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Croeso i Dosbarth Derbyn!

Welcome to Reception!


Welcome to the Reception class page where you can find out about our latest Class News. We are all shining stars in Reception and work hard to follow classroom routines, explore Plan & Play areas independently and use our thinking skills to engage in our focused tasks with the class teacher or teaching assistants.


Our Reception Team

Miss Saunders - class teacher

Miss Morgan - teaching assistant

Miss Williams - teaching assistant

Mrs Williams - 1:1 teaching assistant


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What are we learning about?



Our context for learning this term is 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'. We will be exploring and comparing animals and their external features, how to care for pets, animals and their homes and much more! Your children will be composing their very own song about cats and will be choreographing and performing an animal dance! 



Language, Literacy and Communication

Within our language sessions we will be developing our skills through the following activities: 

  • Phonic and related work.
  • Using initial, medial and final sounds to spell words.
  • Writing letter formations, including digraphs (two letters to make a sound i.e. sh, ch, ee, or, ai).
  • Letter recognition when reading.
  • Sentence work - identifying full stops, capital letters and finger spaces between words.
  • Independent writing using their own experiences and their imagination.


Each child will read on their designated reading day. It is essential that children continuously practise reading their key word cards and reading books at home throughout the week, in order to progress in their reading.  


Mathematical Development

Daily Maths sessions will consist of a range of the following tasks:

  • Developing mathematical understanding and reasoning using problem solving tasks.
  • Using Numicon shapes to help understand numbers and their values. 
  • Saying and using numbers names to twenty and beyond, in the correct order. 
  • Reading and writing numerals to twenty and beyond.
  • Using a range of strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems.
  • Developing recognition of coins during role play.
  • Learning about time relating to days of the week and o'clock. 



  • As a school we are working on achieving Phase 5 of the Healthy Schools Award this year. In line with policy we are encouraging children to only bring water to be drank throughout the day in water bottles, a healthy lunchbox (including one treat of either chocolate, crisps or a biscuit) and to only eat fruit or vegetables at snack time. 
  • Your child must bring in their reading book/diary and key word cards every day
  • PE days are Monday and Friday. We ask that PE kit is brought into school on a Monday and will then be returned on a Friday. 
  • We would be very grateful if names are written on all pieces of clothing that are brought to school (including PE kit).


Reading Together With Reception Parents

Thank you for the fantastic response from parents regarding Reception's Reading Together session! We have received a greater interest in afternoon sessions and therefore as from Friday 22nd January 2016 we will be holding a reading afternoon from 2.40pm - 3.25pm in the school hall. These sessions will involve parents reading books of a range of genres and playing a variety of reading games with both their own children and other children within the class. Your child will not miss out on this opportunity if you are unable to attend. We look forward to seeing you!


Letters and Sounds


Letters and Sounds is a Phonics programme that aims to build your child's skills in speaking and listening. Letters and Sounds is taught daily and prepares children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge.  Letters and Sounds are taught in Phases and your child is introduced to the sounds with actions and also encourages sound talk to break up the sounds in to words and blend (put the sounds together) to read.



More information about Letters and Sounds can be found by visiting the following web pages including some interactive resources to practise learning at home:

The Literacy and Numeracy Framework

Y Fframwaith Llythrennedd a Rhifedd


The Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) is used in schools to develop and embed skills in oracy, reading, writing and numeracy across all areas of development, whatever the subject.


You can find out more about the LNF by visiting the Learning Wales website. Click on the link below:




How can I help at home?

Sut allaf helpu adref?


Parental support at home is invaluable to further develop the skills your child learns in school, especially reading, spelling and maths.


Helping your child with reading

Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day and not just before bedtime.

  • Take time to look at the title, author and front cover before starting to read.
  • Walk through the story by looking at the pictures and discussing the characters and events.
  • Read a range of books or magazines about topics that your child is interested in.
  • Schedule a regular time for reading.
  • Encourage your child to read indoors and outdoors - labels, signs, menus, instructions.  


Helping your child with maths

As with reading, try to make maths as much fun as possible - playing games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this. Don't shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:

  • Play a number hunt when out and about - on street signs or car registration plates
  • Sing number rhymes together
  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home
  • Let your child handle money when out shopping


Helping your child with spelling

Good spelling is an important part of your child's literacy development and is an extension to their development of letters and sounds. Try to schedule a regular time to practise spelling at home - read the word together and begin by identifying and counting the sounds in the word. Use the strategy - Look, Cover, Write and Check to help them spell the word from memory or by using sound talk.

Tips for spelling:

  • Find words or sounds within the word (there's ' in 'when'!).
  • Break the word up into sounds (j-u-m-p = jump, m-ai-l = mail).
  • Make up a silly sentence using the word  (A kangaroo can jump as high as the moon).
  • Find a word that rhymes with it.


More information about supporting your child's education can be found on the BBC website:


Together Everyone Achieves More!



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