Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage)

Reception Home Learning


The link below has a weekly variety of maths videos and activities

Home learning ideas 


We are in unprecedented times and the main focus this week is to get into a new routine. If you do not manage to get through a lot of work do not worry. Make sure your child is happy and content, make sure they have fun out in the garden or go on your daily walk looking for rainbows which many children have started to put up in their windows. 

This week I have started each day doing Joe Wick's P.E. lesson on YouTube, it starts at 9am and lasts 30 minutes, it is a good way of burning off some energy.

Week 2 Activities

The Maths Link above looks at What the Ladybird Heard, you can focus on some of the suggested activities. 

Book of the week- We're Going On A Bear Hunt, read it together and make a pictorial map of the bear hunt journey, if you are feeling very creative you can recreate the story in a shoe box. Start with the long grass, then end with the cave. If you would like to send photos of what you have made, please send them to my email and I will put them on the website next week.

Read different books together,play games, sing songs, have lots of fun,

Have a go at making your own playdough, there are lots of recipes online. Then get the children to write a sentence about what they have made. If they want to write more even better. It can be written in the exercise books we sent home. If you want to take a photo of what they made and stick it in we can share their work when we get back to school.  We have just started capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. If they want to write a daily diary of what they do we can also share these together. 

A Spring Walk- this can be in your garden or on the roads where you live. Talk about the flowers, blossom and buds that are starting to appear. Have a go at painting or drawing some daffodils and tulips.

Numeracy- Week 2 - This week look at number formation up to 15, 20 or 30. For more number resources look on Twink under EYFS. 

Creative ideas- have a go at making an Easter hat, please send any photos to my email address. See how creative you can be!!!

I will put more ideas on next Monday.

Take Care Everyone

Mrs Bracken




Reading, along with writing, makes up literacy, one of the four specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Reading's Early Learning Goal is:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Early reading experiences
To be ready to start reading, children need to have a variety of skills in place. These early reading skills include matching, rhyming, awareness of phonics and the skills associated with language development such as listening, attention, alliteration and sound discrimination.
Children enjoy cuddling up, looking at books and listening to stories.
You could use a range of reading materials: picture books, magazines, e-books, the telling of many well-known stories can also be found on youtube.

Rhyming helps children to break words down and to hear the sounds that make up words in preparation for reading and writing. So why not sing songs and have a rhyme time with your child every day?
Try making up your own songs and rhymes. Use rhymes with actions to support multi-sensory learning and draw children's attention to alliteration and rhyming words.

Stories and story sacks
Read to children and tell stories at least once a session. But don't just read! Think about your voice, gestures and facial expressions. Use silly voices to draw the children into the story.
Creating stories with children, asking them to predict what's going to happen next and helping them to make up their own endings to familiar stories, encourages them to think more critically and become more creative.
Make story sacks with lots of things related to a story that capture children's imaginations and extend their learning. Put in items/props and make simple puppets that will help children retell the story.
Why not help children to make their own books? It could be about absolutely anything! They could include their own drawings, photos or pictures cut from magazines and you could help with the text.


It is so important for children to be able to use their phonics knowledge when learning to read and write. Children need to be able to hear the sounds in isolation and hear them within words. Robot talking is a great, fun way to develop this skill: eg put your h-a-n-d on your kn-ee!
A great website you could use is

High Frequency Words (HFW)
These are equally as important. High frequency words are the building blocks to reading. Children need to be able to recognise and read these by sight so that they can concentrate on sounding out the content words. Reading will be a chore if your child needs to work out every word and the meaning then will be lost.
Keep practising reading the HFWs -play games with them. Write them on post-it notes and hide them around the room, Can you find ‘said’? How quickly can your child find the correct word. You could make and play simple games such as snap or pairs with them. Keep persevering!

Most importantly enjoy books together!

Welcome to Reception!

Class Teachers - Mrs Bracken and Mrs Simpson

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Hornb



The early years curriculum is based on learning through exploration and play. There are a number of ways you can help your child to learn and make progress:

  • always be on time
  • good attendance
  • home reading
  • point out numbers and letters in the environment
  • count at every opportunity
  • talk to your child about the world around them
  • ask your child what he/she has been doing in school


We believe that by working together between home and school we can provide the best opportunities for your child. Reception is all about being creative and making things - don't forget if you create anything at home fetch it into school and share it with us.



This can be a special time for you and your child. Please support us by reading with your child for at least 10 minutes every day. Research has shown that this can help your child's educational development.





Our PE days are on a Monday and Thursday.

Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school on these days. Can we please ask that your child's PE kit (and uniform) is clearly labelled with their name.




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