Our topic this term is Planet or Plastic! We can not believe what we are doing to our environment, especially because of the amount of plastic we use. As a class we feel we just had to do something. Each member of our class in working with a group to make a difference to our planet; to save our world from extinction! Do you know the harm the amount of single use plastic is having on our earth? We are filling our seas and oceans with more and more plastic; we want this to stop!
You must take action and try to reduce the amount of plastic you and your family use and just throw away. But where is away? Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
**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
Dosbarth Du have been researching the sugar content of everyday sweets and drinks. Have you ever wondered how much sugar you consume on the regular? The recommended daily amount of added teaspoons of sugar a day for a 2-18 year old is just 6 teaspoons.
Well in just one can of coke there is 8.75 teaspoons of sugar! Imagine drinking one can a day, you would consume 61.25 teaspoons of sugar in a week. That would be 3193.75 teaspoons of sugar in a YEAR JUST FROM COKE!!!
But who is to blame? Is it the government? Or the supermarkets? Or even the parents? Well I have reasons to believe it’s the supermarkets fault!
I have many reasons for this: shops such as Asda, have small sections filled with candy, chocolate bars, and sugar infested items. What’s more the sections are the size of a small child, they also put these sections right by the till! Don’t you think they do that for a reason? Well they do! Their intentions are to influence a child to buy the chocolate or other form of sugar.
But I have a solution, if the government force brands to make it very clear how much sugar is in the item, or restrict the amount of sugar actually allowed in the product, then it will not be the supermarkets’ fault it will be the parenst’ fault, because they would be aware of how much sugar they are buying for their child!
In conclusion, I think that supermarkets should make it very clear how much sugar is in the item, they should also move the chocolate and sweets section somewhere not so obvious and parents should only allow their children to have 6 teaspoons of sugar a day or have sweets as a treat.
(ANAIS age 10)
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.
Brilliant Netball Competition today. Very proud of the way you played girls.
The Welsh poems to learn for Yr Urdd have been sent home tonight. Pupils from Year 6 will be competing against pupils from Year 6 in other schools, if chosen, to recite the poems.
We have been practising these poems in class but we have decided that we need extra practise at home.
Please practise, practise, practise these poems at home - competitors will be chosen next week.
There is a GROUP recital and a SOLO recital.
Audio versions of the poem can be found by clicking on this link and then choosing the name of the poems:
Pam fod coesau hir gan froga?
Croeso i Dosbarth Du!
This term will be full of exciting and interesting things to do! Our topic is The Blitz - read our curriculum summary below to find out more!
We would like to thank Rhiannon Rees and the PTA for an amazing 007 Bond style Leavers Party! It was a fabulous success and we all had a wonderful time.
A special thanks must go to Matt our D.J , he made an amazing atmosphere! Also we would like to thank Stacey Evans (Ieuan's mum!) for baking the delicious cupcakes last minute. They were delicious and we all appreciated them!
We would also like to thank the teachers who stayed behind for extra hours to set up and look after us.
Sports day is coming up on Tuesday 19th July. It will be our last Sports Day in Cwmlai and we are determined to make it a good one.
Next week we are celebrating the Olympics by having a Rio de Janeiro multi-cultural week. To celebrate this, we are planning to hold a carnival on Friday 15th July in the afternoon. Don't forget to make a carnival mask to wear during our Carnival.
We have been busy in class this week, including practising for the Leavers concert; taking part in sessions on multiplication and division in Maths; creating a power point about a 1960's icon in Welsh - applying all the Welsh we have learnt this year with Mrs Parsons and Mrs Scott and entering the Tonyrefail and District Gardening Club competitions in handwriting and art - Mrs Parsons has promised that she will add some entries to the class page soon!
Only 8 more school days left in Cwmlai Primary School for us Year 6's.
by Maddison and Lewis F
Last week in Dosbath Du we went to watch Wicked in London - it was wicked! We highly recommend it! Afterwards, we got to have a Mcdonalds. We got back really late.
This week we are going to be practising the leavers concert and giving out parts, and we are getting excited in Dosbarth Du because we are all looking forward to the Year 6 Leavers Prom next week on Tuesday 5th July.
By Molly G and Connor
We have been very busy in Dosbarth DU starting with our talk with the school nurse on the 20th of June talking about changes that happen to our bodies. We thought that all the information was very helpful for when we grow up. 👫
The children who have been in musical theatre did a awesome job whilst completing their four shows that they successfully performed. A big thanks to Megan Anstee for stepping for Alesha Allison as the role of Mufassa whilst Alisha was on holiday!
We have been moving on very quickly with our art work still doing Roy Lichtenstein pop art and gradually moving onto Andy Warhol.
We have also been working on the nets of 3D shapes we've been working on graphs and now getting back into problem solving with Mrs Parsons which is really fun!
In Dosbarth Du we are all entering a competition. We all have to write a mini saga and write them on these forms to enter the 100 words competition!
A few days ago the whole school got dressed up for the Queens birthday it was a very special day as the Queen was turning 90!!
The Cwmlai netball team were invited to the Rhondda Fach netball tournament and the girls who played successfully won the tournament and have brought back the Rhondda Fach shield, I don't think that the they will be inviting us back to the Rhondda Fach tournaments any time soon!😊🏐🏐🏐🏐🏐
The Cwmlai Football team were also invited to the Rhondda Fach Football tournament that again the boys who played successfully won the shield and our school named has been proudly carved into the shield!⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
Finally the best of all our trip to wicked on the 22nd of June we will all be leaving at 8:30am and will arrive home at about 10:00pm we would like all parents to pick up your children from the bus! For the children who are not going to see Wicked it is just like a normal day you need to come to school at 9:00am and you will be picked up at 3:20pm as normal😃 you will find more information about wicked underneath⬇️⬇️⬇️
By Erica and Jessica
Rhondda Fach Netball Champions 2016
The National Numeracy, Numerical Reasoning and Reading Tests will be administered between the dates of Tuesday 3rd May – Wednesday 11th May - exact dates were on the recent newsletter and can be found below.
We have been completing lots of past papers and practise papers in class to help prepare for the tests. A few parents have asked for copies of practise papers at home to help the children prepare, personally we would advise against this as they are doing enough practise in school to help them get used to the test format so keeping going over and over them doesn’t always help.
Instead, I would advise reading as much as possible in preparation for the Reading test – and doing ANY comprehension style activities – verbally and/or written so that the pupils get used to not only reading a text, but answering questions about it – and taking the answers from the text.
For Maths, good preparation would be to keep practising a mixture of numeracy based questions like we do daily before our maths lessons - times tables, time and timetable questions, measurement questions - converting cm into metres / into kms, reading scales.
The website, www.topmarks.co.uk is fantastic for generating these type of mixed questions. (Go to the Maths, year 6 section.)
I have included a link to the website to where you can download the practise papers and print off at home - to those who would still like to practise some of them, or to have a look over the type of questions the children will be answering:
Numeracy and Numerical Reasoning Practise Papers can be viewed and downloaded here - http://learning.wales.gov.uk/resources/browse-all/numeracy-sample-materials/?lang=en
Reading Papers can be downloaded here:
We've had a busy few weeks in Dosbarth Du, starting with Welsh Week and Cycling after half term.
Welsh week was exciting and exhausting! Getting everything ready for St David's Day. We made - and tasted - Welsh Rarebit - which was delicious!
Cycling - On the first day they checked our bikes to see if they were safe for the road, we learnt some basic skills which included balance and signalling. We all passed level 1. In level 2 we learnt how to cross a T junction. We also learnt about some road signs.
Then we had St David's Day and our School Eisteddfod. We had a big part to play in Year 6 this year including taking part, helping organise and run it and judging some of the heats. The Year 6 boys especially enjoyed learning and performing, "The Highlands of Scotland."
Overall winners of the day were Ty Gwyrdd, the Green House! Well done!
But we also had many winners from the other competitions in Dosbarth Du.
Ellie Reed and Erica Lloyd Lewis came first and second in the Handwriting Competition.
Ieuan Evans and Faith Williams came first and third in the Art Competition. Their entries can be seen below.
Iestyn Perkins did a wonderful rendition of the Star Wars theme tune on his acoustic guitar and came second in the instrumental - a special mention has to go to Alfie Groves who wasn't placed in the Instrumental Competition but played an enjoyable version of Happy Birthday on his acoustic guitar!
Ella Thomas came first in the Singing Competition with her version of Mrs Parsons' favourite hymn, Calon Lan.
Isaac Pritchard and Daniel Melling came second and third in the Poetry Competition which led to the Chairing of the Bardd - which went to Grace Snell in Dosbarth Brown - Da iawn Grace!
Such talent in Dosbarth Du!
This week, the pupils also attended the National Eisteddfod at Llanharri Comprehensive School. They all did really well, with Ellie Reed winning the poetry recital from our class and the group poem winning too! The choir also qualified!
Skiing- We waved goodbye to 10 of our class who have gone skiing. They travelled by bus and Ferry. They will be having around 4 hours of skiing for 3 days.
They are staying at "Zell am see"
Please check Twitter for updates from them and we can't wait for them to refresh our website when they come back.
By Ella Thomas and Molly Giboney.
We have had a busy week and we are moving on fast with our topic (The Tudors).
We have been drawing and painting Tudor monarchs in art. We are going to use different materials to make a frame and some of the accessories on the portraits.
In maths we have been looking at house prices and working out 10% 50% 20% 5% and 1% and taking them off the original price, some people have been working out the 1%thet the estate agent would earn from the original price.
In English we have been writing descriptive sentences and we are entering the 500 word competition for BBC radio 2. The link is below
In our Topic (The Tudors) we have been working in groups to find out about all different monarchs (kings and queens) we have been making fact files from all the information we have gathered over the past few weeks. We have also been looking at henry viii and finding out if he is villain or a hero from all the information we found out he is a true villain because he is greedy not just for money but for love and food.
By Erica and Ellie
We've had an amazing week this week.
TREORCHY COMPETITION- On Wednesday the Treorchy Male Voice Choir came to our school to host a competition called 'junior musician of the year. 30 people took part in this event. The winners were
Musician- Isabella Basini-James (Piano) + Erin Davies (Tenor Horn)
Singers- 1st place- Ellie Reed
2nd place- Ella Thomas
3rd place- Lowenna Orchard
By Rhys Vale + Maddison Stanton
We had a great week in Dosbarth Du last week! A very busy week indeed!
SCHOOL TRIP - We have been on a school trip to Llancaich Fawr, a Tudor house owned by Edward Pritchard and his family 100's of years ago. We dressed up in old Tudor clothes, made a herb bag to stop us from catching the plague, searched the interesting expedition and learnt a LOT more about the Tudors.
TUDOR ART - In Art this week, we have been reproducing Tudor portraits of ... Elizabeth I , Mary I , Henry VIII , Henry VII , Anne Boleyn , Sir Walter Raleigh , Edward VI and Jane Seymour. To make old fashion frames for them this Tuesday.
WELSH - Our sentence pattern of the week is ... Faint ydy dy oed dy ? and Pryd mae dy benblwydd di ? The way to answer these questions are Dw in ................. oed and Fy mhenblwydd ydy .................
SPELLINGS - Our spellings for next week are to learn the plural rules eg. Leaf = Leaves Puppy = Puppies Girl = Girls.
We have listed the spellings in the link down below. If you are struggling with the plural rules there is a guide to help you down below
By Ella and Kacey
Welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas!
We are all excited for our new class topic: The Tudors. To start off the topic we are going on a school trip to Llancaich Fawr on the Friday 22nd January!!!
We are currently covering what roses have to do with the Tudors as our homework.
We hope for a lovely new year.
Rhiannon Marchant and James Powell.
On Thursday 10th and Friday 11th we performed our Christmas Concert (Snow White and the 8 dwarves.
The parents laughed, sang along and really enjoyed the show!!!
Our last Christmas Concert was one to remember!!! (so SAD)
We are looking forward to the pantomime tomorrow (Tuesday 15th December) ALADDIN !!!
To find out more about the pantomime we're seeing, check out :
By Ella and Tom
Buy tickets for our AMAZING SHOW performed by Year 6 AND Year 5, 'Snow White and the 8 Dwarves'! It is the best performance Cwmlai has ever put on! Get your tickets quickly because there are only 250 seats available and most are sold out; so come and buy your tickets and enjoy the show. The wicked Queen is wickeder than ever before with her 4 gruesome henchman carrying out her wicked plots. Will our dear Snow White survive her deadly deeds? Find out in our performances on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th December.
By Rhys Vale and Kacey Rees
P.S Our Performance is WAY Better than the real film!!!!
Dead Man's Cove was a very good book, everyone in the class liked it. The book is about an orphaned 11 year old girl called Laura Marlin. Laura was in Sylvan Meadows Children's home when Social Services found her uncle. As soon as she got to her uncle's house she is confronted with many mysteries…
Who is Tariq and why doesn't he speak? Who wrote the messages in the bottle? What is so special about the Syberian husky dog Sky? Find out the answers to these questions by reading this amazing adventure book. It was Blue Peter's Book of the Year 2011 and we know why!!!
By Iestyn Perkins + Daniel Melling
As part of our new topic, Potions, we did a science investigation showing how mixing sugar, yeast and hot water together could blow up a balloon! It worked! After 120 minutes the balloon was 36cm in circumference! It was filled with a gas called CARBON DIOXIDE which the yeast let off when mixed with it's food - in this case that was the sugar! This is how bread is made too! Yuck!
If you want to do it yourself at home - check out the link below!
By Rhys Vale and Kacey Rees
We hope that you enjoyed looking at our Children In Need photos - we have many more in school and 2 displays full - one in class and one in the hall!
I have put next weeks spelling test words below - just click on the Word Document and it will open up a page with the 20 next high frequency words for you to learn and the 4 challenge words. Good luck!
We thought it would be helpful to let you know what your child will be doing in the classroom over the course of the term. There are many things you can do at home to support your child’s learning, and we hope the following information will prove useful.
Autumn term 2015 Bend & Flow Class: Du
Teachers: Mrs E. Scott/Mrs L. Parsons
Curriculum Focus: Science and Geography.
This project has a geography and science focus. It teaches children about
rivers, rainfall, soils and the impact of water on communities. At the heart of this project the children will learn to write poetry on a rivers theme and develop additional skills in persuasive and report writing.
Pupils will carry out a variety of scientific investigations. They will set their own success criteria and will gain a thorough understanding of fair testing and identify key variables.
In this project the children will learn:
• About significant rivers of Wales;
• To use a range of geographical skills to investigate the physical features of rivers, including the water cycle, and to consider the impact these features might have on the landscape over time and in specific locations;
• To develop investigative fieldwork skills;
• To use ICT and other sources to find, record and present information;
• To respond to a stimulus in a creative way, developing skills in the
• To write poetry on a theme using descriptive and expressive vocabulary;
• To present a balanced argument, based on factual information.
Our designated P.E. day is Thursday. Children will need to bring suitable kit, (black shorts and white t-shirt), and trainers to take part. Can we remind parents no jewellery is allowed for P.E. sessions; earrings must be removed.
Spelling: Children will be given spellings weekly and tested on a Monday morning.
Reading: Library day is Friday when your child can change his/her book but they are expected to bring their reading book to school every day. Please listen to your child read at least once a week and make relevant comments in their reading record.
Maths: Children in year 6 are expected to know all their tables. We hold weekly gunfighters’ championships and Big Maths Clic tests. Knowledge of their tables will greatly help them in many areas of maths so support to learn their tables off by heart is welcomed.
Homework: Please expect homework on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday.
School Trip: We are hoping to visit Cilfynydd Environmental Centre to carry out a River kick and study of the River Taff. (Dates TBC)
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries, our door is always open. This is an important year for both you and your child and will mark the end of their time at Primary School. We want them to make as many happy memories as they can and to become the best version of themselves to achieve their full potential.
Mrs E Scott & Mrs L Parsons
Please come and suppport year 6 who are organising 'Whose Story is it Anyway?' We are sellling tickets all week in Cwmlai Primary school, top yard.We are trying to raise money for the year 6 London Trip to watch Charlie And The Chocolate Factory! We have been planning this for a while now, and can't wait to share the show with you.
Croeso i Dosbarth Du. Our topic this half term is skin deep. This project has a science focus and teaches children about microorganism, focussing on bacteria and the impact these can have on the human body. Children also learn about the effects of puberty on their own bodies. At the heart of this project children write scientific accounts and develop additional skills in writing and planning a sequenced script for an information film.
Look out for photographs and video footage of our skin deep journey.
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