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Reception - Taff Fawr

Welcome to Taff Fawr








Meet The Teachers







         Mrs Hughes     Mrs Stone       Miss Ellie Courtman

Class Teacher     Class LSA           Class LSA


Important Dates


Autumn Term 2 2022


Drop off time: 8.45am - 8.55am

Pick up time:  3.15pm


7th November - Return to school 

11th November – Remembrance Day worship & activities 

11th November – Rags to Riches 

18th November - Road Safety Week 

18th November – Christmas Shoe Box Collection for Operation Christmas Child 

18th November – Children in Need Day 

18th November – Parents coffee morning & SLT open forum 9.15- 10.30am 

21st November – Anti Bullying Week 

22nd November - Mother Rose Whole School Assembly

2nd December - Christmas Fayre

5th December - Nursery Christmas trip to see Santa at Cefn Mably Farm

10th December – Bath Christmas Market Adult shopping trip 

12th December – PS1 (Nursery and Reception) Concert 9.30am Grandparents 

13th December - PS1 (Nursery and Reception) Concert 9.30am Parents 

16th December - Christmas Jumper Day

19th December - Whole School Eucharist 10am 

20th December - PS1 &2 Disco 3.30-4.30 PS3 Disco 4.45-5.45pm 

21st December - Messy Christmas and Christmas Dinner

23rd December - INSET -school closed for pupils 

24th December – 8th January – Christmas Holidays


Schoop: The school ID is 17699

Twitter: @StDavidsCiWPrm

Email: reception@stdavidsprm.cardiff.sch.uk

Google Classroom code: fz52mbl

Weekly Routine

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.


Cold Weather

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. 


Hot Weather

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 King is Born





This term we will be looking at 'Christmas' - Why and how do Christians celebrate

Christmas? And we will spend time talking about the Christmas story and rehearsing our 

wonderful nativity play.


We will also talk about the change of seasons and how to stay safe during the

long dark days. We will discuss how temperatures change throughout the year

and we will investigate the properties of ice and snow and look at how they can change.

In maths we will be exploring shape and symmetry as well as continuing to explore number

through daily reasoning challenges! We will also continue to learn our letter sounds,

introducing the 'special friend' sounds, sh, th, ch and learning to blend, read and spell

CVC and key words. 




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 reception@stdavidsprm.cardiff.sch.uk. 



In the unlikely event of a school closure, weekly planning can be found on Google Classroom.


All Planning is guided by the Four Core Purposes.


101 Experiences


Congratulations to Leo


For wonderful work in literacy!





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 2





Hwb and Google Classroom


Your child will need to be a member of our Google Classroom in order to access learning resources.

When your child starts in our school they will receive a Hwb log in. Once they have recieved

these details they will be invited to join the classroom. You will then need to enter the 

following code for the reception class ; Inmvdmg

Homework will be set on the Google Classroom every Friday.


In the unexpected event of a school closure, planning and activities can be found on Google Classroom and on this class web page.

How to Use Google Classroom

Christian Values


Our Christian Value for this term is Perseverance.






Perseverance. This means to keep trying even when the going gets tough. The children will be encouraged to have self belief in order to keep on going and to speak out for what they believe is right. They will also reflect upon God's persevering love.


Please take time to look at our Home School Values sheet as this helps you to explore values and have fun together.













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:

Username: march2020

Password: home








We also use the Oxford reading scheme. There are many free resources which you can access using the Oxford Owl website;


Username: stdavidsreception

Password: Reception123








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.


Other activities

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. 


Real PE


Real PE is a unique, child centred approach that transforms how we teach PE to include, challenge and support EVERY child. Jasmine - your real learning platform, provides 1000s of hours of fun activities and challenges that will help you to keep your children and family fit and healthy.








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.









Internet Safety



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