Reception Matisse Class

Teachers: Miss H Foord
Teaching Assistant: Mrs L Lewis

Welcome to summer term in Matisse class! We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter break and are just as excited as us about the summer term.

This term our children will continue their journey in Reception; thriving in a safe, happy and inclusive environment and becoming confident, creative and successful learners. We will be looking at the wonderful mini-beasts and plants we find in the garden as well as different animals we share our world with, such as farm animals and birds. The children will discover why we need living things in our world and how we can work together to care for the plants and animals around us.

The children will also be planting and growing seeds and looking closely at the life cycle of a butterfly. We hope that our exploration of the garden will inspire the children to ask many questions and initiate further inquiries within the school and at home.

Through this they will be developing their appreciation for the natural world and all its beauty!


We will be exploring non-fiction texts to help us find information about what we discover in the garden. We will create posters with instructions about caring for plants and we will be writing some our own non-fiction book about mini-beasts. The children will develop an appreciation for the living creatures they discover outside. We will be creating our own mini-beasts from clay and writing character descriptions to go alongside these. We will also be looking in depth at the text, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and will be writing our own stories using The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a model.

We will continue to change your child’s reading books on a daily basis. If your child needs their book changed, please encourage them to put their book in the basket independently. Please ensure that your child’s reading book is kept in their book bag at all times, so that your child can be read with in school on a regular basis. As you know this is the last term in Reception. We will therefore like to work with you to have a big push on their reading which is so important. The more they read at home, the easier they will find work at school. As usual, please leave a comment in their reading record so we know they have been read with and we can change the book. We understand some of the books are a little worn, but please return the book in the condition you received it.

The children are doing fantastically well in their ‘Rainbow Words’ and this really is having such a positive impact on their fluency in both reading and writing. Please continue to support your child to read and write each set at their own pace and notify us when they are ready to have a go.


This term our main focus will be on numbers. By the end of Reception we hope children will recognise numbers to at least 20, be able to order numbers to 20, be able to say 1 more/1 less and to be able to solve simple addition and subtraction problems. We will be looking closely at doubling, halving and sharing, as well as symmetry when we learn about mini-beasts.

Physical Development:

This term children’s PE sessions will be supported by Premier Sport and Hotshotz Tennis. P.E will take place on Tuesday and Fridays. Please remember to bring in your child’s P.E kit, including plimsolls, shorts and a white t-shirt, and with any additional articles of clothing dependent on the weather. Please ensure that all items of clothing including PE kit, school uniform, summer hats and coats are clearly named to avoid any confusion.

This term we will also be continuing to further develop our children’s excellent fine motor skills. We shall be using the workbench and some of the tools in class as part of our Funky Fingers provision. Children will learn how to handle and use the tools safely and shall begin to develop skills such as using a hammer, screwdriver, saw etc.

Now it is the summer it is warming up and we are hoping the nice weather will continue. Please ensure that on a hot and sunny day your child comes to school wearing a named sun hat and sun cream. Please make sure the cream is on your child before they come to school. Water is always available and we remind the children regularly to have a drink so they do not become dehydrated.

Dates for your diary:

Class trip to Drusillas Zoo – Thursday 19th April
Bank holiday – Monday 07th May
Reception height/weight/hearing tests – Tuesday 15th May
Inset day – Friday 25th May

If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to ask one of the Reception class team.

Many thanks

Hayley Foord
Reception Class Teacher



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