Croeso i ddosbarth Cedrwydd

Welcome to the Cedars class

Shwmae a Croeso i ddosbarth Cedrwydd, Blwyddyn 4.

Hello and Welcome to Cedars class, Year 4.

 

Progression Step 3 have been really enjoying their topic GWLAD! GWLAD! Where they have explored being good local citizens that can help their community both now and in the future as well as looking at their role as a Welsh citizen.


Year 4 began the topic by walking around Cornelly and considering what their community looked like. They surveyed local residents and responded to the issues they saw. They were very pleased to view their village as a great community overall but felt there were some issues that needed addressing. They wrote letters to the local community council about their concerns. Councillor J. Tildesley came in to discuss these with them, he was very impressed by their knowledge and understanding of being an active local citizen. 


The children love celebrating their Welsh culture and heritage and St David's Day saw the children looking at a brand of trainer called 'Brooks'. They were a little disappointed that the company were producing special edition St Patrick's Day trainers yet nothing for St David! They immediately set about a special Design Technology project to produce their own special designs. To our amazement Brooks responded and informed the children that their design had been passed on to their Manufacturing and Design Team in Amsterdam. As you can imagine, we were thrilled! Keep your eye out next year for St David's Day trainers designed by Afon Y Felin! We also presented our designs at a special Dragon's Den event when members of JUSTRUN PENYBONT came in to look at our designs and chose a winner. We loved talking about how to be fit and active. We also loved taking part in Ffit February with MR Ffit. 

We continued working alongside the WRU as part of our work on our Welsh identity and culture. Rhys was our WRU Apprentice who came in to run our after school Tag Rugby Club. We really love working with the WRU who are so supportive of our school. We were thrilled when the Ospreys development officer came along to school to present us with 15 pairs of brand new Gilbert Rugby boots. Diolch yn fawr iawn Liam Scott. We are also looking forward to going to see Wales women play Italy in their 6 Nations. We have been talking to Megan Webb from Bridgend who is part of the team, we have learned how inclusive rugby is and how everyone can play and have fun! 


We have been enjoying communicating in welsh with our e mail buddies in Ysgol Calon Y Cymoedd. We also worked alongside them on a Welsh language art project with the artist Rhys Padarn. He was amazing and we not only produced great artwork but we spoke welsh too. We look forward to continuing these great partnerships. Mrs Jones was asked to join a working party for CSC to show everyone how Afon Y Felin uses great partnership working to raise standards in Welsh. We also celebrated our welsh culture with music from harpist Glenda Clwyd. She played and sang lots of traditional welsh songs. We loved joining in with them, especially Calon Lan. Our Year 4 violinists performed for us and we were very proud of what they have achieved. The music they produced was fantastic. Da iawn pawb!


We have had lots of virtual visitors, we have even spoken to the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) and given our views on the local community and our county borough of Bridgend. We hope to visit the Senedd in Cardiff Bay before the end of the year. We were thrilled when CBE Gareth Thomas agreed to come into school to be interviewed. Progression Step 2 and 3 did lots of research (alongside some inside information from Mrs Jones, his aunty!) and we found out lots of very interesting and inspiring information. 


We love our new curriculum and have been using the Four Core Purposes to describe our learning. We have grown in confidence, we have certainly been ambitious and we are discovering how capable we are too. We have held lots of conversations about equality and diversity and learned about lots of great inspirational welsh people like Betty Campbell. We are now looking forward to using mindfulness in class and we know this will help our wellbeing when we need it.