Notes from the Head

Review of the week: 19th February 2017

The last week of term ended with a lovely afternoon of Croeso Pawb and all the work Mothers Union provide for our pupils to be involved

in enriched stories from the Bible and activities to compliment. The theme was 'love' and Foundation Phase had a reenactment of The Good Samaritan. Mrs Wright presented this to the pupils with beautifully crafted knitted characters and visual prompts.

The juniors spent the afternoon in Church working on a radio presenting role based on the Prodigal Son. When we all gathered together in Church the juniors presented this and what a great job they did, excellent oracy skills in particular intonation, confidence and expression!

 

Thank you to the PTA for putting on a very exciting and lively valentines disco! Pupils danced the evening away with their friends and DJ Tucker. A fun way to end the week.

 

Pupils this week have had an internet safety presentation from Gill, Stop It Now Parents Protect. Pupils heard some really important messages which expanded on last weeks internet safety day. The afternoon was followed up to parents during the evening which was hard hitting statistics of the real dangers out there on line. Please look at the links provided to explore material to watch with your child based on keeping safe and information and guidance for parents.

Have a lovely half term and we look forward to seeing you back to school on the 27th February.

 

www.parentsprotect.co.uk

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.google.co.uk/familysafety

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk

www.connectsafely.org

Mrs John

Acting Headteacher

Dates for your diary

27th February - Return to School 

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

1st March - Reception - Yr2 Dangerpoint Trip

1st March - Yr3 -Yr6 Rhydymwyn Valley History Trip

2nd March - World Book Day

2nd March - Glan Llyn Parents Meeting 3.00 - 3.30pm

6-8th March - Glan Llyn Trip

13th March - Pentre Llyn Parents Evening 3.00 - 3.30pm

16-23th March - Book Fair

27-29th March - Pentre Llyn Trip

6th April - Break up 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 John's class: Branwen

Thank you parents and pupils for supporting the ongoing homework, especially last weeks - making a new coat for Florence considering appropriate materials!

What wonderful coats you have all made, some have been busy using sewing machines and putting their cutting and sticking skills to good use! Pupils were so proud showing their coats and I have suggested that photos could be taken for their homework books as some coats are firmly stuck to dolls and figures!

 

Pupils this week have consolidated their learning on time through reasoning activities, pupils applied their understanding and worked with O' clock and half past.

Pupils have made their diaries look like they were written in the 'olden days' and these are on display. They look fabulous and a big well done to you all for your hard work and following advice from the marking and feedback given to improve your work.

 

We are continuing the topic next term. In language our genre will be posters and poetry. We are looking forward to teaching poetry

and seeing the pupils progress in this creative genre. Numeracy will involve more number, place value and measurement in money, capacity and mass.

 

Homework is MyMaths for Year 1 and 2. Reception have been provided with a little recording book in which they can write and make up their own story using pictures and words. We hope you have a lovely half term.

Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

We started this week looking at the recent rationing of school vegetables and how we're not sure which fruit and vegetables are grown in the UK and in which season.

 

We had fun writing a pen portrait of a friend. We used our new skills and knowledge of the class book to write a pen portrait of one of the main characters.

 

In Maths we continued with determination to master long multiplication. Well done to everyone!

We had an internet safety day and discussed important aspects of keeping safe with Gill from Stop It Now.

 

We finished the week completing our research and making of a war time shelter. These look fantastic, well done!

 

Homework for the holiday is to learn our spellings, complete a task in Read Theory and MyMaths.

Have a lovely half term holiday.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

After a busy half term, our blog this week is written by Peter and Evelyn:

 

Hi everyone! We have had a busy week.

In Language, we started to look at newspapers because that is what we are going to be doing next. We were able to find and list lots of the different features in a newspaper report. We worked in small groups. Some of the things which we decided a newspaper report needs are a title, paragraphs and captions.

 

In Topic we spoke about how clothes were rationed during World War Two. One of our tasks was to work out which clothes we would need during one year, we had to think about the four seasons. We were allowed 76 coupons. We had a list of different items of clothes and how many coupons each item would cost. Then we had to do work out how many coupons we would spend. Evelyn had three left over and thinks she would have enough because she had everything she needed. Peter didn’t think it would be enough as his list came to 99 coupons.

 

In Guided Reading we had to find the missing words from the middle of sentences.

 

In Maths we used the data we collected last week and put it into a bar chart.

Also, we have been looking at number patterns. We had to fill in missing numbers in a sequence.

One of our favourite things this week was when we got to use calculators! We had number sentences to do and then we had to turn the calculators upside down because the numbers looked a bit like some letter! It was like breaking a secret code. The number 0.40404 looked like ‘hohoho’ and 37818 looked like ‘bible’.

 

 

Also this week we have had a talk about internet safety. It was all about learning how to keep safe on the internet. Miss Roberts really liked the website ‘swiggle’!

 

Thanks, from Peter and Evelyn.

 

 

 

I hope you all have a lovely half term.

This week the children’s homework is based on music from the 1940s. One task which the children are to do is to practise the lyrics for the song ‘Umbrella Man’.

For those who did not get a copy of the lyrics they are posted below:

 

Toodle-uma-luma-luma

Toodle-uma-luma-luma

Toodle-aye-ay

Any umbrellas, any umbrellas to mend today?

 

Bring your parasol

It may be small, it may be big

He repairs them all

With what you call a thingamajig

 

Pitter patter patter, pitter patter patter,

Here comes the rain

Let it pitter patter, let it pitter patter,

Don't mind the rain.

 

He'll mend your umbrella

Then go on his way singing

Toodle-uma-luma-luma-toodle-ay

Toodle-uma-luma-luma-toodle-ay

Any umbrellas to mend today?

 

When there's a lull

And things are dull

I sharpen knives for all the wives

In the neighbourhood

And I'm very good

 

I darn a sock

I'll mend a clock

An apple cart

A broken heart

I mend anything

 

But he'd rather sing

Toodle-uma-luma-luma

Toodle-uma-luma-luma

Toodle-aye-ay

Any umbrellas, any umbrellas to mend today?

 

He'll patch up your troubles

Then go on his way singing

Toodle-uma-luma-luma-toodle-ay

Toodle-uma-luma-luma-toodle-ay

Any umbrellas to mend today?

 

He'll patch up your troubles

Then go on his way singing

Toodle-uma-luma-luma-toodle-ay

Toodle-uma-luma-luma-toodle-ay

Any umbrellas to mend today?

Review of the week: 12th February 2017

Welcome to Mr Jonny Duddle and Mr Marc Owen who have joined the Governing Body having been elected as Parent Governors. The Governors would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Mrs Sue Stone and Mrs Ava Carlon for all their work and support of the Governing body.

We have had a very exciting start to the week with our netball team representing Nannerch in the small schools Dragon Netball Festival.

The team played so well and came overall 4th out of all the small schools. They were very  determined and won the first 3 games scoring over 6 goals during each match. There were a few eyes upon us! A big thank you to Miss Douggie, Dewi and Peter for helping us transport the pupils. The pupils are so keen to continue netball club on Tuesdays, they have persuaded Miss Douggie to continue their training! So any pupils in the years 3 - 6 may join in the training 3-4pm. Thank you Miss Douggie!

It has been lovely seeing cookery club back on the agenda, a lot of happy pupils learning new skills and this week pizza was on the menu. Thank you to Mrs Whitehead and Mrs Stone for giving up their time to run this very popular and worthwhile club.

It was Internet Safety Day on Tuesday and all pupils took part in a range of activities to support their understanding of playing safely online. I popped into each class to see pupils engaging in collaborative tasks and their thoughts and knowledge on social media as well as on line games. Please continue this work the pupils have been involved in by joining us on the Parents Protect workshop next week.

Have a happy weekend everyone.

Mrs John

Acting Headteacher

Dates for your diary

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

It has been a different routine this week.  We have been out to play in the netball tournament, created and designed our own Anderson model shelters and finished the week with Croeso Pawb and the Valentine Disco!

 

This Tuesday was Safer Internet Day 2017.  We looked at how we can act responsibly when online.  We talked about the types of personal information we share over the internet.  We each had a different scenario to evaluate and decided how we would respond to keep ourselves safe.

 

In Maths we continued with number work, this week looking at multiplication, finding the Product and Factors of numbers.  Our Language work focused on Diary Writing, we could choose a theme for our diary which included:

 

It’s your birthday and you think everyone has forgotten.

You can’t go to the football match you really wanted to see.

You got lost on holiday.

 

We came 4th in the Netball Tournament and were proud of ourselves because we only had 4 training sessions.  On Monday lunchtime we played a football match with Mrs Daly…it was good fun.

 

Our World War 2 topic continued this week with us finding out about rationing in during Guided Reading and we also researched the different types of air raid shelters.  We found out the Morrison shelter went inside your house and could be used as a table.  The Anderson shelter was designed for 6 adults however you could squeeze a few children in!

We designed and started to make our own model Anderson shelter, deciding the materials we would need and how to strengthen our shelter.

 

We learnt the story of the Prodigal Son and created a story map then in Croeso Pawb we worked in the church to create a play about the story.  Then we performed our play to the rest of the school and some of our parents.

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

This week’s blog is written by Will and Bronwyn.

 

In Maths this week we have been collecting data for a bar chart. We had to come up with the whole plan by ourselves. We were put into groups of six and then worked in pairs. We had a book and we had to work out how many times each letter was used on page 9. We had to listen carefully to our partner so we could do a tally. When we had done this we then had to work out which was the most common one used the second most common and the least common. We will then put the data onto a bar chart next week. We have also been making different pictograms.

 

 

In Topic we have made persuasive WWII posters. They were used to try and win the war! We had to plan it first by choosing three slogans, three colours and we drew three pictures. We then choose which ones we would use. We drew a picture, typed our slogan out on the computer, cut them out and then stuck them on a coloured piece of paper. We made sure we were happy with it!

 

In Language we have looked at different features on different types of letters. We looked at a persuasive formal letter and a letter to a friend. We made a plan of our persuasive letter and what we can do to improve the village. We have done a draft, Will’s letter is to help look after wildlife and Bronwyn’s letter is about reducing dog mess.

Will enjoyed last weeks’ homework. We had to write a bio poem about a WW11 soldier and in My Maths have been looking at bar charts.

Mrs Selwyn came to our class and helped us do our activities for Croeso Pawb.

Mrs Wright read us the story of The Lost Sheep and our craft has been the different characters in the story.  

Mrs John's class: Branwen

It has been so cold this week, we are hoping for snow to build some snowmen. We have been concentrating on the 5 times table this week. Counting in 5's, singing the 5 times table and we made a giant hopscotch in 5's. which is a great practical way of consolidating a new skill.

Pupils have written some super diaries and we are so proud of them. They have used adjectives to create effect of what it was like when Florence walked into the hospital for the first time in the Crimea. These will be on display next week once the pupils have made them look authentic from the 1800's!

In science pupils have been investigating light and dark and finding light sources. Pupils had to predict and test a variety of materials which would potentially block out light for the hospital Florence worked in to keep the soldiers safe.

Nursery have been busy learning shapes this week and identifying circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. They have made giant shape pictures with their friends.

They have also been practicing writing numbers using finger paint, bendigedig!

We have a class trip booked at Dangerpoint for the 1st March for Reception - Year 2. This should be a fun day especially being St David's day so we are suggesting pupils can come on the trip dressed in Welsh costume!

Have a lovely weekend.

Review of the week: 5th February 2017

This week staff have been preparing for Internet Safety day which is on 7th February. There has been a great deal of media attention recently based around keeping our children safe whilst being on the internet. As part of the pupils curriculum they have to be aware of the risks in which are attached to using the internet and next week we will be supporting the pupils through different activities based around being safe and what to do if they feel they are in danger.

Letters will be going out to families about an internet safety evening which is being held in school so please look out for these and book your place. This has been funded from PTA so please come along, it will be a valuable evening.

 

The pupils are really enjoying their new topic and there is a lovely 'buzz' around the school with pupils very much engaged in learning linked to World War 2.

Will visited the infants today to share information about WW1 and WW2. He showed everyone a beautiful metal box which would have kept soldiers food inside whilst they were on duty. He also had a commemorative coin which was given to all the soldiers after the war as a gift from the King. Thanks Will!

 

Have a happy weekend everyone.

Mrs John

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 been working on long division in class, so we have really had to work hard at thinking of ways and making ‘rules’ to help us divide in easy ways.  Long division is very complicated but in the end…you just ‘get it’!  We have decided that if there was a maths super hero he/she would be called ‘Divisibility’.

 

We have continued reading Carrie’s War and had fun ‘hot seating’ someone in the role of an evacuee.  We thought of questions to ask of their experiences.  Then using similes we composed poems, writing these in first person as evacuees.  We have typed our poems up on Word ready for display.

 

This week we began to look at an extract from the diary of Anne Frank.  We explored the features of diary writing and found examples of these in other pieces of diary writing.

 

Lots of art was happening in class as we continued with our pictures and sketches of people and soldiers in WW2.  We also worked on our display of the characters from Carrie’s War.

 

In science it was fun continuing our shadow investigations as we looked at whether a darker card makes a darker shadow than a lighter card.  We observed no difference at all however it would have been fun if there was!

 

In Welsh we used a flow diagram to help improve our talking and writing about what we enjoy and don’t enjoy.  We are extending our sentences and giving reasons.

 

Finally we finished off the week playing a fun game of Bench Ball in the hall. 

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

Finlay and Grace G have written this week’s blog.

This week we have been looking at persuasive posters. We looked at the slogans, pictures and what else were on them. We planned out a poster on looking after Nannerch; we then all completed it.

We were put into groups and looked at different jobs women had during the war. They were ‘The land army’, ‘Women on active duty’, ‘Women as volunteers’ and ‘Women working in vital services’. Grace looked at Women in active duty. Did you know that women made bombs in the factories? Finlay looked at women’s voluntary services (WVS) which began in June 1938 and had 336,000 members and they had a uniform!

 

We have planned an investigation on which fabrics would have been best to use during the blackout. Both Grace and Finlay think the navy blue fabric will be the best.

In maths we have been doing column maths again but this time using bar charts, problem solving and we did keys on a pictogram.

Mrs John's class: Branwen

This week the pupils have enjoyed investigating a challenge that was set as an open ended task. Pupils were given the opportunity to use their creative, measuring, place value and addition skills. The pupils all thought of different approaches and enjoyed finding out that their head measurement times 3 is longer than their own body height! Fantastic efforts!

Pupils have been acting out  the day in the life of Florence Nightingale in preparation for their writing next week. Pupils have had to use one of the higher order reading skills this week in 'analysing and connecting'. They had to approach this task through thinking about how different and similar they were to Florence Nightingale. Pupils thought very carefully about their own personalities and it was lovely to see the beaming smiles as their friends were encouraging them with kind and caring vocabulary.

Numeracy has included counting in 2's and 5's this week which will continue. Pupils have also been learning about rotation and how a half or quarter rotates in different directions.

Nursery have been busy counting and learning new letter sounds. They have been busy making and creating 'people who help us' and already they have made a doctor and a policeman. I have been told that this weeks person is a surprise!

We had a very exciting afternoon from Claire who came into talk to us all about being a Radiographer. Pupils were fascinated by the x-rays and different scanning machines which help us in hospitals. Pupils asked so many question and loved hearing about broken bones and looking at different bones on the pictures. A huge thank you to Claire!

If any parents would like to volunteer themselves in talking to our pupils based on our topic please come and chat to us!

Homework is MyMaths and Reception have a task in their homework books.

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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