Reception/Derbyn Classes

Page updated: February 2022


From September 2020

Dosbarth Penrhyn Mrs Anna Owen

Dosbarth Gogarth Mrs Amanda Morgan Roberts and Mrs Bethan Parkes

Teaching AssistantsMrs Beryl Griffith,  Mrs Sharn Clowes and Mrs Eleri Jones HLTA.



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



2022 SPRING TERM THEME – People Who Help Us

This half term we will be exploring the topic “People who help us”. Our topic is introduced mainly through the medium of stories such as ‘Superhero Like You’ and ‘When I Grow Up’. We will continue to celebrate the Winter Season by learning about cold weather and how it affects us and the world around us and 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 and segment letter sounds to read and write simple CVC words.

Reception Class

Reading Bags are sent home every Tuesday and are to be returned on the following Monday. They 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.


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.