Notes from the Head

31st January 2016

We were all delighted this week to hear of the news of the birth of a new baby in our community…welcome to little Jacob and congratulations to his family.

 

Croeso and welcome into Ysgol Nannerch Charlie and William, you both have settled into Nursery really quickly and we are so pleased to have you joining us in school.

 

Not long now until we finish for half term, we have a busy two weeks ahead. On Thursday evening the PTA will be holding the Valentines Disco. This will begin at 6pm and finish at 7.30pm.   Following this, Friday afternoon is our popular Croeso Pawb. The theme of Croeso Pawb will be ‘God’s Wonderful World’. Please join us at 2.30pm for a short service in St Michael’s Church and afterwards at 3pm for tea and cake. We welcome any donations of cakes for this lovely opportunity to meet and chat at this whole school event.

 

The dates for our spring term parents evening have been agreed. These will be held on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th of March, however if you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress or wellbeing please do ask for an appointment with your child’s teacher or at any time during the term.

 

On Saturday I met with the Governing Body to focus in detail on their strategic role in leading the School forward. The 'Away Day' gave us time to consider the role of the Governing body which is established as one corporate body. This means that governors do not act independently of the rest of the Governing Body; any decisions are the joint responsibility of the whole Governing Board. 

 

In Nannerch we are very fortunate to have a highly skilled and dedicated group of people willing to take on this key role.  The Nannerch Governing Body is made up from people with a range of experience and extensive knowledge from parenting, industry, finance, education, health and public sector.  Every governor is committed to supporting children and working strategically.  This commitment takes many forms such as: evaluation and review of the learning, development of the School’s website, scrutiny of the school management systems, applying Government legislation, staff recruitment and financial management.

 

The whole day was a mixture of debate, evaluation, challenge, reflection and unity.  I came away feeling enthused and assured that here in Nannerch we have a diverse and balanced Governing Body, confident in its strategic role and committed to making a difference for our children.  

 

Key dates
  • Thursday 4th February – Valentine Disco at 6pm

 

  • Friday 5th February – Croeso Pawb (please join us at 2.30pm in St Michael & All Angels Church)

 

  • Tuesday 9th February – Years 4, 5 & 6 trip to St. Asaph Cathedral

 

  • February 10th - 12th - Year 4 Pentre Llyn

 

  • Friday 12th – School closes for half term

 

  •  1st March – Whole School Numeracy challenge activity

 

  • 7th & 8th March - Parents Evenings

 

  • 7th- 9th March – Year 5 visit to Glan Llyn

 

  • 22nd March - Year 6 trip to Liverpool with Year 6 Lixwm.

 

  • School closes for Easter 23rd March – 11th April (training day 24th March)

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

It has been another busy week for us in Year 4, 5 & 6. We have been investigating the effect of plaque acid on our teeth during our Science lessons; we enjoyed using egg shells and vinegar in our experiments!  For homework we are finding out the history of dentistry. Mrs Pierce has been busy and has shared with us some of her research. Did you know the Ancient Egyptians had dentists?

 

We have enjoyed continuing our investigations into shape during practical activities this week. It has been fun using Polydron to build 3D shapes from 2D shapes.

We have continued to look at persuasive writing during Literacy and have written a reply to Mr Wright who believes play times should be banned! We also looked at using the feature of persuasive writing to write a job advert for the role of manager on Bardsey Island, in North Wales. We found all the information for the advert by reading newspaper articles about this strange job.

 

We are looking forward to our assembly on Monday led by Hannah and Joe who will be sharing their bible stories. Joe has been practising his retelling of the Creation Story and Hannah has a surprise for us all, it will be a real treat for us all.

 

We have earned a marble treat and are all very excited! We will decide when and what our treat will be next week.

 

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

This week in Mathematics we have been finding the area and the perimeter of a shape.  This can be tricky and all the children have done very well! We had lots of fun outside in the tennis court, travelling around the area of the court and walking along the perimeter of the tennis court.

 

Back in class we were able to find the area of different shapes by counting squares.

Later in the week we learned a song to help remember how we find the area. The children have counted the length of each side of the shape and progressed to measure accurately with a ruler. We used our knowledge of doubling and addition to find the total length of the perimeter. I'm really please with everyone's effort so da iawn!

 

Monday was Dydd Santes Dwynwen and we began the week learning all about this Welsh Saint of love. The children read her story and then sketched some fabulous pictures!  We also labelled her using our Welsh language skills and were able to describing her in Welsh.

 

We have been describing her appearance using vocabulary of colour, size and clothing. We have also been developing our descriptive vocabulary in Literacy this week. We used all our senses to think of lots of ways to describe apples. We also tried describing Marmite!  This definitely helped the children form an opinion... love it or hate it!

 

In Topic, we have been using the skill we learnt in Literacy over the last couple of weeks to gather information, plan and then draft our own information report all about the Romans! Our super Celtic knots are complete too and they look wonderful.

Our Gymnastics this week involved working with a partner to mirror each other. We practised different jumps and began to add them to our sequence. We ended our week with a lovely walk to the park.

 

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend after a fun and busy week in school.

 

Children have new spellings for next Friday and homework is due in on Wednesday.

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

Pupils this week have finished their shields, they look very bright and colourful with intricate designs which reflect their surnames. Pupils have asked if they can now make their swords...you will be pleased to know Mrs Biddle is on the case!

 

In maths pupils have been adding and subtracting from numbers  5 to 100. Pupils have been working on number bonds and finding the missing numbers either using Numicon to support them or through mental recall. We have also been using 3 numbers to add together to make specific numbers which have been chosen by pupils themselves. We have been challenging ourselves including Mrs John!

 

In Guided reading we have been learning how to structure a sentence and working out where the beginning and end of the sentence is using a poem called 'My Nan'. Pupils have been working on 2 of the 8 reading behaviours, Questioning and Self Monitoring. The questioning activity this week was an extension of the pupils homework. This skill will also  be applied next week into their persuasive writing.

 

‘People of the Past' ‘Castles’  

24th January 2016

The weeks are gathering pace and everyone is working well in school.  There have however been lots ‘poorly’ children and staff over the last couple of weeks suffering with coughs and colds.  Hopefully everyone will soon be feeling 100% again. 

 

We were delighted to have Mrs. Selwyn join us in choir this week.  She is impressed with our singing and the new songs we have been learning.  After choir we all sat and had a drink and snack with Mrs. Selwyn.  It was lovely to share with her our news and hear about how she is keeping busy.  We were delighted when Mrs. Selwyn agreed to join us in choir again next week!

 

It was great to see the football club back on Friday afternoon.  The children all looked happy as they raced around in the fresh air.  Thanks to Evan who has joined with Mr. Chapman to train our keen footballers.

 

The Jesse Tree looks lovely in the school corridor.  Well done to Years 4, 5 & 6 for their wonderful decorations.  The children will now be sharing with the school the bible story linked to their decoration.  Each member of the Year 4, 5 & 6 class has been given a date over the spring term on which they will present their bible story.  This is a real challenge, however I know the children will rise to it! 

 

The first presentation of the stories is on Monday 1st February; this will be the creation story and the story of Adam and Eve.  Then each week the children will retell their stories with the final story on the 21st March bringing us to the story of Jesus.  It will be great for the children to take us on this journey through the bible.

 

Dates

Please note the Glanllyn trip will now not take place as Year 5 will join the Year 4 at Pentrellyncymmer.

Key dates
  • Thursday 28th January – Meeting regarding Pentrellyncymer at  4.45pm

 

  • Thursday 4th February – Valentine Disco at 6pm

 

  • Friday 5th February – Croeso Pawb (please join us at 2.30pm in St Michael & All Angels Church)

 

  • Tuesday 9th February – Years 4, 5 & 6 trip to St. Asaph Cathedral

 

  • February 10th - 12th - Year 4 Pentre Llyn

 

  • Friday 12th – School closes for half term

 

  •  1st March – Whole School Numeracy challenge activity

 

  • 7th- 9th March – Year 5 visit to Glan Llyn

 

  • 22nd March - Year 6 trip to Liverpool with Year 6 Lixwm.

 

  • School closes for Easter 23rd March – 11th April (training day 24th March)

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

At the beginning of the week we were given a letter from Mr Wright to Ms Lewis, in which he made the suggestion that playtimes should be banned.  Imagine our indignation!  In response to Mr. Wright’s suggestion we wrote persuasive letters stating why this should not happen.  We used all the features of persuasive language which we have been learning.

 

In our maths this week we have explored shape.  We were each given a box to investigate; we had to describe the properties of our box using all the mathematical vocabulary we could recall for describing both 2D and 3D shape.

 

We are all really enjoying our Tudor topic, and have brought some super research into school.  We have started to read ‘My Friend Walter’ as our class book.  We have used our timelines to calculate the reigns of the Tudor monarchs and used numeracy skills to calculate how long Henry VIII was married to each of his wives.  Some of us then calculated this as a fraction.

 

For Science this week we explored the sugar content of a range of soft drinks and compared the differences.  We used a range of mathematical skills for this investigation including data handling, working with capacity, litres and ml.

 

This half term for PE we are working on the apparatus in gym, creating sequences using jumps, mirroring and with clear beginning and endings.

 

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

In year 2 and 3 we have been working hard to improve how well we tell the time. We have made a large analogue clock to display and used our hands to show where each hour is on the clock face and our fingers to show where each minute is! We have looked at reading time, writing the time, digital clocks and analogue clocks. Our aim is to be able to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes, so lots of practise needed! This is be part of our homework this week too.

 

We have now finished our non-chronological reports. They have some great designs and fabulous facts on a range of interesting topics! Did you know that a mountain can grow 2 cm a year? During literacy we had a go at sharing our facts by interviewing one another as a report for the BBC News.

 

In Topic we have created an information leaflet about the Celtic roundhouse. We learnt how they were built, what materials were used and what they were like inside. We also begun looking at Celtic patterns.

 

Our PE this week was great fun. During gymnastics we learnt how to do a teddy bear roll so that we can use this to link the balances that we have already learnt in a sequence. They were tricky to begin with but lots of the children got it in the end! :-)

 

In RE we are focusing on the Old Testament this term. This week we sequenced the creation story and retold the story of what God created on the first seven days.

 

Maths homework is due in on Wednesday, this is to draw the time on the clock and say something which happened over the week at this time. Spellings have also been handed out and tests will be next Friday. 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

This week we have received 2 letters from Jack and the Giant from our class text Jack and the Beanstalk! Both letters were a real surprise and very different. Jack needed our help and asked us if we thought he should climb the beanstalk. Some of us thought he should because he would be able to get some money! Others thought it was too much of a ‘risk’, I think Mrs John had to agree! The Giant was mean calling us smelly children, we don’t think he is a very nice giant. He also wanted our help, he wanted us to tell him if we had seen Jack because he wants to catch him and boil his bones into bread! We wrote some fantastic letters to reply to Jack and the Giant – bendigedig pawb!

 

In guided reading pupils were working on 3 of the reading behaviours: Visualising, self monitoring and analysing and connecting. All the activities pupils were engaged with were linked to our topic Castles and our text Jack and the Beanstalk. Nursery have been practicing writing the letter 'a' and have been printing with apples.

 

We have been learning about armour from the past and the meaning of  'Coat of Arms'. Pupils have designed and begun painting their own coat of arms. Pupils have had to think about their favourite colours, patterns and meaningful things in their lives which reflect their family name - 'surname'.

 

I am so pleased with the homework effort this week! Pupils had really engaged with their families to create and research information about castles. I am very impressed with the measuring work too!

Big thank you :-)

See results of Homework Questionnaire

17th January 2016

Despite the unpredictable weather our week in school has been calm and focused.  The classes are all now hooked into the topic ‘People of the Past’.  Displays are starting to decorate the classroom walls; my favourite at the moment is the Foundation classroom complete with battlements, draw bridge and its very own bean stalk!

 

The school community are planning the term’s events,  PTA are intending to run their usual Valentine Disco, the Mothers Union have set the date for our next Croeso Pawb and teachers are busy organising special events/ trips to enhance the children’s learning. 

 

I will be attending Pentrellyncymer with the Year 4 pupils in February; we will be joined with a local partner school Ysgol y Foel in Cilcain.  This popular residential visit is a great opportunity for the children to experience fun and adventure in a safe and secure learning environment.  I will be offering parents and children the opportunity on Thursday 28th January to come along to meet with me in school in to hear about the structure of the three days at Pentrellyn and the activities on offer.

Key dates

 

  • 22nd January - PC Marc, police liaison

 

  • Thursday 28th January – Meeting regarding Pentrellyncymer at  4.45pm

 

  • Thursday 4th February – Valentine Disco at 6pm

 

  • Friday 5th February – Croeso Pawb (please join us at 2.30pm in St Michael & All Angels Church)

 

  • Tuesday 9th February – Years 4, 5 & 6 trip to St. Asaph Cathedral

 

  • February 10th - 12th - Year 4 Pentre Llyn

 

  • Friday 12th – School closes for half term

 

  • 7th- 9th March – Year 5 visit to Glan Llyn

 

  • School closes for Easter 23rd March – 11th April (training day 24th March)

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

We have worked well all week.  In maths we have been exploring the properties of 2D shapes, in numeracy we have been ordering dates of the Tudor monarchs on timelines.

For literacy we are exploring the use of persuasive language in a range of genres.  We focussed on advertisements this week, identifying features such as; rhetorical questions, repetition, exaggeration and emotive language.

 

We shared with one another our significant life events as we took time to consider discover what is special to us.  We thought about holding our most precious object in a box, some of us said our most precious thing is ‘love’ for others it was family photographs and mementos.  We all enjoyed taking time to pause and think about what is special and important in our lives.

In RE we looked at life as a journey and discovered on a map of Israel the places where the significant events in the life of Jesus took place, we also started to explore the bible's new testament. 

 

We have begun to find out about the Tudors and will be looking at ‘Tudor Explorers’ in class, for homework we have all chosen an area of Tudor life to explore such as food, fashion or entertainment.

 

A huge 'well done' for the wonderful Jesse Tree decorations, we will be displaying them next week and we will be sharing the stories from our Jesse Tree with the rest of the school.

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

This week in year two and three our maths work has focussed firstly on finding the number that is 1 or 10 more or less than any number up to 100. We used 100 squares, found patterns, used multiples of 10, played games and did the Mexican Wave! 

We have also looked at symmetry. We  have drawn and made (with classroom objects and our bodies!) images with vertical, horizontal and even rotational lines of symmetry! There has been some super work done so da iawn! 

 

In Language we are looking at report writing. The children have loved reading lots of reports and are working hard to plan their own. With a partner, they have found non-fiction books about a subject (place of animal) of their choice. They have also decided on the design of their report. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product next week. 

 

We our finding out lots about the Celts and Romans. We created a timeline to try to understand when they were around. We also learnt and then acted out the mythical story of Romulus and Remus, which tells us how Rome was built. There was some fantastic acting! 

 

The children had homework on Thursday, this is due in on Wednesday. This is to match with the rest of the school! 

Children are to find information all about something which interests them about the Celts or the Romans. If you have any interesting books at home, we would love to see them.

 

New spellings have also gone out on Friday for the test next Friday. 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

Pupils have had a lovely week continuing their topic on ‘Castles’. The castle prints the pupils have designed and created have been used to develop literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum.

 

Pupils have written information about their castles and have been finding out the length and height of them. These are now our own fact files which will be displayed in the classroom. Pupils have been introduced to non standard measures this week and one pupil decided to measure the outside of his castle print which we decided was the ‘perimeter’ of the castle. It measured 97 blocks! Some of our Year 1 pupils have begun using standard units of measure and used a cm ruler – bendigedig!

 

In guided reading we have been focusing on 3 of the 8 reading behaviours: Activating prior knowledge, self monitoring and visualisation.

 

Next week we will begin persuasive writing in which we will be writing letters in response to a character from our class story Jack and the Beanstalk.

9th January 2016

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

 

Welcome back to school and '2016' a brand new year. The children all looked well and have certainly grown over the Christmas holidays. We have all enjoyed being together, seeing each other and catching up with all the exciting news.

 

Mrs John and I have not been around the school much this week as we have been hidden away in the office catching up with reams of paperwork, we both agree being with the children is a great deal more fun! 

 

However we have noticed all the exciting work going on in the classes in readiness for our new topic theme ‘People of the Past’.  We have observed castles being built in the Foundation classroom, questions about the Celts in Year 2 & 3 and finding out facts about Tudor life in the Years 4, 5 & 6.

Key dates

Clubs resume next week beginning with textiles on Monday

 

  • 22nd January - PC Marc, police liaison

 

  • February 10th - 12th - Year 4 Pentre Llyn

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News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

We started the week discovering more of the science of our brains and finding out about ‘growth mindset’. We found out that ‘Ned’ the neuron enjoys challenges…the more we use and challenge our brain the stronger our brain grows. We used biscuits and sweets to make neurons! 

 

We also began our new topic, in class we created a set of questions which over the next few weeks we hope to find the answer. The questions were all about life in Tudor Britain. Our aim is to work together and also individually to explore and find out facts about life of people of the past.

 

In readiness for more timeline work we practised our ordering of whole numbers, rounding up and rounding down to the nearest 10 and 100.

 

As we have finished our class book ‘Framed’, we were able to compare the book to the film of the same title. After watching a DVD of the film we realised the book is quite different to the film. In class we wrote a comparison of the differences between the two.  

 

Well done to everyone who remembered their homework task over Christmas. We have a few more days to create our Jesse tree decoration. So far we have a wonderful Noah's arc, a pouch of stones to attack Goliath, the apple tree from Eden and a dagger ready for Abraham! Well done everyone I am looking forward to seeing all homework next week, and I'll make sure I have finished mine too!

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

Welcome back to the new year! It's been lovely returning to some routine after what seemed like a long break. All of the children have settled back into school remarkably well and have already produced some excellent quality work.

 

This week, we have been looking at our number skills in mathematics. We have been working on our mental and written recall of number facts to 20 (and beyond).

We begun by revising our number bonds. All children showed good understanding of number bonds to 10 and most up to 20. Next we will be look at number bonds up to 50.

We also practiced doubling and halving numbers up to 20. Some children begun using partitioning to double other 2 digit numbers. They all thoroughly enjoyed the doubling/ halving board game!

 

In Literacy we shared our Christmas experiences. We recounted Christmas Day by telling each other, making a model of something special (Christmas dinner table/ Christmas tree/ a new bed!), drawing a picture and finally writing our final copy of our whole day. The children wrote some excellent pieces and then marked each others' work by looking at the success criteria. They found many strengths and a next step for their classmate.

 

We have introduced our new topic- People of the Past. Year 2 and 3 are focusing on Celts and Romans! Lots of the children are very excited by this! Already we have learnt lots about Celtic warriors, both men and women, and have used the laptops to research other information. The children each wrote a question about our new topic which we will investigate! They can be seen on our Question Tree in the hallway.

 

In PE we are doing gymnastics. We have practiced several basic shapes and begun to create a sequence. Many were very effective!

 

There is no homework this week after a busy first week back. However the children each have a book and new spellings for next Friday!

 

Diolch a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda  

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

Happy new year and welcome back everybody! It has been an exciting week back to school, pupils so excited about the Christmas they have had and the visit from Father Christmas! Pupils have written a letter to Father Christmas to thank him for all the wonderful presents and pupils have drawn some lovely pictures of their gifts.

 

Pupils have been excited about their new topic, 'People of the past - Castles'. Already the classroom is taking shape and we have a role play Castle which Mrs Biddle and the pupils have been busy working on. Pupils have written and drawn pictures in their mindmaps titled 'What do you know about Castles?' Pupils have been dressing up as knights and princesses and have designed a castle ready to draw and print from polystyrene cards.

 

One of our class books this half term is Jack and the Beanstalk and pupils have already begun thinking about the castle the giant lives in and have created a real life giant in our class!

 

Homework will begin next week, but if you have time this weekend find some castle books or pictures of castles on the internet.

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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