Reception

“Dream what you want to dream. Go where you want to go. Be what you want to be.”

 

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?
  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week. Llongyfatchiadau.

  • Reception visit to Dan Y Ogof

    What a wet morning! But Reception were all ready to set off on their adventures with year 1&2 to see Santa. We arrived to meet the land train, which took us down to the farm, we saw pigs, ponies, ducks and geese, and then had a play in the adventure play barn. We set off […]

  • Reception Party Time!

    The celebrations were noisy to say the least in Reception this afternoon. (I don’t know who bought party blowers but they were a great hit!) The children celebrated Christmas together, with dancing, singing, games and of course their party food. They are all tired out now… But can’t wait till tomorrow’s trip to see Santa!

  • Marvellous ‘Me’ Tubs!

    Reception have spent the past week talking about themselves! The children brought into school some fantastic boxes, decorated and full of their favourite items. The rest of the class guessed which of the children they belonged to. We had some great surprises along the way, and found out some lovely things about our children. Well […]

  • Safety Soldiers Meeting

    This week the Safety Soldiers pupil voice group worked on gathering ideas for improving road safety outside our school. The children discussed the issues and how unsafe parking affects different people. They came up with some fantastic ways to improve road safety, and will be working on them in the coming weeks.

  • Let’s be Friends!

    nursery and Reception have begun their week thinking about friendship! We read ‘Hugless Douglas’ by David Melling, and realised that we can all be good friends! The session began with the children creating a handprint poster, showing of their ‘Helping Hands’, they made some beautiful heart toast with a friend. There is more to come […]

  • Having Fun in ‘Fun Club’.

    We have been having lots of fun in ‘Fun Club’. Our activities include: cooking, painting, crafts, football, iPads and Crome books, board games, and music and dancing. Just have a look at the photos to see how much fun we have.

  • Pumpkin Fun.

    The nursery and reception children have had a busy morning participating in lots of pumpkin themed activities. First of all they listened to the story “Pumpkin Soup” before going outside for lots of pumpkin fun. They hammered pegs into pumpkins, made pumpkin collages, made pumpkins out of play dough, and sponge painted bowls to look […]

  • Shwmae!

    For Nursery and Reception today, we found out what it means to be a friend. We played some circle time games encouraging us to find new, old, or different friends to work with. We also had fun shouting SHWMAE! and making hats to show how proud we are. Reception challenged themselves to say ‘Shwmae’ as […]

  • Book Fair Success!

    A huge ‘Thank You’ to everybody who supported our Scholastic book fair this week. The total spent was £789.30, which means we will receive 60% commission on all purchases! This works out as £473.58 which we can spend on purchasing new reading material for the children. Diolch yn fawr everybody. Your support is greatly appreciated!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our 🤩 this week

  • Fabulous Faces!

    Reception have been exploring the features on their faces, we looked at some faces without eyes and mouths, the children decided that we needed both to work out how we feel. We had some fun creating our own faces using pumpkins and biscuits, yummy!

  • Messy Monday.

    Reception and Nursery have met again! Not to get up to any trouble but to complete activities all about ‘Stickman’. We have listened to the story, so set to work making ‘Stickmen’ out of sticklebricks, sticks and even created some rainbow art.. Take a look at our pictures!

  • Criw Cymraeg

    This morning, our pupil voice group for Criw Cymraeg had their first meeting. We talked about the aims of our group and how we could go about creating a Welsh ethos in our school. They have a challenging year ahead as we drive towards achieving the Silver award for Pontlliw. The children couldn’t wait to […]

  • Safety Soldiers!

    Today our pupil voice group for Safety had their first meeting, which was extremely productive! We discussed the aims of our group and why pupil voice is so important. The children came up with lots of fantastic suggestions for improving and maintaining safety within and outside school, and we look forward to working on their […]

  • Foundation Phase Code Club 📱💻

    With the help of our brilliant Digital Leaders, children from Reception to Year 2 were able to log on to Hwb and try out coding on Just 2 Easy. They started by using the ‘simple’ setting but many of them quickly moved the ‘advance’ setting, where they had to pre-programme their rocket or car to […]

  • We are off to Techniquest!

    Reception are on their way… Bags packed and we are all ready for our adventure. We can’t wait to have some fun today learning ‘all about me’.

  • Clever Counting.

    Reception have had a visitor! Perfect Peter the Pirate made an appearance to help the Reception count and order their numbers to 10. The naughty pirate had stolen the numbers from the number line and the children had to work out the missing digits. Luckily Reception were able to help and found their numbers in […]

  • Ready for Reception!

    THIS IS ME! Reception have made a great start to the year. They have begun their new topic all about me, and are practising writing their names. Handwriting has been the focus of the week, and the children have been using their pencils to practise writing cursively. well done Reception, you have worked so hard!

  • Amazing Animals!

    Reception had an awesome morning! The children were greeted by some endangered animals, some they will never experience by visiting a zoo. We had the pleasure of meeting a Bearcat, Agouti, a parrot, and a baby tortoise. The keepers gave us information about their habitat, and how they survive. Even the staff were excited!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our ⭐️ this week.

  • Criw Cymraeg mewn Derbyn.

    Diolch yn fawr! Thank you to our year 4 representatives, they have spent Fridays after lunchtime working with the Reception Class. They have read Welsh books, played Welsh bingo and completed some Welsh activities. Mae hi’n amser hyfryd!

  • Colour Changing Cocktails.

    Wow! What a busy week. Reception have been learning all about the properties of Ice in our STEM week sessions. Just for fun the children chose different ice cubes made of juice and built their own ice towers in a cup. We then watched them melt! We had some different results depending on the order […]

  • Foundation Phase Film Club

    The Foundation Phase Film Club has been a real success so far. The children are enjoying watching films based on different themes. We have discussed how music and colour create atmosphere. The children have enjoyed watching a wide variety of films, including some which made us laugh an awful lot, and some which gave us […]

  • 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, […]