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Zig and Zag on holiday at the Claydens

Zig and Zag on holiday at the Claydens 1
We've all had our routines disrupted.  Zig and Zag have landed on their cute hairy feet however with no food shortage or queuing.  They're just munching their grassy carpet at the Clayden's house.

Friday 27th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

A Keeping in touch letter



  • I’m just writing to say a big thank you to all our families.  You’ve all been so patient last week as the messages gradually came out that we would have to close the school. 
  • Thank you to families where there are key workers for keeping us up to date with your needs and your solutions to keeping everyone safe.
  • Thank you to Ashfield staff who are either coming into school to supervise the children of key workers and vulnerable children or manning the home learning electronically.
  • I’m sure you will join me in thanking NHS staff and other key workers for their contribution in this national emergency.


School without you all

School has been a strange place.  The corridors echo. The children who have had to remain with us have been fabulous.  We’ve really missed everyone else though.  It’s been good to wave to a few of you if I’ve been out delivering.


Home Learning

Your teachers have been busy updating the website and Google Classroom with home learning ideas.  There will probably be too many ideas for you all to do.  Please log on to   if you are struggling to get on to this, please don’t hesitate to contact class teacher via the email addresses below.

The work is there to provide interest and choice.  We realise each family is different and has their own needs. Please adapt the amount of work and type of work to your family.   If you have any questions, please contact your class staff on the following emails:



Year 1:

Year 2:

Year 3:

Year 4:

Year 5:

Year 6:

The reply might not be immediate as staff may be in school, caring for a child or vulnerable relative.  We will have a rota caretaking each other’s emails for this purpose.



Internet safety

With 0ur children staying inside and accessing home learning electronically there may be some digital risks. Please see our e-safety guide for parents on the website:




Guinea pigs and Blog

Zig and Zag have also had a change to their routine.  They are on holiday at the Clayden’s house and by the looks of the photos they are having fun.  If you have a funny or lovely picture that you’d like to share with the school, please email me and I’ll put it on my HT blog. I can’t promise to use them all but it would be a lovely way to stay in touch with each other.



Happy to help

Do let me know if you are experiencing difficulties you think Ashfield could help with, such as a food bank referral. I’ve put my email address at the top of the letter as well as the usual


Take care and stay safe.


Best wishes


Elspeth Warren


Happy New Year

The children have had a great first week back in January 2020.  We've been really impressed with how ready to learn they have been.  Thank you all for your Christmas cards and gifts.  Look out for class newsletters coming home for the spring term.  I've got a basic diary for you here to save the dates.

6th January

Training Day

7th January

Return to school

28th January

Friends of Ashfield meeting in the Yew Tree at 6:15pm

3rd – 7th February

National Storytelling Week

11th February

Safer internet day

15th February

Break up for half term 3:15pm

17th – 21st   February

Half term

24th February

Return to school

27th February

Friends of Ashfield ‘Big Night in’

4th March

Parent Consultation afternoon and evening

5th  March

World Book Day

9-13th March

Sport Relief week

3rd April

Break up for Easter – 3:15pm

6th April – 17th  April

Easter Holidays

20th April

Return to school

Christingle Tuesday 17th December 2019

Christingle Tuesday 17th December 2019 1
KS1 led us in our annual Christingle celebration at Bridge Church.  Revered McCullough and the Bridge Church Elders mad eus feel very welcome. The children retold the Nativity story and sang beautiful carols and Christmas songs.  KS2 children helped the younger children with their Christingle orange candles.  Thanks you to all the volunteers who helped us walk the whole school down to the church and thank you to so many parents family members and carers who helped us to celebrate.

Instrumental Concerts week beginning 16th December 2019

Instrumentalists from KS2 entertained school and their families in a series of concerts this week.  WE are really proud of the efforts they have made to practice and improve.

Early Years' Nativity

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Early Years children presented their Nativity story in nursery rhyme form today.  They not only looked fabulous,  their speaking and singing was super too.  They did so well remembering all their lines and song words as well as being brave in front of a large but appreciative audience.

KS2 Christmas Carol Concerts 5th December 2019

Oak, Elm, Rowan and Beech classes held an afternoon and an evening concert for parents playing instruments and singing a variety of traditional Christmas carols. 

Oak Class sang, 'O Little Town of Bethlehem,' with ukelele accompaniment.

Elm Class sang, 'We Three Kings.'

Rowan Class sang, 'Here We Come A Wassailing,' with cello/violin, guitars, glockenspiels and recorders.

Beech Class sang, 'The First Nowell.'


The choir gave us a rendition of their 'Winter Carol,' performed the previous Sunday in Otley Market Square at the Victorian Fayre.


Our audience of parents, carers and family, helped us to sing,'Silent Night' and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas.'

Thank you to all who donated jumpers and came to buy.  We raised £39 and did out bit for the environment.
  • One in four Christmas jumpers bought last year was thrown away.
  • About £220m will be spent on them in the run up to Christmas this year.
  • Because they’re not worn often most are as good as new.
  • Children grow so fast that Christmas jumpers will be grown out of before they wear out.
  • The Ellen MacArthur foundation recently exposed the scale of the waste generated by the fashion industry, and how its throwaway culture generates greenhouse emissions of 1.2bn tonnes a year


Come to Ashfield to recycle – your old 2018 Christmas jumper and purchase a nearly new jumper for 2019.

Nearly new jumpers can be bought for £3.00.  If you bring in an old jumper, you get a token for £1.50 towards a nearly new one.

 Our Christmas jumper sale will take place on Friday 29th November in the hall at 3:15.

Don’t go adding to the issues we are faced with, recycle and support a good cause.


Our Relocated Library Is Taking Shape

After The Orchard Centre relocated to Kirkstall, we decided to dedicate the space to a library.  Mr Raymond has had the space re-carpeted and painted.  School Council talked to Mrs Hughes about the murals they would like on the walls.  They chose themes from the books they are reading with captions to reflect how reading and books make us feel and what they made us think about:

  • Rest and recuperate
  • Imagine
  • Face your fears
  • Find a friend
  • Soar to the stars
  • Choose to change
  • Watch and wonder

Mrs Davison has a new band of librarians after a rigorous selection process.  They will help her to open the library up for classes and individuals during and after the school day.  More details about this to come.

Six newly appointed school librarians, Oscar, Izzy, Poppy, Finley, George and George, helped me to judge the class reading corner competition.  They looked at each class's entry under the following categories:

  • Can you tell which author or book the corner is based on?
  • Is it inviting to children?
  • Is it creative?
  • Are books displayed invitingly?

Each child gave each category a score out of 4 for each class.  It was a close competition.  The winner with 85 points was Elm Class.

Have a look on the Class Blogs section of the website for the pupil comments.

Reading Corner Competition

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Reading Corner Competition 2
Rowan Class have started our reading corner competition with a Harry Potter themed entry. I'm looking forward to seeing the other entries before our new pupil librarians help me to judge the competition. 

Acorn Reading Garden

Acorn Reading Garden 1 When Santa got stuck up the chimney....

Maples Reading Cave

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Maple Class have a cosy 'Reading Cave' to hold their class books after the story by Rob Hodgson. 

Silver Birch Reading Corner

Silver Birch Reading Corner 1 Julia Donaldson Questions
Silver Birch Reading Corner 2 Julia Donaldson characterscape
Silver Birch Reading Corner 3 Book Advent Calendar

Willow Reading Corner

Willow Reading Corner 1 Willow Recommends
Willow Reading Corner 2 Bubushka Russian Christmas
Willow Reading Corner 3 Nick Sharatt illustrations and writing

Beech Class Reading Corner

Beech Class Reading Corner 1 The Iron Man
Beech Class Reading Corner 2 Some of Beech Class's own Iron Man models
Beech Class Reading Corner 3 Roald Dahl selection

Elm Class Reading Corner

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A David Attenborough theme with a hand made model of David Attenborough made by Toby R.

Oak Class Reading Corner

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An Alice in Wonderland theme.  We're not saying every day in Oak is like a Mad Hatter's tea party!

After over 30 years at Ashfield, Mrs Perring has retired. Good Luck!

Our goodbye video on the occasion of Mrs Perring's retirement.

Launching Chef of the Week

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Launching Chef of the Week 4
Red Nose Day 15th March 2019
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As well as making a contribution for coming to school in red, our parents, pupils and staff also got baking for our bun sale.  Thanks you so much either if you were a baker or a buyer.  In total we raised £302.49 for Comic Relief.  Well done everybody.
World Book Day 7th March 2019

Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes

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Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 2
Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 3
Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 4
Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 5
Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 6
Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 7
Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 8
Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 9
Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 10
Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 11
Some of our fabulous World Book Day Costumes 12

Shared Reading Across School

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Shared Reading Across School 2
Shared Reading Across School 3
Shared Reading Across School 4
Shared Reading Across School 5

This January and February, I've been working on writing with Elm Class.

Here are some examples of their super work.  It's great for me to keep in touch with classroom techniques.

The Start of Ava's 2 World Fantasy Narrative

Christingle Tuesday 18th December 2018
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A huge thank you to all our carers, parents and relatives who came to support our Christingle led by KS1.  I was so impressed with the children's reading, acting, singing and behaviour as they presented us with the nativity story and made an atmospheric start to Christmas with the church looking stunning lit by our Christingle candles.
KS2 Christmas Performance Wednesday 12th December 2019
Picture 1 Rowan's The Grinch
Picture 2 Rowan's The Grinch
Picture 3 Elm's Christmas Poems
Picture 4 Elm's Christmas Poems
Picture 5 Oak ans Sycamore's songs
Early Years' Nativity Performance 11th December 2018

Dancing with our parents and carers after the super Nativity

Dancing with our parents and carers after the super Nativity 1

Community Clear Up Day Saturday 17th November 2018

Many thanks to all the children, parents and staff who came into school this weekend to help clear up the wildlife area.

Please remember to vote for your parent representative on the governing body.  Slips are due back by 16th November 2018.

Grandparents' Day in Silver Birch Class 1st October 2018

Silver Birch children were really excited to invite their grandparents into school to show them their work, sing them a song and show them their fabulous reading skills.  Thank you to all our grandparents for supporting their grandchildren.

Thursday 27th September 2018 Peter the artist worked with KS1

Peter brought his own art work into school called 'Fantastic Hat'.  our children created their own drawings based on this.  

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Harvest Festival 25th September 2018

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This year ,we couldn't manage to get a date to visit the church for Harvest Festival so decided to keep our celebrations low key with a Sing-along to our Harvest Greatest Hits.  Thanks you to all our parents and carers who supported us with this.  We're also really grateful for the donations to Otley Food Bank.  School Council will take these to the food bank next week and feed back to the school on the fabulous works they do for our community.

Peace Rose for the Inner Wheel Club

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The President of Otley Inner Wheel Club, Jennifer Angus, brought Ashfield a gift of a Peace Rose to celebrate World Peace Day on Friday 21st September.  After an assembly earlier in the week, the children wrote their ideas to make the world and our school a more peaceful place on tiny doves.  You can see these in the background of our photograph.  Mr Patel and his gardening team are going to choose a tranquil place in the magic garden for our special gift.

Herd Farm Residential 19th to 21st September 2018

Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 1 Making the beds
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 2 Making the beds
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 3 Making the beds
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 4 Washing up
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 5 Preparing for the zip wire and high swing
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 6 The zip wire
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 7 The assault course
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 8 The assault course
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 9 The high swing
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 10 Child power to pull up the high swing
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 11 The high swing
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 12 The high swing
Herd Farm Residential  19th to 21st September 2018 13 The high swing
The children in Year 6 had an amazing time on residential - despite the rain.  They were real troopers and challenged themselves in all sorts of ways - taking on chores such as bed making or washing up, pushing themselves to be brave on the assault course, zip wire and high swing as well as working as a team to help each other.  When I came to visit for the overnight shift, I was so impressed with their kindness to each other.  What an excellent start to the school year for our school leaders.