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Welcome to Reception!


During school closure due to Covid-19, we would like to provide you with some home learning links to support our children's learning.  Learning does not have to be laborious - we encourage as much fun as possible while they learn, during this time.  Learning will be available to access on online portals. Some are free and open to access; others require Usernames and Passwords which will be in our children's Pupil Planners.



Reading regularly at home is of paramount importance to support your child's development.  Please read to your child each night before bedtime.  Questioning your child about what you have read, will help to develop their understanding of the text.  Remember to put on the characters voices to make it exciting to listen to.


We recommend 5 to 10 minutes each day of learning to where practically possible.  Phonics websites listed below will have word flash cards and letter sounds.  Phonics Bug has lots of books for our children to enjoy practising reading. The more familiar the books are, the more pleasurable reading will be for your child. If they are reading the text with ease (reading like talking), this is absolutely fine as this will develop their fluency and reading speed. (access to Phonics Bug reading books) (free phonics while schools are closed) (phonics) (phonics) (phonics games) (free access to thousands of e-books to read to your child)

Writing and Spelling

Children are encouraged to write for a purpose at home.  Encourage them to use their phonics to spell words.  Some will be tricky as they cannot be sounded out (e.g. of, the, they, I). Spellings are in the Pupil Planner.   Any  home activities our children engage in, encourage them to write about it.  For example: 

  • write a simple recipe after baking. Listing 2 or 3 instructions in order, 
  • retell a story in their own words after listen to a book (one or two sentences),
  • write two or three simple facts about something that is of interest to them. 

Have fun practicing handwriting too -  in the bath, tracing letters through the bubbles, or in your garden with a stick in the mud.


Click on the images below to view more home learning ideas for Reception Age children:


Other Home Learning Links

RMUnify is an online platform that provides access to the apps and websites we use in school.  Your child uses the same username and password as they would, logging on to the computers at school.  The first time they do this at home, their username needs to be followed by 

See the video below 'How to Add Apps RMUnify Launchpad' - add Purple Mash and j2e


All Subjects

CBeebies Radio - Listening activities for young children

ICT games - Free edicational games for maths and English

BBC Bitesize - For all subjects in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 - 6)

Scholastic Learn at Home - Cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a story or video. Children can do them on their own or with their families.

Oxford Owl for Home - Lots of free resources for Primary age

Twinkl - This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents during school closures.

j2e - with j2e is 'jit' - A child friendly version for simple typing and presentation (Add this to your RMUnify LaunchPad)



Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Nature Detectives - A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

National Geographic Kids - Activities and quizzes for younger children

Geography Games - Geography gaming!


Home Learning Letter for Reception