Welcome to University of Leeds and York Class
Leeds Class: Mrs Merry and Miss Jones (Mrs Delaney on Friday mornings)
To contact Leeds team please email: RecLeeds21@holwell.herts.sch.uk
York Class: Miss Pap and Mrs Smith
To contact York team please email: RecYork21@holwell.herts.sch.uk
Welcome to Reception! We have loved getting to know all of the children as they have been settling into their new classes, and are excited to get to know them over this year as they begin their learning journey at Holwell.
Please find below some information that you may find useful. If you do have any questions or need to contact class teachers, you may do so on the email addresses above.
Practical things to remember about each school day
Please ensure all of your children's items are clearly labelled with their names on to ensure that they are easy to identify if they were to leave them somewhere in the building. This includes all P.E kits, uniforms, lunch boxes and water bottles.
Snack and water bottles
Your child is provided with a snack in school each morning and afternoon, but may bring a piece of fruit for a morning snack if they wish to. Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school every day, and this may only be filled with water.
Book bags and reading books
Please ensure your child brings their reading record and home reading book into school every day. Please sign the reading record each time you read with your child at home. Reading at home every day is vital in supporting your child in their reading development.
PE will be on Monday afternoon for Leeds Class and Friday afternoon for York Class. Please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days.
If you would like your child to have milk at school you will need to register with the provider.
Some activities you can do to support your child's mathematical skills
- Can you recognise these shapes?
- Can you go on a shape hunt around your home / in the garden / out on a walk and find any objects that are shaped like these? Watch the shape song below, it is very catchy!
- Can you recognise these numbers
- 10 8 5 3 2 6 9 4 1 7
- These are all mixed up, can you put them in order and make a number line?
- Support your child to count forwards, once they have learnt to count forwards practice counting backwards from 10.
- Can you build a big tower? How many blocks did you use?
Letters and Sounds
What is Letters and Sounds? Letters and sounds is the phonic scheme that we use at Holwell to support your child to learn to read. Your child may know the alphabet and recognise the letter names. To be able to support their reading progress we need to teach them the letter sounds, as the letter names do not always represent the pronunciation.
Below is a video that shows the Letter and Sounds scheme, and gives you an insight into what phonics is and how the sounds are pronounced.
Supporting your child's literacy skills
- Help them to recognise / write their name- make this fun for your child- you could do this by making it a game or by using different mark making tools such as water and paintbrushes, chalk or going on a scavenger hunt to find the sounds in their name and putting it in order.
This is another way in whic h you could support your child with recognising and writing their name.
- Fine motor skills - Developing hand strength, fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination are all skills that are needed to be built on before your child is able to write. Threading, for example making pasta or bead necklaces, building using Lego, manipulating playdough and using scissors all develop hand strength and hand- eye co-ordination.
Hungry Little Minds
Please take a look at the Hungry Little Minds web page for some useful ideas and activities you could do with your child at home