A message for parents, on behalf of the children:
It’s been a very busy start to the new school year for the children of Dosbarth yr Aran (Nursery/Reception). We’ve been busy playing in all the different areas of the Foundation, showing all the teachers how well we share and talk to our friends. We’ve been singing, dancing, junk modelling, painting and pattern making. We’ve been threading and sorting, building, creating stories and listening to stories.
Also we been introduced to our new project ‘Journeys’. Together we’ve talked about our favourite journeys, packing a suitcase for a holiday, made lots of different roads and tracks for our toy vehicles to travel along, and created the inside of a train carriage. We’ll be doing lots of things linked to ‘Journeys’.
We have been practising our counting.
Nursery 1-10 and back again.
Reception 0-20 and back again. Counting in twos and in tens.
We’ve been practising counting to ten in Welsh, too.
We are learning the days of the week and the months of the year. The letter sounds and how to write the letters of the alphabet. (lower case). Also we have been practising writing our names.
Please help us to learn by continuing to read lots of books with us and playing lots of games with us.
Lower foundation phase!
We update our class news on a weekly basis.
Lower Foundation Phase consists of a reception/ nursery class . The reception/nursery class is taught by Ms Pritchard-Jones.
The teacher is supported by teaching assistants: Miss Elin, Mrs Bayliss, Miss Morley, Mrs Rowan, Mrs Jackson, and Mrs Mackenzie.
The Foundation Phase
The Foundation Phase encompasses the developmental needs of children, promoting equality of opportunity and values and celebrates diversity. Children learn through first-hand experiential activities with the serious business of ‘play’ providing the vehicle. Through their play, children practise and consolidate their learning, play with ideas, experiment, take risks, solve problems and make decisions. First hand experiences allow children to develop an understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. The development of children’s self-image and feelings of self-worth and self-esteem are at the core of this phase.
The Foundation Phase curriculum is planned as a progressive framework that spans four years (3 to 7 years) to meet the diverse needs of all children, including those that are at an earlier stage of development and those who are more able.
Indoor and outdoor environments that are fun, exciting, stimulating and safe promote children’s development and natural curiosity to explore and learn through first-hand experiences. The Foundation Phase environment should promote discovery and independence and a greater emphasis on using the outdoor environment as a resource for children’s learning.
Areas of Learning
Seven Areas of Learning have been identified to describe an appropriate curriculum for 3-7 year olds that supports the development of children and their skills. They must complement each other and work together to form a practical relevant curriculum.
The seven Areas of Learning are:
- Personal and Social Development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity
- Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
- Mathematical Development
- Welsh Language Development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
Personal and Social Development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity is at the heart of the Foundation Phase and should be developed across the curriculum.
Pupils work with a specialsied teaching assistant Mrs Harvey on a rota basis to develop their ICT skills also, as the importance of digital literacy has increased in general, ICT is incorporated into the children's day as often as possible.
They learn about:
- the use of ICT in the wider world
- using the internet safely
- controlling programmable toys
- word processing programmes
- mouse control
- using simple pictogram/ graphing program
- using tools to create simple pictures and patterns.
A Message for Parents, Grandparents and Carers
On behalf of the Nursery/Reception staff team, thank you all for your support, messages and kind words throughout this last academic year.
Best wishes for a fabulous summer,