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Reception Home Learning

Homework will be sent home every Friday and will be expected to be returned to school by Wednesday.

The activities should be completed gradually over the week. Once you have explained the activity to your child then allow him/her to work independently. Remember to encourage your child to sit properly on a chair, to have one hand resting on the paper and to grip the pencil using the tripod method.

There are a number of ways you can support your child at home to develop their language skills.

For example,

Games like, ‘I spy,’ are ideal for a child to listen for the initial sound. Then you can try the end sounds. The middle sounds are harder. You can also play taking away a sound. For example, ‘What happens if I take ‘c’ away from the word ‘cat’ or, ‘What happens if I put a ‘b’ in front of the word ‘at’ etc.

Ways to help with spellings:

  • Look at the word, which part is tricky?
  • Cover the word, can you write it in the air?
  • Write the word down
  • Check is it right?

Tactile Activities

There are many things you can do with your child to help strengthen their hand and finger muscles. Some suggestions include picking up small objects. Instead of only using 2 fingers the children should be encouraged to use 3 fingers eg. when playing with play dough/plasticine to pinch pieces off. They can then roll it in the palm of their hands and then onto their finger tips. Children can also use scissors to cut the play dough.

Big Talk

We use a teaching method called Big Talk. This is a very popular approach used to encourage talking and developing good oral skills. Much emphasis is given to talking in Reception since it is the basis for good effective written communication later on. If a pupil can’t say it, he/she can’t write it. We cannot stress the importance of talking with your child at home.


Term 1

  • Letters and sounds activity
  • Reading activity
  • Big Talk activity
  • Maths activity/CLIC

Term 2

  • Letters and Sounds activity
  • Reading activity
  • Big Talk activity
  • Spellings
  • Maths activity/CLIC

Term 3

  • Letters and Sounds activity
  • Reading activity
  • Big talk activity
  • Spellings
  • Maths activity/CLIC
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle