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Holwell Primary School


Holwell Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 3RP

01707 323716

Week One: Monday 23rd March

Hello Badgers and Squirrels!

Welcome to the first week of our home learning adventures! We will miss all your smiling faces but hope you will enjoy trying some of the activities we suggest. Remember, you can stay in touch by emailing your class account - or 

This week we have a focus on Growing, and below you can read along with the story Jack and the Beanstalk - can you join in with the Giant?

Below the story are three sections of activities; Topic learning, Maths and Phonics

Remember, these are suggestions of activities you could try at home, please don't worry if you can't do all of them. We do not know how long it will be until we can all be at school together again, so pace yourselves, and if in doubt, read!

Stay safe, stay well and remember to wash, wash, wash your hands!

The Reception Team 

Miss Ryan read The Tiger Who Came to Tea written by Judith Kerr. 

Activities that you may like to do at home relating to The Tiger Who Came to Tea

  • Have a family tea party! 
  • Create a tiger mask 
  • Make a poster for your tea party that you have with your family or your toys
  • Can you read these words from the story?  tiger  cake  tea  the  who  all    again  bun  drink  eat  hungry  food  - can you make a sentence using some of these words?
  • Type into google 'tiger' scroll down a little bit and you will see "Meet a life-sized tiger up close" click on "view in 3d" then click on "AR" at the top and you can take a photo with the tiger! We would love to see your pictures, remember you can send them to either badgers or squirrels email addresses as stated above. 

Thank you for the emails we have already received, showing us the fantastic playing, exploring and learning you have been doing at home! Here are just a few photos - if you want to share what you've been doing with your friends (and Mummy and Daddy are happy for them to go on the website) please email any photos to your class email: or 

Mrs Rice-Oxley read Jack and the Beanstalk written by Brenda Parkes and David Hornsby, illustrated by Ellen Giggenbach.

A huge thank you to the camera man, Mr Rice-Oxley, for his patience and technical know-how! x

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  • Can you draw a picture of the Giant and write adjectives to describe him? (Your adults can help you 'sound out' words - write the sounds you can hear and try hard to write recognisable letters.)   


  • Plant some seeds in your garden or on your windowsill - what equipment will you need? Can you draw/write a list?  


  • Go on Minibeast Hunt in your garden or at the park - which bugs can you find? Draw a picture of what you find - can you write labels for them? 


  • Build a beanstalk out of Lego, Duplo or another construction set you have - can you make it taller than you?


  • Imagine you have some Magic Beans! What would happen when they grew? Would they grow into a beanstalk or something else? Can you draw a picture of what would happen in your story?


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This week in Maths we are focusing on Money! We have used pretend money in our role play at school, but real coins are best if you have them. We focus on starting to recognise the coins, knowing that the 'p' means 'pence', and understanding that the coins have different values, i.e. a 5p is the same as five 1p coins. Some examples of activities you might like to try at home are:


  • Coin rubbings - place coins underneath paper and rub over the top using wax crayons or pencils. Can you do both sides? One has a lady on it - who is she?


  • Count out amounts in 1ps - take a handful of 1p coins, how much do you have? Make sure you only touch each coin once!


  • If you are confident with 1ps, move on to counting out amounts in 2p, 5p or 10p coins (we have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.) 


  • Write price labels for your toys and make a toy shop - can you buy different toys?



This week we would like you to focus on reading books and sharing bedtime stories.

Remember, if you finish your school reading book you can find more at: it costs nothing to create an account. Click on 'Level; Book Band' and select the colour of book that your child is currently reading. 


We would also like you to continue practising the tricky words we have been learning in our phonic sessions:

Roaring Rockets your list is 


and Shooting Stars your list is

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