Notes from the Head

28th June 2015

I love working with children, each week is unique and every day brings new challenges and rewards. This week’s Celebration Evening was a wonderful example of those priceless moments in life when everything is perfect!

 

It was delightful to share with our school and community the children’s learning; I think we were all moved watching the presentations. The slideshow of photographs showing the children’s engagement with their learning was a real joy to see however to follow this with the film of our Year 4,5 & 6’s Skyhawk project was certain to touch our hearts. I would like to thank Mrs John, Polly Snape, Gill Lewis, the children especially Year 4,5 & 6 and the staff who worked to make our Celebration Evening such a special event.  We are hoping to have the Skyhawk film on the website in the near future.

 

Well done to our Reception and Year 1 for their performance at Clwyd Theatr on Thursday evening. Mrs John was very proud the children.

 

The children are getting very excited about next weeks sports day, races wil begin at about 1pm.  Please be prepared for our British weather, with sunscreen, hats, brollies and raincoats! There will be  refreshments on sale and a tombola to raise money for our very special charity, ‘Lauryn’s Legacy’.

 

Next Friday please join us for our sponsored walk, starting at the ‘top’ car park, Moel Famau at 5pm. The aim of the walk is to enjoy being together, remember Lauryn and to raise money for her ‘Legacy’… please bring a picnic.

Key dates

 

 

  • 23rd June- Special Presentation Evening

  • 25th June- Dance Fest performance at Clwyd Theatr Cymru

  • 26th June- Year 6 visit to Licswm to meet Assembly Member

  • 1st July – Sports Day 

  • 2nd July - PC Marc police liason Year 5 & 6

  • 3rd July - Road Safety Van will visit school

  • End of Term Reports out week beginning 6th July

  • 7th July - Summer Reading Challenge assembly

  • 6th- 8th July- Year 6 Cardiff Trip

  • Saturday 11th July- Flower Festival at St Michael & All Angels

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

  • 15th July Year 5 & 6 RE project with Nercwys

 

News from our classes:

 

Mrs Pierce, Years 4,5 & 6

 

This week we were all nervous and excited about presenting our ‘Care to Share’ project. Everyone really enjoyed watching the film, hearing our letters and singing …we felt proud. The best bits of the evening were meeting Gill Lewis the author of Skyhawk…what a surprise. It was great to have Rich join us with his hawk, and we had fun playing on the school field.

 

We have been writing up our science investigations in class this week. Year 6 went to Lixwm on Friday to meet Mark Isherwood, the Assembly Member for North Wales. They enjoyed being with the Years 6’s from Cilcain, Lixwm and Caerwys.

 

 

Mrs Selwyn & Ms Lewis, Years 2 & 3

 

This week we had a debate about whether a tree should be chopped down, most of us thought the tree should be saved. We were surprised when the next day the tree feller came to chop down a tree which was growing too close to the school! We had fun counting the rings on the tree and then we made our own tree rings to show how old we are. 

 

We are all enjoying reading stories and poems at the moment and we are becoming more confident reading and sharing poems with the class. We went for a walk with Mrs Selwyn and looked at the trees and wrote shape poems about them.

 

We had great fun making a ‘lava lamp’ in class this week. We used food colouring, water and vegetable oil…when we added a fizzy tablet it was great watching the reaction of the liquids.

 

 

Mrs John, Nursery, Reception & Year 1

 

We have had an exciting week with the celebration evening and Dancefest! I am so proud of Reception and Year 1 for performing in

Theatre Clwyd on Thursday night. They performed a  space dance in which was created using their own ideas and imagination with

support from Amanda (Newdance).

 

Pupils have responded so well to this project. Every week they have listened attentively, responded and created ideas which both myself and Amanda have been very impressed with. They have really enjoyed the project and even through a lot of nerves and worry, they performed in front of a huge audience with confidence and smiles!

 

I am a very proud teacher!

 

Many times in the classroom you hear some wonderful comments from children. We are always ensuring our pupils achieve their best and believe in themselves so I am sharing this comment with you this week... Hattie and Osian were working hard in the 'make it area' and they proudly came to me with a picture of a rocket they had drawn together. I said,

"Gosh, what a super looking rocket."

Hattie and Osian replied,

"We have invented the first ever FOOD FUELLED rocket which will fly into space!"

"We have designed it and we are going to build this when we are older!"

They then proceeded to tell me that any food could be used to 'Power' the rocket and it would travel very fast!

I think this sums up our motto, 'Learning Together, Reaching Higher'!

 

Any questions or queries, please come and ask.

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21st June 2015

We have had a very productive week in school. 

 

On Monday I enjoying spending time in Textile Club, the children were keen to share their projects with me.  Some of the group have designed their own puppets based on characters from their class‘guided reading’ book, with others creating 'Eric the Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

 

The older members of Textile Club have been using the sewing machine to make cushions. 

 

I would like to say a big thank you to the volunteers from Mothers Union for all their time and support with Textile Club.  The children really do gain so much both in the learning of new skills and from working with the members of MU.

 

Please note: all the after school clubs are available to pupils from Y3.  Please speak to myself or a member of staff if you would like your child to attend any of the clubs.

 

 

 

It was lovely to have our new teacher Miss Roberts join us for ‘Going Up Day’.  The day gave our Year 6 pupils the opportunity to spend time in their new secondary school.  The rest of the children of Ysgol Nannerch spent the day in our new class structure.  The Nursery children were delighted to stay in school for a whole day and enjoyed having their lunch with the whole school.

 

 

Thank you for your help with typing up the children’s stories.  Some children are still working on their stories therefore there is no set homework this week.  We request that children make time to read this weekend and those who are still working on their stories should complete these in readiness for judging.

Key dates

 

 

  • 23rd June- Special Presentation Evening

  • 25th June- Dance Fest performance at Clwyd Theatr Cymru

  • 26th June- Year 6 visit to Licswm to meet Assembly Member

  • 1st July – Sports Day

  • End of Term Reports out week beginning 6th July

  • 6th- 8th July- Year 6 Cardiff Trip

  • Saturday 11th July- Flower Festival at St Michael & All Angels

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

  • 15th July Year 5 & 6 RE project with Nercwys

 

News from our classes:

 

Mrs Pierce, Years 4,5 & 6

 

This week the Year 4,5 & 6 have thoroughly enjoyed working to prepare a display and presentation of their ‘Care to Share’ project.  They have drawn sketches and sent e-mails in order to explore and empathise with the character at specific turning points in the class book ‘Skyhawk’.  The class have also created story maps linking the significant moments in the text.  The work will be shared on Tuesday’s Celebration Evening.

 

 

Year 6 enjoyed their transition day at their respective secondary schools giving them an opportunity to meet their form tutors and new classmates.  The children were pleased to meet up with friends from other schools who they know from interschool activities and out of school clubs.

 

On ‘Going Up day’ the new Year 4,5 6 class took part in a number of challenges including a teambuilding activity which was to work together in small groups to reassemble a ripped up comic.  Later on the class enjoyed a science investigation which proved very popular! 

 

 

On Wednesday Year 5 & 6 explored a range of artefacts from the Sikh, Jewish and Muslim religions in their ‘archaeological dig’.  They had to find the questions to given answers.

 

 

Mrs Selwyn & Ms Lewis, Years 2 & 3

 

This week the children took part in a debate looking at whether a tree should be chopped down, this linked to the environmental theme in our class shared book ‘Clarice Bean’.  The children have also continued to explore rhymes and poetry.

 

 

We went on a listening walk after sharing a poem about music.  Everyone was so quiet we could hear the traffic, birdsong, the infants playing, our feet crunching on the dry grass and one of the children could even hear a butterfly’s wings on Moel Fammau!

 

 

The class are enjoying practising for sports day which will take place on 1st July (weather permitting).  This week we are keen to raise our fitness levels and have enjoyed a morning run around the school field.

 

 

On Going Up day the Year 2’s welcomed Year1 into class.  The children all enjoyed meeting their new teacher Miss Roberts.  They took part in a range of activities during the day which included playing mathematical games and Bingo. 

 

 

Mrs John, Nursery, Reception & Year 1

 

Pupils had their transition day on Thursday and I was very proud of all my pupils. We started the day with a story called Mr Grumpy's Outing and from there we had a lot of giggles about poor Mr Grumpy, but what a kind man he was!

 

We made wishes for our new class and pupils thought of some fabulous wishes:

"I want our class to laugh a lot!"

"I want us to dance"

"I want us all to be happy"

"I want to make lots of friends"

I will make sure these wishes come true!

 

 

A reminder for Dancefest next week! Yes it really is next week! Reception and Year 1 Pupils are ready and have worked so hard with all the preparation for it. It is a huge experience for them, but I am sure they will enjoy it on the night.

 

Please ensure permission slips are returned to school on Monday  for your pupil to travel on the bus to Theatre Clwyd  Thursday afternoon.

 

We will be having our rehursal at Theatre Clwyd during the afternoon and then Parents are to bring pupils to Theatre Clwyd at 5.30pm where we will be preparing pupils for the dance ready to start the evening performance at 6.30pm. I hope you have all bought your tickets!!

 

Any questions or queries, please come and ask.

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14th June 2015

The weeks are flying by in this very busy term, we have a range of events taking place during June and July. The Year 4, 5 & 6 are currently making plans for the sharing of the work they did earlier in the year on the book Skyhawk. The children are planning a variety of activities to share how they interacted with the novel during their Forest school sessions earlier in the year. The sharing will take place during our ‘Celebratory Evening’ on June 23rd. 

 

 

The Reception & Year 1 children have been busy practising for the Dancefest which will be held at Clwyd Theatre Cymru on the evening of the 25th June. The children will be performing their dance along with a variety of primary schools in Flintshire.

 

 

Our Year 5 & 6 have organised a sponsored walk to Moel Fammau which will take place on the evening of Friday 3rd July. The proceeds will go to Lauryn’s Legacy the charity set up by her parents Andrew and Emma. The aim of Lauryn’s Legacy is to help children and their families create special and precious memories.  Lauryn Robinson was an extra special little girl who was delighted with the wonderful trip to London made possible by the fundraising efforts of the community of Ysgol Nannerch. Please support this event in memory of Lauryn. Thank you.

 

 

This Thursday is ‘Going Up Day’. The children will all move to their new classes/schools for the day.  We are delighted that our newly appointed teacher Miss Jordan Roberts will join her Year 2 & 3 class for the day. The Year 6 will spend the day at their new secondary schools. I hope everyone has an enjoyable day which will help prepare them in readiness for September.

Key dates

 

 

  • Wednesday 17th June – Year 5 & 6 RE project with pupils from St Mary’s Nercwys

  • 18th June- Whole School Going Up Day

  • 23rd June- Special Presentation Evening

  • 25th June- Dance Fest performance at Clwyd Theatr Cymru

  • 26th June- Year 6 visit to Licswm to meet Assembly Member

  • 1st July – Sports Day

  • End of Term Reports out week beginning 6th July

  • 6th- 8th July- Year 6 Cardiff Trip

  • Saturday 11th July- Flower Festival at St Michael & All angels

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

  • 15th July Year 5 & 6 RE project with Nercwys

 

News from our classes:

 

Mrs Pierce, Years 4,5 & 6

 

This week the class have been working with busy preparing for their ‘Care to Share’ event at the celebratory Evening on the 23rd June.  The activities have included drama, artwork language work and watching the live video of the Dyfi Ospray Project.

 

 

We turned the classroom into a radio studio on Friday as Year 5 & 6 worked to create a radio programme through the medium of Welsh!

 

 

The programme consists of:

A news report

A weather prediction

Information about next years Eisteddfod

An interview of the class teacher

A joke spot

Information about Year 6’s trip to Cardiff

A song

 

 

The show will be interspersed with music just like a real broadcast.  When ready the programme will be uploaded onto the Urdd website.

 

 

Mrs Selwyn & Ms Lewis, Years 2 & 3

 

In our guided reading this week we began to explore ‘Nonsense Poetry’. We had great fun recognising the rhyming words and patterns in the poems.  Some of the children were keen to recite the poems to the class.

 

 

We have now finished our space stories and have the task of publishing them next. We hope parents will help the children type up the stories they have written as a homework task, if anyone has difficulties accessing a computer please speak to Mrs Selwyn or Ms Lewis.

 

 

Year 4 joined us for the whole day on Friday which was fun.  Together we investigated the properties of light through a range of activities including looking at how light effects the growth of plants, how light is reflected and the types of shadows made with different objects.

 

 

Mrs John, Nursery, Reception & Year 1

 

We have had a fun week outside enjoying the lovely weather.

We have been building dens using cardboard and have been measuring in the water play. Pupils have enjoyed building rockets to go up into space and have made planets in the sand play.

 

 

Year 1 have learnt a new skill in Maths and they are now 'doubling' numbers to 10.

 

 

Reception have been using addition and subtraction to 10 and Nursery have been recognising  and

writing numbers.

 

 

Our new app 'Squeebles' has been helping pupils become quicker at working out addition and subtraction sums with the rewards of unusual ice-cream flavours to sell to the squeebles!

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Our week began with a whole school visit to the World Museum in Liverpool, the children love their out-of-school visits, it’s so exciting to travel on a coach, even more fun going through the Mersey Tunnel and to have a packed lunch!  The flights of stairs in the museum didn’t phase the children even our youngest and tiniest, however I think the adults felt we’d had a real ‘work out’ by the end of the day!

 

Thank you so much to all our volunteers who helped out with the visit, your support really is appreciated.

 

The National Museums of Liverpool has a great website which may be worth exploring at home.  

 

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids

 

 

I am delighted with the children’s response to their homework projects; many parents have asked just how much help they should give their children with the tasks.   I see the homework tasks as a way for parents to engage with their children’s learning in a way which is individual to each family.  The homework will usually link to the work the children have done in class during the week.  Hopefully this will enable parents to chat and engage with the children about their projects.  The aim of the must, should and could format is for parents/children to decide how much homework is appropriate for their individual home circumstances.

 

 

We hope you will be able to join us on Tuesday the 23rd June for our ‘Celebratory Evening’.  We will be sharing the children’s work from across the school.  There will also be an opportunity for parents to visit their children’s class and see their books.

 

There will be an opportunity during the week beginning 13th July for parents to meet individually with their child’s teacher to discuss their child’s end of year progress report.

 

If parents have any concerns or worries about their child please do speak to your child’s teacher.  Staff are always available if you make an appointment and are happy to meet with parents, please do not feel you have to wait until a ‘Parents Evening’. 

 

 

 

Key dates

 

 

  • Wednesday 10th June- PC Marc. Police Liason talking to the children about keeping safe.

  • Wednesday 10th June -Year 6- visit to Alun School Mold for a day of activities

  • Friday 12th June- Year 5 & 6 Urdd activities (Year 4 Science investigations)

  • Wednesday 17th June – Year 5 & 6 RE project with pupils from St Mary’s Nercwys

  • 18th June- Whole School Going Up Day

  • 23rd June- Special Presentation Evening

  • 25th June- Dance Fest performance at Clwyd Theatr Cymru

  • 26th June- Year 6 visit to Licswm to meet Assembly Member

  • 1st July – Sports Day

  • End of Term Reports out week beginning 6th July

  • 6th- 8th July- Year 6 Cardiff Trip

  • Saturday 11th July- Flower Festival at St Michael & All angels

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

  • 15th July Year 5 & 6 RE project with Nercwys

 

News from our classes:

 

Mrs Pierce, Years 4,5 & 6

 

The Year 4,5 & 6 enjoyed the World Museum.  Their favourite part of the day was the Planetarium show ‘Two Pieces of Glass’.  They are all keen to return to Liverpool to see more of the Planetarium and the shows on offer!

 

 

Back in school this week the children have been busy investigating light and finding out about the anatomy of the eye and how we see.  In their maths activities some of the class have been investigating pie charts and working out the angle degrees of a pie chart.

 

 

On Wednesday we played in the ‘Crusaders Cup’ rugby tournament.  The children all put in a tremendous effort playing against a number of large schools including Bryn Coch and Flint Cornist.  Nannerch was the only small school represented!  The children enjoyed the experience and as always were a credit.

 

 

On Friday our Year 5 joined pupils from Ysgol Brynford, Licswm and Buckly Westwood for a day of activities hosted by our Welsh Medium secondary school, Maes Garmon.  They had a great time taking part in a number of Welsh language activities.

 

 

Mrs Selwyn & Ms Lewis, Years 2 & 3

 

This week we have been focussing on writing our stories, investigating shadows and learning about co-ordinates and organising data into pie charts and bar graphs.

 

We were delighted to have a sunny day on Thursday which meant we could investigate the changes to a shadow at different times of the day.  The children’s knowledge of the apparent movement of the sun during the day is impressive.  The class were keen to explain why shadows change size during the day.

 

 

The class are learning all about data ready to record data in their science investigations. Next week we will be investigating the effect of light on plant growth.

 

 

We practised creating pie charts by creating large circles of children on the playground dividing the circle into sections of different eye colours of the class and we used coloured objects in class to organise into pie chars and bar graphs. 

 

 

Mrs John, Nursery, Reception & Year 1

 

The school trip to Liverpool World Museum was great fun. The day started off with the Planetarium and we watched the 'Sunshine Show'.

 

The day progressed onto the Aquarium floor, The Dinosaurs, The bug House and interestingly enough pupils were more pleased and excited to be on the Egyptian floor visiting tombs and mummies! The day was jam packed and we had a few sleepy children on the bus on our return to school!

 

Pupils this week have finished their space stories and have been making stories on the computer using their own drawings,

typing and sound effects!

 

Tomos and Tristan were busy making 'The first Dog on the moon - Laika' out of our construction clicks - well done boys! Thank you to pupils helping Mrs John research the first animals in space!

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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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