“I can if I try!”

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,


I am thrilled to have the opportunity of teaching your child this year and I am thoroughly looking forward to all the exciting activities we have planned.

Starting nursery is a very important part of your child’s life and at Pontlliw Primary we believe that children thrive within a caring environment, where they feel appreciated and valued.

Class Topics

The topics for this year are:

Autumn Term:  Out of this World!

In this topic we will be exploring space, the planets, rockets, spacemen, stars and any other things that are in outer space.

Spring Term:  Roll Up, Roll Up!

We will be learning all about the exciting and colourful world of the travelling circus.

Summer Term: Oh, I do like to be Beside the Seaside!

We will be learning about the different aspects of the beach, e.g. creatures that live on the beach, building sandcastles and how to stay safe.

Class routines


Our special sound of the week is introduced today. We follow the Jolly Phonics scheme, which is a fun and multi-sensory approach to teaching literacy.  With actions and songs for each of the forty two letter sounds, the method is both motivating and enjoyable for children. It would be beneficial for your child if you could support their learning at home by looking for things that begin with this initial sound, or by playing I spy games. In class, our phonics are reinforced through a variety of different methods that suit all learning styles. For the children that are quite confident with their sounds, alternative, appropriate activities are provided.

Each week, one group will be given the opportunity to bring an item to school that begins with our special sound for show and tell. Please, nothing fragile or valuable!


‘Magical maths’. Today we concentrate on learning our shapes and numbers.

We also have circle time where we develop our personal, social and emotional skills.

‘Welly Wednesday’

Every Wednesday we will be teaming up with the reception class and taking our learning outdoors. Throughout the morning the children will participate in activities based in the outdoor area. These activities will incorporate all of the foundation phase areas of learning. We are very lucky to have the use of our very own nature reserve but it can sometimes get a little bit muddy, so could your child please bring to school a pair of wellingtons and wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.


Our PE session will be every Thursday. This will include both indoor and outdoor sessions depending on the weather and time of year. Could you please ensure that your child wears trainers on this day and clothes that are comfortable and easy to move around in.


On Fridays, your child will be given the opportunity to participate in a cooking activity. We will be cooking something that is connected to our special sound of the week. Could you please ensure that you keep me up to date of any allergies or food intolerances.
Today is the day your child can choose a library book to take home to share and enjoy with you. They can return their book the following Friday and choose a new one. If you require a book bag, they are available from school at a cost of £3.50.

Welsh is taught daily through a combination of songs and activities, and through incidental Welsh (phrases that are used regularly).

Every week, one child will be given the opportunity to take home Doug the dog for the weekend. Could you please help your child by filling in Doug’s book so that when they return Doug on Monday they will be able to share their experiences with the rest of the class.

Every day your child is able to order a healthy snack from our fruit tuck shop at a cost of 20p.

In foundation phase the emphasis is on experiential learning which involves spending time outdoors, so could you please ensure that your child comes to school with a warm coat. Alternatively if the weather is sunny, could your child bring a hat and please ensure sun cream has been applied. Could I also ask that you please label all of your child’s clothing, as this can save a lot of time, and tears, trying to reunite items with the correct person.

Finally, if you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to pop in to see me.

Looking forward to a fun filled year,

Mrs Richardson.


What have Nursery been up to?
  • Party Time In Nursery.

      The nursery children marked the end of the school year with a party. They dressed up in their party clothes and played a range of different party games. What a fun way to end a fabulous year!

  • Big, Bigger, Biggest!

    In Nursery we have been learning how to sort objects by size. The challenge was to put the dinosaurs in order of biggest to smallest. We then discussed the dinosaurs using the words, big, bigger, biggest and small, smaller and smallest.

  • Amazing Abstract Art

    The nursery children made some amazing abstract art, using straws and liquid paint. They blew through the straws to mix colours together to make different patterns on the paper.

  • Healthy Snack Time

    Our special sound of the week this week was ‘v’ so the nursery children made some healthy vegetable wraps. Delicious and healthy!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week.

  • Nursery’s Beach Trip

    The nursery children had an amazing time today. Parents and grandparents joined us for a trip to Aberavon beach. We made sandcastles, splashed in the water and had lots of fun.

  • Nursery’s Big Toddle

    The nursery children dressed up in animal costumes today to raise money for a good cause. Mums, dads, nanas and grampas, all joined us to take part in Barnardos’ Big Toddle. With the help of the year 5 children, we all walked around the yard in the lovely sunshine. The children were then presented with […]

  • Nursery’s Nature Art

    The nursery children went on a nature hunt today to look for items for a nature art activity. They explored the nature reserve and found different size twigs, leaves and pieces of bark. Just look at the amazing pictures they made. Gwaith da nursery!

  • ‘F’ is for Fish!

    Our special sound of the week this week was ‘f’, so the children decided to make some tasty fish finger sandwiches. They were delicious!

  • Story Time In Nursery.

    The nursery children enjoyed sharing stories with each other day. Then they put on a fabulous puppet show to retell some of the stories. Amazing!

  • Nursery Fun!

    Just look at how much fun we had in nursery today!

  • Learning About Colours.

    The nursery children have had great fun today learning all about different colours. They mixed coloured paints with shaving foam to see the changes. They placed different coloured transparent tiles onto light boxes to see the if the colour changed when the light shone through. They used tweezers and chopsticks to place different coloured mini […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week!

  • Developing Our Motor Skills In Nursery

    The nursery children enjoyed their P.E lesson this morning. The older nursery children have progressed to steering the balance bikes around cones! All of the children took part in a lively dough disco session and they also enjoyed riding the bikes through water to see who could make the longest tracks. Great fun!

  • Dinosaur Day.

    The nursery children had an exciting ‘dinosaur day’ today. They searched in the slimy green swamp to find baby dinosaurs and match them with the correct coloured eggs. They made some colourful footprint pictures by making dinosaurs ‘stomp’ in the paint and then ‘stomp’ all over the paper. They made fossils by pressing dinosaurs into […]

  • Practising Letter Formation with Finger Painting.

    Our special sound of the week this week is ‘o’. The nursery children practised the correct letter formation by finger painting a large letter ‘o’ using orange paint. Well done nursery, they look amazing!

  • Book Fair

    Thank you to everybody who came along to our book fair this week. We are very grateful for your support, and the commission earned will be used to purchase books for our classes and libraries. A special thank you to our Year 6 book fair helpers for spending their time helping to set up and […]

  • Dough Disco!

    While some of the nursery children were practising their balancing skills on the balance bikes, the others were busy developing their fine motor skills by taking part in ‘dough disco’. Dough disco is exercise for the fingers, to improve muscle control. It involves moulding playdough to music, by performing actions such as squeezing, rolling and […]

  • A Messy Morning In Nursery!

    What a fun and messy outdoor day we had today. We had a morning full of volcano themed activities. The children enjoyed making their own mini volcanoes using bicarbonate of soda, washing up liquid and vinegar. They did splatter painting to represent lava, by dipping cotton wool balls into paint and ‘splatting’ them onto the […]

  • Football First

    The children thoroughly enjoyed the Beat Box assembly today to promote our fundraising event. Sponsorship forms will be sent home today for the fun football day on June 7th.

  • Dinosaur robots

    One of the school’s digital leaders came over to the nursery class today to help the children with an ICT activity. The children had to programme the dinosaur robots to find their way around a map. The children had great fun. Thank you digital leader!

  • Nursery Fun.

    The nursery children had a lot of fun in the sun today. They thoroughly enjoyed playing in the water tray, where they learnt all about floating and sinking. .

  • Delicious Dinosaurs!

    Our special sound this week is ‘d’ and as our topic is dinosaurs, we decided to make some delicious dinosaur shortbread. The nursery children can’t wait to see if they are as tasty as they look.

  • Balance Bikes.

    The nursery children have been working really hard on their balancing skills and now big nursery (N2) have progressed to using the balance bikes. Just have a look at how clever they are! Da iawn boys and girls!

  • Marvellous Milkshakes!

    Our special sound of the week this week was ‘m’, so the nursery children made some tasty milkshakes. Delicious!

  • Outdoor Balancing!

    The nursery children took their ‘Balanceability’ session outside today. Have a look at all the fun they had.

  • Dinosaur Welly Wednesday

    Today the nursery children have been using blocks to demonstrate how big a tyrannosaurus rex’s foot was. They learnt that it was approximately one metre long and nearly half a metre wide. They then measured their foot against the blocks to see if their foot was bigger or smaller! They also did some dinosaur shape […]

  • Dinosaur Counting

    The nursery children have been busy developing their numeracy skills today. They had to roll a dice, identify the number and match the corresponding number of dinosaurs. Excellent counting boys and girls! They also practised their number formation on the interactive whiteboard. Then they enjoyed a lovely game of dinosaur dominos.

  • Dinosaurs!

    What a fabulous start to our new term! Our new topic this term is dinosaurs and the nursery children have had lots of dinosaur themed fun today. From using tongs to sort different coloured dinosaurs into matching coloured eggs, to learning to move like a dinosaur, stomp, stomp! The nursery children have been busy!

  • Hot Cross Buns.

    The nursery children had an Easter treat today. Hot cross buns, delicious!

  • Nursery’s ‘Frozen’ Party (with video)

    Nursery’s topic this term has been ‘Snow and Ice’ and as a special end of term treat the children had a ‘Frozen’ themed party. They came into school in their best costumes, where they played party games, danced, sang and even had a visit from the Ice Queen herself…. Elsa! Everybody had a fabulous time! […]

  • Nursery’s Fun Workout!

    The nursery children had lots of fun with the coaches from West Street Gymnastics Centre.

  • The Big Pedal

    The morning began with a young lady arriving to school on a horse…. then there were some scooters and bikes… finally the ‘walking bus’ came into sight! Thank you to all those who helped to support the initiative, if you did you have helped the school get 1 step closer to our ‘Green Flag’ status. […]

  • Bikes at the ready…

    This week marks the start of The Big Pedal. Why not call in to school today join us for our cyclethon.

  • Tall Towers.

    The nursery have been learning about tall and short, big and small, so they decided to see if they could build some tall towers. Just look how tall they are! Good work boys and girls!

  • Nursery’s Feathery Visitors.

    The nursery children were all very excited as they had some special visitors, nine fluffy chicks! All of the children had the opportunity to hold them. Don’t worry, they were very gentle.

  • Nursery And The Big Clean

    The nursery have been really busy helping the rest of the school with the ‘Big Clean’. Have a look at all the photos to see just how busy they were.

  • Pontlliw’s BIG Clean!

    What a fantastic morning! All of the children from Nursery up to Year 6 were involved in cleaning up our school grounds. From litter picking to planting and washing to sweeping the school has been given a ‘Spring Clean’. We are very proud of our children who got their hands, and clothes dirty…. there was […]

  • Counting With Penguins.

    As we have been learning all about penguins, the nursery children thought they’d use penguins to help them learn to count. First they had to identify the number on the number fan, then they had to match the correct number of penguins to the number on the number fan. Well done nursery! Gwaith da!

  • Searching For Signs Of Spring.

    Spring marks the beginning of warmer weather and longer daylight hours. the budding of flowers, and leaves growing on the trees. As it is the first day of spring this week, the nursery children put on their wellies and wet weather gear and went outside to see if they could see any signs of spring. […]

  • Nursery’s Trip To Folly Farm

    The nursery children had an absolutely amazing time in Folly Farm today. They saw penguins, lions, flamingos, giraffes, camels, a rhinoceros as well as lots of other animals. We couldn’t believe how close we got to some of the animals. Take a look at the photos and see.

  • Another Fun Morning In Nursery.

    We’ve had another busy morning in nursery. We developed our fine motor skills by screwing nuts and bolts together and by threading pasta onto pipe cleaners. We practised our letter formation by making letters out of playdough and using the iPads and interactive whiteboard. We even had the dressing up box out! What a lot […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfrchiadau to our stars this week.

  • Celebrating World Book Day In Nursery.

    We have had lots of fun in nursery today celebrating World Book Day. The children and staff came into school in their pyjamas and the children brought in their favourite book to share with their friends. Our chosen Author was Roger Hargreaves, so we have been participating in lots of different Mr Men and Little […]

  • Pontlliw in Pyjamas for World Book Day

    Pontlliw celebrated world book day in their pyjamas today, to promote bedtime reading. The boys and girls brought in favourite books from home and enjoyed sharing their stories throughout the day. We had a whole school assembly where we discussed different types of stories. Each class chose a focus author, and then undertook lots of […]

  • Celebrating St David’s Day.

    To celebrate St David’s Day, the children participated in an Eisteddfod which can be seen on our school YouTube channel. They looked absolutely amazing in their Welsh costumes and they sang beautifully. Da iawn nursery!

  • Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus

    We’ve had a lovely day so far celebrating our St David’s day. The whole school have produced work of an outstanding standard. Work will be displayed in classrooms this afternoon for you to view.

  • Celebrating Welsh Week In Nursery.

    The nursery children have had a busy week celebrating Welsh Week. They painted Welsh dragons, learned Welsh songs, made a daffodil collage and even had a Welsh food tasting day! Delicious!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week. 🌟

  • Celebrating Valentines Day in Nursery.

    The nursery children celebrated Valentines Day by making some delicious heart shape cakes. Mmm, they look tasty!