“I can if I try!”
Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,
WELCOME TO NURSERY!
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.
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.
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.
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,
- Looking For Shapes!
The nursery children went on a shape hunt today to see what shapes they could find around the school. They were looking for circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. They looked all around the school and even found musical instruments that were the shapes they were looking for. Gwaith da nursery!
- Making A Mini Beach
The nursery children made their very own miniature beach. They learned about the different states of matter by making jelly to represent the sea. They learned that they can dissolve the jelly into a liquid, then as it sets it turns back into a solid. They then crushed biscuits to represent the sand and even […]
- Building Bridges.
The nursery children used their problem solving skills today to build bridges across the construction area. They worked as a team, using planks of wood and blocks to construct bridges that they were able to walk across. They then used their balancing skills to walk across their constructions. Gwaith da nursery! Think we have some […]
- Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!
As part of our topic, ‘Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!’ we decided to bring the beach to Pontlliw. The children built sandcastles, made ice cream sundaes, drank ice cool slushies and even paddled. What a fabulous morning!
- Come Fly With me!
The nursery children have been having fun in their new outdoor airport. They wrote tickets, checked the flight times and even checked in their luggage. They also had time to play in the water, on the bikes and scooters, and dig in the sand. They even found a giant spider!
- Bug Hunt!
The nursery and reception children have been on a bug hunt. They went into the nature area to see what creatures they could find. Don’t worry, they were very gentle with the bugs and put them back where they found them.
- Outdoor Fun!
What a busy morning!
- Shapes, Shapes And More Shapes!
Today the nursery children have been very busy learning all about shapes. They cut out shapes and used them to make pictures, used magnetic shapes to build, threaded bolts through circular washers and nuts, and made different shape sandwiches. We even danced to the Mr Maker shape song!
- A Right Royal Party!
Today all of the Foundation Phase had a party to celebrate the Royal Wedding. What a fabulous day!
- Party Planning!
The nursery children have been very busy today, planning tomorrow’s party. They have been making cakes, decorations and even their very own crown to wear. How exciting!
- Rainbows and Raindrops!
Today the children have been learning about rainbows. The children learned all about the lovely colours and participated in a range of rainbow and raindrop themed activities. They chalked some lovely rainbows onto black card and finger painted a rainbow picture. They played parachute games with a rainbow coloured parachute, did some messy colour mixing, […]
- Fun Times In Nursery!
We’ve had lots of fun again in nursery this week. We had a musical morning out in the sunshine, where we played along to our favourite songs. We learned all about shadows and light in our new dark den and brought out our dressing up box. Our special sound of the week was ‘y’, so […]
- Superworm Welly Wednesday.
The weather was a little bit too wet for us to go outside first thing this morning but it didn’t stop our fun. We made edible mud pies, worm paintings using string instead of paintbrushes and even threaded Cheerios on to string and straws to make giant worms. We coloured Superworm pictures and designed our […]
- A Busy Week In Nursery.
What a busy week we have had in nursery! The children have been making the most of the sunshine and playing outside on the bikes, scooters and Thomas the Tank Engine. Welly Wednesday was all about minibeasts, so they joined the reception class to listen to poems about creepy crawlies before going outside on a […]
- Siarter Iaith Competition
A chance to win a family holiday 30 businesses across three Welsh towns – Pwllheli, Swansea and Cowbridge – have placed a sticker featuring the Siarter Iaith mascots, Seren a Sbarc, in their windows. From Monday 30th April until Monday 7th May, we are asking primary school children and their families to seek out these […]
- Nursery’s Surprise Visitor.
We had a surprise visitor in nursery today. Chris, the local PCSO, called in to see us. He had heard how well behaved the children were so he decided to pop in and see us. Some of the boys and girls even got to try on his police uniform.
- Nursery Fun.
The nursery children have been busy having lots of fun today. As it was such a lovely day they had their P.E lesson outdoors. To develop their hand eye coordination they practised throwing and catching. They also practised balancing bean bags and quoits, and rolling hoops.They’ll be ready when sports day arrives!
- Waffles and Weaving!
Our special sound of the week this week is ‘w’, so the nursery children made some delicious waffles. First we toasted the waffles then the children chose from a selection of tasty toppings. Yummy! Then they went outside to do some weaving. They threaded some brightly coloured ribbon through the fence in the nursery yard. […]
- Planting seeds.
The nursery and reception children have had a busy morning. They listened to the story Jasper’s Beanstalk, then they went outside to do their own planting. They participated in a variety of garden themed activities. They painted a picture of a beanstalk, sorted different coloured beans into plant pots, played giant dominos, ordered stones into […]
- Party Time in Nursery
It was party time in nursery today. We danced, we played party games and we even had time to make a lovely chocolate nest. Happy Easter everyone!!
- Nursery’s Feathered Friends.
We had some interesting visitors in nursery today. Mrs Cusack very kindly brought her chicks over for a visit. The children were very excited and couldn’t wait to hold them. They were very gentle and very quiet not to frighten them. The children thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the chicks. Diolch Mrs Cusack.
- Outdoor fun.
The nursery children had great fun outdoors today.
- Rocking Odd Socks for Down Syndrome Day
Today we are very excited to be wearing our odd socks celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. We are very proud of all of our children , they make our world a better place. Thank you to Mrs Appleyard who sent in cakes for every child to help us celebrate this wonderful day. 21/3/18
- Using Numicon to Learn About Numbers.
The nursery children have been using numicon to learn about one to one correspondence. The activities have helped the children to put value to numbers. They practised their fine motor skills by using tweezers to pick up pom-poms and place them into the holes on the numicon shapes, counting the pom-poms as they went along. […]
- Mother’s Day Treats.
I hope all of you mums had a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday. The nursery children thoroughly enjoyed making your Mother’s Day treat. I hope you enjoyed eating it too.
- Celebrating World Book Day in Nursery.
We have had lots of fun in nursery today. The children and staff looked fabulous dressed as their favourite book characters. Our chosen author was Eric Carle, so we looked at the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We used tubes to print caterpillar pictures, made caterpillars out of playdough, searched for butterflies hiding in the […]
- Learning about Colours.
The nursery children have enjoyed learning about colours today. They sorted compare bears into the correct colour cups and made colourful patterns out of stickle bricks and lego. They decorated the letter j, our special sound of the week, and they played a colour matching game on the iPads. They even used puffy paint, with […]
- Celebrating St David’s Day in Nursery.
The nursery children have been celebrating St David’s Day today. They learned all about St David, make a lovely daffodil collage and even tasted some Welsh cakes. They dressed up in their Welsh costumes and rugby jerseys and sang a Welsh song in the school Eisteddfod. Don’t they look smart in their costumes!
- Clowning Around!
What great fun the nursery children have had today! As part of their ‘Roll up, Roll Up!’ circus theme, we had a clown day! The children took part in a range of clown themed activities which included making clown masks, making clown faces out of different 2D shapes and even painting their own faces to […]
- Snow Search.
The nursery children were very excited when they came into school this morning as it had been snowing. By the time we were ready to go outside most of it had melted but the children decided to go on a snow search. They may not have found much snow but they found plenty of ice […]
- Mark Making in Nursery.
Mark making is not only fun but forms a vital part of a child’s development. It helps to develop their physical and creative skills, and their imagination. It gives them an output to express their feelings and is also a stepping stone into writing. In nursery the children have been taking part in a range […]
- Story time in Nursery.
As part of our Welsh week celebration, the nursery children had a special visitor today. Mr Davies, one of our nursery parents, came to read a story. The story was titled ‘Ia Hw! Meddai Gwdihw’. It was a Welsh story about a little owl that decides to stay awake during the day and discovers an […]
- Y Ddraig Goch.
As part of Welsh week the nursery children have been learning all about y Ddraig Goch – The Red Dragon. They painted their very own dragon and even had time to colour a dragon mask. Don’t they look scary!
- Perfect Pancakes!
As it was Shrove Tuesday the children were discussing what filling would make the perfect pancake. The children were then lucky enough to make their own tasty pancake. Their choice of fillings included: fruit, honey, maple syrup, chocolate spread and marshmallows. Delicious!
- F is for fish!
Our special sound of the week this week was ‘f’, so the children made some delicious fish finger sandwiches. They were so yummy even the nursery ladies had some!
- Looking after our teeth.
This week the nursery children are learning about the importance of taking care of their teeth. They watched a demonstration of how to clean their teeth, then practised their technique on some giant teeth. They played a selection of dental related maths games and even pretended to be a dentist by playing games on the […]
- Another Week of Fun in Nursery.
There has been lots of learning happening in nursery this week. The children have been learning about capacity and numbers using numicon. They have been filling different size containers with water and pouring it through the holes in the numicon. They have also been combining their maths and fine motor skills by threading pipe cleaners […]
- Ser Yr Wythnos
Congratulations to our stars 🤩 this week
- Ser Yr Wythnos
Congratulations to our stars this week
- Learning is Fun!
The nursery children had lots of fun today. They used numicon to develop their number skills and used coloured lollipop sticks to make triangles. They played with trains, built tall towers with duplo and relaxed in the reading tent. They even had time to get out the dressing up box. What a busy day!
- Jolly Juggling!
This term the nursery children are learning all about the exciting and colourful world of the travelling circus. One of the first circus skills we decided to learn was juggling. We used silky scarves because we liked the way they shimmered in the light, and also they are easier to catch. We watched a demonstration of […]
- Party time!
It was party time in nursery today. The children danced and played party games. Everyone had a wonderful time. Even the nursery ladies were dancing!
- Snow…In Nursery!
As we haven’t had any snow yet, the nursery children decided to make their own. First they put in the special powder, added water, and stirred and stirred and stirred, until as if by magic…snow! They even found some little penguins hiding! Continuing the snow theme, the children also made some edible snowmen out of […]
- Nursery’s Christmas Adventure.
The nursery children had a lovely day of Christmas fun in Gower Heritage Centre. They all sat together and sang Christmas songs with boys and girls from other schools and then the big man himself appeared….Santa! Santa went into his grotto to get all of the presents ready and the children went off to participate […]
- Ser Yr Wythnos.
Llongyfarchiadau i’n ser yr wythnos yma. Congratulations to our stars this week.
- Elvis the Elf joins nursery.
The nursery children have had a special visitor in their classroom, Elvis the Elf! Usually, the cheeky little elf hides in with our Teddy bears but today Elvis was missing! Elvis had left the building! The children went on an elf hunt to see if they could find him. They looked under tables, in the […]
- A Christmas Themed Welly Wednesday!
The nursery and reception children had a fabulous Christmas themed Welly Wednesday today. They wrapped presents ready for Santa, made Christmas cards, elf masks, read Christmas stories and did some elf colouring. They also used their maths skills to complete a counting activity where they had to stick the correct number of pom poms on […]
- Children in Need – Nursery
We had a fun morning in nursery today supporting Children in Need. We all wore our comfy pyjamas or something spotty. The children were able to buy toast and cakes and all the money raised will help to support less fortunate children. Thank you for all your kind donations.
- An Outdoor Musical Morning.
What an amazing morning the nursery children have had today! They spent the morning outside in the nature area. They took out some musical instruments and Mrs Rees played her guitar. She was like a rock star! They sang and played along with Mrs Rees and then they had some lovely cawl to warm them […]
- Being a Good Friend.
Today in Welly Wednesday we learned about being kind to our friends by considering their feelings. Mrs Griffiths read us the story about ‘Hugless Douglas’, a little bear who is in need of a hug and goes on a journey to try and find one. We then discussed the best ways to help our friends […]