Welcome to the EYFS Home Learning Page!

This page is designed to help you support your child at home. It contains tips, games and advice as to how children learn and how you can support your child at home. We hope you enjoy completing the activities and ideas with your child at home!


What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage: a guide for parents


Helping Your Child with Maths

In EYFS children are gaining confidence within numbers to 5, and then 10. They are also learning to use the language of size, weight, capacity, time, money, shape and pattern.    


Please take a more detailed look below at what children are working on in Nursery and Reception.

EYFS Maths Key Skills


Please read the document below to find out how we teach Maths and see how you can help your child with Maths at home.

EYFS Maths Mastery Booklet


Please click on the links to see how you can further support your child at home:

Maths tips for parents age 3-4 https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/67353/count-with-me-leaflet-3-to-4-years.pdf

Maths tips for parents age 4+ https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/67354/count-with-me-leaflet-4-years-plus.pdf

How to form numerals correctly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlfQhHQAUCY


Please follow the links to Maths games that your child can play at home:








Helping Your Child With Reading and Writing

In Nursery, children begin their phonics journey by looking at Phase 1 phonics. Nursery children then move onto Read Write Inc Phonics when they are ready. In Phase 1 phonics, children are taught about:

  • Environmental sounds
  • Instrumental sounds
  • Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping)
  • Rhythm and rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice sounds
  • Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes ‘dog’)

In Reception, we use Read Write Inc. to teach phonics. We begin by teaching individual sounds, not letter names, and then we teach the children to blend these sounds together to read words e.g. d-o-g is dog. Children then learn to segment a word. This means they can break it down to spell the word. The way we teach this is through Fred Fingers. Children hold up the same number of fingers for the number of sounds in a word and pinch a finger for each sound e.g. hat would be three fingers, clap would be four fingers, shop would be three fingers as sh is one sound. 

High Frequency Words are words that your child will see frequently. Red words are words that children learn in Reception that can't be spelt using Fred Fingers. To help with fluency, these words will be sent home with your child so that they can practise reading them speedily. Once your child can recognise the words speedily, they will be given the next set. For more information please look at the powerpoint below which was used during the RWI Parent Workshop. 

Reception RWI Parent Workshop


Please follow the links for Literacy games that your child can play at home:





Videos to Support with Read Write Inc

Please click here to go the parent section of Ruth Miskin's  website which contains lots of parental support for helping with Read Write Inc at  home. 

Here is a video on how to pronounce the Set 1 sounds

Here is an example of how a Set 1 speeds sound lessons is taught: 

Please click here to see Mrs Moorcroft explain how we teach writing. 

Please click here to see Mrs Moorcroft model how children write sentences in Reception.

Please take a more detailed look below at what children are working on in Nursery and Reception.

EYFS Literacy Key Skills

It is really important that children are forming their letters correctly. Please see the document below for the rhymes that accompany Read Write Inc. They will help your children to remember how each letter is formed. Please click here to watch a video that shows you how each letter is formed correctly, using the RWI rhymes.

EYFS Handwriting phrases


Tales Toolkit

In EYFS, we use 'Tales Toolkit'. Tales Toolkit provides interactive, child led resources aimed at early years, all using easy to remember symbols representing story structure. Tales Toolkit's innovative resources give children independence to create and write stories around interests using anything to hand!

Please see the resources below to find out more about Tales Toolkit and how you can support your child with story telling at home. If you would like any of the resources printing off to use at home, then please ask a member of staff. 

Tales Toolkit


Supporting Your Child’s Wellbeing 

Book Trust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Their website has lots of ideas for families. The following link has suggestions for using stories to help children to make sense of their world and support their wellbeing: www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-features/features/2019/september/5-ways-reading- together-can-support-childrens-wellbeing/

Tom Hardy reads a bedtime story, Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. It’s all about a little crab overcoming his worries with a little help and encouragement: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hs1y/cbeebies-bedtime-stories-753-tom-hardy-the- problem-with-problems

Book trust has information about supporting bedtime routines: www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/bath-book-bed/

Music activities with young children support their physical and mental wellbeing by encouraging movement and providing a means of expression. The songs on CBeebies music time are varied and fun for everyone: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05532jj

Try out some yoga and mindfulness to help your child to relax and sooth any anxieties: www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga 


Online Learning Journey: Tapestry

All children in Early Years have a Learning Journey. At St. Clare's our Learning Journeys are online and are accessed via Tapestry. Login details to access your child’s account will be sent out in the first few weeks of Autumn Term. If you are having any problems accessing your child’s account then please speak to a member of staff. 

The Learning Journey provides photographs and observations detailing some of the learning that is taking place in school. We love to see what learning your children have been doing at home, so please send us photographs of what your child has been getting up to at home and how you are helping them with their next steps. 


Support With Using Tapestry

How to add observations to Tapestry:


How to use the activities feature on Tapestry:


Accessing documents:


Downloading your child's Learning Journey:


Setting up your notifications: