Reception 2020 - 2021

Mrs Howard

COVID-19 – Home Learning


  • The website White Rose Maths is an online Home Learning Live hub - with a daily online lesson every day for Reception (and all year groups). Each lesson has a clear teaching video, practice activity and answers to check your work. Remember to visit what you can already do and try something new after that! Can you tell someone what you have just found out?

  • Use your Abacus login to find some maths games!

  • Have a look at Numbots website/app. I have now uploaded Reception as a class and have sent a log in for each child. If you have any problems logging in please let me know.

  • 15-20 minutes daily number and counting can help you to get ready for Y1! Remember to do a little each day!



In Reception we are focusing on the Phase 2, 3 and 4 sounds. I have made some short videos showing you how to say the phonic sounds that we have been learning. I hope you find them useful! 

video 1 sounds 's to n' -

video 2 sounds 'b to m' -

video 3 sounds 'j to tch' -

video 4 sounds 'y to th' -

video 5 sounds 'd to ff' -

video 6 sounds 'ai to air' -

video 7 sounds 'oi to ture' -

Please use these helpful links to keep up with reading and spelling words using the phonics sounds. Try to do an activity each day if possible! Keep learning the next tricky words! Find the songs on youtube that we sing at school. Teach them to your 'grown ups!'



  • Oxford Owl:
    The Oxford Owl  free eBook library has been helping children develop their reading skills at home for years. For a limited period, while the UK schools are closed, they are temporarily adding hundreds more eBooks to the library so your child has more to read.
    As well as much-loved characters such as Biff, Chip and Kipper and Winnie the Witch, you’ll also find some great non-fiction eBooks to help your child explore their world. They have also added some books used in schools, such as Oxford Reading Tree, and Project X Alien Adventures. You can browse by book band so that your child is reading books at the right level for them.
    All the eBooks are free to use, but you will need to register or log in to read your book. Please note, the eBooks are not optimised for mobile phones and are best viewed on a computer, laptop, or tablet.
  • A child in Reception should be reading for 10 -15 minutes every day. Please remember to read your favourite children's books together, as well as any school reading books.  
  • Use your Bug Club login to choose books at your child's level. Talk about what you have read!
  • Draw a picture each day from one of your stories and add a 'caption' or short sentence.  

Here are some of Mr and Mrs Howard's all-time favourites stories. We used to read them to our children Bethany and George. smiley Tell your 'grown up' your favourite part of the story or which bit made you laugh! 

  • The Cat That Scratched - Jonathan Long and Korky Paul 
  • Mrs Pepperpot -  Alf Proysen 
  • Elmer The Elephant - David McKee
  • The Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
  • A Squash and a Squeeze! - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • Winnie The Witch -  Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul
  • Daley B - Jon Blake


  • The app/website 'Sir Linkalot' is free for the next 3 months (using the username and login FREE.) It uses clever tricks, links and patterns to teach spelling through short videos. 
  • Try to practice spelling a few tricky words each day. Hide the 'tricky words' and go on a hunt to find them!
  • Think of word 'families' that sound the same such as words with 'ay', 'ai' or 'a-e'. Make a list of words....can you put them into the right list?


Try to do a little bit of writing each day.

  • You could write down what model you have made
  • Write a card to a friend. 
  • Write some 'tricky words' from your reading book
  • Make a short shopping list!       
  • Draw a picture from one of your stories, label it or add a short sentence.  
  • Keep a diary and write something down each day. Add a photograph or picture.
  • Make a poster with house rules!
  • Practice writing your name and surname!
  • Don't forget to practice writing capital and lower case letters!
  • Have a go at adding some 'joining up curls' to your letters ready for Y1.
  • Try to make your letters smaller and try to sit them on the line. Remember which letters go below the line and which have tall sticks!            

I am looking forward to reading some of your diaries and short stories. Don't forget to add pictures or photographs to your work! 

Other learning ideas.....

BBC Bitesize Daily

Starting today, BBC Bitesize have produced programmes for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.

Science Fun At Home:

The Primary Science Teaching Trust is working with Science Sparks to create activities for children to have some fun with science at home.

Each two page sheet has activities that are:

  • clear and simple, using household resources
  • accessible and manageable for all
  • fun for children and their families to do
  • linked to follow up activities

They will send out a new Science Fun at Home every Wednesday. You can also receive these activities direct to your inbox by signing up to their mailing  list.


Sheffield's own artist Pete McKee is uploading some great, weekly drawing cartoon lesson tutorials through his YouTube channel. Have a look!

  • Chris Packham - Badger poo, wood anemones & whatever develops . . . videos from the New Forest.

  • Mylene Klass music

  • PE with Joe Wicks

  • This website from the Scouts is full of fun, cross curricular learning challenges to complete at home.

  • Simple, easy and fun craft ideas to try.

If you need help with logins, need extra resources or help with anything else, then get in touch. Please keep sending your photos via email to me at

Take care, stay safe and have fun together! 

Missing you all!  

Mrs Howard


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