Book Week
We have had such a wonderful Book Week. The children have been immersed in stories all week with both teacher and class story swaps.  We welcomed two children’s authors, Guy Bass and Lisa Rajan who inspired the children.  We had campfire stories and songs in both the rain and sunshine! The week was rounded up with a staff performance highlighting how important reading is, from following instructions to reading menus, making recipes, reading signs to reach a destination and reading plans to know how to make something.  The children’s costumes looked amazing, well done everyone.

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Our Visit to the Houses of Parliament

Four of our Year 6 children – Abi, Alfred, Eden and Samuel – accompanied by Miss Orchin, Mrs Roberts and Mr Dune, took the train to London to attend a cross-party event at the Houses of Parliament focused on the new WWF, Netflix and Silverback Films series “Our Planet’. The event was organised to promote the message of the ‘Our Planet’ series around the urgent need to take action to address climate change and biodiversity loss, and it began with Abi, Alfred, Eden and Samuel reading out a letter to Members of Parliament to express their concern that not enough is being done to tackle the climate crisis and environmental destruction. Their letter is attached for you to see what
they shared. The children spoke with real confidence and conviction and were the talk of the town afterwards. As the only children at the event, they represented the voice of children from across the UK.

One tweet stated:
‘Just watched these heroes tell the House of Commons how we can end the climate catastrophe. It was a better plan than most politicians have suggested. They are the future of our planet. We need to

Nature's seven principles of Harmony provide a context for all our learning at Ashley School and allow our children to find a new way of looking at the world to ensure we work in harmony with nature.

At Ashley we believe that all children have the right to be safe in our society. Therefore, we recognise that we have a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children by creating a positive school atmosphere.

We ensure that the learning at Ashley is purposeful and has real meaning to our children. All of our classes enjoy their learning enquires and love to share their journey through words, pictures and more.

About the School

Ashley CofE Primary School is a growing three-form entry school of 540 children.  From September 2018, we will have three classes in our infant years from Reception to Year 3, and Years 4 to 6 will be two-form.

There are two key aspects to our vision at Ashley CofE Primary School.  The first is that, in line with the current high expectations around attainment and progress, we want our children to develop the appropriate skills, knowledge and terminology in English and Maths to enable them to be as successful as possible in these key areas.  We know that the expectations are notably higher now, but we are working hard to ensure the children have real confidence in these areas of their learning so that every one of them can make good progress.

Secondly and most importantly, we want to put that learning in a context.  So our planning starts by drawing out our enquiries of learning, working out the questions that will guide that learning over a half-term, agreeing the best way to culminate the learning with our Great Works, and linking and applying our core learning and foundation subjects to these rich, purposeful enquiry based projects.  

We believe that this is what inspires our children to want to learn more and to develop a real love of learning in what they do.  Beyond elements of discrete learning in phonics and spelling, as well as in English grammar and Maths concepts, our learning has relevance and is meaningfully applied.  It is joined up.  We believe it makes sense to our children.  

The learning is underpinned by principles of Harmony that teach us how life and the world work.  It is lived out through practices that focus on sustainability and well-being.  It is delivered within a Christian ethos of love.

This vision of education is something we are keen to share with others; teachers, trainee teachers, parents and educators from around the world.  If you are interested in what we are doing, please contact us to find out more.


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