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Welcome to Reception


Mrs Tayler, Miss Kemp and Miss Bardsley (RA)


Mrs Tayler


Hello, I am Mrs Tayler the class teacher in RA, I am also the Additional Learning Needs Coordonator. I am so excited to be back in Reception this year, it is my favourite year group to teach and I cannot wait to get to know you all. I have been a teacher here for 6 years and love experiencing something new every day. I love making the classroom a fun and engaging place to be and I am not afraid to look a bit silly from time to time. In my spare time I love watching Disney films and you can always count on me to sing all the Disney songs! My favourite film is Lion King as I really love animals and have been to see the show many times. I also like to walk my dog Honey at the beach as she loves to swim and play on the sand. I enjoy going to lots of different restaurants as I am definitely a ‘foodie’. If I was not a teacher I would love to own my own coffee shop and greet customers and serve them delicious coffee and cake. I cannot wait to see what this year brings!


Miss Kemp


Hello, I am Miss Kemp a teaching assistant in RA. I am really looking forward to moving up to Reception with the Nursery children this year. I have worked in the school since 1990 and have never worked in Reception so I am super excited to be here. My favourite things in school are singing and dancing with the children. In my spare time I enjoy baking, listening to music and playing the piano (badly). I love puzzle books and doing crosswords. I love to learn new things and I’ve just learnt to crochet. I enjoy reading. When I was young my favourite books were The Chronicles of Narnia. If I wasn’t a teaching assistant, I would like to own my own café somewhere on the seafront. I am looking forward to working with the children this year and helping them on their learning journey.


Miss Bardsley


Hello everyone, I am Miss Bardsley and I am so excited to be working in Reception this year. This is my second year working in the school, I know that some of you already know me from the Nursery so cannot wait to continue having fun with you this year! In my spare time I like to spend time with my son. We both love eating and like to visit lots of different places to try lots of different foods. My favourite thing to do in school is explore the outdoor areas and go on lots of adventures. I am looking forward to working with the children this year and look forward to seeing everything that they are going to achieve.


Mrs Nichols, Miss Smith and Mrs Wilks (RB)


Mrs Nichols


Hello I’m Mrs Nichols the class teacher in RB and the Assistant Headteacher. I have taught all year groups in the school but love to teach Reception. Its great to be back! My favourite things in school are learning outdoors and going in the forest. I love Music and making up stories and love to play the ukelele with the children. I enjoy cooking and Expressive Art and hope to make the classroom a fun and stimulating place to be. If I wasn’t a teacher I would love to be a singer. I am looking forward to this year and helping our children to learn and enjoy their school experience.


Mrs Smith


My name is Mrs Smith and I am a Teaching Assistant in Reception with Mrs Nichols.
When I’m in the classroom, I love listening to you read and creating all kinds of lovely things in the art area. When I was at school I enjoyed learning about all different animals; where they lived and what they ate. I love animals of all kinds, the weirder the animal the better. I have kept stick insects, hissing cockroaches and sun beetles as pets in the classroom in the past. I currently have two ginger cats named George and Gus who live at home with me. Before coming to Tredegar Park Primary School, I worked in Asda Duffryn filling the shelves in the night when you were all asleep. I enjoyed that job but working with you in school is much better. When I was a little girl I always wanted to work in a zoo and look after all the animals. When I’m at home I like to read, watch TV and play on the Playstation. I enjoy watching animal programmes on the TV and my favourite show is the Secret Life of the Zoo. I  like to go on holiday to West Wales in my tent with my family. We like to have BBQs and roast marshmallows on the campfire. I love going to the Blaina Wharf for a carvery, a roast dinner is my favourite food. 
I can’t wait to see you all in school, give me a wave if you see me!



What we will be learning


Autumn Term

This term we will be learning the school rules and how to get along with others. We will be learning lots about each other and settling into life in Reception. During the autumn term we will be immersed in the topic of ‘Animal Antics’. We will be investigating animals and their habitats as well as how we care for them. We will talk about the animals that we have at home and will even have the opportunity to meet some animals along the way! We will be reading lots of stories about animals during our Literacy lessons. These will include: ‘Owl Babies’, ‘Dear Zoo’ and many more. As part of literacy we will be practising name writing and letter sounds as well as speaking to each other in English and Welsh. During numeracy sessions we will be using number indoors and out. Learning to count, order and write numbers to 10 and beyond in a variety of ways. We will be creating patterns and exploring shape in the environment. We will be singing together and playing musical instruments to new and familiar songs. We will be using lots of different physical skills when moving, dancing and doing gymnastics. We will also be getting messy when using our Expressive Arts skills and will be creating wonderful things for you to keep at home! 


Spring Term

This term our topic is 'On Our Doorstep' where we will be exploring our local area.

We will be learning the story of The Three Little Pigs and Rosie's Walk. If you could read these stories at home that would be a great help. We will be exploring what we can do in the local area and what it has to offer. We will be looking at the parks, shops and libraries that we have in walking distance. We will be exploring our addresses and looking at our street names using online technology. You can help your child by looking at the different street names and help them to learn their own address. We will be learning about the people who are there to help us in the community and will also get the opportunity to meet them and ask them lots of questions. We will also be learning about the diversity in our class and would love to meet some of our families to find out more about you!


Life Skills

This term for our life skills we will be learning about the Green Cross Code. We will be learning how to cross the road safely and encourage parents to reinforce this when walking around the local area. We will also be learning how to use cutlery properly and how to cut fruit for our snack. Please encourage children to use a knife and fork at home. 


PE days

We work and play outdoors most days, so please ensure that your child

has a coat and appropriate footwear. However, our PE day is a Tuesday and we would be grateful if each child could wear their PE kit to school on this day. Please remember no earrings or jewellery should be worn as your child will not be able to able to take part. 


What can you do at home to help?


Please help your children to learn to dress and undress independently. It would be great if children could put on and take off their coats and jumpers.

Work with your child to use the toilet independently. Remind your child to always wash their hands after using the toilet. 

Read with your child regularly and enjoy stories as well as school reading books. We love to read in school and this encourages children to develop a love for reading too!

Introduce your child to holding a pencil correctly through colouring, drawing and play activities. This will help them with their writing skills.

Encourage your child to talk about their day and tell you about things that they have done. We know that they always have lots of interesting things to say!



Suggested Websites* Oxford Owl is an award-winning website to help support children’s learning. They have a fantastic selection of free ebooks.

Select 'My Class Login'. My Class Name & My Class Password are both TPP1 An array of fantastic resources to help your children with Literacy & Mathematics. Read Write Inc. teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.


*Please note these links lead to external websites & we are not responsible for the content of these pages. 

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