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Letter and Sounds from home and school


We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme at St Martin’s. The Department for Education have funded a YouTube channel called ‘Letters and Sounds for home and school’ with daily phonics lessons that follow a very similar structure to what our children are familiar with.


On this channel there are two units of videos that are suitable for Reception children:


The first unit of videos is called ‘Reception lessons’.

These videos each introduce a new sound and then practice blending (for reading) and/or segmenting (for spelling) with the new sound. They are quite fast paced and it may be that your child would benefit from the second unit.


The second unit of videos is called ‘Learning to Blend lessons’.

These videos are brilliant for children who need a bit of extra practice blending sounds together.


These videos are completely optional and do not need to be watched daily. I fully appreciate difficulties with accessing laptops/tablets while learning from home and will continue to share a short daily phonics activity in addition to this link.

Letters and Sounds


With a grown-up, play a listening game about going on a bug hunt in the garden. ‘I went on a bug hunt and I saw…’ – instead of saying the word, split it up into its sounds. The other person has to guess what you saw by blending the sounds together. E.g. ‘I went on a bug hunt and I saw ‘g-r-a-ss.’ – ‘You saw grass!’ Some ideas of things you might see: stick, slug, ant, snail, leaf, worm, moth, bee.



We’ve listened to two stories now about bugs who go on their own adventure and we’ve explored lots of other minibeasts. This week we are going to have a go at planning our own story about a bug who goes on an adventure.


First of all we are going to think about the elements of a story.

Read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ again and think about each of the story elements.

You can talk to your grown-up about this, you could do some drawings or you could have a go at writing your answers.



Today we are thinking about finding doubles. To find a double we add a number to itself e.g. 1 + 1 = 2.


Can you add some spots to these butterflies so each one has the same number on both wings to find doubles?

You could draw your own butterflies and add the spots with paint or felt tips to find doubles.


Challenge: can you write a number sentence for each double? E.g. 5 + 5 = 10



Choose a challenge from the home learning challenges grid.



When you share a story today, can you look out for the tricky word ‘to’?

Dance break of the day

Sing-a-long song of the day

Today's sing-a-long song of the day is linked to maths.

When we say number sentences we normally use 'add' rather than 'plus' so children might just need reminding that these are the same.