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St. Michael & St. Martin

Catholic Primary School

Learning our faith, living our faith, loving our faith


Is your child starting Reception in September? Read the information below for how to help prepare your child.

Welcome to Reception! 

If you are in RG your teacher is Miss Gostelow and supported by Miss Doyle. If you are in RD your teacher is Miss Durbin and supported by Miss Giammatteo.

We are looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you!


Our topic for the Autumn term is called ‘All About Me’.



We will be reading the following texts- Funny bones, Here We Are, The Colour Monster, Can I build another me? and The Name Jar. We will be exploring these texts through hands on activities such as making a skeleton {Funny bones} and building a robot {Can I build another me?} The children will begin to use their phonic knowledge to write labels and captions. To support their learning at home, you can practice writing their name and write shopping lists.



We will be starting the Read Write Inc {RWI} phonic scheme. We will introduce a single sound each day and a sheet will be sent home to reinforce each sound. The children will learn how to say and recognise the letter sounds. We will be modelling the correct letter formation. The children will begin to recognise the sounds in their name and initial sounds in words. To continue the learning at home you can play games such as I spy…


Religious Education

To begin with, the children will be learning their class prayers and class Saints {RG – St Therese and RD – St David}. We will be working together as a class to create our ‘Golden Rules’. At home, you can practise your class prayers with your family {please see the school website}.

Our topic this half term is ‘Beginnings’. We will be looking at how we are all different and unique and come from diverse families from all over the world. As well as their own immediate families, the children will also learn about being part of the church family which they were welcomed into at Baptism. The children will understand that in the church family, God is Our Father. Additionally, the children will be learning that time spent with God is called Prayer. 


Maths- Number

In our Math’s lessons we will be focusing on numbers 1 to 5. We are going to be learning to write our numbers correctly and to recognise the numerals in and out of order. The children will be learning the value of each number in different contexts such as 5 objects and a 5p coin. Additionally, children will be learning to catergorise and sort various objects into groups such as colours {The Colour Monster} and different recyclable materials {Here We Are}. To extend their learning at home, encourage your child to look for numbers in the environment such as door numbers and number plates on cars. 


‘Wellie Wednesday’

‘Wellie Wednesday’ is our forest school day. This is where we will investigate and learn in the natural environment. The sessions will be topic related for example collecting and using sticks to make skeletons {Funny bones} and painting rock monsters {The Colour Monster}. These sessions provide opportunities for the children to take lead in their learning and manage risks appropriately. 


General Reminders

  • To support with reading, please read a story each night with your child. 
  • Keep checking the website and class page for any updates related to Reception.
  • Every Friday is PE. Please ensure your child comes into school in their full PE kit {yellow t-shirt and gree jogging bottoms}.
  • Please clearly label all of your child’s belongings with your child’s name. 
  • Please ensure your child has a named water bottle each day.
  • Please remember to book your child’s lunch a week in advance via ParentPay.
  • ‘Wellie Wednesday’ will run every Wednesday. Please ensure your child brings a water proof jacket, trousers and wellington boots. Please make sure they are clearly named. 


Stay safe and God bless

Miss Gostelow, Miss Durbin, Miss Giammatteo and Miss Doyle


Within this area, you will be able to find all the home learning tasks we have planned during the current school closure. 


Contact Us:

If you need to get in touch or have any questions regarding the home learning, please email:


Teachers will respond to emails within 24 hours - Monday to Friday only. 


Please use this email for home learning enquiries rather than the school office. Thank you. 

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Welcome to Reception

The teachers in Reception are:
Mrs Ward (RG)
Miss Durbin (RD)


Our Nursery Nurses are:

Mrs Doyle

Summer 1 term in Reception is all about ‘Traditional Tales’.


Reading and Writing

Our stories will be Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Red Hen and Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will be practising our writing skills so we can write our own sentences and stories about the characters. 

Please listen to your child read every day for 10 minutes using the Oxford Owl website and your class login.

Each week we will allocate a reading book to your childs focus group. If your child can not remember their coloured group please email. This book should be repeated everyday to build fluency. They start each reading session by practising the speed sounds and tricky words.


Remember to keep practising the red words {tricky words}. These words are really important for your child’s reading and writing.



We now use the Read Write Inc approach to phonics. This is a structured system to develop your child’s phonic knowledge. It would be beneficial if you could continue to help your child to use their diagraphs in their writing and correct letter formation in their home learning books. Encourage your child to use the Read Write Inc rhymes in your home learning pack such as ‘slither down the snake’.

Tune in for daily Read Write Inc lessons these lesson are available for 24 hours. 

See weekly plan for your child's session. 

Flash cards for these rhymes are in the weekly resources.



We will be practising counting forwards and backwards and counting in 2s and 5s. We are learning to share and half objects and numbers.  We are learning about 3D shapes, how to describe them and looking for them in our environment.

 General Reminders

  • Please continue to read with your child every day and that their reading records are signed each time they have read a reading scheme book at home.
  • Please continue to complete the ‘Home Learning’ book activities.

Please choose one activity per week to complete. Once complete put the date on the sheet. Please help your child but do not do it for them.

  • Keep checking the website and class pages for any updates on home learning as lots of things will be added each week.
  • Contact your class teacher with updates/photos of your child’s work or any questions that you may have on the email address:

  • Ruth Miskin Training on is especially helpful for your child with LIVE phonics lessons- these can be accessed every day Monday-Friday.
  • Oxford Owls- access quality texts, RWInc books and resourses.
  • For those of you who have a Purple Mash login, there are interactive activities to complete and challenge your child.


Stay safe and God bless

Mrs Ward, Miss Durbin, Ms Doyle, Ms Giammatteo and Mrs Dudzinski J