Notes from the Head

Review of the week:

26th November 2016

Last week ended on a high with the football club! Congratulations to the team for their excellent performance winning 3 games and drawing 2!

They played with determination and worked together like a polished team. Thank you to Tony for all his coaching input and using his own time to take the team after school on Fridays. Their positivity has continued to shine this week and this has been reflected in the leadership games the pupils have played outside at playtimes.

In the new year there will be a running club which we are in the process of organising. We have had the school field measured and to reach a mile we have to run around 9 times! The pupils will be encouraged to run during  their playtimes and one morning before school with their parents if they would like to join in!

Their miles will soon build up and pupils can see their own progress and fitness develop over time.

 

It has been a real treat listening to the pupils learn their Christmas songs. Rev Sue popped into visit us this week and stayed to watch the Foundation Phase concert practice, she gave them a 'High 10'! Very proud pupils indeed.

 

We have started developing the pupils mental maths skills through a project called 'Maths of the Day'. The pupils are given number problems to work out whilst being physically active and working together. My class had to use their football skills by dribbling around cones and picking up addition and subtraction sums along the way. The teams had to solve the problems and order the answers smallest to largest. This was a great way of developing pupils team work, physical skills and mental maths all at once. I am looking forward to seeing the whole school engage in these activities over the coming

year.  

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Mrs John. Deputy Headteacher

Dates for your diary

30th Nov Mindfulness 6-7pm

2nd Dec Foundation Phase Dress Rehearsal (Please send in anything requested before this date)

5th December Mindfulness 6-7pm

6th Dec Foundation Phase Christmas Concert 1.30pm & 6.30pm School hall  £2.50 per ticket (Pupils to be back to school for 6pm) PTA refreshments

7th Dec Junior Christmas Concert in the Church 6.30pm PTA refreshments

9th Dec - Families & Toddlers Coffee Morning School hall 9.30 - 11am Plenty to do for little ones! 

9th Dec - Croeso Pawb Please join us in Church 2.30pm Donations of biscuits and cakes are most welcome

12th Dec Panto - Aladdin at Theatre Clwyd 1.30-4.30pm. Please pick up from school lane approx 4.45 - 5pm

14th Dec Christmas Lunch

15th Dec PTA Christmas Fayre 4-6pm

16th Dec Class Christmas Parties come in party clothes 

16th Dec Break up for Christmas

4th January Return to school 

10th Jan Netball Club Yr 5 & 6 begins 3 - 4pm 

15th February - Parents Protect Evening 6.30pm (Internet Safety)

20th Feb Break up for Half Term

27th Feb Return to School 

1st March - St Davids Day - Dress up Welsh Themed

6th - 8th March Glan Llyn Yr 5&6

20th March Parents Evening

27th - 29th  March Pentre Llyn Yr 4

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

Wednesday 7th June – Sports Day

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Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

We started our week using our reading skills in guided reading, some of us were comparing and contrasting and others summarising. We read about the differences between crocodiles and alligators, deserts and desserts and read a fable about 'Monkey and Gorilla'.

We have all been interpreting and analysing line graphs and using them to convert pounds to dollars, useful to change our pocket money for our holidays!

We have started a new science topic all about electricity and on Monday we learnt some new symbols ready to draw our own circuits. We were all able to predict what would happen when we changed some things in a prepared circuit. We can't wait to do some more investigating.

Over the last two weeks we have been budding entrepreneurs. We read 'One Hen' by Katie Smith-Milway, a book about an African boy who buys one brown hen and eventually becomes the biggest poultry farmer in West Africa. It is a true story and we managed to find a short film about him and by him on the internet!

 

We have thought about starting our own business, looking at our own product, how to market it and what to do to grow our business. Then, with a partner we designed a new chocolate bar and had to convince the board of directors (everybody else) to accept our ideas. We really enjoyed making our new chocolate bars - so many flavours!! Tasting begins on Monday, yum-my.

 

Written by Year 5 and 6

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

This week the blog has been written by Hattie and Markel.

It has been a tiring week, we have been very, very busy.

We have been writing up our stories and creating non-chronological reports. Our reports were on Lesotho and Ysgol Nannerch. Our stories are on the display board outside our classroom. It took some of us a while to do them, but they are awesome!

 

In Maths we have been looking at area and perimeter we have also been looking at place value. In Maths of the Day we worked with partners. We had to put the numbers in order and we had to talk to our partner about place value of the numbers on our cards. We were put into three teams and we had to arrange our selves in order with our cards. It was great fun!

 

We couldn’t go outside for forest school on Monday because of the weather so we had time to get our art work finished ready for our Christmas cards.

 

In P.E we played 10 seconds of fame.  We stand in the middle of a circle and do any exercise we want and everyone else copies you, because you are famous!!

 

We have been practicing very hard for our Christmas service Miss Roberts and Mrs Daly are very impressed with our singing.

Thanks everyone!

Mrs John's class: Branwen

This week has been so busy with a great deal of fun! Pupils were given a challenge at the beginning of the week to build a chair for an elephant. Pupils had to use pegs, lollypop sticks and blu tack to build. Once they finished building they had to test how strong the chair was using weights. A great experiment and numeracy linked activity.

Pupils have used their homework to support their information leaflets based on an African animal. pupils have really enjoyed writing a different genre and have been on the computer to research their animal and find pictures for their leaflets.

We hope you all liked the African Christmas card designs, the pupils have worked so hard on their sketching and water colouring.

The Christmas concert is coming along and pupils are looking forward to continuing their practice next week.

Pupils enjoyed service this week as they received a lovely letter from Rev. Adrian thanking them for the retirement card they made.

 

We wish Rev. Adrian a lot of happiness and hope he enjoys going to football matches and walking with his free time.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Homework and learning resources

Review of the week:

13th November 2016

This week we have been very fortunate to have our first mindfulness session with Katy Roe from Mindscape. Katy is a clinical psychologist

and presented a wonderful evening based on mindfulness. Katy took us through some very relaxing mindful techniques in between demonstrating the benefits to assist in everyday life. This was very well attended and I was so pleased to see so many family and friends from Nannerch there.

The course continues for 4 weeks so please join us next week even if you couldn't attend this weeks. Thank you to Miss Douggie for agreeing to provide childcare for the mindfulness session this week, I know it helped us all out with children! Miss Douggie will continue this for the following sessions if parents wish.

 

Service this week focused on 'truthfulness' and we discussed how it feels when we don't tell the truth. We also reflected on times in which we were involved in a situation in which someone else had not told the truth. Pupils offered some meaningful examples of their own experiences but also Jesus' examples from the Bible. Pupil discussed 'white lies' and we all agreed these were lies that did not hurt anyone and were normally there to protect you from something or a surprise! Bendigedig pawb.

 

The week ended with pupils dressing up as their favourite story characters to launch Bookfair. Pupils looked fantastic in their outfits, thank you everyone!

Bookfair is a lovely way to bring the school community together over a good story. Thank you PTA for your continued support and Sue Stone for organising this class fundraiser.

Our staff really enjoy buying stories for their classes with the commission from the sales and new stories always make a difference in the classroom!

 

Bags for schools is coming up shortly 29th November and also a toddler and coffee morning 9th December so put these in your calendar.

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Below you will find our Governors Annual Report to Parents for the year 2015 - 2016.

Please note that there will be no blog next week, but we will "double up"the following week!

Mrs John Deputy Headteacher

Dates for your diary

16th Nov Mindfulness 6-7pm School Hall (child care available all sessions)

18th Nov Football Club Match Mountain League The Alun 1.30pm

21st Nov Mindfulness 6-7pm

30th Nov Mindfulness 6-7pm

2nd Dec Foundation Phase Dress Rehearsal (Please send in anything requested before this date)

5th December Mindfulness 6-7pm

6th Dec Foundation Phase Christmas Concert 1.30pm & 6.30pm School hall  £2.50 per ticket (Pupils to be back to school for 6pm) PTA refreshments

7th Dec Junior Christmas Concert in the Church 6.30pm PTA refreshments

9th Dec - Families & Toddlers Coffee Morning School hall 9.30 - 11am Plenty to do for little ones! 

9th Dec - Croeso Pawb Please join us in Church 2.30pm Donations of biscuits and cakes are most welcome

12th Dec Panto - Aladdin at Theatre Clwyd 1.30-4.30pm. Please pick up from school lane approx 4.45 - 5pm

14th Dec Christmas Lunch

15th Dec PTA Christmas Fayre 4-6pm

16th Dec Class Christmas Parties come in party clothes 

16th Dec Break up for Christmas

4th January Return to school 

10th Jan Netball Club Yr 5 & 6 begins 3 - 4pm 

15th February - Parents Protect Evening 6.30pm (Internet Safety)

20th Feb Break up for Half Term

27th Feb Return to School 

1st March - St Davids Day - Dress up Welsh Themed

6th - 8th March Glan Llyn Yr 5&6

20th March Parents Evening

27th - 29th  March Pentre Llyn Yr 4

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

In maths this week we have been measuring the perimeter of rectangles and finding the area of regular and compound shapes. Some of us have also been investigating triangles.    

We have written an explanation describing how chocolate is made for years 3 and 4 to read.

 

                                 

We dressed up as characters from our favourite books and the best dressed got a book voucher to spend at the book fair.

 

We have started to design a Christmas card ready for printing.

We observed the two minute silence at the war memorial on Friday morning.

In science we have been making branching diagrams. In guided reading we used these decision skills to sort cars.

On Thursday we did our spellings and lots of us got 10 out of ten!

 

Written by Year 5 and 6

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

This week Megan, Tristan and Magnus are writing the blog.

 

We have had a fabulous week. On Monday in Guided Reading we wrote about our favourite characters from our favourite books. We all enjoyed it and today we all came dressed as our characters.

In maths we have been rounding up to the nearest 10 and 100`s some of us found it tricky, some thought it was easy.

In welsh we have been adding words to our list of vocabulary that we use with Miss Douggie.

In topic we colour coded a report and looked for the Title, Subtitles, Captions, The Introduction and Generalisers. We worked in pairs and started our own report on Lesotho using facts from our homework books.

Heather Hedgehog came in on Monday and showed us how to do a fish in the dish knot and we made some Christmas decorations. Some of us made the fire to keep us warm and to toast marshmallows. We had a competition to see who could collect the most natural objects and fit them in a small brown envelope. Jack won this week with 13 different objects.

 

That's all from this week :)

Mrs John's class: Branwen

We have nearly finished our stories - yippee! I can't believe how pupils have actually been asking me every day to continue their writing as they have been so engrossed in their own storytelling! Reception have made their own stories through planning and creating with collage and paint.

 

They are beautiful and I know they are looking forward to showing them to their parents! Next week the pupils are going to plan their leaflets which will advertise and provide information on their favourite African animal. Pupils have some homework which will help them with this.

In maths we have been discovering 3D shape and their properties. We have also been continuing maths challenges which have extended our thinking and challenged the way in which we solve problems.

It has been fun learning our Christmas songs and we have begun learning our speaking parts or where we will stand and sit on the stage - tricky business! Well done to Nursery, Mrs Whitehead was very proud of them singing this week.

In Forest School we had Helen form Nature Spy visit us. Helen provided an afternoon of activities which helped us think about wildlife which might visit our school grounds. We all had to decide where the best place for a camera would be. This camera is very special and will record any wildlife over the next 3 weeks.

Helen will visit us again and we will hopefully see some wildlife recorded on our camera. Very exciting!

 

Forest School will sadly finish now for the winter. We will resume once the weather improves and the ground dries up a little in the new year.

Homework and learning resources

Review of the week:

6th November 2016

Welcome back and I hope you all had a lovely half term break. We have a busy term ahead on the run up to Christmas. Pupils already in the Infants learning their Christmas songs with their performance only a few weeks away! Pupils have come back to school very happy and settled which is lovely to see.

I have been very impressed by Mrs Pierce's class this week, taking on their leadership role very seriously. Pupils have worked out a timetable and rota of all the playground games and activities they are planning at lunch times. Joe came to me in class one afternoon to tell me how impressed he was with my Year 2 boys for playing so fairly and for listening to all the instructions. Harley spoke in service to tell the whole school how he is monitoring good behaviour and how he is rewarding this every week.

I am thrilled that the older pupils are taking on this challenge with the utmost care and responsibility.

Please keep an eye on the diary dates as this term is very busy with Christmas on its way.

Have a lovely weekend and wrap up warm if you go to a bonfire on Saturday!

Mrs John Deputy Headteacher

Dates for your diary

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

Another busy week. In Maths and Topic we have looked at time zones and been around the world discovering how and why some countries are on different times to us. We learnt that each time an hour passes the earth turns 15 degrees. We were able to find out the times in different countries, important when you are travelling or wanting to talk to a friend across the world. We have practised multiplication and division skills and used these to play a game.

Our Africa Topic led us on a journey, discovering how chocolate is made, from cocoa bean to chocolate bar. We designed a survey to see how much chocolate we eat in years 5 and 6, how much we spend and which are the favourite chocolate sweets.

In science we learnt why Charles Darwin wanted to classify animals and created our own decision tree to sort liquorice allsorts. Using the same method we then sorted other things, using our own questioning skills.

This week we have been editing and redrafting our stories ready for a big story telling session next week, something to really look forward to. We have also been considering whether Guy Fawkes was framed! Was there a big conspiracy between King James and his chief advisor to improve the King's reputation and make people like him? Was Guy Fawkes set up to fail?

One of our favourite things this week was starting Play Makers, small groups of children leading an activity at lunchtime. The children who led these activities have been so mature and thoroughly enjoyed the responsibilities. Some comments from the children:

 

"It makes you feel more grown up because you are leading."

"It gets you to teach others."

"You are with children you are not normally with, like the younger ones."

 

Well done everyone.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

We have had a very creative week in year 3 and 4. This week it's Evelyn and Peter here to tell you all about it.

In maths we went into the hall to do some partner work, we played games and learned maths at the same time! It was new and exciting and we had lots of fun.

In Welsh we watched Y Pod-antur this week, it was about Izzy going on an adventure in Australia.

We have talked about Guy Fawkes. We watched a video about the plot and why we celebrate bonfire night.  We celebrate it because King James was saved.

We have done our story boards ready to tell our stories too!

We looked at the differences between our daily routine and a daily routine in Lesotho. We thought our day was better. 

In forest school we made our own portrait pictures of our friends by looking at them at  a side profile. We used natural materials found outside to decorate them. Miss Roberts was very impressed with the results.

Thank you for reading, Peter and Evelyn. 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

Pupils have had ownership of the blog this week! They have told me what they would like to say so here it is...

 

We went to forest school and we sat around the fire circle. Mrs John read us a book called Leaf Man. We made leaf man and we made leaf patterns, we made leaf flowers, leaf man's house, car and bus!

We had snack.

We made bonfires with sparkly paper, glitter and paint.

We sang our new Christmas songs and we know what we are going to be in our Christmas play!

Nursery have made an insect this week to help them remember the letter 'i'. Nursery have been learning their numbers to 5 and have played a number matching game.

 

Well done everyone and have a lovely weekend.

Homework and learning resources

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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