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Friday November 11th

We have ended another great week in thoughtful mood as all the children showed huge respect in honouring Remembrance Day. Some pupils joined me at Gowerton Comprehensive for a service and we held a whole school assembly to commemorate the day! Well done all!

This week has been all about learning the wonders of Science during our whole school Science week. Thanks to Mr Reid and our Super Science Senedd group for organising a great week of activities. Nursery really enjoyed the balloon experiments and learning about solids and liquids when melting chocolate for their edible sparklers. Reception children had lots of fun experimenting with balloons, making them pop, inflating them with fizz and using a balloon to make a mini water fountain! Rainbow skittles, exploding balloons, lava lamps and magic milk were the highlights in Miss Tyrrell’s class with the children making some super predictions and giving some very sensible explanations. Fireworks in a jar and ‘grow your own rainbow’ were big hits in Mrs Wallace and Mrs Howells’ class. Investigating reversible and irreversible change was the highlight for Mrs Evans and Mrs Thomas’ class while Mr Reid’s class loved their slinky sound experiment. Mr Jenkins’ class really enjoyed investigating rumours e.g. Are children faster the longer their legs? Do people who have longer arms throw further? They’ve had great fun learning! Favourites in Year 5 and 6 were investigating surface tension with straws and bubbles as well as learning about force using eggs. It’s been a super Science week for everyone!

Other highlights for the week have been going out in the pouring rain on Welly Wednesday, to investigate muddy puddles, in Nursery. The only way to do a true investigation was to jump and splash in them as many times as they could! Reception loved creating fireworks pictures and writing their names in the sparks. Thinking of wow words to make their sentences more interesting when writing their bonfire senses poems independently was a hit in Miss Tyrrell’s and Mrs Wallace and Mrs Howells’ classes. It was the long awaited introduction to pbuzz in Mrs Evans and Mrs Thomas’ class and the class band have made a great start to their learning. Creating i-movies was another favourite in Mr Reid’s class, while Mr Jenkins’ class have enjoyed planning their creative stories and drawing super pictures in charcoal of miners in the past. Dance lessons and listening to music from the punk genre have been other standout moments in year 5 and 6! Wow, a very busy and exciting week to start the new half term!

Criw Cymraeg have had a productive week working with some past pupils from Gowerton Comprehensive School to research and film a short video all about Waunarlwydd Rugby club. They’ll be posting the video for you to see once it is complete! A big thanks to the club for being so welcoming! 

Digital advice

We are adding digital advice to our weekly newsletters. Up until Christmas, we will be focusing on online-safety. Each weekly newsletter will include a poster to support children and families in remaining safe online. This week’s advice centres on ‘How to combat online bullying.’ See below:

Parent/carer voice

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

Teacher/Parent meetings

Parents’ evenings will take place next week. SQUID appointments have now closed but, if you have missed the deadline, please email or phone the school to arrange. If you would prefer to speak with the teacher over the phone, please let us know!

Dates for the calendar

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)

W/C Monday 21st November – Book Fair in school

Wednesday 7th December – Christmas Fair

Thursday 8th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Tuesday 13th December – Nursery / Reception concert (morning), Year 1, 2 and 3 concert (afternoon)

Wednesday 14th December – Year 4, 5 and 6 concert (afternoon), Year 1, 2 and 3 concert (evening)

Thursday 15th December – Year 4, 5 and 6 concert (evening)

Tuesday 20th December – Special visitor

Wednesday 21st December – Christmas Party Day

Thursday 22nd December – Christmas Lunch

(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 weekend!

Mr Jamie Evans

Deputy Headteacher

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