Croeso i dosbarth Celyn

Welcome to the Hollies

Shwmae a croeso i Dosbarth Celyn, Derbyn a Blwyddyn 1 - Hello and welcome to Hollies class, Reception and Year 1. 

We hope that you have all been keeping well and safe over the last few months. I know it has been a worrying time for all of us, but rest assured your children are our main priority in school and we will ensure that they come back feeling happy, positive, safe and secure! 

For those of you who don’t know me yet, I am Miss Evans the teacher in Dosbarth Celyn. Also working alongside me this year is Miss Davies, who should be a familiar face to you all! We are looking forward to welcoming the children back this year as they move into Reception and Year 1! 


We are already excited for the year ahead and are planning lots of fun experiences and opportunities for your children to learn, grow and progress in their learning journey. ​

Through the topics of study this year and daily classroom life, we aim for pupils to become increasingly independent, confident learners who are imaginative, ambitious and capable. Pupils will engage fully in their learning as they experience a variety of learning opportunities to develop skills that they will be able to use across the whole curriculum. These include: creative, problem solving, communication, literacy, numeracy, ICT, Welsh, health and well-being and social and personal skills. Our main aims are that the pupils in our care are happy, healthy, informed and confident individuals!



We are very lucky in Afon y Felin to have an extensive outdoor area and we aim to utilise this as much as possible in our learning this year, so please can you ensure your children are always suitably dressed for the weather, have a coat in school and if possible a pair of wellies. These can be kept in our classroom conservatory area if you wish. We also recommend that your children bring in and leave in class a P.E kit. These can then be returned home before school holiday times for washing. Please can you also ensure all clothing items belonging to your child are labelled with names as we understand how frustrating it is when items that cost a lot of money are misplaced!


As we are part of the Healthy School’s initiative, we encourage healthy eating and drinking in our school. Children are encouraged to keep a labelled bottle filled with water in class, which they can access when needed throughout the day. We also have fruit available for pupils to eat at break time. The fruit costs 25p per day and can be paid daily or upfront on a Monday for the week. Your child is also welcome to bring in their own fruit snack. 

Our lunch time meals provided in school offer healthy, balanced choices for your children to eat and we as a healthy school ask that you consider this if providing your child with a packed lunch. We can provide more information to help if you require it.


We will be providing your children with reading books in order to practise their reading at home with you. Please can pupils bring in their books every day, so we have opportunities throughout the week to listen to them read and change their book when ready. It is vitally important for your child’s development across all areas of the curriculum that they practise their reading every day and it has been proven that just 5 minutes a day can really make a big impact on their vocabulary, reading skills and overall progression. I can provide you with a pack to help you support reading development at home, if you would like one. Please do not hesitate to ask.


Over the coming weeks, homework (in the form of letter sounds and sight word recognition) will be given to the pupils to learn. Please support your child to practise and learn these in any way they find best. 

If you have any other questions, queries or would like to discuss anything further, please do not hesitate to come in to speak to us at the end of the school day.


Here’s to an exciting, fun and memorable year in Dosbarth Celyn!