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.