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Easter Holiday


Over the next two weeks it is the Easter holiday (Monday 6th April- Friday 17th April). There will be no new bingo challenge grids over the next two weeks. Instead we have put together some suggested Easter activities that you and your child might like to do. We hope you have a lovely Easter :). 

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?

W.B 30.03.20

Watch the following Numberblocks clip:




Look in magazines, newspapers and books for phase 2 and 3 tricky words. Use a highlighter to highlight the tricky words you find.



Think of a number between 1-10. What is one less than this number? Can you try this again with more numbers?

Play ‘I spy…’ to help practise your initial sounds. 




Look at a selection of family photographs and discuss the changes over time.


Write the names of your family members in a list. 




Practise counting up to 20 and beyond. This can be done through playing hide and seek, singing number songs, chanting, board games etc.


Pair up socks. Can they match the patterns/ colours? Can they count in twos to work out how many there are altogether? 


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. 


Sing the alphabet song to help you learn the letter names.



Make phase 2 and 3 sound cards using cut up paper and a pen. Make two of some sounds and play a game of snap. 


Draw your favourite superhero. Can you write down their super powers? 

Explore weighing and measuring food on the kitchen scales. Ask, what happens as you place more on the scales?  


Read one of your school books to a family member. When you see a tricky word say it on a monster voice. 


Using an adults phone or a tablet go into the garden/to the window and do some bird spotting. Take a photograph of the birds you see. 


Visit the RSPB website to identify the birds you spotted:

Finish this sentence. The lion is…

Can you write it down?





Hide objects around the room and use positional language to 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?






  • 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:

School Closures: Websites & Apps to support home learning

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School Closures: Websites & Apps to support home learning 2
School Closures: Websites & Apps to support home learning 3

Purple Mash:


Remember to make use of purple mash (logins have been sent home with your child). The 'Mini Mash' area of the website is specifically aimed at EYFS and has a range of interesting resources to support your child's learning. Please check your '2Dos' which are tasks specifically set by your child's teacher. 



Reading and Phonics Information