Notes from the Head

Review of the week: 25th March 2017

It has been a busy week as usual in Ysgol Nannerch. Thank you to all the parents who came to parents evening, I am sure you enjoyed

looking through all your child's hard work and seeing their progress over the year. If you weren't able to make it please make an appointment to see your child's teacher at your earliest convenience.

The week ended with a super football match with Caerwys and Cilcain. Cilcain were short of players and it was really good to see our pupils making up their team. Thank you to Harley, Jack, Joe and Morgan for doing this. We are teaching our pupils that competition matters, however, being a good sportsman is more important and the games we are playing are friendly. We are aiming to book another match after Easter so please come and watch if you are around.

We had a fun day for Comic Relief, wearing red and eating cakes and our little surprise went down with a 'wet and soggy' blast! Thank you Mr Wright!

 

I am so privileged to work with such dedicated and hard working staff and I want to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued hard work. Every pupil really matters and we have everyone's well being and progress at the heart of everything we do in school. 

Happy Mother's Day Mummies and enjoy the PTA afternoon tea on Saturday afternoon!

Mrs John

Acting Headteacher

Dates for your diary

27-29th March - Pentre Llyn Trip

3rd - 4th April - Bikeability Year 5 (change from original date)

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

3rd to 5th July – Cardiff Year 6

20th July- Children finish for summer

21st July- Training day

Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

By Georgia, Simon and Joe

 

It was difficult to remember everything we did this week!

We started Monday using our knowledge of fractions to solve problems., some of us were busy multiplying and dividing fractions too.

We all had to solve Mrs Pierce's Pen Problem. The answer was 8.

In science we learnt how to use the data logger. We recorded light levels around the classroom. We had a great time cooking and tasting our war time recipes. We made a jam cake, cheese frizzles, potato jane, corned beef toad-in-the-hole and potato chocolate spread. Not many of us liked the chocolate spread but we thought we'd eat it if we were in war time. We loved the cake and Potato Jane. We worked out what rations our family would have and how much 3 shopping lists would cost in £ s d. 

Old pennies are huge, we used them to do our coin flip investigation and work out the frequency of heads and tails.

PC Marc came in to talk to us about responsibilities and cyber bullying.

 

Our homework this week is My Maths and Read Theory.

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Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

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

 

In Maths this week we have looked at right angles. We investigated the similarities between right angles and half turns and full turns.

This was good fun, we went hunting for lots of right angles, completed tasks and even went outside to investigate more!

Topic this week has been great! We are looking at how technology has changed since WW2. We put a timeline together of when different technology was invented, starting before, during and since the war.

We also have been breaking Morse code! We were able to write our name, break Miss Roberts’ coded message and write secret messages to some of our friends. We had great fun.

 

In Welsh we are working on writing our weekly news and translating it to English.

 

In Forest School some of us had a great time paying in the mud, looking for natural materials to create a portrait of our Mums. We collected different shades of a colour and put together a colour wheel.

 

In P.E we are carrying on learning our folk dance. This week we had a go to the music! It’s quite fast but we’re getting there.

 

PC Mark came to see us on Thursday and talked about how to be internet safe.

 

What an exciting afternoon we had on Friday. Red nose day was a bit different this year! Mr Wright came to school at lunch time and let all the children throw wet sponges at him. He got very wet!!

 

We are hoping this lovely weather stays with us next week for our trip away.

We also wish all of our Mums a fantastic Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Thank you.

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Mrs John's class: Branwen

We have had PC Mark in this week reminding us of what to do in an emergency. We were given different scenarios and had to decide whether we would ring 101 or 999. We learnt to stay calm in an emergency and ask for help.

We have continued listening to lots of lovely poetry and Mrs John bought us a new book from book fair called 'Piranhas eat Bananas'. This book is so funny and we laughed so much! We have continued to write our own poetry and I love the poems you have written for homework - a very well done!

William brought in a surprise this week into Forest School. He brought in a beautiful nest he found in the garden at his grandma's house. The nest was perfectly formed and we all held it and looked to see the different materials the birds had used to build it. Thank you William!

MyMaths homework for Yr 1 & 2 this week.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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Review of the week: 19th March 2017

The sun has shined until Friday and we made the most of it! Congratulations to our football team who played against Y Foel and Yr Esgob. We won a game and drew a game - fabulous effort and team spirit played by all.

This week we had a visitor who came to deliver a workshop with all pupils on substance misuse called 'Don't Touch Tell'. This was an interactive session where pupils engaged with puppets. The pupils were very responsive and showed they were clear with the message 'Don't Touch Tell!'

Can I say on behalf of our staff and Governors a huge congratulations to Miss Roberts for successfully completing her Masters in Education. What a fabulous achievement and a lot of hard work. Miss Roberts used her keen interest in Numeracy as a bases of research for her dissertation. Miss Roberts is now taking forward Numeracy priorities in school and will be sharing her practice at our next Governors meeting.  Well done Miss Roberts!

I would also like to thank Mr Wright for his continued support with our school community. Mr Wright has been a governor for many years and he has recently stepped down from being a Governor but is continuing to lead our Service in school and support Mrs Wright with Croeso Pawb. He has even suggested to do some fun games with the pupils for red nose day! A huge thank you Mr Wright for everything you do for us here in Nannerch.

Please remember Parents evening on Monday and have a good weekend everyone.

Mrs John

Acting Headteacher

Dates for your diary

20th March - Parents Evening

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

Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

Blog by Harley, Matthew and Max

This week our class has been really, really busy. We have learnt about how magazines are put together and we had to pick out some articles and describe their features like photographs, maps, diagrams and lots of other things and describe how they supported the article. The magazines were called The Week Junior and were really interesting. In maths we learnt about fractions - we found fractions, simplified them and then we had to add or subtract them. We then had a great game of fraction bingo and Ewan finished first because all his fractions came out first. We played a dice game and the points were in fractions, we added them up to find out who won.

In topic we were learning about rationing and Mrs Pierce brought in a variety of foods and we had to guess which foods they wouldn't have. In science we investigated materials and if light went through them.

This week everyone has been doing their presentation for the class about world war two such as Rationing, Dam Busters, Planes and many more. They were all very interesting to listen to. Mrs Pierce videoed us so we can watch them later.

In welsh we played a game when you have to translate words or phrases and get points. We questioned each other about the holidays and Glan Llyn.

We had a great time at the football match at Caerwys on Tuesday. We played both teams , we beat Cilcain 2 goals to 1 and drew with Caerwys 1 all.

Mrs Napper brought in a WWII gas mask and mine detector. She told us about when she was in the navy and had to wear a gas mask. She had to take it off after being gassed and hold her nose. She said it was really itchy. All of us tried the mask on and it smelt like old rubber and musty dust. The mine detector came in a big crate that two people had to carry. The battery had to go on your back, the earphones were huge and the metal mine detector was really heavy.

 

Homework this week is to find out about carrots and Potato Pete! Don't forget to find a wartime recipe.

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Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

It’s Hattie, Rowan and Oscar here this week with the blog.

 

This week we were given the quantities of what an adult’s food ration was during WW2. In forest school this week we looked at weighing these amounts. We had a 50g, 75g, 100g and 200g of stones to use. We found and then used natural materials to weigh different amount and to practice reading the scales accurately. Rowan brought in 2 sheep fleeces that she helped her Dad sheer, so we used that too!

 

In Maths we have looked at measuring and converting volume. We learnt all about how many millilitres there are in a litre and did lots of activities all about this!

 

In Topic this week we watched a clip of The Blitz in London. We drew a picture of what it may have looked like and added lots of different facts. Miss Roberts found us another clip to listen to. We imagined the different sounds that you would have heard during The Blitz. We worked in groups to create a musical timeline of different sounds and then we chose instruments which we used to compose our own piece of music. We tried to make it sound like the planes flying over, the sirens, bombs falling, buildings crashing and then the all clear siren at the end. Some of us used none musical instruments for sounds, such as a large piece of card, rolling pins in a tray, buttons and wooden beads in trays.

 

We have looked at newspapers again this week too. We looked at the difference between fact and opinion and what features are in a newspaper report.

 

In P.E we are learning a folk dance. Hopefully we will record it when we have finished!

 

We had a visitor who came to talk about ‘Don’t drink, think!’ We learnt about how much damage an alcoholic drink could do to our bodies. Oscar liked the puppet Charlie as he was being funny and drawing silly pictures, he also liked the magic tricks.

 

We have my maths homework and spelling too!

That’s all! Thanks, Oscar, Hattie and Rowan.

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Mrs John's class: Branwen

Pupils have worked so hard this week. They have enjoyed working on their poetry through the means of sensory exploration. Pupils have been carefully thinking about how we smell this week. They were given different things to smell and naturally described how they felt! Homework this week is to go out on a sensory walk noticing what they hear, smell, touch and taste. From this I have asked pupils to write a poem.

Pupils loved Forest School this week, the sun shined and I have never had so many pupils looking forward to putting their wellies on! Pupils had to find hidden birds and make a nest. Some pupils worked independently, whereas some worked in groups. One nest was made for 10 buzzards, it was huge! Some nests were made in the trees and one group made a play park for their bird.

What is lovely in Forest School is to see the spontaneous reactions which lead to many different activities. One group decided to make a star out of their bodies, this was a tricky problem solving activity. One group decided to sing and asked Mr Wright if they could sing this in Service. I am certainly looking forward to next week and I am sure pupils are too.

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Review of the week: 12th March 2017

It has been a lovely week in and out of school this week. Out at Glan Llyn gave Miss Williams and I a super opportunity to spend time

with Yr 5 & 6 pupils. I hear everyone else at school had a quieter week and enjoyed a little bit of peace and quiet without us!

It is always a privilege to take pupils out on a school trip and especially a residential one. Glan Llyn is a few days away to engage pupils with their Welsh language whilst enjoying building their confidence in a variety of outdoor adventurous activities. The Welsh language was flowing by the end of the course and pupils had built new friendships together with pupils from much larger schools.

 

Towards the end of March Years 3 & 4 will be travelling to Pentrellyncymer for their residential and I know Miss Roberts and Mrs Daly are already looking forward to this.

Parents of pupils going to Pentrellyn, please join us for a meeting after school on Monday 3- 3.30pm.

 

It has been lovely seeing spring sunshine this week and the field is now drying up after a long Winter. Football club has started this week and there were a lot of happy faces to see Tony! There is a football match arranged next week with Caerwys and Cilcain for Years 4, 5 & 6 who attend football club so we wish them luck! We will shortly be starting a running club during the school week in playtimes and one morning before school, so watch this space!

 

Letters have gone out for our Spring Term Parents Evening. Please fill in your preferred time and return the slip back to school. This meeting will give you an opportunity to discuss your child's progress and you will be able to enjoy looking through all of  your child's work.

 

Hope you have all had a good weekend.

Mrs John

Acting Headteacher

Dates for your diary

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

Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

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Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

  • A lovely week in year 3 and 4 this week with three special visitors at the beginning of the week!

  • Callum M and Isabelle have written the blog this week:

  • This is week we have looked at rationing during the war. Did you know it wasn’t only the food which was rationed? Fuel and clothes were too!

  • We did lots of different activities all about rationing.

  • We had to predict the weekly allowance of food which an adult was allowed to have during the war. We weighed out cheese, milk, fats, eggs, sugar and tea and used this to make our predictions! Izzy thought one and a half pints of milk would be enough. Callum predicted an adult would need 3 and half pints. We will be finding out next week exactly how much they really had!

  • We also made Woolton Pie, a WW2 recipe which is a bit like a vegetarian pie. Some of us enjoyed it, others didn’t!

  • In guided reading we have been doing tasks all about our class book, ‘The Amazing story of Adolphus Tips’. We stopped reading on a cliffhanger and then had to predict what we thought would happen next in the story. Most of us were wrong! We also had to describe the main characters.

  • In Maths there have been lots of different activities which we have rotated around. We have been practising doubling, halving and near doubles, like 9 + 8 = 17 or 21 + 19 = 40

  • We played a game, completed challenges and made a huge hexagon jigsaw by answering the number sentences. We had great fun doing this.

  • In Language we did a recount of our trip to Rhydymwyn. We reminded ourselves of the different parts of a recount and had an extra practice at writing a conclusion.

  • Thanks for reading, Callum and Izzy!

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Mrs John's class: Branwen

Pupils this week have been exploring their senses. Pupils were having to use their hearing to identify some mystery sounds in their knowledge and understanding tasks. We have begun our new genre in writing and we are looking at poetry. Pupils have been reading a lot of poetry this week and using poems to identify different features. Pupils have enjoyed using a funny poem to write about themselves in order to create their own poem over the next couple of weeks.

In maths pupils have been working out Numeracy problems based on the 5 times tables. They have also been exploring number bonds to 10 and 20 using a variety of games. I particularly enjoyed the stepping stones and matching bonds game we played in the hall!

Nursery have been amazing as always learning more letter sounds and exploring this through messy play and a range of activities. They are so confident already in their counting and number recognition, they have surprised Elin, a tutor from Bangor University this week with their knowledge! Da iawn!

 

Next week we will begin Forest School on Thursday afternoon. Pupils will need to come to school dressed in old warm clothes and bring with them waterproof coat, trousers and wellies please.

 

Homework this week is MyMaths for Year 1 and 2. Reception have maths homework in their reading folders. Don't forget to read and maybe have fun finding some poetry!

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Review of the week: 5th March 2017

It was lovely to see pupils all dressed in their Welsh themed clothes for their class trips this week on St David's Day. Yr 3 & 4 were busy making labels as evacuated children before they left and some pupils had brought their lunch in brown paper bags. Yr 5 & 6 looked fabulous in their outfits and looked very excited about the day ahead. I hear from pupils that they loved singing in the tunnel and some pupils loved the old telephone network which was set up for the pupils to use. On their return I asked pupils how their day had been and Finlay replied, "Mrs John, I had an awesome day, it was mind blowing!"

Thank you to the organisers at Rhydymwyn for putting on a worthwhile WW2 educational day for the pupils.

The Infants had a lovely day at Danger Point and learnt some valuable lessons keeping themselves safe. They enjoyed the different displays and being able to explore the home, seaside, roads, train stations, bus stations and roads. The best part was eating lunch and going on the bus!

 

Next week Years 5 & 6 will be attending a residential trip to Glan Llyn and will be accompanied by myself and Miss Williams. We are looking forward to a range of outdoor adventurous activities, such as canoeing, raft building, rock climbing and orienteering. We will enjoy the company of other pupils from local schools and we will be performing a welsh poem during the evening concert.

 

Have a good weekend everyone.

Mrs John

Acting Headteacher

Dates for your diary

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

Miss Robert’s Class: Owain

  • Forest school returns on Monday afternoon. Please come to school dressed in warm, waterproof clothes with wellington boots.

  • My Maths homework has been set and is due by next Wednesday.

 

This week our blog is written by Megan, Tristan and Magnus:

 

What an exciting week we have had! There is so much to share.

 

In maths this week we have been looking at symmetry, we used mirrors to find the vertical and horizontal lines of symmetry.

 

In our topic we have been looking at Wales, as it was St. David’s day on Wednesday. We have looked at the history of the Welsh flag and why it has a red dragon on it. We heard three stories which were all very similar. They are called a myth.

We rewrote the story in our own words, some of us used a story boards to help us remember.

We read and watched clips about St. David. One of the activities which we had to do this week was to order the story of St. David. We had different pictures that we had to put in the right order. We also watched a short play about him in Welsh. We learned lots of different facts about what St. David did during his life.

 

In language we have been looking at the features of a recount, using time order, past tense and time connectives.

In guided reading we have looked at punctuation and when to use capital letters. This helped us to remember the different rules!

 

The best day of the week was Wednesday! Trip day! We made our own evacuee labels, we practiced singing ‘The Umbrella man’ and we were able to sing it to everyone in the entrance of the tunnel. It sounded amazing!

There were guest speakers who came in and spoke about the war. We had a gentleman talk to us about telephones and the different telephone exchanges. The first one in this area was in Hendre and it was only linked to 8 telephones! Over the years it moved to different villages as more people got telephones. Tristan and Magnus loved being able to play with the different telephones and make real phone calls across the room. We got to see an old fashioned public telephone box too. Did you know that some naughty children used to stick a rag in the bottom of the phone so they could collect the money which people put in it!

During the trip we saw a gas mask that was designed for babies. We also watched a slide show which showed us different gas masks which were designed for people, babies and even animals! The carrier pigeons had a special box that kept them safe from the gas.

In the afternoon, we walked around the site and saw a storage shed where mustard gas bombs were stored. We all agreed it still smells pretty bad!

 

It was a fun day!! Thanks for reading.

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Mrs Pierce & Mrs Downes Class: Gwydion

Well done to everyone for completing such detailed homework on the black out. We used all the information to help our research into the Blitz and Blackout during World War Two. We found out that lots of letters and documents had sensitive information blacked out. We used this idea to compose a "black out" poem. We chose a page from the class book, Carrie's War, and using all our reading skills, selected words and phrases then blacked out the rest, with fantastic results.

 

Carrie's War

 

I was wrong.

You told me

Enough.

No sign anywhere.

I don't blame her;

Hepzibah looked at them hard

Friends?

Albert and Carrie followed.

 

By Simon

 

We all enjoyed our trip to Rhydymwyn Valley on St.David's Day. We looked so smart dressed in welsh costume too. Everyone was so friendly and we discovered a wealth of information about our locality. Everyone was thrilled to play at the 'Telephone Exchange'. I think we would all like one of the old dial telephones to have in our own homes again!

 

The children are excited about the forthcoming visit to Glan Llyn next week, let's hope the weather is kind.

Homework this week and next is to plan and then present a talk about a topic from WWII to the class. Please see the task in the homework book.

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Mrs John's class: Branwen

We had a super day out at Danger Point this week. Pupils learnt how to stay safe inside and outside of the home. K-os the green alien cropped up through the visit and gave pupils an excellent discussion point each time! The staff at Danger Point were so very complimentary about all the pupils with their engagement, listening, responses and behaviour. They were as always a real pleasure to take out of school.

The pupils were awarded with a certificate for their achievement in the quiz where they scored 97%, Bendigedig!

Pupils took part in a range of activities to support their understanding of writing 'posters'. Pupils had to use a success criteria to create and design a safety poster for Miss Roberts' class. Pupils had to think of catchy captions, bright colours and appropriate pictures.

St David's day was celebrated out on our trip, dressing up in Welsh themed clothes made the day more authentic and we listened to stories about St David through the week. We made some lovely fire breathing dragons and made spinning daffodils.

The pupils have activity books from Danger Point which show how we keep safe and these are to be used for homework this week.

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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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