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Reception Home Learning Page

Welcome to our home learning page!

Keep healthy and happy!

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Staff will upload learning opportunities on this page for your child to complete at home with your support. In reception, we value learning through play and so in school, adults would not only lead focused learning activities like the ones in the timetable below, but also place a lot of importance in engaging in a child's play and try to extend and develop it through questioning and suggesting ways to incorporate new vocabulary/writing/counting etc. So don't worry if your child won't sit and do school activities for long periods! Motivation to do activities at home can be tough - try to keep a routine for 'school days', have short learning activities followed by a period of play, let children know the end point of the activity (finish the task to completion or use a timer for a set period), and use lots of praise/rewards. You will know how your child works best though! We also appreciate all the other responsibilities that you have during the day and so please use the timetable flexibly - some days will be more successful than others for everyone! Wellbeing is always our priority.


We would love to see what you are up to at home and you can do this by taking a photograph or writing a note and uploading your learning onto Tapestry: it's a great way to keep in touch and ask any questions or request a telephone call from your child's teacher. Click on the link below to go to our information page about Tapestry.

In addition, you have access to Doodle Maths now which is a personalised maths programme and top Doodlers in the class get a certificate from Mrs Corfield each week!


It is so important to keep up with phonics (reading and writing) as it is a new skill at this age and needs consolidated every day so if there is one thing you can manage to do with your child - make it phonics! We are a Read Write Inc School and you can set up a personal account to access the free RWI resources at Oxford Owl. There will be a range of online reading books which match the books we use in school (ask us on Tapestry if you're not sure which level) as well as letter writing practice sheets and speedy reading slideshows. Don't forget to check out the live phonics lessons too - set 2 sounds are the appropriate stage unless you have received a message from us indicating otherwise.


This now includes a Read and Hold a Sentence lesson from 15th June. The children should access the Read and Hold a Sentence 1.

This Week's Timetable 

This weekly timetable is a guide to help you through home learning. Resources and website links mentioned in the timetable can all be found below.




Monday's Maths Story: How Many Legs?

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Monday's Maths Activities

Tuesday's Maths Story: 1 is a Snail, 10 is a Crab

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Tuesday's Maths Activities

Wednesday's Maths Activities

Wednesday's PSHE

Thursday's Maths Activities

Thursday's Understanding the World

Friday's Physical Development

RWI Hold A Sentence Activity

As part of your daily phonics session, you may want to have a go at the following activity after the live phonics speed sound session and any reading if your child is still willing! This activity supports children to learn how to write sentences. There are lessons in this now available on the Read Write Inc YouTube channel from the 15th June. Children will be best watching 'Read and Hold a Sentence 1'. Every lesson will be available for 24 hours.  

Pick 'n' Mix Activities

Letter to Reception children and families

A video to explain social distancing for children

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There's a lovely story - Silly Billy by Anthony Browne - that talks about how children can cope with any worries. Children can make their own worry dolls like the ones below to share their worries with. If you click on the picture, it will take you to a link of the story being told and then instructions on how to make the worry dolls.

Educational App Suggestions

  • Teach Your Monster To Read
  • Bugs and Numbers
  • Toontastic
  • Dexteria
  • Numberblocks
  • Alphablocks
  • CBeebies Storytime and Playtime Island (Cumbria CC quality mark)
  • Lingumi (communication and language) (Cumbria CC quality mark)
  • Kaligo (handwriting) (Cumbria CC quality mark)

Further Home Learning Ideas

GENERAL - If you are looking for some more ideas, there are some amazing things here you can do with the whole family: 


GENERAL - This webpage has links to "printer not needed" activities specifically for 0-5 year olds:

MATHS - We follow the White Rose scheme at school and they have put some nice home learning ideas together specifically for reception aged children. We have a school login so if there is anything you would like that we have not already saved on our home learning webpage then please just ask over Tapestry and we can download it for you: 


MUSIC - Carlisle's Music Makers have also set up a new YouTube channel - access it here: They are a fantastic company who we enjoy inviting into school to work with the children.


OUTDOOR - The Woodland Trust have some ideas for outdoor learning - whether this is in our local Kingmoor nature reserve on your daily walk or throughout the day when in your garden: 

They also have a Activity Finder menu on a Tree Tools for Schools website that has countless outdoor learning opportunities: 

RHS Gardening challenges