Reception 2020 - 2021

Mrs Symes

Mrs Williams


Spring Term


Welcome to Home Learning


We hope you are all safe, well and happy.  We are missing having all of the children in school but it has been lovely to see their faces and to hear their voices on Zoom. Thank you so much for engaging with this and for ensuring your child is equipped for the session.

Next week (25/01/21) we will continue our home learning routine.  I would like to stress that Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is largely play based.  This gives the children the chance to explore, to be imaginative and to initiate play.  During the school day the children have access to continuous provision where they may be playing in the construction area, in the role play area or in our new café etc.  Giving your child the chance to play while at home is as valuable as their home learning.

This week's plans have been uploaded onto this page with curriculum content and ideas of activities to support your child with their learning.  The list of activities is not prescriptive and you should certainly not see it as added pressure when trying to juggle working from home whilst home schooling your child.

The home learning packs are designed to supplement any work your child is doing.  We have tried to include a range of maths, literacy, phonics and craft activities.  Please feel free to look through and choose the activities which suit your child and the time you have available.

This week there are several numeracy, literacy and understanding the world links posted on the plans to lessons provided by The Oak Academy.  These have been funded by the DFE to support the teaching of children during lockdown.

You will also find a science activity and a computing Purplemash activity.  

As books cannot be transferred from school to home and back again at the moment, your child has been issued reading books on  Relevant logins will be in their home learning packs.  The site is being checked regularly and more books allocated when necessary.

This week we are continuing to focus on improving the children's ability to blend their sounds and for them to become more independent in doing this.  I have posted a link to the planning for this stage of the phonics as there are suggestions here on how to best assist your child at this stage.

You will also find a phonics pack in their folders.  These contain the sounds the children will be working on and also words and small phrases to read.  The children love to play games on and details of logins have been given for this also.

The children will find an exercise book in their home learning packs which is to be used to create their own ‘Lockdown Diary’.  Details of this are in the pack.

You will find links on this page for lots of useful websites for maths activities, phonics games, online stories and activities and reading support.

This week your child will be invited to several Zoom meetings.  The aim is to give your child some face to face interaction and to catch up with them.  On Monday we will be having a whole class Zoom meeting.  This is to give children the chance to see each other at the start of the week.  We will be sharing our book of the week which is 'Stick Man'.  I will also talk through a literacy activity with the children. 

Following parental feedback we are continuing with a mixture of whole class sessions and small group sessions. Your child will be invited to two Zoom meetings between Tuesday to Thursday.  These meetings will be in very small groups to give the children more opportunity to speak and to interact.  It should also be easier to offer more tailored support for the children. It would be helpful if your child could bring some play dough to the first of their group sessions.  We are hoping to take part in some 'dough disco' which helps to develop fine motor skills.  It would also help if children could have to hand a piece of paper and a pencil for each group session.  This may not be needed but will save you looking for one at short notice if we decide to use one.  I am aiming to give some more phonics support in one of the group sessions. 

On Friday we will have another whole class Zoom meeting which will give the children the chance to see each other at the end of the week.  This is an opportunity for them to share anything they have done or any news they have also.  We will be able to share 'Our Gallery' display board too.

It is vital that we communicate with each other throughout the coming weeks.  We all want what is best for your child.  The important thing to remember is that we are still here.  If there is anything you think we could help with then please do not hesitate to get in touch.  As always the easiest and quickest way is via the class email –

If you would like any further work for your child then this is not a problem so please do not hesitate to get in touch.  If you feel that your child would benefit from a telephone call then we are more than happy to do this.

Thank you so much for your continued support.  It is very much appreciated.

Take care,

Mrs Symes and Mrs Williams




Useful links

Active Learn Login

Purple Mash

Music Links

Mini Music Makers

RNSO music challenges

Stomp Style Body Percussion



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St Jerome's Primary School

Greenloons Drive
L37 2LX

Main Contact: Kath Lyonette

Tel: 01704 833211

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