Wood End School

Headteacher: Mr Richard Boulton

Yeomans Avenue, Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 3EF


01582 761636

Wood End School will re-open on Monday 1st June for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Watch out on the news page for Twitter videos from staff. Two new email addresses: homelearning@woodend.herts.sch.uk to post any questions you may have from the work given on the class pages, and password@woodend.herts.sch.uk in case you forget your logins for any of the school recommended websites. Stay indoors and keep safe!

Welcome to our Nursery page

Our teacher is Miss Cotton

Phonics Presentation - Thursday 3rd October 2019

High Frequency Words

  Curriculum letter, spring term 2020


Tapestry -  Please click on 'Tapestry' to follow the link to view your child's portfolio.  Quick link button also available from our Home Page.  For further information please view the Welcome Presentation pgs 20 & 21 above.

Coronavirus:  Time Capsules and A Book for Children

In the future, people will look back on the events of 2020 as a historical topic.  To help you and your families record how lockdown affected you and your daily routines we thought we would share this time capsule booklet with you.  There are two editions, one for the children and one for adults, we thought it would be a lovely opportunity for you to sit and discuss what is going on in the world at the moment as a family.  We have also included a pdf called ‘Coronavirus: A book for children’ which may help you to answer some of the questions that we are sure the children have. 

Children Time Capsule Booklet

Adult Time Capsule Booklet

'Coronavirus: A book for children' 

 New Half Term Topic Summer 2


***In line with the rest of the school, we will request that all home learning is submitted via one entry per week onto Tapestry.

That way, the teachers are giving one set of feedback to each child for that week of home learning.

We will also be setting a due date for the home learning of the following Wednesday.

This would mean that home learning from w.c. 1st June is due by Wednesday 10th June.

 If home learning is submitted after this date, it will be added to the journal but will not receive feedback. 

We will aim to respond to each entry on the due date, in line with the expectations for the rest of the school, to maintain consistency.***



Parents and carers,

Due to school closure we are providing a range of learning resources for children to access at home.  It would be useful if your child could spend some time each day on English, Maths and Reading whilst also remaining active. 

Teachers will be uploading links and resources regularly so please continue to check the class page each Monday. 



Please keep in touch with us via Tapestry. We are really enjoying seeing your home learning and what you are getting up to. 
We are also keeping in touch with you with replies and videos.  We are aiming to send you 9 videos a week from all the Early Years staff.  So far we have posted stories and nursery rhymes and have just begun to set you some fun and lighthearted challenges.


Routine Daily Tasks

  • Read daily, both hearing your child read and reading for pleasure/ sharing a story.
  • Practise developing fine motor skills, through Dough Disco, Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle or picking up small objects using a pincer motion.
  • Talk about something positive from your day.


Week 8 Home Learning - 01.06.2020


Key Texts:

  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson.
  • 5 Garden Snails rhyme.



  • High Frequency Words
  • Can you spot any of these words in books?
  • How many different words can you make with /s/a/t/p/i/n/?
  • Can you make up your own sentence with the words in?
  • What do you notice about the words Snail and Whale?
  • Can you think of any other words that rhyme? These could be real or alien words, for example, lail.
  • Which different rhyming words can you hear in the story? 



  • Make your own Wilfred the Whale.
  • Find 1 less than an amount up to 10.
  • What happens to the amount when you find 1 less?
  • If Wilfred has 5 snails and he loses one because it goes off to explore, how many snails will he have left? 



  • Research all about Whale - where do they live? What do they eat? How many different types are there?
  • Research all about snails. Which is the largest? Where are they found? What is their diet? 



  • Explore the artist Richard Shilling.
  • Find out 3 facts about him.



Other Activities to Explore...


Playdough Ideas 

  • Press natural objects into the playdough to see which imprints they make e.g. shells/ pine cones.
  • Use playdough and natural objects to make your own creations:
  • helicopter 
  • snail
  • Make naturally scented playdough with lavender/ honey/ mint etc.
  • Use grains/ seeds to add texture - fruit and grains.jpg

Busy Fingers

  • Practise doing up a zip – here’s the train, here’s the station, pick up the passengers and off we go!
  • Practise doing up and undoing buttons.
  • Popping bubble wrap
  • Dough Disco
  • Tearing paper (this could be used for collage at another time)

Story Time

  • Can you find the shortest word in a book? If there is more than 1, is the word always the same?
  • How many High Frequency Words can you find?
  • Did you like the book? What was your favourite part? 
  • Retell the story of The Snail and the Whale.


Talking Time

  • What was the best thing you did today?
  • If you were a snail and a whale, where would you go?
  • Which other animals live in the sea?
  • What is your favourite sea creature? Why?
  • What have you got better at doing since the lockdown?


  • What flowers can you spot on your daily exercise?
  • Can you make ice eggs/decorations? (picture)
  • Visit your landmark tree.
  • Build a den.
  • Set up your own assault course.
  • Plant seeds.

Music and Art

  • Listen to different styles of music and find resources around the home to create a band.
  • Explore the art of Richard Shilling.

Live Streaming of Zoos and Museums

Last week's Tapestry Challenges

  • Go on a mini beast hunt.
  • Build a den.
  • Do a clapping rhyme.
  • Draw a picture of a person in a home whilst you are blindfolded?
  • Write your own poem?



Understanding the World

  • Where do whales live?
  • How many different types of Whale are there?
  • What do they eat?



Other Websites





  • Make a chrysalis.
  • Make a den for animals.
  • Make your own den to relax/ sleep/ eat.
  • Make a town for people .




Other Resources




Keeping in touch with relatives

It also might be nice for your child to write a letter or a card to a relative they are perhaps unable to visit at the moment.  Or you can help them learn about technology through email, Skype, WhatsApp for example.  Please remember E-safety rules.


Yoga/mindfulness/brain breaks

To separate each of your sessions at home, you might want to include some brain breaks. Reception children are used to these and can be found on Youtube if you search ‘brain breaks for kids’.  The children have done ones such as “Shake your sillies out”, “the Penguin song” and “Wake up Shake up”.  They are also used to doing yoga sessions called “Cosmic Kids Yoga”.  Even simple breathing techniques of a deep breath in through their mouth and long “rainbow breaths” out through their mouth will help calm them.


Websites to use:


Nursery Christmas Celebration - Wednesday 4th December 2019

Our Nursery children performed a number of Christmas songs to their parents on Wednesday. They sang beautifully and we are very proud of them in this, their first performance. 


 Early Years Foundation Curriculum

Welcome Booklet - procedural information

Alphabet - starting to form letters

Please find listed below  documents providing information about Letters and Sounds as taught in the Foundation Stage:

General Letters and Sounds

Phase 2 Words    Phase 3-4 Words   Phase 5 Words