Wood End School

Headteacher: Mr Richard Boulton

Yeomans Avenue, Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 3EF


01582 761636

School will be closed from Tuesday 5th January 2021 due to Covid-19 **************** New to Reception/Nursery Parents Sept 2021 - Wood End Virtual Tour now available to view on the 'Our School' tab (pale blue) ***************** Reception application deadline is 15th January ******************* Nursery application opens 1st February, 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.



This week we are looking at 'Fire Fighters' for our topic 'People Who Help Us'
Day 1 - Read through the story of Charlie the Firefighter. Can you write a sentence or some key words about what a firefighter does? Can you draw a picture to go with this?

Charlie the Firefighter.ppt

Day 2 - Do you have a smoke alarm in your home? Talk with a grown-up about how this keeps you safe. Maybe you could ask a grown-up to test the smoke alarm so you could hear the noise that it makes. Can you take a photo of your smoke alarm? Can you write some key words or some sentences about why we have a fire alarm and what is does?

Day 3 - Draw a map of your downstairs. Can you use different coloured pencils to mark the best way out of each room of your house if there was a fire? Challenge: Can you pick one room and write some instructions on how to safely leave your house if there was a fire?

Fire Escape Map.jpg

Day 4 - Have a talk with your grown up about what to do if there was a fire. Who do you call? What number do you dial? What might you say? Can you write the number down on a piece of paper like a poster and put some key words or phrases around the number to show me you have learnt what to do if there is a fire.

Day 5 - Looking at the 'When I Grow Up' Sheets. Can you write and draw what you would like to be when you grow up? Choose either sheet 1 or sheet 2 if you really want a challenge.

When I Grow Up.pdf




Day 1 – Practice counting down to zero from 10 and then from 20. You could be a rocket counting down to blast off! Here are some videos and songs you might like to try



For a challenge, this video includes counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-counting-with-john-farnworth/zbct8xs 

This is also a good time to reinforce number recognition to 20. Have a go at this number recognition game, read the number and splat the correct fruit. https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math/early-math/number-words-fruit-splat-game/  Alternatively you could do this by playing snap with number flashcards.

Day 2 – Today we are going to play some games to get us familiar with the ideas and words we use when taking away. Use words and phrases like take away, subtract, how many are left? How many did we take away? How many are there now? Choose an activity below, or adapt one to suit you, and make a video showing us how you get on.

Option 1 – Play skittles and count how many skittles fall, for example There were 10 skittles, 3 fell and now there are 7. You could use empty plastic bottles, cardboard tubes or lego towers.

Option 2 – Play a take away game at snack or lunch time. How many pieces of fruit do you have? Eat some and count how many you have left.

Option 3 – Use toy cars and create a car park. How many cars in the car park? 4 drive home, how many are left?

Day 3 – Today we are going to introduce the take away – and equals = symbols. Have a look at the ‘first, then, now’ sheets. Have a go at completing them by filling the numbers into the number sentence. This helps us to see how the practical objects become numbers in the number sentence. Have a go at creating your own ‘first, then, now’ picture.

first, then, now.pdf

Day 4 – Today we are writing our own take away number sentences. Find some objects that you can use for counting and taking away, you could also use one of the game ideas from day 2. Count out a group of objects and then take some away. Write the subtraction number sentence that matches.

Day 5 – Have a go at a subtraction board game. You can choose to either play the building bricks board game or the school bus subtraction board game. For the building bricks game you could swap bricks for other objects. To answer the number sentences you can either count out objects or you could count back using your fingers or in your head.

bricks game.pdf

school bus game.pdf

Other activities:

Charlie the Firefighter colouring pages - Colouring.pdf

Charlie the Firefighter Colour by number - Colour by Number.pdf

Word search - Word Search.pdf

Draw some flames on the floor with chalk outside and then wash them away with a hose pipe. Make sure you wear your wellies, you don't want to get wet feet.

Set up a role play in your house of a fire station.


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)