Healthy Schools/ Ysgolion Iach

Breaking News

On the 7th November we had our Healthy Schools Accreditation visit.  The visitors were treated to an assembly where some of the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 classes from both streams showcased how we continue to be a healthy and safe school. They were also taken on a tour around the school by the oldest school councillors.  As a result of what they saw we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Phase 3 Healthy Schools Award, and also the Healthy Schools flag for showing a good whole school ethos towards continuing to make the school a safe and healthy place.

Newyddion Diweddaraf

Ar Dachwedd y 7fed cawsom ymweliad ar gyfer achrediad Ysgolion Iach. Cafodd yr ymwelwyr eu trin i wasanaeth hyfryd lle buodd rhai o ddosbarthiadau’r Cyfnod Sylfaen a Chyfnod Allweddol 2 o’r ddwy ffrwd yn dangos sut rydym yn parhau i fod yn ysgol iach a diogel. Hefyd cawson nhw daith o gwmpas yr ysgol gydag aelodau hynaf Cyngor yr Ysgol. O ganlyniad yr ymweliad rydym yn falch i gyhoeddi ein bod wedi cael ein gwobrwyo gyda Gwobr Cam 3 Ysgolion Iach, a’r faner Ysgolion Iach am ddangos ethos ysgol gyfan tuag at barhau i wneud ein hysgol yn le iach a diogel.

Autumn Term 2013 Year 4

Year 4 News

As a class, we thought about all of the work we’d done over this term. After much consideration, we decided what we wanted to tell you about and then went into the IT suite to write up our notes. We hope you enjoy reading what we’ve written.


Tudor Rose

The Tudor Rose was created when Henry the VII killed Richard the III in the Battle of Bosworth during the war of the roses. Henry the VII was the last king to be crowned on the battle field. After Henry had killed Richard the III, he married Elizabeth of York to join England and Wales together. The Tudor Rose is made up of the white rose of the House of York and the red rose of the House of Lancaster.


We thought it would be a nice idea to make a Tudor rose and then put it onto a calendar so that we can see it all year round.

By Poric and Jack (Year 4)



3D Tudor House Baubles

Firstly, we discovered what a Tudor house looks like and we started to note things about the houses. Then, we drew the features, for example, beams and lattice patterned windows onto either a cuboid or cube net to make a 3D Tudor house. When planning, we decided that our 3D houses would make really good Christmas tree baubles.

By Henry, Rhys and Alexander (Year 4)












Henry’s Six Wives

Henry’s first wife was Catherine of Aragon and she gave him a girl not a son so Henry divorced her. Henry’s second wife was Anne Boleyn, she did not have a son, but she did give him a daughter. Anne was beheaded the next day. Henry’s third wife was Jane Seymour who gave Henry a son called Edward VI but Jane died soon after. Henry VIII’s fourth wife was Anne of Cleves who was German. He thought she was too ugly as she had a head like a horse so Henry divorced her! Henry’s fifth wife was Catherine Howard but Catherine fell in love with someone else, so Henry beheaded her. Henry’s sixth wife was Catherine Parr, she survived because she helped him while he was ill. Medical research of today suggests that he may have died from diabetes.

By Molly and Johnny (Year 4)


Today’s Balanced Diet

We learnt about what makes a balanced diet. We studied the eatwell plate. We found out that it is split into 5 food groups. We learnt that fruit & vegetables need to make up 33% of your plate, so eating lots of fruit & vegetables is important to your health. They give us vitamins and fibre. Also, bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods (carbohydrates) make up 33% of your plate. Milk and dairy foods provide us with calcium, and they make up 15% of the plate. The meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non dairy foods give us protein which makes us our bodies strong and they make up 12% of the plate. Fatty foods give us calories which give you energy, but don’t eat too much or it could lead to health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

By Bradley and Oakley (Year 4)


What makes a healthy packed lunch?

To make a healthy lunch box, you will need to have five different food groups, these include: fruit and vegetables such as: an apple orange and banana. Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta (carbohydrates), such as: brown bread. You will also need milk and dairy foods, for example, yoghurt as well as perhaps a small amount of food high in fat or sugar. Also, you will need a source or protein, for example, meat, eggs or beans.  From learning of a balanced diet, we found out that in a healthy lunch box, you should maybe have three pieces of fruit, two turkey salad sandwiches, a small pot of yoghurt and a small biscuit bar. Wash it all down with a glass of water.

By Lilly and Ethan (Year 4)


Was Henry Eighth’s diet healthy or unhealthy?

From reading this discussion you may find out if Henry’s diet was healthy or not. However, you might need more information that we have gathered for you.


On the one hand, possibly Henry’s diet was healthy since he ate a lot of meat which contains protein. Protein is good for your health as it repairs your body. Possibly, bread gave him plenty of carbohydrates; also it was the finest bread which is good. He had bread with all of his meals. Perhaps, Henry VIII’s diet was healthy as he had a lot of different food groups, plus they were the finest type of food.


On the other hand, Henry the VIII’s diet was unhealthy because he had very small amount of vegetables which meant that he had very little fibre not even over 15 percent! However, Henry’s diet of vegetables mainly contained strawberries which have a lot of sugar! This was bad for him, although it gave him energy.


According to research, Henry had a lot of ale which may have given him health problems and that might have been the cause for Henry’s death. Finally, Henry supposedly had 13 or more meals and research today shows that this is triple the amount that people today eat so this is way too many meals to eat in one day!


In conclusion, I think Henry Eighth’s diet was unhealthy since he had a lot of unhealthy foods, such as sugary food, and Henry did not have enough fruit or vegetables.

By Joshua (Year 4)




Photograph Frames

We have made a stable and sturdy photograph frame in DT. To start with, we brought in   photo frames from our homes to look at in school. Secondly, we brought in lots of reusable items, such as ribbon, card, sequins, coloured paper and so on. Next, we got out all of our materials together. We had to use our measuring skills whilst making our frames. Most of the finished photo frames allow people to take their photo in and out.

After making our frames, we wrote instructions and evaluated our frames.

Here is my evaluation…


My favourite part of making the photo frame was painting the frame because painting is lots of fun and it made my frame lovely and colourful. My least favourite part of making it was making the frame with the cardboard because it was very hard measuring the frame, drawing on the card and cutting out the card neatly. I am happy with the materials because sequins make my frame nice and shiny and they are very pretty. However, I didn’t really like the ribbons. I am very pleased about the way it looks, but I do think that the frame is a bit too thin. I could have layered the card to make it thicker. My frame hangs up well as it has a hook on the top.

By Tia (Year 4)




James and the Giant Peach

After going to see James and the Giant Peach in Newtown, we wrote new endings for the story.


What happened after James and the insects reached New York Layla?

And the journey ended, but the travellers went on. Everyone was happy and the good thing was that they survived. The centipede had new golden boots and Earthworm was a fashion expert and Miss Spider and the old grasshopper were in a music band and the aunties… well they went to jail and James was the most popular one so he could have all the chocolate and the bounciest bed in the world.

By Layla and Lydia (Year 4)




Brightness of Bulb Investigation

In Year 4 we have been learning about circuits and how to make them. We wanted to know what would happen if you added too many of the same batteries to a circuit. First, we added two AA batteries to our circuit and then observed how bright the bulb was and then we recorded our results in a table and judged the brightness using a number range of, for example 10-50. Eventually, after adding a total of eight AA batteries, we observed the bulb getting brighter, but we know if we were to add too many AA batteries to the circuit the bulb would eventually blow!!!  Just remember that adding too much power to a device can be dangerous. In conclusion, we really enjoyed carrying out this investigation.

By Ruby and Ebony (Year 4)



Making a switch

First, we had a piece of card, two split  and a paperclip and we had to work out  how to make a switch, one that we could add to a circuit to switch a device on or off. The components that made up our circuit included: three wires, two batteries, a switch and a bulb. We learnt that a switch makes or breaks a circuit.

By Billy and Lewis (Year 4)


Electrical safety tips:

  1. Never put water drinks or other liquids on or near electoral equipment
  2. Never take mains powered electrical equipment, such as radios or hair strengtheners, into the bathroom. You could get an electric shock.
  3. Turn of electric games and equipment when they not in use or when you go to bed. It is safer and also kinder to the environment.
  4. If an electric cable is damaged-get an adult to replace it.
  5. Never put candles on or near electrical equipment.
  6. Liquids and electricity don’t mix. Always dry your hands before you use any electrical equipment or you can get an electric shock.
  7. Liquid and electricity do not mix. Never put any sort of water, drinks or any liquid on electrical equipment.
  8. Drinks and electricity do not mix never put drinks or any liquid on or above electrical equipment.
  9.  Keep cables, plugs and plugged-in equipment out of the way-it could trip you or even cause a fire.
  10.  Never plug too many plugs into the same socket or add lots of extension leads – this is too dangerous.
  11.  Don’t have lead and cables trailing across floors, they could cause a trip hazard and/or damage the cables.
  12. Ask an adult for help. If an electric light bulb needs changing, don’t try to do it yourself.
  13.  If you get toast stuck in a toaster, don’t try to get it out whilst the toaster is still plugged in, especially not with a knife you can get an electric shock.

By James and Morgan (Year 4)

Gwasanaeth Carolau Cymraeg/ Welsh Carol Service

Gwasanaeth Carolau Cymraeg

Ar y 5ed Rhagfyr, 2013 aeth ein Ffrwd Gymraeg i  Eglwys Santes Fair i ganu carolau gyda ysgolion eraill fel Dolafon, Trefonnen, Ysgol Uwchradd Llanfair-ym-Muallt ac Ysgol Rhaeadr.


Dechreuodd y Tad Neil y gwasanaeth gydag araith. Ar ôl iddo orffen, canodd pawb yn yr eglwys ‘O Dawel ddinas Bethlehem’, gan ddilyn y geiriau ar eu rhaglenni. Yn dilyn hyn, perfformiodd ysgol Trefonnen ‘Un Seren Fach’ a ‘Hei Hei Hei’. Nesaf canodd yr Ysgol Uwchradd rhai caneuon. Roedd ganddyn nhw lleisiau hyfryd, a gwelais i sawl ffrind ym Mlwyddyn Saith yno.


Rhwng y  perfformio, darllenodd plant o ysgol Dolafon, Rhaeadr a Trefonnen darnau o stori’r Nadolig. O’r diwedd daeth ein tro ni i ddarllen ein darn ni: Rhan 4: Anrhegion Addas i Frenin. Nia aeth yn gyntaf, nesaf Ella, wedyn darllenais i ac yn olaf Llŷr a Daniel. Mwynheuodd ein athrawon gwrando arnom ni!


Wedyn, cerddodd y plant yn ein Ffrwd Gymraeg i’r blaen o’r eglwys i ganu. Ein caneuon ni oedd: ‘Ar Fore Dydd Nadolig’ ac ‘O Mor Dlws yw Stori’r Geni’. Roedden ni’n falch iawn o’r holl ymarfer wnaethon ni cyn y gwasanaeth! Roedd yn rhaid i bob ysgol ymuno i ganu’r cân nesaf: ‘Ganwyd Crist ym Methlehem’, sef fy hoff emyn.


Gorffenodd y Tad Neil y gwasanaeth gyda gweddi arbennig a bendith. Roedd yn noson o hwyl a mwynheuais i glywed lleisiau swynol plant yr holl ysgolion.


Gan Gwenllian


Welsh Carol Service


On the 5th of December, the Welsh Streams from the area joined together for their annual Carol Service. It was held in St Mary’s Church, Builth Wells. Children from Rhayader, Trefonnen, Dolafon and the High School joined our school. It was a lovely evening with everybody taking part in the service. We raised money in the collection for the NSPCC. Thank you to everybody that joined us at St Mary’s Church.

Gill Garner, Glenys Weale and Sally Williams from the local NSPCC came to school to receive a cheque from the School Council for £144.94.


Dydd Gwener, Tachwedd 22ain, aethon ni i Eglwys Santes Fair ifedyddio ein doli dosbarth Lili Ffion. Roedden ni am ddysgu sut mae Cristnogion yn croesawu babanod newydd i’r Eglwys. Rhieni Lili Ffion oedd Casey ac Erin Lois a’i rhieni bedydd oedd Gwilym, Ela Haf a Megan. Roeddem i gyd yn westeion arbenni a gwisgon ni ddillad smart.


Yn gyntaf, dyma Father Neil yn rhoi dwr yn y bedyddfaen a’i fendithio. Yn ail, darllenodd Lewis ddarn o’r Beibl am Ioan yn fedyddio Iesu. Yna, dyma Father Neil yn rhoi dwr o’r gragen ar ben Lili Ffion dair gwaith. Nesaf rhoddodd e gannwyll i Casey , Dadi Lili Ffion. Yn olaf, roedden ni wedi gweddio trwy ddweud Gweddi’r Arglwydd.


Ar ol mynd yn ol i’r ysgol, cawson ni gacen siocled a gwin!



On Friday, November 22nd, we went to St. Mary’s Church for Father Neil to christen our class doll, Lili Ffion. We wanted to learn how Christians welcome new babies into the Church.

Lili Ffion’s parents were Casey and Erin Lois and her godparents were Gwilym, Ela Haf and Megan. We were all special guests and dressed up in smart clothes.


First of all, Father Neil put water into the font and blessed it.

Lewis then read a passage from the Bible about John baptizing Jesus in the river Jordan. Then Father Neil baptized Lili Ffion by putting water from the shell on to her head three times. Next, he gave Casey (the Dad) a candle to hold for Lili Ffion. At the end of the service, we all prayed by saying the Lord’s Prayer.