Headteacher’s Blog 15th October 2021

Another good week.

The children have once again enjoyed engaging with a variety of activities this week.

We had a Federation staff meeting in Nercwys last Tuesday. Mrs Downes came to meet us and update us on expectations for us as Church schools.

She was also celebrating the fact that much of Flintshire’s evidence of good practice within Church schools came from Nannerch and Nercwys. She told us she was very proud of our staff and pupils. It was lovely to see her and she took us through expectations for Religion, Values and Ethics within the New Curriculum.

We have had a performance from Mr Glover on the guitar, Mr Pealing playing a trombone and offering cornet lessons and Mrs Mulholland with the Cello. The children have enjoyed these mini recitals and Mrs Fowles has sent a letter out for anyone interested in music lessons.

Dosbarth Ddraig have been busy with a Maths focus on Decimals. Within literacy they have been focussing on letter writing. Within Religion, Values and Ethics they have been discussing Pilgramage within different religions making sure they answer the 5Ws – Who, What, Why, Where and When.

They talked about the pros and cons of travelling around the world and the 5 prized possessions they would take with them.

The Early Years pupils have finished their life-sized portraits which are very accurate even ensuring hair styles, ‘nike’ badges etc. They have also been sequencing the story, ‘We‘re going on a Bear Hunt’ which they have really enjoyed, especially creating their new display. Thank you to Mrs Whitehead. They really are treasures.

Pupils have been continuing to learn how to write a postcard and they finally wrote their final draft. A lovely walk to the postbox and sending off their postcards was magic! Well, it will be when the postcards arrive to their destinations!

In maths this week pupils have worked practically on different games to support their place value. Da iawn pawb!

We had a visit from our Schools Improvement Advisor – Mrs Ruth Price Roberts who couldn’t resist the opportunity to look around Mrs John’s class. She always loves the vibrancy in the classroom and the children engaged in all the areas. She would have loved all the Forest school activities this afternoon especially on such a bright Autumn day.

I described Forest Schools as our best practice. She loved the photos of the survival activities from yesterday. She said that any parent would love their child to experience this when she saw the photos of Junior pupils. The survival project in Forest School has evolved from the pupils class text ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ and pupils have thought very deeply of what they need to survive a shipwreck and finding themselves trapped in a desert island all alone.

At the end of the week we have had Isobelle’s lovely idea being drawn. Isobelle had created a wonderful Harvest Jar as a count the object competition. Isobelle had filled it with conkers and lots of other seeds to create a challenge for people to practice their estimation skills. The winner was then able to choose which charity the money was donated to. The winner was Lilly, whose chosen charity was Nightingale House. Super estimation Lilly and also Alfie, Teddie, Jonas and Lila who were close.

Well done Isobelle for organising this!!

I also heard about the big rescue. Well done Dharma saving the day and rescuing Miss Williams and Miss Fowles from a rather large spider. She returned him to his natural habitat in the Forest School area.