Reception Matisse Class

Teachers: Miss Foord
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lewis

A big hello and a warm welcome to all the new children and families joining Reception Matisse Class this year! We are very much looking forward to getting to know all of you and helping your children to learn and grow as individuals. We hope that their time in Matisse will be exciting and memorable, and we promise to provide an enriching setting where they feel both safe and happy to explore and learn.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being so welcoming during our home visits. It has been lovely to meet you all and to talk with both you and your little ones before they start school.

Your children have started in Matisse at a very exciting time and will be the first to experience our newly developed outdoor area which will be ready within the next month. Meanwhile, the children are invited into our existing outdoor area where riding bikes, digging in our giant tyre sandpit and helping to look after Clover and Daisy the class rabbits, are just some of the opportunities available to them.

This term we will be focusing on settling the children into school so that they are comfortable and familiar with the school day. The children will participate in activities which will enable them to develop their confidence; exploring the school environment, getting to know one another and building friendships.

In Matisse, children will learn in a play based environment through both indoor and outdoor experiences. The environment is set out to develop independence, to stimulate children’s imagination and creativity, to be purposeful and allow children to develop and extend their own interests. Children are encouraged and helped to learn how to learn. Staff value children’s ideas and promote positive self-esteem. This is done through sensitive adult support and appropriate intervention to extend but not dominate the play situation. This comes from careful observation to understand children’s needs, interests and understanding, and a flexible, ‘in the moment’ approach to planning.

We value parent contributions and enjoy working together with parents to help children on their learning journey. Please feel free to speak to either myself or Mrs Lewis at the beginning or the end of the school day, or if more convenient via email. We are always happy to help answer any questions and working with young children, are also both excellent listeners!

We hope that your children have a fantastic first term in Matisse and make some wonderful memories 



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Important Dates

Tuesday 12th December
Carols By Candlelight

6pm at St Margaret's Church

Thursday 14th December
Infants Christmas Production
Friday 15th December
Reception Nativity
Wednesday 20th December
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Thursday 4th January
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Tuesday 6th February
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Friday 9th February
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Tuesday 24th February
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