Nursery and After School Club: OUTSTANDING in all areas: Jan 2016
OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS - Ofsted Report 2013 (see link of left)
School Diary Dates|
Book Fair in the school hall every night after school this week
Mon 26th Sept Y6 Swimming
Weds 28th Sept Brass lessons (Y5/6)
Weds 28th Sept 3.30 - 5.30 Football Tournament
Weds 28th Sept 6pm Reception Parents Phonics Mtg
Thurs 29th Sept 3.15 - 4.30 Gymnastics Club (Y3/4)
Fri 30th Sept 3.15 - 4.15pm Football Club (Y5/6)
Mon 3rd Oct 3.15 - 4.15pm Music Club (Y1/2)
31st October - 4th November Half Term
Monday 7th November - Back to school
Tues 22nd Nov Parents Evening
Weds 23rd Nov Parents Evening
Mon 12th Dec 2pm Nativity (Nursery, Reception, Y1&2)
Tues 13th Dec 10.30am Nativity (N, R, Y1/2)
Weds 14th Dec 1.30pm Christmas Production (Y2-6)
Thurs 15th Dec 6pm Christmas Production (Y2-6)
Mon 19th Dec Pantomime Trip (whole school)
Weds 21st Dec 9.30am Christmas Coffee Morning (Please note: this will NOT include a full Nativity performance)
Thurs 22nd Dec Activities Day in school
Christmas Holidays - Friday 23rd Dec - Friday 6th Jan
Monday 9th Jan 2017 Return to School
Roald Dahl Day - September 2016|
It is 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl and so we took the opportunity to celebrate this by dressing up as characters from some of his books. As usual, the children put a great amount of thought and effort into their costumes and the whole school enjoyed a celebration assembly with a difference – we had a parade of Roald Dahl characters from each class. All the adults joined in the fun too…we became Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas!
The rest of the day was spent doing fun activities related to Roald Dahl’s books and we all had a party lunch together with James and the Giant Pizza and Mr Fox’s Fish Fingers, followed by Oompa Loompa Biscuits and George’s Marvellous Medicine Milkshake. See Special Events 2016 for more photographs
Afternoon Tea - July 2016|
Help for Heroes - Well done Charlie!
Well done to Charlie and Year 6 for organising an Afternoon Tea Party! They baked cakes and made a selection of sandwiches, which they served to their guests. Altogether, over £230 was raised for Help for Heroes.
Well done to the children in Reception Class, who are this term's Attendance Certificate winners. They have the most weeks with 100% attendance!
Sports Day 2016|
We had a fantastic Sports Day on Tuesday 5th July.
Look at our Special Events page for more photographs!
Our on-site Nursery and Before/After School Club were visited by OFSTED in January. We are very pleased to share the good news that they were rated OUTSTANDING in every area!
Please see the link on the left hand side to view the full report.
World Book Day - March 2016|
We had a fantastic World Book Day in school this year. There were some super costumes!
Letter from the School's Minister - November 2015|
Mayor's Civic Service - October 2015|
Ten of our children were invited to take part in the Mayor's Civic Service, which took place at Ormskirk Parish Church on Sunday 4th October. They sang and danced to the Reed Collective's My Lighthouse and joined the other schools dancing to Pharrell Williams 'Happy'.
VERY WELL DONE to Bella, Becky, Charlie, Bethan and Kacey from Year 6, Grace, Niamh, Pamela and Abbie from Year 5 and Rihanna from Year 3.
The Children are The Teachers for the Day
Our children took part in an election with a difference on Thursday - they voted for their favourite lesson taught by teams of pupil teachers. Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 worked in teams to plan exciting lessons for the younger children. They visited their classrooms earlier in the week to present their case for their proposed lessons, then the children in each class voted for their favourite team and lesson. On Friday morning, the winning children from each class became 'teachers'. We were all AMAZED by the standard of the lessons they taught. Very well done to:
Joey and Jordan from Year 6 - who orgnaised a minibeast hunt for Year 3!
Rebecca and Kacey from Year 5 - who taught a superb maths lesson about Time to Year 2!
Niamh, Ray and Tina from Year 4 - Year 1 loved their Art lesson!
Years 5 and 6 - Football League Champions!
12 matches played - 10 wins and 2 draws.
No goals scored against the team in any match...
Excellent attitude and team work too - Well done!
From our latest newsletter - June 2016
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,
We are fast approaching the last few weeks of term and school is as busy as ever. Several children from Y6 and Y2 attended their Children's University Graduation Ceremony at Edge Hill on Wednesday 8th June. Those from Y2 wore Children's University t-shirts and mortar boards whereas those from Y6 had special caps and gowns.
The children behaved beautifully and we were extremely proud of them. The Children's University award credits for each hour that the children attend accredited out-of-school hours learning/clubs and certificates are awarded to those children who have gained at least 30 credits by Year 2 and 65 credits by Y6. All of our school extra-curricular clubs count, as do many other activities which you may do with family in the evenings and at weekends e.g. football team, dance, swimming lessons or gymnastic clubs and music lessons. If you wish for your child's family activities to count towards their children's university credits, please see Miss Nicholson in the school office, where you can purchase a passport for £3 and learn how it works.
The children for our new Reception class for September 2016 have started their visits to school this month and our Year 6 children are beginning their transition visits to high schools too. As usual, all children in school (Reception—Year 5) will take part in Move Up Mornings over the next few weeks. This is when the children spend time with their new class teacher in the classroom which they will use in the autumn term, (A full class structure list for September 2016 can be found on the inside of this newsletter). It is a good opportunity for the children to ‘picture’ what it will be like in their new class and to develop relationships with new staff. The lessons on ‘Move Up Mornings’ are always fun, including arts and crafts and SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) work.
Please see inside for further news and the back page for upcoming events.
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!
Year 3 Cake Sale|
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!
2015 Safer Internet Day|
Safer Internet Drama in Key Stage 2
Children in Key Stage 2 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:
Thank you to The Friends of Asmall for funding the cost of the theatre group in school.
Could YOU be a Parent Governor?
We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor - could you spare the time to be involved? 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, and health and safety. Being a governor gives you the opportunity to make a real difference and the chance to contribute to the good of the community. Working as a school governor will give you the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people and the chance to gain an understanding of the decision making process in school. There is training provided by the Local Authority on various aspects of the governor role. If you think that you would like to join us, please speak to Mrs Speak before Tuesday 3rd May. Thank you
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, Mrs L Stockton, Mr K Pragnell, Mrs A Barben, Mrs C Hunter, Mr G Pownall, Mrs G Wright, Mr A Yates, Cllr K Wright, Mrs K Kelly, Mrs N Kewley
OUTSTANDING OFSTED REPORT (July 2013)
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!
Working happily together to ensure opportunity