Page updated January 2018

Dosbarth PenrhynMrs Anna Owen

Dosbarth Gogarth Miss Jane Williams

Classroom Assistants – Mrs Marian Owen, Mrs Eleri Jones, Mrs Pat Davies

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 are held are every Wednesday. 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 – this will apply in January 18

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.


Winter / cold weather / cold places:  We explore how cold weather affects us, our environment and we learn a little about ‘cold countries’.  This will lead towards the changes around us as spring approaches.  We also learn about celebrations such as Santes Dwynwen, Pancake Day, St David’s Day and Mother’s day.

Mathematical Development: These are the Mathematical concepts and strategies we are currently

working on in school. Please practice them regularly with your child.

  • Reciting ( saying out loud ) numbers 0-10, 10-0.
  • Reciting numbers 0-20, 20-0. And from different starting points
  • i.e. 7 –20, 13-0. etc.
  • Counting up to 20 objects.
  • Writing numbers 1-10.
  • Mental recall of 1more and 1less, up to 10.
  • Simple addition and subtraction within 10, using objects/pictures to help.
  • Money : recognising 1p 2p 5p,10p.
  • Naming and recognising 2d – shapes : Square, Circle, Rectangle, Triangle
  • Naming and recognising 3d shapes : Cube, Cuboid, Sphere.

Regular practice at home will reinforce the learning your child has done at school.  Thank you for your support.

2018 SUMMER TERM THEME – Growing

This will include aspects such as –

  • Spring – changes in the environment
  • Planting and caring for things that grow – plants/flowers and animals
  • Learning about fruit and vegetables
  • The farm
  • We are intending to plan an educational visit to enhance the children’s learning – more details closer to the time.
  • All other learning opportunities will arise from children’s direct experiences or story books.  If you have any relevant ideas or resources which you would like to contribute, please speak to the class teachers.  Thank you.

Weather permitting, PE sessions will take part outside this term.  Your child therefore needs pumps/trainers in their bags as well as shorts and shirts.

Gardening Club will re-commence this term.  You have received a letter with dates your child attends Gardening Club.  Unfortunately due to pupil to staff ratio, additional children can not attend the Gardening Club.  There is a notice in each classroom window with dates of when your child is to attend.


The Gruffalo / Autumn 

We are learning about changes in the environment which occur during the Autumn term.  Our topic is introduced mainly through the medium of stories and includes aspects such as –

  • The woods and woodland animals
  • Autumnal changes
  • Creatures who hibernate
  • Nocturnal animals
  • Day and Night and time in relation to daily activities

We are also re-visiting the Jolly Phonics scheme to learn letter shapes and sounds.

Our main mathematical concepts include:

  • Rote counting/counting aloud 1-10 and 1-20 as well as counting back 10 to 0 from different starting points.
  • Counting a set of objects
  • Recognising and writing numerals
  • Pattern
  • Naming and recognising 2D and 3D shapes.

More information will be shared during parent evenings in October.  If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to make an appointment at reception to speak to the class teacher.