Wood End School

Headteacher: Mr Richard Boulton

Yeomans Avenue, Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 3EF


01582 761636

New to Reception/Nursery Parents Sept 2021 - Wood End Virtual Tour now available to view on the 'Our School' tab (pale blue) ***************** Nursery application opens Monday 1st February 2021, see 'Our School' 'Nursery Admissions' tab (pale blue)

Welcome to our Reception page

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

Welcome Presentation 2020/21

Curriculum letter autumn term 2020

Welcome Booklet - procedural information

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 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?

Home Learning w/c 8th Feb

To finish this topic off we are going to look at Teachers and People who help us at home.

Day One: Who are your teachers in school? Draw a picture of your teachers and write about them. How does your teacher help you? What is your favourite thing to do at school?

Day Two: Who else helps us at school? We have Midday Supervisors that help us at lunch time. We have a Head Teacher (Mr Boulton) and a Deputy Head Teacher (Mrs Smart) who run our school. We have Miss Imrie who helps us if we bump our heads and also the staff in the office who make sure we have lots of equipment to do our lessons and pass on important messages to our Teachers from our grown ups at home. Can you draw a picture and label someone else you know that helps us at school?

Day Three: Who helps you at home? Who has been helping you with your home learning? Your grown ups at home have had very tricky jobs to do, teaching you from home. Can you draw a picture of your favourite piece of home learning? What did you do? Who did you do it with? Can you write some key words or sentences underneath your picture?

Day Four: How else do our grown ups help us at home? Who makes dinner? What do you do to help out around the house? Can you write me a list of things you do to help your grown up at home. Maybe you help to make dinner? Maybe you tidy your bedroom or put away your toys when asked?

Day Five: Make a special picture or card for a 'Person Who Helps Us'. We have covered: vets, fire fighters, police, doctors, nurses, paramedics, teachers and our grown ups at home. Make sure it is bright and colourful and it says a big 'Thank You' on there. I will put all of these together into a collage to end the half term!

Day 1 – One more
Today we are going to be thinking about one more than. One more means the number gets bigger by 1. This is also the same as adding one. Have a look through the 1 more Powerpoint and have a go at the activities.
Some ideas for alternatives – if you child needs to work on understanding the vocabulary ‘more’ and ‘less’, practice this with some objects first by making two groups of objects and talking about which has more, less or the same. If you would like a challenge, you could think about 2 more and writing the number sentence that matches.

1 more than.pptx

Day 2 – One less
Today we are learning about one less than. This means the number gets smaller by 1 and is the same as taking away one. Have a look at the 1 less Powerpoint and have a go at the activities. There is also a one more and one less worksheet if you would like to have a go.
Alternatives – Practice counting forwards and backwards from 10 or 20 as a warm up. Use objects to count out and then take one away to help you work out one less. For more of a challenge think about 2 less and write the number sentence that matches.

1 less than.pptx

more less worksheet.pdf

Day 3 – Recapping addition
Today we are going to recap addition with some fun challenges linked to our helping at home topic. Have a look at the addition mastery challenges, which involve addition with laundry and addition with socks! You could also adapt the challenges to suit you. For example setting the table how many knives plus how many forks or tidying your room, how many toys have you put into the box so far plus the rest.
Challenge yourself by writing the corresponding number sentence to match the activity.

Help with the washing addition challenge.pdf

How many socks addition challenge.pdf

Day 4 – Recapping subtraction
Today we have a shop themed subtraction challenge. Have a look at the attached subtraction challenge. Set up a shop roleplay and count out how many items you have, as your customer buys items take them away to work out how many items you have left.
Challenge yourself by writing the corresponding number sentences. If you want a super challenge you can use small value coins for this activity and work out change.

At the shops subtraction challenge.pdf

Day 5 – Games!
You can pick and choose from some games today to recap some of the areas of Maths we have been learning.

Practice ordering the days of the week https://www.roythezebra.com/reading-games/high-frequency-words-days.html 

This game is great for number recognition, 1 more and less and counting on and back. It has options to make it simpler or more challenging. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/helicopter-rescue 

A 2D shape game on Twinkl Go. Use the code ZR5382 to access the game www.twinkl.co.uk/go 

I have also included some printable board games and activities if you would like to do a screen free activity.

friday game 1.pdf

friday game 2.pdf

friday game 3.pdf

Other activities

Have a go at Draw With Rob and follow along with his videos to create you own pictures. http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob 

London and Whipsnade Zoos have been sharing stories 'Tails from the zoo'. You can listen to the stories here https://www.zsl.org/news/tails-from-the-zoo 

You could set up a school roleplay at home. Remember to take the register, teach some Maths and English, read a story and don't forget playtime!

People Who Help Us Colouring Sheets.

People Who Help Us Colouring

We have been thinking about people who help us and we are very thankful for all the people in our lives who help us. This is also called gratitude or feeling grateful. I have added an activity sheet for creating a gratitude jar.

Gratitude Jar.pdf


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)