Page updated January 2019

Dosbarth PenrhynMrs Anna Owen

Dosbarth Gogarth Mrs Amanda Morgan Roberts and Mrs Bethan Parkes

Classroom Assistants – Mrs Sharn Clowes and Mrs Sian Eckley

PPA Cover – Mrs Bethan Parkes


Welcome to the Reception Class. Full-time school is a big step and we aim to make it a happy and welcoming change for your child.


The Foundation Phase

In the Reception class, we work on seven areas of learning:

  • Personal and social development, wellbeing and cultural diversity.
  • Language, literacy and communication skills
  • Mathematical development
  • Welsh language development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the World
  • Physical development
  • Creative development.

The Foundation Phase is about enhancing the learning experiences which enable children to be creative, imaginative and to have fun while learning. Children will be given more opportunities to explore the world around them and to understand how things work through engaging in practical activities which are fun, enjoyable and relevant to their developmental stages.

Day to Day

Please notify the school office before 9.30am if your child is absent from school.  Please notify us IMMEDIATELY if there is a change of address, telephone contact numbers or medical needs. We also need to know who is collecting your child from school and if there is ever a change of arrangements.  If you experience a problem with head lice please notify us at once. We would appreciate if you could keep your child at home until treated appropriately.

Fruit Club

After playtime each day we have a drink and milk (or water if preferred) and a piece of fruit. The under 5’s have a weekly fruit club at the cost of £1 and your child will receive a healthy fruit snack every day for that week. Please send the £1 into the classroom (in an envelope marked with your child’s name) every Monday. Alternatively, parents can pay for fruit in advance for the half term.


School Dinners – £11.50 per week

The school meals, cooked and served in the School Canteen, follow our healthy eating food project guidelines.  The present cost is £2.30 per day for Infants and Juniors.

As of April 2018, a new Parent Pay system has been introduced.  All parents have received details on how to access the system.

PE sessions

PE sessions will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please provide black shorts, white t-shirt and pumps/plimsoles in a small bag – all with names on. These can be kept in school and sent home at the end of every half term.  During Summer term, weather permitting, PE sessions will take part outside – your child will therefore need pumps/trainers in their bags as well as shorts and t-shirts.

Reading Bags

Reading Bags are sent home every Tuesday and are to be returned on the following Monday. This will include either a story book to read and share with your child or a very simple, structured reading book for your child to read. Reading books are chosen carefully by the teacher in accordance with their contents. This supports the shared and individual reading strategies that are used in class to develop each child’s reading at an appropriate pace.


If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to make an appointment at reception to speak to the class teacher.

Spring Term Theme 2019 – Celebrations/Dathlu

This term we are learning about different festivals and celebrations.  Our topic is introduced mainly through the medium of stories and includes aspects such as –

  • Birthdays, Christenings, Weddings
  • Chinese New Year
  • Santes Dwynwen
  • Dydd Gwyl Dewi

We will also be continuing with the Jolly Phonics literacy scheme to learn simple words and phrases.

Our main mathematical concepts include:

  • Recognising and writing numerals.
  • Recognising coins.
  • Symmetry
  • Counting in 2s and 10s
  • Ordinal numbers.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to make an appointment at reception to speak to the Class Teacher.