Wood End School

Headteacher: Mr Richard Boulton

Yeomans Avenue, Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 3EF


01582 761636

Welcome to our Reception page

Our Teachers are Miss Honess (Ash), and Miss Puttrell (Beech)

Welcome Presentation 2020/21

Curriculum letter Summer Term 2021

Welcome Booklet - procedural information

Phonics Workshop October 2019

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 pages 14 & 15 above.


The Link will also be available on the School Nursing pages of both the HCT and the Family Centre Service Websites.

Please find the link to the animation here :- https://youtu.be/7RoTkp3vkB0


Routine daily tasks

  • Read daily, both hearing your child read and reading for pleasure/ sharing a story
  • Practise reading and spelling all of the children’s high frequency words learnt to date. You could create games using the words, such as pairs. (See class page above for a link to all the high frequency words).
  • Practise handwriting (click here for a worksheet and click here for a workbook) and number formation, here.


Home Learning w/c 1st March

English -

Day One - Read the Jack and the Beanstalk story again. Create a 'Wanted' Poster using the template attached.
Will your poster be searching for Jack or the Giant? Make sure to describe how your chosen character looks.
Challenge: Can you include the word 'because' to explain why you are looking for the character?

Jack and The Beanstalk Story.pptx

Wanted Poster.docx

Day Two - Today we are going to create our own world on top of the cloud. Think about climbing the beanstalk and what you might see as you peak over the edge of the cloud. If it was me I may see a wonderful pink fluffy world with giant sweets and a wonderful castle that is home to unicorns and giraffes. Once you have talked through your ideas can you draw a picture of your world? Maybe include some key words to help you remember your ideas.

Day Three - Writing about your world at the top of the beanstalk. Can you write captions/sentences to describe the world and what we would see. Begin your description with: "As I look over the tip of the cloud I can see..." Challenge: can you include 'with' or 'and'.

Day Four - Showing you understood the story.
1. What did Jack's Mum ask Jack to do?
2. How many beans did the old man give Jack?
3. Why do you think Jack's Mum was cross?
4. What did Jack find at the top of the beanstalk? A golden egg, the giant's castle, a small cottage, the giant's son.
5. What was special about the giant's hen?
6. What did Jack's Mum use to chop down the beanstalk?

Day Five - Draw your favourite part of the Jack and the Beanstalk story. Can you write me a sentence explaining your favourite part?


Day 1 - Addition
Today we have some Jack and the Beanstalk addition challenges! Have a look at the attached sheet "Crack the code addition". Follow the code to fill in the numbers for each addition number sentence and work out the answer. You can use objects, your fingers or a number line to help you work out the answer. If you use your fingers or the number line, can you count on from the first number? For example 3+4, hold the number 3 in your head and then use your fingers to count on 4 more.
Challenge - Have a go at the I spy and addition sheet to 20.

crack the code addition.pdf

I Spy and Add number sentences.pdf

I Spy and Add.pdf

Day 2 - Crack the code subtraction
Today it is a subtraction challenge. Have a look at the "Crack the code subtraction" sheet. Follow the code to fill in the numbers for each subtraction number sentence and work out the answer. You can use objects, your fingers or a number line to help you work out the answer. See if you can use your fingers or the number line to count back.
Challenge - Can you make some of your own number sentences using the code?

crack the code subtraction.pdf

Day 3 - Number bonds to 5
Today we are thinking about all the numbers that add together to make 5. Two numbers that add to make 5 are called number bonds to 5, for example 0+5, 1+4 etc. Start by collecting 5 objects and explore how you can split them into 2 groups. Remember if you have 5 objects even if you rearrange them into groups there will always still be 5 altogether. Have a look at the Mastery number bonds to 5 sheet for suggestions of questions to ask and things to think about.

Mastery number bonds to 5.pdf

Day 4 - Number bonds to 5 or 10
Repeat yesterdays activity using your fingers, eg 4 fingers up and 1 finger down etc, or objects. This time write down the matching number sentences for each split. These number sentences are the number bonds to 5 (0+5, 1+4, 2+3, 3+2, 4+1, 5+0)

Challenge - When you have completed the number bonds to 5, you could also explore the number bonds to 10 by finding all the different ways you could split 10 objects into two groups.

Mastery number bonds to 10.pdf

Day 5 - Pattern
Today we are recapping pattern. A pattern is when something repeats in an order and can be simple like red, blue, red, blue or more complicated with 3 or more things repeating! Have a look through the Talk About Pattern Powerpoint and discuss how the different patterns repeat.

Talk about pattern.pptx

Have a go at creating some of your own patterns using one of the ideas below:

Collect some leaves and pebbles from outside. What patterns can you create? Try leaf, pebble, leaf, pebble or try pebble, pebble, leaf, leaf

Choose two or three different colour pens. Can you draw some shapes with the colours to make a repeating pattern? Try red circle, green triangle, blue square, red circle, green triangle, blue square.

Work with an adult or a sibling to clap out repeated patterns. Can you repeat their pattern back to them? What other body percussion could you use to create a pattern? For example tapping parts of the body eg shoulders, elbow, elbow, shoulders, elbow, elbow

Home Learning w/c 22nd Feb


Our topic this half term is moving on to 'In The Garden'. Here we will explore stories linked to growing and learn all about the life cycle of a bean. We will plant and grow our own beans and look at planting in our garden area outside too.

Day One - Read through the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Listen out for the repeated phrases. Can you act out the story?

Jack and The Beanstalk Story.pptx

Day Two - Read through story again. Using the 'Story Map' sheet provided, can you pick 4 events that happen in the story and draw out a story map? The lines underneath the boxes are there for you to challenge yourselves and write some captions about what is happening.

Day 2 - Story Map.docx

Day Three - Read Jack and the Beanstalk story. Look at the sequencing story pictures. Can you put them in the correct order? Maybe you could write a sentence about some of the pictures to tell us what is happening. Some key words you might like to use: First, Then, Next, Suddenly.

Day 3 - Story Sequencing Pictures.pdf

Day Four - Recap story. You can either draw your own giant or use the one provided. Can you write into the speech bubble what the giant says? 'Fee Fi Fo Fum!' Challenge: Can you write a sentence underneath describing what is happening?

Day 4 - Speech Bubble & Sentence.docx

Day Five - Read through story. Choose one of the Early Writing Activity Sheets and have a go at writing a sentence about what is happening in both pictures. Remember to sound out your words, use finger spaces and don't forget a full stop at the end of your sentence. Challenge: Can you link two sentences together using the word 'and' or 'because'.

Day 5 - Early Writing Activity - Key words.docx

Day 5 - Early Writing Activity - Captions.docx

Day 5 - Early Writing Activity - Sentences.docx


Day 1 - Capacity
This week we are learning about capacity, which means how much a container will hold. Have a look through the capacity Powerpoint to introduce the concept and learn about the words full, nearly full, half empty/half full, nearly empty and empty.

Capacity day 1.pptx

Day 2 - Capacity
Collect some different containers, jugs, cups or glasses. Explore pouring the water in and out of the containers to show full, empty, nearly full/empty or half full/empty. Discuss how much water you think they will hold, which do you think will hold the most or the least? Do you think any will hold the same amount of water?

Day 3 - Capacity
Gather together some large and small containers, maybe a large bucket and a small cup. Explore how many cups of water it takes to fill the bucket. Can you find another container that fits more or fewer cups of water? Can you order any containers by the amount of water they hold?
As an alternative or extra activity there are two capacity Powerpoints - a monster café activity and a potions activity.

Capacity monster cafe.pptx

potions capacity.pptx

Day 4 - Measuring and ordering length
Today we are thinking about length and height. Have a look through the Sophie's Sunflowers PowerPoint. This introduces the idea of using cubes to measure height or length of an object, eg the flower is 4 cubes long. Can you gather some objects (or even people!) in your house and measure how long or tall they are? You can use any small objects placed end to end to measure, eg lego, wooden blocks, socks, forks etc.

Sophies sunflowers.pptx

Day 5 - Ordering by weight
Use the attached Powerpoint to recap the vocabulary used when talking about and comparing weight - heavy, light, heavier than, lighter than. At school we use balance scales to compare the weight of items so the children may refer to heavy items going down and light items going up as they would on a set of balance scales.
Gather some objects from around your house and feel the weight of them in your hands (if you happen to have balance scales please use them, although we know it is unlikely people will have them!). You can use weighing scales if you would like, although the children are not required to understand grams or kilos at this stage.
Can you put the objects into weight order from lightest to heaviest? Start with 2 or 3 items and add more items for a greater challenge. Discuss what you find - are small items always light, are big items always heavy?


High Frequency Words

Phase 2 sound mat

Phase 3 sound mat

Phase 4 sound mat

Sky & Grass Letter Formation Posters 
This is the programme we use to teach the children letter formation.

Blank phoneme frames 
This is useful to support writing using phonics.

CVC word phoneme frames
For children to practise their phase 2 phonics in phoneme frames

Vowel Digraph Phoneme Frames

For children to practise their phase 3 phonics in phoneme frames

Metal Mike robot

Metal Mike word cards
Metal Mike is a game to help children practise identifying each sound in a word.  The 'robot' is fed a word card and the child needs to say the word in 'robot speak' breaking down each sound.  They can then try writing the word in a phoneme frame. 

The perfect sentence 
This is a poster to support your child in checking their own sentences.

Writing prompt poster
This is a suite of posters to support your child when writing sentences.  Only some are relevant to Reception, but I especially like the one that says 'use phonics'

Wide Lined Paper
In Reception we use wider lined paper to support the children with ensuring their writing is on the line.  Narrow lines can be tricky for our large letter formation. I have uploaded a template if you wanted to print this, or alternatively draw some wider lines onto plain paper.

Further information

Learning through play

Please also allow time throughout the day for your child to learn through play.  This can be carried out independently or with support from an adult.  Some suggestions:

  • Create a shop, café, restaurant, doctors, vet role play. For some of the resources, you can suggest that your child creates their own using junk modelling.
  • Make a den using sheets, pegs, chairs etc.
  • Get creative. Children can make their own collage resources by cutting up different materials. 
  • Spend some time outside in the garden, if possible. Create a mud kitchen area or simply do some digging. 
  • Using whatever you have – lego, stickle bricks, blocks, or junk boxes to create towns for people or dens for animals.
  • Create your own puppets and make a puppet show.
  • Listen to different styles of music and find resources around the home to create a band (you might want to put a time limit on this, as it could get noisy and disruptive if you have adults trying to work from home!)


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.

BBC Supermovers Website - Supermovers is also a fun, interactive website to get the children moving and having fun.

Useful Websites 

   CBeebies site. Stories to share and lots more.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitsize  have lots of great ideas for home learning.

 https://www.Hungrylittleminds.campain.gov.uk Information for parent with children under 5.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub Free resources for all areas of learning and all ages  

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/     great phonics games
https://www.ictgames.com/    great for phonics and maths
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  - great for maths
http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ phonics resources

https://Activityvillage.co.uk/school-closures  (provides a free pack to download)