Reception Class Home Learning Activities

Hello Everyone!

Here are the activities for this week. They are same as the work the children will be doing at school this week. You might choose to print off the work sheets, or work on practising the letters and creating the patterns using objects.

In maths we are returning to pattern. In education, children are known to develop through "spiral learning." This means that a subject area, such as "shape" is studied for a week, then other areas each week, such as addition, subtraction, weight, measure. After several weeks, the area of "shape" comes up again, with different and increasingly challenging activities. This is why we will be repeating concepts again over the next half term. However, the activities will be different.


Twinkl work sheets "I Can Read" Phase 2, set 1 and 2 . (One sheet to cut and stick each day of the week)

Twinkl Letter Formation workbook …. sheets s,a,t,p,i (One sheet each day. Make sure all letters are formed starting at the top of the letter. Make sure an adult is sitting with the child to do these. Children have a habit of going wild with letter formation, when left alone!)

If you can't access Twinkl or print anything out, please practice writing the letters s,a,t,p,i,n, and see how many words you can make from these 6 letters.



1. This week our book is "The Snail and the Whale" by Juliet Donaldson. You can view it on You Tube, or BBC  i-player. Talk about the story. Explain any words your child doesn't understand. Which bit of the story did your child like best? Who are the main characters?

2.  The Snail and the Whale is a rhyming story book. Can you think of Rhymes to go with these words? Write the words down, with help spelling, from an adult.     soot,          rock,           trail,           night,         cave,           crash,           sky, 

3. Print out or draw a picture of a whale. Label the picture with these words, sounding them out and writing them down. (Your child does the writing). tail, fin, eye, mouth, nose, head, sea,

4. Make up a story, song or poem about a snail. It can be funny or nonsensical. The adult could write it out and your child can draw pictures, or copy out the writing!

5.  Read or watch the story again. Now answer these questions....

What did the snail and the whale see on their journey? (volcano, ice burgs, caves, lightening, a bear, eagle, speed boat)

How did the snail tell the teacher about the whale in trouble? (snail trail words on blackboard)

What did the fire service do to keep the whale cool? (sprayed him with water)

What happened at the end? (All the snails climbed onto the whale and went away) 


White Rose website. Early Years Foundation Stage. Summer Planning. Week one activities.... There are 5 sheets of pattern activities: one sheet of practical tasks for each day of the week. PLEASE STICK TO THE 5 PATTERN ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK. DO NOT MOVE ONTO THE NEXT SECTIONS. THIS SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO BUILD UPON KNOWLEDGE LEARNED IN EACH SECTION.THANK YOU.        

Topic Activities

1. Go on a snail hunt in the garden or park. How many different types can you find. Can you identify the types, using a snail ID chart from the internet?(Put your snails back where you found them)

2.Go for a walk and collect one of every type of leaf you can find on trees. Bring them home. If you have wax crayons, you could make rubbings of the leaves. If you have paints, paint each leaf and make a print with it, on paper. Identify all the different trees from the leaves.

3. P.E. Play catch with large ball, then work on catching and throwing smaller balls, such as a tennis ball.

4. Make some play dough and roll it into snail shapes. Let them harden over the next few days and paint them different colours.

5.Practice doing rollie pollies. Try rolling backwards into a should stand, with your hands supporting the lower back.  

Take care,

Charlie Coates

Snail Identification Chart

Maths Summer Term Activities...Week 1 pattern