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Newsletter 4th March

Our Learners of the Week

Well done to our fantastic Learners of the Week – we are all really proud of you and your achievements.

For showing excellent attitudes, sportsmanship and teamwork at the Urdd Football tournament -well done to all the children involved!
For amazing independent work- ordering numbers in our maths lesson.

St David’s Day Celebrations – Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant

Across the school all the classes learnt about St. David -Patron Saint of Wales -Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant. We had traditional costumes, craft, Kahoot quizzes and writing about ‘Why it is special to be Welsh’. We even had a cafe in Class 3 with the children ordering in Welsh. It was a wonderful day and the children were reminded of St. David’s last sermon to his followers which included a phrase that is still used in Wales today-“Gwnewch y pethau bychain “- “Do the little things .”

Preparing for the Curriculum for Wales – some examples from our journey

The world is changing and we need new ideas, creative use of technology and an increased focus on well-being and resilience. To address these challenges, the Welsh Government wants to make sure that all our children have the knowledge, skills and experiences they’ll need to make the most of life.
All our staff have been working with local consortia (GwE), other schools and education experts from across Wales to develop the Curriculum for Wales.

At Ysgol Llanddulas we have looked to build on the strengths we have in the school and introduce new ways of working and increase the opportunities for our children to work in authentic and engaging ways to develop their skills and independence:

Our focus on Outdoor Learning and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Developing the children’s skills in their use of technology with ICT lessons from Mr Lewis Jones and our film making project with Hafsah

Foundation Phase Woodwork Project

The Areas of Learning and Experience in the Curriculum for Wales

We have also been working with creative practitioners to introduce new and exciting ways to increase children’s engagement, develop their understanding and provide opportunities for the children to apply their skills and knowledge. The recent Cynefin Project and our Creative Learning Days with Polly are an example of some of this work:

Class 5 Amazon Creative Learning Day

Polly shared her story, ‘The Very Last Tree‘, that she wrote with children from the Amazon during her time in Brazil. In her story, the Amazon animals have to come up with a plan to solve the problem of all the trees being chopped down.

During our Amazon day, Polly retold the story whilst our children improvised the events through drama. They acted out the scenes using movement and sound.  It inspired our Year 5 and 6 children to make up stories of their own with a few similar characters. We explored characterisation of the animals through drama, learned about some of the animals found in the rain forest, and consider ways to develop them into characters for children’s stories.

The day was a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn all about the Amazon Rain forest and to develop their understanding as ethically informed citizens. They were fully engaged in their learning and enjoyed the opportunity to learn independently and in teams, and to make choices about the way they presented their work. The drama work also provided excellent opportunities for the children to develop their oracy skills, written work and to use technology to record, edit and present their own stories.

After writing their stories, the children worked in groups to narrate and act them out. They then used the iPads to record, edit and present their work

Class 2 Creative Learning – Dinosaur Day

Class 2 spent the day working with Polly from North Wales Outdoor Learning to launch their topic on Dinosaurs in an exciting and engaging way.

They started by taking part in a range of drama activities to develop their speaking and listening skills. After listening to the story ‘Dear Dinosaur’, they created a fantastic museum using artefacts which Polly brought in, and the children used their observational skills to help them describe the objects. 

In the museum the children found a dinosaur bone!! This led to great excitement and the children created pictures of dinosaurs who they thought the bone might belong too.

After lunch, the children were outside and they went on a treasure hunt and found dinosaur bones which they used to create their very own dinosaur skeletons. They were all thrilled to find a real dinosaur egg on our playground and they worked collaboratively to design and make a nest to protect it. 

To finish the day, the children looked for their very own ‘special’ objects and displayed them proudly in their very own mini museum. 

The children in Class 2 had a fantastic time and had the opportunity to develop a range of skills as they work towards the purposes of the the Curriculum for Wales and become ambitious and capable learners.

World Book Day 2022

To celebrate World Book Day the children brought their favourite books in to school.

Class 1 had a busy day with a range of activities linked to the children’s favourite books.
Class 2 enjoyed sharing their favourite books for World Book Day.
Harry Potter was definitely a popular choice in Class 4 and we even had a few characters..including Sirius Black escaping from Azkaban!
Nursery pupils sharing their favourite books

Urdd Football Tournament

Mr Lloyd and Mr Lewis Jones took 2 teams of Year 5 /6 children to the Urdd Football tournament at Llandrillo. It was great to see 20 children involved and both teams progressed to the quarter finals with a mixture or wins and losses. Most importantly the girls and boys involved had a great day and it was lovely to see them back on the pitch taking part in competitions with other schools.

Visit from Reverend Janice

It has been lovely to welcome Rev Janice back to school for services this week. She talked to all the children about Lent and shared with them ’40 Acts of Kindness for Lent’. We are really looking forward to welcoming Rev Janice and Dr Lloyd back to school this term.

Later in the week the children in the key stage 2 classes will be joining Rev Janice at St Cynbryd’s Church for a morning of workshops on Communion, and later in the term the foundation phase classes will be going down to church.

DIARY DATES

Monday 7th March – Class 4 and Class 5 Say No to Racism Workshop

Monday 7th March – Class 3 and class 5 Interactive Conwy Castle session with Pigtown Theatre Group

Tuesday March 8th Class 3 Swimming at Eirias Park ( Every Tuesday until Eater)

Wednesday 9th – Class 4 Communion workshop at St Cynbryd’s with Rev Janice

Friday 11th March – Class 3 and Class 5 Communion workshop at St Cynbryd’s with Rev Janice

Friday 18th March Red Nose Day – Non Uniform Day

Monday 21st Match – 1st April Big Walk and Wheel to encourage health travel to school – more details to follow about ways you can support us!