At HPS we believe passionately that young children learn best when they have a balance of direct and group teaching sandwiched between large chunks of carefully planned, open-ended play. We use the '3-M's' (Mathematics, Mark-Making and Making Conversation) in all our interactions, using our knowledge of your child's next steps to help them make progress. Watch this space for more information...

But all they do is play? What do they actually learn?!


Remote Learning support for pupils self isolating:

Home Learning for pupils who have to self-isolate from the start of the Autumn term (September 2021')

Use the link below to acces our nine day remote learning plan for families of children who are having to self-isolate or are off school due to other sickness and bugs that are prominent this term. If you need any other advice or support please get in touch with your child's teacher using Tapestry.

Your HPS 'Learning Challenges' should you be out of school awaiting test results (PCR)

Remote Learning: Week - 12th July - 16th July

Monday 12th:

Tuesday 13th:

Wednesday 14th:

Thursday 15th:

Friday 16th:

Below we have included a "Day One of Remote Learning for Self Isolating Pupils". Use this to support your child  for the first day of isolation. You will find a document with teaching ideas for the day, targeting reading, maths, literacy and SOLE (other curriculum areas). 

We include supporting links in this weekly document and separate files on this page to help with the activities. Activity sheets are for inspiration and ideas, you are welcome to print these or draw your own. 

Please keep in touch with us through Tapestry where we can see your child's learning and offer further support if needed. 

Day 1 of Remote learning for Self Isolating Pupils:

Remote learning for Monday 7th June 2021:

Remote Learning for Monday 24th May 2021:

Remote Learning for Monday 17th May 2021:

Remote Learning for Monday 10th May 2021:

Remote Learning for Tuesday 4th May 2021:

Remote Learning for Monday 26th April 2021:

Remote Learning for the week beginning the 19th April 2021: If I had a dinosaur.

If I Had a Dinosaur

Our focus story for this week.

Remote Learning for the week beginning 29th March 2021: The Easter Story

The Christian Story of Easter | Religions of the World

Remote Learning for the week beginning Monday 22nd March 2021: Nimesh the Adventurer

Nimesh the Adventurer by Ranjit Singh | Read by David

Our focus text for this week...

Sesame Street: Abby and Cookie Monster Subtract (Eat) Cookies

Abby has nine cookies altogether, nine scrumptious delicious golden chocolatey chocolate chip cookies. And she is going to teach Cookie Monster how to subtract!

Remote Learning for the week beginning Monday 15th March 2021: Ruby's Worry

Ruby's Worry

Shapes - 2D Shapes

Remote Learning for the week beginning Monday 8th March 2021:

Jack and the Beanstalk

Remote Learning - A model for parents to create an effective learning environment.
All Lockdown tutorials can be found in the Video Resource Center (VRC):
Pre-Cursive handwriting in Reception at HPS:
Numeral writing:
Phonics support for isolating families:
Reading Resources to support remote learning families:

What questions can I ask my child when I read with my child?

Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) including Relationships
Adventure Island...are you ready for an exciting Lockdown adventure?!
Adventure Island is the brain-child of Greg Bottrill, an ex-assistant headteacher at HPS. With a little help from Mr Lopez, he has created an imaginary world full of exciting characters and settings that allow young children to loose themselves in make believe and fantasy;  learning at every opportunity along the way!
Adventure Island Magazines:
Adventure Island TV Episodes:
Daily timetables (including hyperlinks)

Wednesday 13th Jan.

Thursday 14th January:
Friday 15th January:
Monday 18th January:
Tuesday 19th January:
Wednesday 20th January:
Thursday 21st January:
Friday 22nd January:
Monday 25th January:
Tuesday 26th January:
Wednesday 27th January:
Thursday 28th January:
Friday 29th January:
Monday 1st February
Tuesday 2nd February
Wednesday 3rd February
Thursday 4th February
Friday 5th February
Monday 8th February
Tuesday 9th February
Wednesday 10th February
Thursday 11th February
Friday 12th February
Tuesday 23rd February
Wednesday 24th February
Thursday 25th February
Friday 26th February
Monday 1st March
Tuesday 2nd March
Wednesday 3rd March
Thursday 4th March
Friday 5th March
The final Daily Briefing!!!
Remote Learning Resources: Lockdown 3 (These resources can also be collected as a paper copy from the school office)
NOTE: The face template is 22 pages long!!! YOU DO NOT NEED TO PRINT IT ALL OUT. You will need the features sheet and one of the face tempates.
Other resources for The Three Billy Goats Gruff can be found below in 04.01.21 

Phase 2 and 3 sound mats

Parent and carers guide to pronouncing phonemes (sounds)

Letters and Sounds for home and school guide for pronouncing phonemes. Watch to find out how to pronounce the sounds we use.

Letter-join login details to use at home

Precursive letter formation

Home Learning: WB 14.12.20

The Christian Story of the First Christmas | Religions of the World

Home Learning: WB 07.12.20
Home Learning: WB 30.11.20

Stuck-Oliver Jeffers

Home Learning: WB 23.11.20

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Three Bears return to their cottage to find that someone has eaten their porridge, has sat in their chairs and has been sleeping in their beds! Who could...

Home Learning: WB 16.11.20
Home Learning: Wk. beginning. 09-11-20
Home Learning WB 02.11.20
 Home Learning: WB 19.10.20 

The Book of Butterflies: Rich Vocabulary

Butterfly template

Home Learning WB 12.10.20
Documents from previous year:
HPS Virtual Sports Day

Transition into year one and home learning over the summer

We hope you have a fabulous and fun summer holiday! We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school in September. To help make this a smooth transition for all of our children, we have made some resources for you to look through and complete with your child. The story 'Safe in school' may be helpful if your child is feeling anxious about the return to school. We have made a shorter story as well, called 'Going back to school', that your child might prefer. There is also a 'Meet the teacher' document, a video from your child's new teacher, and a list of the new rules that we will be helping the children to follow in September. The week before school starts, we will be adding a video tour of your child's new classroom and key areas of the school to this page. Have a lovely summer, and we can't wait to see you all soon!


We have also set you some challenges to help you practise some important skills and to prepare you for our first SOLE topic, "Enchanted Woodland!" 

In September you will each be given your very own SOLE journal. These will be personalised by you with photos, stickers and things that you like. You could start to collect these over the summer if you would like to. 


Hello to all of our Reception children and families. 


During this period of school closure we will be posting weekly home learning challenges here to support home learning. 


Please have a look at the general guidance document which lists key websites, strategies and games which you may also find useful. 


Please use our EYFS assessment tool - Tapestry to share learning with us. We will be able to give feedback and suggest next steps through this app too. 


Thinking of you all and looking forward to being back with you all soon. 


Miss Haley and Miss Wilton :) 



Thank you to all the families that have been supporting learning at home. We hope this class page will give you some useful ideas and prompts whilst school is closed. The document above states the learning goals for children during their reception year. Practise of any of these key skills at home will help them to continue on their learning journey during this time.

The Gingerbread Man - Books Alive!

Our focus text this week is The Gingerbread Man!

Don't forgot the teacher tutorials in the Video Resource Centre on our website!


Don't forgot the teacher tutorials in the Video Resource Centre on our website! Go to the Reception section to see Miss Haley, Miss Wilton, Miss Chiappe and Mrs Sanders teach you our new vocabulary for this week, counting back when subtracting, writing a prediction for what happens next in the story and how to craft the frog using paper and toilet rolls!

Oi Frog! - Books Alive! Read Aloud book for kids

Giraffe's Can't Dance Animation Movie

The Rainbow Fish read by Ernest Borgnine

The Rainbow Fish is written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister and read by Ernest Borgnine. The Rainbow Fish is an award-winning book about a beautiful fish w...

The Snail and the Whale

Our focus book for this week is the Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson.

This week's home learning is based on the wonderful story, 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. We hope you enjoy these activities this week. 


Miss Haley and Miss Wilton 

This weeks home learning challenges are based on the story called 'A tiny seed' by Eric Carle. The same author as the Hungry Caterpillar from a few week ago. 

We hope you will enjoy learning about the seeds, growth, the seasons and capacity this week! 

Thank you to all the families that have been sharing learning through our Tapestry app. This is a quick and easy way to share the things your children have been doing at home. It is also our way to celebrate this and to suggest next steps and ideas with you. 

If you are having problems using the app or with your account then please fill in the information on the letter below and email it to With the subject 'Reception Tapestry Set up' and I will be able to reset your account and assist you. 





The Messy Magpie- Youtube video for use on phones or tablets

Watch this story about the importance of caring for our environment.

Letter from your teacher - Time capsule

Reception VE day activities

Instructions for how to make a booklet:

Food review template or idea to copy

Greener Devon Competition!

CBeebies Bedtime Stories - If I Had a Dinosaur

Eddie Redmayne reading the story, "If I had a Dinosaur" by Gabby Dawnay.

Home learning challenges w/b: 20.4.20

Resources to support home learning w/b: 20.4.20

Some further phonics support 13.4.20

Reading and Phonics
Stories read by our teachers at Honiton Primary School. Follow the link below to our own video resource centre on our school webpage:

Phase 2, 3 and 4 tricky words.

Phase 2 phonics- home learning.

Phase 3 phonics- home learning.

Phase 4 phonics- home learning.

Staying Active

Chants to write our numbers

Understanding the world

Signs of Spring worksheet

Useful links 

A social story to help explain about why we are at home and staying safe.