Learning at home -Robins Year R

Welcome to Robins Class page!
Below are lots of ideas for activities you could do with your child at home.  Don't feel you have to use all of these, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by all the things available.  While it would be good to keep up with the basics of reading, writing and maths, work with your child's interests and how they like to learn.  Learning at home does not need to be exactly the same as learning at school.  Have fun and get creative!   Remember to upload any learning, videos, and activities you do to Tapestry so your teachers can see what you've been up to!
Watch the 2D SHAPE SONG here on YouTube. All of the children in Robins Class are familiar with the song, then check down below for the challenges.
Watch the video below for 2D Shape Learning with Miss MacKenzie!


This week, we’d like you to explore 2D shapes in the home and in your surrounding environment. You can choose to focus on a shape a day or combine shapes in order to spot similarities and differences. The key shapes that children in Reception learn are circles, squares, triangles, and oblongs (rectangles). However, the Robins do enjoy a variety of shapes such as ovals, hearts, diamonds, and stars. They also understand that there are other shapes with even more sides to explore!


It’s important to understand that 2D shapes are ALWAYS flat, but that we can also find them on the surface of “fat” 3D shapes as well (such as 2D windows and doors on a 3D house).

Go on a shape hunt (inside or out). Once your child has spotted a shape, let them talk about what they notice:

Are the sides straight or curved?

Can they spot another shape like this?

What if we turn it around? Is it still the same shape?

Can they find a different shape? Why is it different?

Compare similarities and differences of various shapes? How are they the same? How are they different? For instance, you could choose to compare rectangles and squares, showing that whilst they both have four corners and four sides, the length of the sides of each shape help determine which shape is which. You could also choose to classify shapes – can you find shapes with a curved surface? What about shapes that have corners?


Using the images below as an example, can you create your own 2D shape? You can use natural resources such as sticks or leaves, or resources at home such as blocks, lolly sticks, string, or spoons! Can you make a stick triangle? What about a square and a rectangle? How can you tell the difference between a square and rectangle? Can I use sticks to make a circle? Why, or why not? What would YOU use to make a circle? Your teachers miss you very much and would love to see what you come up with. Please upload any photographs, videos of, and comments about your learning to Tapestry and we’ll leave you a reply!



In Robins, we do a phonics session every day.  Four days with a sound focus, one day with a tricky word (also known as common exception word) focus. The average phonics lesson is around 15-20 minutes and consists of learning the sound, applying by reading words with that sound, practicing it in a game (you could use one of the phonics websites we have already suggested), and either reading as part of a sentence, or writing it.

Of course, it’s entirely up to you how you structure your week whilst your children are home learning and we recognise that learning from home is so very different from the routines of a school day. However, we’d thought we’d structure some phonics lessons for you to give all children in Robins class, a focus for that week.


This week, we’re suggesting the four trigraphs. A trigraph has three letters that make one sound. For instance: the igh in high, the air in hair, the ear in gear, and the ure in sure. When we say the sounds igh, air, ear, and ure, our tongues and mouths do not change while we saying them, so they count as one sound. Example: h-igh high or m-igh-t might


TOP TIP: If you are writing a sentence, get your child to “hold it in their head” first by using a “my turn, your turn” approach. Say the sentence, get them to repeat it. You can do this four or five times varying the pitch in your voice. Get the children to count how many words in their sentence before writing it down. Encourage the children to think about using finger spaces between each word.

Structure for Phonics Learning: (note that each day we recap the sounds learned on previous days throughout that week)



Teach the sound.

Read the words by blending the sounds together. (see ppt file "weekly words" below)

Practice by choosing a phonics game to play.
https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources Play Buried Treasure/Phase 3/igh

Apply through reading or writing:

Help a puppet or toy read the captions -

The dogs might fight.

The moon is bright tonight




Teach the sound.


Read the words by blending the sound together.


Practice by choosing a phonics game to play.

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/picnic-on-pluto (phase 3/ear)


Apply through reading or writing:
I hear with my ear.

Stand at the rear.




Teach the sound.

Read the words by blending the sound together.
Practice by choosing a phonics game to play.

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/dragons-den (phase 3/air)

Apply through reading or writing:
She has fair hair.





Teach the sound.

Read the words by blending the sound together.

Practice by choosing a phonics game to play.
https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/buried-treasure (phase 3/ure)

Apply through reading or writing:
It is good I am sure.



 This week we’d like you to make a Fairy Tale flap book.

Think of your favourite fairy tale character – or any character that you enjoy and find interesting. Can you think of three facts about your character?

When you’ve thought of them, get a plain piece of paper and fold it in half.  On the inside of your paper (the bit that we can’t see unless we open it up) draw the character that you’ve been thinking of and then close it up again. On the outside cover, write your three facts down.

When you’re finished, test your family by reading them your facts. Can they guess which character you’ve drawn on the inside?

Check below for my example to get you started:



Framing Nature

Check out the video below of Miss MacKenzie’s walk through the woods as she explains what we’ve been up to at school!



Here is a task we’d love to see you do at home, either in your gardens or on your walks. Spot the signs of spring and find the parts of nature that fascinate you. Use your frames to “capture” those images and take a picture. Later on, sit with your favourite photograph from your venture, and have a go at doing an observational drawing. An observational drawing means that you look at the picture, talk about what you see, and draw it. Then you think about all of the colours in your photograph and try to represent them correctly in your drawing.


Have fun, Robins! And don’t forget to upload your favourite framed photo and your drawing to Tapestry, so that your teachers can see all of the wonderful activities you are doing at home!


General Resources
Espresso has a wide range of resources on all areas, including the coding lessons we use in school (see the computing section below).  The login details will be sent out in a separate parent mail.  Click on the text to go to the website Espresso
Twinkl is offering free unlimited access to its resources for 1 month.  Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS (you can also find a ready-made EYFS pack HERE to support your child's home learning)
CBeebies also offers a wide variety of educational games, puzzles, and programmes that support learning.
Reading to your child
There are two aspects of reading: reading to your child and your child reading to you.
When reading books to your child, these can be books that are above their own reading level, exposing them to a wide range of interesting plots, characters and vocabulary.  As you read you can discuss what is happening in the story, what they think will happen next and why they think different things are happening.  It might spark ideas for activities they want to do after reading: making models of the characters, drawing pictures of their favourite part of the story, acting out the story, re-writing the story.  Read a range of books: stories, information books and poems.
If you feel you have exhausted all your books at home, try some of these:
Lots of authors have their own youtube channels:
Lots of children's stories have been animated or dramatised versions:
Phonics and your Child's Reading
In Reception the children are mainly working on Phase 3 phonics, following the government's Letters and Sounds programme.  Letters_and_Sounds.
Please find links below to both phase 2 and phase 3 phoneme flashcards as well as phase 2 and phase 3 word cards. There are many links below to electronic resources, but this is also for those who prefer something physical. The sound cards can be used to make words by locating the correct sounds and blending them together.
Alongside the sounds (phonemes), the children also learn to read the tricky words, see attachment below (phases 2-3).
They then put this into practise when reading.  If you run out of reading books at home there are lots of free books online.  Oxford Owl has a free account for parents and has free ebooks for all reading levels.  Information can be found on the site as to how their levels match up with the colour bands. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Alphablocks is a great Cbeebies programme that supports phonics learning.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks?page=2
Most of all we want children to enjoy reading!


Phonics Play is offering free access to all of their games at the moment. username: march20 password: home
Phonics Bloom has lots of free Phonics games divided into the phases (Reception should be practicing phases 2 and 3, as well as the associated Tricky Words)
Epic Phonics also offers many free sound games to support phonics learning.
Teach Your Monster To Read covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences as your child goes on an interactive adventure teaching their chosen monster to read.
These are the main objectives for maths in Reception that we have covered so far:
- Accurately counts objects to 10, and begins to count beyond 10
- Selects the correct numeral to represent 1-10
- Estimates how many objects they can see and checks by counting them.
- Uses the language of 'more' and 'fewer' to compare sets of objects.
- Finds the total of two groups by counting.
- Says the number that is one more, or one less than a given number.
- Begins to add and subtract numbers.
- Begins to identify their own mathematical problems
Shape, Space & Measure
- Begins to describe 2D shapes (naming and counting number of corners/sides)
- Uses positional language (over, under, next to, through etc)
- Orders 2-3 items by length of height
- Uses familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.
- Orders and sequences familiar events eg. days of the week, routines of the day.
The children could revise these in any practical activites around the home.  Topmarks is a good site for maths games.  www.topmarks.co.uk
Numberblocks is a great Cbeebies programme that support maths learning. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks
Topic Work
Our Topic this past term has been Once Upon a Time.

We have read different Fairy Tales and explored them in different ways.

To continue your learning at home you could:

* Read more fairy tales and traditional tales with your grown ups. Try to retell the story or act it out and take a video for us to see! 

* You could have a go at re-writing the story in your own words or pictures, or write a new tale for us to read.

* Try making something related to the stories that you have read e.g. build a new bridge for the Billy Goats Gruff, a new, strong house for The Three Little Pigs or a new chair for Baby Bear!

* Try some cooking with your grown ups- you could make your own Gingerbread Men or porridge for the Three Bears.

P.E. and Mindfulness

- If you can, then go outside and practice throwing, catching and hitting balls. Can you create an obstacle course (inside or out) and ask your child to use positional language (over, under, around, through, next to, on) to guide you around?
Go Noodle has many physical games and activities to do outdoors and indoors.
Cosmic Kids is a YouTube Yoga channel for kids using story telling to keep children active and moving, but also allowing to bring in that element of calm.