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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?
  • Children in need!

    Reception really enjoyed dressing up and raising money for children in need today!

  • A fantastic visit to the art gallery!

    We have just got back from a superb visit to the art gallery! Pupils had lots of fun. When we arrived we had a tour of the art gallery and pupils had a check list of different paintings to find. Pupils then had the opportunity to create a self portrait out of several materials such […]

  • Aldi Kit for Schools.

    Unfortunately we have 70 spaces left to fill on our poster. We have filled a staggering 830 stickers! Wow, thats an outstanding amound spent in Aldi. The closing date to send the poster, is the 18th of November, to be in with a chance of winning the sports kit and the £20,000 draw. A massivve […]

  • Teaching Nursery about teeth brushing!

    This morning Reception pupils had a lot of fun teaching nursery pupils all about how to brush their teeth! Reception pupils taught the nursery two songs about teeth brushing as well as showing them the equipment that they use. They also gave step by step instructions and used picture cards. Da iawn Reception!

  • Fabulous Fireworks!

    The reception children enjoyed pretending to be fireworks during their P.E lesson. They twirled, jumped and spun to music. Then they took it in turns to put on their very own firework display. Amazing! Well done.

  • Fairies in the classroom!

    This week Reception had a shock to find that our class had been taken over by fairies!! They have been incredibly busy helping the ‘nurse’ write instructions for teeth brushing- they even had to help her find all of the items that the fairies had hidden around the yard! Pupils also got the chance to […]

  • Let’s go fly a kite!

    This week pupils have been learning all about instruction writing and wrote instructions for how to make a paper kite! They then had the opportunity to make their own paper kite following the instructions.. we even got to see a real kite flying in the sky!

  • Learning to wash our hands!

    Reception had lots of fun today learning about how to wash their hands! Pupils were taught all about germs through fun stories and we even saw how germs could be passed on through looking at the spreading of green glitter!

  • Learning about the people who help us!

    As part of our Magical Me topic pupils wanted to learn about the people who helped them! We were lucky enough to be joined by PC Parry who taught us all about the different emergency services. We even got to try on Police uniforms!!

  • Harvest Service 2019

    Today saw the whole school head to Pontlliw Village Hall for our annual Harvest Service. The children performed their individual songs brilliantly, led by the Year 6 pupils. The children made us extremely proud and showed just how talented a school we have. Da iawn!

  • Thank you Reception!

    We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our reception pupils and parents who brought in lovely harvest baskets this week! They were greatly appreciated by all of the residents.

  • Sut mae’r tywydd heddiw?

    This week reception had lots of fun learning all about the weather in welsh!

  • Coding with our Bee-Bots!

    This week reception pupils have enjoyed learning about coding! Pupils programmed their bee-bots to move along our ‘bear hunt’ map to reach their destination. Pupils had to use their numeracy skills to count how many squares were needed to reach each point on our map. 

  • Reception Enjoy Keeping Fit!

    The reception children thoroughly enjoyed their P.E session today.

  • Learning about our bodies!

    Reception have really enjoyed learning all about the human skeleton this week and the different parts of the body! They particularly enjoyed creating their own skeletons.

  • Learning outdoors!

    Reception have had a fantastic time going on an outdoor letter hunt and learning to group objects using outdoor resources!

  • Criw Cymraeg

    The Criw Cymraeg have been working hard to develop the ethos of Welsh in our school. This Year our focus is achieving the 100 targets for our Silver award.

  • Criw Cymraeg Develop Confidence

    In our pupil voice meeting this week our Criw played Kahoot to develop their Welsh knowledge and Welsh vocabulary.

  • Reception’s Musical Marching Band

    Lovely music was heard coming from the school yard today. It was the reception musical marching band. They sounded fabulous!

  • It’s Yoga Time!

    The reception children enjoyed some nice relaxing yoga this afternoon. Then they had fun playing games that involved jumping, hopping and balancing. Amazing! Da iawn!  

  • We love to dance!

    The reception children enjoyed dancing in their P.E session today. They showed some amazing dance moves. Well done!

  • Going on a bear hunt!

    Reception pupils really enjoyed going on a bear hunt! They particularly liked creating  patterned fruit kebabs and creating food plates for the bear using their new knowledge of animals.

  • P.E In The Sunshine

    The reception children had their P.E session outside in the sunshine today. Firstly they played a game of “Traffic lights”, where they had to follow instructions and “freeze, walk or jog”, then they practised their throwing and catching skills. They played a game of throwing a beanbag into a hoop and then throwing a ball […]

  • Learning about our Rights- Class Charter

    This week pupils have explored their rights and we have created a class charter. Pupils particularly enjoyed creating handprints that will be presented on our class charter display! 

  • Safety Soldiers Pupil Voice Group

    The Safety Soldiers pupil voice group met for the first time this academic year. The children voted for our chairperson, vice chairs, secretary and treasurer. In our next meeting we will set our aims for the year and discuss our plans for ensuring the safety of everyone in and around our school. We look forward […]