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Welcome to Reception

Home learning for week beginning on the 13.06.20

This week’s home learning theme is SPACE.

Make your own puzzle

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon.

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’ll be there very soon

If you want to take a trip

Climb aboard my rocket ship

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0

Blas off!

Make your own rocket using junk modelling materials

Build a rocket using construction materials you have at home


You can make salt dough mood stars. When the stars are dry you can draw their faces with a felt pen adding an expression to each face.

Follow the link bellow for play dough recipe


Make moon rocks out of tin foil

Whatever Next by Jill Murthy- from Stories read allowed

Enjoy playing and learning!

Home learning for week beginning on the 06.07.20

This week we will be learning about life in a desert. We hope that you will enjoy the activities we have set up for you.

Information about life in a desert

Alice the camel song


Please have a look at the video of Foundation staff performing the song on our blogs.



Desert animals and their noises                                          

This video will show you a variety of animals that live in the desert.


Cactus plants


Make a cactus plant

Find resources around your house to create a cactus plant. Remember that cactus plants are very prickly. Use your imagination and be creative. Send us a picture of your work.

Storytelling tin


Letters and Sounds for home and school. Choose a suitable episode for your child.



Making doubles

My Doggie double song

Create double quantities by printing or drawing.


Enjoy your learning!



This week’s topic is about the cold.

Please visit the blog for an adventure with Pip and Pop.

Here is a story about a girl called Tammy, who went to visit The North Pole. There she met a friend called Apac who told her lots of interesting facts about The North Pole. Enjoy!

Cosmic Yoga from Antarctica

Here is the link to the yoga session. I bet the children will enjoy joining in the snowy adventure.


Please follow the link to Letters and Sounds for home and School. Choose the episodes suitable for your child.

Make a poster

Choose one of the animals that live in the cold places e.g. a penguin, an arctic fox, a seal and make a poster with pictures, magazine cut outs, labels and facts.

Can you make up a song about the animal you have chosen?

Make your own ice lollies or ice cream

 You can simply freeze juice with fruit pieces inside or freeze some smoothie or yogurt you’re your favourite toppings.


Here you can watch an experiment which you can than carry out by yourselves at home. All you need is ice cubes, a piece of string, salt and a bit of water. Have fun!




Make ice shapes of different sizes. You can put some water in a plastic bag, in a bowl, in a tray, in an egg cup, etc. When frozen, describe and compare each ice shape. Predict which shape will melt firs, which one will melt next, etc. Measure the time each shape will take to melt. Were your predictions correct?


Make Your Own Snow

You can prepare this in advance, but I usually do it with the children or let them have a go on their own.

You only need 2 ingredients

  • Bicarbonate of Soda (or Baking Powder)

Both bicarb and baking powder work well although the texture is slightly different – not that the children ever seem to notice!

  • Shaving foam

How much of the ingredients you use really depends on how much snow you want. I tend to find a little goes a long way (both in terms of the ingredients and how far they will spread across your carpet, floor, toilets and outdoor area once the children get their hands on it)!

I have also added glitter in the past – just for a bit of extra sparkle.

There is no real science to making it other than I have found it works best if you start with the dry stuff first and then add the shaving foam. You can always add more shaving foam if you need to.

TIP : Use a fork (for small batches) or a whisk (for big batches) to stir with. That will help you to get a really good snow texture.

One of the most useful tools for jobs like this is a good old fashioned pastry blender. They make an interesting addition to your malleable materials area anyway so worth looking out for.

Keep stirring until you get the consistency of snow. That’s it!

It is great for moulding, squashing, squeezing, pattern making, mark making, Small World and general snowy fun!


You can make this and put it in the fridge so that is is cold when the children come to use it.

You can store your shaving foam in the fridge so it is chilly on their fingers when they make it.

It will keep for a good while in an airtight container.

If it starts to get ‘lumpy’ just give it a good stir with your fork and off you go again.

If you have used bicarbonate of soda and want to create some fizzy snowballs then add a spray bottle of vinegar into the play. Clear vinegar will keep your snow looking white. Brown vinegar makes it look like the snow you tell children not to eat! The more they squirt, the more they fizz (and the more you smell like a chip shop!).

Home learning for week beginning 22nd June

This week we will learn about Oceans. Here are activities you might enjoy doing:


Find out facts about oceans

Find out the Oceans of The World, what they are called and which oceans surround The United Kingdom. Look at a map or the globe, is there more land or water?


Research your favourite sea creature

What is your favourite sea creature? Find out some facts about this creature. How big or small is it? Does it make any sounds? How does it move? Create your favourite sea creatures out of different materials or make a poster with labels.

Ocean sounds

Use the internet to listen to some ocean noises. Describe the sounds and try to replicate them. Use instruments or other objects available to help.

Rhyming words

Find some rhyming words

Ocean – potion- motion








Float and Sink experiment

Here is a video of a float and sink experiment. Watch it first, then carry out your own experiment at home. Record your findings.


Make a boat

Make your own boat using junk modelling materials. Test it in the water. Does it float?

If not, think about what you can change to make if float.



Please continue with Letters and Sounds for home and School. Choose episodes that will suit your child’s ability.

Have a good week and enjoy home learning!

Home learning for week beginning 8th June - The Rainforest

This week we would like the children to learn about the Rainforest. 

You might want to begin by locating the Rainforest on the map of the world.

Watch the video to learn facts about the Rainforest.


Here is a video link of a school trip to the Rainforest:

A trip to the Rainforest

At the end of the story there is a lovely song which we would like the children to learn. They can make a musical instrument by simply placing some grains in a bottle, then try and sing along.

Here are the lyrics:

All things bright and beautiful

all creatures great and small

All things strange and wonderful

we must save them all

The rivers and the oceans

the waterfalls, the lakes

We should take care of water

 for everybody’s sake


Each flower in the garden

each forest and its streams

The valleys and the mountains

how wonderful are these

The atmosphere around us

the islands and the seas

These make up a special land 

a home for you and me

There are lots of rainforest animal arts and crafts the children will enjoy doing. Just look at the different animals using books you have at home or images on the internet then provide materials and let your child be creative and use their own imagination. Here are some examples of rainforests arts and crafts.


I bet the children will enjoy making their own snake sandwich. Yum!

Make animal masks or puppets and make up your own jungle story. Ask an adult to scribe the story for you or write your own jungle story.



This week we would like the children to engage in measuring time in simple ways. Copy actions of rainforest animals and count how many times you can repeat each action within a set time.

How many times can you flap your wings like a butterfly within one minute?

How many times can you jump like a monkey within one minute?

How long does it take you to slither like a snake within the set distance?

Make a record of your achievements and try and beat your time.


Continue with learning phonics on Letters and Sounds for home and School.

Stay safe and enjoy playing and learning.



Home learning for week beginning 8th June  - Around the World

Age Range: EYFS

Weekly Reading Tasks

Weekly Phonics Tasks

Monday- Listen to stories from around the world - including: Handa's Surprise, The Tiger’s Child and If The World Were a Village.

Monday- Ask your child if they can think of a fruit or vegetable for

each letter of the alphabet i.e. a=apple, b=banana.

Tuesday- Choose one of the above stories to share again. Ask your child to retell the story in their own words once they are familiar.

Tuesday- Play Odd and Bob here. Children sort real words and

nonsense words by sounding out. 

Wednesday- Follow the story All Are Welcome Here with your child. Discuss how your child’ school makes everybody feel welcome.

Wednesday- There are live phonics lessons on Youtube daily.

Click here to watch.

Thursday- Play memory games, ‘I went to the market, I bought… The next person repeats the above sentence remembering the items bought already and adding a new one to the list each time. Use fruits like in Handa’s Surprise.

Thursday- Splat the Letter- Write out the letters for the sounds your

child has been practising on pieces of paper and spread out on the

floor. Take it in turns to shout out a sound and both players have to

try and splat the sound with their hand.

Friday- Your child can practice reading the tricky words: into, he, she, me, we, be, you, are, they, my all, her. Look at newspapers, magazines or leaflets together and circle these words with a felt tip pen or highlighter. 

Friday- List countries from around the world e.g. Spain, Peru. Ask

your child to identify the initial sound each country begins with.

Can they identify other sounds e.g. S-p-ai-n?

Weekly Writing Tasks

Weekly Maths Tasks- Take Away

Monday- Encourage your child to look at the food in your kitchen and find out what countries some of it comes from. Search on a map for those countries. Help your child to trace the letter with which the name of those countries start.

Monday- Watch this video to support counting back from 10.

CHALLENGE: Ask your child to start at 10 and take away 1.

Repeat this until they get to zero. Do they recognise the amount is

getting smaller?

Tuesday- After listening to the story Handa’s Surprise, ask your child to name and draw different fruits that they know. Label them using describing words.

Tuesday- Generate your own subtraction number stories. Use real-life

objects at home to show this e.g. ‘I have 4 bananas. I eat one.

How many are left?

Wednesday- Ask your child to play in role as Handa from Handa’s Surprise. Ask them questions and they must answer as Handa e.g. ‘Handa, what is your favourite fruit?’ They might answer by saying ‘My favourite fruit is tangerines. I was very excited to find lots of them’.

Wednesday- Use a teddy and count backwards making deliberate

mistakes. Can your child spot the mistakes? Mistakes can include

omitted numbers, repeated numbers or a number in the wrong place.

CHALLENGE: Ask your child to spot the mistake when the numbers

are written down.

Thursday- Your child can draw a picture of a suitcase and all the things they might take on holiday. CHALLENGE: Ask your child to label the items.

Thursday (theme)- Look at these pictures of

flags from around the world with your child.

Can they spot any shapes in the flags and can they name them?

Friday- Ask your child to pretend they are on holiday. Get them to make a postcard to send to someone at home. Ask your child to draw a picture of what they are doing on holiday. Can they make a list of what they are doing?

Friday- Use the tens frames (here) to subtract/take away numbers.

CHALLENGE: Ask your child to write the accompanying number

sentence e.g. 10-1= 9.

Home learning for week beginning on the 1st June

This week we will focus on repeated patterns. The children can create patterns using a variety of objects, shapes, sizes, and colours. Begin with simple patterns, then make them more challenging. Please continue to complete some of the previous activities as well if/when you get the chance.


Create an inventory of the lids you have. Record the numbers of items.

Small red lids

Big red lids

Green lids

Golden lids







Children’s scissors should be freely available for independent use. Provide different materials and textures for cutting (wool, sandpaper, plastic bag, fabrics, leaves, etc.). Children can create a collage out of their cuttings.



It is important that your child practices their letter sounds and tricky words then applies them through a reading and writing activity daily.  I know that many Reception children enjoy Reading Eggs programme and are very proud of their certificates. Well done!


Both Nursery and Reception children can access Phonics Play, which is based on Letters and Sounds programme.

Normally you have to have an account to access Phonics Play, but during the corona virus period the provider has made the games available for free to all. Simply type march20 as Username, and home as Password. The Nursery children can work on phases 1 and 2 activities. Reception should work on phases 2,3 and 4.

Choose the phase suitable to your child’s ability.


Please continue with Letters and Sounds for home and school.

Learning to blend live lessons are updated on every week day at 11 am.

New Reception lesson is uploaded every week day at 10 am.

You can go back to the lessons which you think would suit your child’s needs and ability.


My Emotions

Talk about different feelings with your child. Ask what makes them happy, sad, scared, surprised, mad, excited, etc.

Create emoji card for each of the feelings.  Ask your child to draw or write what makes them to feel this way at the back of each card.


Have a good week and enjoy home learning!


Here is the home Learning for Foundation Stage children for week beginning 18th May. 

Shapes and textures



Extension: Talk about 2 dimensional shapes (flat shapes) and 3 dimensional shapes (solid shapes).

What 2D and 3D shapes can you find arround your house?

Take pictures of the shapes you found.

Spend ten minutes each day on Mathseeds (Reception class)




Make a word puzzle

Write a word, then cut it into individual letters

Mix the letters

Build the word again

To make it more challenging mix two or more words together


Please spend 10 minutes each day on Reading Eggs (Reception class)


Watch Phonics lessons on You Tube: Letters and Sounds for home and school

Choose suitable level for your child


Explore Measure

Watch a fun video on nonstandard measurement by Sid the Science Kid


Pollar Bear measuring song

Have a go at measuring objects at home using standard measuring tools such as a ruler, a measuring tape, and nonstandard measuring objects such as shoes, bricks , etc

Record your findings

How tall are you? I am nine shoes tall.

How tall are the members of your family?

The Gingerbread Man story

Watch a video of The Gingerbread Man story by Mrs Robinson on our blog. Think of a different ending to the story. Write the new ending, or ask an adult to scribe it for you.


Enjoy your learning and have a good week!



Work for week beginning 11th May

Wild flowers

There are lots of wild flowers around at the moment. When out and about you might want to take pictures of wild flowers and make your own Wild flowers book with pictures, drawings of plants and labels.

You can study the life cycle of a dandelion plant, beginning with seeds collected from a dandelion ‘clock’. Plant them in a container of moist soil. The children can keep a dandelion diary to show what happens.

Number games


Food diary

Engage your child in taking about healthy diet. Make up a diary where children can record ( by drawing and writing) what they have eaten during the day e.g.


Breakfast: corn flakes with milk and a banana

Snack: biscuit and grapes

Lunch: Pasta with tomato sauce and cheese, cupcake, water.

Snack: Yoghurt, crisps, blueberries.

Dinner: Shepherd’s Pie with pees

Supper: crumpet with jam and a glass of milk

At the end of the week look back and see if your diet was healthy. Should we try and change something next week.


Make your own spoon friends


Please watch Letters and Sounds lessons to practise blending and to revisit the letter sounds on Letters and Sounds for Home and School. Here is the link, or you can simply google Letters and Sounds for Home and School.

Enjoy your learning!


  • Create a daily weather chart-
    • Record using pictures and written labels (where appropriate). How has the weather changed over the week?
    • If it is raining, leave a container outside to collect the rain e.g. a water bottle with the funnel cut off. Draw a line or make a mark to show where the rain came up to. Repeat overnight or the next day and compare your results.


  • Recycling/ Exploring Materials-
    • Provide your child with a selection of packaging to sort into groups to recycle. Can they identify plastic, paper, card,metal.


  • Create your own rain cloud-
    • Use a plastic container with a lid (e.g. a water bottle) and make small holes on one side. Fill the container with water and watch as the water drips out.


  • Weather sounds (Rainmakers)
    • Provide your child with either a plastic container, bottle or other junk modelling item. Pour in a spoon or two of rice or lentils and secure with a bottle lid or sellotape. Decorate and have fun exploring making rain sounds.


  • Ice-
    • Watch ‘Frozen- In Summer’. Discuss with your child what they think will happen to Olaf when it gets warm. Support your child to fill up ice cube trays or plastic containers, if ice cube trays are not available, and freeze. Once frozen, take them out and explore how quickly they melt: in your hands, in the fridge, on the windowsill and when blown with the hairdryer.
    • Search on Google Maps for the UK. Discuss with your child the colour of the land and sea. Scroll up to look at the Arctic. Discuss why the land looks different in the Arctic, because the land is covered in snow and ice. Discuss the differences in temperature in the UK and the Arctic. Look at a picture of an igloo on google.

Fill an ice cube tray with water and when frozen take out and support your child to create their own igloo out of the ice cubes.               

Here is a copy of the letter formation for the children to practise: Handwriting sheet 1


Here is a link to some you tube lessons using Letters and Sounds. The children will be able to do some of these lessons so choose which stage you feel your child is at and have a go.

There are a couple of projects to continue with below:

This project will help the children understand families and how we function. I thought this was a good idea as we are spending so much time at home learning new things about each other.

  • Look at a selection of family photographs​ and discuss the changes over time. Show your child a photograph of them as a baby, a 1-year-old, a 2-year-old. What could they do at that age? What can they do now that they couldn’t do then?  Look at a picture of a family member as a baby (this could be parents, siblings). Discuss how everyone was a baby once.  Are there any black and white photographs? Why are these photographs black and white? Do they show older family members when they were younger? Talk about how life was different then.
  • Draw a family tree​- How does your family link together? Can your child draw out their family members and link them together using lines?
  • Do a picture survey of the people in your house. ​How many family members have blonde/ brown/ black/ red hair? Can you record this with pictures? How many people have blue/ brown/ green eyes?
  • Have a family picnic. ​ Lay out a blanket in the living room or garden. Can children make sure everyone has a plate, fork, spoon, cup? How many do we need all together? Give your child a selection of food and ask them to share it fairly between everyone? If there is one left over what could we do?
  • Sort out the clean clothes. ​ Who do they belong to? Can they deliver them to the right place in the house? Pair up socks. Can they match the patterns/ colours? Can they count in twos to work out how many there are all together? Peg clothes on the airer (this will support children to develop hand strength which will impact on their writing).
  • Put on a show or performance​- Perform a story or song to your family. Plan out costumes and props. Children could make a show program. 
  • Lay the table for your family for dinner- ​How many people are there? How many knives, forks, cups do you need? Write out name cards for everyone in your family to show them where to sit. Write a menu to let them know what is for dinner that night. Role play as a waiter/ waitress. What would everyone like in their sandwiches for lunch? What drinks would everyone like to have with their dinner?
  • Make a birthday card for the next family birthday-​ How old are they going to be? Can they write the numerals to show the correct age? Write a message inside for your family member and sign it with your name.
  • What jobs do the people in your family do? ​ Talk to your child about your job and what you do. What would they like to be when they grow up? Can they draw a picture of themselves in the job they would like to do?
  • Play a family board game-​ ​Play a game together. Talk about taking it in turns and playing fairly. Dice games will support your child’s number recognition. You could use a spinner with numerals on to help develop numeral recognition. If you don’t have a spinner you could make one using an old cereal box and a split pin.
  • Find out everyone’s favourite song in your family-​ Listen to each person’s favourite song and make up a dance to match. Do you like the same music? What is your favourite song?


This project aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about the area in which they live. Learning may focus on your local area, famous people, key landmarks and links to your city.


  • The rooms in my house. Support your child to create a map or cross section of their home. Can they name all of the rooms? An adult could hide an object in a room and mark where it is on the child’s map. Can they use their map to find the hidden object? Label each room using phonics knowledge. Gather an object from each room and challenge your child to return them to the appropriate room e.g. toothbrush from the bathroom, teddy from their bedroom. Hide objects around the room and describe where it is e.g. “it’s under something red” Can your child hide an object and describe where it is for you to find? 
  • Go on a numeral hunt - Search for numerals around the house (clocks, books, house numbers, car registrations, oven, washing machine). Can they record the numerals on paper?
  • Find your house on ​google maps ​-  Explore using google maps to look at your house from above and on street view. Use the arrows to move up and down the road and around your area. Can they find key places e.g. the corner shop, their school, grandparents' houses?  Search for a house in a different part of the world and discuss how it is similar or different to your own. You could use places children have visited on holiday or search places that are significantly different. 
  • Junk model your house- use old packaging (shoe box, cereal box etc.) support your child to make a model of your house. Can they count how many windows there are and stick on the right amount? Can they write their house number on the front?  Junk model your dream house. Use materials from around your house to decorate e.g. old wallpaper, fabric, wool. 
  • Go on a shape hunt- Set your child a shape finding challenge around the house. Ask: Can you find a triangle/ square/ rectangle/ circle in this room? How many can you find? Can you draw all of the circles on one piece of paper, triangles on another etc. 
  • Use construction blocks to build your house, Using  lego, duplo, wooden blocks make a model of your house. Can they add in the rooms and doors in the right places? Write labels to match each room on pieces of paper.   Build your dream house out of construction blocks. 
  • Create a furniture collage- Using old magazines and catalogues support your child to cut out and stick or sort objects into the room they would belong in. Support your child to use the correct scissor grip using this ​guide​. 
  • Exploring with your senses-  Gather a collection of household objects e.g. fork, cup, toothbrush, teddy bear, book and show your child. Use a scarf/ material as a blindfold and pass your child one of the objects. Can they figure out what it is through touch alone? Give clues if they are struggling. Swap roles and ask your child to give you an object to figure out.  Explore the textures around your house. Can children find something rough, smooth, bumpy.

Please also continue to do the following where you can:

  • Read books together. Try to think of different ending to your favourite stories. 
  • Make puppets and do a show to the family.
  • Play with toys that help fine motor skills.
  • Make coin rubbings, count coins, sort coins and add values. Use language involved in addition and subtraction. 
  • Make a musical instrument using junk modelling materials. Make up your own songs. 
  • Find the following shapes around the house, circle, triangle, square, rectangle, diamond, pentagon and hexagon. Make a list of what you found. 
  • Tidy up your toy box, shelf or cupboard. Clean your toys and make a list of toys you have. 
  • Play a treasure hunt game with your family. 
  • Play I spy. 
  • Make play dough with flour, water and oil. Mix to a bread like consistency. 
  • Dance to music and think of new movements and routines. 
  • Make dens and houses for your teddies.
  • Look outside and find out about Spring.
  • Help look after the house with your family.
  • Find stones around your garden or doorway and decorate them


Monday 30th March

Here are some learning opportunities with lots of good activities including things to do that relate to our favourite traditional tales. Please send some photos to our emails so we can share your learning with you.