Garrick Green

Infant School

Miss Banner and Mrs Herron's Class - Home Learning Ideas

If you cannot come to school, here are some ideas of activities you can do at home....

Use your Education City logon and do some of the maths or English activities from F2 or the Year 1

Have a go at some of the activities on Purple Mash

Have a go at some of the lovely activities suggested by White Rose Maths - EYFS Maths or Year 1 Maths

Go to Phonics Play and have a go at some of the activities

Year 1s - you can use your yellow book to record anything and Reception can upload photos to EExAT

Reception Home Learning


Please recap your phonics each day, using ‘Mr Thorne does phonics’  .  Choose a digraph from your sound mat and select that video to watch.  Keep an eye on Geraldine, she is a cheeky giraffe!

Adults, can you think of a word with one of the digraphs in (e.g. fish, street, boat, moon etc) and ask your child to identify which digraph/s they can hear and then if it comes at the start, middle or end of the word. 

If you have a printer there are some extra practice sheets for each of the graphemes in Jolly Phonics -

Go on a phonics hunt around the house or garden and find things containing a certain sound.

Look through your books at home, do a tricky word search and see how many of these you can find.

Now can you find as many digraphs in your story book as you can.  Can you make a tally chart (note: we haven’t yet taught tally charts but this is something you can show your child)  How many did you find?

Practice reading you word box words or reading book. 

Play I-spy with the whole family.

Download the Jolly Phonics app and have a go at some of the activities -

Can you use your toys, use puppets/make puppets and put on a show for your family to tell a story?

Can you tell someone in your house your favourite story?

When you're out on a walk can you recognise and read any shop labels or which digraphs can you see?

Pick a book from your house and see how many words you can sound out and blend to read yourself.  How many tricky words can you find in your book?

Can you spell these words out using the NAMES of the letters not the sounds:  dog, cat, mop, jam, sun, pit, fog, bed, hut


Practise writing your name and make sure you form the letters correctly. There only needs to be a capital at the start. Can you learn how to write your surname?

Have a go at writing some words using the sounds you know e.g. get your adult to read your word box words - can you write them?

Can you make a nice card for your friend or someone in your family?  What can you cut out to stick on the front?

Can you write a shopping list for your adult.

Can you write your own story?  You can write all the sounds and words you know how to sound out and your grown up can write all the ones that you don’t!

Get your adult to dictate these sentences to you.  Can you write them.  Don’t forget your finger spaces!

The frog jumped on the log.

It was a sunny morning.


Make your own numberline of the numbers you know.  Get your grown up to remove a number and cover the gap up and then, can you work out which number is missing?

Can you go on a number hunt while you are out on a walk - make a note of the numbers you see.  Which door numbers can you find that go up to 50?  A real challenge… can you put them in order when you get back home?  Start with the lowest number and order them to the highest.

Practise counting - how many apples are in the fruit bowl? how many biscuits are in the tin? How many teddies have you got? How many trees can you see out of the window? Can you do some adding with these?  E.g. if you have four biscuits and 2 apples, how many objects are there altogether?  You could really stretch yourself when you are getting good at this and add the biscuits, the apples AND the teddies together!

Set up a cafe and label the menu with prices - get your family to come and spend their money in your shop.  Do they give you the right coins?

Can you make a really tall model and then a medium model and a short model. Can you name the shapes you've used in your model?  Can you use something to measure your model?  E.g. children could use socks, cars etc.  Can you find 3 objects and order them from the heaviest to the lightest, the tallest to the shortest, fullest to the emptiest

Go on a shape walk - what shapes can you name?  Can you describe the properties (e.g. a triangle has 3 sides and 3 corners) Can you find any 3D shapes?

Cut the numbers up you have in your book bag - can you put them back in order?

Can you draw 1 person with 2 eyes, 3 ears, 4 legs and 5 arms.  Now write their name!

Can you bake a cake using the weighing scales to carefully weigh out the ingredients?

Can you count how many hops you can do in a minute? What other things can you do in one minute?

Can you show your grown up your number bonds to 10?  Remember, which number is friends with which number (e.g. 7 and 3 are friends – 7 + 3 = 10)

Year 1 Home Learning


From the Tricky word mat below Use Phase 3 words and choose 5 to learn how to write. Write each word 5 times. Can you write them without looking?

Write your grown up's shopping list for them.

Again with your grown up, write a simple story.

Draw a picture of a flower, can you label the petals, stem, leaves, root?

How many words containing ou or ow (as in shout or brown) can you think of and write?

Can you ask your Granny, what their favourite … 



TV programme






Record your answers in your yellow book.

How many words containing 'ai' can you write?

Ask your grown up to dictate a sentence for you to write. E.g. He was jumping on the bench.


Practise reading your tricky word list, how many do you know already? Can you choose 5 new ones to learn.

Read your reading book/play your blend game with your grown up every day.

Can you look at a non-fiction book/website e.g. National Geographic for Kids, and tell your grown up 3 facts you have learned?

Choose 2 characters from a book, draw them, cut them out and can you make up a new story with them?

Look through a book, how many of your new tricky words can you find?


Can you write all the numbers to 30 in order?

Play the missing numbers game on - Topmarks

Ask your grown up to write you some simple number sentences to solve e.g. 2 + 5 = 5 - 3 =

Can you write down all the different ways to make 10p using different coins?

Use the 2D shape mat below – Can you name… the shape, how many sides it has, and how many corners there are?  Can you find some 3D shapes?  How many of these do you know?

Can you learn all the number bonds to 20?  E.g. 0 + 20 = 10, 11 + 9 = 20, 12 + 8 = 20

Can you count to 80?  Can you start from any number and get to 80?

Ask your grown up to write you some simple number sentences to solve e.g. 5 - 2 = 3

Can you bake a cake using the weighing scales to carefully weigh out the ingredients?

Can you open a carton of grapes and share them equally between your family?