Notes from the Head
This week in September
28 September 2014
We enjoyed meeting with parents this week during our Autumn Term parents evening. The children are understandably proud of the work achieved during these first few weeks back in school and thrilled for parents to share their learning.
Scott our cook and Laura who works with schools to help implement the Welsh Government’s ‘Appetite for Life’ initiative were on hand on Wednesday’s parents evening with samples of the new school menu.
The Year 2 & 3 trip to Tesco was great fun, everyone enjoyed the bus journey to Holywell and were delighted to be taken to the Tesco storerooms and loading bay. We met many of the store staff and delivery men.
The children experienced the temperatures in the huge chillers and freezer and were given the opportunity to scan the produce at the till. Both the children and adults were thrilled to be given the chance to sample a range of fruit and cheeses before we returned to school.
All the children are now all engaged with their ‘Transport’ topic. On Thursday we had a ‘Transport’ themed school lunch menu, my favourite was the petrol sauce! Thank you to Scott and the Good Food Gang for thinking up the menu.
Our Foundation children (Nursery –Year 1) are currently taking part in the Perceptual Motor Program ‘PMP’ a range of physical learning activities which aim to develop a young child's perceptions and understandings of himself or herself in relation to her/his world, through movement/motor experiences. Mrs. John is working with her class on this Australian based program during their P.E. / physical development sessions.
During September and October our older pupils are invited to visit their local secondary schools. This Monday the Alun School in Mold will hold its open day and evening. We are also pleased to welcome pupils from Maes Garmon who will visit the Year 5 & 6 on Monday afternoon to share their experience of transferring as a Welsh language learner to our local Welsh medium secondary school.
We hope you are able to join with in St Michael & All Angels Church on Wednesday afternoon for our Croeso Pawb. The children from Nursery to Year 6 will take part in a range of activities in school and then join together to celebrate Harvest in the church. The children are asked to bring produce for the Flintshire Foodbank.
Following the service there will be an afternoon tea with proceeds donated to Lauryn’s Legacy.
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This week in September
21 September 2014
We have enjoyed the continued good weather which has given the children greater opportunities to be outdoors, enjoying their learning and reaping the benefits of the wonderful Nannerch fresh air! The children have had great fun working in the Forest School, exploring the village park and having fun with their friends on the playground and school field.
All the children have settled back at school and we are looking forward to sharing their work with parents during this week's parent evenings which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday the 23rd and 24th September. During the parents evening Scott our cook will be offering samples of the new 2014 School Lunch Menu for parents to sample.
On Wednesday morning the Years 2 & 3 will take part in the Tesco project ‘Farm to Fork’. The children will visit the Holywell branch to find out how the food is delivered and stored, learning all about different types of food and even have the opportunity to try some new ones!
The food theme will be continued with a themed school lunch on Thursday. Scott has been working with the children’s ‘Good Food Gang’ to create a ‘Transport’ themed lunch on Thursday. There will be a sticker hidden underneath one of the plates with a prize for the lucky winner.
Our new School Council has been elected by the children and we are very pleased to announce that Gracie, Will, Max, Martha, Matthew W, Daisy, Isabelle, Lucy and Joey will represent the learners and take forward their ideas for School Development.
Our next Croeso Pawb with the theme of 'Harvest' will be held on Wednesday 1st October. Please join us in St Michael & All Angels Church, Nannerch at 2.30pm. There will be an afternoon tea held after the service at 3pm
with proceeds going to 'Lauryn's Legacy' a charity set up in memory of this very special little girl.
This week in September
14 September 2014
The children from Year 1 to 6 had an exciting start to the week watching the Tour of Britain cyclists. We all enjoyed being part of this exciting event, cheering as the cyclists including Sir Bradley Wiggins, flew past us in Nannerch on their way up to the North Wales coast.
The children have all now settled into the school routine with swimming, Forest School, peripatetic music lessons and After School Clubs having now resumed. The children thoroughly enjoyed watching the Techniquest and Mad Science Show this week. The after school Mad Science sessions will be available on Wednesday‘s from 8th October, please contact the School Office if you wish your child to attend.
The children in Year 2 & 3 had fun listening to Mr Rushforth one of our peripatetic music teachers as he played a musical medley of classical, jazz and rock to the class. Mr Rushforth has a few places available if your child is interested in taking the opportunity to learn violin. Lessons take place in school every Monday.
The children were enthusiastic about the new school lunch menu which has been introduced into School this term. The children are focusing on ‘food in school’ as one of their actions for school improvement and have formed a ‘Good Food Gang’. The ‘GFG’ and governor Sue Stone met last week with Scott our cook, Laura a nutritionist and Sandra from Flintshire School Meals Service. The GFG have some great ideas which they are keen to take forward and will be meeting again this week to share and plan how to take their ideas forward.
This week in September
6 September 2014
We enjoyed our first days back in school with the children this week. Everyone looked happy and very smart in their uniforms and shiny shoes. 'Croeso' welcome to the children and their families who have joined our school community, we hope you enjoy being part of Ysgol Nannerch.
All the children have settled well and have started to explore their new topics. This term's topic throughout the school is 'Transport', with each class focussing on a different aspect.
Years 4, 5 & 6 will be working on the F1 Challenge - an exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) project with the children working as a team to create a business plan and their car design using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. In the new year they will race their car against other teams on the F1 in Schools race track to see who has designed and manufactured the fastest car.
The project will include investigating aerodynamics, creating a corporate image, writing persuasive letters to raise sponsorship and manufacturing their car and merchandise.
Years 2 & 3 will be looking at how transport is used in our daily lives, they will be visiting a Tesco store to find out about distribution of goods. Working as a class the children will plan their own school trip, using their literacy skills to write letters, information leaflets and plan the trip. They will use their numeracy skill to cost the trip and work out an itinerary.
The project will include exploring different forces, designing their own packaging and the class role play area will include a 'tourist information' office.
The Nursery, Reception & Year 1 will be base their work around 'The Train Ride' by June Crebbin about all the things that can be seen on a train ride out of town. The children will work with their senses to explore the Forest School and outdoor environment and use this to stimulate their own writing.
The project will include investigating and experimenting 'pushes & pulls' including investigating distances travelled with cars and ramps. The children will use their literacy skills to write poetry and record what they observe. Numeracy skills will used to group and sort objects, collect data and measure distances.
The children throughout the school will also be learning about 'Heroes':
Years 4, 5 & 6 - Heroes & Heroines.
Years 2 & 3- Community Heroes
Foundation Class - My Hero
The key dates for the Autumn term have been agreed please see 'Calendar'.
This week the extra curricular clubs resume on Monday, children in Years 3-6 may attend any of the clubs. Year 2 are invited to attend Choir on Tuesday and Welsh Club on Friday both clubs run from from 3pm-3.30pm.
Swimming resumes this week for Years 2-6 the children will travel to Holywell for their swimming sessions.
We have a Science theme running through the week with the 'Mad Science' visiting us on Tuesday and Friday Techniquest will visit School with their 'Science Show' based of forces.
This week in August
I am delighted that the good weather we enjoyed at the end of term has continued into the summer break, I hope you are able to enjoy some special time with your families. The children have worked hard all year, this is evident in our whole school attendance which this year is 97%. Thank you all for helping the us achieve such an excellent level of attendance.
The children celebrated the end of the school year with their Summer Concert. Thank you to all for supporting the children, we are delighted to announce that the evening raised £250 which will be used to purchase new resources for the teaching of mathematics.
I am pleased to communicate to you the news that Mrs. Emma Robinson our school secretary will return to Ysgol Nannerch in September and will share the secretarial duties with Mrs. Nicky Napper. We are delighted that Emma is keen to return to us and I am sure the whole school community will be delighted to welcome her back.
I would also like to thank Mrs Nicky Telfor who stepped in to support us during Mrs. Robinson's absence.
The Church is holding a photography competition the theme of which is ' Nannerch Village Life'. Entry fee is £5. The categories are;
The competition closes on September 22nd with an exhibition of enteries at the Autumn Fair in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 27th September.
Entries labelled with name, age, title may be handed to:
Cath Yeardley - 24 Bryn Celyn or Lindsay Wilding- Beck Cottage
Thank you to our families, the community and Governors for their continued support of Ysgol Nannerch, I hope you all enjoy special and happy times with your children over the summer break. I look forward to hearing all your holiday news in September. School re-opens on September 3rd.