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EYFS - Reception

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WB 15.6.2020

During the next few weeks we are going to look at a different topic each week in school. The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about the environment. Our learning may focus on changes to different environments, the impact of humans on environments, climate change etc. 

Below, in the topic section, are the types of activities we will be trying in school.  Have a go at some of them at home.


Work activities


  • Share 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.
  • Watch the letters and sounds video to practise all the sounds or with actions
  • With an adult look in magazines, newspapers and books for any tricky words, i.e. was, he, she, me, be, the.
  • Watch along to the story of the three little pigs: 
  • Watch an episode of Alphablocks - and practice the sounds: I / N / M / D
  • (Parents can use this guide for support


  • Practice writing the letters for all the phonemes that you can remember. - focus on the sounds from this weeks alphablocks 
  • Can you write any cvc words? i.e. cat, sun, dog.
  • How many different CVC words can you write that have an 'o' as the middle letter?
  • Write your name – can you write your first, middle and surname?
  • Draw an animal of your choice.
  • Can you write about where it lives and what it eats?
  • Draw yourself and label the parts of the body.
  • Write the tricky words - was, he, she, me, be, the - can you put each word into a sentence? 


  • Watch an episode of number blocks each day. Start from series 2 - 
  • Parents can use this guide for support -  
  • Practise counting backwards from 10 or 20. You could play hide and seek or sing some number songs to help you do this.
  • Practise writing your digits to 20. How many differrent colours can you write them in? 
  • Can you find three items and put them in order of weight – lightest to heaviest? Try again with four items.

Topic / Other Challenges

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about key animals they are interested in. Learning may focus on exploring the physical aspects of an animal, their habitat, categorising animals etc

  • Read the story, ‘Dear Zoo’ or watch the online video - o Visit the book’s website and play the interactive games
    • Add your own animal into the story and label it e.g. So they sent me a...hedgehog, but he was too I sent him back.
    • Choose a soft toy animal or small animal figure and create a junk modelled container for it.
  • Identify the birds in your garden-
    • Use the RSPB bird identifier website
    • Draw a picture of the birds you can see.
  • Play animal charades-
    • Take it in turns to act as different animals. Add in noises as a clue…
  • Learn the song, ‘The Animals Went in Two by Two’
    • Ask your child to draw out two of each animal and practice writing the numeral 2.
  • Looking after your pet-
    • If you have a pet at home encourage your child to take part in their daily care.
    • They could help feed, groom and clean up after your pet. · Big and small animals-
    • Draw as many big animals as you can on one piece of paper and as many small animals as you can on another sheet of paper. Some children may be able to write a list as an alternative.
  • Find all of the animal books in your house-
    • Ask your child to look through the books in your house and to find any with animals on the front cover.
    • Ask them to sort the books into groups of their choice e.g. animals that can fly, swim, big, small, live on a farm/ at the zoo.
  • Create an animal den-
    • Provide your child with blankets and sheets to make an animal den.
    • Act out being an animal in the den.

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.