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Holwell Primary School


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

01707 323716

Friday 13th November


Hello Leeds and York class

Wow! What a busy week it has been. We are so proud of you all and we think you are all amazing! Seeing and hearing about your super learning has brightened up our days and put smiles on all of our faces.

After today it is the weekend, so keep up your great learning today and then have a well deserved break.

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The Early Years Team.                  

Learning from home

Thank you to all of you who have shared the lovely learning that your children have been busy doing at home. We have really loved seeing their learning and we are excited to see more learning next week! Below is a little slideshow of some of the pictures we have been sent. Please continue to send in your children's learning to your class email: 

Leeds class:

York class:

Children in Need day

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Today is Children in Need day. Do you recognise the yellow bear with the spotty bandana covering his eye? His name is Pudsey bear. Pudsey bear is the mascot for children in need. Children in Need is a charity that helps lots of children that need some help and support. Here is some information about Children in Need day:

  • Children in Need is a charity that helps children all over the United Kingdom. 
  • All children have the right to play, be happy, safe and cared for. Unfortunately this does not happen for all children but BBC Children in Need work very hard to try  and make every child smile!    Free Group Of Children Images, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip ...  


  • Pudsey bear helps to raise lots of money for BBC Children in Need. He loves spotty things and seeing everyone happy and smiling.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            children in need 2019 - Clip Art Library
  • The money raised from BBC Children in Need supports children who might; have a disability,  have a life-changing illness, live in poverty, be separated from their family or care for someone in their family.                                    school children clip art - Clip Art Library
  •  There are many ways to raise money for Children in Need. Some people do lots of challenges and fun events to raise money such as; having a cake sale, have a sponsored silence or taking part in a race. See if you can find out other ways people raise money.                                                                                                                                                                   happy birthday cake drawing - Clip Art Library
  • BBC Children in Need collect all of the money that has been raised. They count the money up and tell everyone the total amount of money that has been donated.                                                                                                                Free Gold Coins Png, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on ...

Can you find out any other ways people raise money for BBC children in need? This link might help you: 

Activities you can do at home:

  • Create a Pudsey bear mask or hat.
  • Draw a picture of Pudsey Bear on PurpleMash and draw some spots on his bandana. How many spots will you give Pudsey? Write the number of spots next to your picture. You can also do this on a piece of paper and send it into our email address.
  • Colour in Pudsey bear: 
  • Have a think about what you are grateful for. Grateful means something that you thankful for and value. The Early Years Team are grateful for having such wonderful children and families in Leeds and York class. Draw a picture or ask your family member to email  the early years team something that you are grateful for.

The Early Years Team- Children in Need.

We were meant to come into school in our pyjamas today! Why don't you spend the day learning in your pyjamas. Mr Nickolds and Miss Jones have sent in pictures of them with Pudsey ears on and Ms Hardy, Mrs Smith and Miss Ryan have sent in videos of them reading a story in their pyjamas.

Send photos of you celebrating the day to the class email and we will create a slideshow for Monday.

Mr Nickolds and Miss Jones with their Pudsey ears on. Their dog's have chose to participate too!

Stories in our pyjamas.

Ms Hardy reads 'Where's my Teddy' by Jez Alborough. 

Mrs Smith reads 'Boo!' by Colin McNaughton.

Miss Ryan reads 'Spinderella' by Julia Donaldson.

Joe Wickes '5 minute move'

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Some of you might have already done some P.E with Joe Wickes when we couldn't come to school before or some of you adults may have tried! Joe Wickes represents Children in Need, and here's one of his five minute moves which will hopefully make you feel more awake and energetic. Parents join in too! The early years team will be. Well we will try!



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Did you enjoy learning about Diwali yesterday? You can use the past learning pages to see if you can answer the following questions:

  • What is Diwali?
  • What is Mehndi?  Why is Mehndi used for Diwali celebrations? 
  • What is Rangoli?  

Here are some more ways of how Diwali is celebrated:


  •  Spring cleaning is a big part of Diwali. Homes are cleaned and tidied as it is believed that the Goddess Lakshmi visits clean homes. Lots of friends and family visit over Diwali so it is important that homes are cleaned and tidied to make their visitors feel welcome.     
  • Visiting the Temple is a very important part of Diwali. Inside the temple Hindus will pray to the Goddess Lakshmi. Sweets and food is taken to the temple to offer to the Goddess. Everyone in the town will help to decorate the temple. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London
  •  Hindus, Sikhs and Jains dress in special new clothes for Diwali, these clothes are brightly coloured. People wear a lot of jewellery and henna paint. 
  • PictureGrandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins will all  come together to share a big feast. Can you find out some of the food that they eat? Draw a picture and ask a family member to help you to label it and email to your class email adress.

 Activities you can do at home: 

  • Make a Firework rocket out of a toilet roll. Bonfire Night crafts from toilet tissue loo roll fireworks
  • Make a paper fan Diva lamp Image preview
  • Make a Rangoli pattern with colouring pencils or pens.
  • Draw a picture of a temple. Can you write the initial sound 't' for temple? 


Please send your learning into your class email address! We can't wait to see!



 The Early Years Team wish you a happy Diwali for tomorrow!

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Please recap the sounds we have learnt this week: 'h' 'b' 'f' and 'l'. You can visit the previous pages to watch the videos and recap these sounds. Please also focus on your children's own individual targets for phonics (this letter was sent to you by email on Tuesday. Please email us if you do not think that you have received it). 

Activities that you can do at home to support the sounds learnt this week:

  • Find things around your house and group them by their initial sound. E.g hat begins with 'h' and hanger begins with 'h' these will go into the same group.
  • Can you draw one big picture with things that begin with all of the sounds that we have learnt this week? For example you could draw a beach with a horse riding on it... what else could be at the beach? Use your imaginations!
  • Make up your own story by looking at pictures in a book. Ask your family member to write what you say down on a piece of paper, and then send an email to us to tell us your story.


Please recap on the previous pages learning for maths.


We have seen that lots of you have been joining in with the yoga videos. We thought you would, as we know how much you love joining in with yoga at school. As today is Friday, we thought it would be fun to have a yoga disco party!

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