Notes from the Head

This week in January
31 January 2015

 

The winter weather caused some disruption to school this week, on Wednesday the Forest School session for Years 4, 5 & 6 was postponed  due to the cold temperatures.  On Thursday a heavy fall of snow in Nannerch mid-morning led to the children leaving school early.  Fortunately the snow did not remain and we were back to normal on Friday.  

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding this week, I apologise for any disruption caused. I do hope there will be no further interuption to routine.  If school closes due to risk from extreme weather we will contact you via text and through the Flintshire County Council website.

 

The children in Years 2 & 3 have been writing poetry inspired by the winter, I am impressed with the standard of their creative language.  The children are keen to share their work, included with this weeks news are photographs of a selection of their work from their whiteboards…decorated with natural items they have collected on their walks.

 

Year 4, 5 & 6 worked well together this week to organise their Bring & Buy sale.  The children love these events and are always very excited with the opportunity to make a purchase.  The sale made just over £86 will the children on the ‘toilet committee’ are putting towards redecoration.

 

Our ‘Good Food Gang’ have also been busy, working with Laura England, the county nutritionist.  With Laura’s support the children are working on ways they can promote the healthy eating in school.  The GFG have recently run a competition to design a poster promoting healthy eating.  I am pleased to announce Seren as the winner of this.

 

The confidential draft report following our Estyn Inspection has now been released to school.  The final report will be published on 13th February and will be available to view on the school website.  As a school we are keen to engage with staff, parents and community on the recommendations which we will take forward from the report and are planning an event to bring together the school community to discuss the report, enabling us all to  realise our school vision of ‘Working Together, Reaching Higher’.

 

Please note: Mr Chapman is keen to resume playing football outside now that the days are slowly becoming longer, therefore children who attend Friday’s after school football club will need to bring their football boots.

 

There will be no Games Club after school on Wednesday this week

 

 

Dates for your diary:

 

  • Cilcain Cafe Saturday 7th February - in aid of Lauryn's legacy and Macmillon

 

  • Croeso Pawb will take place on Tuesday 10th February at 2.30pm in St Michaels & All Angels church

 

  • Valentines Disco Friday 13th February - School Hall

 

  • STEM family workshops will now take place in the late Spring with more details available in January.

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Seren's winning poster for the Good Food Gang
SCHOOL CLOSURES:

Flintshire County Council has set up additional assistance to parents/guardians/pupils who may wish to be notified by email of any school closures as soon as they are logged by the school on the Flintshire County Council website.

 

 

School will advise parents of closure via text

 

 

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This week in January
25 January 2015

 

The Year 2 & 3 class are thoroughly enjoying working from their class book, 'Harry the Poisonous Centipede’; one popular activity is the learning of ‘centipedish' the language of centipedes, a language with no vowels, purely consonants.

Whilst drawing and labelling his home the children have discussed the conditions necessary for Harry to survive and have made a fact file about poisonous centipedes.

 

As part of their topic work the Foundation Class have been learning how to retell a story using 'Talk for Writing'- a technique through which children imitate the language they need for a story or topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version of the story.

The story they have chosen to learn is 'The Great Pet Sale' by Mick Inkpen. The class are using a story map to help retell the events in the plot and have learnt specific actions for the connectives in the story (next, after that, so, but).

The children's challenge is to learn the story and retell it to the whole school in assembly during the week.

The children will be creating their own story maps of the Great Pet Sale next week and then will begin to write their own version of the story.

 

There was plenty of outdoor fun as the younger children were encouraged to use and explore the concept of ‘Temperature’ during the week. They had fun testing to see if the cold weather would freeze their pictures made of natural materials, glitter and water into ice. The language used to describe the temperature and ice pictures included cold, colder, frozen, freeze, warm,

melt, warmer.

 

On Friday the children have planned to hold a Bring & Buy sale, and are asking for donations of books, toys, games and bric a brac to be brought to school.  The sale will be held on Friday 30th January during the school day.

 

 

 

Dates for your diary:

 

  • Bring & Buy  Sale 30th January - raising funds for the 'Toilet Committee'

 

  • Cilcain Cafe Saturday 7th February - in aid of Lauryn's legacy and Macmillon

 

  • Croeso Pawb will take place on Tuesday 10th February at 2.30pm in St Michaels & All Angels church

 

  • Valentines Disco Friday 13th February - School Hall

 

  • STEM family workshops will now take place in the late Spring with more details available in January.

SCHOOL CLOSURES:

Flintshire County Council has set up additional assistance to parents/guardians/pupils who may wish to be notified by email of any school closures as soon as they are logged by the school on the Flintshire County Council website.

 

 

School will advise parents of closure via text

 

 

 
This week in January

18 January 2015

 

We have enjoyed our week in school with each class taking their own theme from the whole school topic of ‘Animals’.  The Nursery, Reception and Year 1 have been busy turning their role play areas into a Pet Shop/Vets/Grooming Parlour as they ask the question ‘What do pets need to survive?’  For both their literacy and numeracy aspect of learning the children are working with their shared class book, ‘The Great Pet Sale’.

 

In Year 2 & 3 the children are starting to explore natural British wildlife.  They have been creating ‘camouflage’ in preparation for creating in class a ‘bird hide’ and ‘animal rescue centre’.  The children walked through the village on Thursday morning to experience the season of ‘winter’.  The children impressed me with their use of language, describing winter as… ‘the smell of wood smoke, logs for fires, birds looking for food and feeling the rain like needles’.

 

However my highlight this week was hearing the Year 4, 5 & 6 describe their experience in the Forest School on Wednesday.  The children spent the day outdoors completing challenges which included the ‘bare foot walk’.  I listened incredulously as they happily explained to me how invigorating walking with bare feet through the snow felt!  The children have begun to work both in class and in the forest school on their theme of endangered animals through engaging with their class book ‘Sky Hawk’, an intense and touching story set in rural Scotland.

 

Thank you to all our families for supporting the Year 4, 5 & 6 in their F1 cake sale this week.  The sale raised £137.05 which will be used to support the F1 Challenge. The children will need to display to the judges how they have raised money through fund raising and sponsorship in order to finance the manufacture of their car and finance the costs of the project.

 

Dates for your diary:

 

  • Please note:  there will be no guitars on Monday 19th January

 

  • Football club will resume on Friday 23rd January.

 

  • Croeso Pawb will take place on Tuesday 10th February at 2.30pm in St Michaels & All Angels church

 

  • The PTA are organising for the children a Valentine Disco which will take place on Friday 13th February

 

  • STEM family workshops will now take place in the late Spring with more details available in January.

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SCHOOL CLOSURES:

Flintshire County Council has set up additional assistance to parents/guardians/pupils who may wish to be notified by email of any school closures as soon as they are logged by the school on the Flintshire County Council website.

 

 

School will advise parents of closure via text

 

 

This week in January
11 January 2015

 

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda - Happy New Year

 

Returning to school was a treat due to the eagerness of the children who looked happy and I am sure have grown over Christmas!  We retained the spirit of Christmas both in assembly and class as together we explored the meaning of Epiphany which began on January 6th our first day back in school and the official end of the seasonal holiday.

 

Some of the children wrote poems describing how the Wise Men may have felt as they followed the star on their long journey to Bethlehem. It was lovely to have the opportunity to spend time teaching throughout the school this week. Working with each of the year groups is a great way to observe the children and their zest for learning.

 

Despite the weather many of the children were keen to take their learning outdoors, in Year 2 & 3 we had fun exploring the variety of habitats found on a walk down one of the village footpaths. As always the enthusiam of the children as they discovered all manner of exciting natural objects such as empty snail shells, woodlice under stones and hibernating hedgehogs was infectious and brought a smile to all our faces.

 

The Year 4, 5 & 6 returned back to school on Friday happy and muddy after a day spent in the outdoor environment at Plas Derw Forest School in Caerwys. The children have begun a five week project involving literacy, ict and the outdoor environment, based on 'Sky Hawk' their class book.

 

The Year 4, 5 & 6 will be holding a ‘Cake Sale’ here in school next Thursday 15th January. The children are requesting donations of cakes and biscuits please. The proceeds of which will go towards funding their F1 Challenge. As part of the F1 the children are required to raise funds to finance the project.

 

Key dates: 

 

  • The children’s clubs resume next week on Monday 12th January with textile club. 

  • Please note however there will be no football club on Friday 16th January.  Football club will resume on Friday 23rd January.

 

 

Please note the STEM family workshops will now take place in the late Spring with more details available in January.

 

 

Due to our teachers 

attending professional development training with schools out of county there has been a change to our Spring Training Day.  School will now close on Friday 27th March and re-open for pupils on 14th April. 

 

Please see the Calendar and Diary for revised dates

 

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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.

 

Andy Lightfoot from Streetscene has been asked if a 'No Parking' sign can be put on it.

 

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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