Guess what!

You can share the best bits of your learning with Mrs Dyer. Please ask your parents/carers to take a photo and email it to her at: reception@east-farleigh.kent.sch.uk

We cannot guarantee a reply to every email but we will read them all and may give you a special mention on our class page. Make sure you stick to our online safety rules (these are on our online safety page: https://www.east-farleigh.kent.sch.uk/key-information/online-safety


Welcome to the Reception Virtual Classroom. We may not be seeing you today, but we have lots of exciting activities for you to work on at home. Each day Mrs Dyer will upload learning tasks for the day to this page.

You can also continue to communicate with Mrs Dyer via Tapestry. Please feel free to upload photos or videos of your child's home learning onto Tapestry, where Mrs Dyer will be able to give feedback.

To see photos of Reception Class' fabulous home learning, check out our class gallery page (click the green button)...

Easter Holidays!

Congratulations everyone - you have made it to the Easter Holidays! Time for a rest (mums and dads too!). Make sure you spend lots of time making memories with your family, having fun and relaxing. If you are looking for things to keep you busy, I've included a mini project for you to complete. Do as much or as little of it as you like.

I've also included some lovely suggestions from The Woodland Trust of things to do outside.

Take care and we'll be back after the break.

Easter Holiday Home Learning.pdf

Home Learning Week 2 - Week beginning 30th March

Wednesday 1st April

We have finished our story so today take a break from writing.


Can you complete the challenge? Now solve these problems too...

  • Isha is on 10. She has moved forwards 5. Which number did she start on?
  • Isha is on 8. She has moved forwards 2. Which number did she start on?
  • Isha is on 5. She has moved forwards 4. Which number did she start on?


  • Today focus on your tricky words and high frequency words.
  • Try and think of a creative way to help you learn them. You could do bingo, splat or create your own game inside or outside.
HFW and Tricky Word Flashcards.pdf


  • Either choose your favourite book at home and read it with an adult or log on to Collins Big Cat and read a book. Can you complete the learning activity at the end?
  • Spend some time enjoying your favourite stories.


  • Go on a scavenger hunt either outside or inside. Choose one of the following as a focus:
    • Can you find something for every colour of the rainbow?
    • Spot things starting with each letter of the alphabet.
    • Use one of the scavenger hunts in the pictures as a guide.
    • Or create your own!
    • If you fancy a structured element to this activity, you could take your home learning journal with you and draw the things you see.

Tuesday 31st March


Final plot point! I'm so impressed by your writing so far. Here is the final plot point for our short story. Remember to use:

  • Clear finger spaces
  • Cursive letters
  • Capital letters and full stops.

I'm so looking forward to putting together our finished story. I hope you've enjoyed this lovely text.

Well done everyone!

Counting Back Cards .pdf
Life Cycle of a Frog


Complete the two questions provided. Then:

  • Create your own numberline (a giant one outside with chalk, one on paper, using a board game, printing off a numberline).
  • Use my cards to work on counting back (document on the left). Which number do you land on each time?
  • To challenge yourself - can you write the number sentence for each card?


Can you read the following words and add sound buttons to them?

Hear, fear, dear, gear, beard

On the virtual classroom you will find a comic containing 3 sounds we've been working on. With an adult, can you read the comic? You might like to print it, grab a pen and underline all of the digraphs and trigraphs you can find. Particularly keep a look out for /air/ and /ear/.


In school for our science work we've been learning about life in the garden. We were watching the development of the tadpoles in the classroom and learning about the life cycle of a frog. This is a fabulous video which demonstrates the changes from tadpole to frog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHq2q_PgiUM

If you have access to a printer at home (lots of you seem to) - can you complete the cut and stick life cycle activity? Can you label the parts of the life cycle?

If you don't have access to a printer - could you draw the life cycle of a frog? If this is too challenging (frogs are quite tricky to draw!) - could you draw the life cycle of a butterfly?

Monday 30th March


We have two more days of our story writing left. Here is the next plot point for you to write a sentence about.


  • Can you keep your letters cursive and sit them neatly on the line?
  • Can you use a capital letter and a full stop?
  • Can you use finger spaces between words?


Our new sound this week is /ear/. You might like to watch another Geraldine episode to help you learn the /ear/ sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EneZ1UubxSA

Log onto phonics play & play one of the games, working on reading the /ear/ trigraph. Ask an adult to help you select the /ear/ trigraph when playing the games.

If you don't want to do phonics on a computer, can you make some phonics cards with /ear/ words and add sound buttons to them? Work on reading these word with an adult.


This week we will be focusing more on subtraction.

Can you solve the first question on this picture? Start on 9 and go back 3. Which number will Aidan land on? Now, use the picture to help you work out...

9 - 5 =

5 - 3 =

7 - 2 =

10 - 5 =

If you would like to complete more subtraction activities, begin with a pile of 20 objects. Roll a dice and take away that number. Find out how many are left. Keep going until you have none left. You could even do this as a race with your family - who can reach 0 first?


Our topic this term has been 'In the Garden.' In school we would be working on some artwork in the afternoons. Can you choose an animal you might find in your garden and create a representation of it? You may choose a minibeast, a bird (we spent lots of time learning about types of garden bird) or a fox/ badger. Can you create this animal?

  • Could you draw and colour it?
  • Could you make a model of it?
  • Could you paint it?
  • Could you use natural objects from your garden to create it?

Home Learning Week 1 - Week beginning 23rd March

Week 1 - Day 1.pdf

Monday 23rd March

Please find today's learning tasks in the displayed document. This week our English work (and some topic work) will be based upon a story called ‘Augustus and His Smile.’ You can listen to the story by following this link or watching below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CPlGXh0EkI


Please try to read as much as possible. You have your phonics flashcards, tricky words and high frequency word cards. Use these as much as possible.

You will also be able to access some of our reading scheme through Collins Connect. To log into this follow this link https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/Portal.aspx

Select student sign in and use the log in details shared with you via Parent Mail.

You can then select your child's reading band colour and find an array of books for them to interact with and read. Your child can also complete simple tasks and activities once they've finished reading the book.


There will be daily phonics sessions explained (see document to the left). You can also use the song we teach at school to help your child work on the sounds (see YouTube clip).

Tuesday 24th March

Good morning Reception Class! I hope you had a good first day of learning at home! Thank you to those who sent me some photos of their amazing work - I've put some examples below. I also awarded lots of dojo points for hard work. Keep sharing what you're up to! Remember to take care of yourself - take regular breaks from working, drink lots of water and eat healthy snacks! And make sure you find time to play & enjoy some down time too.

Have a wonderful Tuesday - Happy Learning! Mrs Dyer :)

Parents -please do send me feedback about how your children are finding the tasks! I want to make sure the learning is as accessible and enjoyable as possible & the best way to ensure this is with your comments or feedback. Thank you! :)

Fabulous Work!

Some examples of amazing work from Monday! Well done Quinn, Mya, Jessica, James, Imogen, Luis and Elliott.

An active start to the day...

Remember to try and stay active during this time at home. Every morning at 9am The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, will be leading a free workout on his youtube channel. Get an adult to help you find it & join in!


This is a great way to wake your brain up and set you up for a day of learning. Try to join in every day...

Phonics - We recommend spending 20 minutes on phonics each day.

Today I would like you to start off with phonics.

Log into Phonics play (new.phonicsplay.co.uk). You can use the username: march20 and password: home. Select either Phase 2 or Phase 3 and find the 'Flashcards Time Challenge' using the 'resources' tab at the top of the page. We have covered Phase 2 and almost all of Phase 3 in school so select either of these or both of them.

How many flashcards can you complete in the time limit?

When you have completed this, choose from one of the following games to practise the 'air' sound.

  • Picnic on Pluto
  • Buried Treasure
  • Dragons Den

Follow the options to select 'air' as the grapheme to work on (it's a Phase 3 sound).

If you're struggling for computer space & need to share amongst siblings, you can easily recreate phonics games with paper, flashcards and pens. For example, write words with 'air' in (some real and some silly words) onto pieces of paper. Ask your child to sort them out for Obb and Bob (two aliens). Obb eats silly words and Bob eats real words. You might use these words; lair, hair, chair, stair, pair, yair, tair, nair, mair. Or, you could line up a list of air words and ask your child to teach you one of our favourite games - either SPLAT or Reading River. We play these regularly and your child should be able to show you how to play (if not, email me and I'll explain!).

Maths - 20 minutes

Ask an adult to read the challenge question to you. Can you solve the problem?

Now can you make up your own counting on number stories? Use things in your house to help you. Share your number story on Tapestry. You can do this practically or you could draw it. (For example: First there are 2 cars. Then 6 more cars come along. Now there are 8.)

Writing - You may choose to spend a longer amount of time on the creative task for this activity. We recommend writing for up to 20 minutes.

Remember all of our writing work this week is linked to 'Augustus and His Smile.' You might want to rewatch the story again.

Today I would like you to draw a picture of Augustus the tiger in your learning journal. Colour him in neatly if you have colouring pencils at home (don't worry if you don't!). Or perhaps you could paint him or make a tiger collage? You could even use natural things in your garden to make a tiger.

You can be as creative as you like. I would love to see photos of your work!

When you've drawn your picture, can you add some labels and sentences about Augustus? Think about:

  • What does Augustus look like?
  • How does he move (pounces, climbs, jumps, walks, wanders)?
  • What might he like to eat?
  • What does he sound like?


Can you find out some facts about Tigers? There are lots of resources online to help you learn about them...

Once you've found out about tigers, it's up to you what you want to do next...

  • Could you record a video of you telling us facts about tigers and share it on Tapestry?
  • Could you use toys at home to create a habitat for a tiger? Use lego, blocks, or anything else you might have. Think about the things a tiger needs to survive.
  • Could you build your own zoo using toys at home?
  • Could you role play being a tiger in the wild?
  • Could you create a poster about tigers?

Wednesday 25th March

Some super tiger learning yesterday everyone! And great to see people reading too. It seems that there are a few tigers wandering around Maidstone - so watch out! :)

As you can see from the photos, another busy day was had by everyone on Tuesday! Well done Class R, you are doing so well with your home learning! :) Today will be slightly different - with some structured activities this morning and less structure this afternoon. Remember there are so many life skills that can be learnt whilst at home - becoming responsible for household jobs, learning cooking skills or cutting skills, helping to prepare a meal, thinking about others, showing kindness to friends or neighbours and so many more. And remember to keep active with Joe Wicks!

Phonics - We recommend spending 20 minutes on phonics each day.

Lots of you have said how much you enjoyed using phonics play which is great news! Log into Phonics play (new.phonicsplay.co.uk) and complete the flashcards activity from yesterday - can you beat your score?

Once you have completed this activity I would like you to play bingo with an adult. You can either download my template, or you can simply ask an adult to help you draw it out.

Ask an adult to say the words and then you cross out the word that has been said. You might want to add sound buttons to help you spot that tricky trigraph air.

You're welcome to play any of the games on phonics play too.

Phonics bingo air.pdf

Maths - approx 20 minutes

One of the best ways to consolidate addition skills is to play board games with dice. Can you find a game to play at home, that involves rolling a dice and counting on? Spend time playing a board game with your family. If you don't have any games - can you invent your own using objects in your house?

Challenge: If you really fancy something structured to do in your learning journal, could you complete these calculations? There are a few tricky subtraction ones, in preparation for next week. :) See how you get on.

Writing - approx 20 minutes

For the rest of the week, we are going to have a go at writing some of the story - just like we would in class.

In Reception, we choose 3-4 'plot points' and write a couple of sentences with each point, each day, to begin to learn how to write a story.

Today we will write Plot Point 1 (see photo, page 1 of the book). If you have a printer, you might like to print this out to put at the top of your page. If not, you can just draw the first plot point.

  • Can you write a minimum of one sentence to go with this picture from the story? To extend or challenge yourself, could you add extra detail? Don’t go further with the story but add detail about this part of the story.
  • For example: Augustus the tiger was upset. He had lost his amazing smile. He didn't know where it had gone.


You're halfway through your first week of home learning. You've worked really hard so far and I'm really proud of each of you. This afternoon, I'd like to give you some time to be creative and have some 'down' time.

In school, when we decide what to do during child-initiated time, we encourage the children to plan. In your learning journal can you make a plan for the afternoon? For example, I plan to build a den. I plan to go on a nature hunt. I plan to build a house using lego.

Draw a picture of your plan and write a sentence to tell me your idea. Then spend a lovely, long time carrying out your plan! Enjoy the time to choose what you want to do. Here are a few ideas:

  • Create a zoo or a farm using animals. Can you label the enclosures you create?
  • Build a den and take some of your favourite books inside.
  • Build something using lego or other items in your house.
  • Spend time outside (where possible) - go for a walk, play in your garden, spot things outside.
  • Organise a tea party for your teddies or your family members.
  • Play with small world toys & enjoy losing yourself in imaginative play.
  • Do some PE activities - inside or outside. Can you make up your own challenges?
  • Do some baking with an adult.

There are also 50 amazing ideas for things to do at home if you follow this link... https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/ . I might even be tempted to try some myself! Share photos with me of how you get on!

Happy playing Class R! :)

Thursday 26th March


  • Select any game you fancy playing and continue to work on reading the /air/ trigraph.
  • Can you select 'sentences' and practise reading sentences including the /air/ sound. It's really tricky learning to recognise this sound in the context of a book or sentence.
  • Can you write your own sentence including some words with the /air/ sound?


The feedback from parents seems to indicate that the children are really enjoying calculations.

To extend this, can you now start to apply addition calculations to simple problems? You may like to draw something or use objects in your house to help you solve the problem. You may even like to act out the problem too! Remember to complete maths activities as practically as possible.

Parents - you might like to print or draw a numberline/ ten frames to support your child with this activity (ten frames pictured).


Today we will be writing a sentence for plot point two.

The picture is included here on the website.

  • Can you keep your letters cursive and sit them neatly on the line?
  • Can you use a capital letter and a full stop?
  • Can you use finger spaces between words?

Something a bit different...

Singing is hugely beneficial for emotional and mental well-being. In school we dedicate lots of time to learning songs and dances. Singing makes you happy and is so good for your health.

Class R - I would like you to be the teachers this afternoon. Here are some links to a few of our favourite songs. Can you teach everyone in your house our songs and the actions to go with them?

Enjoy some silliness this afternoon!

It's really important to support our children (and ourselves) with their emotional well-being during this time at home. Here are a few suggestions of PSHE activities you can do to support your child's well-being. Perhaps try some of them this afternoon.

  • Gratitude Practice - come up with a list of three positive things about today.
  • Kindness - think of a way your child can demonstrate kindness. Perhaps making a card to put through the door of an elderly neighbour, doing something for someone in your house or sending a kind message to a friend.
  • Mindfulness - mindfulness colouring is a lovely way to relax. There are lots of resources online or you may have a colouring book at home. Listening to classical music whilst doing this is also a calming exercise. We use this one in school https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7DVd3nwdaw .
  • Draw a picture of how you feel today and talk about feelings.
  • Enjoy some imaginative play or spend some time gardening.
Images from The Happy Self Journal

Friday 27th March

Well, you've made it through your first week of home school! A huge shout out to the amazing parents in Class R who have done an excellent job at home. We are so grateful for your support. Enjoy a break tonight!

Also wishing a very Happy Birthday to Olivia for today! Hope you have a lovely time with your family.

Remember to check out our class gallery page for photos of wonderful home learning...


It is so important to continue learning high frequency words and tricky words in order to increase fluency when reading. Today for your phonics, work on these using your flashcards at home. You can choose to either play bingo or splat with your cards. Or perhaps you can invent another game?

I would usually check children's knowledge of flashcards in school every couple of weeks and give out new ones. I obviously can't currently do that, but if you need new ones - please see the documents I've uploaded here.

The HFW go in order by column. The colours of the tricky words represent each phase of phonics, in order.

HFW and Tricky Word Flashcards.pdf


For your final maths task on addition, I would like you to complete a mini investigation.

How many ways can you find to make 10?

Use the ten frame from yesterday and find 10 objects. Split them into two groups to make addition number sentences. For example 1 + 9= 10, 2 + 8 = 10 etc. Record your number sentences.

This is a good song to help you...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZi-6_-Uhwc

Challenge: If 10 is too simple, then can you make 20?


Plot Point 3

Write a sentence for the next part of the story. We will continue 2 more plot points next week before your Easter holidays begin!

Once we finish the retelling, I will be choosing 1 person's work for each plot point, and I will put them together to form our class retelling of the story (just as we would in school). Keep an eye out for the finished story next week! :)


Choose one of the following activities to do this afternoon. This is the same list from Wednesday afternoon - with a few extras. If you want to make a plan for your afternoon in your home learning journal, that's fab! If not, just enjoy whatever you do.

  • Create a zoo or a farm using animals. Can you label the enclosures you create?
  • Build a den and take some of your favourite books inside.
  • Build something using lego or other items in your house.
  • Spend time outside (where possible) - go for a walk, play in your garden, spot things outside.
  • Organise a tea party for your teddies or your family members.
  • Play with small world toys & enjoy losing yourself in imaginative play.
  • Do some PE activities - inside or outside. Can you make up your own challenges?
  • Do some baking with an adult.
  • Create a picture/ painting/ model or something else to represent the mountains part of Augustus' journey.
  • Make a tiger mask and retell the story
  • https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/

Wishing you all a lovely weekend! :)