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Welcome to

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! 

Reception Spring Term Class Page 2022


If you are in RP your teacher is Miss Ponter and if you are in RG your teacher is Miss Green. We are also supported by Miss Giammatteo, Miss Esteban and Mrs Norris.


Our topics for the Spring Term are called: ‘Amazing Animals’ and ‘Friends, Family and Community.’



Our key Power of Reading literacy texts for spring term will be as follows: Percy the Park Keeper, The Gruffalo, Owl Babies, Agh Spider!, Room on the Broom, 5 Minutes Peace, Peace at Last, Stanley’s Stick, The Tiger who Came to Tea, The Big Book of Families, In Every House, On Every Street and Bog Baby. 


We will be exploring these texts through hands on activities, including crafts, story-mapping and story-telling using props, puppets and masks. The children will use their ever-increasing phonic knowledge to write labels, captions, and for some children, simple sentences in relation to the story. 


To support their learning at home, you can continue to practice writing their names and finding real-life writing opportunities which you can encourage your child to take part in such as writing shopping lists, birthday cards, invitations etc. You can read the books outlined above and begin orally telling the stories. Reading aloud to your child every day can have such an impact on their learning and love of reading. 



We will be continuing to follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonic scheme. The children will continue to learn how to say and recognise the letter sounds which are taught. We will be modelling the correct letter formation so that the children learn to correctly write each letter. They will continue to gain the confidence to segment to spell and write simple words and blend to read whole words using their phonic knowledge. Children’s reading books will match the sounds taught and sometimes extra sheets will be sent home to reinforce taught skills. Please continue to practise ‘Fred Talking’ to help your child orally blend e.g. ‘Please put on your c-oa-t.’ Oral blending skills help your child with reading as they need to be able to hear the whole word once they have sounded it out. Further information to support phonics is available on the RWI section of our school website.


Religious Education-

We will continue to worship together by taking part in Collective Acts of Worship and we will learn more about God and explore our religious beliefs during our RE lessons. Our topics this term are: ‘Being a Sacramental People’ and ‘From Lent to Easter.’ During Spring 1, we will be exploring how God is present in our daily lives through the Godly actions of ourselves and others and that His love is never-ending. We will focus on  love, fairness and forgiveness. In our Spring 2 RE lessons, we will learn the events of Easter and make links between liturgical celebrations at church and how we celebrate life and show love for one another as a parish, as a family at home and a school family.  At home, you can practise your class prayers (please see the school website for prayers) and continue to support your child in learning the ‘Our Father.’


Maths- Number

During our Maths lessons, we will be focusing on numbers up to 10. We are continuing to practise writing our numbers correctly and to recognise the numerals in and out of order. The children will say the number that is one more or one less than a given number and make links to addition and subtraction with the use of objects and pictures to support this. The children will also be learning the value of each number in different contexts such as 10 objects and a 10p coin. Additionally, children will be learning to measure the height, weight and capacity of objects in non-standard units of measure and experience real-life contexts for measurement through their play in the home corner or role play areas. To extend their learning at home, please encourage your child to look for numbers in the environment such as door numbers and number plates on cars to support number recognition and play simple mathematical games: ordering numbers, saying one more/one less, using flashcards and looking at measurements together as opportunities arise such as in baking.


‘Wellie Wednesday-’

‘Wellie Wednesday’ is our outdoor learning day. This is where we will investigate and learn in the natural environment. The sessions will be topic related and may be linked to the book that we are reading in class or topic for the half term. These sessions provide opportunities for the children to take the lead in their learning and manage risks appropriately. 


General Reminders-

To support with reading, please read a story each night with your child modelling expression and discussing the characters and events. 

Keep checking the website and Google Classroom class pages 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 green shorts or jogging bottoms and trainers with Velcro- no laces).

Please clearly label all of your child’s belongings with your child’s full name and class as we cannot locate missing items which are not named. 

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.

For ‘Wellie Wednesday’ please ensure your child brings a waterproof jacket, trousers and wellington boots. Please make sure they are clearly named.


We look forward to continuing to work with you and your child this term and throughout the year. 


Stay safe and God bless.

Miss Ponter and Miss Green