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Easter Bingo March 21st 2018 - Ash Croft, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 11:39am

Thank you for everyone for making this years Easter Bingo a fantastic evening.  We would not be able to do this popular event without the help of our excellent staff at school who put in alot of extra time and effort to make sure the event is a success.  We would also like to make a huge shout out to the parents/carers who send in all the chocolate.  We are overwhelmed each year by your genorsity.  Thank you and finally we would like to say you have helped to raise an amazing £383.95.   

Chinese New Year at Ash Croft February 2018, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 11:38am

On Friday 16th February 2018, Ash Croft celebrated Chinese New Year. 

Each class took part in a range of fun and exciting activities experiencing Chinese culture and using it to inspire their art work. 

Busy Bees used stencils to draw shapes inside dogs using lots of bright colours. 

Superstar Sharks used tissue paper to fill dog templates, they used their maths skills to write Chinese numbers and decorated lucky glitter playdough to take home. 

Clever Cats used prior skills of collaging to fill their dogs.

Marvellous Monkeys replicated chinese patterns using cotton buds and paints. 

Fantastic Foxes replicated intricate Chinese patterns using chalk.

Teriffic Tigers painted to Chinese music and drew their own dogs using their sketching skills. 

Our Trip to Cromford Mill, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 11:33am

We had a great trip to Cromford Mill on Wednesday 10th January. The children all got dressed up and had a go at some old skills from the cotton making process. We also had a walk around Cromford to see Sir Richard Arkwright's legacy. We saw the mill workers' cottages, the Greyhound hotel he built for his guests to stay in and even the local lock up! We finished by seeing the house he built for himself and the local church where he is buried. We realised in the end that he was a very wealthy man!!

Roman WOW day, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 11:31am

We started of Spring term with a WOW day based on our new topic, The Romans!

Our big question for the term will be: What impact might the Romans have had on Britain? 

During our WOW day we ate like a Roman (laying on our side!!), baked honey cakes, created mini soilders and we even learnt a song! Please have a look at the pictures to see all the fun we had.

A massive well done and thank you to all the children (and grown ups) that took time to create a sheild. I have really enjoyed looking at these and we will be using them for our Class Assembly!

Miss Ganatra

Andy Goldsworthy, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 11:28am

We continued with our Art work this week by heading outdoors! We had a lot of fun collecting natrual materials to create our designs, just like Andy Goldsworthy! We worked in small groups and the children enjoyed showing their creations to the rest of the class. smiley

Autumnal Printing , by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 11:03am

We looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and used his work as our inspiration to create our autumnal desgins. We went outside and collected lots of natrual materials and used these as our printing tools. smiley

Terrific Tigers and Awesome Aardvarks trip to the Open Centre!, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:58am

Persuasive texts, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:56am

In English, we have been learning about Persuasive texts. Our current  topic is Thomas Cook so for our Innovation week, we wrote a persuasive text to persuade people to go on a Thomas Cook holiday. We then had a go at publishing our persuasive texts by creating leaflets. 

Forces and Magnets, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:55am

We have been learning about forces and magnets. We made predictions and justified our thinking. We then conducted a science experiment and investigated which magnet was the strongest. We tested magnets on a kite, created a chain using paperclips and attached as much paper as the magnet could hold. In our conclusions, we discussed why we thought a certain magnet was the strongest using our results to help us

Thomas Cook WOW day, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:54am

In order to kickstart our new topic on Thomas Cook, we had a WOW day where we came to school dressed up in our holiday clothes.

"We had lots of fun decorating our own postcards to send to our parents" Jessica.

"I am excited about walking to the post office to post my envelope." Jack.

"We drew pictures of our holiday destinations onto our postcards." Natasha.

"We showed our own holiday photos to the class and I liked talking about a holiday that I have been on." Arkan.

"I liked dressing up in my summery clothes in Winter!" Eloise.

"We pretended to be travel agents working at Thomas Cook and helped people to choose a holiday to go on." Rajveer.

"It was fun writing my own address on my postcard." Khadijat.


The children had lots of fun and are excited to learn all about Thomas Cook and who he is!


Music, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:52am

After Rocksteady visited our school and kickstarted Music week, we have been been doing lots of singing and playing musical instruments. Today, we had a go at making our own shakers using bells and lollipop sticks. 

Diwali, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:50am

Fantastic Foxes have been learning about Sikhism in RE. Sikhs celebrate Diwali - They welcome the Goddess Lakshmi into their home by creating beautiful, bright and colourful Rangoli patterns at the entrance of their homes. They also light Divas and make them visible to Goddess Lakshmi. We had a go at creating our own Rangoli designs. This was a challenge but we persevered and tried our best.

Talk For Writing, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:41am

In our Non-fiction unit in talk for writing, we have been learning the text: The Manchester Ridge-back. We have created our own text maps and used these to retell the text with actions. We will be performing this in our celebration assembly on Friday 6th October.

Derby Detectives, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:38am

To begin our new topic with a Hook, Fantastic Foxes and Marvellous Monkeys went on a trip around Derby. We walked alongside the River Derwent and also saw the Silk Mill. The children had a lovely day and are very eager to become Derby Detectives!

Wow day, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:36am

We had a visitor who came in to school to kickstart our new topic on 'The Stone Age'. 

The children really enjoyed becoming archeologists and excavating artefacts, weaving, grinding flour, making stone age jewelerry and weapons.

It was lovely to see so many parents who came to support their children.

Gurdwara Trip, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:31am

Fantastic Foxes and Marvellous Monkeys have spent the Autumn term learning all about Sikhism. We have learnt about the 5 K's - Kesh, Kanga, Kara, Kirpan and Kachera. We also learnt about Sikh celebrations - Diwali (Bandi Chor) and Vaisakhi. On Friday 1st December, both classes went on a trip to visit the Gurdwara. The lady at the Gurdwara recapped our learning on Sikhism and let us see and touch the 5 K's. We were also lucky to walk around the rooms inside the Gurdwara and see the special areas where Sikhs pray and worship God. The lady taught us how Sikhs are named when they are born - the Guru opens their special book called the Guru Granth Sahib Ji and whichever letter appears first, the child's name begins with this letter. The parents' first gift to their child is a Kara which Sikhs wear at all times to protect themselves and remind themselves that God is always with them. The langar is a place where Sikhs volunteer and cook food to feed Sikhs as well as any homeless people for free. Children absolutely loved trying the food - they even licked their plates clean! Have a look at the photos to see what a lovely time we all had. 

Derby Detectives, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:29am

To begin our new topic with a Hook, Fantastic Foxes and Marvellous Monkeys went on a trip around Derby. We walked alongside the River Derwent and also saw the Silk Mill. The children had a lovely day and are very eager to become Derby Detectives!

Labels and Captions, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:28am

We are trying really hard to use out phonics to spell words at the moment.

As part of our labels and captions unit in English we went outside to find bits and bobs that we would be able to label!

Everyone worked brilliantly in their teams, finding, sticking, spelling and labelling!

Ordering numbers, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:27am

We have been looking at ordering numbers this week in maths.

We went outside to see if we could make a number line out of children!

We had lots of fun playing around with the numbers and seeing how quick we could get into order!

Well done Year 1, you worked extremely hard at this!

The Big Reveal!, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:25am

WOW. What a fantastic morning we had in Year 1! heart

First we all had to write down our orders for the 'cafe' to choose what sandwich we would like. We then took our bears and our nibbles to the carpet where we had a lovely Teddy Bears Picnic!

AND THEN... was the BIG reveal of our brand new role play area.

Our very own cafe! 'The Cafe in the Woods'.

Here are a few pictures of our morning but im sure over the next few days we will have lots more! Enjoy. laugh

Look whats happening in our classroom!, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 10:21am

How exciting! laugh

This is what we found when we got to school this morning.

What a lovely surprise for a Monday. I wonder what it might be! surprise

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Maths - Autumn 1, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 9:34am

We have spent lots of time over the first few weeks concentrating on our number formation.

We have been exploring lots of different ways of writing our numbers!

We have also been learning lots about the value of a number

Here are just a few pictures of what we have been up to! Well done year 1!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, by Mr Ellis

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 9:33am

For our first fiction unit in English, we have been learning the story of Goldilocks and the three Bears! We made up actions for each part to help us retell the story. 

During our next unit we will continue to focus on the story of Goldilocks and the three Bears but we will be looking at writing labels and captions.

Show your child the text map.

Can they retell you the original story?

Can they tell you the story of Goldilocks and the three Mice?

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