Reception Home Learning 2019 - 2020

Mrs Barnett

Mrs Barnett

I have worked at Rode Heath School for many years now, mainly in KS1. I am excited to be working in Reception for the first time this year. I thoroughly enjoy being part of all of the exciting learning opportunities which Rode Heath has to offer. Outside of school I love to go exploring outdoors with my two children Archie and Elsie.

Mrs Adams

Mrs Adams

I have more than 20 years experience, working with young children across Early Years and Key Stage 1. I am passionate about giving children the best possible start to their school life and helping them to learn through creative and meaningful contexts.

It’s a privilege to return to Rode Heath and I look forward to working closely with you and your children over the coming year.

Miss Street

Miss Street

I have worked as a TA at Rode Heath for the past 8 years, working in Key Stage 1, specialising in EYFS. I thoroughly enjoy working with the new starters, supporting them as they start on their new journey of school life. I believe all children should be treated as I would wish my own to be treated.


To Reception,

Welcome to Week 12, your final week of Home Learning Challenges in Reception.  We're learning about resilience this week and how being determined can help us achieve our goals.

We have loved every minute of working with you this year and are so proud of how much you have learned and how well you have coped with a very strange time.  We know you will really enjoy Year 1 and we will definitely come and give you a big wave in September.


A huge thank you to your amazing parents and carers too.  We appreciate how challenging the recent situation has been and we have been very grateful for your continued support, humour and patience, as we also learned to adapt our ways of working.  We hope you all have a well-deserved and enjoyable summer break. 


Summer Reading - As requested in Mrs Woollam's letter, we need ALL school reading books returned before the end of term.  If you are unsure which books you may have at home or are currently shielding and unable to leave the house, please e-mail us as soon as possible at and we will do our best to help.

If your child will not be in school next week their books should be placed in a bag,  clearly labelled with their name and class.  The bag can then be left in the returns box outside the main entrance.

You can access a range of e-books for your child to read over the summer at Full details for how to log in are outlined in the letter.  If you are unable to access online resources please contact us urgently (via the class email address) so we can prepare a book pack for your child before school closes on Friday 17th July.


The Joy of Moving Home School Festival - This exciting learning program aims to inspire active lifestyles in children during this challenging time. The activities have a strong focus on enjoyment for both parents and children. Activities and resources are still available at on the link to access some great activities.


We hope that you are all well and keeping busy during your time at home. We will keep updating the home learning challenges each week (see the bottom of this website for the daily challenges).  Although we recommend completing the challenges in order and one a day, it is entirely up to you how or when you complete these challenges.  If you want some extra work then these websites below are fantastic:

Tips for Reading

Please continue to read every day.  Keep sessions short and enjoyable - a daily 5 minutes is more effective than a single 30 minutes session. 

Before Reading - spend time looking at the cover.  What does your child think the book might be about? Read the title together. Talk about the author and the illustrator - do you know any other books by that author? Read the blurb on the back.

During Reading - allow your child time to preview and discuss any aspects of the page that interest them, before beginning to read.  Illustrations are important in helping children to understand what they are reading, so please don't cover them up.  Encourage children to read each sentence, sounding out words they do not know on sight.  Provide plenty of support but do encourage your child to have a go independently.  If they are struggling, stretch the word for them e.g. c-a-t and support them to blend the sounds to say the word 'cat'.  You could also encourage your child to make predictions as to what might happen next or how the story may end.

After Reading - check that your child has understood what they have read by asking some simple questions e.g. Who was the story about, What happened ...? When did ...?  Where did...?  How did...?  Why questions are also useful to gauge understanding but be aware that young children can find these difficult.  Asking your child to tell another family member about the book is another good strategy (being able to recall and retell events from a book in increasing detail is an important skill)

Tips for Writing

Many of the children are showing an interest in writing labels, lists, captions and stories.  Please continue to encourage this at home, particularly writing in sentences with finger spaces between each word and full stops at the end!

An effective pencil grip and correct letter formation are very important in setting the foundations for later success in writing.  We have attached some resources here to help you with this.  Don't worry if you begin to feel a little bit like a 'stuck record' - reminding children about pencil grip and letter formation with every sentence is perfectly normal at this age! 

A Proper Pencil Grip - click here

Correct Letter Formation - click here

Remember to be kind and stay positive. We are looking forward to when we all meet up again.

Finally, we would love to know what you are getting up to, what you are reading at the moment or how you have completed some of the challenges or your own projects. Please continue to update Learning Book or send an email to,  If you send any pictures, we'll display them on our class web page too.

See you all soon!


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Contact the School

Rode Heath Primary

Heath Avenue,

Main Contact Person :
Mr Carl Leech
SENCO Contact Person :
Miss Hayley Scott

Tel: 01270 314414
Email: School E-mail Address
SENCO E-mail Address