Home Learning Information

Summer 1 (20th April - ?)

Hello children and families, we hope you are all well and staying safe at home. All the grownups at school are missing you very much, and looking forward to seeing you again.


In Reception class we learn lots of new skills, reading, writing, counting, calculating, investigating. It is very important that children have lots of opportunities to practice these skills, repetition is the key to mastering any skill.


Below are the activities and links to support your child as they develop. Lots of these are the same as last term. The games can be set to different difficulty levels, this ensures children have some challenge as they develop.

If you need any help or advice you can email your class email

or if your child has something to share with your child's teacher you can send photos or videos to the team at the same address. Stay safe everyone!

Emotional Wellbeing:


Please remember that your child is still only little and can only concentrate on activities for short periods of time

(15 minutes) 

In line with how the school day operates it is essential for your child to have movement and brain breaks after any period of time were they have been expected to sit still and concentrate.

Here are some useful ideas to provide these breaks.


Wake Up Shake Up Songs and Dances (The Learning Station You Tube) :


Kids Yoga (Cosmic Kids Yoga You Tube)

I’m sure your child will have a favourite


Body Coach TV (You Tube) have a selection of school 5 minute workouts


Please continue with your Read Write Inc. practicing with your speedy sounds, and reading. There is all blog about our RWI groups you can find it here:


This will help you to match phonics activities to phase/ability level.


Phonics game to play online at home:

When accessing games please remember that all children are working at different phonic phases, and no child in Reception has been taught phonemes beyond those in phase 3 on these games.


  • Read a story book to your child daily (see Top Tips For Reading To Your Child)

  • Use the story green words to practice blending sounds to read (additional sheet)

  • Practice reading the red words (additional sheet)

  • Sing the phase 2 tricky words song:

  • Sing the phase 3 tricky words song:

  • App: Teach your Monster to Read (if you download before Monday 24th it is free)

  • Jude Lennon (The author that the children worked with at Christmas) Is loading You Tube stories daily.

See link for more information


Supporting Independent Writing Tips:

  • Ask your child to say out loud the word they want to write, eg ‘chip’

  • Use ‘Fred Fingers’ to hold up the number of sounds they can hear in the word ( in chip it would be 3 fingers; ch-i-p)

  • Ask children to say the word and pinch a finger for each sound they hear before they write it down (this practices the segmenting skill that is essential for writing)

  • Do not worry if your child has not spelt their word correctly, give them lots of praise for writing the sounds they can hear.

  • Use the letter sound chart at the front of your child’s ‘My learning Book’ if they cannot remember what a sound looks like.

Please encourage your child to do some mark making/writing daily, you can use the ‘My Home Learning Book’ that we have sent home.

 Depending on your child you could choose any of the following:

  • Use the Hand Writing Phrases document to practice letter formation

  • Practice writing your name, if you can write your first name, can you learn your middle and surname

  • Can you write the ‘tricky words’/Red Words or some Green words?

  • Use your ‘Home Learning Book’ to write your news/keep a dairy

  • Write a book review of any stories you have read, you can use the saved template ( Book review) or design your own


  • Count, count and count some more- blocks in a tower, money into a money box, coloured pencils into a pot.

  • Play games using dice/dominoes and encourage child to say how many spots without counting.

  • Ask children to think of their own representations for numbers eg can you draw everything you know about the number…?  

  • Deliberately make mistakes. Children need to understand mistakes are normal and everyone makes them eg get mixed up when counting, muddle two numbers when ordering them.

  • Use the Maths Summer Challenges, these have lots of home learning activities that support the Summer Term Learning expectations (See additional Sheets)

  • Read books with maths concepts eg The Very Hungry Caterpillar, One is a snail, ten is a crab, What’s the time, Mr Wolf? The doorbell rang.

  • Try some activities from the NRICH website for EYFS to encourage depth -

  • You can use the following link to find 15-20 minute activities to promote mastery of numbers 1-20 in Reception

  • Ask questions such as “How many more?”, “How many altogether?”, “How many would I have if…”

  • Watch Numberblocks on Cbeebies. This programme is written by maths specialists to model maths concepts and represents number brilliantly. Also, Numberjacks is excellent for solving problems. Available on the BBC iPlayer and YouTube.

Sing some of the following songs:


Maths Games to play online at home:


Please remember to use the Supporting Independent Writing Tips below.

This term our Key story is Super worm. If you have this book at home you can read it every day, just like we would in school. If you do not you could listen to it here:


  • What do you already know about the mini beasts in the story? Tell a grown up. Can you think of some things you would like to find out more about?

  • Read/share fiction and non fiction books about mini beasts. You can use the Minibeast Book List to see some suggested titles. (additional sheet)

  • Can you use books or the internet to find out about the life cycles of some animals and mini beasts? Can you write some facts down? (Suggested life cycles- butterflies, frog, chicken, plant, human)

  • You can watch this video clip about what a life cycle is-

  • Use the information sheets to find out about the life cycle of an Earth Worm (see additional sheet). Draw and label the life cycle.

  • Watch the video clip on the life cycle of a butterfly-

    • Can you see the stages in the video? Can you draw and label the stages that you have seen, you can use the butterfly life cycle additional sheet to help.

  • Talk to a grown up about how people change over their life time-baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult, elderly. Look at photographs of your family in different stages of their life. Can you put them into life stage order?

  • Look at a non fiction book. Talk about the key features-title, contents pages, index, facts, diagrams, labels. Can you make your own non-fiction book about mini beasts, and use some of the features above.

  • With a grown up go for a walk around a garden or park. Have a look near colourful flowers and under rocks for different mini beasts. Can you draw them or take a picture? You could use the Mini Beast Hunt check list (see additional sheet)

  • Can you make a bug house for your garden/outside area? (see make your own mini beast hotel for support) You could draw and label your design before you make it, and then take a photograph of your plan and the finished product to email to your teacher. Reflect on your bug hotel, did it turn out as you planned? Would you change anything if you made it again? How could you make it better?

  • Talk about the changes in Seasons. Have you seen any of the signs of Spring, use the Spring Hunt Checklist to support discussions.

  • Go on a plant and flower hunt (see additional sheet). Can you draw and label what you find? Can you label the parts of a tree/plant? (roots, trunk, branches, leaves, stem, petals, buds etc)

  • Use the Outdoor Maths Trail Cards for simple outdoor/nature maths activities

  • Make a model or picture of a character from Superworm. You could paint a picture or use playdough, empty packaging or building bricks to make a model. You could take a picture of your work to email to your teacher.

Additional Downloadable Resources:

Phonics, Reading & Writing:


Solving Problems - Sharing

Topic - Superworm:

Worm Facts & Wormery Facts

Don't forget if you need any help or advice you can email your class email

or if your child has something to share with your child's teacher you can send photos or videos to the team at the same address. Stay safe everyone!

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