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Home Learning Week 2 - 31st March 2020


If you have birthday today - HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We hope you have a wonderful day x 


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We hope you are all well and thank you for your continued support during this difficult and challenging time. It is really important to remember that we are not expecting you to do everything we are suggesting. We are suggesting a wide range of activities for you to look at, but please only do what you feel you can. 

The Reception Team x 




Speed Sounds:

Practise saying your letter sounds in-and-out of order as quickly and accurately as you can. You could put a timer on your phone and see how quickly you can manage it! We have attached a Simple Speed Sounds Chart below on this page and Speed Sounds Set 1 and Set 2+3.

If you feel your child isn’t saying the sound correctly, we have attached a booklet called Phonics Guidance for Parents to give you more information about how we teach and say the sounds. On p.4 and p.5, there is detailed information on how to say the sounds. We have also attached a sheet called ‘Read Write Inc’ if they find it hard to write the sound, we say the rhyme to them.

Sounds for this Week:

This week we would like you to recap the sounds: 

ay   ee   igh   ow   oo 

ay – may I play;     ee – what can I see;    igh – fly high;    ow- blow the snow;    oo – poo at the zoo  

Green Words

There are ‘green words’ to go with each sound and we have attached these to go with the different sounds in the ‘Resources for Week 2’ section.

  • Focus on one sound and practise writing that sound.
  • Reading focus words: Reading words that are linked to your focus sound. You will need to sound out your word and then blend the sounds to say the word. Have ‘My turn, your turn’ to demonstrate.
  • Writing your focus words. First, count how many letters are in the word and the how many sounds and show me saying (eg.) “4 letters, 3 sounds.’ Then do ‘Fred fingers’ where you say each sound in the word, pointing to your fingers at the same time. Repeat a few times, then write the word. If you forget a sound whilst writing, go back to your Fred fingers and see if you can work it out. Check your word at the end and give yourself a tick or a smiley face!

Read Write Inc Phonics

In school, we are committed to using Ruth Miskin's 'Read, Write, Inc' scheme to teach the children phonics. These sessions are completed daily in both Reception and Year 1 and then three times a week in Year 2. 


Ruth Miskin will be delivering free online phonics lessons starting from Monday 23rd March. These would be a fantastic opportunity to continue with the children's essential phonics teaching. We would highly recommend your children participating in these sessions should you be able to commit to them.


Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30am and again at 12.30pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00am and again at 1.00pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30am and again at 1.30pm

Note: films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.


In Reception, we are half way through Set 2 sounds. Please consolidate Set 1 sounds and then look at Set 2. Feel free to move onto Set 3 if you feel your child is ready.


Tricky Words:

Practise reading and writing your tricky words using Phonics Play. If you don’t wish to use online learning or have access to the internet, you could write them in a book, paint them, using water and a paintbrush and paint them outside, draw them on large pieces of paper. You could play a bingo game with them, matching pairs game, hide and seek (write out several and hide them and then go and find them!). You could get your child to test you on the words by reading them out. This would provide an opportunity for you to model making a mistake and see if your child can identify it.

Phonics Play: Tricky Word Trucks

Complete the activities in this order. Repeat if your child needs more practise and move on as they become more fluent.

  • Phase 2 Tricky Words
  • Phase 2 All HFW (High Frequency Words)
  • Phase 3 Tricky Words
  • Phase 3 All HFW

Tricky Word Groups:

I    no   the  to   go    into 

be   he   me   we   she

you    are    her   was  all  my

they  said   have  like

Phonics Play:

Flashcards Time challenge

  • Phase 2
  • Phase 2 and 3
  • Phase 3

Classroom Secrets Kids:



Oxford Owls – Red Ditty Books – Focus Book: Fun sun hat

RWI Ditty Books Guide

Many children have used books very similar to these in school already and hopefully will be able to explain what we do!

We start by reading the Speed Sounds at the start of the book. They may like to use a lollipop stick/ pointer. Can they read them all in 1 minute? Check children are confident about trickier sounds such as j, q, y and digraphs ch, sh, th etc

Then read the Green Words for each Ditty. These are words that children can sound out and blend such as ‘cat’. Read them several times and in random order. Next ask them to read the Red/ Tricky words that cannot be sounded out such as ‘the’ – lots of practise of this please!

After that, your child can read the Ditty (short story/ narrative) several times, answering the questions given in the book as guidance. Finally it’s time for the ‘Hold a sentence’ – please refer to the Writing section below.


If your child is not quite ready for the Ditty books, please ask them to read the Sound Blending Books which are like the ones they will have been bringing home. For writing, they could try writing some of the words they have read in the book or ‘holding’ a very short sentence/ phrase such as ‘dad is sad’ or ‘pat a dog’.

We will give further guidance about how to use the Green Reading Books from RWI after Easter. Please just stick with the Red Ditty Books for now.

  • Please also see Phonics/ Writing/ Tricky Words sections
  • Please refer to last week’s General Reading Guide as needed
  • Please encourage your child to read any of the Oxford Reading Tree books from Oxford Owls of the same levels as they have been bringing home e.g. Stage 1 or Stage 2. Please feel free to email us to let us know which of these books they have read and how they got on.

Rhyme of the Week

Various Easter Poems (please see Week 2 Resources)

Choose a poem and read it to/ with your child and aim to learn it by heart over the week

Create some of your own actions – this will really help them remember the rhyme

Link to Topic/ RE learning about Easter and Spring

You could even print/ copy it out to put inside some homemade Easter cards



Oxford Owls – Red Ditty Books- Focus Book: Sun Hat Fun

‘Hold a Sentence’ Guide

Once your child has read the Ditty (see Reading section) then they can do the ‘hold a sentence’ activity as we would do it at school. Tell your child the sentence they need to write. Ask them to repeat it back to you and say it again. You could encourage them to count the words on their fingers. Then they need to write it independently. When they have finished, ask them to read it to check it makes sense. Have they remembered finger spaces and a full stop? Some children might even remember that a sentence should start with a capital letter. Have they carefully sounded out the words and remembered the spellings for tricky words? If your child is still focused, ask them to write more sentences, following the same pattern but changing a key word/s.

Sun hat fun: I put on a hat.

(own versions might be ‘I put on a coat/ sock/ top’ etc)

Pop!: a/A fox in a box.

This cat: the/The cat can hum.

Gus: Gus runs and runs.

  • Please also see Phonics/ Tricky Words/ Reading
  • You could write Easter cards or messages to friends and family
  • Link to RE learning and draw and label Easter symbols such as the cross or write simple sentences to match to pictures of the Easter Story



Continue counting forwards and backwards from 0-20:

Make this into a game and say alternate numbers each or ask your children to do 20 claps, 20 jumps! 

Writing Numbers:

Play the Numberblocks video ‘Let’s all draw numbers’ and practise writing the numbers 1-10. Encourage your child to start the number in the correct place and remind them of the direction you draw the number in. Talk about reversals and model how to draw numbers. You don’t need to do this using pencils and paper. You could ‘air drawer’ and make them as big as you can; use water and a paintbrush outside on the patio; lay on the floor and draw on a large roll of paper; stick paper on the underside of your table and make a ‘secret writing den’; paint; make numbers out of playdough; ice them on biscuits.


This week we would like you to look at the Number 12.

Watch Numberblocks website:


Talk about what the numeral 13 looks like. Explain the ‘1’ in ‘13’ stands for ‘1 ten’ and the ‘3’ stands for ‘3 ones’.

Can you do 13 claps, 13 jumps, touch your knees 13 times. Can you work together and make 13 on your fingers? Can you walk up 13 steps?

Can you find 13 objects from around your house/garden?

Can you make a number line and order the numbers 1-13. Can you identify 1 less than 13 and 1 more than 13?

Can you write the numeral for 13?

Challenge: How many different ways can you sort your 13 objects? (6 and 7; 5 and 8)

We have added some resources for the Number 13 in the ‘Resources for Week 2’ section along with a PowerPoint – All about the Number 13 for you to have a look at. 


You may also want to continue to add some numbers / quantities together so we have added a couple of PowerPoints and activities linked to this to the resources section. These will be available for you to do over the next few weeks so please don't feel that you need to do them now!


White Rose Maths Home Learning Week 2


Please follow the link for some practical maths activities:


Here is a YouTube link to the story of ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. If you don’t have the story, there may be better links available.



Classroom Secrets Kids:



Shape, Space and Measure:

Weight (and Design Technology)

Use hands as scales, balances or kitchen scales to explore weight. Compare 2 objects and use language such as heavier, lighter, lightest, balanced, equal.

Baking! Make Easter cupcakes following the egg weighing cake recipe/ method (just Google it – it actually works!) or support children with weighing out ingredients to the correct marker/ number on scales. Or perhaps you might make Easter nests. Please send us a photo of your creations!


Explore pattern by colouring Easter eggs or making repeating patterns e.g. red, blue, red, blue. Make it more challenging with 3 or 4 colours, by using shapes or more complex patterns such as green, green, red, blue blue – green, green, red, blue, blue

Watch Numberblocks ‘Pattern Palace’ for some inspiration!



RE - Understanding Christianity: The Easter Story – What happens at Easter?

Over the next 2-3 weeks, you might like to:

  • Read/ listen to/ watch The Easter Story (see Twinkl Go! Link)
  • Talk about the story with your child, asking them questions such as: Why do we have Easter? Why do Christians put a cross in the Easter Garden?
  • You could make a mini Easter Garden on a plate
  • Create a cross and decorate it with pictures of flowers
  • Have an Easter Egg hunt and talk about New life and New beginnings. Link this to Maths by counting as you collect/ hide eggs!
  • Have hot cross buns as a snack (if you can get them!) and talk about why we have them

Have a look at the PowerPoints and the ebook about Easter in the ‘Resources for Week 2’ Section.

Easter Activities on Twinkl Go!

Use code: SL5321


  • Real-life Spring painting e.g. flowers
  • Make Easter cards or pictures for your friends and family
  • Decorate an egg! Make an Easter bonnet! Please send us photos if you do!
  • Experiment with colour mixing primary colours into secondary colours e.g. red + yellow = orange




Design your own patterns on an Easter Egg! Or have a look at Maths City on MiniMash.

Reception Blog – Friday 3rd  April 2020

Hello everyone! Have you had a good week? It has been a bit chilly but the weather looks good for the weekend so you can all have lots of fun in your gardens. Have you spotted any signs of Spring yet such as blossom, flowers or lambs?

So many of you have been in touch over the last week, sharing your fantastic home learning and play. We have LOVED reading all your messages and looking at your photographs so much, we just had to share some…

Please remember that you can email us at any time with messages, photos or questions at We will always try to reply as quickly as possible!


On Tuesday, we gave plenty of suggestions for learning and set up further online activities – we hope this will be enough to see you through the Easter holiday – although you may just wish to have a break! If you need more, please refer to the Long Term Plans on our Learning Hub and focus in particular on Phonics, Reading, Writing and Maths. Little and often really is the best way with such young children. If you would like to continue with any number work, we have added the PowerPoint and activity sheets for the numbers 14 and 15 for you to have a look at. 

Numberblocks 14:

Numberblocks 15:

White Rose Maths will be adding two fun activities a day to their home learning section on the website 


But please don't feel you need to do any of these activities. Spending time together as a family playing games, creating rainbows, doing other art and craft activities, playing, baking, sharing stories, gardening, watching films and having an Easter egg hunt is just as important. You could also visit a virtual zoo and have an AR animal in your home! (If you can work out how to do it!) 


Easter Reading Challenge – please see ‘resources’ section

If it’s your birthday next week, we hope you have a wonderful day.  


We really are missing you all so much and would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter!


Stay safe and keep smiling everyone.

Love from Mrs Letheren and Miss Hicks