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Headteacher’s Blog 20th May

Another busy week for everyone.

Everyone has been working hard but as we have had some nice weather in-between the showers we have been able to make the most of our lovely grounds. Everyone loved being on the field at lunchtime.

On Tuesday we went to Church to celebrate our Wonderful World. The theme was thankfulness. KS2 performed their self penned play all about the endangered animals in the rainforests of the world. Foundation Phase helped out by being some very impressive trees! Reverend Kathy enjoyed the performance and two of our KS2 pupils were allowed to ring the Church bell. 

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A very big thank you to Miss Gorrell who has just completed her final placement in the class. She has been such an asset this half term, I know Mrs Barnett has really appreciated the support she has given her. We have really enjoyed having her in class, she will be very much missed by the staff and learners. We may well see her back as a supply teacher until she gains a full-time role.

The class has some new friends, their own pets – some caterpillars. Following on from this in Science they have looked at the lifecycle of a butterfly. Reception have created some wonderful lifecycles using pasta.

In Maths early years pupils have been focusing on shape, while the older pupils have been creating pictograms.

Within Literacy Reception pupils have been writing letters to the zoo. Miss Gorrell has been really pleased with their work. The older pupils have been writing to me to request a pond in the garden for the Bog Baby.

They have also been doing some work within Humanities. They have compared our schools with schools in Victorian times. They have really enjoyed finding out about the punishments during that time. I don’t think they will object to losing Golden Time for not following the Golden Rules now!

This week in Dosbarth Dewi we have been on an exciting trip to Xplore! in Wrexham. Lots of us had been there when it was Techniquest at Glyndwr but we were extremely excited to visit the new building in the town centre.

We really enjoyed all the exhibits including: being able to see soundwaves from a guitar string and playing with the sound wall making songs. Our workshop was all about using Scratch to code a sailing boat and a wave. Once we'd used Scratch we got to build the sailing boat out of Lego and programme it to rock in the waves.

 

We have been preparing for the NFL tournament this week, we went on to the school field and played as two teams, many touchdowns were scored and the children in Years 5 and 6 are excited to be the Buffalo Bills next week.

Finally don't forget to join us at Nannerch School for our Federation Jubilee Disco on Thursday 26th at 6pm.

 

Headteacher’s Blog 13th May

Another week has passed very quickly.Everyone has been working hard and giving their best. Criw Cymraeg introducing the Ymadrodd yr Wythnos. This week it is Ble est ti? Es i ……

A big thank you to Mrs Della Thomas one of our Governors who has put us forward for a ‘Eyes in the Sky’ project which is a fully funded opportunity to work with teachers and academics on the theme of Space.They will be using all the latest IT including techniques to take them on a wonderfully creative and educational learning journey. This project will be for the children in Juniors next year – so sorry Year 6. Mark Waters is coming in on the 30th June to speak to the learners about the project. This is also the date of the Alun Induction day.

I do hope the children who are unwell this week are better for the weekend.

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Early years pupils have been thinking about adjectives to describe minibeasts. Year 1 and 2 are writing to me to ask for a bigger climbing frame.

Everyone loved the Science this week of a minibeast hunt.

Within Maths the Early Years pupils have been thinking about money. Year 1 and 2 have been finding out their favourite pupils’ favourite things and putting them on a Tally chart.

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Have done a science investigation about the Chicxulub crater that killed the dinosaurs. The children wanted to find out what happened to the size if crater's if they were dropped from different heights. It was a messy one with lots of flour and cocoa powder but the children loved it.

 

School Council and Eco Council have asked Mrs Gillett this year for the raised beds in the garden. On Monday afternoon the class started looking after them by de-weeding and planting cauliflower, kale, sprouts and some onions. They are very excited to watch them grow. They are also looking forward to creating a plan for what to do with the vegetables and fruit when they're ready.

 

Friday morning, everyone was excited because one of our Pupil voice questions was about how big the dinosaurs were. The children had to measure life-size footprints of a Compsognathus, brachiosaurus, triceratops, and T-rex. They were all shocked to see how big some dinosaur footprints are.

Headteacher’s Blog 6th May

A very short week in school but with lots of enjoyable activities for all. We are still enjoying our new smart boards in school.

We are all really enjoying the fact that we can begin to plan events again. We have set the dates for Sports Day. We have opted for the 21st June with a back up date of the 28st June. Everyone will be looking forward to this after all the disruptions in previous years.

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A super start to a short week with a visit to Xplore - the new name for what was Techniquest. The learners were given lots of fun opportunities to practice their control technology skills. They had a lego building workshop, they used a laptop to code and make lego birds turn and tweet. Such an enjoyable visit for all.

Maths and Numeracy – The Early Years children have been measuring using footprints and the older pupils then said whether they were longer or shorter than a metre stick. Year 1 and 2 have been using coordinates to locate minibeasts.

Literacy They have been using the story of The Bog Baby to support descriptive writing with a pen portrait of the ‘Bog Baby’ – Have you seen him? Within Dear Zoo they used adjectives to describe a frog.

A big thank you to Mrs Barnet who has taken on the role of teacher within the Foundation Phase classroom. She has been a lovely addition to the team and is being very well supported by the rest of the staff and the student teacher. She will continue in this role until the half term holiday.

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Following on from a pupil voice question ‘How do dinosaurs become fossils?’ They looked at how fossils were formed. They learnt that they weren’t the dinosaur bones but rather minerals that have been turned to stone over millions of years.

They have been looking at Volume within Maths – year 3 and 4 have been using multilink to build shapes with different volumes. Year 5 and 6 completed an active maths session where they have had to run around to collect different lengths, then create a 3D shape and then calculate the volume.

Within Welsh they have been sharing newyyddion, using questions and answering them to say where they had been and who with.

They have also been looking at features of a newspaper report, and producing a report about ‘The dinosaur’s last day’.

Headteacher’s Blog 29th April

 

It has been lovely to welcome everyone back into school after the Easter holidays. The Summer term is definitely my favourite, I think many will be the same.

This is the time that we see the benefit of our fantastic outdoor area. Our staff and pupils are so lucky to have this area to enjoy. Everyone has been enjoying the garden during breaks and younger pupils in lessons. The older pupils were able to enjoy their cricket lesson on the field.

I love the fact that are starting to move closer to normality and that we can start to enjoy the events that we previously took for granted. I think everyone will be super excited about sports day this year. We have so many exciting things to look forward to, with the jubilee celebrations as well.

Newsflash We are also really pleased that our new interactive smart tv’s are in place. We have a wall mounted one in each classroom and a mobile one currently in the backroom. We are really pleased and they have been put to use straightaway!

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A big thank you to Mrs Barnett who has been teaching this week and will also be teaching next week. She is being very well supported by the rest of our very capable team.

They have been enjoying the new topic of ‘Changes’. The children had a wonderful discussion at the end of last term and filled in their post it notes saying what they would like to find out about - they are still on display in class. Coming from this they are doing some work on minibeasts. They are creating fact files about different minibeasts.

In Maths the early years pupils have been measuring using cubes to support them. The older pupils have been using directional language. They controlled one another navigating their way in class by using this language.

In Literacy the younger pupils have been focussing on the letter Z. The older pupils had a focus on verbs and adjectives.

It has been lovely to welcome Nancy – Eliza’s younger sister into Early Entitlement. She was a bit tired by Wednesday but really enjoying life in school.

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In PE they introduced cricket practicing batting skills and a fun game against their learning partners.

They used their Numeracy skills to support them in their Topic to plan a new zoo. This links to Anthony Browne’s book which they have been discussing as Ethically Informed Citizens.

They have practiced writing Kenning poems about worms. They have also written Kennings about rainforest animals.

Have a lovely long weekend. I hope it continues to be sunny.

Headteacher’s Blog – 8th April

A busy week in school for everyone but also a very enjoyable week.

It was so lovely to welcome Parents back into school to view the children’s progress and to meet with their teacher. This is so much more rewarding for everyone than a telephone call.

Parents were enjoying being part of the school environment. I really enjoyed being part of it this time, a big thank you to Mrs James who was alongside me on Wednesday and Mrs Allen on Thursday. They both had a very thorough knowledge of the learners in their care. They could tell us where they were in their learning and could outline the next steps.

If you were unable to make an appointment and you would like one, we will do our best to meet with you as soon as possible after the Easter break.

 

We really enjoyed our visit to Church on Tuesday. A big well done to all the children who took part they were very confident. Everyone really enjoyed the Service. Many thanks once again to the Rev Kathy for organising everything for us. The children gave an Easter Garden that they had created to the Church. The Rev Kathy has said that they would display it in the Easter Services.

 

This week Dosbarth Dewi this week have been completing a science investigation based on their work on icebergs with Mrs Gillett. They had to predict which material would be the best insulator to stop an ice cube melting; tin foil, cling film, cotton wool or air.

Most of the children predicted that the worst would be foil because metal is a conductor, however the worst was actually cling film. The best insulator was the cotton wool. The children loved measuring temperatures and watching the ice cubes melt.

 

Everyone really enjoyed the First Aid. Thank you New Directions.

 

The children also used learner voice from the school councils of both Nercwys and Nannerch meeting to complete a litter pick around school grounds. They found lots of litter and have decided to raise awareness of litter and be good eco citizens after Easter.

 

The Easter egg hunt is always guaranteed to be an enjoyable activity and luckily the weather had improved for today. A lovely way to end the term.

 

A big thank you to all the staff for all their hard work in providing enjoyable and engaging learning opportunities all term.

Wellies in the Wood was a great success and the Nercwys pupils enjoyed visiting the chicks in Nannerch.

I hope everyone has a very enjoyable break and Happy Easter, Pasg Hapus to all.

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Headteacher’s Blog – 1st April

Another busy week. A big thank you to everyone for being so vigilant and supportive in monitoring for Covid. A very big thank you once again to all the staff who have supported in covering other people’s absences.

Wellies in the Woods was a great success in Nannerch again this morning, we missed the warmth from last week. The theme was the story ‘Stickman’ and as you can see from the photos everyone enjoyed themselves.

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Miss Gunes has given me permission to share the fact that her mother has passed away. I have been passing on everyone’s thoughts and condolences.

A very big thank you to Mrs Gillett and the Foundation team for all the support they have given to the learners. The classroom has continued to run smoothly and thanks to effective systems in place we even managed to organise the spelling patterns for the different groups.

We have tried to continue with the planned Parents evening to at least give everyone an opportunity to view the work in books and to speak to me alongside a practioner.

This class won’t be receiving their targets as I would prefer Miss Gunes to set those herself on her return.

This week they had fun thinking about worms. The learners made a wormery and put it in a dark place to see what would happen.

The learners had made all their predictions and were waiting to find out what happened today.

Mrs Gillett also planned some work on adjectives to support them in developing characters for their story writing.

They have had a focus on money in Maths and have enjoyed making a shop.

 

Dosbarth Dewi

Mantle of the expert: the zoo

This week they have looked at Anthony Browne's ‘Zoo’ book. The children loved looking at the illustrations and noticed that in the book the humans are dressed as and behave like animals, whilst the animals aren't looked after properly. Dosbarth Dewi decided to inspect the zoo. The inspectors quizzed the animal keepers about the daily running of the zoo. It was discovered that the zoo was not running properly and should close until further notice. Dosbarth Dewi are going to plan how to save the zoo next week.

 

As part of their recycling topic they have been looking at describing the ocean, the children have worked extremely hard in using similes and personification to describe all that can be seen in the ocean.

 

The class were pleased that Mrs Devitt left her PE plans for them to be able to carry on with hockey. They played sharks as their warm up this encouraged everyone to practice holding their hockey sticks correctly. They then played Raiders to practice their dribbling skills, with was lots of team work and strategy involved. Their final task was to have a game and it was amazing to see all the hockey skills taught this half term being used; there was dribbling and striking but also brilliant tackling.

 

A very enjoyable and valuable week as always. Especially as it was April Fool’s Day they enjoyed pranking Mrs Foster!

Headteacher’s Blog –Friday 25th March

What a lovely week in school! Everything seems better when we have a little sunshine. The younger learners in particular spend lots of time outdoors so it is even better when the sun shines. We have been affected again by Covid 19 so a very big thank you to staff for supporting by covering in various roles.

 

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This week the children have been having fun with rhyming words, singing new songs and rhymes. This Sunday the church will be celebrating 'Mothering Sunday' the children have shown great interest in the history of the celebration and how it links to the church. We have had lovely card creations as well as using modelling clay to make a pinch pot.

In maths they have been learning more about money and how to add various amounts. Reception were amazing with their counting technique by tapping on the 1p once and the 2 p – 1p twice to get various totals. Year 1 and two added larger totals, and used a variety of coins.

In language literacy and communication, the children have been revisiting skills previously developed of creating a story map/ mountain focusing on the start, middle and end of a story. They then used their prior learning to write their own version of the story of Michael Recycle. They then revisited their prior knowledge of nouns and adjectives to improve and enhance their work.

 

 

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This week started again with the Wrexham Football coaches, who taught some handball skills. In the classroom they told us about the dangers of smoking, and everyone designed an anti-smoking poster.

They have had another hockey lesson with Mrs Devitt which focussed on ball passing and showed the importance of teamwork.

Everyone enjoyed a practical maths lesson in the sunshine where they have been using their division knowledge to solve problems and set problems for friends to solve.

Mrs Pierce has been helping us with the F1 project, teaching us about aerodynamics and supporting our ideas on how to produce the fastest car.

We have been doing lots of descriptive writing in English about the oceans. We have had some brilliant and very inventive writing!

The learners have completed lots of interesting tasks with Mrs Gillett on the Amazon rainforest with a focus on endangered species.

The learners were asked to choose an animal and design a Headdress which includes lots of factual information. This could be … how many remaining in the rainforest, what actions can support them in their habitat. This led to research on Deforestation and the use of palm oil etc

A brilliant week. Everyone was really amused on Friday as Mrs Gillett and Miss Hood and found out they matched on Friday morning. This was a game of spot the difference for everyone.

The learners who went to Nannerch for wellies in the Wood had a great morning.

Headteacher’s Blog – March 18th

Another busy week. A big thank you to everyone for being so vigilant and supportive in monitoring for Covid.

Wellies in the Woods was a great success in Nannerch this morning, the sun shone and everyone enjoyed the Forest Schools activities.

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This week Michael Recycle has been on a mission in the class! Through his amazing adventures in the story book we have been focusing on recycling and how to save our planet!

 

Reception, year 1 and 2 created a character profile, thinking of adjectives/describing words to talk about his clothes, feelings, his job etc. The children loved the fact that he wore a colander on his head and a bottle top badge on his costume!

 

Throughout the story the author uses rhyming words, the children have played rhyming games on various levels as well as writing their own rhymes.

 

In maths the children have been eager to recognise coins as well as begin to add to various amounts.

 

In Science and Technology pupils have been learning about gravity through creating a rocket from a milk bottle. By squashing the bottle together, the hidden mouse placed on top of the bottle will blast off!!!

 

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The week began with coaches from Wrexham Football club showing them some ball skills and teaching the importance of regular exercise for our health.

Sian from Welsh Water came to tell them all about water cycle and what we can do at home to help keep the water flowing. We completed a practical network water challenge and were fined for each water leak!

Mrs Pierce who recently retired from Ysgol Nannerch taught this week. She talked about pocket money, and we have made and designed our own money boxes. Lots of money activities. I had a lovely message afterwards from Mrs Pierce saying how much she had enjoyed teaching in Nercwys.

Mrs Gillet has been talking to us about Easter and the significance of Carnival in Brazil – we are working on designing and making our own headdress.

Mrs Devitt has been going through division and sharing with lots of practical sessions and in-between all of this we have been outside in the lovely sunshine doing practising our hockey skills.

Everyone has very much enjoyed having Mrs Devitt as a student teacher. She will be missed when she officially finishes next week. I am hoping she will keep in touch.

Our Schools Committees met on Teams today and they have just asked me if they can hold a wear blue and yellow day to raise funds towards Ukraine Relief efforts and more locally to organise a litter pick to look after their locality – their Cynefin.

Headteacher’s Blog – 12th March 2022

We had a lovely start to the week as Mrs Roberts our Schools Improvement Advisor and one of the Governors Mrs Yeardley were coming to speak to the children about their work in school. They started their day in Nannerch in the morning and I then accompanied them to Nercwys in the afternoon.

I was so proud of our learners across both schools. Our visitors thoroughly enjoyed their day and were really positive about their experience with our pupils. A big well done to the children the visitors chose to speak to. They really made their teachers proud!

 

On Tuesday. Mrs Foster, Mrs James and myself were on a First Aid course. This meant that we missed the St David’s Day celebrations. Which was a real shame. We were supposed to go to Church but unfortunately because of some Covid positive cases in school we had to cancel this. The Rev Kathy and Mrs Bartlett still judged the competitions for us. I had some lovely feedback from the Rev Kathy while I was on the First Aid course saying that they had both loved the work.

A big well done to everyone for their work and congratulations to the competition winners.

 

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The Early Years pupils have been focusing on the 'f' sound. The children have had the story of Rainbow Fish. They had a long hard think of animals starting with the f sound e.g fruit bats, fish, foxes etc.

Everyone created their own rainbow fish using play dough and counters and counted the scales on them.

 

Within Health and Well-being, they have been thinking about keeping healthy and looking at what happens when we exercise. The children noticed their hearts beating faster, they used more breath/oxygen, and became tired after a while!! Some Junior children took a lead with small groups from the foundation phase by showing them how to do various physical moves and stretches.

During circle time the children talked about the story of rainbow fish discussing how to be kind, share and to think of other people’s feelings.

 

Year 1/2

Year 1 Using 'Using Read Write Ink' books to help them blend sounds together. Children have enjoyed playing the board games and having a go at writing their own words on the whiteboard.

Year two have been re-visiting ch, sh and th sounds as well as words ending in ng. The story of the Rainbow fish was a huge success with year 2. They have been working on a Rainbow Fish play script so that they can act it out. This was a good example of pupil voice - the children wanted to adapt their play script with more characters and complex lines. They have created their own Rainbow fish using recycled materials, e.g cut plastic bags, milk bottle tops and old bubble wrap. In Maths they have been working on tens and units. Year 2 worked on column addition.

 

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A big well done on all the Eisteddfod Activities. The supply teacher absolutely loved the class on Tuesday and was really keen to work in Nercwys again.

The children who were going were going to Robinwood were really excited. It is so good to be able to do these things again. I think it is great that both schools can go together and make some new friends.

 

All the photos being put on Twitter show the learners having a wonderful time.

A big thank you to Mrs Foster and Mrs Devitt for accompanying the children. Everyone has had lots of fun whist being challenged. It was lovely to hear how complimentary the centre staff were about the children.

Now it is a weekend everyone can catch up on their sleep!

 

A big thank you to the staff in school this week who have ensured that everyone has had an enjoyable week.

I would also like to say a big thank you to them for supporting the Clubs - stepping in to help at very short notice.

Headteacher’s Blog – March 4th

 

Everyone has obviously enjoyed the fun and the rest over the holidays and have come back to school with plenty of smiles.

 

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The Early Years pupils have been learning about the ‘b’ sound and have had lots of fun making busy bees.

Year 1 are building on their previous knowledge of sounds. They are also putting sounds together to recognise blends.

Year 2 are practicing the ch, th and sh sounds. We had an Outdoor treasure box to link the sounds to the object.

They have also been on a Super Scavenger Hunt in the garden collecting lots of natural items. We have then put them into a list and a table, ready to create a pictogram or a graph.

Data Handling is fun!

 

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Monday off to an amazing start with a visit from Wrexham FC. It was nice to have Josh back in Nercwys after 2 years. The children loved the football skills session, where they had lots of fun learning new skills. After that, they had a Science based session about keeping our bodies healthy. This week's session focused on the heart. The children loved creating the circulatory system in the room with the children representing different organs and arteries.

They also had a visit from EESW this week, who came to help us to prepare for the F1 in schools project. It was great to be able to link Science and Technology to start to design and create their cars. We have 3 teams, wish us luck as we develop our cars and portfolios.

 

Tuesday was St David's Day, we have been preparing for the Eisteddfod next week. We have been reciting poems and placing actions to them, we have also completed a piece of handwriting in Welsh, ready to be judged. We have been singing a song called 'Mae gen i het', this has been so much fun as the song has actions and as we've gone through the verses the words are replaced by the actions. We really enjoy learning the ‘Cwriciwlwm Cymraeg’.

 

It was also Shrove Tuesday so everyone made pancakes – Foundation Phase made them and key Stage 2 asked could they make some too! Everyone enjoyed eating them.

Key Stage 2 also had a comparison with ‘Mardi Gras’ in South America.

 

Everyone looked fabulous on World Book Day. A big thank you to Parents for supporting as always. This is a lovely way to encourage an enjoyment of reading and stories.

Another big thank you to everyone for the massive community response to supporting our friends in Ukraine. Everyone has contributed and Mrs John organised friends and family to take everything to the collection points. This has been a fabulous start to our commitment to support others at a time of need. I am sure our School Council will join with other schools within the Cluster to organise a Fundraising event. Thank you to the Rev Kathy for coming in to lead a worship with our learners on this theme. She has also created a lovely prayer station.

Following on from this the school will aim to become a ‘School of Sanctuary’ supported by Mrs Downes in her new role of as Education Officer for the Diocese. We will aim to achieve this award for the Federation. This builds on the work that key stage 2 did on refugees last term. We had a lovely talk from one of our Governors Jenny Ewells.

Headteacher’s Blog – Friday 18th February

 

We have had another challenging week from a Covid 19 perspective. We have had a number of families having to test in the mornings before coming in to school.

The firebreak of a day has made a difference in Key Stage 2, school cases have reduced.

We have continued to bubble to separate the classes to protect everyone as much as possible. We have cancelled the Open the Book service planned this afternoon for the same reason.

 

We have another challenge now at the end of the week with storm Eunice.

 

In the Early Years they have been thinking about the ‘l’ sound, they have made crafty lollipops. They spent lots of time practicing the letter formation.

They ordered animals from the smallest to largest. They have been thinking about lots of different animals in the outdoor environment.

Year 1 and 2 have designed their own ‘endangered species’ board games. They used all they had learnt previously to make the game interesting. They then used purple mash to create an algorithm or a set of simple the instructions. They have been practicing addition and subtraction. Year 2 have completed some column addition.

 

The older pupils have enjoyed a Tag roadshow. They have been learning about zone defence and pulling tags in the game.

They have had extra German sessions with Mrs Devitt, they have been playing ‘House of Games’ – higher/lower and animal bingo.

They have been completing animal webpages for Chester Zoo using Adobe Creative Cloud Express.

They are planning a debate tomorrow – ‘Should animals be kept in a zoo?.’

 

A very big thank you to all the staff for all that they have achieved this half term. They have been brilliant and have planned fantastic experiences for all the learners. Well done everyone for supporting with Breakfast and After School Clubs.

Headteacher’s Blog – Friday 11th February

 

 

This week has been a very challenging one from a Covid 19 perspective, especially in one class. We have had a lot of pupils working on Google Classroom, I hope the Firebreak in Key Stage 2 today will have a positive impact.

 

As a school we are doing our utmost to minimise spread. When I received information the information from parents I emailed the Families who were in the impacted group so that they had the information on Sunday evening before everyone returned to school.

The majority of our Families have been really proactive by testing either with Lateral Flow tests or by having a PCR. We really appreciate your support with this.

I also engaged with the staff so that we were able to return to Bubbles for the last two weeks before half term, to reduce the contact between groups.

We have also postponed the Church Service which we were supposed to attend.

Our school staff have been testing three times a week since the return after Christmas.

I really hope we can return to normal next week.

 

Despite all of this we have made our time in school as enjoyable as possible.

 

Dosbarth Disglair

In Nursery and Reception they have been thinking about the ‘u’ sound, they have had fun making umbrellas and learning new u words.

In Year 1 and 2 they have been learning the ‘ee’ sounds and they have been playing lots of games around the sound to reinforce the learning. They have all worked really hard on their handwriting practice and have kept Miss Gunes smiling.

 

Within Welsh we have been using one of Mrs Meaden’s favourite resources ‘Darllen Gyda Sam’ – this is a lovely interactive resource on the Whiteboard. The learners have reading independently following the modelling on the Whiteboard. They have also been playing snap and pairs to reinforce the vocabulary.

 

Within Humanities they have been researching endangered animals using the story ‘ Don’t let them Disappear’ we discussed the story. They then used all this information to support their writing. The learners created a digital fact file. The learners have been creating painting of the endangered animals.

They really enjoyed creating another obstacle course again. Reinforcing all the learning from last week.

 

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The class received a letter/ email from Chester Zoo asking them to create new plaques for the Amazon rainforest animals which included lots of information about the animals. They have requested a QR code on their new plaques so they pupils will need to provide lots of information for that.

They have been looking at ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’ by Henri Rousseau, they are currently sketching their own version at the start of the project.

They have also been completing their non-chronological reports on the amazon rainforest.

Within Humanities Mrs Gillett is asking the learners to complete some research on a South American country researching their climate, environment, industry, religion etc

 

A big well done to everyone on their Vision Homework. We have been really pleased and impressed with the response. The learners have all really enjoyed the task and a big thanks to our families for supporting with this. Staff have been so proud of all that has been produced.

Headteacher’s Blog – Friday 11th February


This week has been a very challenging one from a Covid 19 perspective, especially in one class. We have had a lot of pupils working on Google Classroom, I hope the Firebreak in Key Stage 2 today will have a positive impact.

 

As a school we are doing our utmost to minimise spread. When I received information the information from parents I emailed the families who were in the impacted group so that they had the information on Sunday evening before everyone returned to school.

The majority of our Families have been really proactive by testing either with Lateral Flow tests or by having a PCR. We really appreciate your support with this.

I also engaged with the staff so that we were able to return to Bubbles for the last two weeks before half term, to reduce the contact between groups.

We have also postponed the Church Service which we were supposed to attend.

Our school staff have been testing three times a week since the return after Christmas.

I really hope we can return to normal next week.

 

Despite all of this we have made our time in school as enjoyable as possible.

 

Dosbarth Disglair

In Nursery and Reception they have been thinking about the ‘u’ sound, they have had fun making umbrellas and learning new u words.

In Year 1 and 2 they have been learning the ‘ee’ sounds and they have been playing lots of games around the sound to reinforce the learning. They have all worked really hard on their handwriting practice and have kept Miss Gunes smiling.

 

Within Welsh we have been using one of Mrs Meaden’s favourite resources ‘Darllen Gyda Sam’ – this is a lovely interactive resource on the Whiteboard. The learners have reading independently following the modelling on the Whiteboard. They have also been playing snap and pairs to reinforce the vocabulary.

 

Within Humanities they have been researching endangered animals using the story ‘ Don’t let them Disappear’ we discussed the story. They then used all this information to support their writing. The learners created a digital fact file. The learners have been creating painting of the endangered animals.

They really enjoyed creating another obstacle course again. Reinforcing all the learning from last week.

 

Dosbarth Dewi

The class received a letter/ email from Chester Zoo asking them to create new plaques for the Amazon rainforest animals which included lots of information about the animals. They have requested a QR code on their new plaques so they pupils will need to provide lots of information for that.

They have been looking at ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’ by Henri Rousseau, they are currently sketching their own version at the start of the project.

They have also been completing their non-chronological reports on the amazon rainforest.

Within Humanities Mrs Gillett is asking the learners to complete some research on a South American country researching their climate, environment, industry, religion etc

 

A big well done to everyone on their Vision Homework. We have been really pleased and impressed with the response. The learners have all really enjoyed the task and a big thanks to our families for supporting with this. Staff have been so proud of all that has been produced.

Headteacher’s Blog – February 4th

 

Another exciting week.

It is a pleasure to see such happy engaged learners in school.

It is great to see so many smiles. I had a real treat on Thursday morning joining in with the Foundation Phase class singing their Welsh Santes Dwynwen action song. They were fantastic, I loved all the actions and quickly joined in. Everyone loved the part when they wiggled their hips!

I will warn the older pupils that this may be the highlight of the Church Service next week.

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Everyone has been celebrating Chinese New Year – The Year of the Tiger. We tasted noodles and rice. We researched the ways people celebrate across the world.

We shared the story of ‘The Chinese New Year Race.’

We are thinking about the ‘o’ and ‘er’ sounds and we made a giant Octopus with repeating pattern tentacles.

They all enjoyed creating an Obstacle Challenge in PE. They really enjoyed creating the course. They enjoyed the Challenge and Team work that was involved.

We all know the story of Santes Dwynwen and they will enjoy presenting in Church.

Dosbarth Dewi

 

The week started with a fun investigation into evolution and the different beaks of birds. They learnt all about Darwin and his theory of evolution and how finches around the word adapted their beaks to suit the climate they lived in. From this, they used various different tools to explore which tools were better "beaks" for different foods. The children were thrilled by this and were engrossed in discovering the answer.

 

This week is the first week of the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. Mr Hills was able to spend a day with themed activities for the children as they spent time understanding the different aspects and comparing the cultures of the two New Years. The children loved learning some Mandarin and learning about the tonal aspect of the language. They then created lucky red envelopes, decorated by some Chinese script and one of the Chinese zodiac. Finally, they practiced their skills with chopsticks and tasted some Chinese tea.

Mr Hills has spent a year teaching in China, he was able to use his knowledge to create an authentic experience.

 

In maths, Mrs Foster and the class finished their work on mass and then started measuring length. It is important for them to have the practical skills required here, as well as helping their fine motor skills. It is fantastic to be able to use the world-renowned White Rose Maths resources as well as real-life contexts to develop this skill.

 

They looked at the days of the week in German, having much fun and hilarity playing games whilst doing so.

 

The P.E. lesson was one of the most exhilarating yet for them as they played their first proper game of touch American Football, having built up a repertoire of tactics and moves. The implemented the knowledge and skills that they have discovered over the weeks.

 

A big thank you to everyone for doing their best to cover staff absences and training to ensure that the children haven’t been impacted.

Headteacher’s Blog – 28th January 2022

 

 

Another fun week.

 

Dosbarth Dewi started on their new story for the half-term; Journey to the River Sea. It was fantastic to hear about their assessing and reasoning skills as they made predictions about the book, such as what the story might be, what genre it is, and why they believe this. There was some unfamiliar vocabulary for them so they demonstrated much determination in researching and defining these words and phrases. It has created a lot of enthusiasm into finding out what will happen throughout the book.

 

In maths, the class have been looking at mass - beginning by reviewing the skills needed to measure mass and then looking at converting. This will tie into our topic for the term as they look at the mass of different aspects of Our Special World by using this newly developed knowledge.

 

The children have continued to get much joy from playing American Football during PE. This week they honed their wide-receiver skills - showing a further understanding of patterns, decision making, and anticipation. It also helped grow their talents in throwing, catching, and running. I think we might have some budding NFL stars of the future!

 

The children marked International Holocaust Memorial Day, studying the history and why it is important that we commemorate this day. It was incredibly moving to read some of the eloquent reasons they gave on why we should remember and what we can learn from it.

 

On Friday, Dosbarth Dewi took part in the RSPB's national Big Garden Bird Watch. They observed the birds around them, creating tallies to collate and report upon. From this information they used Purple Mash to create graphs and then reported their findings back to the RSPB.

 

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Nursery and Reception learners have had a wonderful time retelling the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

They have created masks for role play area and had a wonderful time recreating the story, especially ‘stomping their hooves’. This has linked well with the g sound which has been our focus this week.

In Maths they have been learning about one more and one less.

They made wibbly wobbly jelly which was a fun way to learn that a liquid can turn into a jelly.

 

Year 1 and 2 also made some wibbly wobbly jelly too. They then created some wonderful work on the computer, they used alliteration to describe their jelly.

Within humanities they have been discussing pollution within the ocean. They really enjoyed the story ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’, the story of a plastic bag that resembles a jellyfish. The learners researched jellyfish, they made their own jellyfish out of recycled materials and displayed all of the information on the tentacles.

 

They have rewritten the story of Stanley in their own words with a focus on using interesting similes. They took a great deal of care over their punctuation.

In Maths they revisited Time and Fractions. They have also had lots of fun outdoors playing Maths games. They also worked on their symmetry through making cards to celebrate Diwrnod Santes Dwynwen and enjoyed re acting the story through role play.

Headteachers Blog Friday 21st January

 

Another busy week in school, everyone continues to work hard.

I really appreciate the fact that all our learners are keen and eager to come in to school.

A big thank you to staff who continue to take on extra duties to cover any staff absences.

 

Dosbarth Dewi

 

The children began the week by celebrating Martin Luther King Jnr Day and finding out about his history and achievements. They had an active discussion on how he had an effect on the USA and the rest of the world too. They were extremely thoughtful and contemplative in their ideas of what dream they have to make the world a better and fairer place for all.

 

In maths, they studied temperature. They did this in a very interactive way and experimented with water of different temperatures. There was much interest ("my mind is blown!") in how a glass of cold water and one of hot would change temperatures in opposite directions to "meet in the middle" at room temperature. When noticing the effect of salt on the temperature of ice the children expressed their pupil voice and Mrs Foster and Mr Hills are going to investigate this further with them. The children used their digital skills to complete challenges to test their knowledge of reading temperature. This all goes well with the current topic of Our Special World and gives them an idea of climates as they compared the climates of Wales and Brazil.

 

As part of the topic, they have spent time learning all about continents. They really enjoyed this as they are a class with plenty of interest in the world around them. Ernest Shackleton was the centre of their investigation as they discovered his exploration of Antarctica.

 

Their non-chronological reports are progressing, with them completing lots of research this week. Using their research skills, they have defined keywords regarding the rainforest and created vocabulary mats in which they were challenged to explain the words through simpler language - developing their expression and communication skills.

 

Much joy was had during a frantic and very competitive American Football match where the children used their newly developed skills in snapping the ball and throwing like Quarter-Backs! It was a joy to hear about their cooperation and teamwork throughout the session.

 

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Dosbarth Disglair continued their study of fossils, using magnifying glasses to examine them and record their discoveries. This was an incredibly engaging task for them so it was lovely to hear them explaining what they'd found.

 

Throughout the week the class have read the story Somebody Swallowed Stanley. It is a story about a plastic bag in the ocean and the rest of the characters believe that the bag is a living jellyfish. There is a clear, positive message about plastic pollution and the importance of looking after our oceans. To expand on this the children sorted items that should and

items that shouldn't be in oceans. Year 1 and 2 even created Venn diagrams to report their decisions.

 

In order to further develop their literacy skills, the children were tasked with sequencing the story. They were required to truly decipher and comprehend the story and demonstrate this through the sequencing. Year 2 did a brilliant job in rewriting the story of Stanley using similes that they created using their knowledge from the book.

 

There was a continuation with building on their phonics skills with the focus on the phoneme "ar". Nursery and Reception had much fun building and playing their own drums whilst practising the D sound.

 

In the garden, the children took delight in playing the frog, toad, and fish game. This got their pulse going as they developed their balance, coordination, and social skills.

 

A super week, both classes really deserve their weekend!

Headteacher’s Blog – Friday January 14th

 

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda, Happy New Year

 

I didn’t think that by the time we got to 2022, I would be feeling so relieved to be welcoming learners into school in person. I know that there was always a risk that we may have been returning to online learning.

It was fantastic to be able to welcome the children back after Christmas and New Year. It seems that they enjoyed their break and were raring to go in school. I think everyone has welcomed the return to routines.

 

Dosbarth Dewi

 

They started a new topic for the term - Our Special World.

The children had said that they were interested in rainforests, so where better to start for the topic?!

On Monday, they were given the chance to use their digital skills to demonstrate what they already knew about rainforests and express their pupil voice in sharing what questions they had and what they would like to learn about the Rainforests of the World.

This will guide Mr Hills and Mrs Foster's teaching for the term and enable them to teach the children aspects that interest them.

 

In Science, they began their exploration of the rainforests by looking at the different layers. They began by using their computer skills to research and understand the different layers before designing a copy of it. They were then able to get practical with this - by heading to the garden, and creating their very own version using the nature around them. They ensured they were labelled and showed all the knowledge that they had gained.

 

The children had expressed their interest in learning about rainfall around the world. Therefore, in maths, they began to look at measuring capacity. It was a very hands-on lesson which they thoroughly enjoyed and developed their knowledge of the subject as well as skills such as estimation. They made some very astute observations about how their ability to estimate was enhanced the more they measured.

 

There was much excitement when they were asked to find out where the rainforests of the world are using maps to find and identify the different countries.

In English, they have begun to write a non-chronological report (a fact-file). They are enthusiastic about this, they tend enjoy reading books in this style so the idea of creating their own is thrilling for them. It is an important skill that can be transferred to many formats of writing.

 

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Similarly, Dosbarth Disglair spent time catching up on Christmas news and hearing the exciting stories the children wanted to tell us and their friends. They soon settled back in to the swing of things.

 

Nursery and reception have been working on the "m" sound. They were able to spend a considerable time going over it and also visiting other sounds. They enjoyed various activities practising their sorting which is always good fun for them and such an important skill to develop at this early age. Reception were able to practice formation with plenty of practical activities. There were some play-dough activities to help their fine motor skills too.

The whole class played some Welsh games on the yard to help improve their Cymraeg. There was no end of joy and jubilation as they did this, whilst also burning lots of energy!

You may have seen the recent discovery of the largest fossil ever to be found in the UK. This was the perfect opportunity to engage the children in something that they would love. Therefore, they spent some time investigating fossils, in particular of the giant "sea monster" that was discovered. It was brilliant to hear that some of them were helping the others in the pronunciation of the difficult words. Excitingly, they were given the chance to make their very own fossils too! They used dough to imprint different animals which caused much amusement whilst also educating them on the formation of fossils.

 

I loved Miss Gunes very hands on approach to demonstrating quite how big the ichthyosaur fossil is 10 metres long, what better way to demonstrate than using the children themselves!

Year 2 enjoyed measuring the fossil size by studying the articles and then recreating this using their own bodies and measuring out 10 metres. It really showed them how long the ichthyosaur was in comparison to them.

 

We have loved having the children back in school. I really hope that we all stay well and safe to be able to organise school as usual.

It has been a pleasure to have the children back and they are already enjoying a great start to the year.

A big thank you as always to our lovely families and all the support that is given to us with this.

 

So far, we have also been able to sustain the Clubs as usual, a big thank you to staff and student teachers who have stepped in to support with this.

At least we are all in school.

Headteacher’s Blog December 17th

 

A very big thank you to parents for all your support this term. We really appreciate all your support. We know this is a challenging time for everyone. Our families have done a brilliant job of supporting our learners whilst doing their utmost to keep everyone in the school community safe.

We have faced challenges but our learners have had a successful term with lots of praise from the Schools Improvement Advisor during her learning scrutiny. Well done everyone.

A big thank you to all the staff who have supported me in managing staff absences in school and breakfast and after school clubs. They have done this so well that there has been little or no impact to the learners. The learners have been greeted by smiles from familiar faces as everyone has done their utmost to cover for each other.

I would also like to thank my Governors for all their hard work behind the scenes. The Chair of Governors Mr Ian Roberts is always available to advise as we navigate our way through challenging times.

Nadolig really is here with Dosbarth Disglair. What a Christmassy week! The children have been to Nannerch and enjoyed using our bodies to make Christmas shapes and then linking these to Welsh colours. They have been busy with Christmas Crafts; making some wonderful calendars and cards. We had very excited children during Christmas dinner - pulling crackers and a lovely delicious plate of Christmas dinner. The party was full of fun with musical statues, pass the parcel and other games. We performed our Christmas play Humph the Camel which was full of joy and songs. It has been a truly merry week!

Dosbarth Dewi have had a fantastic build-up to Christmas too. They have decorated Christmassy cookies, and made some pretty decorations. It's been a week of fun whilst also exercising their dexterity and creative skills. We particularly enjoyed the calendars that they have created. They have finished off their fairy tales with brilliant results - we have all enjoyed reading their unique versions of Little Red and the Wolf.

I have enjoyed seeing their Christmas jumpers and much fun was had at the party, following the scrumptious Christmas dinner the day before. I was particularly proud of how polite they were whilst having so much fun! I might have been wearing my Christmas jumper and Mrs Foster her Christmas dress but the star was definitely Mr Hills in his Christmas Sprout suit!

I hope home learning goes well on Monday and Tuesday with some Christmas activities mixed in

We have two planning days after Christmas to respond to any Welsh Government recommendations to keep everyone Covid safe. We will wait for further information from the Welsh Government as we move forward.

Can I wish our lovely families a Wonderful Christmas and Best wishes for 2022

Headteachers Blog -Friday 10th December

 

A very big thank you to staff, once again they have done a fantastic job of covering the variety of staff absences that have impacted school.

I am conscious that classes and After school/Breakfast clubs have been closed in some local schools as a result of staff absence.

My staff are doing their utmost to retain normality for our learners.

 

With Christmas just around the corner, this week the children have been rehearsing their Christmas play. It was enjoyable for them to try on their costumes and finalise their acting. I must say that I have enjoyed the glimpses I've seen so far and I'm very excited to see the final results. They also made some beautiful Christmas decorations and have been singing carols.

We had a lovely Christmas service in Church. Dosbarth Disglair looked super sparkly in their costumes.

 

Everyone is enjoying all the preparations for Christmas. With lots of festive cheer. We are all looking forward to Christmas lunch and all the other celebrations.

 

We had a very special guest this week that came to teach the children British Sign Language. It was highly interactive and the children had a delightful time learning some important words and phrases, as well as singing Stand By Me, Three Little Birds, and Merry Christmas in sign language. I must say, I enjoyed it myself and felt inspired. They also had fun learning some more uniquely specific phrases and now know how to say that they rode a green gorilla!

 

We also welcomed Leo and Scarlett to our lovely school. They have settled into school really quickly. A big thank you to everyone for making them feel welcome.

 

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In Maths, they have continued to study Time, with a focus this week on timetables. They had various different challenges in reading timetables, and even creating their own. This is an incredibly practical and important skill to develop and they looked at it in an engaging way. They continued with their writing of a fairy-tale - producing brilliant pieces of literature.

They have also used their technology skills combined with their persuasive writing to create advertising posters for the toothpaste they previously made. It was important for them to compare other posters and magpie the ideas, adapting them and then using their computer skills to create slick, persuasive posters. There was much fun to be had in PE as, although it was raining, we

managed to play boccia indoors which helped develop their coordination and dexterity.

They have all worked so hard Mrs Foster has given them a Homework holiday as a little reward.

 

This week in Dosbarth Disglair the children have been looking at addition with Miss Mitchell, they created an adding game using pom poms to create sums. The children loved using the game and learnt so much about addition.

 

The children have been thinking about Christmas traditions, the children thought about how they spend time with their families at Christmas and all the special things that they do. The children all showed the true meaning of Christmas and it was lovely to hear all the amazing things they do with their families when they're not in school.

 

Foundation Phase have worked hard on 'Humph the Camel' and this week started recording their play. They are all stars and the school has been sounding beautiful with their singing along.

 

We missed a few readers at the end of the day but will catch up on them on Monday.

Headteacher’s Blog –  Friday December 3rd

 

A very big thank you to all staff who have done a brilliant job of covering staff absences to minimise the impact on Learners.

We have had everyone supporting in class. We have also had staff stepping in the night before and on occasions in the morning and covering for others in Breakfast and After School Club. A very big thank you.

Everyone is really starting to enjoy the spirit of Christmas as we enter Advent. We will be recording something to share with our Families and the wider community.

 

The children had an exciting start to the week in Dosbarth Dewi. They built on their knowledge of teeth to look into the history of toothpaste (they were surprised to discover that a basic paste was first used 7000 years ago!). Using the information on the basic requirements of toothpaste, the children then created their own. This had mixed results! It was lovely to hear some of them come back in the next morning and tell us how they tried it out at home. It was great for them to experiment and adapt their pastes, developing an understanding of the effect of the different ingredients and trying to find the perfect balance.

 

In maths, the children explored reading timetables. This is, of course, an essential life skill and they enjoyed the challenge of using their mathematical skills in a practical way. They will continue to grow their abilities in this area, including writing their own timetables following different criteria.

 

In their English lessons they have used shared writing to create imaginative fairytale stories. Blwyddyn 3 a 4 have focused on a "traditional" style fairytale, whereas blwyddyn 5 a 6 looked at writing one from the Wolf's point of view. This skill really helps move their English writing to be independent and impactful.

 

The children's Welsh has progressed as they are using everyday Welsh on a regular basis. It's a pleasure to hear them greeting us in Welsh, or expressing their feelings. They have also been enjoying expanding their German, using songs to learn new vocabulary.

 

Everyone is becoming very excited now we have entered Advent.

 

Dosbarth Disglair have had a busy week of fun and learning. A big thank you to everyone supporting Foundation phase for continuing to offer a warm, supportive learning environment.

They started the week off by going to Ysgol Nannerch for a PE lesson based on different shapes - a great challenge for them which they thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Nursery and Reception have done some exciting work on language and literacy. Their phonics focus this week was the H sound and this was explored whilst reading ‘Hairy McClary from Donaldson’s Dairy’- a story about a family of dogs. From this, they did some matching activities to improve their reading and then recorded a Q&A session on SeeSaw. This was an excellent opportunity for them to build their confidence whilst performing and demonstrating understanding of the story.

They also read the story of Old MacDonald and demonstrated fantastic comprehension, working in groups to break down the story. In maths, the children engaged brilliantly in using dice to further their understanding of counting and addition.

 

Years 1 and 2 have used the story of Stick Man as the theme for their work this week. They spent some time in the outdoor garden making stick men, women, and even animals! Using these as characters, they were able to create their own imaginative stories.

Year 1 have then made missing posters for their stickmen to develop their language writing - ensuring they provide the essential information.

Year 2 wrote a news report on the goings-on and adventures of their stickmen - producing some wonderful work.

They have all practised showing time on a clock and challenged each other to read different times.

 

Dosbarth Disglair have also spent some time rehearsing their Christmas play. We have all appreciated their wonderful singing this week.

Headteacher’s Blog – Friday 26th November

 

Some exciting news is that the children have a new and improved garden area thanks to the work of Mancoed and Woodfuels. Apparently Woodfuels have a connection with the village and kindly donated all the woodchip for our garden. This has made the area more interactive and given the children increased accessible space to use. We are very grateful that we now have access to the whole garden once again with no risks to Health and Safety. This is such a valuable outdoor space for all of our learners to enjoy.

 

Well done to pupils who were highly commended in the Bishop’s Christmas card competition. Some fantastic artwork again this year.

 

We have had a busy week in Dosbarth Dewi . The children have been expanding their knowledge of reading time in both digital and analogue formats and converting the different units. It was good for them to create a relative sense of the different units of time. In their English sessions, they continued to plan their fairytale stories, including expanding on their dialogue skills. They had fun describing characters with year 5 and 6 particularly enjoying finding "negative" adjectives to describe Little Red Riding Hood. It resulted in some imaginative portrayals such as that she was dangerous!

In our science lessons, we explored ‘teeth’ and the ‘digestive system’. This was a result of pupil voice influence into what aspects of the body they wanted to explore. Years 3 and 4 explored the functions of different teeth, whilst years 5 and 6 expanded on their knowledge to delve into looking at the inside of teeth and how they are constructed. We also made use of the interactive technology we have in order to summarise what we'd learned previously about materials and their states - plenty of lively learning!

 

Welsh was in the new outdoor area giving the children a chance to explore whilst learning. The children were completely immersed in the language and demonstrated great ability in understanding and inferring - I was really proud of their skills in the language. They also enjoyed developing their German and getting to know the days of the week.

 

Dosbarth Disglair were given the opportunity to enhance their real-life skills because they were tasked with writing to me and Mr Roberts – our Chair of Governors to convince us not to buy plastic Christmas decorations. This mantle gave them an authentic experience whilst practising their language skills. The children were very passionate about using biodegradable decorations to help the environment and expressed themselves coherently. They then created their own decorations out of pinecones to demonstrate alternatives to plastic. I was amused to be admonished by the Year 2 pupils especially – very politely of course!

 

In maths, years 1 and 2 focused on division by looking at how we can share different objects. They enjoyed these practical sessions showing fantastic understanding. They then practised this skill by having a bookshop with a half-price sale.

Nursery and Reception worked on addition, using numicon and various other devices to develop their knowledge in this area.

 

Our Christmas preparations are well underway and we have been rehearsing the play and singing lots of lovely songs. The children are incredibly excited to perform!

We will try and make the season as exciting as we can whilst following County Guidance with regard to Covid risk.

 

A big thank you to staff and parents for being so proactive in helping us manage the risk.

Headteacher’s Blog – 19th November

 

 

A big well done to everyone for all that they have achieved this week.

 

Another busy week in Dosbarth Disglair.

Nursery and Reception have been working on the K sound – the perfect excuse to make kites and fly them. Everyone had a wonderful time!

They have also really enjoyed playing subtraction games.

Year 1 and 2 have enjoyed creating Autumn poems using lots of similies. They used some lovely language to add to the description.

They really enjoyed tree planting on the field, planning and deciding where they could plant them. The class worked as a big team together and thankfully the weather was nice.

They have been thinking about their gross motor skills in PE and balancing and controlling a variety of objects.

As it is Anti bullying week we have had a little focus on this and talked about respect and treating others as we would like to be treated.

 

Dosbarth Dewi have had a very busy and exciting week. In English they have been building a story mountain and story map, improving their creative skills. We have really enjoyed reading some of their ideas. I must say, they are a very imaginative group. During their maths lessons, they have focused on reading and telling the time. This has included estimating the time different activities take before testing to see how close they were - plenty of fun and a range of results! This is an important skill to develop as it gives them the ability to have a relational understanding of timescales.

 

They summarised what they'd discovered over the last few weeks when studying materials in science, before beginning to investigate the human body. This included some card matching activities in the garden area which gave them an understanding of the different organs, whilst also being in a healthy environment. They also continued to code a database about migrating animals before using this to discover answers to a range of questions, categorising the animals into various groups. They began to understand the importance of accuracy when it comes to coding and sequencing.

 

Excitingly, we have had the opportunity to use immersive technology and the children got to experience this in a 'virtual' Spanish session. The children absolutely loved this interactive method and it gave them the confidence to try out a new language in a joyful way. They also

got more chances to build their practical skills by finally returning to swimming lessons - something which, it goes without saying, they all revelled in.

 

Everyone loved dressing up and wearing their relaxed clothing to raise some money for Children in Need. This was a fun way to raise some money for a good cause. Well done to Miss Gunes I think she took the teacher prize for the best outfit.

Headteacher’s Blog –November 12th 2021

 

Another lovely week in school.

 

Dosbarth Disglair

Nursery and Reception have been thinking about ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ retelling the story with all the actions. They have also been thinking about the ’b’ sound and completing lots of activities to help them remember the sound.

Year 1 and 2 have been completing some creative work – If you opened the door where would you be…? The learners have been to a variety of places on their magical journey.

They have been using similies to write poems.

They have been finding out lots of facts about Turkey and Wales.

Within maths we have all enjoyed problem solving.

 

Dosbarth Dewi started the week by using their plans from last week to conduct their investigations. They had much fun following their methods and then using their practical skills to develop their experience in science investigations. There were some surprising results which they then reflected on in their conclusions and compared with their predictions. It was great to see them prove their skills in creating graphs with the results.

 

On Tuesday the school went to the church and conducted a remembrance service. The children reflected on the past wars. We were very proud of the children who recited a poem in the church and for the wreath that they had created and lay to remember those that had passed. They also had the opportunity to hold and study some WW1 artefacts which was incredibly interesting.

 

In their topic lessons, they have continued researching the migration of animals and have created a database of this - a very exciting digital skill for them to enhance. The children each had their own animal to research and they then had to find the relevant information and input it in the correct format into the database.

 

Wyatt created a wonderful kahoot quiz for everyone and I tried alongside Mrs Foster but the eventual winner was McKenzie.

 

We have been reflecting on Remembrance this week. We had a little Armistice Service in the garden today. We went to Church on Tuesday and Macie laid a wreath in Church whilst Tess read a Laurence Binyon’s poem for the Fallen – We will remember them. The Rev Kathy led the worship and showed us some wonderful shells.

 

We had a Federation staff meeting where the staff came together to discuss our School Development Plan.

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Headteacher’s Blog –November 5th 2021

 

We have had a lovely start to the new half term.

We have welcomed Mr Hills into Key Stage 2 as an NQT funded by the Welsh Assembly.

We have welcomed Miss Gorrell into Foundation Phase as a student in her 3rd Year from Liverpool Hope University. She will be with us until 10th December and then again for another eight weeks in the Spring/Summer term.

 

Thank you for engaging with our Parents Evenings. I really hope we can have a traditional parents’ evening next time. I miss being able to chat with everyone informally. If you do have anything you would like to discuss with me please do get in touch, or following reflection you have any further questions for Mrs Foster or Miss Gunes please contact us.

 

Dosbarth Disglair have had a busy week. They have been designing a Christmas card for the Bishop as part of a competition. The children thought about the journey that Mary and Joseph undertook when fleeing from Nazareth to Egypt. They discussed how they would have felt as refugees. They talked about what a refugee was and demonstrated great empathy.

 

The children created beautiful poppies for Remembrance Sunday and learnt about why people wear them. They held a lovely service in the garden laying their poppies near the cross in the garden with lovely messages of respect and remembrance. We will be sharing this in Church next week.

 

The children created safety posters to show firework and bonfire safety, which I am sure they will use this weekend.

 

During P.E. Year 1//2 children worked hard on developing the skill of stopping a ball using their hands, and catching and stopping a ball with their feet.

 

Nursery and reception concentrated on throwing and catching using different sized balls as well as how to tap the ball using their hands.

 

In Dosbarth Dewi they have continued their study of journeys - this week researching and creating a fact file on the migration of various animals. In groups, they also studied and then presented to the rest of the class their findings about different explorers. It was fascinating for them to learn about these exciting adventures.

 

They were given an opportunity to express their pupil voice and choose what they wanted to focus on in PE lessons this half-term. This has given them ownership and extra engagement in the activities, whilst developing their democracy and harmony skills. They voted overwhelmingly for dodgeball so we have spent time refining throwing, catching, and movement skills. We will be varying the skills taught in other PE lessons.

 

In Science and Technology, they planned an investigation into the best material to use for a tent. This enhanced their ability to plan and furthered their understanding of variables and creating a fair experiment.

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Headteacher’s Blog – October 22nd 2021

 

Everyone has done really well to keep going and they have worked really hard this half term. I think they will have definitely deserved the impromptu treat of a fun afternoon. I asked Miss Gunes and Mrs Foster if the children could have a fun pumpkin time on Friday afternoon. They have all worked so hard and they deserve a little Wellbeing celebration.

 

Dosbarth Disglair

Nursery and Reception have been thinking about the i sound, they have made inky mice and played lots of i games matching pictures to the sound.

We harvested our green beans and made our own pasta sauce which was yummy.

Year 1 and 2 have been learning about capacity. They have been using non-standard and standard measures to make magic potions. Following on from this the children created their own recipes to make their potions which they then created.

They also reflected on ‘Our World’ and how we could protect it by reusing materials, growing our own vegetables, planting trees and picking up litter.

 

In Dosbarth Dewi they have been enjoying Teach Active activities with addition or subtraction exercises. This is a great way to practice mathematical skills while keeping fit.

They have also been completing KenKen puzzles to develop reasoning skills within addition and subtraction. This is brilliant for me to see as this was shared as a form of consolidation some previous maths training,

Within humanities and RVE they have been looking at Pilgrimage and journeying to Mecca, Ganges and Bardsey Island.

Within Welsh they have been using the Pod Antur resources to find out about Irniq a boy who lives in the Artic and they answered questions about him in Welsh.

They have had Aura sports teaching them all about Boccia.

 

Breakfast and After School Club continue to thrive. A big well done to staff working in them.

 

Have a lovely half term holiday with lots of enjoyable activities.

 

Thank you for all your parental feedback, we really appreciate this. We can celebrate the positive comments and any suggestions for improvement can inform our school improvement plan.

Headteacher’s Blog October 15th 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.

She was so pleased with Nercwys work on refugees that they have been asked to create a display for the Diocesan Office in St Asaph.

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 are enjoying lessons.

Dosbarth Disglair have been thinking about words with the long and short oo sound.

They have been thinking about Wales and comparing it with Turkey and designing leaflets for the Countries.

In Maths they have been thinking about early multiplication skills as a repeated addition. They have been showing they understand it by showing different ways of creating it. This was super for me to see as Head- it shows impact of a Maths training course to deepen mathematical understanding!

Dosbarth Dewi

As well as Amal’s journey thy have written an Acrostic poem on journeys.

They have been doing lots of Active Maths within the theme of Addition and Subtraction

They have been playing football and Dodgeball in PE

They have started working on Bishop Gregory’s Christmas card based on the theme of Journeys linked to the Escape to Egypt.

Everyone continues to give of their best

Headteacher’s Blog – October 8th 2021

 

Another exciting week. We enjoyed coming to school in our Yellow for ‘Young Minds’. Thank you Ysgol Nannerch for getting in touch to involve us in this.

We have loved thinking about others and end completing enjoyable but, thought provoking activities in class. Key Stage 2 have been in a Resilience boat, with Clouds – What things are happening right now that affect how you feel? Choppy Water – How does it make you feel? Oars – What are your strengths, Anchor – What makes you feel safe? Crew on deck – The important people to you?

 

It has also been lovely to welcome Mr Samuels into our school. He is the new teacher at Nannerch. He visited on Monday to view good practice in our school. Everyone enjoyed showing him their work. He was very impressed with Pupil Independence at Nercwys.

 

Pupils in Nursery and Reception have been learning the P sound they have been finding pumpkins, counting pumpkins and creating a collage with various P pictures.

We have also been working out which foodbank items were heavier or lighter.

 

Year 1 and 2 have been completing lots of phonic activities and writing their own consonant vowel consonant words independently. We have been thinking about the oo sound.

They have been weighing pumpkins using non-standard and standard units.

 

Foundation Phase have had a wonderful Mantle of the Expert from Little Red Riding Hood.

Headteacher’s Blog – 1st October 2021

It has been another busy week as we settle into the school year. Many thanks to everyone for being so sensible and supportive with regard to the Covid risk.

 

We have had an exciting week in Foundation Phase. We have had a wonderful Mantle of the Expert in class. We have been informed that the wolf from the ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ story has been attacked. The children became investigators at the crime scene (the school garden) and collected all the available evidence. They were a real team dressed in masks, gloves and hair coverings. They used tweezers to put any evidence into bags. After analysing the evidence, they discovered that Little Red Riding Hood herself was the main suspect. They will be interviewing any witnesses.

 

Nursery and Reception have been practicing the ‘t’ sound. They built ‘towers’ out of bricks, boxed and blocks, and created a lovely collage.

 

Year 1 and 2 have been enjoying games including simple words and the ‘oa’ sound, and wrote a great story about a toad and a goat!

 

The older pupils have written some fantastic stories. I have been really impressed at the quality of work that the children have produced. They have used ‘flips and flaps’ to improve their writing.

 

Within Dosbarth Dewi we have been following our Diocese link and focussing on ‘refuge’. We have been following Amal’s journey across Europe, using our number skills to work out how far she’s travelled across different countries. This links to our class book, the children thought of eleven questions to ask a refugee child.

 

In maths lessons, they have learning and practising additions with the column method.

 

Years 5 and 6 had an exciting visitor from New Directions who taught them some life- savings first aid. They learnt to wrap bandages and perform CPR. I know some of the learners enjoyed being victims.

 

PE this week has been learning football passing skills and scoring.

 

Our DCF focus since we came back has been staying safe online. The children have learnt about personal information and sharing it online. They are now using this to learn how to make secure passwords. I think all the class now know not to add personal information to their passwords.

 

KS2 persuasive letters are almost finished, we need one more shared-writing session before the letters will be ready for self/ peer assessment.

 

Some of the older pupils really shone in a More Able and Talented day in Maes Garmon.

A big well done to Joseph and Ioan who have taken advantage of school opportunities to take part in the follow up Aura Dodgeball events outside school.

 

From a Headteacher’s perspective, I am really pleased with all the practice in school. I can see engaged pupils who are excited about their learning. The teachers have responded to recent training opportunities and this is benefiting our learners. I have enthusiastic learners who are being supported by School staff and their families

Headteacher’s Blog – Friday September 24th 2021

 

What a lovely week!

 

Foundation Phase have learnt all about adjectives. The pupils have used super adjectives to re-write the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

Learners have been writing Harvest Prayers and reflecting on other people’s challenges – we have talked about the importance of the Foodbank. We have a collection of food already building up to take to Church for the local Foodbank. We are looking forward to going to Church in October.

 

We have been problem solving in the garden, linked to Numeracy activities.

 

In P.E. we have been exploring ways of travelling.

 

In Key Stage 2 we have had a wonderful time with Michelle from Aura practicing our dodgeball. We also had a football lesson with Miss Atkinson.

 

We have been focusing on numbers and rounding to the nearest 10s, 100s and 1000s.

 

I am going to have a treat! The learners are writing persuasive letters to me. I am sure they are trying to persuade me to take them somewhere exciting, like Robinwood!

 

The highlight of the week for everyone 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, Internet Safety and we looked at Restricted Products in shops.

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 more importantly really enjoyed the visit.

 

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

Headteacher’s Blog –Friday September 20th 2021

 

The weeks continue to fly by with everyone settling into their routines. Everyone looks so settled into their new year groups and the Nursery pupils are a delight. The teachers are planning such interesting and varied activities. There is always so much to celebrate with pupils. Keep looking at Twitter for photos of the many activities.

 

I am so proud to walk around classes and seeing the philosophies of the new curriculum so obviously influencing planning and attitudes towards learning. We can see that enjoyment of learning - learners very much taking the lead and choosing from their own interests and experiences.

All pupils in Nercwys, especially Foundation Phase or rather Dosbarth Disglair, take their learning outdoors into the natural environment. They have plenty of opportunity to practice their digital skills to enhance the topics they are studying in class.

 

Everyone is really excited about the visit to Dangerpoint. We always had so many visits to support pupil learning. I am glad that we have been allowed to take all full-time year groups on this visit.

This is a fantastic visit which supports pupils in extending their learning on personal safety. Dangerpoint is a fabulous resource with so many interactive displays and experiences that our learners can benefit from.

Nursery pupils will continue to come in as usual and they will be able to benefit from quality time with Mrs Allen. I will also be available to support when needed.

 

I am hoping we will be able to plan other activities this year but that does very much depend on the advice from Flintshire.

Headteacher’s Blog week Friday 10th September

A big thank you to all the staff for doing such a fantastic job of settling everyone back in school.

We have really enjoyed welcoming our new Nursery pupils into school. They have settled really quickly which has been great as they haven’t been able to access as many activities in school prior to starting, because of lockdown.

We have learnt lots of new songs in Foundation Phase linked to our theme of journeys. We are really enjoying the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Miss Gunes even frightened Mrs Meaden with her big bad wolf voice! Reuben was also very impressive when he used his low voice as the wolf as well. We are creating a story map to help us remember the story. We have included a beginning, a middle and an end.

We have also been practicing our oracy skills by recounting our holiday news. We used our holiday news bags to help remember all the details.

A very big thank you to Mia’s Dad for giving us some trees to plant in our Forest Area on the school field. We are really hoping we can develop this area.

Our really big news is that we gave our class a name ‘Dosbarth Disglair’ – Sparkling Class. Miss Gunes said just like her and all the learners!

The older pupils have been very patriotic and have called their class ‘Dosbarth Dewi’. They all wanted to celebrate their patron saint.

Within Key Stage 2 we have started to read our class book ‘The boy at the back of the class’. The learners all made predictions about the theme of the book. They correctly predicted that it had a theme of friendship and school.

The learners completed a diamond ranking activity about ‘The Rights of the Child’ and which rights were most important to us.

We are really enjoying having Miss Atkinson in school. She taught her first lesson which was a football session.

Within Maths we are focussing on number and place value.

Our theme within R.V.E. (Religion, Values and Ethics) is Thankfulness and we went on a Nature Hunt.

A really enjoyable first week back for everyone.

Headteacher’s Blog week ending 10th September

A big thank you to all the staff for doing such a fantastic job of settling everyone back in school.

We have really enjoyed welcoming our new Nursery pupils into school. They have settled really quickly which has been great as they haven’t been able to access as many activities in school prior to starting, because of lockdown.

We have learnt lots of new songs in Foundation Phase linked to our theme of journeys. We are really enjoying the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Miss Gunes even frightened Mrs Meaden with her big bad wolf voice! Reuben was also very impressive when he used his low voice as the wolf as well. We are creating a story map to help us remember the story. We have included a beginning, a middle and an end.

We have also been practicing our oracy skills by recounting our holiday news. We used our holiday news bags to help remember all the details.

A very big thank you to Mia’s Dad for giving us some trees to plant in our Forest Area on the school field. We are really hoping we can develop this area.

Our really big news is that we gave our class a name ‘Dosbarth Disglair’ – Sparkling Class. Miss Gunes said just like her and all the learners!

The older pupils have been very patriotic and have called their class ‘Dosbarth Dewi’. They all wanted to celebrate their patron saint.

Within Key Stage 2 we have started to read our class book ‘The boy at the back of the class’. The learners all made predictions about the theme of the book. They correctly predicted that it had a theme of friendship and school.

The learners completed a diamond ranking activity about ‘The Rights of the Child’ and which rights were most important to us.

We are really enjoying having Miss Atkinson in school. She taught her first lesson which was a football session.

Within Maths we are focussing on number and place value.

Our theme within R.V.E. (Religion, Values and Ethics) is Thankfulness and we went on a Nature Hunt.

A really enjoyable first week back for everyone.

Headteachers Blog Friday 3rd September2021

 

It seemed a little strange returning on a Friday, but it was nice to have one day before a full return next week. 

We were expecting some return to school nerves but they all disappeared very quickly. 

The children in Breakfast Club also appreciated the fact that we have been able to relax Covid rules a little. They loved being together at the start of the day. 

I think everyone will appreciate the relaxing of the rules. The Vicar has asked if the school can take part in the Harvest Service. I think it will be lovely if they can, but I will check the regulations with Flintshire. 

The school theme for this term in Journeys. The teachers will send out more detailed information to parents. 

We would like to officially welcome Mrs Roberts (Gwenno’s mum) as part of the school team. Mrs Pierce has reduced her hours but will be supporting Mrs Roberts in her role. 

We would also like to welcome Miss Atkinson, who has recently qualified as a teacher, and will be helping Mrs Foster in the Key Stage 2 classroom. Miss Atkinson feels very lucky to have acquired her first teaching position in Nercwys School. 

Mrs Jones is now officially our new school caretaker although, as you well know, she has already been working in the role. 

I have a fantastic team who support each other and the children. On the Training yesterday they discussed the difference between a ‘cold’ school and a ‘warm’ school. We are definitely a warm school. 

Kind Regards

Janet Meaden

 

 

Headteachers Blog Friday 16th July2021

 

Dear Families

A very big thank you to all the staff for all their hard work this year.  They have done a fantastic job of educating our learners, despite all the interruptions and challenges that Covid has brought. They have ensured that pupil wellbeing remained a priority following the return from lockdown. They all deserve a well-earned rest over the holidays.

 

Staff have also done their utmost to ensure that the pupils have really enjoyed their last week of school. They  planned so many exciting and enjoyable activities to ensure a successful end to the school year.

 

The grant application to the Arts Council of Wales for the artist in residence was successful and the children have really enjoyed working with the artist. He is going to create a montage of their work and frame it for September. Hopefully we can show parents the finished piece, even if it is only on the school yard. Now that I have made the first application for this grant I will be proficient in doing so for the future.

 

We are so proud of our Year 6 pupil Voltaire as she moves forward to the Alun. We look forward to hearing wonderful things about her and I am sure she will catch up with Esme.

 

We have also been working hard behind the scenes to ensure a positive return to school for pupils in September. Flintshire have recommended that some Covid safety measure remain in place for the first two weeks.

 

The only changes will be:

 

  • Staff no longer need to wear face masks in class – only in communal areas.
  • A return to our previous school timings, although we will continue using our current entrances. This means a return to a 3.15 pm finish for Miss Gunes’ class.

 

A very big thank you to parents and learners for all the fabulous support you have given us over this last year. We have had such a challenging year but we have been supported by our wonderful families. The families we have give our school a real feeling of Community.

 

Staffing updates.

We are really pleased to tell you that Miss Gunes will be working full time from September.

 

Mrs Jones has been acting Caretaker for a while now. The role was advertised and we interviewed for this role Wednesday evening. Her interview went well and she has been appointed on a permanent basis.

Mrs Pierce wanted to reduce her hours. We advertised 6 ¾ hours of this administrative role as a job share. Following an advert, we interviewed for this post on Wednesday evening as well and Mrs Roberts was successful. She will be joining us on a part time permanent basis in September.

 

I would like to wish you a very enjoyable summer and I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 3rd September. Nursery will start on Monday 6th September.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone in September.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Janet Meaden, Headteacher

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Blog – July 9th 2021

 

Foundation Phase have been learning about bees this week, and have enjoyed taking part in a National Competition. They have been designing a bee garden. To do this they have had to find out what is needed in the garden to attract bees. They have been looking at the shape of a honeycomb and have used this opportunity to find out about tessellation. They have created a fantastic piece of art of a large honeycomb. They have all also enjoyed making and eating honey cakes! Delicious and so good for practical Maths skills and team work.

 

In Key Stage 2 they have written Olympic poems based on the opening ceremony. They have looked at symmetry and reflecting shapes and mirror lines.

 

In P.E the firm favourites is still dodgeball. Miss Mitchell made the most of this on her last day to join in and then they had a wonderful afternoon building Crumble circuits.

 

The highlight of course for Key Stage 2 has been the visit to Robinwood Activity Centre. The children really enjoyed their visit, it was a long day for them but they challenged themselves with every activity and kept going until 6pm! I think the highlight of the visit was the giant swing, they were all really brave asking for the swing to go to the top. They all also enjoyed the caving activity, especially playing hide and seek zombies and sardines. Although, for some I think the highlight would be Mrs Foster getting dunked in the piranha pool.

Headteacher’s Blog 2nd July 2021



Another lovely but extremely busy week. Everyone has been really enjoying the Outdoors.

 

Miss Gunes held another very successful "Mystery Monday". This week the children had a quiz and when the first letter was taken from each answer it spelled out Saint Mary.

 

Nursery and Reception have been thinking about the "ng" sound. They have had a wonderful time threading "ng" words on string.

Storytime was ‘The Great Pet Sale’ and they were able to choose a pet to buy. A real bargain as they are counting in pennies.

They had a wonderful time on the field playing ‘Duck,duck, goose’ and lots of ball games.

Miss Gunes showed them where we are trying to create a Forest School area.

 

Year 1 and 2 have been finding facts about a variety of animals and they created a wonderful class book about  pets. They made sure they practiced using their key words whilst writing about pets.

Within Maths the focus has been using money and giving the correct change. They have been using some real world examples to practice.

 

The most exciting part of the week was a visit from a long, friendly corn snake. Everyone had some great questions to ask and Miss Gunes even had a hold. All the pupils designed their own twirly snakes which contained lots of facts.

 

The older pupils had a great game of rounders on the school field. They have all started writing poems about the Olympics.

The maths work has been linked to this – they have been looking at calendars to plan events.

They also really enjoyed designing some mascots for the Olympics.

 

A busy week all around. I had to complete a three day first aid course from Wednesday to Friday this week. I was so relieved to pass! Friday afternoons are not the best time for theory tests.

Headteacher’s Blog 25th June 2021

 

A big thank you to Miss Gunes for doing a brilliant job of organising Mystery Monday. This remained a mystery to everyone until the very last moment when the plans were revealed.

All the learners who stayed, had the opportunity the build a bug hotel. Everyone really enjoyed the activity and the chance to share the garden space. Having smaller groups of learners meant they could share the space in their separate bubbles.

Foundation Phase pupils have been enjoying sharing ‘The Mixed-up Chameleon’ as a class story. They have been completing a variety of activities based on this.

Early Years pupils have been thinking about the qu sound with the quiet Queen hiding under her quilt! Years one and two are still working hard on all their spelling patterns.

Key Stage 2 pupils have also been busy, they have been writing their letters to their Friends in Ysgol Nannerch. Most of the pupils have chosen to publish their work digitally but one pupil has chosen to showcase her wonderful handwriting – da iawn ti Tess!

They also held a mini Olympics and had a wonderful time recording the data, timing sprints and long-distance runs. They measured their throws with the Javelin and Shotput. They then used the data to work out who the winners were. We practiced our Maths skills working on data that mattered!

Pupils celebrated this with a fun game of rounders!

Within Science they are planning a fair test with a real-world impact- Is there a difference between value and high-quality batteries.

The pupils’ prediction is that the bulbs will be duller using the ‘value’ batteries. All will be revealed on Monday when they conduct the experiment.

Headteacher’s Blog – June 18th 2021

 

We have really seen a change this week in the message coming from other schools. The schools in our area are definitely being affected by the increase in Covid rates.

 

Previously we were starting to feel a little frustrated at our bubbles, but now that the rates are rising, particularly within educational settings, we are keen to remain in our separate bubbles.

 

Most of the school staff have received both vaccines and are testing regularly, and if we have any visitors to our setting we are asking them to do the same, or be able to ensure a social distance at all times.

 

This week, Year 1 and 2 have been thinking about adjectives to describe pets as part of prior learning to write a persuasive letter. They have also been using their matrix skills to make mud pies using non-standard and standard measures.

 

We have been reflecting on St Frances of Assisi and the care he gave to animals. We have had a visit from the Cat's Protection to talk about caring for cats.

 

We had a real treat in the sunshine and enjoyed a fruity ice lolly!”

 

Key stage 2 have built circuits for electricity within Science. They have used the fantastic ‘Crumble’ package and have started looking at coding and programming. They have been researching using atlases to research host cities for the Olympic Games. They have also put them on a timeline. Following further research, they have mapped out gold post boxes and researched Olympians.

 

Key stage 2 are also enjoying working on letters to their pen-friends in Nannerch School. I was hoping to take the older pupils to Nannerch for a jointly planned Friday. The current increase in Covid cases has stopped this from happening. We might be able to plan something early next year.

 

The teaching staff continue to work with other local schools in the Consortium to map out our preparation journey for the New Curriculum 2022. This is a very exciting time in education.

Headteacher’s Blog – June 11th 2021

 

Another lovely week in school, everyone is really enjoying the sunny weather. This is where our school comes into its own with the fantastic outdoor facilities. Pupils have enjoyed taking their learning outdoors and also benefitting from being outside during playtimes and lunch times

 

The highlight in Foundation Phase this week has been a special visitor – Jake the parrot. Unfortunately, Jake has lost his voice, he chatters all day in Miss Gunes’ house but was oh so quiet in school!

 

Everyone is really enjoying finding out about pets, in school. they have been reading one of my favourite stories by David Walliams, ‘There’s a snake in my school’. Year 1 and Year 2 have been doing some work on adjectives linked to the story. They have also been using their wands to think about magic ‘e’ and the big change in words when it appears.

 

In Maths some Early Years pupils have been working out which pet is heavier / lighter. This has been extended for older pupils to include standard and non-standard measurements.

 

Pupils have also had to work hard in the outdoors being eco-friendly and maintaining the school garden. They have had so much fun doing this!

 

Key Stage 2 pupils are now focusing on the Olympics. They are completing lots of research at the moment which really helps to improve their reading skills particularly skimming and scanning. They are reading ‘Toad Rage’ by Morris Gleitzma, which is one of the texts recommended by the GwE Literacy Advisor.

 

Key Stage 2 pupils have also been really pleased to receive some ‘penpal’ letters from pupils in Ysgol Nannerch. I am so looking forward to the time when we can get both sets of pupils together again.

 

Pupil Voice chose dodge ball for their P.E. activity. It was great fun but everyone ended up hot and sweaty afterwards!

 

A big thank you to Tim, who sent a little gift in on Thursday morning. He created a pin hole camera in a box and Tess brought it into school. The class had a real buzz watching the solar eclipse safely using this box method.

A big well done to our student teacher, Miss Mitchell, who is doing a great job of practicing her Welsh skills alongside pupils. She has also been delivering some wonderful lessons in Key Stage 2.

 

Mr Hodby has also been doing a good job in Foundation Phase. He delivered a really good P.E lesson on the yard. He is also enjoying teaching lots of activities; you can tell he particularly enjoys Numeracy.

Headteacher’s Blog 28th May 2021

 

The pupils have watched the Translators Service provided by the Diocese to celebrate the translation of the Bible into Welsh. Pupils have all received a copy of ‘The Gospel of John’ from the Diocese.

We had a review of teaching and learning within the Federation. The teachers have identified that they need to put the Four Purposes back at the heart of learning. This was Professor Donaldson’s vison behind the introduction of the New Curriculum. The Key Stage 2 classroom had a display, and Miss Gunes has created an illustrated display for the Foundation Phase pupils.

This week, Nursery and Reception have been working hard with ‘Z’ words. They even met Zebi the Zebra, Miss Gunes’ old childhood toy. They loved the bag if items starting with a ‘Z’. They have also enjoyed playing outdoor number games, especially checking that the zebra had the correct number of stripes.

Years 1 and 2 have been practicing their consonant, vowel, consonant words and have used them to make their own silly sentences.

They have completed a lovely ‘headline activity’ writing words in lower and upper case.

Within our personal and social activities, they have been taking turns. The whole group enjoyed a game of ‘Outdoor Pass the Parcel’, Faraday was beaming when she won the main prize. We have been discussing having worries and what we can do to help ourselves and the need to tell someone.

We have celebrated ‘Pentecost’ with some lovely craft activities as well as acting out the story.

Sorry Miss Gunes and Mrs Foster, but I think their highlight has been ‘Aura’ coming in to lead some football sessions in school.

Key Stage 2 have been continuing with their descriptive writing about the island. They are now editing through self and peer assessment and are typing up their final drafts.

The pupils have had lots of fun exploring probability and conducting investigations using dice and Starbursts. Mrs Foster enjoys using ‘sweets’ to support her. I still remember her observation lesson using ‘Smarties’.

The pupils have been researching earthquakes as part of their topic on ‘Japan’. They have been collecting data on the magnitude of earthquakes in Japan during the last month.

The pupils have quickly become experts; it is amazing how much they knowledge they retain.

I am always so impressed at how they work together as a group. They really support each other and this really increases the depth of their learning.

We need to raise some funds to replace the boardwalk in our lovely school garden. This is quite an integral part of the garden for pupils and it would be greatly missed if we needed to remove the boardwalk. We will be asking the pupils for their ideas as to how we can raise some funds towards it. We love our school garden and Foundation Phase pupils use it constantly.

Headteacher’s Blog – May 21ST 2021

 

This has been another busy week in school with pupils enjoying their learning.

 

Foundation Phase have had a very interesting week. I think the highlight has been learning all about the lifecycle of a frog. They did persuade Mrs Foster to sneak a tadpole into school for them. They are really enjoying the learning especially publishing their work on the computer. I am always so impressed with their enthusiasm for learning. This shows how much they enjoy being part of the busy Foundation Phase environment.

I loved the five little speckled frogs in the garden, this clip can be seen on twitter.

Miss Gunes has been enjoying playing Outdoor Games ‘Chwaraeon Buarth’ in Welsh with lots of enthusiastic pupils joining in with her.

 

Key Stage 2 are still really enjoying the new Chromebooks and it is wonderful that there are enough for one each/ they have been completing some descriptive writing about Kensuke’s Kingdom. Within Maths they have had a focus on multiples and factors. In Science they have completed some activities on food chains and food webs.

 

I think the most exciting time of the week has been creating a ‘Go Fund Me’ page for Kanzanjima disaster relief. Please follow the Go Fund Me Link to see the page they have created.

 

I was hoping we could start to move away from having everyone in two separate bubbles. Flintshire are encouraging us to be cautious because of the new variant.

Headteacher’s Blog – May 14th 2021

 

The weeks are rushing by!

 

I am so relieved to hear that the Covid rates are continuing to improve in the area and that there are more opportunities for us to take part in our usual activities.

 

Personally I am waiting for a review of Welsh guidance for schools so that we can hopefully move away from having separate bubbles. I know the pupils really miss the chance to socialise together as a whole school.

 

We have had lots of smiling happy faces in school this week. The children are really enjoying all the work with the teachers. The Key Stage 2 class are really appreciating the extra ICT resources; they were especially excited by the arrival of the new Chrome books. We have received these by way of the Government grant, that ensured we had enough resources to accommodate the skills needed for the new Digital Competence Framework.

 

It is great to walk into both classes and see how much the pupils are using the ICT resources to support their learning. This is an area of strength that we have identified as part of our self-evaluation process. We have noticed a significant improvement in pupils’ skills since ‘Lockdown’, this has been a really positive aspect as a result of the Home Learning.

 

I think my favourite activity this week has been the upcycled insects that Foundation Phase created. I am not sure Miss Gunes would agree though! They were quite demanding to make. The Early Years pupils are currently making their own recipes using ingredients found outdoors – I don’t think I will volunteer to taste – test these!

 

The Key Stage Two class have had a busy week. They have been recording data on the school field. Which involved counting lots of dandelions. The children loved being outdoors and weren’t put off by the terrible weather this week! The island of Kazanjima has also began to receive aid, the children have been helping by giving the locations on the island coordinates.

Da iawn pawb.

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Blog  7th May 2021

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend, despite the weather on Monday! The key stage 2 pupils are really enjoying their work on Japan linked to Kensuke’s Kingdom. They wrote some very impressive cinquain poems on Tuesday for Mr Hodby. They were able to use a very impressive digital tool to share their knowledge of that poetry form, at the end of the lesson. Key stage 2 pupils having access to the garden has been a big hit. Mr Southall (supply teacher) said it was a big hit with him as well. Mrs Foster has been taking advantage of some outdoor training alongside Ysgol Nannerch’s Miss Roberts. Mr Williams and Mrs Roberts from Ysgol y Llan, Whitford were also on the training course. They were all based in Nannerch on Wednesday, Nercwys on Thursday morning and Ysgol y Llan on Thursday afternoon. The key stage 2 children were pleased to see Mr Williams. Foundation Phase have missed the garden this week, but they have enjoyed having the school yard to play on with all the super playground markings. They have also enjoyed having bikes and trikes and all the big bricks etc on the yard. Miss Gunes also gave them some very exciting sorting tasks. They have written some very impressive diary entries about Zog the Dragon.

Headteacher’s Blog 30th April 2021

 

We have missed the sunshine this week. We have still been spending lots of time outdoors but it’s much nicer in the sunshine. This really is a lovely time of year, we are looking forward to planting flowers and vegetables in the raised beds. Thank you to Emma (Milly & Kenzie’s Mum), and Dave & Natasha (Macie’s parents) for donating sunflowers and vegetable plug plants to school.

The school playground has been transformed this week; we have had some new Welsh signs to encourage ‘Gemau Buarth’ (Welsh playground games). Mrs James and Mrs Elliott have received training from the Welsh Advisors. Miss Gunes and myself as Welsh speakers can remember these games from our school days. We have also had our new playground markings. Mrs Foster is smiling as she now has a bright new court. These markings were the result of a grant application on a Friday afternoon! I was really pleased when we gained the £1000 and that we could put it towards something for the children to enjoy.

It is lovely to hear the Key Stage 2 are enjoying time in the school fields, as they have really been missing the garden. Mrs Foster has further Outdoor Training next week –this is called ‘Taking the Curriculum Outdoors’. She is very good at doing this anyway but I am sure she will have even more ideas afterwards. Mr Southall will be taking the class, he is proving a very popular ‘supply teacher’ with both pupils and staff. Miss Kubow has been snapped up by Bryn Gwalia School. This is wonderful news for her but we do miss her.

Miss Gunes and Mrs Gillett have previously had forest schools training and they are currently trying to think how they can take further advantage of the school field.  If you remember we were planning on having many trees planted over 12 months ago now just before the first Lockdown. This was postponed until December 2020, but unfortunately due to the very dry Spring over half of them had died. The remainder were planted but I don’t think all of these have survived the Winter.

 

 

Headteachers Blog 23rd April 2021

 

As a school we have really taken advantage of the fact it is Outdoor Learning Week- pupils have spent so much time outside enjoying all of their learning tasks/

 

This made life a little easier for me as Headteacher on Tuesday morning as we had prospective parents who wanted to visit school with their little girl. I am unable to take visitors into school for the time being, due to Covid, they can only  peep into the classroom from the doorway. They are able to view the outdoors though so it was lovely for them to see all the children taking part in various learning activities.

 

The little girl was a bit shy to begin with but  she was quickly welcomed by our children. Some of them recognised her from Sunray, and she was soon enjoying her visit, The Early Years were completing an activity to create a nest. years 1 and 2 were completing indoor tasks and Key Stage 2 pupils were completing an outdoor Maths activity on angles. They had examples of angles hidden around the school yard which they had to locate and measure using a protractor. The older pupils were then challenged to say whether it was an acute, obtuse or reflex angle. The older pupils were able to explain the difference between the different types of angles and label them accurately.

 

Years 3 and 4 were  looking for right angles in the real world. The student teacher, Miss Mitchell, had planned and delivered this lesson and I did tell her it was wonderful to see. The Maths lesson was as challenging as ever and as it had been completed outdoors it was even more enjoyable. completing the work outdoors has a very positive impact on pupil well-being.

 

My challenge to myself has been on the days I have been in Nercwys I have tried to make sure I have been free to help Mrs Bridges take the Key Stage 2 children out on to the school field. I am sure they will continue on the days I am in Nannerch now. Pupils have really enjoyed making the most of our fantastic surroundings. The pupils were a delight and were very keen to follow our rules so that they could go to the field on a regular basis. Pupils are really enjoying developing their netball and basketball skills.

 

the foundation phase pupils are working very hard to dig out the raised beds in the garden. They will then decide what they are going to plant in them. We will have to wait and see.....

 

Miss Gunes is looking at sharing one of my favourite Julia Donaldson stories, Zog, with the children next week. I think she is going to measure how loudly they can roar!! We had all better prepare ourselves for a noisy week.

Headteachers Blog 16th April 2021

 

It has been lovely to see all the pupils back in school after the Easter break. They have been full of tales of their holiday. Their adventures have been a lot more local and they obviously have been enjoying meeting up with friends outdoors and celebrating birthdays etc. We have some pupils looking forward to birthdays, and one child in particular is hoping for a hamster called Fluffy! I hope the family are planning for the new member.

 

We have welcomed the improved weather and being able to spend a lot of time outdoors particularly in Foundation Phase. A member of staff has been off sick this week, so a big thank you to Mrs Gillett and the Foundation Phase team for making sure that everyone enjoyed their return. Our new pupil, Melissa, has quickly settled into school life with lots of care and cuddles from big sister, Phoebe.

 

We are really pleased that Mrs Allen is back in school. she did say she was a little anxious about her return following shielding. This changed completely when she saw the children beaming at her and calling her name.

Mrs Allen is going to be working with small groups

 

 

Hoping everyone has a lovely weekend and are able to enjoy the pleasant weather forecast.

 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Blog – March 26th 2021

 

Have a lovely Easter!

 

The children and staff all deserve a really enjoyable break. The children are looking tired; it will take a little time to build up their learner stamina for the busy school days once again.

It’s been wonderful to have a taster of normality by having a full school for these two weeks before Easter.

 

We have had some wonderful creative work during the time we have returned to school.

The Diocesan book ‘Tell me a Dragon’ has inspired a wonderful ‘Mantle of Expert’ on the missing Komodo dragon in Foundation Phase. Key Stage 2 have been fantastic at using the Outdoors to complete so many investigations.

 

We have enjoyed the Easter egg fun, making the most of the little thing that we can still enjoy!!

 

I am optimistic that we can have a wonderful Summer term. We will have some extra small group activities to support our learners where needed, however we can certainly have lots of fun making the most of our lovely outdoor areas. 

 

The staff have been focusing on the New Curriculum planning lots of activities based around the Four Purposes. Schools were asked to produce some resources for GwE to share across the North Wales region. Our Schools Advisor was very complimentary about those and the same can be said about the standard of the planning for next term. It is very much a team approach across the Federation. A well planned and enjoyable Curriculum for all the pupils focusing on the New Curriculum.

 

Week Commencing 15/03/2021

 

It is so good to have all our pupils back in school. We all feel so much better for having some normality and routine back in our lives.

I am sure some of the pupils were feeling a little anxious and a little overwhelmed on their return. I hope we have successfully managed to reassure them. We are certainly buzzing as a staff to be teaching as usual. I loved the Foundation Phase Easter Gardens and all the Outdoor Dragon Maths, well done everyone! I have loved seeing everyone really engaging with being back in school again.

We very much appreciate our Parent Governors and they have really come into their own this last week. They have been advising on the Breakfast and After School Club dilemma. They asked me to take it to all Parents by conducting an online parental survey.

Thank you very much for responding to this and doing so very promptly. This survey has now closed. The result was taken to the Health & Safety committee who have made a recommendation for the full Governing Body meeting next Wednesday.

As the pupils have returned, our first consideration has been ensuring Wellbeing, and re-introducing our classroom routines to try and support learners’ resilience. Flintshire were very supportive of schools adopting this approach.

We are currently assessing our individual pupils’ skills and where we need to focus in the Summer Term. Staff expertise mean this happens on a daily basis whilst teaching and observing our pupils and it is super to see the skills pupils have developed during lockdown and home learning.

We are very lucky that our parents support our pupils and the school so much. As a federation it is important that we now take up the reins of your child’s learning and equally important for you at home to concentrate on home routines and having some fun once again! We will monitor your child’s progress carefully and we are being mindful not to send too much work home as ‘homework’ as pupils are finding a whole day back in school very tiring. Learner stamina will improve with our strong home/school partnership.

We all really appreciated the fact that our Parent Governor, Hayley Laidlaw-Wilson gave all the KS2 pupils the wonderful pack for Science week. That was fantastic, I didn’t dare tell Thomas, my son, as he still really misses being a pupil at Nercwys. We live so far away though that it was becoming too difficult to

manage. He really misses his Nercwys friends. The children here really are very fortunate to have such lovely friends to socialise with

I am so disappointed that we are losing Julie Jones who serves our lunches. Julie has worked here for over 10 years. She is employed by NEWydd but very much a member of our team. Following their reorganisation, she has had to choose between schools, and unfortunately for us Bryn Gwalia were able to offer her more hours. She will be a big loss to our school. We do wish her well for the future. I am not totally sure when she will finish at Nercwys.

As a staff we are also focusing on preparing for the New Curriculum. This is a very exciting time to be working in education. I am really looking forward to this gradual introduction. 

The New Curriculum very much focuses on the pupil. Professor Donaldson, when we was designing it, was very clear that it needed to be pupil led. We no longer have a prescriptive curriculum which is content driven. We can now focus on the pupil, their interests and their development. We all had update training last week and we will continue to take advantage of any opportunities for our staff to take part in any further training offered.

Mrs Foster is really looking forward to further training on using the Outdoors to support the curriculum at the beginning of next term. Miss Gunes and Mrs Gillett are already Forest School trained. Lots of exciting things to look forward to as we move closer to normality.

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