The second spring half term is here already! We had a wonderful St David's Day in school and we really hope that those parents who could come enjoyed the concert at the end of the week.
We are continuing with our Context for Learning: 'Ble yn y Byd?'' This project has a geogaphy focus and we are learning about different countries, cultures and cuisines from around the world.
The children have been very involved in deciding exactly what and how we learn this term and we hope that they are finding it a stimulating and engaging topic. Unlike in previous terms, this topic will run until Easter, allowing us plenty of time to also learn about Wales in preparation for St David's Day.
We also hope to be using the Secret Garden more in the next few months, so please keep an eye out for messages asking for suitable clothing to be brought into school.
Date for your Diary: Wednesday 5th April, 2pm
We will be holding our 'International Cafe' for parents in the school hall from 2pm. The children will be making the food, preparing menus and serving in the café. We've got lots of work to do to prepare, including learning to: weigh and measure ingredients; calculate costs; make amounts of money and give change; read and follow instructions and use persuasive language to tempt you to come!
Please remember our P.E. days are usually;
Wednesday: Indoor P.E. - Please ensure you have shorts or leggings for this as long joggers can cause the children to slip on the hall floor.
Thursday : Outdoor games (weather permitting) Please ensure you bring tracksuit bottoms and a warm jumper, because the weather is still rather cold.
We are very fortunate at the moment to be joined by Mr Connor who is teaching the children Tag rugby skills. All the children are really enjoying these sessions and we may have found some stars of the future!
We have also been joined by Mr Adam Davies, a PGCE student. He has already become popular with the children and they are enjoying the opportunity of having someone new to work with.
Please bring your P.E. kit to school every Monday, and leave it in school for the week. Please take your PE kit home on a Friday for washing. It is also a great help to remember to bring your P.E. kit in a drawstring bag rather than a large rucksack because storage space in the cloakroom is severely limited.
Please remember that earrings should not be worn on PE days, and long hair should be tied back.
Every child in the class has been given a Mathletics username and password. Mathletics can be used on a PC or tablet and I know that many of the children have been very engaged with learning Maths in this way. Keep it up!
We are still doing our Big Maths challenges fortnightly - please use the link below to learn your addition Learn Its. These will help you all enormously in all our Maths work.
See the link below to the TOPMARKS website - great for practising tables.
We will be starting to use Showbie in class to save and share our work. The children all have logins (as explained in the letter before half term) and can use the website or app to share work or news from home too.
We have been doing a lot of work in school on esafety, some of which we hope to share with you soon, but please continue to talk to your children about their use of the internet and monitor its use closely. The internet is an amazing resource, but one that we all need to learn to 'handle with care'.
Please bring your red reading bag to school every day. Mrs Thomas usually comes in on a Tuesday to read with the children, but we may read with them at any time.
Please remember that even the most fluent readers may not, at this age, understand everything that they are reading. Reading words and understanding them are two different things and some of the children are simply too young to have had the experiences necessary to understand some vocabulary! That is why we need to be on hand to help them work out the meaning of a new word by using the context or by using a dictionary (also a great skill!). If we know which words they are discovering in their reading, we can also help them to add them to their vocabulary for speaking and writing. A win-win situation!
Spelling tests are on a Monday. Please make sure you bring your yellow homework book to school every Monday.
Click on the link below to play some spelling games which will help your child to learn their spellings in a fun way!
Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!
Don't forget that you can recycle old batteries and printer ink cartridges in school. The collection point is in the foyer (near the chairs next to the office).
Many thanks for your ongoing support.