Nadolig llawen - Happy Christmas

Notes from the Head

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

It has been a joy to be back in Ysgol Nannerch,  I have missed being with you all so much, I would like to thank the whole school community for ensuring school has been such a warm and vibrant place to return to.  I must say December has been a perfect month to return with the Christmas concerts, Croeso Pawb, Christmas lunch, panto trip, Christmas Fayre…the children, staff and parents have really celebrated this season of advent in true spirit of Christmas.

 

This week’s Christmas lunch was a perfect example of the family atmosphere which makes a village school so special, particular thanks to Scott for serving such a beautifully cooked meal and to Jess for helping.  However thanks also to the children for behaving so wonderfully and to all the parents who came along to offer their help and support.

 

Well done to Seren and Evie for singing their own Christmas message to us all, and a great big thank you to Kevin Weston, Chair of our governing body for joining us and for providing every child with a lovely gift.

 

I am looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year and new school term, Spring 2017.  The children return to school on the 4th January, in the meantime may I wish you all a happy and peaceful family Christmas.

Mrs Downes, Headteacher

Review of the week: 11th December 2016

This week has been so special with the infants and junior Christmas concerts. All the children sang their hearts out and it was obvious to see how much they were enjoying themselves. Bendigedig Pawb!

A huge thank you to the pupils for their massive efforts and of course our dedicated team of staff who always give over and above no matter what. I am so very lucky to work with such hard working lovely people who give so much to the school community. 

This week has ended with a bustling coffee morning for parents and toddlers in which we had so much fun! Then Croeso Pawb followed by a service in Church during the afternoon. Again, a massive thank you to all of our community, governors and Mothers Union for providing us with special times like these. 

This coming week we continue to celebrate our festive period with the Panto on Monday at Theatre Clwyd, Christmas dinner on Wednesday, Christmas Fayre on Thursday and parties on the last day! Please come along and support our Christmas Fayre which has been organised by the PTA and pupils! I'm looking forward to this very much. Thank you everyone!

 

From all of us at Ysgol Nannerch we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. 

Mrs John. Deputy Headteacher

Dates for your diary

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

On Monday we read about how snowflakes are formed and are unique and some of us read about stars and reindeer. We have been busy with Christmassy maths and making an activity book, designing and using Print Artist to make a front cover.

We had great fun in our science lesson experimenting with different elements of electrical circuits, lots of predicting and testing. It was a bit noisy with the buzzers and motors but we learnt a lot. We enjoyed the foundation phase concert 'Christmas Counts', they were so good.

Our Christmas Service in the church was the highlight this week. So many people came it was standing room only! We really enjoyed it and would love to sing the songs again.

We are busy making things for the Christmas Craft Fayre next Thursday, so remember to come along.

 

Nadolig Llawen I bawb.

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

There is a definite festive feel in school this week and Rowan and Oscar are writing this week’s blog, so over to them:

Heather Hedgehog came in for our final forest school session before Christmas this week, we finished off our reindeers and Christmas baubles, and we also made reindeers out of old corks. We had hot chocolate and we melted marshmallows over the camp fire. It was super!

We watched the film of our class book 'Duma' this week. We compared the book with the film. Some of us preferred the book, but some preferred the film. 

Rowan:”I like the book better because you can read it in small chunks and it was my first time I had heard about Duma it was very cool".

Oscar:" I liked the film because there was more action, it was very dramatic and emotional".

We really enjoyed doing our performance on Wednesday at the church. We especially loved the singing. 

We have been doing lots of Christmas maths this week! We have been looking at symmetrical shapes, word problems and 3D shapes.

We have been busy making things for the Christmas fair to sell next week. Miss Roberts has made us Christmas booklets for us to do in class. They are good fun with some great activities.

Thanks, Rowan and Oscar

Mrs John's class: Branwen

This week was the beginning of 'shakey shakey' and we pick names out of our box.  The person who gets picked out gets to open the calendar and eat the chocolate!

We dressed up and tried hard singing in our Christmas Nativity play.

We made Santa sleighs in the lego and reindeers in the clicks - Mrs John asked us to measure the sleighs.  We have also made Christmas cards in the 'make it' area and we have been busy in our Christmas books.

Our leaflets are finished, they look lovely, fab and cool!!!

We made Christingles with Mrs Wright for church in Croeso Pawb. We are looking forward to the panto at theatre Clwyd next week!!

 

Written by Infants pupils 

Review of the week:

4th December 2016

The pupils have gained so much from our whole school topic on Africa this term and the rich texts in which have been studied. These have had a wonderful impact on the pupils reading and writing. It was a pleasure to review this as part of our regular Governor scrutiny at which we sample books from all classes and look for progression of skills and standards of work. This can best be seen through effective marking and feedback, target setting and re-crafting.

Yr 5 & 6 have been working on their numeracy through becoming entrepreneurs in business. They have worked on a project based on designing, making and selling chocolate. A wonderful example of working within a real life context.

It has been lovely to see Yr 3 & 4 leading the way in 'Maths of the Day' and seeing numeracy challenges being enjoyed with smiles and giggles.

My class have worked so hard on their leaflets this week - the ones which are complete are such a high standard, Mrs Whitehead suggested we could sell them!

 

Katy Roe has been delivering mindfulness sessions over the past few weeks to our community and they have been so worthwhile. This week was very important, linking everyday stresses in which have a negative effect on our mental and physical health unless we start to become mindful of symptoms. This goes for both adults and children. It was important to mention that we need to show ourselves compassion and kindness and accept the challenges we face. Everyday our lives are becoming increasingly busy and often stressful so it is lovely to have such a powerful message to support both ours and our children's wellbeing.

 

Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone who gives up so much for our school, including our staff, Governors, PTA and parent volunteers running clubs for us. We couldn't do it without you all and it what makes a fantastic community.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, ready for a busy week ahead!

Mrs John. Deputy Headteacher

Dates for your diary

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

This weeks blog is by Matthew and Harley, Year 5 and 6.

 

In Maths this week we have been looking at net. We have designed boxes for our chocolate bars and we have designed our own logos.  We have also looked at 3D shapes.

In Science we have been looking at electricity. We had a light bulb, 4 wires and a battery and were given the task to light the light bulb. Next we had to include a buzzer to the circuit. We found it very exciting when the buzzer went off, but noticed the light bulb wasn't as bright with the buzzer connected. 

In guided reading we have been looking at Mexico and Sweden.  Mexico celebrate Christmas on the 6th of January. In Sweden they celebrate St. Lucia's Day on the 13th December. The eldest daughter in every family wears a white dress with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head.  We have also been looking at a Lancashire Poem and comparing the different phrases and words.

We have been to Church to practice our Christmas service and have learned about Advent and why we have Advent candles and light them 4 weeks before Christmas.

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

This week’s blog has been written by Callum Mackintosh and Izzy, so over to them.

In Maths this week we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We have been looking at how many sides, faces and corners they have. It was a bit tricky but we got there in the end.

In Language we drew our Christmas picture to help us to plan our Christmas poems. We did a plan, we had to use our 5 senses to help us write the poems, and then we did a rough copy. When we had done that, we got to write our poems out and decorate them. The poems were fun because we had to think about last Christmas and how we felt.

We watched a short film with Miss Douggie, it was about being a Good Samaritan. I felt upset that the first 2 people ignored him.

We have been to church to practice our service. We are looking forward to it.

We have been busy making Christmas lanterns. They look cool but were fiddly to make.

Will brought a book in for us to read all about how Father Christmas uses the six white boomers in Australia instead of the reindeers. I loved the story.

Thanks for reading!

Mrs John's class: Branwen

This week we have been learning how to use a Venn diagram. Pupils were using practical ways in our Nature Spy lesson with Helen based on wildlife and animals we might find in a zoo.

Pupils then had to compare an elephant and child and record differences and similarities in a Venn diagram. Bendigedig pawb.

The leaflets the pupils have planned, researched, practiced and produced look very professional. The pupils had to research images of their chosen animals on Google and then print them for their leaflets. The effort that is going into these is outstanding and we are looking forward to showing you these when they are all finished.

Pupils have a very busy week next week with the concerts, don't forget Tuesday 1.30pm and 6.30pm tickets £2.50. There will be a raffle and Christmas refreshments from PTA.

This weeks homework is reading.

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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