It’s been wonderful to see the children return re-energised after the summer holidays for a new academic year. Here is just a flavour of how everyone has settled and what we’ve already been up to!!!
Our Dragonfly Nursery children have settled particularly well. Our morning nursery is currently full and our afternoon rising three’s provision is steadily growing. We only have limited spaces available.
You would never think the children in the Reception classes were new to full time school. They are all so confident and are having an exciting time. They have enjoyed meeting their year 6 busddies who helped them settle into full day school routine!
The year one children have returned full of energy, ready to embrace their terms topic “The Same but Different”, which looks at cultural diversity and the rights of the child. They have enjoyed visiting “The Dough Disco” and all the active learn challenges!
Already the year 2 children have been on a school visit to the Fire Station. They had a great time. Everyone was so well behaved and interested in what they saw and of course they thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Fire Fighters!
The noise from the year three classrooms has been very loud and very musical as they have begun their ukulele lessons and set up their Samba Band!! I am so looking forward to them learning the Samba dance and hopefully putting on a Samba parade. They have been to the Dylan Thomas Theatre and the museum to watch the play The Butterfly Hunter.
Year 4 have returned to school, according to their teachers, ready to learn!! They too, have been to the Dylan Thomas Theatre and the museum to watch the play The Butterfly Hunter and have begun their topic work. Their ukulele lessons continue too.
I believe, year 5, have had the busiest start to the new school year ever! They have finished their animation project with Storyopilis, visited the 1940’s museum and watched the production of the Eye of the Storm at the Grand Theatre. And it’s only week four!!!
During the Summer term you may remember our year 5 children, now year 6, were part of the working party that developed the Theatre Na’Nog App. This week they attended the production of the Eye Of The Storm at the Grand Theatre and will use the App to support their work based around the theme of the play!! Exciting times! Swimming lessons have begun, and the children have been working hard with our sports coach.
We have a whole school action research project underway this term to improve our handwriting and presentation. All children are taking part in “The Dough Disco” twice a week to strengthen our fingers and help our fine motor skills. As we become more confident with the skills of letter formation we’ll then apply what we’ve learned to our everyday handwriting! Already we have seen impact of this approach. Well done everybody your hard work is paying off!
The NSPCC have been in school taking assembly and running workshops teaching us how to keep ourselves safe. PC Craig has also begun his workshops around a variety of issues again all aimed at being safe in and out of school.
After school clubs have started with a wide variety of things to choose from, see the website for details. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting our Roald Dahl Day this year. Lots and lots of children dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl character and we all had a great day!!
We had a great turn out for out “Meet the teacher” meetings last week, again thank you for your support. If you were not able to attend, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you would like any information.
We have lots of other exciting activities and events planned for the rest of the term. In a few weeks’ time, we will have our first parents’ meetings of the year and our legendary Halloween Disco is planned for Thursday 24th October! This, as I’m sure you are aware, is organised by our very active PTA who are always looking for parents to join and help our school continue to be the great place it is. So, if you have some spare time and would like to help, please contact the school office who will put you in touch with the relevant parents!!
I can’t believe September is almost over, the weeks seem to be flying by!
Watch this space for school council and committee news in the next week or so. And the arrival of our Reading Dog-Otis!!
Many thanks again for your continued support.
Mrs Bev Phillips