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Reception - Miss Ford & Mrs Bennett

Welcome to Reception


Croeso i Derbyniad!
Welcome to Reception!

This year, we have two Reception classes which are taught by Miss Ford and Mrs Bennett. We are also very lucky to have four fantastic Teaching Assistants who support the children in every day activities - Mrs Thomas, Miss Smith, Mrs Messer and Miss Jones.

We have a fantastic outdoor area that we have all to ourselves this year and we try to use every day. Within the classroom we have a writing area, maths area, creative area, small world area, construction area, Welsh area, reading area, funky fingers area and ICT area. The children use these areas independently to complete various activities that help to build on the foundation of learning which they experience through focused tasks with a teacher. We are also very fortunate to have amazing school grounds including 'Coed Clase'. The children love exploring and learning in the outdoors and we do this as much as possible. We will be outdoors everyday and so it is really important that we have suitable clothing. Please feel free to leave a pair of wellies in school or old trainers that your child can change into. This will be great to help them become more independent too! Last but not least, please remember that as we learn we may sometimes get dirty as we love to explore and learn using all of our senses. It shows your child is creative and interested in learning about the world.  

Please have a look through our page for regular updates. We will update our termly overviews and will provide lots of other resources to help build on what we are learning in school.

Thank you for your continued support and if there is anything else you would like to know or are interested in finding more about, please do not hesitate to approach a member of the Reception team.


Diolch yn fawr!

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Autumn Learning!

Daily Do's


Get moving - Ideally go into the garden to have some fresh air.

  • Running or skipping about.
  • Balancing on one leg.
  • Jumping with two feet and landing on two feet.
  • Hopping.


Be more independent 

  • Put on and take off different items of clothing on your own.
  • Brush their hair, brush their teeth, cut up their food.
  • Attempt to open various food items by yourself bottles, packets etc.
  • Pour your own juice and cereal.


Phonics Activities

  • Check out the Phonics page on the school website for lots of fantastic ideas or click here!


Writing your name

  • Recognise the letters of your name, start with the first letter. Spot the letters that make your name, you could see them on food packaging, in a book or comic, magnetic letters on the fridge, foam letters in the bath. 
  • Make/form the letters of your name. You could make your letter shapes outside with twigs/pebbles, you can ask for help chalking them outside on a wall or floor, you can make the shape in the air or in shaving foam with your pointing finger.
  • Move onto writing your name and the names of your family and friends on pieces of paper or use 'paint' on hwb. (Letter formation sheet below).
  • Practise saying what you like and dislike. 'I like to play outside because...' I don't like it when its cold and windy because...'


Sing the Jolly Phonics Song

  • Listen to and join in with the actions of the Jolly Phonics Song (see below).
  • Use flashcards (see below) to test sound recognition.


Number recognition

  • Be a number detective and find them on food packaging, on book/magazine pages, on keyboards, washing machine dials, magnetic numbers on the fridge or foam letters in the bath.
  • Count various objects throughout the day e.g. how many tea bags are in the box? how many spoons are in the draw? how many steps does it take to get from one side of the house to the other?
  • Make/form numbers 1-10. You could form number shapes outside with twigs/pebbles, you can ask for help chalking them outside on a wall or floor, you can make the shape in the air or in shaving foam with your pointing finger. (number formation sheet below).

Jolly Phonics A-Z

We use Jolly Phonics songs to help the children recognise and remember different sounds in the alphabet.

Useful Websites and Resources

Hwb Instructions