Weekly Newsflash! Friday 5th May 2023

Published by Phoebe Martin on

Developing the Pump Track at Bainbridge

You will recall that we are delighted to be using a generous donation to start a pump track project in the grounds of Bainbridge School that would be for community use as well. As you can imagine, this project is enormous, very costly (far in excess of our donation) and will require a lot of commitment from a dedicated group of people. We are appealing for volunteers to be part of a working party to help us get this project underway, and/or to offer some time, expertise, or resourcing to help us with construction in later stages. Some of the skills / resources we are looking for include, but are not limited to:

  • technical drawing (plans)
  • project management
  • building (supplies)
  • building (diggers and machinery)
  • building (man/woman power)
  • planning application experience
  • fundraising experience

If you think you might be willing and able to support us in any way, please CLICK HERE to register your interest. Please note that this in NOT a firm commitment, rather an expression of potential interest. Thank you in anticipation!

Coronation of King Charles III

Whatever you and your family / community are doing to observe or celebrate the coronation this weekend, we hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy marking this significant historical event. We look forward to welcoming the children back in to school on Tuesday.

Great North Air Ambulance Service – DONATIONS

As our families are so fantastic at raising funds, we have once again booked a collection for GNAAS for Wednesday 10th May. Please bring your bags to school that morning and leave outside. Each child will be sent home with a bag (please note that they are marked Monday for collection, but it is WEDNESDAY), but any bag will be accepted! They need your old clothing and can also take toner/ink cartridges or unwanted mobile phones in any condition (in a separate bag).


Thanks again to the wonderful PTFA who have been busy behind the scenes contributing to school trips and funding resources from sensory kits to skipping ropes! Keep an eye out for more planned fundraisers and please feel free to attend the next meeting on Thursday 22nd June.


Fee Fi Fo Fum, a tasty boy for my hungry tum!! The Robins have been making a beanstalk and a giant castle this week!


This week in History, the Owls have been learning about Rosa Parks and why she was significant. We re-enacted the events which occurred on the bus leading to the Montgomery bus boycott. In geography, we have been learning more about maps and contour lines. We even made Addleborough out of card and blue tac using the contour lines on a map to help us. 


This week in Art, the Swallows continued their work with found objects by making Guatamalan worry dolls out of pipe cleaners and bits of wool. In Science, they have continued to observe over time, the changes in their bean. The seed has put out roots and a stem and leaves are starting to form. The Swallows also set up a new experiment to investigate what plants need to stay healthy. In Geography, we investigated the effect of high waves on coastal areas and considered the disadvantages of living near the coast. And finally in RE, the Swallows put into practise their learning on how Muslims treat their holy book. What a busy week!


In Science we have been learning about the nutrients different foods provide and the impact these have on our bodies, this week we learnt about the different food groups and classified a range of foods into these five groups. In Maths, it was fraction time again! It’s been great to see children building on their prior learning and using resources to support with our work on fractions of amounts. The Kingfisher’s have been studying local maps again this week, this time in geography as part of our unit on glaciation.  The children located Addlebrough and learnt how to find the four-digit grid reference.  Some children told me that “Addlebrough was easy to find, we looked at the places where contour lines were close together”, remembering their previous mapwork when we looked at Snowdon, great work Kingfishers.

Golden Eagles

This week, the Golden Eagles have dedicated their art lesson to celebrating the King’s Coronation – they used sketch pencils and charcoal to capture the beauty of the Imperial State Crown and used cross-hatching and line technique to add the magnificent details. 


In PE this week we have been developing our tennis skills. We are showing much more control than in week 1 which is superb to see. We were even able to work towards more competitive games. In Drama, we worked on retelling a chapter of our book using drama by creating a script. We really enjoyed this and the children were very creative in their ideas.  

This Week’s Awards:

Pupil of the week
Robins (Nursery)Jay for making great choices and showing lots of engagement in many of our activities this week.
Robins (Reception)James for some fabulous independent writing this week!
Owls (Y1)Emma for effort and enthusiasm towards  writing in all subjects!
Swallows (Y2)Ben for a fantastic first week in his new class, lots of effort and enjoyment.
Kingfishers (Y3)Isla for beautiful presentation in all of her work.
Golden Eagles (Y4)Tristan for developing a more positive attitude towards reading in class and increased effort and focus in maths.
Merlins (Y5)Hollie F for being a perfect example of the RESPECT code in action.
Merlins (Y6)Grayson for making better choices when checking his work. A skill he has developed.

Headteacher’s Awards
BainbridgeRocco for effort in maths, communicating well with his partner during paired work.
AskriggKatie for supporting our new Y5 pupil to settle in, very kind and responsible. Thank you Katie.
West BurtonKirsty for behaving maturely and responsibly when finding lost property on the bus.  Kirsty found some lost property of significant value on the bus and handed it to the driver hoping it could be returned to the owner.

Good Samaritan Awards For courage, care, compassion
(for the children, from the children).
Nominated by
OwlsEmma for always asking her if she would like to join in with her game. Ada
MerlinsHenry for always being polite and holding the door for everyone.Toby
Katie for helping him from the playground when he had hurt his ankle.Dec
Kirsty for always being a kind friend and always being kind.Ava
Ava for being a kind friend.Beatrice QB

Best Learning Space (classroom)Golden Eagles
Most Effective learning Environment (school)Askrigg
House Point Winning Team Dormice
Best Class AttendanceGolden Eagles and Swallows (100%)