Welcome to Reception
Croeso i Derbyn
I hope you will find this information regarding Reception of help to you and your child:
P.E will take place every Friday afternoon – please would you ensure that your child has a gym kit on this day or they will not be allowed to participate (a plain white T-shirt, navy shorts and trainers). Please note that trainers are not to be worn during dance and gym sessions.
On a Tuesday children will borrow a book from Pembrey Library – the book needs to be returned the following Tuesday in order for it to be changed.
Sound Wallets/Reading books need to be brought to school everyday please.
Book bags to be brought to school every other Friday.
Fruit can be bought everyday for 30p.
Please can you make sure all of your child’s uniform is labelled with their name.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s work and/or wellbeing at school please do not hesitate to contact me. Diolch!
Mrs S Evans
(assisted by Mrs. L Davies)
Come and see what we have been up to this term!
Autumn Term 2014-15
What a busy term we’ve had in Reception!
During the first half of the term our theme was ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’ and yes, we did get dirty but we loved it! We had a special visitor...Wizzy the Wizard who asked us to use our reading skills to help her make some special potions. We then got writing to create our own magic potions. We also enjoyed cooking in our Muddy Kitchen outside, counting the ingredients to make muddy porridge.
In class we listened to the story of the Magic Porridge Pot and we learnt to tell the story using a special story map. When Mr Conway came to teach us he taught us how to make salt dough items to sell in our Popty Penbre. All the children in Reception enjoy working outside, and we really look forward to Fresh Air Friday.
The second half of the term started off with great excitement as we were invited to a ‘Sleepover!’ We didn’t stay all night but it was dark when we left school! Mrs Thomas and Mrs Evans read some bedtime stories, we sang lullabies and we had hot dogs, beans on toast and hot chocolate for tea! What we really enjoy about this theme of ‘When I Fall Asleep’ is exploring the ystafell wely that we have in class. We have also been learning about nocturnal animals and Mr Conway has brought his owl model to class so that we can use our creative skills to make chalk drawings and clay models.
Dosbarth Mrs Thomas
Spring Term 2014-15
This term’s theme has been Dragon Tales where we have been gaining knowledge and understanding of the world, looking closely at castles and listening to lots of different stories about dragons. One of the stories we enjoyed joining in with was ‘Elephant Joe is a Knight’. We learnt how to spot when a character is speaking in a book and how important knight were in the past. In class, our role play area was made into our very own castle – Castell Penbre! We learnt about the different parts of a castle and why they were important.
There was great excitement in class one morning when a dragon’s egg was found! We had to look after it each day until it started to crack! The next morning a baby dragon appeared! We called him Idris. He helped us keep the Dark Knight away by teaching us where to hide using words like in, behind, under and so on.
We have been using our programming skills to navigate the Beebots around different maps. We started with a simple map, but as we got better we were challenged with more difficult maps to become Beebot Masters!
We have begun to learn to count in twos, which really helped us when we had to lay the table for a ‘Feast’. We helped prepare sandwiches, fruit and cheese for the feast just as they would have had in the past.
We have also been learning how to ask for fruit in our tuck shop in Welsh for example ‘Ga i afal coch os gwelwch yn dda?’ Because of this we have been earning lots of tocynnau iaith and have won the weekly Foundation Phase class competition twice this term! Ardderchog!
Celebrating St David’s Day is very important to us in Pembrey School. This year we had a concert in the hall, where we sang ‘Mr Hapus ydw i’ to the whole school. In class we learnt about the different things that we do to celebrate and we made Welsh-cakes, which were delicious!
Summer Term 2014-15
This term we have been learning about ‘Teeny Tiny Things’ which means we have been spending a lot of our time investigating in the outdoor learning environment. We started our new theme by going on a visit to Folly Farm where we had a chance to see lots of creatures great and small. The following week Folly Farm came to our class in the shape of a Giant African Snail, Hissing Cockroach, a Giant Millipede and a Stick Insect! We were able to hold them as long as we were gentle.
We have discovered that many different mini beasts live in our school grounds; finding them under logs, stones and leaves. Because many of the creatures are so small, we have had to use magnifying glasses, pooters and visualizers to look at them carefully. By doing this, we have been able to see the different parts of their bodies and the patterns they have on them.
During the term we have also been learning how to measure length and weight; first of all by working as a group to estimate and problem solve and then to measure using blocks to compare length and weighing scales to compare weight.
We always enjoy listening to stories or learning new facts from books and this term has been no different. The rhymes in ‘Mad About Mini beasts’ taught us about each creature’s likes and dislikes while ‘The Tiny Seed’ gave us the chance to learn about the lifecycle of a flower.
We have been very active this term too; taking part in Sports Day, going to the Balance-ability launch event and by having lots of fun on our new climbing frame!
We are now looking forward to moving up to Year 1 with yet another Mrs Thomas!
‘Battle of the Dinosaurs’ was our first theme this term and so we went on a visit to Dan-yr-Ogof to see all the dinosaur models. Back in class we learnt all about dinosaurs by reading lots of information books. We also read ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’, ‘Dinosaurs Love Underpants’ and ‘Stoneage Boy’. To develop our Mathematical skills we ordered pictures of ‘Harry’ according to size and we did lots of counting! At the end of this theme we had a great time sitting around a campfire eating dinosaur biscuits that we had made.
After half term we started learning about things that ‘Glow and Glitter’. We began with looking at different types of fireworks and the colours, shapes and sounds they create. Making our own rockets and firework pictures on the computer for our class display was fun! But the most exciting experience we had was making our own glittery Lava lamps! First we investigated natural and man-made light sources then we used oil and lots of glitter to make sparkly Lava lamps! The Hindu festival of Diwali (known as the festival of lights) also gave us the opportunity to make colourful and glittery rangoli patterns and Diwali lamps which are an important part of this festival.
During the term we also took time to learn about the importance of Remembrance Day. We know that red poppies are worn to remember the men and women who have died during war. Our colourful display of hand-made red poppies in class reminds us of those people every day.
Spring Term 2015-16
‘Do cows drink milk?’ was our first theme this term. We learnt the names of different farm animals in English and Welsh. We helped Miss to sort the animals on the farm. We enjoyed singing rhymes about farm animals, our favourites were ‘Old Macdonald had a farm’ and ‘The farmer wants a wife’. We listened to the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and we planted and watched our broad beans grow. We searched outdoors, finding farm animals and counting them. Our favourite story was ‘The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza’. We had great fun making our own pitta pizzas, they were delicious!
During the second half of this term, our theme has been ‘Will you read me a story?’ We have listened to lots of different fairytale stories. Goldilocks wrote to us and asked us to help her find and sort the missing items from the three bears cottage. Also, we followed the instructions and made some porridge that tasted -just right! We listened to the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and we drew a story map to help us retell the story. To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, we listened to the story about ‘Pablo the Super Banana’. We learnt about the journey of the banana and why it is fair to buy Fairtrade. We searched outdoors for the numbered Fairtrade bananas, we could order them and find the matching numicon shape. We tasted some Fairtrade bananas, they were YUMMY!
‘Are we there yet?’ was our first theme this term. We had a fantastic journey on the steam train at the Gwili Railway – it was great fun! We listened to and joined in singing some lovely songs on the theme of transport, these included The Wheels on the Bus, The Runaway Train, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, The Big Ship Sails and Down at the Station.
We learnt the names of different types of vehicles and sorted the pictures of them using various criteria, such as colour, number of wheels and method of moving. We went on a transport hunt and created a tally of the different vehicles that passed the school. We found out how the class came to school and created a pictogram on the computer program ‘JIT’. We did an excellent job retelling the story 'Mr Grumpy's Outing' in a special assembly. We investigated a range of everyday objects to see whether they would ‘Float’ or ‘Sink’.
We looked at the class holiday photographs and listened to our friends talking about the places they had been on holiday with their families. We had two different suitcases, one going to Lapland and one going to Turkey. We chose a holiday item and we could pack it into the correct suitcase. We loved playing with the airport in the small world area.
We made shopping lists to help Tedi Twt get ready to go to the shop. We enjoyed playing in Tedi Twt’s shop, using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins to 'buy' things ready for his picnic.
During the second half of this term, our theme has been ‘Who lives in a rock pool?’ We really enjoyed visiting the RNLI Lifeboat Station. We now know how to stay safe by the water and what to do if we need help. We have listened to a variety of stories, poems and songs based on the theme of the seashore. Some of our favourite stories were 'Sharing a Shell' and 'Mister Seahorse’.
In the outdoor area, we used sand, water and seashore items to create a rockpool. We used nets to fish for, name and sort the small world sea creatures. We created seashore dances, moving like a crab, a fish, a tendril of seaweed, a wave or the tide. We used a range of percussion to inspire us to move and dance.
We looked at ‘beach art’ by the artist Andy Goldsworthy. We created our own images by mixing, shaping arranging and combining a range of seashore materials. We have explored and experimented with a variety of techniques and materials, we made our own seashore bottles, we decorated pebbles by painting seashore creatures on them and we made clay models of a starfish, seahorse and a shell.
We listened to the story ‘Come away from the water, Shirley’. We enjoyed playing pirate treasure subtraction. We made pirate hats and pretended to be a pirate. We drew our own maps to find the treasure. On our treasure hunt we found and counted lots of shiny treasure!
Our theme at the beginning of the term was ‘Do you want to be friends?’ We enjoyed walking all around the school, where we got to meet the people who work here and found out what they do to help us. Also, we showed a photograph and talked about someone who helps us at home.
We’ve discussed who our friends are and what things we like to do with our friends. We all made handprints and used them to create a beautiful class friendship quilt! We sang songs and played games to learn the names of our body parts in Welsh. We really enjoyed pretending to be Tedi Twt and visiting the doctor because we were ill. We have taken part in ‘The Rhyme Challenge’, which has enabled us to listen to and join in singing a number of bilingual nursery rhymes.
During the second half of this term, our theme has been ‘Why do squirrels hide their nuts?’ We have learnt the names of different woodland animals and found out where they live.
We listened to the story ‘The Hedgehog’s Wings’. We collected and used leaves to create our own leaf hedgehogs. We have had great fun pretending to be Percy’s animal friends and playing in Percy’s hut. We thoroughly enjoyed making hedgehog bread rolls.
We pretended to be squirrel during his busy day, we went outdoors to find his acorns. We could count and match them to the correct number and numicon shape.
We have had a new addition to our class this term – Rhodri!! He is our class rabbit who has been helping us to develop our good listening skills.
We have had great fun using the balance bikes. We have developed our confidence, spatial awareness, balance and the ability to ride a bike without stabilisers.
We would like to wish you a very ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’.
‘Do cows drink milk?’ was our first theme this term. We learnt the names of different farm animals in English and Welsh. We helped Miss to sort the animals on the farm. We enjoyed singing rhymes about farm animals, our favourites were ‘Old Macdonald had a farm’ and ‘The farmer wants a wife’. We listened to the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and we planted and have been watching our broad beans grow. We searched outdoors, finding farm animals and counting them. Our favourite story was ‘The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza’. We had great fun making our own pitta pizzas, they were delicious!
During the second half of this term, our theme has been ‘Will you read me a story?’ We listened to the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and made our own Gingerbread Men - they were YUMMY! We have enjoyed dressing up as different fairy tale characters and acting out the stories. To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, we listened to the story about ‘Pablo the Super Banana’. We learnt about the journey of the banana, and why it is fair to buy Fairtrade. We have had a new addition to our class this term – Ozzy!! He is an orangutan who has been helping us to use our imagination. We enjoyed our class fairy tale tea party where we made crown sandwiches, fruit wands and decorated biscuits. We played pass the parcel, we danced and celebrated the end of our theme. We have all thoroughly enjoyed preparing for our class assembly ‘The Easter Story’, learning the new songs and telling the story.
We would like to wish you a ‘Happy Easter’.
‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’ was our first theme this term. We had a fantastic time on our Minibeast Safari, we searched for a range of minibeasts that wriggle, crawl or fly. We enjoyed playing the game ‘Who am I?’, we chose a minibeast and described its appearance, special features and where it lives. We used our lollipop sticks to ask a friend to guess who it was. We listened to the story The Very Greedy Bee, unlike the Greedy Bee we worked together to make sure everyone got a slice of honey and bread.
We listened to and joined in singing some lovely songs on the theme of minibeasts, these included Incy Wincy Spider, Here is the beehive and There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf. On JIT, we created a class pictogram to show our favourite minibeasts. We had great fun outdoors finding and making each ladybird make 5 in a different way. We enjoyed listening to the story ‘Ben Plants a Butterfly Garden’ by Kate Petty and Axel Scheffler. We decided to create our own butterfly garden to attract caterpillars and butterflies. We enjoyed the story Picnic Tedi Twt, played Y Fasged Bicnic game and sang the song Beth sydd yn y fasged bicnic?
During the second half of this term, our theme has been ‘Why do zebras have stripes?’ In our role play area, we have enjoyed creating our own safari vehicles, and using our animal spotting sheets for safari hunting. We matched the baby animal to the parent. We listened to the story Greedy Zebra, we created our own story maps to use to retell the story. We loved following the addition trail outdoors, finding the addition number sentences, working out and saying the answers.
We explored how the African-themed musical instruments are played and what they are made from. We created our own rhythms and played them together. We have great fun playing quiz games on Kahoot, we recently played ‘Whose noise?’, where we had to listen to a range of recorded animal sounds and choose which animal made the noise. We built different safari animals using a range of construction materials.
We are enjoying doing a number of challenges outdoors. We played shop, using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins to 'buy' ice cream from the ’Parlwr Hufen Ia’. In the water area, we made our own bubbly waterfall. Using tally marks, we recorded how many points we have got from throwing the African animals into the different numbered hoops. We had great fun scooping out the coloured balls, solving the take away sum and putting the ball in the correct numbered cone answer.
Sports Day was great fun this year, we were excellent runners and enjoyed working together in a team in our ‘Safari Hunt’ race.
We are now looking forward to more fun and exciting learning in our new class in September.