Notes from the Head

26th June 2016

We had a short week short week in school, filled with transition. As we draw to the end of one academic year we begin to look forward and plan ready for the changes that lie ahead. The biggest change is to those children who will start school and those who will be leaving us.  

 

Our Year 6 have begun to make contact with their new secondary schools, there have been days of activities, getting to know their new teachers and classmates and orienteering themselves around new buildings.

 

For the younger children Thursday ‘Going Up Day’ was an opportunity to see how it feels to be a whole school year older. Not too many changes in Nannerch this year as our cross phase Year 2 & 3 class now become a junior only class of Year 3 & 4 and Foundation Phase are working together with Mrs John managing the team.

 

Thank you to our PTA who ran a very successful ‘café’ in the village last Sunday. It was very popular by all accounts and together with the village ‘Fun Day’ the weekend was filled with community goodwill. We are so fortunate to have people who are committed to working together here in Nannerch, it really does make such a difference to the children to be growing up in an environment which holds community at its core.

 

This Wednesday is Sports Day, the afternoon will ‘kick off’ at 1pm. Please join with us on the school field. The children will need to wear their school PE kit for school and please remember sun cream, hats and water bottles. The PTA will be selling refreshments during the afternoon. 

 

Please note there will be no Games club on Wednesday and no PE club on Thursday of next week.

Key dates

27th June - Yrs 4, 5 & 6 Theatre Clwyd 'To Dream Again'

 

29th June Sports Day -1pm

4th July - Celebration of Work

7th July - Yr 1 & 2 Jambori

 

15th July - Leavers service

 

20th July - End of Term

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

Thank you to Pam for examining the eggs with us again this week...we are still hopeful we may have a couple of chicks in the making!

 

Pupils are really excited now and the big count down is on...

We have been getting ready for sports day and pupils are trying really hard in their races. We have been learning about supporting our friends and the motto of our sports day is 'We will try our best and its all about the taking part' well said infants.

 

We had our  moving up day on Thursday. This was very exciting! Pupils moving into Year 1 and 2 were rising to the challenge and showed maturity and readiness for their transition. Pupils who joined us in Reception coped remarkably well and we were very proud of the way they stayed focused, chose their lunch, played with their friends and made some beautiful wishing wands and puppets.

 

Nursery were wonderful and so excited that Jac was joining us for the afternoon! Bendigedig pawb.

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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.

19th June 2016

The weeks are flying by, the children are growing, a time of change and transition … it is such an exciting time in the school year. The School Council have been busy this week organising the Bring & Buy. The children love these events. The whole school was buzzing with excitement as they visited the stalls on Thursday and made their purchases.

 

This was a great way to learn about money. The children did well and rose over £140 which will be added to the £65 they raised in their recent competitions for ‘Guess the Name of Dog’ and ‘How Many Sweets in the Jar’. The School Council will decide where they will spend this money. I look forward to hearing their decision.  

The Good Food Gang (GFG) have also been busy and this week met with Laura England the Food Nutrition Advisor for Flintshire County Council. Laura brought the children the napkin dispenser they had requested. Laura is asking the GFG to evaluate the use of the napkins as she may then take them into other Flintshire Primary Schools. The next task for Laura is to create a message board for the dining hall wall, the Gang certainly keep her busy!

 

The children also have a playground committee who have chosen the winners of their competion to design a plaque for the Infants bench.  The winning designs are super and we will now ask artist Wendi Shiel-Williams to incorporate their designs into a colourful plaque to decorate the bench.

 

We all enjoyed welcoming Alice and Paul from the Salvation Army into our service on Tuesday. Paul and Alice shared with us how the Salvation Army work together to help bring good into places where there is sadness. Just like an army they fight, and they fight for justice and to bring hope to everyone in the world. 

 

The weekend looks to be busy in Nannerch village this weekend with the Village Fun Day taking place on Saturday followed by the Father’s Day Café in the village Hall. Thank you to the PTA for giving up their valuable time to organising and run the café.

 

On Monday 4th July there will be an opportunity for parents/grandparents to view their child’s work over the year.  The classes will be open from 3pm to 5.30pm with books available to view. The School Council will be hosting some games and a café. We hope you are able to come along.

Key dates

14th & 21st June - Yr 5 rounders training

20th June - Yr 6 Transition to the Alun (am only)

21st June - Rounders Training Yrs 4,5 & 6

22nd June - Yr 5 & 6 rounders competition

 

23rd June - Going Up Day

Yr 2 & 3 Theatre Clwyd 'To Dream Again'

 

24th June - Training day - school closed

27th June - Yrs 4, 5 & 6 Theatre Clwyd 'To Dream Again'

 

29th June Sports Day -1pm

4th July - Celebration of Work

7th July - Yr 1 & 2 Jambori

 

15th July - Leavers service

 

20th July - End of Term

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

There were two very exciting events this week in school, the England v Wales UEFA EURO 16 match and the Bring & Buy. Both running at the same time! We enjoyed both events. 

 

We were able to use the theme of  ‘UEFA Euro’ in our class work.  We researched the different flags, worked out the co-ordinates on a football pitch and looked at time through fixtures.

We have also used our maths this week to find unknown numbers using a formula.

 

The theme of ‘ourselves’ was explored as we wrote poems about our own identity, and also looked at the events in a persons life through ‘Rites of Passege’ in R.E. We drew a timeline and identified events in a life journey, those which are secular and those which are religious.

 

We continued to explore different types of structures used in bridges. For our homework over the next few weeks we are asked to continue to explore bridges. We can make a prototype of a bridge using Kinex, card or any other material. We will also be asked to name a river in the world and name any famous bridges that span it. This homework will now take us to the summer holiday!

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

This week year two and three have begun to plan our tea party! We have mind mapped, researched and then voted for the foods which we plan on making and then selling in our tea party. If all goes to plan, you will be in for a treat!

 

We have continued to use 'talk partners' and year 2 and 3 are getting very good at pausing for thought and then discussing their ideas with their partner. This week they have been authors and have helped one another edit and improve their work. 

 

In Mathematics we have been working on our recall of number facts using mental arithmetic. We have particularly focused on addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. 

 

With the Euros underway we have taken the opportunity to investigate some of the countries which are taking part. The children chose a country of their choice to research and to then create a fact file all about. We discovered lots of interesting facts and the children enjoyed comparing their country to other countries. 

 

Also the children completed a reading comprehension task all out how the Welsh mascot, a dragon, had gone missing! They read carefully to then answer questions and then even made a 'wanted' poster. Very helpful! 

 

On Thursday afternoon the children had the opportunity (those who wanted!) to support their country competing against our neighbours by watching Wales V England. There was a great atmosphere in class and the children enjoyed themselves. 

 

Big congratulations to the school council who organised a great Bring and Buy sale on Thursday afternoon. There were lots of new and re-homed toys going to be treasured by another child!

    

On Friday the children joined Year 4, 5 and 6 to practice for Sports Day! It is very exciting for year 2 who have lots of new activities to compete in. 

 

There are no new spellings this week due to Staff Training Day next Friday (24th June). However the children Roberts' groups have a spelling sheet to complete for next week.

Topic homework is also due next week.   

 

Miss Roberts

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

The eggs have continued to cause great excitement! This week on our calendar it reminded us to candle the eggs on Wednesday. Mrs Pierce brought in her Candle torch and we made a dark box so the light shined brightly. Pam came in to help us and we were amazed by the difference in each egg! We saw shadowed areas inside the egg which we are hoping may be a chick developing…We are going to have another go next week to see if there are any differences! Pupils are all being so caring already with the eggs. They check the temperature and water daily and even make pictures and cards for them!

 

We used the computer this week to design a front cover for our chick diary. Pupils used control on the mouse to draw pictures of chicks and had to to use word processing skills to type the title. We then wrote the first weeks diary using time vocabulary and excellent handwriting. bendigedig pawb!

 

We have also continued learning about the clock and what o’clock and half past looks like. We have used clocks to demonstrate the time and have recorded this through writing the time and drawing the hands on the clock.

 

The Bring and Buy sale was great fun! Pupils enjoyed using their money to shop for goodies. They were amazed at how much they could buy with their money! I think parents have been very generous in giving and sorting unwanted toys, books and games so a big thank you.

 

We have begun adding our sports day races into our P.E lessons to give the pupils time to practice ready for their big day. Please remember pupils P.E kits and trainers every week.

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone and please remember we have a training day next Friday.

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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.

12th June 2016

The weather has been glorious, I do hope you all enjoyed the half term holiday and were able to spend time with family last week.  Well done to Callum and his mum Jenny for holding a fundraising event in their garden over the holiday. I believe they rose over £300 for Cancer Research.

 

I spent the half term week preparing for my wedding which takes place in July. For our honeymoon my fiancée and I are walking for ten days from Mold to Aberdaron on the Llyn Peninsular. We hope to then take the boat to Bardsey Island (partly inspired by the class topic!) 

 

We spent a few days over the holiday walking the mountains around Dolgellau in preparation for our ‘honeymoon challenge’. I love camping out in the wild, a wonderful way to find total peace and quiet.

 

There were more opportunities to be outdoors this week as I accompanied the years 4,5 & 6 on their class trip to Wepre Park.  The weather was glorious; we all had a wonderful day spent outdoors in the woodland environment.   

 

I have been as excited as the children this week with the arrival of our egg incubator, every time I go into Mrs John’s classroom I just have to take a peek to see if anything has happened yet!  It is going to be an anxious few weeks as we wait for the new arrivals.

 

Great big thank you this week to our PTA who have been busy fundraising in order to support the development of digital competence in school. They have now raised enough money to purchase 5 new iPads for the children to use in class. I would like to say a great big thank you to Sally Owen and James Wood who handed us the cheque for £1,600 this week.

 

On Thursday 16th June the School Council are holding a Bring & Buy for the children in school. They are requesting donations of toys, books, games and cakes please. 

Key dates

14th & 21st June - Yr 5 rounders training

16th June - Bring and Buy

22nd June - Yr 5 & 6 rounders competition

 

23rd June - Going Up Day

Yr 2 & 3 Theatre Clwyd 'To Dream Again'

 

24th June - Training day - school closed

27th June - Yrs 4, 5 & 6 Theatre Clwyd 'To Dream Again'

 

29th June Sports Day -1pm

7th July - Yr 1 & 2 Jambori

 

15th July - Leavers service

 

20th July - End of Term

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

PC Marc joined us on Monday to talk about keeping safe and the importance of being aware of the many dangers around us. Year 4 joined Year 3 to discuss being careful with medicines. In Year 5 & 6 we talked about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and also the effect of caffeine. PC Marc gave us a pair of funny goggles to wear and we tried to write our name which showed us how alcohol can impair our judgement.  

 

On Tuesday we spent the day at Wepre Brook. Karen an environmental officer told us how the river has changed over time.  We surveyed the river and measured the river bed, we had fun exploring the river, creating a dam and racing ping pong balls.  

 

We ate our sandwiches in the sunshine and had an opportunity to play in the park.

 

In Welsh we have been talking about holidays. Learning the European place names and asking the question ‘Ble wyt ti’n eisiau mynd?’ We are learning how to respond and give reasons for our choice of holiday. 

 

Whilst Year 5 & 6 took part in the Bikeability workshop this week the rest of us continued our research into bridges. We used our reading and ict skills to find information on the main structures. In groups we presented our information to the class.

 

We had a great time creating bridges and structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows this week. The Spaghetti Challenge is taken by students of science and engineering. We had great fun trying the challenge for ourselves in class.

 

On Friday we had a marble treat. We voted for a water fight. It was great fun and we all enjoyed being together it was a lovely way to end the week.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

The first week back and our final half term of the school year.

The weather has been on our side (mostly) which has been a real treat, however it has led to lots of exhausted children. I'm sure the cooler weather will be appreciated, although the paddling pools would be missed! 

 

We began the week with some Science work, looking at the sun. The children were able to identify the dangers of the sun so that we could alert others and tell them how to avoid these dangers.

We also had a visit from P.C. Marc on Monday. He spoke to the children about the dangers of medicine. This is a very important message and particularly relevant as we have begun to read Roald Dahl's 'George's Marvellous Medicine'.  

 

We have had a focus on Design and Technology this week. The children have designed a tea cup which they would like to make, inspired by Alice In Wonderland.

They considered the shape, size, pattern and design. They are looking forward to continuing our DT work, so that they can get to the messy part!

 

In our forest school time the children helped to maintain our potted plants. They enjoyed gardening. They also used their fine motor skills to weave pine needles in and out of leaves to make a pattern of their choice. 

 

During our Welsh work, the children enjoyed watching more of Fflic a Fflac's adventures. The week we were practising using 'mwynhau' to say what people 'enjoy'. They created characters and wrote sentences all about them. 

 

Our story writing is going well. We have begun to work in 'talking partners'. The children find this useful in all areas of their work as it allows them to 'say it, and then write it!' A very useful strategy.

The talking partners have read each other's story so far to help correct any mistakes and to make suggestions of how it could be even better. They enjoy being editors so that their work keeps getting better and better.  However, the golden rule is, "The author makes the final choice!"

 

In Mathematics we have been working on subtracting. After Miss Roberts made lots of mistakes doing her subtractions, the children were able to say what went wrong. This helped us to make a list of Top Tips to help us with future subtractions! 

 

Towards the end of our week, the weather turned and we were unable to go outside for PE. However, the children thoroughly enjoyed indoor games and then ending our day by creating wonderful patterns using colour and squared tiles. This was very relaxing, particularly when accompanied by piano renditions of some Disney classics. 

 

This week the children have Topic homework. This is to plan and prepare an outfit for our tea party which will take place at the beginning of July. 

Miss Roberts' spelling groups have new spellings too.

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

What a lovely week back after half term. The sun has shined all week for us! Thank you to Pam and Harri for bringing in their incubator to school and explaining to the pupils how to look after our eggs! We really hope that in 21 days we will see some hatching! This has hooked the pupils perfectly into a range of child initiated activities.

Pupils decided to make a calendar for the month of June so we knew when to expect the arrival of our chicks. We have noted the start and end day and the days in which we need to check the incubator for water. We also have marked the 15th June as we will candle the eggs to see any evidence of chick development! We have begun writing chick acrostic poems this week which we will develop further next week. Pupils have decided that they would like a chick birthday party so I have said they can organise that over the next couple of weeks!

 

Our Numeracy topic this term is 'Time' and our eggs are providing a great deal of learning opportunities. Pupils are going to start writing a chick diary to record what happens and when. We have been learning how many seconds there are in a minute and what 'o' clock looks like. Pupils made their own clocks and these are out everyday to support their learning.

 

Next week we will continue to look after our eggs and have our torches ready to look at the eggs on Wednesday! We will continue our poetry work and we will be making group poems as well as our own ones eventually.

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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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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