Notes from the Head

This week in October

31 October 2014

 

The week before the half term break was action packed for the children and filled with many adventures.  The Year 4, 5 & 6 wrote their application letters and interviewed for their F1 Teams, whilst our youngest members of the school wrote poetry based on what they ‘can see’ in the school environment.

 

One of many wonderful moments during our trip to Liverpool’s Pier Head on Thursday was witnessing the children’s awe as we emerged from the Mersey Tunnel and saw the distinctive buildings of Liverpool, for many of the children this was their first visit to the city.

 

The younger children thoroughly enjoyed exploring and discovering ‘Underwater Street’ whilst the Year 2-4 enjoyed a visit to the Museum of Liverpool discovering how people have used different forms of energy to power transport over the last 200 years. Finally we had a trip on the Mersey Ferry and were able to view the distinctive Liverpool skyline from the river.  We all had a great day and a big thank you to the staff and volunteers who accompanyied us on the trip.

 

On Friday afternoon whilst the Year 4, 5 & 6 snuggled down in sleeping bags to enjoy their well earned Marble Treat, the Year 2 & 3 enjoyed a ‘Mad Science Party.  The children were given the opportunity to enjoy spectacular science demonstrations complete with chemical explosions and then to create their very own ‘slime’.

 

I enjoyed seeing evidence of the written work that had taken place from the poetry in Reception to the job application letters in Year 6.  The written applications were of a very high standard, the teams are now ready to move forward with their F1 Challenge

 

 

Have a good week, school re opens on Monday 3rd November.  During the first week of November we shall be making ‘Guys’ for the village bonfire which will be held on Saturday 8th November.  

The children from Years 2-6 will visit the village War Memorial on Tuesday 11th November, with poppies on sale at school in aid of the Royal British Legion from Monday 3rd November.

Dates to note this week:

 

Monday 3rd November. School re opens 

 

Monday 3rd November. Poppies on sale at school in aid of the Royal British Legion

 

Saturday 8th November. Village Bonfire

 

Tuesday 11th November. The children from Years 2-6 will visit the village War Memorial

 

Next Tuesday on Armistice Day our cook Scott will be cooking a special menu with the theme of  Remembrance Day.

The Good Food Gang have planned another ‘sticker’ treat  with a prize for the person who finds the sticker hidden under  their dinner plate!

 

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This week in October

19 October 2014

 

We are all looking forward to the last week before half term which is packed with exciting learning activities.

 

On Wednesday our Year 4,5 & 6 will attend school dressed in their smartest  clothes for their  ‘Executive Day’ during which  they will be learning about the ‘World of Work’ as they interview for roles in readiness for the F1 Challenge. 

 

During the F1 Challenge each team will be commissioned to research, design, manufacture, test and race the fastest car possible driven by compact compressed air.

Ysgol Nannerch has taken part in two previous F1 Tournaments and have thoroughly enjoyed learning through this exciting STEM project. 

 

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The Children from Nursery to Year 4 will visit Liverpool this week in a trip organised by the Years 2 & 3 and a little help from Mrs Selwyn. The children had great fun visiting the school office and using the telephone to organise details such as time of arrival and departure and the costing for their visit. The younger children will visit ‘Underwater Street Discovery Centre’ and the Year 2 - 4 will visit the Museum of Liverpool and then take a Ferry back across the Mersey.

 

Whilst the younger children are out of school on Thursday the Year 5 & 6 will make the most of the opportunity by having a whole day of Forest School activities.

 

Non - Uniform Day on Friday giving the children an opportunity to support the fund raising for the Halkyn Mountain Area Urdd Fundraising Committee. The children are invited to bring a £1 and wear Welsh themed clothes for school (rugby shirts, traditional costume, colours of Welsh flag).

Dates to note this week:

 

Thursday 23rd October the children from Nursery to year 4 will be visiting Liverpool for their school trip.

 

Friday 24th October is a non-uniform day.  The children are invited to bring a £1 and wear Welsh themed clothes  (rugby shirts, traditional costume, colours of Welsh flag) in aid of the Halkyn Mountain Area Urdd Fundraising Committee.

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These pictures are from the F1 Challenge 'Executive Day' in 2012.

This week in October

12 October 2014

 

There was a noticable change in the weather this week however the cold and rain did not stop the children enjoying their outdoor learning. On Tuesday afternoon I visited the Forest School area where our Years 4, 5 & 6  were oblivious to the rain as they worked cooperatively to problem solve and build dens and  enjoy their outdoor experiential learning with a camp fire to cook their soup made from vegetables grown in the School's eco-garden.  The children were able to bring their learning back into class and produced some excellent pieces of writing stimulated by the work in the outdoors.

 

The Years 2 & 3 carried on the theme of food as they used their numeracy skills to explore different units of measure through preparing and baking their own pizzas and then cutting into fractions to enjoy eating a 'fair share' outdoors!

 

Scott our cook was pleased to help the children as they continued with their investigations of ‘Forces’ this week designing their own investigations to find the answer to their questions, ‘What will happen if..?’  The children took photos around the school to show many places where ‘forces’ are used, and asked Scott to help them source the materials needed for investigations they found in the science reference books.

 

The Years 4,5 & 6 were given the opportunity to learn with their peers in Gwernaffield on Thursday as the two schools met to play football, next week the two schools will again meet for netball.  This is a great opportunity for the children to work with others and extend their friendships.  The children will also be working with Gwernaffield on their numeracy project begun last term, where the two schools have compared land use in the villages of Nannerch and Gwernaffield.  We hope to extend this project further by comparing the two towns of Holywell and Mold.

Dates to note this week:

 

Thursday 23rd October the children from Nursery to year 4 will be visiting Liverpool for their school trip.

 

Friday 24th October is a non-uniform day.  The children are invited to bring a £1 and wear Welsh themed clothes  (rugby shirts, traditional costume, colours of Welsh flag) in aid of the Halkyn Mountain Area Urdd Fundraising Committee.

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This week in October

5 October 2014

 

We celebrated Harvest during Croeso Pawb this week; the children from Nursery to Year 6 enjoyed exploring the theme in class. The children then joined with parents and members of our community for a Harvest service at St Michael & All Angels Church. As always many thanks to the members of the Mothers Union who offer the School such wonderful support during Croeso Pawb.

 

The children enjoyed learning about the Christian meaning of Harvest through a variety of activities such as making apples complete with ‘googly eyed’ serpents, floral displays, a salt dough wheat sheaf,  loaves & fishes necklaces and listening to the story of the loaves & fishes miracle through ‘Godly Play’.

The Mothers Union provided us with an afternoon tea after the service which raised well over £100 for ‘Lauryn’s Legacy’ a charity set up by our secretary Emma to support families with terminally ill children.  Thank you to all who were able to join us for the service and also for your wonderful contributions both Lauryn's Legacy and the Flintshire Food Bank.

 

I was fortunate this week to be invited to attend the NAHT annual Welsh conference at Celtic Manor, Newport.  Speaking at the conference was Huw Lewis the Minister for Education and Skills’ who gave his commitment to higher standards and the promise of greater collaboration between teachers and politicians.  The Minister outlined his plan for education in Wales voicing clearly his intent to work with the teaching profession in order to provide the best teaching possible for the children of Wales. 

During the conference I had the opportunity to meet and talk with teaching professionals from across Wales, I left the 2 day conference feeling confident that here in Nannerch our school vision encapsulated in the motto ‘Learning Together, Reaching Higher’, links strongly to a shared Vision for the future of all our children in Wales.  

Dates to note this week:
 

Monday - Individual Photographs Tempest photography

 

Wednesday - Mad Science 3pm

 

Thursday – Maes Garmon Open Eve for Years 5&6

 

Thursday - Dragon football after school- with Ysgol y Waun, Gwernaffield

 

Friday - Nominations for Parent Governor to be in

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