Headteacher’s Blog November 26th

Another busy week, we have had an exciting Mexican themed lunch.

Everyone has enjoyed it. A big thanks to Sally Owen who helped everyone party in true Nannerch style by sending in some Mexican hats. Mr Samuels and Mrs John had a wonderful time making sure that everyone was in Fiesta spirits wearing sombreros with their Mexican menus!

We are starting to plan for Christmas. I keep hearing Mr Samuels singing ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…’

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to invite parents to a Christmas concert. This decision has been taken as a Mold Cluster based on Flintshire LA Covid guidance. We will have a recorded treat for you and we will ensure the Season is exciting and as enjoyable as always, so watch this space!

Dosbarth Branwen have already received a letter from Santa.

He has asked each learner to think of a question that they would like to ask him.

An interesting fact about themselves.

They also had to think about what was important to them at Christmas. Their letter writing will certainly be the main aim of tasks next week. Pupils have enjoyed their music lesson with Miss Mac in Expressive Arts, focusing on different ways we can play instruments. pupils conducted their groups and I’m sure you enjoyed seeing these on Seesaw. In Maths pupils have been focusing on Time and Shape. They have also been measuring and creating their own transport through design ideas and junk modelling. Super work so far!

Dosbarth Nant Ddraig had another fantastic swimming lesson.

Within Maths there has been lots of peer support during Maths lessons on ‘Time’. They are working on the 12-hour clock and the 24-hour clock and converting the times. They have also been completing lots of time tables tasks.

Within Topic work there has been a theme of pilgrimage and special places within our locality. Their journey began in Holywell and they are planning their journey to Bardsey Island. They are creating an Information Booklet to encourage more pilgrims to join.

Mr Hills had a wonderful afternoon with the class. He had a football lesson and he has been assessing everyone’s skills. We are hoping to have a match against Ysgol Gwernymynydd next week. Mr Hills will announce the team soon!

He also had a Welsh lesson with the class. He really enjoyed the afternoon in Nannerch and told me that he really enjoyed working with the class and alongside Mr Samuels.

Another Headteacher told me about a resource called ‘Now Press Play’. This is an educational resource where learners listen to a story using special headphones and perform the actions. They are immersed in the sound of the story. I have been waiting a little while to introduce this trial to both schools as there are so many demands on teachers time. The teachers needed to be trained first on using the resource effectively. After receiving training and resources being delivered our learners in Nannerch really enjoyed the experience!

Dosbarth Nant Ddraig‘s lesson was based on Environment and Sustainability. Mr Samuels asked if his pupils enjoyed it?

1 child answered, “It was fun and way better than doing work’’

so this is the follow up dialogue,

Mr Samuels, “What was it about?’’

Child, “The Rainforest’’

Mr Samuels, “What were they doing?’’

Child, “Cutting it down.’’

Mr Samuels, “Why?”

Child, “To sell the wood for furniture and to make other things, mine for gold, clear the land for growing things and graze animals.’’

Mr Samuels said with a smile, “Thanks, I was just checking you hadn’t learnt anything!”

We love that style of learning!

When I asked Grace, she reacted by giving the resource a thousand thumbs up.

Mrs John’s class had equal enjoyment and engagement. They went up in a hot air balloon linking to the theme of transport.

Alys described using the resource as, “It’s like going on an adventure!’’

George with a big beaming smile said, “It’s great!’’

We still have the beginning of the week to decide but based on this reaction I think we may be buying this as a shared resource across the Federation.

We ended the week with an Open the Book worship. A very big thank you to Rev Kathy, Mrs Yeardley and Mrs Craig who encouraged us to reflect on the message Jesus was sharing in the Parable of the Lost Sheep. We then sang ‘Big, Fat, Fluffy Difference’ and celebrated Lily and George as Brenin yr Wythnos.

I have sent the Annual Report for last year to Parents by email. Please let us know if you would prefer a paper copy.

I hope everyone has a restful weekend.