Matisse Class Letter – 24th February 2017



  • Cooking money for this half term is £6.00; please pay at the school office a.s.a.p. This week the children created their own silly sandwiches, there were some very imaginative combinations made such as egg, honey and sprinkles!


World Book Day 2017:

Next week we are celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March. There are lots of events happening in school to celebrate.


On Tuesday a local artist will run a marbling workshop with us, the children will use this technique to make a cover for their own special book, which they can then use to draw or write their own stories in.


On Thursday 2nd March your child can dress up as their favourite character from a book. We will be asking for a contribution of £1 per child, which will be donated to the charity Book Aid International who send books to African schools, libraries and classrooms (see their website for details and costume ideas – We will have an assembly at the end of the day to share all of the costumes and each class will be awarded with a class book for their efforts.


We are inviting parents, grandparents or carers into school next week to read your favourite childhood book (or an excerpt) to the class for 10 minutes. Please speak to Adelle if you are interested in coming in, we usually have story time at 11:45am before lunch and 3:10pm at the end of the school day.


Sounds of the week:

This half term we will consolidate the Set 2 sounds.

ay (May I play?)

ee (What can you see?)

igh (fly high)


Please continue to share your child’s sound book with them on a daily basis. Matisse Class find the following sounds tricky: th, sh, ch, qu, ir, ou, oy, it would be really helpful if you could focus on these sounds at home.



All children have taken part in group reading sessions with Adelle this week. Please continue to read for 10 minutes daily at home, thank you for your continued support with your child’s reading.



To link in with our ‘Human Body’ topic this week, we read the story Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The children then helped to piece together the Big Skeleton’s body (a giant floor puzzle) as it had fallen apart when he walked into a tree! We then worked together to label the different parts of the body, the children used their knowledge of the Set 1 and 2 sounds to sound out and write the various body parts e.g. skull, ribs, arm, leg, hand, foot etc.



Our number of the week has been the number 16, we practised counting to 16 and writing this number down. We have also focused on subtraction, the children now know that when you take an amount away the answer will always be smaller than the amount your started with. We visited the dentist and the children solved ‘Loose Tooth Subtraction’ problems by taking away loose or rotten teeth. The children now understand how to read a subtraction number sentence with the – and = signs.



Next week to tie in with World Book Day our topic will be based around the children’s favourite author. We held a vote to find out Matisse Class’ favourite author and they chose Michael Rosen. We will read a range of his stories and poems including: This is our House, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Don’t put Mustard in the Custard, Chocolate Cake and No Breathing in Class. There will be a malleable role-play area to retell We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and the children can hunt for bears in our outside area. We’ll read Chocolate Cake and make gooey, fudgy chocolate cakes! In English we’ll write our own silly rhyming poems based on Don’t put Mustard in the Custard.


Have a lovely weekend,

Adelle and Sue