Year R

Dear Parents/Carers,

Whilst the school is closed please login to Tapestry where the Reception teachers will be sharing learning ideas and fun challenges during this period. On Tapestry you are able to upload some photos  of your child's home learning for us to see. Do not hesitate to contact us through comments or observations; we will be checking them regularly and will always be here to help! The children can also look forward to a daily mystery reader!

Please find below some other home learning activities that you can complete with your child/children. We would not expect you to be completing all of these, but have made a list of ideas which we thought would be useful. 

We would encourage families to discuss how they will manage learning at home by:

1) Creating a schedule together. (See 'Family Planner' document attached). 

2) Looking at available resources (see links below).

3) Planning time to sit down and share learning; what has been achieved and what was challenging.

4) Making it fun through creative activities and play.

5) Planning a reward system e.g. sticker charts.


A regular routine may include:

-        Daily reading

-        Daily maths and writing activity

-        Handwriting

-        Posting activities on Tapestry. (The child could type their own observations or send us messages).

-        Daily counting in 1s, 2s, 5s or 10s

-        Arts and crafts time


Below we have listed what we would have been learning in school so you can build on the children prior learning. 


  • Telling stories aloud using people/animals/made up characters. Encouraging children to use story language and to create a problem in their story that is solved at the end.
  • Writing words using the phase 3 sounds.
  • Rewriting familiar stories
  • Writing letters 
  • Describing their favourite characters
  • Letter formation


  • 3D shapes – naming a cube, cuboid, pyramid, sphere, cylinder, cone and describing their properties. Sorting objects to make 3D shapes.
  • Adding two numbers together
  • Doubling numbers to 10
  • Counting on to add – e.g. 5+2=  Put 5 in your head, 2 on your fingers and count on from 5 to work out the answer.
  • Recognising, putting in order and writing numbers to 20.
  • Halving numbers to 20 using objects.


  • Facts about farm animals
  • Life cycle of a frog
  • The Easter story

Thank you for all of your hard work,


Miss Carreras, Miss Harris, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Sheehan


Welcome to Reception

The classes in Reception are called Red Panda, Rabbit and Robin. 


Red Panda Class -  Miss Harris; LSAMrs Cook


Robin Class - Mrs Sheehan and Mrs Lawrence; LSAs - Mrs Page and Mrs Elliott


Rabbit Class - Miss Carreras; LSA - Mrs Smith


Mrs Wilkins also supports the children in Reception.


 In Reception much of the children's learning will be through play where children are offered a range of activities each with an underlying educational purpose. Play is the means by which the children explore a variety of experiences in different situations for a variety of purposes. It is a process which provides for children a way of learning about the world around them.

Staff plan activities and experiences that promote children's development and learning based on the seven areas of learning in Development Matters. The staff will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Prime Areas

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

 Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care

Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking 

Specific areas


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

Understanding the World

  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring/using media & material
  • Being imaginative

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Please check out all the wonderful work posted on the blog and on Tapestry. All photos of children working and trips will be published on each class blog page. Please visit and comment.

Helpful Hints

  •  Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school with them everyday and that you check their book bags when they get home as we regularly hand out letters and leaflets.
  • Children are welcome to bring a drink in with them but please do not put drink bottles in children’s book bags as they leak and ruin the reading books.
  • Please ensure that ALL uniform and possessions are named, including coats, bottles, shoes, book bags and PE kits.  (Children do not need PE shoes/daps until the summer term). In the colder weather, please ensure hats, gloves and scarves are also labelled. 
Most of all we want your children to settle into Holymead Primary and become confident and happy learners.
Previous Posts
Please find below resources we think you may find useful. 
Please find below presentations from the beginning of the year. 

Infant Site: 0117 3772381Junior Site: 0117 9030377 E: