Notes from the Head

Review of the week: 23rd July 2017

It was a busy and enjoyable week which brought the school year to a close this week.  I would like to thank all involved in our school community for their contributions and support over the year. Without our children, parents, PTA, ASC, community volunteers, governors and staff the school would certainly not be the lovely place it is.

 

Ysgol Nannerch is a community focused, rural school and as such every single person plays an important role, helping to build and develop the shared ethos which is so important to creating our vision. 

Next term we are planning to hold a memorable vision event to celebrate the school's journey, as we continue to look to its future.  We will be collecting memories from past pupils and members of the school community.  Please do contact us in September if you have any contact with past pupils who can support us in this.

 

Congratulations to Miss Roberts who was presented with her Masters in Education this week and also to Jess from ASC who gained first class honours in her degree. Jess has decided to take a break from academics for a little while as she decides on her next steps. 

 

I would also like to say very well done to Matthew and Thomas of Year 6, who led a wonderful farewell service,  in which the value of 'courage' was beautifully presented.  Good luck to both boys as they take their next big step into high school. 

 

Good luck to all the children who are moving on from Nannerch to begin their new schools in the Autumn. Remember to visit us!

 

In September we will be holding the After School Club annual general meeting.  We welcome all parents to this meeting,  it will offer an opportunity to share our ideas of how to develop and improve the club and the service provided.  The club is run as a 'not for profit' organisation and the committee consists of parents of children who access the club.  Please do put this date: 25th September in your diary, the meeting will be held at 5:30pm at the school.

 

Once again I thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you all again soon.  In the meantime I would like to wish all our children, their families and school community a very happy and safe summer. 

 

 

 

Mrs Downes

Headteacher

Dates for your diary

1st Sept -Training Day 

4th September school opens for children

13th September Mad Science assembly 

25th September individual & family photos 

25th September 5.39pm - ASC meeting

Review of the week: 14th July 2017

The weather has been good this week let's hope it stays fine for the summer holidays. The children (and staff) are all starting to get excited for the end of term and have many plans for how they will spend the time out of school. 

We are busily preparing the school for the autumn term with new books and resources being delivered, topic planning outlined and dates set in the diary.  

 

The children had a real treat with the PTA holding a disco for them on Friday afternoon. Everyone looked very smart in their array of outfits, from party dresses and sparkly shoes to comfortable, casual wear. 

 

Our leavers service will be held on Wednesday 19th July. Parents and families of our Year 6 are invited to join us at St Michael's church for the service which will start at 2pm.

We have just four days in school next week with children finishing for the summer on Thursday afternoon. 

Mrs Downes

Headteacher

Dates for your diary

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

19th July - Leavers Service

20th July- Children finish for summer

21st July- Training day

1st Sept -Training Day 

4th September school opens for children

13th September Mad Science assembly 

25th September individual & family photos 

* newly added dates

Homework and learning resources

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Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

We are getting very excited because it is almost time to break up for the summer holidays! It has been good fun this week.  We finished all our investigations for our fidget spinners and then we made our own.  We chose our own design for the fidget spinners and tested which was the best design.  We did this by timing how long they spun. 

We spent time practising our song for the Leavers Service, Mrs Pierce has given us all something to learn for this.  The Year 6 have been busy writing their memories and on Monday the head of the English department at the Alun came to visit them.  They are looking forward to becoming Year 7’s now. 

We finally finished and typed our final draft of the fantasy stories. We watched part of the film Inside Out, to look at emotions and we used the ideas to develop the characters in our stories.

The disco on Friday was great fun, we all enjoyed wearing our own clothes and playing games.  Next Thursday is our last day of term and we are having a water fight and we can wear our own clothes.

 

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Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

Our final full week in school before the summer holidays is complete. We have done some lovely tasks and all really enjoyed our week. 

Here are some of the highlights...

 

This week we walked down the the forestry twice! Once as part of forest school and the other with Mrs. Downes. This was a lovely treat. We enjoyed playing and looking at the different trees.

 

We have completed our art project this week. Each of us have recreated a famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh. Miss Roberts was very impressed at how much effort we all put in and how well we replicated Van Gogh's style. Our painting are going to be displayed to the whole school. 

 

Another highlight this week was the school disco! There was great music, funny dancing and brilliant games. Everyone had fun and laughed a lot!

 

Four more days and lots more fun to have! 

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Mrs John's class: Branwen

This week ended on a high with the exciting disco PTA organised. Pupils loved their treats and danced away to their favourite music! Thanks so much PTA for all your support and hard work this year. 


Pupils have been busy writing and designing their end of year booklets this week. They have reflected on the year and have written about their school, friends, teachers and favourite memories. 


We had a lovely time at the park, playing games, football, parachute, tennis and played on the equipment. 


Pupils have had their summer homework challenges and they have had an extra reading book this week. Please visit the library or read plenty from your books at home. 


We are looking forward to the last week and maybe one or two little surprises...


Thank you all for a wonderful year, your children have worked so very hard and I am immensely proud of what they have achieved. 


We are already looking forward to a new year, new term and new friends. 

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Review of the week: 9th July 2017

I was fortunate to spend the first half of the week in Cardiff with Year 6 and their peers from three of our local rural primary schools.  The weather was perfect and we were delighted to spend our first afternoon down in Cardiff Bay with ice creams and a speed boat ride!  It was a great way to spend a Monday!  

Other highlights of the trip included the pupils from the schools taking part in a debate in the Senedd and meeting up with Hannah Blythyn our Assembly Member for Delyn, followed by a tour of Cardiff Castle, and a visit to the Millennium Stadium and on the way home down into the Big Pit.

It was lovely to see how well the children from the four schools interacted, a great way to get to know one another before they all move up to the Alun School in September.

 

The results of the Welsh National Tests were published this week and I am so pleased to see that our children have done well.  The results will be shared with parents next week along with the annual reports, all of which help give a picture of a child's progress over the year.  Please do make an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher if you have any queries or concerns.

Mrs Downes

Headteacher

Dates for your diary

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

On Monday Year 6 left for Cardiff with Mrs Downes and Year 5 stayed with Mrs Pierce.  We continued to find out about recycling in our guided reading.  We used a ‘Recycling Fact’ diagram to find information, look for trends and infer meaning.  We found out that 13.2% of water usage in households is from leaks!

 

So we asked the Big Question ‘How much water does a dripping tap actually waste?’ In a Science investigation we predicted and decided on a method to find out how much water a dripping tap would waste every hour.  We used our measuring skills to measure the amounts and then calculated the average amounts of water wasted over a day, a week and a year.

 

We also carried out an investigation about fidget spinners, different groups looked at different properties of the spinners.  One group found out how the weight of the spinner affected the length of time it would spin.  Everyone made sure their test was fair and that we recorded our findings in charts and tables.

 

On Thursday and Friday we did lots of art.  We used shadows to make a 2D painting of ourselves and also made a 3D figure out of foil and drew the shadow.  We found out about an artist called Louise Nevelson who was used junk to make huge sculptures to show the lives of different people.  We used junk to make our own boxes and we are going to spray them one colour and join them together to make a big collaborative piece of art.

 

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Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

As the last couple of weeks of term approaches, there is a small group of children bringing the blog to you! This week it is Grace W, Morgan, Jack and Tilly.

 

This week we have had a fantastic time completing and reading each other's story. Firstly we has to create a back cover. This meant thinking of what to put in the blurb. It was great fun, but a bit of a challenge! Some people came up with some really funny ones! Then we got to decide on the price of our book and we create a bar code!

When they were complete we put our whole story together. We felt like authors having our books published. They look fantastic. We read a selection of different stories and wrote a book review about one of our favourites. 

 

In forest school we created a nature mask! This was really fun. Everyone created their own design and they looked brilliant. 

 

We really enjoyed Maths of the Day this week. We split into two groups and had maths different challenges whilst stood on the benches. We had to try to not wobble off! 

 

On Friday we has a fantastic afternoon with the whole school together! It all ended with a lovely story from Mrs Downes. 

 

Thanks for reading :)

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Mrs John's class: Branwen

I told the pupils on Monday they had a surprise waiting for them in the classroom, with a lot of questions and excitement they cheered as they saw Mrs Biddle standing in their class! A huge amount of smiles, hugs and catch ups had to happen before we could even take the register! A huge welcome back Mrs Biddle, you have been missed!

Pupils have been designing and creating their own 'end of year' booklet this week. Pupils have had to design their own front cover and different information pages which reflect their school year. 

Our Welsh Jamboree was wonderful this week, we travelled to Connah's Quay Civic Hall for a Welsh sing song. We had a lot of fun with 5 other schools from Flintshire.

Teachers had to dance to one of the songs and we were squirted with water through another! What great fun and thank you to the Welsh advisory team for putting this event on for us every year!

We undertook a barefoot challenge in Forest School. We had to travel barefoot through trays filled with different textures.

 

The ultimate one was a swampy, slimy mixture - yuck!

Pupils were so brave and treaded very carefully. 

This week will be our last spelling test. Homework is now the summer challenges which were sent home on moving up day. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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Review of the week: 2nd July 2017

It has been a busy week and as we come to the end of another school year the weeks are becoming increasingly jam packed.  On Monday the juniors returned full of enthusiasm following their visit to the theatre for the ‘How to be a Kid’ show and workshop.  I am going to have to get tickets to see this show as it does sound a really super production and Mrs Pierce tells me I ought to go!  

 

On Monday evening I attended a thanksgiving service at St Asaph Cathedral, this was a lovely way of taking the time to appreciate the work which takes place in the church schools within our local area, many which are of course small village schools.  It was a great opportunity to network with other head teachers and governors and of course officers from our local education authority and the diocese.  There is so much unseen work and effort which takes place in order to ensure that our children continue to access a rich educational experience.  In Nannerch we are fortunate to have a school located within and surrounded by such a stunning natural landscape.

 

Of course we are also fortunate here in Nannerch to have such a vibrant community and knowledgeable governing body ensuring the school continues to serve the needs of its local community.  On Sunday the governors met to consider Ysgol Nannerch’s role in the community, I am pleased that there are so many exciting plans for continuing to take the school into a bright future.

 

‘Going Up Day’ is always a momentous day for the children and this year was no exception.  Our Year 6 were excited to travel to the Alun School, Mold to meet their form tutor and new classmates.  It is always a delight to see the children so confident and self aware, ready to take up their new learning challenges.  The transition work that has taken place with the Alun and all our local consortium schools has given our Year 6 an opportunity to meet teachers from the Alun and spend some time in the school.  The local primary schools work together to ensure all the children who choose the Alun as their secondary school  have followed similar schemes of work in English, Maths, Science and Welsh as a second language.  This level of preparation really does help create a smooth transition which certainly helps create a secure base for the children’s learning.

 

Here in school it was also delightful to have an opportunity to see the children in their class groups for next year.  I cannot believe so many little ones are about to start fulltime in Reception, it seems no time since they were born!

 

Please do contact me if you have any concerns or questions to ask about transition or moving up.  I am always willing to listen and as school we are here to offer support where we can.

Mrs Downes

Headteacher

Dates for your diary

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

On Monday we went to the theatre to watch a show about how hard it is sometimes to be a kid.  It was good and we enjoyed the workshop after.  Then on Tuesday we had another event to look forward to, our Numeracy Challenge.  We were busy keeping active and using our maths skills.

 

On Wednesday we heard a story called ‘Who owns the sky?’ which asked whether natural resources can be shared or even stolen.  We wondered whether water in a river actually belongs to anyone and can it be stolen?

 

Thursday was Going Up Day and Year 6 went to the Alun where they met their new form tutor and head of year.  The Year 5 became Year 6 and we were joined by our friends from Year 4 who will be Year 5 in September.  We enjoyed being together and spent some time talking about how we felt with the change.

 

Then we wrote job descriptions and letters of application for the class jobs.  In the afternoon we wrote an inside outside poem and watched poets perform their poetry.  We all liked Spike Milligan’s nonsense poem.

To end the day we had a challenge to build a structure using marshmallows and table knives!

 

On Friday we joined the year 4 again for a game of bench ball in PE.  It was great fun!

 

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Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

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Mrs John's class: Branwen

A lovely week despite the rain! We enjoyed the Numeracy Challenge and we had 3 tasks to do during the afternoon. We had fun working together in teams measuring, ordering and problem solving in a mixture of PE games! Our afternoon finished with ice pops and we had a visit from the Evening Leader so look out for our pictures in the newspaper! 


Moving up day was busy and we all felt very grown up. It was sad to see our Year 2's go into the juniors but Mrs John kept popping to see them! They were really enjoying their new class and having Miss Roberts and Mrs Daly as their new teachers!


New Reception were amazing! They spent the whole day in school smiling, playing, making and creating! They were very chatty and enjoyed Scott's lunch, thank you Scott!! Our new Year 1 & 2's were very grown up and helped the younger pupils settle in. It was lovely to meet Albert and his family, he had a busy afternoon in Nursery and had fun meeting his new friends. 

Pupils were given their summer holiday challenges today so look out for these. 


Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

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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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