Reception - how you can help at home!


Reading – please share a bedtime story with your child for at least 10 minutes each night. Talk about favourite stories and characters. Let your child see you reading for pleasure. Join the library and go and borrow books regularly. 

We focus on Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds in Reception - children are introduced to letters and sounds and are taught to blend these sounds together to read words. Please see the PowerPoint below for further information on Phase 1 and 2 of Letters and Sounds. 


Find numbers when you are out and about or when you are at home. Count anything and everything.  Play cards, dominoes or board games to practice numeral recognition and subitising (instantly recognising how many without counting) 

Find shapes when you are out and about or when you are at home. Remember to look for the flat 2D shapes (circle, triangle, square and rectangle) and the solid 3D shapes (sphere, pyramid, cube and cuboid)

Look for patterns in everything, songs, cards and toys etc.  

Talk about the time, discuss what happens when and look at the clock together. 

Learning you can do at home to support your child

Name writing - Use the practice sheets to form letters - we will give these out during the first few weeks of the Autumn term. 

Practice recognising all the sounds and letters in your child's name.

Practice putting on and taking off coats, shoes and uniform.  

Go to the park and climb and swing - all really helpful when developing gross motor control. 

Being able to use a knife and fork when eating and cutting up own food really helps with fine motor development and writing skills!

Use scissors to cut small pieces of paper (see below collages) or to cut out simple shapes by following the lines.

Draw, paint, make collages or models. Draw, paint or make  things they enjoy from home or from school. 

Practice throwing and catching using a ball, bean bag or hoop.

Sharing games such as Snakes and Ladders let children practise social skills and turn-taking. Be sure to use the language of turn-taking, like ‘Whose turn is it next?’ and ‘Thank you for waiting’.

Giving your child time to talk – and also having time when they have to listen – teaches vital speaking and listening skills. You could take turns to talk about the best part of your day during dinner. Can they ask questions to find out more? Can they remember their sibling’s favourite part of the day?


Useful websites - lots of information about life in reception - this is the site we use when singing nursery rhymes in school.  Do you know that research has found that when a child knows eight or more nursery rhymes by heart, at the age of 4, that they are usually one of the best at reading and spelling in their class by the age of 8! - lots of fun games to practise maths skills - how to say the sounds we learn - a fun and interactive game that practises all of the sounds and reading skills we learn in school

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