Ewyas Harold Primary School

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Welcome to Class R page.

Our class teacher is Mrs Colwell and our teaching assistant is Miss Gittings.

On Tuesday mornings the children have Mrs Adjei.

The reception children have all come back fully refreshed from their Easter Holidays with lots of news of chocolate. Yet again I am so proud of how confident they all were in their Easter celebrations in the church. To all stand up sing so many songs is amazing! 

The children have been busy learning through play whilst the adults have been busy observing and providing resources to enhance and extend their play. This term we will continue doing more adult directed learning along side child initiated. This half term we will be learning all about dinosaurs, with a visit to Dan yr Ogof caves to see some.

All the children have been making fantastic progress in their reading, moving through the stages. Parents please remember to write in their diaries to let me know how they are getting on at home. The children are enjoying their phonic sessions and picking up the new sounds each week.

Mrs Colwell is happy to speak to parents or guardians either before or after school and is enjoying receiving and reading the children’s WOW sheets.

Forest school sessions are every Friday afternoon so please make sure children have a change of clothes as we will be getting muddy!!

The teachers and assistants in Reception continue to watch and interact with us everyday to see what we are interested in and what we are good at. Then they plan a range of really exciting indoor and outdoor activities for us following the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance. This has seven areas of learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

We are promoting positive attitudes through the use of circle time and puppets. We are focusing on forming positive relationships with both peers and adults and we try to be really kind and considerate to each other.

Communication and Language.

We encourage the children to listen carefully in a range of situations; such as story time, circle time and to instructions. We model how to speak clearly and confidently and how to take turns in conversations.

Physical Development

We are supporting the children as they develop their gross and fine motor skills. This is through the use of large equipment such as the climbing frame, bikes and balls and smaller equipment such as peg boards, threading, play dough and mark making tools. During P.E. sessions we encourage children to change into their PE. kit independently before going into the hall or outdoors to explore space and movement. Please ensure your child has their PE. kit here each Wednesday labelled with their names. The summer term we will be focusing on athletics.


We continue to explore a variety of fiction, non-fiction, songs and poetry texts. We are currently covering new letter sounds through Letters and Sounds, covering three sounds a week, learning their sound, action and song. Parents also have a copy in their Phonic book to practise at home.  


The children are doing lots of nursery rhymes and counting as we are embedding numbers to twenty this half term. We are moving forward to applying the skills we have learnt in addition ad subtraction and applying them to our own problems. Also looking at doubling and halving.

Understanding the World.

We are supporting the children in finding out about themselves and others, realising that we are all different but all special. Laptops are available throughout the day and the children are encouraged to ask and answer questions about the world around them. Each child has access to an ipad on Fridays.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children have great fun painting, using clay, oil pastels, and chalks and engaging in spontaneous messy play, producing many pieces of art that they will bring home. We also have a range of musical instruments and role play props for the children to explore.

Thank you for all your continuing support!!

Class R


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