Reception/Derbyn Classes

Page updated July 2021


From September 2020

Dosbarth Penrhyn Mrs Anna Owen

Dosbarth Gogarth Mrs Amanda Morgan Roberts and Mrs Bethan Parkes

Teaching AssistantsMrs Liz Hughes, Mrs Beryl Griffith and Mrs Sharn Clowes.



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.

A copy of the letter to parents/carers sent in July 21 can be found below –


Dear Parents/Carers                                                                     


We look forward to welcoming your child to full time education in our Reception Classes on Thursday September 2nd 2021.  Our Nursery and Reception classes will be mixed.

This letter includes information that will help you and your child settle in.  All information will also be available on our website including a Calendar of events and Class Information.

Letters from Headteacher/News:  These are currently e-mailed to the ‘primary parent’ listed on our school records.  You will continue to receive these and we would like to remind you that copies are available on the News section of our website.   The Classes sections also include information on your child’s class and topic information etc.  Also remember to follow our twitter account which is regularly updated.

School Hours: 9am to 3pm – please bring/collect your child to/from the Infant Gate between 8.50am and 9am in the mornings and collect them at 3pm.

Breakfast Club: This is from 8.20am and there is no charge.  Pupils must arrive between 8.20am and 8.30am via the Infant Gate and pupils must be booked in a week in advance by e-mailing

Illness:  If your child is unwell, you must notify school by 9.30am please.  You can either e-mail , text school via schoolcomms or telephone 01492 878906 (answerphone available).  If your child has diarrhoea and/or vomiting, they must be kept away from school for 48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting (as per NHS Guidelines).

School Meals: These are available at a current cost of £2.75 per day (£13.75 per week). All dinner money must be paid on Parent Pay – you will receive log-in etc for this when your child attends).   If you feel you may be eligible for Free School Meals, please complete an on-line application form on the Conwy County Borough Council website.

Holidays:  Leave of Absence Forms are available from the School Office. Please allow four weeks for the forms to be processed.                                                                                

PE Kit: (Uniform details are on the school website). PE Kits up to Year 2 consist of black/navy shorts a white t-shirt and black pumps.  Pupils can come to school wearing their PE kit on their PE Days.  You will be advised in September on which day your child will have PE.  There will be no PE in the first full week.

Please ensure that all items of school uniform and PE Kit are clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

Medication:  Our staff CAN NOT administer medication to children.  If children are taking medication, parents should seriously consider whether their child is well enough to attend school.  If parents feel children are well enough to attend but need medication, parents must bring the medication to school and administer it themselves.

We look forward to welcoming the children into our Reception Classes (Dosbarth Penrhyn or Gogarth) in September.

Yours sincerely

Iwan Lloyd Jones




Bwyd Bendigedig- Food Glorious Food / Autumn 

We will be exploring cuisine and food from different places and culture, and discovering where food comes from – The Food Chain. We will also be learning about changes in the environment which occur during Autumn.. Our topic is introduced mainly through the medium of stories and includes aspects such as –

  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea
  • Handa’s Surprise
  • Autumnal changes
  • Creatures who hibernate
  • Nocturnal animals
  • Day and Night and time in relation to daily activities

We will also be continuing with the Jolly Phonics literacy scheme to learn letter shape and sounds.


Our main mathematical concepts include:

  • Recite numbers up to 10, forwards and backwards and from different starting points.
  • Counting a set of objects
  • Recognising a numbers 0 – 10
  • Repeated Pattern
  • Naming and recognising common 2D shapes

Summer Term 2021


This topic provides a great opportunity for the children to learn about the world around them and to appreciate and take care of their environment.

We will cover aspects such as:

  • Changes in our environment
  • Planting
  • Life Cycles


  • We will be continuing with the Jolly Phonics literacy scheme to learn the letter sounds and to blend letter sounds together to read and write simple CVC words.
  • Learn the next set of Tricky Words
  • Introduce the Diagraphs sh, ch, th ,qu, ng
  • Explore Non Fiction Books


Our main mathematical concepts will include:

  • Measuring – Capacity, Length and weight
  • Data Sorting and Grouping
  • Counting forwards and backwards from different starting points within 10, including counting in two’s to 10/and counting up in tens to 100.
  • Estimating
  • Exploring the properties of simple 3D shapes.
  • Addition and subtraction



Let’s Celebrate!

Let’s Celebrate is our theme this Spring Term.  Our topic is introduced mainly through the medium of stories and by observing annual Celebrations such as Chinese New Year and St David’s Day.

We will cover aspects such as:

Birthdays – Growing Older.  We will reflect on growing up and look at the changes from being a baby to the age you are now.

Cultural Celebrations – We will learn about celebrations around the world such as Chinese New Year,  along with Welsh Celebrations such as Santes Dwynwen and Dydd Gwyl Dewi.

Winter & Spring – We will celebrate the Winter Seasons by learning about cold weather and how it affects us and the world around us. We will learn about animals in colder regions. We will celebrate the beginning of Spring and observe the changes in the seasons and reflect on new beginnings.


We will be continuing with the Jolly Phonics literacy scheme to learn the letter sounds and begin to blend sound together to read and write simple cvc words.


Our main mathematical concepts will include:

Money – recognising coins and using role play to pay for items.

Ordering and sequencing numbers.

Counting forwards and backwards, including counting in two’s and counting up in tens to 100.

Exploring the properties of simple 3D shapes.

Using simple addition and subtraction

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 by email to    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.


School Dinners – £13.75 per week

The present cost is £2.75 per day for Infants and Juniors.

Meals are paid by for via Parent Pay. Please e-mail the school office if you can’t log in.

PE sessions – Pupils can wear their PE Kits to come to school on their PE days.  Dates to be confirmed in September 21.