Having returned from maternity leave I am going to be in reception one day a week starting next week. I have to do some planning and I wondered if anyone had some ideas. I know what reception learn but I have never been in a class so early in the year. I am not sure if the 2nd/3rd week back is too early to do any number work or literacy work? I wasn't going to do any whole class stuff but was going to do groups of work doing a number game, like picking out numbers and counting out objects to match the number or doing actions to match the number etc. Something like that while the rest of them do planning. Is this too hard though? Should I stick to just counting out objects to match numbers so early in the year? Also, with literacy again is it too early to do anything using phonics, like playing games with sounds like picking objects beginning/ending with certain sounds. I guess the first sound would be S from SAPTIN? Was thinking about some sort of art in the afternoon, like printing with leaves but don't think it's quite time for the leaves to drop off the trees yet. So was thinking about story about a family and then drawing/painting their own family. Any good?