Notes from the Head

20th March 2016

The Spring Term has been packed full of exciting learning opportunities and community events, our children have enjoyed the topic ‘People of the Past’ including visits to St Asaph Cathedral and Bodelwyddyn Castle.   A highlight has been the Catapult Challenge on St David’s day when the whole school took part in an exciting numeracy challenge. With just three more days of the Spring Term the Years 2 & 3 have some exciting Celtic themed forest school experiences to enjoy this week.

 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank our staff and many volunteers who continue to support the school and help make Ysgol Nannerch a great place to be.  This term the PTA committee have provided opportunities to fundraise through events such as the Valentine Disco and ‘Mother’s day’ activities.  The Mothers Union have continued to support us through organising Croeso Pawb and textile club; and Mrs Selwyn has returned every Tuesday to help with our school choir.

 

Please find time to pop into school to visit the book fair which the PTA are running every afternoon until Wednesday.  We are currently running a competition to design a poster for the school pond.  There are prizes of a book voucher for the winning posters.  All designs to be in by Tuesday 22nd March.

 

Well done to Harry, Evie and Simon who led our assemblies this week.  All the children have done well to find their own way of retelling the stories from the bible.  On Monday we will hear from Matthew and Jack as they tell us about Jesus, leading us up to Easter.

 

We enjoyed another wonderful Croeso Pawb on Thursday celebrating the theme of Easter.  I would like to say thank you to all children, parents and grandparents who donated biscuits and cakes.  It is always lovely to have an opportunity to catch up with families over a cup of tea and made even more so with a delicious slice of cake following Croeso Pawb.

 

There are just three days in school this coming week with the children finishing for Easter on Wednesday 23rd March.  I wish all our children and their families a very happy Easter, have a good holiday in the spring sunshine and enjoy being together with your family and friends.

Key dates

 

22nd March – Year 6 trip to include Liverpool St Georges Hall

 

23rd March - Children finish for Easter

 

11th April – Children return to school

 

18th April – Cycling Club Roadshow

 

27th April – Tempest class photographs

 

16th – 18th May – Year 6 Cardiff visit

 

16th March – Dancefest week

 

26th May – Festival of Sport – Cheerleading

 

27th May – break up for Whit half term

 

23rd June – Going Up Day

 

29th June – English transition Year 6

 

15th July – Leaver’s Service

 

20th July – Finish for summer

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

In guided reading this week we have looked for information and evidence of Tudor lifestyle through finding information in Tudor pictures and reports.  We used the information to help write a report about the different aspects of life in Tudor times and to find out more about the life on board a ship in Tudor times.

 

We also began to learn the features of writing a playscript.  We researched well known nursery rhymes and turned them into a playscript complete with stage directions.

 

We created mindmaps to organise the Welsh language patterns and vocabulary we need to discuss and talk about our favourite books.  We used our Welsh skills to write about our favourite characters in the books we are reading.

 

This week we had to work together to organise a class debate.  We split into two groups to formulate our opinion on whether ‘crisps should be allowed in school for snack’.  We all contributed to the class debate.   There were some excellent viewpoints from both opinions. On Wednesday we will debate whether a theme park should be built on Bardsey.  We have begun to prepare and formulate our ideas in preparation.

 

During maths we have been reading and plotting sets of coordinates in the first quadrant, joining the points to make separate shapes.  Some of us have also moved onto to using all four quadrants.  

 

We listened to a poem and explored the Jewish tradition of Passover, sampling foods from the Seder Plate, which Jesus may have eaten at the ‘last supper’,  we thought about how it would have felt to the disciples of Jesus as he told them he was going to be leaving them. 

 

For homework this week we have been asked to take part in the Book Fair competition to design a poster for the pond.  We have spellings which we will be tested on when we return to school after Easter and a new MyMaths task has been set which we have until after Easter to complete. Pasg Hapus pawb!

News from our classes:

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

Year two and three began the week with an exciting Celts and Romans day! This was fun filled and a great taster for our two forest school Celtic days taking place on Monday and Tuesday 21st & 22nd March. 

 

On Tuesday year two and three acted out a role play scenario between the Celts and the Romans. They used their hand made Roman shields to protect themselves against the Celtic spears (beanbags!). This was a great activity for the children to compare the style and organisation of both the Celts and the Romans.

 

In maths we have been by looking at movement. The children made quarter turns, half turns and three quarter turns. They used their bodies, computer programmes and mapping to show their understanding.

We also identified right angles by going on a hunt around the school.

 

In Language we have been writing poetry. The children each decided on the theme of their poetry and worked hard to draft and then redraft their poems.

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed Croeso Pawb. Once again it was a super afternoon with great activities, and a wonderful message.

 

Spellings have been handed out and the children will be tested next Wednesday, just before we finish for the Easter break.

Topic homework and MyMaths homework have both been set and are due in Monday 11th April.

 

Have a lovely Easter.

 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

A lovely week watching our tadpoles develop in our class pond. The pupils enthusiasm and excitement when they see the tadpole progress is wonderful to be part of. Pupils have been making frogs using their fine motor skills and some pupils decided to record the progress of the tadpoles and have incidentally begun the journey of diary writing. We will continue this important genre after Easter when we begin our new topic.

 

Pupils have been enjoying the spring sunshine this week and have produced some lovely spring time posters which has been extended as a homework option this week.

 

In P.E pupils have been learning the different styles of rolls: Cat Roll, Teddy Bear Roll, Log Roll and finally a Forward Roll. They worked hard to master these new skills and it was evident that the pupils gained so much confidence in just one lesson whilst practicing these new techniques. Nursery enjoyed their PE session using balloons to control and we used the parachute to play listening games. Da iawn Nursery!

 

Croeso Pawb celebrated Easter this week and made some Easter baskets, Easter eggs and spring lambs. Children of any age find the Easter story difficult to listen too and we always focus on Jesus' death being a sign of his love and new life in the world. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Wright and the Mothers Union for all their hard work which makes Croeso Pawb so unique and special to Ysgol Nannerch.

 

Next week we welcome 2 new pupils for Early Entitlement, we are really looking forward to meeting you and having lots of fun!

 

Homework over Easter will be to do the Book club 'Pond' Poster. These have already been put into the pupils book bags.

 

Have a lovely Easter break everyone!

Nannerch Mothers' Union/ Ysgol Nannerch

 

Nannerch Mothers' Union have had a busy time in Ysgol Nannerch since Christmas. Members went into school in February to help with Croeso Pawb, the theme- 'God's Wonderful World'. A plethora of rainbow, moon and sun pictures, crafts including  parrots, sharks, spiders, frogs, fish, snakes and ladybirds were to be seen in school and ladybird cakes (decorated by the children) in church.

 

Mothering Sunday posies were made in school in March and given out in church.

 

The children made 80 Palm crosses in the week before Palm Sunday. These were given out in church after Croeso Pawb on Thursday 17th March. The theme this half-term 'Easter'. Our activities included making an Easter Garden in church, various crafts involving crosses, new life, resurrection, Easter week events' wreath, eggs, palms, spring flowers and donkey masks.

 

Our Enrolling Member organised six speakers (one for each week) to go into school for assembly to talk about 'What the Bible Means to Me'. Rev Mary Brotherston was the first speaker and was followed by Sue Sawyer, David Wright, Chris Wykes (Bishop's visitor), Vivienne Craig (Youth Leader), Brother Martin (Franciscan Friar) and Mary Steel (Retired head teacher).

 

We feel that these activities more than fulfil our remit of 'Taking the Church Out Into the Community', particularly as for our service after Croeso Pawb we have a full church of children and adults. 

 

Thank you to all those members who support these activities and to Ms Jennie Lewis for making us so welcome in school.

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13th March 2016

Every morning as I drive along the Denbigh Road I never fail to be impressed by the stunning natural beauty of the countryside surrounding Ysgol Nannerch, especially the outstanding views across the hills of Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur.  It really is a great start to the day especially now spring is in the air.  We are so fortunate to have a such a great little school located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend Parents Evenings this week.  The children were eager to share their learning and were understandably proud of the work in their books.  We provide three formal parents meetings per year.  This opportunity for parents and teachers to meet and discuss the children’s progress and attainment is invaluable as it helps create and foster the vital partnership between home and school so important to ensuring children’s achievement.  The next Parents Evening will be held in the summer term following the individual annual written reports.  We urge parents to contact school and make an appointment to speak to their child’s teacher at any time during the school year if they wish to discuss any aspect of their learning or emotional wellbeing.

 

The children in Years 4, 5 & 6 are continuing to share Bible stories with us during assembly.  This week was the turn of Jack, Harley and Martha who told us about Jesse, Sampson and Esther.  We are reaching the end of our Old Testament stories; on Monday Harry will share the story of Jonah and the Whale followed by Evie and Simon on Wednesday who will be moving into the New Testament as we begin to hear about the coming of Christ. 

 

Many thanks also to Mr Wright who shared his love and interest of the Bible this week he shared with us a number of different Bibles written in different languages which included Greek and Welsh.

 

On Thursday 17th March we will hold an Easter themed ‘Croeso Pawb’.  The children will be working in school on activities to explore the Christian message of Easter.  We welcome parents and grandparents to join us at 2.30pm in St Michael and All Angels church for a short service.  There will be an opportunity to chat over a cuppa and cake following the service.  Please send donations of cakes or biscuits to school on Thursday morning.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Key dates

14th & 15th March – Year 2&3 Celtic Forest School Experience

 

22nd March – Year 6 trip to include Liverpool St Georges Hall

 

23rd March - Children finish for Easter

 

11th April – Children return to school

 

18th April – Cycling Club Roadshow

 

27th April – Tempest class photographs

 

16th – 18th May – Year 6 Cardiff visit

 

16th March – Dancefest week

 

26th May – Festival of Sport – Cheerleading

 

27th May – break up for Whit half term

 

23rd June – Going Up Day

 

29th June – English transition Year 6

 

15th July – Leaver’s Service

 

20th July – Finish for summer

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

Great fun in class this week as made our own toothpaste.  Mrs Pierce and Ms Lewis sampled our work they think we should go into manufacturing of the product, as their teeth were shiny and extra-clean!

 

We are proud of all the work we have done so far this year; it was good to share this with our parents.  We continue to focus on our handwriting; we are doing so well and hope to all have our pen license soon!

 

This week we have been busy learning new vocabulary in Welsh so we can talk about our favourite books and what we are reading.  We loved the different activities such as word bingo and sequencing cards.  New phrases and words we have learnt include: ar hyn o bryd-at the moment, hoff gymeriad- favourite character, anhygoel – amazing.

 

 It has been interesting to research Bardsey Island this week using our ICT, reading and thinking skills.  We created mindmaps and used other strategies to organise our thinking.  We are preparing to have a debate.  The peace and quiet of Bardsey is about to be disrupted by the owners of a theme park planning to turn the island into a real tourist attraction.  We have chosen a ‘character’ and are preparing our argument for or against the proposal. 

 

Our homework this week is to begin to prepare for our Bardsey debate.  We also have spellings to learn.  There will be another MyMaths task set next week.

News from our classes:

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

This week has had a science focus! Year two and three have been investigating how much sugar we should have in our diet... Just 24g a day for children aged 7 to 11 years. The children found out how much sugar there is in some of their favourite drinks. There were some shocks!  We measured the different amount of sugar accurately and ordered the different drinks from the least to the most.

 

In numeracy we have looked at some word problems, the children had a go at one step problems. This will be our focus over the next few weeks, moving into two or three stage problems.

 

In Literacy the children write their final diary entry. They were able to assess their work and discuss what they did well and what they could have improved.

 

We have moved onto looking at rhyming words in preparation for writing poetry next week.

 

Next week we have our TWO forest school Celtic days on Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that children are dressed suitably for sun or rain! It looks set to be two exciting days!

 

This week the children have new spellings. No new homework has been set in order to allow the children time to familiarise them selves and have a go at some the games on MyMaths.

 

 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

Thank you to all those parents for coming to Parents Evening. It was a lovely opportunity for me to share with you your child's work.

 

Pupils are so proud with themselves and so they should be. This week we have enjoyed the maths challenge adding number bonds to 

5, 10 and 20 using the Numicon and weighing scales. Pupils have also enjoyed weighing the mini-beasts and estimating how heavy in Numicon they will be.

 

Guided reading this week comprised of High Frequency word bingo and spelling. Pupils have also been identifying how many sentences are in set pieces of reading material. This has been a challenge, but pupils are working hard to identify when a sentence begins and finishes.

 

Whilst planting our 'magic' beans this week we decided to make a wish. I wonder how high our beans will grow? We are still waiting to hear if Jack is safe from being captured by the giant at the top of the beanstalk. Hopefully we will receive a letter soon!

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

6th March 2016

We had an exciting and creative week in school.  On Monday the 29th of February we were delighted to celebrate Callum’s birthday, who despite being eight years old, has only actually celebrated his birthday twice so far!  His class were delighted to share in Callum’s leap year birthday treat with a wonderful cake made by mum. 

 

We had more child led assesmblies as we heard from Jasmine and Max with their retelling of David and Goliath and King David.  We are all enjoying the children’s sharing of the stories.  On Wednesday Mrs Saywer  from the 'Rhydymwyn Kid’s Club' shared with us ‘what the Bible means to me’.  The children were intrigued and keen to ask questions about Mrs Saywer's favourite, the story of Paul, and how he became a Christian.

 

We celebrated St David’s Day in style this year with everyone having the opportunity to dress in Welsh costume or alternatively as people of the past.  It was great to see such a range of wonderful costumes with princesses, knights, serving maids, Celtic and Roman warriors and even a Robin Hood!  The atmosphere in school was wonderful as the children engaged in the ‘Catapult Challenge’. 

 

Next week we look forward to seeing parents at our Spring Term Parents Evenings, this is an opportunity to visit the school, look through your child’s books and discuss their progress with the children’s teacher.  However if you have a concern or wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s development with their teacher at any time during the school year please do request an appointment with their class teacher or myself. 

 

Key dates
  • 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)

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

There has been a palpable buzz in school this week. The focus has been on the whole school Catapult Challenge which created a lot of excitement. As catapults have been used throughout history in many different forms, the first task was to use research and use note taking skills to create an interesting fact sheet. We then investigated the science of levers to enable us to use our understanding of forces in the designing and making of our catapults.

 

Not only did the challenge require each group to design a catapult that would accurately toss a marshmallow towards a target, travel the furthest distance and fire over the castle wall (thank you Mrs.Biddle for the use of your castle), the children had to buy all their materials and stay within a budget of £10.00!

 

After a lot of pencil chewing, cutting, gluing and the frantic pinging of elastic bands, each group was ready. Everyone had tremendous fun trying to catapult their marshmallow the furthest, to toss it over the battlements and finally, score points.  So, congratulations go to “Magic Missiles” for firing a distance of 8m 90cm, to Cornypults for firing over the castle walls three times and ……  for scoring the most points.

 

We finished by evaluating our catapults and graphing the results. If time and resources were limitless I’m sure the children would have liked to build a large scale version!

 

This week sees the introduction of www.mymaths.co.uk our new online homework portal. Every child received their log in details on Thursday and we all tried it out. Please take some time to navigate this site with your child over the weekend and coming week.

News from our classes:

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

What a super busy week, with lots going on around school this week.  We celebrated St. David's day and Years 2 & 3 learned all about the Welsh love spoon and created their own with specially selected symbols. 

 

There has been lots of excitement around our Catapult challenge! Over the week the children have worked together in small teams to learn all about what a catapult is and how they work. They planned, designed, made, tested and refined their catapult before completing two challenges. It was fantastic fun and and excellent effort by all. We found our most accurate catapult and furthest launch. 

 

Following competition time, the children have used the data that they collected to create tables and bar graphs and have analysed their findings.  They concluded the project by creating an advertisement for their teams' catapult. 

 

Also this week the children enjoyed the first forest school afternoon of the term. As it was World Book Day, the children selected a book of their choice to act out. They were creative and used the outside environment as their setting very effectively! 

 

New spellings have been handed out and the first www.mymaths.co.uk homework has been set. Please find the instructions and each child's individual password in their reading folder. If you have any questions regarding this then please come in and ask. 

 

Parents evening appointments have also been sent home, as has a letter about our Celtic experience days. 

 

Forest school is on again next Thursday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

What an exciting week! We all got stuck into the catapult challenge for St David's Day and pupils designed and then created some fabulous catapults. Their brief was to make a catapult which could toss a marshmallow. The winner was the person who could toss their marshmallow the furthest. I was very impressed with the pupils design skills and perseverance when they were modifying and changing their design when their practices weren't going to plan! We measured the distance of the travelled marshmallow using our footprints.

 

The winners were Daniel and Callum - bendigedig!

 

Our numeracy challenge this week also consisted of making a Welsh (veggie) Cawl. Pupils had to wash, peel, chop and weigh vegetables

using welsh language. Pupils either weighed the vegetables using Numicon (which was tricky!!) or cubes to see which was the heaviest and lightest vegetable. 

 

Pupils were able to reinforce their tens and units addition as well as practice their number bonds to 10 and 20 to find out how heavy the tatws were!

 

Once our soup was made, we enjoyed having a 'Soup Party' and shared our yummy cawl with Nursery and Ms Lewis - bendigedig Pawb!

 

Our week finished with observational paintings of daffodils and Mothering Sunday planting.

 

Homework this week for Year 1 is; MyMaths www.mymaths.co.uk 

Please see homework books for your child's password and username

and follow the instructions. Any problems just come in and see me next week. Reception homework is in their homework books as normal. 

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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