“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?
  • Keeping Our Language Alive.

    BBC Bitesize is an excellent tool for learning Welsh. I’ve included the link on this post to help develop the language in a fun way, for adults and children to help with learning Welsh as a second language. Diolch, Mrs Evans. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxkq3k7

  • A special message…

    Here’s a photo with a special message for our lovely children and families…

  • Marvellous Measuring

    The nursery children enjoyed their measuring activity today. They used rulers, tape measures and a metre ruler to measure different things around the classroom. They then measured their height with ribbon and carefully cut it so they could compare their height with others. They also recorded the results on a whiteboard. Gwaith da nursery!

  • Mark Making With Cars!

    The nursery children enjoyed their mark making activity today. They had to roll toys cars through different coloured paint, then roll them over paper to make a range of different tracks. What lovely colourful pictures they made. Well done!  

  • Looking For 2D Shapes

    The nursery children went on a special shape hunt today. They took i Pads with them to take photos of any 2D shapes they found. They were then able to show their friends back in class what they had found. Gwaith da pwb!

  • Sports Relief In Nursery

    The nursery children have had a very busy day today. They participate in a range of different sports activities to raise money for Sports Relief. Well done boys and girls!

  • Nursery’s Feathered Friends

    The nursery children were very excited today. They had some special visitors, cute little chicks. The children loved holding the chicks and they were all very gentle.

  • Coding In Nursery

    One of the school’s digital leaders came over to the nursery class today to help the children with an ICT activity. They helped the children to programme the ‘Bee-bots’. The children then built tunnels out of Lego and had to programme the Bee-bots to go through the tunnels. Fantastic fun! Thank you digital leader!

  • Celebrating World Book Day In Nursery

    Today, the children came into school dressed as their favourite book character or wearing their pyjamas. This was to celebrate ‘World Book Day’. Our chosen author was Roger Hargreaves, so the children participated in a range of different ‘Mr Men’ activities. They made Mr Men and Little Miss characters, and even made an edible Mr […]

  • Fantastic Fire Breathing Dragons

    The nursery children have made some amazing fire breathing dragons. Don’t they look scary!

  • Big Huge Thank You

    The Criw Cymraeg (Welsh Ambassadors) would kike to say a huge thank you to every one who supports our wonderful PTA. With your help, support and donations, we have been able to resources our teachers to develop the Welsh Language in Welsh lessons.

  • Irreversible Changes

    The nursery children conducted a very messy science experiment today. They learnt that mixing some substances together can cause an irreversible change that creates a new substance. They also learnt that some things cannot be changed back to its original form. They used flour and water, and mixed them together. They were very clever and used […]

  • Y Ddraig Goch

    The nursery children have been busy painting some amazing Welsh dragons ready for St David’s day. Gwaith da nursery!

  • Mud Glorious Mud!

    The nursery children have had a very muddy Welly Wednesday today. They collected sticks to stir the mud, then they used the muddy mixture to paint pictures.

  • We Love Music Time!

    The nursery children have had lots of fun. They played a variety of different instruments and sang along to their favourites songs. Well done! Lovely singing.

  • Pancake Day In Nursery

    The nursery children thoroughly enjoyed pancake day today.

  • P.E Fun

    What a busy afternoon the nursery children have had today. During P.E they enjoyed  running around cones, practising stopping and starting. They were careful not to knock them over. Well done!

  • I Can Catch!

    The nursery children have had a lot of fun developing their motor skills today. They used chiffon scarves to practise catching. They threw the scarves into the air and used different parts of their body to catch them. They caught them with two hands, one hand, on their arms and even on their heads!

  • Role Play In Nursery.

    The nursery children love playing in the role play area.

  • Marvellous Milkshakes!

    Our special sound of the week this week is ‘m’ so the nursery children asked if we could make some milkshakes. They were delicious!

  • Welsh Music Day

    Friday 7th of February marked national Welsh Music day. Pontlliw pupils celebrated by listening to a range of Welsh artist and Welsh song, completing a variety of activities including folk dancing.

  • Rolling And Catching

    In P.E today the nursery children worked on their catching skills. They worked with a partner and rolled a large ball to each other. They then practised gently throwing the ball for their partner to catch. Well done!

  • Using Numicon To Learn about Numbers

    We’ve had lots of fun using numicon shapes to learn about numbers. We pressed numicon shapes into play dough, chalked around giant numicon shapes in the yard and dipped numicon shapes into paint to make pictures.  

  • What’s That Sound?

    The nursery class decided to carry out a sound investigation. They took drumsticks out into the yard to see how many different sounds they could make. They used the drumsticks to tap the trees, the floor, the railings, the slide and the little houses. They noticed that they all made different sounds. Some were loud, […]

  • Come To The Puppet Show

    The nursery children enjoyed putting on a puppet show today. They told the story of Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and the Gingerbread man. Well done! It was a fabulous show.

  • Time For Tea!

    The nursery children enjoyed their afternoon tea party in our role play area.

  • Seren and Sparc

    The Welsh Language Charter, a project to encourage the use of Welsh socially in primary schools in Wales, has welcomed two new characters. The two heroes on posters and badges will encourage children between 4 and 7 years old to use the Welsh language in the playground, at home and the classroom. As part of […]

  • We love Playing Outdoors!

    The nursery children had lots of fun playing outside on Welly Wednesday this week.

  • Chromatography Trolls

    Our topic this term is ‘Mythical Creatures’ so for the last couple of weeks we have been having fun with a lot of ‘fairy and troll’ activities. The children decided they wanted to make trolls with colourful hair so we carried out a chromatography activity. They used felt pens to draw lines onto filter paper, […]

  • What A Treat!

    Our special sound of the week this week was ‘h’, so the nursery children made some tasty hot dogs. What a treat! They were delicious!

  • A musical Afternoon In Nursery.

    There was a lovely sound coming from the nursery classroom this afternoon, the children were playing musical instruments. They sang their favourite nursery rhymes and played along to the music. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Making Sandwiches.

    Look how clever the afternoon nursery children are; they made their own sandwiches today. They buttered the bread, added the filling, then cut it into a star shape to make their very own edible fairy wand. Delicious!

  • Fairy Wand Sandwiches

    The nursery class have been participating in ‘fairy and troll’ activities this week. Today they made some delicious ‘fairy wand sandwiches’. Don’t they look amazing! They tasted delicious too!

  • Learning About Shapes.

    The afternoon nursery children enjoyed learning about shapes today. They played a game on the smart board where they had to feed the correct shape to the correct monster. Gwaith da boys and girls!

  • Developing Our Fine Motor Skills

    The nursery children have been participating in a range of activities to develop their fine motor skills. They have been stretching loom bands and placing them on pine cones,  screwing washers and nuts onto bolts, and chalking onto carpet tiles. They also took part in dough disco, which involves moulding play dough in time to music […]

  • Exploring The Outdoor Area.

    The afternoon nursery children had fun exploring our nature area for the first time. They enjoyed investigating the different areas and walking across the bridge. Before they made their way back to class, they sat in the outdoor classroom and had a sing along. Well done!

  • Building Colourful Towers

    The nursery children have been learning about different colours, so this morning they decided to use the colourful blocks to build some tall towers. Good work boys and girls!

  • Invisible Mark Making!

    The nursery children used some special invisible ink during their mark making session today. Then they shone a special light onto the paper to reveal their work. How Exciting!

  • Lollipop Stick Trolls

    This afternoon, the nursery children used lollipop sticks, feathers and googly eyes to make some colourful trolls. Don’t they look amazing!

  • A Fun Filled Friday Afternoon.

    The nursery children had a lot of fun this afternoon. They played with the trains, in the home corner and in the sand. They developed their mark making skills by writing on the smart board and they also made a smiley face biscuit using coconut and raisins. Delicious!

  • Hapus or Trist?

    The nursery children have been learning about different emotions this week and today we  discussed what made them happy. They said it was playing with their brothers and sisters, going to the park, and playing with their toys. I am very pleased to say that some said that it was coming to school that made […]

  • Afternoon Nursery’s First P.E Session

    The nursery children thoroughly enjoyed their first P.E session today. They practised balancing and jumping, and even did a bit of dancing!

  • Balancing and Jumping!

    Just look how good the nursery children are at balancing and jumping!

  • Fairy Hunt – Part Two

    The afternoon nursery children also went on a fairy hunt today. They were all really excited when they managed to find all the fairies. Well done!

  • We’re Going On A Fairy Hunt!

    The nursery children went on an outdoor fairy hunt today. The fairies were hiding everywhere! They were on the fence, on the benches, and even up in the tree. The children were really clever and found them all!  Then they used chalk to draw their very own fairy. Da iawn boys and girls!

  • We Love Dressing Up!

    The nursery children had great fun dressing up as different characters today. We had princesses, super heroes and even a dinosaur!

  • A Fun Filled First Week.

    What a fabulous first week our afternoon nursery have had. They thoroughly enjoyed playing outside in the sunshine today.

  • Nursery Fun.

    The nursery children have thoroughly enjoyed their first week back in school. Today they were able to choose a new library book to take home and they made some delicious fairy cakes. We are all looking forward to another fun filled term.

  • First Day In Nursery.

    Today was the first day of our afternoon nursery sessions. The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting their new friends.        

  • Nursery’s Trip to see Santa.

    The nursery children had a lovely day out in The Gower Heritage Centre. They sang some Christmas songs, waited, and then …… Santa appeared! They all went to see him in his grotto and as they had all been such good boys and girls, he gave them a present. They also participated in some ‘elf […]