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Dear Parents/Carers,

Hello Reception!
We’ve been thinking about you all and we hope you are all well. It has been lovely talking to some of your family and finding out what you’ve been doing at home, well done for working hard and being good for your family.
We miss you all and look forward to seeing you when we come back to school.

Take care

Mrs Nedyalkov and Miss Stephens

Parents remember:

To share children’s work with us- just drop in the box outside the main school entrance between 8 – 11am.

Work through the tasks with your child, but remember to have breaks as they would do in school.

Give them enough time to complete the task, but remember to have fun and time with their family too.

Thank you and take care,

Reception Team

Learning Through Play is fun!!!

Activity 1: Letters in my name’ Scavenger Hunt’

Write your name. Using the letters in your name, can you find any objects in your house or garden that begin with the same letter. Label the things you have found. Challenge:  Write a sentence about one of the things you have found using your phonics knowledge. 

Activity 2: Making your own story

Pick some objects from around your house or garden and place them in a box or bag. Can you make up your own story by taking one item at a time from your box or bag until they have all been used. Write some sentences from your story.

 Use story language:

Once upon a time….

One day….


At the end….

Activity 3: Listening Walk

Go for a daily walk or go into your garden. What sounds can you hear? Make a list of the sounds you can hear.

Activity 4: Speaking and Listening

Ask an adult to help you make a collection of fruits and vegetables. Pop them into a bag or box leaving a small hole at the top. Can you take it in turns to feel one of the fruits or vegetables and use your senses to describe it? It is hard or soft? Is it warm or cold? Is it smooth or rough? Can you guess what it is? Challenge: Can you draw some of the fruits or vegetables and write some describing words around it?

Activity 5: Favourite story Speaking and listening

Choose your favourite story to share with an adult. Can you then retell the story using the pictures to describe what is happening on each page? Ask your child to point to the front cover, the blurb, the spine and the back cover. What do you call the person who writes the book? (author) What do you call the person who adds the pictures to the book? (illustrator)

Activity 6: What can you see?

Look at the picture- how many different animals can you see? Can you name them all? Do you know what they like to eat/ where they live/ what sounds do they make? Challenge:  write a list of all the animals you can see and write some describing words (adjective) for each of them.


Activity 1: Teddy and box game

Find a teddy or a toy and an empty box or small bin/large container. Can you place your teddy or toy inside the box/under the box /next to the box /in front of the box /behind the box. Challenge: Can you give someone else instructions for them to follow of where to put the teddy or toy.


Activity 2: Long and Short Big/medium/small

Go around your house or garden and find 3 things. Can you put them in order of longest to shortest? Can you find 5 objects and order them from longest to shortest?

Go around your house or garden and find 3 things. Can you put them in order of smallest to biggest? Can you find 5 or 6 objects and order them from smallest to biggest?

Activity 3: Numeral Hunt

Ask an adult to hide numbers 0-10 written on paper around the garden. Find the numbers as quickly as you can. Can you hunt for numbers 11-20 too? Challenge: Can you carefully order the numbers you have found from smallest to largest?

Write the numbers you have found in correct order, remember correct number formation. Challenge: Can you write numbers beyond 20?

Activity 4: Counting

Count to 100 with your child!  You can either do this alone or along with an animation In either case, ask your child to show fingers to match the units.

  • Hold up 1 finger for each number spoken to 5. Then wave the hand to show five fingers.
  • Hold up 1 finger on the second hand for each number from 6 to 10 and wave both hands to show 10 fingers. 
  • Continue these actions through each set of 10, from 11 to 20, from 21 to 30, and so on. 

Challenge: Ask your child if they can count back from 90 to 70. This is hard!

Activity 5: Counting practice

Ask your child to start counting up to twenty slowly and clearly. Stop them by clapping once. They must whisper the number they would be saying next. Are they correct? Repeat this several times, stopping them at different points. Challenge:  Do as above but counting backwards from 20. Or start at 40 and count forwards. Or start at 56… etc.


Activity 6: Number Line Game

You need numbered cards 1 to 12 or even 1 to 20 as appropriate for your child.

Turn over a card. Say the number. Place it in the middle of the table face up, e.g. you place 6.



Your partner turns over another card and says the numbers. If this card goes next to the card face up in the middle, they can place it there, e.g. it is 5 which goes before 6, or 7 which goes after 6.

5 6

If this card does not go next to it, e.g. it’s 11, then your partner keeps it in her hand.

Now you pick up another card.  If it can go next to the card or cards on the table, you can place it there. If not, you keep it in your hand.  Now your partner picks up another card. If this can join the line of cards in the middle, they can place it there.  If not, they keep it in their hand. Before your turn, you check your hand to see if you have a card which can be placed face up next to the other cards in the middle. If you do, you place that card there before have your turn picking up a card. Your partner must do the same.

4 5 6 7


You and your partner are gradually building up a line of cards with the numbers in order in the middle of the table.  The winner is the person who completes the line by placing the last card. This will be either 1 or 12!

Phonics: See Phonics plan attached - Week 9 & Week 10

Topic: Wild Art

Can you use natural objects found in your garden or on a walk to make a piece of wild art? Stones, twigs, cones, grass and leaves are great to use but please remember to WASH YOUR HANDS AFTERWARDS! Lay the items out on the ground then get creative! Can you make a face? Your favourite animal? Or a pattern? Take a photo of your creation!

Baking: Easy Fork Biscuits

Try this simple biscuit recipe at home. They are delicious! Reception: Can you help measure out the ingredients?

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 15 minutes + 15 minutes baking

Serves: approx 15 biscuits


100g (1/2 cup) butter (softened)
50g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
150g (1 1/4 cup) self raising flour



PRE-HEAT YOUR OVEN TO 180C / 160C FAN AND PREPARE YOUR BAKING TRAYS Get your child to line a few baking trays with baking paper.

MIX THE BUTTER AND SUGAR TOGETHER. Get your child to measure the butter. If it is a bit hard you can give it a really quick blast (10 seconds or so) in the microwave to soften it. Put it in a large mixing bowl. Weigh the sugar and add it to the bowl. Beat together with a wooden spoon until it is all well combined.

ADD THE FLOUR Get your child to weigh the flour, then add to your mixing bowl. Carry on mixing with your spoons then use your hands to bring it all together into a soft dough.

FORM THE FORK BISCUITS Roll small pieces of dough (the size of a walnut or teaspoon) into round balls. Place on your baking tray, leaving space between them for spreading. Dip a fork in cold water and press down on each ball of biscuit dough in turn to flatten each biscuit and make an imprint.

BAKE YOUR FORK BISCUITS Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove the fork biscuits from the oven and leave them to cool on a wire rack.

Have fun!!!