Croeso i Dosbarth Enfys!
Welcome to Dosbarth Enfys!
This term our topic is 'Wonderful Wales' where we will be learning and exploring things all about our country Wales and everything that makes Wales wonderful! In Dosbarth Enfys we will be encouraging exploring and playing using all of our senses throughout the school day such as in Sensory Stories and Attention Autism. We will also be celebrating events such as Shrove Tuesday, St Patricks Day and Easter!
Chinese New Year!
This week Dosbarth Enfys have been learning about Chinese New Year and the year of the tiger. We have been exploring our senses in a sensology session where we got to smell, feel, touch, taste and hear things relating to Chinese New Year, we loved tasting the prawn crackers and exploring different items of clothing!
Saint Dwynwens Day, Splash Pool and Soft Play!!
What a busy week in Dosbarth Enfys! At the start of the week some of us finally got to go into the splash pool for the first time, we celebrated Saint Dwynwens Day where we all were engaged in Attention Autism, made love heart jam tarts and enjoyed some love themed activities. During outside play we've been looking at how we can keep warm by wearing warm clothes. We had lots of fun in Soft Play for the first time this year as well as having a great boogie in Music with Andy.
World Religion Week!
This week Dosbarth Enfys have been looking Buddhism! We have been exploring the story 'The Monkey King' where we have looked at the feelings of the characters (and tasty some juicy mango!). In Attention Autism we listened to some calm meditation music whilst watching a colourful mandala being made, after that we made our own symmetrical mandalas choosing our own colours. To end the week we looked at lots of different religions music, played instruments to follow the beat and had a dance!
Dosbarth Enfys have been very busy this week for our first full week back! We have done so many things to explore our new topic ‘Warm and Cosy’. In class we made a yummy vegetable soup, where we practiced our peeling and chopping skills; we listened to a lovely sensory story on the weather where we used all of our senses to experience different weather conditions, banging the drum for thunder, playing with ‘snow’ and listening to the rain. We engaged in Attention Autism where we watched a tall snowman stack be built and then fall to the ground by a ‘snowball’! We had fun throwing our own snowballs at the snowmen and watching them fall! We finished our week off with Music with Andy listening, watching the lights and having a good boogie!
Happy New Year Everyone! Hope you all have had a lovely break and ready for the Spring Term. This half term our Topic is 'Warm and Cosy'. We will be focusing our learning in many different cosy ways that support play and learning, with many opportunities to explore. We will be exploring things which make us hot and cold such as warm and cold food, ice and frost and items of clothing which keeps us warm. We will be encouraging the pupils to explore and play using all of their senses in many different sensory activities this term as well as Attention Autism! Keep an eye on our class page for photos of the fun activities we have done in class which could also be tried at home!
Please do not hesitate to contact the class team if you wish to discuss anything.
We have had lots of fun this Autumn term in Enfys. We have enjoyed exploring lots of multi-sensory learning activities that have supported the pupils to understand the concept of 'light'. We have also enjoyed focusing on many different worldwide celebrations and making our class Christmas concert to show you all at home. We hope you enjoy looking at our photos in the slideshows below.
On behalf of us all in in class, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Autumn Term 2 2022
We hope you are all well and had a restful and enjoyable October half term! This term our learning topic is based around the theme of 'Star Light, Star Bright'. We will be focusing our learning in many different magical ways that support play and learning with plenty of opportunities to explore the concept of light. We will be exploring pretty lights such as the bright lights from fireworks, bonfire night, glow in the dark objects, using torches and light up toys etc. We will also be focusing on the important celebrations of Bonfire night, Diwali and Christingle. We will be encouraging the pupils to explore using all of their senses in many different sensory based play activities this term. Keep an eye on our class page for these fun sensory based play activities that we will be exploring in class, which could also be tried at home.
As always please do not hesitate to contact the class team should you wish to discuss anything with us.
Autumn Term 2021
Welcome back to our lovely pupils in Enfys and our 3 new pupils who have joined us this year! We hope you all had a lovely Summer holiday!
Our topic for the first half of the Autumn Term 2021 is Marvellous Me- My home.
We will be focusing our learning on different houses and making our own houses using different mixed media and materials. We will also be learning about where we live in Wales and considering the changes in season as we move into Autumn looking for changes in our weather and immediate environment.
Please do not hesitate to contact the class team should you wish to discuss anything with us.
Jemma, Gemma, Vicky & Shanay (Team Enfys)
Spring Term 2021
Happy New Year everyone!
We hope you all had a fun and festive break.
Our topic this term is 'Cute & Cuddly'.
Have you got a favourite soft toy or cuddly bear?
Please continue to check the 'Cute and Cuddly' folder below for home learning ideas each week and to support developing communication skills at home.
** Home learning resources** 08/02/21
Learning resources have been sent out to pupils in Enfys this week to support learning at home. The type of activities will be familiar to each pupil and related to our current topic cute and cuddly. This week our focus is on 'Happiness'. There is no pressure to complete these activities, they are just an extension of what is already on our class page. Please do not hesitate to contact team Enfys if you have any questions about any of the activities online or sent home this week.
Team Enfys just want to say how proud we are of all our lovely pupils in Enfys this term! They have worked so hard and continue to cope really well with the current school restrictions.
Our topic has been celebrations and we have enjoyed experiencing learning activities related to Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas.
We also produced our class Christmas concert 'The Nativity', which we hope you have enjoyed watching.
Below we have attached a slideshow of class photos to show you what we have been doing in class. We hope you enjoy!
We would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Stay Safe everyone!
Jemma, Gemma, Vicky & Shanay x
Autumn 2 2020
We hope you all had a lovely Half Term holiday and we look forward to seeing all the children back in class this week!
This week our learning will focus on Remembrance Day. We will be focusing on the importance of the day and being thankful to all the people who keep us safe.
A great way to start this learning topic is for the children to get creative. Only if it is possible to do so, we would like your child to have a go at making a 'Saltdough Poppy' at home, to then bring into school this week to paint.
Making saltdough is an enjoyable, sensory experience. It gives children the opportunity to explore materials using their hands and tools to mix, manipulate, roll and cut dough, which all contributes to the development of fine motor skills.
There is a step-by-step guide below the Poppy song, in the sub folder 'Autumn resources' which you may find useful when making these.
Online you can find poppy related songs and videos to watch with your child if you wish. Don't worry if you don't get chance, as we will watch these again when we are back in school this week. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
Jemma & Team
Autumn 2020 Topic- Marvellous Me!
Our class topic this term has been 'Marvellous Me'. So far this term the children have enjoyed a variety of learning styles including a good balance of outdoor play and learning through play in the classroom. Our topic this term has been rooted in the 'Health and Well Being' area of the curriculum. We have been discovering how to look after ourselves in terms of keeping healthy, happy and had a big focus on hand washing hygiene. We have been very busy in class this term, we have been encouraging the children to develop their ability to share and turn take through practical activities. Our circle time sessions have had a big emphasis on the children's emotional development, how they feel and what they like. We have enjoyed listening to the story of Elmer the Elephant and the children have enjoyed engaging in a variety of topic related activities with an emphasis on how we are all different. The children have been encouraged to recognise and find their own photos in different contexts. We have also been exploring many different toys/objects that each child chooses to explore and engage with and learning to communicate these choices to staff using visual supports and gestures.
As a staff team we are extremely proud of how well all our pupils have coped with the return to school this term and we look forward to providing them with more wonderful learning experiences for our pupils to relish in!
Team Enfys x
It is the last week of what has been a very strange year for us in school! It has been so lovely to hear how you have all been doing at home and it has been lovely to see some of you back in school recently.
Usually for our last week, alongside our usual class activities we would use the time in school to help sort and tidy our classroom before school closes for the summer.
We were wondering if you could help at home with some similar jobs?
These may include:
- Helping to tidy up and put toys/objects into boxes
- Do some jigsaws-making sure you have all the pieces
- Help with some cleaning- you could wash some of your toys in some water
- Have a go at helping with some baking in the kitchen
- Have a rest and enjoy some of your favourite songs and stories
- Do some exercise- remember its important to stay active!
- Have lots of fun and enjoy what you enjoy doing the most!
We hope you all have a lovely Summer Holiday and we look forward to seeing you in the Autumn Term!
Take care all! Lots of love
Jemma, Gemma, Vicky & Taylor
We hope you have all had a great week! For those pupils who have returned to school we will be focusing our learning on a story about going to the seaside. I have also uploaded onto the class page for those pupils at home to then watch if they wish. Have a look in the topic folder for ideas related to this weeks story.
Take care everyone Team Enfys x
This week our home learning focus is about 'Sea Creatures'. Below is a counting song relating to different creatures you would find under the sea/at the beach. There is also an interactive counting game, which includes counting the number of sea creatures up to 5 and then counting up to 10 if you feel your child might enjoy this.
Consider adding some new choices into your Tap, Tap box. These could be linked to our current topic and could be water related song objects such as a sea creature which could relate to the 'Baby Shark' song, a boat for 'Row, row, row your boat', a turtle for 'Tiny Tim', a duck for '5 little ducks' and a fish for '1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive'. Have a look at the Tap, Tap, box section on this class page for supporting information if you fancy giving this a go.
Have a lovely week everybody and take care!
Jemma, Gemma, Vicky & Taylor x
We hope you are all well and have had a good week at home! This week we thought we would focus our learning on 'Turtle's'. Our favourite 'Turtle' song in Enfys is called 'I had a little turtle' that will be familiar to all of our pupils in Enfys. When we play this song we usually have a pot of bubbles to use alongside the song, which the pupils love to follow and attempt to pop.
Online you can find a story/song about the 'Tortise and the Hare'. Additional activities for this week related to the 'Turtle' can be found in the topic folder. We look forward to seeing someone of you back in school next week. In the meantime take care and stay safe!
Love Jemma, Gemma, Vicky &Taylor x
This week we will continue to focus on our water topic. I have also included some new water related number songs in the numeracy folder below and some craft ideas in the current topic 'Messing about on the water' folder found above this. Please continue to have a go at all the other activities in the middle sections to support communication and interactions at home.
Have a lovely week everyone!
We miss you!
Jemma & Team
The theme for this weeks home learning is all about 'Boats' and 'What floats? '. Online you can find a story called 'Boats' by Tony Mitten and Ant Parker that you may enjoy watching and listening to. There are also topic some related tasks in the folder above named 'Messing about on the Water', that you may enjoy doing this week. Don't forget to continue working on the ongoing skills within the sub folders that are now in the middle section on this class page.
Have a lovely week everyone and stay safe!
We miss you lots!
Team Enfys x
We hope you have all had a lovely week and have had lots of fun in the lovely sunshine!
Our theme for our learning topic this term is 'Messing about on the Water'. As we have been so lucky with the warm weather I am sure lots of you have all already been having fun playing with water in your gardens. Playing with water helps to stimulate all of our senses and it can be a fun activity that promotes lots of engagement and learning.
This week why not have at a go at some fun water play at home. There are some learning ideas in the folder above called 'Messing about on the Water', with different ideas that you may enjoy using within your water play.
Have a great week everyone!
Team Enfys x
It is Half Term this week everyone so we won't be uploading any activities. However the staff have put together some messages combined with pupils photos for the children to enjoy watching. We hope everyone is well and safe and has a lovely week at home having fun and exploring through play!
A message for our wonderful pupils love the staff in Team Enfys
Continuing with the garden theme this week we thought it would be fun to listen to the story of 'Superworm'. Unless you have the story book at home, you can listen to and watch the story online. There is also the song online below about a worm you may enjoy listening to called 'There's a worm at the bottom of the garden'!
I will also add some additional activities into the Topic and numeracy folders above that you may enjoy trying at home this week!
This week read/ listen to the classic story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. Learn the pattern in the story and try to imitate some of the actions with your hands such as 'we can't go over it, we can't go under it' etc. Can you use this in your play at home and when you go for your daily walk? Listen and watch the story below if you haven't got the book at home. Also look in the numeracy folder for some numeracy ideas related to the story this week.
This week we thought it would be fun to look for Minibeasts in our gardens or local green areas that we are able to explore. Minibeasts are very small animals and are very important to nature. They include spiders, snails, slugs, worms, earwigs, caterpillars, beetles etc. In the activity folder above 'Through the Garden Gate', there is a powerpoint to look at which will show you different minibeast photos. I wonder if you can find any of these minibeasts in your gardens? Don't forget to take a photo and send it to us if you find anything interesting!
We hope you have all had a lovely week. This week we will continue to focus our learning about being outside. I was wondering when your out and about in your gardens or getting fresh air this week, try to notice all the different sounds you might hear with your ears.
Mums and Dad's help your child to understand what it is they can hear by naming the specific sounds. Try to follow the specific sounds that get your children's attention.
A listening walk outside will help your child to develop their understanding of everyday sounds within the world around them. You may hear the birds singing? Bees buzzing? Twigs snapping? Dogs barking? Cars going past etc.
Whilst I have been out walking the last couple of weeks, I have heard the sounds of lots of birds singing. If you haven't heard many birds where you live, a great way to attract birds to your garden or nearby outdoor space is to make a bird feeder. Hopefully the bird feeders will make your birds feel happy and you will hear their lovely sounds.
Below is an example of 2 very simple bird feeders you could create at home this week to attract and listen to some birds. The bottom left is a toilet roll tube, covered in peanut butter and some seeds. The bottom right is a pipe cleaner which has been thread with Cheerio's, which is a great fine motor finger task!
Stay safe everyone!
Simple Bird Feeders you could make at home to try to attract birds into your garden or nearby green space.
We hope you are all well at home and enjoying the lovely sunshine we have been having! Our topic this term is 'Through the Garden Gate'. We thought it would be lovely to start with the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. The story link is available on youtube to listen to and watch. I wonder if you can find any caterpillars or butterflies out in your garden, or whilst your out on a walk this week? If you do find any try to take a photo on your I-pad or mum or dad's phone and let us know when we ring you next week. We will continue to add ideas for activities at home in the sub folders above this section. These types of activities are on-going and can be done regularly to support communication and interaction skills.
Take care for now everyone!
Love Jemma, Gemma, Vicky & Taylor
1/4/20 Here are some photos of the pupils in Enfys learning through their play. Play is an important part of child development, it helps children to keep healthy, develop new skills, engage with and better understand the world around them. We hope everyone is well and enjoying their play at home at the moment ! Happy playtime everybody, Love Team Enfys
In Dosbarth Enfys all our pupils love bubble play. As the weather has been so glorious this week bubble play is an activity you could try with your child at home both indoors and outdoors that is fun, cheap and really easy to do. If you don't have any bubbles at home, you could make your own using fairy liquid and various kitchen utensils you may already have. Simply use a small amount of water and washing up liquid. Dip the kitchen utensil into the liquid, blow and watch what happens.
There are so many developmental benefits to bubble play but most of all its lots of fun and is something that I feel could be really easy to do at home with your child! I will upload our favourite song for bubble play onto our class page, that may be useful. Why not have a go at having some bubble fun in the sun this week!
Did you know the Welsh word Enfys means rainbow in English. As we all know it is a very hard time for everyone right now, but all around the world families are sharing some brightness to their day by making their own rainbows to display in their windows. The idea is that during this difficult time, whilst families may be out on a walk getting some exercise they can look for rainbows in windows and share the message that we are all in this together. Why not have a go at making your own rainbow this week to share, spread some joy and some smiles within your community. If you get the chance, you could also go out into the fresh air to find and count rainbows in windows.
Happy rainbow hunting!
We just wanted to let you know that all the pupils in Enfys had a 'Home Learning' pack sent home yesterday. We hope these activities will be fun and useful to do with your child whilst they are at home. However, we just want you to know we fully appreciate how worrying and stressful this time is right now for everyone and your child may choose and prefer to do something else. The most important thing is that we are all happy and healthy.
We will update our class page weekly with possible activities you could try at home with your child and will share some useful strategies that we use in class to best support learning and understanding. There is also a section on the website under 'Pupils' then 'Ty Gwyn Resources' that you may find useful.
Take care everyone!
Jemma, Gemma, Vicky & Taylor (Team Enfys)
Welcome to Reception!
We have had a very busy Term in Dosbarth Enfys! We have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the Rugby World Cup. The country we have been learning all about was Tonga! We focused our learning mainly on the colour of the Tonga flag learning about the colour red and looking at other objects around us that are also red.
We have also been learning about Autumn using our outdoor play to notice changes in the environment this season. During this play we have been using natural objects to practise counting and matching and developing our creative skills!
It is also been a fun first term for making new friends and all our pupils have settled really well and enjoying getting to know each other!
Da iawn Dosbarth Enfys!