“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Welcome to Year 1!
I am really looking forward to teaching your children and I hope that they are excited about the year ahead. I am sure that by working
together, we will make this a fun, happy and productive year.
Here is some general information about our class, however should there be anything you need to know, please do not hesitate to come and see me. I would also appreciate it if you could keep me informed if there are any issues or concerns that I need to be aware of regarding your child.


Year 1 Class teacher: Mrs Davis
Teaching Assistants: Mrs. Sharon Jones, Miss Laura Miles & Mrs Rhian Stonham

PPA Teacher: Mrs Stonham (every Wednesday afternoon).


General Information

In Year 1, we will be encouraging the children to become more independent and show more responsibility for their belongings. During registration, the children are expected to organise themselves, i.e. put their coat and bag on their hook, place their reading book in the reading book box,
remove any fruit money, homework or letters and place in the correct tray. I will also spend the first few weeks this term getting to know your child and doing some activities that will help me gain a good perspective of his/her needs.

Dinnertime & Playtime

As in reception, school dinners are payable via Squid. Please ensure that your child has a healthy snack and drink for morning playtime. If your child has sandwiches, please ensure that his/her lunchbox is clearly marked with his/her name. Alternatively, we also provide a variety of fruit for the children to buy at play time. This can also be paid for via Squid.


Throughout the year we will plan activities based on particular themes. We will provide fun, hands-on activities within a safe and stimulating learning environment which will promote your child’s learning. Our topics for this year will be ‘Superheroes’, ‘Countries and Cultures’ and ‘Commotion in the Ocean.’



What's been happening in Year 1?
  • Year 1 Virtual Visit to France!

    This morning the children were lucky enough to participate in a Skype call to a school in France. The children were joined by the Year 5 class. They shared facts about Wales as well as listening to facts about France. The children in France then sung some lovely songs to us and we sang back […]

  • Year 1 Tour de France

    We were lucky enough today to complete our Tour de France challenge before the rain set in! The children were fantastic – they listened to the instructions and showed off their control and balancing skills. Another fun day in Year 1.

  • Year 1 Weather Boys and Girls!

    This afternoon – with the magic of a green screen – the children were transformed into weather boys and girls! They compared the weather in Wales to the weather in France and did it all in Welsh! This  was a lovely activity from the WRU linked with the six nations. The children were brilliant and […]

  • Year 1 Discussion Writing

    The children started the week discussing what they thought was the best way of travelling to France. Lots of ideas were put forward including ferry, aeroplane and train. They were then asked to think about the disadvantages of each vehicle – this caused an interesting debate. They were then asked to choose their favourite vehicle […]

  • Year 1 Safer Internet Day

    This afternoon we discussed “identity” and looked at the difference between communications online and offline. The children created a “This is me” profile where they drew pictures all about themselves. They then decided which information was private and should never be shared online – this included our addresses, passwords, names and photographs. The boys and […]

  • 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.

  • Year 1 Amazing Australian Fundraising!

    During our Australian topic the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the role of the firefighters dealing with the Australian bushfires. As well as putting the fires out they have an important role in rescuing the injured animals. The children decided they wanted to do something to help and came up with the idea of […]

  • 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 […]

  • Year 1 Tric a Chlic

    The children have been busy working on their Welsh skills today. First they wrote a postcard from Australia using several different Welsh sentence patterns. They then played some lovely games following our Tric a Chlic scheme. The children are beginning to read, write and speak in Welsh with confidence. Ardderchog boys and girls!

  • Year 1 Australian Songline

    We have had a fun afternoon today experimenting with the musical instruments and creating our very own songline. Songlines are an important part of Australian history and they tell stories of how and where the indigenous people travelled – like a memory. In small groups the children chose an instrument and thought about the sound […]

  • Year 1 China

    The children have thoroughly enjoyed the last two weeks learning lots of new facts about China. They have tried Chinese food, written their own message for a fortune cookie (and tasted a real one), looked at maps and atlases, tried Chinese writing, as well as completing lots of tasks independently – challenges that they thought […]

  • Year 1 Measuring Temperature

    This week, in maths, the children were set a challenge – Ioan the sheep wanted to go on holiday to somewhere where the sea was just the right temperature – not too hot and not too cold. They were given a thermometer to measure the temperatures of water from different countries 😉 and they all […]

  • Year 1 The Great Race

    During our Chinese New Year activities the children asked why each year is named after an animal – as we are currently coming to the end of the year of the pig and ready for the new year of the rat. Together we read the Chinese Zodiac Story which tells how the order of the […]

  • Year 1 Chinese Dragon Dance

    The children enjoyed creating dragon dances this afternoon. They worked together well in their groups thinking about high and low levels and also changing direction. They performed their dances and gave each other tips for how to improve their performance next time.

  • Year 1 Counting in steps of 2

    We have been counting in steps of 2 this week. There has been lots of jumping (counting in 2s as our feet hit the floor) as well as other fun activities. We finished the week by counting the animals on to Noah’s Ark. A super effort by everyone!

  • Year 1 Postio llythyr

    The children had the opportunity to show off their welsh skills today by role playing “postio llythyr”. We turned our classroom into a post office where we had a parcel wrapping station, a postcard writing station, the cashier with the stamps and the post box. The children thoroughly enjoyed and all had a go at […]

  • Year 1 A taste of China

    What a fantastic afternoon we have had! The children have had the opportunity to taste a variety of Chinese food and the majority of them enjoyed everything. I am so proud of them all for trying. They tried different types of noodles, rice, prawn crackers, soy sauce, vegetable spring rolls and prawn toast. The discussion […]

  • Year 1 Countries and Cultures

    The children are excited about our new topic “Countries and Cultures” and have provided lots of interesting ideas that will be included in the planning. It’s lovely to see their enthusiasm – especially when their ideas have been used in lessons. Our first destination is China! Keep up the good work boys and girls!

  • Year 1 Christmas Party

    The children have had a lovely day, first going to the cinema in the morning and then having fun in  their class party this afternoon. They enjoyed eating their party food, playing pass the parcel, musical statues and having a good dance around to some Christmas music. What a busy day!

  • Year 1Trip to the Fire Station

    This week year 1 have been on a trip to Parc Tawe Fire Station. We learned lots about firefighters and their jobs. The children had lots of fun.

  • Fireman Visit 👨🏼‍🚒

    This week year 1 have been learning about firemen and women. We had a visit from Mr Godwin to tell us about the uniform, smoke alarms and the dangers of hot items in the home.

  • Sêr Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week.

  • Road Safety Assembly

    This week is Road Safety week. Our Safety Soldiers pupil voice group contacted Charlie from the road safety team and he very kindly came in to take assembly for us today. We discussed possible dangers for pedestrians and drivers, and Charlie showed us how many accidents gave happened recently in our local area. The children […]

  • Children In Need

    Year 1 enjoyed raising money for Children In Need today. Thank you for your support.