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)
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!
Monday 18th May Bikeability Year 5
Monday 18th May Badminton coach in school - all children from Years 1-6 involved in 40 minute sessions
Tuesday 19th May 3.15 pm Friends Meeting
Tuesday 19th May 3.15pm Y5/6 Parents Meeting re Hothersall Lodge residential trip
Tuesday 19th May 3:15 pm High Fives Club (Y4,5,6)
Wednesday 20th May 10am Toddlers in School Hall - all welcome
Wednesday 20th May 1pm Brass Lesson (Years 5/6)
Wednesday 20th May 3.15pm Art Club (Y2)
Wednesday 20th May 3.15pm Dance Club (Y1)
Wednesday 20th May 3.15pm Singing Club (Y3/4)
Wednesday 20th May 6pm Parents' Meeting for new Reception children
Thursday 21st May Sports Coach in School all day - tennis session with each class
Thursday 21st May 3.30 - 4.30pm Tennis Club (Y3 and 4)
Thursday 21st May 3.15 Enterprise Week Bake Sale - parents invited
Friday 22nd May Bikeability Year 5
Friday 22nd May 3.14 - 4.15 Tag Rugby Club (Y4,5,6)
Wednesday is Club Night...
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
Wednesday 17th June Badminton Club (Y5)- for 6 weeks
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
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 - April 2015
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends
I hope that everyone had a good break over the past two weeks. With temperatures on the rise and more than just a touch of sun, it looks like summer is on the way…
Throughout the Spring Term, the junior children (Years 3,4, 5 and 6) worked on the topic ‘Amazing Africa’ and in the second half term concentrated on Kenya. We have had a link with a Matagalu Primary School in Kenya for many years and this half term the children worked hard to raise money to help to buy essential books, paper, pencils, etc. Years 3 and 4 held a bake sale early in March, whilst Years 5 and 6 organised their own sponsored run (laps of the school field during their Friday Golden Time). The children and teachers from both schools have exchanged letters and this week we are sending off a cheque for £347.80. I am proud of the children’s efforts, they genuinely wanted to help their friends in Kenya.
Our whole school theme (Years 1-6) during the Summer Term is ‘Gingerbread’. This will have local historical and geographical links as the children will learn about the history of Ormskirk and its surrounding areas – we have even made links with another school in the town of Southport (Southport, Australia, that is!).
On Thursday 16th April we had a visit from a local artist, Angie Thompson. She led workshops with Years 3 and 4 in the morning and with Years 5 and 6 in the afternoon. The children learned all about different sketching techniques and produced some beautiful postcards using the skills they had learned.
Please note that there are two dates for Sports Day (Plan A plus a Reserve date for poor weather). Our Open Morning is planned for Friday 10th July, during which we are hoping to organise an Art Gallery of every child’s art work.
Please see inside for further news of recent and upcoming events, and particu-larly the diary dates on the back page.
With best wishes,
Michelle Speak, Headteacher
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.
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,
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