The home of the Fox Cubs!
Hello and welcome to our special page for Nursery, known as the 'Fox Cubs' class! The place where children have lots of fun learning through play!
In Nursery, Miss Harrison is the class teacher and Mrs Tomlinson and Mrs Rowley are the Early Years Practitioners who will be working with the children.
We want your child to be happy and to enjoy learning so if you have any questions or concerns please come and see us!
Miss Harrison Mrs Tomlinson Mrs Rowley
Nursery Teacher/ EYFS Practitioner EYFS Practitioner
Our topic this term is
I am special!!
Here are some ideas to start with and we will continue to add to them as we go through the half term! We base our learning on a book each week linked to our topic. We also follow the principles of 'planning in the moment' which means that the children guide our learning following their interests and so every day is full of surprises!!
Autumn term 1 - Week 1
Pirate Pete - I am starting Nursery!
What will I find in Nursery? Who will I meet in Nursery? What happens in Nursery? What does Pirate Pete do in Nursery?
This is the start of the biggest adventure ever!! During the week we will create our Nursery class for the year! We have 8 amazing children who are lucky enough to be continuing their Nursery journey with us and we have lots more children joining us during the week!! Miss Harrison, Mrs Tomlinson and Mrs Rowley are very excited and cannot wait for the fun to begin! Last year was fabulous and gave us so many memories!!
So in our first week we will be exploring the story of Pirate Pete - we all love a good pirate story! We will be finding out what Pirate Pete does when he starts Nursery and see if his Nursery is like ours! We will meet our new Nursery friends and try and learn everyone's name (Miss Harrison will find this hard with her lack of memory!!). We will start to make some creative masterpieces to decorate our classroom and we will play and explore the different areas of the classroom and the outside area!
Autumn 1 - Week 2
Maisy Goes to Nursery!
What do we do in Nursery each day? How do we use the snack table? What is a squiggle and when do we do it? What happens when Maisy mouse goes to Nursery? How would we help her if she came to our Nursery?
This week will be the first week when we are all here every day and we will be busy busy as always! We will begin to learn the rules and expectations of Nursery and start to learn our daily routines. We will have a squiggle and a dough disco (Miss Harrison's favourite) as well as lots of stories and singing Nursery rhymes! We will also learn how to use our snack table as we have free flow snack in Nursery and can have this when we are ready for a drink and something to eat! In the water tray we will find the numicon and start to explore how to use this to help with our counting. At the creative table we will create a picture just like Maisy did using lots of different materials. We will also have lots of circle time games to help us learn how to be a good friend to each other!
Autumn 1 - Week 3
It's health and well-being week!
What are the different parts of my body? Can I point to my different body parts when asked? What can I do with my different parts of my body? How can I travel in different ways in the outside area using my body? What am I feeling proud of? Why am I amazing? What new skills have I learnt? How do I feel? what emotions do I know?
This week it is our whole school well-being week! In Nursery we are going to explore our bodies and think about the different body parts we have and what we can do with them! We will make an obstacle course in the outside area and see if we can complete it with our friends! We will spend lots of time outside including going to Forest Schools on the school site for a morning where we will explore different activities together and finish the session around the camp fire toasting marshmallows and singing songs together! Sounds fantastic! During the week Mrs Rowley will teach us some dances and we will begin to explore some yoga moves!! We will have the opportunity to explore our feelings this week and start to explore when we experience the different feelings and why. It looks like being a fun but hopefully relaxing week!!
Autumn 1 - Week 4
That is Actually MY Blanket, Baby!
What do we already know about babies? Who has a baby brother or sister at home? What can babies do? What can I do that a baby cannot do? How do we look after babies? How do we grow from a baby?
During this week we are going to explore what it is like being a baby! We are going to invite a real baby and his/her mummy to come and meet us all! We will ask questions to find out what the baby can do and explore what a baby can do and cannot do! In the role play area we will have a baby clinic area so we can practise looking after the baby dolls. At the creative area we will have a go at weaving a blanket for the babies and outside we will use baby bottles to explore making patterns on the floor using coloured water! In the water tray the baby dolls will be there with the sponges and jugs so we can practise bathing the baby. Of course we know that babies like some lullabies so we will practise singing some gentle and soothing songs to help the baby sleep! Shhhhhh! We are asking parents/carers to send in baby photographs of the children so we can compare how the children have changed from being a baby to a three year old!
Autumn 1 - Week 5
Who is Supatato? What does he do? What does he wear? What super powers does he have? Which vegetables and fruits do we see in the story? Why are vegetables and fruits good for us? What repeating pattern could we make using the fruit to make a fruit kebab at the snack table? What bad things did Evil Pea do? What should Evil Pea do differently?
This week we will be starting our superhero part to our topic using one of our favourite stories - 'Supatato'! We will start the week by reading the story and then making a story map to help us learn the story and the sequence of events! We will begin to learn some talk for writing words and actions to help us retell the story! At the snack table we will have a wide range of fruits to try and make our own fruit kebab! Yummy! At the creative table we will make our own Supatato's by using collage materials to make a cape and mask! In the malleable area we will use the potato mashers to stop the Evil Peas making an escape around our classroom!! We will dig in the sand tray to look for different fruits and vegetables while we will sort them into groups in the mathematics area.
Autumn 1 - Week 6
What super powers do we have? What special clothes do we need to wear? What could we do to help other people like Super Duck? What happened to Super Duck in the story?
This week we will continue our superhero topic through the story of 'Super Duck!' We will make our own superhero cape using different 2D shapes to make our own pictures and patterns on the back of the capes! We will also make our own superhero masks using a range of collage materials. On Friday we are going to have a superhero dress up day where we can wear our capes and masks or wear our own superhero costume from home! During the week we will think about what superhero powers we have and think about why we are all special and unique. We will also look at the superheroes who are around us and help to keep us safe and healthy such as doctors and nurses!
Autumn 1 - Week 7
Little Red Hen
Who is the Little Red Hen? What did she do? Who are the other farm animals in the story? What did the animals do wrong? What was Little Red Hen making? What ingredients do we need to make bread? What happens at Harvest time? What do farmers do?
This week we are going to learn about Harvest time! We will perform a special Harvest Festival concert to our families where we will sing and perform a story! We will use our talk for writing words and actions to retell the story using a story map to help us sequence the events in the correct order. In the story the Little Red Hen bakes some bread and that is what we are going to do too but we will all work together to do this! As we make the bread we will talk about how we are making it and how the ingredients are changing. Once the bread is baked and cooled we will cut it up and have it at the snack table! We will explore the different farm animals who we meet in the story and make animal masks at the creative table.
Autumn 1 - Week 8
It's Autumn time!
What happens at Autumn time? What will we see in our outside area at Autumn on our walk? What colours are the leaves?
Wow! We have reached the last week in our first term at Nursery this year! We are going to explore what happens at Autumn time! To start the week we will go for a walk around the outside area and the school grounds and have the opportunity to walk on crunchy leaves and to pick up the leaves and watch them float to the ground when we throw them in the air! In the outside area we will learn about the artist Andy Goldsworthy and make our own natural art work using items we collect on the Autumn walk! We will sort and count the different leaves in the mathematics area whilst in the creative area we will explore leaf printing! Another busy and fun week to end the term!
To see the full topic web for this half term please click on the link below
Here are the dates we have so far for this half term. We will continue to add to them as the half term progresses. Also remember to check your weekly newsletter!
Monday 2nd September - INSET day - school/Nursery closed for the children
Tuesday 3rd September - School/Nursery reopens for the children! Children already in Nursery will come back on this day.
Tuesday 3rd September/Wednesday 4th September/Thursday 5th September - New Nursery intake starts over three days. Please check your welcome letter to find out when your child starts!
Friday 13th September - Roald Dahl dress up day for £1.00
Monday 16th September - Friday 20th September - Whole school health and well-being week. Lots of activities planned.
Wednesday 25th September - British values day! We will be exploring different British values in Nursery today!
Friday 27th September – MacMillan Coffee morning in the hall. More information to follow.
Week beginning Monday 14th October – Book fair in school all week.
Tuesday 15th October - EYFS (Fox Cubs class and Squirrels class) Harvest Festival at 9.30am in the school hall - families welcome!
Friday 18th October - Fox Cubs stay and play session at 10.45am for families.
Friday 25th October - Last day of term
Monday 4th November - INSET day – School/Nursery closed to the children.
Tuesday 5th November - School/Nursery reopens for the children!
The Early Years Foundation Stage
In Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which is organised into seven areas of learning. These seven areas are as follows:
PSED - Personal, social, emotional development (developing self confidence and self awareness, making relationships as well as managing behaviour and feelings).
CL - Communication and Language (speaking, listening and understanding)
PD - Physical development (moving and handling as well as health and self care)
LIT - Literacy (reading and writing)
MATHS - Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measures)
UW - Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology)
EAD - Expressive Arts and Design (exploring and using media and materials as well as being imaginative!)
We have a weekly newsletter which will keep everyone informed about what we are doing and what we will be learning about in the future. The newsletter will come home every Friday but we will also put a copy here on our web page.
We believe in having a good partnership with parents and carers. Together we can help your child to become a happy and successful learner!
Challenges for your child to work on with you during the topic. The children will receive a certificate for completing the challenges:
1 point —To put on own coat.
2 points —Find own name in the morning when self registering.
3 points —To bring in a baby photograph.
4 points —To create an autumn picture using natural materials
During the last few years we have developed the way that we collect observations about what your child can do during their time in Nursery. Now we use an app called 'Early Excellence' on our ipads. We will take photographs of your child completing different activities and make notes about what they are doing. One of the best features of this is that we can email you all the evidence we collect! Please make sure we have your email address and we will send you all of our observations! Don't forget to reply and let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home. Please see Miss Harrison for an email request form if you have not completed this in your new starters pack or you can download one by clicking on the link below.
Have a question or concern?
We understand that there are times when you might have a question or concern! We have an open door policy in our school and you are always welcome to come and speak to any member of staff. Alternatively you can ring school on 01773 712840 or email me at kharrison4@ coppice.derbyshire.sch.uk and we will do all we can to help.
Here is our latest Nursery booklet which contains all the information about our Nursery
Over the year we will be preparing your child for their start in Reception. Is your child ready to start Reception? The following are some of the skills that your child is expected to be able to do as they begin their journey into Reception but remember we have a whole year to prepare them.
Stay and Play sessions
Stay and Play sessions
Each term we have a stay and play session so parents, carers and other family member can join us in Nursery to see what we do. The children love showing everyone their classroom and the type of activities we do every day in Nursery. We always end with an activity for both children and adults. This could be a story, a squiggle, a dough disco or a dance! Who knows!! We like to keep it a surprise!!
Our next stay and play session will be on Friday 18th October from 10.45am to 11.45 a.m. We hope you can join us!
Helping at home!
There are lots of things you can do to help your child. Below are some ideas of what you can do which are quick and easy and will help your child consolidate skills we have taught in school. If you would like any help or support please ask any member of EYFS staff. We would be more than happy to help with ideas!
Letters and Sounds
We are starting to look at Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds. This booklet will help you understand how we are teaching your child in nursery.
Some children will move onto Phase 2 during the year-
Spend time sharing lots of books together. Practise holding the books the correct way round and turning the pages in order. Encourage your child to talk about the pictures and to support them in making their own stories using the pictures.
At this stage the children will be making lots of marks using a range of writing tools such as felt tips, pens and paint. Encourage your child to talk about what their marks mean. As your child becomes more confident in holding writing tools support them in writing their names on invitations and cards.
By the end of nursery your child is expected to be able to say a sentence with 5 to 8 words in it and hold a pencil using a 'tripod' grip.
Play board games such as 'snakes and ladders' to encourage your child to count spaces to move their counters forwards or backward. When you are walking as the children to count how many foot steps from one place to another and ask the children to identify different numbers they see on doors or buses.
By the end of nursery your child is expected to be able to recite numbers to 10, recognise numerals 1 to 5, count 3 to 4 objects and make marks to represent their counting.
Encourage your child to put on and fasten their own coat, to put on their own shoes and to get dressed and undress by themselves. Remind them to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating a meal. When eating encourage your child to use a knife and fork correctly.