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 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.



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.

Mindfulness Colouring


Under The Sea

Adult Mindfulness Colouring

Busy Fingers

Zipping and unzipping your coat

Doing up and undoing buttons

Make your own playdough (recipe)

Threading a bracelet

Word searches

Under The Sea





What flowers can you spot on your daily exercise?

Can you make ice eggs/decorations? (picture)

I saw a lovely post online about collecting some sticks on your walk and making something special with them?
(picture 1, 2, 3)

Live Streaming of Zoos and Museums

Edinburgh Zoo

Natural History Museum

The Louvre

The British Museum

Story Time

Can you find the longest word in a book?

Can you read that longest word? What does it mean?

Can you stop in the middle of the book and predict what might happen next?

Story Teller Website



Using whatever you have at home:
stickle bricks,
or junk boxes
to create towns for people or dens for animals.


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)