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Dosbarth Yr Aran (Nursery & Reception)

Message from Ms Pritchard-Jones 



I am missing you and I’m thinking of you all. I hope you’re all well and staying safe.

It’s been lovely to see some of the activities you’ve been doing through the Hwb classroom.  


Please contact school if you can’t access Hwb. 


All the Foundation Team send their best wishes to you and your families. 

What a very busy week! World Book Day and our St.David's Day celebrations. We have been reading and enjoying a lot of stories and singing a lot of Welsh songs.

We have also been practising our number recognition and formation, going on a number hunt around the school to find places with numbers and places that could do with some numbers.

We have been enjoying  Disgo gyda Do ( Dough Disco) strengthening our fingers whilst learning lots of Welsh commands.

We have been collecting objects and sorting them into groups, giving reasons for our groups.

Outside we have had fun in the puddles! And we have been testing out how different liquids move.

We have been allowed to choose what sort of activities we want to do and a lot of us have asked for opportunities to put on shows. We love doing a show in the classroom. We have been building lots of different things with our new construction materials. We've been learning how to upload our pictures to our class Seesaw account and to make a Pic Collage of our photographs.  


Thank you to all the families who have competed the homework : pictures to follow. For more information please scroll down this page.

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.

Thank you.

Welcome to
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,

Ms Pritchard-Jones


World Cup Homework

Animation- Reception

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Animation- Reception

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Marvellous Me Models- fantastic homework! Well done everyone!

iMotion movies made by the children

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iMotion movies made by the children

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IMotion movies made by the children

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