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EYFS - Reception

Home learning ideas: 

WB 30.3.2020


Work activities


  • Read a book with an adult for 10 minutes every day
  • Create an adventure story with all your family and friends as the characters
  • Draw pictures of the different settings where your story takes place
  • Design a book mark for every person in your household based on their favourite stories
  • Add your own words to a wordless story using post it notes


  • Write a list of the names of all of your friends from class. Can you remember everyone’s names?
  • Practice writing the letters for all the phonemes that you can remember.
  • Sing the alphabet song  - can you think of an object for each letter e.g. A= ant. Perhaps challenge yourself to write this. 
  • Tell a story for an adult to scribe, try and write some letters / words if you can


  • Create a tally chart of the different coloured cars that pass by your house over a set period of time.
  • Find 10 toys and see how many different ways you make 10 by splitting them into 2 groups. E.g. 2 and 8
  • Help your grown up with the shopping – counting out the different items
  • Sort the washing into different colours
  • How many objects can you find that are the same size as your hand?
  • Go on a shape hunt around your house, can you find an object for every 2D shape?

Other Challenges


  • Take a photo of something that makes you smile each day






The Early Years Foundation Stage is based around four Key Themes, three Prime areas and Four Specific Areas of Learning.
The themes are:

  • A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
  • Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
  • Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

The three prime areas are:

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The four specific areas are:

  •  Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Core subjects are taught through skilful adult intervention in continuous provision (‘In The Moment Planning’). This is supported by a carefully designed learning environment.

Literacy in Reception

Children learn through self-directed opportunities to read and write that are then enhanced by experienced adult support to move their learning on.

Speaking and Listening is taught through role modelling of meaningful sentences, widening vocabulary, active listening and turn taking in conversation.

Phonics is taught through Letters and Sounds, with children grouped according to ability.

Helicopter Stories is used to allow children to tell their own stories, which are then dictated by an adult before being dramatised for a group. This process then enables children to move on swiftly to develop their independent writing skills.

Maths in Reception

Children learn through experiencing number, shape and space in a practical way in the real world, before moving on to making mathematical representations and models with specially chosen equipment, before finally recording their endeavours on paper.  Marvellous Maths Sessions are more focussed sessions with small groups of children which begin as the children progress through reception. 

More details about the organisation and delivery of the curriculum  of EYFS can be read in the EYFS Policy. 

Parental Support

We encourage parents and carers to also share learning at home with the school. Below you can download and print 'WOW' cards which can be filled in and sent into school with the children when they do something amazing at home or have a 'WOW' moment.