Get involved – help save British bees!

This week, our thought for the week is bees.  We’ll be finding out about why bees are threatened, why this matters and what we can do about it.

Friends of the Earth are running the Great British Bee Count until 30th June.  You can download a smartphone app and take part in identifying and counting,  bees.  Click the image to download the app.

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You can also make sure you buy bee-friendly plants for your garden.

28 Great Plants for Bees

Local Beekeepers

Apparently eating local honey can help hayfever sufferers reduce their symptoms.  Tonyrefail Apiary sells local honey as does Lisvane Honey Farm in the north of Cardiff.  If you ever come across a swarm of bees – contact Bridgend Bee Keepers who will come and collect it for you.  We did this in school last year!

Avoiding Bee Stings

Obviously bees do sometimes sting, and some people can be severely allergic to bee stings.  Generally the advice given is to avoid approaching a bee hive as bees usually sting when they, or their hive is threatened.

The site beesting.co.uk advises the following to avoid getting stung:

  • don’t wear perfume or body spray with sweet, floral scents
  • don’t wear red (apparently bees can’t see red very well)
  • be careful with open drinks cans and bottles outside – a bee will be attracted to the sugar around the rim and will get scared when you go to drink from it at the same time
  • don’t walk around on grass barefooted
  • if a bee lands on you, move slowly and blow it off gently – don’t run around screaming!

 

Languagenut

As part of the new Global Futures Initiative set by the Minister for Education and Skills (Welsh Government), Y Pant School Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department has been appointed as a support school for the Centre of Excellence for Modern Foreign Languages and has been awarded funding to launch a new MFL transition programme with its feeder primary schools.

The MFL Team at Y Pant School began investigate methods of getting the primary schools to teach French and Spanish to their year 5 and 6 students. After researching different options, it was decided to offer an interactive ICT language solution, which was viewed as the best way to engage with the primary schools.  The main advantage of using interactive software was that all schools would be able to start teaching French and Spanish even if they didn’t have the resources to employ a dedicated member of staff.

A licence for Languagenut, an interactive programme, was purchased as it offered an attractive mix of language lessons from native speakers, interactive games and a mini-league creating competition between the cluster primaries.

On the 15th March 2016, Madame Rose organised a workshop at Y Pant School to present Languagenut. The workshop was well attended by delegates of the  8 cluster primary schools, representatives from the Governors of  Y Pant School, Ms Amy Walters-Bresner (Head of Languages Faculty in Bryn Hafren & Central South Consortia Link Manager) and Mr David Heath (Welsh Government). Mrs Sian Bolton (Chair of Governors), agreed to welcome all the delegates and open the workshop. In addition, Languagenut sent two members of their training team to demonstrate the product.

As part of the workshop a group of Y Pant students,  Lloyd Jenkins, Caitlin Lamont, Ellis Stroud, Maisie Carter, Daniel Gammon, Iestyn Phillips, Evan Thomas, & Elizabeth Herbert- Year 7  and James Rowe, Zach Marshall, Henri Phillips, Morgan Leyshon, and Sam Stephens, Year 8  were invited to give a demonstration of their language and digital skills using  the Languagenut App. Each student was given an iPad with the Languagenut application and were asked to demonstrate a number of different language based tasks. All delegates were impressed with the students’ skills, and how quickly they were able to make progress in developing their language challenge skills. Future plans for the Primary Transition project include a mentoring programme for Primary colleagues, additional resources available on the HWB and the development of a cultural project for Year 5 and 6 students.

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GCSE Examination – Revision Sessions

The school will be holding revision sessions on the morning of an afternoon GCSE examination. If you would like to reserve a place for your son / daughter on these please could you mail us on revision@ypant.co.uk informing us of your child’s name and which sessions they would like to attend. This will aid us greatly in staffing these sessions.
Attached is a timetable of the afternoon examinations.
Once again many thanks for your continued support,
Mrs B Cheetham
Deputy Headteacher
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Epic trip to Iceland!

By: Alex Parker, Jessica Doyle and Dylan Hamer – Year 8

Our journey started at 04:00 in the morning when we all met at the top of the drive ready for our trip to Iceland. 24 eager students and 3 tired teachers ready for an adventure!

After about an hour we got to Bristol airport. We all went to grab a quick breakfast and before we knew it we were going through security and boarding the plane. Everyone was really excited and no one seemed tired anymore … except Dr. Jones who slept all the way!

Three hours later we were in Iceland and on our way to the relaxing Blue Lagoon, with our bus driver, Paolo, at the helm. All of the group used the white silica mud on their faces during the spa experience.

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That night we went out to chase the Northern Lights, but the weather wasn’t on our side. We did stop to have a massive snow ball fight instead which was great fun and Paolo played his accordion!

The next day we went to two waterfalls. One was called Seljalandsfoss and we were able to walk behind and ended up getting soaked! The other one we climbed to the top of to get a better view. Then we went to a black pebbled beach, which was due to the volcanic activity, with very powerful and dangerous waves.  We went to a glacier which has reduced by 700m because of global warming! Our excellent tour guide, Eric, also told us about the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull as we travelled around its surrounding landscape.

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The day after we went to the geyser geothermal park, which was awesome! When the biggest one, Strokkur, erupted several of us got soaked! As we walked back down we could hear the joyful accordion playing of Paolo again. Soon after, we visited the part of Iceland which was part of the North American tectonic plate. There were some beautiful views.

On Sunday we were all really sad as it was our last day. We said our last goodbyes to Eric and Paolo and set off to Keflavik airport. We all spent our remaining kroner and three hours later were back in the UK. It had been an amazing trip and we were all glad that we had gone.

During the trip, the teachers arranged a photo competition as there were so many amazing photos being taken. Here are the winners …

Alex Parker – 8DM – Snowy Landscape

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Owen Cockburn – 8DM – Gulfoss

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Special mention – Lauren McKean – Blue Lagoon Volcanic Rock

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National Reading and Numeracy Tests

 

Reading and Numerical Procedures Tests

These will all be sat in the Sports Hall.  The whole year group will sit the test at the same time.  Children entitled to extra time will sit the test in a separate room.

The Reading test is 60 minutes with a 20 minute preparation period.  The Numerical Procedures test is 30 minutes with a 10 minute preparation period.

The tests will be sat as follows.

Date Session Test
Wednesday 4th May Lessons 1 & 2 Year 9 Procedural Numeracy
Wednesday 4th May Lessons 3 & 4 Year 7 Reading
Wednesday 4th May Lesson 5 Year 8 Procedural Numeracy
Thursday 5th May Lessons 1 & 2 Year 9 Reading
Thursday 5th May Lessons 3 & 4 Year 8 Reading
Thursday 5th May Lesson 5 Year 7 Procedural Numeracy