**Important from the PTA for the Aviva grant**
Can we ask all parents, family, friends - everyone! To vote for us please:
We've entered the Aviva Community Fund to ask for £10,000 for IT equipment for the school - a class set of Chromebooks and an ActivPanel interactive board.
Voting opens today (Tuesday 23rd) at 9am - if you could spare a few minutes to vote for Cwmlai Primary School IT Improvement on the link below it would be massively appreciated! And if your family, friends, neighbours and anyone you've ever known could too, that would be amazing!
Only the projects with the highest votes go through into the final round of considerations and the school could really do with some new equipment.
Voting closes on 20th November, so don't delay!!
You might have to copy and paste the above address, rather than just clicking on it.
Cwmlai PTA and all Cwmlai Primary Staff
What a week we have had this week! It has flown by so quickly! We really enjoyed drawing the Grand High Witch and other witches from "The Witches" by Roald Dahl. In Maths we were doing halving and Cobie said he really liked it! For Science we watched a clip from the BBC website called "Seymour Science" to learn about days, months and years. For homework we had to complete a questionnaire on how long we spend on technology for a week and this week we will be looking at our results! Mr Beynon visited our class to show us coding through "Scratch" and it was awesome! Some of us however couldn't get onto the website and learnt that this is one "cost" of technology. We are hoping to do a lot more coding.
Typed by Mrs Putterill with ideas from Cobie, Eva-Cherry and Maisey.
This week we have been doing coding and giving instructions. We also labelled the parts of computers.
In maths we have been adding four digit numbers. We have also been practising reasoning.
In literacy we have been giving instructions. In RE we designed our noble eight fold path. We also did
co ordinates in technology. We also did our one page profile we also did research on the solar system.
We went round the class to find out more about technology.
By Angad and Naomi
We have done lots of things such as instructions of how to put on a jumper we found this super fun but it was a bit hard. We learnt how to use the column method and add four digit numbers. We did a story map on the story of Buddha for R.E, Also we added up technology items.
By Eva-Cherry and Harvey
Well this week is absolutely flying by! We have had so much fun and learnt so much and I am really pleased to announce that this week Eva-Cherry and Harvey will be updating the website!
This week we have done lots of things such as multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, drawing Buddha, tried an hour of coding (which was amazing!) described a picture from "Tell me a Picture" illustrated by Quentin Blake (Harvey remembered this!). By far the favourite thing for us to have done is HOUR OF CODING and we are all going to have a go at home! From next week 2 of our class will be updating this page.....so....WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!!........
Letters went out today (12/09/2018) to confirm that swimming will commence on MONDAY 17th SEPTEMBER. Please can girls wear a one piece swimming costume (no bikini's) and boys to wear swim shorts (but not long Bermuda shorts).
Ps - Please watch this space for weekly updates from the class!
We have been learning all about the planets this week! We have been trying to learn a song to help us and I promised to put the link on our class page so here it is.....
It is really tricky so you will need plenty of practise!! Good luck
Welcome back and welcome to Dosbarth Arian (Class Silver). I am very excited for this term! Some information for you:-
*PE – Wednesday afternoon
*Reading Books and Reading Records – to be returned every Monday please
*Homework – will not be given out on a weekly basis but will be requested as and when supported by the Curriculum to enhance their learning. What I do expect though please is spellings, reading and times tables to be practised every week. An excellent website to practise maths is www.topmarks.co.uk
Our topic this year is “What is the real cost of technology?” with a focus on Health and Wellbeing. Children will be given the opportunity to explore the wider world of technology and to understand its impact on the world both positively and negatively. Pupils will also explore addiction and its effects on the human body. There will also be a real focus on what the children want to find out to really enhance and engage them in their own learning. I cannot wait to get started!
Bones,Blood and Gory bits is our Topic for this term. This project has a science focus and teaches children about the human body including significant organs such as the heart, brain and lungs. At the heart of this project children write explanations to describe biological processes of the human body and develop additional skills using a range of technical and scientific language.
In this project the children will learn....
*About the heart, circulation, the pulse and blood
*About major organs of the human body and their functions in keeping us alive and well
*How exercise and a healthy diet keeps the body well and fit
*About the digestive system
*How to write explanation texts using scientific language
*How scientific and medical research has changed over time
*How to create 3D forms using a variety of materials
*How to work collaboratively
School will be open as normal today. The school site has been assessed and the yard mostly cleared. Please take your
time and stay safe as some of the pavements on the way to school are icy. No late marks will be given - just please arrive safely.
WEATHER UPDATE - FOR THURSDAY 1ST MARCH
We had an e mail from the Local Authority at 2.10 this afternoon which goes as follows;-
We would also recommend that you use the following statement when sending a text to parents or posting this information on social media/school websites:
“Based on current Met Office forecasts of severe winter weather, which is expected to have a significant impact from tomorrow, Thursday 1 March and in to the weekend, the local authority has advised us to close the school tomorrow, Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March. An update will be provided over the weekend in respect of Monday, 5 March.”
Therefore based on the above information Cwmlai Primary will be closed tomorrow
We will keep in touch via text.
Our topic is progressing very well and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support so far.
Please could you now find 5 to 10 photographs of your family - the older the better (for example Louis Yemm has brought in photographs of his great great grandfather from 1920!) Please could the photographs be sent to school along with a short explanation of who is in the photograph, where/when taken etc. The photographs will be photocopied and returned the same day.
Also if you have any mining artefacts, old photographs of Cwmlai School/ Tonyrefail please could they be brought to school and I can assure you they will be well looked after.
Please could photographs, artefacts be brought to school no later than Tuesday 27th February.
Wow! I am absolutely blown away by the fabulous family tree's I have received. Thank you so much for all your efforts. They will all be displayed in the classroom as they are so amazing!!!
Diolch yn fawr
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and here's to a fabulous 2018.
This term we will be participating in the Welsh Heritage Award and John Hopla Award with our topic "Who do you think you are?" with a History and Georaphy Focus. At the heart of the project, children will study their local community to understand the significant changes brought about by coal mining.
In this project children will learn:
How to use data and draw conclusions from it
How to make maps and plans and use geographical resources
How to write reports and a range of other information texts
About the culture, religion, buildings and way of life in Tonyrefail before, during and after the coal mines.
About their family history
How to present information and make a persuasive case
To help us with our topic, please could you complete your family tree. You do not need to trace your family tree back too far, but as far back as a great, great grandfather would be fantastic! Also any details such as occupation and what school attended would be ideal.
Please could the family tree be brought to school no later than Monday 23rd January.
I cannot wait to get stuck into this topic with the class!
Pupil Enterprise Fete
Wow what an amazing evening! Thank you to all who came and supported the evening and a special thank you to Lily Ashman, Phoebe Davies and Maisie Holland for helping sell our fabulous goods. 😄👍🏻
A lot of you asked for the recipe for salt dough so here it is...
1 cup of salt
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of water
Mix and knead together and you have wonderful salt dough!
A reminder please for reading records and reading books to be returned to school every Monday. Homework is given out on a Monday and to returned by the Friday.
Our topic this term is "Gods and Gladiators". This project has a history focus and teaches children about the significance of the Romans, who they were, where they came from and their impact on the Celt population of Wales and Britain. At the heart of this project the children learn how to write narrative stories with an historical setting and develop additional skills in persuasion and letter writing.
In this project the children will learn:-
About the historical events associated with the Roman invasion of Britain and Wales and their settlement in these places
About the culture, religion, buildings and way of life in Roman Britain and how the settlement affected the Celtic people.
How to use a range of sources to gain information about the Celts and Romans
How to present information and make a persuasive case
How to write narrative stories set in an historical context.
An exciting School trip is being planned and more information is to follow shortly!
Spellings will be given out every Friday and will be tested on a Monday. Please could your child not only learn the spelling but the meaning of the word too as they will also be asked to put their spellings into sentences to check their understanding.
Please can PE kits be brought in every Friday.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Llangrannog Meeting.
For those people who couldn't attend, we discussed the following things:
*Hoodies should arrive by tomorrow (Wednesday).
*We should be leaving around 9.30am on Friday - if the children could come to school normal time (9am) with their things for Llangrannog - and we should be arriving back about 4pm on the Sunday but a text will be sent as we are on our way back to confirm an estimated arrival time.
*On Friday, if pupils can wear their new hoodies into school - with joggers / leggings / long sleeve tops and trainers - clothing suitable to start the activities as soon as we get to Llangrannog.
If they can also bring a packed lunch with them. If we leave at 9.30-10am we will get to Llangrannog around lunch time - so first stop will be to have their packed lunches and then on to the first lot of activities.
*Pupils can bring money with them - but no more than £20 and if they bring change rather than a £20 note. As most of the things they can spend their money on (vending machines etc) requires change.
*They can't bring:
Electronics of any kind
Straighteners or curlers - because of the risk of burning / being left on.
Boiled sweets - because they are a choking hazzard
There is no mobile phone or mobile Internet signal in Llangrannog anyway - so there is no point in them having their phones - and it means that nothing expensive can get lost or stolen.
If there is an emergency of any kind we will phone you off the landline. But no news is good news! We will tweet on our Twitter page when we have arrived and add photos as soon as possible to the Twitter page too. So please can keep an eye on this.
Aerosols set off the sensitive fire alarms. So if the pupils want to bring deodorants or perfumes - please ensure they are the spritz type or roll on.
*Rooms will be allocated tomorrow or Thursday and we are working with the children to ensure that they are roomed with friends.
We hope this covers any questions or queries that you have and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend!!
Let's just hope they get some sleep!!
YEAR 5 ONLY
Please remember to bring a packed lunch tomorrow (Tuesday 16th May) for the Jamboree in Llantrisant Leisure Centre.
Thank you so so so much for all the resources such as seeds, plant pots, compost etc you have provided for our "Allotment" topic. It is very much appreciated.
Mrs Putterill 🌱🌾🌸
National Literacy and Numeracy Tests
Tests begin on the week beginning Tuesday 2nd May – (Monday 1st May is a bank holiday.)
Official dates will be released by Mrs Rees – but the tests will be sat the week beginning 2nd May 2017.
Every child in Year 2 to Year 6 is required to take tests every May in Reading, Procedural Maths and Mathematical reasoning. Here is a link to an information booklet about the tests:
We have been busy practising test papers in class and many parents have requested past papers to be sent home over Easter. Another way to revise for the tests is to read and complete comprehension style activities and to play some maths games on all the different topic areas.
I have compiled a list of useful websites below.
I have not played every game on these websites so please let me know if a site is particularly useful or not so useful. Also if you find other useful websites please let me know and I will add them to the list on the school webpage.
BBC Bitesize is free and has many activities to practice all aspects of the Literacy and Numeracy framework. Use the areas for all countries in the UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education
IXl maths has free units you can trial for a month: http://uk.ixl.com/
Nessy reading and spelling has free access: http://www.nessy.com/
This website has past test papers from England which can be printed: http://primarytools.co.uk/pages/pastpapers.html
Websites with fun games and activities
Our Year 5 residential trip to Llangrannog is approaching fast and a lot of parents have asked for information on what the pupils need to pack to take.
An information meeting will be held in school for parents prior to the trip to give more details and for any questions to be answered. We will let you know the date asap.
For parents who want to think about packing in advance, lots of information for parents can be found on the
Llangrannog website at
And I have made a list below of what the centre advises the children to bring:
You should ensure that a name is shown on each item of clothing.
1. Sleeping bag.
2. Night clothes and toiletries.
3. Spare clothes (not the best).
4. A warm jumper and anorak or raincoat.
5. Play clothes, swimming costume and towels.
6. Trainers or suitable shoes for walking, and an old pair of shoes or wellingtons for the horse-riding and motor bikes.
7. Suitable clothing for skiing and tobogganing i.e. old gloves and an old tracksuit or jeans. (Tracksuit bottoms with “Poppers” are not suitable.)
8. VERY OLD CLOTHES FOR OUR MUDDY ADVENTURE COURSE (April – October). Very old clothes should be sent for this activity – clothes you don’t mind getting very dirty or even thrown away after the activity or on returning home as this activity is very muddy – but a great deal of FUN. A bag is provided for the dirty clothes after the activity.
You should ensure that a name is shown on each piece of clothing (especially swim wear) - a large number of untagged items are left every week!
It is important that each child returns the two HEALTH FORMS that have been sent home, to school - with details of any illness or problem that the child may have, and a telephone number should we need to contact the parents or family.
Just a reminder that swimming is on a Wednesday afternoon. Please remember to bring goggles if you need them. 🏊🏊🏊🏽♀️🏊🏊
How can it be half term already? The weeks have flown by. Have a fabulous half term and stay safe!
Wednesday 28th September
Please could you bring to school a glass jar with a lid as soon as possible please. Thank you to those who have already brought one to school.
Thursday 22nd September
We visited the War Memorial today for quiet reflection for those who lost their lives in the First World War. We had a lovely discussion as to why the children think there is an angel at the top of the Memorial and also why people lay poppies. We were extremely lucky with the weather and the children were very well behaved and very respectful. Well done Class Arian and Class Efydd.
Just a reminder that spellings will be given out on a Friday and will be tested in class on a Monday.
Homework to be handed in please on a Friday.
WELCOME BACK FROM YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAYS!! I hope it was enjoyable.
Our topic this term is World War 1. It is a very exciting and thought provoking topic, which I’m sure the children will enjoy.
As part of this topic children will look at maps, make poppies, research life during Wartime and learn Wartime songs amongst other things.
Our P.E. day is Wednesday; the children will take part in Basketball with Missy Lender. Children should bring shorts/joggers, a t-shirt and trainers. No jewellery should be worn on P.E. days. If your child cannot partake for any reason, please send a note.
Reading books will be given out on a Friday and should return to school on a Monday. You should aim to listen to your child read every weekend, and fill in their reading record. However, if for any reason you don’t listen to your child, their books should still be returned on a Monday so a member of staff can listen to them.
Homework this term will take a “takeaway” format where you choose which homework tasks to undertake on which weekend. This means that if you have a particularly busy weekend your child can complete one of the shorter tasks and if you are less busy they can choose one or two of the longer tasks. You should aim to complete all of the tasks by Christmas. In the homework book you should date the task and write, draw, or stick evidence or photos of completion.
Thank you for your support,
I look forward to meeting you all at our first Parent-teacher meetings, however if you have any questions before this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
A fantastic effort from the whole class on the Tests this week. I am so proud of you all. Hope you enjoyed your toast!!
Our trip is booked, 19th May to Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly. The cost of the trip is £9 and this will include the bus as well as campfire and den building, archery and adventure play at Mountain View, letters have gone out, if you need another copy please ask! I am very excited!!!
Our school trip for this term has been booked.....details will be released soon 😀
I'm so excited!!!
We hope you have had a lovely Easter break and are now relaxed, refreshed and ready for the Summer Term.
There is no basketball or swimming this term, so PE days will return to normal (Mrs Walters – Monday and Mrs Putterill on a Tuesday). Children will need kit and trainers as hopefully most PE sessions will be outdoors.
The National Tests are in four weeks time so we will be doing a lot of preparation for the tests in school and would appreciate if you could continue this in the house too. Please bear in mind the tests are just a snapshot of their learning and we are sure that our children will try their best and that is all we can ask!
Our topic this term is Summer Camp!
This project has a forest skills and geography focus and teaches
children about aspects of the local and regional landscapes and the
use of this land and other geographical features for leisure. At the
heart of this project children write a range of explanation texts and
develop additional skills in writing plans and letters.
Children will also apply their skills and understanding
by planning and delivering their own summer camping festival.
In this project the children will learn:
• How to use fieldwork skills to gather information;
• How to use a range of geographical source materials;
• How to build shelters and put up tents;
• About the locations popular for camping in Wales and what the geographical features
of these landscapes are;
• How to plan a large scale event;
• The benefits to health and well-being of spending time outdoors;
• How to make and plan a menu for outdoor cooking;
• How to work co-operatively as part of a team.
As part of our Topic we will be having outdoor lessons each week so would ask if the children could wear sensible shoes/wellies so they are suitably dressed to go to the nature area.
It is going to be a fun-filled, packed term!
Mrs Putterill and Mrs Walters
Happy Easter everyone! Have fun with your Easter egg hunts and don't forget to do your homework!
See you all soon.
It can't be half term already? Where did that time go? I must say it has been a super half term with all the class working so hard 😃😃😃 It has been a packed half term but my favourite moments have to be the two types of dragons that visited our school......one in the playground and one in the classroom. I hope you all have an amazing half term but please don't forget to do your Maths homework 😉
For those of you who have been selected to take part in the Individual or Group recital for the Urdd, the videos should be uploaded very soon.
Cardiff Castle School Trip
A reminder please for children to bring a packed lunch and suitable wet weather gear. We will be leaving school shortly after 9am so please ensure your child is in school on time. I am looking forward to the trip, especially to learn more about Medieval Knights and if we are lucky with the weather we may even be treated to an archery display!
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a nice, relaxing break. This term our topic is Castles and dragons.
This project has a history focus and teaches children about aspects of the middle ages of Welsh history between 1063 and 1283, a period that is generally known as Medieval Times.
In this project children will learn about significant aspects of Welsh history including the Welsh Princes of the time and the four provinces of Gwynedd, Powys, Deheubarth and Morgannwg.
The project will explore the Princes’ lifestyles, their homes and castles and their role in society.
At the heart of this project children read, write and re-tell myths and legends and create their own stories in the same style.
Children will learn additional skills in presenting and recounting historical information.
In this project the children will learn:
• About the period 1063 to 1283 including the lives of the rich and poor;
• How to use a range of historical source materials to find out information about the past;
• How to order things chronologically;
• About significant Welsh figures that shaped this period of history;
• About the castles of Wales, their building, function and importance in the past and present times;
• About cultural identity of Wales;
• About the features of myths and legends and how to write one of their own;
• How to use a range of mathematical, technological and artistic skills to create artefacts and models on an historical theme.
We are very excited about this topic and hope the children will be too.
Thanks for your continued support,
Mrs Walters and Mrs Putterill.
It is the last day of term and I can't believe how quickly time has flown. There is only one thing left to do and that is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! See you all in 2016.
Just a reminder of a few dates for next week....
Tuesday 15th December - Christmas Pantomime at New Theatre Cardiff
Wednesday 16th December - Class Christmas Party
Friday 18th December - last day of term
Just a reminder please for costumes to be in school for Christmas Concert rehersal on Monday 7th December.
Just a reminder please for all reading books and reading records to please be returned to school every Monday.
Dydd Llun 2 Tachwedd/Monday 2nd November
Welcome back! Where did half term go? I hope you all really enjoyed and looking forward to a new term....not long until Christmas!!! 😊😀😃😄
Dydd Mercher 7 Hydref - Wednesday 7th October
I cannot believe how quickly this term is going!! The class are working really hard and have settled in well....I'm so proud of you all!😄😃😀
Welcome to Silver yr 4/5!! Our topic this term is "Beast Creator" with a Science Focus which teaches the children about the life cycles and habitats, body parts and functions of different mini beasts in the locality and beyond. At the heart of this project, the children will learn how to write narrative fantasy stories on the theme of minibeasts and develop additional skills in note making, scientific and technical language and recording and explanation skills. I cannot wait to get started!!
A few important pieces of information:-
Books bags to be returned on a Monday
PE - Tuesday
Please keep on checking this page for lots of exciting news and pictures.
Friday 19th June Dydd Gwener 19 Mehefin
This week we have been quite busy. On Tuesday we practised more for sports day which is on the 3rd of July 2015 We have also been doing Napiers Method all week and have been competing ageinst each other (Boys vs Girls) and so far the girls are winning. We are going on a school trip to Mountain Ranch Caerphilly which is held on Tuesday 23rd June 2015. Remember to bring a spair pair of clothes because you might get muddy Miss Beynon has been working on our school reports and we will be getting them soon. We have also written are own reports for you to read. We have had a music band come in and show us how to make a wind instument out of a carrot!! They also played us lots of theme tunes from movies and tv progams our favourites was Rocky and Jurassic world. We have also been looking at arial photographs from the rainforests in Brazil, Peru, Columbia. We had to work in groups and create a prensentation to show to Mrs.Rees and our class. My group is called the Sleepy Sloths and Lukes group was called the Mad Monkeys
Thank you for reading
Kacey and Luke
This week we have ben working really hard on 3D shapes and practising for Sports Day.
P.E - In P.E we have been practising for Sports Day. We did running, skipping, sack racing and also playes "stuck in the mud". This was awesome!
MATHS - In Maths Miss Beynon has been working us really hard. We have been doing 3D shapes and their properties. We think 3D shapes are really fun!
TOPIC - In Topic we had a vote to see where our favourite place is in Wales. The winner was Snowdon!.
Below you will find a link for translating Countries into Welsh - have a go!
A BIG well done to Louie for coming second in table tennis for under 13's (HE'S ONLY 10!!) Also congratuations to Issy, Roxy, Emma and Leah for beating Scotland at Basketball under 11's. This is the first time in 15 years Wales have beaten Scotland!!
Have a lovely weekend
Written by Issy and Mason
Hope you have all had a lovely half term. I cannot believe that this is the last term before we break up for the Summer holidays! Where has the time gone???
We are still working on our topic of "It's a Wonderful World" and this week we have been concentrating on line graphs and comparing temperatures in London to Manaus (Centre of the Amazon Rainforest). We have also completed watercolours of favourite animals or plants living in the rainforest and I must admit I am so impressed with the results!! I have a class full of artists!
Enjoy your weekend - let's hope the sun starts shining!!
A busy week indeed so all that is left to say is have a fabulous half term! Enjoy!
Friday 22nd May - Dydd Gwener 22 Mai
This week has been a very fun, busy,exiting week.
We have been doing Probability, Welsh,Art, PE,Music,Drama
and a nervewracking DEBATE with Miss Jone's class!!!
These were our main activities -
Probability- In Maths we are doing probability. In probability we played an exiting game. You had to get to Europe . You rolled a dice then whatever number came up they moved across one space. First one to get to Europe wins. We LOVE probability.
PE -In PE we did circuits. First we did a standad warmup. In the circuits we did pushups against the wall,squates against the wall, star jumps ,shuttle runs ,running on the spot ,skipping.
Art- In Art we did pictures of anything on our country (because our project is to learn one country). We could use atlas', Computers (only laptops), our minds, paint, pens and research we already knew.
Made by Erica and Rhys
By Rhys Vale and Erica Lloyd-Lewis
What a fabulous walk we had around glorious Tonyrefail and even had time to quickly go to the Park too! I still cannot believe we had perfect weather...just as if we ordered it especially for our walk.
TONYREFAIL WALK - 13th May 2015
We will be going on our walk of Tonyrefail tomorrow afternoon so please do not forget to wear sensible shoes and bring a raincoat. Rain is not forecast but you never know with our "fabulous" Welsh weather!!
See you all tomorrow!
This week we have been really busy despite only being in school for three days! We have completed 2 out of our 3 tests AND practised for next week's Reading Test. But we have not stopped there...........
We have had a fun week learning about the ancient Japanese art of Origami. Check out our photos below and our magnificent display!
Welcome to Silver Class Page!
Huge WELL DONE to all the class for their fabulous performance for the Welsh Heritage Initiative judging last week. The judges seemed very pleased with all the effort you put into the project and with the children who gave up their break to explain the work displayed on the walls and in their topic books.
This week we have been concentrating on revision for the Tests coming up next week and the following week. Just a reminder, the dates for the tests are:-
Numeracy Procedural - Tuesday 5th May
Numeracy Reasoning - Wednesday 6th May
Reading - Tuesday 12th May
Below is the link for the numeracy sample materials and Reading - please feel free to have a look and have a go!