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Term dates

School re-opens: Monday 25th April 2022

School closes for the end of half term:  Friday 27th May 2022

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Safeguarding notice                     

A reminder that if your child is ill or you wish to make changes to home time arrangements (going home with a friend etc) these messages must be given to Mrs Bentley or the class teacher by the child’s parent / carer and not a child. Alternatively, messages can be left on the school phone answer service at anytime or an email can be sent to askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

 

Late arrivals

Please note, drop off and pick up times for each year group, these are listed below. Please try not to be early or late for the designated times for your child. Thank you.

 

N, R and KS1 

Drop off times: 8.30-8.45 am 

Pick up times: 3.15-3.30 pm

 

KS2 

Drop off times: 8.45-9.00 am 

Pick up times: 3.30-3.40 pm

 

A reminder that children who arrive late must be signed in by their adult in the ‘Late Book’ in the office.

To help parents, children may be collected up to 3.40pm. Children not collected by 3.40pm will be taken to the hall and they will be booked into after school club and charged from 3.40pm.

There is no after school club on a Friday but a late collection charge of £1.00 per 10 minutes late will be applied for children collected after 3.40pm on Fridays. As notified last year, late collection from clubs will also work in the same way.

 

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Latest Newsletter

Newsletter Issue 31 - 19th May 2022

 

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2021-2022

 

Latest News: Summer Term

19.05.22

All children have enjoyed a very creative International Arts Week! Children in Reception and Nursery have been exploring African cultures. They found Africa on a world map and discussed the differences between a country and a continent. They were inspired by the photographer Thandiwe Muriu and created their own camouflage collages. The children also made their own Maasai necklaces using primary colours and pasta threading. Class 2 have been learning all about the culture of Japan. They have created artwork inspired by the work of Yayoi Kusama and the traditional Japanese blossom trees. They have enjoyed listening to calming Japanese music whilst creating their traditional art including a recycled piece based on The Great Wave by Kanagawa by Hokusai. The children in class 3 have looked at the artist Jane Ash Poitras who created artwork related to the Cree tribes of North America. They have created paintings and their own totum pole sculptures. Class 4 children have spent the week exploring Mexican culture. They have looked at the work of Frida Kohlo and been inspired by her resilience and robustness. The children have been able to make links to our work in PSHE about manipulating images and have looked at the ways Frida Kahlo empowered women through her work.

 

On Tuesday, the children in year 5 went to Nell Bank for a team building workshop. The children took part in a variety of team building activities including orienteering and finished with a fun water based activity.

 

On Wednesday, some children, who have been attending the after school drama club, took part in the Wharfedale Performing Arts Festival in the ‘Choral Speaking’ category and won!!! Congratulations to the children who took part. We will certainly be entering next year to see if we can retain the cup!

 

The class photographs will be taken on Tuesday morning by Tempest. All children should please wear their usual smart school uniform. If nursery children, not usually in on a Tuesday morning, would like to be in the nursery class photograph, then they can be brought into school for 8.45am prompt for the photograph. Parents should please wait in their cars and will be contacted when the photograph is complete to collect their child.

 

Please click here to see the letter about taking part in the Otley Carnival Parade, I hope many of you will be able to join us on the day.

 

Please can all children have their PE kits and a water bottle with them in school every day this term.

 

As part of our wider curriculum, we regularly talk to the children about healthy eating habits. Leaflets, provided by NYCC, are being sent home today with tips and ideas for healthy packed lunches.

 

12.05.22

The year 6 children have now completed their SATS! They have worked incredibly hard—well done children! The children in year 6 will now finish other areas of the curriculum to ensure they are fully prepared for moving to secondary school.

In addition, they have the residential, sports day, the mystery trip and the leavers’ assembly all to look forward to! Many thanks to Mrs Richards, a year 6 parent, for organising the year 6 leavers’ hoodies, which the children are now proudly wearing.

 

Art competition success!! We are pleased to share the news that we have had great success in this year’s Otley Carnival Poster Competition! Daisy from class 3 was the overall winner and her artwork will be published on the front cover of the carnival programme. Florence from class 4 won her age group and her artwork will be on the back of the programme along with Ella class 4, Elena class 4 and Joey class 1, whose art work also impressed the judges.

 

Next week is ‘Arts Week’! Children in all classes will be taking part in a range of exciting art workshops to explore cultural diversity. They will be working with a range of media to create 2D and 3D pieces. Photographs of the completed art work will be put on the website and will be on show at the art exhibitions on 22nd June (KS2) and 29th June (Early Years and KS1).

 

As previously advertised, on Thursday 9th June, we will be having a celebration day for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As part of the day, we will be having a special lunch. See attached for details. If your child does not usually have a school lunch on Thursdays but would like to join in, then please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk

 

With the weather forecast next week due to be sunny, please can children in nursery, reception, years 1 and 2 bring in a named bottle of sun cream to school which will be kept in school until the end of term. These children will be helped to top up their sun cream on sunny days. In addition, all children need a named water bottle. Sun hats also recommended for sunny days. Children in years 3,4,5 and 6 can also bring in sun cream to apply themselves at break times when sunny. Any sandal type shoes must fasten, strictly no flip flops please.

 

We have a limited number of places remaining in the nursery for next year. If you have any friends or family with a child who will be 3 before September, and may be interested in a place, please ask them to get in touch with Mrs Bentley via phone or email.

 

See attached the next in our series of keeping safe on line leaflets: ‘Setting up new devices

05.05.22

Coronavirus update—You will be aware that the rules around testing and isolation have changed and there is no longer a need to do COVID tests. If your child has a high temperature or is not well enough to attend school, then they should remain at home. When your child’s temperature returns to normal or feels well enough to attend school, then they should return. If a COVID test has been done, then children are recommended to isolate for just 3 days, day 1 being the date of the test.

Thankyou to those who joined the zoom on Thursday evening about how we encourage your child’s personal development. Please see attached a summary of the information that was discussed during the meeting. Full information is available on the school website under Training & Support / Parental Support / Pupil Personal Development.

A reminder to year 6 parents that the ‘drop in zoom event’ to ask any questions about next week’s SATS is 6.30pm-7pm this evening with Mrs Nayler. Meeting id: 970 805 4068, passcode: f9wSgt As is traditional at Askwith, the year 6 children will enjoy a breakfast of pastries and fresh juice before the SATS tests each morning next week. The children have worked hard to prepare for these tests and we are confident they will do their best.

A reminder that children in years nursery, reception, years 1 and 2 should arrive between 8.30 and 8.45am and can be collected between 3.15 and 3.30pm. Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 should arrive between 8.45 and 9.00am and can be collected between 3.30 and 3.45pm. The staggered starts and finishes are to maximise use of local parking and the times have been calculated to ensure children receive their full teaching time. If you have children in both groups please arrive at the earlier time and collect at the later time.

We are now starting to plan the nursery for next year. If you have a younger child who you have not yet registered for a nursery place, please do so before the end of next week as places are limited.

Please see attached a letter about prices for chargeable items from September 2022.

We often talk to the children about keeping safe on line, see attached this week’s leaflet about ‘snapchat’.

 

28.04.22

Coronavirus update—You will be aware that the rules around testing and isolation have changed. If a child has
tested positive, the advice is that they should now isolate for just 3 days (5 days for those over 18) after the
day the test was taken. After that, if the child does not have a high temperature (38 deg and above), then
they can return to school. If a child has symptoms including runny nose, sore throat or mild cough but are well
enough to attend school, then they should come to school. Children with a high temperature should stay at
home until their temperature returns to normal and feel well enough to come to school. Click here to see information about how to book a COVID-19 vaccination for your 5-11 year old child.

 

The Queen’s Green Canopy update—Further to the Askwith tree planting day last term, we are now on the
online ‘Queens Green Canopy Map’! https://queensgreencanopy.org/map-education-hub/qgc-map/#/?id=8683 


The first session of the new Ukulele club on Wednesday after school was a great success! If your child in
years 3,4,5 & 6 would like to take part, please book by emailing askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.


Today, the children in Reception went on a very enjoyable class trip to Harlow Carr. They learnt about the
different parts of plants and planted seeds and then had time to play on the new playground. The excellent
behaviour of the children was commented on by the staff at Harlow Carr. Well done children!


A reminder about the zoom presentation for parents taking place this evening at 6pm about 'How we encourage
your child’s personal development'. All parents and carers welcome.
Meeting id: 970 805 4068 passcode: f9wSgt


We often talk to the children about keeping safe online, click here to see this week’s leaflet about ‘Tik Tok.’


Click here to see attached a further copy of ‘Dates for your Diary’ for this term including class trips for all
children. Year 6 parents please note the date of the Leavers’ Assembly—Thursday 21st July at 1.30pm.

 

Please click here to see a further copy of the clubs taking place in the summer term.


A reminder that school will be closed on Monday for the bank holiday. School will be open on Tuesday as usual.

 

 

 

Latest News: Spring Term

07.04.22

Coronavirus update—We currently do not have any cases in school.

As part of our connections with the local community, the phone box in the village has once again been decorated with art work produced by children in nursery and reception, on this occasion with a spring theme.

On Tuesday morning, we had a visit from a local vicar. He talked to the children about why Easter is important to Christians and taught them some traditional songs.

There were some tremendous entries for this year’s Design Technology Challenge. Many thanks to ’an Askwith resident’ for judging the entries. Well done to all the children who entered!

On Wednesday afternoon, thanks to Mrs Wilson from the Buttercross Bells, the children had the opportunity to take part in maypole dancing. Great fun was had by all! Photographs are on the website.

A reminder to year 6 parents that there will be a zoom meeting tonight about the residential at 7pm to give you further information and to let you ask any questions. Attendance is strongly recommended. Please use zoom codes: meeting id = 970 805 4068, passcode = f9wSgt.

A reminder about the PTA ‘Easter fun day’ on Friday. Children are invited to come to school dressed in home clothes and for a suggested minimum donation of £3, will be able to take part in ‘name the cuddly chick’ competition, an Easter egg hunt and Easter crafts. Please send your donation in a named envelope or transfer direct to the Askwith PTA Virgin Money account: sort code 050661 account 32322357 with your child’s name as a reference. Many thanks. Funds raised will go towards subsidising school trips for all children.

We often talk to the children about keeping safe on line, see attached the first in a series of information leaflets for parents about internet safety at home, this week’s leaflet is about age appropriate online content.

**NEW CLUB starting after Easter—Ukulele club! Wednesday after school until 4.30pm for children in years 3,4 5 and 6, initially up to half term. £4 per child per session. Places limited to 20 children. If your child would like to book a place on the 5 week course, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

A reminder that children should have PE kits in school every day next term as we have additional sports’ sessions planned. School will close for Easter at 2pm tomorrow and reopen on Monday 25th April.

Wishing you all a restful Easter break.

 

31.03.22

Coronavirus update—We currently do not have any have positive cases in school. We have been advised that
parents will be able to book COVID vaccinations for children aged 5-11 from 1st April. Please refer to the
NHS website for more information.


The Askwith tree planting day on Tuesday was a great success!! Many thanks to all those parents who
generously gave their time to help. The class representatives and the children of the volunteers helped with
the planting and greatly enjoyed the experience. Photographs are on the school website. Many thanks to Mr
Akers for sharing his tree planting expertise and Mrs Crabtree for taking the lovely photographs.


The class musical instrument lessons for years 1,2,3 and 4 have now finished. During the final lessons on
Wednesday, the children sang to other year groups. A video and photographs of their final glockenspiel
lessons will be put onto the website. Thank you to Mr Morgan from the NYCC Music Service for leading these
class lessons. Individual music lessons will continue next term, if your child is interested see attached flier.

 

On Wednesday evening, there was a very successful PTA meeting. Many fund raising events were discussed,
the first being the Easter fun day on Friday 8th April. Children are invited to come to school dressed in home
clothes and for a suggested minimum donation of £3, will be able to take part in ‘name the cuddly chick’
competition, an Easter egg hunt and Easter egg decorating. Please send donation in a named envelope or
transfer direct to the Askwith PTA Virgin Money account: sort code 050661 account 32322357 with your
child’s name as a reference. Many thanks. Funds raised will go towards subsidising school trips for all children.

 

A reminder that the deadline for entries for the Design Technology Challenge is Tuesday 5th April.

 

Next Wednesday, the children will be taking part in Maypole dancing! Many thanks to Mrs Wilson from The
Buttercross Belles for offering this experience to the children. Please see attached details of the Maypole
dancing in Otley on Sunday 1st May.


A reminder to year 6 parents that there will be a zoom meeting about the residential on Thursday 7th April
at 7pm to give you further information and to let you ask any questions. Attendance is strongly recommended.

 

Please click here to see the menu for next term. If your child would like to change their meal pattern, please
email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by Sunday 24th April.

 

Click here for next term’s ‘Dates for your Diaries,’ details of next term’s clubs and this term’s extra curricula newsletter.

School will close for Easter at 2pm on Friday 8th April and reopen on Monday 25th April.

24.03.22

Coronavirus update—We currently have 6 positive cases across the school and other children are awaiting
PCR results. Thank you to those who carried out a lateral flow test on their child as requested yesterday. This
was not compulsory but an attempt to find any other cases and keep everyone safe whilst in school. We don’t
want anyone's Easter holiday being spoiled! A reminder to all parents that if your child has any COVID
symptoms (headache, cough, high temperature and tummy ache / sickness) to please book a PCR.

 

Many thanks to all those who contributed towards our Red Nose Day charity collection by either wearing
home clothes, making or buying cake. A wonderful £137.53 was raised! Thank you all for your generous
support.


Well done to those children who took part in the cross country relays on Saturday, and to all those who have
represented Askwith at cross country races throughout the season.


On Monday, a researcher from the University of Leeds visited years 3 and 4 to start her ‘Cooking in
Yorkshire’ project. The children took part in a survey about food literacy and were asked to keep a food
diary. The children found out about her work as a researcher and enjoyed discussing their own experiences.


Konflux Theatre has been in school this week. Through drama, the children in years 1,2,3 and 4 explored how
to keep safe online and years 5 and 6 discussed diversity and equality and how differences should be
celebrated. At the end of each day, the groups shared a performance with the rest of the school.

 

Our new drama club started on Tuesday after school for years 3,4,5 and 6 and was greatly enjoyed by all
those who attended. Please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk if your child in years 3,4,5 or 6 would like to join.


The Askwith tree planting day is next Tuesday! Thank you to those who have volunteered to help. As well as
the field, we will also be planting some of the trees in the patch of grass in front of the school.


As advertised last week, if your child would like to join in the special Easter lunch on Thursday 7th April,
please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by 9am Monday 28th latest. Please click here for details.


A reminder that the next PTA meeting will be Wednesday 30th March at 7pm at The Askwith Arms. All
welcome and help needed! I hope to see you at the meeting!

17.03.22

Coronavirus update—We currently have 4 positive cases in class 4. A reminder to all parents that if your
child has COVID symptoms (including sickness, which is a symptom in children) to please book a PCR.


The children greatly enjoyed the Sports for Champions day last Friday. Photographs are on the school
website. Thank you once again for your generous sponsorship of this event.


Tomorrow is Comic Relief Day. Children may come to school in home clothes (red if available), and make a
suggested contribution of 50p per child. In addition, there will be a cake sale at break times, min 20p per
item. Please bring home-made or bought cakes / buns / tray bakes to the school hall in the morning and give
your child 20p if they would like to purchase a cake. PLEASE ENSURE ITEMS DO NOT CONTAIN NUTS.
Thank you for your support!


Good luck to those children taking part in the KS2 cross country relays on Saturday. Many thanks to Mrs
Akers and Mrs Brown who have been a great help with the cross country throughout the season.


Next week, Konflux Theatre group will once again be visiting school to lead workshops for children in years 1
to 6. Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be learning about the importance of keeping safe online and years 5 and 6 will be
exploring equality and diversity.


The next PTA meeting will be Wednesday 30th March at 7pm at The Askwith Arms. All parents / carers
welcome to join this friendly group! The PTA are hoping to organise an Easter Egg hunt, participation in the
Otley Carnival, a celebration for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the return of the traditional Askwith walk
and barbeque, but help is needed! All children in school benefit from the funds raised by the PTA. This year
the PTA have bought new laptops for school and will be subsidising all school trips. For more information
about the work of the PTA, please call / text Mrs Thompson (The Chair) on 07983 344607 or email
askwith@ycatschools.co.uk. I hope to see you at the meeting!


Date for diaries—The Design and Technology Challenge entries should be in school on Tuesday 5th April.
Local residents of Askwith have been invited into school to help with the judging.


Important dates for year 6 parents—SATS will take place between Monday 9th May and Thursday 12th
May inclusive. More information about these tests will be sent out nearer the time.


Please click here for details of the special Easter lunch on Thursday 7th April. To book please email
askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by Thursday 24th March.

 

10.03.22

Coronavirus update—We currently have 2 members of staff (1 from class 3 and 1 from class 4) and 2 children (1 from class 3 and 1 from class 4), isolating with coronavirus. Whilst the restrictions to everyday life have been lifted, the virus is clearly still around. Please ensure your child takes a PCR test if they develop symptoms. Thank you.

Please click here to see guidance for parents about vaccinations for vulnerable children and other young children, including information about the vaccination programme for 5 to 11 year olds.

 

Well done to all the children who took part in the cross country on Saturday and particularly to Jacob who won the year 1 boys’ race. The final event of the season is the relays at Nell Bank for KS2 children on Saturday 19th March. Details were sent out with last week’s newsletter. Please email: askwith@ycatschools.co.uk (by Monday please) if your child would like to take part.

 

It was great to see some new faces at the PTA meeting on Tuesday after school. There will be another meeting soon at The Askwith Arms, date and time to be confirmed. For more information about the work of the PTA, please call / text Mrs Thompson (The Chair) on 07983 344607 or email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

 

Tomorrow is the Sports for Champions day! Children should come to school dressed in PE kit / appropriate clothes for the fitness circuit (but with enough layers for play times outside!) Through your generous sponsorship of this event, we have covered the costs and have raised over £180 for the school which will be spent on sports equipment. Thank you everyone!

 

On Friday 18th March, it is Comic Relief Day. To raise money for this excellent charity, children may come to school in home clothes (red if available), and make a suggested contribution of 50p per child. In addition, there will be a cake sale at break times, min 20p per item. Please bring home-made or bought cakes / buns / tray bakes to the school hall in the morning and give your child 20p if they would like to purchase a cake. PLEASE ENSURE ITEMS DO NOT CONTAIN NUTS.Many thanks for your support.

 

Askwith tree planting day for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Green Canopy—Tuesday 29th March— Volunteers needed to help plant the saplings! Please click here for more information and volunteer if you can. Thank you!

 

Following last week’s survey about the format of future meetings for parents, there will be a presentation via zoom on Thursday 28th April at 6pm about how we support your child’s personal development.

 

A further date for your diaries—on Wednesday 25th May, we will be holding a ‘Come and Share’ Day when we will be inviting parents / carers to come into school and share / talk about their interests or careers. More information will be sent out after Easter

03.03.22

Coronavirus update—We currently have 2 cases of Coronavirus. Whilst it is no longer a legal requirement to
isolate, if you or your child develops any COVID type symptoms, you are still advised to take a PCR test and
isolate until the result is known. We will continue with the frequent hand washing, ventilating the classrooms,
enhanced cleaning and school lunches in ‘bubbles.’ The staggered drop off and pick up times will also be
maintained as this has eased the local parking situation.


It has been wonderful to see the children (and staff) dressed as their favourite book character today for
World Book Day. Photographs will be on the website soon!


A reminder about the Sports for Champions event on Friday 11th March. Please return sponsorship forms and
sponsorship money back to school by Monday 7th March. Spare sponsorship forms are available from the
office. Many thanks for your support with this event.


This week we have welcomed our new sports coach Mr Rose to school. He will be running the after school
sports clubs for children in years R to 6 on Monday (hockey) and Thursday (benchball).

 

Click here to see a reminder of the clubs taking place this half term. Please do encourage your child to try out these clubs if they have not previously been, they are a great way to enjoy new activities and learn new skills with their friends.

 

Many thanks to the PTA who have funded 15 new laptops for use throughout the school and new resources
for the Early Years classroom. If you would like to get involved with the PTA, there is a meeting at 3.45pm on
Tuesday 8th March in school. All welcome. Children may go into after school club for free during the meeting.

 

The Design and Technology Challenge this year, for all children in years R to 6, will be to decorate an egg and design a structure to hold it. Details of this challenge will be sent home with the children tomorrow.


Before the end of term, we will be making a presentation about how we support your child’s personal development. The timing /format of this meeting will be set following the results of the attached survey.

 

17.02.22

Coronavirus update—We currently do not have any cases of Coronavirus.

 

The second February Parents’ Evening is taking place this afternoon. If you didn't make an appointment, your child’s teacher will be in touch to make arrangements to speak to you about your child’s progress.

 

Well done to all those who took part in the cross country race on Saturday. A particular well done to Thomas and Jacob who came first and second in the year 1 race! The next race is Saturday 5th March, see here for details.

 

As I mentioned last week, World Book Day this year is on Thursday 3rd March. As it is the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book, the staff will be dressing as Harry Potter characters. We invite all children to come dressed as a character from a book. Feel free to join in with the Harry Potter theme! World Book Day vouchers were handed out last week.

 

A reminder about the Sports for Champions event on Friday 11th March, when we will be welcoming to school Beverley Jones, a Paralympian discus thrower who won bronze at the London 2012 Summer Paralympic games! Sponsorship forms for the fitness circuit were sent home last week. Suggested donation to ensure costs are covered is £4 per child. Please return forms and sponsorship money back to school by Monday 7th March.

 

Parent Pay—A reminder to please pay any outstanding amounts on your Parent Pay account over half term. If you have any queries about your account, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

 

A reminder of the clubs that will be taking place after half term is attached.

 

Unfortunately our sports coach, Dan is leaving us today. We thank Dan for all of his hard work this year. After half term, we will have a new sports coach and we look forward to welcoming him to Askwith.

 

We finish on Friday 18th February for half term at the usual times and open on Monday 28th February with breakfast club from 8am. I hope you all have an enjoyable half term break.

 

10.02.22

Coronavirus update—We currently have 1 child in class 2 isolating at home. We continue to maintain the system of ‘bubbles’ and enhanced hand washing and cleaning routines across the school.

 

Thank you to those parents who talked to Mrs Robinson, CEO of YCAT on Monday morning. She reported that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, which is good to hear!

 

On Tuesday evening, we held our first ‘Questions & Answers’ session. I hope those who were able to join us found the session useful.

 

This week, the children in year 6 organised a bun sale for their ‘bubble.’ They have raised £39.03 from their home baked cakes for this year’s charity Martin House Hospice. Well done children!

 

A reminder that parents’ evenings will take place next week on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th February via zoom. If you have not already made an appointment, please do so. If you need help with the booking system, please contact Mrs Bentley in the office. Bookings will close at 9am on Wednesday 16th February.

 

World Book Day this year is on Thursday 3rd March. As it is the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book, the staff will be dressing as Harry Potter characters. We invite all children to come dressed as a character from a book. Feel free to join in with the Harry Potter theme! World Book Day vouchers are being handed out today and are valid from 17th February to 27th March.

 

 

We are once again hosting a Sports for Champions event. On Friday 11th March, we are pleased to be welcoming Beverley Jones, a Paralympian discus thrower who won bronze at the London 2012 Summer Paralympic games! Sponsorship forms for the fitness circuit are being sent home today. After costs have been covered, 60% of the money raised goes to school and the remaining 40% goes to Sports for Champions to help un-sponsored athletes. Suggested donation to ensure costs are covered is £4 per child. Please return forms and sponsorship money back to school by Monday 7th March.

 

We have reviewed the food that is offered at breakfast club and after school club, please click here to see our poster. Feedback from children this week has been very positive!

 

Please click here to see our Extra Curricula Newsletter for Spring 1

 

03.02.22

Coronavirus update—We currently have 1 child in class 1 and 1 child in class 2 isolating at home. We are continuing to maintain the system of ‘bubbles’ across the school to try to minimise the spread. Please be advised that we have had cases in both children and staff where the initial symptom was an upset tummy. A reminder that if anyone in a household is positive, then all members of the household, including any child over 5 years, should do daily lateral flow tests for 7 days. Children under 5 years in a household with a positive case should go for a PCR test. PCR tests are now widely available and results are coming back very quickly, the same day in some cases. Thank you for you continuing cooperation.

 

Well done to all the children who took part in the cross country in chilly and windy conditions on Saturday. Photographs are now on the website. The next race is Saturday 12th February at Ghyll Royd School. A further copy of the information is attached. Please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by Wednesday 9th if your child would like to take part.

 

The children greatly enjoyed their Chinese New Year lunch on Tuesday. Thank you to Claire who is currently covering for Antoinette while she is off ill. Antoinette will hopefully be back next week.

 

A reminder about the ‘Questions & Answers’ session with Mrs Nayler and her team via zoom on Tuesday 8th February at 7pm. The questions should be general in nature about the school or the curriculum and not about an individual child. The zoom details are: meeting ID 725 582 1141 passcode jrk1Z5.

 

On Monday morning, Mrs Robinson the CEO of YCAT, will be in the playground with me as parents and pupils are arriving at school. She is interested to find out about your views concerning remote learning during lockdown. Please feel free to chat to her. Thank you.

 

Details and booking information for the online Parents’ Evenings on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th February has now been sent out. Thank you to those who have already booked an appointment. The booking will close at 9am on Wednesday 16th February.

 

New date for your diary!! - As part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, we are excited to share our plans for an Askwith tree planting day! The Woodland Trust have donated 100 samplings to school. Land in Askwith has kindly been made available to us. Our hope is that pupils, parents and residents will all get involved on tree planting day—Tuesday 29th March. More details to follow!

 

27.01.22

 

Coronavirus update—We currently have 3 children and 1 member of staff positive in the school. 3 of the
cases have a family link. Parents of the classes affected have received a separate letter giving advice. As the
threshold for number of cases within 10 days has now been has been met in class 1, we have put into place our
contingency plan and class 1 will now be kept separate from the rest of the school.

However, class 1 will still be in the hall with other children for breakfast club and after school club, although kept at least 2 metres apart. Children in class 1 may also continue to use school transport. We continue to follow the latest advice
from the DfE and NYCC. Please click here to see the letter from Mrs Nayler containing the latest advice about Tracing Close Contacts and Self-isolation.


Please click here to see details of a special Chinese New Year lunch we will be having on Tuesday 1st February.

If your child usually has a packed lunch on Tuesdays but would like to join in, please email
askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by midday on Monday.

There is a vegetarian option, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by midday Monday if your child would like the vegetarian option. 


A reminder about the Parents’ Evenings on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th February via zoom, 3pm—
6.30pm, for all children from nursery to year 6. Details of how to book will be sent home next week.

 

To supplement the sport that the children do in school, we have entered some Harrogate area small schools
competitions. Further details and team lists will be forwarded nearer to the event dates:


Netball— Tuesday 8th March, Ashville College Harrogate, 4-6pm, years 5 & 6


Football— Wednesday 9th March, Harrogate High School, 3-5pm, years 3,4,5 & 6


Cricket— From 24th May to 9th June, Ashville College Harrogate, years 3,4,5 & 6


Tennis— either 21st or 28th June, Ashville College Harrogate, years 3,4,5 & 6

20.01.22

Coronavirus update—We currently have 1 child and 1 member of staff positive in class 1. Parents in class 1 have received a separate letter giving advice. As you may be aware, the period of self-isolation has been reduced to 5 full days if a lateral flow test is negative on days 5 and 6, for full details see a further revised risk assessment on the school website.

 

The children in nursery and reception had a wonderful surprise on Monday morning when they discovered that the role play area in their classroom had been completely renewed over the weekend. They have been having birthday parties, buying groceries, practising their waiting skills in the cafe and making breakfast! Photographs are on the website under Gallery / Class 1.

 

New date for your diaries—On Tuesday 8th February at 7pm we will be holding a question and answer session for parents via zoom. This will be an opportunity to ask questions about anything school related. Zoom details will be sent home nearer the time.

 

When you get chance, do have a look at our website which has lots of information about our plans for this term for the curriculum and enhancements as well as lots of photographs from past events.

 

A reminder about the Parents’ Evenings on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th February via zoom, 3pm— 6.30pm, for all children from nursery to year 6. Details of how to book will be sent home next week.

 

We have been asked to help with a survey being carried out by Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Freshwater Habitats Trust of wildlife in ponds. Postcards with information of how to get involved are being sent home today. A reminder that children should always be supervised near open water.

 

Please click here for more information about the cross country race on Saturday 12th Februrary 2022. 

13.01.22

Coronavirus update—We currently have 1 case in class 3. Please be advised that this came to light when the child did a lateral flow test, but the child did not have any symptoms at the time. Parents in class 3 have received a separate letter giving advice. A further updated Coronavirus Risk Assessment has been put on the school website with the most recent changes highlighted.

Music news—Last term the children in years in 5 and 6 enjoyed school funded guitar lessons. This term, the children in years 1 and 2 will experience making music with percussion instruments and learning about pulse and rhythm. Children in years 3 and 4 will have singing lessons and play glockenspiels. Both sessions will be led by Mr Morgan, from the North Yorkshire County Council music hub, who is helping us to further enhance our music curriculum within school.

A reminder to parents of children due to start school in September, that the deadline to apply for a school place is 15th January. Applications for a school place are made online to the county council in which you live. Applications for a nursery place are made by filling in a nursery registration form and handing it into the school office, it is advisable to do this at least 12 months before the place is needed. Nursery registration forms are available from the office or can be downloaded from the school website.

Parent Pay—A reminder that school lunches for children in nursery and years 3, 4, 5 and 6 should be paid for in advance on Parent Pay and any payment for clubs should be made on a regular (suggested monthly) basis.

06.01.22

Happy new year! I hope you all managed to have an enjoyable Christmas despite the large number of COVID cases in the local area.

 

 

Coronavirus update—We currently do not have any cases. An updated Coronavirus Risk Assessment has been put on the school website with the most recent changes highlighted.

 

I am delighted to be able to share some wonderful news with you all. Mr Don Parker, one of our school governors who was also headteacher of this school and previous CEO of YCAT (although he continues to work for our Trust), has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honours List for Services to Education in North Yorkshire! This honour is truly deserved and we are very proud that his long, dedicated service to pupils in North Yorkshire has been recognised.

 

This term we welcome a new graduate SCITT student, Mrs Hunt. She will predominantly be working with children in years 1 and 2. We have also welcomed 3 new children to the nursery, we hope they enjoy their time at Askwith.

 

We are aware that heavy snow is forecast for early morning tomorrow but is currently not expected to last throughout the day. Should we have to delay opening, you will receive a text by 7am tomorrow morning. If opening is delayed, the school buses will be cancelled for the morning journey. Work packs are being sent home with every child today, in case school has to be closed for the whole day, to keep children occupied until zoom lessons start. Teachers will send messages about work packs and zoom lessons if required. Please click to see the School Closure Prodedure.

 

 

Please click to see ‘Dates for your Diary’ for the spring term and details of clubs and wrap around care provision for all pupils.

 

04.01.22

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to welcoming the children back into school on Thursday. Please see
below updates and reminders of the rules that will be in place to keep everyone safe.


Start and finish times
We will continue to use the one way system and the staggered start and finish times, see table below. Please do
not start to queue until the time for your child. Families with children in different groups should drop off / pick up
at the time for the eldest child.


Years                               Drop off times                                 Pick up times
Nursery, Reception, Y1 & Y2            8.30 – 8.45am                                    3.15-3.30pm

 Years 3, 4, 5 & 6                             8.45 – 9.00am                                    3.30-3.45pm

 

Visitors into school
We are continuing to restrict the number of visitors into school, this unfortunately means that parents are not
allowed into school buildings unless for a confidential meeting with a teacher, when masks should be worn.


Staff
Luckily, all our staff are currently well and will be in school. The staff continue to do twice weekly Lateral Flow
Tests and are wearing masks in staff meetings and communal areas.


Bubbles
Whilst bubbles are no longer mandatory, we will continue to keep the classes apart wherever possible, including
separate lunchtimes and play times, for teaching and for most after school clubs.


Enhanced hygiene
We will be continuing with our regular handwashing and touch point cleaning routines.


Reporting of absences
It is important that we are able to track the number of cases within school as these must be reported daily to the
Department for Education. As with all absences, COVID related absences must be communicated to the school
office (via phone or email) by 9.30am. If the absence is COVID related, please include in the message if your child
has had a positive lateral flow and is awaiting a PCR test, is awaiting the results of a PCR test, or, has had a
positive PCR test and is isolating.

 

Self - Isolation periods and testing of close contacts
As you may be aware, the rules about isolation and testing of close contacts have changed, see below extracts
from the latest government guidance:

‘Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19'
Since Wednesday 22nd December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.
Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than
day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education or childcare setting from day 7.’

Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19
People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.’


Remote learning
If your child is absent for COVID related reasons, but is well enough to learn, then work will be set home for them.
If the whole class is learning from home, then lessons will take place via zoom. Please refer to Covid-19
Contingency Plan, Curriculum Delivery Plan and the Remote Learning Policy sent home last term and on the
school website for further details.


Many thanks for your continuing support.

 

Latest News Autumn Term

16.12.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have 1 child learning from home who is awaiting a PCR result.

 

On Monday, the year 6 children had a water safety skills lesson at Ilkley Pool. The children learnt survival skills in the water whilst dressed in pyjamas and leggings, to simulate falling into the water whilst dressed.

 

This week, all the children have enjoyed a range of festive activities. The Christmas lunch, prepared by Antoinette and Claire on Tuesday, was delicious and enjoyed by all. The children have also enjoyed seasonal crafts including decorating ginger bread men, making calendars, Christmas cards and Christmas tree decorations. The children have also enjoyed Christmas parties, singing Christmas songs and watching festive films.

 

Tomorrow, the children are invited to come to school in home clothes and bring a small inexpensive toy to play with their friends in the afternoon. No electronic devices / phones / ipads etc.

 

A reminder that school closes early tomorrow. Please can children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 2 be collected 1.45-2.00pm and children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 be collected 2.00-2.15pm.

 

Families with children in both groups should collect at the later time. The buses will depart school at 2pm.

 

School re-opens on Thursday 6th January, with breakfast club from 8am.

 

I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable break over Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all in 2022!

 

09.12.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases.

 

The KS2 Pantomime performance last week was fantastic! All pupils performed extremely well. A special well done to our year 6 pupils, their acting was brilliant!

The Infant Carol Concerts this week were lovely. The children sang beautifully. A special well done to our nursery children who kept going through all of the carols.

 

Thank you to all those who donated to the PTA festive hampers and bought raffle tickets, or bought a mince pie at the carol concerts, a total of £162 was raised. From funds raised in previous years, the PTA have kindly donated £5000 to purchase some new pupil laptops. The laptops will be arriving in school next term and will be used by all children.

 

The children have had a vote to choose which charity they will raise funds for this year, the charity is Martin House Hospice.

 

Please click here to find the menu for next term. If your child would like to change their meal pattern for next term, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by 9am Thursday 6th January.

 

Over the Christmas break, do take the opportunity to have a look at our school website. Highlights include links to all this term’s presentations (see Training and Support), details of what the children learn in each year (see Curriculum) and lots of photographs (see Gallery).

 

Please click here to see the extra curricula newsletter for Autumn 2. 

02.12.21 

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases.

 

Following the discovery of the Omicron variant, and following DfE and NYCC advice, we have changed our risk assessment, the upated version is on the website. The only changes for us are a reduction of visitors to essential only and for staff to wear masks in communal areas and meetings.

 

On Friday, three senior female construction industry professionals joined the children on zoom to discuss their career choice and explain a little about what they do to the children. The children were very interested and some now want to be engineers. Next term, we will be having more visitors to talk about careers to the children to help challenge stereotypical mind sets about future career choice.

 

Tonight is the KS2 Pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ The children have worked very hard in recent weeks, not only learning lines but also choreographing many of the dances themselves - well done everyone and good luck for tonight!

 

A reminder to parents of nursery, reception, year 1 or year 2 pupils to please complete and return the slip (letter sent home last Thursday) to book a seat for next week’s Infant Carol Concert.

 

Thank you to all those who donated items for the PTA raffle hampers. The hampers will be raffled at tonight's KS2 Pantomime and next week’s Carol Concert.

 

Please see below a reminder about other festive activities taking place in school over the next few weeks.

Tue 7th—Infant Carol Concert 2pm (Reserve date Wed 8th) (Please book a seat)

Tue 14th—Christmas lunch (Please book if your child usually has a packed lunch). Christmas carol afternoon

Wed 15th—Craft morning & Christmas party afternoon

Thur 16th—’The Christmas Story’ morning, film afternoon

 

25.11.21

 

Coronavirus update—We currently have 1 child in class 3 and 2 children in class 4 who have had positive PCR
tests and are learning from home. We continue to follow all the latest government guidance and local public
health advice. In addition to this, we are continuing to keep the classes separate where at all possible to
reduce the chance of spread.


On Friday last week, we raised a wonderful £81 for Children in Need. Thankyou to all who contributed.


We have been thanked by The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for raising a fantastic £170.57 this year,
thank you to all those who contributed.


On Monday, the children in Reception went on a trip to Grass Woods near Grassington. The children had a
wonderful time exploring the woods and learning about habitats, woodland animals and trees.


On Wednesday, all pupils took part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) assemblies and
workshops. The younger children explored ‘states of matter’ whilst the older children learnt about ‘light.’


Welcome to our new Dolce cook Antoinette! Antoinette has been training in school for the past few weeks
but will be full time in the kitchen from next week. See attached details of the special Christmas lunch that
we will be having on Tuesday 14th December. If your child doesn't usually have a packed lunch but would like
to join in, please email or leave a message on the telephone by Monday 6th December latest. 

 

PTA News 

Request for festive items — Please bring in a chocolate or festive treat (with a use by date no earlier than 1st January) into school by Tuesday 30th November to go into the festive hampers that will be raffled at the KS2 Pantomime and the Infant Carols. Collection boxes are now in the office and the junior building foyer. Many thanks for your support.

 

18.11.21

 

Coronavirus update—We currently do not have any cases.


It was great to see so many children wearing odd socks today for Anti Bullying Week. The children were
involved with assemblies and discussions about the types of bullying, how it can be prevented and what to do
if they see others being bullied.


The year 6 children went to the Clark Foley Centre in Ilkley this morning for the first of their rehearsals for
this years KS2 Pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Early rehearsals show promise of an entertaining
performance on the 2nd December!


Children in year 5 and 6 today took part in online COP26 workshops organised by North Yorkshire CC. The
children considered ‘Why does what we do here matter for the rest of the world?’ and ‘How can you make a
difference?’ Following lots of discussion, the children came up with ideas of things that can be done at school.


Following a further COVID review of our planned events, unfortunately we will no longer be taking part in the
swimming gala on Friday 3rd December, as this would involve our children mixing indoors with other schools.


Tomorrow is Children in Need Day. To raise money for this excellent charity, we ask children to come to
school wearing brightly coloured clothes and make a donation of £1 per child.

 

PTA News

 

Bags2School—A reminder that there will be a Bags2School collection on Friday 3rd December—a great op-
portunity to have a clear out before Christmas. Bags should be left outside the village hall on that morning by

9am. Thank you


Request for festive items — At the KS2 Pantomime performance and the infant carol concert, we
are hoping to hold a festive hampers raffle to raise funds. If you are able to get involved, please
bring in a chocolate or festive treat (with a use by date no earlier than 1st January) into school by
Tuesday 30th November. There will be collection boxes in the school office and the junior entrance
area from next week. In addition, if anyone has any baskets that could be used as hampers they
would be gratefully received. Many thanks for your support.

 

Please click to view the School Closure Procedure

Please click to view the Snow/COVID teaching timetables and Zoom codes

 

11.11.21

Coronavirus update—We currently do not have any cases.

Following receipt of the advice from the NYCC local health team about increasing local COVID cases, we have been reviewing our plans for the KS2 Pantomime at The Clark Foley Centre (2nd December) and the Infant Nativity in the school hall (8th December). Taking into consideration the size of venues, the risk of cross contamination between pupils/ classes and groups of parents, balanced with the positive benefits for the children of taking part in these performances, we have made the following decisions.

The KS2 Pantomime will take place at The Clark Foley Centre on the 2nd December, but only parents from years 5 and 6 will be able to watch. A video of the event will be sent to parents of years 3 and 4 after the event. Protocols will be in place during rehearsals and the performance itself to reduce transmission. A letter with further details is being sent to parents of years 3, 4, 5 and 6 today.

As the school hall is quite small, it will unfortunately not be possible to invite parents to watch the Infant Nativity, but a video of the performance will be sent to parents of those year groups. However, we would like to invite parents of years N, R, 1 and 2 to join in an outdoor carol concert on the 7th December (reserve date 8th if bad weather) at 2pm. Details will be sent out next week.

Please see attached a revised ‘Dates for your Diary’ for this half term reflecting the above changes.

On Tuesday, a mixed team of year 5/6 children took part in the Small Schools Football Festival. Despite playing against some tough opposition, all teammates demonstrated excellent sporting values. The children can take great pride in their committed performance. Congratulations in particular to two of the players who were recognised by the organisers for their perseverance, resilience and hard work. Well done to the whole team!

It was lovely to see nursery and reception parents in school this week for the ‘Come and Play’ events. Parents enjoyed watching how their children learn through play in the outdoor learning space at school.

Friday 19th November is Children in Need Day. To raise money for this excellent charity, we ask children to come to school wearing brightly coloured clothes and make a donation of £1 per child.

A reminder that the school day for years nursery, reception, 1 and 2 does not start until 8.30am. To avoid queueing in the cold, please do not start queueing until 8.30am. If you need to drop off earlier, children can go into breakfast club from 8am, £2.50 per child. 

04.11.21

Thank you to the parents who attended our presentation on 'Building Knowledge in Non-Core Subjects and Science' on Thursday. All of the slides are available on the Parent Support page and a recording of the presentation will be uploaded soon. 

04.11.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have only 1 child (class 4) learning from home due to a positive PCR test.  However, we have been advised by the local health team that COVID cases are rapidly increasing locally.  Please see attached a letter for parents /carers.

As precautions, this week, we have introduced the following: 

No whole school assemblies or gatherings. Infants and juniors kept separate throughout the school day.  However, to enable the wide range of before and after school clubs to continue, infants and juniors do  sometimes share the same space (usually the hall) but are kept at opposite sides of the available space. 

Staff in meetings are wearing masks when a 2m distance is not possible 

Visitors to school are being kept to a minimum or remain outside. (Please note, the ‘Come and Play’ for parents of nursery and reception children next week will be outside). 

 

A reminder about the curriculum evening taking place this evening at 7pm via zoom entitled ‘How we build knowledge in the foundation subjects.’ All parents are welcome. Please use the following codes to access the  zoom meeting; meeting id=725 582 1141 passcode=jrk1Z5. 

 

Please see attached a reminder of the extra curricula clubs taking place this half term. Please note, the painting and sculpture club is now full. 

 

The Royal British Legion have commenced their annual Poppy Appeal. Poppies and other commemorative items  are now being sold at break times. Suggested donations as follows-traditional poppies 50p; zip pull 50p;  reflector 50p; silicon wristband £1; snap band £1.50.  

 

The next cross country race is on Saturday 13th November at Ghyll Royd school. Please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by Wednesday 10th November if your child would like to take part. 

 

As detailed in the newsletter before half term, due to the extra bank holiday to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the term dates for this year have slightly changed with an extra training day on Monday 6th June. 

 

A reminder to nursery parents that the deadline to apply for a school place for September 2022 is 15th January. If you would like a tour around school or to speak to myself, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.  If any families have younger siblings who are interested in a nursery place for next school year (2022-2023),  then please request and complete a registration form from the office as places are limited and filling fast. 

 

21.10.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have two children who have had a positive PCR (1 in class 3, 1 in class 4) and are now learning from home. If your child has COVID type symptoms a reminder to please get a PCR test. We have been advised that Lateral Flow Tests should not be used for anyone with symptoms. If your child tests positive during half term, please inform school via askwith@ycatschools.co.uk as, in line with our Contingency Plan, further preventative procedures may be put in place if the number of cases reaches a threshold. Thankyou for your support.

 

Parents’ evenings for all children from year 1 to year 6 have been taking place this week. If you were not able to make an appointment, but would like to discuss your child’s progress, please contact your child's class teacher via askwith@ycatschools.co.uk. Parents’ evenings for N and R will now take place after half term.

 

The nasal flu vaccinations took place in school yesterday, if your child was absent or consent was not given in time, but you would like them to receive the vaccination, there are catch up clinics available, see attached. Please note, appointments at the catch up clinics must be booked in advance.

 

Today, the children have had zoom assemblies with Yorkshire Water on the subject of water safety. The children discussed the dangers of different bodies of water and KS2 learned about the steps to take if they were to ever find themselves in difficulty in the water.

 

Recordings of the harvest assemblies will be uploaded to the school website tomorrow. We hope you enjoy listening to them.

 

A reminder to parents of children in years 3 and 4 that their school swimming lessons commence on Monday 1st November—first day back after half term. All children need a swimming costume and a towel.

 

A reminder that if your child does not usually have a school lunch on a Friday, but would like to join in with the bonfire lunch, then please book by midday 1st November, see attached a further copy of the details.

 

After half-term, we will be collecting for The Royal British Legion as part of their annual Poppy Appeal. Poppies and other commemorative items will be sold by the year 6 children at break times.

 

Due to the extra bank holiday to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the term dates have been changed by North Yorkshire County Council and we have, this week, been asked to move one of our training days. Please see attached the updated dates for this school year with a training day now on Monday 6th June, making the celebratory weekend extra special for all!

 

A reminder that we finish for half term tomorrow at the usual times and return on Monday 1st November with breakfast club at 8am and story club at 8.30am.

 

We wish you all a lovely half-term break.

14.10.21

Coronavirus update—We currently do not have any positive cases amongst our pupils or staff.

 

On Friday, as part of National Poetry Day, all children took part in a Poetry Workshop. All children listened to poetry with Tony Peek (a local poet). All children then created poetry and years 5 and 6 performed poems in assembly.

 

Parents’ evenings will take place Wednesday and Thursday next week via zoom. The details about how to book a parents’ evening appointment were sent home yesterday and the booking system went live today.

 

A final reminder for parents who wish their child to have the nasal flu vaccination but have not yet given consent. The nasal vaccinations are taking place in school on Wednesday 20th October. A further copy of the nasal flu vaccination consent letter is here.

 

Askwith Primary School have been mentioned in the local press again! The early years children have produced art work on an autumnal theme and have decorated the phone box in the village.  

 

https://www.wharfedaleobserver.co.uk/news/19625765.askwith-harvest-box/

 

Please see a summary of all the extra curricula activities that the children have enjoyed this half term here.

 

Also, ‘Dates for your Diary’ for November and December is here.

 

We are hoping that it will be possible to invite parents to watch the infant nativity performance and the KS2 Pantomime performance in a COVID safe way, details about these performances and the other events will follow.

 

Please find details of the clubs and activities already planned for next half term here. If your child attends a club out of school and the provider would be able to run a club in school to enhance our provision, then please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

 

Details of the special bonfire lunch we are having on Friday 5th November are here. If any child does not usually have a lunch on a Friday but would like to join in, then please book by midday 1st November.

 

A reminder to parents of children in years 3 and 4 that their school swimming lessons commence on Monday 1st November—first day back after half term. All children need a swimming costume and a towel.

 

The PTA have arrange a ‘Bags2School’ collection for Friday 3rd December. Bags are being sent home today for those planning a half term sort out! Please read the guidance carefully about what can be donated.

 

A reminder that we finish for half term on Friday 22nd October at the usual times and return on Monday 1st November with breakfast club at 8am and story club at 8.30am.

 

07.10.21

 

Coronavirus update—We currently do not have any positive cases amongst our pupils or staff.

 

On Friday, we had a visit from the Police who taught the children all about staying safe online and who to tell if they have any concerns / worries.

 

Well done to those children who took part in the cross country race on Saturday, the next race is 13th November, details will be sent out the week before.

 

Thank you to those parents who joined in the zoom curriculum presentation ‘How we build knowledge in the core subjects’ on Tuesday evening. For those that missed the presentation, a recording is available here.

 

This week, Reception parents have had the opportunity to watch a Phonics lesson and join an individual reading session with their child and Mrs Bennett. The children greatly enjoyed having their parents watch their learning and we hope the parents found the opportunities useful.

 

Thank you to those who have completed and returned the parental questionnaire. The feedback is very useful to us and it was pleasing to see that the vast majority of responses were very positive. I shall be consulting with parents before half term about our extra curricular provision.

 

Further to the ballot asking whether parents would prefer an online or face to face parents’ evening, the majority were happy with online or didn't mind. Therefore, parents evening will take place via zoom on Wednesday 20th October and Thursday 21st October 2.30pm—6.00pm for all children in years Nursery to year 6. The zoom details and information about how to book an appointment will be sent out next week.

 

A reminder to parents of children in year 6, that the deadline to apply for a secondary school place is 31st October.

 

A reminder, to those who have not done so already, to please complete and return the ‘Parent and Pupil Acceptable Use of Zoom’ agreement slip, which was sent out with the Covid-19 Contingency Plan, Curriculum delivery Plan and Remote Learning Policy last week. A response is needed for every child from nursery to year 6. A further copy of the zoom policy is available here.

 

A further copy of the nasal flu vaccination consent letter is available here. Parents who wish to give consent, but haven't yet, are encouraged to act as soon as possible.

 

05.10.21

 

Curriculum Evening - Building Knowledge in the Core Subjects

 

Thank you to all of our parents who attended our Curriculum Evening on 'building knowledge in the core subjects' on Tuesday 5th October 2021.

  

30.10.21

As is usual at this time of year, colds and bugs are beginning to spread despite our enhanced cleaning and hand washing regimes. Thank you to all parents who have followed the request to please do a lateral flow test on your child if they are ill for any reason, as we have found that some children have tested positive for Coronavirus who have not had the ‘typical’ symptoms displayed by adults. If your child has the ‘typical’ symptoms (high temperature, cough, change to sense of taste or smell), the advice remains to get a PCR test.

 

A further reminder for parents, who wish their child to have a nasal flu vaccination, to please give consent as soon as possible. Please find the consent form here.

 

The forms to order photographs taken by Tempest Photography were handed out to children on Monday. Photographs can be ordered on line, or the completed forms and payment handed back to the school office by Tuesday 5th October. 

 

The children greatly enjoyed the activities on Friday when we celebrated European Languages Day. The children created artwork, explored Europe on maps, sang songs and practised conversations and poems in French.

 

On Monday, the children had a fantastic time on their Mini Medics course. The children in KS2 had the opportunity to learn CPR and some basic first aid. The Nursery, Reception and KS1 children learnt abut ringing 999 and practised the recovery position. Photographs from the European Languages Day and the first aid lessons are now on the school website.

 

It has been lovely to see parents in school this week for the ‘Come and Read’ for years 1 and 2. Parents of children in Reception were emailed a letter this morning inviting them to Phonics and reading sessions.

 

Well done to those children who took part in the cross country race last Saturday, and good luck to those who are taking part this Saturday. If any other child would like to join in, please contact the parent coordinator for this week, Mrs Akers tel 07901 208965. Please see further race details here

 

We are sad to confirm that for family reasons, Naomi the cook will not be returning to Askwith. She will be greatly missed by the pupils and the staff. Claire, who covered the kitchen during Naomi's’ maternity leave and knows the children, is with us until a new cook can be recruited. 

 

The PTA committee met this week and have started to plan fund raising events for this year. If you would like to get involved with the PTA, please contact the chair, Mrs Thompson, on bthompson.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk. Please do help if you can, the more the merrier!! 

 

Please click here to view the parental questionnaire, paper copies are being sent home today. Your responses would be much appreciated. 

23.09.21

We currently do not have any confirmed cases of Coronavirus but have a few children off with sore throats and coughs. As a precaution, we are asking that any child who is unwell for any reason, including but not limited to — cough, cold, sore throat, head ache, upset stomach or high temperature— to please take a lateral flow test and inform us, via email to askwith@ycatschools.co.uk, of the result asap.

 

A reminder for parents, who wish their child to have a nasal flu vaccination, to please give consent as soon as possible. A further copy of the letter explaining how to give consent is here.

 

Yesterday, was the online safety presentation for parents and staff. We hope you found it useful. For those that missed the presentation, a summary of the advice is here.

 

 

A reminder that Tempest Photography will be visiting school tomorrow to take individual school photographs of all children in years nursery to 6. Nursery children not usually in on Fridays are welcome to have a photograph at 8.30am prompt. Parents please stay to take your child home after the photograph.

 

Tomorrow, we are celebrating European Languages Day. French is taught throughout the school as part of the curriculum and tomorrow all children will be enjoying language activities and learning about different places in Europe.

 

Good luck to all those children taking part in the cross country race on Saturday. The time of the races, route, and details about parking can be found on the website www.ilkleyharriers.co.uk/jh/wpsxcl. If any other child would like to join in, please contact the parent coordinator, Mrs Brown, directly on 07944 672396. The next race is on Saturday 2nd October at Ilkley Rugby Club. If your child would like to take part in that race, please email Mrs Bentley on askwith@ycatschools.co.uk including a mobile contact number for use on the day.

 

On Monday, we have Mini-Medics visiting school to give all children age appropriate first aid knowledge. Key staff receive regular first aid training but it is also a valuable life skill for the children to have from an early age.

 

Next week, on Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th September, we are inviting parents of children in years 1 and 2 to come into school for a ‘Come and Read’ session. Please complete the booking slip and return to school by Monday 27th September. Parents of children in years Nursery and Reception will be invited into school the following week.

 

All children are invited to join a story telling session everyday from 8.30am. Years R,1 and 2 in the infant library and years 3-6 in the junior library. All welcome to join regardless of drop off times. We look forward to seeing the children at the first story club tomorrow! 

16.09.21

It has been lovely to see how well all of the children have settled back into the school routines. Many children have already enjoyed the breakfast club and after school clubs. Please refer to last week’s letter for all the details or contact Mrs Bentley for information.

Thankyou to all those parents who were able to join us for our online phonics information evenings. Parents of children in years Reception to 3, who were not able to attend, should please contact your child’s teacher to arrange a time to be given the information to enable you to help your child with their reading.

Whilst we currently do not have any cases of Coronavirus in school, we are required to have a COVID Contingency Plan in place in case of rising cases within school. This will be uploaded to the website.

The first of our curriculum evenings will take place on Tuesday 5th October, with an online presentation entitled ‘How we build knowledge in the core subjects.’ Details to follow.

Please see below a mini questionnaire about parents’ evenings, your response via the slip or email would be appreciated.

On Wednesday 22nd September parents are invited to attend a presentation with an industry expert about online safety. The zoom presentation starts at 4pm and the zoom details are below. I encourage all parents to join as it is important to know how to keep children safe when they are on line. Staff, many of whom are parents themselves, will be joining the zoom. Meeting ID: 830 736 0843 Passcode: 8Gskcv

On Friday 24th September, Tempest Photography will be visiting school to take individual school photographs of all children in years nursery to 6.

Sat 25th September is the first of the cross country races in the Wharfedale Cross Country League. Please see attached letter about the details of this season’s races and the code of conduct. If your child is interested in taking part in the first race, please inform Mrs Bentley by Wednesday 22nd September. More information is available on the website www.ilkleyharriers.co.uk/jh/wpsxcl. Mrs Brown (tel 07944 672396) is our parent coordinator but does need a helper/s. Please get in touch with her or Mrs Bentley if you can help.

All children in years Reception to 6 are eligible to receive the nasal spray flu vaccination. The vaccinations will take place on Wednesday 20th October and be given by the Childhood Immunisations Team. If you wish your child to receive the vaccination, please read the attached letter for how to give your consent online.

Year 6 parents please see the letter about applying for a secondary school place. 

 

10.09.21

Phonics Evening 

Thank you to all of our parents who attended our Phonics Evening on Thursday 9th September 2021. We discussed how reading and phonics are taught throughout the school using the systematic synthetic phonics programme, Phonics Bug. We will be repeating the Phonics Evening on Tuesday 14th September at 7pm.

 

During the autumn term, we will also be inviting parents, grandparents and carers to book ‘Come and Read’ sessions to observe how phonics and reading are taught in school. During these sessions, the focus will be on how to listen to and support your child when reading at home. 

09.09.21

 

Welcome back!

I hope you all had an enjoyable summer break. A special welcome to the new families we have welcomed to Askwith Primary School this week. Welcome also to our three graduate trainee teachers, Mrs Lees who is working with Early Years, Miss Harrison who is with years 1 and 2 and Mr Burgess (no relation to Mrs Burgess!) who is with years 3 and 4.

Over the summer, we have made some improvements to school, particular in the playgrounds with the addition of chalk boards in both infant and junior playgrounds and a covered reading area in the Early Years outside space. Unfortunately, due to supply issues, not all of the new windows and doors could be replaced over the summer holiday, but we are hopeful that the reminder will be installed in October half term.


A reminder about the online phonics information evening taking place tonight and being repeated on Tuesday 13th September. This is for parents of all pupils in Reception to year 3 inclusive and is highly recommended for those parents as our home reading system has changed.

The meeting can be accessed via Zoom: meeting id 725 582 1141 passcode jrk1Z5


Please note, there will also be other curriculum evenings and parents’ evening this term, more information to follow.


Please see attached details of the new drop off and pick up times, and breakfast club and after school provision for all years including times and costs. Please note, from next week, breakfast club and after school is now available for children in the nursery whose parents work. In addition, there will be a variety of teacher led clubs throughout the year which are free. For this half term we have-

  • Tuesday lunch—Key Stage 2 cross-stitch
  • Tuesday after school—Years R, Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 football until 4.30pm in the playground (no studs)
  • Thursday lunch—Years R, Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 mindfulness

A reminder that all children in years Reception to 6 need their PE kits in school every day.


Please see attached, for your information, a further copy of the autumn term menu. In addition to the meals listed, on request (with a week’s notice), vegetarian, pescatarian and gluten free options are available. If you wish to change your child’s meal pattern please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.


A further copy of the term dates for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 are also attached and are on the school website.

2020-2021

Latest News Summer Term

Askwith Phone Box Project

The children in Reception and Nursery have created beautiful artwork to decorate the village phone box. Please click the link to see the article in the local press. 

https://www.wharfedaleobserver.co.uk/news/19355478.new-lease-life-askwith-phone-box/

15.07.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have 2 confirmed cases in the year 5 & 6 class and all the children and staff in years 5 & 6 and all those that travel on the bus are currently isolating. Whilst Mrs Nayler teaches year 6, she did not come into contact with either case and therefore does not have to isolate. Please continue to inform school if any member of your household has booked a PCR test and please follow the latest government guidance.

As announced on Monday evening, the roadmap is progressing to the final stage on 19th July. However, North Yorkshire County Council have advised that all current restrictions should remain in place until the end of term. We will update you via email on Monday 6th September re: any changes / relaxation of rules that will be possible for next term. However, please be aware that we intend to keep the staggered drop off / collection times as this has greatly eased the parking problems.

As some children are isolating, school reports will now be sent home on Tuesday 20th. If you would like to discuss the contents of the report then please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk to arrange a phone call with your child’s teacher.

Next week, photographs of the EYFS / KS1 art exhibition and summer performance will be put onto the website. A reminder to year 6 parents that the Leavers’ Assembly is at 1pm on Thursday 22nd.

Whilst it is difficult to book holidays abroad at the moment, for those planning staycations, please see a further copy of the term dates for 2021-2022 and newly published, term dates for 2022-2023. A reminder that holidays should not be booked in term time.

Please click the link to view the menu for the autumn term. If your child would like to change their meal pattern for the autumn term please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by 9am Monday 6th September at the latest. If your child has any new special dietary needs, please inform school before the start of the autumn term. Vegetarian options are available every day on request but a weeks notice is needed to enable the kitchen to buy ingredients. A reminder to parents of children currently in year 2: in year 3 school lunches need to be paid for, priced at £2.50 per lunch.

Swimming lessons for children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 next year are planned to take place in the autumn term, years 5 and 6 before October half term, years 3 and 4 after half term. Further details will be sent out in the first week of term.

Please can children in years 5 & 6 bring their guitars back to school when they return next week.

Please can all children return school books / reading books by Wednesday 21st.

A reminder that we close at 2pm on Friday 23rd July for the summer holidays and return on Tuesday 7th September with breakfast club from 8am.

08.07.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have 1 pupil in the year 5/6 class who has had a positive home test and is awaiting the results of a PCR. If positive, we will unfortunately have to close that bubble and the children and staff isolate. The child also uses the school bus so all children who use the bus will also have to isolate. Parents of affected children have been informed and will be kept up to date. Please continue to follow the latest government guidance.

It was lovely to see the parents of next year’s Reception class on the Zoom meetings on Monday. I hope those that joined in found the meetings useful. If you weren't able to make the meeting, please contact school to arrange a phone call. We do have a few spaces in the Reception class for September if you know anyone who might be interested.

Due to health issues (not COVID), Miss Dunbar will unfortunately not be returning to school this term. Mrs Bennett has resumed her role as Reception class teacher with Mrs Mort supporting at times to prepare the children for transition to year 1.

The KS2 art exhibition was fantastic! All children have worked incredibly hard—please have a look at their creations which will soon be on the school website on the Gallery tab.

Thomas Atkin in year 6, very sadly lost his grandad recently due to cancer. The family are doing the Jog 31 Miles in July Challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. If you would like to contribute please look up the fundraising page on Facebook ‘Rachelle’s fundraiser for Cancer Research UK.’ Donations can also be brought into school in named envelopes and Mrs Atkin will add the donations to the fundraising page.

School reports will be sent home on Friday 16th July. If you would like to discuss the contents of the report then please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk to arrange a phone call with your child’s teacher. Please see attached a flier from our tennis coach about tennis equipment that can be purchased. If you wish to buy tennis equipment, please place your order by Friday 16th July at the latest. Equipment will then be delivered to school the following Tuesday.

01.07.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases and staff testing is continuing, all results so far have returned as negative. Please be aware that cases are increasing in local high schools, so please continue to take all recommended precautions.

On Monday, the children in years 5 and 6 greatly enjoyed their class trip to Forbidden Corner. The trip to the ice cream parlour and the underground tunnels at Forbidden Corner being particular highlights! The children’s behaviour was exemplary as usual.

A reminder to parents of children moving into Reception in September that the Zoom meeting is on Monday 5th July at 1.30pm and then repeated at 6.30pm.

Zoom codes are: meeting ID = 995 1188 6677, passcode = 8Gskcv.

 I am pleased to share with you details for the class teachers for next academic year:

Nursery & Reception—Mrs Bennett

Years 1 & 2—Mrs Timiney and Mrs Mort

Years 3 & 4—Miss Fox

Years 5 & 6—Mrs Longford and Mrs Nayler

The teaching assistants will assist the teachers across the school.

On Monday, we will be having a COVID safe ‘moving up day’. Please drop off and collect at the time for your child’s year group this year.

The KS2 art exhibition takes place next week, but unfortunately, due to the continuing restrictions, parents aren't able to visit. However, a video of the exhibition will be put onto the school website.

 

24.06.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases and staff testing is continuing, all results so far have returned as negative. Please be aware that cases are increasing in local high schools, so please continue to take all recommended precautions.

On Tuesday, the children in years 3 and 4 enjoyed their class trip to Chevin Forest Park. They participated in Forest School activities linked to the topic, the Stone Age. They had a great time building shelters, ‘hunting’ for animals, following tracks and cooking on a campfire.

The children in years 5 and 6 have this week taken part in the first ever online Healthy Schools’ public voice and celebration events run by Healthy Schools North Yorkshire. These workshops focused on emotional health and wellbeing and how to live active lives.

On Wednesday, the children had their sports days, albeit in their bubbles and without parents. The results will be added to other sport house competitions and the winning house will be announced at the end of term.

It was great to see parents on the Phonics zoom presentation on Tuesday evening, we hope you found this session useful. For those who were unable to attend, please see attached a copy of the slides from the presentation.

The PTA is planning another second hand uniform sale next Tuesday in the playground, 3-4pm. All items £1 (buy 2 items get the third item free). If you need other items of uniform for September, please see attached uniform order form from Sue Knowles. Please communicate directly with Sue to place orders.

Thank you to all those who have made the voluntary contributions towards the cost of the class trips, it is much appreciated. Please keep up to date with other payments on Parent Pay.

A reminder that payment for school lunches should be made in advance. Weekly reminder texts are now being sent out to those families who are forgetting to make regular payments.

Unfortunately, it is necessary to remind some parents about the use of the village hall car park. Whilst the staggered start and finish times are easing congestion, the car park is still a busy place. Please park with consideration for other users and do not block empty spaces. Please pass this message on to grandparents or others who may collect your child. Thankyou for your cooperation.

17.06.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases and staff testing is continuing, all results so far have returned as negative. Please be aware that cases are increasing in local high schools, so please continue to take all recommended precautions.

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Monday evening, we now know that the roadmap has been delayed. Unfortunately, this means that some of our planned events will have to be altered or cancelled. Please see below our revised plans for these events.

Sports Day—The children will have their inter-house competitions in their bubbles, but, unfortunately parents won’t be able to watch.

The KS2 Pantomime—This event will now be combined with the plans for the Leavers’ Assembly. The Pantomime will now be a performance by children in just years 5 and 6, on Thursday 22nd July at 1.30pm. Unfortunately, only parents of children in year 6 will be able to attend, arrangements to be confirmed. This event will be outside, so fingers crossed! Further details will be sent home.

Summer Concerts– For all other year groups. The children’s performances (in their bubbles) will be filmed and the recordings made available to parents in those year groups.

Art Exhibitions—The art exhibitions will take place to enable the children to view each other’s art, and photographs of the exhibitions will be put on the website. Unfortunately, parents won’t be able to attend the exhibitions.

Leavers’ Assembly—See KS2 Pantomime above.

Luckily, the children in year 6 have been able to enjoy some of the traditional leavers’ activities this week. They have enjoyed a continental breakfast each morning of warm pain au chocolat and fresh juices; they are now wearing their leavers’ hoodies (many thanks to Mrs Marcantonio-Jones for organising); and yesterday went on their Mystery Trip, which this year was to Go-Ape at Temple Newsom! The children had fun challenging themselves on the aerial obstacle course and then enjoyed team games. A great day was had by all!

A reminder to please return any Tempest class photograph order forms by tomorrow, or order online.

A reminder about the Phonics zoom presentation which is taking place next week on Tuesday 22nd June. This event is particularly important for parents of children in Reception and year 1, but is open to all parents. The presentation will be at 7pm via zoom using the meeting id 725 582 1141 password jrk1Z5.

 

10.06.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases and staff testing is continuing, all results so far have returned as negative.

We await the expected government announcement on the 14th June as to whether the ‘Roadmap’ will progress to the next stage on the 21st June. Once the government has made its announcement, and the detailed guidance has been received from the DfE, we will give further details about how our end of term events such as Sports Day, Art exhibitions, Performances and Leavers’ Assemblies, might safely proceed.

We are delighted to welcome Miss Johnson back into Early Years following her maternity leave. She will be working part time alongside the Early Years team.

In addition to the tennis being provided by ILTSC, on Tuesday, the children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 started tennis lessons with our regular tennis coach Luke, great fun was had by all!

Today, the children in Reception have been on their class trip to Bolton Abbey. The children took part in an art class using outdoor materials, explored the Abbey, went on an adventure trail and challenged themselves physically. The children were very well behaved and a great day was had by all! Well done children! Photographs of the trip will shortly be on class 1’s page of the school website.

Forms to order a Tempest class photograph are being sent home today, please return any order forms and payment back to school by Friday 18th June or place your order on line. (The order forms for the photograph for years 5 & 6 will be sent home early next week.)

On Tuesday 22nd June we will be making a Phonics presentation to parents to show how phonics is taught and what you can do at home to support your child. This event is particularly important for parents of children in Reception and year 1, but is open to all parents, including any grandparents or other family members who may help the children with their reading. The presentation will be at 7pm via zoom using the meeting id 725 582 1141 password jrk1Z5.

With the sunny weather finally here, a reminder that children in years Nursery, Reception, 1 and 2, should have sun cream applied before they come to school and bring a named bottle of sun cream into school, the children will be helped to top up their sun cream at break times. Children in years 3, 4 ,5 & 6 can also bring in sun cream (to be kept in their bag) to top up themselves during break times. ALL children should bring a water bottle to school every day. Sun hats are also recommended for all children. If children wish to wear sandals, they should be of the type that buckle or fasten, no flip flops or slip-ons please.

27.05.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases and staff testing is continuing, all results so far have returned as negative. As with previous holidays, if your child tests positive within 2 days of being in school, then please inform school via email to askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

Last Friday, the children from years 1 and 2 went on a trip to Nell Bank and focused on Senses and Habitats. Despite the rain, the children had a great day exploring how different animals use their senses to protect themselves and found lots of insects under logs and stones. They also explored a pond habitat and found lots of creatures from the water. The Nell Bank staff commented on the excellent behaviour of all the children and were very impressed with the children’s scientific knowledge. Well done children. Photos of the day are on the Class Gallery on the school website.

This week our Parent Appointments have taken place via Zoom for all children from nursery to year 6. We hope you found the appointments useful. If any parent didn't get chance to make an appointment, please contact the office to arrange a phone call with your child’s class teacher after half term.

We are delighted to have been invited to be part of a new community project here in Askwith, centred on the phone box (opposite the pub). Thanks to local residents, the phone box has now been cleaned and renovated. For the first event, the celebration of what should have been the annual Askwith Show, the children in Nursery and Reception have created some farm themed art work. The art work will be placed in the windows of the phone box at the end of school today. Do have a look (safely) if you are passing. We will keep you up to date with future events at the phone box!

We are greatly looking forward to the visit of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Athlete, Ayaz Bhuta tomorrow. Children should come to school tomorrow wearing their school PE kits or their own sports clothes (PE kits are being sent home today). Thanks to your generous contributions, all costs have been covered and the school has over £500 to spend on sports equipment and sports activities. Many thanks to all the sponsors!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all pupils, parents, staff and Governors for their continuing hard work and support of Askwith Primary School.

A reminder that tomorrow we close for half term at the usual pick up times. I hope you all manage to enjoy the forecast sunshine and look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 7th June.

20.05.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases and staff testing is continuing, all results so far have returned as negative. Regarding the ‘Dates for your Diary’ sent home last week and the concerning news about the ‘Indian variant’, please be assured that we are continuing to keep up to date with the latest guidance issued by the DfE, and the planned events will only take place if it is safe to do so and will of course be in accordance with current risk assessments.


Please see attached a letter of thanks to all parents from the children at Askwith, written by the year 6 ambassadors.


Please note, that from this week, Y1-Y6 children will bring spellings home to practise every Thursday. The reason for this change is that we have introduced dictation sessions on Tuesdays in Y1-Y6. Current research indicates that dictation is an effective way of embedding spellings and their meaning. Spelling tests will continue to take place every Wednesday and homework will continue to be sent home every Friday to return on Wednesday. Thank you for your continuing support.


On Wednesday, the children in Reception and year 1 enjoyed some free tennis lessons courtesy of Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. This was a new sport for many of the children and great fun was had by all. Please see attached some promotional material from Ilkley Tennis Club. School has paid for tennis lessons, delivered by our regular tennis coach, Luke, for children in Reception, year 1 and year 2, after half term to enable them to build on these skills. The children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are learning tennis skills on Thursdays with our sports coach.


Thank you to all those who have booked an Online Parent Appointment for next week. The online booking facility has now closed. If you have not yet got an appointment, but would like one, or wish to change an appointment, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk. Please join your child’s teacher’s Zoom appointment promptly and have the correct Zoom codes to hand. (Zoom codes were on the Parent Appointment letter sent out last week.)


Thank you to all those who have brought in sponsorship money for the Athlete led fitness circuit next week. Any final contributions should be brought in by the end of this week.


Tempest Photographers will (hopefully) be in school on Tuesday to take class photographs. Children should wear their usual smart school uniform and big smiles for the photographs, which will be available to purchase, details to follow next week.

 

13.05.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases and staff testing is continuing, all results so far have returned as negative. However, unfortunately 1 child is isolating after being in close contact with someone who has now tested positive. It is wonderful that, because of the lifting of some restrictions, we can all enjoy more freedom, but cases are still around and care should be taken when meeting others.


As announced in the recent government announcements, from Monday 17th May, some restrictions are being lifted. Holidays to ‘green list’ countries are now permitted. Please check the school term dates (on the website) before booking holidays and follow the government guidance in place at the time. Having reviewed the latest DfE guidance, no other current restrictions can yet be lifted i.e. the bubbles, staggered drop off and pick-up times and wearing of masks in the playground must all stay in place.


A reminder, that if your child is attending an after school club, please phone school (01943 462896) from the gate when you arrive and your child will be brought out to you. Please pass this message on to any friends or relatives who may be collecting your child. Likewise, if your child has to leave early for an appointment, please remember to phone from the gate and your child will be brought out to you. Thank you for your co-operation with this.


This week is Mental Health Awareness week. This year’s theme has been ‘nature.’ The children have enjoyed various activities centred on the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ - Take notice; Get creative; Be active; Give to others and Connect with others. Photographs of the activities will be on the website next week.


Please find attached this term’s ‘Dates for your Diary.’ Some of the events listed depend on whether the governments ‘Roadmap’ progresses as planned and any updated guidance from the DfE. Further details about these events will be sent out nearer the time as needed.


Please see attached a letter about the Online Parents’ Appointments taking place week commencing 24th May. The links to enable you to book an appointment will be sent out at 2.30pm today. Appointments will take place via Zoom, on a different day for each class. See attached instructions about how to book from your phone if you are unfamiliar with this system.
We are very much looking forward to the visit of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Athlete, Ayaz Bhuta, on Friday 28th May. A reminder that all monies and sponsorship forms need to be back in school by next Tuesday (18th May) latest. All children will need PE kit in school on Friday 28th May. Thank you for your support with this event.

 

06.05.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.


Please see attached a letter of thanks to parents from the Governors.


Today, we welcomed a new Premier Sports Coach to school, Daniel. Daniel will be teaching all the children aged Reception to year 6 on Thursdays during their PE lessons and on a rota for fitness sessions on Monday afternoons. Daniel will also lead the lunchtime and after school clubs clubs on Mondays and Thursdays. See below a reminder about after school clubs. The previous coach Laura, has left the sports coaching industry to become a dog groomer! We wish her well for the future.


It has been great to have Naomi back in the kitchen this week. Please see attached the new Summer Term menu which will be in use from next week (Monday 10th May). If your child would like to change the days they have school lunches, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk before 9am Monday morning.


Further to the responses received in the recent Parental Questionnaire and the success of the February Zoom ‘Parent Evening,’ we are planning a further ‘Parents’ Evening’ to be held over Zoom, week commencing 24th May, for parents of children in years Reception to 6. Booking information will be sent out next week.


We are very much looking forward to the visit of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Athlete, Ayaz Bhuta on Friday 28th May. A reminder that all monies and sponsorship forms need to be back in school by Tuesday 18th May latest. Sponsorship forms were sent home last week. Thank you for your support with this event.

 

29.04.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.

We are excited to announce that on the 28th May we will be having a visit from Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Athlete Ayaz Bhuta! See attached letter for further details. Sponsorship forms are being sent home today.

As restrictions are lifted, your child may be returning to out-of-school activities. The government have issued guidance for parents of children who are attending after school clubs and out-of-school activities. The main points are;

  • Send them to a provider that has protective measures in place
  • Limit the number of settings your child attends, ideally only 1 out-of-school setting in addition to school
  • Work with providers to try to ensure your child is grouped with children from the same school bubble if possible or same school or siblings
  • Take practical steps to reduce risk by not sharing lifts in cars with other households
  • Keep a record of when your child attends a setting and where it is, this will help if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace

As per our risk assessment, our regular handwashing routine is continuing for all children and staff. Since returning after Easter, some children have dry / sore hands, please feel free to send hand cream in for your child to apply at break times if their hands are suffering with all the hand washing.

We are delighted that next week Mrs Bennett will return from maternity leave to resume her teaching in the nursery / reception class. Miss Dunbar, who has covered Mrs Bennett’s maternity leave, will remain in school until the end of the summer term. Naomi, the cook, is also returning from maternity leave next week. Thank you to Claire who has covered her maternity leave and will move to a different school next week.

On Thursday 6th May, the Village Hall is being used as a polling station for the local elections. Please do not use the village hall carpark on this day, please park elsewhere in the village with consideration for other road users and local residents, thank you.

A polite reminder to keep up to date with payments on Parent Pay. Please check and clear any outstanding balances every month. School lunches should be paid for in advance. For those having school lunches in years 3, 4, 5 and 6, the sum now due for May is £47.50.

 

22.04.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.

With the weather now turning sunnier, please can all children (nursery to year 6) bring a named bottle of sun cream into school which will remain in school for the duration of the summer term. On sunny days, please apply suncream to your child in the morning before they come to school, this can then be re-applied with the suncream they have in school. We consider that all children age year 1 upwards are old enough to top up their own suncream but it may be advisable to practise this at home. Nursery and Reception children will be helped to top up their suncream. Please also send sun hats in to school. If children wish to wear sandals, they should be of the type that fasten on to their feet, no slip-ons or flip flops please.

We are delighted that the DfE now permits educational day visits to take place. Every class will go on a trip during this summer term, details to follow. Unfortunately, residential visits are still not permitted so it will not be possible for the bi-annual year 5 & 6 residential trip to take place, however we will ensure their class trip is memorable!

We are pleased that all our nursery children and some children from new families have been offered places in our Reception class from September. Due to an unforeseen circumstance, we do have a spare place if you know of anyone who may be interested in a Reception place at Askwith Primary School. For any enquiries about places, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

Since re-opening on the 8th March, the attendance for most children has been excellent. Whilst our children continued to work incredibly hard during the lockdowns, it is very important that they continue to build their knowledge across the curriculum so that they know more, remember more and can do more by the end of the school year. To this end, it is imperative that NO holidays are taken during term time. Please see attached further copies of the term dates for the remainder of this school year and next school year.

 

15.04.21

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break.

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases. Staff testing continued throughout the Easter break and is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.

The DfE has now changed its guidance about wraparound clubs and as per the text sent out on Tuesday, all children in years R to 6 are now allowed to attend clubs running for their year groups. No booking is needed but please inform your child’s teacher if they will be staying for an after school club. See below details of the clubs on offer this half term. Children will be in an infant bubble and a junior bubble for these clubs. A reminder to please ring from the gate when dropping off for breakfast club or when collecting from after school club and staff will come out to meet you.

We are pleased that the Whole Class Music Lessons, that usually take place in the autumn term for years 5 and 6, are able to take place this term now peripatetic teachers are allowed back into school. From Wednesday, all children in years 5 and 6 will benefit from group guitar lessons with a specialist music teacher and will be able to bring a guitar home to practise. Some children are also recommencing individual instrument lessons in school (currently guitar, piano and cello). If you are interested in your child having individual instrument lessons please contact the Music Service directly on 01609 532783 or email musicservicetuitionrequests@northyorks.co.uk

Breakfast Club—From 8am every morning, Reception to year 6, £2.30 per child per day, breakfast provided.

After School Clubs—Until 5.30pm Mon-Wed, until 5pm on Thursday. £4 until 4pm, £5 until 5pm, £6 until 5.30pm 

Monday until 5.30pm

Years R, 1 & 2—Sports Club

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6—Crafts & puzzles

Tuesday until 5.30pm

Years R, 1 & 2—Crafts & puzzles

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6—Crafts & puzzles

Wednesday until 5.30pm

Years R, 1 & 2—Crafts & puzzles

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6—Crafts & puzzles

Thursday until 5pm

Years R, 1 & 2—Crafts & puzzles

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6-Sports Club

 

 

TEACHER LED CLUBS – no charge

Years R, 1 & 2

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

Mindfulness & Yoga—playtimes

Glockenspiel club—playtimes

Fitness club—Thursday lunchtime

Fitness club—Monday lunchtime

 

 

 

Spring 2

25.03.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have 1 child isolating because a member of their household is awaiting the result of a coronavirus test. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.


It was great to see the children enjoying the skip-a-thon for Comic Relief last Friday, £148 was raised. Photographs are on the website.


The children in years 1 to 6 have taken part in workshops led by Konflux theatre company this week. All workshops have been based on keeping mentally healthy. The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and were commended by the presenter for their impeccable behaviour and engagement. Well done children!


This week, the local vicar, Stephen McCaulay, has joined the children on zoom to discuss themes based on Easter. We thank Rev McCaulay for his time and for enhancing our RE curriculum.


The DfE has not yet changed their guidance about wraparound clubs so unfortunately breakfast club and after school clubs after Easter are still only available for those parents that need the provision to be able to work, for education or training or a medical appointment. These clubs must also still be booked in advance (by midday the day before, (midday Thursday for Friday and Monday). We will update you if the rules change.


May I take this opportunity to thank all children, parents, staff and governors for their hard work and support during these unprecedented times. Hopefully we are now on the way back to normality.


A reminder that school closes for Easter on Friday 26th March and reopens on Tuesday 13th April. Due to the roadworks taking place outside school, we will now close at the usual time on Friday.


I hope you all have an enjoyable Easter break.

18.03.21

Coronavirus update—A member of staff is currently isolating at home due to coronavirus type symptoms in their household. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.

Comic Relief day is tomorrow! Unfortunately, we aren't able to hold a bake sale, instead children can come to school in home clothes. They will be taking part in an ‘inter-house skip-a-thon’ using the skipping ropes we provided during lock down. A contribution of £1 per child for Comic Relief is requested please. Can children, who didn't bring their skipping rope in today, please bring it in tomorrow.

Next week, we are continuing to focus on the mental wellbeing of our children. The children in reception and nursery will build on their discussions from this week about friendships, and how to share any worries they may have. The children in years 1 to 6 will be working with theatre company Konflux, who we have worked with for many years. On Tuesday, the children in years 1 and 2 will take part in a ‘Magical Mindfulness’ workshop which includes introducing the children to mindful breathing. The children in years 3 and 4 will take part in a ‘Play in a Day’ entitled ‘Take a Deep Breath’ which will teach them some mindfulness techniques to help cope with busy, modern life in a positive way. Then, on Wednesday, years 5 and 6, will take part in a ‘Play in a Day’ entitled ‘Peace of Mind’ when they will discuss the importance of good mental health, what it is and how we can keep it healthy.

In addition, Mrs Timiney is now running a KS1 ‘mindfulness club.’ The first session this week was a great success so will now be repeated every week.

We will soon be planning the nursery for next school year. If you have a younger child, who hasn't already been registered, then please ask Mrs Bentley for a registration form. Likewise, if you have friends who might be interested in a place for their child, please encourage them to get in touch asap.

We would usually change the school lunch menu after Easter, but as most children have just returned, we will keep the current menu until week commencing 10th May. A copy of the new menu will be sent home in advance of the change.

 

11.03.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.

It was lovely to see all the children returning to school on Monday. Our main focus this week has been to make sure that the children are settled back into school routines and are enjoying being back with their friends.

A reminder that if your child has an inhaler to please ensure a spare is handed in to your child’s teacher in a named plastic bag to be kept in school. Thank you.

World Book Day vouchers have been given to children today. Although they say they are only valid until 28th March, participating bookshops will honour the voucher after that date if they have the special £1 books still in stock. See worldbookday.com for details. Unfortunately the tokens cannot be used online.

Thank you to those who have completed and returned the parental questionnaire, your feedback is much appreciated. Following your comments, we will be holding another parent consultation meeting via Zoom in the summer term. Details to follow.

Comic Relief day is Friday 19th March. Unfortunately, we aren't able to hold a bake sale, instead children can come to school in home clothes. They will be taking part in an ‘inter-house skip-a-thon’ using the skipping ropes we provided during lock down. A contribution of £1 per child for Comic Relief is requested. Please can children bring their skipping ropes to school on Thursday 18th to practice.

 

04.03.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.

Thank you to the PTA for organising the school uniform sales which have been going on this week, and thank you to those who donated the items. If there are items of uniform remaining then there will be another sale.

We are very much looking forward to having all children in school on Monday. Please refer to the letter emailed out on 23rd February for details and attached reminders. To help us prepare, please email Mrs Bentley on askwith@ycatschools.co.uk to make any changes to lunch time arrangements, school transport journeys or to book breakfast club or after school clubs between 8th and 26th March. Breakfast club & after school clubs must be booked by midday the day before (by midday Thursday for Monday). Please note we are only able to provide breakfast club and after school clubs if parents need these clubs to enable them to work, seek work, for education or training or a medical appointment. 

It was lovely to see so many children dressed up for World Book Day today. The £1 book tokens have arrived in school and will be given out to children next week. They are valid until 28th March, but participating bookshops will honour the voucher after that date if they have the special £1 books still in stock. See worldbookday.com for details. Unfortunately the tokens cannot be used online.

Thank you to those who have already completed and returned the parental questionnaire sent out last week. We will send paper copies of the questionnaire home on Monday. If you haven't already completed a questionnaire, it would be appreciated if you can complete and return by Friday 12th March, thank you.

Books do not need to be returned to the shed on Thursday. Please send them in with your child on Monday together with any reading books or worksheets.

 

25.02.21

Coronavirus update—We currently have no cases. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.


We hope the children have enjoyed playing with their new games equipment over half term. If you have any photographs of your children using the items that could be put on our website then please email them to ntiminey.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk. Teachers will be sending out challenges for the children to practise in anticipation of inter—house competitions when we are fully open.


Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, we are able to re-open to all children from Monday 8th March. Please refer to the letter emailed out on Tuesday 23rd for guidance about this re-opening. Please note we are only able to provide breakfast club and after school clubs if parents need the provision to work, seek work, for education or training or a medical appointment. Places are limited. Please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk to book places from 8th to 26th March. See below for details.


World Book Day is Thursday 4th March. Usually, we would invite the children to attend school dressed as a character from a book and have a day of special literary activities. Instead, children may dress up at home if they wish, in any character from a book of their choosing. Children will be engaging in World Book Day activities.


With schools returning on 8th March, this hopefully marks the end of lockdowns, but if it were to happen again, it would be beneficial to know your thoughts about our current procedures. Please see attached a questionnaire. I would be grateful if you could complete and email it back Friday 5th March.


A reminder to return books to the shed between Thursday 4pm and Friday 8.30am. Books can then be collected from 5pm on Friday ready for lessons on Monday morning, for one last week of zoom lessons!

11.02.21

Coronavirus update—We currently don’t have any cases. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.

Action to be taken over half term—If your child has been in school this half term and develops Coronavirus symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, then please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk. If your child develops symptoms after 48 hours of last being in school, then school do not need to be informed but the current government guidance should be followed.

This week, I have been dropping into zoom lessons across the school, it has been lovely to see the children enjoying their learning. Well done children and thank you parents for your support!

Thank you to all parents who have booked a zoom appointment to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher. The online booking system has now closed but any changes or further appointments can be made by emailing your child’s teacher. We hope that those who have already had their appointments have found them to be useful.

As announced in last week’s newsletter, books should please be returned on Friday 12th between 9.30am and 3pm. The games equipment, which school have purchased for every child (years R to 6), can also be collected during this time. It would be great to see some photographs of the children enjoying using the equipment, please email them to ntiminey.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk and we’ll put a selection on the website.

  • Please remember to wear a mask when coming into the playground to drop off books / collect games equipment and form a socially distanced queue using the established one-way system. If there are no staff in the playground please ring the door bell or phone 01943 462896.
  • Parents of children in school that day, who collect their children at the end of the day, can collect their games equipment at the same time.
  • Children who travel home on the bus will be given their games equipment to take on the bus.

The teachers will mark the books over half term and the books will be ready to collect on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st ready for lessons on Monday 22nd.

A reminder that we close for half term on Friday at 3.30pm and will be resuming the online lessons on Monday 22nd February using the same zoom codes and timetable. Children who have been coming into school this lockdown are welcome to return after half term. We await news as to when the school will be able to fully reopen but hope it is before Easter.

I hope you all manage to have a restful break over half term.

 

04.02.21

Coronavirus update—We currently don’t have any cases. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.

The games equipment has now been delivered and will be available to collect by the parent / carer of each child next Friday (12th). Every child, whether currently learning at home or in school, will receive a skipping rope, a hula hoop and 2 balls. We hope the children will enjoy playing with these items (and hope the weather is clement enough to play outside!) After half term, teachers will send out challenges which will become a ‘sports house’ competition. Details of the Covid-safe collection process will be detailed in next week’s letter.

As explained in last week’s letter, the February Parents’ Evening will take place via zoom. A letter with the full details and booking instructions was sent out earlier today. The links to book your appointments were texted and emailed to the first contact of each child at 12.30pm today. While the parent appointments are taking place, there won’t be the usual zoom sessions, children will be set work that they can do without the teacher’s help. If you have problems booking your appointment, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

 

As it is half term week commencing 15th February, there will be a slight change to the book collection routine.

Thursday 4th Feb

Please leave books in the shed between 4pm Thursday and 8.30am Friday as usual

From 5pm Friday 5th Feb-8.30am Mon 5th

Books can be collected as usual ready for lessons Monday 8th

Friday 12th Feb

Between 9.30am and 3pm please leave books in the shed and collect the games equipment for your child.

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st Feb

Books can be collected ready for lessons on Monday 22nd

Thank you for your continuing help and cooperation.

 

28.01.21

Coronavirus update—Unfortunately, we currently have 2 children, who are eligible to be in school, but are at home as a member of their household has tested positive.

Staff testing has now commenced and so far all results have returned as negative.

Bubble

Awaiting test result of self or in household

Confirmed cases

Isolating due to close contact in school

Isolating due to close contact out of school

N & R

 

 

 

 

1 & 2

 

 

 

1

3 & 4

 

 

 

1

5 & 6

 

 

 

 

Staff

 

 

 

 

With the news yesterday from the Prime Minister that schools will only be opening from the 8th March earliest, we are glad that we have managed to put in place, what we consider to be, a comprehensive system for continuing to educate Askwith pupils. We are very grateful for the support you are giving to your children and to the staff during what is a very challenging time. We are confident that currently, learning loss is minimal, and we have plans in place to ensure all children catch up when they are allowed to return.

 

To help children to keep active whilst they are at home, we have ordered some games equipment for every child in years R to 6. We are hoping to receive these items before half term. Keep watching your text / email for details of when to collect the items and the challenges we are going to set for the children!

 

Usually, in the week before February half term, we hold a parents’ evening. This year the parents’ evenings will take place via zoom. The event will take place on Friday 12th February with slots available 10am until 12pm and 1pm until 3pm. Booking will be via our usual online parents’ evening booking system. Details of this system and how to book will be sent out next week. There won’t be any zoom

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