St Stephen's Church of EnglandPrimary School

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EYFS Home Learning - Tuesday 31st March 2020


Welcome to your second week of home learning! Don't forget to blog to let us know how you are getting on. We love hearing from you!


Below are the Literacy and Maths tasks to be completed at home today along with our suggested timetable for your child's day. Please refer to the 'Home Learning Pack' sent home last week for 'Flexible Activities' and resources.


We have also included information about how to access online Phonics lessons taught by Read Write Inc trainers which the Phonics scheme we follow in school. If you need any help with this there is also a parents Hotline email address (see below)


Suggested Daily Timetable




9 am

Reading and Phonics time

  • Reading Home Reading book with an adult
  • Complete Phonics activities


9:30 am

Log on to school website and check set activities for the day.


9:30 am – 10 am

Complete Literacy activities


10 am – 12 pm

Flexible Learning Time (see list with this pack)


12 – 1 pm

Lunchtime break


1 – 1:30 pm

Complete Maths activities


1:30 – 2:30 pm

Flexible Learning Time (see list with this pack)


2:30 pm

Reading for Pleasure



Daily Online Phonics Lesson

Daily virtual lessons for children (links at the bottom!)

From Monday 23rd March there will be Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.


Read Write Inc will release three short Speed Sound lessons with one of their trainers every day for the next two weeks. The films will only be available at the times below:

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm


Most of our Reception children have not yet begun learning Set 2 Speed Sounds so the Set 1 Speed Sounds lessons will be the most appropriate for the majority of children. You may want to try the Set 2 lessons as well which some children will have learnt some of these sounds.


Please note: the films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.


We’re also releasing a film of a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available on YouTube to watch again and again. 

A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!


Films for parents

Films for parents to help their child learn to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics are available on the Read Write Inc website and YouTube channel. The YouTube channel will have a quick face-lift to help parents find the films easily. We’re adding a parent film to Facebook every day too.


Home reading hotline

Read Write Inc have an email hotline for parents and carers helping children learning to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics.


Click here to access their Facebook Page or click here to access their YouTube channel.


Today's Literacy Activities

Starter activity – Practise spelling the red words sent home in your Home Learning Pack (Resource 5) Copy them, cover them and then try and spell them without looking. Can you write a sentence which includes at least one of the red words?


Main activity – Make up some actions to go with your story map so that you can use them when you retell the story. Below are some actions that we use in school which will help as well as a video of Pie Corbett telling the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ to give you some inspiration for actions.



Today's Maths Activities

Starter activity:

Practise your number formation of 3 and 4 using the following resources for your pack (Resource 3 and 7)


Main activity:

Today we will be looking at addition using objects.


Find objects around your house and set up two hoops/baskets to place them into.

Ask your children to place a set amount of objects into the first hoop/basket. Then ask them to place a different amount in the next basket.


Question: How many have you got altogether?

             How can we find out?


Let your children explore this for a few minutes. If they are saying the two individual numbers then tip out the objects into one pile and encourage your child to count the objects accurately one by one.


Question: what are you doing?

             Can you tell me in a number sentence?


Challenge: Use larger teen numbers if they are easily able to do this and ask them to write the number sentence in their books.


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Carr or Mrs Farrimond via the online blog and we will try our best to get back to you as soon as possible. Keep checking this page daily for updated activities. 




The Reception Unit has two classes, Oak and Elm,
with the children accessing learning across the whole unit. 

This page will provide information on this terms topic,
links to websites, useful resources and important information and dates. 


       Oak Class                                   Elm Class 

Mrs Farrimond                                 Mrs Carr


Our topic for our second spring term is 

'Do aliens exist?'


During this half term we will be learning about space. We will be exploring all about space and looking at the many planets that are in space. We will also be looking at how astronauts survive in space and what they need to live on space crafts as they travel through the solar system. We will also be looking at the similarities and differences between Earth and space.


This is an exciting half term in Reception where the children will be learning about, 'Whatever next' story during Literacy and continuing to learn sounds during phonics to help with our reading and writing. We will be using this story to develop our writing skills and our phonological awareness through using our new skill of Fred fingers to help us segment and blend the words we need. We will be exploring how we can change the story in order to write our own version of this story.  We will also explore other stories that are written in a similar way. Throughout this topic we will be exploring Non-Fiction books and we will be incorporating these into our very own stories.


In Numeracy we will be exploring numbers, accurate counting and ordering from 0-20. We will be also looking at different ways to represent numbers accurately to help us to begin to find one more and one less than a given number. We will also be using this new knowledge to help us begin to add two groups of numbers. We will be learning a skill of counting on from a given number in order to add these numbers together and find the answer. We will also be exploring 3D shapes further and developing our previous knowledge to help us use the everyday characteristics of these shapes to describe them.


Throughout the half term in our RE sessions we will be exploring stories that Jesus told. During this half term we will be introducing the children to many stories that Jesus told and how we can find these in the bible. We will also be exploring our new value of the half term-Justice!





Our PE sessions are as follows:

Elm- Monday




Please ensure that your child's PE kit is in school on the first day of term. Thank you.





Please ensure that the uniform policy is followed at all times. Please make sure that no boots are worn and that the children are wearing sensible black school shoes. Please also ensure that earrings are plain gold studs. 


Our newsletters are sent out at the beginning of each half term. Please look out for them as they contain information about upcoming events as well as topic information. You can read our latest newsletter here.

Home Reading!


While at school we will send home a home reader with your child for you to help with their reading. It is very important and a vital part of your child's education to practise reading at home. This will help to improve your child's identification of their sounds, blending and segmenting words and improve their fluency of reading. 


The first set of books we send home with your child are usually picture books fro your child to talk through with you. Throughout the book it is important to ask your child simple questions in order to check their understanding.


We now offer daily reading sessions each morning with your child according to their key worker group. Please see the parents notice board for your day and come into class to enjoy some 1:1 reading with your child.


Should you need any help at all please do not hesitate in speaking to a member of staff who will be more than happy to help.

For further information and support to help your child pronounce their phonetic letter sounds please visit the below website:


Read Write Inc Phonics support

Home learning fun!


Please use the websites below for some home learning fun. Encourage your child to continue to read, write and count as they enjoy their weekend adventures.




Star of the Week and Oscar Winners!

Please see our parents board (in the cloakroom for this week's winners!  


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