Reception Home Learning - Below are some useful ideas and lists to support your home learning. Please contact your classteacher should you have any questions or need any advice. Thank you.

Phonics:  You will have a list of all the Phase 3 phonemes that your child has been taught at school. The list will indicate the phonemes that your child needs to practise reading and then applying to the reading of words. One of the teaching tools that children are familiar with is the website game “Phonics Play”. The pirate game and Obb and Bob game are free and easily accessible. It includes real and nonsense words to be decoded (sounded out). Try playing all the Phase 2 and Phase 3 games. If your child is really picking all these up, try the Phase 4 games too!

Writing:  If your child is a beginning writer please use the “dictated sentences” sheet to help your child to gain confidence writing independently. You say the sentences (repeating often) and your child writes them down. Try and encourage your child to sound out the words before writing. If your child is a confident writer, please encourage them to keep a diary or write simple stories or retells of their favourite book. Praise all attempts at using the Phase 3/4 phonemes above (even if they are not correct e.g. peepul for people). Encourage your child to apply any known spellings from their spelling list, leave finger spaces and finish each sentence with a full stop.

Spellings: You will have a copy of the Reception Spelling list. This details the spellings your child is expected to know (and apply) by the end of Reception. If your child is spelling these, please encourage them to use them in writing sentences to ensure they can apply their knowledge. In addition all the first 100 words for spelling are detailed in 6 lists which you will find in the documents below.

Maths: There are a plethora of good maths apps out there to help children count, add, subtract and sort. In addition, Numberblocks and any of the bbc age appropriate maths games are a great resource for helping your child with number. For shape, space and measure, you can teach your child how to tell o’clock and half past on a clock face, and how to read a digital clock and understand what the time means (e.g. is that the morning, afternoon, nearly bedtime etc.). Using the language of long, longer, longest, short, shorter, shortest, full/empty, nearly full/nearly empty, half full/half empty when filling containers (in the bath, in the kitchen etc.) and heavier/heaviest, lighter/lightest will all help. Also revising the properties of 2d and 3d shapes and looking at and using coins are all valuable maths activities. If your child is very keen practising counting in patterns of 2s, 5s and 10s.

Other areas of the curriculum: In addition to activities posted to parents, any physical activity including throwing and catching a small ball (including at a target) and playing football, scooting etc. will all support the curriculum at school. Also we use CosmicKids yoga and meditation and Andy's Wild Workouts at school, again these are easily available on line and free (for some of the activities). Any discussions around family history, people’s occupations, celebrations etc. will also support your child’s learning.

ReadingYour child will be able to read some of the words in their own home story books so try “share reading” (where you read any tricky words and your child reads the words they either know by sight or can decode e.g. sh-ar-k). You could even write your own sentences (using their known words) for your child to read!               

Dictated sentences:

The cat is in the tree.

We went to the zoo.

He was on the moon.

I had pizza for my tea.

I went to the shops with mum.

I was at the park with dad.

The sun is very hot.

We had a fun day at the park.

It was a sunny day at the beach.

I had a lolly for a snack.

It was a cold and frosty day.

We went to the woods near my house.

There was an owl in the tree.

I go to bed when it is night.

They had a cup of tea and a bun.

(Just a few suggestions, please feel free to make up your own. You just need to ensure that they can be written by “sounding out” and/or include known spellings)

As well as the above, please go to the Children’s Area of our website and use Oxford Owl and Top Marks. Change the activities according to your child’s age, current book band and the challenges from their individual Next Steps.

Best wishes from the Reception team

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