Notes from the Head

26th April 2015




This terms topic ’Out of this World’ is proving popular, on Tuesday morning a fleet of Reception and Year 1’s arrived to school wearing their wonderful space helmets. The children (and parents) worked very hard to design and make such creative and innovative designs at home. The children had fun wearing the space helmets for the beginning of their literacy lesson in which they demonstrated their oral retelling the story of ‘The Little Red Alien’ and moved onto sequencing of the class book and creating their own model space ship.


In Years 2 & 3 the children have been observing the sky over a few days and nights with the help of their families, the results of their observations have been simply amazing; colours in the sunset, the new moon, seeing Jupiter and Venus, noticing bats at night, insects and jet streams during the day. We even had a 3D model of the night sky complete with planet Earth in orbit.  Year 4, 5& 6 have been finding out about the ‘Red planet’ and I look forward to seeing a whole solar system in the corridors of Ysgol Nannerch!

Thank you to all our parents for supporting the children’s learning about ‘space’.


The week’s beautiful weather created some great opportunities for outdoor learning. Forest School sessions meant the children could enjoy settling back into their muddy play as well as producing environmental art work based on one of our school values 'Compassion'.


The children in Years 2 & 3 had the opportunity to explore their shadows, comparing the perimeter of their actual outline against their shadow’s outline.


For Years 4, 5 & 6 the weather coincided with the return of their tennis sessions which was an added bonus!


This week the Years 4, 5 & 6 have continued to explore the big question ‘who is Jesus?’ Their written work exploring the feelings and emotions around the Easter Story is poignant and sensitive. They have also produced some delicate art work based around the theme.




News from our classes:



Mrs John's class:


Pupils in Foundation Phase this week came to school wearing their wonderful space helmets which was a homework task. Everyone looked amazing and pupils (and parents) had worked very hard

in making such creative inventions! A big well done and thank you to all. Pupils are enjoying our topic on space and have been sequencing our class story of the Little Red Alien as well as retelling the story using actions. Next week we will be making story maps and writing the beginning of the story.


Forest School begun this week and we were so lucky in having beautiful weather. Pupils enjoyed settling back into their muddy play as well as producing some environmental art work on one of our school values 'Compassion'.


Our dance project is also coming on nicely with some excellent ideas and creativity from the children.


The dance show is on Thursday 25th June at 6.30pm and Tickets will go on sale from Clwyd Theatr Cymru on Wednesday 20 May 2015.


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Key dates
  • Monday 27th April- Rugby sessions for Years 4, 5 & 6

  • Tuesday 28th April - Years 2, 3 are taking part in the Heritage Week activities

  • Tuesday 5th May – Tuesday 12th May National Tests for Years 2-6

  • Wednesday 19th May - Croeso Pawb theme of Pentecost

  • Monday June 1st– Whole school trip to Liverpool World Museum

  • Wednesday 3rd June Years 4,5 & 6 Rugby Tournament

  • Tuesday 14th July- Leavers Service (approx 1.30pm)


19th April 2015




As always it was good to return to school and to be with the children this week, a big welcome/ croeso to our new Nursery children Alice, Emily and Connor. We hope you enjoy being part of Ysgol Nannerch.


It is always exciting to start a new school term and we all enjoy discovering and exploring what our new topic will be. The theme ‘Out of this World’ is already proving very popular with the children as they share their prior knowledge about space and time and discuss what they plan to find out and learn about over the next term.


On Wednesday we had a very different and special day in school. The children were invited to wear their own clothes as we explored together some of ‘the big questions’ such as, ‘Who is Jesus to me?’ We used the day to explore our school’s Christian values of Community, Compassion, Trust, Wisdom and Hope. The children were encouraged to explore these values and share what they discovered with one another.


In the school hall we set out an interactive timeline of events of Jesus’ life which the classes all enjoyed exploring. One popular feature of the day was the Labyrinth. The maze-like path is used as a way of travelling on a symbolic journey, creating space to be calm and think.


The day ended with special thoughts for all those who are no longer with us.


We celebrated their life by tying yellow ribbons onto a tree and blew bubbles full of happiness and thanks for our day.

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Key dates for April.



  • 27th April - Rugby Training for Year 4,5 & 6

  • 28th April - Year 2, 3 & 4 Heritage Week workshop

  • The National Reading and Numeracy tests will take place between 5th and 12th of May

  • 1st June whole School trip to the World Museum Liverpool.

  • Wednesday 1st July - Sports Day


2nd April 2015




Our final week of the Spring Term was fun and very busy, ending with excited children making the most of last day of term with their Easter Egg Hunt. The children in Years 2 & 3 and 4, 5 & 6 worked in teams to write clues, hiding letters around the school grounds. They worked well together decoding the clues to earn their Easter treats.


On Tuesday five of our junior children worked with a small group of

schildren at St Mary’s School in Nercwys in maths problem solving

activities. One of the activities involved creating a mini crazy-golf

course which the children used to measure the angles at which the ball travelled. The afternoon was a great success; our School Council are keen to continue the link, we will continue to work together to plan for more joint activities between the schools next term.


Following feedback from parents we are keen to develop weekly homework for all children from Reception to Year 6, therefore our whole school homework policy will be implemented next term. This will be additional to the regular reading practise of spelling and learning of multiplication tables. The weekly homework will be closely linked to the work in the classroom and will usually be organised in the style of ‘Must, Should, Could’ to ensure the homework is manageable and states clearly a hierarchy of expectation with open tasks for those who are keen to take their learning further. We are currently in the process of ordering ‘bespoke’ homework books with a smart cover in the School's jade with the Ysgol Nannerch logo on the front.


It was lovely to welcome our new intake of Nursery children on Thursday and we look forward to them joining us all next term. We also welcome our new family and their children Holly, Jack and Michael to the school community and hope they all enjoy and are very happy being a part of the school and the village community of Nannerch.


Thank you all for helping create such special memories for Mrs Williams, she was delighted to see so many past pupils, parents and people from our wider community at the Cherry Pie on Tuesday and enjoyed sharing and catching up. On Tuesday morning the children held a service here in school for Mrs Williams and presented her with a gift of jewellery and performed songs and musical items.

The children, staff, parents, governors and community all wish Mrs Williams a very happy and peaceful retirement.


I hope you all enjoy a lovely Easter break and are able spend time with family and friends.



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Key dates for April.


  • Tuesday 14th April - School opens for the children

  • Wednesday 15th April- non-uniform, wear your brightest clothes to school as we celebrate and explore ‘Who is Jesus to me?’

  • 16th April- Reception & Yr 1 begin preparing for this years Dance Fest which will be held at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in June

  • 27th April - Rugby Training for Year 4,5 & 6

  • 28th April - Year 3 & 4 Heritage Week workshop

  • 30th April - Year 5 & 6 Heritage Week workshop


  • The National Reading and Numeracy tests will take place between 5th and 12th of May

  • Wednesday 1st July - Sports Day



A request from Nannerch Community Council



The passing place on School Lane is being used as a parking space by some people. This is making it difficult for cars to get through when a car is coming from the opposite direction.


Please be considerate when visiting school and mindful of the health and safety of our school members and local residents.