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Term dates

School closes for the end of half term:  Friday 23rd July 2021

School re-opens: Tuesday 7th September 2021

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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, due to coronavirus restrictions, there are changes to 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.

 

Bubble

Drop off times

Pick up times

N & R

8.30-8.40 a.m

3.10-3.20 p.m

Y1 & Y2

8.40-8.50 a.m

3.20-3.30 p.m

Y3 & Y4

8.50-9.00 a.m

3.30-3.40 p.m

Y5 & Y6

9.00-9.10 a.m

3.40-3.50 p.m

 

 

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.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

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Latest Newsletter

Newsletter Issue 38 - 15th July 2021

 

Previous Newsletters

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Other letters and correspondence

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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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