Asquith Primary School

Growing to Succeed

Horsfall Street, Morley, Leeds
West Yorkshire, LS27 9QY

Headteacher: Gillian Austerfield


Remember, Monday is our visit to Conisbrough Castle.

Coach leaves by 9.15 so don't be late!  

Cross your fingers for sunshine!

Welcome to Ash Class

We are super!

Key information


Your teacher is Mrs Holdsworth. Miss Burke also supports in both of the Year 2 classes.


PE days are Monday and Friday Children must wear a PE kit for both lessons which consists of royal blue shorts, white t-shirt, pumps or trainers. In the better weather we will be having PE lessons outside so children also need an outdoor kit.

Homework is sent home on a Friday and needs to be returned to class the following Wednesday. Every week they will have spellings and reading to complete. They will also have maths homework which will be times table/ division facts to learn by heart.

Guided reading  will take place at least twice a week.  Please can you make sure that they have their books and reading records in their book bags for when they read. In the new homework policy it is recommended that your child reads daily for 10 minutes. Whenever someone listens to them read can we encourage you to write a comment in their reading records at least once during the week. As your child becomes a more confident reader and can read to themselves they can also write a comment in their records. This is also a good form of communication if you need to pass any message onto us. Our focus for the Spring and Summer term is on comprehension. As well as discussing word choices the author has used and what particular words mean.


Spelling tests have changed at the end of the Spring term. We tested the children on the lists below and once they got a spelling incorrect they stopped the test. This then indicated which list needed to go home. The list is stuck in their green spelling books. Each week, they will be given a spelling test on all the words from the list. The day they have their test may change from one week to the other. They only get a new set of words sent home once they have got all the words correct.

Below is the whole set of spelling lists.

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Coming soon in Summer 2, 2018...


We have all had a brilliant day with 'Circus Sensible' today. We learnt lots of circus skills such as how to spin plates, hula hoop, juggle, balance peacock feathers on different body parts and create a ribbon dance. We are going to use what we learnt to write instructions for how to spin a plate and write an information page on how to be a circus performer.


What a fantastic day we had to finish off our mini Mexico topic. During the week we learnt about hoe Morley and Mexico are different. We looked at a famous Mexican artist called Frida Kahlo. We also tried different Mexican dips and help to make our own burritos!


We received an e-mail from Little Red Riding Hood sating that the Big Bad Wolf was loose in our area. She asked us to write a detailed description that could be given to the police to help try and catch him. We were discussing what we needed to write when all of a sudden he appeared at our class window. If you see him around please let Ash class know. Many of you are safe as he only likes little girls who wear red!

Outdoor learning

In Year 2 we made the most of  the sun shine by doing some outdoor maths. Our warm up was focusing on time and learning how many seconds in a minute. We had to do different movements for 60 seconds. We then moved onto make a tally chart, pictogram and a block graph about our favourite food.

Science Day Fun - great teamwork Ash Class!

We have had lots of fun during Science day. We made our own invisible ink, magic rainbow milk and a home for a bird. We also  explored which objects in the classroom were magnetic. Our challenge was to see how many paper clips our magnet could hold in a straight line. 

Sam Safari

What a fantastic afternoon learning about different mammals, amphibians and reptiles  We were so lucky to be able to touch and see a variety of different animals  we saw a tree frog, a bearded dragon, a tortoise, chinchilla and an armadillo to name a few.

Chick, chick, chick, chicken....

We will be very sad to see the chicks go back on Friday. We have had mixed emotions over the last two weeks with the chicks. Excitement with watching them hatch and holding them. Worried during the snow days about who will look after them. Also sadness about them having to be returned. We have some fantastic memories of our times with the chicks, below are just a few. 

Class Assembly

Thank you to everyone who came to watch the Year 2 assembly. The children had a fantastic time and did very well with their singing and explaining the 'Growth Mindset' challenge.

Superheroes of Ash class

What a fantastic day we all had dressing up as our own superheroes to finish our topic. Well done to you all for the fantastic effort  with your costumes and to your parents for their support. Throughout our topic you made and created your own logos and mask. You came up with your superhero name and powers. Here were some of the names you came up with: Weather Boy, Flower Girl, Electro Girl, Bee Man and Lightening Boy to name a few. 

Both Year 2 classes learnt a dance linked to our superhero topic. It was to  the song 'Superman' by Black Lace. See the video below.

Firestation Visit

What a fantastic trip we had to Morley Fire Station. A big thank you to the staf that work there for giving up their time to show us around. We were very lucking to sit in the fire engine, take a look around the station and fire the water hose.

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Well done to the Year 2 children who represented Asquith at the football tournament against Churwell, Morley Victoria and Fountain Primary. They all played their little socks off and showed fantastic team work. They all made me feel very proud with their determination. 

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World Down Syndrome Day

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Today we had lots of fun wearing odd socks for ‘World Down Syndrome Day’. We talked about what down syndrome is and how everyone is different and special. We also watch the video ‘carpool karaoke Down’s syndrome ’.

We learnt makaton for simple words such as please, thank you, different animals and family members. We also learn to sign the song ‘happy and you know it’

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We Love Christmas

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We all enjoyed our yummy Christmas dinner today.

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Loss and Bereavement

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Last week we had a lesson on loss and bereavement. The lesson we did can be found on theĀ curriculum page. The children asked lots of questions linked to this topic. We were all very open about times when we had lost a pet, family member or friend. We talked about the feelings you may experience during these difficult times. We also thought about happy memories that makes us smile when we think of them.

We read as story called 'Badgers Parting Gifts' by Susan Varley. It is about a badger that dies and his friends are very upset. At the end of the story they all remember something that badger had taught them and created happy memories that made them smile.

If your child asked question on this subject and you want support or materials to use please come and ask me and I maybe able to offer things we use in school.

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A few weeks ago the Road Safety team came into school to do some work with the Year 1, 2 and 4 classes on crossing road safely. We all learn about 'The Green Cross Code'. Stop, Think, Look, Listen. We even learnt actions to help us remember this.


Last week we were really lucky to have the Road Safety Team back into school to perform a Christmas Panto to all year groups. The focus was on staying safe near roads, making sure you fasten your seat belt in a car and also to always wear a helmet when riding a bike. Santa and his reindeer were even in the show.

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The children have thoroughly enjoyed the Fire, Fire topic. The visit to the fore station inspired then to design and create their own fire engines. They all had to use a hack saw with support to cut their axles. 


We also made some box models of Tudor houses from the time the Great Fire of London took place in 1666. We then recreated how the fire spread so fact due to the house being made out of wood and so close together.


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Author visit!

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Year 2 were extremely lucky today to have a workshop with the children’s author Phil Earle. He talked to us about how and why he became an author and where he gets his inspiration from for his ideas. He even read us some of his books he has had published called ‘Albert and the Garden of Doom’ and ‘Elsie and the Magic Biscuit Tin’. He has published other 13 children’s book. See if you can find some in the library to read!!

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Super Gymnasts!

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During Autumn term we have been doing gymnastics in one of our PE lessons. We have learnt the different shapes: straight, tuck, straddle, pike, dish and arch. We then moved onto tuck to sit then tuck to stand rolls. Finally we got out the equipment and practised jumping and landing safely. 

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All different, all equal!

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This week all across the country it had been ‘anti-bullying’ week. The focus has been ‘All Different, All Equall’. We discussed how we all look different, how we like different things, how people’s families are different, some children live with mum and dad, some just mum or dad other families have two mummies or two daddies.

We created a door display to show how we are all different in Ash class but we are all equal and are all an important piece of our class.

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How to make....

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This week we have been learning about features of instructions. We read and follow instructions to make a poppy linked to Remembrance Day. We then had to write the instructions in our own words. 

In science we have been learning about materials around us. We used instructions to make bread and focus on how the ingredients change through mixing, kneading and cooking. 

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