Dosbarth Chirk

Dosbarth Chirk
Croeso i tudalen Dosbarth Chirk. Welcome to the class page of Chirk class.
Here you will find information about your child’s learning journey in Reception/ Year 1.

Topic ‘Castles – Here, there and everywhere’
Autumn 2018

Foundation Phase!

The Foundation Phase is a skill based curriculum and will encourage your children to become independent learners.

The Foundation Phase is based on the following principles -:
• Building on what our children know and can do.
• Ensuring that no child is excluded or disadvantaged.
• Offering a structure for learning that has a range of starting points.
• Having a content which matches individual needs.
• Having activities that provide opportunities for learning both indoors and outdoors.
• Providing a rich and stimulating environment.

The Foundation Phase contributes to children’s understanding of the cultural identity unique to Wales (Curriculum Cymreig).
As a Church school, we follow the content of the agreed Syllabus.

Seven ‘Areas of Learning’ have been identified in the curriculum for 3-7 year olds to support the development of children and their skills:

Personal and Social development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity (including Religious Education); Children will be given opportunities to extend their personal development as they develop an understanding of the behavioural expectations of our class and school. Children will create their own class rules and look to help each other follow them so that we are all READY and SAFE whilst showing RESPECT.
RE; We will be considering the value of thankfulness. Children will be thinking about what they are thankful for within different contexts as we celebrate Harvest and approach Christmas. We will be considering the building of St Mary’s Church to support our topic and understanding of our locality and faith.
Language, Literacy and Communication Skills; We will use collaboration to plan our writing. Children will be developing their literacy skills by writing for different purposes which will be generated as the children’s interest in the topic evolves. Possible writing structures include; lists, menus, recounts and character profiles. A lot of our Language work will focus on the children’s oracy skills, developing their confidence and communication and capturing this on app’s, such as Seesaw.
Mathematical Development; Children will be developing their number, counting, pattern and shape skills during this half term. The children will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of maths in our areas of learning. We will learn lots of number songs and also begin to use mental maths on a daily basis. It is expected that 2d and 3d shape will have high profile within this topic of castles!
Welsh Language Development; Children will be encouraged to practise their incidental Welsh daily as we discuss feelings, the weather and respond to corfrestru dosbarth a cinio. Children will also be embracing our Welsh heritage as we recognise the Cwricwlwm Cymraeg in our learning especially as we celebrate Roald Dahl Day and visit Chirk Castle.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Through our topic children will consider the differences and similarities between the present and the past. We will be recognising the impact of time on people and places. Children will be making predictions based on what they already know and investigating to find out.
Physical Development; Children will be developing their fine and gross motor skills as they participate in individual, partner and group activities. Children will share ideas to help improve performances. We will use tricycles and scooter to develop coordination. We will be following a Welsh story called ‘Megan and the baby dragon’, this will help with their movement on the floor and apparatus.
Creative Development; Children will be creating artefacts which support our topic whilst developing their skills. Designing flags/ coats of arms will encourage knowledge of shape and symmetry. Creating Castles will develop shape, tessellation and size.
ICT; All children will be set up with their own Maths Whizz accounts to extend their numeracy skills – activities can be completed in school or at home. ICT will be used to enhance the children’s learning about castles as they visit interactive websites and complete challenges set. We will aim to have the children confident using Seesaw to record their own work and present this to their parents at the end of the term.


PE; Our PE day is a Thursday. Please ensure your child has an appropriate kit to change into. Long hair must be tied back and jewellery removed – you may send plasters if your child struggles to remove earrings. I suggest that kits stay in school and will send them home every half-term for a wash.

Children in Foundation phase are eligible to receive free milk and in addition can purchase healthy snack from school for £1 each week (please ask if you need clarification about snack). We allow children to bring water bottles to school and they can access clean, drinking water whenever they need it.

Early bird activities start at 8:45 until register at 8:55. Children in Chirk enter and leave school using side entrance leading to the outdoor provision area adjacent to the Nursery class. If you arrive after the door is locked, please wait in reception so that Mrs Barlow can let you in.

Book bags are sent home every Thursday and we ask for them to be returned on a Monday or as soon as possible so that we can listen to readers and change books when needed.

In Dosbarth Chirk we encourage positive behaviour by reinforcing the school and class rules. Examples of exceptional effort and achievement are also shared and recognised with the whole school during our Celebration Service.

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