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Holwell Primary School


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

01707 323716

Thursday 12th November

Hello Leeds and York class

We hope you are keeping safe and well. We have seen lots of your wonderful learning on Purple Mash and from the activities you have been joining in with from the website. Keep up your super learning! Remember to keep in touch and keep on sending your fantastic learning to your class email address: 

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The Early Years Team.         

Story of the day 

Kipper's Toybox: Inkpen, Mick: 9780340932070: Books

Mrs Smith reads 'Kipper's toy box' written by Mick Inkpen. Can you answer the following questions after listening to the story? 

  • How many toys should Kipper have in his toy box?
  • What woke Kipper up?
  • How did Kipper feel about losing one of his toys? Have you ever lost a special toy? How did it make you feel?
  • What is your favourite toy? Why do you like it so much? 

The mice promised never to nibble Kippers toy box again in return Kipper shared with the mice. Why is it important to share? How does it feel if someone does not share? 


  • Line up your toys and count how many arms, legs, eyes there are altogether.  
  • Find a big box and a small box around your home. Count how many toys can fit in the small box and how many toys can fit in the big box.
  • Practise your phonics and write the initial sound for each of your toys. E.g: 's' for snake 'h' for horse 'b' for barbie and 'd' for dinosaur. 
  • Role play the story with your own toys.

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Continuing on our topic of 'celebrations' we are going to learn about Diwali. On Monday we set you a challenge to find out three facts about Diwali.... what 3 facts did you find out about Diwali? Diwali is a Hindu festival known as 'the festival of lights' and it is celebrated in India and around the world. This year Diwali is celebrated on Saturday the 14th of November. Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate this special festival for five days. Diwali is a festival of new beginnings. This special festival is celebrated by lights and oil lamps being lit on the streets and in houses, people visiting their families to have feasts and watching fireworks. These are also known as traditions for Diwali. Can you find out what 'traditions' means. Below shows some pictures of how Diwali is celebrated.

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  • Buildings and homes are decorated with brightly coloured lights or diva lamps. This is because Diwali is known as the festival of lights.                                                                                                                                                      10 fabulous facts about Diwali 2020! | National Geographic Kids         
  • Rangoli patterns are drawn brightly by the front door to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. It is believed that Lakshmi brings good fortune and success.  Diwali-Rangoli-2015-HD-Wall - RVCJ Media                                      


  • On Purple Mash; Can you decorate the hands with wonderful Mehndi pattern? 
  • Make a Rangoli pattern - you could use paints, pens, coloured salt/sand or chalks.
  • Create a firework picture- You were fabulous at creating wonderful firework pictures for bonfire night. What will you use to create a firework picture? 
  • Look at a globe and find out where India is.
  • Make a salt dough diva lamp! The recipe is below. 

 Watch the video below which explains how Diwali is celebrated.



This week we have learnt the sounds 'h' 'b' and 'f'. Please recap these sounds before watching the phonics video today.

Today's sound is 'l'. l is is leg and for ladybird. Please watch the phonic session below. You will need a piece of paper and a pen/pencil to practise writing the sound. Can you write the sound in the air, on the floor, on your nose, on your foot?

Once you have watched the phonic videos please complete the activities below: 

  • Practise writing the sound down on paper 10 times.
  •  What can you find around your home beginning with 'l'? 
  • Draw a picture of lots of different things beginning with 'l'
  • Use chalks/pens/crayons/paints to write the sound 'l'
  • Ask your adult to write some words beginning with 'l' and try to read them. 
  •  Which pictures below begin with 'l'? 
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Have you been busy practising your counting? Below there are some pictures of objects, can you count them? You will find that some pictures will have the same amount of objects , but the objects are arranged in different ways. Can you arrange objects in your house in different ways and count them and then write the number next to them? How many different ways can you arrange your objects and count them? The Early years team would love to see your learning so please send these into your class emails.


Additional activities you can do at home to support with counting: 

  • Have a tea party with your toys- how many cups and plates will you need?
  • Count how many toys you have in your toybox or how many shoes you have got in your home.
  • Ask your family member to do some dots or little pictures on some paper for you and then count how many there are (adult's draw the dots or pictures in different arrangements). 
  • Here is a link to a site where you can practice counting by playing some fun games: 


Today's sound in phonics is 'l', so today we thought a nice video to link with our phonics is 'Lulu the baby Lioness'. Yoga is a very good way to help us feel relaxed, calm and happy plus its very fun too! 

Have fun!

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