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 Roberts (Reception Teacher)

   Miss Evans (SENDCo and Reception Teacher)

   Mrs O’Connor (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

Foundation Stage Open Morning

We will be holding our Foundation Stage Open Morning on Thursday 3rd October 2019 9.30 – 11 a.m.  Please come to the main reception area.  We look forward to meeting you!
Posted On 18 Sep 2019
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RRW Visit Forest School

This morning RRW went on their first visit to Forest School.  We explored the site, met the ‘Old Oak’ and talked about how to keep safe.  We practiced walking up and down the steep slopes, before having biscuits and hot chocolate! We love Forest School!
Posted On 11 Sep 2019
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RRW visit Pizza Express

We visited Pizza Express. First of all we tried some tomatoes and olives.  We made our own pizza.  We put some red sauce on the pizza base. We put some cheese on it. Then they went into the oven.  We took our pizzas back to school and ate them!  They were delicious. Julie-Anne...
Posted On 16 Jul 2019
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Forest School in July

We had a wonderful time at Forest School this morning.  Look at all the fun we had!
Posted On 10 Jul 2019
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Calliope Geranium Competition

Reception have been working really hard on their garden and have entered the Calliope Geranium Competition. The winner will receive £500 and 100 Calliope geranium plug plants. The winner is decided by public vote, so PLEASE VOTE FOR US at www.cultivationstreet.com. Thank you!
Posted On 10 Jul 2019
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Petal Potion

We had so much fun outside today!  
Posted On 21 May 2019
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Let’s get physical!

Reception have enjoyed using the large apparatus this term.  We have practiced the skills of travelling, balancing, jumping and climbing.    
Posted On 20 May 2019
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The Tiny Seed

This week Reception have been reading The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.  Look at all of the exciting things that we have been up to…  
Posted On 14 May 2019
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