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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! 


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.

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 in relation to the story. To support their learning at home, you can practice writing their name and finding real life writing opportunities which you can encourage your child to take part in such as writing shopping lists, birthday cards etc.



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 so that the children learn to correctly write each letter. 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.


Religious Education

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

Our topic this half term is ‘Beginning with God’. 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.


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 modelling expression and discussing the characters and events. 
  • Keep checking the website and Google Classroom 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 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 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.


Stay safe and God bless

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