Notes from the Head

28th November 2015

News from our classes:

The teachers are managing the everyday classroom necessities along with the children’s rising excitement.  Christmas has begun in Nannerch….

 

Amongst all the excited preparation we were all delighted to welcome baby Alys into school.  I adore new born babies and was delighted to share in and observe the children’s joy as Alys paid a visit to our classrooms this week.  The whole school cooed and marvelled at her tiny, perfect fingers and toes.

 

Alys brought with her a perfect message of Christmas love, peace and joy.

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

With our Christmas concert looming we have spent a lot of time this week trying on costumes, practising our singing and rehearsing.  We are getting very excited and it is becoming increasingly difficult to concentrate on our class work!

 

However we continue to work on our stories- focusing on stories with particular themes such as ‘warning’ stories.  We have been challenged to vary our vocabulary and use a range of exciting adjectives.

 

We have been writing descriptions of ourselves in Welsh in order to write a detailed letter to peers in other schools.  We have used a range of language patterns to describe our family, where we live, and our hobbies.

 

This week we enjoyed continuing to research ‘cakes’ in our D.T. project.  We worked in teams to investigate the history of cakes, designs for cakes and looked at famous artists in order to create a name for our cakes.

 

The highlight of our week without doubt was Friday’s Marble Treat.  We had fun wearing our pyjamas and snuggling down with our friends to watch a DVD.

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

This week in year 2 and 3 we have been using money in our maths lessons. We were able to use different combinations to make 20p and also added totals up to £1.

 

We also practised using useful Welsh words which we might use with money.

 

On Friday, we used our knowledge of shapes and measuring skills to create Father Christmas advent calendars!

 

Our Language work is now focused on story writing until the end of term. We have read and can perform, using our Talk for Writing skills the mythical story 'The Boy Who Called Wolf' accompanied with lots of actions.

We have looked at the different parts to a story and have written our story introduction ourselves.

 

New spellings have been handed out. Our homework this week is to practise our Christmas play words and songs.

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

We have been trying so hard this week in our Christmas concert practice. Pupils have learnt their parts already and the songs are coming on really nicely. Pupils now need to know when it is their turn to perform - a tricky part to a production! Mrs Biddle has been very busy organising and making costumes  and a few parents are organising their own child's costume so a big thank you!

 

We have had fun playing Maths addition games with our friends this week. It has helped us learn to take turns and be patient when our friend is having their turn. In our guided reading this week we have been reading Christmas words and linking the correct letters and initial sound to the word. We made word mobiles from this work which are displayed in the classroom. We have also been reading statements and drawing what we understand. This activity supported the following reading behaviours: Self Monitoring, Activating Prior knowledge and Visualisation.

 

We had a very special moment when Sarah Williams brought Alys Rose to see us, Tomos and Joe were very proud big brothers! Pupils were asking lovely questions about Alys and were so gentle with her. Bendigedig pawb.

Please note the following school closure procedure.
 
Should we need to close the school at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other emergencies we shall communicate the closure in three ways:
 

  • via our text messaging service.

  • broadcast on Heart FM and Radio Wales.

  • on the Flintshire County Council website

 
In addition parents can register their details with Flintshire County Council in order to receive an email as soon as the school has registered an emergency closure.
 
Visit the Flintshire County Council website Home page www.flintshire.gov.uk.  A link will direct you straight to the webpage with the full school closure information

Key dates

 

  • 8th December – Foundation Phase, Years 2&3 Concert (2pm & 6pm)

 

  • 9th December- Years 4,5&6 Concerts (1.30pm & 6.30pm)

 

  • 11th December - Croeso Pawb ‘Christingle’ (join us in the church at 2.30pm)

 

  • 15th December- Panto trip

 

  • 16th December – Christmas Lunch

 

  • 17th December - Christmas Fayre 

 

  • 18th December- January 5th – Christmas Holiday

 

  • January 4th – Teacher Training Day

 

 

 

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22nd November 2015

Every single day in school is full of the unexpected.  This week was a wonderful example of this.


At the beginning of the beginning of the week I spent an exciting and interesting morning with three of our Year 4 children (Max, Georgia and Harley), at the diocese office in St. Asaph.  We were invited to – meet the team, display our class work, explore the cathedral and have a very grown up lunch meeting!
 
The children were delightful and made us all smile with their curiosity and questioning during the visit to the cathedral, asking questions such as ‘how many bibles will sit on a shelf?’ and ‘what do monks do?
 
On Wednesday evening I met with the school Governors.  The role of governor is very important and vital to the success of a school.  Here in Nannerch we are very fortunate to have such a wide range of skills and experience within our Governing Body.  We were delighted to welcome our new parent governor Ava Carlon to the team.
 
I ended the week in Brighton, meeting with heads from across the UK, hearing how government policy is impacting on our children’s education.  I believe in Nannerch we are fortunate, our children are achieving and thriving in an environment which holds children at its heart.  I personally would like to thank every one of our parents, governors and wider school community for helping create a wonderful environment in which our children are able to flourish, develop and grow.

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

In class this week we have begun to look in greater detail at the features which make a story.  We have explored characters and setting.  During guided reading we have read short stories, and then we have used ‘Talk for Writing’ to learn a story orally using a story map and actions.  This will help us develop our own writing and story plot.
 
In maths we have looked at algebra using symbols to create algebraic equations.
 
The NSPCC visited Year 5 & 6 to outline and highlight how the children can keep themselves safe.  The children enjoyed working to explore the themes in a child friendly way.
 
The children are continuing to rehearse their Christmas production 'Are We Nearly There Yet?'  Homework this week is to practise parts and learn the songs.

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

This week year 2 and 3 have been working very hard to create a leaflet to advertise a local tourist attraction. They got lots of ideas by investigating many different leaflets and they used a range of methods to gather information.

In maths the children have been working on addition. We had used our number bonds and our knowledge of place value to add two digit numbers.

It has also been a busy week beginning our Christmas play rehearsals!

There will now be no forest school until the new year.
Year 2 and 3 have homework and spellings this week.

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

This week has been busy with the Christmas performance. Pupils have all been given an important part to play in the concert and have been busy learning songs and have been putting their acting skills to the test!
 
We have re-written our class story The Three Little Pigs and have called our new story The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Pupils have then been very creative in coming up with their own story title and idea. We have had great titles such as, The Three Little mice and the Big Bad Cat, The three little Cheetahs and the Big Bad Tiger! The list goes on. Well done everyone!
 
In Maths Year 1 are currently learning their number bonds to 10 and some of us are beginning to partition tens and units.


Reception have also been adding up practically to 10 and have been ordering and counting to 10 and beyond.

Key dates

 

  • 27th November – Years 4,5 & 6 Marble Treat

 

  • 8th December – Foundation Phase, Years 2&3 Concert (2pm & 6pm)

 

  • 9th December- Years 4,5&6 Concerts (1.30pm & 6.30pm)

 

  • 11th December - Croeso Pawb ‘Christingle’ (join us in the church at 2.30pm)

 

  • 15th December- Panto trip

 

  • 16th December – Christmas Lunch

 

  • 17th December - Christmas Fayre 

 

  • 18th December- January 5th – Christmas Holiday

 

  • January 4th – Teacher Training Day

 

 

Please note the following school closure procedure.
 
Should we need to close the school at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other emergencies we shall communicate the closure in three ways:
 

  • via our text messaging service.

  • broadcast on Heart FM and Radio Wales.

  • on the Flintshire County Council website

 
In addition parents can register their details with Flintshire County Council in order to receive an email as soon as the school has registered an emergency closure.
 
Visit the Flintshire County Council website Home page www.flintshire.gov.uk.  A link will direct you straight to the webpage with the full school closure information

15th November 2015

As I was working away in the office this week I could hear the children singing… Christmas preparations are sneaking into school!  The excitement is building …..

 

We have been delighted with the children’s creativity as they worked on their Christmas card designs.  I would like to thank the PTA for organising the opportunity for parents to commission their children’s artwork which will be manufactured into Christmas cards.  The standard of art work has been impressive. 

 

We had fun on Thursday wearing our nightclothes to school.  I personally found it quite a challenge wearing pyjamas and slippers to school as I longed to snuggle down for a snooze with all the teddies that had joined us in school for the day!

 

The Book Fair has now arrived and will be open every day until Wednesday 18th November.  The school benefits from the Scholastic Book Fair as every book sold earns commission which provides free books for each class, supporting the children’s reading.  Thank you again to our PTA for supporting this fund raising scheme.

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

It is exciting to use ‘Framed’ our class book as a stimulus for our learning.  This week we worked in teams to evaluate a range of cakes, in order to design a new cake to add to the menu which the characters in the story created. 

 

We sampled and evaluated the cakes against a range of criteria.  It was a fun way to develop our skills of working together and gathering information.

 

This week we thought about the Christian message ‘Jesus as the light of the world’, we created our own prayers for thankfulness and peace.  Our work will be used to create a display in the Diocesan office of St. Asaph. 

 

This week in our mindfulness session we learnt about the amygdala.  This part of our brain is responsible for the responses we make, especially the response of fight or flight.   We have learnt that we can stop and become calmer.  We are enjoying learning how to control our wandering minds through practice such as the ‘fofboc’!

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

This week we used our literacy skills to share our experiences during the visit to Loggerheads Country Park.  We discussed with our classmates what we had learnt and we planned a written report to a set success criteria. 

 

We wrote our reports using the five ‘W’s’ and our friends ‘peer assessed’ our work looking for certain features in our writing such as the use of time connectives (e.g. next, after that).  We wrote our report using the five ‘W’s’, who, what, when, where and why and placed the events in chronological order.

 

In our numeracy lessons we have continued to explore whole numbers through doubling and halving.

 

We have begun to learn the songs which will be performed in our Christmas concert.  We have enjoyed working with Mrs John and the Foundation class and are very excited about performing in front of our parents and families. 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

This week pupils have been building upon their knowledge of shapes and have been identifying, building and describing 3D shapes. Pupils have also been weighing this week and been working out what is ‘heavier and lighter’.

 

In our number work we have been problem solving and finding out how many legs 2 pigs would have and the challenge was how many legs 7 pigs have. Bendigedig pawb!

 

Pupils have worked hard in writing the rest of their stories on the Three Little Pigs. I have been so pleased with the use of emergent writing from pupils in Reception and Year 1.

 

 Pupils have also begun learning some songs for the Christmas play, so please encourage singing at home! Parts will be given out next week and pupils have been very excited!

  • 12th - 19th November - Scholastic Book Fair

 

  • 19th November – Football friendly Nannerch v Lixwm with kick off at 3.15pm

 

  • 20th November - Mountain League Football Tournament at the Alun School, Mold

 

  • 27th November – Years 4,5 & 6 Marble Treat

 

  • 8th December – Foundation Phase, Years 2&3 Concert (2pm & 6pm)

 

  • 9th December- Years 4,5&6 Concerts (1.30pm & 6.30pm)

 

  • 11th December - Croeso Pawb ‘Christingle’ (join us in the church at 2.30pm)

 

  • 15th December- Panto trip

 

  • 16th December – Christmas Lunch

 

  • 17th December - Christmas Fayre 

 

  • 18th December- January 5th – Christmas Holiday

 

  • January 4th – Teacher Training Day

 

 

Key dates

7th November 2015

It was a delicious start to the second half of autumn term with this week’s ‘Bake Off’. Well done to all the children who brought their baking to school on Monday morning. Scott and I had a tough time judging however we thoroughly enjoyed tasting all the cakes and savouries! I would like to thank Jude and Adam Perks for giving their time during the day to present the cakes for judging and serving the cakes with a ‘cuppa’ after school.

 

The signs of late autumn are now with us, dark mornings and afternoons, bare trees and fallen leaves everywhere. A big ‘thank you’ to the children who have been busy clearing the leaves from the school grounds; it has certainly helped to have such a willing bunch of helping hands. Well done to the After School Club children and staff who have created a handsome Guy Fawkes for the village bonfire on Saturday 7th November.

 

As winter descends upon us we encourage the Year 2-6 children to bring their ‘wellies’ to school, this protects their school shoes from mud when playing outside on the grassed areas at lunch and break times. Please ensure names are written inside all wellington boots.

 

Next week the Book Fair will arrive at school on Thursday November 12th, to celebrate this we are inviting children to come to school ready for a good read in their ‘pyjamas’. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open every afternoon in the school hall  from 3pm to approximately 4.30pm until Wednesday 19th November, with a good range of children’s fiction, and stationery items for sale.

Key dates
  • 12th - 19th November - Scholastic Book Fair

 

  • 12th November – Book Fair & Pyjama Day

 

  • 20th November - Mountain League Football Tournament

 

  • 8th December – Foundation Phase, Years 2&3 Concert (2pm & 6pm)

 

  • 9th December- Years 4,5&6 Concerts (1.30pm & 6.30pm)

 

  • 11th December - Christingle themed Croeso Pawb

 

  • 15th December- Panto trip

 

  • 16th December – Christmas Lunch

 

  • 17th December - Christmas Fayre 

 

  • 18th December- January 5th – Christmas Holiday

 

  • January 4th – Teacher Training Day

 

 

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News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

The children are enjoying the theme ‘Where We Live’ and have begun to compare places in our locality. This week we have begun to explore the geography of the Snowdon area and also compared the villages of Nannerch and Bwlchgwyn.

 

We thought about children around the world who are less fortunate.  We discussed the meaning of the words in our Welsh lunchtime grace; ‘Diolch i ti am y byd, Diolch am ein bwyd bob pryd’. As we thought about the words in the prayer we ate an ‘After Eight Mint’ using our mindfulness. Then we wrote our thoughts and thanks for the special things in our lives and popped them in our After Eight envelope, we really enjoyed thinking about what is special to us in this way.

 

The whole class is very proud that we have earned a marble treat, through working together and doing our best. We look forward to planning our treat next week!

 

Homework this week is thinking about special events in our lives in order to create our very own ‘timeline’.

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

Year 2 and 3 have had a very busy first week back! We have ‘started as we mean to go on’ with lots of fun activities and hard working attitudes!

 

In Language we learnt about and created some amazing calligrams! We enjoyed thinking of creative ways to make words look like their meaning.  

 

We have also been revising our knowledge of place value in Mathematics, focusing on numbers up to 100 (and then beyond) to order, partition and to add or take away 10.

 

This week we had a visit from PC Mark who delivered important messages about behaviour and rules (year 2) and bullying (year 3).

 

Finally we finished our week with a trip to Loggerheads Country Park. The rain held off just long enough for us to have a fun-filled day! We began with a ‘Riverside Trail’, whilst completing a quiz about the old mine and identifying all the natural and made objects and features along the way. After lunch, we suited up to go river dipping! We were able to find lots of creatures, including water beetles, water worms and shrimps. A fantastic day and most (!) of us avoided getting too soggy! 

 

Year 2 and 3 have no homework this week, but new spellings and reading books have been handed out. Have a lovely weekend and I hope we are all feeling fit and healthy next week!

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

We have all settled back into school after our half term holiday! A big welcome to Emma who has joined us in Year 1. I hope you enjoy your new class and you and your family are settling into Nannerch life.

 

This week we have started our story writing and we have concentrated on our beginning and middle of the story. We have decided on our own story starters and as a class we chose 'Once upon a time...' Pupils have worked so hard on their new genre of writing - Bendigedig!

 

It was our last Forest School session this week and we celebrated Bonfire night. We made our own mini bonfires and made sparklers which we then used in our P.E lesson to create a firework dance. We have made acrostic poems today based on 'fireworks' and some fantastic vocabulary and adjectives were thought of by the pupils.

 

Pupils have also been very thoughtful and reflective this week remembering our soldiers and they have made a beautiful giant poppy using their handprints with Mrs Biddle. Thank you pawb.

 

We will be very busy next week creating our Christmas cards for a PTA fundraiser... details to follow!

 

Have a happy and safe bonfire night.

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