Image of the school

Welcome to our website

Nursery and Reception Class Admissions for 2019-2020

All the information regarding admissions for a Reception class place or Nursery place can be found on our Admissions page.

Please click here for a Nursery application form. Paper copies are also available from the school office.

 

World War 1 - 100 Years of Remembrance

As part of our Curriculum Enrichment Days, the children learnt about the First World War and took part in poetry and poppy making workshops. Each class used a different material and method to make a poppy which are all beautifully displayed in our school hall.

 

Hall Poppy display

 

Our year 3 children also made some beautiful silhouette pictures which are on display in their class.

 

Year 3 WW1 display Year 3 WW1 display 2

 

 

 

Harvest Festival

We celebrated our Harvest Festival last week in a special assembly with Nick Weir from Holy Trinity Church. Thank you all for your very generous donations of food which we were able to give to local elderly residents in gift bags decorated by our children. We also received a wonderful wheatsheaf for our harvest display made from bread by one of our parents Mr Graham.

 

Harvest Bags Harvest Bags 2
Harvest Vegetables Harvest Wheatsheaf

 

 

School Gateway Online Payments

The School Gateway service enables you to make online payments to school via instant bank transfer, credit or debit card. Payments can be made via the School Gateway smartphone app or website. You will also be able to view school meal balances.

 

What you need to do now - Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website, or click on the School Gateway login logo above and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to login to School Gateway.

 

Can’t activate your account? If you’re having trouble logging in, it may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please call the school and we’ll update the details on our system.

We hope that you will find School Gateway to be a fast and easy way to pay for school items.

 

 

School Uniform

Our school uniform is available to purchase from Mapac schoolwear suppliers via their website.

They also provide a click and collect service from their shop in Watford. Please click on the link for details. Mapac click and collect service (319KB)

 

We still have some stock available in school to purchase, so please contact the school office for details of what items we have.

 

 

***How Wood School 50th Anniversary Celebrations***

 

What a wonderful few weeks we have had celebrating our school's 50th Anniversary.

Our celebrations began in May when we held an Anniversary ball at the Noke Hotel attended by over 130 guests including staff (past and present), governors, parents and friends of our school including some past pupils. This was a fabulous evening of fun and laughter. There was an auction of promises, a quiz, a raffle and a live band that provided great music that had everyone dancing on the dance floor.

The celebrations continued at the end of May with a “Children’s Day”. The day began with a special assembly in school where Mrs Rowe and the staff put an item into a time capsule to be opened in a decade at the school’s 60th anniversary! All the children made their own time capsules with letters from their parents/carers and other special memento’s and photographs. The children created individual items in class to put in their time capsules along with a letter from their class teacher. Mrs Rowe also wrote a special Haiku poem for each child to add to their capsule. Throughout the day, the children enjoyed a junk music workshop; face painting; a barbecue lunch; bouncy castles and a visit from the ice cream man.

Our celebrations ended with a special tea party for past and present staff and governors. We were delighted that three of our previous Head Teachers were able to attend including the very first Head Teacher, Mr Franklin, who served twenty-one years at How Wood school.

Our year two children also recently performed a Maypole dance for their parents and the whole school at a special Village afternoon which ended with the crowning of the May King and Queen. This is a wonderful annual tradition held by How Wood School that started 36 years ago. Our Year 3 teacher, Miss Nixon, performed in the very first Maypole dance at How Wood School!

Our Deputy Head, Mrs Osborne has also set the children a special “50 for 50” reading challenge. Each child has been given a game card and have to tick a box each time they have read/ listened to a piece of text including newspaper articles, comic books, fact books, poems and story books. Once all 50 boxes have been ticked the children will be presented with a special 50th Anniversary prize.

 

Below are a few photographs of our celebrations.

 

 

How Wood Head Teachers Mrs Rowe, Mrs Qureshi, Mrs Macpherson, Mr Franklin

How Wood Head Teachers

 

 

Children's Day

Children's Day Children's Day 1
Children's Day 8 Children's Day 4
Children's Day 5 Children's Day 6
Children's Day 7 Children's Day 7

 

 

Village Afternoon Maypole Dancing and our May King and Queen

May King and Queen Village Day

 

 

 

Hall picture

 

 

How Wood 50th Anniversary Ball

Thank you to everyone who came to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary at the Noke Hotel last Friday.

It was a wonderful evening with lots of laughter, fun, dancing and catching up with some old friends, past pupils and staff. The auction and raffle made over £1,000 which will support the school with our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

 

As promised here are the answers to the questions from our quiz:

Trivia Questions (177KB)

Film Questions (146KB)

Guess Who (328KB)

History & Geography Questions (181KB)

Science & Literacy Questions (180KB)

Sport & Music Questions (184KB)

 

 

Recommended Reading Lists

We are often asked to recommend books that are popular with children and have a good literary content. Here are some suggestions, but we would welcome your views and any others that you think should be added to the list.

We hope you enjoy exploring these books and sharing them with us when your child has read them.

Reading List Year 3 (125KB)

Reading list Year 4 (122KB)

Reading List Year 5 (124KB)

Reading List Year 6 (132KB)