Maths ideas

The White Rose Maths website (that we use in school a lot) has some great activities to try at home.


Daily Routine Ideas:

In Reception as part of our daily routine we enjoy doing our 'Funky Fingers' warm up.

The song we use is 'Proud Mary' by Tina Turner. It starts off slowly and then the speed increases. Your children are experts at all the moves. If you have any playdough you can also your own 'Dough Disco' again, the children know the moves.


Look at the bottom of this page to see Mrs Thompson and Ben and Izzy doing it together at home. Thank you Mrs Thompson!

Green Read Write Inc Set 1 Sounds Books

Spend a few minutes each day going through the sounds books. Practise forming the letters on paper, in the air, with flour, shaving foam or in the mud with a stick.

Key Rings

Please set aside a few minutes each day to practise the words on the key rings. You could make up both sensible and silly sentences with the word in.

Where possible help your child to learn to spell these words too as that will really help to embed them.

Story Time

Share stories as often as you can. Talk about the characters in the stories you read. How did they behave and why? Compare the stories or characters to others that you may have read.

If your child wants to they could draw or create a response to a story such as drawing their favourite part, making a story map or acting out the story with things they have at home. A story map is a series of drawings that tell the story in order.



You can access free online reading books on the Oxford Owl website. You need to create an account but it is free to do so. Some of the books have activities to do as well. There are wordless books in the aged 3-4 section which are always an excellent way to develop language and story telling skills. The aged 4-5 section has books that your child should be able to read, although some of them maybe a little too challenging just yet. Click the link below to register.



Spend time counting forwards and backwards. Once your child can confidently count up to 20 extend it to 50 then 100. Start and finish at different numbers, don’t always start at 1. Talk about the number that comes before and after a particular number. Start with numbers to 10. If your child is confident extend to 20 and then 50 and 100.

Look for opportunities to count objects including groups of objects e.g. “We have 4 knives and 4 forks on the table today, how much cutlery have we got altogether?”

Challenge your child to build things from Lego or Duplo with a specified number of bricks e.g. 25. Show them what the number looks like as well as tell them.



Want something a bit more creative?

The website below has lots of wonderful ideas to try at home.


Mrs Rogers




Mrs Thompson does Funky Fingers! smiley


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