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Reception Home Learning

home learning statement

The image below is a screenshot. Click on the PDF below the image to access the home learning grids with the links to the online learning.

Contact us at: reception@dovecote.school

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Extra English Support


You can access reading books for free by signing up to Oxford Owl.  Your child will be able to listen to the reading book as well.



The phonics page from our previous Lockdown learning still has content that you may wish to revisit. Click on the image below to go straight to the page.

phonics support link

Everyday Learning in your Home

Learning around the Home

  • Reading skills: don't forget to enjoy stories together and talk about the stories you have read! 
  • Counting: Practise counting around the home: counting the stairs on the way to bed, counting out the fishfingers onto the baking tray ready to cook, counting out the cups for everyone in the family to have a drink, counting favourite teddies or toy cars etc.
  • Work on self-help skills - getting dressed and undressed without help, taking own plate to the kitchen after dinner, tidying away own toys. Doing buttons and zips can be tricky so practise really helps!
  • Practise listening and understanding skills - give your child an instruction with two parts.  E.g. put the cars away and then wash your hands ready for your snack.
  • Imaginative/mark-making: have a teddy bears picninc - or an action figure picnic! Write or draw invitations or thank you cards to the toy guests. 
  • Mark-making: use a paintbrush and a pot of water to do some mark-making in your garden.  Can you write your name? Practise the sounds we have been learning in phonics? Make patterns like zig-zags and swirls? Or pour some salt or flour into a bowl and make letters shapes in it with fingers.
  • Physical Development: Cut out pictures from old magazines or catalogues, or make some playdough and strengthen wrist and finger muscle while playing with it.
  • Physical Development/creative: Use the boxes, tubes and tubs from your recycling pile and create something new.  You could make a shaker using a pot and some rice or pasta; a house for a little character or teddy from boxes; some binoculars with toilet rolls and string, wool or ribbon, a jet pack from boxes and tubes.  Use pens to add detail to your models and lids to be wheels, or windows or buttons!
  • Imaginative/physical/creative: Use Lego or Duplo to make your own creations.  Maybe you can build a car, or a house, or a garden! Play with the mini figures and characters afterwards having an adventure with your creation.  Perhaps you can do some mark-making and draw a picture of your model and maybe even try to label it.
  • Imaginative/creative: Play with your teddies, dolls or action figures.  What are they going to do today?  Are they going to school?  Do the babies need putting to bed, or some milk? Do the teddies or the superheros need to save the day? Adventure awaits! Role play and small world play is a valuable play skill that promotes imagination and empathy.


Supporting Apps

There are also some good apps you can access to support reading and maths: 

Meet the Alphablocks

Meet the Alphablocks is a free app.  There is also a paid app that allows you to do more.

Read with Phonics Games

Read With Phonics Games. This is a great phonics app that takes children through recognising sounds, sounding out and reading words. 

Cbeebies Storytime

Cbeebies Storytime - an interactive storytime app.

Meet the Numberblocks

Meet the Numberblocks is a free app.  There is also a paid app that allows you to do adding with the Numberblocks.

AB Maths

The free version of AB Maths allows you to solve addition sums and play a bubble game to order numbers.  It is suitable for older siblings too. It cost £1.99 on Apple to upgrade to the paid version.

For further online and app based learning opportunities, check out the links at the bottom of the page.

Additional Family Support for Learning at home

Below are some resources to support you in supporting your child in all areas of the Early Years curriculum.

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