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Reception Curriculum Passport

Over the course of the first Spring term we be exploring the theme

Ticket to Ride

During the term we will be getting to know our emotions a little better, looking at the roar scale and discussing how we can support ourselves and others when we aren’t feeling at our best.

We will also be looking at road safety and the green cross code.

We’ll make simple maps and look at transport from the past and compare it to now. 

We will be exploring images of the local church and synagogue and hopefully having a visit from our local vicar.    

As ‘The Beatles’ originated in our city we will explore their songs including; Ticket to Ride 

PE sessions during the Spring term will continue to be on a Tuesday, we ask that on this day children please wear their PE kit.

For a more detail overview of the teaching and learning events coming up this term. Click here to see our Spring 1 ‘Ticket to Ride‘ curriculum map.

Curriculum Map Spring One

Click here to look back at our Autumn 2 ‘Somewhere Only we Know!‘ curriculum map.

Curriculum Map Autumn Two

Click here to look back at our Autumn 1 Dont Stop Me Now! curriculum map.

Curriculum Map Autumn One

Phonics in Reception

In reception we will also be teach daily phonics, phonics is all about how the alphabetic system works, exploring how to apply it in reading and spelling. Here at S.M.I.T.H. we follow Monster Phonics, a systematic approach meaning that we teach in a logical progression, starting with single letter sounds to enable children to read and spell simple words, leading to consonant digraphs and vowel diagraphs and longer words.

How Monster Phonics Works | Monster Phonics

During the Autumn Term we had a Phonics workshop with Miss Powell our school phonics lead.  Here is her parents information booklet and her PowerPoint.

Monster Phonics Flyer 2021

Reception Phonics Powerpoint

If you have any questions regarding phonics please see your child’s class teacher or leave a message at the school office for Miss Powell.

Our Reception Team

Our Teachers

Mrs Sheffield, Mrs Horscroft and Mr Cunliffe

Our Learning Support Assistants 

Miss Fisher, Mrs Fortune and Mrs Payne

Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)

This is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school. It is statutory for all schools from September 2021. Your child will be participating in the reception baseline within the first 6 weeks of starting reception. 

PLEASE DON’T WORRY: You do not need to do anything to prepare your child for the assessment. Your child is unlikely to even know that they are doing an assessment when they are completing the tasks.

For more information the link below takes you to the government information for parents pdf. If you have any further questions please speak with your child’s class teacher.

Keeping You Informed

Class Dojo

This is where you will find messages from your child’s class teacher. This updates most frequently and will let parents know about things happening in class such as; day trips, enrichment activities, special events and visitors. This is the most effective and responsive communication tool with your reception teacher.

Please also keep an eye on the school story, on here you will find messages, competitions and school events.

Other ways of Communication

Please register with Parentmail, as we will keep you up to date via texts and emails.

We also have a school twitter account @St_michael_ham where class teachers post pupils work, videos and positive messages for our community.

If you need to contact school the email address: these message will be answered promptly or forwarded to the relevant staff.

Curriculum Map Spring One

Newsletter Spring One

Other Activities to Help your child at Home

Helping your EYFS child at home with Maths

Helping your EYFS child at home with Maths

‘Teach Your Monsters To Read’ FREE online reading activities

‘Teach Your Monsters To Read’

Understand phonics with this super-helpful tool kit for parents!

The Alphablocks Guide to Phonics

This year has gotten off to a great start. Look at how much fun we’re having with our learning already both inside and out!