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Welcome to

St. Michael & St. Martin

Catholic Primary School

Learning our faith, living our faith, loving our faith


Welcome to Reception! 

If you are in RM, your teacher is Miss May and if you are in RB, your teacher is Mrs Brown. Your Early Years Lead for Reception is Mrs. Brown. 

Ms Esteban and Mrs Fernandes also support us.

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


Our topic for the Autumn term is called ‘Let’s Explore & Build it up’.




We will be reading the following texts - Our Class is a Family, We’re going on a Bear Hunt, In Every House, On Every Street, Mr Gumpy’s Outing and The Everywhere Bear, What We’ll Build, Iggy Peck, Architect. We will be exploring these texts through hands-on activities such as building our own houses and writing signs (In Every House, On Every Street) and describing how we move in different ways. (Bear Hunt)  The children will develop their phonic knowledge and recognise the sounds they are learning each day and begin to use them in their writing. We will read and share stories and talk about the characters and events and say why we like a story. To support reading at home, please share a book each evening and talk about the story. – We’re Going On a Bear Hunt  - In every house On Every Street  - Mr Grumpy’s Outing  - The Everywhere Bear   - What We’ll Build  -  Iggy Peck, Architect



In our Maths lessons, we will be focusing on numbers 1 to 15. 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 10 objects and a 10p coin. To extend their learning at home, children can count different objects, foods or toys into groups and recognise shapes they find all around them. We will follow the White Rose Maths program. In Autumn, we will focus on: matching, sorting and comparing objects. We will look at patterns, circles, triangles and shapes with 4 sides and focus on the numbers 1-5. - Numberblocks



We will be starting the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics 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 so that the children learn to form each letter correctly. 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.’ Further information is available on the RWI section of our school website. – Parent video – how to say the sounds – Parent video – sound blending


Religious Education

To begin with, the children will be learning their class prayers and class Saints (RB – St David and RM – St Therese). 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 for prayers).

Our topic this half term is ‘In the Beginning’. We will be looking at beginnings, 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. 



All children will have a weekly PE session with Mr Baxter, our sports coach. They must come to school in their PE kit (Please refer to your information pack or the school website to check). The early years’ curriculum is designed for them to be active throughout the day, every day, and to be aware of their bodies and a healthy lifestyle.


How to support your child in Reception

  • Read a story every evening, talk about events, characters and illustrations.
  • Count, group, sort objects and look for shapes and patterns everywhere.
  • Every Friday is PE. Please ensure your child comes into school in their full PE kit (yellow t-shirt and green shorts or 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 in school each day.
  • Please remember to book your child’s lunch a week in advance via Parent Pay.
  • Ensure your child brings their book bag every day. 
  • Arrive in good time every morning (gate opens at 8.35 and is locked at 8.55).
  • Show your children how to tidy up independently.
  • Ensure your child is able to sit on the floor with their legs crossed.


We look forward to working with you and your children this year.

Thankyou – the Reception Team



Is your child starting Reception in September 2022? Read the information below for how to help prepare your child.