Home Learning Information

Summer 2 (1st June - ?)

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 some new activities and links to support your child’s learning. We have also left some the same as last term in case you have been too busy enjoying all the lovely sunshine we have had and didn’t get time to complete them all. It is also really important to keep practising and repeating some of these activities to make sure you can apply your learning in different ways. 

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.


  • Continue to read a story book to your child daily (even after 17th July!)

  • Discuss the stories that you read and ask your child to sequence the key events from the story (Can they tell you what happened at the beginning, the middle and the end of the story?)

  • Ask your child some key questions about the story. Try to use questions that start with what, when or where to begin with. How and why questions are a little trickier so your child may need more support to answer these types of questions. Depending on the ability level of your child you can either get them to answer the questions orally or write their answer in a simple sentence.

  • 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:


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?

  • Can you ‘hold a sentence’ in your head and write it down. Eg. I am hot (keep the sentences simple with no more than four or five words)

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

  • Write a letter telling a child who is starting in Reception in September all about our school.

  • Write what you have particularly enjoyed in your Reception year.

  • Write a simple story with a clear beginning, middle and end. This can be a retell of a story you already know or a story you have created yourself.(remember to orally rehearse your ideas by talking about them first)


  • Continue with your counting every day in ones forwards and backwards. Try counting in different steps – 2s, 5s and 10s.

  • Keep practising counting objects and remember that the last number you say is your total.

  • Play games using dice/dominoes.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • Practise adding and subtracting numbers within 10 and then 20.

  • Identify different coins up to 20p. Can you make amounts using different coins Eg. 10p and 10p make 20p.

  • Use coins to add amounts of money and to work out change (subtraction)

  • Use different non-standard units around your house and garden to measure objects. Eg. How many footsteps does it take to walk from one side of your garden to the other? How many spoons to measure the length of your table?

  • Practise filling different containers with liquid and use language such as full. Empty, half full, nearly empty to compare amounts.

  • Estimate the capacity of different containers. How many cups of water will it take to fill the bucket? (remember to check how close you were in your estimation by counting)

  • Go on a 3D shape hunt. Can you find objects in your house shaped like a cylinder/cube/cone/cuboid or sphere?

  • Practise reading o’clock times on an analogue clock. What time do you have your dinner? What time do you go to bed?


Please remember to use the Supporting Independent Writing Tips below.

This term our Key story is ‘The Cautious Caterpillar’. This is available as a PowerPoint and is below in the list of resources. This story and accompanying activities will support your child with their transition to Year 1.


  • Look at the PowerPoint story and discuss the different characters. Who is the main character in the story? What happens to them?

  • Can you use the puppet resources to make the characters and retell the story? (resource below)

  • Can you sequence the events in the story? (sequencing card resource below)

  • Can you answer questions about the key events in the story? (question cards and board game resources below to support this)

  • Think and talk about things that change. Look back at some of your work on life cycles. How have you changed since you were a baby? What can you do now that you couldn’t do when you were younger?

  • In the story, Cody was worried about change and sometimes we can worry about things changing too. With your grown up you can think about which things will change and which will stay the same when you move to Year 1.

  • Use the resources below to complete some maths activities linked to the story.

  • Cody has given you a special recipe to make some butterfly cakes.

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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