Home Page

Year R

Year R Home Learning


In the coming weeks the Year R team will be posting home learning ideas for your children. Our biggest hope would be that you continue to regularly read, listen to and enjoy books  with your children and we would love to see videos of this on Tapestry. There are lots of activities and ideas online but we will be providing a range of ideas which we believe will help your child to learn. We know that children of this age learn best through short chunks of focused time so we recommend limiting intense learning time in the day and allowing children periods of play to process their learning. Remember spending time helping with everyday tasks and the discussions that come from this are also learning, e.g pairing the socks when hanging out the washing, digging out weeds, loading the dishwasher and cooking.


We don't want the children to feel disconnected from the adults in the class and will use Tapestry to send messages. We would love to see what you are all up to.


The Early Years Team

Plastic Pollution in our Oceans  - W.b. 13/7/2020 - 22/7/2020 
Watch this short animation about plastic pollution in our oceans and how it affects wildlife in the sea.

Hope Works | A Whale's Tale | Cartoon Network UK 🇬🇧

Under the sea a whale tries to help the smaller creatures who are struggling with plastic waste. On land a young boy seeks help to clear the sea in his area....

Literacy Ideas

  • Can you make a poster to tell people not to drop litter near the sea? Think about some clear words or phrases that will stand out and make people take notice!
  • Could you tell a grown up the story of the whale and remember what happened or maybe you could write your own story?
  • Use the pictures below to write in the speech bubbles. What might the creatures be saying or thinking?

Speech bubble activity

Maths Task


Make or use objects as fish. Count out 10 of them.

How many ways can you find to split the fish into 2 groups? e.g. 3 and 7, 4 and 6.

Can you record the ways you have found by drawing a picture or writing a number sentence (e.g.  3 + 7 = 10)?

Have you found all the ways? How do you know? Is there a pattern?



Can you use 20 fish?

Can you split the fish into 3 groups? 





Understanding the world


We would like you to explore why some pieces of rubbish float and others sink.


Can you use a plastic container of water to explore floating and sinking?

Use different objects that an adult has helped you collect.


Ideas could include;

bath toys

plastic bottle

kitchen utensils




a scrap of paper


Make a chart to record what you find out?

What do you notice?

Can you describe the materials that each of the objects is made from?

Do all metal things sink? Do all plastic things float?

Are all the objects waterproof?

Week 15 - Underwater Adventures - w.b. 6/7/20

We are staying underwater this week and learning a little bit more about some aquatic creatures.

Literacy Ideas


We would like you to watch the TV episode below and then pick 1 or more of the challenges below to complete.




  • Write a fact ( or facts) about the blue whale. Remember to think carefully about the digraphs and trigraphs that you can hear in each word and remember to use a capital letter at the start of the sentence and a full stop at the end.
  • Imagine you could join Andy on his under the sea adventure. Can you write a postcard or letter back to your family and friends telling them what you have been doing?
  • Can you choose a sea creature to draw and label? What new words have you learnt?



Maths Challenges


In the document below you will find some maths problems with an under the sea theme. Use practical objects to help you solve the problems and remember to check whether they are adding or take away problems as both are included. See if you can make up some challenges of your own.

Word problems



Listen to the 2 songs below


What instruments can you hear?

Which song do you prefer?

How do the songs make you feel?


Challenge - Can you make a musical instrument at home to make your own underwater music? Have a look at the pictures below for some ideas!

Octopus's Garden (Remastered 2009)

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Octopus's Garden (Remastered 2009) · The Beatles Abbey Road ℗ 2009 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division o...

Scheherazade, Op. 35, "The Sea and Sinbad's Ship"

Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises Scheherazade, Op. 35, "The Sea and Sinbad's Ship" · Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov · Lovro Von Matacic · Philharmonic...

Week 14 - Week beginning 29th June 2020 - Tiddler

We hope you enjoyed visiting Kenya and learning a little bit about what it's like there. This week we are off on an underwater adventure using the book Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. If you don't know the book you can listen to it being read in the video below.

Julia Donaldson : Tiddler - The Story Telling Fish


Literacy Ideas


  • Can you spot the rhyming pairs in the story, e.g. skate and late? Can you carry on these rhymes to make rhyming strings, e.g. mate, date. crate,plate? Maybe you could make and label some rhyme pictures? A frog on a log near a dog and ask somebody else to spot the rhymes?
  • Did you spot the Gruffalo fish in the story? Could you design your own fish based on a favourite story character? I think I might try drawing a Big Bad Wolf fish!
  • Helicopter story. Could you make up another 'tall tale' for Tiddler and ask an adult to write it down as a helicopter story? Maybe you could act it out or draw or paint a picture to go with it?

Maths Ideas


  • Clocks. Can you make a clock from the sheet below or using a paper plate? Make sure you stick the numbers in the correct places.
  • Can you tell 'o'clock' times? Practise using the clock and make sure the longer hand is pointing to the number 12. If you are really good at this you can challenge yourself to half past times. make sure the little hand is halfway between the two numbers.
  • If you have a printer there is a bingo game to try as well.

Clock template

Design your own sea creature


Could you make a sea creature using boxes and pots from the recycling bin? Or maybe you could collage a creature with scraps of material, tin foil or colourful paper? We would love to see your designs so that we can share them on this page. 

Sea Creatures

Week 13 - w.b.22nd June 2020


Hello Year R, 


We have once again been amazed by all of your hard  work. We are very proud of you all! This week we are carrying on with work about the book Handa's  Surprise. You can choose some or all of these activities or even come up with some of your own ideas. Have fun!

Cbeebies Fruits and Vegetable Dance Routine

Here is a link to a cbeebies dance routine for you to master. We would love to see your attempts!

Make your own Weighing Scales

Describing fruit

Phonic games


























The words above can all be read using your phonic knowledge. You can print them or if you dont have a printer write them down on paper instead. Here are some ideas that you could use them for;


1. Use a pen to underline any digraphs and trigraphs you can spot in each word and put a dot under other letters. We call this dots and dashes and we use it to help us read words.



2. Play beat the clock and see how many you can read in a minute.

3. Print or write them twice and play snap or matching pairs.

4. Hide them and as you find them read them out loud.


Write and sentence with one or two of the words in. Remember to sound talk the words and remember your capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Week 12 - w.b. 15/6/19


Well done to everyone for their fantastic work on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It has been lovely to see all of your creative ideas. This week we are going to be doing some learning based on the book Handa's Surprise by Eileen Brown. It is one of the teachers' favourites at school, but if you haven't heard it before you can watch an animated version below.

HANDA'S SURPRISE Picture Book Animation

Intended for educational purposes. Copyright belongs to RIC Publications

Handa's surprise is set in South-West Kenya. This is on the continent of Africa. Can you find these places on a map or globe? You might like to use Google Earth to virtually zoom across the world. Its great fun! Here is a video all about Kenya. Can you make a list of animals or other things you spot in the video?

Kenya Overview - travel guide - Teletext Holidays - Choose from the call of the wild or the call of the luxury beach-side hotel. Kenya is a bit of a dream holiday destination. As w...

Fruit Investigation


Handa is taking her friend Akeyo some delicious fruit. Here are some learning ideas that you might like to choose from based around fruit.


1. Can you weigh all of the fruit in the fruit bowl and put it in order from lightest to heaviest? What about from largest to smallest? Is it the same order or a different order?


2. Have a look at any stickers or packaging you can find on fruit? Which country did it come from? Can you find the country on the map? Which fruit has come the furthest?


3. Ask your family and friends what their favourite fruit is. Can you make a pictogram like the one below? Which was the most popular fruit? 


4. Fruit artist. Can you paint, draw or make a  collage of a piece of fruit? Maybe you could make a picture using fruit itself? We would love to see them on Tapestry.



Pictogram pdf

Stick puppets


Here are some pictures from the story. You can print them out to make puppets or use them to inspire you to make your own versions. Can you use them to retell the story? Remember to use words such as next, after that, suddenly, finally to improve your retelling!

Fun phonics game

Play along with this game and you can practise your letter formation and phonics.

Week 11 Week beginning the 8th June 2020

Dear Owls, Rabbits and Squirrels

We hope you enjoy our second week of learning linked to the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. 


Mrs Symmons, Miss Healy, Mrs Hawkes and Mrs McRoberts

A Gigantic Hungry Caterpillar

Paper Folding Butterfly

Design and Make a Delicious Hungry Caterpillar Salad.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Cards

Butterfly Addition

Big Butterfly Count

How to take part in the Big Butterfly Count

Nick Baker guides you through taking part in the world's biggest survey of butterflies.

Week 10 - w.b. 1/6/20 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Welcome back! We hope that you have had a lovely half term and are all ready for some fantastic learning. This week we will be thinking about the Hungry caterpillar by Eric carle. If you don't know this book you can watch a video of it being read below and then choose some of the learning activities.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats...and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry ...

Can you find out about the life cycle of a caterpillar and find a way to show what you have learned? The video shows you how the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. You could draw a picture of each stage with labels, make it out of playdough or even use pasta. Have a look at some of the photos below for ideas or come up with your own! We would love to see them on Tapestry.

Caterpillar to Butterfly

Life cycle ideas

Take away (subtraction) problems


Can you use the story of The Very Hungry caterpillar to solve some take away problems? You will need to use some counters these can be anything small that you have lots of eg pieces of pasta, building blocks, lego pieces , hair clips etc. You will need to ask your grown up to read the problems.




1. There were 6 pieces of apples in a bowl. The caterpillar ate 2 of them. How many were left?

Take 6 counters out, check you have the correct amount by counting them. Take 2 away from the pile and count how may you have left.


2. 10 cupcakes were in a box. The caterpillar ate 4 of them. How many were left?

3. 9 oranges were growing in a tree, as the caterpillar wiggled up 8 fell down. How many were in the tree?

4. 8 butterflies were in a bush. 4 flew away. How many were left?




If you are confident using the counters you could try problems with numbers up to 20 or have a go at doing a drawing to find the answer to the problems.


5. There were 7 sausages in the pan and the caterpillar ate 3. How many are still in the pan?

Draw 7 sausages and cross 3 out. Count how many are left.


6. There were 12 juicy pears in the bowl and the caterpillar ate 5. How many were left?


Could you think of your own problems for people in your family ( or your teachers via Tapestry) to solve? 



The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Maps


Have a go at drawing a story map for The Very Hungry caterpillar. There is an example below. See if you can use your story map to tell somebody the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Remember to link the pictures together with arrows and add labels such as 'next', after that' and the days of the week to help you!

Story map example

Week 9 - 17/5/2020 - Footsteps

Hello everybody


Wow, we definitely have some budding palaeontologists in Year R. Thank you for sharing your fossils. This week we have some more dinosaur related learning, have fun!



Writing Challenge - Can you write a fact or facts about a dinosaur?


Think carefully about the sounds you can hear and remember to use a capital letter at the start of each sentence and a full stop at the end. You can watch the video below to give you some ideas or just for fun!

World of Dinosaurs: TOUR LIVE 🔴

World of Dinosaurs: TOUR LIVE 🔴 Thank you for tuning in to a tour of our Dinosaurs! We hope you enjoyed meeting them and learned a lot! Catch us every week f...




Can you make a shop using your toys? Ask your family to come and buy items and work out the total that they have spent.  Make your price labels up to 10p.




What do you have to do to the number if two of the same item are  bought? (HINT - remember your ladybirds!)

Can you be the customer and find the correct coins? Is there more than one way to make the total?

Can you pay in 2ps to practise counting in 2s?

At the end of the day your shop has a sale and everything is half price - can you make some new price labels?

PE Challenge


Can you make up a dinosaur challenge in the garden or in your house?


Maybe it could be an assault course where you have to jump like a Velociraptor, balance like a dromaeosaur and stomp like a Gigantosaurus?


Or what about circuits with each station having a different challenge?

1. 10 T-rex star jumps

2. 5 Brontosaurus stretches

3. 10 Velociraptor sprints



Challenge - Could you make labels or signs to tell people what they have to do?

Just for Fun!


This is one of the teacher's favourite GoNoodle videos, can you join in too?


Koo Koo Kanga Roo - Dinosaur Stomp (Dance-A-Long)

Subscribe! MORE KOO KOO: ► Spotify: ► Apple Music: ► Instagram:

Week 8 11th May - 15th May 2020



Hello Owls, Squirrels and Rabbits,

We hope you enjoy the learning we have planned for you this week and we look forward to you sharing some of your learning with us by email or on Tapestry. 


Mrs Symmons, Miss Healy, Mrs McRoberts and Mrs Hawkes

Look What Mrs Symmons Found in Her Garden!

I am very excited to share this video with you and I am going to keep looking for more of these amazing objects!

Riley the Paleontologist - Blue Springs Fossil Dig

Riley the Paleontologist goes on a dig in Blue Springs, MS near Tupelo. Riley finds crabs, exogyra (clams), and ever a vertebrea from either a shark or a typ...

Facts About Fossils

Can you make your own Fossils?

How many different ways can you make 14?

VE Day Celebrations

Week 7 - Footsteps

Fantastic One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab pictures by Isabelle and Emma

Have fun reading this poem about a dinosaur with your family.


Who’s that knocking

at my door?

Can it be

a dinosaur?



are huge and grand

leaving footprints

on the land.


As big as anything

can be.

I hope he isn’t

after me!


I hope he isn’t

looking out

for juicy children

left about……


Or nosing round

to find a treat

of something extra

nice to eat.


I hope he hasn’t

come to stay.


Please go away!


By Jean Kenward


Can you put some actions with the poem and learn some of it by heart?

Can you find words that rhyme with each other in the poem and make a list of them?

Can you draw another dinosaur which you think leaves huge footprints on the land?

Hot and Cold Treasure Hunt Game


This game will help the children practise their positional language


You will need

2 or more players

A piece of 'treasure' e.g. a bead, button, lego man


The hider stays in a room and hides the treasure and all other players leave. 

When they return the hider tells the players if they are hotter or colder ( nearer or further) from the treasure.

The finder then describes where the object was found using the correct positional language.


Some of the positional words that we can practise playing this game are;

between, under, over, in front of, behind, next to, beside, over, in, beneath


Ladybird Doubles


Draw a big ladybird on a piece of paper

Put some objects  on the half of the ladybird to make its spots, eg buttons, lego, pasta, smarties

Ask your child to double the spots by putting the same number on the other side.


Questions you could ask your child


Can you find the total?

How many did we have before? How many do we have now?

Can you find me double 6?


You can also have lots of fun finding doubles in a mirror. What can you find out?


Maybe you could invent your own game to practise these and share it on Tapestry or by email?



Design a Dinosaur


Can you draw, paint, or model a dinosaur? There are some ideas on the sheet below. It can be a real dinosaur or one you have made up. Can you name your dinosaur and write a label?

VE Day 75th Anniversary Resources
Here is a simple powerpoint and some resources to help you discuss and celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May.
VE Day resources
Week 6 (w.b. 27/4/20) Footsteps -  week 2
Summer 1 Maths Menu

Maths Menu Summer 1

Spring 2 Maths menu certificate


Thank you to all of the children who have been working hard on the Spring 2 maths menu tasks. Here is the certificate to print out if you would like to.

Phonics - Practising digraphs ( two letters that make one sound)


There are lots of brilliant phonics clips online to help the children practice recognising their phonemes (sounds) and segmenting and blending them in order to read. One that they regularly use in school is Mr Thorne and his friend Geraldine Giraffe. There is an example below but there are lots more to explore online together.

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /igh/

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Maths Ideas



1. How Many?

This activity will help your child with estimating, accurate counting, recording numbers and talking about how they know something. This is a really important skill that young children can find quite tricky but with encouragement pick up quickly.


Choose someone in your families’ foot to draw around on paper.




Find some small objects such as beads, 1p coins or Lego pieces of the same size and estimate how many will fit inside the foot shape.

Fill the foot shape with your objects and count how many you used.

How close were you to your estimate?

Can you write the number?

Try objects which are larger? Do you think  more or less will fit inside the foot shape?

Why do you think that? What did you discover?


2. How many feet?

One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab


During book week we read the story "One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab" by April and Jeff Sayre. If you would like to share it again there are lots of versions online.

We linked the book to addition and made our own class books, each picking 2 (or more) animals and finding the total number of feet.


So for example , "6 is a cow and a goose" ( 4 feet add 2 feet)

                     or   " 9 is a spider and a slug" (8 feet add 1 foot)


Would your child like to make a page for a book with their own addition and illustrate it? 

We would love to see their pages on Tapestry or by email and will make them into a book for everybody to read.

Please send by 4th May if you would like to join in.





Animal Pictures from natural objects



Look at these brilliant pictures of animals made from leaves. I wonder if you could use some leaves, twigs, flowers or even objects from around the house to have a go at making one too? Will it be a tiny insect or a huge dinosaur or maybe even a whole family? Maybe you could challenge yourself to make a frame? We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Week 5 ( w.b. 20/4/20)


If we were at school our new topic would have been Footsteps. The children usually guide the direction of our learning but we were expecting to do some work around measuring, animals, dinosaurs and time.


Here are some ideas for your home learning this week around that theme. Please remember that you do not have to complete them all or you can come up with your own ideas. We would love to see what you have been up to on Tapestry or through the Year R email account.


Stay safe and have fun,

The Year R Team

Time Challenges


  • Can you do 25 jumps in under 1 minute? 
  • How many seconds does it take you to get dressed? Can you beat a member of your family?
  • Can you set a timer and brush your teeth for two minutes?  
  • How many numbers can you find on a clock? 
  • Which is the largest number on a clock?
  • Can you draw a timeline to show the things you do when you get up in the morning? Eg get up, get dressed, brush teeth. Maybe you can cut them up, mix them and see how quickly you can put them back in the correct order?
  • Do you remember the days of the week song? Maybe you could teach it to your family!


 To the tune of the Adams Family:


There's Monday and there's Tuesday,

There's Wednesday and there's Thursday,

There's Friday and there's Saturday 

And then Sunday ends the week.


Days of the week (clap,clap)

Days of the week (clap,clap)

Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (clap,clap).








Can you find some toys and look at their footprints?

You could draw around their footprints or even print with them!

Can you order the footprints from shortest to longest?

Can you order the footprints from thinnest to widest?

How many footprints can you count?

Look at the foot prints below, can you guess which animals they belong to?


Writing Challenge


Could you write a fact about an animal you like? Remember to use all of the writing skills we have talked about at school and use your sound mat ( further down this page) to help you. 


Maybe you could tell a story about an animal to a grown up or older sibling for them to write down?


We would love to see your facts or stories if you would like to share them!



Trailblazing ideas for outside fun

Weeks 3 and 4 (6th April - 17th April)

We hope you enjoy completing some of these activities during the Easter Holidays and we would love to see photographs and video clips of them.

Thank you for sharing your child's learning via Tapestry and the Year R email address. We have really enjoyed discovering what they have been doing over the past two weeks.

Stay safe 

From the Year R Team


Decorate and Easter Egg

How to Make an Easter Basket

My Home Snack Cafe

Week 2

Hello everyone, below are some more ideas for play and learning this week. Thank you to all those people who have managed to share their wonderful home learning on Tapestry, it has been lovely to see. Please don't worry if you haven't managed to do any of the tasks this week, we recognise what a challenging time this is for everyone and the ideas are there as a guide only. You can choose to do very few, some or most of the tasks whichever works best for your child and your family in the current circumstances. 

Design your own cereal box

Book scavenger huntBook scavenger hunt

Maths ideas


  • Lots of counting backwards and forwards within 20 and starting from different numbers
  • Can you estimate how many items (buttons,small toys, twigs, stones etc) in a pot and write down your guess? Was the actual number more or less?
  • Play a board game with someone. Can you say the number on the dice without counting the dots first?
  • Can you order numbers 0-10? 0-20? What about if you only have 3 numbers to order? 

Surprise Message


Can you write someone in your house a surprise message? Listen carefully to the sounds you can hear and remember a finger space between each word.

Make your own  sandwich


Can you make your own sandwich. Think about what you will need and what to do first and next. Choose some yummy filings and when you have finished explain to somebody else exactly what you did. Have fun!

Talking about materials


Can you sort some objects by their materials? How did you know they belonged to that group? What words can you use to describe the object, e.g. smooth, rough, flexible, transparent? What is the same about the objects? What is different? Why is each object made from that material?

Reading Bears

Reading Bears

Number Formation Rhymes

Week 1

Bingo Challenge Grid

Useful Websites 

These websites contain activities that can be completed without the use of a printer. We hope these will be helpful.