Headteacher’s Blog 1st July 2022

Another enjoyable week for all, everyone continues to be busy.

The Staff are continuing to work hard in preparation for the introduction of the New Curriculum for September.

Mrs John and Mrs Foster from Nercwys are preparing to share all that we have been working on with other Schools in our area. They will have lots of work to show and I am sure they will enjoy seeing what others have been working on. We are looking forward to welcoming you in September so we can present the new Curriculum to you.


It was lovely to welcome Miss Roberts and Miss Douggie into school as they prepare for their return on the 18th July. A big thank you to them for making the effort to come and join us for ‘Moving up Day’. Everyone had a wonderful day and it has also been good to hear that the two learners who are moving to the Alun had a great day. Our other leaver Orla has different ‘Moving Up’ days so she was super helpful and went to support Dosbarth Branwen and the younger children. Mrs John says she was such a treasure and demonstrated the true values of our school. Thank you Orla.


We have been celebrating our fantastic crop of vegetables and herbs. We have harvested lemon balm, celery, radish and chives with carrots still to come. Well done everyone! Mrs Barlow brought in some seeds, Erin brought in some plants, the learners planted them, watered them in groups and everything has flourished. It tasted great too!


Early Years

It was so lovely to welcome our early starters Reggie, Molly, Sadie and Cora. They had a lovely time on their visit.

We really enjoyed making playdough. We have loved being outdoors with all the games and activities. Everyone seemed so happy!

We loved the Nannerch has talent on Friday afternoon too!


Dosbarth Branwen were having a wonderful time performing Nannerch has talent. I loved the three judges Mrs Roberts, Mrs Whitehead and Mrs Barlow – they had their paddles ready to award their scores. Everyone was part of it and all the learners were full of smiles and extremely supportive of one another.

Pupils have been busy learning the ‘past tense’ and how this impacts our writing. We have continued exploring ‘life in a castle’ and what skills we would need to work. We have been exploring roles such as gardeners, cooks, Marshall’s and carpenters. We have been developing our diary writing through oracy, ‘Talk for Writing’ process and our castle jobs have been at the heart of this process! Next week we are having a go writing a diary entry independently. Mrs John is very proud of us!

Within Expressive Arts we have continued to explore the artist Paul Klee and his famous painting, The Castle and Sun. The work is abstract and based on 2D shape. Our work is amazing! We will show you the finished piece soon.


It's been a big week for the children of Nant Ddraig along with the upcoming year 3s! On Thursday they celebrated Moving Up Day. It was very exciting for them and they all enjoyed an active day creating collages of their favourite things before studying some British Sign Language. There are a lot of children looking forward to next year now!


We have been lucky enough to have been invited to a ‘4wardfutures’ space project next term! Mark Waters visited to introduce the ideas to Dosbarth Nant Ddraig. I must say, the children demonstrated fantastic knowledge and asked very relevant questions. I think the project will create lots of discussion, excitement and will support Science, technology and digital competency skills. A big thank you to Mrs Della Thomas our Governor for introducing us to this project and to Mark Waters from 4ward Futures. We are very lucky indeed!


As part of their studies of the Victorian Era, the children explored William Morris before creating their own wallpaper using different art forms. There were some very creative pieces!


On top of this, there was lots of enjoyment whilst exploring and comparing Victorian era ordinance survey maps to today's. They gained lots of new knowledge on how to read maps whilst also discovering how their own villages have changed (or stayed the same!) over time.


Last week we had a special service all

about being a School of Sanctuary. We learnt so much and felt so sad for Little Amal. We had a photo with the special quilt at the end.

A massive well done to our Dosbarth Nant Ddraig for competing in the Triathlon at the Alun. Wow, what a morning! Pupils really had to dig deep, find that perseverance and resilience value to run, swim and ride! So many nerves resulted in so many smiles! Pupils were buzzing with excitement at the end and Mr Hills said he is so incredibly proud of them all.


We can look forwards to lots of exciting activities with a Values Day being planned next Tuesday. This should be exciting for everyone and hopefully all the learners will enjoy the new Federation Values of Trust, Hope, Compassion, Community, Wisdom and Perseverance. Mrs John has been planning lots of wonderful activities for the group leaders to engage with and make their own. We are also hoping to share suggestions and ideas for the Federation Mission Statement. We are hoping that both schools will have lots of ideas and suggestions and then we can democratically choose the favourite as a Federation.