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Class Matisse (Reception)

Welcome to Class Matisse!

Year R – 


In Class Matisse you will meet:

Class Teacher: 

Miss Magda

Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Hart

Mrs Longley

Miss King

Cover Teacher:

Mrs Clifford (Wednesday)


As you know, some children will be returning to school this week, while others will be continuing to learn from home. I will continue to post work for your home learning below. The format of our class page is changing slightly. I will now post work for the whole week at one time, instead of posting every day. I will continue to look and reply to your e-mails, however I can't promise my responses are going to be as speedy, as I am back in school teaching. 

Our new topic this term is 'Under the Sea'. We will be learning about different sea creatures and their habitats.

Please continue to send me your photos, videos and get in touch! I love seeing all of your fantastic work and can share it for others to see on our class page.

                      Something new for you this week!


We have managed to get a subscription to which allows you to practise maths, spelling and grammar. The log in for it, is the same as your Education City log in - username and password.        So click the link below and check it out!

On Thursday there is a national competition which you can take part in. It starts at 8am next Friday (3rd July) and closes on 9th July.  Only maths activities will qualify for the competition. 

Before the contest starts, it's good for you to play Sumdog for a couple of sessions. This should make sure you're through the initial diagnostic test phase, which runs automatically the first time you play.



WEEK 7 - w/b 13th July



Listen to the story 'Storm Whale' on

Talk about the story. Why was the whale on the beach?

Watch the video and discuss whales beaching. Can you research why whales beach themselves? Create a poster telling others how to care for a beached whale.



Listen to the story 'Sharing a Shell' on

Discuss what happened in the story.

Each of the creatures in the story had an important role. Things just weren’t the same when the three friends weren’t together, sharing shell. Our class is just like that. We all play a very important part within the class. Some children are learning from home and things just aren't the same.


Who do you miss the most? Why? What part did they play in the class? Why are you an important part of the class? Can you think of a time when you had to work with somebody to achieve something? What was their role in it?


Discuss transition into Year 1. What will you bring to the Year 1 classroom? What are you good at? What have you enjoyed/learnt this year? What do you want to improve?


Choose one (or more) picture and write about it. Remember your finger spaces, capital letter, full stop and spelling tricky words!



Create a paper plate whale:

Create a whale sun catcher using card/paper, tissue paper, glue, scissors and string.


Create a handprint fish. Can you use scissors to cut round your handprint? Can you add some googly eyes?





WEEK 6 w/b 6th July 2020

Listen to the story 'The Rainbow Fish' on

Talk about the story. At one point in the story, the Rainbow Fish becomes the 'loneliest fish in the entire ocean'. Try a role play activity to interview him and find out how he is feeling. Can you suggest things that he could do to find some friends?



Activity 1:

Describe the Rainbow Fish's behaviour at different points in the story. How did his behaviour make the other fish feel? Talk about the importance of sharing.

The Rainbow Fish gives away his most prized possessions. What are your most prized possessions? Why are they important to you?

Does this story have a moral? What is a moral? What have you learnt from this story?


Activity 2:

Create a set of instructions to teach people how to look after a pet (rainbow) fish.


Think back to the story 'The rainbow fish'. Design your own sea creature with rainbow scales (you could use one of the templates attached below). Write a short story about them. You could create a booklet for your story. Where will your creature live? What will happen to your creature?  



Look at photos of different animals on the powerpoint attached below. You could draw the animals and label them using words from the word bank.


Activity 1: Create your rainbow fish. You will need: watercolours (to create the background), sharpies/permanent markers, tin foil, cotton balls, cheese grater. 

Paint your background. You can create your rainbow fish by cutting out a fish shape out of tinfoil. Use your permanent markers to colour in your fish (make it nice and colourful!), and blend the colours using a cotton ball. Ask your grown up to help you press your fish gently on a cheese grater to create the scales!

Activity 2:

Create a celery stamp rainbow fish!



Activity 1:

Create your rainbow fish using playdough. Can you roll/squish/pat/pinch it? You could add loose parts to create the scales on your fish. 


Activity 2: Paper Weaving rainbow fish

Follow instructions on:



Flat Stanley - The Flat Teacher Project

Listen to an extract from the story.

Wednesday 22.04.20 Challenge: Earth Day

Literacy - Talk for Writing

Home Learning - Information for Parents 

Tate Gallery activities online

Browse through the activities on the Tate's website. There are lots of creative and sensory activities to do with your children at home. You can share your child's work online!


Begin your child's every day routine with some fitness! 

Yoga videos are very useful throughout the day to help children relax, calm down and focus. 



Joe Wicks - live P.E. lessons

Joe Wicks will be releasing free live P.E. lessons every morning (Monday-Friday) at 9am. You will be able to acess those on his Youtube Channel 'TheBodyCoachTV'. These workouts are specifically designed for children to keep them moving, feeling energised, positive and optimistic!

5-a-day Fitness

Some 5-a-day fitness videos are available on youtube. There is also a free trial that you can sign up for.

Cosmic Kids Yoga - The Gruffalo 🌳🐭🦉🦊🐍🐗

A preview of The Gruffalo - our latest yoga adventure now available on the Cosmic Kids App exclusively! Sign up for 2 weeks free trial and start watching now...

Maths Home Learning

Numbers Songs

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2D Shapes Song

3D Shapes Song

Phonics Home Learning

I have put together a document that explains teaching Phonics in Reception. You will find lots of information about the different Phases we cover in Reception. You will also find some ideas about what you can do at home with your children.

Phase 2 Phonics Resources

Phonics Videos

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Tricky Words Phase 2

Phase 3 Phonics Resources

Mr Thorne's Phonics - Geraldine the Giraffe

Click on his Youtube channel to find videos for other Phase 2 and 3 sounds.

Tricky Words Phase 3

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Phase 3 Jolly Phonics rhymes

Daily Phonics Videos

Every day Phonics with Mr Mc!

Tune in with Mr Mc, who will be uploading a phonics video daily on his channel.

Correct pronunciation of sounds Phase 2-5

Segmenting and Blending

Pronouncing pure sounds - Phase 2 - 5

Blending Phase 2 sounds

Phase 4 Phonics Resources

Phonics Phase 4 Blends and Clusters Pronunciation

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Geraldine the Giraffe learns blends

Phase 4 phonic videos available on Mr.Thorne's Youtube channel.

Star Wars Handwriting practice

Other useful resources

 Home Learning   - You will receive a username and a password for your child to log in to complete any set home learning on the website.





Thank you all for your support so far. Please remember to check your child’s book bag, as we regularly send home important information.


Please also remember to read with your child 5 times a week and make a record of this in your child’s reading record.

If you have any questions no matter how big or small please don’t hesitate to ask us!

Bertie the Bear

Bertie the Bear is our class teddy. He will be sent home every Friday with a child that is chosen at random. 

Please feel free to let Bertie join in with your  weekend activities, so that we can share what he has done the following week in class. 

He will come with a class book in which you can stick photographs and write a few sentences about what you did. This is also a good opportunity for your child to draw or write if they wish. 

*Please only contribute to the book, if you are happy for others to view your content.

The Everywhere Bear

Children will take turns to take the Everywhere Bear home with them and share photographs of them reading with the Bear.

These photographs can be stuck in the book, which comes with the Bear in his suitcase. Children are also welcome to write about the story they have read with the Bear and draw pictures.

Please only contribute to this book, if you are happy for others to view your content.