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The suggested timings for the daily work timetable is only meant as a guide.  This is a suggested maximum time you should be expecting your child to undertake the activities we provide.  We are passionate and fully committed in supporting you to provide education for your children whilst they are off school during the current world events, and all of the activities we have provided are suggested. Above all, your child's happiness and well-being is the most important thing.  Use your judgement as a parent to decide what to ask your child to complete each day and if you want to do things in a slightly different way than is suggested - then feel free to get creative with the activities. 

Useful Websites

Counting Games use the tabs at the top to choose a category. Your child will be working at the 3-5 year level but some may want to challenge themselves on the 5-7 year games.  - 


Reading - you will need to sign up to this resource but it is free to use. Children read words and phrases to earn coins.


Phonics - there are a few free games on this website. A particular favourite is 'Buried Treasure'. Please ensure the children are only learning within phase 2 and phase 3.


Art Exhibition


Mrs Yarde has been thinking about the art exhibition and how we could complete it this year in these different circumstances! Mrs Yarde would like the theme to be 'colour' for the children in EYFS and KS1 this year. This can be interpreted by all children in their own ways; you might want to make a colour sculpture, do a colourful painting, make a colourful collage or do some photography etc... it is completely up to you and the resources you have available at this tricky time! So please complete your own 'colour' art work at home and post a picture in the folder names 'art exhibition' on Class Dojo. Looking forward to seeing what 'colour' artwork you create!

Home Learning

This page will be updated daily. Miss Bartholomew and Mrs Bassett can't wait to see your learning on Tapestry so make sure you are uploading things you have done on there. You can also use your exciting new Home Learning book to show us your learning. Why not take a photo of it and put that on Tapestry too! The timings we have given are a guide. It is important to remember that children in Reception spend a large amount of time learning through play and we value the importance of both outdoor (in your garden if you are self-isolating and are able) and indoor play. Please remember- We expect the children to still be reading on Bug Club 3 times per week.

Have fun with these exciting activities! 

Tuesday 2nd June


Have a go at this game: 

Watch this Mr Thorne videos for er 



Ask your child to write this sentence. You will need to repeat it lots of times. See if they can put a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end. 


The shop is on the corner 



Could you create a snack at home in a repeating pattern? You could make a fruit kebab, or just use chopped up fruit you have at home on a plate. If you haven’t got fruit/ food you could use, I have put a picture of some different objects you can use.  

Could you make an ABC style pattern (strawberry, kiwi, apple, strawberry, kiwi, apple)?  

Could you challenge your child now to do an ABB pattern with their snack?  

Please feel free to send in some pictures for us to see! 

Learning through play 

Can you draw a picture of yourself and think about what is good and what is special about you? What are you proud of? What kind of friend are you? Can you think of describing words to use? 

Wednesday 3rd June



Have a go at writing the ure sound.  

Now have a go at writing these words- 

Sure, pure, cure, secure.  


Can the children read this sentence-?  

Sure it’s pure.  



To start off with your child might like to play this interactive pattern game 



Spotting the mistake- 

Can your grown-up draw or make a pattern for you today? Your grown up might have made a mistake in the pattern, can you get your child to spot the mistake you have made and correct it?  


Here are some ideas of different things you can use to make your pattern- 


Learning through play

Silly Selfies! 
 Have a look around your house can you find something silly to put on. Maybe a hat or a scarf? If you don’t have anything could you make something. You could make some glasses from a cardboard box or a necklace using string and pasta? 
Once you have something to wear, speak to an adult and see if they have something you can use to take a selfie! Post your silly selfies on tapestry or class dojo for us to see! 

Thursday 4th June


Listen to this poem ‘Colours’ by Christina Rossetti. Go through the BBC Lesson online. Maybe you could create your own short poem with your adult using your phonics sounds to help with some of the spelling? Or maybe you could you draw how the poem makes you feel?  What does it make you think of?

 This can be linked to our Art Exhibition if you would like it to be so please upload anything you do to the file on Class Dojo



Adding more- 

For this activity you will need building blocks/ lego (something you can build with) and a dice.  


Roll the dice, whatever number it lands on, build your tower with that many blocks. Then its your grown up’s turn to do the same. Every time you roll the dice, add that number on to your tower. How many cubes have you got now? Who will have the taller tower? Who has the shorter tower? 

Learning through play

Today’s activity is all about floating and sinking. You might want to do this in a sink, in the bath, in a paddling pool or maybe in a bowl of water. 

Grown-ups- Start by seeing if your child understands what the words float and sink mean. If not, please explain it to them and maybe demonstrate something floating and something sinking for them to see.   Go around the house and collect some different objects. You could also go into your garden and see what you can find. Which ones do you think will float? Which will sink? Why do you think that? The children can then test their predictions in the water and see if they are right. This is a great opportunity for the children to explore the objects in the water and feel the weight and materials of the items. 

Can you record you what you found out? Can you write a list of what floated and what sunk. If you don’t want to write, perhaps you can sort the objects into two piles. 

Now you know a little bit more about floating and sinking, I wonder if you can build a boat that will float? 
Have a look in your recycling box, is there anything in their you can use to build your boat that you think will float? 
Will your boat have a sail or a flag? How will you join it all together? 
Remember to test out you boat! We cant wait to see them! 

Friday 5th June 


Have a go at this game: 

 Please only complete this at a phase 2 and 3 level. 

Can the children write some of these words too? You could get creative and use a paintbrush and water outside, create the words with playdough, sticks or small parts such as bottle tops or bricks. 


Can you child write a sentence about something they have done today. Remember to remind them to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces! Remember that the children will use their phonics to help them spell and that is what we ask them to do. They may spell words like  'love' as 'luv' as they are using their phonics sounds to help them, this is what we expect children in reception to do.  


Play 'The box game' with your child.  

Put toys one at a time into a box (you could start with 10), so children cannot see them inside, counting them together as you put them in. Ask: 'Can you show me on your fingers how many toys are hidden in the box? Then ask your child to close their eyes and you can take one toy away, ask your child how many toys are there now? Can you show me on your fingers? Then look inside the box and check. Play this game, changing the number of toys you put into the box and the number of toys you take away.  

Key questions you can ask your child whilst playing are:  

How many were there at the start? 
How many are there now? 

How do you know? 
How did you work it out? 


Learning through play

Create and play a game of Hoopla!  

 You can play this game on your own or with members of your family.  
There are lots of things you could use, toilet roll tubes, bottles, lego towers, a ruler. What could you use for the rings? Maybe cellotape, a bracelet, paper plate, twist a piece of newspaper and stick the ends together. I am sure you will think of something that you could use! 
This is how you play: 
1. Place the objects on the table/grass/floor. 
2. Stand so you are not too close to the objects. 
3. One at a time, take turns trying to throw your rings so that they land around the object. 

I wonder how you could record your scores.  

Maybe you could each have a ten frame and draw a circle on your own tens frame when you get a ring around an object.  

Have fun!