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)
Monday 20th October (pm) Swimming lessons for Y3/4
Tuesday 21st October (am) Harvest Celebration (children only)
Tuesady 21st October (pm) Tag Rugby Coach working with Y3,4,5 and 6
Wednesday 22nd October (am) Year 6 to distribute harvest gifts
Wednesday 22nd October 10am Toddler Group in the School Hall - all welcome with children aged 0-4
Wednesday 22nd October (pm) Brass Lessons for Y5 and 6
Wednesday 22nd October 3.30 - 5pm The Friends Pumpkin Party
Thursday 23rd October (pm) Y2 and Y6 Fire Service Talks in class
Thursday 23rd October Athletics Coach working with each class in school throughout the day
Friday 24th October 3.15 Finish for half term
HALF TERM - Monday 27th October - Friday 31st October
Tuesday 4th November Years 3,4,5,6 trip to Dunham Massey
Thursday 6th November 6.00 - 7.30 pm Open Evening for current and prospective parents
Wednesday 19th November 3.30 - 5.30 Parents Evening
Thursday 20th November 3.30 - 6.30 Parents Evening
Wednesday 26th November 2.45 Christmas Market - parents invited to look at / buy the children's stalls
Tuesday 2nd December 6pm Full Goverenors' Meeting
Friday 12th December Whole School trip to the Pantomime in Southport (Sleeping Beauty)
Monday 15th December 2.30pm Infant and Nursery Nativity
Tuesday 16th December (pm) Whole School Christmas production
Wednesday 17th December School Christmas lunch
Wednesday 17th December 6.30pm Whole School Christmas production
Thursday 18th December 10am Christmas Coffee Morning (including Nativity)
Friday 19th December Activities Day in school
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS (20TH DEC - 5TH JAN)
Tuesday 6th January 2015 School Opens for Spring Term
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
EASTER HOLIDAYS 28TH MARCH - 12TH APRIL
Monday 13th April School Opens for the Summer Term
HALF TERM 23RD MAY - 2ND JUNE
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 June 9.30 -11am Open Morning
Friday 17th June Nursery Graduation
Tuesday 21st June Sports Day (B)
Thursday 23rd July 2pm Leavers' Assembly
Friday 24th July INSET Day
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.
From this month's newsletter
Dear Parents and Friends
We extend a very warm welcome to the families of our 22 new Reception children who have started school this week at Asmall. They all look very grown up in their new uniforms and have enjoyed their first few days in their new class.
Welcome also to several more new children who are joining us this term: we have additional children in Y1,2,3,4 and 5. I can see that you are settling in quickly and making new friends already!
This term, we have an even larger staffing team, which is enabling us to continue with our very high adult:child ratio. Miss Jemma Gaskell is the class teacher in Year 1 and Miss Ellen McNulty is teaching in Year 4. You will also see Miss Heather Hains in Reception and Mr Tom Bagshaw in Year 5/6. Miss Hains and Mr Bagshaw are Associate Teachers who already have degrees; they are following a School based initial teacher training programme and are based with us at Asmall this year.
After lots of hard work and anticipation, our Year 1 children moved into their new classroom today! 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 is due to be fitted at the end of the month 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.
Please see the inside pages for more ‘Good News’ and Diary Dates.
Michelle Speak, Headteacher
HOLA, HAVE YOU TRIED BABELZONE?
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 www.lcfclubs.com/babelzone.
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!
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!
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:
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!
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!
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.
THERE ARE LOTS MORE PHOTOGRAPHS OF OUR VISIT AND ANOTHER SOUNDTRACK ON THE SPECIAL EVENTS 2013 PAGE!
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:
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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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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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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BIG DIG DAY THANK YOU!
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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BEST START SUCCESS
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,
Working happily together to ensure opportunity