Notes from the Head

24th May 2015

It has been a very busy week with our Section 50 inspection taking place on Monday and Tuesday and Croeso Pawb on Wednesday.

 

 

Thank you to all parents who contributed to the Section 50 inspection.  The inspection went well, it is not an easy task assessing the culture and ethos of a school however our inspector agrees there is a strong ethos of care and compassion within Ysgol Nannerch, with the children demonstrating a strong willingness to learn, achieve and develop positive social interaction. The final report will be published in a few weeks

 

 

The Croeso Pawb this week celebrated the beginning of the Christian Church and Pentecost.  The whole school enjoyed their activities making birthday cakes and taking part in a range of craft activities.  As always thank you to the Mothers Union and Mr Wright for supporting our Croeso Pawb.

 

 

The first Monday back in school is our whole school trip to the Liverpool World Museum.  The children will need to bring a packed lunch.  The Nursery to Year 1 children will visit some of the exhibits in the museum and the Planetarium whilst the Year 2 to 6 will take part in a Javenese shadow puppet making workshop and visit the Planetarium.

 

 

On Wednesday 3rd June children from Year 2 - 6 are being given the opportunity to take part in an after school drama club.  The club will run on every Wednesday from 3-4 pm at a cost of £3.50 per child. The club will be run by Claire Barron a professional actor, qualified teacher.  There will be a free taster session on the Wednesday, June 3rd.  Any questions please feel free to contact Claire on 07932088483.

 

 

The next half term will be Mrs Selwyn’s last term with us in Nannerch as she will finish in the summer to begin her retirement.  We all wish Mrs Selwyn a very happy last half term. 

 

 

 

Key dates
 

 

  • Monday June 1st – Whole school trip to Liverpool World Museum

  • Wednesday 3rd June Years 4,5 & 6 Rugby Tournament

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

 

News from our classes:

 

Mrs Pierce, Years 4,5 & 6

 

This week the Years 4,5 & 6 have begun reading their new class book ‘Aliens on Universe’, the shared reading will support and feed into their own storywriting.  In maths the children have been investigating the areas of regular and irregular shapes, with Year 6 focussing on the area of circles.  This  links to their practical topic work involving working out the distances and areas of the planets to scale.

The children have enjoyed enquiring into how people demonstrate and share their faith,  investigating special  clothing and symbols

 

 

Mrs Selwyn & Ms Lewis, Years 2 & 3

 

The children have impressed us all with their knowledge of the old testament stories this week, they enjoyed

making 'Torah Scrolls' using our school values and thinking about how these can be a useful guide in living with rules.  This work links to the season of Pentecost and the Jewish festival of Shavout.

The class have also impressed us with their story writing this week as they have begun to explore the opening paragraphs of their ‘space’ story. 

We had great fun exploring fractions and percentages using Jelly Babies, maths is even more fun when sweets are involved!

 

 

Mrs John, Nursery, Reception & Year 1

 

Pupils have worked hard this week on their creative writing for our ‘Jonny Duddle Story Writing Competition’. They have used their ideas and story boards to write the beginning, middle and ending to their stories. I am so pleased with their ideas and creativity. Pupils phonics are really developing and it has been reflected in the pupils’ spellings. Some pupils are even using punctuation including speech marks, question marks and exclamation marks – Wow!!!

 

Pupils are enjoying their dance lessons each week and are now beginning to organise their ideas into a sequence of movements. We are getting very excited about the dancefest performance in Theatre Clwyd - We hope you have bought your tickets!

 

We are looking forward to our school trip to Liverpool World Museum on the 1st June, don't forget your packed lunch.

17th May 2015

 

 

 

The weeks are flying by at the moment, with just one week before we break for Whit half term. The children have been working really well and are ready for a rest.


I met with School Council this week to discuss the new homework books which they all approve of. The children’s view on homework is ‘prefer to have no homework’. However the homework they enjoy is ‘fun’homework and ‘creative’ homework. We hope we are getting the balance right for most of the children with the format of ‘must, could and should do’ tasks which hopefully assists parents in getting the homework balance right to fit in with family life.


I also met with our After School Club committee this week. The Breakfast and After School Club offers a valuable service to parents and could not run without the commitment of our staff and the support and work of our committee. I would like to extend a thank you to Mel and Carole who act as Secretary and treasurer respectively and thanks to Tracey and Rosa for their commitment to the club.


On Monday and Tuesday we have our ‘church’ inspection; Mr. Gareth Williams will meet with parents at 4.30pm on Monday 18th May, in school to discuss your thoughts and views of Ysgol Nannerch.


Croeso Pawb will take place on Wednesday 20th May, carers, parents and grandparents are welcome to join us at 2.30pm at St Michael’s church as we gather together to celebrate ‘the church’s birthday’. The children can be collected from the church at 3pm or please join us for tea and cakes.

 

 

Key dates
 
  • Monday 18th May - Church School Inspection meeting for parents 4.30pm

  • Wednesday 20th May - Croeso Pawb, 2.30 St Michael & All Angels

  • Monday June 1st – Whole school trip to Liverpool World Museum

  • Wednesday 3rd June Years 4,5 & 6 Rugby Tournament

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

 

News from our classes:

 

Mrs Pierce, Years 4,5 & 6

 

The Year 4, 5 & 6 enjoyed their afternoon at Mold Tennis Club playing a variety of games which encouraged the development of their tennis skills and techniques. The children had a great time and returned to school with medals a trophy and smiling faces!
The class were engrossed in creating a scaled version of the solar system pacing out the distance of the planets from the sun in the School Lane! Later they worked co-operatively to design and create their ‘Out of this World’ class display.

 

 

Mrs Selwyn & Ms Lewis, Years 2 & 3

 

The Year 2 & 3 have been busy refining their story writing skills this week. The children have been learning more about character and settings ready to develop and write their own story. The class have used Talk for Writing to help them structure their own stories.
We have enjoyed exploring the Jewish Shabbat, baking challah bread to help welcome in the Sabbath and day of rest. It has been fun to bless the bread and ‘wine’(grape juice) and to celebrate the weekend.
All the children were very excited to have earned another ‘marble treat’. We will decide what to have as our ‘treat’ which will take place on 22nd May. The School Council have agreed that own clothes can be worn for our Marble Treat on Friday.

 

 

Mrs John, Nursery, Reception & Year 1

 

A very creative week in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 this week!
In Forest School pupils were building rocket dens to take off into space - there was a lot of imagination taking place and collaborative discussion in deciding how their rockets would look and how they would fly! During the pupils free time in Forest School we observed some beautiful work using daisies and dandelions. Pupils were creating a variety of patterns using colour and shape and their surrounding environment.


Pupils have enjoyed listening to the Bible story 'The boy in the basket' this week. It is a sad story but with a very happy ending and pupils found it hard to believe that people could be so cruel 'in the olden days'. The bible story also created a debate between the girls and the boys and they finally decided that it was very unfair and they were pleased that children are now treated equally! Baby Moses was found in the bulrushes in a basket and so the pupils will be weaving their own baskets and will be taking part in some weaving activities in Forest School next week.

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10th May 2015

 

 

 

It’s been a mixed week in school with the children enjoying their learning within the context of our ‘Out of this World’ topic.  This has contrasted sharply with the children sitting their Welsh National Tests.  The children from Year 2 – 6 all coped well with the formality of the tests, we have a couple more days of testing for the younger children (years 2 & 3) on Monday and Tuesday.  The results of the tests will be available for parents at the end of the summer term.

 

 

I have been really impressed by the level of commitment displayed by the children to their homework tasks and am pleased there is a real individuality of approach evident in their work.  All the children now have their smart new homework book which has inside the cover the whole school expectations of presentation.

 

I am pleased that our parent governors are working to support the implementation of our homework policy which will ensure a consistent approach to homework that is meaningful, manageable and creates positive home/school partnerships.  The new policy will be available on the website shortly, we welcome any feedback.

 

 

As a Church in Wales Voluntary Aided Primary School we are shortly to have our Section 50 inspection, this inspection considers the Christian ethos, environment and culture of Ysgol Nannerch. The inspection will take place on the 18th and 19th of May.  The inspector Mr Gareth Williams is inviting parents for a meeting after school on Monday 18th May at 4.30pm.   

 

There will be a pre- inspection questionnaire sent home with the children on Monday 11th May.  

 

 

News from our classes:

 

Mrs Pierce, Years 4,5 & 6

 

 

The Year 4, 5 & 6 have been busy researching the planets in readiness for their class display of the Solar System which they are producing to scale!  The children have been using their numeracy skills to ensure the diameter and distance from the sun of each planet is to scale too.  The children have become intrigued by the early space explorers, and have been using their literacy and numeracy skills to write a biography of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.

 

This week making up new adjectives and nouns has created a lot of fun in class.  In their class dictionary the children have written the meanings of newly created words such as frompt- which means tired out and floppy.

 

We were all feeling a little ‘frompt’ following the Welsh tests this week.  There was a mixed reaction to the tests from the children with some ‘hating’ the tests, some thinking they were ‘ok’ and one or two suggesting they were fun.  Well done to everyone for trying their very best.

 

It was good to escape the classroom for our tennis session; we are looking forward to playing tennis in next week’s Festival of Youth event. 

 

 

Mrs Selwyn & Ms Lewis, Years 2 & 3

 

It has been lovely to observe the children’s creativity using fabric and paper to create ‘space suits’ and costumes during ‘free play’ this week.  This provided a welcome relief for some of the children from the formality of the week’s tests. 

 

Well done for all the wonderful homework, we enjoyed sharing this in class on Friday.  There were plenty of super ideas for where Clarice Bean would travel to in space and some fantastic thoughts on how she would get there.  One of my favourites was the rocket fuelled with sweets.  Other children focused on the factual details of the planet they had chosen and we even had some diagrams and rhymes about the planets and their distance from the sun.

 

We have begun to use our ‘Talk for Writing’ to learn the structure of a story, during guided reading we have used our skills of analysis and self monitoring to identify the different events in a story.  This will help us when we write our own space adventure story. 

 

The Year 3 children enjoyed investigating the properties of materials looking for those which were transparent, translucent and opaque.  Mr Chapman helped the children create a silhouette of their profile, which is helping us learn more about how shadows are formed.  We are waiting for a sunny day to complete our sundial!

 

 

Mrs John, Nursery, Reception & Year 1

 

This week the pupils have been busy writing their stories based on 'The Little Red Alien'. Pupils were planning the three main parts to their story, the beginning, middle and end. They did a super job and have produced some excellent work! Their homework this week

is to plan their own story, thinking of their characters and setting. This will support their work next week in the preparation for their Jonny Duddle story writing challenge!

 

Pupils were having great fun this week using the amazing Space Rocket which landed in our class on Monday morning! (A huge thank you to Mrs Biddle!!) Pupils were dressing up as astronauts from NASA and taking off in the rocket exploring their own adventures! Ollie investigated how to make a space suit using the 'clicks', Mrs John was very impressed!

 

Well done to all our new Nursery pupils for settling in so easily to their new class.

They are very happy and having lots of fun. Our older Nursery pupils are helping our younger pupils settle in and are being very kind and thoughtful, Mrs John is very proud of you all. 

 

 

Key dates
 
  • ​Thursday 14th May -  Festival of Youth Tennis Years 4 5 & 6

  • Monday 18th May - Church School Inspection meeting for parents 4.30pm

  • Wednesday 20th May - Croeso Pawb, 2.30 St Michael & All Angels

  • Monday June 1st – Whole school trip to Liverpool World Museum

  • Wednesday 3rd June Years 4,5 & 6 Rugby Tournament

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

 

Church in Wales Voluntary Aided Primary School

 

Open Pre - Inspection Questionnaire

 

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3rd May 2015

 

 

 

This week has been wonderful due to the boundless enthusiasm of the children as they engaged with their work. One of the the highlights for the Years 2, 3 & 4 was their visit to the historic Halkyn Mountain as part of the Flintshire Countryside Committee Heritage Week. The children came back to school their pockets bulging with rocks and fossils.

 

 

It has also been lovely to see how motivated the children are with their ‘Out of this World’ topic. We have had some innovative models of the solar system, space ships and a wonderful model alien brought into school this week.

 

 

We were very fortunate having Jonny Duddle visit us in school this week.  Jonny shared with us his book 'The King Of Space'.  It was exciting to see Jonny dressed as the main character Rex. Jonny shared with the children the whole editing process from his initial ideas to the end product. He brought in and shared with us his illustrations and sketch books and told us of his time spent working on a pirate ship!

 

 

The children were keen to ask Jonny questions about his love for writing and illustrating and his work as a 'Pirate'!  The children are now going to begin their own creative writing projects and following their own process of editing and refining will be ready to present Jonny with their finished stories. Jonny will read the stories and judge his favourite from each class! Huge thanks to Jonny Duddle!

 

 

Congratulations to Lucy and Matty from Year 6 for representing Ysgol Nannerch at the Celebration of Youth Music 2015 Concert.  They sang beautifully in the county choir and we are very proud of them. Well done!

 

 

On behalf of the School I would like to say ‘congratulations and well done’ to Mrs John, who has successfully secured the post of Deputy Head here in Ysgol Nannerch. Many thanks also to the Governors of Ysgol Nannerch for their time, professionalism and support during the rigorous recruitment and interview process.

 

 

News from our classes:

 

 

Mrs Selwyn's class:

 

On Tuesday we took part in the Halkyn Heritage Trail. We started from Rhes-y-Cae School and had great fun following a route across the mountain to the disused quarry. Then we split into two groups, one group going to investigate the old lime kilns and the other group to the limestone face where we were met by a re enactor called Michael who was dressed in typical quarryman’s costume from over 100 years ago.

 

 

The children found out how the limestone was split and broken into smaller stones ready to be put in the kilns. They examined the tools the quarrymen would use and were told about the long working hours. Michael shared how he wore a bowler hat to protect his head from falling rocks. The work was hard but Michael said he was lucky because the people, who worked underground extracting lead, worked in far worse conditions.

 

 

We went to the kilns and found out about the many uses of limestone. The highlight for some children was fossil hunting. They were intrigued to discover fossils of shells and to discover that years ago Halkyn Mountain would have been under the sea. They came back with many rock mementoes of their visit.

 

This week it has been wonderful to be surrounded by the boundless enthusiasm of the children as they have engaged with their work.

 

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Key dates
 
  • Tuesday 5th May – Tuesday 12th May National Tests for Years 2-6

  • Wednesday 20th May - Croeso Pawb theme of Pentecost

  • Monday June 1st– Whole school trip to Liverpool World Museum

  • Wednesday 3rd June Years 4,5 & 6 Rugby Tournament

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

 

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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