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Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts - Winners! 

Well done to the children who took part in the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts Competition in the ‘Choral Speaking’ category. We are proud to say that they won 1st prize for their wonderful performance of an alternative Little Red Riding Hood!

Sports Day




It was wonderful to invite parents to support our children on Sports Day this year! Races included the three-legged race, hurdles, baton relays and a sack race for the grown-ups! Luckily, the rain held off until we had finished! 

EYFS and KS1 Creativity Exhibition


The EYFS and KS1 Creativity Exhibition was enjoyed by everyone! The artwork included Van Gogh-inspired 'Mulberry Trees' using texture with paint, self portraits, African and Japanese artwork (from Arts Week), Kandinsky-inspired primary and secondary colour paintings, landscape sketches using perspective and Platinum Jubilee artwork. The children also displayed their collaborative 'Think Big' piece that they produced at Leeds Art Gallery. Thank you to all of the parents who came along!

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations



The whole school had a wonderful day celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The children created artwork, dressed in Jubilee-themed clothes, a bun sale, a special celebration lunch and made decorations for the Askwith Jubilee street party. Class 1 also decorated the Askwith Phone Box. 

KS2 Art Exhibition



Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 held their annual Art Exhibition. Their artwork included tie-dye cushions, Mexican Day of the Dead inspired skulls, totem poles, Picasso-inspired paintings using warm and cool colours and sketches using perspective. The whole school enjoyed viewing the exhibition and we were pleased to invite parents back in this year! 

Otley Carnival Parade



Children, parents and teachers had a wonderful time at the Otley Carnival Parade on Saturday! Each class dressed as a season: class 1 as spring; class 2 as summer; class 3 as autumn and class 4 as winter. Children and adults dressed as daffodils, rabbits, autumnal trees, snowflakes, ice queens and festival goers! 

International Arts Week 

All children have enjoyed a very creative International Arts Week! Children in Reception and Nursery have been exploring African cultures. 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 Kahlo and been inspired by her resilience and robustness.

Design and Technology Challenge



This year's Design and Technology Challenge was another huge success. Well done to all of the children who worked so hard on their egg designs. 


A special thank you to our special guest judge from the village who joined us via Zoom to judge the entries and choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each year group. 

Maypole Dancing



Children from all classes had a fabulous afternoon learning how to dance around the maypole. They learnt traditional dances, whilst listening to live music performed on the accordion. 


We would like to say a huge thank you to The Buttercross Belles from Otley for giving their time and sharing their expertise. The children had a wonderful afternoon. 

Askwith Tree Planting - The Queen's Green Canopy


As part of the Queen's Green Canopy initiative and to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we were lucky to find an opportunity in Askwith to plant over 100 saplings in partnership with The Woodland Trust.


The children had a wonderful time planting the trees! Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered their time and expertise, including Mrs Crabtree for her beautiful photos. 

Guinness World Record




Askwith Primary School is officially part of a Guinness World Record title. Congratulations to all of the children who took part in the 'largest postage stamp design competition'. A total of 606, 049 entries were received, well done children!

Fencing Club

The children have enjoyed their first few weeks of fencing club. They have been practising keeping their feet in a T position and using "allez" and "en-garde" during their games. 

Sculpture Club



The children in KS2 thoroughly enjoyed their first session of Sculpture Club after school on Wednesday. They began by designing their vases using intricate patterns. Then, they rolled the clay out, wrapped it around their rolling pin and created beautiful and unique vase shapes. The children made patterns in their vases using a range of tools. week, we will add colour! 

EYFS and KS1 Harvest Assembly - Thank you

KS2 Harvest Assembly - Thank you

National Poetry Day - Poet Visitor Tony Peek

The children had a wonderful day celebrating National Poetry Day with Tony Peek, a poet who visited Askwith Primary School for the day. 


Children in KS1 and EYFS listened to Tony's funny poems about every day life as a child. They recited their own poems in the style of nursery rhymes and used some alliteration. 


KS2 recapped their learning from previous years. Year 5 and 6 had the opportunity to perform poems that they had written with the help of Tony in a whole school assembly at the end of the day. The poems were fantastic, well done! 

Cross Country 





 Well done to all of the children who represented Askwith Primary School in the cross country race at Ashlands over the weekend! The children had a fantastic time. 


The next race will be on Saturday 13th November. 

Police Community Support Officer Visit - Keeping Safe

The children throughout school had a great time learning about online safety and keeping safe in the community with PCSO Phil. 


They discussed the importance of personal information and who it should and should not be shared with. PCSO Phil also outlined the importance of using their phones, tablets and computers near a trusted adult. 


The children also discussed how to identify a trusted person in the community such as a nurse, police officer or a fire fighter and how these people could help them if they were in trouble. 

European Day of Languages

The children had a wonderful day celebrating European Day of Languages. 

In EYFS, the children practised greeting people with "Bonjour!", listened to French nursery rhymes and created some European flag inspired handprint artwork. 

In KS1, the children explored Europe and found different countries on a map while listening to songs in French. 

In KS2, the children were exploring different places in Europe using digital maps and atlases. They also practised conversations and poems in French.

To conclude our day, we had a whole school assembly in French, led by Mrs Nayler. The children had the opportunity showcase their poems, songs and artwork. 


EYFS and KS1 Summer Performance - Staying Mentally Healthy

This year, there have been lots of changes to our normal routines and it has been a challenge for everyone. At Askwith Primary School, we understand the importance of our mental health and we have incorporated many different activities to support the wellbeing of our children into everyday school life. The children in EYFS and KS1 have worked incredibly hard to put together an assembly about how they have stayed mentally healthy this year.

EYFS and KS1 Art Exhibition 

KS2 Art Exhibition

During the last two weeks of the summer term, the children's annual art exhibitions took place in the school hall.


Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we could not invite parents to view the art exhibitions, but all of the children in school had the opportunity to view the beautiful artwork in their ‘bubbles’.


There are examples of the different techniques that the children have used such as painting, drawing, sewing, using digital tools, pinching and rolling clay to make pots and printing. It is clear that the children have worked incredibly hard to create their artwork and we hope that you enjoy the videos of the exhibitions.

Sports Day

The children had a fantastic sports day in their 'bubbles'.


Nursery, Reception and KS1 enjoyed lots of different races including a sprint, an egg and spoon race and a skipping race.


KS2 practised their relay skills and also competed in a sprinting race. Many of their races involved working well as a team. 

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Athlete, Ayaz Bhuta

The children had a wonderful morning when Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Athlete, Ayaz Bhuta, visited.

They had a 'zoom' assembly where they listened to Ayaz Bhuta's life story and learnt how hard work can help them to achieve their goals. They also had the opportunity to ask Ayaz questions throughout the morning. 

After the assembly, each 'bubble' of children, took part in some circuit training led by Ayaz. They then went outside to see if they could put his catching skills to the test! 

Thanks to your generous contributions, all costs were covered and the school has over £500 to spend on sports equipment and sports activities. Many thanks to all the sponsors!

Mentally Healthy Week 2021




Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, the children enjoyed lots of different activities, with a focus on nature and the world around them. 

Whole School Skip-a-thon for Comic Relief


To raise money for Comic Relief, the children took part in an inter-house skip-a-thon. They all brought in skipping ropes purchased for them by school during lockdown. Lots of fun was had and lots of money was raised for an excellent cause, all while keeping fit and healthy enjoying the fresh air!


A fantastic £148 was raised!!

Lockdown Learning


World Book Day 2021

This year World Book Day was a little different, however, we still dressed up and celebrated our favourite characters from books together. Some children dressed up at school and some children dressed up at home. Everyone took part in lots of different activities based on stories.  





PE in Lockdown

Every child at school was provided with a range of sports equipment which was collected from the school shed at designated times.

One Year 1 child said:

"I wasn't very good at skipping but I used my skipping rope from school every day and now I can do it!" 




Story Time

During Lockdown, we still had our daily class story.

Some children listened on Zoom and some children listened in school, but the important thing is we still shared our story every day. 

Merry Christmas from Askwith Primary School! 


Please click on the picture to see our 2020 Christmas video. KS1 and EYFS sang 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' and KS2 took part in lots of winter craft activities. 


Santa's Reindeer

The whole school watched as Santa’s ‘reindeer’ visited school. The ‘reindeer’ brought treats for all the children. Many thanks to the parents involved.

The CPRE North Yorkshire Children's Writing Competition





Congratulations to one of our young writers on winning 2nd place in The CPRE Yorkshire Children's Writing Competition! 

Children in Need

Across the school, the children took part in the 'Joe Wicks 24 hour PE Challenge' for Children in Need. A grand total of £141.55 was raised for Children in Need, well done to everyone!!

Odd Socks for Anti-Bullying

To mark the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week, the children and staff wore odd socks to show that everyone is an individual. 

Hockey Club

Handbells Club


International Rugby Player Visit

The children enjoyed a great afternoon with Sam Tuitupou, a New Zealand, international rugby player. The children completed challenging circuits with Sam, who pushed them to stretch themselves physically. They then spent time learning all about Sam, his family and his inspirational career playing for many successful rugby teams, including: Worcester, Munster, Sale Sharks, Coventry and the New Zealand All Blacks.

Our River Wharfe Day

The children responded artistically to create pieces of artwork linked to the River Wharfe. These were then combined to create a collaborative piece of artwork to represent the Our River Wharfe

Songs and Stories

Story Telling

The children took part in listening to stories from around the world. The joined in by creating music to go with the stories. The children enjoyed exploring a range of different instruments together.

The children enjoyed a story telling session with Mrs Sardar. The story, 'The Conference of the Birds', is a magical and inspiring story of the adventures of a flock of birds in search of their king. The children enjoyed discussions about overcoming fear, hardship, and inner limitations.

Police e-safety visit

The children learnt about e-safety from our police visitor. They discussed ways to keep themselves and others safe whilst online.

Askwith's Got Talent

Well done to all of the children who decided to take part in 'Askwith's Got Talent'! The performances were wonderful and everyone who took part should be very proud of themselves. An extra congratulations to the three winners!

Dance Club

Intra-house Sport Competition 2

The children have enjoyed learning a range of different dances in dance club this half term.

Well done to all of the children for taking part in our intra-house sport competition. Each house worked well as a team in their year groups.

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