Acorn Antics

Natural Resources Wales have launched it’s annual ‘Acorn Antics’ campaign, inviting education groups from across Wales to collect acorns and connect with and learn about the fantastic natural environment right on their doorstep.   As well as issuing education groups with guidance on how to identify their oak tree and organise an acorn collection, suggested activities relating to seed dispersal and germination will also be shared with those taking part.  As a school we are participating and would encourage the children to collect acorns when they are out and about over the course of the next week and over the half term break and bring them into school by Tuesday 7th November.

As many of our native tree species, like oak, have been affected by harmful pests and diseases over recent years the Acorn Antics campaign will ensure that young oak saplings planted on the Welsh Government estate in the future will be better suited to local conditions and have a better growth rate and resistance to disease.  NRW will pay education groups £4.10 a kilogram for oak acorns.  Once collected, the acorns will be sent to the Forestry Commission nursery in Cheshire to be grown onto to saplings.  They will return to Wales to be planted in woodlands and forests close to where they were picked as acorns.

Easter homework

All pupils will receive additional homework during the Easter break in preparation for the National tests in May.  Please contact Miss Bodenham if you would like any additional support or advice.  Although a useful tool that helps teachers assess children’s level of understanding, it is very important that pupils do not feel anxious about taking the tests.

Parental Feedback – Homework Policy

Although the school was pleased with the parental feedback in the recent questionnaire regarding homework, we still want your views on how homework can be improved. Our school policy is due to be reviewed and therefore it would be very helpful to gather the views of parents/carers around the kinds of homework activities that produce the best outcomes for the pupils.

Miss Bodenham would like to meet with parents/carers on Tuesday 14th March at 3:00pm. It would be greatly appreciated if as many people as possible could attend – your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Eisteddfod 2017

This year, Rhydri and Bedwas pupils will be celebrating St. David’s Day together in Rudry Village Hall during the morning of Wednesday 1st March. All children are requested to wear Welsh themed or red clothing to school on this day.

Throughout the morning of celebrations, children will be reciting Welsh poems, singing Welsh songs and performing with their musical instruments. Each class will be performing their poems on the stage in front of the rest of the pupils.

As part of the Eisteddfod celebrations, we ask that all children complete a piece of art work with a Welsh theme:

  • Nursery-Year 2: Create a 3D model of any aspect of Wales, e.g. sheep, castle, daffodil, dragon etc.
  • Years 3-6: Create a still life of a vase of daffodils on A4 paper/card. The art work can be presented in any way children wish, e.g. collage, paint, pastels etc.

We ask that all art work is returned to school on Monday 27th February. The winners of the competition will be announced during the joint Eisteddfod.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Parental Feedback – Homework Policy

Although the school was pleased with the parental feedback in the recent questionnaire regarding homework, we still want your views on how homework can be improved. Our school policy is due to be reviewed and therefore it would be very helpful to gather the views of parents/carers around the kinds of homework activities that produce the best outcomes for the pupils.

Miss Bodenham would like to meet with parents/carers on Tuesday 14th March at 3:00pm. It would be greatly appreciated if as many people as possible could attend – your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Curriculum Leaflets

Curriculum Leaflets for Silver and Gold Class are being sent home this week which will provide information on the children’s learning during the Spring term.  These leaflets will also provide information on how parents can support their children at home.