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EYFS/ Year R - Autumn Term


Year R Home Learning in the event of self-isolation


Approximate Directed Activity Time – approx. 40 minutes per day.


During the Autumn Term, as your child is just beginning their time with us at Onslow we would like you to do the following, ideally every day, if your child is self-isolating at home.


Reading together - 10 minutes

Name recognition & writing - 10 minutes

Phonics - 10 minutes

Maths - 10 minutes


You will find lots of guidance and ideas for activities that you can do with your child to support their development in these areas below. Tapestry will be our main method of keeping in touch with children and families that are self-isolating so please ensure that you are able to access your child's Tapestry account. If you are experiencing any problems, please email: 

Reading (10 minutes)

Share a story together. You can read any book that you have at home or a book sent home from school. Here are some more tips to help you enjoy story time together:


  • Ask your child to choose what they’d like to read. They’ll feel more interested in the story if they’ve picked it out themselves (don’t worry if they keep returning to the same story either).
  • If you can, turn off the TV, radio and computer. It’s easier for both of you to enjoy the story without any other distractions.
  • Sit close together. Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and turn the pages too.
  • Take a look at the pictures. You don’t just have to read the words on the page. Maybe there’s something funny in the pictures that you can giggle about together, or perhaps your child enjoys guessing what will happen next.
  • Ask questions and talk about the book. Picture books can be a great way to talk through your child’s fears and worries or to help them deal with their emotions. Give them space to talk and ask how they feel about the situations in the story.
  • Have fun! There’s no right or wrong way to share a story – as long as you and your child are having fun. Don’t be afraid to act out situations or use funny voices… your child will love it! (Taken from


Please write a short comment in their reading record book each day to tell us how they got on.


You can also watch our Reception team reading their favourite stories on our school website:

Practising their name (10 minutes)

Recognising their own name and beginning to write it is a key skill for children in Reception. As children in Reception come to us with a range of different nursery experiences, they will all be at different stages of recognising and writing their names. This is completely normal.


Recognising names:

If your child is still learning to recognise their name when it is written down here are some ways that you could help them:

  • Use a post it note or scrap of paper to label your dinner places, plates, snack, pile of clean washing (anything!)
  • Tell your child "this says Mum, Mummy, Daddy, etc.," and this is "(your child's name)". Can they find the place to sit, their snack, their pile of washing, etc.,
  • Use the name card we sent home on their bedroom door or to label something that belongs to them.


Writing names:

Most children will still be learning to write either the first letter of their name or their whole name at this point in Reception. If your child is just beginning to explore writing, just focus on the first letter of their name to begin with. Some fun ways for children to practice writing the first letter of their name, or when they are ready, their whole name:

  • Write on a blackboard, wall or paving slab using a brush dipped in water, or their finger.
  • Use chalk to write on the patio, pavement or wall outside - getting children to wash it off after also helps develop the muscles needed for writing.
  • If you have spare flour (or are brave enough to use shaving foam!) fill a small, flat tray and practice forming letters with their finger.
  • Get out the paint and practice painting letters and their name.
  • For the really brave, you could use dry erase markers/ whiteboard pens to write on the window (wet wipes will clean it off after!)


Please remember, only the first letter of their name is a CAPITAL LETTER with the rest in lowercase please.

Phonics (10 minutes)

At the start of the term, we would like you to recap the Phase 1 phonic activities that your child began at nursery/pre-school.

  • This can be done by sharing stories with rhymes, singing action songs, focus on initial sounds by playing games like I-Spy. There are also a number of interactive resources online that can be used to support Phase 1 learning. We recommend
  • Introducing Phase 2 sounds: We will also be gradually introducing some Phase 2 sounds to children. The first sounds that we teach are s a t p i n.
  • Please check Tapestry for the sound of the day and suggested activities.
  • You can download an i-spy game based on these first sounds and some phonic activity mats below. These are optional but may help you and your child in revising phonic skills.

Maths (10-15 minutes)

  • Sing counting songs together. e.g. Ten Green Bottles, 5 Little Speckled Frogs (lots of these can be found on youtube).
  • Use numbers and counting in your everyday life e.g. saying numbers for each step as you go upstairs to bed, setting the table by counting out the correct amount of plates, looking for numbers on phones/remotes.
  • You can use the Numberblocks videos and activities to help support your child practice their early number skills. We have shared the videos below and you can find more information:
  • You can also download a number tracing sheet below and number activity mats which are optional but may help you and your child in practising early number skills.


Please also check Tapestry for any weekly focus areas: