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Summer 2021 -


The children have become very familiar with a lot of websites they can use to support their learning over the Summer. We highly recommend spending some time using Dance Mat Typing.


You start by learning the home row keys. Each stage builds on previous lessons, introducing new letters as you progress. You’ll soon be touch typing like an expert! At the end of each level you can test your typing speed and get a fun reward. 


Why learn to touch type?

When you can do it well, touch typing is the fastest way to write. Many people quickly learn to touch type faster than they can write with a pen. The important things to remember are:

■  Use the correct fingers

■  There's no need to rush!

■  Always rest your wrists on the desk.

You should take a rest, and shake your hands and arms to relax your muscles if you get tired.

It's important not to look at your hands when you are learning to type. The best way to ensure that you don't look at your hands is to cover them up - you can make a simple box out of cardboard or wood to cover both the keys and your hands.

You will need headphones or speakers to enjoy the song and dance in each game.


Our last week as Cwtch Gwilym

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Sports Day - Sprints

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Sports Day - Backwards Races

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Sports Day - Egg and Spoon

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Sports Day - Hurdles

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Sports Day - Team jumps

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Sport Day - Potato Relay and the Dangerous Potato hunt!

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This week we have been holding our own photo shoots using our class IPads at breaktime.

We enjoyed our independence afternoon on ‘Focus Friday’ Big Maths practise, spelling practise and some handwriting tasks.

This week we began performing our first of many play-scripts. We performed Jack and the Beanstalk in different groups before taking it outside for a group to perform to the class.

Using our multiplication facts to balance weights.

A rainy day didn’t stop us on P.E day!

We took our time lessons into the hall so that we could explore what we were learning through games in between our tasks.

‘Subtle bee’ for International Bee Day

We ended our multimedia lessons with a whole class quiz in our house groups.

This week, we all wore green to raise awareness for the work we doing to support the food bank. We finished our websites and began turning them into videos using IMovie. We have already hit our target of £50 and hope to raise more by the end of term. To find out more you can follow this link.

‘Deaf awareness week’ - We have been learning some new Makaton signs this week to help us look at signs we could use to show friendship to others without using our words. We thought this song was the perfect way to bring it all together!

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This week we took time to reflect on our learning so far this year. We looked back through previous lessons and discussed times we felt we demonstrated resilience. We discussed our favourite lessons, things we found tricky and the lessons that made us feel proud.

We have been chatting to Cardiff Food Bank this week about how COVID has impacted the way they run. We are planning a special project as a Teulu to do our bit to help.

In preparation for our project we began looking at the types of food that Food Banks typically provide. We starting looking at the food we all had in our lunch boxes. We sorted these into foods we like and dislike. (Or both if we didn’t agree). We then designed our perfect food package and took reflective time to be thankful for the food that we have.

Some focused faces from this week’s Big Maths tests. We’ve been focusing on quick recall of our 9 x tables this week and have learnt a great trick to help us. Every single one of us ‘Beat That’ in this week’s Learn It’s test!

As we have been learning all about units of measurement in numeracy lessons, we thought it would be a good challenge to put our standing long jump skills to the test in this week’s P.E lessons. We previously measured how far we could jump and looked at how we can use our muscles in our legs and arms to travel longer distances. After getting our hearts racing with a game of reverse tag, we designed our owns paths to put our long jumping skills to the test.

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We rounded Outdoor Leaning Week off with a Teulu Ser dance off. ☀️

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Silver lining - While we were sad to lose one of our biggest trees in a recent storm, the stump it left behind makes a great seat!

This week we have been using our numeracy skills outdoors measuring the flowers that grow near the trees. We compared these with flowers from across the field to see if we could predict where the longest ones would be. We then began measuring trees. Young, old and even the stump of our fallen tree.

“Hold up your spelling practise if it makes you feel proud”

The outdoors means we can read as loud as we like with LOTS of expression!

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We have been loving getting lost in our books and building our confidence reading to different people.

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Reading aloud together helps us pay special attention to punctuation and pacing. (Plus it’s fun!)

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We took our guided group reading session outdoors this week to enjoy the sunshine. ☀️

We enjoyed trying to put Wales back together using group discussion and problem solving skills. We then used this map to help us figure out the mystery locations on our map.

Comic Relief - We really enjoyed getting some comic relief on Friday. We went ‘back in time’ to giggle at baby photos from our teachers and wore our clothes backwards to help raise awareness. There was lots of laughter all day long!

Comic Relief

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We’re back!

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Congratulations to each and every one of you who entered the Eisteddfod art competition. We were blown away by the high quality work we received.

Bishop Childs Got Talent

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Check back to view the talent that has been shares in Teulu Ser

Better when I’m dancing - Teulu Ser

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Pizza Party

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Pizza Party