Notes from the Head

Review of the week: 24th June 2017

We all managed to cope with the unusually high temperatures this week, it wasnt easy for the children having to concentrate in such heat.  A big thank you to all parents for helping the children by supplying sun screen and encouraging them to wear cool clothes it certainly made their school day so much easier.  I think a special mention for Scott our school chef as despite the sweltering heat as he kept going in the kitchen to provide our beautifully cooked lunches.

 

I spent an hour in class with the Year 3&4 during the week and heard them read their story writing aloud.  The children were so expressive; it was lovely to be able to spend time with them.  On Thursday next week all the children will be involved in ‘Going Up’ day.  I am looking forward to having the Year 4’s join us as our new Year 5…it will be good to see how much they have progressed since Year 2, when I last taught them.

 

At the end of the school day on Thursday’s ‘Going Up’ day there will be an opportunity for parents to meet with the teacher of their child’s class.  This will provide an ideal opportunity to find out about the routines and structure of next years learning.  Please do join us if you are able to.

 

3pm - 3.30pm - Foundation Phase

3.30pm - 4pm - Years 3 & 4

4pm - 4.30pm - Years 5 & 6

 

On Monday our Junior pupils are off to Theatr Clwyd Cymru for an exciting arts project called ‘How to be a Kid’, the performance will be held in the ‘pop up’ Roundabout Theatre which you may have noticed is currently installed outside the theatre, following the performance the children will be taking part in a drama and dance workshop. 

 

This Tuesday we will be holding a Numeracy Challenge for the children.  Apologies for the mix up, we were due to hold it last week however needed to postpone.  The children are asked to attend school on Tuesday in their PE kit as the afternoon’s challenge will involve the use of numeracy skills during PE.

Mrs Downes

Headteacher

Dates for your diary

Monday 26th June – ‘How to be a kid’ theatre workshop for Juniors

29th June - Going Up Day

Tuesday 4th July - Reception, Year 1 & 2 - Jambori

3rd to 5th July – Cardiff Year 6

7th July – Cricket Festival Year 4,5 & 6

Tuesday 18th July – Yrs 4, 5 & 6 Cricket Festival

19th July - Leavers Service

20th July- Children finish for summer

21st July- Training day

* newly added dates

Homework and learning resources

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Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

This week we have been doing our autobiographies in language we also have been doing maths on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We have been making menus for our own restaurant. 

Also we have been finishing off our fantasy stories and typing them up on the computer ready to edit. 

We have been looking at the 3 R’s - Reuse, Recycle, Reduce and this week our homework is to collect data on what we waste over a day.  In school we will think whether we could rethink what we throw away.

It has been fun this week working on our ‘Magical Me’ paintings.  We were inspired by the artist Paul Klee, who used blocks of colour.  It was fun doing the paintings we played music and Jasmin baked a delicious cake at home which she brought to school to share with us…it was a great way to end the week.  

 

By Matthew and Simon.

 

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Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

This week Rowan and Oscar have written the blog.

 

We had lots of fun in forest school looking at symmetry this week.

  • We used chalks, natural materials and iPads.

  • Using the chalks, we worked with a partner and we had to draw half a circle. Inside the shape we created a pattern. Our partner then had to copy it in the other half. Some of them were very creative.

  • Using the iPads we had to take pictures around the school grounds of things that we thought were symmetrical. We then used these pictures in a maths lesson to sort into 3 different groups. .

  • We had to use materials from around the school to make a BIG symmetrical picture.  Using the iPads was our favourite part, especially as each group got to take a selfie!

 

In maths we sorted the photographs into those which were symmetrical, asymmetrical and those that had rotational symmetry. Oscar was surprised when he looked at the pictures again as he thought they were all symmetrical when he first took them.

 

We have also taken the temperature in different locations around the school this week. It was very hot! The tennis court was the hottest place. The hall was the coolest.

 

In Language this week we worked with our talking partners to edit our stories. We felt like professional authors sharing our first draft. We have now completed our draft and we have planned our front cover.

 

In Topic we have looked more into how to keep ourselves healthy. We found out that child needs 1 hour of exercise every day and we need more exercise than adults. We also found out that exercise makes your memory better and your heart and lungs stronger!

 

HOMEWORK: Miss Roberts went to a maths course today and she came back with a challenge for us all! We started with a piece of A5 paper (½ and A4 page) and a scissors. The challenge was to make the LONGEST piece of paper we could. You are not allowed any glue or tape and the paper must all stay attached. We had a go in class and Grace G had the longest piece of paper which was 5.2 meters!! 

This week our homework is to have a go at this challenge with our family members. Remember to plan how you are going to do it before you begin. Good luck. Miss Roberts is looking forward to seeing the different methods used. 

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Mrs John's class: Branwen

This week has been so hot and I am very proud of all my pupils for persevering in such hot conditions. We have finished our instructional writing and we concentrated on headings, lists and time connectives. 

We finished our class book The Magic Faraway Tree, what a wonderful adventure we have been on with the characters from the story. We have all been absorbed into this magical story and we feel quite sad to have finished it! We are very lucky though as Tommy has brought in the sequel and Samuel has planned the next story, 'How to Train your Dragon'. Samuel has even shown me how many chapters we would need to read each week before the end of term if we intend to finish it! Thank you boys!

 

As part of our topic we have discussed roles of men and women in the workplace and we read a story called Rosie Revere Engineer. What a great story showing the pupils that we don't always succeed on our first try. It also showed us that if we believe in ourselves we can be whatever we want to be when we grow up. Rosie in our story makes a Helicopter, so in true style pupils decided to make their own inventions. They sketched, designed and labeled their creations and personalised them with great colours and special names. They then set to work on the Rosie-copter challenge which is a STEM activity. It was great seeing pupils test their helicopters and work out how to 'speed' and 'slow' down the force of the flight. 

I have sent a copy of the Rosie-Copter task as homework so pupils can think of different ways of making the helicopter go slower without 'crash landing'.

Have fun!

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Review of the week: 18th June 2017

Yet more tragic events in London this week cannot brought feelings of empathy and sadness to all our community.   In Ysgol Nannerch we paid our respects during a moment of stillness to those who have lost their lives and to those families who have lost their homes, community, friends and family.  We hope that people in need will find the right support and the strength from others around them.

 

At such times of sadness in our world, being in Ysgol Nannerch within such a beautiful environment and active community only serves to confirm just how fortunate we are.  This week I have spent a great deal of time outdoors with the pupils, observing how the children interact so freely with one another whilst playing and  learning it is good to have such a secure base from which to grow and develop.  

 

This week Miss Roberts presented to governors some of the changes we have made in the teaching of Numeracy through the school over the year.  These include the ‘Maths of the Day’ which sees the value of linking key mathematical concepts to activity.  The teachers are also using strategies to engage pupils in the ownership of their learning through use of ‘Exit Cards’ where the process of a mathematical procedure is given value and also skills ladders, where pupils are able to recognise where they are in their learning.  This links directly to the promotion of a growth mindset.

 

It looks set to be another hot week therefore can you please ensure the children have their sun screen applied before school and clean water bottles.  Water is always available in school and we are fortunate in having so many shady outdoor areas. 

Mrs Downes

Headteacher

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 20th June –  Whole School Numeracy PE Challenge 

Thursday 22nd June – Year 6 PE transition (Alun School)
Monday 26th June – ‘How to be a kid’ theatre workshop for Juniors

Tuesday 4th July - Reception, Year 1 & 2 - Jambori

3rd to 5th July – Cardiff Year 6

Tuesday 18th July – Yrs 4, 5 & 6 Cricket Festival

19th July - Leavers Service

20th July- Children finish for summer

21st July- Training day

* newly added dates

Homework and learning resources

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Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

This week we used our geometry skills to design the floor plan of a restaurant.  We were keen to then develop this theme further and have begun to think about the healthy balanced menu we could offer, using all that we have discovered about the need for a balanced diet.

 

In language now we are working to develop our sentences through their construction.  We changed the word order and added adverbs, adjectives and replaced nouns to make our sentences more exciting.  Mr Wright popped in and we shared our stories so far reading them aloud to him.  He was very impressed.

 

During PHSE we are exploring the importance of relationships and how we respond to others.  We debated and considered different opinions regarding being responsible.  We watched the fable of the ‘Frog and The Scorpion’.  Considering what was the responsibility of each creature.  We all had very different ideas.

 

PE was fun we took turns to act as the referee, not an easy task!  We enjoyed being outside in the fresh air. 

 

This week our homework is a little unusual.  We have to ask two people to do it for us!  However we have to make sure it is done on time and we remember to hand it in.  So we have to make sure we give those people enough time to do it.

 

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Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

Callum Mackintosh and Isabelle have written this week’s blog.

 

In Forest school we have finished writing and decorated our ‘rain poems’. They are on the wall outside our classroom and they look really good. It was great fun working outside.

In Welsh this week we have been practising how to say our news out loud. A small group of us read out what we had written in front of everyone. It was a bit scary, but we did it. The rest will get to read theirs out next week.

We have looked at a new parable this week called ‘The Parable of the Lost Son’. We looked at the father’s and the son’s different feelings.

In Language we watched a couple of short films without any words to help us plan our fantasy story, we then wrote our introduction and edited it. Some of them are sounding fantastic already!

In Topic we have looked at our bodies and named all of different body parts.

In this weeks’ Maths of the Day this week we had to work out if a selection of sums were true or false. We also had calculator challenges.

In Art we looked at the artist Vincent Van Gogh. We learnt how to tell where he was living when he painted each picture. When he lived in the Netherlands his painting are quite dark, but when he moved to France the paintings got lighter and brighter. Those ones were our favourites!

 

This week for our homework we need to keep a food diary to help us in our Science lesson. We also have new spellings. 

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Mrs John's class: Branwen

This week pupils have been busy creating block graphs and pictograms using information based on their favourite fruit at snack times. Pupils had to create tally charts to collate the class information before making a block graph. Reception made a pictogram and then answered questions based on the information. Da iawn pawb!

We had to think about the qualities of being a good friend. Pupils came up with some lovely ideas, including being helpful, telling jokes and cheering your friend up when they felt sad. This was very helpful as Year 2 had to put themselves forward to be a buddy this term. Rosie and Harri were elected so enjoy being buddies to your school peers! 

We are going on a Welsh Jamboree soon and so we have begun learning our super fun songs! Our favourite up to now is 'Afal, Oren, Banana!'

We read a story this week called Oliver's Milkshake, who was about a little boy who doesn't like milk and fruit. By the end of the story he has visited a farm and made his own 'yummy, scrummy, fruity milkshake'.


Pupils were all given a task to design and create their own fruity milkshakes. Pupils loved deciding the ingredients and making them using Mrs John's blender! The best bit though was sitting in the milkshake parlour with our friends sipping milkshakes through straws! 


A lovely way to see pupils so happy and excited about their learning!

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Review of the week: 11th June 2017

There is one date in the school’s diary which every year brings with it a level of questioning and concern…will it or won’t it go ahead…sports day!  This year we were unbelievably fortunate in that the skies cleared for just a few hours and our annual event went ahead.  Thank you to all our volunteers, the PTA for providing refreshments and also to the children for putting on such a great show of sportsmanship and the ‘can do’ mind set.  Thank you too to our parents and families for coming along to support the children.  

One grandparent this year commented that not holding the parent or staff race had meant the day was fully focused on the children.  A request not to hold a race for parents was made during this year’s vision evening.  I am pleased that the impact of listening and acting on such feedback resulted in a happy day for all.

The children were all keen to share their half term homework; we had so many beautiful and inspiring ‘hearts’.  Thank you to all our families for taking part in this creative expression of family.  We are busy thinking of how best to display these in order that all visitors to the school are able to share in them.  The hearts really do help show how the individual values of our families help support our school community in creating a strong sense of belonging in our children. 

This sense of belonging and connectedness does help our children to feel happier and creates within them a secure place to grow from.  

I was pleased to meet our new minister the Rev’d Daniel Stroud and his family last Sunday.  Rev’d Daniel along with his wife Lara and their young son have taken the very bold and exciting step of travelling to Wales from the American city of Philadelphia to set up home.  Rev’d Daniel will take up the pastoral ministry of the Bro Famau Churches which include Nannerch.  I hope that the family soon feel settled and will find a warm Welsh welcome from all in Ysgol Nannerch. 

Mrs Downes

Headteacher

Dates for your diary

Monday 12th June- Year 5 & 6 Science transition (Alun School)
Tuesday 13th June – Year 6 PE transition (Alun School)

Tuesday 20th June –  Whole School Numeracy PE Challenge 

Thursday 22nd June – Year 6 PE transition (Alun School)
Monday 26th June – ‘How to be a kid’ theatre workshop for Juniors

Tuesday 4th July - Reception, Year 1 & 2 - Jambori

3rd to 5th July – Cardiff Year 6

Tuesday 18th July – Yrs 4, 5 & 6 Cricket Festival

19th July - Leavers Service

20th July- Children finish for summer

21st July- Training day

* newly added dates

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Homework and learning resources
Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

We have had a fun time in maths this week as we used the ‘BIDMAS’ maths equations to solve a murder mystery! We had to use our algebra to find out which celebrity had murdered Ant & Dec and the reason why.  


We also used our numeracy skills in Science as we used our healthy living questionnaires to collate data and work out the percentages of different life style choices.  In language we have continued to focus on our descriptive writing.  We looked at how an ordinary event can be triggered and changed into a fantasy.  We have thought of some fantastic escapes from reality in our story writing.


Sports day is always good fun and we were pleased the weather was dry.  Well done to Glyndwr for achieving ‘Best House’ and to Thomas for becoming the ‘Sports Champion’ this year.


In PSHE we are continuing to learn about the changes which are happening to our bodies as we grow up.  We are really enjoying having the opportunity to discuss together and to support one another as we find out how to manage our changing emotions and bodies and to respect ourselves and others as we become young adults.

 

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Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

What an exciting week we have had this week. Hattie and Markel have written the week’s blog.

In Forest School it was raining! We made the most of it, put on our waterproofs and we outside! We used our senses draft a poem about the rain. It was nice listening to the soothing sound of the rain hitting the leaves, we could hear the wind blowing, some of us could taste the rain and saw clouds rolling across the sky.

 

In Maths we have been looking at and creating pictograms. The first one we made was about different pets. We asked the class which was their favourite animal; we showed our findings in a pictogram. Then we designed our own pictogram on what different people do to keep ourselves healthy. Hattie chose different activities including biking, trampolining and swimming. We then questioned the whole class on which they do. When created our pictogram, we had to remember to add the headings. This was lots of fun to do.

 

We have started to think about our stories that we are going to be writing. We had a large piece of paper which we had to fill in, we weren’t allowed to use words and or leave any white left on the paper. Hattie thought it felt amazing to use her imagination and think about a character of her choice.

 

What great weather we had with sports day. The teams work hard through the year collecting house points. Markel was so excited being able to race in the relay team! He felt proud and powerful for doing the relay in front of all the parents. Hattie said she felt amazing because she thought she would fail and she did not!

 

My Maths homework is up and running and is due on Wednesday. 

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Mrs John's class: Branwen

Our week started with a lovely treat from Osian who brought in some of his own produced apple juice! Thank you Osian, we all really enjoyed it and it tasted so yummy.

Pupils were very proud of their homework 'family hearts' which they created with love. We shared these in Service with Mrs Downes and we will continue this next week. 

We managed to squeeze sports day in-between all the rain we have had this week, we were very lucky and what a lovely afternoon we had. Lots of effort and enjoyment and a big well done to Nursery for some of them it was their first sports day! 

 

Pupils have finished their funny stories this week, these were based on the very greedy character from the book called 'Nora'. Da iawn pawb!

In Forest School this week we spent half of the session inside and half outside as we were making a bird kite which required a dry area and it was so wet outside!

The bird kite is a STEM based activity (Science, technology, engineering and math). The pupils watched a short clip on how to make the bird and with the correct tools they set off to work. The birds were then flown outside to see if they really worked. Pupils were very pleased to see how their birds took off in the breeze and the shape of the wings were what captured the air to make them fly. The following day some pupils decided to recreate the bird kites in different ways, Daniel made 2 birds and put them together to see if this made a difference and yes it did! Orla made a tiny version of the bird which also flew just as well as the larger one.

 

Pupils in maths have been playing dice games and adding up their 2 or 3 dice. Some pupils have been code breaking which included numbers beyond 1000 - bendigedig!

We have also been looking at our food diaries for the week and recording down what we have eaten and drunk during the day. It has highlighted to pupils how important breakfast is and that sometimes we aren't drinking enough. This has been followed up as a homework activity for over the weekend. 

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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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