This week was a very busy week for us at Ysgol y Ddraig. Year 6 went to Llangrannog (See previous blog) and year 4 have been to Manor Adventure where they had the opportunity to challenge themselves, face their fears and work as part of a team through lots of exciting activities! Here are just a few highlights from their roarsome adventure!
Fun on the zip wire!
And coming down!
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Over the next few months, groups of children from Dosbarth Rheidol and Coch will be joining Mrs P in our very own forest school sessions. They will be den building, toasting marshmallows and even chopping their own kindling!
This is the first session and today, group 1 focussed on teamwork and making shelters for forest creatures.
At the end of the session, group 1 enjoyed a warm drink while reflecting on a wonderful first session.
Make sure you check our twitter page @ysgolyddraig to see what new skills we will be learning next week!
We enjoyed our walk to find out what Llantwit Major has to offer. Fortunately, the weather stayed dry and we were able to carry out our survey, discovering what shops/services there are in Llantwit town.
We used a tally chart to help us find the total numbers, remembering to make a ‘gate’ when we reached 5.
Diolch to all of our parent helpers who made the trip possible and to our children for being safe, responsible and respectful!
We were very lucky with the weather on Wednesday when we went to explore the beautiful National Botanic Garden of Wales as part of our topic, Scented Gardens. There was so much for the children to see and do, we all had a wonderful time!
We explored the gardens and found some plants and flowers we had never seen before. We used our senses to describe them.
The butterfly house was an exciting place to be (and very hot!). We were very respectful and stayed really quiet so as not to scare the butterflies! We enjoyed sharing the facts we had researched about butterflies with the butterfly expert.
We explored the Great Glasshouse which houses some of the most endangered plants on Earth! They come from six areas of the world, California, Australia, the Canary Islands, Chile, South Africa, the Mediterranean Basin.
After all that exploring, we were eager for lunch! The weather was so beautiful we were able to sit outside and enjoy the view and surroundings while we ate. We even had some time to play in the park!
We were taught all about seeds by an expert. She helped us understand that there are many different types of seeds. They come in all different shapes and sizes and we were able to take a closer look and sort them into groups based on their similarities. We were then able to plant our own seeds which we bought back to school with us!
We had an amazing day! A big thank you to staff at the National Botanic Garden of Wales for making it a very enjoyable learning experience!
Another big thank you to our parent helpers who came along to join us! You’re amazing!
This week, year 4 went to visit the fantastic Bristol Aquarium as part of their topic, blue abyss.
We had a guide who told us lots of interesting facts about the creatures at the aquarium. Did you know that when a starfish loses a leg they can grow another leg and then that leg can grow a new body!
We also learned that the male seahorse makes his pouch really big to show off to the female seahorse. The males seahorse carries the babies and looks after them until they are old enough to look after themselves!
We learned that the strongest male clownfish turns into a female and then becomes the queen of all the other clownfish!
We got to hold a tooth from a megalodon shark. The megalodon shark was the largest predator that ever lived.
We had a look at some shark eggs and stingray eggs and even got to see what shark skin feels like!
On Wednesday 5th December, Dosbarth Rheidol welcomed our families to join us for a roarsome afternoon at Show and See. This was an opportunity for us to showcase all of our fantastic learning we have done during our Beachcombers and Land Ahoy topic this term.
As always, the golden rule for Show and See afternoons is ‘all grown-ups must join in with our favourite 5-a-day routine.’ So we started the afternoon dancing and singing to the pirate video, as we had enjoyed learning the song and dance moves to this during our topic. Our parents tried really hard to copy the moves and follow the instructions.
Then we had a chance to share our learning within our indoor and outdoor classroom, with our grown-ups.
We enjoyed programming the Beebot, making symmetrical buildings in our builder’s yard and racing our grown ups against the sand timer in our 100 square challenge.
We constructed an electric circuit and tested which materials would allow the electricity to flow through it to keep the bulb lit up. We discovered tinfoil and the fork were the best objects.
Also, we got into the Christmas spirit by writing Christmas lists to Father Christmas, creating Christmas wreaths and Christmas themed paintings using the technique we learnt this term – ‘Pointilism’
Finally, we ended our afternoon by performing our ‘Under the Sea’ dance to our grown-ups. We have worked hard on this dance during the Autumn term, learning techniques such as mirroring, shadowing and canon. We also used ribbons throughout our choreography. Check out our Twitter post for a video of our dance!
Diolch to all of our families who joined us for our Show and See afternoon. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Remember to check out our Twitter page to follow all of our learning in Dosbarth Rheidol.
We watched a video about how the bread is made from the wheat in the field to the packaged bread in the supermarket.
We then learned about the Eat Well Plate and talked about the different food groups and how much we should eat from each. We were reminded about food hygiene and all washed our hands and walked back to class with “bakers’ hands”, placing one hand on top of the other, not touching anything else.
The ladies from Warburtons, Angela and Cheryl, then put our aprons and hair nets on for us.
Then we were able to make our sandwiches. We had to include at least 2 veg.
We had a great time and we were able to take home our sandwich, a certificate and a packet of Warburtons Thins. We were also given activity booklets that were left for us to do in lessons!
Last Friday following Safer Internet Day, our E-Cadets and DigiDragons held a fayre in the hall for classes to attend. Our E-Cadets and Digi Dragons represented their classes and shared some of the important activities that they have been completing to understand and raise awareness of internet safety.