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Bigyn Primary School - Llanelli
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Lots of concentration, good timing and effective harmony from Year 2 today while making music with their new Boomwhackers!
The Reception class are really settling in well with life in the ’Big School’ 💕
As we introduce the New Curriculum for Wales, we will be starting teaching children French in school! Pupils from Year 1 up will learn a bit of French to go with their English and Welsh. Merci beaucoup! 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷
Year 5 travelled deep, deep underground yesterday at The Big Pit. Unfortunately they didn’t make it all the way down to Australia as they had to be back on the bus by 1:45 🤷♂️
Year 5 thought being a miner would be easy… they thought mining wouldn’t take much effort. Today they found out that working underground is a physical, tiring job!
Year 4 visited The Big Pit today and had the opportunity to be transported underground. We think we remembered to bring everyone back up to the surface 🤔
Year 6 travelled underground today as they visited The Big Pit. We were able to take some photos on the surface, but we couldn’t take phones or cameras underground in case they caused gas explosions 😳😳😳😳
Year 3 had a great time at The Big Pit today 💕 A loooooong journey but a wonderful experience to be transported deeeeeeep underground!
Hello! It has been fantastic to see so many children in their new school uniforms this week!
Every Friday children will be able to wear their own clothes for Dress Cool Fridays. They can wear their favourite football shirt, super hero T-shirt, princess dress, etc. Whatever they want to that will still be safe as they run around like crazy in the playground!
On Dress Cool Fridays we are going to ask for small donations to raise money for various charities.
On Fridays we will also be having Art Fridays so do not let the children wear really expensive clothes as they may come home covered in paint or clay! We will inform you when we will be using really messy materials!
This Friday we will be collecting donations for the West Wales Poundies dog rescue charity who are really running low on dog food.
Please send in money or tins and packets of dog food. Every small donation is important.
Thank you very much!
The New Curriculum for Wales has commenced at Bigyn!
There are lots of changes that we will be informing you of. Now there are no such things as Infants and Juniors or Foundation Phase and Key Stage One. We now have Pod 1 (Nursery and Reception), Pod 2 (Years 1, 2 and 3) and Pod 3 (Years 4, 5 and 6).
The children will need to remind Mr Howells whenever he uses the wrong words!
Well - that was a record! It only took three minutes for our brand new part-time Nursery children to settle in this afternoon 😁
It’s very calming looking at our new angel fish 💕
Our new Year 3 children are enjoying having their first ‘Junior Lunch’
The new Reception children enjoyed having their first ‘Big School Lunch’ 💕
It’s the first day of the new school year! New School Uniform Day!!!
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Here are our first Bigyn pets to represent the New Curriculum for Wales. We’ve welcomed nine baby angel fish to the school. It’s a big fish tank as they’ll grow much bigger!
The angel fish have been chosen to represent the second Core Purpose of the New Curriculum: “enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work”.
The beautiful colours of these fish are very creative. Their colours and patterns remind us of an artist’s palette.
One of the male fish in this group will become the alpha male. He will grow to become the biggest fish of the group. He will boss the other fish around to make sure their growth is limited so that they don’t grow as big as him. Now that’s enterprising!
We will be organising elections on Facebook and in school to chose three more pets to represent the other three core purposes of the New Curriculum.
Having this aquarium is also part of our EU Erasmus+ ‘S.T.O.P.’ International Schools Project. This project focuses on mindfulness with pupils. S.T.O.P. stands for ‘Stop, Take a Breath, Observe, Proceed’. Watching our angel fish will help our pupils whenever they are stressed, angry, confused or down in the dumps.
We are really looking forward to seeing all the children dressed in their new school uniforms next Monday! Year 6 may wear black jumpers or hoodies as they are in their last year.
We will be starting giving DoJo points each day to pupils wearing school uniform (or PE kit on PE days). We will also be awarding DoJo points for lots of other reasons including good manners, completing homework and helping others.
Every Friday we will have an 'Express Yourself Friday' when children do not have to wear school uniform and can wear whatever they like!
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Mr Howells would like pupils, parents, guardians, staff, governors and relatives to vote for our first new school pet.
We will be having four pets to represent the Four Core Purposes of the New Curriculum for Wales.
We’ll be voting for a reptile first. So post a response to vote for one one these reptiles:
1) Horsefield Tortoise (Press ‘Like’)
2) Bearded Dragon (Press ‘Love’)
3) Collared Lizard (Press ‘Care’)
4) Madagascan Day Gecko (Press ‘Wow’)
Make your vote by choosing one of these four emojis/ responses.
Good luck to all the ex-Bigyn pupils getting their GCSE results today. We’d love to find out what you’re up to next 😎
As we introduce the New Curriculum for Wales at our school we want to develop a new vision statement for Bigyn.
We would like to ask pupils, parents, guardians and relatives what they would like to see as visions for our school.
Please comment below with some suggestions. Here are some examples:
‘Developing pupils’ resilience and mental wellbeing so that they become strong and confident individuals’
‘Encouraging children to become inquisitive and independent learners’
‘Developing well balanced young people who are friendly, thoughtful and compassionate to others’
We’d love as many suggestions as possible as we plan for the New Curriculum here at Bigyn.
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The New Curriculum for Wales is being developed in all Welsh schools. There are Four Core Purposes that will become the main priority for this new curriculum.
The Four Purposes aim to encourage pupils to be:
1) ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives;
2) enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work;
3) ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world;
4) healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
At Bigyn we are going to help our pupils understand and focus on these Four Purposes by adopting school pets. There will be an animal chosen to represent each Purpose. We want to ask our pupils and parents/guardians to vote for their choice of animals by commenting below this post.
Please encourage your child to chose sensible pets for Bigyn (tigers are healthy, confident individuals but Mr Taylor isn’t that keen on mucking out their enclosure!)
Comment below using this example:
Purpose 1 - chameleon
Purpose 2 - tropical fish
Purpose 3 - tortoise
Purpose 4 - hamster
Don’t worry if your animal has already been chosen by someone else - we want to see which animals get the most mentions 👍
The school is looking great with our new double glazed windows which will make the building more energy efficient. Thank you to Carmarthenshire County Council for £120,000 of investment in the school 👌
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🏀 Netball Camp is returning this Wednesday 17th to Llanelli Leisure Centre. Drop off your 7-12 year old at 8:30 for a full day of activity and fun!
£26.10 per day (8:30 - 17:30), including breakfast, lunch and snacks!
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Message from Carmarthenshire CC
📣 Following samples taken earlier today, Natural Resources Wales have identified blue-green algae in the water at North Dock, Llanelli.
⚠️ As a precaution, we have installed warning signs asking people and their animals not to enter the water.
⛔ Please ensure you and your pets do not come into contact with the algae or the water, and make sure you maintain basic hand hygiene.
💦 Blue-green algae naturally occurs in inland waters, estuaries and the sea. Blooms can form when their numbers become excessive.
☠️ Bloom and scum-forming blue-green algae can produce toxins. These toxins can be very dangerous to animals. In humans, they can cause rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed.
Pupil Development Grant - Access | GOV.WALES
The Pupil Development Grant is now available for children whose families are on lower incomes and qualify for certain benefits. They can apply for the grant of £225 per learner, and £300 for those learners entering year 7.
All compulsory school years are now eligible for this payment and all looked after children qualify for the grant, whether they receive free school meals or not.
The 2022 to 2023 scheme is now open and will close on 30 June 2023.
You can apply through the link below
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One of our former pupils, Elizabeth Popova, is representing Wales at The Commonwealth Games tomorrow! Elizabeth will be competing in the rhythmic gymnastics team competition.
You can follow her and the Welsh team on the red button on BBC - her group starts at 6pm tomorrow (Thursday 4th)
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Message from Carmarthenshire CC:
We’re rolling out Universal Primary Free School Meals (UPFSM) to all full-time nursery and reception school pupils from September 2022.
To assist us with our planning, we need you to register your children as soon as possible.
For more information and to register, please visit: https://crowd.in/4iUIE5
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Need to buy school uniform?
The Welsh Government’s Pupil Development Access Grant is available to help low-income families purchase school uniform, sports kits, and IT and other specialist equipment.
Find out more and apply online ➡️ https://bit.ly/3oA4DTn
You could be eligible to receive up to £200 to buy school uniform, equipment, sports kit and kit for activities outside of school for your child | GOV.WALES The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, is encouraging parents and carers to contact their local authority to see if they are eligible for the Pupil Development Grant (PDG) – Access.
School uniform and equipment grant
Carmarthenshire school uniform and equipment grant applications are now open.
Further information can be found at….
School uniform and equipment grant The Pupil Development Grant Access scheme for the 2022/2023 academic year will be raised for one year only by £100 per learner based on current eligibility status for free school meals. Therefore, the total funding of up to £225 is available for each eligible learner except for those pupils enteri...
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