Welcome to Homerswood Primary and Nursery School - Autumn Term 2023
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‘A pathway to grow, be curious and discover’


Welcome to our

 Reception Class Page!


Our Team:

Mrs Manly

Mrs Henry

Mrs Harrison

Miss Watts

Mrs Wright


             The Reception team are very excited to be welcoming the children 

              back to school very soon. We are looking forward to sharing with 

              you all of the exciting learning that we will be doing throughout 

              the year. smiley

Welcome to Reception.


Welcome to Reception. We are all very happy four and five year olds who have settled into school very quickly and are loving learning through play. We have lots of fun with our teachers Mrs Manly, Mrs Henry, Mrs Harrison, Miss Watts and Mrs Wright. We have been very busy learning how to play together, following our classroom routines. We are also getting to know all the different areas within our indoor and outdoor classroom.

We find it easier to learn through exciting topics. This term we are thinking about “Ourselves” and “Light”. Our teachers are very proud of us because we are planning our own learning and asking so many interesting and thoughtful questions.

Every morning we come into school keen and eager to learn and are soon very busy with lots of different activities. Every day we have a phonics lesson where we are learning the sounds and letter names of the alphabet. We often play games and sing songs to help us with our reading and writing. We also are very busy recognising numbers, learning the names of shapes and how to make exciting repeating patterns.

Reception are very lucky to have a lovely big outdoor area where we love to climb, explore and play with balls, ropes and balancing equipment. You are always very welcome to come and visit us and we will show you how happy we are at Homerswood School.

Below we will share our exciting news, photographs and our learning, so please keep checking this web page to find out what we have been doing.


Enjoying Sports Day. We all worked together as a team. 4/7/22

Exploring adding numbers to a block of 10 and writing the number using our phonic skills. 27/6/22

This week during Outdoor learning we have been building dens. This is part of our Pathway footsteps. 20/6/22

We have loved exploring our sandpit in the beautiful weather. 13/06/22

Art Week. We painted our favourite minibeast on a natural stone. 6/6/22

We had amazing fun celebrating the Jubilee with the school today. We loved wearing red, white and blue. 23/5/22

We had a great visit to the local Post Office! 16/5/22

Useful information regarding end of year assessments.

Improving our physical strength. 13/5/22

Enjoying our role play area. Look at our amazing writing! 03/05/22

Exploring the topic of Keeping Safe. We loved listening to PC Will. 25/04/22

We have been making crosses using sticks to think about the Easter story. 28/3/22

We love holding the chicks. They are growing so big..... 21/3/22

We loved walking to the Library in Welwyn Garden City town centre this week and enjoyed reading the books. 14/3/22

Improving our gross motor skills. 7/3/22

Enjoying World Book Day with Year 4. 28/2/22

Making salt dough items for our new role play area. A bakery. 21/2/22

Improving our Physical skills on the new play equipment. 7/2/22

Celebrating the Chinese New Year. 31/1/22

Exploring repeating patterns. 24/1/22

We enjoyed learning about France during One World Week. We also ate yummy croissants! 17/1/22

We loved visiting the library and learning about books - 13.1.22

Week beginning 5th January Having fun making a fire and eating marsh mellows and biscuits during Forest School.

Week beginning 6th December. We loved wearing our elf clothes to school to raise money for Isabel hospice.

30th December. We have been learning to explore a range of math's concepts including counting moving ducks, listening to sounds and exploring the language of more, less and equal amounts.

Week beginning 15th November. We came to school in our special clothes to raise money for Children in need.

8th November. We had a great time visiting the Church and have been enjoying our new role play area in the classroom. Look at our amazing writing.


Dear Parents/Carers, 


There is a new free app for families in Hertfordshire called 50 Things to do before you’re five. It’s full of ideas for activities and experiences that are free or low cost (under £20 for a family of 4) and encourages communication and language, being active and trying new things. Many experiences are outdoors and open ended so the whole family can take part! The intention is to improve outcomes for younger children and the app is designed to support families and focus on developing early language skills.  

The app also offers the ability to build a digital memory bank of your child's activities and special memories, these memories can be shared with your class teacher and included in your child's learning journey.

For more details, please find attached a guide to downloading the app or visit



50 Things To Do Before You're Five | Welcome

50 Things To Do aims to provide inspiration for parents and carers to connect with children through a range of activities, all designed to have a positive impact on learning and health.


Kind regards, 


Mrs Gill Manly and Mrs Lisa Spillman

Week beginning November 1st. The children loved holding a sparkler and learning about why we celebrate bonfire night.

18th October. Practising our fine motor skills! Our handwriting is improving so much.....

11th October. We used different tools to ice our biscuits and solved Mathematical problems when counting the ingredients. They were delicious to eat!

4th October. Exploring numbers and patterns in Maths. Come and see our great learning displayed in nour classroom.

27th September We have been using our sounds to write words.

20th September. We loved learning about the violin and playing the claves.

13th September. We have loved our first week at school. Look at the amazing activities we have been doing.