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Dear Parents and carers,


Please find below a variety of activities for you to do at home to continue to facilitate your child’s learning. These activities are organised into the sections according to the learning area. The activities provided are just a few examples but please also remember, that at this stage of your child’s development, play is essential and where possible make time to play together developing their listening, communication and language, turn taking skills and sharing.  

Please also remember that you can continue to upload any pictures onto Eexat to share with your child’s class teacher. 

The documents at the bottom of the page will be update weekly. 


Many Thanks


Nursery and Reception Team.

Story time! 


Listen to Miss Cable read the story 'Owl Babies' by clicking here -https://youtu.be/RlbZUoiwCKs

Expressive art and design



 Collect some twigs from the garden and place them in a tree shape. Use coloured card or tissue paper to decorate the tree like blossom. You could even collect fallen leaves and stick those on too.


Cut the end of an empty toilet roll or kitchen roll to make a flower shape. Dip it in some colourful paint and print onto paper to make some beautiful flowers.

 Draw round your hands, cut them out and colour them in. You could then stick them onto a pipe cleaner, straws or even green coloured card.


Websites for additional ideas:





Reading a story everyday- enjoy reading a story with your child, encourage them to answer questions about the story and talk about what they enjoyed and did not enjoy.

There are also some great online story websites:





phase 2 sounds.

Here a great list of websites that you can use.







  • Go through the sounds that the children have already learnt (letter name and phoneme)
  • Children to find things around the house that start with a certain letter.
  • Children to have a go at reading simple words and find the match picture/object.
  • Carry out activities using instructions, such as reading a recipe to make a cake.
  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes together on repeat!
  • Tell a story together, eg. Once upon a time there was ….. He lived in …. One day he decided to …

 Tricky words:

Children to become confident at reading and writing these tricky words, I, the, to, no, go, into.

Write them a put them around the house, can the children find them?

See how many times they can write one of the words in a minute.

Write the tricky words on paper and play snap or pairs.

These are some great tricky word songs that the children enjoy.





Remember the most important thing is that writing is purposeful

  • Writing their name (could be done in sand, shaving foam, flour)
  • Writing their precursive letters
  • Writing simple words
  • Writing simple sentence using tricky words, eg, “The bus is red.”
  • Writing stories
  • Orally creating their own stories and getting an adult to write it and then share it together/to someone else.
  • Labelling things around the house.
  • Writing shopping lists
  • Making their own books
  • Making treasure maps
  • Designing and labelling a model
  • Write a list of ingredients in your dinner/lunch
  • Chalking outside


This is a great website to model handwriting.



 Number/Shape space and measure

A couple of good website for maths games that will allow your child to practise lots of maths skill:




  1. Get your child to help with your everyday measuring when preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do some baking with them. Can they use the scales and measuring jugs?
  2. Lay the table – can they count the number of forks? Knives? Spoons? Plates? Bowl? Cups? Etc.
  3. Talk about the days of the week, months of the year and seasons
  4. Practise recognising and ordering numbers 1-10 and 1-20
  5. Follow a set of instructions. Can the children follow cardinal numbers?
  6. Brushing their teeth for 2 minutes. Washing their hands for 20 seconds.
  7. Repeating patterns – can they use their toys to make you a repeating pattern?
  8. Dot to dots
  9. Colour by number
  10. Snap
  11. Dice games such as snakes and ladders
  12. Matching a number of objects to the written number
  13. Show me game – can you show me…. They can show you the number in whatever way they choose. Fingers, toes, objects, write the number etc.
  14. Shape hunts – can you find any 2D or 3D shapes in your house?
  15. 2D shape pictures – can they make a picture using 2D shapes?
  16. Junk modelling – what shapes have they used?
  17. Think about times of the day and the order in which they do different activities throughout the day – morning, afternoon, evening.
  18. Encouraged the children to spot pairs of socks and to order the socks by size and length on the washing line.
  19. Talk about capacity when in the bath – give them different sized measuring jugs – use vocabulary such as full, half full, half empty, empty. Can they order them?


PSED/Communication and Language/physical development

Please encourage your child to have a go at doing these things on a daily basis.  Encourage them to talk about what they are doing in full sentences.  You may need to support your child with these activities to begin with but over time they will be able to do them on their own.

Encourage your child to:

  1. In the morning encourage your child to put their covers back on their bed to make their bed.
  2. Fold nightclothes up and put them on their pillow ready for bedtime.
  3. Open and close the curtains
  4. Dress and undress
  5. Practice undoing and doing up buttons
  6. Practice turning clothes back the right way.
  7. Put their own clothes in the washing basket.
  8. Put clean clothes in drawers and wardrobe.
  9. Sort dirty washing into lights and darks.
  10. Put washing in the washing machine.
  11. Hang socks, pair them when they are dry and put them in their drawers.
  12. Hang washing up to dry/put into the tumble dryer.
  13. Sort and tidy their toys away.
  14. Use a duster to dust surfaces.
  15. Set the table.
  16. Carry their plate, bowl, cup and cutlery to the kitchen.
  17. To dry up dishes (not cutlery).
  18. To pour out their own drink in a cup.
  19. Encourage them to use their manners – please and thank you, please may I have a turn when you have finished.
  20. Flush the toilet
  21. Wash hands with soap and dry them thoroughly.
  22. Dancing-playing musical statues, musical bumps.
  23. Obstacle course (inside or outside)
  24. Ball games

https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/ (yoga)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w (Joe Wicks classroom workouts)

Extra documents to support your child's learning - 




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