Home Learning


The Early Years focuses on play based learning. Play is the most powerful learning tool available to your child so please play with them during this time. Play is the theme that will continue through the home learning ideas and planning on here. Please also use the ideas on this page, web links and the ideas in the home learning packs. Should you need any support during this time I will be available via email during normal school hours. I will endeavour to reply in a timely manner. My email will be shared via Marvellous Me. 

Stay safe, 

Mrs Allen

Please collect a new learning pack for your child on Friday 5th June if your child is not attending school on the 8th. They will be available to collect from outside the Early Years gate from 9am until 2.30pm. Please contact me via email if you have have problems collecting and remember to keep 2 meters away from others.

Additional Activities 


If you would like additional activities you can find some at the link below. This has been set by teachers alongside the government to offer more home learning opportunities. These activities are very structured and require a screen that your child can pause when directed plus additional resources that will be requested at the beginning of the sessions. I particularly recommend the story map activities under ‘english’ and the ‘maths’ activities.


Oak National Academy 

Gardening and growing fun!

Ava found these on her walk recently. What do you think they are?

Ava found these on her walk recently. What do you think they are?  1

Home learning for week beginning Monday 8th June 2020


Daily phonics


Please continue to flash the sounds cards given in your home learning packs daily with your child. In addition to these please complete the activities below. 


This term we are going to focus on consolidating your child’s knowledge of all the sounds taught (set one and two) and recognising and using high frequency words. Usually we would do this through guided reading activities and guided independent writing. The activities below will encourage this consolidation. A child needs to use and experience something first hand at least 5 times before it becomes concrete learning so this stage is very important. 

Please use the Ruth Miskin read write inc link below for speed sound sessions daily. Below is the list of high frequency words. 




















































Phonic activities 

  • Create potions using alien words. Write some alien words such as moob, flayp etc on paper and put them into a bag or box that your child can then pick one out of. Take a word and write a list for a potion e.g. a dash of flayp, a pinch of moob. Then act out creating that potion, reading the words as you add ingredients. This can be done simply with water in different bottles to add into a bowl or if you're feeling brave other ingredients such as flour, shampoo, etc!  
  • Please read daily using whatever books or text interest your child. Pick out words they will know and encourage them to read along with you for those they don’t. Ask them to spot two letters one sounds hidden in words and find high frequency words. Talk about the content of the text - whether it’s a story (fiction) or not (non fiction). What was their favourite part? What do they think they could change? Could the story be set on an alien planet? What about in a deep dark wood? 



When encouraging your child to write don’t expect perfect- words that are phonetically  plausible  (readable) using the sounds they know are fine and please remember each child is at a different level so this will look different for each child. We do however have an expectation that high frequency and red words taught will be correctly spelt. We have magic writing in school which means whatever your child reads back to us is what their writing says.

Writing activities 


  • Encourage your child to write all the time! Simple lists, instructions etc  are great! If your child wants a snack can they write a letter asking for it? Can they create a story that as a family you can act out?  Can they create signs such as ‘wash your hands’? 


Remember you can use many of the ideas above to practice shapes, numbers and shapes too not just the high frequency words and sounds! 

Speed sound revision


Please find set one and set two speed sounds lessons on youtube, delivered by Ruth Miskin herself! Reception children would benefit from both set one and set two revision so please use this resource daily. Set one is taught at 9.30am and set two at 10.00am. Please resist moving onto the set three sounds as those are taught in Year One! 


Simply copy this into your browser!

Story time six

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Can you spot the days of the week mistake Mrs Allen makes when reading the story?

Learning Outcomes


Physical Development


To talk about ways of keeping healthy and healthy foods stuff


Using the sheet in your packs create a healthy packed lunch by cutting out the pictures and sticking the healthy food options on to the pack lunch template.


You could always create your own healthy packed lunch and go on a picnic.


Understanding the World


To make observations about animals and talk about why some things occur and talk about changes.


To know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things


Watch the above clip with your child. Talk about the differences between the various caterpillars. Explain that each caterpillar looks different because they will turn into different butterflies. Look closely at the cocoon, can your child describe what they can see?


Using the sheet provided cut out and order a butterflies life cycle.  



To demonstrate understanding when talking to others about what they have read.


Physical Development


To handle tools and equipment effectively



Watch the story ‘The hungry caterpillar’ online and/or read it at home a few times so your child is very familiar with it. Talk to your child about the story; What did they like? What did they dislike? Encourage them to verbally tell you some of the food the caterpillar ate. Do they remember what foods were eaten on each day?


Using the A3 picture sheet cut out the fruit and order them into the correct day.



To write for different purposes



Using the caterpillar sheet in the home packs. Cut out the caterpillar and fold it along the dotted edges. Then write what the caterpillar ate on each day using the sounds that the children know.

Other learning ideas 


  1. Create a Hungry Caterpillar Café. Create a price list and take orders. Encourage your child to pay with the correct money amounts. 
  2. Complete the food adding sheet in the home school packs. Encourage your child to count each group separately first then count them all together. Can the write a number sentence underneath for the working out?
  3. Play a doubling game using the food from The Hungry Caterpillar. What if there were two caterpillars and we needed to double the food, how many apples would we need? What about strawberries?
  4. Create their own symmetrical butterfly using shapes to decorate the wings. Can they draw a circle, square, rectangle? Can your child tell you why it’s the shape they think it is? E.g. it’s a square because it’s a flat shape that has 4 equal sides.


Previous weekly home learning 

Story time five

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Learning Outcomes


Communication and Language


To develop their own explanations by connecting ideas





To write for different purposes


To write phonetically plausible words




Each week this half term we are going to focus on a different story element. Please encourage your child to tell and write their own stories.


Read through the beginning of at least 4 different stories that your child is familiar with. Talk about how each one starts; does it say where the story is set? Does it introduce main characters? What do they like and dislike about each story starter?


Encourage your child to then think of their own story starter. They can use the story starters they’ve read to help them. Encourage them to write these story starters. Can they then tell you what they think might happen in their story.


Expressive Arts


To safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with form and function.


Physical Development


To handle tools and equipment effectively


Draw some simple pictures of dinosaurs. You can also print some from the internet! Cut these out with your child. If you have child safe scissors let them independently cut these out. The attach them to a stick (or fork, or spoon, or pencil!) Use these ‘puppets’ to create shadows outside.

Talk about how a shadow is just a place that light isn’t able to reach because it hit something else. Can they draw around the dinosaur shadow? Can they draw around your shadow and you theirs? Which shadow is the biggest? Can you make silly shadows?



Understanding the World


To make observations about animals and talk about why some things occur and talk about changes.


To know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things


Use the above link to learn about dinosaurs on the BBC bite size interactive game. Can your child remember some of the dinosaur facts? Can they write these facts and then draw a picture of the dinosaur they wrote about? Maybe they could call a family member and tell them what they now know about dinosaurs? Perhaps they could even e-mail and tell me! 



To use everyday language to talk about money to compare quantities and to solve problems

With your child create a foil boat to float in the sink or a bath. Have coins such as 1ps and 2ps to put inside your boat. One at a time add a coin to your boat. Count how many coins are in the boat each time. Also look at the money amount and see if it is different to the amount of coins. The person who manages to get the most amount of coins (or money- it's up to you and the level your child is working at) before it sinks wins!

Other learning ideas 


  1. Andys Dinosaur adventures on Cbeebies I-player is great to watch alongside learning about dinosaurs. 
  2. Sing a well know nursery rhymes such as ten green bottles and change the lyrics such as ten wobbly jellies or ten fluffy bears. Be as silly as you can be!
  3. Make dinosaur bones using a salt dough. Dry these out well in either a low oven or air dry them outside. Bury these in garden or a plant pot then play Paleontologists and dig them up!
  4. If you have dinosaur toys, pop them in a freezer bag with water and freeze them. Can your child free the dinosaur from the ice? What can they do? What could they use?
  5. Use the attached link to research more about dinosaurs. The Natural History Museum has some fantastic interactive games etc for your child to use to increase their knowledge about Dinosaurs. This site does need an adult to help navigate.


Salt dough recipe- 



  • 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)

  • half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
  • half a cupful of water (about 125ml)



1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball (you may not need all the water).
3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into your chosen model. 

4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid.

5. Leave to cool and then bury them!!

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Home learning for week beginning 18th May 2020

Story time four

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Learning Outcomes


Communication and Language


To develop their own explanations by connecting ideas





To write for different purposes




Watch Superworm online (there is also a bedtime story on cbeebies of Superworm). Ask you child to look at all the things Superworm could do with his friends, such as being a ride, a lasso and a crane.


Can they think of something else that Superworm could be/do? What about a head band? A scarf?


Ask them to draw a picture of Superworm as what they think of then write a label or sentence on this picture.



Expressive Arts


To create simple representations of objects


Physical Development


To handle tools and equipment effectively


Create your own Superworm using socks. Show your child how to stuff one of their socks with other socks then wrap string, ribbon or elastic bands around it to create a Superworm. (See image below)

Understanding the World



To make observations about animals and talk about why some things occur and talk about changes.

Go on a worm hunt during your daily exercise. Encourage your child to look for worms in different places. Would you find a worm on the pavement? Would you find a worm in a rock? Why? Why not?


Talk to your child about how worms live in soil and you are more likely to see them if you dig into the soil. Tell them how the rain brings the worms up to the surface and this is when they need to be careful as the bird like to eat them. Talk about how bird dance on the ground to encourage the worms to come up as it sounds like rain.




To subtract using objects and to count back to find out the answer



Use the subtraction activities send home via post last week.


Other learning ideas


  1. Create an obstacle course in your house using chairs, cushions and various other items. (See picture below)
  2. Use the playdough recipe given to create different sized worms, can your child order them from the longest to the shortest?
  3. Cook some spaghetti and let your child explore it using various kitchen equipment such as spoons, bowls, pots and pans. You can also use cooked spaghetti to paint pictures. (See the pictures below)
  4. Create your own wormery!
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Home learning for week beginning 11th May 2020

Story time three

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Learning Outcomes


Communication and Language


To develop their own explanations by connecting ideas





To write for different purposes




To solves problems including sharing and halving




Watch ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’ a few times.

Talk to your child about their favourite fruits. Which is their favourite? Which is their least favourite?


Make a fruit salad with your child using fresh and/or tinned fruit. Create an ingredient list, numbering each ingredient and write instructions on how to make it. Can your child cut the fruit into two equal halves first? Can they then cut it into four equal quarters?


To support your child with this why not record yourselves making it and then watch it back! Can your child verbally say what they did next? 


When you eat the fruit salad can your child share it equally so everyone has the same amount?




Communication and Language


To develop their own explanations

Tasting game!


Lay out a few different fruit for your child to try (to make it trickier over them over so they can’t see them before you start the game). Cover your child’s eyes (and they can do this to you too!) and ask them to try different fruits. Ask them to think really carefully about what they are tasting. Without say saying what fruit it is can they describe what they are eating? Is it sweet? Sticky? Sour?


Then ask them to name it.  Give a point for every word they use to describe the fruit and a bonus point if they can name it! The person with the most points wins!



Understanding the world



To know similarities in and differences in relation to place.


Have a look at some packaging from fruit and see if you can find where it has come from. Talk to your child about why it isn’t grown in our country for example we don’t have the right weather. Use google to find out about the place the fruit comes from. Where in the world is it?


Talk to your child about how the fruit got to their house. Did it just magically appear? Do they think it came on a ship or plane? Could it have come in a car? Use a world map on your phone or computer to demonstrate how far it has travelled.


Below is some packaging from my house if you need it!



To write for different purposes



Following on from writing fruit salad instructions try making some instruction posters to go around your house. Examples include, keep room/drawers tidy, wash hands for 20 seconds, daily chores etc.

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Other learning ideas 


  • Sort and order fruits. Get a collection of fruit from your kitchen and get your child to sort them into two different piles. Can they be sorted by colour? size? whether your child likes them or not? Maybe add some vegetables and see if your child knows the difference. Add a tomato to make it really tricky!
  • Create fruit salad faces!
  • Dip fruit pieces in chocolate and add sprinkles etc for a delicious snack.
  • Create a fruit crumble or fruit cake - discuss all the different things that you can use fruit for, can they make a list?
  • Create a reading den in your living room. Use blankets, quilts, cushions and chairs - then share a favourite story with your child all snuggled, cosy and comfy in your homemade den. Why not take it further and do this outside if you have garden?

Home learning for week beginning 4th May 2020

Story time two

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Mrs Allen reads ‘What the ladybird heard’

Learning Outcomes


Communication and Language


To develop their own narratives by connecting events.





To write for different purposes


To use what they know to write simple sentences using some common exception words.



Watch ‘What the ladybird heard’ a few times. Ask your child to retell the story to you, encourage them to use the language from the story.


Ask your child to then draw a story map of the story (don’t worry I’ve attached a picture below and your child has done this many times in class so will know what to do!).


Ask them to then retell you the story again using the story map. Can you make up actions for each part?




To solve problems including doubling.


To count objects together to find the total amount


Draw a simple ladybird. Draw or stick the same amount of ladybird spots on each side. Count how many are on each then count them together. Can you write a number sentence for this?


Can you predict how many there will be? If you have 4 on one side and 4 on the other how many will there be altogether? Do you know any other number doubles? What is double 5? What about 6?

Communication and Language


To understand and use instructional language




To understand that anything can be counted not just objects

Practice learning left and right. To help put a bracelet or mark on your child’s right hand.


Hide something special to your child around the house. Tell them you are going to give them directions to find it.


Give the verbal directions such as take 10 steps forward. Turn right and take 3 steps (send them around the house or room a few times first!) When they have found the item ask them to hide it and give you instructions.


Can they then draw a map of your home and where they hid ‘the something special’ labelling different areas?

Literacy and Understanding the World


Knows that information can be retrieved from books and computers.


To write for different purposes



Encourage your child to make their own non-fiction book. When you go on your daily exercise look closely at the things you can see from flowers to mini beasts or find some buds etc in your garden then identify them in a book or on a computer/IPAD/phone.


Your child can then write about these in their book. Can you add to it each day?


Other learning ideas


  1. You can create a great farm yard scene using various cereals. See the picture below!
  2. Talk about subtraction/take-away when you’re eating. Count how many grapes/strawberries/etc you have and how the number goes down with every one you eat.
  3. Game idea- Place a homemade number line to 20 in front of each player and a pile of beans (or anything else you have) in the middle, between the players. Take turns to roll a dice. Count the dots on the dice. Take that many beans, put them in your own pile and move your counter along the number line. For example, if you roll a 5, move the counter along to number 5. When you roll the dice for the second time, take more beans and count how many you now have. Move the counter to that number. The first to 20 is the winner
  4. Put a coat hanger on a door handle. Attach a plastic bag/small bucket on each side of the coat hanger and you’ve made a balance. Invite your child to put things in each side to see which goes up and down and decide which is heavier or lighter.
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Home learning for week beginning 27th April 2020

Story time

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Mrs Allen reads ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’.

Learning Outcomes


Communication and Language


To develop their own narratives by connecting events.





To write for different purposes


To use what they know to write simple sentences using some common exception words.

Talk to your child about where you as a family get vegetables from. E.g. the supermarket, a farm shop or your own vegetable garden.


Discuss the job of a farmer that grows vegetables and how without farmers we would not have the food we need.


Write a letter to a farmer saying thank you for working to grow our vegetables and make sure we have the food we need.


If you want to send your letters below is an address for local farm. Feel free to research one of your own!


E. W. Wells & Son

Langford Rd,


SG18 9JU

(Seasonal Vegetables)





To record marks that they can explain

What is the most popular vegetable in your family? Is your favourite the same as someone else’s?


Create a survey to ask friends and family what their favourite vegetables are.


Understanding of the world


To make observations of plants and talk about changes

Vegetables and seeds need certain things just like we do to grow and live happily. Can you make a list using pictures of the things that seeds would need to grow?


Can you then label those pictures?


Other learning ideas


  1.  Use vegetables and paint to create vegetable prints- can you create a vegetable picture or a repeating pattern?
  2. Write about your favourite vegetable. Why do you like it? 'I like carrots because they are crunchy'.
  3. Draw a picture of all the vegetables you can remember from the story. Can you put them in the correct order? Could you match them to the correct day the Oliver ate them?
  4. If you've planted some seeds why not create a seed diary? Look closely at how they change over time. 
  5. Additionally if you have access to twinkl they have some fantastic resources related to Olivers Vegetables. 
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Home learning for week beginning 20th April 2020


Learning Outcomes




To use everyday language related to time


Expressive Arts


To create simple representations



Create with your child their own daily timetable. If children create their own timetable they are much more likely to stick to it.


Encourage them to draw the different activities they do at home on an average day e.g. brush teeth, eat breakfast, exercise with Joe Wick, practice phonics etc. Cut these out and then use them as a daily timetable. When something new occurs during the day encourage your child to draw that and add it to the collection. Use question marks for times when you are unsure of what is going to happen.


Communication and Language


To develop their own narratives by connecting events.


Using the phrase below, tell and encourage your child to tell stories, these can be silly stories if you like! If it is easier start with a character such as a little pig or fairy.


1 One day…

2 Suddenly

3 Unfortunately

4  Luckily

5  The end


Could your child write parts of the story they have told you? Could you write your story and model to your child?


Please feel free to email me your stories! 


Over the Easter holidays I have been watching the butterflies in my garden so I wrote my story about a little butterfly. 


1 One day there was a tiny butterfly that lived in a special butterfly bush with all her butterfly friends. She felt very sad as she was the most teeny tiny butterfly that anyone had every seen but she was very strong.


2 Suddenly one morning the blue sky changed to black clouds and the heavens opened throwing down large droplets of water. All the butterflies were scared as they can’t fly in the rain.


3 Unfortunately all the butterflies managed to hide in the bush, all but one bright blue butterfly with sparkling wings… Was there anyone to help sparkly blue?


4 The teeny tiny butterfly flew down to the ground to help the stranded butterfly without a care for herself. Luckily, the tiny butterfly has such small wings that the raindrops that fell and missed her as she dived down into the green grass below. With all her might he grabbed the sparkly blue butterfly and drag him up into the bushes to safety.


5 All the other butterflies cheered the teeny tiny butterfly and suddenly she didn’t feel as small anymore. The end.





Recognise 3D and 2D shapes


Go on a shape hunt with your child in the house or whilst out on daily exercise. Encourage your child to name the shapes they see. Can they tell you why its that shape? How many faces has it got?


Can you set a challenge of finding a sphere? Or a cuboid?


(Please remember 3D shapes have faces, 2D shapes are flat shapes that have edges)

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Movie night challange!


This week why not organise a movie night?! Take a vote and create a tick chart to choose the movie you're going to watch, create tickets, label seats with numbers, create a tuck shop for movie snacks and then snuggle down and enjoy the movie!


Can you label your snacks with prices? Can you weigh out the pop corn so everyone has an equal amount? 


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Picture 2 Movie time
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Useful websites to support home learning

Number Blocks

Alpha Blocks


Phonics Play

Teach My Monster to Read

Busy Things




Reception class staff


Teacher- Mrs Allen

LSA - Mrs Church


We want to know about all the amazing things your children are doing at home!

Please fill out a Wow! sheet when your child has a Wow! moment – maybe they have learned to read a new word, ride a bike or named a new shape.

Please ask for or pick up a Wow! sheet when you need one, and we will share all the Wow! moments with the class so they can enjoy the news.

Stonehill School, Western Close, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 4SZ  01462 620262