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St. James' CE Primary School

Welcome to Reception

Home learning

Welcome to Reception! We hope you are all safe and well.

To the right of this page are two separate pages for each of the Reception classes, click on these to see daily videos for Phonics, Literacy and Maths with tasks for your child to complete. Once your child has completed the tasks please email them to us, as it would be lovely to see their amazing home learning. 

Extra activities will also be set for Mathletics and Busy Things when your child has completed the work from the website. Please refer to the email from our IT manager for your child's login details. At the bottom of this page there are several documents which contain activities to further support home learning. These are all linked to the 7 areas of learning in our Early Years curriculum and do not rely heavily on technology to complete. Don't forget to share your home learning via email and if you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Best wishes,

Miss Molly, Miss Lily and Miss Nancy


Please scroll down for more activities/links to further support home learning. 



Why don't you try making your own play dough at home? What different things can you make out of your play dough?


Can you go on a nature scavenger hunt? How many things on the list can you find?



Below are some expressive arts tasks for you to try at home.

Make shadow puppets! You can use paper or card to cut out shapes. You can stick the shapes onto sticks then shine a torch or a light against a background and act out some scenes. If you don’t have the resources, you could also use your hands.


Go through your recycling and see what container you can find to make a shaker. You could use an empty kitchen roll or even an empty carton of milk. Fill it halfway with empty dry ingredients from your cupboards, for example rice or lentils. Make sure it is closed properly and tightly before shaking! Feel free to decorate it however you like.



The link below provides online e-books for your child if you have run out of reading books.
Please do continue to encourage your child to read daily.




The Department for Education have issued free resources called 'Letters and Sounds for home and school" . A guidance film for parents to explain the basics of Phonics and how parents can support their child is below and a full letter explaining use of the resource is attached at the bottom of this page.




Useful maths links for home learning:‚Äč

The link below covers Maths and Literacy. Click on the Reception tab and then on the skill you wish your child to cover.


There are SO many amazing resources on Twinkl. Setting this up is really easy to do - go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS 

The links below provide some home learning packs
which are free to download.


Below is a link to a guidance document from the government regarding helping children aged 2-4 years learn at home.


Below is a link to a wonderful website to the Royal Parks website. A great website with loads of links and videos that children will find both engaging and interesting. Explore the morning chorus, a pollination party or a mini beast hunt.,6VJZ6,S9PRKO,RLP4N,1

Virtual Reception Tours


Our usual parent tours had to be cancelled this year but here are some virtual tours conducted by the Reception teachers. If this does not answer your question then please do email the office and mark your inquiry for the attention of Mrs Thorne.


Reception England-Miss Molly 



Reception Ireland-Miss Lily