How you can help your child


Read Write Inc. How to support your child with their reading.


In Reception we use the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme to help your child to read. it is expected that at the end of reception your child will be able to-


  • ​Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge
  • Take home Phonics storybooks to share 
  • Read with fluency and expression
  • Learn to spell using known sounds 
  • Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first 
  • Work well with a partner.


For an example of how to support your child in this, please see the link at the bottom of the page or alternatively click on this link for further parent support.  



What your child will be Learning in Maths.


 Children in Reception year will just begin to learn about numbers and how to work with them in basic calculations. Your child will probably bring home a number line that will help them add, subtract and count in twos, fives and 10s.

Your child will also be taught to describe and recognise 2D shapes, 3D shapes and the location of objects, as well as form patterns and describe events in a chronological order.

The mathematics curriculum in Reception is split into two   categories; numbers and shape, space and measure.


Maths will be taught in a purposeful, practical way and children will use play and exploration to acquire mathematical skills. A large majority of mathematical work is practical and learning will happen in many different contexts around the classroom and outside.


Some whole class work exploring mathematical concepts will be teacher led and children can also freely explore these concepts through a variety of different activities and resources set up each day.



Early learning goal expectations for the end of Reception are:

 Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.

 Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.

 They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.


You can help at home by:

Singing songs that take away or add things e.g. 10 green     bottles, 1 man went to mow, 5 current buns

Exploit all counting opportunities – count stairs, count buttons, count lampposts on a walk, count ‘red’ cars on a journey etc.

Commercial games such as snakes and ladders - these help with the counting on strategy.

 Throwing beanbags/balls at numbered targets and adding up scores – who scored the most? The least?

 Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

 Look for numbers whilst walking or on a journey

Ask questions like ‘if I took one away how many would I have left? ‘ or if I add one how many have I got now?

 Use magnetic numbers. Put them in order. Miss one out of a sequence – do they know which one is missing?

Shape, space and


 Shape, Space and Measure.

Early learning goal expectations for the end of Reception are:

 Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight,     capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare     quantities and objects and to solve problems.

 They recognise, create and describe patterns.

 They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


You can help at home by:

 Looking for and name shapes at home and in the environment

 Talk about 3D (solid) shape names - packaging on food items is an excellent way.

 Junk model with 2D and 3D shapes – can you name them all?

 Make pictures with different shapes.

 Involve children in cooking. Look at numbers on scales and measuring jugs.

 Measure and compare feet sizes and height of other family members.

 Shopping activities – real or pretend – use real money to help identify coins and weight.




Rainbow Words.


This term we are all working towards learning our rainbow words. When we learn to read and write a set of our words, we can put a raindrop on our very own cloud on our Rainbow Word display!


Our Rainbow words consist of some commonly used words and some high frequency words.