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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?
  • Jack’s Beanstalk Life Cycle!

    Having read the book Jack and the Beanstalk as part of our Fairy Tale topic, Reception pupils were eager to learn all about how a beanstalk and therefore plants grow. We therefore decided to examine the life cycle of a beanstalk and also go outdoors to witness the different stages our plants were at in […]

  • Learning all about weight through using balancing scales!

    This week reception pupils have particularly enjoyed exploring the use of balancing scales to determine if an object is the heaviest, lightest or balanced in weight! Pupils used numicon and their understanding of number bonds to balance the weight on both sides- da iawn dosbarth derbyn!

  • Reception Safer Internet Day!

    Reception pupils had lots of fun learning all about how to be safe when using the internet and their digital devices today. We started by discussing some popular apps and websites that pupils recognised and what they are for. We then looked at the story of Smartie the Penguin who taught us all about how […]

  • 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.

  • Our Potion Shop!

    Reception pupils continued to learn all about money this week and have paid particular attention to using coins to pay for items! Pupils took the opportunity to use our Muddy Kitchen to create potions and then practised their mathematical skills by selling and buying those items from their peers- Pupils even went on to providing […]

  • Designing and creating Gingerbread men!

    Reception pupils had lots of fun designing and making gingerbread men this week! They started off by using a planning sheet to name their gingerbread man, they then drew a design and made a list the ingredients that they would use. After making the gingerbread men, pupils then wrote an evaluation for what went well […]

  • WRU Schools Design a Mascot Challenge!

    Reception pupils have had lots of fun this week designing a mascot as part of the WRU schools challenge! First we received a special message off a Welsh Rugby Player asking us to complete the design a mascot challenge. We then undertook research looking at different Mascots around the world and decided as a class […]

  • 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 […]

  • Learning all about Money!

    Reception pupils have started to learn all about money this week! We looked at the different types of coins and what value each coin was worth. Pupils then undertook a variety of exciting activities to develop their understanding- pupils favourites were buying and selling magical items using real coins, coin rubbing and undertaking a task where […]

  • Learning about our Emotions!

    As part of our Erasmus project, where our school is working with other schools across Europe on Health and Well-being projects, we further developed our understanding of Emotions. Here Reception pupils enjoyed meeting the various characters from inside out and then read a fantastic story titled ‘ The Colour Monster’. In the book we saw […]

  • Coding with our bee-bots!

    Reception pupils really enjoyed using their coding skills to programme their bee-bots to move along our map! Pupils worked in pairs to help the three little pigs arrive at their homes by giving each other directions. All pupils were able to follow the directions and programme their bee-bots accordingly- da iawn Reception!

  • Learning symmetry through creative movement!

    Reception pupils used their mathematical skills in our creative movement lesson today! Here their task was to create a dance routine with a partner whilst ensuring that they were symmetrical in their actions. Pupils enjoyed the challenge and then demonstrated their routine to the whole class. Pupils then had the secondary task of performing actions […]

  • Creating a new home for the Three Little Pigs!

    Reception pupils got set the challenge today of creating a new home for the Three Little Pigs out of natural materials found in the outdoor area. They had to ensure that they worked as a team and used their understanding of materials to build a house that would not fall down! We even tested the […]

  • Outdoor balance challenge!

    Inspired by our previous reading of ‘Going on a bear hunt’ pupils undertook a balance challenge whereby they had to guide their way around a balancing course/ forest trail. Pupils demonstrated wonderful balancing skills and all tried their best! Da iawn dosbarth derbyn!

  • The Three Little Pigs Science Investigation!

    This week Reception pupils have thoroughly enjoyed conducting The Three Little Pigs Materials Investigation. To start, pupils made predictions about which material they believed would be the strongest and not fall down. Pupils then decided upon a method on how to test which material was the strongest- pupils chose to use a hairdryer to act […]

  • Our Outdoor Puppet Show!

    Reception pupils had lots of fun this morning retelling the story of The Gingerbread Man using our outdoor puppet Theatre! Pupils had to use their language skills to ensure they used a variety of exciting vocabulary to retell the narrative as accurately as possible. All pupils did extremely well- da iawn dosbarth derbyn!

  • Creating Gingerbread men using J2E Paint (Part 1)

    Reception pupils have started this week creating their favourite scenes from the Gingerbread Man using the J2E Paint software on Hwb. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed this activity and could talk all about what they had created. More groups will complete this activity next week. Da iawn Dosbarth Derbyn!

  • Learning all about symmetry in Reception!

    This week receptions pupils have learnt all about symmetry through a variety of fun learning activities. Pupils first created symmetrical butterflies through finger painting. They then created symmetrical images through colouring and drawing shapes. Lastly, pupils enjoyed creating symmetry through copying their partners actions and movements! A very fun week in Reception- da iawn!

  • Helping Tedi Twt!

    Reception pupils have had a lot of fun learning new welsh vocabulary today related to ‘dillad’. Pupils first read the Dillad Tedi Twt story and then dressed their own bear for the weather. Pupils used lots of welsh vocabulary to discuss what clothing they had selected and then enjoyed writing all about the different clothing […]

  • Practising our cursive writing!

    Reception pupils have had lots of fun practising their cursive writing using the ipads. Pupils took ownership of their learning and selected which letters to have a go at based on what they found ‘tricky’. All pupils were engaged and had lots of fun using the ipads as a writing tool- da iawn dosbarth derbyn!

  • Reception Class Christmas Party!

    Reception pupils have had a fantastic day today! Not only did they enjoy their trip to the cinema but we then came back and had a class Christmas party. Pupils eat their delicious party food and then played lots of party games including Musical Statues and pass the parcel!

  • Designing and creating Sprout Cakes!

    Reception pupils thoroughly enjoyed designing and making Sprout Cakes today! First, pupils completed a planning sheet where they had to decide what flavours and ingredients they would need to create their cakes. Pupils then sketched their design, paying particular interest to Sprout Boys emotions. Reception then used their plans to create a sprout cake using […]

  • Learning all about ‘Sprout Boys’ emotions!

    As part of our work on ‘Sprout Boy’, pupils in Reception studied various scenes from the video and plotted what emotions Sprout Boy was feeling throughout the story. All pupils worked very hard and produced lovely pieces of work- da iawn Reception!

  • Stori’r Nadolig

    Reception pupils had a lot of fun this morning learning all about Stori’r Nadolig! After reading the story together, pupils independently sequenced the story parts and wrote all about Stori’r Nadolig in Welsh! Bendegedig Dosbarth Derbyn!

  • Learning all about ‘Sprout Boy’!

    Reception pupils have had lots of fun this morning being introduced to the Christmas advert ‘Sprout Boy’. To start, pupils were shown clips of the video and made predictions about how they thought the story would end. Pupils then really enjoyed working in groups to draw and describe the character Sprout Boy. They wrote down […]