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Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Transition from Nursery to Reception

Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from the Nursery to Reception continuing their Early Years Foundation Stage education. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day. The children will work in small focus groups on Literacy and Mathematics activities to promote motivated, enthused and eager learners. Please do not hesitate to come and see me either before or after school if you have any questions or queries.

Reading in Reception:

During the coming weeks your child will receive their home reading book and reading record.

The children have a daily shared reading lesson with activities, and individual reading to promote reading for enjoyment and information at school.

The 1:1 reading with your child at home is really beneficial- it gives your child a chance to practice what they have learned, build up their reading knowledge and learn about how books work- it is an essential part of their learning. Thank you for your support.

Reading Books

These will start to contain simple words which the children will meet regularly – we call them ‘tricky words’ and throughout year the children will build up their sight vocabulary of them e.g. the, go, to. The books also have words that they can blend with their letter sound knowledge e.g. c-a-t. Please try to find a quiet time (without distractions) when you can share this book with your children. Talk to them about the pictures, help them if they are finding it tricky, discuss with them if they liked the book or their favourite part, the illustrations etc. When they have finished the book please write a comment in their reading record return them to school and we will change it for a new one during the week. Please keep on reading other books to your child as it helps them build up vocabulary, story patterns and knowledge of how books work.

Numeracy in Reception

We will also be continuing with our number/maths sessions with lots of learning linked to the class topic.

We will start looking at basic number skills, the identification of number, addition and subtraction, and how number relates to the child in the wider world. The children will begin to problem solve using the ‘RUCSAC’ method (More information to follow).

It is essential for the children to experience Maths as part of their everyday lives in order for them to understand its use.

Reception throughout the week

The children will continue with their outdoor learning. Each week the children will take part in ‘Welly Wednesday’. Throughout the day the children will have activities based in the outdoor area. Therefore the children will need to bring to school a pair of wellingtons and wear clothing that you are happy to get dirty. This will begin Wednesday 14th of September. (Waterproof outerwear will be provided)

Monday will be ‘Manic Maths day’ this will encourage the children to think about problem solving, not only through Maths but within other learning areas.

‘Phonic Fridays’ where the children will be encouraged to focus on their writing skills and the phonics they have learned throughout the week, within focussed language sessions as well as our topic.

Reception P.E days are : Monday a.m. (Outdoor) and Tuesday a.m. (indoor) .

P.E Kit: Trainers, White t-shirt (polo shirt) and dark shorts/ joggers. For the outdoor sessions you may want to provide your child with a warm jumper.

My PPA session will be on a Tuesday afternoon, and the class will have Mrs Richardson to cover.

General Reminders…

In Reception the children will have the chance to order fruit from our Healthy Tuck Shop, at a cost of 20p a day.

Please remember that all children need to come to school with a warm coat as they will continue with outdoor learning and play. Alternatively if the weather is fine please could your child bring a hat and ensure sun cream is applied.

Please ensure to label ALL of your child’s clothing. If things get misplaced it helps us to match the item to the child quickly before things get lost or muddled with another child’s clothing. (Please do not send you child into school with anything expensive or valuable)

Finally any queries or concerns please come to see us! We will always do our best to help you in any way we can. You are always welcome to make an appointment or pop in after school.

I hope your children have a fantastic year of learning, growing and smiling.

Most of all I hope your children have fun with us.


What's been happening in Reception?
  • Halloween Fun!

    Reception had a wonderful day today, celebrating all their hard work since September. They came to school dressed up, and enjoyed the day together, dancing, playing ‘pass the pumpkin’, musical statues. When they were eventually tired out, we had a small sit down party. The children loved it! After ‘pass the pumpkin’ we opened it […]

  • What a perfect Pumpkin!

    Reception spent the day today investigating pumpkins. The children described them, counted the lines on them, found out how tall they were and measured using blocks, and finally we investigated if the would sink or float! Reception know…… do you? Some of the children had a go at making square pumpkins! Yes you heard right! […]

  • Shwmae bawb!

    Diwirnod Shwmae Hapus i chi! Wow Reception had a great Shwmae day, they played musical ‘shwmae’, made hats, and talked about what it means to be special, and Welsh! The children also enjoyed a on-line Welsh concert! Dont forget to say Shwmae to someone today!

  • Mental health awareness in Reception.

    How do you feel? Reception spent the afternoon talking about their feelings. We talked and sorted good and bad feelings, and the class even showed me what body language would be used when we felt a certain way. We played a guess the feeling game, and Mrs Griffiths wore her mask! The children made some […]

  • Patterns in Nature.

    Reception have enjoyed listening to ‘Stickman’ this week, and have spent the day thinking about his feelings. The children also went out into the nature reserve to look at patterns on the bark of trees. Reception discovered that they could use their crayons in a different way to make a picture. The children looked at […]

  • Virtual Class Assemblies.

    Moving with the times, each week a different class will lead a whole school assembly via Teams online. This week, it was Year 6 to kick us off with this new tradition. We spoke to the whole school about our virtual meeting with the Jersey pupils from last Friday. We also showed the whole school […]

  • Missing sounds.

    Reception have worked hard very hard to find the missing sounds. This weeks task was to find the missing vowel in their words, and then sounding them out. Some of the children tried to make their own words.

  • Going on a Bear Hunt again!

    Reception had fun trying to find the Bear again! This time the children had to hunt for letters to make the word ‘bear’. All the children worked hard and found the letters, Mrs Besley had hidden them well. After this the children became kings and queens of the woods, and made some beautiful leaf crowns.

  • Can you follow instructions?

    Reception have been busy this week following instructions! The class have played games to see if their listening skills will help them to win the game. To help them along they have followed some dances with actions to follow and songs which ask them to do something. Reception were great, working in small groups they […]

  • Going on a Bear Hunt!

    What a beautiful day for a Bear Hunt and Reception are NOT scared! We had great fun exploring our outdoor area, and collecting dinner for the Bear. We acted out the story by moving our bodies, and even made some fruity kebabs! Luckily the Bear didn’t arrive to steal the delicious fruit and we ate […]

  • Missing a Number?

    Reception have spent the week sorting out numbers. They have been using a variety of activities to order numbers, group items, and create patterns. The children have also used their Welsh counting skills to match the groups to the numbers! Well done Reception you found all the missing numbers in our number line!

  • Magical Me!

    During this term the Reception children will be answering the ‘Big Question’… What makes me special? The children have made a great start, thinking of some questions that we can investigate and hopefully answer… Why do we have teeth?…. Is it important to look after our hair?….. The first activity has been to look at […]

  • Finding shapes and sorting Numbers.

    In Reception today, the children began their learning in Maths. Some of the children looked at the properties of shape and searched the class for the shapes in the environment. Finally using their cutting skills, created a dinosaur picture from the 2d shapes they had described. Wonderful work! When Reception thought they could rest, they […]

  • Welcome to Reception!

    Reception have had 2 wonderful days, back in school and they have made a great start. The fabulous smiles that have come into school have been wonderful, we are so proud of them all! Well done to all the boys and girls for being so brave, and we can’t wait to start our learning together.

  • Reception Catch Up Sessions!

    Over the past 2 weeks we have been lucky enough to welcome back some of our Reception children. We have had lots of fun learning about hand washing, talking about home learning and most importantly, we have had a lot of fun playing outside. Have a lovely Summer to all Reception Pupils- see you in […]

  • 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…

  • Fun Phonics!

    Reception pupils have had lots of fun this week continuing to learn their phonic sounds through playing a variety of games. Pupils favourite game was rolling the the dice and jumping the amount that it landed on through the hoops- they then had to identify what sound they landed on and name an object beginning […]

  • Thank you to Brett Johns for coming in to school this afternoon to open and close our Sport Relief event.

  • Baby Chicks in Reception!

    Yesterday, Reception pupils were lucky enough to meet the baby chicks that are being looked after by Year 2. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed holding and stroking the baby chicks and learning all about how they are being looked after. Thank you Year 2!!

  • Foundation Phase Sport Relief Fun

    The Foundation Phase children had a great time this morning working their way around various stations as part of our Sport Relief activities. They enjoyed further developing a range of skills, including kicking, throwing, catching, hitting, jumping, balancing and skipping.

  • Reception Gymnastics!

    Reception pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning all about balancing and travelling during a gymnastics lesson today! Pupils started by completing a balancing circuit whereby they moved around in their groups and completed a different balance pose at each station. They then practised different travelling techniques such as skipping, jumping, crawling and hopping! Pupils then combined these […]

  • World Book Day In Reception

    We have had an action packed day in Reception completing lots of different activities for World Book Day! We began by reading the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ as this was illustrated by our author of the day Oliver Jeffers. Pupils enjoyed reading the letters written by the different crayons and then had a […]

  • 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.

  • Heartstrings Drama!

    Following on from our introduction to the welsh short film Heartstrings, Reception pupils took to the stage to re-create scenes from the film! We started by pretending to be sculptures, where two pupils played the characters from the film and the other pupil the Artist. It was the artists job to model their sculptures and […]