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Dear Parents/Carers,

Hello Reception!
We hope that you’re all keeping well and being good for your family.
Remember to complete your home learning tasks and help out at home where you can by tidying up, getting yourself dressed and going to bed on time.
We miss you all and look forward to seeing what you’ve been doing at home when we come back to school.

Parents remember:

A big part of what we do in Reception is ‘learning through play’ the children spend a great deal of their day learning through the play based activities at school, for example: the train set, dinosaur play, dolls house, superhero play, outdoor play, painting a picture, role-play with little figures using their imagination. All of this is still vital and paramount to your child’s all round holistic development therefore it is very important that your child is still getting a great deal of play throughout the day, please facilitate this play through questioning your child, engaging in conversations with your child about what they’re doing, and joining in with their play.

Thank you and take care,

Reception Team


Topic: Minibeasts


Listen to the story of ‘The bad tempered ladybird’ by Eric Carle:

Discuss the story with your child:

  • What do you think the story is about?
  • Who is the main character?
  • What is happening to the sun as the ladybird moves along?
  • How is she feeling?  How is she behaving?
  • What do you think has made the ladybird cross?
  • What happened at the beginning, middle, end of the story?

Draw a picture of your favourite part of the ‘The bad tempered ladybird’ story; label your picture and write a sentence about your picture.

This week children will be learning and writing facts about ladybirds. Research Internet to find facts about ladybirds.

Internet links for facts about ladybirds:

Writing task 1: Children to record facts about ladybirds in sentences.

Write sentences about ladybirds, for example: ‘The ladybird is red and it has spots’. Encourage your child to add a conjunction and an adjective, for example: ‘The red ladybird has six legs and she can fly.’

Writing task 2: Write a list of animals from the story.

Add an adjective to describe each of them, for example: a big whale, a long snake. Choose your favourite animal and write a sentence about it.


Read daily with your child; encourage your child to listen to the stories online (U-TUBE) or use the following link: Search for Cbeebies stories, Oxford owl, Book trust.




Go over 2d shapes: children need to name, recognise and be able to talk about their properties, for example: Square has four straight sides and four corners. All sides are the same length.

Use songs on U-TUBE:

Go to discovery education/espresso and search for ‘shapes’- explore videos about 2d shapes.

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Go on shape hunt – encourage children to look for familiar shapes, can they name them? can they describe the shape they see?

Draw a picture using shapes you know. Label your picture.


Learn 3d shapes: You can sign in for free online games. Learn 3d shapes by playing games such as: 2d and 3d shape sort factory, 3d shapes ice-cream attack, Ski racer: 3d shapes.

Go to and search:’ solid shapes’. Play games such as: name the solid shape, select solid shapes

U-TUBE songs and videos:


Subtraction/ Addition/ Numbers


Phonics: Phase 2, Phase 3, ‘Tricky words’

Go over Phase 2 sounds: practise segmenting and blending, write sentences using Phase 2 sounds.

Use following websites to support your child’s learning:

  • Play games such as: ‘Buried treasure’, ‘The dragons’ den’, ‘Picnic on Pluto’, ‘Pick a picture’
  • Go to and Search for  ‘phonics phase 2’ - you will find lots of Phase 2 games and videos such as: ‘Phonics song’ , ‘Wordmaker 2’, ‘Forest phonics’

Go over Phase 3 sounds: practise writing words and sentences using Phase 3 sounds.

Use following websites to support your child’s learning:

Use the booklet attached to practise Phase 3 sounds.

Go over and practise tricky words with your child. Practise reading and writing them, put the tricky word into a sentence.


Topic: Ladybirds

Watch a video to learn about a life-cycle of a ladybird using the following link:

Use a worksheet attached to complete a life-cycle of a ladybird. Write a sentence (sentences) about each stage.

Art and craft ideas: create your own ladybird using variety of resources.


Research and learn more about different Minibeasts:

  • Use Discovery Education/expresso, and search for:  Expresso Zoo, Minibeast, Insects, Creeping and crawling - short videos and games for children to play.

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Topic: Spring

  • Spring is here! Use a power point attached to learn more about Spring. Discuss with your child what is happening during Spring- talk about plants, animals, weather, clothes we wear.
  • Listen to the songs on U-TUBE; join in with repeated refrains and actions:
  • Complete a worksheet attached ‘In the Spring I see…’ Draw a picture and write a sentence (sentences) describing what you can see.


When exercising with your child discuss the changes that are happening to their body: for example: getting hot/sweaty, their heart will be beating faster, they will feel thirsty, they will feel out of breath.


Further activities to extend learning:

Why not to try one of Science experiments?

Sticky web Science experiment.