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smiley** Reception Home Learning Activities **smiley

Please find below a selection of interactive songs and games that you can play at home to support learning in school. 


Our theme is currently 'What the Ladybird Heard' (a farm based topic).

You can watch the audio book of this on YouTube by searching the title online. We have been thinking about different questions as we read the book:

*Who the characters might be? 

*What could they be up to? 

*Has anything changed in the book?

*Why do we use maps? When? What for? 


You could also try researching your favourite farm animal to make your own fact file or information sheet all about them. You might like to find out:

*What features do they have? (hooves, tail, snout, mane etc)

*What do they eat?

*Where do they live?

*What do we call their offspring (baby animals)? 

*And any other interesting facts you might like to find out

The Counting by Fives Song | Counting Songs | Scratch Garden

Count by fives from zero to one hundred with the Scratch garden characters!
Challenge: Can you write the numbers down?

Counting By Tens Song

The Counting By Tens Song by Have Fun Teaching is a counting song that teaches kids how to count by 10's all the way to 100.

Challenge: Can you write the numbers down in order from 10 to 100?

3D Shapes Song | Shapes for kids | The Singing Walrus

A catchy song to help children learn 3D shape names.
Challenge: How many 3D shapes can you find around your house and garden?

Tricky Words Song Phase 3

Tricky word song to help children learn to read and spell Phase 3 tricky words he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, they, are, all.
Challenge: Can you write them from memory? Can you find them in any books or magazines around the house?

Welcome to Reception!

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the children follow a play-based curriculum that will provide them with opportunities to:

  • Develop their confidence, independence and social interaction.
  • Encounter a range of new and exciting experiences, through the power of play. Build upon the skills they have as they leave the home environment to start school. 
  • Develop these skills as an individual.
  • Prepare for the next stage in their primary school curriculum. 


Throughout the school day, the children will learn in a range of different ways. Through whole class focused group work, small group learning, adult-led activities, child-led activities and independent play. 


Please find additional details about this academic year below, if you would like any further information on the EYFS at St John's please do not hesitate to arrange a visit. We always enjoy welcoming new friends and are looking forward to getting to know you all. 


Miss Solan- Reception Class Teacher smiley

Miss Blears- Reception Teaching Assistant  smiley


Timetable of useful information.





Reading books in school 


Reading books in school

Miss Weatherburn in Reception pm (RE and Music)


Reading books in school 


PE (Kit to stay in school)

Reading Books changed 

Library (children can select their own library book to take home if they have their book bag in school)

Phonics Homework handed in


Phonics Homework given out 

Useful websites and games to help with learning at home:
Autumn Term 1- Who am I? What Makes Me Unique?

Phase 2 Phonic Sounds to Help with Pronunciation

This may help with the pronunciation of Phase 2 phonic sounds

Autumn 1 Newsletter- Who am I? What Makes Me Unique?

Jolly Phonics Songs Phase Two

Here are the songs and actions for each Phase 2 phoneme/sound, how many can your child sing at home?

WB 4.9.19 Reception have had a fabulous first week at St John’s, we have been busy exploring our exciting new learning environment! Which is your favourite area to learn in and why?

WB 9.9.19 In Theme, we have been busy identifying ‘What do I look like?’ and have used mirrors to identify our features.

12.9.19 Reception’s first PE session with Coach Sean was a huge success ⭐️

WB 16.9.19 In Theme, ee have been busy painting self portraits and making face biscuits. We are learning to use colour for purpose and talk about how we are the same and different to our friends.

WB 23.9.19 In Maths, Reception have been busy learning to ask their friends the question ‘What is your favourite colour?’ and recorded their findings on a pictogram. We then talked about our findings by counting and comparing them using language such as ‘more’ ‘less’ ‘most’ and ‘least’ 🌈✍️

WB 23.9.19 In Literacy, we are reading Elmer by David McKee. We have learnt that we are all different in Reception, we are all unique...but we all ❤️ Elmer!

WB 30.9.19 Reception have started Phase 2 Phonics this week, I wonder if you can guess which graphemes/sounds we have been working on...

WB 7.10.19 Reception are getting really good with their graphemephoneme correspondences (GPCs), we have been busy sorting items by their initial sound and thinking of new words with the same initial sound!

WB 14.10.19 Our Autumn walk to King George’s Park and Outwood Nature Trail. What signs of Autumn did you see? What was your favourite thing to do at the park?

Autumn 2: Whatever Next!  🚀 💫 🌏 

Reception Autumn 2 Newsletter- Whatever Next! (Space)

WB 28.10.19 Reception have been busy exploring the new areas in our classroom. What do you already know about space?

We explored Diwali, the festival of light, and made our own Diva Lamp crackers 🔥

WB 4.11.19 We have been focussing on applying our phonics knowledge in reading and writing this week using a range of resources...look how independent we are getting ⭐️✍️👍🏻

WB 11.11.19 Reception and their parents had a special invitation to the new and improved Radcliffe Library, we just love books ❤️📚

WB 11.11.19 Reception and their parents had a special invitation to the new and improved Radcliffe Library, we just love books ❤️📚  1
WB 11.11.19 Reception and their parents had a special invitation to the new and improved Radcliffe Library, we just love books ❤️📚  2
WB 11.11.19 Reception and their parents had a special invitation to the new and improved Radcliffe Library, we just love books ❤️📚  3
WB 11.11.19 Reception and their parents had a special invitation to the new and improved Radcliffe Library, we just love books ❤️📚  4

WB 18.11.19 Reception have been learning all about rockets this week, we have been naming the features of them, labelled them using our phonics knowledge, created junk modelling Rockets and even made a rocket fruit kebab 🚀

Our Christmas party was so much fun! We enjoyed a festive breakfast, played lots of games with our friends and showed off our best dance moves ⛄️🌲💃🏻🕺🏻

Spring 1- Supertato! by Sue Hendra 

Spring 1 Newsletter Reception 2020

WB 6.1.2020 Reception have been busy learning all about money, recognising numerals on coins, describing them, matching them, sorting them and even using them to pay for things in the role play shop.

WB 13.1.2020 We have started to explore our new book by looking st the front and back cover and making some predictions about what the book might be about. Then we talked about who the characters on the front cover might be, before readin the title and realising it was Supertato, the supermarket superhero! We then used real potatoes to make our own Supertato to take home.

WB 20.1.2020 Reception have been learning to compare and order the height and length of different vegetables. We have learnt new words such as tallest, shortest and longest.

WB 20.1.2020 There has been lots of mischief in Reception this week. What could have happened? Who might it be? How can we help?

WB 20.1.2020 Reception have been busy measuring the height and length of different vegetables. Which is the tallest? Which is the shortest? Which is medium sized?

WB 20.1.2020 Evil Pea has been causing chaos in Reception and now he has vanished! We made posters to help Supertato find him. Where could he be? What does he look like? We put them up around the school and asked the teachers’s to help us find him.

WB 27.1.2020 It’s been all about the drama this week! We have been busy creating freeze frames for some of the different scenes in Supertato.

WB 27.1.2020 The snow was just too exciting to miss, so we got wrapped up and headed outside to explore. Can you catch a snowflake? How does the snow feel? What might happen if we take the snow inside?

WB 3.2.2020 It’s like about Phase 3 Phonics this week, we have been busy learning our new vowel digraphs. We had a superhero mission to find as many digraphs and trigraphs as possible and use them in our reading and writing!

WB 3.2.2020 Local Hisory Week- Reception strted the weeke off by taking about what we already knew about our local area, Radcliffe. Watch this space to see how much more we might learn...

💕 Happy Valentine’s Day 💕

What the Ladybird Heard (on the farm)

R Spring 2 Newsletter What the Ladybird Heard

WB 26.2.2020 We’ve had a special delivery in EYFS! watch this space to see what happens next... 🥚🐣🐥

WB 26.2.2020 We’ve had a special delivery in EYFS! watch this space to see what happens next... 🥚🐣🐥 1

WB 26.2.2020 Reception have painted their favourite farm animals using colour for purpose and have added mixed media to create different textures.

WB 2.3.2020 Reception have absolutely smashed subtraction this week! We have used farm animals to help use solve problems practically, then moved on to recording our findings as a number sentence 💫⭐️

5.3.2020 The Princess and the Pea: An interactive musical performance at The Lighthouse Church, Salford. We had a fabulous time singing, dancing and using our very own instruments.

9.3.2020 Look how much progress we have made in our writing this year. We are even learning to edit and improve our writing using a semt nice checklist.

10.3.2020 We had a big focus on hand washing in EYFS today. We have started a germ experience using bread..l watch this space to see the results. Can your child tell you how to wash their hands? 🚰🤲