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Welcome / Croeso
Dosbarth Derbyn / Reception Class

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Early Years Teacher: Mrs Pope

TA: Mrs Williams and Mrs Ford

PPA: Miss Ffion Miles

 Welcome to Nursery/Reception.

Here are important reminders and information about the children’s day and what they will need.

School day: School starts at 9am and ends at 3:10pm, children will be dismissed on to the same yard as children enter in the morning. Breakfast club is available from 8.15am and after school club is available for children who wish to attend. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you would like more information. 

Fruit/Drink: Fruit is available for the children; fruit costs £1 a week or 20p a day.  We kindly ask that fruit money for the week is brought into school on a Monday in an envelope with your child’s name, year group and amount clearly labelled on it. Children will have milk everyday however, children are able to bring their own water bottles to school. Please ensure bottles clearly named and are filled with water only.

Dinner: Dinner money for the week should be brought to school on a Monday in an envelope with your child’s name, year group and amount clearly labelled on it.

P.E: Nursery/Reception will have PE on a Monday; your child will need a t-shirt and shorts / joggers and suitable footwear to change into. Some P.E lessons will take place outside so please ensure that your child has suitable clothing. Please make sure that your child’s name is on their P.E clothes and school clothes for when they are changing. If your child is unable to participate in a P.E lesson please speak to me or send a note with reasons why into school.

Book bags and reading: Book bags will be sent home daily with reading records and reading books or sound work. Book bags and reading records need to be returned to school daily. Reading with your child is very important; we would encourage you to comment and sign the record book.

Homework: Homework books will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned on Monday.  Homework will be sent weekly with an alternate focus on language work and number work.

Letters: This year we will be sending letters and information home via SCHOOP. If you have not already downloaded SCHOOP please download from Google play or apple app store. The school code is: 7749.


As part of the Foundation Phase Curriculum children are encouraged to be as independent learners and they are encouraged to try as many activities as possible. We apologise in advance if your child comes home ‘messy’, this will be because they have been actively involved in their learning. Some activities may take place outside so please ensure that your child has appropriate clothes. We thank you for your continued support to give your child the best possible education. If you feel that you have any qualities, skills or resources that would benefit your child’s learning environment please speak to a member of staff in the Foundation Phase.


Finally, if you have any questions or concerns please come and see me, I am always available to talk to you. I look forward to working with you this year and following and encouraging your child’s learning journey.


Thank you, Mrs Pope


Autumn Term 2018

Early Years

Mrs Pope


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This term we will be learning about....

Counting – up to 10/20, matching numbers to the numeral, putting objects into sets

Patterns – creating patterns of colours, shapes, sounds etc

Days of the week / months of the year – including birthdays

Positional language – over, under, next to etc

Addition and subtraction to 6

Measuring length and height

Capacity – heavy / full / half full

2D shapes - circle, triangle, square, rectangle

Money – matching 1p’s to prices in the shop

Recognising one more / one less to 10



This term we will be learning....

Read Write Inc sounds and words to develop word building strategies

Recount – to sequence events with illustrations

Information Writing – Making labels and lists within the continuous provision

Letter / Note – shared reading and writing to model key features of a letter/note

Greeting Card – Looking at different cards and creating our own (linking into ICT)


Why do squirrels hide their nuts ?

This half term, we’ll visit a local woodland to observe and experience the enchanting autumnal environment, collecting autumn treasures as we crunch through piles of fallen leaves. Back in the classroom, we’ll sort our treasures into different categories, create land art, and dry and flatten leaves to decorate. We’ll learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss the features that allow animals to survive through winter. In our literacy lessons, we’ll snuggle up and listen to autumnal stories and write woodland tales. In mathematics, we’ll thread and count conkers and dried fruit and collect and order sticks of different lengths. We’ll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog, autumn-scented play dough, a delicious harvest soup and ‘squirrel muffins’ for our forest friends. Outside once more, we’ll observe food as it decays over time and go on a hedgerow hunt for blackberries to see how they smell and feel.

Do you want to be friends?
(After October Half Term)
This half term, we’ll take a walk around our school to find out about the adults who work there and their workspaces, taking photos as we go. Back in the classroom, we’ll upload and print our photos to compile a ‘Who’s who?’ display of school staff. Working together, we’ll create friendship scenarios using Jelly Babies at the ‘Jelly Babies playground’, and we’ll create a ‘Class jobs board’, allocating responsibilities amongst ourselves. We’ll talk about friendship, being kind and helpful, loneliness, enemies, and the things we like. What is our most cherished possession? In our literacy lessons we’ll discover new words to describe ourselves, and write sentences to compare and contrast each other. In our mathematics lessons, we’ll share objects out fairly, and compare hand and foot sizes with our friends. Getting creative, we’ll use a gathering drum to tap out rhythms together, and paint our palms to make beautiful patterns to cut out and hang on a class friendship tree.



Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned by Monday at the latest. 


Fruit money should be brought to school every Monday in a bag or an envelope with your child's name on it. (£1 per week)

Dinner money for the week should be brought to school on a Monday in a bag or envelope with your child's name on it. 

P.E - Monday afternoon, please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing as P.E lessons can be outside. 

Remember your coats on a cold day!!