**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
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.
Friday 3rd march 2017
By Daisy Davies
Friday 10th February2017
This week we have been:
Friday 6th January 2017
This week we have been learning:
Friday 4th November 2016
This week we have been learning
Friday 21st October 2016
This week we have been learning
by Luisa and Hallie.
Friday 14th October 2016
This week we have been learning:
Friday 7th October 2016
This week we have been learning:
We went on a school trip to Caerphilly Mountain Ranch we went on the Gruflo trail and done den building and roasting marshmallows.
By Daisy Davies
Year 2! Every week our ICT monitor will be updating our class page to give information and show what we have done in our class. Please check this page regularly to keep up to date with our learning and any other important information.
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.
Our topic this term is Big Wide World. We will be comparing the Antarctica with Wales and how it may have similarities and differences.
Children will be using geographical and research skills.
If you have any resources e.g. atlases, fact books etc we would be very grateful if you could bring them in and please label them with your child's name.
Tuesday - Mrs Blandford/Mrs John
Friday - Miss Easley
Thank you for your support.
Mrs John and Miss Easley
Just a reminder that it is our charity event tomorrow afternoon.
we hope to see you all there. We have been busy today, pricing everything
up and making posters.
Wow! Well done guys! What a fabulous standard of homework again! I can't wait to add the postcards & holiday photos to our display!
No homework this week Dosbarth Oren as you've had lots lately! Have a well deserved break!
Just a reminder that there is no school Friday (12th June) as it is an Inset day. I had timetabled some of you in for your show & tells Friday - but if you can bring them Monday 15th May instead.
The Show & Tells have been brilliant so far! I can't wait to see & hear more.
We have taken lots of photographs & I will post them on the website when more people have done theirs.
Just a reminder that we have our class party on Friday!! Yay!!
If everyone could please remember to bring an item of food for our party table
for everyone to share, that would be fab!
Also, if anyone has a great DVD that they would like to bring for us to watch
that would be amazing too!!
Just bumping up the photo as a reminder xx
Show and Tell
After half term, I will be providing time for the children in Dosbarth Oren to talk about an item which they bring into school. This is a great opportunity to further develop children’s speaking and listening skills, as they can talk about something which is personal to them.
So that everyone has an opportunity, your child will be given a specific day to bring something in. However, if they don’t want to show or tell anything on this day then that is fine. I have included this letter and a timetable in the children's homework books this week.
When children bring an item into school, there will be a bag on my chair in which to place it.
Here are some ideas for items which you may allow your child to bring in:
· something creative they have done at home. For example: a painting, model or collage
· an item linked to their interests or hobbies
· photographs or drawings of their family members
· photographs from places they have been
· a leaflet or souvenir (natural or bought) from a day out/trip/holiday
Please do not send an item which is precious or costly, and I would like to discourage children bringing in toys where possible.
I hope this helps. If you have any questions please let me know.
With many thanks,
Mrs Parsons, Mrs Evans and Miss Rowles.
Despite the bad weather expected tomorrow, our trip will be going ahead. So could you ensure that you come to school in suitable clothing, please. Most of the trip will be spent outside, walking and visiting the different parts of Cardiff Bay so you will need to be wearing waterproof clothing and footwear. (All in one waterproofs, waterproof coats with a hood, no bare legs for the girls - put leggings or tights on with your uniforms, wellies - are all perfect!)
I am so excited! We won't let the weather spoil it for us!
Geographically, this country sits in two continents, Europe and Asia, although around 97% of it's land area is on the Asian side.
The total land area of This country, is slightly larger than the state of Texas.
This country shares a border with eight countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Bulgaria, Greece, and Georgia.
Just over 80 million people live in This country. (80,694,485)
Istanbul is the largest city and is the third most populous urban area in Europe. But it is not the capital, Ankara is in fact the capital city of this country.
The highest point is Mount Ararat 5137 m (16,854 ft).
The country's warm climate is good for growing crops. Livestock and forestry are also important industries.
There is a strong manufacturing sector in this country - it makes and exports cars, planes, electronics, clothing and textiles.
The currency used in the country is called the Lira.
Many famous foods come from here, such as manti, kebab, Lokum baklava, kadayif and more.
We can try some traditional Locoum this week in class, if someone guesses the country correctly!
You can go on lovely beach holidays to this country and travelling on an aeroplane would be the fastest way to get here. You would land in Faro airport. Travel time from the UK, on an aeroplane would take around 2 and a half to 3 hours.
Here are some facts about the country to help you decide what country it is!
This country was one of the first to join the European Union.
Before adopting the Euro, it's currency was the Escudo.
This country is the WESTERN most country of the European mainland.
The language of this country is today the 6th most spoken first language in the world with over 240 million speakers.
The capital city of this country is the oldest city in Western Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world.
This country's second largest city is also world-renown for being the home of Port wine.
The Vasco da Gama Bridge, over the Tagus River in this country's capital city is the largest in Europe at 17.2 km's (10.7 mi) long.
The CORK TREE is one of the few native trees still found in this country. The various uses of the soft, spongy bark of the cork tree has made the country the largest producer of cork products in the world.
The most popular sport here is football (soccer), the national team finished 3rd in the 1966 World Cup, 2nd in Euro 2004, and 4th in 2006 World Cups.
Dosbarth Oren - Do you know how to climb a tree? Build a sandcastle? Or the joy of rolling down a grassy slope?
Here is a list, compiled by a panel of experts of things children should do by the time they are ten. How many have you tried?
Roll down a grassy bank
Make a mud pie
Prepare a modelling-dough mixture
Make perfume from flower petals
Grow cress on a window sill
Make a paper-mache mask
Build a sandcastle
Climb a tree
Make a den in the garden
Paint using hands and feet
Organise a teddy bears' picnic
Have a face-painting session
Bury a friend in the sand
Bake some bread
Make snow angels
Create a clay sculpture
Take part in a scavenger hunt
Camp out in the garden
Bake a cake
Feed a farm animal
Pick some strawberries
Play Pooh sticks
Recognise five bird species
Find some worms
Cycle through a muddy puddle
Make and fly a kite
Plant a tree
Build a nest from grass and twigs
Find ten different leaves in the park
Make breakfast in bed for mum and dad
Create a mini assault course in the garden
Let's get cracking Dosbarth Oren!
We have had a fantastic week in Dosbarth Oren. The pupils sat the Numeracy Procedural and Reasoning tests this week and Mrs Evans and I were so proud of how mature and sensible they were working under the test conditions and dealing with the tests! We felt well prepared in our class and didn’t suffer an ounce of stress! Well done! We have decided not to give any homework this weekend – if you can just practise your reading for the reading test next week and get plenty of rest and enjoy the weekend! You deserve it!
As well as the tests we have managed to squeeze in lots of activities with our topic, like making flyers and leaflets to advertise our own tourist attractions that we created, we have continued to share our mini projects on our chosen countries and we have started to learn all about Cardiff Bay.
Our trip: A letter went home today to let you know that we have a trip planned to Cardiff Bay on Tuesday 19th May to enhance our topic and what we have learned about tourism in Wales and in particular, tourism in Cardiff Bay. If the permission slips could be completed and returned as soon as possible.
We are all so excited for this trip as it was planned and decided on by the children – and we will be taking trips on the land train and a boat as well as visiting the barrage and the park! The cost of the trip is £9 each.
The teachers at Cwmlai all went on an absolutely fantastic course yesterday about the importance of promoting well being (and in particular - happiness!) - in ourselves and in the children. It was amazing! We have all come back to school full of sparkle and shine and are determined for it to rub off on the children! We started the day with our Golden Book assembly - as usual for a Friday! But rather UNusually, all the Foundation Phase Staff decided to end the assembly with our new maths song to get everyone moving and grooving! We were wiggling and dancing all over the hall, much to the childrens' delight! I for one, hope we start EVERY Friday in that way as it certainly left us all feeling upbeat!
We continued with the theme of happiness in class - by asking the children to think, pair share with their partners what makes them happy! We had many answers ranging from material possessions, to how achieving at sport or in a subject makes us feel happy, to family, to how being with happy people uplifts us - to cake! I think the cake answer came from me!
We ended the day just as positively by having a little disco in our class to M People's - What have you done today to make you feel proud? Every single person in our class had achieved something today that made them feel proud! Can you share your thing with your parents?
At the wonderful course we attended, we were told about 33 things that children should do before they are 10. To keep their happiness up!
Next week, I am sending the list home as homework and I hope every child in my class enjoys working through it as their homework!
Have a fantastic weekend and I will see you bright eyed and sparkly on Monday morning.
I will be posting again over the weekend - to put up photos of a country and you have to guess where in the World the photos are taken, like we discussed in class! Raffle tickets for the winning guesses! There will also be clues!
I hope that you have had a fantastic bank holiday weekend and are refreshed to come back to school tomorrow.
We will be starting the National tests tomorrow with the Numeracy Procedural paper.
Please do not worry about these tests, Dosbarth Oren. They are only ONE way that us teachers assess what you have learnt so far this year. So try your best, have a go - but above all else, keep smiling!
As well as plenty of test practise this week, we have been busy exploring our topic of Travel Agents.
This week, we have looked at Tourist Attractions in Wales, where they are on a map of Wales and we have created advertising posters and leaflets to attract people to come to these attractions.
We went on to create our own Welsh Tourist Attractions! The children's ideas for these were fantastic and I will share some photos of these on the website ASAP.
We loved looking at and discussing the leaflets for Welsh Tourist attractions - what ones can you remember?
Don't forget to finish your mini project on your chosen country and bring it in Monday. I can't wait to see them!
We are looking for items to add to our Travel Agency role play corner -particularly travel brochures and tourist attraction leaflets - if you have the chance to pick these up then please do! Bring them in Monday and we can add them to the role play!
The tests are creeping up quickly - I have put website links to practise Numeracy & Reading tests in an earlier blog (please scroll down to see) - we have been made aware of a fantastic website to download & print practise Reasoning papers this week - please check it out if you would like to see the type of Reasoning questions the children will have to complete. Feel free to print some and have a go! We will be completing some of these in class over the next week.
This week in class we have been busy practising test papers in Reading, Reasoning & Numeracy. The children in Dosbarth Oren are all working really hard and trying their best - well done!
In Literacy we have been looking at the sad story of Gelert.
The children really enjoyed this story and it certainly gave them plenty to talk about!
We have looked at this Welsh tale in story form, as a poem and as a play script this week.
Can you remember this story to tell your mums and dads?
One version can be found here:
In Maths, we have also being recapping measuring using rulers and measuring tapes - converting centre metres into metres / metres in centre metres and measuring each other to prove whether claims are silly or sensible!
What do your parents think?
Here are some of the Silly or Sensible claims we are investigating:
Is measuring around your head three times the same distance in cms as your height?
Is your arm span the same as your height?
Do the tallest people have the biggest feet?
I hope you have a lovely weekend and we will see you Monday for another busy (but hopefully, fun!) week.
There is no new homework this week but if you can continue with your mini projects on your chosen countries - to be in by Monday 27th April.
Everyone will have chance to present their work on their chosen country to the rest of the class as a speaking and listening activity during the week beginning 27th April.
The National Numeracy, Numerical Reasoning and Reading Tests will be administered between the dates of Tuesday 5th May – Tuesday 12th May.
We are 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 I 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 children 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, telling the time, how many cm in a metre? Reading scales.
The Mathletics programme that the school has purchased is fantastic for generating these type of questions and the children all have the website address, their log on username and password in the front of their Homework books. The website, www.topmarks.co.uk is also fantastic. (Go to the Maths, year 2 or year 3 section.)
I have promised 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:
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 hope that you all had a fabulous Easter break and have come back all refreshed for the start of the summer term.
I am currently looking through the homework you completed over the holidays and can I just say - it is fantastic! The diaries you kept are brilliant and it is lovely to see what you got up to. You can share your diaries with the class this week and photos will be added to this page - keep an eye out!
Just a few notices:
Book bags went home today - no new homework this week but if you could continue with your mini projects on your chosen country.
A lot of you have been telling me all about your projects and the country you have chosen and I can't wait to see the finished articles! We will start to present them and share them with each other on Monday 27th April.
Rugby practise for year 3's - As we go into the summer term there won't be any rugby practise on a Monday anymore but there will be cricket after school instead for Year 4's and up - this will start on Monday 20th April and will be 3.15-4.15pm. Depending on numbers, this may also be offered to Year 3. I will keep you updated if this is the case - but at the moment it is Year 4 - Year 6.
PE - our PE slot in Dosbarth Oren will be on a Monday afternoon from next week - please can everyone bring kit (including trainers) that is suitable for outside.
Year 3's PE this term will be swimming, also on a Monday afternoon.
Remember to keep checking back for new photos and updates
Mrs Parsons & Mrs Evans
What a fantastic Easter Bonnet parade! All the bonnets were fantastic, everyone took part & enjoyed!
We hope you have an absolutely fantastic Easter Holidays. Stay safe and remember your helmets if you go on your bikes, skates, skate boards or scooters!
Remember our stranger danger rules and what the Fire Service taught us about, "Don't touch - tell!"
If you go to the beach, remember what the RNLI taught us about the flags and dangers at the beach.
HAVE A LOVELY HOLIDAY! See you when we return.
We have a very busy day in Dosbarth Oren tomorrow so we have sent home the Easter crafts, goodies & cards today.
We hope you have an eggsellent Easter!
Tomorrow we will be having a super fun day!
There will be our Golden Book assembly in the morning, an Easter Egg Letter Hunt organised by the PTA, the Easter Bonnet Parade (Don't forget your bonnets tomorrow!)
Then the afternoon will be spent saying Goodbye & Good Luck to Miss Davidson - the fabulous student we have had in Year Two, to Mrs Blandford & to Mrs Dennis who is retiring after many years at this school. So a very busy end to a very busy term!
We have had such a busy week, again! I really enjoyed the Parents Meetings Monday and meeting with all your mums and dads. I'm sorry that I ran on a little and some people's appointments were a little late but I got to see nearly everyone's parents and those that I didn't see I will be seeing shortly.
We have also been working hard again this week. I am proud of you Dosbarth Oren. We are taking pride in our presentation, looking after our classroom and following our Class Contract. Well done!
Most of our activities have had an Easter focus but we have also had lots of visitors this week - The RNLI to talk to us about Sea Safety. This was very informative and great fun! We learnt that the emergency services number 999 also gets us in touch with the Coast Guard to help us if we - or someone else - is in trouble at the beach.
The Fire Service taught us the new saying, Don't touch - Tell! If we see anything on fire.
We had a visit from a Science group who carried out whole school and class workshops with us to teach us the importance of Food Hygiene. They taught us the 4 C's:
Can you tell your parents about the importance of the 4 C's?
Last week we had a visit from the team at the NSPCC to do a workshop with us.
They asked us to think about people who can be trusted to help us in emergencies or if
we need help. We thought of lots of people such as mums and dads, police men and women, fire fighters, ambulance, doctors, teachers, dinner ladies and paramedics hospital staff.
During the workshop we took part in lots of different activities, including discussing feelings with Spectrum Ted - who displayed a whole host of emotions!
Learning special telephone numbers like 999 for the Emergency Services and 0800 111 111 for Child line - and when we might need these numbers.
We discussed the importance of knowing our address in case of an emergency and the importance of Gender Equality.
We want to say a big thank you to the ladies who came to work with us.
The children will be bringing their "Helping Hands" home next week - these have been created by the children during this session to include their address and information on people who help them. Please discuss these with your children and see what they can remember about the session.
We have been revisiting Tally Charts and Bar Graphs in class this week to see how much we remember about them and to see what information they give us.
For homework this week – can you:
*Conduct a questionnaire at home to find out what are your family’s favourite mini beasts?
*Make a tally chart to show this information.
*Write a few lines explaining what the information shows you. Remember to use these key sentences:
The least favourite was….
The most favourite was…
More people liked…..than liked……..
We will discuss the tally charts in class and what information the tally chart gives us.
This week we have been on a Mini Beast Hunt as part of our Wild Wood topic work.
We had fun searching the Nature Area for any bugs!
We looked under logs and stones, in trees and near any puddles in the tyres
and we found lots of mini beasts.
The children all suggested where they thought would be the best hiding places
for the mini beasts - as earlier in the week, we looked at mini beasts' habitats.
Challenge - see if you can tell your parents what a habitat is and what
minibeasts live where!
I will upload the photos of our mini beast hunt over the weekend, so
keep an eye out!
We have had a fabulous (and very busy!) week in Dosbarth Oren - we have worked hard to decide what would make Dosbarth Oren a happy, safe and fun place to work in and we have come up with a set of rules that will be our class contract! We have all signed a copy of this contract which will be kept in the front of our Topic book to remind us and we are all going to promise to follow these rules and put our finger prints on a large copy as our promise to live by these rules for as long as we are a part of Dosbarth Oren.
Our Class Contract
We all want Dosbarth Oren to be a nice, safe, fun place to work in. To make it a safe place we need to all promise to follow the rules we agree on for our class. This is our class contract which is legal and binding and we all agree to follow what is written here:
In Dosbarth Oren we are happy and have fun!
I have had a fabulous first week in Dosbarth Oren. You have all worked so hard and we have completed lots of fantastic work.
No homework this week - so enjoy the weekend with your Mums, Step Mums and Nans for Mothering Sunday.
There will be plenty of homework on the way for next week
Parents Evening will be held on Monday 23rd March from 1.00pm - I have had lots of reply slips back - so thank you! If you haven't returned your slip but you DO want a slot to discuss your child's progress then there are still times available. If you would like to return your slip next week.
Noson dda Dosbarth Oren!
I'm really looking forward to Monday
when I start in your class.
I have missed you all & I have lots of lovely
Get lots of rest this weekend as we have a
busy week planned - get set for lots of
raffle ticket rewards & certificates!
I'm expecting big things!
See you Monday 😄
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