Early Years at SMAAA

At St Michael and All Angels we offer nursery provision during morning and afternoon sessions and have two reception classes. Everyone here in our early years team uses observations of the children during play to assess where the children are in their learning and development. We use these observations to track children progress. We take into account whenever possible children’s own interest when we are planning activities and topics. We are developing our outside environment so that this is a reflection of our inside learning environment.

How can you help your child reach the ELG?


Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Can you create your own story book?

Can you write and label a picture?

Can you create a recipe?

Can you write instructions for a game?

Can you write a set of rules?


Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Can you share your home readers together?

Can you write a simple sentence and read it back using your phonics?

Can you look our for punctuation in your story books?

Can you talk about what you have read to show understanding? Can you answer questions about he story?


Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape space and measure

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Can you practice daily counting out objects? Counting forwards and backwards as you walk?

Can you order numbers you can see at home?

can you find one more or less than numbers you see?

can you make a collection of objects and find out how many you have altogether? Can you take some away and find the total?

Can you begin to write simple number sentences using a number line to help you?

Let us know what you are doing at home to help your child reach their Early Learning Goal!