St Nicholas Church of England

Infants' School

Becoming The Best We Can Be

Swan (Reception)

To access weekly overviews for Remote Learning please see the Remote Learning page. Follow the link below and please don't hesitate to get in touch should you  have any questions.

Welcome to Swan Class


We are looking forward to helping the new Swans with becoming the best they can be as they start their school journey with us.

The grown-ups helping the Swans will be Mrs Payne, Miss Smith and Miss Marshall.


We will making the most of all the learning opportunities both inside and outside. As we move through each term we will add photos, information and home learning to this page so please check back each week to see what we have all been up to.


Should you have any questions or concerns please catch one of us as the gate or make an appointment through the office, alternatively contact us via email.

Please note that teachers cannot check emails throughout the day therefore please contact the school office with any matters of a more urgent nature, thank you.

You should have received some ideas via email about what you could do if you are at home at the moment. 


The  websites below are also worth a visit:

Phonics games -

Oxford Owl - English and Maths information and activities and e-books -

Home learning resources -

50-fantastic ideas to try at home -

Literacy apps -

Purple Mash -


Apps that other parents have recommended:

  • Doodle pad
  • Teach your monster to read
  • Hairy phonics
  • Nessy
  • Puppet Pals
  • Duolingo


Other Ideas

Maths at home


 It really helps with maths for things to be practical and not abstract (in your head). Always have things for the children to count, move, touch. So they can see the numbers/ quantities.


  • Play games – snakes and ladders, Ludo, counting games, bingo, card games- clockwork patients, snap etc.
  • Match the numeral to the number of things e.g. the numeral 4 and 4 apples
  • Spot numbers in the house, on a clock, on the cooker, on the microwave, in the bathroom.
  • Spot numbers when you are out and about, on doors, signs, in the supermarket, in the swimming pool.
  • Count out the cutlery/plates/bowls as it they are put on the table
  • Sort out smarties/ skittles into colours and then count them
  • One more than and one less than
  • Number bonds to 10 and when confident to 20. 7+3=10, 2+8=10, 5+5=10 etc. 17+3=20, 12+8=20, 10+10=20
  • Share out fruit/ sweets/ cakes/biscuits, talk about equal, fair, the same
  • Bake with your child and use scales to weigh out ingredients
  • Play in water, in the bath for example, look at different containers, will they hold the same, more or less?
  • Talk about time. What happens in a day? A week? A month? A year?
  • Sequence a day or a week, what happens first, second etc.?
  • Begin to think about adding two numbers together, but do it in a concrete way; make sure that the quantities they are adding are visible and touchable. Vocabulary- add, sum, altogether, equals, more than.
  • Work in the same way with subtraction. Vocabulary- subtract, take away, less than, minus


Phonics at home

  • Play games – snap, treasure hunt, I spy
  • Segment a word and allow your child to blend it orally
  • Read to your child, talk about the pictures, how do the characters feel? How do you know? What could happen next? Why?
  • Read to your child just to enjoy the book.
  • Re Read the sentence your child has read to make sure they understand.


At this difficult time simple things like playing a game, watching a fitness video, mindfulness, watching an age appropriate film, will be just as valuable and reassuring for your children.

If you find any other websites and apps that are worth sharing please do let me know.


Best wishes I am thinking of you all

Sue Payne