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Friday 15th October

SHWMAE PAWB! It’s been a great way to end the week with today’s Shwmae day. The school has been full of Welsh colours, Welsh music and loads of fun linked to the wonderful country that we live in.

There have been loads of other highlights during another busy week! The Nursery had a great adventure on Welly Wednesday, going on a bear hunt. They splashed in the water, squelched in the mud, climbed over tree stumps and even went through a snowstorm. The bear now lives in the classroom! They were also very excited to decorate their own biscuits and take them home. This week, Reception have been learning through the story of Cinderella. They have loved making glass slippers by matching the correct number of gems to the slipper, decorating pumpkins, slippers and dresses and thinking about what may have happened to the stepsisters at the end of the story. They ended the week with a fantastic show of Welsh colours for Shwmae day and created ‘Croeso’ posters for their classroom door.

Miss Tyrrell’s class were very proud to show their autumn treasure collections to the class and they have loved looking at them more closely through magnifying glasses, thinking of some tremendous wow words for their autumn poems. There were also some magnificient shades of autumn colours created by the children when colour mixing.
Mrs Horseman and Mrs Tucker’s class are all really enjoying exploring their new mini topic of Autumn and Harvest. They have been writing lovely autumn poems using wow words and have enjoyed talking about all the lovely autumn objects they have found. They loved using conkers to add and subtract and to count in groups of 2, 5 and 10 and are also enjoying making people and animals using leaves!
Following inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy, Year 3’s highlight this week has been using natural resources to create pirate art outdoors. They have also thoroughly enjoyed exploring magnetism and looking at its use in early navigation at sea. It’s been the turn of the ‘Rhymney Giant’ in year 4 this week with some wonderful story writing. Giant Ritta left the children with a challenge to investigate and the children thoroughly enjoyed finding out the best way to keep his drink warm.
What a week Year 5 and 6 have had! They researched the children of King Henry VIII to decide who should succeed him as part of our ‘Coronation of a Child’ fortnight. Children will be singing two Tudor songs at our banquet next week that Ms Nicholls from Gowerton School has taught them. For Black History month, they have found out about Black women leaders and created fact file posters. Other highlights have been learning about division in maths, creating new Tudor dances, carrying out a rock scratch test in Science and painting our class Tapestry ready for the banquet. To celebrate Shwmae day, we enjoyed learning about the emblems of Wales. However, the most exciting thing to happen in Ms Williams’ class was the arrival of their new interactive whiteboard!
Parent Consultations and Christmas concert
Parents and carers will have the opportunity to arrange a phone consultation with their child’s teacher during the week beginning November 8th. Booking details will be sent out the week beginning November 1st.
As we move through the term, schools across Swansea are seeing an increased numbers of Covid cases. The framework we follow as schools does not allow for large gatherings of people. Therefore, it has been agreed as a North Gower Partnership (Gowerton Comprehensive and cluster Primary Schools) that whilst Swansea is placed in the High Risk category, we will move towards a virtual Christmas concert this year. Once again, we thank you for your support as we continue to work together as a whole school community.
Flu vaccinations
We’ve received some queries regarding flu vaccinations for children. These will be offered after half term with a letter being sent out the first week back!
Congratulations
A huge congratulations to our very own Mrs Cornish for completing her 5o mile cycle challenge, from Cardiff to Swansea in aid of Velindre and South West Wales Cancer Centres, alongside famous rugby player Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies. Awesome effort Mrs C!

As always thanks for your ongoing support and, if you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate in getting in touch with us!

Have a great weekend!

Mr Jamie Evans (Deputy Headteacher)

Harvest

We will be celebrating Harvest next week in school. This year we will be supporting Matthew’s House in Swansea who provide support for the homeless and most vulnerable in Swansea. https://matthewshouse.org.uk/

They have sent us a list of the items they would love to receive(please see below).If you would like to donate something from the list, please bring into school by Tuesday next week. Diolch yn fawr! 

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Friday October 8th

Another busy week has come to an end in Waunarlwydd Primary School as the weeks seem to fly by. The Nursery have had great fun in their two new role play areas, a baby clinic and birthday party home corner. They also enjoyed throwing and catching balloons in their gym lesson and making birthday cakes with playdough. Carrying on with their topic of Jack and the Beanstalk, the Reception children have had fun creating some beautiful drawings to retell the story. They have also been exploring length, ordering beanstalks from shortest to tallest as well as trying to make the tallest beanstalk they could! Sounds this week were ‘m i d and n’ and the children have loved playing games on Fast Phonics. Miss Tyrrell’s class loved building a beanstalk using number bonds to 10 and measuring beanstalks using blocks. They showed how their vocabulary is developing by using incredible wow words to describe the giant and Jack, while they continue to enjoy looking after the beans that they planted and watching them grow shoots.

Mrs Horseman and Mrs Tucker’s class have been adding and subtracting using beans and measuring the giants’ footprints using cubes. They have enjoyed writing wonderful character descriptions of Jack and thinking about what they would like to have at the top of their own beanstalk. The children’s own beanstalks grow taller each day! It’s been a fun filled week in year 2 with a highlight being the walk around Waunarlwydd looking at different materials, how houses are made now and what types of houses there are. Children have loved learning about what happened in the fire of London in 1666 and loved recreating how the people tried to put out the fire by passing buckets of water along a line. The pirate theme has continued to be a huge success in Year 3 with the children learning all about sailing knots (which has helped with shoe laces). The children thoroughly enjoyed using their digital skills and awesome vocabulary to make pirate word photos, while their i-movies talking about famous pirates highlighted their wonderful oracy skills.

With Shwmae Day coming up next week, Year 4 have really enjoyed learning and writing about the things that make Wales famous. Their improvement in the use of number lines to find differences was also a highlight and, of course, there’s been more to learn about the legends of Wales. It’s been a very creative week in Year 5 and 6! Listening to Tudor music and creating a Tudor dance were huge favourites, and learning more about Henry VIII through studying a famous painting was also a big success. Children enjoyed learning and demonstrating their skills using the grid method to multiply, with great progress all round, while their netball lessons have also been a big hit.

Shwmae Day – Friday October 15th
We will be celebrating this day with lots of Welsh activities in each class.  Don’t forget to greet all your family and friends with a big “Shwmae” on this day.   We are asking pupils to wear the colours of our Welsh flag (Red, White, Green – or a mixture) or a Welsh sports kit.
SHOE BOX APPEAL
You should have received a text regarding this worthwhile cause. For more information, contact the school.
INSET DAYS
Monday December 6th 2021
Friday December 17th 2021  (Last day of term for children will be Thursday 16th December)
Tuesday January 4th 2022 (Children return after Christmas on Wednesday January 5th)
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Extra Bank Holiday for Education – Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – Friday 29th April 2022

As always thanks for your ongoing support and, if you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate in getting in touch with us!

Have a great weekend!

Mr Jamie Evans (Deputy Headteacher)

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Friday October 1st

We haven’t let the rain get in the way and it’s been another super week full of highlights! The Nursery enjoyed lots of activities for their first Sound of the Week. The favourites were making pretend apple pies with porridge oats, building dens for the animals and painting apples. Some children even tasted avocado for the first time. It’s been a busy week in Reception with loads of  Jack and the Beanstalk fun. Children have really enjoyed counting out beans, building beanstalks using blocks, retelling the story using props and using their imagination to move in different ways to classical music linked to the story. They have also started using Fast Phonics to learn their letter sounds. All of the children have come home with their own Reading Eggs login details so that they can play the games at home.

Miss Tyrrell’s  class are thoroughly enjoying their new mini topic of Jack and the Beanstalk, particularly giving instructions to send a robotic toy around the Jack and the beanstalk map. They were super excited when competing in relay races during outdoor PE and loved planting magic beans, which hopefully will grow into beanstalks!!

Jack and the beanstalk has also been a huge hit in Mrs Horseman and Mrs Tucker’s class. The children have counted beans up to 20, put the beanstalks in order from shortest to tallest and even planted their own beans. They have also completed a role on the wall, writing different words to describe the giant and Jack.

Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed writing character and setting descriptions this week using some wonderful vocabulary. A pleasure to read! Children have also enjoyed working hard on their place value skills and the dinosaur challenges have proven to be a big hit.

There has been a mystery in Year 3 this week. The children arrived on Monday to find a black spot on the door. A chalk outline, (fake) blood and clues completed the mystery which the children had to solve to uncover the perpetrator. They discovered it was the barbarous Blackbeard and then sought to use their knowledge of him to make a menacing looking portrait. There’s been some awesome maths in year 4 this week with the children learning how to add large numbers in columns. The focus on Welsh legends is continuing to be a big hit, with some beautiful  painting, using water colours, and wonderful writing of a narrative poem.

Year 5 and 6 have thoroughly enjoyed looking at King Henry VIII, learning through drama and research about his six wives. Monday started with the Trial of a Queen. Children found themselves in a court room in the Tower of London, trying Anne Boleyn for her crimes. They also enjoyed using Talk for Writing to learn a discussion text about Henry and Catherine of Aragon. A busy week!
INSET DAYS
We have 2 INSET days planned for this term:
Monday December 6th
Friday December 17th (Last day of term for children – Thursday 16th December)

As always thanks for your ongoing support and, if you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate in getting in touch with us!

Have a great weekend!

Mr Jamie Evans (Deputy Headteacher)

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Friday 24th September

It’s been another week full of learning and laughter at Waunarlwydd Primary School! So many highlights to choose from! The Nursery children have had an exciting week with a little visitor coming to the classroom every night. Every morning they’ve come in to class wondering what ‘Cheeky Monkey’ has been up to. He’s painted a circle, practiced writing numbers, built a tower with blocks and today he even left them a little treat. This week Reception have loved learning more about the 3 Little Pigs. They have learnt to tell the stories using special actions, made shape pigs, decorated the pigs houses and practiced writing numbers 1, 2 and 3.

Miss Tyrrell’s class loved their walk around Waunarlwydd, looking at different types of houses and finding the odd and even numbers. They enjoyed sorting materials into groups of plastic, glass, wood and metal and talking about their properties, while making a class bar chart of house types was also a big hit. The Waunarlwydd walk has also been a high point for children in Mrs. Horseman and Mrs. Tucker’s class, while they have also thoroughly enjoyed continuing their 3 little pigs topic and finding which materials are waterproof for a roof.  Year 2 decided in their EPIC planning that they would like to learn about dinosaurs as part of their topic ‘Long, Long Ago.’ Children enjoyed reading lots of dinosaur stories and finding some fantastic wow words to describe their dinosaurs. Another highlight has been looking at coins, making amounts and having lots of fun making tens and units out of natural materials in forest school!

The world of pirates has continued to be a big hit in year 3 with some awesome Blackbeard sketch portraits. Creating famous pirate fact files also stood out for the the children. Mr Jenkins’ class have been getting creative with their writing this week and have thoroughly enjoyed writing powerful sentences linked to their focus on the myths and legends of Wales! Awesome work! Working with the Ospreys has been a massive highlight for Year 5 and 6 this week. The children loved developing their rugby skills and also finding out about the careers of 2 Ospreys players in a Q and A session with some really thoughtful questioning. Children have also enjoyed using their reporting skills to write a newspaper report about the Battle of Bosworth.

We will be celebrating Harvest in a few weeks and we will let you know next week how you can donate to Matthew’s House in Swansea.

As we continue to manage the COVID-19 situation locally and follow guidelines put in place for Swansea schools, let’s keep working together as a whole school community! As always, if you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate in getting in touch with us!

Have a great weekend!

Mr Jamie Evans (Deputy Headteacher)

 

 

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Friday September 17th

It’s been another eventful week back in school as we all settle into the new year! There have been loads of highlights! It’s been great to see and hear the children having fun and learning both in and outdoors. The Nursery really enjoyed going into the woods for Welly Wednesday for the very first time. They loved playing with the balls, hoops and musical instruments. This week the Reception children have painted wonderful self portraits creating a gallery of faces! They had fun in their first gym session completing an obstacle course and we have been practicing counting up to 20 and backwards from 10 to blast off! Year 1’s topic this week has been the 3 little pigs and the highlights have been retelling the story as a class, sequencing the story and constructing houses out of Lego in groups. They have also started to find out about different materials.  It’s been another lovely week in Year 2. A highlight has been using the chrome books and ipads to log on to hwb and make a mix of pictures and writing about themselves. In Maths they have enjoyed working on their understanding of tens and units and even hundreds, tens and units.

Year 4 have really enjoyed learning about the story of Gelert and a big hit was their super art pictures of the Welsh giant Ritta. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their pirate immersion day including a message in a bottle with pirate challenges including a treasure hunt. Other highlights were Pirate yoga in the hall and learning pirate language in preparation for International Talk like a Pirate Day – this Sunday 19th September!! Year 5 and 6 have loved being crime scene investigators this week, while having the opportunity to be nasty in a maths game also rated highly. The children are excited about working with the Ospreys and have already found out lots of facts about them.

This week has seen the top gate reopened and a return to normal school times (8.50 to 15.20). Just a reminder that children in years 3 to 6 will now leave the top gate unsupervised at 15.20. Unless you are happy for them to walk home, please remind children that if no-one is there to collect them they should return to school.

Unfortunately, as you will have read in the letter from the Director of Education this week and due to the high number of cases locally, schools in Swansea have been put on high alert with regards to COVID transmission and we have been asked to take steps, such as social distancing and mask wearing, to help prevent the continuing spread of the virus in the wider community. We appreciate your support on this matter.

Let’s keep working together as a whole school community! As always, if you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate in getting in touch with us!

Have a great weekend!

Mr Jamie Evans (Deputy Headteacher)

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Friday 9th September

Our first full week of a new school year has been a great success. Judging by the smiles and laughter coming from every classroom and yard, all the children have enjoyed getting to know their new teachers and classmates. There have been some wonderful plans put in place for new topics and learning, which you’ll hear much more about over the coming weeks. I’m sure there will be some early nights tonight (and that’s just the teachers).

Drop off and pick up

Please note that there will be no window for drop off and pick up from Monday. The school day will begin at 8.50 and end at 15.20. On Monday, our younger children will be able to access school from the top gate (Bryn Road). Thanks to those parents that have completed the online form indicating preferences. We will assume that those that haven’t completed the form will drop off and pick up from the bottom gate.

Top gate drop off

  • Gate will be open at 8.40
  • Pupils in Years 3 to 6 should enter school unaccompanied (unless with a younger sibling)
  • Pupils in Years 3 to 6 should walk, unaccompanied, around the back of the school to line up on the yard.
  • Pupils in Nursery to Year 2 should be accompanied by one adult and walk to the back entrance of their classrooms (On Monday, teachers will be on hand to support).
  • A member of staff will welcome the children into class at 8.50.

Top gate pick up

  • Gate will open at 15.10
  • Please wait on the path outside your child’s classroom (same place as drop off)
  • A member of of staff will hand pupils over to parents at 15.20.

Bottom gate drop off and pick up

  • The system will remain the same other than the change of timings. Drop off 8.50, pick up 15.20.

We appreciate your support and patience as we fine tune these changes!

Working together as a whole school community has certainly helped us come through some tough times! Long may that team effort continue! As always, if you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate in getting in touch with us!

Have a great weekend!

Mr Jamie Evans (Deputy Headteacher)