Headteacher’s Blog 10th June 2022

I hope everyone enjoyed the half term and all the special events that we taking place.

Many thanks to Mrs Whitehead for all her hard work in making Ysgol Nannerch’s display in Church so beautiful for the Jubilee Flower festival. The children produced so many flowers and she displayed them so well. The flower wreath is now in school waiting to be put into a special place for all to see.

The week started on Monday for staff with a training day based in Nannerch for all staff across the Federation. We discussed some necessary aspects of school life Safeguarding and GDPR. We then had a more inspiring discussion about our Federation values, the very successful Vision evening. This is the basis for our rationale for delivering the New Curriculum to our learners. Our ‘Cynefin’ – all that is special and unique about our locality, is a major learning focus in the New Curriculum. We spent some time discussing both localities so that we have plentiful staff knowledge to build that into our planning.

We then looked at all the elements of the Curriculum to ensure that we have effective coverage within our planning model.

During the training day prior to our half term we discussed and planned a ‘Values’ day with support from Mrs Jennie Downes Our Education officer from the Diocese. Mrs Downes being a previous Headteacher at Nannerch was able to plan with us specifically for our Federation and was able to show us the new RVE (Religion, Values and Ethics) Curriculum.

The children in Dosbarth Branwen have worked extremely hard all week. Many apologies we didn’t manage to complete all our usual spelling and reading work. We had so much to do and we missed the Monday and Friday of our usual weekly routines.

The children in Nant Draig were able to have their say in how to learn all about the Victorians. With the topic for the term being "change", and everything going on with the jubilee, they thought it would be a good idea to compare today to the Victorian era. Mr Hills tells me it was some interesting ideas they came up with.

On Wednesday the children were excited to have a cricket lesson. Some excellent skills were on display, and I was amazed at the talent shown.

They were also able to have a practice for sports day... It's looking very competitive!

The highlight of everybody’s week has been the Maths day that we had planned. The whole Federation came together so we mixed all day with our Nercwys friends. The Maths day was planned to provide challenge and the development of problem solving skills. The learners were put in seven mixed age groups which included a mix of schools. They then had a carousel of activities which they moved around for. We managed to organise lunch for everyone and a short play before we settled into the next activity. The challenges encouraged skills of team work along with 3D shape, number skills, time, investigation, measure and exploring 4D dimensions!

The group leaders then chose their Seren of the day and explained the reason why. Mrs Jones the Maths Advisor who had organised the day then chose her Superstar and that was Callum from Nannerch. She said he could feel really proud of all that he had achieved during the day and his wonderful caring attitude towards others.

It was lovely to end the day with the Open the Book service. There were lots of learners ready to take part as always. Everyone engaged with actions and sound effects for the story.

We then took advantage of Mrs Foster being in school to learn the actions for another song ‘God’s people aren’t Superbrave Superheroes….’

Brenin yr Wythnos was celebrated with Harry and Lilly being chosen for the way that they have been reflecting the school values of Wisdom and Compassion.