Hello reception!

We hope you have had a lovely weekend. Hopefully the sunshine returns so we can get back outside to complete our home learning tasks. 

You will find this week's learning tasks below.

We loved seeing the fantastic work some of you sent to our new email address last week. We can’t wait to see more. This week, we would like you to email us Thursday’s English task. More details of the task and where to send it to can be found in the English section further down the page. We love to see the other photos you send in too.. It really makes us smile when we see all of the lovey things you have been up to at home. 

Sending big hugs, 

Miss Owens, Mrs Pearce, Miss Maher and Mrs McMann


Home Learning Activities

See below for more information and resources for each activity.

Daily Activities

Try to do these activities each day:

  • Write your full name
  • Practise the correct formation of our letter of the week
  • Read a book
  • Practise your sounds and tricky words
  • Count to 20 and back to 0
  • Do some exercise
  • Get some fresh air

Be Active

Here are a few exercise videos we think you will enjoy.


If everything is getting a bit busy, frantic or stressful, we enjoy spending time listening to mindfulness stories in reception. Here is one we think you might enjoy.


This week we are using the sounds we have learned over last few weeks to read and write words and sentences.

Follow the same pattern for your phonics session each day:

  • Recap the sounds you already know using the sound mats or the flashcard videos at the bottom of the page.
  • Practise writing the letter of the week
  • Practise reading your tricky words
  • Complete one of the activities below

Letter of the Week

Our letter of the week is 'm’. Practise the correct formation using the video below to help. Once you can form it correctly try writing some words containing the 'm’ sound and letters children have already learned to form correctly e.g. man, map, mat, main

Activity One - Real and Nonsense Words

Can you read the words below? You need to decide whether the words is a real word or nonsense word. Write the real words next to the treasure chest and the nonsense words next to the bin.


Activity Two - I Spy 

Can you look at the picture below and play I Spy. We would like you to complete the challenges. Remember to use your sounding out fingers to help you sound out the words.

Activity Three - Tricky Words Matching Pairs

Can you play tricky word matching pairs? You could use the tricky word cards from your pack or create your own.Take a look at the example below. 

To turn it into a challenge, you could use a stop watch to time yourself. I wonder if you can beat your time. Ready, steady, go!

Activity Four - Writing a Caption

Look at the pictures below and write sentences to match them. Try to include on of your tricky words from your pot.

Remember to:

  • start with a capital letter
  • sound out words
  • use finger spaces
  • use a full stop at the end of the sentence

Parents/Carers: Suggested sentences – The box has got a lid.

  • Here is a map.

Activity Five - Thumbs up or Thumbs Down


Today we would like you to play the Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down game. Read the questions below and put your thumbs up if it is true and thumbs down if it is false. You could challenge your grown up by asking them to complete this activity.



Advice about writing for parents/carers:

  • Children can use their sound mats to help them when they are writing.
  • Encourage children to look at the picture and say the sentence they want to write out loud.
  • Say one word at a time and encourage them to sound it out, copy from the word mat or write from memory if it is a word from their tricky word pot.
  • Encourage children to use their finger to make a space between each word. If your child is left handed, this may be tricky. You can use a spare pen or pencil, lolly pop stick or even cut out a finger shape from a piece of paper to use instead.
  • Children may use the wrong sound to spell some words as they may include sounds they have not been taught yet e.g. 'ait' instead of 'ate'. This is ok. You could show children the correct way to spell the word if you like.
  • Some children will not be ready to write sentences yet. You could take turns to write the words or children could write the first sound in the word and you could write the rest if they are finding it difficult.



Read or listen to The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson using the link below or your own if you have got a copy in your home. You could talk about:

  • Can you sound out some of the words yourself?
  • Can you spot any tricky words in the story?
  • Can you talk about what the story is about?
  • What was your favourite sea creature in the story and why?


Today we would like you to look at the pictures from The Singing Mermaid and talk about what is happening in each picture. We loved hearing some of your oral retells last week. Can you use the camera on a phone or tablet to record yourself orally retelling the story?

You could also use the Adobe Spark app to record your retell like Miss Owens did. 


Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark


Use the pictures below to retell the story The Singing Mermaid. Write a sentence about each picture to show what happened at the beginning, in the middle and at the end. Remember to sound out the words and include capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Take a look at Miss Owens' written retell below. 


In the story, Sam Sly locked the mermaid in the tank. The mermaid was very sad and wanted to return to the deep blue sea. Can you help the mermaid write a message to her sea creature friends to help set her free? Take a look at Miss Owens' example below. You could use the template below or create your own on a piece of paper. 

We would love to see how you get on. Send this piece of work to our email address:

Miss Owens and Mrs Pearce will look at it and send a special message back. 


The mermaid is very lonely. We would like you to create a mermaid or merman friend for her. You can draw your mermaid or merman in the middle of your piece of paper and label your design. Take a look at the Mrs McMann’s example below to give you some ideas of what it could look like.



Today we are going to learn about halving objects. When you cut or split something in half you make two equal parts. Equal means the same. Take a look at the pictures below to see some things that have been cut or split in half.

Now, we would like you to cut some foods from your kitchen in half to share them with someone in your house. Make sure that both pieces are equal in size.


Today we are going to start learn about halving numbers. You will need two sorting containers (you could use hula hoops, plates or bowls) and up to 20 objects (natural objects, counting objects or coins etc) to complete this task. Can you use the even number flashcards from your pack (or create your own number flashcards) and find half of the number? Take a look at the example below. 

Simplification: If sharing numbers up to twenty is too difficult for your child, they use numbers up to ten.



Can you remember when we made ladybird doubles? We had to make sure that both sides had the same amount of spots.

Today we are going to be doing the same activity but instead of doubling we will be halving. 

Halving is the opposite of doubling. If we know our doubles it will help us with halving.

We are going to start with the total number of spots and share them equally between the two sides of the ladybird's body.

When we half a number the number will get smaller.  Look at the pictures below. We would like you to work out halves up to 20.



Today we would like you to use the pictures below to solve the halving challenges.  You could use objects, draw pictures or write the number sentence to help work out the answers.


Can you draw a picture so that the following statement is true:


In a fish bowl, half of the fish are blue.


There are between 10 and 15 sweets in a jar. Half of them are red.




In English we are reading The Singing Mermaid.

What is a mermaid?

Where do they live?

What is different about mermaids?

Why do mermaids have tails? 


Watch the videos below to find out more about this magical creature. 


Today we would like you to make your own mermaid tail. You can use play dough or clay to create your mermaid/merman tail. Follow the instructions below to make your own play dough or clay. This activity is very good for your fine motor skills. 


Whilst making your dough you could do some Dough Disco to exercise your fingers. We love doing Dough Disco in reception.  If you would like to go to the Dough Disco follow the video below. 

Tuesday - Play Under the Sea Hide and Seek

Can you use the challenge cards to find the sea creatures and objects under the sea? Use positional language to describe the position of the creatures. Here are some words that you could use:

  • under
  • over
  • behind
  • in front
  • on top
  • between


Today we would like you to make your own wooden spoon/peg mermaid. Take a picture below to give you an idea of what it could look like.

Before creating your mermaid, you could make a plan. Think about what materials you could use. We can’t wait to see pictures of your very own mermaid.


Today we would like you to make your own ocean theme snacks. Here are some ideas below:


Sea Turtle – Peel and cut a kiwi into a thick oval slice. Halve grapes for the legs and head. Attach candy eyes with a little icing. Draw a smile with a food colouring pen.

Starfish Rice Krispies Treats – Heat 3 table spoons and 4 cups of mini marshmallows in microwave. Stir half way through. Add 6 cups of Rice Krispies and sprinkles. Stir until well coated. Using cooking spray press cereal mixture into star cookie cutters. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Let it cool and enjoy.

Apple Crab – Core and cut an apple in half. Use one half for the body and cut the other half into 10 slices. Use 8 slices for legs and carve the last 2 slices into claws. Make eyes with icing.


This morning you designed your own mermaid. Can you and your grown up use pens/paint to draw around each other to make your very own life-sized mermaid. You could decorate it with collage materials. 

Useful Videos

See below for useful videos to support your child's learning at home.

Tricky Word Song: Phase 2

Phase Two Sound Flashcards

Pronunciation of Sounds

Tricky Word Song: Phase 3

Phase 3 Sound Flashcards

Phonics Top Tips

Alphabet Song

How to Blend Sounds