Primary School

Living And Learning As One


We have had a busy few weeks in Year 1. 

We have been learning about Traditional tales and read the stories Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood. We have really enjoyed reading these stories and we have been busy making story maps, acting out the story and writing letters. We have also been learning about shapes in Maths. We went on a 3D shape hunt and sorted shapes into groups. 



We are enjoying our topic ‘Remember when...’ and this week we talked about what we want to be when we grow up. 

We have been very creative and made some lovely firework pictures. 

What a busy few weeks 😊 

We have had a busy time in Year 1! We looked at the Australian tale of Tiddilick the Frog. We acted out the story and wrote about our favourite part. 


We then began our topic Remember When... We started by talking about our favourite memories. For homework we created memory boxes and shared them with our friends. 



We have also enjoyed our forest school activities with Miss Windsor!



Our class have really enjoyed learning about Australia this week. 

We have found out where Australia is, drawn the flag, found out about the different animals that live there, made our own boomerangs and found out about the different landmarks. 

We’re looking forward to finding out more next week :-) 


**Important from the PTA for the Aviva grant**

Can we ask all parents, family, friends - everyone! To vote for us please:

We've entered the Aviva Community Fund to ask for £10,000 for IT equipment for the school - a class set of Chromebooks and an ActivPanel interactive board.

Voting opens today (Tuesday 23rd) at 9am - if you could spare a few minutes to vote for Cwmlai Primary School IT Improvement on the link below it would be massively appreciated! And if your family, friends, neighbours and anyone you've ever known could too, that would be amazing!
Only the projects with the highest votes go through into the final round of considerations and the school could really do with some new equipment.

Voting closes on 20th November, so don't delay!!


You might have to copy and paste the above address, rather than just clicking on it.

Thank you!
Cwmlai PTA and all Cwmlai Primary Staff

Information from PTA on Spring discos:



School will be open as normal today. The school site has been assessed and the yard mostly cleared. Please take your

time and stay safe as some of the pavements on the way to school are icy. No late marks will be given - just please arrive safely.


We had an e mail from the Local Authority at 2.10 this afternoon which goes as follows;-


We would also recommend that you use the following statement when sending a text to parents or posting this information on social media/school websites:


“Based on current Met Office forecasts of severe winter weather, which is expected to have a significant impact from tomorrow, Thursday 1 March and in to the weekend, the local authority has advised us to close the school tomorrow, Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March. An update will be provided over the weekend in respect of Monday, 5 March.”


Therefore based on the above information Cwmlai Primary will be closed tomorrow

We will keep in touch via text.

Year 1 2017-18.


Apologies for the lack of updates - we have had a few problems accessing the website but that has thankfully been sorted.


What a busy half term we have had!  The children have settled in really well, and it was lovely to meet their parents in our parents meetings.  The children have been working really hard and are proud to show off their work. 

Our topic of Enchanted Woodland has been very popular, with lots of outdoor activities, and finding out about woodland homes and animals. 

In Literacy sessions we have been working with the story of The Gruffalo.  We have created story maps, re-told the story, looked at adjectives and described a character, and created a Wanted poster for the missing Gruffalo.  We have also been looking at instructions, writing and following them to make a sandwich and a woodland crown.

In numeracy sessions we have been practising our number formation, looking at teen numbers, number bonds to 10, doubles and halves to 10, capacity, days of the week, months of the year and seasons.

In Welsh we have been looking at Y Tywydd and Dillad, as well as practising asking and answering questions and reading Welsh books.  We have also written postcards.

PE sessions have been focusing on gymnastics.  We have looked at different ways of moving around the hall, different jumps and balances.  We have worked on the benches, and this week created a circuit with the benches, mats and low boxes.  It was lots of fun!

In RE we have been looking at celebrations, baptism and Diwali.













We hope you have a lovely half term break.  Please remember that Monday 6th November is an inset day.


Miss Horrigan, Miss Ayres & Mrs John


A busy week for Year 1!

Parent Evenings will be held the week of March 20th. More information will follow.

Thursday 24th November.


We have been busy practising our Christmas concerts this week.  Jut over 1 week to go!  Please make sure you keep practising your child's lines with them, even if they know them.  The more confident they are the better!  Please also practise the song words that the children brought home - it does not matter if they cannot remember the tune to the song, they can still practise the words.

Could we have your child's costume in asap!


Thank you once again for your continued support,

Miss Horrigan, Miss Ayres and Mrs Blandford.

What A Busy Week!!


In Literacy our book has been The Gruffalo.


We have been creating story maps, sequencing the story and creating our own food for the Gruffalo using alliteration.



In our topic sessions we received a letter from the Gruffalo asking us to plan a party for him.  We created invitations, menus, designed pizza toppings (his favourite food), created party hats out of natural materials, made smelly pots for him to drink, designed wrapping paper for his presents, games to play and a party outfit for him to wear!


       Party Hats using leaves.                                       Party game - pin the tail on the fox.



    Party clothes for the Gruffalo.                                             A party invitation.



      Smelly pots - a drink for the Gruffalo!




        A menu for the Gruffalo.                                          Pizza - the Gruffalo's favourite food!



In Maths we have been learning about 3D shapes.  We talked about the names and properties, sorted shapes, went on a 3D shape hunt around school and built a house for the mouse out of 3D junk.






We followed instructions to make a paper aeroplane. The best part was flying them!!!

We have been following instructions to build a den for Mouse.

A visit from Pudsey Bear!!


We've had a busy few weeks! Here are some of the things we have been doing...


We created a story plan and retold the story of Wow Said The Owl...



We have been busy outdoors.  We found colourful natural items and used them to create our own version of Wow Said The Owl.








Caerphilly Mountain View Ranch

Trip to Caerphilly Mountain Ranch


Our trip is this Wednesday 5th October.  At the moment the forecast is dry.  The children must wear school uniform, have a waterproof coat and will need suitable footwear (trainers or wellies).  They will also need a packed lunch (no cartons please, drink bottles only).  We will be leaving school approximately 9.15am and will return by the end of the day for normal collection.


If you have any questions please ask a member of staff.


Miss Horrigan, Miss Ayres and Mrs Blandford

Hazards Around School


The children were horrified to discover that the gates in the playground had been left open.  They want to tell the parents that it is very dangerous and to please make sure they close the gates!!



Dens and Dandelions

We have settled well in Year 1 and are busy learning about our new topic.  This week we have been exploring the school grounds identifying and discussing any hazards we found...





In science we have an experiment on going to see if cress seeds grow best with light or without light, with water or without water.  We were very good at making predictions!

We have been learning about capital letters in our literacy lessons - please help your child practise the letter formation!

Our book at the moment is called Wow! Said the Owl



Last week we created story maps, next week we will be sequencing the story.  Our favourite thing so far has been acting out the story - we are very dramatic!!


Welcome back to a new term at Cwmlai!


The children have settled well into Year 1.  Our class name is Dosbarth Coch (Class Red).

You will be able to follow our class on our school website .  Look in the children’s section, click on class pages, Coch.  We will update our class page regularly with copies of any letters, information and pictures of what we have been up to!


You can also follow us on twitter @cwmlai. Any tweets related to our class will have the hashtag #Year1.


Our PE days are a Tuesday and Thursday.  The children will participate on either day.  Please ensure that PE kit is brought in next Monday, to be left in school until half term, when it will be sent home to be washed.  PE kit is a t shirt and a pair of shorts, trainers to be worn in the summer term.


Reading books will continue to be sent home on a Friday for you to read over the weekend and return the following Monday.  Please remember to comment in the yellow reading record book. 

Homework and tricky word trees will continue to be sent home on a Wednesday, to be returned the following Monday.  This year the children will have weekly spellings to learn.  The list of 5 words will be sent home on a Wednesday to be learnt for a spelling test on the following Monday.


Our topic this term is Dens and Dandelions.  This project has a forest skills and science focus which teaches the children about plants, flowers, trees and creatures found in a woodland habitat. At the heart of this project children will learn how to write simple reports about their first hand experiences and develop additional skills in explanation, information and story writing.

In this project the children will learn:

• About a woodland habitat and what lives and grows there;

• To use scientific and mathematical skills to observe, record, and present information;

• How to care for a woodland habitat;

• How to use design technology skills to make structures and prepare food;

• To work as part of a team;

• To develop their ICT and writing skills;

• About sustainability;

• How to write simple reports and explanations.


We look forward to an exciting year ahead!


Miss Horrigan, Miss Ayres and Mrs Blandford.









Half Term Homework


The homework for the holidays is as follows:

1) Complete the African t-shirt design

2) St. David's Day Creative Task

3) Royal Mint Competition Coin Design


Have a lovely holiday all!  Back to school on Monday 22nd February.



St. David's Day Photographs


Reminder:  Tomorrow (Monday 8th February 2016) the photographer will be in school to take St. David's Day photographs!

We had an excellent trip to techniquest.The children were are some pictures and more to follow,

Class Trip Tomorrow


Please send a packed lunch and a raincoat to school with your child tomorrow for the trip.  Uniform and sensible shoes must be worn.  Children do not need to take any money as a goodie bag has been included in the cost of the trip so each of them will have one.  We will return before the end of the school day.

Mrs Rees and Dewi came to talk to us about Uganda!

Class Trip


Reminder:  Our class trip to Techniquest, Cardiff is on Thursday 4th February 2016 - please return the consent forms and contribution towards the trip to the class teachers.



Miss Jones





Look how busy we have been in Blue/Red class!

Welcome Back!

I hope you have all had a lovely holiday and are excited for the new term!  We have an interesting Cornerstones topic planned for the coming weeks called ‘Big Wide World’

Our Role Play Area has been transformed into a Travel Agents!  If you have any brochures that you no longer need we would be really grateful if you could send them  into school!  

Reminder:  PE lessons are on Monday mornings – please remember to send a PE kit into school if you haven’t already done so!


Thank you

Miss Jones

We have really enjoyed our 'Growing Things' topic and have learnt lots! We have had many different experiences from class visitors, a trip to Roath Park and lots of outdoor learning to keep the children engaged and eager to learn more.

Thank you to Leekes, Llantrisant for donating plants which we used to make an in class garden so we could watch them grow and monitor the progress for our investigations!  We then planted them in our beautiful school grounds when they were ready.  A big thank you to Mr Levy who donated a big box of seeds for us to look at and plant - we are watching our tomato and basil plants grow in class!

Also, thank you to Mrs Hicks who gave up lots of her spare time to come in and talk to the children on many occasions.  We really appreciate the help you gave us to plant flowers and vegetables in our allotment and are enjoying looking after it and watching it grow.

As our topic draws to a close I'd like to thank the class for their hard work and enthusiasm they have brought to school every day.  We have really enjoyed this topic and I'm sure we will have just as much fun learning about our new topic. 

Watch this SPACE for news on our new topic....coming soon!

Miss Jones

Welcome to our class page!  
Please keep checking our page as I will be updating it often with news from class, homework, events and lots more!

Miss Jones.

Welcome to Blue!


Your teacher will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.
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