Notes from the Head

Review of the week:

24th September 2016

The weeks are racing by now, the whole school is engaged with the topic of Africa, each class is now focusing on a specific African country to find out more about this amazing continent, it is a great context for teaching the children and for them to use and learn new numeracy and literacy skills. 

Next week we have some exciting, creative activities planned for the children’s learning, one of which will be exploring the African culture through the creative arts with actor and theatre director Jane Meakin working with the classes. 

On Wednesday afternoon the Year 5 & 6 class will be inviting their parents and family into school to watch a short performance following their day spent with Jane.  Please note also our PTA is meeting here in school on Tuesday 27th September at 7pm, please come along to share ideas for future school events and fundraising.

 

Our peripatetic music teachers visit school each week offering tuition in guitar, woodwind and volin.  Learning to read music and play an instrument has many benefits, beyond mere musical development. It also promotes self–discipline, determination and time management skills.  If you are interested in your child taking up lessons in school please do speak to a member of staff.

 

It was great fun welcoming ‘Mad Science’ to school this week; we all enjoyed the interactive assembly in which we explored the physical science of ‘sound’.  The science workshops will be offered after school on a Thursday here in Nannerch during the second half of the AutumnTerm, details have been sent home with the children.

Mrs Downes, Headteacher

  • Tuesday 27th September at 7pm - PTA

  • Thursday 29th September – Years 5 & 6 Lixwm

  • 26th – 30th September- Africa Week

  • Monday 3rd October at 1pm  – Tempest individual & family School photographs

  • Tuesday 4th October – Year 5 & 6 Plas Derw

  • Tuesday 11th October - Year 5 & 6 Plas Derw

  • Wednesday 12th October -  Year 6 Nannerch & Lixwm walk 

  • Wednesday 12th October – Year 6 to Lixwm

  • Tuesday 11th October - Vision Eve for parents 6pm

  • Tuesday 18th October – Forest School Year 5 & 6

  • Tuesday 18th October – Parents Evening

  • Monday 24th – 28th October – School closed for half term

  • Monday October 31st – School Nurse flu vaccine Year 2’s

  • Tuesday 6th December – Foundation Phase Christmas Concert

  • Wednesday 7th December – Juniors Christmas Service

  • Monday 12th December – Pantomime

  • Friday 16th December – School closes for Christmas

  • Wednesday 4th January- Children return to school

  • May 3rd – 10th Welsh National Tests for Years 2-6

  • Wednesday 7th June – Sports Day

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News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

This week has been full of maths and science.  In maths as well as continuing to develop our number we have also developed our geometry skills, exploring two dimensional shapes and their properties.   It has been fun learning new words in order to develop our mathematical vocabulary and describe polygons and a range of quadrilaterals.

 

We learnt how to use a protractor to measure an angle and used this to help classify the shapes according to their properties, identifying parallel and perpendicular lines and angles. We used a ‘shape tree’, Venn, and Carroll diagram to help us sort and name the different quadrilaterals.

 

On Tuesday we spent the day at the Forest School site in Caerwys. We found out about the different species of trees and plants around the forest site  identifying the trees from the shape of their leaves and other features such as bark and seeds.  We are learning about the function and uses of the different parts of plants.

We learnt how to use tools safely and made a bracelet using only natural materials. 

We picked the blackberries from the forest and ate them with delicious pancakes cooked on the campfire…yummy!

 

We have an action packed week ahead with Africa Week, Forest School,and on Thursday we are planning a visit to our peers in Lixwm to use our Welsh skills practically in order to have a conversation, and find out more about each others interests and lives.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

It has been an enjoyable and creative week in year 3 and 4 this week. 

 

In language we have been looking at different characters and discussing their feelings. We have worked on recognising feelings and then described them through showing how they feel rather than saying how they feel. This was tricky but we got the hang of it!  It led to some super descriptive sentences in our writing. 

 

In mathematics we have been multiplying numbers by 10 and 100 and also dividing numbers by 10 and 100. The children really enjoyed this and have found the song we learnt helpful! I have been very impressed with all of the children's mathematics this week. 

 

This week we have also completed a wonderful piece of African artwork. The children planned, painted, drew and then cut out a silhouette to complete the picture. The art will be up on display for all to see in the corridor! 

 

In Science the children carried out a Woodlice Investigation! They wrote up the entire investigation independently, from collecting the woodlice, deciding on which 'habitats' to recreate, to collecting the materials. This was a fun task and they did a good job!

 

New spellings have been handed out for next weeks test. This is to go ahead despite Africa week. 

This week’s homework has been set and this will be based on Lesotho, it is due next Thursday. 

Please log on to complete the MyMaths homework if you have not yet done so (passwords have been sent home to ensure everyone has their own). 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

We have had a lovely week exploring Africa. We have watched BBC Bitesize clips on African families collecting water from a well. We talked about how difficult this was and how different it was from us being able to pour water from a tap. We did also learn that some parts of Africa have houses and homes just like us and have taps with running water.

We continued last weeks group activity discussing what made urban and rural places and recorded this in our busy books.

In maths this week we focused on 2D shapes and their properties. We had to read clues to find out which shape matched. This led us onto what regular and irregular pentagons and hexagons were – bendigedig pawb!

 

In Forest School pupils have begun making their African arrows. We have been learning how to safely use tools when we cut and whittle wood. Pupils understand their 'blood bubble' and know to wear a glove on their non tool hand for safety. Pupils have been making African dens in the woods today, this was a real treat observing pupils team work and leadership skills. I can't wait for Forest School next week!

Next week is Africa Week! We have Purple Platform coming in to provide African Drama workshops for the whole school. Our sessions are Monday and Tuesday mornings and we are really looking forward to this! We are going to look at many African artifacts next week and see if these inspire us to produce some African Masai Jewellery. 

Homework this week is to make and create your favourite Big 5 animal. Have fun everyone!

Review of the week:

18th September 2016

Already the summer holidays seem a long time ago, although the beautiful sunshine towards the end of this week has been a real bonus.  Fortunately it wasn’t too hot when the children took up their ‘Sports Champion challenge with gymnast Harry Owen.  The sponsored workout really was challenging, with little time for rest before moving on to another exercise, everyone did really well.  Thank you to all our parents and community for sponsoring the children, altogether they raised about £700!

 

We were all delighted to see Mr Wright back with us for our Thursday service this week.  Mr. and Mrs. Wright both work so hard to support us here in Ysgol Nannerch.  On Saturday Mrs. Wright has planned a ‘Worm Charming’ event and an Afternoon Tea in the village hall.  

 

On Thursday October the 6th we will be holding our Croeso Pawb with the theme of Harvest.  Mr. and Mrs. Wright and volunteers from the WI will be coming into school to help the children take part in a range of craft activities, after which we will meet in the church for a short service.  As usual there will be tea and cakes for sale in the church, a lovely opportunity to meet for a chat.

 

Thank you to Tony Doyle and Scott this week, for organising the Friday ‘after school football club’, the children were all very excited and it sounds as though everyone had a great time.  Tony along with Marc Owen, also runs a PTA football club on a Wednesday evening.  I must say the atmosphere on the school playing field on Wednesday evening was lovely, the weather was glorious and it was delightful to see children of all ages playing football and the school community enjoying some time together.

 

A huge well done to Mrs John and those of our parents who took part in the ‘Tough Mudder’ event last weekend, it looked a gruelling experience!  I believe the team spirit and support for one another was excellent, Mrs. John shared with us how everyone on the team helped each other along; it was a super message for the children to hear.

Mrs Downes, Headteacher

  • Tuesday 20th September – Year 5 & 6 Plas Derw

  • Tuesday 20th September – Mad Science Assembly

  • Thursday 29th September – Years 5 & 6 Lixwm

  • 26th – 30th September- Africa Week

  • Monday 3rd October at 1pm  – Tempest individual & family School photographs

  • Tuesday 4th October – Year 5 & 6 Plas Derw

  • Tuesday 11th October - Year 5 & 6 Plas Derw

  • Wednesday 12th October -  Year 6 Nannerch & Lixwm walk 

  • Wednesday 12th October – Year 6 to Lixwm

  • Tuesday 11th October - Vision Eve for parents 6pm

  • Tuesday 18th October – Forest School Year 5 & 6

  • Tuesday 18th October – Parents Evening

  • Monday 24th – 28th October – School closed for half term

  • Monday October 31st – School Nurse flu vaccine Year 2’s

  • Tuesday 6th December – Foundation Phase Christmas Concert

  • Wednesday 7th December – Juniors Christmas Service

  • Monday 12th December – Pantomime

  • Friday 16th December – School closes for Christmas

  • Wednesday 4th January- Children return to school

  • May 3rd – 10th Welsh National Tests for Years 2-6

  • Wednesday 7th June – Sports Day

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News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

We have settled back into routine in class, working hard in our learning.  We all did really well with our homework Mrs Downes was very impressed with our effort.  This week we have decided our own homework task, which is to find out about African masks.  We are planning to make our own African inspired mask; in readiness we have covered balloons in papier-mâché to create a base for our mask design.  It was a lovely, sticky, messy activity, we loved it!

 

This week we began our Forest School, we found out all about the natural medicines in the plants around us.  John who is an environmentalist came in to work with us; he taught us how to pick nettles without getting stung and showed us how to make nettle tea.  We used the camp fire to stew the nettles, we had a mixed reaction to the nettle tea, some of us liked it and some of us weren’t at all keen.

 

In Welsh we have been learning how to express our opinions, talking about our favourite food, television programmes and music using the patterns, ‘Dw i’n hoffi…’, ‘Mae’n well gen i…’  and ‘Fy hoff…’.  We will be using our Welsh to find out information about our peers in Lixwm when we join them for a learning activity in a couple of weeks.

Mrs John's class: Branwen

Our second week back to school has been very busy indeed! We have begun guided reading and our new Reception pupils have had a lot of fun with the reading activities. Year 1 & 2 have settled back into the routine with ease and are trying really hard to work together and extend their reading skills. Pupils have had a go at Talking Partners to tell their friend what they have eaten for breakfast, how they were feeling and what they did over the weekend!  Pupils have been sorting shapes this week using their own criterion. Some chose colour, 3 sided shapes vs. 4 sided shapes, big/small shapes. Well done everyone!

Some parts to the week really shine out and this week was our introductory lesson on Africa. Pupils were given picture cards to start with based on hot and cold countries. Pupils had to decide why the country was hot or cold given the picture clues. Pupils then were given pictures of urban and rural pictures and we had to decide what made an urban or rural place. When pictures of Africa came around we quickly realised that some of Africa is rural and some is urban. Pupils were working well together in teams with team captains as the spokespersons to provide feedback to the whole class. This work will be extended over the next few weeks. Homework this week is to find out what the 'Big 5' are!

Harry Owen provided us with a wonderful afternoon of exercise for the sponsored event, it was very challenging but so much fun! Pupils then watched Harry perform some of his rolls, and back flips. To finish off Harry went through his typical training day and food which he eats to keep himself fit and healthy. It was a great experience and well done to all pupils for raising sponsorship money and completing the exercises!

Homework:

 

Must: Mrs Biddle would like you all to find out what the ‘Big 5’ are?

 

Should: Research the ‘Big 5’ and record it in your homework book. You could write down what they are, draw, or print off information and stick it in your book.

 

Could: Create a fact file all about one of the Big 5.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

This week we have had the pleasure to watch the Year 4 presentations.  It looks like you all had a wonderful summer. Well done to those who practiced hard- it really showed. There have been some super ones!

on Tuesday, Sports for Champions visited our school with Harry Owen, GB gymnast. The children had the chance to hold his Commonwealth Bronze medal and he was very impressed with some of our pupil's medals too! It was a great afternoon and the children had lots of fun and were inspired to get out and do more! :)  

During forest school, the children went on a mini beast hunt. the were investigating the different habitats in the forest school and who lived there! 

We children have been introduced to our new topic- Africa. We have looked at a map and at lots of photographs to share what we already know. Some of the children have learnt quite a lot already and have been planning what they would like to learn about this term. 

 

We have started to read our class book, Duma. Some of our Language work has involved discussing feeling and empathising with how the the little brown cheetah would have felt. The children developed their ability to describe how someone is feeling through discussions and using a thesaurus.

On Thursday we also had a visit from PC Mark. He discussed rules and the community. 

In mathematics we have been identifying the value of a digit in a number. the children have used their knowledge of place value to break down numbers (1523= 1000 + 500 + 20 + 3) and add 3 digit numbers together.

Homework this week is based on the activities the children have completed in class. There is a task on my maths which should be completed by next Thursday. 

New spellings have been handed out. Well done to all of those who worked hard to learn last week's words.

Review of the week ending:

11th September 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the first week back in school despite spending so much time inside a building after a summer spent outdoors, however I feel privileged returning to such a beautiful little school in a stunning location.  The good weather has meant the children have been able to continue to make the most of the fresh air outside in our lovely outdoor environment.

 

Everyone is adjusting to my new married name; I am finding it strange to call myself ‘Mrs Downes’ however the children are doing really well remembering and reminding me! Many parents and children have asked about my wedding and the walk to Bardsey so this week I have included a few of my ‘wedding’ photographs. 

 

At the beginning of the summer holidays Mr Chapman left to take up a new career in management.  We wish him all the very best of luck for his future and hope he will visit find some time to visit us here in Nannerch.

 

Much of this first week back has been spent settling back into the more formal structure of a school day.  These first days in the new school year are important as we take the children through the basic routines which help the school day run smoothly.  Reminders such tidying away after ourselves and organising our learning help to ensure the children develop self-discipline.  

All the children have settled well and are starting to explore their new topics. This term's whole school topic is 'Africa', with each class focussing on one of the independent countries in this vast continent. We have an exciting ‘Africa Week’ planned for the end of this month, which is just one of the many events taking place to make our learning fun.

Throughout the school we will also be learning more about 'People who inspire us': starting this coming Tuesday with a visit from Welsh gymnast Harry George Owen, who will share and hopefully motivate us with his personal story.  The children have sponsor sheets; we hope you will be able to sponsor them for the event taking placenext week. Half of the money raised will be going to school, to be used to purchase PE resources and the rest towards ‘Sports for Champions’.

The key dates for the year have been agreed please see  our dates for the Calendar.

The extra-curricular clubs resume on Monday 12th September, children in Years 3-6 may attend any of the clubs.

 

This Year Mrs John is offering an Infants Club’ for the younger children. All clubs will run from 3pm-3.30pm.

'Mad Science' will be visiting us on 20th September for an exciting show and will then offer their workshops to interested children, these are planned to begin early October.

Mrs Downes, Headteacher

  • Tuesday 13th September – Sports for Champions Event ( PE Kit to be worn)

  • Wednesday 14th September – Year 5 & 6 Forest School

  • Thursday 15th September – PC Marc Police Liaison

  • Tuesday 20th September – Year 5 & 6 Plas Derw

  • Tuesday 20th September – Mad Science Assembly

  • 26th – 30th September- Africa Week

  • Tuesday 4th October – Year 5 & 6 Plas Derw

  • Tuesday 11th October - Year 5 & 6 Plas Derw

  • Tuesday 11th October - Vision Eve for parents 6pm

  • Tuesday 18th October – Forest School Year 5 & 6

  • Tuesday 18th October – Parents Evening

  • Monday 24th – 28th October – School closed for half term

  • Monday October 31st – School Nurse flu vaccine Year 2’s

  • Tuesday 6th December – Foundation Phase Christmas Concert

  • Wednesday 7th December – Juniors Christmas Service

  • Monday 12th December – Pantomime

  • Friday 16th December – School closes for Christmas

  • Wednesday 4th January- Children return to school

  • May 3rd – 10th Welsh National Tests for Years 2-6

  • Wednesday 7th June – Sports Day

News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Ms Lewis’s Class: Gwydion

We quickly settled back to work this week and have enjoyed beginning to find out about Africa.  Our class book this term is Michael Morpurgo’s book Butterfly Lion, a beautifully written story about a young boy who befriends a lion cub.

 

We located the continent Africa on a map and questioned our perceptions of Africa.  We thought about what we ‘know’ about Africa.  For homework we are thinking of what we would like to find out about the African country of Ghana.

We have been using our maths skills to revise place value and also took up a ‘shape’ challenge.

 

We had an opportunity to talk about what we had done over the summer holiday using our knowledge of Welsh.  We asked and answered the questions ‘Ble est ti?’ and ‘Sut est ti?’  Next week we will begin to describe our summer holidays in more detail.

 

It was interesting thinking and asking the question ‘What are human rights’, we discussed this question and found out the history of human rights.  Then we began to explore the Convention of the Rights of the Child. 

 

It has been lovely to start new exercise books; we are all continuing to try our best with our handwriting.  We wrote our own descriptions of a colour using metaphor and created a final, illustrated draft of our poems.

Mrs John's class: Branwen

Welcome back everyone to a new school year! I hope you all had a lovely summer. Pupils have been fantastic this week, all happy with plenty of smiles!

We began the week with a lovely story called the Gotcha Smile, one of my all time favorites. It helps the children realise that everyone feels a little bit nervous or worried at the start of a new term or new school. The little girl in the story is guided by her grandpa who recommends she uses her 'Gotcha Smile'!

We have tried it, and it really does work!

 

The summer boxes have been a huge success - massive thanks to everyone who has been involved! Pupils have been taking it in turns through the week to share their special box with their class. It has opened up question and answer sessions and has given pupils the opportunity to talk in front of an audience.

 

Our topic this term is Africa and pupils have begun some lovely African art for the display based on the classic story Handa's Surprise. Pupils have role played the story and have chosen their favourite parts from the book. We are hearing some African tales from Mrs Biddle next week and we have some parents who have volunteered to come in to talk to the pupils about their experiences of Africa over the next few weeks.

 

Don't forget sponsor forms for next week when Harry Owen comes in to visit - P.E kits to be in next week please.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

The first week back and what a busy one it had been! 

It has been lovely to settle back into routine, especially with my 'old' class once again! It has been particularly nice to already be familiar with one another so we could hit the ground running.

The children have all looked smart and have been punctual this week- we will be winning lots of tokens! Let's keep it up. 

 

During the week the children have each produced some super work already. They have drawn a self-portrait, looking carefully at their features in a mirror. 

We have talked about and shared our thoughts on what the school values, 'hope, community, compassion, wisdom and trust' each mean to us. 

On Wednesday morning the children walked down to watch and support the cyclists in the Tour of Britain race. It was a super atmosphere with a small crowd which gathered to watch. 

 

A busy week ahead next week. Year four each have their time slot for their 5 minute presentation. Year four homework is to keep practising their presentation. No additional homework for year three this week. 

New spellings have been handed out for the spelling test which is next Friday. 

 

Forest school will go ahead on Monday afternoon.

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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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