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Working from home FAQs and tips!

End of year expectations


Please look at our EYFS curriculum page, as this will provide a lot of information about where children are expected to be at the end of the year. This also includes breakdowns by term, with short phrases that detail what we would expect to see at each point of the year if children are to acheive end of year targets and make progress at a 'typical' rate.


Children tend to make accelerated progress in the summer term, so please do not panic yourself or feel pressured about the rate of progress being made at home! Below is a document that was made to provide examples of how children can demonstrate that they have met end of year expectations, so I'm sure these will be reassuring as you can see that children are well on the way to meeting these!

Below is an audio file of a child reading at the end of year expected level

EOY expected standard example - Reading

Hopefully we can share some advice and experience with you to help children get the most out of learning at home. We will try and upload a few links, websites and video 'tips and tricks' to this page, so check back regularly!



There are two main skills in reading, Word decoding and comprehension. Both can be practiced without books! I know a lot of children don't like reading ebooks and we are unfortunately unable to lend any out at the moment!

Decoding (spotting the sounds and reading the words) can be practiced with flashcards, reading words around the house/on every day items and Phonics app/games (consider the phonics scheme references as letters and sounds teaches children slightly differently to RWI). 

To practice comprehension, children can listen to stories and answer questions (see the document below). This could even be done after watching a short tv program or looking at a picture and suggesting what is happening. 



Reception children still only have little hands! 'Normal' pencils will be too small for them, so we use bigger, triangular pencils. 


The friction between the writing implement and the surface is quite important. We do all our writing in pencil on paper, so handwriting practice in felt pen or on a whiteboard with a board pen is not as effective as with pencil on paper, which is why we try as much as possible to practice writing on paper with a pencil. 


Children write best on lined paper. Lines that are roughly double/triple the size of 'normal/standard' notebooks would be ideal!




Use stuff/objects all the time! Children need to visualise numbers in the early stage of Mathematical learning, so please don't try and do anything mentally just yet!


When counting objects, touch them one at a time as this reduces errors and reinforces 1 object having a value of 1 etc. 


Day to day things

Looking after things and being independent is part of the EYFS curriculum! It is important by the end of reception that children can take care of their own possessions, tidy up when required and regulate their own water intake. This would be a great time to develop these skills at home!






If your technology availability has changed at all from when we asked you previously, please let us know if we can try and help!