Henri’s Scissors

Friday 13 October 2023

Henri’s Scissors

We’ve been reading Henri’s Scissors, by Jeanette Winter

The story is a biographical children’s book, about the artist Henri Matisse. Our word of the week was artist. We had lots of discussions about types of art, introducing new vocabulary such as sculptor/sculpture and collaging.

We’ve been artists ourselves by “painting with scissors”, just like Matisse!












Art talk

We’ve been using our language and communication skills to respond to different examples of artwork by Matisse. We’ve been saying what we like/dislike about it and answering questions like: “Why do you think the artist painted this?”, “which is your favourite and why?”

I like the picture because it looks like my mummy’s shirt- Sofia

I can see flowers and lemons. I would choose this one to put on my wall ’cause I really like it- Dawson

I like the rainbow colours- Leila

Maths; counting principles

In Maths, we’ve been using our subitising skills to identify patterns to 4.

We’ve practised spotting changes, to see whether there is more/fewer/the same and identifying the changes we can see.

We’ve also shown different representations of 4, using multilink cubes. This was inspired by our introduction to Numberblock 4!

In provision, we’ve been continuing and creating repeating patterns of 3.

Stay and learn- phonics phase 2

Thank you to the parents/carers who were able to join us on Thursday for our stay and learn activities and coffee morning. We hope you enjoyed a little insight into daily phonics sessions in Reception. If you were unable to attend or would like to revisit the slides shown in the presentation, you can find them here. We look forward to inviting you to more stay and learn sessions throughout the school year.


Autumn 1 week 4 has focused on the new phonemes:

We’ve also learnt the tricky word; the

Tricky words are words that should be read by sight. We start by identifying which part of the word is ‘tricky’. In the, it’s all tricky! the /th/ is tricky because we don’t yet know that sound and the ‘e’ makes the /ə/sound (“uh”)

Poetry Picnic

Each week we will be learning a new poem. We will recite this poem each day. By saying the poem out loud, we can focus on the sounds and rhythm of each word or line. We talk to the children about how this can help us become better readers. This week’s poem is called Leaves are falling

We talk about how a poem sometimes has rhyming words and sometimes doesn’t. We also talk about how a poem can have a fast rhythm or a slow rhythm.

Click below to watch Reception recite this week’s poem!

Leaves are falling

Help at home; autumn leaves

If you go out on a walk this weekend, we’d really appreciate donations of dry leaves to help us with an art project next week. We will be making a leaf bowl.

Dates for your diary

Halloween disco- 20.10.23-3.15-4.15 Please send a named change of clothes in a bag for the end of the day. Collection from the classroom door.

We have changed the timing of some our stay and learn session to incorporate an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher and other parents at a coffee morning.

Stay and learn sessions
This is an opportunity for you to come into school to find out about the Early Years Curriculum and watch your child learning in school.
Maths – 15.11.23 – 09.00 – 10.00
Phonics Phase 3 – 16.01.24 – 09.00 – 10.00 (with coffee morning)
Fine Motor Control and Writing –06.02.24 – 09.00 – 10.00 (with coffee morning)
World Book Day- 07.03.24 – 8.50- 9.20

Learning Journey Drop In’s
An opportunity to “drop into” school and share your child’s learning journal with them.
Times – 8.45 am-9.15am and 3.15pm-3.45pm (Tuesday and Thursday)
Week beginning 11.12.23
Week beginning 25.03.24
Week beginning 08.07.24


Due to work being done on the pool, next week’s swimming lessons for Rainbow Class are cancelled. Please still send children to school in their PE kit, as they will take part in a Foot-tech PE session. We will keep you updated of any future changes in each week’s class news post.