Week beginning 1.6.20. Message to Parents

Dear Families

I hope this message finds you all safe and well in these very strange times. I just wanted to give you an idea of what we might aim to cover in this last half term. I have included some attachments that might give some further guidance and ideas. I have continued to use the White Rose maths as a base for my planning as I liked the story based approach and the practical ideas. I realise this might not suit all of the children and families, so I always include a link to the Robin Hood site and National Oak Academy that you might prefer.

However, I would like to stress that within the Early Year’s curriculum Years a day at school would by no means be full of worksheets and sit-down activities, We highly value children’s time to be physical, to play and to enjoy a variety of fun, messy and unstructured activities, Please also enjoy the time to just be together and feel happy and safe. This is such an unusual time for everybody and there is no expectation on how much of this content you cover with your child, they are simply there to help families who would like some ideas. Whatever works for you and your family is the most important thing, and if that is simply to enjoy being together, then that is wonderful. Our priority is that you and your families remain happy and well.

Throughout the rest of Reception we would have been continuing to focus on the following objectives for Reading, Writing and Maths. These are building towards the end of Reception Early Learning Goals which are clarified further in a document below. If you are choosing to lead activities with your child, anything linked to these objects will be very useful in ensuring your child continues to make progress and build skills ready for the end of Reception.


  • Read, enjoy and discuss a wide range of books – both fiction and non-fiction.
  • Be able to talk about and discuss what happens in the stories and books they read.
  • Be able to sequence the events from a story.
  • Retell some of my favourite stories.
  • Use our phonics to read words, sounding out and blending the sounds together.
  • Recognise at least 20 High Frequency/Tricky Words by sight – that is, be able to read words from our Tricky word lists without sounding them out.
  • Read sentences and captions with some fluency and expression.


  • Hold our pencil in the correct grip.
  • Form each letter of the alphabet correctly, starting and ending in the correct place.
  • Write a sentence independently.
  • Use our phonics to write words – sounding them out and writing each sound in the word.
  • Keep our letters sitting on the line when we write.
  • Begin sentences with a capital letter, and end them with a full stop.
  • Leave spaces between the words we write.
  • Practise reading our own writing back to a grown up.

Maths ;

  • Know my numbers to 20.
  • Count groups of objects up to 20 correctly.
  • Place numbers to 20 in the correct order.
  • Say what is one more and one less than numbers to 20.
  • Solve simple addition and subtraction problems using practical equipment.
  • Be able to explain the maths I am doing (for example answer maths mastery questions such as How do you know? Can you prove that? Is that true or false? Can you draw me a picture to show?)
  • Begin to double my numbers to 10.
  • Learn pairs of numbers that make 10 – eg, 1+9, 2+8, 3+7 etc
  • Share our food/toys/equipment equally between a group of people, understanding that each person needs the same amount
  • Everyday Maths opportunities around the home home - from measuring when you are baking, to counting how many flowers you can pick, and all that adding dice scores during family board games. This is the best way to continue with Maths - finding a way to count, recognise numbers, add and subtract as you go about your day. Keeping these key skills going will help your child when they return to school.