Notes from the Head

30th April 2016

Despite a return to such wintry weather the classes are enjoying taking opportunities to work and learn outdoors.  We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful outdoor environment for learning; the children enjoy being outside whatever the weather.

 

I enjoyed spending a little time with the Year 2 & 3 class this week as they shared with me the story of Alice in Wonderland which they are learning to recite complete with actions.  The expression they use whilst retelling the story is lovely.  Alice is one of my favourite stories; I am enjoying seeing the bright and colourful painting of the characters in the story decorating school. 

 

Well done everyone for continuing to look smart for school and getting to school early.  We begin registration at 8.50am.  The classes are being awarded a reward for their being ready and on time.  So far Mrs John’s class are in the lead!!

 

A busy week ahead as we begin the Welsh National Tests for Years 2-6 on Tuesday with the National Reading Test.  We also have our Estyn visitors join us on Wednesday and Thursday to evaluate the progress we have made following our  Inspection in December 2014.  The team will be in school on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, talking with staff and the children and observing teaching and learning.   

 

I have been asked by the Nannerch Community Council to remind parents and staff to take care when driving through the village and when letting children out of the cars onto the Village Road. 

 

Also a reminder for Year 2 & 3 parents to purchase their Dancefest tickets from the Box Office at Theatre Clwyd which are now on sale for the performance on 18th May.

 

Hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend, despite the weather.

Key dates

3rd -10th May Welsh National Testing period for Years 2,3,4,5 & 6

 

11th May - Reception & Year 1 - to Ysgol y Waun, Gwernaffield 'Flic aFlac'.

 

18th May - Dancefest, Year 2&3

 

18th - 20th May- Year 6 Cardiff

 

26th May - Festival of Sport

 

27th May - Croeso Pawb

 

27th May - 6th June - Half Term

 

6th June - PC Marc police liaison

 

9th & 10th June - Cycling workshop Year 5 & 6

 

23rd June - Going Up Day

 

24th June - Training day - school closed

 

29th June Sports Day -1pm

 

15th July - Leavers service

 

20th July - End of Term

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

We have been collating data from our homework questionnaires into Pie Charts this week; it has been interesting seeing all the different European countries people have visited. 

 

It was exciting holding our debate this week.  We wrote speeches to support our different opinions.  The motion to build a theme park on Bardsey Island was not agreed.  Interestingly the biggest reason for the rebuttal was the need for health and safety, and a concern that if anyone was hurt then accessing medical support would be costly.  Everyone spoke well and put forward their position clearly.

 

Although cold we wrapped up and went outside for a writing workshop this week.  The standard of description was excellent as we described how it felt to be outdoors, language such as the ‘cutting wind’ was impressive.  We collected natural objects and took them into class.  Here are some of our descriptions;

 

“I felt the cutting wind on my hands and I felt the wind on my face.  I heard the roaring of a car in the distance”.

 

“I pushed my hands into my pockets”.

 

“I felt the warmth of my coat and I felt the cold on my fingers”.

 

We will continue using the outdoors to stimulate our writing as we begin to plan for an adventure story.  It felt very strange coming back into the manufactured environment of the classroom after being in the Forest School surrounded by beautiful natural objects, sounds and the weather.  We drew some delicate studies of the natural object and annotated them.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

The children have had another jam packed week with lots of different activities! On Monday we began by continuing to choreograph our routine for Dancefest. Our performance is on 18th May so it'll be here in no time at all! A letter has been sent home regarding the children's costumes. 

 

In Literacy this week, the children have enjoyed reading more of our book, Alice In Wonderland. They explored what makes the book special and found exciting sentence openers which they could use in their writing.

 

Our Maths work has included searching for items which met a criteria, the children had to measure accurately to find what they needed!

 

There has also been a focus on timetables. I was very impressed with how the children solved multiplication word problems.   

 

In topic we have been looking at our first key question, 'What does Llandudno have to offer?'

 

The children researched the types of buildings in Llandudno and the jobs which may be linked to those buildings! We completed some fieldwork around Nannerch by collecting data on the buildings we have here. This meant we could compare the two locations.  

 

Our Forest school task this week was linked to our exciting words in Literacy. The children loved posing in freeze frame. They had to act out an emotion and their friends predicted what it was, choosing different words until they found the answer! 

 

There are no spellings this week. 

 

Also, the children do NOT have football next week and school uniform should be worn on Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

I hope you all enjoy your bank holiday! 

 

 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

A very cold week but this didn't stop us! In Forest School we read a story called Dear Greenpeace and this was about a little girl called Emily who writes to Greenpeace to tell them she has a whale living in her pond. Greenpeace write to Emily to tell her that a whale cannot live in fresh water and that whales need sea and salty water to survive. The story being very heartwarming hooked our pupils into wanting to find out if a whale lived in our school pond!

 

We carefully carried out some pond dipping and found some wonderful pond creatures, including a huge newt! The pupils were amazed to find so many different creatures and they identified some of them using a pond spotters sheet. Some pupils are pond dipping next Tuesday to see if they can find Emily's Whale!

 

In Numeracy pupils continued to develop their odd and even number skills. They are enjoying the number games we are playing in P.E.

Pupils have also been problem solving in the boat ticket office, finding out how much it would be for a family to have a boat ride on the Sally May! Da iawn pawb.

 

In Language pupils have begun their story writing through retelling the story Billy's Bucket. Over the next few weeks story writing will be our main focus.

 

Homework this week is MyMaths for year 1 and handwriting for Year 1 and Reception. I have also requested pupils bring to school a small plastic boat and a bucket. These items will be needed for our lessons next week.

 

Have a lovely bank holiday!

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What we are learning this term

24th April 2016

The light nights and sunny days are certainly making a difference, despite some still cold days it feels as though spring is finally on its way.  We have settled back quickly and signs of the new topics are evident throughout school in displays of the water cycle, map of Europe and my favourite the wonderful Mad Hatter's Tea Party area!

 

Clubs resumed this week, with the addition of cookery club, I couldn't resist sampling the fruit kebabs.  Mrs Selwyn taught the children a number of water themed songs in choir.  I enjoyed watching football club on Friday afternoon, in glorious sunshine and surrounded by such stunning countryside. Thank you so much to all staff and volunteers who support us with the clubs.

 

I had fun this week joining the children for cheerleading, it is certainly not an easy sport.  Keeping time to music remembering routines and attempting the different moves made me realise just how well the children manage to learn new skills in this challenging activity.

 

Thank you to the PTA for asking us to wear red, white and blue to school to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday this week.  It was good to see everyone in the national colours of our Union Flag.  I had forgotten that I had to attend an appointment after school with my daughter Lizzie, she did well to accompany me as I walked along sporting my red, white and blue!

 

The Years 2 & 3 are doing well with their rehearsals for the Dancefest which will take place at Theatr Clwyd on 18th May.  The theme of the production is 'Roald Dahl' with the Nannerch children working on a dance based on the story of 'Fantastic Mr Fox'.  Please note tickets are now on sale from the theatre box office: 01352 701521.

 

Children in Years 2,3,4,5 & 6 will be taking the Welsh National Tests at the beginning of May.  The tests are diagnostic and make up part of the Welsh Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.  The tests are paper-based, and take between 30 and 60 minutes each. There will be three papers, one reading and two numeracy which the children will sit during the period 3rd -10th May.

 

The results of the test are shared with parents and will support the class teachers’ assessment of progress.

Key dates

27th April - Tempest class photographs (Nursery Class at 9am)

 

27th April - Year 2 & 3 Football 1.30-2.30pm

 

3rd -10th May Welsh National Testing period for Years 2,3,4,5 & 6

 

11th May - Reception & Year 1 - to Ysgol y Waun, Gwernaffield 'Flic aFlac'.

 

18th May - Dancefest, Year 2&3

 

18th - 20th May- Year 6 Cardiff

 

26th May - Festival of Sport

 

27th May - Croeso Pawb

 

27th May - 6th June - Half Term

 

6th June - PC Marc police liaison

 

9th & 10th June - Cycling workshop Year 5 & 6

 

23rd June - Going Up Day

 

24th June - Training day - school closed

 

29th June Sports Day -1pm

 

15th July - Leavers service

 

20th July - End of Term

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

It was a very different start to the week as we had a cycling roadshow. This was to help us understand how important safety is when riding our bikes.  We enjoyed navigating the cycle course and whizzing round the ‘court’ on our bikes! Year 5 & 6 will have another opportunity to refine their cycling skills in June, taking part in the Bikeability Course.

 

In maths this week we were learning more about fractions, using fractions of both numbers and shapes. Some of us found the challenges quite tricky.

 

Our friends in Mountain Lane School wrote to us again this week, we were delighted to receive the letters telling us all about their Easter holiday, we  used our Welsh skills to translate the letters.  We will be writing back to share our news with them next week.

 

We continued learning how to structure a debate this week, discussing and writing rules to ensure our own debates are fair. Thank you to everyone at home who helped us with last week’s debating homework task.

 

During class this week we played a game to reinforce when we use the homonym there, their and they’re.  We all had the correct usage at the end of the game, so we have no excuses in our writing now!

 

For homework this week we have compiled our own individual questionnaires to conduct a survey. We want to find out which countries people have visited, where they would like to visit and why.  We have been asked to find out interesting facts about one of the countries and especially to discover what that country is famous for.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

This week the weather has been beautiful and Year 2 and 3 have certainly made the most of it!

 

We began the week by continuing choreographing our performance of Fantastic Mr Fox for DanceFest. The tickets are now for sale and it would be wonderful for the children to see familiar faces in the crowd. They are thoroughly enjoying choosing key pieces from the books and dance movements to suit.

 

On Monday afternoon, we took the classroom outdoors. This inspired some lovely watercolour paintings to set the scene of the poems which the children completed last week.

 

In Literacy we continued to read Alice in Wonderland. The children have looked closely at the storyboard of the tale so far and have been practising retelling the story using a Pie Corbett style performance. I will provide a video once the story is complete! The children also took the role of Safety Inspectors as they were concerned with some of Alice's behaviour which led her to fall down the rabbit hole and then shrink. They have each written a set of Wonderland Safety Rules. This also links to the children's homework this week, which is due on Wednesday 27th April.

 

In Mathematics the children investigated 3D shapes and also sorted lots of shapes to one or two different criterion.

 

In forest school Year Two and Three celebrated The Queen's birthday by creating a wonderful collage of her. They teamed together to decide on the natural materials they would use for each section, to collect the material and then to carefully construct the collage. The results are quiet impressive!

 

PE kit will be required on Wednesday afternoon for football with Flintshire Sports.

 

New spellings have been handed out and homework is due next Wednesday.

 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

Pupils have been enjoying the sunshine this week in a variety of learning areas. In Numeracy we have been learning odd and even numbers. We have played games outside in P.E. to help us with our odd and even number recognition. In Forest School pupils were exploring what they could put or find in their bucket just like Billy in

our class story. Pupils were also using water to make mud and this was being used in mud kitchen - yum!

 

Nursery listened very carefully in their P.E lesson, Mrs John was very impressed with their beanbag balancing skills!

 

We are beginning to get changed for P.E, some pupils are happy to get their whole P.E. kit on, whilst others are more

comfortable just trying to change their footwear. Bendigedig pawb!

 

Homework this week is to become a weather reporter. Lets hope we have some more sunshine!

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What we are learning this term

17th April 2016

Welcome back to school, I hope everyone had a lovely Easter.  During the Easter break I went walking on Angelsea and in Snowdonia, the view from the mountains back towards the Clwydian hills was stunning, the weather was so clear I could make out the mast at Afonwen.  I was delighted to pass the reservoir on Electric Mountain thinking of our visit into the mountain with Years 4,5 & 6 earlier in the year it was incredible to see the source of so much energy lying gently in a lake at the top of the mountain.

 

 

As always it is great to be back with the children, everyone looked smart on our return to school this week; it was wonderful to see the children making a really great effort towards our aim to ‘be the best we can be’.  Well done also for all doing your best to get to school bright and early, it really does make a difference to the school day.

 

Were delighted to welcome Brother Martin into Ysgol Nannerch on Wednesday, he shared with us his love of Bible stories and his well-worn, beloved Children’s Bible he has had since childhood.  We all loved listening to him retell the stories which he had loved hearing as a boy.  Brother Martin is now a Friar from the Franciscan Friary in Pantasaph, before this he loved playing football, riding his motorbike and was a chef. He was such fun; he and Tony taught us a really funny song about smelly feet!

 

Brother Martin runs the St Pio’s Café which is based at the Friary in Pantasph, I will certainly be making a visit, Mrs. John tells me the cakes are delicious!

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

Everyone settled back to work well this week, Mr Doran one of our School Governors listened to us reading and we talked to him about our books.  He was very impressed with our enthusiasm for reading. 

 

This week we began our new topic, Europe and Rivers.   Asking the Big Question, How European are you?   It was great fun to locate places in the Atlas, we loved pouring over the maps looking at all the wonderful places in the world. 

 

We completed a whole class jigsaw activity, to discover the extent of Europe as a continent.

 

Our debating skills are developing as we worked together this week to discover the skills, structure and language of debate.  We loved discussing different topics through the motions such as, ‘Children should be able to elect their own teachers?’ and ‘Footballers are paid too much money’.  Interestingly when we voted we were almost equally divided in our views.  Homework this week is to practise debating, for this homework we will need some willing family members to politely oppose our point of view!

 

On Monday we have a Cycling Roadshow visiting school.  Years 5 & 6 will be taking part in this, Year 4’s may take part.  We will be learning how to check our bikes for safety and safety on the road.  We may bring our own bikes, some bikes will be provided.  A cycling helmet must be worn for the workshop.

Key dates

All clubs resume this week.

 

18th April – Cycling Roadshow for Years 4-6  from 2.30-3.30pm

 

20th April – Football Years 3 & 4 (1.30pm-2.30pm)

 

21st April – Non Uniform Day- Queens Birthday

 

27th April – Tempest class group photographs

 

2nd May – Bank Holiday

 

3rd-10th May – Welsh National Tests for Years 2-6

 

17th May – Dementia Talk Years 2-6

 

16th – 18th May – Year 6 trip to Cardiff

 

26th May – Festival of Sport Cheerleading & Football Yr 3 & 4

 

27th May – 6th June – Whit Holiday (Half Term)

 

 

23rd June – Going Up Day

 

 

29th June – English transition Year 6

 

 

15th July – Leaver’s Service

 

 

20th July – Finish for summer

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

The first week of term is over, it has been great to get back into the school routine! Year two and three have settled quickly and produced some excellent work.

 

This week, we began by revisiting our poetry writing from before Easter. On our forest school afternoon, the children went on a 'simile hunt' to help them develop their descriptive writing and to encourage them to use similes in their poetry. The results were brilliant with a good range of describing words being used too. The children were able to edit, re-draft and complete their final copy. All of the children have written wonderful poems on a subject of their choice, which ranged from flowers, to pets, to teachers and everything in between.

 

In Mathematics, we have been looking at 2D shapes, their names and properties. We played games and lots of different activities to help the children recall the names of each shape. This weeks homework is on My Maths and is based on their knowledge of 2D shapes. An extra challenge is also set up to play games and answer questions on both 2D and 3D shapes. The children should have a go and see what they can remember in preparation to working on 3D shapes in class. 

 

This week we began reading our class story, Alice in Wonderland. The children have created some wonderful pictures to set the scene for our topic. 

 

This term, year 2 and 3 are also taking part in Dancefest! Preparations have begun and the children have started to choreograph their dance routine to perform Fantastic Mr Fox, by Roald Dahl. 

 

New spellings have been handed out with an activity sheet for the children to complete to help them to practice this weeks spelling sound. 

 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

We have settled back in quickly and pupils have been really keen to get started with their new topic Water.

 

We have read a book called, 'The Drop Goes Plop' and it has explained where water has come from. We drew and labelled some super pictures and diagrams of the water cycle. Pupils have been helping us develop the role play area which is now a ticket office selling 'Sally May' dolphin watching boat rides! We hope to see Smiler the dolphin from our story when we sail away on our boat!

 

In writing this week pupils have been learning how to write a recount. We have written our Easter news and have used key questions to help us: Who, What, Where, When and How? Homework this week is to write a recount this weekend.

 

A reminder that Forest School begins on Tuesday. Please send in appropriate waterproof clothes and wellies.

 

Pupils will need full PE kits and pumps this term for Games outside

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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.

There is disabled parking at the school with a safe drop off zone. For additional support please contact in advance of your visit

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