Year R

Summer Term 2


What a strange world we are living in at the moment. I hope that you are all surviving these very challenging times.

I have spoken to most of you now and you are all doing an amazing job, so, thank you.

I thought it would be useful to give you a few reminders of what you can be doing at home. I have also attached our Curriculum map for this term and some activities you could do. The books referred to can be found as Power Points if you google them.


Please use the progression from Letters and Sounds which you were given previously. Our aim (when in school) is to get the children secure in Phase 3 with some entering Phase 4. They will hopefully be starting to independently read and write words using phase 3 knowledge. This will obviously be different for individuals.

As mentioned previously, YouTube has the ‘Tricky Word Song’ where the children can practise reading and spelling words from these phases. Please continue to work on writing the tricky words for each phase.

If you have any concerns, please email me.


It is good to encourage a little writing when you can. This is such a lovely topic where the children can:

  • Write descriptions of minibeasts

  • Write postcards

  • Write lists of clothes they might take on a holiday

  • Make Sun Safety posters

  • Write ice cream recipes

  • Label pictures of holiday scenes, flowers, minibeast etc

  • Make labels for models they make


  • Addition to 20

  • Subtraction to 20

  • Doubles to double 5

  • One more and one less than to 20

  • Teen numbers and how they are made up

  • Filling in missing numbers

  • Writing numbers to 20

I previously sent a list of Age Band expectations for 40-60 months for each area of learning. I am now attaching a list of the Early Learning Goals which are expectations for the end of Reception.

Please, please remember that these are based on the children having a full year in Reception with a qualified teacher.

In Year One, we will continue to work on these areas and move the children on from where they start in September. Please do not worry if your child has not met these expectations.


Over the next few weeks, if your child was in school, they would be having twenty minutes of maths and phonics a day, a writing task twice a week (where they would practise independent writing), reading twice a week and the rest of the time would be independent learning.

I understand that this may not be possible at home but quite a few of you have asked what a ‘typical’ day would look like.

I hope this information is useful.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need any further help or support.

Take care and stay safe.

Emma Dunstan


Dear Parents

I hope you are all well and are surviving the Home Schooling!

I hope you have seen the posts on Homeroom to help with any queries.

I thought it might be useful to give you a copy of the Early Years 40-60 Month Age Bands which MOST children will be working in at this stage of the academic year. You might look at these and think ‘My child can do lots of these things’ or ‘My child can only do a few of these things’.

It is important to understand that each child is treated as an individual and will progress at different rates. They get there eventually but for some it may take a bit more encouragement and support. This is absolutely fine!

I have also attached the Early Learning Goals. These are Government expectations for Reception children at the END of their Reception Year.

Some children are achieving aspects of the Early Learning Goals already. I suggest you consolidate these so that your child is really confident with them.

We have Exceeding descriptors which I will share towards the end of the academic year. 


I have shared this before on Homeroom, but I thought it would be useful to have the progression of sounds we learn in Reception. Your child has sheets in their folders which should help you see how far your child has got. Please continue to reinforce the reading and spelling of the tricky words which you also have. 

I hope you find this information useful.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me. My email is

I hope the next few weeks go well for you.

Best wishes

Emma Dunstan