Welcome to the Reception Squirrel Class Page

Here you will find updates and photos of learning in the Squirrel Class



The children have had a brilliant first couple of sessions and are settling really well.  You should be very proud of them.  Below are just a few early photos of the great learning and enjoyment we are having. 


Colour Groups

You will have hopefully discovered that your child is in a colour group.  This is purely a practical group to allow us to organise the classroom workings more effectively.  Ask your child what colour group they are in!  And...

From 16th September parents and carers are invited in for a morning slot each week to support their child in settling and to have a look around.  Please ensure you arrive promptly at 8:45 am to ensure you make full use of this opportunity.  Adults will be asked to leave just before 9 am.  Thank you for your support in this.  The children are excited by the thought of the parents seeing them completing their morning jobs.  Remember this is a working classroom so please no mobile phones or photos.  We look forward to seeing you. 

  Monday - Adults of children in RED group

Tuesday - ... in YELLOW group

Wednesday - ... in GREEN group

Thursday - ... in BLUE group

Friday - ... in PURPLE group

Welcome to the first set of parents who came in this morning to see how beautifully their children are settling into life in a busy Reception class.  

Squirrel class have begun learning songs to help build our confidence and bond as a group.  If you hear them humming and singing at home why don't you try and learn the songs and actions that go with them!


P.E. and Hall Time Sessions

We have our P.E. sessions on Friday mornings - our first will be this week, Friday 13th! Let's hope it's lucky for all!

The children change for P.E. in small groups with an adult and we try our hardest to make sure everyone comes home in the correct clothes, all facing the right way! Please support us with this by continuing to practise with your child at home, especially those tricky buttons on t shirts and fastenings on trousers. The adults will of course help when needed, but we try to encourage the children to be as independent as possible.

A little reminder...

Please can we remind all parents and carers that drinks bottles should be filled with water only please. This is for a number of reasons, not least that if squash is spilt it can be sticky! All water bottles should be named clearly - we always have a permanent pen to hand if you discover the name has washed off, just let the adult on the door know. 

If you have any questions or concerns please speak to us.


We will be using Numicon in our maths sessions, a brilliant resource which helps the children to gain a really good understanding of number. An example number line is below so that you know what your child is talking about if they come home mentioning Numicon...or unicorns as some of them have been referring to it!

Home-School Exchange- What you can do

The Home- school exchange about your child's learning is very important at this stage in your child's development. Please keep us updated on the latest medical information, worries or struggles your child encounters at home as we will inform you should they arise.

We also love to celebrate achievements. We invite you to share any 'magical moments' for us to print out to add to your child's learning journey  by email. Please title your email with: Name of child - Magical moment and send to squirrels@holwell.herts.sch.uk Please note this email address is only set up for the receipt of magical moments and will not be replied to for any other issues.

A magical moment may include photos and are significant achievements or skills you have observed your child do, or may sometimes include special events or outings. Useful magical moments could be based on- imaginative play, your child’s observations of the natural world on an outing, solving problems, their physical development, sporting talent or challenges overcome- dressing themselves, reading or writing for example. Please write about what you observed and what your child said that was significant. We cannot use photos without descriptions. We ask that you send in one magical moment every half term, we also have paper templates for magical moments available at school if you would prefer to hand-write them. When we receive them we ask if the child would like us to share their achievements with the class, and the children really love to show their friends their magical moment photos when printed out or on the Interactive Whiteboard screen.

Last update: 2019-09-16
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