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Friday February 10th

A consistent theme this week has been remaining safe online. Safer Internet Day on Tuesday allowed the children to show all that they have learnt around the importance of this in and out of school and our digital leaders did a magnificent job of pulling it all together during today’s whole school assembly.

Some of our year 4 children represented the school brilliantly during this weeks football festival and showed the talent we have coming through the school. Another big well done to our year 5 and 6 footballers who remained unbeaten during their football festival. Unfortunately, today’s rugby match against Gowerton was postponed but will be rearranged for after half term.

The Nursery have had another busy H Week. They have been doing mono painting of their houses, rolling hoops and hopping in Gym. The children thought of ways that they could be helpful and helped their friends cross some stepping stones. To end the week they have decorated cakes like hedgehogs.

A clear highlight for all the children in Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 was the amazing visit to St Fagans where history was brought to life for them. Once again, they made us all extremely proud with their superb behaviour and absolutely loved learning about life in Wales long ago.

Children in Year 4 have loved writing and presenting their animal reports. In numeracy they have been learning to find areas and perimeters of shapes and have also now made all their improvements to test their egg astronaut with their group parachute. Year 5 and 6 have enjoyed practising their attacking and defending skills in PE. As part of their science work, they felt the effects of air resistance and drag by running across the playground with a plastic bag above their heads. It was definitely harder than running without one! In maths, we have been impressing Ms Williams with our understanding of place value and decimals -knowing the value of each digit (even thousandths), rounding and adding and subtracting decimals. For safer internet day, children made fortune tellers to warn of the dangers online and possible solutions. 

Family support – Early help hub linking with school

We have linked with the City and County of Swansea to enhance understanding and engagement with early Help Hubs. Our school’s senior lead worker will be based at our school weekly to offer support to families, children and parents in a variety of ways. We will be holding a coffee morning on Friday 17th February (9am) where the senior lead worker will be on hand to give more details on the service and answer any questions.

Who will the Early Help Hubs work with?

Children, young people and their families where there are identified wellbeing needs that the family need assistance to achieve. It is really important that we think about what outcomes the child and family want to achieve by talking to an EHH member of staff.

How can family’s access support directly from the Early Help Hub?

Children, young people and their families can access support from requesting an appointment via the school to speak to the EHH confidentially at the school about what matters to the family. This will be the start of the referral process to identify the right service at the right time to help families live happy, healthy and safe lives.

What will Early Help Hubs do?

As part of the referral EHH will provide information about our services and other services that may be of help to the family. We provide advice in relation to how we or other services can support them and also provide assistance if the services we provide are the right ones to help the family achieve their wellbeing goals.

  • One to one appointment
  • Advice and Guidance
  • Information about what other services can help you
  • Support with children’s behaviour, emotional health & wellbeing, money, housing, ALN group work, ASD Awareness group, Under 11’s family lives group, understanding adolescents group, healthy relationship work and much more.

Parent workshops

Friday 10th February – Unfortunately, the 2nd part of the ‘Managing Anger’ workshop has had to be postponed. We will let you know the rearranged date as soon as possible!

Digital Advice for parents

This week’s advice for parents and carers centres around ‘10 ways gaming can support positive outcomes in children and young people.’

Waunarlwydd RFC (calling all Year 4 and Year 5 children)

Dates for the calendar

Wednesday February 15th – School Discos

Friday 17th February – Early Help Hub coffee morning

Friday 17th February – Mrs Evans/Mrs Thomas class assembly (parents welcome)

Friday 17th February – Break up for half term

Wednesday March 1st – St David’s Day (children can wear Welsh colours, kits or costumes)

Thursday March 2nd – World Book Day (children can dress up as their favourite book character)

Week beginning 20th March – Teacher / parent meetings

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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