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Friday 5th May

We are delighted to tell you that Ms Kirsty Williams (our current Year 5 and 6 teacher) has accepted the post of Acting Deputy Headteacher, initially for a year, from September. Having held this position successfully in the past, there is no doubt that Ms Williams will be a huge asset to the whole school community within this role.

What a great week it’s been, finished off in style with a party to celebrate the King’s coronation. The party has proved be the highlight for most this week but there have been lots of other high points. Nursery have had a week of Coronation activities. They have made flags and crowns for the party and a big model of Caernarvon Castle. Lots of the classroom activities have been red, white and blue and the royal tea party, role play area has been a big success. Morning Nursery had a fun time on Welly Wednesday playing some traditional games; skittles, hoopla and boules. Reception have had great fun finding out about the coronation, and have been thinking about what they would like to be when they grow up. Children have sorted photographs of King Charles by age from baby through to adult and have designed and made their own crowns. They also enjoyed using a ten frame to explore number bonds to 10 using crowns.

What an interesting week Miss Tyrrell’s class have had learning about King Charles and the Coronation. ‘If I were a King/Queen for a day’ was the writing focus and generated some interesting responses as you can imagine! The children have also sequenced pictures of King Charles and put them into a timeline. Decorating crowns and Union Jack flags was the creative focus for the week as well using the JIT program on the i-pads to create Coronation pictures. Mrs Wallace and Mrs Howells’ class have also really enjoyed completing their coronation challenges this week, especially coronation bingo! Mrs Evans and Mrs Thomas’ class have loved the arrival of their very hungry caterpillars! They have grown so much already! The children have loved observing them! They have also had fun making paper butterflies fly doing some mini experiments in science. Mr Reid’s class have been working hard on independent activities this week by making a sketch portrait of Blackbeard and creating a pirate treasure map with coordinates. Taking inspiration from a BBC Strictly pirate performance, the children have also been working hard on their pirate dances which are coming on really well!

Mr Jenkins’ class have been learning how to write persuasive pieces of writing to sell treats. The children are then going to make adverts to sell the games they invented. In numeracy children have been busy using protractors to measure and draw angles. They have also enjoyed learning about the events that will take place on Saturday to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

PE is always a winner in Year 5 and 6 – developing balance and accuracy in throwing. This week in maths as well as learning about angles, the children have used their Chrome books to support their learning Whilst Year 6 enjoyed working with ‘The Welsh Whisperer’ to write a song about our school, Year 5 were hard at work making T-shirts, friendship bracelets, tote bags and bookmarks for their Enterprise project. Other hits have been planning their non-chronological report about an imaginary creature and choosing a location and designing a bug hotel to make next week. A great of learning and laughing for everyone

Personalised assessments

During the month of May, children in Years 2 to 6 will be completing online personalised assessments in Reading and Numeracy. These are not used as “tests” or have any form of high accountability stakes for pupils or the school. They do, however, provide us with some information about what your child can do well, and needs to do next. They will be delivered in an informal manner which minimises any potential anxiety. Please be assured that pupils will not be put under any pressure, and will see these as an activity like any other.

Digital advice for parents

This week’s advice centres around ’10 top tips for safely using Smart watches.’

Dates for the diary

Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday

Monday June 5th – RSE information session for parents (16.00 to 17.00) at Gowerton Comprehensive School

Week beginning 26th June – Provisional Sports days (details to follow)

Friday June 30th – INSET DAY

Week beginning 3rd July – Parent workshops (details to follow)

Friday 14th July – Whole School Beach trip

Monday July 24th – INSET DAY

(Information about events specific to classes or cohorts will be sent out separately)

Have a great Bank Holiday, see you all on Tuesday!

Mr Jamie Evans

Deputy Headteacher

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