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School Closure Home Learning


Please make use of Tapestry to upload photographs and notes that demonstrate your child's interests and achievements. Reception staff will then be able to comment on your child's achievements and suggest possible next steps for their learning. 


This is a provisional timetable if you would like to use it. Please see below for access to the activities and ideas suggested in the timetable. Check back every Monday for a bingo style challenge grid with more specific activities to complete. 


By 9am 

Up, ready and breakfast


Joe Wicks The Body Coach Youtube PE lesson


Try one Reading (20 mins) and one Writing activity (40 mins)


Snack time/Outdoor Learning Activities 


Maths Challenge


Lunch and Free Time to Play


Bingo Challenge Grid Activities 


Phonics activity and stories 


Bingo Challenge Grid- How many boxes can you tick off?

What has been your favourite moment from your time in Reception?


Draw a picture and a caption to explain.


Make a collection of small objects that are 3d shapes, such as a small ball, a toy building brick, a dice and a glue stick.


Hide the objects in a bag and then put your hand in the bag and choose one of the objects.


Describe the shape to an adult and see if they can guess the shape you are holding.


To show how much you have learnt this year in maths, why not create a number book.


Each page could be a different number from 1-20 and you could show different ways to represent each number.



What would you like to keep on getting better at during your time in Year1?


Draw a big flower on your sheet with 5 big petals.


In the middle write your class name and on each of the petals, write adjectives to describe your year such as fun, exciting and brilliant!


What are you most proud of from your time in Reception?


Draw a portrait of yourself. Around your portrait write words that describe you or things that you really enjoy doing.


You could then give this to your new class teacher in September so that they can learn all about you!


Watch 'The Cautious Caterpillar' story.


What was Cody worried about? How did she overcome her worries? How did she feel at the end of the story?


Write a special letter to your new teacher telling them all about you. Remember to include any questions that you have for them and you can bring it in to give them in September.


Look at a calendar with a grown up. Can you see all of the days of the week and months of the year?


Can you find your birthday?


Can you find other special dates such as Christmas Day and Easter?


Can you discuss which days of the week are school days and which are the weekend?


Use an empty jar as a memory jar. Draw or write memories from you time in Reception and put them in the jar.



What are you most excited for in Year 1?







Check out this youtube channel during school closures for free phonics lessons:



  • Practise reading your phase 2 and 3 sounds daily. You can use the sound mat provided by your teacher for this or you can access the ‘Jolly Phonics’/’Song of sounds’ songs for phase 2 and 3 on Youtube (
  • Pick a sound and think of a word containing that sound. Can you write the word down? Can you put the word into a sentence and write this sentence?
  • Oral blending- sound out the word, e.g. ‘r-ai-n’ and ask your child to tell you what the word is. 
  • Play a phase 2 and 3 phonics game from one of the suggested phonics website and apps. 
  • Watch an episode of ‘Alphablocks’. You can access this either via BBC iPlayer or Youtube. 
  • Visit ‘Mr T’s Phonics’ and ‘Geraldine the Giraffe’ on Youtube to help support your phonics learning. 


Tricky words

  • Practise reading phase 2 and phase 3 tricky words daily (include phase 4 if you would like a challenge). You can use the tricky word mat provided by your teacher or you can access tricky word songs on Youtube (
  • Using a timer- how many times can you write the tricky word before the timer runs out?
  • Tricky word snap. Make tricky word cards and play a game of snap. Read each tricky word on the card as you place it down. When two tricky words match say ‘SNAP’.
  • Tricky word hopscotch- using chalk outside/in your garden, create a hopscotch with a tricky word written in each box. Say each word out loud as you jump and hop on it. 


Word books

  • Continue to update your word books 1x weekly using the high frequency words below:





  • Continue daily reading using the books that have been sent home with your child alongside accessing books from Oxford Owl. Oxford Owl is a free website to access books that are suitable for Reception children.  Ask ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions and encourage children to make predictions, using clues from the pictures. Draw a simple story map of familiar stories, encouraging children to sequence the events of a story. 
  • Sing Nursery Rhymes and songs together. Add in actions and change the words. Can children think of different rhyming words to add in? Repeat old favourites and learn new rhymes. 



  • Practise pre cursive letter formation using the handwriting sheet given to you by your teacher.
  • Practice name writing. Can they write their first name? Middle name? Surname? 
  • Writing for a purpose:

-write labels for objects, drawers, boxes in your house

-write a shopping list

-write your weekend news

-write a daily diary

-write a card/postcard/letter to family members who you may not have seen in a while

-write a story 



* Please check the White Rose website (, as they are releasing some free home learning packs suitable for reception, with video tutorials for parents.



  • Rote count up to 20 and beyond. This can include taking turns to say each number. Which number comes next?
  • Make number cards 0-20. Can you put the numbers in the correct order?
  • Play, “I’m thinking of a number…”  Give clues such as, “it is 1 more/1 less than.”
  • Sing Number songs to practice counting, reciting numbers in order, one more, one less using number songs: Five Little Ducks, Five Little Men, Ten Green Bottles
  • Look for numerals on packaging you find around the house. Can your child recognise the numerals and count out a matching amount?
  • Use everyday routines as an opportunity to count and practise number facts e.g. when laying out the cutlery for dinner. How many forks are there altogether? We need one more? How many are there now?
  • Work on simple adding and taking away problems. Using buttons or other small objects in your home to help you. You could always draw circles to represent the counters if you don't have any. 
  • Watch an episode of ‘Numberblocks’. You can access this either via BBC iPlayer or Youtube. 


Shape, space and measure

  • Look for shapes in the environment.  Talk about the corners and sides.  Play, ‘I spy’ giving clues such as, “a shape that has got two long sides and two short sides.”  
  • The children enjoy making pictures and models.  Let them cut pictures of different shapes from magazines and use them to decorate junk.  This also gives valuable scissor skills practice.  
  • We have started to learn the names of some solid shapes – cube, cuboid and cylinder.  Notice these shapes in your kitchen cupboard (e.g. a tin of beans is a cylinder).  Children enjoy using technology and could take photographs of shapes that they find.
  • Talk about your daily routine to help your child grasp the concept of time e.g. In the morning I brush my teeth and wash my the evening I have my dinner.”
  • Order objects in your house according to size. Which is the biggest shoe? Which is the smallest shoe?
  • Explore weighing and measuring food on the kitchen scales. Ask, what happens as you place more on the scales? 


Outdoor Learning Ideas 

  • Chalk an obstacle course and time each other
  • Investigate the garden using your senses 
  • Races with the family 
  • Make your own hopscotch - count the numbers, add the numbers, subtract the numbers, double the numbers
  • Build a reading den in the garden and take it in turn to perform stories or read your favourite story books 
  • Look for signs of Spring - how will things look different in the other 3 seasons?
  • Make a magic potion using natural resources - create labels, list of ingredients, create a potion shop 
  • Write the alphabet out and put an exercise next to each one - how many words can you spell as well as following the exercise routine?
  • Chalk a large hundred square and practise forming your numbers 
  • Plan a Spring picnic in the garden - write a list of jobs and what you need
  • Cloud spotting - lie back and have a look at the clouds. What shapes are made?
  • Complete a treasure hunt or a scavenger hunt – what can you find?
  • Create your own Art using the things in your garden 
  • Hide a piece of treasure and then create a map for someone else to find it - remember to use a key!
  • Take some teddies and toys outside and make your own story performance.
  • Draw or paint the Spring flowers you can see if you have some in your garden 


For further information about the EYFS curriculum please visit: