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Holwell Primary School


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

01707 323716

 Welcome to the Reception Badger Class Page

Below are some photos of the fun we had at school before the school closure.

Please click here to find out about our home-learning this week.


World Book Day

On Friday we celebrated World Book Day! We had lots of fun in Badger class! Take a look at some of the characters we came dressed as...


Superheroes- two Supergirls, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Thor, Superman and Batman...

Princesses-we had Elsa from Frozen, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella plus a few more....

Robin Hood, Little Red Riding Hood, The Little Red Hen, The Gruffalo, Stick Man, Mr Bump and The Cat in the Hat......

And finally- Woody from Toy Story, a pirate and a tiger! As you can see everyone looked amazing!!

In the morning some grown-ups came in the share a favourite book with the children. All in all a great day!

          Valentine's Day

We had fun celebrating Valentine's Day on the 14th February. We learnt about the story of Saint Valentine and looked at some Valentine's Day traditions such as sending cards, chocolates, flowers and other gifts to loved ones. We each decorated a heart with sequins and glitter and wrote on the back who it was for. We attached some ribbon to the top so that the person we gave it to can hang it up to show how much we love them! We talked about all the people that we love such as family and friends and talked about how to show each other kindness. 


The Little Red Hen Rap

We had great fun learning The Little Red Hen Rap. We learnt how to chant in a rhythmical way and used musical instruments to help us keep in time with the beat.  We were very good at this and stopped and started playing in all the right places! We tapped, shook, scraped and hit lots of different percussion instruments and made lots of noise!

The Little Badger Bakery!

After reading the story of The Little Red Hen, we decided to see how hard it really is to make some bread ourselves! We worked in groups to follow the recipe, mixing the ingredients and kneading the dough, before baking our rolls in the oven. The classroom smelt delicious!

We hope you enjoyed tasting your bread at home. Now we see why the Little Red Hen wouldn't share hers when the other animals were too lazy to help to make it! It's hard work being bakers but Badger Bakers are the best!

The Little Red Hen

We have been learning the story of Little Red Hen, retelling the traditional tale with super expression and gestures! We thought you might like to take a peek...

Chinese New Year

We had a fantastic time celebrating Chinese New Year on Friday!

We learnt that there are twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac and that this is the year of the Rat. We were very lucky to have a visit from a Mum from Squirrel class who taught us and the Squirrels an exciting Dragon Dance!

We made fans, dragons, dragon masks and even had a go at writing our names in Chinese script! In the afternoon we got to taste some delicious Chinese food including noodles, seaweed, prawn crackers and fried rice. Some of us even tried to eat with chopsticks!

We also had another visit from a mum from Squirrel class who came in wearing traditional Chinese clothes. She brought in more tasty goodies for us to try, told us about some Chinese New Year traditions, and taught us to say 'Happy New Year'in Cantonese.  

And like that, the first term is over!

And what an end to the term it has been! We've been so busy, and below are a few photos to show you just some of the activities we have packed in...

...watching Rumplestiltskin the pantomime, making crowns to wear to Christmas lunch, creating yet more Christmas cards, exploring shape and number through a Christmas theme, turning our 'cave' into an 'igloo' for polar bear adventures, enjoying a disco and a class party, not to mention painting our super, secret gifts (sssh!) and finally creating our Christingles...phew!

We have loved spending time with the children this term. They are a funny, caring, inquisitive and friendly bunch who make every day different - we are certainly never bored in Badgers class!

We wish you all a very happy, safe and relaxing Christmas break and look forward to hearing all about the festivities when the children return to school on Tuesday 7th January. Remember, we love to share the children's achievements from home so please do email in any 'wow' or 'Magical Moments' to our class address:

Christmas Cards for the Community

We loved taking part in the Christmas card project, making cards for older people in the local community who may not receive many cards otherwise.

We printed snowmen using various round objects, and then added extra details of carrot noses, buttons and eyes with finger print snowflakes, and of course lashings of obligatory glitter!

Here are just a few of our masterpieces...the cleaners have just about recovered from the glittery tidy up! 

NSPCC Sponsored Obstacle Course

Today we had a go on an obstacle course, for our NSPCC sponsored event. We had great fun climbing on the benches, swinging on the ropes and jumping across the mats! We loved it so much that we went around twice!

The Three Little Pigs

This half term we have been learning the story of The Three Little PigsWe have learnt to retell the story with actions. We had lots of fun making pig and wolf masks to help us act out the story in our play time. We did some print making of the three different houses using lollipop sticks dipped in paint for the straw and stick houses and wooden bricks dipped in paint for the brick house. We have also had a go at blowing down a straw, stick and brick house. The straw and stick house was easy but the brick house was impossible to blow down, even with a hairdryer!! We talked about why bricks are the best material to use for building houses and we looked at houses around the world that are made of different materials such as ice and mud! We helped write a 'Wanted Poster' for the wolf to help the police catch him for trying to eat the three little pigs and we even had a visit from the wolf and got to ask him questions about why he is so greedy and mean! We got him to think about his behaviour and managed to persuade him that chocolate and pasta tastes better than pig!!

Story Workshop

What a busy afternoon we have had! 

We read the story The Cave, by Rob Hodgson, the story of a wolf who waits and waits for a little creature to leave its home, only to discover it's a... (we couldn't possibly say, you'll have to read it to find out!).

We then did four different activities around the classroom that helped us explore the story: we painted the characters and scenery from the story; explored a feely-box cave, using descriptive language to explain what we could feel; used our phonic knowledge to sort pictures of objects by their initial sound; and created stick puppets that we can use to retell the story at home. We also enjoyed a little tasty treat...for educational purposes of course!

Every child took home their Time to Read book pack from the Book Trust - we hope you will enjoy sharing it at home! 

Thank you to all the parents who came and joined in their session - your help was invaluable and allowed us to make the most of the afternoon with all those extra pairs of hands! Here are just a few photos of the fun we had...

Bulb Planting

We took part in the first of our WGC Centenary celebrations by planting lots of bulbs that will bloom next Spring. We wore gardening gloves and used trowels to dig holes, before each planting two bulbs. We can't wait to see the beautiful flowers!

Crunching Through the Leaves

We have been learning a song called Crunching Through the Leaves as we start to think about Autumn.

The children are such brilliant singers and have learnt the actions so well that we thought you would like a sneaky peak!

We have had a super first couple of weeks!

As you can see from the photos below, the Badgers have all been busy, busy finding their way around the classroom and trying out lots of the toys and activities. 


We use 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!


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