Welcome to Taff Fawr
Meet The Teachers
Mrs Hughes Mrs Stone Miss M
Class Teacher Class LSA Class LSA
Autumn Term 2022
Drop off time: 8.45am - 9am
Pick up time: 3.00pm - 3.15pm
5th September – INSET Day school closed for pupils
6th September – Children return to school
14th September – Meet the Teacher 3.30 pm and 4:00pm
16th September – INSET Day school closed for pupils
26th September – European Languages Day Celebration
30th September - Macmillan Coffee Morning
3rd October - Black History Celebration
6th October – Harvest Assembly & Food bank collection
18th October – Autumn Disco (in class)
20th- 27th October – Scholastic Book Fayre
24th October – Parents Evening
25th October – Parents Evening
24th October – Hinduism Celebration Day
25th October – Individual and Sibling Photos
28th October – Last Day of term
Schoop: The school ID is 17699
Google Classroom code: fz52mbl
Please bring your book bag to school every day, containing your reading book, sound sheets or key words.
Please bring a bottle of water to school daily, clearly labelled with your name.
Healthy snacks can be purchased from the snack trolley or brought in from home. Children will be offered milk at snack time.
Please wear your PE kit to school on Mondays.
Children should wear black shorts, house colour t-shirt and trainers, labelled clearly with their name. They may also wear black jogging bottoms when completing activities outdoors.
We encourage the children to become more independent in Reception and take care of their own belongings. Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child's name.
Please ensure that your child has a warm and waterproof coat during the Autumn and Spring terms. We will be using the outside area everyday. Hat, scarves and gloves can be brought to school- please ensure everything is clearly labelled with your child's name.
Please apply sun cream before school and provide your child with a hat and a large bottle of water.
Our topic for this half term:
A Wet And Windy Harvest
We will start the term talking about the changing seasons and focussing on Autumn. We will
ask the children to collect Autumn objects, such as fallen leaves, seeds, twigs etc and
encourage them to explore these through a variety of activities, developing imagination,
curiosity and investigation skills as well as numeracy and literacy. We will talk about the
changing weather using different languages and will learn songs and rhymes. The Christian
Value of Thankfulness will run through our topic and we will end with a very special Harvest
Festival - more details to follow.
Pupil Voice - At St David's we encourage the children to engage in their own learning. If your child would like to learn about something linked to our topic, or if you have a lovely suggestion for an activity that could support this topic, please email Mrs Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the unlikely event of a school closure, weekly planning can be found on Google Classroom.
Homework will be set every Friday on Google Classroom.
The homework grid below offers some suggestions for practical activities that your child may like to complete independently. These are linked to our current topic and your child may like to show the class what they have completed at the end of the half term.
Homework Grid Autumn 1:
Hwb and Google Classroom
Your child will need to be a member of our Google Classroom in order to access learning resources. The link below will take you to a video with a step by step guide on joining and using our Google Classroom.
In the unexpected event of a school closure, planning and activities can be found on Google Classroom and on this class web page.
Our Christian Value for this term is Thankfulness.
We use a scheme called Read Write Inc to teach your children to read and write. Above are
the letter sounds and a short rhyme which help the children to remember the correct letter
formation to use. It is extremely important that the children form letters correctly from the
start as habits are very difficult to change. Learning the correct letter formation is imperative
for 'joining' writing in later years.
Please visit this link for parents, regarding the RWI scheme;
Please remember to use letter sounds when reading, rather than their names. This will help
the children to blend sounds when reading words such as cat, dog etc. For example, say 'c', 'a', 't'-
cat. You may wish to encourage your child to learn their sounds through play.
At St. David's we also use 'Phonics Play' to also reinforce learning. To access the website please use the following:
We also use the Oxford reading scheme. There are many free resources which you can access using the Oxford Owl website;
Useful resources to support Literacy:
The children will have opportunities to speak Welsh daily in school. We encourage the children to ask and answer questions using our 'Helper Heddiw'. We will begin by learning about our feelings and asking 'Sut wyt ti?'
Here is a link to a video which will help your child learn:
Modern Foreign Languages
As part of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Taff Fawr will be learning Italian. We will learn colours, numbers and animals.
Languagenut is a wonderful online tool where children can access resources to support the development of their new language (Italian). Each child will have their own log in details where they can gain points for activities completed. Languagenut will also give you the correct pronunciation of words and phrases. You can learn alongside your child! These points will show a class ranking, school ranking, and even our school ranking compared to all schools around the world. Taff Fawr will have access to Italian and Welsh! At St David's we love multilingual children. Have fun!!
Where to start Italian: We will be learning our different colours.
Snap Game: This could be used with colours.
Feely Bag: Put different colours in a bag and pull different things out to name them. (Can you beat your last score?)
As with writing, forming numbers correctly is extremely important. Above are some short rhymes which will help your child remember the correct number formation in a fun way!
You can help your child at home by getting them to recognise and form numbers up to 10 and by asking them to sort and count groups of objects up to 10. Look for numbers in your environment, on doors, car reg etc. Have fun!
We often use the 'Topmarks' website to reinforce learning in school. There are lots of fun and interactive resources for the children to explore easily.
As with Literacy, Oxford Owl has many wonderful resources to help support mathematics.
Our PE day is on . Your child may wear their PE clothes to school on this day. They will need to wear their house coloured T-shirt, black shorts and trainers. On hot days please ensure that your child also brings a hat to school and a large water bottle. In the colder months the children may wear black tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody.
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Healthy Schools Initiative / Snack
St David's is a healthy school and we encourage all children to eat healthy food in their lunchboxes and at snack time. We provide snack for your children in school daily at a cost of £2 per week / £14 per term. Please pay via parent pay. You are able to bring your own healthy snacks to school. However using the snack trolley encourages the children to try new, healthy foods and they will often choose to try new things, when seeing their friends doing the same.
Please ensure that your child has a labelled bottle in school daily, containing water only. We have fresh drinking water fountains, where the children can refill their bottles.
Please - NO sweets, chocolate and sugary drinks in lunchboxes.
Children have regular access to computers and devices at home and in school. To keep them safe, whilst using the internet, we teach them the 'SMART' rules. You may wish to reinforce these at home too. Have fun, stay safe!
Useful web links to support learning in Taff Fawr