Every day is a wheelie day. Children are allowed to bring in scooters, bikes, roller skates, roller blades and a skateboard (A skateboard can only be brought in if children have a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads for protection and safety). Each lunch time, children are allowed to use these in the school yard. This encourages us to exercise. The Sports Captains help set this us.
We are a KiVa school. KiVa is a research-based antibullying programme that has been developed in Finland. Children participate in lessons every other week.
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Children in Foundation Phase participate in DINA sessions. DINA is a social skills programme. The programme uses life-size puppets, practice activities, role plays, and games to teach children appropriate social and emotional skills. The children learn a variety of skills such as: introductions; listening and following directions; identifying and expressing feelings appropriately; anger management; cooperation; teamwork; and friendship skills. DINA is the young version of KiVa for infants.
Every other Friday pupils take part in ERIC. ERIC stands for Everyone Reads In Class. A Junior class pairs up with one of the Infant classes and they take it in turns to read. All pupils enjoy this and it is lovely to see a mixture of age groups working together.
Reading with Henry
We are very lucky. A dog comes into school and reads with us. His name is Henry and he is a labrador. He belongs to Tomos in Dosbarth Meithrin. His Mum brings Henry into school to read to us. The children like reading to him, because he makes them feel safe.
The choir went to a residential home to sing to the residents just before Christmas. Everyone was in the festive spirit.
We have a container in the school playground, that contains loose parts for all children to play with at lunch time. The container is open by Year 5 children every lunch time, weather dependent. Please click on the link below to read our play policy, that the children have decided on.
PC Catrin Brown comes in regularly to talk to us. She talks to us about relevant up to date information to help keep us safe, including cyber-bullying and being safe online.
Size of Wales
We were offered a workshop by Becks from Size of Wales. All junior classes attended an assembly which they were told about deforestation and the affect this is having on our planet. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 all had a workshop. Pupils found the workshop very informative.
Every year each class celebrates European Day of Languages, and do different tasks and try eating different countries foods. The teachers of each class pick a country in Europe and the pupils of that class have to come in the colours of their country flags and bring foods that you would eat in that country.
Mrs Lyon has worked with Years 5 and 6, teaching them how to cook. The first thing they made was banana smoothie. They had to chop up bananas and pour some milk into a blender. They then poured it into a cup and drank it.
The juniors are lucky to have had taster sessions with rugby coach Tim Hoare. They always learn new tricks, play tag rugby, play games like who could do the trickiest throw and much more.
We are always encouraging pupils and staff to be active. Every day children are taking part in various activities. For example, walk a mile, Go Noodle. To complete 1 mile you have to run around the field 7 times. We have Sports Captains in Years 5 and 6 who are always busy running games on the school yard, as well as running wheelie days.
There are a variety of games to play at playtime, such as netball, tennis, Criw Cymraeg, container, Wheelie days, football and much more. Children love to play these games. Criw Cymraeg is based on Welsh games and encourages children to speak Welsh and builds up their confidence and have something to play at lunch time. Our Sports Captains are always busy running games too. Most games are run by children which is great.
Years 5 and 6 attended an Anti-Racism workshop, where they were taught about the importance of treating everyone the same.
The children are always busy helping look after our school grounds. Many children take a keen interest in gardening and planting. Year 6 recently cleared an area, ready for it to be improved and designed into something new.
We have a weekly collective worship assembly and a weekly celebration assembly. We also have assemblies to celebrate different important events, including Remembrance Day.
Nant B H and Pentre
Children are given the opportunity to attend residential visits to Nant Bwlch yr Haearn and Pentrellyncymer. Nant BH is near Betws Y Coed and Pentre is near Llyn Brenig. Both outdoor centres give pupils the opportunity to learn new outdoor skills, by participating in activities such as gorge walking, canoeing, climbing and bushcarft. Pupils always have lots of fun.