Mrs Humpleby teaches Foxes on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Mrs Griffiths teaches on Wednesdays, as well as Thursdays and Fridays, and will often be around earlier in the week too. Mrs Hoyle is our teaching assistant and works with us every day.
This weeks spellings are: today love once /no jog lot
In English we are writing our own versions of The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark.
In Maths we are finding the missing numbers in addition and subtraction calculations.
Friday 9:00 is Foxes class assembly - please join us in the hall to see some of what we have been doing this half term.
Foxes enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day!
This week's spellings are what, when, says (to, get, hit)
In Maths we are learning to find the missing numbers in a part-whole or bar model, and using these to make number sentences (addition and subtraction to 20).
In English we are writing our own version of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, by changing the characters and location.
In Forest School this week Foxes worked in pairs to make a nest for Plop the baby owl in our story.
Welcome back after the snow disruption of last week.
Spellings will be carried over from last week (all, come, done/I, cat, dog).
We are continuing to read The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, collecting good quality vocabulary and writing sentences using these.
In Maths we are continuing our work on addition and subtraction, using what we know about part-whole models to solve problems.
Foxes had a brilliant first session of Forest School! We had great fun using our imaginations and exploring in the snow! Luckily we all had our warm clothes and boots on so we didn't get too cold.
Welcome back to our short Spring Term! Below is the Year 1 newsletter with lots of information about what we are doing for the next 4 weeks. Foxes have Forest School each Tuesday afternoon so will need warm, waterproof clothes and boots to change in to.
Our spellings for this week are : down come all (I cat dog)
In English we are reading The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark - Our class targets are:
Use capital letters and full stops
Use regular noun suffixes (s/es - girls/foxes)
Spell common exception words correctly (was said you do be come some)
In Maths we are adding and subtracting with numbers up to 20
Please sign up for Parents evening on the sheets outside the classroom.
This week's spellings are..... my, there, where (go, as, of)
We are reading Mixed-up Fairytales by Nick Sharratt and Hilary Robinson, and writing our own.
Our class targets are; using different openers.
adding -ed to verbs (eg jump + ed = jumped).
using full stops and capital letters.
We are ordering numbers within 0-40, partitioning two-digit numbers into tens and units ( e.g. 20 + 4 = 24)
Foxes have been learning how to plan and debug algorithms using BeeBots. They planned a route (algorithm) for Little Red Riding Hood to get to her Grandmothers house avoiding the Wolf and thought about how to fix their plan (debug) if it went wrong. Lots of teamwork needed here!
Foxes participated in ‘Safer Internet Day’. They learned about keeping personal information private, and only sharing ‘good’ images. Please ask your child about how you can help them to stay safe.
This week’s spellings are......back look have (go as if)
We are learning to.....use place value cards, dienes and numicon to make numbers to 40.
write number sentences for tens and units.
write our own Monster stories.
use different openers to start sentences.
A busy afternoon recording our Puppet Shows.....what a talented bunch we are!
RE Day - We have learned about the Hindu story of creation. The children had fun acting out the story and then thought about, how, like Lord Vishnu, they could help to protect our world.
This week Foxes were learning how to partition numbers into 10s and 1s using different equipment. Eg: 32 is made up of 3 tens and 2 1s.
Foxes have worked together to make puppet theatres for their Design & Technology project. Acting out the stories with puppets helps us when we come to write our own stories in English lessons - it was fun too!
We first designed, then made our puppet theatres.
Then we evaluated our work.
Our spellings this week are ..... on now so (on if to)
We are learning to...
-use different openers to start sentences.
-answer questions about the story in sentences.
-identify character types in traditional tales.
-read and write numbers to twenty in numerals and words.
-order those numbers.
We loved learning about the story of Little Red Riding Hood with our grown-ups this morning.
Our spellings this week are in them have
In Maths we are learning to measure using non-standard units such as cubes, hand spans and paper clips. We are learning to estimate the height or length of objects.
In English we are learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We are describing the wood using adjectives (describing words) and using capital letters for the character names (proper nouns).
Sports Festival - Year 1 had a great time learning, keeping fit and having fun at the Fairfield Centre on Thursday.
This week's spellings are.... of help then
We are learning......
what the verb is in a sentence.
to write a subject, verb, object sentence.
to write our own fairy-tale.
to use the words longer, shorter, taller and smaller correctly.
Welcome to 2018!!! We hope you all had a great holiday and are looking forward to all the New Year has to offer. Please read the class Newsletter for information about what is going on this half term as well as checking the website for general school information. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 3rd January......Happy New Year!!
Badgers and Foxes have had a very exciting party day, they have played games, danced and eaten LOTS! Thanks to all the parents for their very generous contributions. It certainly feels like Christmas now.
The children have really impressed us with their superb performances in the Nativity play. We hope you are able to join us, and wish you all a very merry Christmas.
There are no spellings to learn this week, as we will be busy with our Christmas Play. We have sent some handwriting sheets home to practise, and please help your child to recite the months in order. Thank you
In English we are; learning to tell the Nativity Story.
writing the names of the main characters, using capital letters as these are proper nouns.
writing a letter to Father Christmas.
In Maths we are; using words to describe the position of things (e.g. next to, under, between).
revising the names and properties of 2 and 3d shapes.
We hope you are able to join us for our Nativity Performance this week. The children have worked really hard, and will put you in the Christmas spirit!
Spellings for this week are..... it will just
In Maths we are using what we already know about addition and subtraction to solve missing number problems.
Please help your child count in 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's at home.
In English we are thinking about punctuation, and working on our own version of Albert le Blanc.
Spellings for this week are: if for from
In Maths we are learning to make two addition and two subtraction sums from part-whole and bar models. Have a look at our Working Wall in the classroom to see what we have been doing.
In English we are changing parts of the Albert Le Blanc story, to make our own versions. Can your child tell you which character and setting they have used?
Albert le Blanc
We have had fun learning to re-tell the story of Albert le Blanc by using actions and reciting it together as a class. This helps us remember the sequence of events and the WOW words used in the story. This in turn will help us next week when we will be writing our own stories, based on Albert le Blanc but with our own individual changes to the characters, setting or resolution.
Foxes and Badgers pupils, and their grown-ups, joined forces to solve clues and crack a code, allowing us to find what was hidden in the toy chest.
Take a look at our story trail for Albert Le Blanc.
During Anti-Bullying week we learnt about how to be a good friend through the story of Elmer the Elephant. The children wrote down lots of ways in which they could be a good friend and how they should respond to bullying. On Friday the children thought about how to help children who are not as lucky as they are. Foxes and Badgers decided to make Krispy cakes for Children In Need and they raised £42.90!!! Thank you everyone who so generously supported us.
Foxes have been learning the names and properties of 3D shapes. We can recognise cubes, cuboids, spheres, pyramids and cylinders and can talk about their faces, edges and vertices.
This week's spelling are like at see
We are reading the story of Albert Le Blanc by Nick Butterworth.
Ask your child about the story-can they tell you what happens? Can they describe Albert using adjectives?
We are using part-whole models to solve subtraction problems.
Whole - part = part
Can your child explain this to you?
This week's spellings are...... as this went
In Maths we are learning to solve subtraction problems by crossing out, taking away and counting backwards.
In English we are explaining what makes a good friend, writing speech and thought bubbles and spelling colour words.
It's Anti-Bullying Week. Our work will focus on the story of Elmer. Why not watch this film version at home? Talk about how you can be a good friend.
Lyme Park - We had a wonderful, rainy, muddy day at Lyme! The children had fun in the woods, finding signs of Autumn and den building. They also had time in the Hall finding out about and playing with toys from the past. It was a great day!
We have had a busy morning launching our new topic, Terrific Toys. A local community member spent time with us talking about toys he played with as a child. We found out how toys, and the materials they are made from, have changed over the years. The children made a paper boat, and a cup and ball toy. Tomorrow we are off to Lyme Park to find out more.
This week's spellings are.....me she no
We are learning to.....solve missing number problems.
present number facts in different ways.
describe old and modern toys.
Foxes Newsletter Autumn 2 - Keep up with what's going on this half term!
Clean hands! It was harder than we thought to wash our hands properly!
Exercise! Dance, Rugby and Splats!
Healthy Food! We know what foods we should eat lots of, which ones we can have sometimes and which ones we should only eat occasionally.
We've had a great start to our Healthy Living Week. This morning we designed, made and evaluated a fruit salad, and went for a run in the sunshine. This afternoon we learned how to make a healthy homemade pizza on a fire, with Outdoor Genius. Fantastic!
Welcome back. We hope you have all had a great break, and are ready for another busy half-term.
It's Healthy Living Week. We will be lighting fires to make pizzas, taking part in Zumba and running sessions, learning about dental hygiene and good hand-washing, and much more.
This week's spelling are; he be they
We are learning to; add 2 numbers by counting on.
answer questions using the words 'greater' and 'less' than.
solve problems in different ways.
write a recipe.
make a rhyming string.
recite a Fireworks poem.
Don't forget, it's our trip to Lyme Park on Tuesday 7th November. Please make sure your child is in school on time, with sensible footwear and a warm coat. Thank you
Have a go at this game to practise recognising capital letters.
It was 'Diwali Day' at school today! We found out about how people celebrate this Hindu festival and thought about what we can learn from the story of Rama and Sita. The children took part in fun activities in all the different classrooms. In Foxes classroom, we made a collage of Rama and Sita, coloured in pictures from the story, made puppets, used play dough, read books, and used role play to retell the story. It was messy but FUN! As a 'grand finale' the whole school got together in the hall to perform a Diwali dance they had learnt during the day with Miss Collier. Brilliant!
In Science we have been investigating our senses. We went into the Forest school area and used our senses to explore. The children noticed that when they closed their eyes they could hear more sounds and their sense of touch was more sensitive. We used what we found out to help us write our Autumn senses poem.
Foxes have been practising their cursive handwriting by writing a Harvest prayer and an Autumn senses poem. They are remembering that every letter starts on the line. To decorate our poem we made Autumn leaf animals.
Learning the story of Rama and Sita....can your child tell you what happened?
This week's spellings are you your an
We are ...... -learning the story of Rama and Sita, leading up to our special Divali day on Thursday.
-using adjectives to describe characters in this story.
-adding two numbers together by counting on.
-using words other than 'add'.
It's our Harvest Assembly on Tuesday 10th October at 9am. Hope to see you there.
Foxes had a busy afternoon exploring Autumn....we brought the outside into the classroom! Have a look at our Seasons display for some of their work.
9th October 2017
This week's spellings are his has I
We are ..... - writing sentences about Autumn.
- describing Autumnal items (nouns) using adjectives.
- using our sound fingers to spell words.
-learning number bonds up to 10.
- using a part-part-whole model.
- writing our own number sentences.
In Maths Foxes have been investigating how to find number bonds of different numbers. Today it was 8 and we used the 'part - part - whole' method, the 'bar model' and we wrote number sentences. We are continuing to work on forming our numbers correctly. Clever Foxes!
- writing sentences about our teachers and ourselves.
-using capital letters and full stops.
-using sound fingers to spell words.
- counting to 20 forwards and backwards.
-counting to 100.
- counting in 10’s and 2’s.
Welcome to Year 1. We are looking forward to getting to know all the new Foxes this week, and starting our new topic "All About Me". Please look out for the newsletter coming home tomorrow, and feel free to ask any questions at school.
Foxes acted out the story of Daniel in the lions den during our RE day and we thought about how we feel when we recieve praise. We also discussed who makes rules and laws and how they make us feel safe.
In PSHE this week Foxes have been learning about trying hard to achieve a goal and being Pippa Positive when it seems difficult.
Letter JoinHave a go at practicing your spellings here.
Colour Day! Foxes has great fun on Colour Day. We took part in lots of different activities and learnt about the importance of giving and helping others.
Foxes love reading! Here we are this morning, enjoying our new reading area.
Year 1 had an amazing morning at Grinlow Wood today. They investigated the area and used their explorer skills to find their way up to Solomon's Temple. Well done everyone.
Foxes had a lovely finish to their Nature Detective Topic. They all got to hold the chicks and were amazed at how much they had grown and how strong (and loud!) they were. To help us learn the names of common plants and trees we also had a Nature Hunt in the Forest School area. It was great fun and the children also learnt to identify deciduous and evergreen trees. Next half term we will be finding out about the UK in our Geography topic Around the UK in 7 Weeks. Have a great half term holiday!
It has been an exciting week at school...........our chicks have hatched! Foxes have enjoyed looking at the chicks (as foxes do!!!) and watching how they hatched from their eggs and quickly became little balls of chirping fluff. The children produced some lovely writing today as a diary entry describing the chicks arrival. The chicks are enjoying a holiday on Miss Gratton's Farm this weekend but will be back on Monday.
A time lapse video of the night the chicks hatched! It was exhausting for them!
What a lovely day for it! Foxes searched for mini beasts today. They used brushes to gently move them into containers, and magnifiers to look at them closely.
Two exciting events have occurred during the start of our 'Nature Detective' topic, the eggs arrived in their incubator and a hedgehog was found in the Forest School area! Foxes are looking forward to watching the development of the chicks when they hatch and they were very quiet and careful when observing the hedgehog.
Welcome back everyone. We hope you've all had a great Easter break. You should all have received our latest newsletter last week, but here it is if you fancy another look!
Thank you everyone for coming and supporting the Year 1 Art Exhibition. The children all thoroughly enjoyed showing their wonderful art work to a wider audience. As well as the famous artists we encountered in the 'Katie' books we have read in English we were also inspired by our visit to The Green Man Gallery and Pavillion Gardens as well as our workshop with local artist Pauline Townsend. We hope you like the tulip paintings on silk that the children brought home today. We think our FOXES and BADGERS are brilliant artists!! Well done everyone, we are proud of you!
Don't forget to join us for our Year 1 Art Exhibition tomorrow (Friday) morning, in the school hall from 9-10am. The children will be showing you some of the lovely work they have done this term, and you will be able to have a go at making some art with them. Refreshments are being provided so hope to see you there.
Foxes had a brilliant time at their last session of Forest School. They made shelters, God's eyes and used fire steels to make a fire. Everyone enjoyed toasting marshmallows and eating them! To finish, the children took part in a Water Ceremony where they sprinkled water on the fire and shared what they have enjoyed the most about the sessions. Foxes love Forest School! 😃😃
Year 1 had a wonderful time visiting the Green Man and Pavilion Gardens Galleries. The children enjoyed seeing many different types of art, making some of their own and meeting professional artists. Maybe in twenty years some of their work might be hung in a gallery too!
What a sporty Morning. Foxes took part in a superb Infant Sports Festival. The children.....jumped, threw, caught, twirled, danced, hopped, bounced....and much more. Well done everyone.
Today Foxes learned about sorting animals according to what they eat. Carnivores eat meat. Herbivores eat plants. Omnivores eat both.
Can you remember how we helped ourselves to remember the new words?
Herbs are a type of plant. HERBIVORE
CARNIVORES say "I can't eat fruit. I can't eat vegetables".
OMNIVORES say "om, om, om" as they eat up everything.
What examples from each group can you remember?
Foxes were Super Scientists at Forest School this week! They investigated materials to find which were waterproof, they searched for materials that were magnetic (there weren't any!)and they identified trees, plants and mini-beasts. We found lots of signs that Spring is on the way!
We got Science Week off to a great start this morning. Foxes played detectives and investigated a crime scene, looking for clues to solve the mystery. It was Mindy Morris!!
Look at your budding artists! Pauline Townsend spent the morning teaching us how to do silk paintings. Look out for the finished results.
What a fantastic day. Andy Tooze, a local poet, spent the day with us. We learned some of his poems with fun actions, and wrote our own poetry to share with everyone. Foxes are SUPER poets!!
World Book Day - Foxes enjoyed dressing up as a character from a book. We read lots of stories and wrote sentences with fantastic adjectives about our characters.
Foxes had their first Forest School today.......and enjoyed every minute!!!! We learned the Forest School song, listened to the Forest School Rules and then had great fun exploring the area. We can't wait until next week!!
Forest School Fun!
It's World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March. Please bring in your favourite book at the beginning of the week, and come dressed as a book character on Thursday.
It's p...p..p...Pancake Day! We had a flip-tastic time making pancakes with a local chef. Of course the best bit was eating them afterwards. Can you remember what ingredients you used, and which bossy verbs we needed for the recipe?
Foxes have been learning about the origins of Lent. They thought of things they might give up, and ways they could 'turn over a new leaf'.
Foxes will be taking part in Forest School sessions every Tuesday after half-term. Please come to school with a change of clothes and footwear. We will get dirty and will be going outside whatever the weather.
Science - Foxes have been investigating materials. We have been experimenting and thinking scientifically to find the best material for making an umbrella to protect the Emperor's new clothes!
Foxes have been Magical Mathematicians this week. They have shown how well they understand place value, using Numicon and Dienes to represent two-digit numbers. Super stars!!
We had a lovely afternoon making clay coasters for a Castle Banquet, and decorating them with patterns.
Thanks for coming. We hope you enjoyed hearing about our work on Seasons.
It's our class assembly tomorrow at 9am. We're really looking forward to showing our grown-ups what we have been learning in Foxes.
We are continuing to learn about time this week. Please help your child by identifying half past and o'clock times and by using time words like yesterday, today and tomorrow in relation to a week.
Foxes have been finding out about castles and celebrating Chinese New Year.
This week we are learning about months of the year and seasons. Can your child tell you what they have learned? Ask them to recite the months and seasons in the right order, and write the words correctly and with capital letters.
Today we looked at the work of Paul Klee. He created a painting called Castle and Sun. We used 2d shapes, pastels, crayons and gummed paper to make our own versions. What shapes can you see in our work?
Derbyshire County Council Road Safety Team spent the morning at school helping us to be more safe on the road. Can your child tell you what they learned? Stop....Look....Listen!
Traditional Tales Super Starter! Foxes enjoyed exploring stories, puppets, games & much more, to launch our new topic. Ask your child which stories they shared today.
As part of our Winter topic we made healthy vegetable soup. Our adults came in to school to help us eat it. It was so tasty that lots of us had seconds!!
Here is our latest newsletter with news for the coming half-term.
Happy New Year everyone. Foxes woke themselves up by using all their senses to find signs of Winter.
Happy Hanukkah! Foxes found out about the Jewish Festival of Lights - Hanukkah. We found it has many similarities with the way we celebrate Christmas. As well as listening to the story and acting it out, the children made a Menorah and ate donuts. These were to remind us of the miracle of the oil in the temple that lasted for eight days. The story also made us remember how lucky we are in this country to be free and that we need to respect the beliefs and ideas of others.
Foxes have thought about British Values, and how important it is to value our differences. We read Something Else by Kathryn Cave (Puffin 2011). What is the same, and different, about the two main characters?
Foxes took part in a fantastic Problem-solving workshop. They worked together to manipulate shapes into different pictures. The children learned about right-angles....can you find any at home?
Up until Christmas we are revisiting 'place value' in our Maths lessons. The children will be counting forwards and backwards in patterns of 2, 5 and 10 and finding missing numbers in those sequences 2, 4, 6, ?, ?, 12 35, 30, 25, ?, ?, 10 etc. Please help them by counting up and down in 2's, 5's, & 10's and talking about which numbers are more and less.
Top Marks Maths Learning Games website has lots of fun activities to help.
We are thinking about winter and Christmas in our English lessons and using nouns and adjectives to write poems and retell the Christmas story🌟. You can help by encouraging your child to notice the seasonal changes and to use interesting describing words to talk about what they notice. ⛄️❄️🌌 We call these 'WOW' words!! They make our writing much more interesting. It would be great if you could also read (or even write!) some poems together. We would love to see them! 😀🎅🏽🎄
Parents Maths Workshop - Tuesday 29th December 9:00am. Foxes are very excited........on Tuesday they get to take home their Maths packs. It includes lots of ideas for fun Maths activities to play at home, plus some equipment to help get started. Enjoy!!!
What a bunch of technology whizzes we are! Today Foxes have used i-pads to take photographs, printed captions from Word, programmed Bee-bots and steered remote control cars. Phew!
Cursive handwriting - Please click on the documents below to see how the children are being taught to form their letters. Every lowercase letter starts on the line and flows easily into the following letter. Dots indicate where capital letters are started. Any questions....please ask.
Today Foxes explored old and new toys, sorting them by the materials they are made from.
Children in Need - The Year 1 children made crispy cakes to sell and raised an amazing £39.55!!!!! Well done Badgers and Foxes. We talked about why we raise money and the children came up with some lovely thoughtful ideas about what children really need to thrive. It made us realise how lucky we are.
The chocolate was surprisingly difficult to break!
Parents came in buy the crispy cakes.
We finished our toy boxes! The children decorated them and then evaluated the whole process. Some found making the hinge tricky and others found the decorating a bit sticky!! Well done Foxes.
The first stage of making our toy-boxes: building hinges with ribbons or cardboard and split-pins.
We all have the "Power for Good". As part of national Anti-Bullying Week the children have been thinking about ways to use their own super-powers to be good friends.
This week we have been learning about addition and subtraction. Have some fun at home counting things (up to 20 and beyond) , taking them away and putting them back again. Use these questions to find out about your child's learning:
Can you use the words "part" and "whole" to explain what you have done?
Has the number got bigger or smaller?
Can you count forwards or backwards to find the answer?
How can you write down what you have done?
There were toys everywhere today, as we launched our new topic for this half-term. Old ones, new ones, peculiar ones and funny ones! Can you remember the very first toy you owned?
We welcomed Mr Matthews to Foxes today. He brought in some of his old toys to show us.
Healthy Living Week - Foxes have enjoyed learning about different ways we can stay healthy and safe.
Fun with Circus Skills.
It was harder than it looked!
Coordination was important!
We sorted healthy and unhealthy foods.
We had some champion cutters!
Parents joined us to eat our fruit salads.
Working together as a team to read and order the days of the week. We will learn to spell them next!
Please read our latest Newsletter for information about the half-term ahead.
What a lovely afternoon. Thank you so much to all the families and friends that joined us for our tea-party. The children served their home-made scones with cream and jam, and shared some 'British' activities with their grown-ups. A lovely celebration for the end of Year 1.
It's tea-party time! The children are so excited about hosting a tea-party for their families next week. We hope you will be able to join us for tea and scones on Tuesday 12th July at 2pm, in the Year 1 classrooms.
We were so proud of the four children who won the Rotary Association Handwriting competition last week. Erin, Ayesha, Byron and Maisie were presented with awards by the Mayor of Buxton, following judging by a team from WHSmith. Congratulations!