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Friday May 13th

Another week of learning and laughter in Waunarlwydd, full of highlights! Morning Nursery showed off their gymnastic skills in the hall this week, negotiating an obstacle course for O week. They also loved working in groups to make nests for a baby owl on Welly Wednesday. Afternoon Nursery have been colouring and sticking to make an amazing ocean picture to take home.

This week Derbyn (Reception) have been busy finding out about frogs! Children loved exploring rhyming words through the story ‘Oi Frog!’ They made lily-pad number lines and used them to take away by jumping backwards. They have also made a fact file about frogs, created some wonderfully dark and cool homes for frogs on Welly Wednesday and responded to ‘The Frog Song’ in our dance session.

Miss Tyrrell’s class have thoroughly enjoyed learning lots of interesting facts about ladybirds and writing a fact file. They also loved following instructions on how to draw a cartoon ladybird and asking and answering questions with a partner to guess the mini-beast.

Mrs Horseman and Mrs Tucker’s class have started their new mini topic of minibeasts this week and enjoyed completing a KWL grid with lots of things they would like to find out. The children enjoyed making some fantastic minibeast ‘grassheads’ in outdoor learning and have even planted their own sunflowers too. 

It’s been a very exciting time in Year 2 with their outdoor garden centre officially up and running. It is going to be an extremely colourful part of our school very soon! Another highlight for the children has been the creation of animations to show how their sunflower seeds are growing.

Year 3 have made a great start to their ‘What a wonderful world’ topic, having fun using a variety of methods to learn about the different continents. Another highlight has been developing their skills when playing rounders!

Year 4 have enjoyed creating story boards to tell the story of how air quality is affected by natural and human influences. They have also loved looking at the work of Nick Holly and how he used the landscapes of Swansea in his art work, while in numeracy they have been revisiting how to calculate simple areas using centimetre squares.

Year 5 have been learning about Antarctica, building an igloo out of bottles and using their origami skills to make penguin characters, which they used in their puppet shows. Of course, the main highlight was having the yard to themselves for 3 days without Year 6.

Year 6 had a wonderful time on their residential at Margam Park. Shelter building, bonfires and the cooked breakfast were some of the highlights but top of the list for the teachers were the numerous compliments received about the behaviour, manners, kindness and sense of humour shown by the children. They were a pleasure to spend time with! A big thanks to their teachers for giving up their time! Enjoy catching up on some sleep!

Staffing updates

Next week we say goodbye to Mrs Eaton after 17 years at Waunarlwydd. Mrs Eaton has worked in various roles over the years and made a huge difference to so many children of all ages. We’d like to say a massive thanks to her for the dedication, flexibility and positive attitude she has shown! She will be missed but I’m sure you will join us in wishing Mrs Eaton all the very best in her new role! Good luck and make sure you keep in touch!

The 23rd May will see us welcome back Mrs Wallace following maternity leave. Mrs Wallace is returning part-time and will be job sharing with Mrs Horseman in Year 1 and 2. Mrs Tucker will remain as a member of staff.

Dates for the diary

Wednesday May 25th – Year 3 to 6 Fire Engine Visit

Friday June 24th – INSET DAY

Monday June 27th – INSET DAY

Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th June – Provisional dates for sports days.

Thursday July 7th – Provisional date for pupil/parent workshops.

We have other trips, visits and events planned for the summer term. We will let you know details as soon as we can!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate in getting in touch!

Have a great weekend! See you all on Monday!

Mr Jamie Evans

Deputy Headteacher

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