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Welcome to Reception


Home Learning 

Spring term is always a busy time of year in school. Below are some ideas that could be used to reinforce learning at home.  Please also remember to enjoy using the links below that have lots of activities for the children to enjoy from home. 


While you are learning at home why not keep a learning log/scrap book of all the activities you have been busy completing.  We can all enjoy sharing your learning when we are all back together in school!  


The most important part of the Reception curriculum is 'Communication and Language'. It is vital that you talk to your child about how they are feeling and about any worries that they may have.  Encourage your child to listen to others at home , to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions and to ask and answer questions.    



Enjoy reading a variety of books for pleasure.  Maybe make a scrap book of all the books you have enjoyed together.  After reading encourage your child to demonstrate their understanding about what they have read by talking to them about the text.  Can your child tell you about their favourite author and their favourite books?  


Children should be encouraged to use their knowledge of phonics to decode words and practise reading a variety of tricky words. Continue to use your child's phoneme fan to practise recalling all previously taught digraphs, trigraphs and tricky words.  Please log onto Bug Club to enjoy reading a variety of fiction and non fiction books linked to your child's phonic ability.    Help your child to identify the main events in a story and to enact stories through their imaginary play.  Make creative story boards to support orally retelling familiar stories.    Use non - fiction texts to help your child further develop their understanding of world around them.  .  



We love to write!  The children are practising using their knowledge of phonics to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.   The children always try their best to write sentences which they can read all by themselves.  Maybe encourage your child to make their own writing books and use them to practise writing independently each day.  Can they use their toys to make up their own imaginative stories?  They could use their writing books to record these stories.  Encourage your child to write letters to their family, friends, teachers and neighbours.  Maybe your child could write their own shows to entertain their families, could they use speech bubbles to write sentences for family members who might like to participate in the shows? 

Below is a list of everyday writing opportunities that will help children to continue to develop their writing at home. 


Make writing a fun interactive activity that all the family can enjoy


* Write a shopping list for the adults who will be doing the shopping

* Write menus for family meals

* Write instructions for baking and things they are making and games they are playing 

* Design and write comics for the family to enjoy

* Write captions for their drawings and models they make 

* Keep a diary of the things they are learning at home

* Write book reviews about the books they have enjoyed 

*Write information books to share their knowledge of the world



We are always encouraging the children to count reliably with numbers from one to twenty, counting forwards and backwards from a variety of starting points. Keep practising forming numbers correctly, this can be a creative activity.   Play games that encourage your child to order numbers, say what is one more than and one less than a given number.  As children play with their everyday toys encourage them to count on and back to add and subtract two single digit numbers.  Encourage children to solve practical problems that involve doubling, halving and sharing. 

A simple family game of Snakes and Ladders creates so many learning opportunities.  What number have you landed on?    Can your child use addition strategies to tell you the number they will land on?  How many spaces do they need to move to avoid the snake, to go up a ladder?  Change the rules for moving spaces roll one dice and double the number,  add one more/subtract one less to your score each time you roll the dice.  


Other number activities for home learning:


*Play traditional family board games Number Snap, Ludo, Connect Four, Guess Who, Ker Plunk and Hungry Hippos  

* During imaginary play set up picnic opportunities, use play dough to make food and objects for pretend parties share objects between teddy bears and superhero figures

* Play games around the house and in the garden/yard that involve counting and number, hide and seek, how many jumps in a minute, What's the Time Mr Wolf, how many times can you throw and catch a ball, how many goals can you score

* Help prepare meals, encouraging your child (supervised) to cut food in half

* Use play dough to support subtraction and addition, subtraction splat is  a popular game in school ( 8 - 5 =, roll 8 balls and splat 5, how any are left?)

* Count in steps of 2, 5 and 10, empty money boxes and encourage children to sort the coins and count how much money they have altogether, help put the washing away, count the socks in steps of 2.

* Use a variety of creative resources to make their own interactive number lines (these could be counting in steps of 1, 2, 5 or 10) challenge your child to make their own hundred square

*Practise forming numbers correctly painting numbers, making numbers out of play dough and other creative resources that you have around the house


Have fun exploring numbers together! 


Reading, Writing and Number are just 3 out of 17 areas of learning nurtured and developed in Reception.  During the Spring Term our usual topic in Reception is 'Spring'.  Planned lessons would encourage children to learn about animals and plants and explain why some things occur and talk about changes.  Children would be singing songs, having fun making music and devising their own dances.  We would be exploring a variety of materials (clay, paint, play dough etc) and tools and techniques (cutting gluing, sticking, twisting, rolling etc) to design and make objects and pictures. 


Things to do together


* In garden/yard or through the window look for signs of spring, draw, paint and make what you can see

* Discuss how the parks we visit might be different in the spring compared to other seasons

*Use the internet to look at and research spring flowers, farm animals and their young (make spring booklets)

*Plant beans and seeds (recap the life cycle of a bean)

*Use creative materials to draw and make flowering spring plants.  Encouraging children to label the different parts of the plant they make - roots, stem , leaves and flowers

* Have fun getting messy, make your own play dough, paint, glue, cut, use old boxes big and small to create and build

*Use materials from around the house to make dens for all the family to enjoy

*Sing and dance, use old boxes and objects to make musical instruments 

* Use iPads to play games that reinforce learning 

* Lots and lots of imaginative play, dressing up as favourite characters 

* Discuss why Christians celebrate Easter

*Make Easter Cards, Easter Baskets, Bake Easter Cakes, melt chocolate to make Easter Eggs and celebrate Easter together!  




Reception Home Learning Pack

Useful websites


Real PE: Over 250 activities and 1000s of challenges to keep the whole family active

Bug Club: A range of reading books can be accessed and enjoyed together at

Topmarks: You can find many interactive learning activities for a range of subjects at

Phonics Play: A fantastic resource to keep practising your phonics can be found at

Oxford Owl: Free ebooks and activities

Oliver Jeffers World: Activities related to the books about Oliver Jeffers

Joe Wicks Daily PE: On Joe Wicks' YouTube channel he will be live streaming PE lessons aimed at children Monday-Friday starting at 9am

Booktrust: A range of free reading books, games and quizzes!?q=&sortOption=AtoZ&pageNo=1

Art and Culture: Lots of virtual museums to look around

Drawing with Jarrett Lerner: Lots of comic book and drawing activities from Jarrett Lerner

Drawing with Rob Biddulph: Drawing activities from Rob Biddulph

Draw along-a-Lenton: YouTube videos giving step-by-step instructions on how to draw characters from Steven Lenton books

Go Noodle: Videos to get your child moving, dancing and stretching

Cbeebies topics: A variety of games and activities around a range of different topics



Autumn Term - September 2019

Miss Duffy, Mrs Bacon, Miss Woods, Miss Johnson, Miss Orford and Mrs Slater  would like to welcome you all to our new reception web page.


During the year we will keep you up to date with all our learning adventures, share our achievements and all of our news.


Next week we are looking forward to all the children coming together for their first full day at school.  All teachers will greet the children on the main playground at 08.55.  Could we kindly ask that ALL parents stand well back from the class lines. 


Things to bring to school

* Gilmour School book bag 

* Water bottle

* Gilmour School P.E. Kit in a school P.E. bag, including black pumps 

*Gilmour School waterproof trousers and jacket

* Wellington Boots




Over the coming weeks we will be having lots of fun getting to know each other and making new friends.  The staff will be helping the children to settle into their beautiful new class, we will learn where to hang our coats, put our books bags, where our water bottles go and we will become familiar with our class routines.  We will encourage the children to become independent learners, making decisions such as choosing where they would like to play.  Sometimes we choose to learn and play in our indoor classroom and sometimes we choose our outdoor classroom.  We will be practising putting on our waterproofs and wellington boots all by ourselves.   We will enjoy preparing our own snack, making sandwiches and preparing our cereal. 


We kindly ask families to keep encouraging the children to dress independently at home.  This will help the children on our Physical Education days when we change into our P.E. kits.  


Phonics Time


Each day the children will participate in 30 minutes teacher directed phonic activities.  Phonics time is great fun!  To begin our phonic teaching we will be trying really hard to orally blend simple words such as dog, bin, mat, pin, map and dig. Please practise orally blending words at home.  Next, encourage your child to segment the sounds they can hear in simple words, this will help to prepare your child for writing.  Your child will bring home EYFS Reading and Phonics information leaflets. Both of these leaflets provide important information about segmenting and blending and supporting your child with their reading and writing.   


Maths is Fun 


In addition to phonics time each day the children will enjoy 30 minutes of teacher directed maths activities.  We teach our number skills through fun and interactive activities.  We will initially be revising ordering our numbers to 10.  We will then have fun recognising and ordering our numbers to 20.  During the first half term we will send home number flash cards, please use the provided flash cards to practise recalling and ordering numbers to 20.  Use your flash cards to make up fun and interactive games that all the family can have fun playing.  Don't forget lots of counting forwards and backwards.  Counting when you are out and about is really useful too.  Count the conkers and leaves you find on your trip to the park.  Count how many seconds it takes to walk up the stairs.  Look at door numbers on the way home from school.  The list of opportunities is endless!

Things to practise at home:

(Remember to keep the learning fun, writing in unusual places, counting when out and about.)

* Dressing and undressing independently
*Recognising own name
*Writing name independently using the correct letter formation
*Orally segmenting and blending simple three letter words, b-a-t,
* Counting to 20 forwards and backwards, starting from a variety of points
* Recognising the numbers 1 - 20
* Writing our numbers correctly

Our Classroom door is always open, please call in at any time, we are here to help and support.

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford, Miss Woods and all the EYFS Team