Sir John Lillie

Primary School

Succeeding on the Journey through Lifelong Learning


Hello Reception


Welcome to our new Home Learning page where you will find your learning whilst school is closed.


Here are your first set of learning challenges. Have fun completing them!


A great article to help guide you


Here you will find an example of a Reception Daily Timetable that you might find useful. Please remember it is only a suggestion. Children should be completing their daily home learning challenges. However, incorporate them in your family routines as you see fit.

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Friday 3rd April 2020

Hello Reception S! It's the last day of school before the Spring Break! Remember, home schooling finishes at 1.30 pm today wink

Don't you worry, we won't let you be bored! Apart from the 'SJL' MasterChefs' challenge, we also prepared a 'Spring Break Project' for you to do! Have a look at the posters below to see what your challenges are! Don't forget to email the pictures of your projects to !


Grown-ups, please don't forget to check for the updates in our Phonics tutorial section at the bottom of this page. I will be adding to it at some point today.


Myself, Tara and Mala, we all want to wish you a happy and safe break! Keep being busy and look after one another.


 Mr Szot, Tara and Mala


Active 8 Minute Workout Featuring Eloise and Charlie | The Body Coach TV

This is a great one for all ages. 2 rounds | 7 exercises | 20 seconds work | 20 seconds rest Reverse lunges Mountain climbers Squats / Squat jumps Sprint on ...

Yesterday, you watched Toby getting ready for Easter. Today, let's see how Toby and his family celebrate Easter.

Can you watch the video below and answer the questions? Remember, you might need to watch it more than once to get all the answers!

1. What did Toby and his family have for breakfast on Easter Sunday?

2.Where did Toby and his family go after their breakfast?

3. What did Toby give to Tia?

4. What were Toby and his friends looking for in Father John's garden?

5. Extra questions: Do we all celebrate Easter? Is it OK to celebrate different customs and traditions? (YES!) :-)


CBeebies | Celebrating Easter | Let's Celebrate

CBeebies - Watch Toby celebrate Easter as he goes to church with his family and goes on an Easter egg hunt. Visit CBeebies at t...

Tara's phonics group

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Good Morning Reception S! Can you believe it's already Thursday?! I hope you have had a good night sleep and you are ready for your new challenges!


Thank you Yasmine for your beautiful picture of a rainbow! I am sure it will put big smiles on people's faces when they see it in your window!


Dear grown-ups, I have started a simple phonics tutorial that you can find at the bottom of this page. Hopefully it will help you understand phonics even better. Believe me, that is not how I learnt to write and read so it took me a while to get my head around it. smiley I hope you will find it useful and it will help you further support your child in learning how to read and write. I started the tutorial with pre-reading and reading skills and I will be adding other aspects of teaching phonics as we go along. smiley

Summer Holiday Kids Workout | With Sid (aged 7) The Body Coach

👉🏻 If you'd like to see more workout aimed at kids please hit the LIKE button and comment below 👈🏻 Here's another awesome kids workout for you to try at home...

As part of the Early Years curriculum it is very important we are aware of different traditions and customs from around the world. Can you watch the clip of Toby and his family preparing for Easter and answer the following questions:

1. What do we call people who celebrate Easter?

2. What animals did Toby and his friends see on the farm?

3. What is the animal in the video that hatches out of an egg?

4. What was the long flower that Toby picked?

5. Where was the garden that Toby saw?

Extra questions: Do we all celebrate the same things?

                            What would the world be like if we all celebrated the  

                            same things?  (Spoiler alert!!! BORING wink)

CBeebies | Preparing for Easter | Let's Celebrate

CBeebies - Watch Toby visit a farm and pick flowers for church. Visit CBeebies at to find even more fun games and videos for yo...

Maths - 2D shape hunt

Nisreene's Phonics group

Mr Szot's phonics group

Tara's phonics group

Geraldine the Giraffe learns the /qu/ sound

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Amazing Chit-Chat Pitter-Pat #smilingtogether2020 challenge! Join in!

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Good morning All! Now, Mr Szot had his sleepy moment yesterday.

He accidentally repeated the same Maths challenge and it wasn't even April Fools' Day yet! surprise On the bright side, you will be flying with finding doubles by the end of the week. laugh


Thank you Lennart for sending the photos of your amazing science experiment! I know what I will be doing over the Easter holidays now! smiley We also wanted to say thank you to Lennart's parents for the lovely message. It made our day!


Just looking outside the window and it looks like we are going to have a sunny day! That has already put a big smile on my face! laugh

I wonder who you are going to play a trick on today! Remember it's April Fools' Day!


Enjoy your challenges!

5 Minute Move Featuring Betsy | The Body Coach TV

Join me and Betsy for this awesome 5-minute workout.

Nisreene's phonics group

Mr Szot's phonics group

Tara's phonics group

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Good morning Reception! It is great to see more of you sending photos to share with your friends. Some amazing baking skills from Brodie and Jack. Look out for the SJL MasterChef competition coming in the next couple of days! I like the idea of using a magnifying glass to make the pictures and letters look even bigger on your tablet Lennox! Wow! Look at your colouring in skills Lucy!

Have a brilliant day and enjoy the new learning challenges. smiley

Active 8 Minute Workout Featuring Harry | The Body Coach TV

A great one for all ages. 8 exercises | 40 seconds work | 20 seconds rest Toe touches Power knees Heel kicks Jumping jacks Squat hold punches Up down plank C...

Maths - revisit doubling

Nisreene's phonics group 'oa'

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Mr Szot's phonics group 'ai'

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Tara's phonics group

Monday 30th March 2020

Hello Reception S! I Hope you have had a fantastic weekend. Thank you Dollie and Joshua for sharing with us some amazing photos of your home learning! I am sure all of your friends were happy to see your smiley faces. Tara, Mala and I definitely were! I love how you remember to keep fit and healthy Joshua! It is very important! Dollie, what a creative way of writing your name! We cannot wait to see some more photos of all of you Reception so please remember to send some to !

I Hope you are ready for some new learning challenges! smiley

Active 8 Minute Workout Featuring Alfie | The Body Coach TV

8 minute kids workout 😊

Tara's phonics group - reading comprehension

Mr Szot and Nisreene's phonics groups - reading comprehension

Understanding the World

Help Sparky the Alien plant a seed. Click on the link below and choose the 4th flower from the top.

Friday 27th March 2020

Good morning Reception S! It's Friday! smiley I hope you are all well and you are enjoying your home learning challenges! I bet your friends would love to see what you have been up to. Let's keep our school community spirit going and share some photos of you being busy at home. If you would like to share some photos with all of us let your grown-ups know and they could email them to . Go to to check the pictures your friends have already sent to us! Have a great day and stay well!


Don't forget your daily morning workout! smiley





This Live Lesson will help your child to think and work like a scientist, with a focus on taste, nutrition, and the energy that food provides.

Literacy/Undertanding the World

Tara's phonics group

Mr Szot's phonics group

Nisreene's phonics group

Thursday 26th March 2020

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying your daily learning challenges! Remember practice makes perfect! Have a wonderful day and don't forget to enjoy a bit of sunshine too! Keep smiling and enjoy the glorious weather! smiley

Remember to join Joe Wicks with his daily PE routine!

Play dough challenge

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Hello Reception S! I hope you are all well and you are excited for the new learning challenges! Let's start our day with some exercises! We will be joining in too! Let's see who is the fittest!

Mr Szot & Tara :-)

If you are in Nisreene's phonics group please learn the 'ai'  sound
If you are in Mr Szot's phonics group learn the 'th' sound
If you are in Tara's phonics group learn the 'sh' sound.

Spring Walk!

Work your way up from the easiest (Green), medium (Yellow) all the way to the hardest challenges (Red)
Phonics tutorial:

You can teach your child both letter names and the sounds they make. Although, it is far more important that your child knows what sound a letter makes at this stage of their education. They need to know letter sounds to read and write simple words and sentences.


At SJL, we follow 'Letters & Sounds' scheme which you can find here:


In Reception, we cover Phases 2 and 3 of 'Letters & Sounds'.

Watch the videos below to help you understand better what I mean when I say "letter sounds".



Phase 2 Phonic Sound Help with Pronunciation

This may help with the pronunciation of Phase 2 phonic sounds

Phonics Phase 3 Sounds for Pronunciation

I hope this video will help you with the pronunciation of the phase 3 sounds.

Once your child knows some letter sounds we can start teaching them to blend those sounds together to read.

Before children start to read it is very important they know how to blend words orally by listening to a grown-up sound talk 2 or 3-sound words to them. Repetition is the key factor here. The more you practise sound talking with them the more confident they will become at pushing those sounds together. Watch the video below:


Phase 2 oral blending

This is a video clip from the DfES Letters and Sounds Programme (2007) used to teach children to read in many schools. This clip shows children rehearsing th...

When your child is very confident at oral blending, they are ready to move on to the next stage - READING!

This is when we can show them a 2 or 3-sound word and ask them to read all of the sounds and blend/push them together. Again, repetition is very important. The more times they read a word the more fluent they become. See the video below:

Practise Blending Sounds for Reading- CVC Words Check out our printable phonics resources and online games! This reading machine helps children practice blendin...

In the previous entries I spoke about pre-reading and reading skills. To further explore the topic I thought it is worth mentioning that in order to read, children will  have to be quite quick at recognising sounds.

That will help them read sounds in words quickly so they can push the sounds together to figure out what word they are reading.


One of the ways to help your child get quicker at recognising sounds is to create flash cards with sounds on them. You can make them on a piece of card or paper. It doesn't have to be fancy smiley You can find all Phase 2 and 3 sounds in the Starter Pack just above the Phonics tutorial section. 


Once you have made the flash cards you could either display them somewhere in your child's room or just flash the sounds at them once a day, so that they still get that important repetition and have a greater chance at storing sounds in their long-term memory.

See a couple of examples of flash cards below, but you can think of your own way of making them. Be creative!smiley

Phonics Flash cards

Stephen and Kerry discuss the versatility of the Phonics Flashcards within the classroom Phonics Flashcards:

How To Teach Phonics With Flip Book

Easy to make phonics flip book improves reading skills in an engaging and fun way. Alex loved going through pages of mini notepads to find letters and blends...

Common exception words or 'tricky words', what we call them in Reception, are must know if we want a child to become a fluent reader one day. We call them 'tricky words' because they can't be read phonetically. Children simply need to remember them by sight.


Every time we introduce a new tricky word in our phonics sessions we give children an example of how to use that word in a sentence. When I introduced the tricky word 'my' I  told children a sentence with this word so they knew how to use it in the right context, e.g. "You are my best friend". Then, I asked a few children to come up with their own sentences with the word 'my' to check whether they understood the meaning of the new tricky word. I would also try and use the new word in a sentence in the reading part of my phonics session, so that they could see the word in the context of a sentence, again.


It is very important that children understand the meaning of the word and know how to use it in a sentence so it is not just a meaningless group of letters put together. When you read a book/story with your child and you spot the tricky words you know your child has practised, draw their attention to them and ask them to read the words to you.


You will find all of the Reception tricky words in the Starter Pack above this Phonics tutorial. Also, you will find some of the words in the yellow Reading Records we were sending home each week. Focus on 2 or 3 tricky words a week. Listen to your child. They know their pace best! smiley



7. Learning tricky common words

Some words just don't follow the rules! Miss Wiedermann explains the importance of learning those 'tricky words' that are so common they appear all the time!

Tricky words

"Tricky words" are words that can't be spelled phonetically. We must menorize what they say. By unscramling sentences that contain these tricky words, studen...

tricky words

building sentences