Home Learning


  • Share a book with your child (daily)
  • Share comments regarding your child's reading within the Communication book weekly. 

see information below for more details on the reading materials sent home each week.

Spelling & Phonics

  • Daily phoneme practice, within your child's Phonics Book (Autumn Term)
  • Weekly phonics focus within the Weekly Learning Guide, which is uploaded to Google Classroom weekly.  (Spring and Summer term)
  • Weekly keyword reading 

Maths Key Skills

  • Recalling number bonds to 10
  • To play board games at home to help with counting on
  • Recognising numbers to 10 and then 20
  • Weekly Maths focus within the Weekly Learning Guide, which is uploaded to Google Classroom weekly. 

Directed Home Learning

  • Home learning palette. Half-termly palette of learning activities linked to the topic.

Weekly Reading, Phonics and Maths information for parents

Reading, Phonics and Maths learning guides will be uploaded to Google Classroom each week. The information will be uploaded on Mondays, allowing families the opportunity to have all the information at the start of the week, so you are fully aware of the learning taking place in school.  This will then allow you to choose the best evening to consolidate the learning at home. Please remember that although Home learning is non-compulsory in Early Years, we strongly recommend that you do find time across the week to discuss the learning taking place. Although there is no requirement to upload evidence of your child completing the weekly Maths, Phonics and Reading activities we are always happy to see any additional learning. Home learning activities can be either uploaded via Google Classroom or to EExAT, our online assessment and learning journey system. You may find it easier to upload activities linked to the week's learning focus to Google Classroom and then any additional evidence, such as your child showing off a particular talent or skill, completing a charity event or using their learning in different contexts, can then be uploaded to EExAT.

Maths: we will continue to provide ideas for activities and links to online games as well as informing you of the skills and specific maths area focus for the week. You can then choose to complete these suggested activities or just discuss the skills being taught during real life situations, such as family mealtimes, walking home or while in the bath! Using and applying Math skills in real life contexts is a fantastic way to ensure your child fully understands Maths and can use it in meaningful ways. We will also continue to update and develop the ‘Parent Help Guide to Maths’, which is found on Google Classroom within ‘Parent Help Guides’.

Phonics: we will continue to inform you of the phonics focus for the week, along with word cards to help apply the phonics skills to reading. There will also be links to Espresso activities to help consolidate the skills and the phonemes taught. Please remember to keep recapping all the previously taught phonemes/ graphemes by looking through the Yellow phonics book from Autumn term.

Reading: to continue to support and develop reading, we will carry on sending home 2 reading materials each week. One will be a Phonics International Short story (a laminated A4 piece of text), with accompanying questions, and one a banded reading book. Both of these materials will be linked to the phonemes, and Phonics international unit, that your child is working within and will focus on similar skills such as:

1) Phonics International stories are fully decodable reading text, these will help your child to solely use their phoneme and grapheme awareness, as well as their decoding skills. They will be texts that they have not seen before and the questions, on the reverse of the sheet,  will then allow you to see if they fully understood the text they had just read. These stories are often more difficult for the children as they do use purely their phonics skills, as there are no pictures, so we recommend that you re read these across the week.

2) Banded reading books will also be closely linked to the Phonics unit your child is working within, however, they will also offer challenges to the children as there are some unfamiliar, non-decodable words within these texts. This text will allow the children to; use pictures to aid meaning; recap on the features of a book; use and apply their awareness and knowledge of keywords and begin to see and use alternative codes for known phonemes. Discussing the story at the end of the book is also highly recommended, to ensure your child has understood the story and can recall the events from the beginning, middle and end, as well as discuss characters and story settings.

Keywords will continue to be a focus across our learning. Children in Reception should be able to read, by sight, units 1, 2, 3 and 4 before the end of Reception. Reading keywords by sight will develop your child’s reading confidence. Across the half-term we will continue to suggest games and activities to help and support your child’s recall of these words.

Please can you ensure that your child returns both of the reading materials the following week. 

The Blue communication book will continue to be collected weekly on your child’s reading day. We encourage families to write in a brief comment on how their child found the reading materials at home that week or alternatively we are also happy for parents to comment via Google Classroom. Comments and questions from parents in either the communication books and/or via Google Classroom should be completed before your child’s allocated reading day, so that staff can reply and comment to any questions or queries on your child's reading day. Please remember,  we only collect in the Blue communication books on your child’s reading day. We will then keep the book overnight and return them the following day, with their new reading materials.

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