Headteacher’s Blog 24th September 2021

What a lovely week! It has been lovely to extend our learning in different environments.

We have been busy organising our various committees in school with pupils deciding which areas of responsibility interested them the most. All our Junior pupils have already suggested many ideas to improve our school and they are developing their vision statement and action plans next week!

In our Staff meeting we met as a Federation to discuss the new ALN Code of Practice (Additional Learning Needs) and to make sure that all the teachers were confident in meeting their responsibilities.

We also put our Monitoring time table together allowing us to celebrate learning as a Federation. This is such a good opportunity to ensure good and excellent practice across both schools.

The highlight of the week for all the Learners has been Dangerpoint.

We learnt so much – we identified Danger in the Home, talked about Bullying, Safety on Public Transport and learnt about Diversity. Then we had a visit to the area to discuss Countryside Safety, Staying Safe on the Beach, Road Safety and Internet Safety. We improved our scores massively in the Assessment for Learning quiz- showing that we had remembered key messages from the day. The learners gained so much knowledge in an interactive environment and most importantly really enjoyed the visit.

A great day out with some pupils having a much-needed snooze on the return journey!

A very big thank you to the Staff for doing such a good job of looking after everyone. Well done Miss Williams and Mrs John who even managed to produce a packed lunch when it was needed!

We also had a lovely end to the week as Foundation Phase really enjoyed their Forest Schools activities. Pupils played the ice-berg game and worked in teams to build the tallest and strongest stick tower. They then made some yummy mud stew and made dens. This is always a treat but even more so on a Lovely Autumn afternoon.

I also had a lovely end to the week. I had the chance to be class teacher on a really brilliant day. Iwan Edwards from the North Wales wildlife trust managed to secure funding for us to go to Tremeirchion to plant trees.

We walked up the on to the hillside identifying trees and lichen. I was really proud of our learners who demonstrated a very good knowledge about the importance of trees. We had wonderful views of the Vale of Clwyd.

We had lunch at the top of the hillside and a chance to explore. We then had the chance to plant some young trees close to the Offa’s Dyke path.

We then had a quick walk back to catch the bus. We came back to school ready to start working with two artists. We created some branches and afterwards some woodland animals to hide in them.

Our work will eventually be displayed at an Offa’s Dyke celebration in Knighton. A fabulous day for everyone with opportunities for team building, problem solving and creativity in the natural environment.

We invited Mrs Yeardley our Bishop’s Visitor to join us. She enjoyed the day and saw our learners enacting our School Values.