English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Home learning


In Early Years our main focus for learning at home is reading. Your child will bring colour banded books home to read, suitable to their ability. These are changed weekly on a Friday. We encourage you to read with your child every day. The skills in reading are not just decoding but also comprehension, understanding what you or they have read.  To communicate about your child’s reading you can write on Tapestry by adding an observation.


In addition to the decoding and comprehension side of reading. We also focus on reading and writing red words (cannot be segmented and blended). Here are the ones we are covering:





We follow the Song of Sounds programme which is a song based appoach to learning. Here is a video to the song We will let you know what sounds we are focusing on weekly and give some ideas of ways to practise. 



We teach Maths through the White Rose Scheme which uses a play based approach linked to key texts. We are passionate about giving our children a secure understanding of number, pattern and shape which are the building blocks for being confident mathematicians.  See for further information. 



Extra Learning

If you look at the school website under the Early Years section- current learning, you will see a link called Parent Leaflet EY. This has all the end of year expectations and can give you some good ideas on what to focus on at home.  If your child needs some additional support,  we will provide you with the resources to support this at home. If there is anything you feel could help though, please feel free to meet with us and we can support this.


Useful Websites

ICT games




Phonics Play


Top Marks


Number Blocks


Alpha Blocks