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Here are some practical activities to do with the children indoors- enjoy!

Reception word lists

A useful site for phonics is the following one, which shows phonics lessons done quite slowly but clearly. They talk about single sounds as phonemes, double sounds as digraphs, and written sounds as graphemes. Please do not worry about that, just follow the lesson!

Guidance for teaching phonics and maths in Reception…

We usually have warm ups before the children begin their phonics and maths, so here are some ideas of learning opportunities before completing any work sheets.

We have put in the children’s book bags the sounds they need for phonics on a yellow sheet and a number line for you. These are the sounds the children need to revise but please note the ones in bold are the ones we have not learned yet. They are there if your child knows and applies the others and is ready to move on. Mrs Roberts’ group had got to ‘ar’ and Miss Thomas’s group were about to start ‘ai’. The other children were still working on set 6 and 7.

Set 1: s, a, t, p.

  • Set 2: i, n, m, d.
  • Set 3: g, o, c, k.
  • Set 4: ck, e, u, r.
  • Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss.
    Set 6: j, v, w, x
    Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
     Consonant Digraphs( 2 letters make a sound) ch, sh, th, ng , ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er.
    Warm ups
  • Practise saying the sounds and thinking of words for those sounds e.g. ai as in rain, or ee as in feet.
  • Adult writes words with those sounds in and child reads them or write 4/6 on a card and play bingo, or cross the river as you call them out. (the children can show you how to play)
  • Put some sounds round the room and shout a word, child runs to the appropriate sound e.g. call out chip, child runs to ch.
  • Play the tricky words song from the internet-phase 2 has a yellow background and phase 3 ( set 6 onwards), is blue.

After this they can complete the worksheet. You can also get them to write a phrase then sentence with a couple of the sounds in. e.g. we can jog, phase 6, or a chip is in the shop for more able. Remember we have only just started to look at a capital at the beginning and they need shown what they are. A capital a looks nothing like its capital A!!If they cannot write a short 3 word phrase don’t expect a sentence! Others can write a 5 or 6 word sentence and use a full stop.

When they are writing on a frame about Easter or Spring they need reminding to listen to the sounds they can hear, which you will need to emphasis orally for most, and they need to have a space in between their words. Try not to correct their words and spell them for them. We do insist they spell high frequency words/tricky correct though like’ the’.  Check the tricky words song to help you. They may only hear h and d in had,  that will come later.  Mrs Roberts group can write more than one sentence so if they manage one try another, or continue the next day.

Please, please  do not let them start writing their letters from the line ( or the floor we call it) they have to write from scared or brave monkey. Brave monkey is all the upper  case letters and scared the lower. You were given the monkey sheet when they began which will show you..


Maths warm ups

  • Use internet for days of the week Adams family style- they love it! Chant days of the week months of the year, check they know which month it is and when is their birthday. Get them to put their hand up when you get to May as a challenge.
  • Orally count to 20, 50 or 100 depending on your child. When they get stuck at the ten number and say 20-10 instead of 30, chant the 10 ‘s, 10,20,30.40 etc using hands showing 10 fingers.
  • Count up to 20 then back
  • Shout out a number, child says one more, if ok with that, try one less
  • Find all the 2d and 3d shapes in the room- name and describe them- 3d shapes have faces, 2d shapes have sides.
  • Do some baking and use the scales and talk about heavier and lighter.
  • Put some similar objects on a plate and get them to estimate how many are there, then ask them to take some away, count how many left.
  • We call this a number sentence, not a sum!- 6+3=9. 10-6=4. Write some for them and get them to write one you model. Use fingers, counters and also use a number line using their finger to jump on for add, and jump back for subtract.
  • Get 10 counters and split them into 2 groups and record how many number bonds can you find? E.g. 7 and 3, 6 and 4 etc.
  • Practise writing their numbers correctly

Home learning for Reception.

We hope these websites help you access sites we use at school to support learning in Reception.

Resources to support your children’s learning.

Phonics (7 day free trial but you can create a paid account if you wish). Includes all sounds, games and printable resources. This is a resource we use in school therefore the children are familiar with it. You can download printable resources for future use. has a free resources section for both parents and children. We use these games in our phonics session to enhance the children’s learning.

Phonics Play now has a free login for parents. Username: march20 Password: home

Teach your monster to read (app available on app store and play store)- Allows the children to create a character where they can go on a trail to help their monster reach the ship on the way they have to play different phonics games.

Cbeebies alpha blocks can help reinforce children’s phonetic knowledge.

The tricky word song- the children love this!


Maths (any games with the appropriate age are a good start. The children have been playing: Caterpillar ordering; coin sorting; shape patterns; ladybird spots; paint the squares to recognise counting in 10’s/1 more and less. -some of the games such as number blocks adding a subtracting are useful.

The days of the week song to the Addams family tune (again the children love this!)-

Months of the year song-


Other (A one month free ultimate membership is available using the code UKTWINKLHELPS) you can download and save the resources for future use. Useful for all areas of learning including phonics, reading and maths. Useful for online and printable resources. Access to both free and paid resources for all areas of learning. You will need to create an account but no payment details are necessary.

Reading lots of stories and singing lots of rhymes are essential part of our day. We sometimes use youtube to help us! E.g. five little ducks, ten green bottles, 10 fat sausages, wind the bobbin up, five little speckled frogs.



Summer term 

This term our topic is ‘ Growing' which we will of course be working with you as you home-school. 



We shall be learning about growing plants and vegetables, and thanks to all who have had a go at growing plants at home. We shall be looking at parts of plants, how they grow and moving to lifecycles, not only of plants but of butterflies and frogs.


We continue to blend three letters together to read and write and build upon the digraphs ( 2 sounds together like ch, sh) some children started last term. We continue to develop our handwriting skills forming letters starting from brave or scared monkey. We encourage children never to start a letter from the line.


We shall be concentrating upon developing our maths skills reinforcing adding and subtracting on a number line and with counters, number bonds and making 20. We shall be introducing simple sharing and multiplying in twos. We will be sorting into groups , comparing quantities and learning our number bonds.


In RE and Worship we are looking at stories Jesus told.  Our value this half term is Joy. 




 Foundation Stage

At Oldswinford C.E. Primary school we believe that the children’s time in Foundation Stage, the Reception class, is one of the most important times in their school life. This lays the foundation for their learning and development for the rest of their education. We work hard to nurture and care for the children and seek to make school an enjoyable and exciting place to be.


There are seven main areas of learning which are split into prime areas of :

  • Communication and language development
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Then we have ;

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and design

Each area of learning is implemented through planned purposeful play. This takes place through a mixture of adult led and child initiated activities. Play is so essential to help children relate to others, build their confidence, explore their surroundings, and think critically.

The progress the children make is assessed by 17 Early learning Goals.

What to expect in Reception

We have daily maths and phonics sessions, and talk for writing and kinetic letters most days. There will be a workshop in the Autumn term to show some of what we do.

The children have two P.E. sessions each week, Wednesdays and Fridays, so please make sure the children have had their earrings removed on those days.

All children learn at different rates so we differentiate our experiences so all can learn effectively. Parents/Carers will be sent a dojo link so they can see weekly updates and photos of what the children are currently learning and experiencing. Always helpful when a child replies ‘we just played’, to a question about their day!


When children start school, they are given a book with no words, until they learn to blend letters together to make words. They are also given a card with the first list of high frequency words to learn. More lists appear as time goes in and the children learn to recognise them.

We will give you a water bottle which will be left in school for us to refill, then sent home on Fridays to wash thoroughly. Please remember to pop it back on Monday mornings.


The Environment 

These are some pictures of the areas in Reception which are in our two rooms which the children access straight away in the morning.


This is the Understanding the World area where children can explore, feel and touch a variety of objects.



This is the Worship area where we add to our class worship book each week and make time to stop and think about the values we have been taught in R.E. or in general class discussion times.

The Role play area is always a favourite, and changes with the change of topics. We have story baskets based on the topics around the classroom and a dressing up stand to fit the topic.  


Here we have the indoor and the outdoor Maths area where children can come to find out about numbers, shape and counting.

We have a cosy reading area where children can meet to share a book with a friend or an adult. They can read inside and outside. 



Our art area is where budding artists can come and express themselves with work being placed on the walls in frames and hung on the washing lines for all to see.













There is a Snack area which children can access all day. There is water to drink and a variety of fruit and vegetables to try. It is also a great social space to have a chat.















We have an ICT area where children can explore cameras and remote controlled equipment.

Our outdoor area is an extension and enhancement of the learning that takes place inside. We have been blessed with money from the PTA last year which has made a huge impact on the learning outside. We are currently working on developing a forest play area in the garden, and doing some planting.

The construction area is a great favourite where children can let their imaginations run wild.


We have a music area to explore songs and sound. Listening to the children sing is quite a treat and we soon learn what parents are listening to at home!



The children often use the instruments on the stage and invite us to a show.


The sandpit is a wonderful place to play and enjoy. We also have a water tray, guttering and funnels which is excellent for problem solving.


There is an understanding the world area, a place to find magnifying glasses and mirrors and lots of equipment to discover with.

The maths and writing areas have a variety of equipment to draw and write, with lots of numbers and letters to find and use.

We have a creative area with malleable materials available like playdough, and lots to cut and stick.

Our prayer cross is where children can place a thought underneath and sit and think.






If you need to ask anything just have a word at the beginning of the day as you come into the classroom, or when all the children have been dismissed at the end of the day.

We are looking forward to another exciting term.

The Reception team- Mrs Roberts, Miss Thomas, Miss Carton and Mrs Hardy.











Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.