Coppice Primary

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The home of the Fox Cubs!


Hello Everyone!! 

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, Mrs Tomlinson, Mrs Rowley  and Miss Renshaw are the Early Years Practitioners who will be working with the children throughout the week. 

We want your child to be happy and to enjoy learning so if you have any questions or concerns please come and see us!

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any question no matter how big or small. Email me at I know this year will be another amazing year in our Fox Cubs class with lots of learning and laughter happening!!

Meet the Fox Cubs Team


    Miss Harrison          Mrs Tomlinson         Mrs Rowley           Miss Renshaw

  Nursery Teacher/                                   EYFS Practitioners             

 EYFS co-ordinator


Our topic this term is

     Down at the Bottom of the Garden

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/theme each week linked to our topic. Within this 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!! 

Summer term 1 - Week 1

The Tiny Seed

How can we sort the seeds?  What do we do with seeds? Where do seeds come from? What are seeds? Do all seeds look the same? What journey does the seed go on?

We are starting our new topic this week which is called 'Down at the Bottom of the Garden' which we are really looking forward to! We will get to explore planting seeds and find out what we can grow in our garden. We will learn the names of different plants and flowers and become plant explorers in our own outside area!

This week we are going to start with the story of 'The Tiny Seed' which tells us about the journey a seed makes - from seed to plant. We will explore this through making a pictorial life cycle of a seed and look at the journey using our bodies to make different movements!  As this is the start of our new topic we will also create some large pictures to make a new topic display of what we could find at the bottom of the garden! I wonder what we will make!

During the week we will be playing in our Garden Centre role play area where we will find out what we can buy and we will use money to buy the different items. We will make labels and posters for the Garden Centre and explore the  different roles we can take on. We will make our own seed packets and use Numicon to find out how many seeds we need to count into the packets ready to sell.

As it is the first week back after half term we will have a circle time to catch up with each other to find out what we have all been up to and we will remind ourselves of the behaviour expectations and routines in Nursery! As Covid-19 is still around we will continue to practise our good hygiene rules. The main one - catch it, bin it, kill it! 

Summer term 1 - Week 2 

Jasper's Beanstalk

Who is Jasper? What is he growing? What is Jasper doing? What do we need to grow a plant from a tiny seed? Can we think of other times we need to patient and wait for things to happen? Can we name the days of the week? What happened on each day to Jasper? What could we grow? How do we need to look after our plants?

This week we will be exploring how to grow bean seeds like Jasper. He does something each day and hopes to get a beanstalk at the end of the week! unfortunately it takes a little longer but he does grow one by the end of the story!!  During the story we learn what the days of the week are and the order that they come in. We will practise our counting skills by counting bean seeds into the plant pots. We will also explore different bean seeds and practise sorting them in different ways.

We will follow Jasper's instructions to help us plant our own bean seeds, we will look after them by watering them and fingers crossed they should grow!! I wonder whose will grow the tallest!  We will be exploring sizes of beanstalk and practise sorting them into tall and short beanstalks and then have a go at ordering them by size from the shortest to the tallest!

At the creative area we will make our own beanstalks using a range of collage materials to practise fastening them together! We will also make our own castle out of junk modelling materials to go at the top of the beanstalk like you would find in the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' - we will read this story during the week as it is important to read lots of traditional tales throughout our time in Nursery and school! 



Summer term 1 - Week 3

Oliver's Fruit Salad

Which plants can we name in our outside area? What is similar/different between fruits and vegetables? What do we need to do to look after our plants and flowers? How can we use foods we grow in our own cooking? What fruits and vegetables can I name?

Wow, this week we are going to get to explore fruits which could be found at the bottom of the garden! We already love some fruits which we have in our snack time! But during this week we are going to explore some different fruits. I wonder which will be our favourite?? To help us decide we will get to use our senses - we will be get to feel the fruit on the outside, we we feel and look inside the fruits by cutting them open. We will use the magnifying glasses to look carefully at what is inside the fruits including looking at the different seeds! After the fruits have been cut open we will smell them! Of course we will have to eat the fruits so we can use our sense of taste!! Yummy!

On the creative table we will use fruits to explore printing. We will use our printing skills to make a fruit bowl! We will also explore patterns on fruit and recreate these on fruit shaped paper. Using the fruits we will also make repeating patterns on a kebab stick. This will be our snack!! 

We will explore using a smoothie maker as part of our learning about technology. We will cut up fruits and put them in the smoothie maker alongside some fruit juices. Then we will find out what happens when the smoothie maker is turned on! All the fruit will get broken up so it becomes smoother! We will then taste our smoothies as another snack treat!

During the week we will begin to explore our new role play area - a fruit and vegetable market stall! I wonder what we will buy and how many of each item we will put in the paper bags. 



Summer term 1 - Week 4


The Enormous Potato

Which plants can we name in our outside area? Do all plants look, feel or smell the same?  What is similar/different between the plants? What do we need to do to look after our plants and flowers? What are potatoes and what do we make from them? How do we prepare and grow potatoes? What tools can we use in our garden area? How do we use the tools safely? How are we going to look after the plants in our outside area?


Summer term 1 - Weeks 5 and 6

Fairy Fortnight 

What is the little door that we have found next to tree?  Who lives behind the tiny little door? What does the little letter left in our classroom tell us? Can we work out what the different clues we find each day tell us? Can we make a house fit for a fairy or elf? Why would the fairies or elves like to live in Heanor?



Topic web

To see the full topic web for this half term please click on the link below

Nursery Summer One  topic plan overview - Down at the Bottom of the Garden -  2021

Nursery Dates

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 19th April 2021 - School and Nursery reopens for children. 

Throughout April, May and June 2021 - Family meetings for EYFS children starting Nursery or Reception.

Monday 3rd May 2021 - Bank Holiday Monday - Nursery and School closed


Friday 28th May 2021 - Last day of term

Monday 7th June 2021 - INSET DAY - Nursery and School closed.

Tuesday 8th June 2021 - Nursery and School reopens for 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!)

CLICK HERE for 'What to Expect When' document to help you understand what your child should be able to do at different age stages!

 Nursery newsletters

 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.

Summer 1 welcome back to EYFS 


                                            Parent Partnership

We believe in having a good partnership with parents and carers. Together we can help your child to become a happy and successful learner!

 Topic Challenges

Challenges for your child to work on with you during the topic. The children will receive a certificate for completing the challenges:

1 point – Finding a picture of a plant.
2 points – Looking after own sunflower plant at home.
3 points – Making a picture of a plant using a range of art materials.
4 points – Making an information book about what can be found at the bottom of the garden.


Learning journeys

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.

Early Excellence consent form - September 2020

Proud cloud letter - September 2020

Proud cloud template - September 2020

 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@  and we will do all we can to help.

Our Nursery

Here is our latest Nursery booklet which contains all the information about our Nursery 

Welcome to Coppice Nursery School booklet 2020

School readiness

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.

Is your child ready for Reception? 

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!!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic these are postponed until further notice.


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.

Letters and Sounds phase 1 parent information leaflet

Some children will move onto Phase 2 during the year:

Letters and Sounds Phase 2 parent information leaflet


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.

Nursery Literacy non-negotiables

Squiggle Information

Dough Disco Leaflet 


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.

Nursery Numeracy non-negotiables

Life skills

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.