We have complied an extensive bank of home learning activities for Reception. All links and websites are free but you may need to create an account to log in. Children are to record their learning in exercise books sent home on Wednesday 18th March.

Links will be updated regularly and please see school Facebook page (Roby Park Primary School) and class Twitter page (@RecRobyPark) for further ideas, challenges and competitions.


Department for Education 

On 7th April 2020  Department for Education published a list of online education resources for home education.

CLICK HERE to see the list.


BBC Bitesize

From Monday 20th April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of our website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.

CLICK HERE for more information, lessons and fun activities you can do at home.


The Oak National Academy

From Monday 20th April sequenced video lessons and curricular resources can be accessed to help with learning at home.

CLICK HERE for videos and resources


Children with SEND 

CLICK HERE for advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)



CLICK HERE for daily Letters and Sounds videos.




Ideas to help with transitioning to home learning:

  •  Make your own visual timetable like we have in the classroom and decide which activities you are going to do each day.
  •  Keep to a routine as best you can.
  •  Use lots of positive praise for completing tasks.
  •  Keep learning fun and exciting! Remember Early Years is all about learning through play.


Below  are packs that can be used at home


Below are links and ideas to help with physical development

  • Build up the strength in your fingers with the paper clip challenge! Can you make a chain of paper clips? Join them together to see how long you can make your chain. Can you make it longer than a pencil, book, table or bed? How many paper clips
    did you need to use? Use your paper clips to make a bracelet or necklace for a loved one.
  • Keep active and move at home by following the instructions on the videos. Sign up for free keeping active ideas at home with: join.theimovement.com Try out the sports jams active blasts to burn off some energy and get your heart racing and healthy. Notice how your body changes before and after you exercise.
  • Learn to tie your shoelaces. If you don’t have any of your own, practise on someone else’s shoes.  Mr Tumble can help you with the bunny ears technique here
  • Can you get dressed independently for a whole week including doing up your buttons and zips?
  • Can you hop on one leg? How many can you do? Can you do as many on the other leg? To help you hop put your arms out wide to balance and push off the floor on the foot you are standing on. If you are confident hopping, can you skip in time to music? Who can do the most hops in your family? Can you set a family target and work together to achieve it?
  • Learn the Dinosaur Stomp dance! Can you keep up with the music. How does your heart feel before and after you
  • I like to move it move it! Use tweezers or kitchen tongs to move as many small objects as you can to fill a small jar. You could use cotton wool balls, pasta, small rocks, pompoms, sweets, leaves and much more.


Below are links and ideas  to help with understanding the world:


  • Talk to a grown up about what life was like for them when they were children (Grandparents are ideal). How did their life compare to yours? Which things are the same and which things are different? Make a past and present chart showing the things you found out.
  • On Friday 8th May it is the 75th anniversary of VE day. Mark this momentous time by finding out a little bit
    more about the day (see additional resource). How did people celebrate? What did they do? Hold your own celebration for your family.
  • Take a silly selfie! Ask your parents permission to use their phone or camera to take a selfie. How do you turn on the camera? Which button do you press to turn the camera to take a selfie? Take a selfie pulling different silly faces.
  • Sink and float experiment. Gather different objects from around your house. Make predictions as to whether they will
    sink or float in water. Why do you think that? Put them into the water. Were you right?
  • Watch the powerpoint ‘going to the dentist’. Discuss the questions which come up.
  • Salt Dough recipe
  • Help to prepare and make your lunch each day. Use different tools to make your food. Explore spreading butter with a knife
    or cutting soft foods safely.


Below are links and ideas to help with Personal, Social, Emotional Development

  • Watch the story Pete the Cat – I Love my White Shoes. Pete loved his new shoes but when they got dirty he didn’t get upset, he found a way to be happy about what had happened. Look at the emotions sheet. Talk about how you feel today. Look at the other emotions – talk about what they are and when you might feel that way.  Record how you feel over the week. Is it the same or do your feelings change each day?
  • Look at the Galaxy of Good Manners. If you have good manners we say that you are polite. Why is it
    important to have good manners? Can you use all of the words from the Galaxy of Good Manners each day? Listen out for whether other people are using their good manners? Who is the most polite person that you meet/ talk to?
  • What are you thankful for? If could be a place, person, object or experience. Explain that when we are thankful, we are
    focusing on things that make us feel good and that makes our hearts happy and strong. Make a poster of what you are thankful for – decorate it with drawings, magazine cut outs or written words
  • Be calm: follow the instructions in the meditation video to help relax you. Follow this when you need some quiet time to
    be calm and to think about your feelings.
  • I am a star! Draw a picture of your face. Around the edge write down all of the things that you are good at and have achieved. Ask the other people in your family what they think you are good at and add them to your list.
  • Being kind – Look at the story of Scrapman. How does Scrapman look? Why is he feeling that way? How would you treat Scrapman? Discuss how we can be kind in different ways.
  • Watch the story ‘Grumpy Frog’ by Ed Vere.Talk about the story – What happens when Grumpy Frog doesn’t win? Look at the page where Rabbit offers to be Frog’s friend. How does Frog upset Rabbit? What happens when Frog says sorry at the end of
    the story? What might have happened if Frog hadn’t said sorry?
  • Play a board game with members of your family. Take turns to have your go and see who wins. Remember it is the taking part
    that counts and it is okay for someone else to win the game. You can always play the game again and maybe you will
    win next time. How do you feel at the end of the game?


Below are links and ideas with Expressive Art and Design

  • Watch the story, ‘Not a Stick’. Use your imagination to pretend your stick is something else. How many different things
    can you imagine? Can you draw a picture of you with your stick and write a caption explaining what you are pretending it is?
  • The artist Andrew Goldsworthy is famous for making pieces of art from nature. Collect natural resources from your
    garden or whilst you are out exercising and make your own piece of natural art. Maybe you could make a lion with a
    mane made from leaves? Can you use a camera to take your own picture of your artwork and then send it to us
    by Facebook or your class Twitter page?
  • Make your own Union Jack flag to celebrate VE day. What colours will you need to use? What will you use to make your flag –
    paint, pens, collage?
  • Karaoke challenge – Play your favourite song and sing along or learn a new song!
  • Re-tell your favourite story using your toys. What happens in your story? Where do they go and what do they see?


Below are links and ideas for literacy

  • Read or watch the story Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.  What animals are in the story? What noises do the different animals
    make? Look at the map of Paradise Wildlife Park. Can you spot where any of the animals in the story are on the map?
    https://www.pwpark.com/map/  Challenge: Can you design your own zoo and label the animals that you put in it?
  • Re-read or watch the story of ‘Dear Zoo’. We are going to focus in particular on the words which describe the animlas (the adjectives). Remember that adjectives are words used to describe and give more information about a person, place or object.
    We encourage children to use adjectives in their writing to make them more interesting for the reader and help them to get a better idea of what something looks or behaves like. For example, the tiger in the picture has orange and black stripes, sharp pointed teeth and is very angry. Challenge: Think of three other animals that are not in the book and think of adjectives which could describe them. Write them down in your pink book.
  • Listen to Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Stickland. What do you notice in the story? What is special about some of the words? Re-listen or read the story and see how many rhyming words you can find. (A rhyming word is when two words
    end in the same sound). Make a list of all the rhyming words you find. Do you know what all those words mean? Explore the
    meanings of the words which you are unsure of. Challenge: Can you match the words that rhyme? (See additional resources).
  • Read the book How to grow a dinosaur by Caryl Hart
  • Watch or read the story ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson. Make a story map to show what happens in the story. Draw pictures to show what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story. Add simple labels to your story map to explain what happens.
  • Mary Mary quite contrary. Talk about what happens in the poem. Can you grow silver bells? How do you know? What are
    maids? What would you grow in your garden?
  • Read or watch the story’ Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy Look at the use of capital letters in the story. Why has the author written some words in CAPITALS? Think of some speech / thought bubbles for each bear in the illustrations. Challenge – Write about the dream that Mrs Bear might have while she is sleeping.


Below are links and ideas for maths:


  • Practise counting in 5s and 10s by joining in with this song: Practise using your counting skills in these fun activities: Collect some of your toys. Put them together in groups of 2, 5 or 10. Count them using 2s, 5s or 10s. How many are there? Collect natural resources and place them in groups of 2, 5 or 10 and practise counting them to see how many you have. What happens when you add more groups of objects? Draw a hopscotch grid outside and put numbers in 2s, 5s or 10s. Practise jumping along saying the numbers as you go. Challenge: Find some 2p, 5p and 10p coins. Sort them into their groups, line them up and practise adding up how much you have using the counting skills you have learnt.
  • Estimation is a skill that takes lots of practise. It is the skill to guess a number that is close to the actual number. You may want to have a few silly guesses first before your have a sensible guess. It is okay for your estimate to be different to the actual answer.   Get a jar or a pot.  Place objects into different small containers. You might fill them up with pebbles, leaves, twigs, pasta, toy cars, beads, hair clips etc. Estimate how many are in the pots before tipping them out and counting them. You might have a silly estimate first and then have a more sensible guess. You could also keep a record of your estimates and
    actual amounts. Challenge: This time only empty out half of the pot or jar of objects and count them. Estimate how many objects are left in the jar. Will there be more or less in the jar? Tip them out and count them. Was your estimation near to
    the actual amount left in the jar? Was there more or less left in the jar?
  • Get a piece of bread. Adult to cut it in half but one piece is much larger than the other. Is that fair? How could you
    cut in half so that there are two pieces the same? Could you cut it another way and it still be half? What about
    an orange? How could you share out an orange between two people?
  • Hide and count: Count out 5 objects then place them under a blanket. Remove 1, 2 or 3 objects and show your child. How many objects are still under the blanket? Count back from 5. Change the number of objects that are taken away from 5. How did you work it out? Challenge: Hide up to 10 objects under the blanket.
  • Read or watch the story ‘Peace at Last’ by  Jill Murphy.  Look at the clocks in the illustrations. What times are shown? What is the difference between the times on each clock? Is it getting earlier or later?
    How many numbers can you see around your house? Can you take a photo of all of the different numbers you have found?
    Challenge – Can you put the numbers in order starting with the smallest and finishing with the largest?


Below is a link to literacy planning and activities


Below are links to websites to aid home learning


Below are links to songs to help with learning:



Below is a link to free websites, apps and resources that parents an access to aid age related home learning:


Below are links for you to access free online reading materials so you can share stories with your child:


Below are links to keep active and burn off some energy. Being physically active for at least 60 minutes each day will help with your children’s health, focus, well being and increase the enjoyment of spending more time at home.  Physical activity should be encouraged as part of a daily routine.


Below are links to Well being


Below are links to arts and craft ideas:


Below are links to webcams and live links:





Reception have PE on Thursday. Children wear their joggers to school but in the warmer months, you may want them to have black shorts underneath.


Reading Books

Reading books will be changed every Tuesday and Friday so please make sure reading books are inside book bags. Children should read with their parents every night, for a minimum of 10 minutes. Parents are asked to sign the Reading Record and return to school in their child’s book bag, every day.


Home Learning

Talking Home Learning Tasks will be sent home every Friday. These lovely tasks give families a chance to discuss an interesting comment with a specific topic focus and then children will share their families thoughts and ideas in class, on a Monday.


Click on the links below to find out more about our half termly Topics:



If you’re looking for Reading inspiration, look no further! Click below to find out more about our Recommended Reading List for 2019 – 20:



Below is your transition letter from your class child’s class teacher, Mrs Doyle.

Reception Tweets