Friday September 29th
Another wonderful week of learning and laughing together at Waunarlwydd, full of highlights. The Nursery have started to learn a sound a week and this week has been ‘a’ week. They have enjoyed following arrows to find the apples on a tree, making pretend apple pies, hunting for different size ants in the woodland and playing with all sorts of animals in the classroom. There have been lots of accidents to sort out in the role play hospital. They also read the story ‘Avocado Baby’ and tasted avocado. This week Reception have loved thinking about what they want to be when they grow up and giving reasons why. They have talked about different emotions and used facial expressions to show those emotions. They have also created some wonderful compositions by clapping, stamping and tapping their knees.
Year 1 have been learning lots of fascinating facts about dinosaurs this week. They have made shape dinosaurs independently and were excellent at guessing the correct dinosaur when playing the ‘Who am I’ game. After being given a description they were able to draw a dinosaur using their visualisation skills. Their favourite activity this week was pretending to be a Paleontologist and looking for dinosaur bones in the sand. Year 2 really enjoyed writing settings for dinosaurs and making harvest poems and had fun looking at types of homes we have in Waunarlwydd. Year 3 have been working hard using a variety of resources to make 2 and 3 digit numbers in maths this week. They have also been working on developing independence in their EPIC activities with the dinosaur split pins being especially popular!
Year 4 have imagined themselves as an evacuee in WW2 writing letters home to their families. There has also been huge excitement learning some dances from this period. Year 5 have enjoyed learning column addition and subtraction in maths, looking at properties of materials in science, editing evacuee letters in literacy, learning how to create a strong password and to keep personal information safe online and looking at the chronology and factors of WW2. The biggest highlight of the week for Year 6 is their visit to Gowerton school. They had an amazing morning: learning new skills; trying new things; enjoying the food; seeing old friends; meeting new teachers and settling a few nerves. Other high points of the week have been learning about the leaders of World War 2 and how the war started.
Our wonderful PTA had their first meeting of the year this week and it was great to see some new faces. We really appreciate the hard work and dedication that this group have put into supporting the school in the past and the exciting plans in place for the future. Lara Sturgess has been elected as Chair with Claire Burns as Vice Chair and Treasurer. If you would like to know more about how you can help, please let us know. The first PTA event of the year will take place on Thursday 26th October with a Halloween disco. Details to follow. All funds raised will go directly to supporting the children.
We will be celebrating Harvest next week and, as in previous years, will be making a donation to our friends at Matthew’s House. If you would like to send in a donation, the list of items requested is found below. Please could any items be brought into school by Thursday. Diolch!
Dates for the Diary
(**Events involving specific classes will be sent out separately**)
Monday 2nd October – Harvest trip to St Barnabus
Monday 16th October – Thursday 26th October – Teacher/Parent meetings
Thursday 26th October – PTA Halloween Discos
Friday 10th November – Remembrance Day in school
WB 13th November – Anti Bullying Week
Friday 17th November – Children in Need
Thursday 7th December – Christmas Fair
Friday 8th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Tuesday 12th December – Nursery and Reception Concert (morning), Year 1, 2 and 3 concert (afternoon)
Wednesday 13th December – Year 4, 5, 6 Concert (afternoon), Year 1, 2, 3 Concert (evening)
Thursday 14th December – Year 4, 5, 6 Concert (evening)
Friday December 22nd – INSET DAY
As always, if you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate in making contact!
Have a great weekend!
Mr Jamie Evans