Welcome to University of Leeds and York Class 

Leeds Class: Mrs Merry (Class Teacher) and Miss Gorman (Trainee Teacher)

York Class: Mrs Rice-Oxley and Mrs Delaney (Class Teachers)

To contact your class teacher please email admin@holwell.herts.sch.uk and they will pass it onto your teacher.

Welcome to Reception! 

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

Naming items

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 (particularly jumpers and cardigans, lunch boxes and water bottles. This makes it much easier to find a missing item.


Snack and water bottles

Your child is provided with a snack in school each morning and afternoon. 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.

How do we write our letter sounds in Reception?

 Watch each of the videos below to see how we form our letters and listen to the catchy phrases we use to help us remember how they are written.

c, a, o, q, g, d, e, s, f

l, i, j, t, u, y

r, m, n, h, b, k, p

v, w, x, z

Some activities you can do to support your child's mathematical skills 

  • Can you recognise these shapes?   
  • Clip Black And White Purple Triangle Clipart - Violet Triangle ...     
  • 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? 


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 which 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


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