Friday October 28th
Wow, the end of the first half term of the year already! Thanks for all your support throughout! What a great half term it’s been and a busy week to end on! Year 5 and 6 all thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Egypt Centre and Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have ended the week with a wonderful trip to Margam Park! Thanks to all the staff for organising and to all the families for their financial contributions during challenging economic times! There are more trips to look forward to after half term with Nursery’s farm visit, Year 3 heading to Techniquest and Year 4 making the trip to Big Pit! These experiences are not possible without your financial contributions so, again, a big thankyou in advance!
We welcome the reformed curriculum for Wales and are fully committed to providing the best possible education and learning environment for our wonderful children! Your opinions matter to us! Thanks to those that have already responded! We would appreciate you taking the time to complete this short form to identify areas that you feel are a strength to build on and any areas you feel that we can improve! Diolch! Please follow the link! Parent/Carer voice
Parents’ evenings will take place during the week of 14th November. You will be able to make an appointment in the first week after half term using SQUID. If you would prefer to speak with the teacher over the phone, please phone the office to arrange!
PLEASE NOTE THAT AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS WILL RESUME THE WEEK BEGINNING 21st NOVEMBER FOLLOWING PARENTS’ WEEK!
On Thursday, our football teams made the short journey to the Elba to take on our neighbours from Gowerton Primary School. The boys and girls represented the school superbly in some well fought matches! Diolch pawb!
We gave Mrs Horseman a great send off this week as she left to begin her maternity leave. Mrs Kathryn Howells will be joining our team and job sharing with Mrs Wallace after half term and it has been great to welcome her this week to meet the children.
Defibrillator on site
Prior to the COVID pandemic, we were raising funds to have a defibrillator installed at school! A big thankyou to Kellie Phillips who previously managed to raise £500 towards the cost. We are now pleased to say that we are in a position to go ahead with the purchase and we are hoping that the installation and required training can take place prior to Christmas!
The Nursery had a very exciting end to ‘d’ week with a class dog show. They all brought a toy dog to school and did lots of dog related activities, including cooking a bone cookie, making a dotty dog and doing an obstacle course outside. When the children went for snack the naughty dogs went and hid all around the classroom! Mrs Davies came to judge and every dog won a certificate. This week in Reception, children have been making pumpkin patterns, building homes for pumpkins and creating orange and black shape pictures. They have also had fun blending simple 3 letter words on pumpkins and matching pumpkin numbers to Numicon shapes to complete simple number problems.
To celebrate black history month the children in Miss Tyrell’s class have been discussing how we are all different and what makes us special and unique. They asked questions with a talk partner to find out information about each other such as hair and eye colour, favourite food, hobbies and number of pets etc. There was super independent learning skills and co-operation on show when the children worked together with a partner to complete a dice game challenge. Mrs Wallace and Mrs Horseman’s class have had a great week writing instructions of how to make the perfect potion, problem solving using their addition and subtraction skills and completing their poly print trees for the background of their Gruffalo pictures. Mrs Thomas and Mrs Evans’ class came up with some super instructions on how to be a good friend, thoroughly enjoyed making broomsticks in forest school, while layering, marbling and drawing to create their Gruffalo artwork was another big hit. George’s Marvellous medicine has been the focus in Mr Reid’s class with some great story sequencing and zoo art being the highlights.
It’s been a busy week in Mr Jenkins’ class with the children finishing their wonderful stories and awesome art work on the Giant of Preseli Hills. They have also really enjoyed investigating Victorian schools and how children worked in coal mines in Wales in the the past. Some highlights in Year 5 and 6 have been using their digital skills to create an Adobe Sparks about Black Leaders and writing explanation texts about the process of mummification. However, the biggest hit of the week was easily their amazing trip to the Egypt Centre.
Dates for the calendar
W/C Monday 7th November – Science Week
Friday 11th November – Remembrance Day
W/C Monday 14th November – National Anti-Bullying Week
W/C Monday 14th November – Teacher / Parent Meetings
Friday 18th November – Children in Need Day (Non uniform day) ‘Be spotacular’ theme.
W/C Monday 21st November – Book Fair in school
Thursday 8th December – Christmas Jumper Day
(Any dates for events involving specific classes/year groups will be sent out separately)
As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate in getting in touch!
Have a great half-term! See you on Monday November 7th
Mr Jamie Evans