Notes from the Head

Review of the week: 29th January 2017

This week has been one of staff persuading the children to wear their jumpers and fasten up their coats!  It really has been bitterly cold and yet the children really don’t appear to feel it when enjoying getting outside for a run around with their friends. The weather for next week is forecast to remain cold, please ensure your child has a coat for playtimes.

 

There has been some lovely art work taking place in the classes, with pencil sketches of Florence Nightingale by our Foundation pupils and some delightful self portraits by the Years 3 and 4 where they were encouraged to use a colour wheel to explore the use of colour and emotion.

 

We have been asked by the police to remind parents to check what apps and games the children are accessing on their phones and devices.  Please ensure privacy settings are in place and your children are encouraged to share who they are communicating with online.

Here in school we will be holding an Internet Safety Day for the children on the 7th February and there will be a Parents Protect Workshop held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 15th February.  

 

Our next Croeso Pawb is due to be held on Friday February 10th, the theme of which is Jesus’ Parables.  Please do join us in St Michael’s church at 2pm for the service and afterwards when  refreshments will be served.

Mrs Downes. Headteacher

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Dates for your diary

7th February – Netball Tournament Year 5 & 6

10th February – Croeso Pawb

10th February – Valentine Disco tbc

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

20th February - Break up for Half Term

27th February - 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

6th April – Children finish for Easter

7th April – Training Day

Monday 24th – Return to school

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

26th May – School closes for half term

5th June – Return to school

Wednesday 7th June – Sports Day

12th June – Bikeability Year 5

3rd to 5th July – Cardiff Year 6

20th July- Children finish for summer

21st July- Training day

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Homework and learning resources

Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

We have enjoyed continuing to convert miles into km and created a graph to show our conversions. We also began to explore ‘Factors’ of numbers, we found out that Factors are the numbers you multiply to get another number. For instance, factors of 15 are 3 and 5.

 

This week as we continued to read Carrie's War, we explored the character of Mr Evans, who really is a mean, strict, bully and is described in the book as an ‘ogre’.  He does however have a sense of humour.  We continued our exploration of WW2 by exploring finding out about Winston Churchill.  During Guided Reading we found facts and key ideas about the government and democracy we also found out about the Allied Alliance and the Axis Powers. Some of us created some sketches of WW2 soldiers.

 

In English we had fun using pasta to practise our punctuation and in Science we investigated using shadows.

 

Our ability to hold a conversation in Welsh is really improving and we sat in groups of 3 or 4 having conversations about our interests and our recent news.

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

Cerys and Callum Rothwell-Jones have written the blog this week. Cerys now feels like she is famous!

 

In maths we have been practising column addition, including carrying using 100`s 10`s and units, we have also been subtracting using white boards with our partners and then having a go on our own.

In Topic we looked at the UK map and where the evacuees travelled to and from. We have been measuring the distance between places that the children were evacuated from and to like Liverpool to Bangor. We then answered questions about miles and distance.

 

We have done a self portrait using a mirror and pen. Then we got to paint them using a colour flower which helped us to use colours that expressed our feelings.

 

We have been poets this week and we all wrote a bio-poem, typed them up on the computer, some of us changed the colours of our writing and the size of it. It was great fun.

 

In Guided Reading we had a passage to read then we had to answer some questions about it.

 

The display of “This is us” has been changed to our ambitions for 2017. We have drawn pictures of something that we would like to improve over the year.

Cerys would like to learn to tell the time and Callum would like to go out on his bike a lot more.

Mrs John's class: Branwen

Pupils this week have focused on symmetry in their Numeracy and have been finding the line of symmetry in pictures. This has led onto fractions and finding half and quarter.

The lesson was very practical and the pupils were given a brief to go on a picnic and share the food equally. Some groups had to share their picnic for 2 people and some 4 people.

Pupils were cutting, slicing and sharing their food and later on were able to eat it! Yum!

 

In literacy pupils have worked hard finishing their diaries and they have used the teachers marking to edit their work to support their target achievement.

The pupils were introduced to 'dojo's' this week which has been so exciting. Pupils are awarded a dojo for following school values and the child with the most dojo's at the end of the week is awarded a prize.

 

In science this week pupils had to predict how strong variety of materials were. These were the same materials that are being investigated for a new coat for Florence.

Pupils are still enjoying their class story Florence Nightingale, they are asking so many questions and learning new vocabulary and historical knowledge.

 

I want to say a big well done to my class this week for showing their literacy and numeracy skills in different areas in our class. We have had children practicing handwriting, writing stories of Florence, writing leaflets on 'People who help us', collecting class data to make tally charts and block graphs and using the computer to write and draw stories! This is all voluntary in between directed tasks with the teachers and it has been amazing to see pupils self motivation and application of new skills.

Da iawn pawb!

Review of the week: 22nd January 2017

I have been out and about this week; it is always good to meet up with teachers and heads from other schools.  I spent Tuesday catching up with colleagues from the diocese and other church schools in North Wales.  I enjoy being part of a ‘church school’, especially one in which being at the heart of the local community is so valued.  

On Thursday I met with a group of teachers from local schools to discuss the teaching of Welsh as a second language.  When sharing examples of their work we were all in agreement how much the children’s confidence in using their Welsh has developed over recent years.  

Friday morning I spent at Glyndwr University, discussing STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).  The importance of allowing children to explore their creativity was an integral part of the discussion.  Allowing children the freedom to explore, make mistakes and try again is such a crucial part of their learning.

 

Thank you to those parents who have responded to the request for nominations for a parent governor.  This is such an important role. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed set of people on our governing body, who really do work together to support Ysgol Nannerch, and whose involvement and support of the school, is invaluable.  If you are interested in finding out more about the role of governor please do ask.

Mrs Downes. Headteacher

Dates for your diary

7th February – Netball Tournament Year 5 & 6

10th February – Croeso Pawb

10th February – Valentine Disco tbc

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

20th February - Break up for Half Term

27th February - 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

6th April – Children finish for Easter

7th April – Training Day

Monday 24th – Return to school

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

26th May – School closes for half term

5th June – Return to school

Wednesday 7th June – Sports Day

12th June – Bikeability Year 5

3rd to 5th July – Cardiff Year 6

20th July- Children finish for summer

21st July- Training day

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Homework and learning resources

Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

Maths this week has been looking at symmetry.  Some of us used mirrors to identify the lines of symmetry in 2D shapes.  Others in the class have begun to use 4 quadrants to plot the coordinates of shapes.  We used negative numbers too.


During guided reading we read non-fiction text about WW2 and reordered the sentences, so they made sense.  We have also continued to read Carrie’s War and this week we used the first two chapters to describe the settings and characters.  We are enjoying the story about Carrie and her brother Nick, who are evacuated to Wales.  We are keen to discuss the historical details, such as descriptions of the ‘privvy’ and how the children were punished and were outside all day. 

In Welsh this week we had copies of the photographs that Thomas and Matthew took on their walk through the Greenfield valley. Using the photographs and words to describe what the boys saw on their walk we are writing poems in Welsh.  

We heard two versions of the bible story of ‘God’s promise to Abraham’, and we compared the stories.  Then we looked at a painting of the stars in the sky which inspired us to create our own personal ‘star’.  On our stars we wrote a ‘blessing’ of something we are grateful for in our life, a promise and a wish.  We wished for many things which would make our World a kinder and fairer place to live, such as for everyone to have food and clean water and for refugees to have safe homes.

We enjoyed using the small apparatus in gym this week as we continued to create sequences using group balances.  After gym it was good to go outside where we played a game called ‘Catch the Flag’, it was a great way to run off some of our energy.  Then after listening to some more of Carrie’s War, we drew in our ‘happiness books’, sang happy birthday to Ewan and all went home!

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

In maths this week we have been looking at our 3x tables, we have also been working in pairs and working out how to add up in columns. We were able to do some really big sums this way!

In Topic we have read a diary by Gwen who was evacuated when she was 13 with her sisters and her younger brother Royston.

We have written a diary as Gwen, we used our story board to help us. Some of us got to use pen and did our very best handwriting. We are going to age the paper using t-bags to make it look like it’s really from 1940.

We had a look what it was like for an evacuee in the 1940`s and compared it with life today using a Venn diagram. We were surprised that there were a few things that were the same.

In Language we have been writing pen portraits about our partners. Miss Roberts did pen portraits on The Queen, David Beckham and Wales. We had to work out who the person/place was by the clues. This was tricky!

We have been working on what we would like to improve in 2017. Ollie wants to improve his motor crossing, his reading and his tidying. Sophia wants to get her pen licence, join a gymnastics club and go on holiday.

In guided reading we had to draw a visual image from a description about a young girl on a train. It was really interesting and fun, but quite tricky to work out where everything was.

We have stared reading our class book Hero by Sam Angus. Ollie thinks its going to be a sad story!

In P.E. we have been carrying on with our dance routine! It involves lots of different movement and group work to show how the evacuee children would have felt during the big move!

We also started to learn to sing a song from 1939. We think it’ll sound great when we know it all.

Thanks for reading, Ollie and Sophia 

Mrs John's class: Branwen

Pupils have enjoyed learning new concepts this week. The week began thinking about the line of symmetry and this was developed
using mirrors. Pupils had to find the line of symmetry and complete symmetrical patterns. Knowledge and Understanding this week supported the pupils development  of materials and their properties. Pupils had to describe materials and think of appropriate materials for a waterproof coat for Florence Nightingale. We then had to think of how we would carry out a test, predict and conclude our findings.


It was a lot of fun! Certain vocabulary and ideas from the pupils suggested we need to test if the material is now strong enough
for a coat so this will be next weeks investigation! 


The key vocabulary in Numeracy this week was based around 'subtraction'. It has been fun subtracting small and large numbers and even finding missing numbers.


Nursery have been learning the number 'zero' and that this means nothing. They have also been busy making dotty dinosaurs for our letter 'd' this week.


The pupils are busy writing their diaries and once they have developed the key skills for this genre they will be writing a day in the life of Florence Nightingale. Pupils are asking to know more and more about Florence and seem hooked into our new topic!


Thank you to Jen for visiting our class this week. She came into talk to us all about being a paramedic and how she helps people in her job. The children loved hearing all about Jen's uniform and how the ambulance has 3 different sirens. The pupils tried on Jen's protective helmet and asked some fantastic questions. Da iawn pawb! We are looking forward to our next visitor coming to talk to us and we will have some questions ready!


Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Review of the week: 15th January 2017

The children became very excited this week at the thought of snow, the flurries that came down did at times make us think we were in for a real snowstorm.  However so far the children’s dream of building snowmen and of days spent sledging have been put on hold for now.  It is a fact that some of our younger children have never played in the snow!

If the weather should take a turn for the worse and school cannot open due to adverse weather we will inform you via the Flintshire website, Heart FM/ Radio Wales and also the PTA facebook page.  If we close during the actual school day we will text you.  If you work some distance away and cannot collect your child it would be useful if you could organise a family member or friend who can collect your child in the event of snow.

In February we will be holding an Internet Safety Day at school.  The new curriculum for Wales has digital competency as one of its main areas of focus for the children’s learning.  An important aspect is developing in the children an awareness of how important it is to foster healthy, safe ways of using social media and the internet.  Following the children’s Internet Safety Day we will be holding a workshop for parents offering ideas and structures that can be put in place to support internet safety within the home. 

 

The Parents Protect workshop will be held on Wednesday 15th February.

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Mrs Downes. Headteacher

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 17th January - Netball Year 5&6 at 3pm-4pm

7th February – Netball Tournament Year 5 & 6

10th February – Croeso Pawb

10th February – Valentine Disco tbc

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

20th February - Break up for Half Term

27th February - 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

6th April – Children finish for Easter

7th April – Training Day

Monday 24th – Return to school

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

26th May – School closes for half term

5th June – Return to school

Wednesday 7th June – Sports Day

12th June – Bikeability Year 5

3rd to 5th July – Cardiff Year 6

20th July- Children finish for summer

21st July- Training day

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Homework and learning resources

Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

This week was our first full week back in class, we did lots of work on our WW2 topic, we have started to read, ‘Carrie’s War’, which  Joe say’s he really likes because it’s dramatic.

Mrs Pierce told us how life was for people living in the 1930’s and we compared life between the rich and poor.  Also we looked at the differences between lives today in 2017 to that of people in the 1930’s.  We thought life then was quite unfair and unequal.

Using our language skills we wrote a summary finding the most important points.

During maths we have been making conversions between different measurements of length, such as mm to cm and metres.  Some of us also converted metric to imperial e.g.miles to km.

All of us enjoyed looking at different paintings of ‘Noah’s Ark’, and then we made our own painting of the story, using different colours to make our paintings look stormy and ‘moody’. 

Welsh this week was a challenge as we had to have a conversation with a friend about what we did during the Christmas holiday. We were very self conscious using our Welsh at first however when we spoke Welsh whilst throwing and catching a toy round the class we noticed we were much more relaxed with our Welsh conversation!

We used the sequence: SP, T, GB, F (starting position, travel, and group balance, finish) to create a sequence during gym.  It wasn’t easy at first but eventually we began to work well together and evaluate our work.  Also some of us went to netball training this week, next week’s session will take place after school on Tuesday, at practise we are learning the rules of netball ready for the festival which takes place in a few weeks.

 

Our homework is to draw our family tree, as in class we looked at the family tree of the royal family.

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

This week the blog has been written by Jack and Tilly.

 

In Year 3 & 4 we have been talking a lot about promises. We talked about the promises which God made to us and which we make to God. We then decided on a promise to God which we chose to focus on, it was either to ‘Love one another’, ‘Love God’, ‘Be the best version of yourself’ or ‘To be a good example to others’. Later in the week we made a bookmark to help us remember what our promise was.

 

In topic we have looked at what an evacuee would take with them when they were being evacuated. We also did a list of what we would take and why if we were to be evacuated today.

 

We have looked at diary writing; we have been reading a diary of someone who was evacuated during the war with her brother and sisters; we talked about how they would feel. We have written our own diary entry about our best day in school.

 

In maths we have been practising a song to help us remember our 3 x table. In Maths Of The Day we had four groups and 4 hoops with numbers in, we had to take it in turns to get a number then match it to the written word. This was a place value activity.

 

In P.E. we partnered up and we had to create shapes and movements with our bodies and using gymnastic moves and dance to show how Gwennie the evacuee would have felt.

 

Thanks for reading, Jack and Tilly J

Mrs John's class: Branwen

What a busy week! We have continued using data to create tally charts, block graphs and pictograms and we have used information from a pie chart to work out how many people have helped in different services. Pupils have really enjoyed their activities based around Florence Nightingale.

We have read all about her in guided reading and knowledge and understanding. Pupils have created some life like sketches of her and painted her for our display.

In literacy this term we will be writing diaries and will complete the topic by writing a section from Florence's life. We have begun writing our own diaries based on a day in school. This was tricky trying to remember what we did and when! We also had to ensure we used connectives in our sentences and punctuation.

In gymnastics we were body schooling and this is supporting our co-ordination and strength development. Pupils were learning 4 different types of rolls, Teddy Bear roll needs a lot of practice!  Nursery and Reception are learning how to get the mats out safely next week in P.E and will continue playing games to support their control and spatial awareness.

Nursery this week have been recognising numbers to 5 and Mrs Whitehead is very pleased with all the practice they are doing at home! Nursery have been looking at different people who help us and this week was the police and firemen. It was lovely to see pupils busy engaged in role play after dressing up and attending

to a fire after driving a long way in their fire engine! Bendigedig pawb!

Review of the week: 8th January 2017

Despite the cold, dark mornings it has been really good to get back into the school routine.  As always it is a delight to be back with the children, as their positivity is infectious.  The only complaint from the children so far this term has been that they only had three days in school this week!

 

The children’s lovely outlook on life has been evident this week as they worked on the ‘Send Me A Postcard Project’ an intergenerational art project being carried out by the Dementia Services Development Centre at Bangor University. 

 

The children’s work will form part of an installation by artist Lisa Carter (www.lisa-carter.co.uk).  The children’s postcard messages on how to make the world a better place for people with Dementia included, ‘all we need is a smile’ and calm music can bring happiness’.

 

 

 

Well done to everyone for returning to school safely, looking smart in full uniform and on time too.  The classes are again collecting weekly tokens for ‘wearing correct uniform’ and ‘punctuality’.  These will be exchanged for a sum of money which will be used for a class reward. 

Well done to all classes for the money they raised at the Christmas Fayre.  Their teachers have used the money to purchase a range of items for the children’s use from  playtime colouring books to dressing up clothes.

 

This term there will be a number of residential trips available for the juniors.  Please do encourage your child to take this opportunity if possible; every year we see evidence of the benefit of our pupils taking part in outdoor, adventurous activities.   The time away from home offers the children an opportunity to become more independent, developing their confidence and self-esteem, personal effectiveness and coping strategies.

Mrs Downes. Headteacher

Dates for your diary

7th February – Netball Tournament Year 5 & 6

Tuesday 10th and 17th January - Netball Year 5&6 at 3pm-4pm

Wednesday 11th – Year 5&6 Playmaker Training talk

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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Homework and learning resources

Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

It has been better than we thought getting back to school.  We all had a good break and now it is great to see everyone and find out what they have been doing over Christmas.  The work in class has been fun. (Evie & Joe)

 

During maths this week we became place value detectives; using digits from our telephone numbers we followed a series of questions which gave us the directions to create our alternate identity. We had to create our detective codename and security access code.

 

In science we planned an investigation, the ‘Water Bottle Flipping Challenge’.  First we had to plan our investigation considering the factors e.g surface, amount of water and how we were going to flip our bottle; it was hard thinking about how our test was going to be fair. 

 

Our working groups had to really think about ‘what we would need for our investigation’ and ‘what our question would be’.  Once we had our question we had to make a hypothesis which was our prediction of what we thought would happen.  Thinking about the variables ‘what would we keep the same’ and ‘what would be changed’?

 

The questions we thought of included:

‘Does the amount of water make a difference to the water bottle flip?’

‘Does where you hold the bottle make a difference to the water bottle flip?’

 

There were many things to consider and we had to use many of our skills such as those of thinking, working together, measurement and collection and organisation of data.  It was fun carrying out the investigation, and not too messy!

 

Our theme in RE is ‘promises’ we looked at bible stories with broken promises as a theme such as Adam & Eve and Kane & Abel.  Then we thought about how the rainbow is a symbol of God’s promise to us.  We wrote sensory poem thinking about the colours found in the rainbow and how these relate to our world.  Using our very best handwriting we wrote up our poems ready to display. 

 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

We hope you all enjoyed the Christmas break; the children were certainly excited to tell us all about their lovely presents.

This week’s blog has been written by Morgan and Grace W.

We have had a fun few days starting our new topic about World War 2. We are going to be looking at the home front, evacuees and technology.

In maths we had partners and worked in the hall, we looked at adding and subtracting (well done Grace for remembering that word) we had number questions and the winner got the gold. The winners were Sophia and Markel but it was very close.

In language we have been writing about our Christmas day. We had to write it in  order and use connectives (well done girls remembering that word ).We have been looking at recount writing.

In topic we have written down what we already know about World War 2 and we have written down what we want to find out more about.

It has been a fun first week back at school!

Mrs John's class: Branwen

Happy new year everyone! It has been a lovely week settling back into a routine after the Christmas holiday. The hardest thing

this week was having to wait for lunch time! Lots of hungry tummy's expecting food before 12pm!

We started our new topic, 'People Who Help us' and Year 1 and 2 have been given the task of researching a famous and caring

lady from the past, Florence Nightingale. This is a stem from the whole school topic 'Our Country Needs You'.

We were set onto a challenge this week where the whole class had to find out the most popular hair colour. Reception created a pictogram after sorting out pupil's hair colour pictures. Year 1 and 2 had to create a tally chart and then transfer their information

into a block graph. Pupils were then asked question on their information and continued the week extracting data from other block graphs and tables. I am looking forward to continuing this next week.

We have had two new pupils join us in Early Entitlement this week, Osian and Lio. They have settled in so quickly and have been smiling all week! Our older pupils have been so caring and helpful towards our younger pupils and it makes all the difference which creates a happy class.

Next week we welcome Mrs Samantha Hurt a final year teaching student from Bangor university. We hope she enjoys her placement with us.

Thank you everyone and have a lovely weekend.

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