored the concept of Karma and Reincarnation through a Hindu’s belief system and understand how the repercussions of Karma determine whether a Hindu achieves the ideal state of Moksha which means to leave the cycle of reincarnation and to be one with God. 


Cricket in PE this week building up to our year 5&6 tournament. We worked on our overarm bowling skills, batting techniques and folding techniques such as the long barrier.  In English this week we wrote news reports based on our class text ‘Runaway Robot.’ We even got to film our very own news broadcasts and used computing skills to piece the video together. In art this week we worked on ‘planning by making’ as we aimed to create an interesting piece of architecture. We had to use an array of making skills in order to be successful and what was so fantastic is that no two designs look the same. 

The Merlins also made the most of the sunshine this week and read their current book, Runaway Robot, in the sunshine!

Have a great half term break!

Looks like the weather is due to be great this week! We hope that you all have a lovely restful break in the sunshine and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 5th June.

This Week’s Awards:

Pupil of the week
Robins (Nursery)Dexter for showing super listening during carpet times and making excellent choices during independent learning. A super role model!
Robins (Reception)Annie for her effort in writing during phonics and for some fantastic writing during her independent learning.
Owls (Y1)Libby for her attention to detail when making birds in art.
Swallows (Y2)Theodore for fantastic effort and enthusiasm in all lessons but especially in geography.
Kingfishers (Y3)Elsie for being consistently kind and helpful – Always offering  help and support to her peers.
Golden Eagles (Y4)Jacob for his effort and perseverance in maths and developing enjoyment for reading.
Merlins (Y5)Eliza for making good progress in PE listening to and acting on advice from adults.
Merlins (Y6)Henry for effort during our cricket tournament this week showing excellent collaboration and respect.

Headteacher’s Awards
BainbridgeCallum P for overcoming some personal challenges and enjoying a sense of achievement!
AskriggEve C for a most impressive transition into a new school – a positive, confident, and friendly start to her time at BAWB. 
West BurtonAnna W for an all-round enthusiasm for all aspects of learning, especially for taking learning beyond the classroom.   

Other Awards

Rewarding Reading10 books: Rene, Matilda, Otis, Lily, Tristan

Good Samaritan Awards For courage, care, compassion
(for the children, from the children).
Nominated by
OwlsEmma for helping him join in with a game.Ben
SwallowsOlivia for showing Ben how to hold his pencil when sketching.Sammy
KingfishersFlorence for always being a good friend and Anna for always being by her sideElsie
Louisa for helping her to work through her maths challenge.Maisie
Golden EaglesJack T for picking up the ball and giving it back to him this morning.Callum
Tristan for helping him with his rugby skills.Harry

Best Learning Space (classroom)Golden Eagles
Most Effective learning Environment (school)Askrigg
House Point Winning Team Dormice
Best Class AttendanceMerlins (95%)