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School Closure Guidance For Reception


School Guidance


Should school closures be announced, the following information is to help you support your child at home, both with new learning, as well as prior learning (this has been highlighted). Any help you can provide your child at home would be very much appreciated.


Below you will find a guidance document providing you with curriculum information and useful websites. You will also find useful resources which you can download and use at home.


Please note however, any work completed will not be marked by class teachers. Any work the children wish to share with the class i.e Chilli Challenges can be brought in after school reopens.

Weekly Planning Overview


Each week, we will upload a weekly planning document which outlines specific tasks for you and your child to work on. You will see that most subject areas are covered in an attempt to give your child the breadth of learning whilst being at home. 

Reception Home Learning


Literacy objectives we have covered/intended to cover this half term:

  • Links sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.
  • Writes own name and other things such as labels and captions.
  • Attempts to write short sentences in meaningful contexts (some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible). We have been writing “What am I?” sentences and the children have been making My Little Book of Minibeasts independently.
  • Enjoys an increasing range of books.
  • Knows that information can be retrieved from books and computers.
  • They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read. The children have been producing story maps to demonstrate their understanding.


Our plan for the remaining part of the half term was to continue building a love and knowledge of non-fiction books and to continue building a stamina for writing. Our aim is to equip children with the skills to be an independent writer and this might mean that words are not spelt correct but the key part is that children have used their phonic understanding.  Our plan for reading was to continue building a strong awareness of digraphs and trigraphs. We would like children to spot digraphs and trigraphs in their reading to help them become a fluent reader. The digraphs and trigraphs are available on the home learning section of the website (phase 3 sound mat).

Useful English websites which cover the above objectives:

Maths objectives we have covered/intended to cover this half term:

  • To recognise and name numbers to 10.
  • In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.
  • Records, using marks that they can interpret and explain. We have introduced lots of recording methods to the children including pictures, number sentences, part whole models, ten frames etc.
  • To count on or back to find the answer. The aim is for children to count on from different starting points (not always 0).
  • To say which number is one more or one less than a given number.
  • Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers
  • Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.
  • Selects a particular named shape.
  • Can describe their relative position such as ‘behind’ or ‘next to’.


In mathematics, we have been encouraging children to represent addition and subtraction problems in their own way. We’re supporting children in this process, this may involve a number sentence, a part-part-whole model or drawings. We are frequently talking about one more and one less than a given number and any support in this would be extremely beneficial. Our focus for the remaining part of the half term was going to be on subtraction and counting back from different starting points (not always 0).

Useful websites to access which address the above:

Other areas of the curriculum which could be researched at home:


This half term we have been focussing on signs of Spring. We have discussed similarities and differences in all 4 of the seasons. The discussions have been based on observations, weather, lighter and darker evenings. Our plan was to start discussing the different parts of a flower and what flowers and plants need to grow. We started this by creating observational drawings of daffodils in the classroom. 


Reflection Time:

In our Reflection Time we have introduced the Easter story and are discussing why Christians celebrate Easter. We also intend to link this to our Science work based around new life in Spring.


Should you have any questions or queries, please email school via the Headteacher email address: stating FAO – name of class teacher.  Your email will then be passed on to the relevant teacher.


Each subject area listed below has additional resources that you are able to use. Please click on the relevant area of the curriculum and access the resources that are available.