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Reception Home Learning  - Spring 1

Physical development:

Ask your child to take part in activities that will help to develop their fine motor skills:

  • Use scissors to cut out shapes, pictures and various lines i.e zig zags, curved etc.
  • Use scissors to snip paper – you could give the toilet roll tube a haircut.
  • Make some play dough and ask them to roll, squeeze, twist and build with it. Take part in dough disco and have fun!
  • Create an obstacle course which you can move a ball round – use different objects around your house.
  • Build 3D models with bricks, Lego and shapes.
  • Make rubbings of different textured objects i.e. tree rubbings, coin rubbings.
  • Run up and down – listening to instructions from your adult i.e. jump up high, touch the ground.
  • Balance a balloon on different parts of your body – how many seconds can you balance it for?

Communication, Language and Literacy:

Help your child to develop their communication skills by:

  • Reading stories together and talking about the books when you have read them.
  • You could read some stories on the Internet and talk about the characters, setting and plot.
  • Sing nursery rhymes together.
  • Ask your child questions about their day using the prompts: Where? Why? How? When? What?
  • Encourage your child to speak in full sentences e.g. I would like a glass of water please. I went to the park and played on the slide.
  • Involve your child in imaginative play, each take on a role and build stories around props e.g. you could turn a cardboard box into a ship and pretend to be pirates.
  • You could have a look at this interactive story unit and read it and pick activities to complete.


Help your child to develop their understanding of number and shape by:

  • Counting forwards and backwards from 0 to 20, add actions to your counting e.g. hop, jump, clap, tap.
  • Counting forwards and backwards from 0 to 20 in different voices.
  • Write the numbers 0-10 and 11-20.

  • Make a set of number cards 0-20 and use these to play different games e.g. number hunt, bingo, snap, matching numbers to the correct amount of objects, finding one more and one less.
  • Continue a two-step and three-step pattern. Make some patterns of your own.

  • Use the following website to play some pattern and shape games:

  • Can you draw some shape pictures and talk about the shapes i.e. that’s a triangle, it has 3 corners and sides?
  • Can you find some patterns around your house? Can you draw a pattern yourself i.e. heart, star, teddy, heart, star, teddy.
  • Find three items in your house, put them in order according to length e.g. longest, shortest.
  • Find three items in your house, put them in order according to weight e.g. heaviest, lightest.
  • Find three items in your house, put them in order according to height e.g. tallest, shortest.
  • You could measure some of the items using some objects in your house i.e. how many bricks tall is the table leg etc.


  • Learn the sounds that these letters make: We are continuing to learn the rest of these phonemes.

(on our school website under the ‘Learning-phonics tips’ there is a video showing you how to pronounce the sounds.

  • Practise reading simple cvc words e.g. egg, kiss, bat, fun, duck, got, pull, leg, lid.
  • Practise writing the letters you have learnt on their own and in simple words.
  • Practise you read some simple captions such as:
  1. Mum and Dad
  2. The sun is hot.
  3. I am mad.
  • Can you play pairs or snap with the capital and lowercase letters – say the sounds they make as you turn them over.
  • Read these tricky words: I the no go to into and. Can you find these words in your reading books?


Our topic this half term is ‘Food’.

  • Talk about and draw your favourite food or meal. You could label your favourite food or meal with some ‘WOW’ words to describe it e.g. tasty, sweet, delicious.
  • Get some food from your kitchen cupboards and sort them into two groups – healthy and unhealthy.
  • Make a healthy meal or snack i.e. pasta salad, sandwich, fruit salad, fruit smoothie.
  • Make a diary of all the meals, snacks and drinks you have over a week.
  • Research where food comes from and talk about it with your family? You could make a map of how the food gets to your house.


  • Talk about and make a list of technology you have at home. You could talk about how it works? Who uses it? Why do we use it?
  • Read ‘Smartie the Penguin’ story and discuss the key questions throughout.

Understanding the World: (WINTER)

  • Go for a winter walk or look out of your window – what signs of winter can you see. You could make a tick sheet.
  • Draw, collage or paint a winter picture.
  • Sort winter clothes and non winter clothes – you could dress in these and send your teacher a picture.
  • Talk about winter holidays (look at pictures or books) You could discuss the following:
  1. Have you been on a winter holiday?
  2. Have you been on a summer holiday?
  3. How do they differ?
  4. Could your child ask you some questions about winter.