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Welcome to Llwyncrwn Primary School

Class 1 Mrs N James

Welcome to Reception!

Croeso i derbyn!

 

 

Autumn Term 2020

 

Welcome to Dosbarth Ash. It’s been a long time coming but we are finally here and raring to go. It’s another year, another class and time to get to know your little ones as we become a 'little family' for the next year. You will see huge changes in your child over the next year as we learn new things and get them ready for their future in Llwyncrwn.

 

Our topic to start the autumn term is ‘What matters to me’ which will help them feel safe and secure and allow them to settle as they talk about things important to them which will probably be mainly themselves and their families. Later in the term we will be looking at books by the author Julia Donaldson. We will start with the Gruffalo and look at the Gruffalo’s Child and maybe The Stickman. We will also be learning about our senses and how they help us make sense of the world around us.  Flashcards and phonic sounds will be a huge part of our learning as well as simple number work and forming and recognising numbers to 10.  

 

And then, before we know it, it will be Christmas and the end of their first term in Reception .......but before that there's lots to keep us busy.  Enjoy watching their journey and see how they grow! 

First full week complete

 Summer Term 2020

Summer Term 2020 is going to be one we don’t forget. The summer term when we learnt from home and our teacher sent us videos and activities to try at home.

 

Summer term is always a fantastic term in Reception as the children really flourish and things we have been working on suddenly ‘click’ and their learning really takes off. Mrs Wood, Miss Allen and I are really missing the children and can’t wait for us to all be back together to continue our journey.

Thank you to those of you who have joined our FB page just for our class. It really brightens my day when I have a notification to say something has been posted and I see your lovely faces and your fantastic work. Lots of the activities I am setting can be used over and over again by altering the words or letters used or changing the rules of the games a bit. Remember all learning does not have to be written down or recorded formally. Practical, hands on activities and talking about things and being active help to embed the learning and are so important at this age. 

 

I will I’ll continue to post ideas and activities and read some stories on our FB page but if you want any ideas for any particular areas please contact me either via our Facebook page or by email mrsjames@llwyncrwn.co.uk

 

In the meantime please don’t stress over the work set. Other things you are already doing at home is learning even if you don’t realise it. Keep posting pictures of the children and the things they are getting up to, along with any activities they complete.

 So until we can all be back together safe in school please look after yourselves and the children and cherish the family time you have together. Take care and we hope to see you all very soon

love Mrs James, Mrs Wood and Miss Allen xxx

​​​​​​​Home learning ideas

As we have no idea how long we are going to be off school I have decided to upload some photographs which may help you help your child at home.

I have uploaded all the sounds we have learnt so far this year in a slideshow which you can play to your child while asking them what sound each letter makes and ask them to name a word which starts with that sound. The sentence at the bottom of each card helps the children remember how to form them correctly when writing the letters down.

 

In the last few days before the school closed I set up lots of the activities we regularly use in class to help the children learn without actually writing in books. Children learn so much through games and fun activities so don’t feel it’s all about them writing things down. All the children are at different stages in their learning so you will need to try things to see where your child is at.

I have taken photographs of language activities, maths activities and activities we use to develop their fine motor skills.  If you need any advice or support to help your child please don’t hesitate to contact me by email at mrsjames@llwyncrwn.co.uk and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Also if you want to send me any photos of things your child has done at home please send them to me by email too. I would love to see them.

 

Please stay safe and enjoy the time with your children. It is something we will never forget and I look forward to seeing you and the children as soon as it is safe to do so.

Take care

Mrs James 💕

Language activities

Maths activities

Fine Motor skills activiites

Spring Term 2020 - Transport topic

Our topic this term is all about Transport.  We will look at the various types of transport and how different vehicles are used for different journeys.  We will learn about different parts of vehicles and the people who drive, fly or sail them. We will take a visit to a local garage to see them at work and will have visits from different emergency services and the vehicles they use.  Our home task will be to make a boat or raft and these will be tested in school for floating, speed and if they can hold ‘passengers’.  We will be looking at a book called Gerry’s Story which is set in Bute Park, Cardiff and will be visiting this park as part of our trip to Cardiff and combining it with a trip on a boat.

 

During this term we will be continuing with our phonics work and the children will be able to amaze you with their progress with their reading when they bring their reading books home for the first time. They will be starting to write simple sentences independently and writing for different purposes.  We will also continue working on recognising and forming our numbers and starting simple addition sums.

 

The children were set a challenge to create a bridge from 4 paper cups and 4 lollipop sticks which would hold 20 teddies. In pairs the children designed their bridges, finding out, by trial and error, how far apart to place the bases, what shapes to make them and then how to position the teddies so they all fit on. Lots of teddies were falling off or platforms falling down but by working together all pairs managed to solve the problem talking about how the teddies took up less room on the bridge if they turned them sideways.

World Book Day 2020

As part of their topic of ‘Transport’ the class paid a visit to Hollybush Tyres to find out how to change a tyre. Lewis and Ray worked with the children even allowing them to operate some of the machinery.
Some of the children are getting really good at their number bonds to 5. All the practical activities are paying off and now they are showing off their skills in a written form. Da iawn pawb!
A very busy week learning about Chinese New Year with lots of fun activities to develop their vocabulary and fine motor skills. Learning stories and traditions, cooking and tasting a stir fry, dressing up and creating dragon puppets, dragon shape pictures, Chinese lanterns, Chinese drums and lucky red envelopes! Phew! What a busy week! 

Chinese New Year

The children have been working hard on learning their numbers and have played games to recognise numbers quickly as well as working on number bonds to 5.

Number recognition and number bonds to 5

As part of our transport topic we carried out a survey of the colours of the cars in the staff car park. The children collated the results and discussed their findings before using their results to make a graph and answering questions.

Car park survey

Autumn Term 2019

 

Another year, another class and time to get to know your little ones as we become a 'little family' for the next year. You will see huge changes in your child over the next year as we learn new things and get them ready for their future in Llwyncrwn.

 

Our topic for the autumn term is based on books by the author Julia Donaldson. We will start with the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child and if we have time read and do work on The Stickman. We will also be learning about our senses and how they help us make sense of the world around us.  Flashcards and phonic sounds will be a huge part of our learning as well as simple number work and forming and recognising numbers to 10.  We will hold a welcome to Reception meeting for parents after a few weeks settling in where we will give you ideas of how you can help us help your children.

 

And then, before we know it, it will be Christmas and the end of their first term in Reception .......but before that there's lots to keep us busy.  Enjoy watching their journey and see how they grow! 

Reception Class 2019

Christmas biscuit decorating

Dosbarth Ash showed super fine motor control skills today when they created their own reindeer food reindeers ready to guide Santa to their homes on Christmas Eve. Pretty sure Santa’s reindeers won’t go hungry in Beddau this Christmas Eve 🎅🏼

Reindeer food

Christmas Party Fun

Learning our sounds and flashcards is very important this term. To try and make it more fun and interesting we practice them in lots of different ways.

Learning through play

Number fun

Breakfast with Santa 🎅🏼

Nursery Rhyme Nativity

The children wrote letters to Santa and then walked down the Post Office to send them off to him. On their return to school they had a look around the school grounds to find the tree their class is named after - Dosbarth Ash.  The tree was bare of leaves today but they will revisit it during the coming year to notice all the changes.

Anti-bullying week 2019

Reception have been busy again talking about how words can hurt us and break us down. They thought of mean and nasty words which upset people and realised although we might not be not be able to see any hurt on the outside it causes hurt on the inside. They then thought of kind words to help heal the pain and put a smile back on someone’s face. Then they paid compliments to their friends before designing a ‘compliment bracelet’ with a secret message on the back that they can ask their parents to read to them when they get home to find out what their friend thinks of them 😍

#AntiBullyingWeek #ChangeStartsWithUs

Anti-bullying week 2019

Reception have been learning about respect and what makes a good friend. The children have shown lots of empathy and have talked about how words and actions can make people feel. #ChangeStartsWithUs #AntiBullyingWeek

 

Pudsey Bear pays a visit

Reception received a letter from the Mouse from the Gruffalo story asking for their help to reunite him with his friends. They used clues from the story to find the animals homes and were greeted by an extra special surprise at the end ..........the cutest Gruffalo ever.
Reception have been doing lots of craft work related to the Gruffalo, including hand prints Gruffalo’s, paper bag Gruffalo’s and paper plate Gruffalo’s. Don’t they look great!

Gruffalo Crafts

Reception have had a busy time with their ‘Pumpkin Day’. They read Pumpkin Soup, investigated and described pumpkins, coloured and cut a pumpkin face and made their own pumpkin rice crispy cakes. Lots of fun and learning with fantastic adjectives to describe the pumpkins.
Reception have been doing lots of ‘Funky Finger’ activities to develop the muscles in their hands and fingers to help with their pencil control. As a treat their challenge was to see how many honey Cheerios they could thread onto a pipe cleaner in 5 minutes to create an edible bracelet.  All those ‘Funky Finger’ activities certainly paid off as they completed their bracelets at top speed! 
Reception have been spending time looking at different ways of representing and making the numbers 1 to 3. They are able to say what number an object represents and sort accordingly gaining a deeper understanding of the value of numbers.

Representing numbers 1 to 3

Reception class were lucky enough to have some daffodil bulbs donated to them from Woodland Walk Garden Centre. The children enjoyed planting them and are hopeful they will grow in time for a special person next March 🌼.

Daffodil planting

Reception class have been learning that numbers are all around us. They have started with the number 1 and have explored both inside and outside the school looking for places where they can find the number 1. They found them in some interesting places.

Hunting for number 1

Farm party day

Nature crown fun

Pond dipping, vowel sorting and bottle top art in the sun

Noah’s Ark farm and zoo

Summer Term 2019

Hard to believe it’s Summer Term already. Where has the time gone? Soon it will be time for your children to leave Reception and move on to Year 1 but before that we have one more topic to work through. Our main focus this term is the series of books ‘What the ladybird heard’ and is linked to work about on the farm.  We will be learning about the different animals found on a farm, where they live, what their young are called and what they give us. We’ll be using these books to help us look at different genres of writing and will be learning about money and time in maths as well as continuing to expand our number work too. 

 

Thursday 23rd May is Outdoor Classroom Day and we will be taking part in this event and doing all our learning outdoors that day. Pray for nice weather for us! After Whitsun we’ll also hold International Week where Reception will learn about Italy, have sports day, parents meetings and have our end of year trip. Lots of exciting events to finish our year in Reception. Don’t forget to check back regularly to see what we’ve been up to.

Outdoor Learning Day - May 2019

Spring Term 2019 - Transport topic

Our topic this term is all about Transport.  We will look at the various types of transport and how different vehicles are used for different journeys.  We will learn about different parts of vehicles and the people who drive, fly or sail them. We will take a visit to a local garage to see them at work and will have visits from different emergency services and the vehicles they use.  Our home task will be to make a boat or raft and these will be tested in school for floating, speed and if they can hold ‘passengers’.  We will be looking at a book called Gerry’s Story which is set in Bute Park, Cardiff and will be visiting this park as part of our trip to Cardiff and combining it with a trip on a boat.

 

During this term we will be continuing with our phonics work and the children will be able to amaze you with their progress with their reading when they bring their reading books home for the first time. They will be starting to write simple sentences independently and writing for different purposes.  We will also continue working on recognising and forming our numbers and starting simple addition sums.

 Over half term Reception class were set the challenge to create a boat or raft at home that would float, carry ‘passengers’ and take part in a race. The children had great fun testing their boats and the two fastest boats were presented with medals. There were some impressive entries this year!
As part of the month long topic ‘Tales from Wales’,Reception class went on a trip to Cardiff to spot some of the important buildings they have been learning about. First stop was Cardiff Bay where they walked across the barrage and played in the park, before taking the Princess Katharine boat up to Bute Park and then they walked over to Cardiff museum where they took part in a Seaside Safari workshop. Even the damp, miserable weather didn’t spoil their enthusiasm.

Cardiff trip