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28th January 15

OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS - Ofsted Report 2013 (see link on left)

OUTSTANDING Teaching - Ofsted July 2013

OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS - Ofsted July 2013 (see link on left)

Family Night Fri 6th Feb, 6-8pm All Welcome!

  • We are officially a Children's University ( see article below)

Welcome to Asmall Primary School's website.

My name is Mrs Speak and I am the Headteacher.

Please scroll down to find out what is happening this week and to see extracts from our latest newsletter.

 If you would like an appointment to see me or to view the school, please contact the school office on 01695 576654

Mrs Michelle Speak


Monday 26th January Years 5 and 6 Swimming

Tuesday 27th January 3.15 - 4.30 Young Einsteins Science Club

Wednesday 28th January 10am Toddlers in School Hall - all welcome

Wednesday 28th January 1pm Brass Lesson (Years 5/6)

Thursday 29th January Sports Coach in School all day - session with each class

Thursday 29th January 3.30 - 4.30pm Cricket Club (Y4,5,6)

Friday 30th January 2.45pm Year 2 Assembly - parents welcome

Friday 30th January 3.15 - 4.15pm Football Club (Y3&4)

Friday 6th February 6 - 8pm Friends Family Night


Tuesday 3rd March Young Voices (Years 3-6)

Wednesday 25th March Parents' Evening

Thursday 26th March Parents' Evening

Friday 27th March 10am Easter Coffee Morning


Monday 13th April School Opens for the Summer Term


Wednesday 3rd June School opens after half term

Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th June Years 5 and 6 Hothersall Lodge residential trip

Tuesday 7th July Sports Day (A)

Friday 10th July 9.30 -11am Open Morning

Friday 17th July Nursery Graduation

Tuesday 21st July Sports Day (B)

Wednesday 22nd July Leavers' trip

Thursday 23rd July 2pm Leavers' Assembly

Friday 24th July INSET Day







Year 2 Carol Singing in Ormskirk


We were very proud of the girls and boys in Year 2 who were invited to sing some Christmas Carols at Barclays Bank in Ormskirk this week.  As you can see, they entertained customers with their singing, their smiles and lots of actions.

Well done everyone, and thank you to Mr Meehan for organising the afternoon.  We look forward to more beautiful singing in our Nativity play next week.

School Band entertain at Christmas - Dec 2014


Children from Years 5 and 6 played their brass instruments to entertain the folks at Cottage Lane on Wednesday 3rd December.  Led by Mr Adrian Boardman from the Music Service, the children played a selection of Christmas songs on their cornets and baritones. Well done everyone!

German Market - November 2014


Children in Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 made and sold Christmas and winter themed products in their mini-enterprise this term.  In class they made cakes, chocolates, cards, Christmas ornaments, gift tags and decorations.  They prepared their own Christmas Market where they sold them to each other before opening the doors to parents and friends after school.  Altogether they raised almost £250, which will be used to enrich the curriculum over the next few weeks. Well done everyone!

Children In Need - November 2014


Children across school enjoyed dressing up as superheros whilst at the same time raising funds for Children In Need.  Thank you everyone for your contributions.



Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 enjoyed a fantastic day out at Dunham Massey on Tuesday.  I believe that they were impeccably behaved and had a great time, whilst learning about life 100 years ago.  They had the chance to dress up as characters from the era and turned their hands at some of the crafts and skills of the time.  They met the park's Gamekeeper and were involved in meeting some of the characters who would have lived on the estate in the past; they had to listen to their viewpoints and as a group they had to reach a decisions about whether to 'report' a poacher.  A super trip, which enriched our creative curriculum even further.

Hallowe'en Disco - October 2014


Lots of fun, lots of noise, lots of scary costumes... that was our Hallowe'en Disco this year.  Thank you to The Friends for organising another super family event.  Look at our photographs to see what a good time we had!



Adam Proctor, Year 5, was Asmall’s winner in the town’s Design a Gingerbread Ceramic competition.  His design of a footballing gingerbreadman in Brazilian football strip (can you guess when he entered the competition?) has been made into a ceramic model.  Adam, along with his family, was invited to the Mayor’s Chamber in Ormskirk for the prize giving and was photographed by the local press. He was presented with a certificate of achievement and two ceramic models of his design, one of which will be displayed in school.   Well done Adam!



Thank you to everyone who supported our Harvest collection this year.  We had a lovely assembly in which the children presented a selection of songs and poems to each other.  This was followed by the children in Years 5 and 6 taking the harvest gifts to Cottage Lane Mission.

We have a MUGA pitch!


Our long-awaited MUGA pitch has finally been installed!  Again our very keen School Council were very much involved in decision making and monitoring progress each day.  Thank you to the workmen from Eden Play, who regularly spent time answering the children’s questions during the build.  The addition of this all-weather pitch will give the children greater play space throughout the year, and will allow ball games to be played separately from other play on the playground.  Members of the School Council will lead an assembly about the MUGA installation and will be responsible for organising a fair rota, to ensure that children of all ages have the chance to use this new surface.  We are in the process of organising the official opening of the MUGA pitch - watch this space!

Our New Classroom is OPEN !


After lots of hard work and anticipation, our Year 1 children have moved into their new classroom!  What a wonderful space they have.  We have splashed out on new furniture, toys and IT equipment and they now have a great place to learn and play.  A new fence has been fitted and we will be working on developing their outside play area in the coming weeks and months.  In the mornings, children should enter their new classroom  by walking around the building and through the reception outdoor area gate and in through the new Year 1 door.  In the afternoons, Miss Gaskell will bring the children to the front playground door to meet parents as usual.

We were delighted that Councillor Nikki Hennesey agreed to open our new classroom at the end of September.  Our School Council and some governors along with the whole school watched the ribbon cutting ceremony.  The Year 1 children, who have moved into the new classroom, entertained everyone with their beautiful singing.  A representative from a local newspaper came along to photograph the event – did you see the article in The Champion this week?

Children's University July 2014


All of our children in Year 6, along with 9 children in Year 2, graduated from The Children's University in July.  A ceremony was held at Edge Hill University, in which the children were presented with certificates and prizes.  All the graduates wore traditional mortar boards and the Year 6 children also wore graduation gowns too. Those children in Year 2 who graduated wore special edition Children's University t shirts.  Teachers and parents were able to attend the presentation and were very proud of our children. Well done.

Best Start - Summer 2014


Our Best Start programme is as popular as ever.  This term parents of our Infant children were invited to join them in school for a Road Safety course, led by the team from Moorgate Children's Centre.  This week, the Lolly Pop Man came to show us how to cross the road with our parents on hand to help too.

Police Car Visit - July 2014


The children had lots of fun whilst learning about safety too, when our local police visited school.  All the children had the chance to dress up in various police gear, to go inside the police car and to set off the siren too.

From Nursery to Year 6, the children had a super morning.

WAFC May 2014


Children from Years 1 - 6 spent the day at Wigan Athletic football ground.  They had a tour of the stadium, joined in sessions about marketing and enterprise and had the opportunity to play several different sports, including football, in the soccer dome.  They came back to school with T shirts and footballs donated by the club, and put their learning straight into practice by holding their own Enterprise Week and sale.  Thank you to all parents who attended the stalls in school - the childern made over £100!

From this month's newsletter

Dear Parents and Friends

I hope that everyone had a good half term holiday and had an excellent break with family and friends.  We have a busy half term ahead, with Open Evening, Parents’ Evenings and preparations for our Christmas productions and activities. We have some class assemblies coming up, with Y3 and 4 Assembly taking place on Friday 14th November.  Parents are invited to attend and should arrive at the main entrance at 9.45am.

Friday 14th is also Children In Need Day and as usual, we are joining in with their fancy dress theme.  A separate flyer has already gone out about this superhero event. 

Thank you to everyone who supported our Harvest collection this year.  We had a lovely assembly in which the children presented a selection of songs and poems to each other.  This was followed by the children in Years 5 and 6 taking the harvest gifts to Cottage Lane Mission.

There are lots of events happening in the run-up to Christmas.  Please see the Diary Dates section of this newsletter and keep an eye on our website, which is updated weekly.

Please see the inside pages for more ‘Good News’ and Diary Dates.

With best wishes,

Michelle Speak, Headteacher



The children are really enjoying their Spanish lessons in school, particularly so since we bought a new ICT program called Babelzone.  You can log in to the website from home, either by clicking the link from the school website or via 

We still subscribe to Linguascope. You can access this through our website too. 

Finally, Espresso is a fantastic ICT resource, again free to use at home because of the school subscription. The children can click the link on the school website.

For user names and passwords please ask at the school office!





Roman Day 21st March 2014


What a fantastic theme day! Our children loved dressing up as Romans - and what a variety of costumes we had!  Thank you parents for your creativity!

The children worked in mixed age teams and rotated around a carousel of Roman themed activities including playing Roman games, tasting Roman food, making headdresses, problem solving team races and making their own mosaics.  They even learned about Roman numerals in a themed Roman Bingo!


Safer Internet Day 2014


Children in Years 4 and 5 spent the day with Konflux Theatre Group, using role play and drama to learn about the dangers of not using the internet safely.  This tied in with our whole school focus of understanding the importance of protecting personal information and using the internet with supervision.  Parents, along with the rest of the school, enjoyed watching the children perform at the end of the day.  They had clearly learned so much, whilst having lots of fun too!

Some of the key messages for children and parents are:

  • Keep your personal information private and don't share it with anyone you are unsure of
  • Report anything you think might be suspicious or upsetting
  • Think before you click – links may contain hidden dangers
  • Think about comments before you post
  • Don’t meet people who you have only met online
  • If you wouldn’t say it in person…Don’t say it online

Thank you to The Friends of Asmall for funding the cost of the theatre group in school.




Year 3 Cake Sale November 2013


Cake Bake Sale Success!


On Thursday 7th November, Year 3 had a cake sale in class, with all money going towards our new sports pitch.  On Wednesday, they worked hard mixing and baking cakes and biscuits and then on Thursday they changed their classroom into a Bakers' Shop, with the Year 3 children manning the stalls.  Altogether, the sale raised just under £100 - WOW!

Well done, and thank you, Year 3!


What an end to the term!  We had a telephone call during Sports Day afternoon to tell us that Ofsted would be carrying out our school inspection the following day.  Our children and staff were fantastic and showed the inspector what a super school we have.  We were graded Outstanding for all areas - Achievement, Teaching, Leadership and Behaviour & Safety, with our Overall Effectiveness graded Outstanding too!  The inspector commented many times on the positive comments by lots of parents - thank you everyone for your continued support for Asmall.

We celebrated in style - ice-creams for all on a very hot day!

We are a Children's University - November 2013


We are now part of the UK's Children's University - this means that our children will earn credits for all the learning they do out of class.  This includes the clubs which the children attend after school or in the evenings / weekends.  Children can also earn credits for family visits to local attractions and across the country.  Laura Grigsby from the Children's Universtiy came into assembly to meet the children this week and will be attending Parents Evening on 21st November.

Children in Years 2 and 6, who earn 30 or more credits before Summer 2014, will be invited to a graduation ceremony at Edge Hill Univertiy next summer.

Superhero Day - Key Stage 1: December 2013


Our Year 1 and Year 2 children had a fantastic theme day based on their current topic of Superheros.  Everyone came to school dressed as their favourite superhero and spent the morning completing lots of superhero-themed activities in the hall...we made superhero wristbands, decorated biscuits, made superhero cities and used our superhero senses to have a go at a variety of sporty events.  Thank you to all the parents who came into school to share the morning with the children.

Years 5 and 6 Band at Cottage Lane - December 2013


Children in Years 5 and 6 provided entertainment for the folks at Cottage Lane this Christmas.  The school band, led by their music teacher Mr Boardman, played a selection of traditional band and Christmas music including Jingle Bells, Oh When the Saints and We 3 Kings.   Well done everyone!

Meet An Author - November 2013


Children from Years 3,4,5 and 6 met the famous Australian author, Jacqueline Harvey who was in Ormskirk for the day.  Together with the juniors from West End Primary School, our children listened to Jacqueline Harvey as she told us about her journey towards becoming a professional writer.  Her talk was informative and very entertaining, including some drama too.  At the end of the session, Mrs Harvey signed a set of her books for our school library, and lots of children bought signed copies of her books too.

A great morning, which inspired our young writers!

Best Start First Aid Morning June 2013


Both children and parents enjoyed a morning of first aid in school this month.  Lots of  practical advice for parents - and the children LOVED the bandages!  See the pictures below!

The School Council enjoyed their visit to IDD Recycling in Southport, where they learned what happens to the paper and plastic when it is sent for recycling.  They asked lots of sensible questions and watched how the machinery is used to package the materials into bales before being sent off to China to be recycled into card. 

They produced their own ICT Powerpoint, which they used to tell the whole school in assembly about their work. Click in the red bar above to see for yourself!

Easter Coffee Morning - March 2013


Thank you to everyone who helped in any way at our Easter Coffee Morning on the last day of term.  Many families came and were entertained by the children's singing.  We had lots of entries for our Easter Bonnet competition and every child who entered received a small chocolate egg.  Well done to the winners from each class - it was very difficult to choose the best.

Thank you for all the wonderful homemade cakes.  Together with the raffle and entrance, we made approximately £500.

The Friends are currenlty raising money towards an All Weather Pitch for the children to play  football and other ball games at playtimes in school.  If you have any fundraising ideas, you would be most welcome at our monthly Friends Meetings - we meet on the first Monday of every month straight after school (for approx 40 mins) in the hall.  Children are welcome to stay and play during the meeting.  For more information, see Nicki Woods or one of the Committee members.  Hope to see you there!

World Book Day - Thursday 7th March


What an experience!  All of the children in Key Stage 2 and their teachers, plus lots of volunteers, were lucky enough to be part of the Young Voices choir which sang in the MEN, Manchester on Friday 8th February.

After MONTHS of practising (and one postponed concert due to January's snow), we finally made it to Manchester to join thousands of other children in a massed choir.  The children were led by world famous conductors and musicians and took part in thier own medleys as well as singing the backing vocals to  Randolph Matthews and Connie Talbot.  Thank you to all the parents who came to watch and to The Friends of Asmall for funding the coach transport and drinks for the children.

See below for photographs during the rehearsals and concert. 

If you would like to hear our own recording of Asmall children singing, click on the mp3 link in the red heading ribbon above.


Safer Internet Day 5th February 2013


Years 5 and 6 spent the day learning about Rights and Responsibilities of using the Internet safely.  They took part in Cyberbullying workshops and presented their learning to the whole school and their parents extremely confidently at the end of the day.

Children in other year groups also took part in Safer Internet Day activities as part of our Anti-bullying week in school....

ZIP it!  BLOCK it!   FLAG it!  ...was the theme for the day.

Some of the key messages for children and parents are:

  • Keep your personal information private and don't share it with anyone you are unsure of
  • Report anything you think might be suspicious or upsetting
  • Think before you click – links may contain hidden dangers
  • Think about comments before you post
  • Don’t meet people who you have only met online
  • If you wouldn’t say it in person…Don’t say it online

Thank you to The Friends of Asmall for funding the cost of the theatre group in school.

We had fun in the snow. - Monday 21st January 2013


100% Attendance Spring Term 2014

38 children received certificates for 100% attendance in the Spring Term - well done!

The whole school had 95.6% attendance this term.

Keep up the good work everyone!

100% Attendance Summer Term 2013

44 children received certificates for 100% attendance in the summer term - well done everybody!

... and 7 children had 100% Attendance for the whole school year 2012-13.  They each received a pair of tickets for a PNE football match in August.  FANTASTIC NEWS! 

100% Attendance Spring Term 2013

33 children received a certificate for 100% attendance in the Spring Term - WOW!

The class winners were Reception (Class 1) - they had the highest attendance all term.

100% Attendance Autumn Term 2012

WOW! Look how many children received the 100% attendance certificate for the Autumn Term!

The winners of the class prize for attendance went to Class 5 - they won 'Class of the Week' for attendance FIVE times in the term.

Well done everybody!

Parents In School 22nd November 2012

Lots of parents came into school to join in lessons with their children . . . in Year 3 parents helped children to read and follow instructions for making parts of a giant ferris wheel.  In Year 2 we showed our mums how to add up using the partitioning method and in the juniors, parents joined in literacy lessons.  Thank you everyone for coming into school and supporting your children.


Say No To Bullying - Years 3 and 4

On Tuesday 16th October, Years 3 and 4 took part in some anti-bullying workshops in school. Through role play and drama they learned about different forms of bullying, why it is important to tell and how to respond in various situations. They ended the day with a super performance to the rest of school. It was good to see so many parents in school supporting their children today. Thank you to The Friends for funding the day!

International Languages Day in Infants 3rd October 2012

We had lots of fun on International Day! Thank you to all our parents and volunteers who gave their time to help. There were many different language and cultural activities for the children to join in with - and they really enjoyed tasting a variety of new foods too. We are so lucky to have families which represent countries all over the world! Lots of fun and lots of learning too...see below for some of our photographs.

Asmall Children raise nearly £400 for Charity and School
We held a sponsored shoot out with the charity ProScore last month. The children really enjoyed the event and raised £383 which will be divided between the charity and the school. There were certificates and medals for children who scored the highest points and prizes for those raising the most money. Nathaniel and Mollie each raised £100 and their reward is a Golden Ticket to visit a football stadium of their choice. Pictured here are all the prize winners with their certificates and prizes.
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Infant Children Gain Certificates for Pedestrian Training (see below for full picture)
All our Infants again took part in the accredited Pedestrian Training this month. Class 1 (Reception) all achieved Stage 1, Year 1 progressed and achieved Stage 2 and all Year 2 children have been awarded Stage 3.
Well done to all the children and a big THANK YOU to the staff and parents involved. The training has been very practical and has involved the children learning to cross the road, learning about vehicles, lights, reflective clothing, pedestrain crossings, etc. They have managed to dodge the rain and have now all completed and passed the course with flying colours. Well done everyone!
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100% Attendance!
Look how many children have attended school EVERY day in the summer term!
All the children here have 100% attendance this term and were awarded certificates in assembly on the last day of term.
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Class One Win Attendance Competition
Last term we have had an attendance competion between the classes. Each week's winning class with the highest weekly attendance have added their certificate to our graph in the hall. The winning class for the whole summer term is CLASS 1. They were awarded with a small prize each in assembly.

Well done to all the children in Class 1.

I wonder who will win the Attendance Prize next term?
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Have you seen our latest assessment results ?
We are VERY proud of all our children, who have worked extremely hard this year in school. They have made excellent progress too . .
92% of our Reception Class met the expected standard for their age, with 92% achieving well above expectation.
94% of our Year 2 children met the expected standard for their age (Level 2) in Reading and Writing. 38% met Level 3 in Reading and 13% met Level 3 in Writing.
100% of our Year 2 children met the expected standard (Level 2) in Maths, with 31% achieving Level 3. WELL DONE EVERYONE!
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Have you seen our latest assessment results ?
Our Year 6 children have done very well too!
93% of them made the expected 2 levels progress in Writing since their last SATs in Y2 (2008), with 71% making the expected progress in Reading and 86%in Maths.
79% achieved level 4 in English
79% achieved level 4 in Writing
71% achieved level 4 in Reading
64% achieved level 4 in Maths

7% achieved the higher level (level 5) in English,
14% achieved level 5 in Reading
14 % achieved level 5 in Maths

Well done everyone!
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Olympic Torch Comes Through Ormskirk
On Friday 1st June the Olympic Torch came through Ormskirk and the whole school, along with lots of parents, went onto Southport Road to watch the procession. There were hundreds of people lining the streets and our children thoroughly enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime's experinece. See below for more photographs.
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Asmall Primary School at Ormskirk Tennis Club
Ella, Abbie and Bryony joined other members of Ormskirk Tennis Club on Friday as they were presented with a cheque for £50,000 from Sport England.
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Class 4 Iron Man Display at Ormskirk Library
Have you been into Ormskirk Library lately?
It's worth a visit just to see what Class 4 have been up to.
They have been reading The Iron Man and have finished their topic by making their own versions ... complete with flashing eyes and buzzing features.
The joint literacy and science project was very popular with the children, who designed their own electrical circuits, using some of the tin foil from the models.
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Mr Owens opens our new Trim Trail
Mr Rob Owens, a local business man and one of Asmall's Governors, opened our Trim Trail, watched by the children of Class 2. The ribbon cutting and opening ceremony took place straight after Class 2's Hustings and Ballot to which Mr Owens and the Mayoress were guests of honour. The children can be seen wearing their rossettes in team colours.
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Competition Success
March has been a very busy month with competitions. . . On Thursday 1st March, Class 4 Band were at Penwortham again, defending their title from 2011. Unfortunately they were pipped to the post and came a very commendable second. The children also entered the 'non-competitive' choir section and I was very proud of their singing, especially the solos by David Durban and Ella Pownall. Thank you to Mr Sager and Mr Ford for preparing the children for the event and to all parents who supported the band by transporting the children and watching the performances.
On Saturday 10th March, Asmall played two teams in the Tag Rugby Tournament at Ormskirk Rugby Club. Again, we were well supported by parents and friends and our children played and behaved superbly. The A Team got through to and were knocked out in the Bowl Competition whilst the B team were knocked out in the Plate. The children were very enthusiastic and played well together in their teams. For
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Thank you to everyone who has been involved in weeding / preparing the beds for the children to plant their vegetables during Big Dig Day. They are looking great and are ready for groups of children to work with Mr Ford and their teachers over the next few days. Over the next few months, the children will look after their plants and we hope to harvest (and then cook) them in the summer. What a wonderful way to learn about the seasons! Thank you to The Friends for funding the costs of the planting and to everyone who will be involved in supporting the children in the coming weeks and months with weeding, harvesting and cooking. Our children are so privileged to have so many opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, and couldn�t do it without the support of so many volunteers - thank you!
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Thank you to all the parents and families who have been joining us on Tuesday mornings in school for our Best Start programme. The six weeks have gone so quickly and I think all involved would agree that it was a huge success . . . Parents enjoyed spending one to one time with their children and all the children loved having their families in school. The highlight of the course was last Tuesday�s trip to Forest School in Aughton, followed by a roast dinner in school for the whole group. It was fantastic to see the school hall buzzing with extra guests for lunch. Lots of parents praised the quality of our school dinners, apparently very different from when they were at school. Mrs Barcas, our school cook, is looking forward to inviting parents to lunch again in the future.
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Do you know who our School Governors are?

We  have  a  fantastic team of governors who work together with staff to improve standards  at  Asmall.   We  hold  one  full  governors meeting each term, which  all  governors  attend. In  addition,  each  governor  chooses a sub-committee to join, and they meet once a term too  -  to discuss things such   as  premises,   finances,   staffing,   the  curriculum,  standards,  health  and  safety,  the nursery and  after school club.  


Mr J Riley (Chair), Mrs M Speak, Mrs K Daniels, Miss L Shaw,
Mrs A Barben, Mrs C Hunter, Mr G Pownall, Mrs G Wright, Mr A Yates, Mr G Oliver, Mr K Wright, Mrs K Kelly, Mrs S Ely




 Working happily together to ensure opportunity
and achievement