Nursery

“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.

Class Topics

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.

Class routines

Monday

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!

Tuesday

‘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.

‘Welly Wednesday’

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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,

Mrs Richardson.

 

What have Nursery been up to?
  • 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

  • Learning about numbers using numicon.

    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 […]

  • Helping to feed the birds.

    The nursery children were very kind today and made some bird feeders for the birds. First an adult helped them to remove the core and thread string through the middle of the apple, then they used their fine motor skills to push seeds into the apple peel. The birds are going to enjoy eating those.

  • Foundation Phase Autumn Exploration Day

    Today the Foundation Phase children enjoyed lots of hands-on, practical Autumn-themed activities. Unfortunately, the weather was against us, but with some adaptations to the planned activities, the children had a fantastic day, during which they further developed their personal & social and independence skills. The children developed their fine motor skills through making bird feeders, […]

  • Popping Popcorn!

    Nursery’s special sound of the week was ‘p’, so they asked if they could make popcorn. We decided it would be safer to make it in the microwave, and the children would be able to watch, and listen for the pop. They waited, and waited, then, pop, pop, pop! The children were really excited and […]

  • Elmer Day.

    It was Elmer day in Welly Wednesday today.  Elmer is a colourful patchwork elephant who discovers that it is good to be different. We listened to the story about Elmer, then we went outside to participate in a range of colourful activities. We made a patchwork pattern out of stickle bricks and blocks and even […]

  • Painting with pegs and pom-poms.

    The nursery children practised their fine motor skills today. Our special sound of the week is ‘p’, so they used pegs to pick up pom-poms and dipped them in paint. They then used the pom-poms to print on the letter p. Well done nursery. Gwaith da!

  • A Fun Filled Friday in Nursery.

    The children had another fun filled day in nursery. They played in the home corner, practised their cutting skills, played with the doll’s house and in the sand. They practised their counting skills in the maths area, and as our special sound of the week was ‘i’, they even made Incy Wincy Spider out of […]

  • A Wet, Windy Welly Wednesday!

    What a wet and windy Wednesday it was today, so we had to do some of our activities indoors. We went on a walk in our nature area to collect some sticks, acorns and leaves, and we used the sticks when we made our salt dough hedgehogs. We also made some fabulous playdough faces on […]

  • Stick Man.

    The nursery and reception children had a super Welly Wednesday full of ‘Stick Man’ activities. Firstly the nursery children joined reception to hear the Stick man story, then they all went outside for some fabulous Stick man themed activities.

  • Tasty Tacos!

    Our special sound of the week this week was ‘T’ so the nursery children made some some tasty tacos. They chose from a selection of healthy fillings to put in their taco shells. Delicious!

  • Teddy Bear Hide and Seek!

    The nursery children had fun today. They started the morning by doing a little bit of dancing to wake themselves up, then they went outside to look for some cheeky little teddy bears that we had hidden in the yard.  When the children used brushes to brush away the glittery sand on the tuff tray, […]

  • Super ‘S’

    The nursery class had lots of fun learning about their special sound this week. The special sound was ‘s’ so they sprinkled sand to make an s shape. They used the interactive whiteboard and the iPads to practise the correct formation of the letter and they rolled playdough into sausages and snipped them with scissors. […]

  • We Love Welly Wednesday!

    The nursery and reception children thoroughly enjoyed their first Welly Wednesday of the new school year. They listened to the story, ” We’re going on a Bear Hunt!” then they acted out all of the parts. They pretended to go through the swishy, swashy grass,  and squelch, squerch in the mud and then they splash, […]

  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon!

    As part of our topic, “Out of this World!” the nursery children are learning all about space rockets, so we decided to make our own rocket out of cardboard and a lot of sellotape. The children used their fine motor skills to make astronaut tools out of nuts and bolts, then they decorated their rocket […]

  • September INSET Days

    Just a reminder that there are 2 INSET days at the beginning of the Autumn Term – September 4th & 5th.  We look forward to seeing the children on Wednesday 6th September.

  • Stars of the Year

    Today we had our final star of the week. The whole school received the peer supporter certificate for being kind and caring friends on the yard, the sports award for supporting each other in every sporting event and each class had star of the week for being AWESOME. We have had a fantastic year fill […]

  • Race For Life

    Congratulations to our school for supporting such an amazing cause. Our grand total raised for cancer research is £2,300. Your support is outstanding! Thank you for supporting our yearly event and making it a continuous success. (Photo taken from Tuesdays evening post)