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Welcome to Reception!

A big warm welcome to St. Michael's and Reception.


Meet the Team!

Mrs. Morris - (Early Years Lead) RM Class Teacher

Mrs. Ward - ROW Class Teacher

Mrs. Orlik - ROW Class Teacher

Mrs. Legg - ROW Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Dawson - RM Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Anson - One to One Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Sanders- One to One Teaching Assistant

Miss Reddall- One to one Teaching Assistant

Mrs Woods- One to One Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Langston - Lunchtime Supervisor RM

Mrs. Seymour - Lunchtime Supervisor ROW



Settling in at St. Michael's

There are ten things we would like you to encourage your child to do independently before they start Reception.


1. To dress and undress

2. To remove their coats, gloves, and hats and hang them up.

3. To put shoes on and take them off.

4. To recognise and look after their own belongings.

5. To use the toilet on their own.

6. To wash and dry their hands. 

7. To use a knife and fork. 

8. To tidy up.

9. To use a handkerchief. 

10. To share and co-operate with other children.


On this page you can find general information about Reception. 

We use Weduc to communicate with parents/carers and set Home Learning tasks. 

If you need to speak to your child's class teacher we can be contacted via phone or Weduc. 


Welcome Reception!


In Reception we carry on all the excellent learning that has happened in our Nursery. We have also have a number of children that come from a wide range of Nurseries, Childminders and Preschools in the local area, this gives the opportunity for children to build on old friendships but make some new ones too!  

Through play, and with the support of adults children explore ideas, skills and concepts. As well as learning through play and child initiated activities, the children also work closely with the adults through adult directed activities. The most important factor is to create an exciting and engaging curriculum and foster that love for learning. If we can do this in the Early Years we can take this attitude through to the rest of our school life!

Reception have book boxes where children can choose books to take home and share. This will happen once a week on a Friday. 

We work to build strong partnerships with parents, so that we can develop your child's education together. We want your child to be happy and have a positive learning experience where they feel nurtured and supported and where we can have lots of fun learning together.                


This half term, our topic is:

Everything Changes!



Reception Long Term Overview

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


All About Me

Far, Far, Away

Up, Up and Away

Everything Changes

People Who Help Us

Creatures of Our World


Topsy and Tim Start School.

I am Enough.

One Mole Digging a Hole.

My Mum and Dad make me Laugh.

Monkey puzzle

Ten in a Bed


Silly Soup

The Gingerbread Man

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Nativity Story-The Christmas Star.

Aliens Love Underpants.

Whatever Next

On the Moon.

Eye Know Space.

Tim Peake Astronaut PowerPoint

How to Catch a Star

The First Hippo on the Moon

Astronaut in Training



The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Tadpoles and Frogs

The Life Cycle of a Sunflower

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

How flowers Grow

Egg to Chick

Ambulance and Air Ambulance Crew

Lifeboat Crew

Doctor in Training

Vet in Training

Topsy and Tim meet the Firefighters.

Topsy and Tim meet the Police

Topsy and Tim go to the Doctor


Sharing a Shell

Barry the Fish with fingers

The Jungle Run

Rumble in the Jungle

Bears don’t eat egg sandwiches

Over in the Meadow.



These are the main timings for our school day:

8.35 am - 8:45 am       Doors open 

8.45 am                       School morning session begins.

11.45 am - 12.50 pm          Reception Lunchtime

3.10 pm                       Reception Home-time

(Parents collect their children from the Reception classrooms)



If your child is absent please phone that morning or access the attendance section of WEDUC and let us know. When your child returns to school please send a note confirming this reason. If your child has a medical appointment, please bring in the appointment letter for our records.


Plase Note:

  • Children are allowed to drink water only from standard school water bottles throughout the school day. Children may bring juice to drink with their lunch. No fizzy drinks, glass bottles or cans are allowed. 
  • Every child is given a free piece of fruit every day as a break-time snack.
  • Toys, including hand-held video games, are not allowed in school apart from specific occasions.
  • Children are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school.
  • Children should not bring money or other valuables into school apart from specific reasons connected with the school day. 


School Uniform

Reception children may wear the formal uniform as outlined in the school handbook but are not required to do so. Children who do not wear the formal uniform should wear a red cardigan or jumper and a white polo shirt.

Children will however need to wear a school tie on formal occasions such as photographs and church visits.



Children should not attend school with extreme hairstyles. Hair colours should be natural, and styles should be subtle and not noticeable from a distance. Hair longer than collar length should be tied back. Bows are allowed but should be small and red. 


Jewellery and Make-up:

Children are not allowed to wear any jewellery apart from stud earrings and watches. Children are not permitted to wear make-up or nail varnish. 



We have P.E. every Thursday. All children should come to school in their P.E. Kit. Please make sure that all clothing is clearly labelled with your child's name. 

Kindly remember to take off your child's earrings on P.E. days. We do not want any child to miss out on their PE lesson because they've got their earrings on.

If children are required to miss P.E. for a medical reason, this needs to be indicated in writing by parents to the class teacher. Long term leave from P.E. lessons will require a doctor's note. 


Dinner Menu

If children are having a school meal, dinner choices need to be made via the Weduc app.


Forest School

Forest school is an important part of our learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Once the children have settled into their school routine, we intend to start visiting the Forest School on Tuesdays. We will send out more information when a commencement date is decided. 


We look forward to enjoying this year with you here in Reception!


"Big Whoosh"


Many thanks,

The Reception Team


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