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EYFS - Reception

Home learning ideas: 

WB 18.5.2020


Work activities


  • Read a book with an adult for 10 minutes every day
  • Try and read a range of books with an adult including information, poetry and picture books
  • Share an online story with your family:
  • Talk to your family about your feelings – how do you feel today?
  • Draw pictures of different feelings, use the colours that you think match your feelings  


  • Practice writing all the letters of your name – can you write your first and last name?  
  • Draw pictures of different feelings and have a go at writing the feeling words – Happy / sad / excited / tired / scared
  • Use a mirror to look at yourself. Draw a detailed picture of your face and label your features – make sure you include a BIG smile in your picture!
  • With a grown-ups help, write a story about a happy day
  • Illustrate your story with detailed drawings of you and the other characters in your story


  • How many different faces can you make in 60 seconds? Count them as you make them!
  • Ask a grown up to pull different faces for you to count
  • Find items in your home that are lots of different shapes. Once you have named all the shapes, use them to make a big picture of a smiley face
  • Try and make a different face shape each day for a week

Other Challenges






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.