Nursery & Reception

Mrs Barford

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There are lots of games and resources to help you with Phonics teaching and the children love to play them.



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There are lots of games and resources to help you with Phonics teaching and the children love to play them.

These activities are all about consolidating what your children have learned so far, there will be some repetition, but even if you think your child is secure with these sounds please keep going over them again and again – especially with the writing and letter formation. Overlearning and practising is fundamental to good phonic knowledge. We practise all of the sounds again and again in class everyday and the children should continue with this.



Ask the children draw a picture and write a few sentences about what has been their favourite thing about this week on the diary sheets. It is perfectly ok for your child to have help to sound out words for spelling, you can also model how to write the word if your child needs help. Try to use as many ‘tricky words’ as you can – I, go, we, me, he, she, into. All of the phase 2 and 3 tricky words are on sheets on your packs. You can also listen to the tricky word song on YouTube

Maths – one more, one less

Watch number blocks on

Have a go at the ‘Find one more or one less’ activities on the sheet in your pack.

Provide your child with a selection of items to sort. Encourage them to sort items into sets and then compare the quantity in each set. Ask the questions – can you find a set with more than this one? Can you make 2 or 3 sets with equal quantities?

Count the items in each set, add one more item, two more and so on. Count them again, what is the total?

Can the children have a go at writing the numbers of the totals that they count up to 20?


Play on purple mash. See the letter in your pack for log on details.


Read a bit of your book and practise your word and sound walls every day! Share a story together. Log on to oxford owl for more reading books that match your child’s reading band.


Play in the garden, ride your bike, throw and catch a ball. Hop for 30 seconds on each leg.

Art and design

I’d love to see a picture of your doing some arts and crafts on Tapestry. Maybe make your house from Lego, or a from a cereal box?

Project – aimed to be completed over the week – please record on Tapestry.

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to gain a better understanding of their own family. Learning may focus on what different makeup of families, what traditions your family has, stories linked to your family etc.

  • Look at a selection of family photographs and discuss the changes over time. Show your child a photograph of them as a baby, a 1 year old, a 2 year old. What could they do at that age? What can they do now that they couldn’t do then?
  • Look at a picture of a family member as a baby (this could be parents, siblings). Discuss how everyone was a baby once.
  • Are there any black and white photographs? Why are these photographs black and white? Do they show older family members when they were younger? Talk about how life was different then.
  • Draw a family tree- How does your family link together? Can your child draw out their family members and link them together using lines?
  • Do a picture survey of the people in your house. How many family members have blonde/ brown/ black/ red hair? Can you record this with pictures? How many people have blue/ brown/ green eyes?
  • Have a family picnic. Lay out a blanket in the living room or garden. Can children make sure everyone has a plate, fork, spoon, cup? How many do we need all together? Give your child a selection of food and ask them to share it fairly between everyone? If there is one left over what could we do?
  • Sort out the clean clothes. Who do they belong to? Can they deliver them to the right place in the house? Pair up socks. Can they match the patterns/ colours? Can they count in twos to work out how many there are all together? Peg clothes on the airer (this will support children to develop hand strength which will impact on their writing).
  • Put on a show or performance- Perform a story or song to your family. Plan out costumes, props. Children could make a show program.
  • Lay the table for your family for dinner- How many people are there? How many knives, forks, cups do you need? Write out name cards for everyone in your family to show them where to sit. Write a menu to let them know what is for dinner that night. Roleplay as a waiter/ waitress.  What would everyone like in their sandwiches for lunch? What drinks would everyone like to have with their dinner?
  • Make a birthday card for the next family birthday- How old are they going to be? Can they write the numerals to show the correct age? Write a message inside for your family member and sign it with your name.
  • What jobs do the people in your family do? Talk to your child about your job and what you do. What would they like to be when they grow up? Can they draw a picture of themselves in the job they would like to do?
  • Use play dough to make your family members- Use ready made play dough or make your own using this recipe:  2 cups of plain flour, one cup of salt, a tablespoon of oil, a cup of water (add gradually), a couple of drops of food colouring (optional), a teaspoon of cream of tartar (optional, but will make it last longer)
  • Play a family board game- Play a game together. Talk about taking it in turns and playing fairly. Dice games will support your child’s number recognition. You could use a spinner with numerals on to help develop numeral recognition. If you don’t have a spinner you could make one using an old cereal box and a split pin.
  • Find out everyone’s favourite song in your family- Listen to each person’s favourite song and make up a dance to match. Do you like the same music? What is your favourite song?
Click here to download this week’s phonics activities