Fox Tor is our Key Stage One Class (year 1 and 2) taught by Mrs Sutherland.
Please see below for an overview of the learning for the year.
Welcome to Fox Tor
It is so wonderful to have a classroom full of inquisitive and motivated young learners once again. Please frequently check our class page to see what learning is taking place in Fox Tor.
In Fox Tor, we endevour to make our learning interactive and enjoyable whilst providing the necessary challenge to ensure all children progress and thrive. Our aim is to nurture and grow happy learners that are able to link make and apply exisiting and knew experiences, knowledge and ideas together.
Enrichment experiences play an important part in our learning. We love to use the natural and local environment to help us gain a real sense of place and connection with nature. When we can't get out and about we often bring natures treasures in.
We set high expectations of all children and provide them with the platform to become confident and successful learners through our learning dispositions, Responsibility, Independence, Resilience, Collaboration and Reflection which develops the children's skills and attributes.
Please stay connected with Fox Tor through our Class Dojo page where we celebrate and share learning, as well as communicate up and coming events where family support will be needed. If you have any queries about the information or a general question, please contact me via Dojo, however during teaching hours contact the school office if it is urgent.
In Fox Tor we immerse ourselves in a wide range of rich fiction and non fiction text to support the development of our vocabulary, writing skills and reading comprehension through the Babock writing sequences, regular whole class guided reading and a daily story time.
Supporting the development of fluency in reading all children have the opportunity to read regularly in school and at home following the RWI book bag books. They provide the opportunity for all children to use and apply their growing phonic knowledge to develop as a secure and confident reader. Once children come to the end of the RWI programme they progress onto Accelerated Reader which provides fluent readers with a challenging opportunity to track their continued progress in reading followed by comprehension quizzing.
All children have the opportunity to select books from our wonderful library that they can share at home and develop a real love of books and reading for pleasure.
Where we can we link together our English, Maths, Science, History and Geography and wider subjects to enrich our learning. We like to make the most of the amazing outdoor learning space we have to soak up the huge landscape views over Dartmoor, inspiring our learning and giving us regular opportunities to connect with nature.
This term we are developing and securing our fluency and reasoning and problem solving skills in Multiplication and Division with daily maths from Whiterose. All children have access to Times Table Rock Stars to support and embed their number knowledge.
We encourage the children to develop and use a range of resources and methods to support individual learning needs.
Science and Outdoor Learning
Outdoor learning and learning from the outdoors plays an important part in Fox Tor's. We take every opportunity to make the most of our diverse and rich natural environment in school and the local area, bringing our learning to life and developing our knowledge and skills as link makers.
This term Fox Tor will be exploring, link making and reflecting on, What makes some places sacred to believers?
Non-Core subjects and Theme Learning
Where possible Fox Tor link togother their different areas of learning to support the development of real and relevant knowledege and skills. Our learning takes place through geograpghy field study opportunities and practical historical enquiry and investigation, enriched with the use of our outdoor environment and quality teaching resource to scaffold and inform teaching and learning.
Knowledge Organisers for Autumn 2023
Enrichment in Fox Tor
Whether it is putting our wellies on and stepping out into our school environment to set up the wildlife camera, watch the birds, count the butterflies, or taking a trip a little further afield, Fox Tor do love an adventure!
During the summer term we took part in in a Beach Sceince Project which took us to Crackington Haven on the North Cornwall coast exploring the rock pools and observing the power of the changing tide. This enrichment opportunity encouraged the children to make connections in their exisitng knowledge and new learning, transfering skills and experiences to complete the enquiry project.
To enrich, inspire and connect us with our local and regional heritage we took a trip to Geevor Tin Mine on the tip of West Cornwall. The class were absorbed into the the first hand recounts of life as a miner and developed a huge sense of the challenges, passion and community the miners in Devon and Cornwall are so famous for.
To enrich our 'Inventor' theme and focus on Isabmard Kingdom Brunel, Fox Tor went on an exciting adventure by bus to experience Steam Ship Great Britain in Bristol. With the amazing support of so many parents we spent the day stepping back in time. Exploring the Dock Yard museum, the interactive Brunel's Mind and soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of the impressive SS Great Britain itself. A day we will always remember.
We encourage all our children to extend their learning beyond school and to help with this we provide Knowledge Organisers. Each Knowledge Organiser it created to enrich and support key learning and vocabulary for the foundation curriculum subjects. Please take the time to explore the Knowledge Organisers with your child regularly.
As a school we support the children's learning of statutory spellings and timetables with quality online resources which the children have the opportunity to access in school and at home where possible.
Spelling Shed https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/
Times Table Rock Stars https://ttrockstars.com/
In order to develop children’s fluency in mathematics, we ask that they learn Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) each half term. KIRFs are designed to support the fluency in maths skills that underpin much of the maths learning in our school. They are particularly useful when calculating, adding, subtracting, multiplying or diving. They contain number facts such as number bonds and times tables that need constant practise and rehearsal, so children can recall them quickly and accurately, as well as learning to tell the time.
Knowledge Organisers and ArchiveDocuments