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Welcome to our EYFS Home Learning Zone.



Hello Reception! 

We hope you had a lovely Easter at home with your families last week. We are now in our 4th week of home learning (if you don't count last week as we would have been at home for that time anyway) which is a very long time and we miss you all but you are all superstars doing brilliant learning for your Grown-Ups. Here are some more activities for the week for you to have a go at, and don't forget to have a look at www.educationcity.com to see what activities have been set for you to have a go at. We hope you have a wonderful week and keep smiling!

As always, send in any photos or videos you want to share via email or Tapestry, the EYFS team love seeing what you are getting up to at home.

Best wishes,

Miss Sumner and Miss Coleman



Here's a new story from Miss Sumer

Reception Documents 11th May 2020

Please watch Miss Sumner read The Go Away Bird here:


Monday 30th March

We have updated some home activities for reception this week, please find below a range of things you can do at home to enhance your child's learning. This week we are learning about halving in maths, and you should be able to find some worksheets in your home learning pack on this.

For Literacy this week, as well as choosing from a range of the activities below, you could watch the story 'The Lost Wolf' on youtube.

Some learning/talking points for the story: Using less plastic when we go to the supermarket 

- When you pick up your vegetables, is there an option for a plastic free packaging e.g. loose onions, bananas etc - explain how they already have a protective skin on them and therefore don't need the plastic. Discuss how we can just wash the vegetables thoroughly that do not have a protective skin e.g. broccoli, apples.

- Can you shop at your local greengrocer as these places usually source their produce locally and it is therefore cheaper and better for the environment. 

- Can you grow your own vegetables? Nothing gets more local than that! 

Activity idea: Create a poster encouraging people to plant and grow their own.

These are all just ideas to get you started, please feel free to get creative and do not hesitate to email Miss Sumner or  Miss Coleman if you have any questions at:



Please continue sending in your photos and videos, we love seeing what you are getting up to!



A very warm welcome to our wonderful nursery and reception pupils and their families to our EYFS Home Learning Zone. We hope you are keeping well. As school is now closed, together with the learning packs we have provided (those pupils who have not yet received their learning packs, these can be collected from school on Tuesday 24th March 2020) we would like to provide you with our very own home learning zone. This is where we will set daily activities for you to complete at home, together with providing the necessary support and guidance you may require.


The following activities/ideas are suggestions to maintain your child’s learning while school is closed.


  • Share books with your child, talk about what’s happened, how the characters are feeling. Encourage your child to draw their favourite character, re tell the story, describe the setting, act out the story or create their own version.
  • Sing songs or read rhymes
  • Make an experience book that encourages your child to retell something they recently did.
  • Play simple games like snap, pairs or dice-board games


Number Work

  • Double numbers under 10
  • Sharing amounts under 20 between 2 and 3.
  • Halving. Can you halve 2D shapes? What about numbers?
  • Painting. Use either water or paint to practise number formation.
  • Chalks. Draw a hop scotch grid on your patio and count the numbers as you play. 
  • Read a counting story. One of our favourites is 10 Little Pirates. It focuses on the concept of 'one less' as each little pirate disappears. You can find the story on youtube. 
  • Adding and Subtracting. We have learned about the different add, (+) subtract(-) and equals(=) signs. Can you write a number sentence for your own equation?
  • Number bonds to 5 and 10 - there are some great catchy songs by Jack Hartman on youtube. Use your fingers to work out which 2 numbers add together to make 5, and which add together to make 10!


Shape, Space and Measure

  • Go on a Shape Hunt. Which 3D shapes can you find in your home? Can you talk about their properties? How many faces/edges/vertices does it have?
  • Arts & crafts. Can you use collage materials, paints or crayons to make different shapes? 
  • Patterns. Can you make a repeated pattern using 2, 3 or even 4 colours using beads, lego etc. ?
  • Junk modelling. Can you make something using your clean recycling? Perhaps a rocket, house or car. Can you  name the 3D shapes you are using and write a sentence about your model? 
  • Could you draw a picture using 2d shapes? Perhaps a robot, building or animal. Can you name the 2d shapes you’re using? 
  • Can you count the corners & sides of 2d shapes?


Please follow the links below to access some excellent online resources to help with your child’s learning while at home.


Oxford Owl

This site has a number of activities you can do with your child including online books.



Small Talk: the literacy trust

These links have ideas for activities you can do with your child that support communication and literacy. While the 2 to 3 years may seem a little young, the activities and ideas are still relevant for 3 to 4 year olds.


3 to 5 years



Book start from the book trust:

This link has a few books you can share online. The first is a class favourite ‘Oh no George’. If you click on another book more are revealed.



This link has rhymes at the bottom of the page you can download




Barefoot Books

This link has many books that are animated often with songs which the children love.



Phonics Play

Use the Phonics Play website for a variety of free phonics games to play on a computer or tablet.




Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics.



Learn English British Council 

A lovely, clear website for all children, not just those learning English! Lots of stories, songs and activities.



Top marks

This link has a number of counting games you can do with your child



Number Blocks 

Click the link to watch an episode of Number Blocks (https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks). 

Occasionally, we use these short clips in our lessons. The children are familiar with the Number Blocks characters as what each character block represents. 

Home Activities Bingo!

Keep boredom at bay with this fun bingo of activities to do around your home! Can you work as a team to complete the tasks? 

EYFS Home Learning Zone Bingo

Ideas for you to stay active at home;


Joe Wicks Body Coach

Starting Monday 23rd March I'm going to be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on my YouTube channel. With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic. The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved. You don't need any equipment, just tune in to my YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout. 



Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga is a great way for children to wind down after some learning. Click the link to check it out! 



Jumpstart Johnny




Twinkl are offering free home learning resources and they have many brilliant resources for maths, writing activities and phonics work. 



Classroom secrets 

This website has created free age specific home learning packs for you to access from home. Each pack contains all you’ll need to ensure your children continue to learn during the school closure.



General Useful Websites


Activity Village  

Lots of free printables and craft ideas.



Family Learning 

Information and links to support home learning.




Games and activities that include your child’s favourite TV characters.




Please also remember that you can continue to add anything your child is doing at home to Tapestry with pictures and/or videos. Though the school is closed, staff will continue to work remotely during school hours and we will be checking Tapestry daily for updates on the learning your children have been accessing at home.



Many Thanks for your continued support.


Keep safe and well,


Best wishes,


The EYFS Team.


EYFS Home Learning Zone



EYFS Home Learning Zone Phonics


What is phonics?


Phonics is a strategy for reading that helps children to learn to read quickly and skilfully.


During these lessons children are taught to recognise the sounds that each letter of the alphabet makes and to identify sounds made by different combinations of letters. Children then apply this knowledge to help them decode words in a sentence. For example children learn the sounds, not letter names, of the following letters a….n….t. They then learn how to blend these sounds to form the word “ant. Each of the sounds that the children learn are called phonemes and there are 44 altogether.


What is Read Write inc?


Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a whole-school approach to teaching phonics for 4-11-year-olds to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.


Our children become confident, creative and articulate readers, and they build on from the strong base of their solid understanding of synthetic phonics.


How will my child learn read write inc?


We begin teaching phonics in Nursery. Children are exposed to phase 1 phonics which concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts.


Once the children are developmentally ready, they then learn through the Read, Write Inc. phonic program and are taught a sound a day for 10 minutes (set 1 sounds).


We are thrilled to inform you that Ruth Miskin training are providing daily Read, Write Inc. phonic lessons at home from tomorrow- Monday 23rd March 2020. We would love for you to tune in to these live streamed videos for your children to enjoy learning the set 1 phonic sounds.


Ruth Miskin training will add a new film every day, Monday to Friday. Each film will then be available for 24 hours via Facebook and on YouTube (please use the links below);


Speed Sounds Set 1 – 9.30 am (GMT)

Speed Sounds Set 2 – 10.00 am

Speed Sounds Set 3 – 10.30 am




We would like to encourage our wonderful nursery pupils to focus on the set 1 sounds only at this stage. Reception pupils may access set 1-3 sounds.


Miss Coleman's Videos

Hi Reception, 

I hope you are all doing well. Here are two easter stories for you to listen to at home! 

Hope you enjoy them!

Miss Coleman 


Miss Sumner's Video

Hello Reception class,

I hope you are all well!  Please watch my video below, I think you'll enjoy it!

Friday's story


Story time with Mrs Drury


Miss Sumner's Marshmallow Story

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