Kirkstall St. Stephen’s C of E (Voluntary Aided) Primary School

Reception Class


Update 24.4.20: Learning from Home

Which resources should I use?


Since the start of this journey many more resources have become available to schools and parents to support the ‘learning from home’ process, including the latest resources announced by the government on Sunday.

We have steered away from the term ‘home education’ as that is and should be a choice- this current situation is not a choice, just a necessary situation.

So what resources are the right ones?

Whichever resources interest and stimulate your child the most!

If you have already found a path that works with your child, well done, do not feel you have to change from it. It doesn’t matter what you are doing- if you are doing some work in any format than that’s brilliant. The main thing is to keep exercising their brains in some way- ideally both in English and Mathematics.

However, if you still haven’t found a winning formula then maybe try some of the following:

Suggested Daily Lessons

Maths: Use the ‘White Rose Maths Hub’. Save this address in the bookmarks for ease, daily lessons are usually loaded on the webpage one week in advance. This is the same scheme/overview we follow in school, their resources are very good and they have supported the BBC Bitesize resources. (Summer term week 2 has a pirate theme!)

There are some work sheets here, however you can view most of them on the screen and complete the work in your books if you do not have a printer.



During the summer term, you will be able to access for your child a daily phonics lesson by clicking


All lessons are introduced by celebrities, including children’s TV presenters, which adds an exciting addition to the lessons.


There are three sets of daily lessons to choose from and we suggest your child starts with one set of lessons most suitable to their year group and reading ability. If you’re not sure which lessons your child should watch or your child finds the lessons too difficult, then your school should be able to recommend which lessons are the most appropriate for your child.


From Monday 27 April, a new phonics lesson will be uploaded every day, Monday to Friday, at the times below during the summer term. *After upload, each lesson will then be available to watch at any time during the summer term.

Please see below timings for


10am lesson - For children who can confidently blend and read words such as ‘fish’ ‘chat’ and ‘rain’


10:30am lesson - .For children who can confidently blend and read words such as ‘stamp’ ‘chair’ and ‘green’


11am lesson - .For children who need extra practice sounding and reading words such as ‘tap’ ‘cap’ ‘mat’ ‘pat’ and more support learning to blend.


(For more information please see ‘letters and sounds lesson information leaflet).

Physical Education-

There are many options for exercising from home, with many people doing daily exercise with Joe Wicks or Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube. However, any exercise that can be done at home- or safely in the neighbourhood is great. A walk, run, ride a bike, skipping. Aim to get some outdoor time each day.

Other regular activities:

Daily Reading, key maths skills including board/card games. crafts and creative art (please see home activities section on Reception page). Topic activities are uploaded weekly and include skills like cutting, problem solving, painting, patterns and science experiments.

Learning through cartoons:

Alphablocks, numberblocks and numberjacks are great cartoons that help children learn about letters and numbers, you can find episodes, songs and activities online at and search for 'Alphablocks' or 'Numberblocks' or ‘Numberjacks’.




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all children, and expects our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.