Notes from the Head

Review of the week:

23rd October 2016

I can’t believe how quickly this half term has flown by. It has been a busy term with so many exciting events linked to the Africa topic. The whole school are hooked on this wonderful country and every class has explored something new and exciting. Africa will continue into next half term and also the exciting ‘Christmas’ theme will come into play too!

We welcome Eleanor Douggie to our team at Ysgol Nannerch this week. Miss Douggie will be working on Monday and Tuesdays in school and Monday in breakfast and after school club. Miss Douggie is keen to set up a netball club after school on Tuesdays so we will keep you posted when this starts. We hope you will be very happy in your new post and enjoy our lovely school community.

I had the pleasure of watching Year 5 & 6 for a short while this week with the Play Makers Chris and Dan from Flintshire Sports Development.  The Playmaker scheme involves the pupils to become the leaders of our school at play times and lunch times. The  pupils were given an afternoon of activities which supported their understanding with social cues, non-verbal communication, positive communication and body language as well as fun sports and games which can be played with the whole school.

 

Pupils will have ownership over their journals and a school timetable which they will organise themselves. They will have to lead playtime games and activities with the whole school on a rota based system which is controlled by the pupils themselves. Pupils will be monitored over the year on their leadership skills as well as their supportive team work and they will be awarded certificates at the end of the programme if they fulfil the criteria. This scheme continues into high school and pupils can further their skills in Year 7 and beyond. This is a very exciting initiative for our older pupils and we look forward to seeing the fruits of your hard work Year 5 and 6!

We hope you have a lovely half term and don’t forget the village bonfire on 29th October!  

We return to school on Monday 31st October.

Mrs John Deputy Headteacher

SPECIAL YEAR 5 & 6 BLOG

This week I thought it would be lovely to share with you some of the Forest School snipets from the pupils weekly reports. As I'm sure you know what a wonderful experience this is for the pupils. The sessions have been based here in Nannerch or in Caerwys and it is all based around 'Historical Healers'.

Here are some of the pupils thoughts from the sessions...

 

'Dawn to dusk sunshine and the first day of our new forest school project. we met Polly and john outside our orchard. John told us that our school field was a wonderful medicine chest, full of exciting plants with magical properties.'

'In groups we made a quadrant to estimate the percentage of different plants in the area. We found a variety of plants, some we could name, and John told us their uses. Our estimating skills are getting better too.'

 

'John explained why plants flower then bear fruit and about the importance of bees, butterflies and birds in pollinating and dispercing the seeds.' 

 

'Whilst we were playing a game to help us remember the trees we saw a wonderful site - a large number of swallows flying round landing on a silver birch tree then all flying off again, what a noise.'

 

After a picnic lunch we went into our forest to learn about the wonderful world of NETTLES!'

'We made nettle tea, not much taste but refreshing and incredibly good for you, which we drank sitting around a camp fire listening to John playing his guitar.'

 

'We split into groups and whilst one group went for a walk to the witches house (just some ruins really) and did a tally of trees on the way the other group acted out a story from the Mabinogion. It was a complicated but funny story. We really enjoyed acting it out and making Blodeuwedd out of sticks and plants. 

 

'After lunch we switched groups. At the end of the afternoon we sat round the firecircle and had a recap of what we did. Then had a biscuit before we went back to school.'

 

'There will be a lot more adventures in the woods.'  

 

By Year 5 and 6

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News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

We have had a busy and enjoyable start to the school year and the children are ready for their half term holiday. This week we have been studying living things, their characteristics and habitats. We have been investigating how animals are adapted to their environment and how food chains and food webs are connected. Their homework this coming week is to invent an imaginary creature and describe its habitat. I anticipate some new and exciting creatures to be discovered!

 

In maths the children have used their knowledge of the times tables to solve multiplication and division problems and have come to the conclusion that they are the inverse of each other.

 

We were delighted to welcome Carolyn and Polly from Plas Derw to our Forest School this week and take them round our school grounds to show them how much we have learnt about our local plants. In the eco classroom we made a large scale map showing the location of all our plants that have, in the past, been used in some way to help or heal. We would have a full medicine chest in times past. We finished the day round the fire eating delicious baked apples (some covered in honey and cinnamon) that we had prepared that morning.

 

We had a very energetic Wednesday afternoon with Dan and Steve from Flintshire, learning about leadership, organisation and fairness in order to be play leaders. We are all looking forward to organising and leading groups at play time next term.  

 

Enjoy the break, we’ll look forward to another busy term in the run up to Christmas.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

This week Bronwyn and Will are writing the year 3&4 blog. We have had a really good week.

In Maths we have been working on time.

We have been thinking of  two or three characters for our own stories. We did Venn diagrams with Miss Douggie. We looked at the differences between Jane and Tarzan and then between Jane and Clayton.

In topic we have done some mapping of the school. This was quite hard but we all did it.

We were very lucky to have Heather Hedgehog in again this week, we had lovely weather.

We had a marble treat, we watched Tarzan. The whole of year 3 and 4 enjoyed the film.

We had a pumpkin party we all had a good time. 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

This week we have finished our Handa stories. A big well done to Year 1 & 2 for all their hard work and effort. It was lovely to read their story beginning, middle and endings. Pupils had carefully added adjectives and simple punctuation. Sentence connectives were also used with a good attempt at spelling independently – wow a very proud Mrs John! After half term the pupils will begin writing their own stories based on Handa’s Surprise. Pupils may want to begin thinking about their story characters and setting over half term.

In Maths we have continued to consolidate number values with Reception and the 2 times table with older pupils. Again, this has been a huge achievement for all pupils and I can see so much progress this term already.

We had a lovely afternoon in Forest School where we made a fire collectively using paper firelighters and different sized sticks. We sat around the fire and sang a song pupils had learnt with Mrs Biddle. It was so fantastic! We cooked marshmallows for our snack and at the end of our session we all helped to put the fire out by pouring water and saying what our favourite moment of forest school was.  A perfect end to the end of term!

The Pumpkin disco was great fun and pupils had a great time! Everyone had gone to so much effort and can I say a massive thank you to PTA, parents that helped and Mr Tucker for making it such a fun event!

Homework has been kept to a minimum this week due to very tired pupils! It is a reading based homework so have fun reading your favourite stories to friends and families.

Have a lovely half term everyone 

Dates for your diary

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

Monday October 31st –School Nurse flu vaccine Reception Year 3’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

Homework and learning resources

Review of the week:

16th October 2016

Africa continues to take many forms in school this week and pupils remain hooked into such a wonderful topic. The whole school have been able to see and hold African animals from a company called Zoolab. Pupils were given so much information about the animals habitats and it was lovely to see pupils confidently holding the giant African millipede and the bearded dragon!

Nicola and Bim kindly agreed to come and visit from Bim's Kitchen on Wednesday. It was a very special treat for the pupils and staff as not only did they show their African range of sauces they make, but they provided the pupils with a lot of information about Nigeria. Bim and Nicola brought in spices and foods which they use to make their own unique recipes. We thought the baobab fruit was very unusual! We tried the hibiscus lemonade which was wonderful and well done to Harley for guessing the ingredients correctly! To finish the afternoon Bim and Nicola provided every pupil with a special gift of a wooden spoon. If you would like to purchase anything from Bim's Kitchen their website is  www.bimskitchen.com

 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Vision Evening on Tuesday. It was a lovely opportunity to share with the school community the pupils dreams and hopes for their future in Nannerch. I think the committees in school are so focused and they really work hard to make changes and add to what is already a wonderful school. Governors, PTA, staff and families were all able to record their vision and these will be used to feed into our school plans. Once again, a huge thank you to all our Governors, staff, PTA and families for supporting our lovely village school.

 

Please note parents evening will be on Tuesday 18th October.

Mrs John Deputy Headteacher

SPECIAL YEAR 5 & 6 BLOG

This week I thought it would be lovely to share with you some of the Forest School snipets from the pupils weekly reports. As I'm sure you know what a wonderful experience this is for the pupils. The sessions have been based here in Nannerch or in Caerwys and it is all based around 'Historical Healers'.

Here are some of the pupils thoughts from the sessions...

 

'Dawn to dusk sunshine and the first day of our new forest school project. we met Polly and john outside our orchard. John told us that our school field was a wonderful medicine chest, full of exciting plants with magical properties.'

'In groups we made a quadrant to estimate the percentage of different plants in the area. We found a variety of plants, some we could name, and John told us their uses. Our estimating skills are getting better too.'

 

'John explained why plants flower then bear fruit and about the importance of bees, butterflies and birds in pollinating and dispercing the seeds.' 

 

'Whilst we were playing a game to help us remember the trees we saw a wonderful site - a large number of swallows flying round landing on a silver birch tree then all flying off again, what a noise.'

 

After a picnic lunch we went into our forest to learn about the wonderful world of NETTLES!'

'We made nettle tea, not much taste but refreshing and incredibly good for you, which we drank sitting around a camp fire listening to John playing his guitar.'

 

'We split into groups and whilst one group went for a walk to the witches house (just some ruins really) and did a tally of trees on the way the other group acted out a story from the Mabinogion. It was a complicated but funny story. We really enjoyed acting it out and making Blodeuwedd out of sticks and plants. 

 

'After lunch we switched groups. At the end of the afternoon we sat round the firecircle and had a recap of what we did. Then had a biscuit before we went back to school.'

 

'There will be a lot more adventures in the woods.'  

 

By Year 5 and 6

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News from our classes:

Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

Another busy week. We used our knowledge of time to solve problems involving television programmes and convert from analogue to digital. We were able to estimate the probability of tasks and calculate seconds, hours, days and weeks. We had another wonderful day at Caerwys Forest School, Pippa from Plas Derw joined us and showed us how to make Rowan jelly, it tasted really good with cheese and bread. We used tools to make a scroll with runic writing, just like the druids. As well as listening to plant mythology and reading legends about plants we researched their historical uses and properties and used our knowledge in the telling of our own story.

We have investigated the climate of North Wales using data from the Met Office and will be comparing our results to that of Ghana. In science it has been interesting to see the feeding relationships in different habitats. All the children were excited to meet 'Bim's Kitchen', tasting their delicious hibiscus lemonade and handling the fruit from the Baobab tree, a great comparison to our fruit!

 

Our homework this week is a set task about time from 'My Maths' to be completed by Wednesday the 19th, not forgetting to complete one task in Read Theory by Friday and to practise spelling words regularly throughout the week.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

It’s been another busy week in year three and four with lots of lovely things happening.

On Tuesday evening we held a ‘vision evening’ to hear your suggestions of how to move forward in Ysgol Nannerch.

In year three and four we liked the idea of the children writing the blog!

So from now on that is what will happen!

So first up (a tough job!) it is  Finlay and Grace G!

 

Over to them…

 

This week we’ve had a new member of staff starting in our school named Miss Douggie. We already think she is a good teacher.

 

In Maths we have been measuring things from our classroom. It was fun seeing all the things and how big they are.

 

In Welsh we have been reporting on our weekend and writing it in our books. We both enjoyed talking about our weekend to our talking partners.

 

In Science we’ve been investigating bugs.

 

In Language we have started to write Duma. We have finished our introduction and we are coming to the end of the middle part.

On Friday in P.E we have been learning Football and keeping active.

 

Heather Hedgehog came into forest school. We had toasted marshmallows.  We made jewellery; it was hard work but great fun!

 

This week we’ve had Bims Kitchen come in and let us taste different foods. Grace thought the drinks were different but drank them anyway, Finlay thought it was really nice so did Miss Roberts and Mrs Daly.

 

That’s all for this week!

Mrs John's class: Branwen

We have had another fun filled yet busy week! Last week ended with Zoolab coming into show their African animals. It was a lovely experience for the pupils to handle exotic creatures! We held a giant African millipede, a purple hermit crab, a bearded dragon and a giant stick insect. We also saw a tarantula and at the end of the show held a hamster who was so pleased to have lots of cuddles from everyone! The pupils were able to listen to lots of information about the creatures and ask questions about their names, food they eat and homes they live in!

In maths this week the younger pupils have been exploring number through Numicon and identifying values to 10. They have extended to 1 more and 1 less already – bendigedig. The older pupils however, have begun their times tables. They have been learning what times and multiplication means and started learning their 1 and 2 times table.

In language we have begun writing our African stories of Handa. We have written the beginning and middle and have edited with a little help. We have concentrated on punctuation, connectives and adjectives. Younger pupils have been retelling the story and have written and drawn their favourite part of Handa’s Surprise.

Homework this week for older pupils is to practice 1 and 2 times tables. Younger pupils Practice counting things around your home or garden up to 10. You could find buttons, acorns, pasta, leaves etc.

Please note: We are struggling with unnamed uniform and P.E kits. Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 11th October - Year 5 & 6 Plas Derw

Tuesday 11th October - Vision Eve for parents & children 6pm

Wednesday 12th October -  Year 6 Nannerch & Lixwm walk 

Wednesday 12th October – Year 6 to Lixwm

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 Reception -Year 3’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

Review of the week:

9th October 2016

Lovely weather again this week and everywhere the signs of autumn with a chill in the air and leaves beginning to turn crimson and orange.  The Year 6 and I spent the morning with our friends from Lixwm on Wednesday.  We walked through the Greenfield Valley Park following the course of the Holywell Stream.  During our morning we were able to photograph the remains of Holywell’s industrial past such as the historic mill buildings and the standard gauge railway sleepers.  We discovered Holywell was once the cradle of the industrial revolution in North Wales and exported goods worldwide. 

 

Finally we reached the peaceful ruins of the 12th century Basingwerk Abbey.  As we explored we practised using our Welsh.  The children’s next task will be to work with their Lixwm peers writing poetry to describe the morning’s walk using our Welsh language skills. 

 

The whole of Ysgol Nannerch spent Thursday afternoon creating Harvest themed crafts at Croeso Pawb.  Following the activities in school we went to the church for a short Harvest Service.  Thank you to all parents and grandparents who were able to join us and also to everyone for supporting the local Foodbank with food donations.

 

On Tuesday 11th October we are holding a Vision Evening in school. All are welcome to join us at 6pm to celebrate the journey of Nannerch School and to look to how we would like the school to move forwards in future.  The children are keen to report on their various committees and will be speaking of their plans for the year ahead.  

Mrs Downes, Headteacher

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 11th October - Year 5 & 6 Plas Derw

Tuesday 11th October - Vision Eve for parents & children 6pm

Wednesday 12th October -  Year 6 Nannerch & Lixwm walk 

Wednesday 12th October – Year 6 to Lixwm

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 Reception -Year 3’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 & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

We are engrossed in our class book ‘Butterfly Lion’, the story begins in Africa and the plot takes us to England and France during the First World War.  One of the activities this week was creating a ‘Question Tree’, where we thought of seven questions we would like to ask of the main characters, then we ‘Hot Seated’ the characters to help us work on our skills of inference.

Another activity was ‘Conscience Alley’ which helped us explore some of the dilemmas faced by the characters in the novel. We thought about whether the lion should go to the circus or be set free.  We also considered whether mum should send Bertie away to school.  

 

This week in maths we have been learning about ‘time’.  We have been converting analogue to twenty four hours digital.  We also estimated how long certain tasks would take.  We learned that the 12-hour clock divides the 24 hours of the day into two periods: a.m. (from the Latin, ante meridiem, meaning before midday) and p.m. (post meridiem, meaning after midday).

 

In PSHE we thought about our hopes and dreams.   It wasn’t easy thinking about how we want to be in the future, we watched a film about Mark Beaumont, who decided to cycle the length of Britain when he was just 10.  He achieved this dream when he was older and went on to cycle the world.

 

During PE we played some games including a O's & X's type game which made us think!  Continuing with developing our motor skills we practised controlling a ball using a hockey stick with confidence and control.

 

Our homework this week is to think about the people in our lives who are a positive influence. We also have ‘Read Theory’, spellings and there are My Maths games available too.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

After the success of Africa and how well the children began to learn Sesotho, this week we really focused on developing the children's Welsh. Once again they have impressed! On Monday we each shared our news and then wrote down what we had been up to on the weekend, all through the medium of Welsh! They were very proud of themselves. This is something which we are going to continue to do, with the hope that the children become more familiar and confident with the key phrases. 

 

Harvest and autumn are here and this week with we lucky enough to have another Croeso Pawb. The children really look forward to the fantastic task which they each complete and it prompts some wonderful discussions about God's world. This was followed by a lovely service in the church. 

 

In our Topic work we have been discovering lots of facts about Lesotho and making comparisons to Wales. The children were able to look at several landmarks, both in Wales and Lesotho and predict which they felt would be the highest above sea level. We then ordered the locations once we found the results. They were surprised to here that Lesotho's lowest point, is higher that the top of Snowdon!

 

In our language work we have begun our story writing.  We have started by creating a story board of our class book, Duma. I will look forward to seeing how their work develops over the next few weeks.

 

In Mathematics the children have been learning fractions. So far we have focused mainly on 1/2/ 1/4 1/3 3/4 and 1/5. This was a challenging concept but the children how done brilliantly.

 

New spellings have been handed out. 

This week the homework has a focus on reading. This is due next Thursday. 

 

Please remember that next week there is a Vision Evening in school for both children and family at 6pm. 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

Thank you to everyone who has completed their Big 5 Model and shared it with the class! We have displayed them in the classroom and they look fantastic! We have continued our African week with orally retelling the story of Handa’s surprise and making our own story maps of the story. This was the first time for Reception and they did an amazing job – bendigedig! Our older pupils have been focusing on adjectives and describing Handa’s fruit. Pupils have a target to use their adjectives into their story writing next week.

In maths we have focused on Number this week. Nursery have been learning all about number 2 with Mrs Whitehead and Reception have been getting to know our Numicon in more depth. They have been recognising the coloured shapes to their values. Year 1 & 2 have been working out 1 more, 1 less, 10 more and 10 less using 100 number squares. Some pupils were able to do this without a 100 number square to help them – wow!

We have been inspired by African school children’s art work this week which was a class of pupils taught by Jonny Duddle. He kindly brought in some beautiful art work and photos in which we recreated paintings of plants from our natural environment.

In Knowledge and Understanding we compared pupils from a rural village in Kenya to ourselves in Wales. We heard different statements from pupils and we had to decide whether these were similar or different to our lives here. This was a lovely opportunity for our pupils to appreciate the similarities and differences from a country far away.

Homework for Year 1 & 2 – MyMaths activity has been set until 19th October. 

Reception – Please practice writing the numbers 0-5 in your homework book. If you want to practice all the way up to 10 then please do!

Vision Night for families on Tuesday 6pm in the School Hall. Please join us if you can!

Please note: We are struggling with unnamed uniform and P.E kits. Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Review of the week:

2nd October 2016

We have had a week of adventure and culture in school this week as we all travelled further into our learning through the topic theme of ‘Africa’.  The children have had opportunities to cook and taste new and unusual foods, make jewellery,  create masks,  explore stories through creating ‘soundscapes’ and drama.  The school has been vibrant and colourful with sizzling African colours lacing through the classrooms.  It has been a joy to observe the learning that has taken place as the children really engaged with the African culture.

 

It has been wonderful for members of our wider community including parents, governors and staff to share with the children their personal experiences of travelling to and living on this diverse and vast continent.  This week the children have really been given an opportunity to find out how people live in other parts of the world.

 

It has also been a full week of meetings, thank you to our members of the PTA committee who met this week  to elect their Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  Many thanks to Sarah, Sally and James for all the work they do which supports our school not only through a host of fund raising activities but also by providing events which enhance the life of our school and community.

 

This week we also held the first meeting of the year for our Governors.  There will be an opportunity for parents and children to meet with our school Governing Body on Tuesday 11th October when we will be hosting a ‘Vision Evening’, to celebrate the achievements of the last school year and to look ahead and plan for the future.   It was at such an event six years ago that our pupils voiced their wish for more ‘outdoor lessons’.  This idea grew into our Forest School area and Eco Classroom, a hugely popular resource enjoyed by all the children in Ysgol Nannerch today.  So please do come along to sow some new seeds for the future.

 

Please note all the ‘flu forms’ (children from Reception to Year 3) need to be returned to school in readiness for the flu vaccine at the end of October.

 

Croeso Pawb will take place on Thursday 6th October,  please join us at St Michael & All Angels Church, Nannerch for a whole school celebration following the children’s afternoon of Harvest themed activities.  We are requesting that the children bring items of food which will be donated to the Flintshire Foodbank.

Mrs Downes, Headteacher

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

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

• Thursday 6th October – Croeso Pawb 2.30pm

• 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 & children 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 Reception -Year 3’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 & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

It has been a very different week in school.  We began the week with the opportunity to leave our uniform at home and come to school wearing colourful ‘African inspired’ clothing.  We had some great ideas with plenty of tie dye and summer festival clothing. Mrs Pierce looked great in her costume too!

 

We spent Monday morning tasting and cooking some African themed foods, we baked bananas with cinnamon.  We also made a sweet potato mash with boiled eggs.  We tasted different types of beans and fruits.  The most popular dish was the mackerel in a tomato and onion sauce…delicious!

 

The whole class had fun trying to learn some African dances.  We also used our speech and language skills in drama activities as we explored the themes in our class book ‘ Butterfly Lion’.

 

We left Africa behind for a while whilst we met up with our peers from Lixwm school.  It was a great opportunity to use our Welsh language skills to get to know one another better.  

 

A highlight of the week for us all was peeling our papier mache mask off the balloon.  We enjoyed designing and painting our masks and we are looking forward to taking them home too!

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

What a week! ....  The children and the teachers alike have loved African week.

 

It has been so fantastic to really explore Lesotho and other areas of Africa. The children are completely hooked and this is going to lead to some fantastic activities in the rest of the term. 

 

This week we have learned all about African masks. We then designed our own, using symbols to show the different parts of our lives. We then made mini-masks in forest school by carving potatoes! Great fun.

We have looked at many different types of African jewellery. The children created their own unique piece of jewellery in a style of their choice. 

 

We have been lucky enough to hear about the experiences of people who have lived in Lesotho and to see photographs and watch their videos of their time there. We have had lots of Lesothan artifacts in class this week. We have been able to begin to understand what life is like for the Basotho people. We have even learnt some of the language!

 

One of the main differences we noticed was how the children in Lesotho do not have the resources which we do here. We decided to have a go at creating games using only what we could find in the natural environment! It was a super activity and the games were very fun!

 

We have cooked and tasted a Lesothan dish, sung songs, created a play, choreographed a dance and found the answers to all of the questions which we had on Monday! ..... A splendid week :)

 

MyMaths homework has been set this week (due October 6th) and new spelling shave been handed out.  

Mrs John's class: Branwen

Africa Week has been jam packed and wonderful!

We have explored so many aspects of Africa through drama, art, forest school, cooking and listening to visitors experiences of Africa. The week began with Jane Meakin from Purple Platform delivering 2 mornings of drama. It was a lovely surprise following zebras footprints into the hall where there was a 'real' African water hole! Hiding in here was a very shy zebra who we named Ziggy, we planned all our drama and ideas based on this lovely African animal. Pupils made sound-scapes, mimes and gestures to accompany their play which was very moving. Pupils the second day had more fun and games with Jane and made a play up based on an African Tale called 'The Lion and the Bird'. Well done pupils, Mrs John is very proud of you!

 

We had one day where we followed recipes and made African fruit kababs and apple crumble using apples from our orchard. These tasted delicious! Mrs Whitehead had been to collect some African foods from her brothers butchers shop in Chester, who kindly donated these so a huge thank you to SJ Bebbington Butchers of Chester!

 

Thank you to Mrs Stone and Mrs Biddle who told the pupils their memories of Africa, bringing pupils lots of African pictures, models and Mrs Stones's African food samples! I loved the Pineapple, ginger and cucumber salad!

 

We had a full day in the forest this week, where we cooked around a fire and made African Arrows. We cooked baked bananas with warm chapatti - yum! Pupils worked together to make the most wonderful African houses. There was so much detail to the build of these houses which included weather protection, roofs, fires, decorations and wall hangings!

 

Our week finished off with our Governor Mr Kevin Weston sharing his African memories with all of our pupils through photos,  and a whole school sharing assembly of all the lovely African experiences we had created this week!

 

You will be pleased to know there is no homework this week. Please finish off the last weeks model homework if you haven't already. A great response to this and pupils are so proud of what they have made at home so a big thank parents for all your support.

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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