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Reception: Mrs Hurford

Making Jack and the Giant out of recycling and construction

Planting Sunflower seeds

This term our theme is called “Its Story Time!” We began the theme by reading the story “What’s This?”

We talked about what a seed needs to grow and planted sunflower seeds. We are all enjoying watching the seeds grow.

This week we have listened to the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ we enjoyed retelling the story through movement and we loved playing musical instruments too. We made models of Jack and the Giant using construction toys and recycling materials. We have learned to name parts of a flower -flower, stem, leaf, roots, bud. We are looking forward to reading lots more stories and learning through our investigations.

Meeting with Class 4 to discuss recycling

Spring term 2 Web Chart

Spring Term Jan-Feb 2022


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Topic (People who help us)

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Happy Halloween

Welcome to Reception Class this Autumn Term. We have enjoyed our time in class so far, learning the routine, making new friends and seeing familiar faces. We have taken part in lots of activities inside and outside our new classroom (photos to follow soon)


Please remember to label all your child's clothes, please help him/her to learn to put on his/her coat independently.


PE will be outdoors on Wednesdays.  Please dress your child in joggers, tshirt, sweatshirt and trainers ready for the day.


We encourage children to have a healthy snack ie fruit or vegtable at snack time. 

Reception Class

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Urdd Activity Day 28/06/2021

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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We’ve been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Reception and have used Pie Corbett’s Talk4Write. We created story maps which have helped us learn the story fluently.

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laugh Summer Term 2021 laugh

Welcome back Reception Class!
We've been very busy already exploring our Summer Term topic of...
Round and round the garden.

We've been reading the story 'The Enormous Turnip' and learning all about planting. We've planted group lettuces so hopefully at the end of the term we can make a salad using our lettuces that we've grown! Yum! We've planted our own cress pots and have our sunflowers still to do. We've been counting in 2's 5's and 10's, been counting using number lines and we've started exploring measuring with different objects in water. 
Each group has helped to paint some fantastic pictures for our Life Cycle of a Butterfly display. We're going to watch our very own caterpillars turn into butterfly's this term!
Thanks to the lovely sunshine we've been fortunate to have, we've eaten our lunch outside on the bench in turn and have had relaxation time out on the yard. We're really looking forward to lots more exploring, have a look through some of the things we'll be focusing on doing on the Summer Term overview. We're keeping our fingers and toes crossed that the sunshine stays with us yes

Summer Term 2021 Overview for Parents

Email Miss Rainford

Phonics Songs

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Here are the phonics songs we've been singing to help us learn our letters and sounds! Why not have a sing-a-long at home?

What we've been doing the last few weeks...

Adventure Travel are running a half-term colouring competition!


All completed entries are to be sent back to Adventure Travel via email, postal or Facebook.

Visit our website:


smiley The deadline for submissions is 9:00AM on 2nd November smiley


First prize is a Family Day Ticket.


Second & Third prize is a Child Day Ticket.


!! These tickets are valid on our X1 & C8 service until 31st January 2021 !! 


Good luck everyone!!



Half Term Colouring Competition

laugh  Welcome to Reception!

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 September 2020

Hello everyone!

Some important arrangements:-


*Your child's PE day will be on a Wednesday. We ask you kindly to wear outdoor PE clothes to school every Wednesday-shorts/joggers/leggings and the school blue polo shirt and jumper/cardigan/hoodie. *


*No large back packs or sports bags are permitted - we ask you kindly to put your child's packed lunch in a cool bag, in a plastic bag.*


*Long hair should be tied back every day to avoid unwanted visitors!*


*Fresh fruit/vegetables should be brought as a snack for morning break.*


*Children can bring a bottle of water to school.*


*Please inform the school when your child is or will be absent from school.*


*Please let us know if your child develops any allergies/medical conditions.*

Our theme for this term is Celebrations. The overview for the term can be found below.


We are looking forward to learning and enjoying new experiences in Reception Class this year.


Thank you for your support and cooperation.


Celebrations! Overview-Autumn Term

Reception Class 2020!

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Mrs Good and myself - Miss Rainford - are so looking forward to meeting you all in September! We’re going to have lots of fun!

Hello everyone, 


I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for supporting Reception Class throughout this challenging year. 

Thank you for undertaking the activities set through the theme 'In the Garden', which I hope has sparked an interest or added to the curiosity and inquisitiveness of your child in the world we live in. I will be posting photos of activities pupils have been doing during the last few weeks. It was lovely seeing smiling faces back at school.


I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Reception Class 2019-2020 and I hope that this year will be a good platform for their love for learning as they progress through their school years.


I hope you all have a lovely Summer break.

Best wishes, 

Mrs Hurford. 



Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a lovely weekend. It was so nice seeing lots of your smiling faces at school last week. I will be posting photos of you at school soon. Once again, lots of you sent me examples of the fantastic work you have been doing at home. 

This week our mini theme will be 'Animals that Come Out at Night', such as a fox, badger, hedgehog, bat and owl. These can also be called nocturnal animals. The science project this week will be to find out about a nocturnal animal (See below for ideas). 

The flipgrid challenge for this week will be to tell your friends about your Nocturnal Animal Project.

Please take time to watch the music video's below by Mrs. Weir and Ollie Weir. They are fantastic and you will all enjoy watching them and taking part. 

Once again, I am looking forward to seeing many of you at school and having lots of fun. Please continue undertaking the exciting activities set below. Have a good week all!

Best wishes, 

Mrs. Hurford

Reception Class Gallery!

Mrs Weir plays 'They All Come Out at Night'

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Mrs Cornwall's owl prints

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Owl Craft Ideas

School Classroom

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a lovely weekend. I enjoyed watching lots of your 'flip grid' videos this weekend. You made me laugh so many times. They were great!

I am looking forward to seeing lots of you this coming week. There are some photos below for you to see how our classroom has changed. Mrs. Kirkman has  posted a fantastic video showing you all around the school too. There is a also a virtual tour of the school so you can view the whole school. 

We will be having lots of fun this week, using both the indoors and outdoors for learning. On the Weekly Plan below I have highlighted the activities we will be doing at school. We will also be doing other activities to help us adjust and to have fun on our first week back to school.

Thank you, to all of you who have worked so hard with your children at home. I have really loved seeing your the amazing work and the activities you have had fun doing at home. Please continue to send these and keep up the good work!

Mrs. Hurford


Flipgrid Challenge

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Reception Class Art Gallery!

Mrs Hurford reads the story 'Blackbirds Build a Nest'

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Bird Craft Ideas

CYC Environment Challenge

Hello All,

I hope you have had a lovely weekend and are ready to do more 'froggie' activities this week. I have really enjoyed reading your work, looking at your photos and watching the 'flip grid' videos you created. You have been working hard and having lots of fun. Well done all.

This weeks activities include a story of 'Hungry Harry'. Please watch the video and the tasks set. There is also a poem to read, entitled 'Little Frog' and a task set about the poem. 

This weeks 'flip grid' challenge is-

to tell the story 'Hungry Harry' in your own words, using the puppets of the characters you have made


to read the poem 'Little Frog', with the second verse you have created.

The Maths activities this week include repeat patterns, money tasks, and to draw pictures of what you do during each part of a day.


Please take time to read the story 'Coming back to School in a Bubble' and talk about changes which will be in place when we return to school on 29th June. I will post photos of the Reception Classroom for you to view later in the week.

Thank you for your continued support,

Carroll Hurford

Reception Class Art Gallery!

Mrs Hurford tells the story of 'Hungry Harry'

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Hungry Harry Crafts

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Flipgrid Challenge

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Poems about a frog

Frog Craft Ideas

Mrs Griffith tells the story ‘Bili Broga a’r Peli Bach Duon’

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Mrs Griffith sings about frogs in welsh

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Mrs Griffith sings in welsh

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Hello everyone,

I hope you have had a good week and you are all staying safe. This week our 'mini theme' is about frogs. The story 'The Frog Prince' is a lovely story to watch and listen to. 

Please watch the PowerPoint of 'The Life Cycle of a frog' to understand the stages of growth in a frog's life. There are also fantastic P.E. activities called 'Primary stars' from Cardiff City FC for you to do throughout the week. Open the links below for information and activities. 

There are lots of exciting activities and videos for you to watch this week. This week's new flipgrid challenge is- 'To tell your friends information about a frog'.

Enjoy doing the activities and please send me photos of the activities you do at home. Have fun everyone!

Reception Class Art Gallery!

Mrs Bowler making a bug hotel

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Mrs Hurford sings the song of 'The Little Speckled Frogs'

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Mrs Hurford's lesson introduction to subtraction

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Flipgrid Challenge

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Hello everyone,

It has been fantastic seeing the lovely work you have sent me this week. You have been very busy. I hope you have seen your amazing art work on the 'Reception Class Art Gallery'. Please continue to send me photos of your creative work. Well done to those of you who have posted a 'flipgrid video' saying 'Hello' to all your friends and showing us your creations. 

We are continuing to focus on the story 'The Very Busy Spider' this week as everyone has been enjoying doing 'Spidery tasks!'

Watch the PowerPoint below to recap 'Number Bonds to 10', listen to me tell the story of 'The Very Busy Spider' and Mrs. Cornwall showing you how to make a 'Spider Hand Puppet'. Watch it. Its great fun. 

I have set a new 'flipgrid' challenge for this week too. The video below will tell you about the challenge. Good luck everybody!

Use the map of Wales below to help you locate places in Wales that are special to you. Have fun everyone! smiley 

Flipgrid Challenge

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Reception Class Art Gallery

Mrs Hurford tells the story of ‘The Very Busy Spider‘

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Ava‘s Story

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Here is a video of Ava reading a story about Shane the sheep.

Mrs Cornwall’s spider hand puppet

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Mrs Griffith singing spider rhymes

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Flipgrid Video

I have created a 'Flipgrid' page for Reception Class and I will be setting oral activities for the children to complete. Please type in this website to find the page.


You will need a password to access the page, which will be emailed to you via your Hwb email address. The first activity will be to post a video to say 'Hello' to your friends and tell them about what you have been doing at home.


We look forward to seeing your happy faces! smiley

Hello everybody!

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Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a relaxing half term holiday and enjoyed the sunshine.  I have posted activities for this week, together with the 'My Experiences' sheet as requested by Mrs. Kirkman. Please would you return this to me via email:, so the work can be forwarded to her. Please continue to send me work you complete or photos of activities you have done this week. I really enjoy reading and looking at everyone's work.

Kind regards,

Mrs. Hurford


Hello Reception Class,

Thank you to everyone who has forwarded photographs and told me about the fantastic things you have been doing at home over the last few weeks. It is lovely to hear from you and to know you are keeping well. 

I am posting more photographs of ideas for 'spider cookery' for this week. I am also adding activity sheets for those of you who are able to print them. I have posted a story and rhyme about spiders for you to read. Please send photos of the plants you have been growing at home too.

I will be posting photographs of some of your creative art work for everyone to celebrate, as promised.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Mrs. Hurford



Reception Class Art Gallery

Aaaarrgghh! Spider!

Aaaarrgghh! Spider! Story Book
Author: Lydia Monks

Spider Cooking Ideas

Spider Craft Ideas

Hello Everyone,

I hope you have all had a good week and enjoyed doing activities based on the story 'Noah's Ark'. Thank you to those who have sent me your fantastic work over the last half term I have really enjoyed reading it all. Looking at photos of your lovely work always makes me smile.

Please continue to do this by emailing photos Please send your completed surveys back to me or email them to Mrs Kirkman. Have a lovely half term holiday. 

Take care and best wishes,

Mrs. Hurford 

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and have enjoyed doing activities set for last week. This week we are using the story 'Noah's Ark' as stimulus for cross curricular tasks. Some of you may have a model of 'Noah's Ark' or have the story in a children's Bible at home. 


I have put some photos of craft ideas for you to use when making a rainbow and animal stick puppets. I have also added a Power point for you to watch, when counting in 2s.


There are two surveys you are asked to complete for Mrs. Kirkman and The Children's Commissioner for Wales this week.

This is the link to the first survey-
Please share your views by following this link:

Below this note is a letter and link to the second survey.


Thank you once again for the lovely work you are sending me. I really enjoy seeing your hard work.

Best wishes,

Mrs. Hurford


Stick Puppets

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all enjoyed the sun this week. It has been perfect for walking and looking for wildflowers. I have received some of your fantastic work through HWB email. This week I am asking you to once again focus on the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk' as a stimulus for activities set.

I would like to set up a gallery of pictures of craft work  pupils have undertaken. It would be lovely to celebrate the fantastic art work pupils are creating at home. Please continue to forward photographs of the activities you have completed. I have really enjoyed looking at images of your hard work. 

Best wishes and stay safe

Mrs. Hurford



Hello ,

I hope you are all well, staying safe and having a good week. I have been looking for reading books/material you can use at home to develop  your child's reading skills and support the work being set. I have set up a class page so that all Reception Class pupils can access 'Oxford Reading Tree' books online. It is on the website-


Instructions: 1. Click on the tab in the top right hand corner of the page ( 3 horizontal  lines).

                       2. Click on 'My class login'.

                       3. 'My class name' is Creigiau   'My class password'  is Hurford

                       4. When you have logged in, go to 'My book shelf'' to select books for the appropriate age/ level of books as appropriate. 

                       5. Your child can read each book and use the 'Audio' button to listen to each story.

This sight is also available to parents. Some of you may already be using it.

 If you have any queries do not hesitate to get in touch through  'HWB' email.

                                                 Take care all

                                                 Mrs. Hurford (06.05.20)

I hope you have all had a good week and enjoyed undertaking activities set. A huge 'thank you' to everyone for creating the fantastic video. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and dancing along with you all. It was lovely to see your smiling faces. smiley


I hope you enjoyed searching for small creatures in your gardens or whilst out walking. I have posted pictures of some I have seen this week. See if you can spot the frog!


This week I am asking you to go on a 'wildflower hunt'. I have posted pictures of wildflowers for you to look for. I have also made an example of a plan of my wildflower walk for you to see. Ideas of flower craft activities have been added too.


Please feel free to send me photos of activities you complete. I would love to see them. Email to-

Hello everyone, I hope you are well. I have posted activities for this week, together with pictures of ideas for craft. I hope you have been enjoying the sun and spending time outdoors. Stay safe, Mrs Hurford. 

Photos of ideas for craft

Instructions on how to create a Pictogram on HWB

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Dear Pupils and Parents,

I hope that you have enjoyed the Easter sunshine and that you are all well.


It is now the Summer Term and we will be introducing a new theme. 

Our theme this term will be 'In the Garden'. This theme will be exploring small animals and plants living in the garden. Pupils will be developing an awareness of things that are living/ non-living and exploring growth. Pupils need to develop an understanding of what things need in order to live. We will be investigating the stages in the growth of humans, the lifecycle of a butterfly and other small creatures. Pupils will explore the parts of a flower/ plant. 

Will introduce the theme with the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. Other stories we will use are- 'The Very Busy Spider', 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'The Enormous Turnip'. 

In Maths we will be continuing to count, practising number formation, using money to buy items, creating simple pictorial graphs, comparing size, height and weight of items and developing the use of correct mathematical language. 

This exciting theme will be used to stimulate creative and expressive art.

I am looking forward to exploring things that live in our gardens with you at home. 


We usually discuss the theme with the pupils at the beginning of a new topic and we ask the pupils to note what they already know and what they would like to learn. Pupils could be encouraged to research their new topic and to complete a flow chart (in pictorial form, written, as a flow chart etc) of their ideas to engage them in their new theme.


We will continue posting ideas, activities and work on the Class Pages on a weekly basis. There will be activities to enable pupils to engage in a range of activities, to develop their skills and to accept a challenge.


Some of the activities may be labelled A, B and C.

“A” activities/sheets will be a springboard for a new concept, “B” activities will follow and “C” will provide a challenge or extended work. Please support your child with any new concepts/activities that may require some adult explanation.


The Additional Resources section is updated regularly and some activities in this section may support your child with various skills whilst they are learning at home.

It is important that the children enjoy the activities – please adapt activities with any resources/ideas that you may have to support your child/children. If your child does not enjoy a specific activity, move on to a different task and you can return to it at a different time.


Thank you all for your continued support during an unprecedented time for us all – children and adults alike. What is important to us at Creigiau Primary School is that you are happy, well and safe.


Take good care.


Kind regards,

Carroll Hurford



STEM ideas

Good Afternoon all.


Whilst the pupils are away from school we will keep in touch via the class web page. There will be a selection of fun and practical weekly tasks and activities placed on the page.


If your child is unsure of any aspect of the work, please do not worry – move on to a different task or please feel free to adapt the activity.


There will be suggestions of websites and apps in the Additional Resources activities.


All that is important is that the children are happy and well. Enjoy the time with your lovely children.



Please take good care of each other.

Very best wishes and bye for now. 


Miss Thomas (on behalf of Mrs Hurford)

Spring Term, 2020

Reception Class


 This term our theme is entitled ‘People Who Help Us’. We  will begin by creating a web chart with our ideas for learning.   Pupils  will be investigating the roles of people in our community such as police officers, fire officers, paramedics, nurses, vets, doctors, dentists, postmen and women . If possible, we will invite people from the community into our school to talk about their jobs.  We will be using I.T. equipment to explore their uniforms, places of work and vehicles they use. In the classroom we will be setting up  role play areas- before half term as a ‘Hospital’ and after half term as a ‘Post Office’.

  In Language we are continuing to focus on recognising initial letter sounds in words and building c.v.c. words  such as dog, hat, rug, bat. We will read rhyming words and will be learning to spell simple high frequency words such as I, am, to, go, no, the, like, went. We will be describing people who help us, writing lists, creating a poster and reading the story of Santes Dwynwen, the Welsh saint of love. We will also be reading and listening to stories about people in the community such as ’Postman Pat’ , ‘Bob the Builder’ and ’Fireman Sam’.

  We will be exploring the features and culture of Wales and celebrating the country where we live. Pupils will find out about places to visit and create a poster advertising Wales.   In Mathematics pupils will focus on money, addition and subtraction. They will develop their coin recognition and use coins to add totals. In numeracy pupils will count forwards and backwards to 10/20 and beyond and practise number formation. This term pupils will continue to count in 2s and 10s. Pupils will also focus on time: days of the week , months of the year and seasons. Pupils will be learning to use the correct mathematical language for measure e.g. long/short, high/low, tall/short.

  In Science pupils will name parts of the body and use their senses to explore the world around us. We will be going on a Winter walk and will observe changes from Winter to Spring. In P.E. pupils will continue to develop fine and gross motor skills outdoors and will use equipment such as balls, bean bags, hoops, buckets to improve sending and receiving skills. In gymnastics pupils will continue to develop motor skills, creating sequences using  still shapes and movements.

  Pupils will be encouraged to be responsible for their actions, to work

independently at tasks, take care of their own needs and possessions and be independent thinkers. We have a very busy term ahead, with lots to explore, investigate, do, make and discuss.





Merry Christmas From everyone in Reception.

  Our theme this term is called 'Celebrations'. Throughout the term pupils will be finding out about different ways people celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, harvest, bonfire night, Divali, Hanukah and Christmas. We will use stories, interesting artifacts, pictures and IT presentations as stimulus to introduce the topics. 

  These topics will be taught cross curricular where possible, encompassing skills young learners need to develop and acquire. In Science pupils will explore sources of light used in modern times and long ago. In Technology pupils will use a variety of construction toys indoors and outdoors to create models of places of worship in groups with peers, learning to work collaboratively. In Expressive Arts pupils will choose materials to design and create a collage of 'Autumn Time' using seasonal colours. Music, stories and instruments will be used as stimulus for movement and dance.

  In Language development pupils will be encouraged to take part in pair, group and class discussions. The purpose is to develop oracy skills and to learn to use the conventions of conversation. We will listen to stories such as 'Kipper's Birthday' and ''The Nutty Nut Chase'. The topics will be used as stimulus for a variety of writing activities such as writing patterns, pre-cursive letter formation. emergent writing and writing modeled by a teacher.

  In Mathematics the aim is to develop pupils skills of numeracy- counting, number recognition, estimation, compare size and learn properties of 2D and 3D shapes through play.  pupils will sort, match and collect data. IT will be used to enhance learning across the curriculum.

  In Welsh Language pupils will be encouraged to respond to commands, simple language patterns and learn vocabulary linked to the theme. Each day two pupils will take on the role of 'helpwr heddiw' in class. This role encourages pupils to take responsibility as a ' class helper' and develop their use of Welsh oral language for a day.

  As you can see, we have a busy term ahead. I have highlighted some of the activities and ares we aim to cover this term. I look forward to meeting you all throughout the term and hope you enjoy seeing and helping your child learn, explore, investigate and develop into independent learners.

 September, 2019.