Notes from the Head

26th October 2015

The last seven weeks have flown; it has been wonderful to observe the children engage with their learning. Progress is measured in many ways and as teachers we have the privilege of observing the individual progress of all our children, from those who are learning to take the huge leap of faith in order to leave mum and come into school on their own to those who are assessing their own work and sharing how they work with children in other schools.

 

On Tuesday Mrs John and I presented to the Flintshire headteachers the Sky Hawk project, the response was superb. We also received a message from the book’s author Gill Lewis who had heard we were sharing the project.

 

‘How fantastic to be able to show the power of outdoor learning to explore so many different things: Friendship, loss, compassion, empathy, creativity through art and song, experiencing nature with all the senses, using sharp tools, making books, raising money for charity…the list goes on and on’.

 

‘I feel hugely privileged that Sky Hawk was used in this way. It's wonderful to see how different people's ideas can shape and use one idea and develop it into another form. It gives the story life somehow. I really loved my visit to your school to meet the teachers and pupils’.

 

We were all delighted with a surprise visit from Mrs Selwyn this week, joining us for the afternoon and taking her place back at the piano during our worship. We are delighted to hear that Mrs Selwyn is relaxing and enjoying her well deserved retirement however we are also pleased that she is happy to make a special space for us in her new life. Thank you Mrs Selwyn.

 

The highlight of my week without doubt was the children singing ‘happy birthday’ and sharing their delight as they presented to me the card they had scanned themselves through the check out during their Farm to Fork visit to Tesco. 

 

Diolch yn fawr iawn pawb!

 

Thank you to our PTA who have organised a timetable of lovely events for the children this term. We look forward to the ‘Bake Off’ on Monday 2nd November. Judging will take place during the school day with a cake sale at the end of the day.

 

Poppies will be on sale in school in aid of the Royal British Legion from November 2nd.

Key dates

No textiles Monday 2nd November 

 

  • 26th October – 2nd November – Half Term

     

  • 2nd November - PTA Bake Off

 

  • 4th November - Flu vaccine Reception, Year 1 & 2 (Please note the Loggeheads trip is to be rescheduled)

 

  • 5th November – PC Marc in School

 

  • Saturday 7th November- Nannerch bonfire

 

  • 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

 

 

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

We enjoyed our final swimming session for the term, after our assessments we were allowed to ‘free play’ with the large floats in the pool. It was great fun!

 

This week we used our experience of visiting the Walker Art Gallery to write a set of instructions on ‘How to Steal a Painting’. We all really enjoyed planning how we would enter the museum and what we would have to do to dodge the cameras and lasers. We assessed our writing against the instruction success criteria.

 

In class have been learning about ‘team brain’ so far we have learnt about the prefrontal cortex which helps us be aware, notice things and make choices. The hippocampus which links old with new experiences to help us learn and this week we heard about the insula which recognises our body state.

 

We are finding out how the prefrontal cortex and the insula work together to allow us notice how wobbly we are at certain times such as when we are upset or worried. We are beginning to recognise that sometimes we wobble and that we can learn to steady ourselves.

 

A popular part of our mindfulness practice in class this week was eating a chocolate mindfully and watching the ‘Weeble Wobble’ video clip, which made us all laugh!

 

No homework this week, however keep up with your reading and mindful practice.

 

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

It has been a busy week finishing off our instruction writing ready to move onto story writing when we return to school after half term.  Everyone has done well writing their instructions using the correct features. 

 

We all enjoyed our Farm to Fork trip on Thursday.  We were given a tour of the store which included the huge refrigerators and very cold freezer. Then we were given tasks to do on the shop floor which included searching for different types of fruit and vegetables and putting them into categories.

 

We had lots of different types of foods to sample; we enjoyed trying all the different variety of cheese and the fruits from all around the world.

 

Back in class we looked at where different fruit was grown and how far it travels to get to Tesco.

 

There is no homework this week however remember to keep up with your reading.

 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

Pupils have had an exciting visit to Tesco this week! We went to Holywell Tesco to take part in the Farm to Fork Project. We were lucky enough to have a guided tour of the delivery area, the stores where all the food was stored and the giant fridge. We looked on the shop floor at the fruit and vegetables and finding out where some of our food comes from.

 

The pupils were so keen to see the fish and asked some great questions based on 'who supplies the fish?' and 'Why do fish die with their eyes open?'. Some big questions for 5 and 6 year olds! The fish monger had great delight showing the pupils fish tongues - Mrs John felt quite sick!! We finished off the morning looking around the store at the toys and choosing Ms Lewis a birthday card and box of chocolates.

 

I hope you all have a lovely half term break and I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's news on Monday 2nd November.

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10th October 2015

We were delighted to have Andy Hughes of Urban Saints Wales join us on Monday afternoon. Andy along with his colleague Greg entertained and taught the children (and staff) a medley of fun songs which we are keen to include in our daily worship. Singing really does lift the spirit by releasing those feel good endorphins, we all had a wonderful time, it’s been lovely to hear the children singing in and around school all week.

 

We are looking forward to meeting with parents to share the children’s progress during our parents’ evenings next week. Please remember if you do have any concerns about your child or would like to discuss their progress you can make an appointment to speak to you child’s teacher any time, you don’t have to wait until our designated parents evenings.

 

School breaks for half term on Thursday 22nd with a training day for teachers on Friday 23rd. On Thursday evening the PTA are holding a ‘Pumpkin Disco’ for all the children, tickets available on the door the disco begins at 6pm. 

 

Please note: Reception children will have their pictures in this Monday’s (19th October) Flintshire Leader.

 

There are no clubs this week, however Mad Science will run as normal on Wednesday afternoon from 3pm-4pm.

Key dates

 

  • Monday 19th October – Parents Evening

     

  • Tuesday 20th October – Parents Evening

 

  • 21st October - Reception & Year 1 Farm to Fork, Tesco Trip

 

  • 22nd October – Years 2&3 Farm to Fork Trip

     

  • 22nd October – Children’s Pumpkin Disco PTA 6pm

 

  • 23rd October Training Day – no school for pupils

 

  • 26th October – 2nd November – Half Term

     

  • 2nd November - PTA Bake Off

     

  • 5th November – PC Marc in School

 

  • Saturday 7th November- Nannerch bonfire

 

  • 12th November – Book Fair & Pyjama Day

 

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

 

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

 

  • 15th December- Panto trip

 

  • 16th December – Christmas Lunch

 

  • 18th December- January 5th – Christmas Holiday

 

  • January 4th – Teacher Training Day

 

 

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

The class enjoyed visiting the Walker Art Gallery on Monday. Our remit was to assess the gallery’s security system in order to plan and write our own set of instructions with the title, ‘How to steal a painting!’ This proved to be a great way to engage the children’s attention as they wandered the collections choosing their preferred piece of art. The discussions taking place on our homeward journey were a treat!

 

We were fortunate to be invited up to the Forest School in Bodfari on Thursday morning, the class were engaged in a range of science and maths based activities which included classification and identification of the different trees, calculating the age of the trees and putting the trees into a timeline which included the historical events the trees had lived through. We all thoroughly enjoyed our morning in the fresh outdoor air.

 

On Friday morning pupils from our neighbouring school Lixwm joined with Nannerch Years 5&6 for a poetry writing workshop. The poems were inspired by last weeks walk to Penycloddiau. Everyone worked really well together and the creative writing was lovely with a super use of imaginative and adventurous vocabulary.

 

The class were delighted to receive an email from a pupil in Ysgol Bwlchgwyn this week. His class had noticed our website on the internet and were asking if we could share with them how we are working in class to improve our writing. We shall be contacting Ysgol Bwlchgwyn next week…so if any of you from Bwlchgwyn are reading this blog…hello from Nannerch!

 

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

This week Year 2 and 3 have been developing their measuring skills in mathematics.  We have used rulers, metre sticks and our bodies to measure various things in and around the classroom. Year 2 looked closely at rulers to find the 0cm mark where to begin measuring. Year 3 measured half cm accurately and explored millimetres. We then created paper changes to specific criteria! 

 

In Topic we have been looking as where we are in the world. Using a globe, maps and ICT resources we were able to find the UK, Wales, Flintshire and then Nannerch! We created our own maps and a key to show what was on the map. We also learnt all about coordinates, plotting and finding Pirate Pete's hiding treasure.

 

We have continued our instructional writing theme, this week making a tuna sandwich.

 

In forest school, year 2 and 3 created some fantastic things using their imagination. There was a super mud soup, a bug hotel, a tree house and much more! They each recorded what they did by writing a set of instructions.

 

The Farm to Fork trip is next Thursday morning. Please ensure all consent forms are returned either to Miss Roberts or the office as soon as possible.

 

No spellings due to staff training day next week. Maths homework is due this Wednesday.

 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

The week began with our materials challenge. We had to build a house that was strong and we could choose from a selection of building materials: Chocolate, duplo, straw, wood, play dough and newspaper. All the pupils were so engaged in their building (especially the chocolate group!) and their creations were tested by the big bad wolf!

 

We had a small big bad wolf - a small fan, medium sized big, big bad wolf - a large fan and then we had a huge big bad wolf - Mrs Biddle's

Hairdryer! What fun we had trying to blow down our houses! The language and vocabulary that came out of this activity was fantastic. Pupils had trouble with houses blowing down and even melting!

 

Some pupils had identified that if they built their houses with wood in a 'criss-cross' design then theirs wouldn't blow over. We also had a pupil that decided to maskin tape his newspaper structure to the table! Excellent ideas that proved very strong. Well done and as always Mrs John and Mrs Biddle are very proud of you!

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10th October 2015

News from our classes:

It was wonderful to escape from the office this week to accompany Years 5&6 (Nannerch and Lixwm) on their walk to Penycloddiau.  Listening to the delightful laughter of the children as they bounced around in the heather, picking bilberries was a real treat!

 

Thank you the PTA who are currently busy organising a host of wonderful events for the children to enjoy over the next few months, their newsletter will be sent home shortly with news of their exciting plans. The PTA has also financed the cost of repainting the children’s toilets, which our caretaker Ian has kindly agreed to begin work on over half term. 

 

We have a new vacancy within our Governing Body for a parent governor. Governors represent parents, staff, the local community, diocese and local authority. Together they create a team which accepts responsibility for everything the school does. Governors attend regular meetings and other school occasions when needed.

Our governors are committed to working in partnership to ensure that every child can develop and reach their full potential. If you are interested and would like to know more about the role of parent governor please speak to myself or Mrs John.

 

Please bring your bags to school ready for collection on Wednesday morning (14th October). The recycling scheme accepts adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys. Diolch

Key dates

 

  • Monday 19th October – Parents Evening

     

  • Tuesday 20th October – Parents Evening

 

  • 23rd October Training Day – no school for pupils

     

  • 22nd October – Years 2&3 Farm to Fork Trip

     

  • 22nd October – Children’s Disco PTA

     

  • 26th October – 2nd November – Half Term

     

  • 2nd November - PTA Bake Off

     

  • 5th November – PC Marc in School

 

  • Saturday 7th November- Nannerch bonfire

 

  • 12th November – Book Fair & Pyjama Day

 

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

 

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

 

  • 15th December- Panto trip

 

  • 16th December – Christmas Lunch

 

  • 18th December- January 5th – Christmas Holiday

 

  • January 4th – Teacher Training Day

 

 

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Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

During our PSHE (personal, social and health education) we have begun to learn more about the parts of our brain. This week we have learnt about our pre frontal cortex the part of our brain which helps us to make decisions, concentrate and be the best we can be. We have started to learn some mindfulness practice which we can use to help us to be calm. We will continue to learn about ‘team brain’ and how we can train our brain over the next few weeks. If you would like to find out more please visit the Mindfulness in Schools Project (Paws .b) website. 

 

http://mindfulnessinschools.org/what-is-b/paws-b-curriculum/

 

This week we used a compass and ordinance survey map to locate Nannerch, we located the places to the north, south, east and west of the village. In class we also used google maps to compare Nannerch and Holywell.

 

Years 5&6 joined with their friends from Lixwm to explore the celtic hillfort on Penycloddiau. The children all enjoyed being outdoors and recording what they saw ready to be used in next Friday’s poetry writing activity. Everyone loved samling the bilberries and jumping in the heather which one of the children said was ‘bouncier than my bed!’

 

Year 4 worked on our class display of the class novel Framed. On Monday we are looking forward to our visit to the Walker Art Gallery to find out more about art which is an important part of the book’s plot. Remember children we need to bring sandwiches!

 

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

This week in year 2 and 3 we have been working on our addition. We have used our knowledge of place value to add hundreds, tens and units... we even had a go at thousands too. We used Numicon and rods to help us understand.

 

In Literacy we are continuing to look at instructional writing. We thought of lots of different things which have instructions and then used a set of instructions called 'How to turn your teacher into a toad' to create a success criteria. This week year 2 & 3 homework is to create their own instructions. 

 

In forest school we worked together to create a maize using natural materials and some PE equipment. We then had to direct eachother through the maize, but we were blindfolded! It was very funny and quite tricky. We had to give very clear instructions and use our knowledge of directions to help our partner! this included using left, right, half turn and quarter turn. 

 

In PE we had great fun with year 4, 5 and 6 playing tag rugby and netball. We practiced lots of skills and played a game.

 

Year 2 and 3 have new spellings and homework this week.

 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

It’s been another busy week! We all enjoyed making jam sandwiches for our snack in Forest School and Nursery were very pleased with their treat! Reception and Year 1 had to make jam sandwiches without following instructions. They then had to write up the following day what they needed to make a jam sandwich and had to write instructions using bossy words. Excellent work has been produced. Pupils are also trying so hard with their handwriting, it is a pleasure to see their progress.

 

In maths we have been counting backwards using number lines and taking away. Some of us have been counting objects and adding up to 5 and 10. Pupils are continuing to develop their mental maths skills on our ipad game Squeebles Maths Bingo. If you have an ipad at home please download it and have a go. It is great fun and helps with addition, subtraction, times tables and division.

 

Mrs Biddle has been busy making house pictures with the pupils using different materials. Pupils have been describing what materials feel like and testing their properties. Next week we will be experimenting to see which materials are stronger than others.

 

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4th October 2015

The fine weather has been a bonus this week, enabling us to make the most and enjoy the seasonal changes.  The school celebrated Harvest through Croeso Pawb on Friday. The children were absorbed in the range of different craft making activities which gave them time to enjoy being together, chat and think about the beauty of the environment around us.

 

Thank you to all who were able to join us at church for a short worship following Croeso Pawb.  It was lovely to have time to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of cake.  Many thanks for your donations of produce to the Flintshire Food Bank and also the lovely cakes for out ‘afternoon tea’.

 

As always I would like to thank the Mothers Union for spending their time with our children and families during Croeso Pawb.

 

Please note the photographer will be in school on Monday afternoon, 5th October to take individual and family group photographs

 

  • Monday 19th October – Parents Evening

     

  • Tuesday 20th October – Parents Evening

 

  • 23rd October Training Day – no school for pupils

     

  • 22nd October – Years 2&3 Farm to Fork Trip

     

  • 22nd October – Children’s Disco PTA

     

  • 26th October – 2nd November – Half Term

     

  • 2nd November - PTA Bake Off

     

  • 5th November – PC Marc in School

 

  • Saturday 7th November- Nannerch bonfire

 

  • 12th November – Book Fair & Pyjama Day

 

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

 

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

 

  • 15th December- Panto trip

 

  • 16th December – Christmas Lunch

 

  • 18th December- January 5th – Christmas Holiday

 

  • January 4th – Teacher Training Day

 

 

Key dates

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 2016

 

 

 

Please note that applications for Nursery, parents should apply on line for admission to Reception for September 2016. Forms will be available at www.flintshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions from 28 September and the closing date is 27 November. The outcome of applications will be sent by email to parents on 18 April 2016.

 

The Admissions Team (01352 704068/704073) is available to assist with applications if required, and staff are  on hand to help at any Flintshire library or Flintshire Connects Centre at Connah’s Quay, Flint and Holywell if parents need help to apply online.

 

WHAT ARE WE COVERING THIS TERM?

Want to find out about our topics this term, our homework, reading diary and other important information? See what our classes are doing and help them at home.

 

See Curriculum Pages

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

 

The school week began with our visit to Snowdonia, the children made us smile on the journey as they discussed the names of the roads we were travelling along and excitedly did a spot of ‘vehicle spotting which included a pigeon wagon!

 

The beautiful weather was a real bonus as we explored the National Slate Museum finding out about the workings of the industry and the lives of the mine workers through the decades until the closure of the mine in 1969.

 

After a short break to eat our lunch and a stop off at the playground, we then made our way to Electric Mountain.  Here we discovered within the Elidir Mountain's the Dinowig Power Station an incredible feat of engineering. We took a tour by bus descending deep into the mountain taking us to the huge caverns.

 

Next day back in school the children used their newly acquired knowledge and their homework research to write a news report of the day and a Powerpoint of the National Park.

 

Later in the week we used our knowledge of number to track historical events through time.  We also enjoyed exploring the evolution of our Earth through the BGS geological timeline, well worth exploring at home.

 

www.bgs.ac.uk/discoveringGeology/time/timeline/home.html

 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

 

Another great week in Years 2&3, we have been focussing on counting in 2’s and learning our tables in different ways including through craft.

 

In literacy we started to look at the features we will use in instructional writing, concentrating on ‘bossy’ verbs and time connectives.

 

Our Forest School afternoon incorporated circle time, working together and practising our oracy skills.  We also planted a beautiful flower!  PE was great fun; joining with Year 4 we used our imagination to create a game of our own, including clear instructions and rules.

 

Huge congratulations to all on your handwriting competition.  New spellings and maths homework this week will be due in on 8th October.

 

 

 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

 

Thank you to everyone for your support in our handwriting challenge! Having partnership working from home to school has had a big impact on our standards in writing this term already. Pupils enjoyed their handwriting competition and a big well done to everyone for trying so hard. We will continue to focus on the handwriting this year so as much as you can do at home with your children the easier it will be for them.

 

It has been fun this week as we have been learning how to write instructions. For this we had a task to follow instructions in making sand cement ready to build a house for the three little pigs. Our instructions had bossy words in and included a list of what we needed to make the sand cement. Pupils really enjoyed following the instructions and we had some amazing building work going on!

 

In maths Year 1 are ‘counting on from the larger number’ when adding up. This needs to be used now every time we add up numbers – what a challenge! Reception have been adding up using Numicon and they have been practicing writing numbers to 10. We have also been looking at repeating patterns where a colour or number can be repeated, ie. Red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue or 5,4,6,7,  5,4,6,7 etc.

 

It was a real treat walking to Mrs Whitehead's house to visit her pigs! Pupils were so good walking and I was particularly impressed with Nursery! We fed the pigs and saw that they lived in a wooden house just like in the story. We were also lucky enough to feed Mrs Whitehead's horses and play tag in her garden after having a well deserved snack ourselves.

Thank you for having us all Mrs Whitehead!

 

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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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