Croeso i ddosbarth Celyn

Welcome to the Hollies

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


Welcome to our class page. I am Mrs J Williams the teacher in Dosbarth Celyn. Also working alongside me this year is Mrs N Jones, 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 have 8 exciting topics this year.

Autumn 1- Magical me

We will be learning about our body’s, families, where we live, people who help us and healthy foods we eat. 


Autumn 2-Whizz, Pop,Bang

We will be exploring nocturnal animals, how shadows are created and looking for light sources. We will be playing musical instruments and working out how to make sounds louder and quieter. 


Spring 1- Puddles and Rainbows

We will be colour mixing, exploring and recreating famous art work by Van Gogh. We will be investigating different materials to find out if they are waterproof and learning how we can take care of our planet. 


Spring 2- Amazing Animals

We will learn about different animals and how we care about them. We will be learning about life cycles and watch eggs hatch into baby chicks and learning about habitats. 


Summer 1- Ticket to ride

We are going to look at how people travelled in the past and present and how they will travel in the future. We will be looking at the features of emergency services vehicles. We shall look at Space travel and we will design our own vehicles. 


Summer 2- If you go down to the woods today. 

We will be reading lots of fairytales and practicing writing stories using our imaginations. We will be exploring different characters from the stories and finding out all about them. 


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 freely. Pupils can bring in 1 piece of fruit to eat during their morning play. Milk will be provided at the end of the day and is usually accompanied with a story telling session. 


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. Spelling tests will be given to your child when they are ready for them. They will consist of 6-10 words the children can learn by sounding out the letters and 2 tricky words that cannot be sounded out and must be learnt by sight.  

The children will have access to their HWB logins to play games and learn online.

We will be using class Dojo to keep in touch with parents and to provide online learning if the need arises. Please ask for the code so you can connect to your child’s class. 


The children will have PE on a Thursday and will need to come into school wearing their PE kit. Please make sure your child has a t-shirt, jumper, leggings or trousers with socks and trainers. 


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!

Mrs Williams