Dosbarth Derbyn

The Reception class teacher is Mrs K. VerBruggen.

The team of teaching assistants working with the class are; Mrs. Gill Evans, Mrs. Lyndy Evans, Mrs. Karen Davies & Mrs. Sarah Coles

Autumn 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to a new school year. The children have settled happily into our new routines this week and we are all excited for the year ahead!

Our Reception topic this term will be Family & Friends. We will be talking about our bodies and how we use them in different ways.  We will be investigating our senses and the ways in which we use them on a daily basis. We will be reading lots of exciting stories to help us including; ‘Funny Bones’ and ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what can you see?’. Later in the term, we will also be basing lots of work around the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ as well as taking part in other exciting activities, like Harvest. The children will be able to choose many topic enhanced activities to do each day, which will be complimented by focused tasks including literacy, numeracy and Welsh through games, songs and creative activities.

The Personal and Social focus for Reception this term will be consolidating our daily routines such as finding our peg to hang up our coats, finding our name for the register, washing our hands before snack and other self-help skills such as putting on shoes, doing up buttons and so on. We will also be considering friendship and will be talking about sharing and caring for one another.

Reading will be on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Children will receive a reading book (initially this may be a picture book to encourage story telling) and choose a story book for you to share at home. Children will also receive a reading record, we encourage you to write a comment in the record after you have shared the school story books with your child, all comments are very useful! Please ensure children bring in their book bags every Monday, they will then be returned to you on a Tuesday.

We have hall time on a Tuesday Morning and Thursday afternoon. This will be used for a range of physical activities including gym, dance, parachute games, Busy Feet and Sticky Kids. Reception children will now change into their PE kits for their sessions; please ensure all items are clearly named in a gym bag. Gym bags will be kept in school and sent home every half term.

At Pen-y-Fro we are very lucky to have such extensive outdoor areas, which give our children the space and freedom to play and explore. There will be a choice of outdoor activities so please ensure that your child brings a named coat to school each day.

Forest school will be held specifically on a Wednesday afternoon. Children will return home wearing their forest school clothing and wellies after this session, as it allows us to spend more time having fun exploring the outdoors! As our weather can be extremely changeable please assume that we are going out whatever the weather is and now that the autumn term is here it would be advisable to send gloves, hat and scarf as it gets colder.

We will stop for a snack and milk during each morning. We are also welcoming children to bring in some yummy vegetables such as cucumber or carrots for our snack sessions this year. Please send in two pieces of fruit/vegetables on a Monday for us to share together. Can I please ask that we do not receive any Kiwi Fruits due to a pupil allergy, many thanks!

We will also have a weekly cooking session on a Tuesday and ask for a £5 contribution towards the cost of ingredients, this will last the whole term. Please can cooking contributions be sent in to school by 15th September in order for cooking to commence the following week.

Finally, if you have any concerns or you would like to know more about the activities, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us at any time.

Many thanks,

Mrs Katie VerBruggen (Class Teacher) and all the staff in Area One.


Our Reception Week
Monday –      Please bring in 2 pieces of fruit/vegetables to share

–      Book Bags: Reading Roundabout

Tuesday –      PE: Gymnastics

–      Book Bags: Reading Roundabout

–      Cooking day – yum yum!

Wednesday –     Wellie Wednesday: Forest School: waterproofs, warm clothes and wellie boots
Thursday –      PE: Busy Feet


Friday –      Golden Time – Let’s have fun!