“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?
  • 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!

  • Football Fun in Nursery.

    What an amazing time the nursery children had taking part in Beatbox Football on Friday. They practised their football and dancing skills. Da iawn everyone!

  • Brilliant Balancing!

    Today in P.E the nursery children participated in activities to develop their coordination and gross motor skills. Miss Miles is now a qualified ‘Balanceability’ instructor and has been helping the children to improve their balancing skills. Soon they will be ready to go on the balance bikes. Gwaith da nursery!

  • Polar Bears in Pontlliw!

    This week the nursery children have been learning all about polar bears. They have made puffy paint polar bears to go on our classroom display, paper plate polar bears, and polar bear masks. Don’t they look scary!

  • Another Busy Day in Nursery.

    Once again the nursery children have been busy, busy, busy! They have been painting, making models with playdough, building tall towers with wooden blocks, and making 3D shapes with the polydron. They even had time to colour, read some books, and have a tea party. What a busy morning!

  • Feeding the Birds.

    As it is sometimes difficult for the birds to find food in winter, the nursery children decided to make some bird feeders. They mixed bird seed with lard and put it into yoghurt pots to hang on the trees. It was a messy job but I’m sure the birds will appreciate this tasty treat.

  • ‘T’ for Toasted Teacake.

    Our special sound of the week was ‘t’, so the nursery children had some toasted tea cakes at snack time. Delicious!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau i ser yr Wythnos

  • Little Explorers!

    The nursery children became little explorers today. They put on their wellies and their warm coats and went out to explore the nature area.

  • Snowball Painting and Snow Cakes!

    Continuing the theme of ‘Snow and Ice’, the nursery children did some ‘snowball’ splatter painting today. They used cotton wool balls that looked like snowballs, dipped them in icy coloured paint and ‘splatted’ them onto the paper. They also made some delicious ‘snow cakes’ using desiccated coconut to look like snow. Delicious!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau i ser yr wythnos.

  • Ice Investigation

    The nursery children carried out a science investigation today. The questions they wanted to find the answers to were: What does ice feel like?  What happens to it? Does it float?  They had great fun finding out! They even used a magnifying glass to examine the ice in detail. They also used their fine motor […]

  • Ice Painting.

    The nursery children had lots of fun this morning. As part of our ‘Snow and Ice’ topic we will be experimenting with ice. Today we thought we’d have some fun and paint the ice. The children were fascinated to see how the colours and textures changed as the ice melted. We can’t wait to carry […]

  • Learning about our ‘Special Sound of the Week’.

    We have really busy in nursery today learning about our special sound. We completed a range of phonic activities on the iPads, made the letter ‘a’ out of  ‘Wikki stix’, wrote the letter in shaving foam and finger painted it too. We even went outside to practise our letter formation with chalk.

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week. Llongyfatchiadau.

  • Nursery’s Christmas Trip.

    We had a lovely time in The Gower Heritage Centre. We watched a Christmas film, made a Christmas calendar, watched a puppet show, sang with a singing elf, saw a variety of different animals and even met Santa! What a busy day!

  • Nursery’s Christmas Party.

    What a fabulous morning we have had in nursery. We danced, played games and ate our favourite party food. Now the countdown to Christmas has begun! Only 5 sleeps util Santa arrives!

  • Snowmen.

    The nursery children thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas cooking this week. They made some amazing marshmallow snowmen. Delicious!

  • Rudolf.

    The nursery children have started their Christmas cooking. They decided they wanted to make an edible Rudolf. First we thought of ideas of what we could use, and come up with the idea of using chocolate tea cakes and curlywurlys, with a red smartie for the nose. Don’t they look amazing!

  • Circles!

    The nursery children have been learning all about circles so we decided to make circular food. Last week we toasted bagels and this week we made apple slices topped with cream cheese and sprinkles. Delicious!

  • Elvis the Elf Has Arrived!

    Elvis the Elf has arrived in the nursery classroom! He has been sent by Santa to help the children prepare for Christmas. He thoroughly enjoyed helping the children decorate the tree. Doesn’t it look amazing!

  • Nursery’s Treasure Hunt.

    As part of our Children in Need activities, Mrs Keegan kindly organised a treasure hunt. The nursery children were very excited as they were able to look all around  the school for clues. The year 6 children helped the little ones to follow the map and to find the final clue that spelt ‘Pudsey’. Thank […]

  • Raising Money For Children In Need.

    The nursery children have been very busy raising money for ‘Children in Need’. They wore their pyjamas to school today and took part in a range of ‘Pudsey’ themed activities. Dai iawn everyone!

  • Let’s be Friends!

    nursery and Reception have begun their week thinking about friendship! We read ‘Hugless Douglas’ by David Melling, and realised that we can all be good friends! The session began with the children creating a handprint poster, showing of their ‘Helping Hands’, they made some beautiful heart toast with a friend. There is more to come […]

  • Fabulous Fireworks!

    What a busy couple of days we have had with all our firework themed activities. We made lovely glittery firework pictures,  designed our own bonfire night rocket, made fireworks out of sparkly play dough, made big firework pictures outside using different coloured chalks and we played firework pairs and number matching  games.  We even had […]

  • Let’s Pretend!

    Role play is an important part of a child’s development as it builds confidence, creativity, communication, imagination and physical development. It is also great fun! The children thoroughly enjoyed getting the dressing up box out.

  • Pumpkin Fun.

    The nursery and reception children have had a busy morning participating in lots of pumpkin themed activities. First of all they listened to the story “Pumpkin Soup” before going outside for lots of pumpkin fun. They hammered pegs into pumpkins, made pumpkin collages, made pumpkins out of play dough, and sponge painted bowls to look […]

  • Shwmae!

    For Nursery and Reception today, we found out what it means to be a friend. We played some circle time games encouraging us to find new, old, or different friends to work with. We also had fun shouting SHWMAE! and making hats to show how proud we are. Reception challenged themselves to say ‘Shwmae’ as […]

  • Book Fair Success!

    A huge ‘Thank You’ to everybody who supported our Scholastic book fair this week. The total spent was £789.30, which means we will receive 60% commission on all purchases! This works out as £473.58 which we can spend on purchasing new reading material for the children. Diolch yn fawr everybody. Your support is greatly appreciated!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our 🤩 this week