Kirkstall St. Stephen’s C of E (Voluntary Aided) Primary School

Reception Class


Update 24.4.20: Learning from Home

Which resources should I use?


Since the start of this journey many more resources have become available to schools and parents to support the ‘learning from home’ process, including the latest resources announced by the government on Sunday.

We have steered away from the term ‘home education’ as that is and should be a choice- this current situation is not a choice, just a necessary situation.

So what resources are the right ones?

Whichever resources interest and stimulate your child the most!

If you have already found a path that works with your child, well done, do not feel you have to change from it. It doesn’t matter what you are doing- if you are doing some work in any format than that’s brilliant. The main thing is to keep exercising their brains in some way- ideally both in English and Mathematics.

However, if you still haven’t found a winning formula then maybe try some of the following:

Suggested Daily Lessons

Maths: Use the ‘White Rose Maths Hub’. Save this address in the bookmarks for ease, daily lessons are usually loaded on the webpage one week in advance. This is the same scheme/overview we follow in school, their resources are very good and they have supported the BBC Bitesize resources. (Summer term week 2 has a pirate theme!)

There are some work sheets here, however you can view most of them on the screen and complete the work in your books if you do not have a printer.



During the summer term, you will be able to access for your child a daily phonics lesson by clicking


All lessons are introduced by celebrities, including children’s TV presenters, which adds an exciting addition to the lessons.


There are three sets of daily lessons to choose from and we suggest your child starts with one set of lessons most suitable to their year group and reading ability. If you’re not sure which lessons your child should watch or your child finds the lessons too difficult, then your school should be able to recommend which lessons are the most appropriate for your child.


From Monday 27 April, a new phonics lesson will be uploaded every day, Monday to Friday, at the times below during the summer term. *After upload, each lesson will then be available to watch at any time during the summer term.

Please see below timings for


10am lesson - For children who can confidently blend and read words such as ‘fish’ ‘chat’ and ‘rain’


10:30am lesson - .For children who can confidently blend and read words such as ‘stamp’ ‘chair’ and ‘green’


11am lesson - .For children who need extra practice sounding and reading words such as ‘tap’ ‘cap’ ‘mat’ ‘pat’ and more support learning to blend.


(For more information please see ‘letters and sounds lesson information leaflet).

Physical Education-

There are many options for exercising from home, with many people doing daily exercise with Joe Wicks or Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube. However, any exercise that can be done at home- or safely in the neighbourhood is great. A walk, run, ride a bike, skipping. Aim to get some outdoor time each day.

Other regular activities:

Daily Reading, key maths skills including board/card games. crafts and creative art (please see home activities section on Reception page). Topic activities are uploaded weekly and include skills like cutting, problem solving, painting, patterns and science experiments.

Learning through cartoons:

Alphablocks, numberblocks and numberjacks are great cartoons that help children learn about letters and numbers, you can find episodes, songs and activities online at and search for 'Alphablocks' or 'Numberblocks' or ‘Numberjacks’.




School learning: 15/06/20

This week in phonics we have been focusing on ch, sh, and ng. Please continue to watch the letters and sounds phonics videos and have a go at these word sheets. (Look in the 'learning to blend section of the videos and start with Monday the 25th of May) We have been looking at doubling. We have been talking about how to double something- we add the same amount! Have a go at the doubling power point then the doubling worksheet. In literacy we read a book and talked all about the characters and story setting. After reading a story book pick your favourite character and fill in the character sheet.

School learning 22/06/20

This week in phonics we have been focusing on the sounds 'ai and ee' and the tricky words 'like' and 'have'. Please continue to watch the letters and sounds youtube videos to help you at home. ( Monday 27th April video covers 'ai' and Tuesday 28th April video covers 'ee'. In Literacy we have been writing letters using the correct letter forma and focusinfg on finger spaces. We wrote letters to someone we are missing during lockdown. In maths this week we have been sharing quantitites! We now know 'when you share you have to make it fair'. Have a go at some of the activities at home!

School learning 29/06/20

This week in Literacy children created their own story map using the outline of Little Red Rididng Hood. They made their story map into a book by writing sentences for each picture and drawing a front cover. - Please use the story map provided. In phonics we re-caped vowel digraphs and focussed on 'igh'. This sound needs lost of practise! Please watch lesson 3 of the letters and sounds phonics videos ( Wednesday the 29th of April). Also have a go at reading these 'igh' words. In maths this week children have been halving amounts. 'when we half something we share it into two equal parts'. Have a go at some of the halving activities and the halving sheet.

Letters and sounds lesson information leaflet
Reading activities

Please use these resources throughout the week to help your child practise reading every day.

Daily maths

Daily Maths (20 minutes) ( 5 minutes)------To start sing some number songs (5 little monkeys, 10 green bottles etc) (5 minutes)-------counting – count up to 20 and back from 20, count to 20 starting at any number e.g 14,15,16,17,18,19,20. Count back from 20 starting at any number. (use a number line if needed) (10 minutes)-------- Choose an activity from the 'maths weekly activity sheet' and one of the daily maths challenge for your child to complete.

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