Teacher: Mrs Fay 

TA's: Mrs Sweetland, Miss Loader, Mrs Hulland and Miss Murphy. Mrs Jones teaches Foxcubs on a Thursday morning. 

Welcome to our Foxcubs page.

We are Foxcubs...

We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class and we always have fun learning. We love learning both indoors and outdoors in our fabulous and always developing outdoor area. We follow the Early Year Foundation Stage Curriculum, focusing on the things that things that the children enjoy, and the National Curriculum in Year 1.

Look what we have been doing in Foxcubs. 
Animal Encounters...
 We had a fantastic visit from Chris the Animal Man - find out about Chris at He brought two mammals, an amazing armadillo and a tenrec who looked like a hedgehog but was a distant cousin of the elephant (I know, we were shocked too!). We held a lizard called Blue and a beautiful snake called Patch, both reptiles. And my favourite, part of the bird family, the cutest owl ever. We had the best day!
Topic work
Our topic this term, is Animals. We will be looking at all sorts of animals from pets, to minibeasts, to wild animals both here and around the world. We will find out about the pets we have in class, we will have a visit from animals to school and will be looking for bugs in our school grounds. 

Each day we have a phonics session  where we use 'Letters and Sounds' to learn our sounds, letter names and how to blend (read) and segment (spell). We play lots of phonics games and practise writing and saying the sounds in lots of fun ways. We often put on funny voices when we are blending words to help us stay engaged. We are learning phase 2 and phase 3 letters and sounds. After Christmas the year 1's will be learning phase 5 sounds. 

Phonicsplay is a website that has free interactive games to help your child learn their sounds.

The video shows you how to say all the sounds in all phases. We start with the phase 2 sounds which go up to ss. The phase 3 sounds start with j and finishes on er and the phase 5 sounds start with ay.

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We learn our literacy by focusing on a story book and using it to plan writing and drama activities to really get to know the story inside out. Our reception children will be practising forming letters, writing words, writing their name and learning what makes a sentence and having a go at writing sentences.

  • Supporting reading at home
  • Find a quiet place to sit together.
  • Try to read for at least 10 minutes every day.
  • Talk about the book - what you might find inside.
  • In the early stages of reading, encourage your child to point to each word.
  • If your child gets stuck, you can help them by;
  • Pointing to the picture if it is relevant.
  • Asking a question to remind them of the context, e.g. Where did they say they were going?
  • Re-reading the sentence up to the unknown work to remind them of the context.
  • Saying or pointing to the first letter of the word.
  • If the word can be read easily by sounding out the letters, encourage them or help them to do this.

​Try not to say that the book as 'too easy' or 'too hard'. Children need a range of reading materials. Any 'easy' book helps them to relax with reading. A difficult book can be read to your child. Both are important.


Our maths sessions are very practical - learning through practical maths activities. We count every day and practise writing numbers.

How you can help at home.

Children at this stage of their learning are making connections between what they learn at school and the mathematics they meet in their everyday lives. The number facts they learn and the understanding they develop will underpin their progress through the rest of their school career. Practising our counting at every opportunity is always a good thing. You can help by making sure when your child is counting how many of something, they match each number as they say to an object by touching it, or moving it - this avoids mistakes.

Playing games - throwing dice, playing dominoes, as well as card games all help children's numeracy at this stage. The need to recognise the numbers of dots or shapes without counting them and also learn to add two or more small numbers. 

Reading and writing numbers - help your child to write numbers, starting at the top and running the pencil down the numeral. When your child starts to write 2-digit numbers, be sure to emphasise the value of the first digit, reading 65 as sixty-five, stressing that this is sixty (six tens) and five more. This helps them develop an understanding of place value.

Memorising their number facts - one of the simplest and most effective ways of supporting your child's mathematical understanding is to ensure they have learned their number facts off by heart. These are pairs of numbers which add together to make all of the numbers up to and including ten. For example, children need to know that 6 is 5 + 1, or 4 + 2, or 3 + 3; and that 10 is 5 + 5, or 4 + 6, or 3 + 7, or 2 + 8, or 9 + 1.

Telling the time - help your child to master this difficult skill by taking it in stages. First stress the 'o'clocks'. "It's nearly 5 o'clock, time for tea!"

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