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Reception class Home Learning 2019-2020



Hello Reception Class! I hope you are all well. Miss Rose, Miss Samiya and I are thinking of you all everyday.

You have all worked really hard over the last few months -  

- Learning how to write your names independently

- Reading and writing numbers, words and sentences

- Learning all of the days of the week

- Adding simple numbers

- Learning your sounds and letter names 

- Doubling, halving and sharing

Please continue to practise all of these as much as you can. I can't wait for you all to show me all of the fantastic learning you have been doing. Please feel free to email me any pictures of any activities you are doing at home, which I can add to our Home Learning Gallery below.

Check this page every Monday and Wednesday for your new activities and don't forget to do your daily home learning as often as you can.

Stay safe, look after each other and hopefully see you soon!

Miss Stewart

 Daily Home Learning 

Jolly Phonics Phase 3

Use this video to go over the sounds and actions that we have learned in phonics so far

Counting Song

We sing along to this video at the start of each maths lesson everyday, practising to count forwards and backwards and recognising numbers


Letter and Sound Recognition

We sing along to this video at the start of each literacy lesson everyday. Each time a letter appears, the children call out the letter that they can see. There is also another version on YouTube which has both uppercase and lowercase if you feel your child is confident with this video.


High Frequency Words

Practise using these words in a sentence, spelling them and writing them as often as you can



Tune in everyday at 9am on YouTube where Joe Wicks is delivering a live PE lesson for children whilst they are currently off school. Grown ups can join in too (I speak from experience!)

Click the blue button below which will take you to your daily PE lesson:

PE with Joe

The children were also used to frequently taking part in a Cosmic Kids Yoga Session which they all thoroughly enjoy.

Click on the following link which will take you to one of the videos, You can also have a browse through the page to see if there are any others that your child may like:

 Cosmic Kids Yoga

Collective Worship

Sing along to your favourite hymns at home:


 St Mark's Kennington YouTube



Wednesday 10th June


Watch the daily letters and sounds lesson here, focusing on the 'ee' digraph:


Practise segmenting some cvc words using this game: Space race segmenting

All the games are free, here is the login:

Username:  march20
Password: home



Have a go at this maths challenge with your child.


You will need

Ten eggs (real or just use something else to pretend to be the egg e.g. paper eggs, coins etc.

Three containers (baskets or bowls)


The problem

There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of ten eggs.

The Brown basket has one more egg in it than the Red basket.

The Red basket has three eggs fewer than the Pink basket.

How many eggs are in each basket?


Key Questions

What have you tried so far?

Why don't you choose a number of eggs for the pink basket? How many would be in the red basket, then? And how many in the brown basket?

How many eggs is this in total?

What could you try instead?

How will you know that you haven't missed out the combination that works?



This term our topic is Lifecycles and our core book is 'Croc and Bird' by Alexis Deacon.

You can listen the author read the story here: 

Key Questions

1. Where do you think the crocodile and bird's Mummies are?

2. What was different about the ways in whic Croc and bird hatched?

3. What did the crocodile do when he found he didn't have any food?

 4. What helped them to warm up when they were feeling cold?

5. What sorts of things did they practise doing together? Were they both good at the same things?

6. What did they realise when they met some other crocodiles and birds one day?



Understanding the world- Eggs

Ask your child which  animals they knows that hatch from egg. Have they ever seen eggs outside or in the garden? What do they look like?

This BBC Schools programme ‘Come Outside’ has an episodes on ‘Eggs’ that can be found here: 


After watching the video, can your child remember some the eggs that were found? Which animals hatched from the eggs? 

Draw some pictures of the animals and their eggs and label them with the name of the animal. 


Monday 8th June


1) Practise your sounds by saying them aloud and doing the actions to go with them

Watch the daily letters and sounds lesson here, focusing on the 'ai' digraph:



Play 'buried treasure' on Phonics Play:Buried Treasure Game

Select the digraph 'ai' to focus on.


All the games are free, here is the login:

Username:  march20
Password: home


maths: one more than

 This activity to help your child show what 1 more than a given number is, without having to count.

Download the attached sheet and write an appropriate number in the circle for each of the ingredients.

Depending on how confident your child is, the number you choose could be anything between 1 and 100! (Also depends on how big you want the cake!)
The child will then write down what 1 more than the number you have given them in the square.

To make it extra challenging, try giving them a number ending in a "9" so that they have to cross the 10s barrier. e.g 1 more that 19 is 20.


literacy: Post it!

This activity is all about motivation to practise early writing skills. Whether your child is making marks or beginning to form letters, having reasons to write keeps them wanting to do more.


You will need:
A box
Some bits of paper
Something to mark make/write with
Your child
(Optional – glue stick, paint, envelopes)


1. If you can, have a look at a post box. This could be a picture, or if there is one near your home you could go for a walk together and investigate it. Talk together about what a post-box is for. How do the letters get in? How do they get out? Who collects them? Then what happens to the letters – how to they get to the people they are for?
2. Explain that you are going to make your very own post box. Look for a suitable box together – use lots of language: too big, too small, just right.
3. What does the post box need? A hole for the letters to go in, an opening at the back to get them out, maybe some colour (you could use paint or stick paper on and colour that with felt tips). Is there any writing on a post-box?
4. Now it’s time to write some letters! Use small bits of paper and a felt tip/pencil. Who would your child like to write to? What will they write about? Chat as your child makes marks. Can they give meaning to their marks/letters formations? Model writing your own letter at the same time.
5. If you have some envelopes you can use these to put the letters in. Or you can make them by folding some paper over each letter. Go back to your chat about post-boxes and how the letters get to where they need to go? How does the post-person know who they are for and where they live? Model writing an address on the front of the envelope/paper.
6. Can you and your child make some stamps for the letters? Maybe you have some stamps they can look at first or find a picture of one. Use tiny bits of paper and a glue stick.
7. Post it!
8. Leave the post-box and paper, pens etc out in an accessible place so your child can return to it when they feel like writing another letter. And don’t forget to use the opening at the back to check how many letters are there.

Earlier stages of development
You child may need something fatter to hold, like a chubby crayon or broad felt tip. They could be making big circular marks or more controlled lines – so you might need to provide bigger bits of paper, and then fold them up to fit them in the hole in the post-box.

Extension ideas
You could add other reasons to write: they need to make and post some invitations to the other toys because it’s Dinosaur’s birthday party; or you could think of something that needs announcing – ‘Dad had a haircut today!’ and they can write to tell another family member who isn’t in their home. Think about what your child is interested in and build some reasons to write around them.


topic: lifecycles

Our new topic is lifcyles and our new core book is 'Croc and Bird'

Have a look at the different pictures of the eggs with your child.

Discuss the different eggs. What does your child already know about the different types of eggs? What do they want to find out? Do they know any animals that hatch from eggs? What might be inside? 


Ask your child to draw or paint some of the eggs and what they think might be inside, mark making and writing annotations.

Your child can write captions to support their drawings or you can scribe their ideas for them.


Wednesday 3rd June



1) Practise your sounds by saying them aloud and doing the actions to go with them


2) Have a look at each of the images below. Can you create two sentences about each one?








Let's work on some subtraction sums!

1) Work through each sum by crossing out the amount you need to take away, then working out how many you have left.

Click the yellow button to download and print your own. 


Download Subtraction Worksheet


2) Complete the sums below using the same method:

a) 12 - 6 =

b) 11 - 3 =

c) 15 - 1 =

d) 10 - 9 =

e) 14 - 4 =



1) We have looked at the life cycle of a butterfly before. Can you remember each stage? Try your best to list each one if you can


2) Use items you can find indoors or outdoors to create a butterfly life cycle. Have a look at the image below:

Use the same resources if you have them but if you do not, feel free to use anything else! Don't forget to label each section! 


Monday 1st June


1) Practise all the phase 2 and phase 3 sounds, going through each one and doing the actions to go with it:

2) Have a look at each of these words. Sound them out and write them in a sentence:

a) look

b) ring

c) queen

d) blue

e) dark

f) think



Create and write a sentence that includes a word that has:

- the 'oa' sound

- the 'or' sound

- the 'ee' sound



1) Count each side of the domino then complete the sum below by telling me how many dots there are altogether.


2) Now create your own sums using the dominoes below:



This week, we will begin and new (and final) topic, Life Cycles!


1) Watch the video below which is about the life cycle of a flower, then answer the questions which follow:




a) Where do we plant seeds?

b) What do plants need to grow strong?

c) What grows underneath the soil?

d) What is the colour of the sprout that pushes through the soil?

d) What happens when the flower is fully grown?

e) Which insect came to visit the flower?

f) Create a picture to show the different stages of a flower, from when the seeds are planted until it is a fully grown flower. Have a look at the pictures below to give you some ideas!


Half Term Activities

We will be going into our final term next week! You will soon be in Year 1, I cannot believe it!!!

For your final half term in reception, our topic will be Life Cycles.

To help you prepare for our new topic, I would like you to draw and complete the sequences of life cycles below:

1) Life Cycle of a chicken

2) Life cycle of a frog

Challenge: Label each section, e.g. egg, tadpole, chick, etc. Use your sounds to help you.

Friday 22nd May


1) Begin by practising all of your phase 2 and 3 sounds, saying each one aloud and doing the action that goes with it


2) Have a look at the pictures below:



a) Sound out each one and write down what it is

b) Use each word in a sentence



1) On the sheet, draw the dots on the blank wing so that the total adds up to 10

Download Butterfly Bonds to 10 Sheet

2) Use each butterfly to write out the sum that it makes. Remember each sum should equal 10


3) Create a butterfly to match the following sums then write the total underneath each butterfly:

a) 4 + 4 =

b) 6 + 3 =

c) 2 + 5 =

d) 8 + 4 =

e) 11 + 6 =



Let's explore Woodlice!

1) Watch the video below, where Jess will be taking a close look at woodlice, then respond to the questions that follow:


a) Where do woodlice live?

b) Where can you find a woodlice's skeleton?

c) What does their shell allow them to do?

d) Why might they curl into a ball?

e) What does their antennae help them do?

f) What do woodlice eat?

g) What time of day do woodlice prefer?

h) Do woodlice go to the toilet? What do they do?


weekly bible story

Jonah and the Fish


Wednesday 20th May


1) Begin by practising all of  your phase 2 and 3 sounds, saying each one aloud and doing the action that goes with it


2) Phonics I-Spy



1) Can you find all of the images that begin with the 'sh' sound? Write them in a list. Sound out each one, which sounds do you hear?
Grown ups, sound out the words with the children but try to allow them to work as independently as possible - mistakes are okay :)

2) Use each of the words in a sentence

3) Make a list of the images that do NOT have the 'sh' sound



1) Practise your counting using the video under the Daily Home Learning tab


2) Minibeast Symmetry

Click the yellow button below to download and print the worksheets. Try to draw the other half of each minibeast.

Grown ups, if you are unable to print, then please feel free to do on paper -  draw a line down the middle of the page and draw half of a;

a) butterfly

b) ladybird

c) spider

Download Minibeast Symmetry

3) Ladybird Addition 

On the sheet below, write the number of spots in each box and then count all of the spots to complete the calculation. If you are unable to print, then write the sums on a piece of paper.

Download Ladybird Addition Sheet



We've had a peak at caterpillars when we looked at the life cycle of a butterfly, let's take a closer look at caterpillars today!

1) Watch the video below with Jess then answer the questions that follow:

a) What do caterpillars hatch from?

b) What do caterpillars need to do in order to grow bigger?

c) How many legs do caterpillars have?

d) What do caterpillars build around themselves when to have a long sleep?

e) What do caterpillars become when they get older?

f) Create your own caterpillar! Choose to draw and colour a caterpillar or use materials and resources to create a 3D model - don't forget to send me pictures of your creepy crawly when you are finished! 

Monday 18th May


 1) Begin by practising all of your phase 3 sounds, saying each one aloud and doing the action that goes with it


2) Complete the sentences by filling in the gaps with the correct words. They all contain the long oo sound (grown ups try to allow children to sound out and write the missing words independently)


a) I went to the __________________ and saw lots of animals

b) Look up at the sky when it is dark, you can see the _________________

c) My _______________ was wobbly then it fell out when I ate an apple

d) It was raining so I had to wear ____________________ on my feet

e) There is a chimney on the ____________________ of my house

f) I ate a lot of _____________________ at the party


3) All of the following words contain the short oo sound (it is said a lot quicker). Can you sound out each one and then put it into a sentence?

a) took

b) cook

c) hood

d) book

e) good

f) woof



1) The minibeasts are missing some of their features! Have a look at the instructions below each minibeast which will tell you how to help them

Download Minibeast Number Worksheet

2) Turn each of the following into a number sentence and then work out the total. For example, for the first question you would write 9 + 1 = 10. 

(Feel free to draw the minibeasts to help you but you do not have to)



Let's have a look at Ants! What do you know about them? What do they look like? What colour are they? Are they big or small?


1) Listen to the story of The Ant and the Grasshopper, then respond to the questions that follow:


a) What did the grasshopper do while the ants were busy working?

b) Why did one of the ants fall down?

c) Did the grasshopper help when the ant fell down? What did the grasshopper do?

d) Why were the ants collecting the grains?

e) What was the weather like when it was winter?

f) Why did the grasshopper have no food?

g) Did the ants let the grasshopper into their home?


2) Have a look at the next video where Jess will tell you lots of interesting facts about Ants. 



a) What was the big ant called?

b) What was the white sausage shape that Jess showed us in the ant farm?

c) Why were one of the ants white?

d) How many ants are usually in an ant hill?

e) Draw an ant and label where you would find:

 - Legs

 - Head

 - Body

 - Feelers


Friday 15th May


1) Begin by practising all of your phase 3 sounds, saying each one aloud and doing the action that goes with it


2) Read each of these sentences aloud, write it down and then draw a picture to match

a) I was in such a rush to get to the shop

b) Bill did his zip up on his coat

c) I can get the bed into the van

d) The rich man has a lot of cash

e) The vet will fix the cat's bad leg


3) Practise reading and spelling each of your phase 2 and 3 tricky words


4) Once you have finished your spellings, use each of your tricky words in a sentence



1) Use the sheet below to count each of the minibeasts that you can find. You will then need to colour a box for each one. For example, if there are 4 ladybirds, you will need to colour in 4 boxes in the ladybird column



Download Minibeast Block Diagram Worksheet


2) Count the amount of minibeasts in each row and write the number inside the box. Use the link below to take you to the site where you will then simply click on the worksheet to download it.


Download Minibeast Counting Worksheet



Today we will be taking a close look at spiders. 

1) Use the video below to listen to another story by Eric Carle. This story is called The Very Busy Spider. When you have finished listening to the story, respond to the questions below



a)  Where did the spider land when the wind blew her at the beginning of the story?

b) What was the spider busy doing?

c) What did the dog want the spider to do with him?

d) What did the spider do when she had finished making her web?

e) What happened at the end of the story?

f) Can you remember all of the animals that tried to talk with the spider? 


2) Have a look at the next video where Jess will be telling you all about spiders!



3) Create a fact file to show what you have learned about spiders, don't forget to add a picture showing what spiders look like. How many legs and eyes do they have? What do they have on their legs to help them? Try to include a spider web if you can!


Wednesday 13th May


1) Begin by practising all of your phase 3 sounds, saying each one aloud and doing the action that goes with it


2) Today I would like you to create some more digraph flowers. Remember the middle of the flower contains the sound and the petals contain a word that uses that sound.


Can you create a flower for the following sounds:

a) oo

b) ai

c) ar

d) oi


3) Underneath your flower, use each of your words in a sentence


CHALLENGE: Choose a different sound of your choice and create a flower for your chosen sound  (This can be a single sound like S or T)

How many more flowers can you make?




1) Complete the ladybird pictures by giving them some spots! The number above each ladybird tells you how many spots they should have. You can choose to finger paint or simply draw on the spots.

Use the link below to take you to the website then click 'free download'. If you are unable to print, then try your best to draw the lady birds (numbers range from 1 to 10)

Download Ladybird Worksheet


Challenge: Create some more ladybirds using numbers larger than 10. Don't forget to write the amount of spots above each ladybird!



Today we will be having a close look at Ladybirds!

Listen to the story of The Bad Tempered Ladybird then respond to the questions below:




a)  Was it daytime or night time at the beginning of the story?

b) What did the friendly ladybird see in the morning?

c) What did the bad tempered ladybird say when the friendly ladybird said 'good morning'?

d) Why didn't the bad tempered ladybird fight the creatures?

e) What happened when the bad tempered ladybird tried to fight the whale's tail?

f) Why do you think the ladybird was in such a bad mood?

g) Can you remember all of the creatures that the bad tempered ladybird met?


Have a look at the next video where Jess will tell you some very interesting facts about Ladybirds:


2) Create a fact file writing down what you learned and make sure to include a picture to show what ladybirds look like. Think about how many legs they have, how many wings, what do they have on their backs?


Monday 11th May

Before you get on with your activities, the staff at St Mark's would like to share a special message with you:



Click the YouTube link below to hear messages from the staff:



1) Begin by practising all of your phase 3 sounds, saying each one aloud and doing the action that goes with it


2) Have a look at the digraph flowers below. In the middle of each flower is a phase 3 sound. The petals are filled with different words that contain that particular sound.

Can you create a flower for the following sounds:

a) ee

b) oa

c) ar

d) ng


3) Underneath your flower, use each of your words in a sentence


CHALLENGE: Choose a different sound of your choice and create a digraph flower for your chosen sound. How many more flowers can you make?



Have a look through each magnifying glass to see how many minibeasts are out and about! Count each of the minibeasts and write the amount in the box.


Click the link beneath the sheets to download and print your own copy. (Otherwise, draw a large circle for your magnifying glass and draw the insects inside)


Magnifying Minibeasts

CHALLENGE: Create two of your own. Choose two different minibeasts and draw them inside a blank magnifying glass and write the amount beside it.


 2) Draw and colour in a garden similar to the one below. 

In your garden, can you add:

a) 4 ladybirds

b) 3 spiders

c) 1 bee

d) 2 caterpillars

Don't forget to send me your beautiful pictures when they are finished!



 Today we will be learning all about Butterflies!

1) Have a listen to one of our favourite stories 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', then respond to the questions below:



a) Where was the little egg laying at the start of the story?

b) How did the caterpillar feel when he came out of the egg?

c) How many apples did the caterpillar eat?

d) What did the caterpillar eat on Friday?

e) Can you try to list all of the food that the caterpillar ate? How many can you remember?

f) Why did the caterpillar feel sick?

g) What made the caterpillar better?

h) What did the caterpillar build around himself?

i) What happened at the end of the story?


2) Watch the next video which will tell you all about the life cycle of a butterfly:



Complete each section of the life cycle of a butterfly using the information from the video. Draw a picture inside each section and label it on the outside.

Key words: caterpillar, butterfly, egg, cocoon


Download Life Cycle Template



Home Learning Gallery

Don't forget to take pictures of your fantastic work and email them to me so that they can be featured here in our home learning gallery










 Useful Links

All done with your home learning?

Make use of free online resources: 

Please see below a number of useful links that you can use at home to download work and activities. Some links also allow children to work independently with interactive resources. 

Literacy Lab


Literacy Lab have set up a home learning page on their website which allows parents to access free downloads for phonics, reading, writing and spelling. The phonics support comes with an audio section where parents/children can listen to the correct sound before practising.

Phonics lessons at home


To help children keep up with phonics at home during school closure, Ruth Miskin are streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.

Speed Sounds Set 1 - for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am 
  • Set 1 Word Time 9.45 am
  • Set 1 Spelling 10.00 am

Speed Sounds Set 2 - for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2

  • Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.00 am
  • Set 2 Spelling 10.15am

Speed Sounds Set 3 - for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds

  • Set 3 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.30 am
  • Set 3 Spelling 10.45 am

Don't worry if you miss a lesson. Once each set has been shown, they will be replaying one a day from each set.


Twinkl are also offering parents of children in schools which are closed, or facing closure, free access to all Twinkl resources.

Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer , register and enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS to find fantastic games and resources for continued learning at home.

Classroom secrets

Classroom secrets have added a free learning home resource pack for each year group - https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Free Audible audio books

For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen


The following two links are used very regularly in school and contain lots of interactive games to support children's learning: