Year 4 Lego Storystarter Family Sessions - October/November 2017
For the last 4 weeks, children and family members have been working with our Lego Storystarter boxes. We learnt how to make up a story using characters, plots and how to solve a problem.
Each family group made up their own story and we used the Stopmotion app to animate it.
Thank you all for your support with this project and for your fantastic comments.
Please see all the finished films following this. Apologies for those who had problems with the sound.
Tea, toast and tales - Year 4 storytelling with Cath Little
Thanks to the families that joined us this morning, for tea, toast and tales for year 4. We were joined by Cath Little. Cath helped the families to create an original story using a character and a possible problem that the character may have. Well done to the children who told their stories on the storytelling chair.
Cath, also worked with our year 2 after school storytelling club.
A very big thank you to those parents that attended the family breakfast yesterday. We were a little disappointed that we didn't have any new parents attend. This is your chance to have your say on what you would like to see or do at Hywel Dda. If i don't have your thoughts and feelings, I cannot plan for the year ahead!
Please don't keep it to yourself or chat about it on the yard - come and tell me!
I would like to answer some of the points that were brought up by parents at the breakfast.
1. More advertising for courses and better understanding of Thursday etc-
The school has invested at cost, in our Schoop system and we are now a 'paperless' school. We have two notice boards that we try to keep up to date. We are unable to put up more posters etc as this would work against our 'paperless' ethos. We have a lot of users on Schoop already, can you make sure that your friends all have it? Our schoop ID is 10494. All family information is posted regularly on Schoop.
As for better understanding of how a Thursday works, our family cafe is at 9 am for ANY FAMILY member to attend. Please come along to chat to other parents. Our family course will then start at 9.30 am.
2. A list of Time Credit opportunities for parents-
All activities that parents work with children in the school are Time Credit opportunities. Examples include Tea, toast and tales, gardening and listening to readers. If you would like to offer your time to school, please see me.
3. Opportunities for the children to earn Time Credits eg being helpful = 1 time credit earned-
At present, the only opportunity for our children to earn Time Credits in school is through our Year 6 readers project. I will take advice from Spice on how we can improve that.
We cannot give Time Credits out for just 'being helpful' as that is something we promote in all our children at all times and the Spice rules state that that it must be an activity that directly helps the school or other pupils over and above the normal.
4. Parent fun nights -
This may be difficult, as we will have to rely on other staff extending their working day and also our Estates manager. We find it difficult to recruit parent volunteers for some activities. I would be happy to chat about this further.
5. Help with finding on-line assistance with sign language -
I am always happy to help with individual parents to assist in any way in finding answers to queries. British sign language is not something that we currently use in our school ,but should that change, we will look into offering training.
6. Adult education classes e.g. Welsh, Managing behaviour, sewing etc -
I am happy to look into any course that a parent would like, but i must have some more interest in order to run it. If you are interested in a particular course, please see me.
7. After School Reading Club, Board game club and Forest School -
These are fantastic ideas, and i will look into it. Again, this may be dependent on the help of other staff members.
8. Activities for parents and children of Junior children -
This is something that i will look into.
9. Help with learning how the children are doing Maths in school -
This is something I will look into.
Thanks again for all your responses and i hope that i have answered them for you.
After some confusion, this course WILL be going ahead. It will start on Thursday 22nd September at 9.30 am.
We really need as many family members to listen to our children read in school as possible. If you can spare an hour, please see me.
This will return on Friday 16th September at 9 am. New adult or child members are always welcome. Please call in for an application form.
Thanks so much again
Parent Engagement Officer
A really big thank you again to everyone that supported us at the Spring Fete. The hard work of the volunteers that day means, that we have about £600 to spend on the next years family projects. Projects that we can fund can include buying our weekly tea, coffee and milk, resources for tea, toast and tales, buying in special guests and tutors, resources for courses, gardening equipment and plants and much much more. Because we can fund ourselves, this means that vital school money can be used on the children.
A lot of our lovely family members earn time credits in our school. If you volunteer one hour to school, you can earn one time credit to be spent on many spending partners including local leisure centres, Boulders, Cardiff City football club and Cardiff international white water.
Spice and Time credits are reliant on Welsh Government funding and they need to have some information to show the importance of time credits to people. We would be very grateful if you could fill in this on-line survey at.
We will be starting this course on Thursday 16th June at 9.30 am.
I realise that this will clash with the Foundation Phase sports day but you are welcome to join us the following week. This week, the tutor will be discussing what we would like to do. If you have any requests, please see Mrs Roberts.
Families Connect- a literacy and numeracy course for families with children from 4 to 6 years old.
Health and well-being course in September for adults.
If there is anything you would like to do in our school over the next year, please come and see Mrs Roberts
Welcome back after your Easter break.
This newsletter is just to let you know what is happening with the Families during the coming term.
This course will continue on a Thursday morning from 9.30am, for those parents already attending.
All welcome to come along to help make our school garden more exciting to look at.
Thursday's 1.30pm to 3pm.
Our savings club will start back on Friday 15th April from 9am. New adult or child members always welcome. Please call in for an application form.
Back by popular demand, tea toast and tales will return on Friday 29th April at 9 am.
Tea, toast and tales will be open to parents and children from reception to year 2. As usual, we will focus on a story and have a choice of activities based on the topic. We will also be on hand to help with any reading or writing concerns you may have.
Our first session will be looking at multi-cultural stories with Val from the Ely Hyb.
This will take place on Thursday 26th May from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
We are looking for volunteers and any raffle prizes.
More Achievement for all coffee mornings - details to follow
Michaelston College craft afternoons for children and parents who will be attending in September 2016 - details to follow also.
Don't forget, if you have any questions about any Family events or you would like to suggest something that we could do, please see me at the Family Cafe on Thursday's at 9am.
Back by popular demand! Tea, toast and tales will return after Easter for Foundation Phase children!