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Reception - Summer Term First Half - Ideas & Suggestions

Structuring your child’s day

In our resources list:

You will find a document with a suggestion for the structure of the school day at home.

The idea is not to replicate a normal school day as working one to one, or even with a small group as we currently are in school, the normal structure is not appropriate. Replacing it with quiet and intense academic study from 9.00 – 3.30 is not appropriate either, as at school between 9.00 and 3.30 this sort of work is mixed up with discussion, practical, creative and physical activities and socialising.

Have a look at the suggested structure and alter it to suit your child and your family.

The idea of having a structure is a good one. Children thrive and feel safe in routines. (So do adults actually!)

But when you have this sorted, remember to alter it at the weekends! Five days per week is plenty.

We would love to see anything the children make or do. You could collate things into a scrap book or folder or take photographs. When we re-open the children are welcome to bring these in to show us.

Values Education

This half term we would have been focusing on RESPECT.

This is how we normally explain it to the children:

Respect is knowing I am unique and valuable. Respect is liking who I am. Respect is listening to others.

There is some interesting vocabulary to explore in those sentences.

We also talk about it this way:

Respect for yourself – We talk about the fact that Christians believe we are God’s creation and he loves us and cares for each one of us. So we must respect ourselves, believe in ourselves, like who we are.

Respect for others – We learn about Jesus washing the disciples feet. He was showing that we must show respect to everyone around us and treat them as we would like to be treated.

Respect for authority – The people in charge of us, the rules they make, to keep us safe and healthy, to help us all to get along.

We also tell the children that Respect is one of the British Values.

British Values are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without a faith.

As well as having a focus on one value for a half term we always remind the children about all 12 values. They are; Honesty, Peace, Humility, Tolerance, Respect, Responsibility, Joy, Thankfulness, Co-operation, Forgiveness, Freedom and Love.


This is the most important part of the curriculum, when the school is open and when it is not. Sharing books, including e-books, with your children is vital. Read to them and let them read to you. Talk about the books and ask them questions. Ask them about particular vocabulary and what words mean. Ask them about what they think characters are thinking and what they think may happen next. Make time for this in the structure you plan for the day so that it is a daily activity.


See link below for the letter sound (letters and sounds phase 2/3)which we have taught the children to say and write. The children should use this mat to help with their writing. Please remember the children will write phonetically e.g. ‘baby’ would be written ‘baibee’ as these are the sounds they have learnt.

Useful games:


Our curriculum objectives (‘Development Matters’): Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

(This list includes some things the children in school are doing.)

Other Suggested Tasks for Week beginning 20th April

Topic: Traditional tales- Gingerbread Man

Read the story The Gingerbread Man

Design your own gingerbread man

Write a recipe for a gingerbread man.

Make gingerbread men measuring out the ingredients. Looking at the clock, work out the time they need to be in the oven.

Write the gingerbread man story with different characters e.g. a gingerbread dinosaur, or a different ending.

Draw a speech bubble and write what the gingerbread man might say. 

Put gingerbread men in different liquids. Predict which liquid would dissolve the gingerbread man the quickest.

Make a container for the gingerbread man so he would float on the river (what objects float and sink?)

Act out the story.

Sequence the story.

Other Suggested Tasks for Week beginning 27th April

Topic: Traditional tales- The Three little pigs

Read the story https:

Make puppets and act out the story.

Coin experiment- put a 2p in different liquids, which coin gets cleaned the best?

Design a house.

Build a house from sticks, straw and bricks and use a hair dryer to see if you can blow the house down.

Build a house from different materials.

Blow paint picture -  Put paint on a piece of paper and use a straw to blow the paint.

Make party blowers.

Make a kite.

Write a postcard to mummy pig.

Topic: Traditional tales- Little Red Riding Hood

Read the story https:

Make a picnic to take to nannies house. E.g. Spread butter on bread and cut.

Make paper/tissue flowers.

Design a dress for the wolf to wear.

Make a wanted poster for the wolf.

Other Suggested Tasks for Week beginning 4th May

 Topic: Traditional tales- Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Read the story

Play with porridge oats, bowls and spoons.

Make porridge and write instructions on how to make it.

Learn the song ‘When Goldilocks went to the house of the Bears:

Make bear masks.

Write a sorry letter to the bears from Goldilocks.

Find things that are hard/soft.

Hide a bear and play hot and cold to find it.

Put bears in order of size. Find different objects and put them in order of size.

Make a list of activities the bears might do whilst waiting for their porridge to cool and do them.

Topic: Traditional tales- The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Read the story https:

Design and draw a picture of a troll then label your drawing.

Make a troll from play dough.

Make a bridge that will hold a tin of beans.

Make a list of describing words for walking on a bridge e.g. trip trap.

Make an obstacle course for the goats to move across.  

Other Suggested Tasks for Week beginning 11th May

Topic: Dinosaurs (Youtube ‘StoryBots’ dinosaurs e.g.

Make binoculars and go on a dinosaur hunt.

Research what dinosaurs eat (carnivores and herbivores). Make dinosaur food for a herbivore.

Dinosaur printing (toy dinosaur feet).

Research which is the biggest dinosaur and smallest dinosaur and measure this out with chalk.

Make a dinosaur fact book/poster.

Other Suggested Tasks for Week beginning 18th May

Topic: Dinosaurs- watch Andy’s dinosaur adventure e.g.

Make fossils.

Make a dinosaur headdress or feet.

Make up your own dinosaur.

Read dinosaurs in underpants

Make a dinosaur fossil picture.

Paint a picture of a dinosaur.

Move like different dinosaurs.

Following the children’s interests

A key part of the work in Reception is about following children’s interests. So if your child becomes interested in something go with it. See how you can expand their knowledge and experience around what interests them and use it to create English and Maths learning too. For example – if trains is their latest passion – find some train pictures and ask about the colours, the quantities, what if there was one more – how many would that make? Where is the train going? Make up stories. Act them out. Make a picture. What sounds can you hear in the word train? Can you find a train song? etc. etc. etc.

For other creative and physical activities please look at the list of resources on

Please also check this website page regularly as it is continually being updated.


We hope this is useful to you.

If we are still closed after May half term we will send you a similar document for the second half of the term.

Stay in and stay safe.