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8th June 2020

From the Week beginning 8th June the EYFS Off Site Learning Offer will be presented in a new format.  You will see in the plans that we have provided links to the Oak National Academy, which is a DfE backed platform that has been designed by teachers to support home-school learning across the country. The website address is:


To find EYFS (Reception) content on the Oaks National Academy site, please go to:


Find Lessons


At this point you have a choice:

To find lessons by topic go to Reception

To find lessons by Week click `Switch to schedule view` on the top right of the screen

When writing the planning we have included both the theme and the week in which it was taught.



Each week we will be producing a planning sheet for Maths and a separate planning sheet for English and Topic.

Maths planning:

Our new Maths planning will show you what is being taught in school each week, if you want to follow this with your children.  For a completely guided lesson Maths lesson every day we have selected a theme from the Oak National Academy which links to our teaching in school.  These guided lessons are designed to reinforce key skills that children are expected to know by the end of EYFS.  All of the teaching that is being done in school will be revisited in Year 1.

English Planning:

This follows the same format as the Maths planning.  Although different texts are used for Home Learning, our primary focus for this half term is to build children`s confidence in writing in preparation for Year 1. The national end of year expectation for EYFS is that children should be able to:

`Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves or others.  Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.` (Early Learning Goal, Development Matters)

For children who can do this, parents should aim to encourage their child to work towards the exceeding descriptors:

Children should be able to:

  • Spell phonically regular words of more than one syllable as well as many irregular but high frequency words.
  • Use the key features of narrative in their own writing. (EYFS Exceeding Descriptors)

We would also suggest that children working at this level should be able to use full stops and capital letters correctly.

Each week we expect to see a piece of writing from every child on Tapestry from the menu of options given on the planning.

Topic Planning:

For those parents who wish to access some additional learning for their children, we have suggested some of the Foundation lessons from the Oak National Academy.

Phonics Planning:

This will continue as normal and you should access the planning for your child`s group.  If you feel that this is now too easy for your child, please do get in touch, so that we can advise you on the best set of plans to follow.

Home Learning Expectations:

Now that children are in the preparation phase for Year 1, we would expect that formal learning should be increased to include

  • Daily Phonics Lesson (20 minutes)
  • Daily Maths Lesson (20 – 30 minutes)
  • 2 – 3 English lessons of 20 – 30 minutes per week


Should you have any queries do not hesitate to get in touch. We request that all emails go through Mrs James and should not be directed to class teachers.

Many thanks,

Lucy James and the EYFS Team