Holywell Primary and Nursery School

Hello and welcome to Reception at Holywell Primary School

‘Play is a super power to learning’

At Holywell we aim to educate the whole child and to ensure children are happy, healthy and fulfill their potential through an engaging and nurturing environment.

Play enhances language development, social competence, creativity, imagination, and thinking skills. Children are encouraged to be independent learners, problem solvers and gain good personal and social skills.

At Holywell we understand the importance of ensuring each child gains a love for learning in their early years, through a stimulating and creative environment. Children have free flow access to the both the indoor and outdoor environment during child initiated learning.

Once a week Reception go to Forest School and learn about the natural world around us. The children are offered opportunities to cook on a camp fire, whittle a stick and use a bow saw to make tree cookies. We believe that children learn a lot through free flow and independent access to the outdoors and it helps to improve their educational achievement and ensures they grow up to be well rounded citizens.

The adults will use the children’s interests or next steps to develop play through offering a breadth of opportunities or resources for us to use in a variety of ways. The children have taught sessions throughout the day including phonics, maths and topic. We enjoy a mixture of adult-led and child-led learning and the children choose their own topics for learning (see below for topic plans).

The Reception staff are;

Mrs Watkins (Foundation Stage Leader and Reception Teacher)

   Miss Evans (SENDCo and Reception Teacher)

   Mrs O’Connor (Reception Teacher)

  Miss Roberts (Reception Teacher)

    Miss Hale

  Miss Lewis

   Mrs Sadler

  Mrs Hellingsworth

  Mrs Barnard will teach Reception PPA on a Wednesday afternoon.

We talk to the children about what they know and they help us to choose their own topics.  Here are the topics we have chosen so far:

Topics 2018-19

Autumn 1  Special Me topic for parents

Autumn 2  children in need

Spring Master Chef Parent Info

Summer 1 growing parent topic map

 

Topics 2017-18

Summer 1 Magic and Mayhem

Spring 2 From A to B

Spring 1 Fun with Food

Autumn 2 Sparkle and Shine

Autumn 1 All About Me

Topics for 2016-17

Summer 2   Happy Holidays!

Summer 1 Trolls Parent Info

Spring 2 Spring and Growing

Spring 1 Ready Steady Make

Autumn 2 Celebrations

Autumn 1 Castles and Kingdoms

News & Updates

Smores!

This was our final visit to Forest School this term.  We enjoyed a spot of bird watching, looking for bugs, playing with the stakes and mallets, climbing tress and playing hide and seek.  But the best part was when we had a fire and ate smores! They were delicious.  We love...
Posted On 10 Apr 2019
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Umberslade Farm

Today we visited Umberslade Farm.  We had an amazing time!  We had the opportunity to hold guinea pigs, rats and rabbits. We fed alpacas, donkeys, goats and chickens.  We met Gary the guinea fowl.  We went on a tractor trailer ride and saw lots of newborn lambs.  Our favourite...
Posted On 03 Apr 2019
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Chick update!

All of the chicks have hatched and now have yellow fluffy feathers.  Did you know that the female chicks are darker? They have grown so much over the weekend!
Posted On 01 Apr 2019
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The chicks are here!

On Monday  Living Eggs delivered 10 eggs to our classroom.  On Tuesday we noticed that the ‘pipping’ had started.  We were very excited.  When we arrived at school on Wednesday three chicks had hatched!  One more hatched this morning when we were at school.  We...
Posted On 27 Mar 2019
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RRW Forest School

This week at Forest School RRW enjoyed climbing trees, looking for insects, making bird feeders and playing in the muddy stream among other things! We also looked at the new bird houses that have been put up in memory of Mr. Dodds. We love Forest School!  
Posted On 27 Mar 2019
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What’s the time Mr Wolf?

This week, Reception have been learning to tell the time to the hour.  We have been reading The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. We played treasure hunt in the playground matching the animals with the time that the ladybird visited them.  We even practiced telling the time at...
Posted On 27 Feb 2019
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RRW at Forest School

We had a wonderful time at Forest School this morning.  The weather was beautiful!  We talked about the change in the seasons and looked for signs of spring.  We noticed the buds on the tree, the catkins and the bluebells beginning to grow.  We spent time sitting in our own...
Posted On 27 Feb 2019
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Reception Reading Buddies

Every week Year 6 children come to listen to us read our books.  We have really enjoyed getting to know them and reading our books to them.  We are looking forward to the summer when we will be allowed to read outside!
Posted On 11 Feb 2019
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