Here, you will be able to find out more about the amazing things we are learning about in Reception.

Query form (reception) during enforced closure

Please complete this form with your learning query. Please include your child's name and a return email address.

Meet the Team:

Mrs. V. Bailey
Teacher (Giraffes)

Miss. S. Jones
Teacher (Tigers)

Mrs. L. Warner
Learning Support Assistant

Mrs. D. Thomason
Learning Support Assistant

Welcome to Reception's online learning page

We will be uploading daily tasks for English and Maths onto this web page. There will also be activities based on our topic and phonics for you to complete at your leisure. Our daily routine starts with handwriting. The children enjoy listening to relaxing music during this time. If you would like to do the same, click here. We have provided letter formation sheets in your home learning packs and a PowerPoint below to assist you with this

Please upload activities or work that you complete with your child onto Tapestry or use the red book that has been provided. 

Happy Easter Everyone! 

All of the staff in Reception would like to wish you a very  happy Easter. We want to thank you all for your hard work over the last two weeks. We are so proud of each and every one of you. The activities and links on this page will stay here for the two weeks of the Easter holidays in case you wish to complete anymore of them during this time. Check back on Monday 20th April for exciting new activities to try next term.  Please stay safe and remember to have lots of fun! 

Love from Mrs Bailey, Miss Jones, Mrs Warner and Mrs Thomason xxxx

Story time with Mrs Bailey 

Click on the video below to enjoy a story with Mrs Bailey and two special guests. 


Below is a  copy of the number and letter formation sheets which can be downloaded.

Look out for your amazing work

Thank you so much to everyone who has sent their work to us. We are so happy to see you having fun and keeping busy. Mrs Adair is sending out stickers for sending in your wonderful work from home so keep up the hard work and keep sending it through! 

Story time with Miss Jones 
Click on the video below to enjoy a story with Miss Jones and a sleepy guest.

Story time with Vaani

Vaani wanted to do story time today and share it with her friends. Click the video below to enjoy a story with Vaani and her guest. 

Virtual Easter Bonnet Parade 

  Look at the fantastic bonnets we have been sent so far. Which is your favourite? Have you made yours yet? Look out for some entries from the staff too. 

Daily English lesson and resources.

 In English lessons, we have been focused on stories set in space. This week's book will be 'Bob Man on the Moon.' 

Click here to view the story. 


Monday 23rd March

 Read the story together. Talk about what is happening on each page.  Discuss the following questions:

  1. What does Bob like to have for his breakfast? 
  2. How does he get to work? 
  3. What time does he need to get to the moon?
  4. What does he do on the way to the moon? 
  5. What does Bob have to do on the moon? 
  6. What does Bob think about aliens? 
  7. What does Bob have to do before he leaves the moon? 
  8. Does the moon really have a light switch? 

Tuesday 24th March

Talk about the main character in the story (Bob). What does he look like? What does he wear? What does he do? What is he like (personality)? 

Task- Draw a picture of Bob in the middle of your page. Write words to describe Bob around the drawing (e.g. helpful, tall, happy etc.) 

When writing, we encourage the children to think of the sounds that they can hear in the words first and then write them down one at a time. Please note that they don't need to be spelt correctly as the children will only use the sounds that they have been taught so far (e.g. h-a-p-ee for happy).

Wednesday 25th March 

 Recap on the story of 'Man on the Moon.'  Talk about the words you used in the last activity to describe Bob. Using the words that you thought of, write sentences to describe the character Bob (e.g. Bob works on the moon).

Below is a template that you could print out to complete the task. If not, you could complete something similar on paper. 

Thursday 26th March 

 Read through the story again using the link above and make a list of the things that you can do or see on the moon. Draw pictures to show what activities you can do whilst visiting the moon. Can you label your drawings? 

Friday 27th March

Using the ideas from Thursday's task. Design a poster about taking a visit to the moon. You can add more images and write sentences about the activities. There is a sheet below that you can print and use. 

Week Beginning 30.03.20

Monday 30th March 

Recap on the story ‘Bob Man on the Moon.’ Discuss his daily routine. Act out the story as if you are Bob. Can you remember all of the things he has to do? Record it and send it on Tapestry if you can!

Tuesday 31st March 

Using the sheet below, cut out the different parts of the story. Can you sequence the story so that it is in the correct order? Number the pictures and stick them in order in your book. If you can’t use this document. You could draw the pictures in order instead. 

Wednesday 1st April 

Recap on Bob's day. Write sentences about what he does every day using the template below or create your own. Remember to use finger spaces and full stops.

Challenge: Try to extend your sentences and use 'First', 'Next' and 'Then'. 

  1. Bob rides a bicycle to his rocket and then blasts off to space.
  2.  First, Bob cleans the moon. 

Thursday 2nd April 

Think about your daily routine. Using the template below, draw pictures of what you do in your day. Focus on a weekday,  starting with the morning up until bedtime and  label your pictures.

If you need more squares, draw more on the back.

Friday 3rd April 

Look back at the plan of your daily routine. On a fresh sheet, write sentences explaining what you do in order. For example;

  1. I wake up and I have breakfast.
  2. Then, I change into my uniform.

Remember to say the words slowly so that you can hear the sounds. Can you hear any set 2 sounds?

Extra Fun Activities 

Use the instructions below to make some space biscuits or a cardboard rocket.


Each day in phonics we go over our sound flash cards to check the children’s recognition of the single sounds and the digraphs (two letters making one sound) and trigraphs (three letters making one sound).

It is important that the children continue to do this whilst home learning so that they retain the sounds we have learnt. Please use the videos below to do this.  We will continue to introduce new sounds during the school closures until the children know all of the set 2 sounds on the 2nd video.

Set 1 sounds video

Set 2 sounds video 

Several websites have offered free access for parents and carers during the school closures. ‘Phonics play’ is a useful one to use for practising letter sounds and tricky words. The login for free parental use is:

Click here for the website

Username: march20

Password: home

Use this website to play phonics games.


Phonics Fun at Home

Here are some fun phonics games that you can play at home:

  • Set up a word hunt using words with the focus sound. Write the words on paper and hide them around the house or outside. Go and hunt for a word, bring it back and read it. Then go and hunt for more.  They must read is accurately before finding another word. You could even use a timer to make it more exciting!
  • Using chalk or a stone, draw hopscotch on the floor with words in each box. Throw a small stone onto the hopscotch and jump to the word it lands on. Say the word when you have jumped on it.
  • Set a timer for 1 minute. Show words to your child (1 at a time) and see how many they can read in 1 minute. Can they beat their high score?
  • Write down words with ‘oo’ in. Look at the long and short ‘oo’ sound e.g. oo look at a book (short) and oo poo at the zoo (long). Read the words and sort them out into long or short ‘oo’ words.
  • Create a word search with the focus sound in.
  • Write real and nonsense words down on paper. Turn them over so that you can’t see the word. Pick a word and decide whether it is real or nonsense. Sort them into the correct group.
  • Practise reading a word then writing it out using chalk, paint, foam etc.
  • Play spin the bottle. Whatever word the bottle points to, you have to read the word. If you get it right you get to keep the word. If not, you have to give the word to the other player.
  • Write words on water balloons. Find the balloon, read the word on it and then throw it!
  • Make words with magnetic letters or play dough.
  • Write words on paper. Read the word, scrunch up the paper like a snowball and try and throw it into a bucket. You can play catch with the snowballs. If you catch it, you get to read it.

Phonics Sound of the Week 


Think of words that contain this sound.  Have a go at writing words with the 'oo' sound in. 

Practise reading words containing this sound using the PowerPoints below.

Phonics Sound of the Week 30.03.20

Remember to keep going over all the sounds we know so far using the set 1 and set 2 videos at the top of this phonics section! 

This week’s new sound is ar –start the car

Think of words containing this sound and make a list of them in your book. 

Practise reading and writing words containing the 'ar' sound using the videos and activities below.

Why not  add to your list of 'ar' words any new ones you spot during these activities. 

Click here for a video showing 'ar' words for you to read. 

Click here for an episode of the Alphablocks about the 'ar' sound. 

Daily Maths lesson and resources

This week in maths we will be continuing our work on teen numbers. 

Monday 23rd March

Warm up

Count aloud from 0-20 forwards and backwards. Can you start from any number? E.g Can you count up from 7? Can you count back from 14?


Below is an activity you can print out and complete. If this isn’t possible, you can do something similar on paper. In the long box next to each number,  draw the correct amount of counters or dots to match the numeral. Count carefully to check you have the right amount.

Tuesday 24th March

Warm up

Say a number between 0 and 20. Can your child say the number after it (one more)? If your child is able to do this confidently, say a number and ask your child to say the number that comes before it (one less).


We can compare numbers using the '<, > and =' symbols. To help the children understand these symbols we use a crocodile image as shown below. We teach the children that the crocodile always eats the biggest number. Click here to view a video about using these symbols.

Below is a sheet about teen numbers. Print it out and complete it. If you can’t print, you can view the sheet online and complete the answers on paper.

Wednesday 25th March

Warm up

Ask an adult to say a teen number such as 13, 18 etc. Can you write the number down on your paper? Did you get the digits the right way around? Are any of your numbers backwards?


Using these symbols compare numbers between  0 and 20. There is a sheet below you can print and use. If this isn’t possible, you can always write some of your own numbers on paper.

Thursday 26th March

Warm up

Collect something from around the house that you can use as counters (buttons, coins, small toys/figures). Ask a grown up to say a number between 0 and 20. Can you count out that many of items? How can you check that you are right? We encourage the children to line them up to  count more accurately.


When representing numbers in pictures we can show a teen number by drawing a stick to represent ten and a small square to represent a one. See the examples below. Give your child a teen number and ask them to draw a picture next to it to represent it. How many tens do you need to draw? How many ones?

Friday 27th March

Warm up

Use your objects from yesterday. Ask an adult to make a pile of the objects (between 0 and 20 objects). Can you count how many there are? ) Remember to line them up to count carefully.


Give you child the sets of numbers below (perhaps write them onto post-it notes) and ask them to show you the smallest number and the biggest. Can they put the numbers in order from smallest to biggest?

  • 9, 15, 11, 3
  • 14, 20, 7, 2,
  • 8, 19, 3, 11

Complete further questions using the same concept. Can your child order any bigger numbers?

Week Beginning 30.03.20

This week in maths we will be thinking about patterns. 

Monday 30th March 

Warm up

Body Patterns

Create simple repeating patterns with your body. For example:

  • clap, jump, clap, jump, clap, jump
  • knees, shoulders, toes, knees, shoulders, toes
  • stomp, stomp, clap, stomp, stomp, clap

Can your child copy the patterns? Can they make up their own?


Get a collection of items that you have several of (spoons, forks, counters, coins, lego bricks). These will be used to make repeating patterns. Create simple repeating patterns and ask your child to continue them.

Ask your children to create their own patterns for you to continue.

Can they draw their pattern in their learning book? Make it fun by creating a snake or train like in the example below.

Tuesday 31th March

Warm up

Use this link to access a pattern song.

Encourage your child to identify what comes next in the pattern.


Go on a walk and collect some natural items  such as leaves, petals, sticks and pebbles. Don’t worry if you can’t get out to do this. You can always use items from your garden or items from inside your house. Use the items to make patterns together such as the ones below:

Try to make the patterns slightly more complex today and see if your child can still copy them.

If you have paints available they may like to print some patterns using some of the items by painting them and pressing them onto paper. This is also fun with vegetables or fruits.

Remember to upload pictures of what you have done onto Tapestry

Wednesday 1st April  

Warm up

Click here to enjoy a fun pattern workout with Jack Hartmann (Sorry parents!).


Musical Maths!

Find some items from around the house that you could make music with. Saucepans and a spoon, a glass to tap gently, two sticks to bang together, some rice in an empty bottle etc. Explore the sounds they can make. Decide on 2 or 3 sounds you like and try to create a pattern with them that keeps repeating.

Bang! Bang! Shake! Bang! Bang! Shake!

Tap, Tap, Scrape, Scrape, Tap, Tap, Scrape, Scrape 

Try out different patterns. You could ask other people to join your band and play one of the instruments too. If you can,  please record you playing your pattern and post it onto Tapestry.

Once you have made a pattern you like, draw it using pictures to represent the instruments in your book.

Thursday  2nd April

Warm up

Patterns game

Click here to play a fun pattern game online


Print out the following sheet and complete it using your colouring pencils. If you are not able to print, you can copy the start of the pattern into your book and then complete them.

Friday 3rd April  

Warm up

Repeat your favourite warm up from this week again. Which did you find the most fun?


Spot  the mistake

Once children are confident in recognising, continuing and creating their own patterns, they should now be able to spot errors in a pattern.

Print out the sheet  below to complete. If this isn’t possible, you can just view it online and talk about each one.

Ongoing curriculum opportunities

Our topic this term is about space. Our question is 'What is above the clouds?' 

Above are activities linked to our space topic.


With Easter fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to add some activities for you to complete at home. Please see below for some ideas! We would love to see what you get up to so please send us pictures or videos on Tapestry! 

Virtual Easter Bonnet Parade!

Before we closed, some of the parents mentioned to us that they had already purchased materials to make an Easter bonnet for the EYFS parade. It would be great, if over the next week, you could make an Easter bonnet with your child. Send in a photo via Tapestry or to our Reception email address and we will make a virtual bonnet parade on this web page. Use what you have in the house or garden and keep it simple. It's the taking part and having fun that counts. We look forward to seeing your designs! 

The Easter Story 

Click here to watch a simple video about the Easter story. 

When you have watched the video:

  1. Draw a picture from the story and colour it in
  2. Write a sentence about your picture  
  3. Create a comic strip of pictures to retell the story using the printable below 
  4. Tell the story to an adult and ask them to write what you say in the boxes below. 

Easter Maths 

White Rose Maths is a website offering free home learning activities for maths for each year group and they have provided an Easter themed one for Reception. It is all based around the book 'We're going on an egg hunt'. You can watch this story being read online here 

Click here to access the White Rose website to view several activity ideas for Reception linked to this book. 


Craft Ideas 

Why not try out some of these cute Easter crafts using anything you have at home. 

There are hundreds of ideas online for simple Easter crafts if you fancy trying something different.  

Reading Books

We recommend that you continue to listen to your child read throughout the week. We have provided an extra reading book but beyond this, we would suggest that you use books that you have at home and online eBooks.

You may find the following website useful. Oxford owl You will need to sign up to access this site but it is free to join. It includes many of our reading books that the children are familiar with from school, ensure that you select the appropriate age filter for your child. 


It is important to keep active so below are links to websites with dance activities, yoga activities and daily live workouts. 


Joe Wicks daily workout 

Gonoodle dance activities 


Head over to the PE page of our website (Click here) where Mr Powell has added more links to fun activity ideas to keep you active.