“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?
  • Halloween Fun in Nursery

    The nursery children had a lot of Halloween themed fun today. They wore some amazing costumes! We had skeletons, pirates and quite a few witches. The children played party games, make pumpkin pictures and even had their own fashion show where they walked down the catwalk to show off their costumes.

  • Pumpkin Investigation

    The nursery children have been using some amazing adjectives to describe the inside of pumpkins, slimy, smelly, squishy, wet. They also put the pumpkin seeds in water to see what would happen and then made a sensory bag by putting the seeds into a zip lock bag with some hair gel! The children were fascinated […]

  • Pumpkin Prints

    The nursery children made some lovely pumpkin pictures today. They painted half an apple with orange paint and pressed it onto a piece of paper to look like a pumpkin. They then stuck on some googly eyes, drew a nose and a mouth and their pumpkins were complete.

  • Pumpkins!

    The nursery children used their fine motor skills today. They used a little wooden hammer to hammer golf tees into a pumpkin. They were very careful and put their safety goggles on first.

  • Teddy Toast

    As part of our topic, we have been learning all about old and new teddy bears. As a treat we decided to make some Teddy Toast. We used wholemeal bread, peanut butter, bananas and raisins. The children were really clever slicing the bananas and spreading the peanut butter on their toast. The Teddy Toast looked […]

  • Celebrating Shwmae Day in Nursery

    The nursery children celebrated Shwmae Day. They enjoyed watching an online concert and they also made some fantastic ‘Shwmae Hands’. Dai iawn!

  • A Messy Morning In Nursery

    What a wonderful messy morning we had in nursery today. We painted on clear plastic to see all the different colours then we used a spay bottle to spray water onto the plastic to see what would happen. We used our hands to mix paint together to see the colours change and we also dipped […]

  • Rhyme Time

    As part of their literacy development, the nursery children are learning about rhythm and rhyme. First we read the book “Don’t Put Your Finger In The Jelly Nelly!”. The children enjoyed listening to the funny rhyming words. Then we played “Silly Soup”, where the children had to match two pictures of items that rhymed and […]

  • Our Number 4 P.E Lesson

    This week we combined our number of the week with our P.E lesson. Our number was 4, so the children were asked to do 4 repetitions of different actions, e.g, 4 hops, 4 jumps etc. Just look at how much fun they had.

  • Bee-Bot Bears

    Our Bee-Bot robots disguised themselves as teddy bears today and our task was to see if we could programme them to go under the wooden rainbow. Da iawn nursery! Excellent coding skills.

  • Teddy Bears

    As part of our topic, “Were Grandma and Grampa’s toys more fun than yours?“, the nursery children have been learning all about teddy bears and have been comparing the differences between old and new teddies. They then used Lego to make houses for little tiny teddies and participated In an activity where they had to […]

  • Mental Health Awareness In Nursery

    This week the nursery children have been participating in activities that help them to understand their emotions. Today we discussed how to identify different emotions. The children used a mirror to study their facial features to see how they looked when they felt happy, sad or angry. They then used a marker pen to draw […]

  • Nursery’s Number Hunt

    The nursery children have been learning all about numbers, so today we went for a number hunt in the fairy garden. The children were really clever and managed to find them all. Well done nursery.

  • Nursery’s Science Investigation

    One of the nursery children asked what would happen to their stick of chalk if it got wet, so we decided to investigate. Firstly the children put on their coats and wellies and went outside to chalk in the rain, then they decided to investigate further. They used the colourful chalks to draw on the […]

  • Number 3

    We have had lots of fun In nursery today learning all about the number 3. We finger painted the number 3, made shapes out of three different coloured blocks, played a place a peg on the correct number numicon game and sang songs about number three. We also played a game on the smartboard where […]

  • Snip, Snip, Snip!

    The nursery children practised their scissors skills today. They made some funny faces out of paper plates, then used scissors to, snip, snip, snip and give the funny faces a hair cut! They look fabulous!

  • Show and Tell

    Our ‘Show and Tell’ was a little bit different this term. Instead of bringing an item to school to discuss with their friends, the nursery children, with a little help from their parents, uploaded a photo to their Hwb account. They were then able to put their photo on the big screen. Lots of amazing […]

  • “Dyma Tedi”

    The nursery children have been practising their welsh language skills today. The question was “Ble mae Tedi?”. To which they replied, “Dyma Tedi!”. Da iawn boys and girls. Gwaith da!.

  • Colour Mixing

    The nursery children found an interesting way to experience colour mixing today. They painted one hand one colour, the other hand a different colour and rubbed their hands together to see what would happen.  They made some very interesting handprints.

  • Nature Art

    The nursery children made some amazing nature art today. They went out into our outdoor area to see what natural materials they could find to make a face. They used shells, stones, sticks and leaves. They look fantastic! Gwaith da boys and girls.

  • Learning About Number 2

    We have been learning all about the number 2 in nursery today. We used colourful stickers to make number 2, rainbow writing to write number 2, used giant Numicon shapes and played a match the pair of socks game. We even had a number 2 self inflatable balloon. Vey exciting!

  • Nursery Explorers

    The nursery children became explorers today. They went out into the nature area to see what they could find. They were pleased to find some amazing dens that the year six children had made. They also found bugs and lots of different sized sticks. After all that exploring it was time to go back to […]

  • Numicon in Nursery

    The nursery children have been using numicon shapes to develop their maths skills. They threaded pipe cleaners through the holes in the numicon pieces, counting them as they went along and they took giant numicon pieces outside. They counted the holes in the giant pieces, then used chalk to draw around them to make some […]

  • Instrumental Sounds

    The listening activity in nursery was a lot of fun today. The aim of the activity was to develop the children’s awareness of different sounds. They had to listen very carefully, to sounds made by various instruments. The activity included, comparing and matching sounds, playing instruments alongside a story and making loud and quiet sounds. They […]

  • Welly Wednesday

    The nursery children had their first ‘Welly Wednesday’ of the new school year today. They put on their wellies and coats, and went out exploring. They made the outdoor area look pretty by hanging some lovely colourful butterflies in the trees. The fun still continued  when they returned to the classroom. The children used their […]

  • Bubble Counting

    The nursery children had a lot of fun practising their counting today. They chased the bubbles and counted how many they could pop. They had to be quick to catch the bubbles before they blew away.

  • First Day Of The New School Year.

    What an amazing first day of term! It was so lovely to see so many smiling faces this morning.

  • 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!