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?!


Weekly home learning and support for pupils self isolating:

Below we have included weekly home learning and support for those pupils who are self isolating. You will find a document with teaching ideas for the week, 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. 

Home Learning: WB 30.11.20

Stuck-Oliver Jeffers

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.

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

Precursive letter formation

Letter-join login details to use at home

Phase 2 and 3 sound mats

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.