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Working at Home With Your Child Reception

Working at Home With Your Child

to achieve the

Early Learning Goals by the end of Reception

Communication and Language

Listen attentively in a range of situations.

Listen to stories accurately anticipating key events. Respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. Give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events. Children express themselves effectively showing awareness of listeners’ needs. Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Physical Development

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Move confidently in a range of ways safely negotiate space. Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

Manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. Confident to speak in a familiar group. Talk about their ideas. Choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. Say when they do or don’t need help. Children talk about how they and others show feelings. Talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. Work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others.

Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings.

Form positive relationships with adults and other children.


Children read and understand simple sentences.

Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. Read some common irregular words. Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. Write some irregular common words. Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.



Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20

Place numbers in order. Say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers.

Count on or back to find the answer. Solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Children use everyday language to talk about size weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money. Compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. Recognise, create and describe patterns. Explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Understanding the World

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. Know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. Know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things

talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. Make observations of animals and plants.

Explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. Select and use technology for particular purposes.


Expressive Arts and Design

Children sing songs and experiment with ways of changing them. Make music and experiment with ways of changing them. Dance and experiment with ways of changing it. Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. Experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through; design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.