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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!

As we were unable to have our usual transition programme we will be having our visits and meeting with parents during the first two and a half week back in September - everyone has had a letter with this information on it as you have your own time slots!  We want to make this a positive experience for you and your child as we know if we build up good relationships from the beginning it really helps your child to become a confident, curious and happy learner! 

During the six weeks holidays we will be in touch via emails and will have information on this page and the Nursery transition page Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any question no matter how big or small. Email me at I know next year will be another amazing year in our Fox Cubs class with lots of learning and laughter happening!!


Important Information for September 2020



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

Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars – Here come the Dinosaurs!      

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!! 


The rest of the school start back on Thursday 3rd September - Nursery is closed on Thursday and Friday of this week. We start welcoming children from Monday 7th September. 

Autumn term 1 - Week 1

Week beginning 7th September - only for children who joined Nursery in January. New starters will be visiting with parents in the afternoon

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

Where are the ten terrible dinosaurs? What do the dinosaurs look like? How are they similar or different? Which numerals can we recognise? How could we sort the dinosaurs into groups?

We are starting our new topic this week which is called 'Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here come the dinosaurs! We will come back the children who have been in Nursery since January this week so they can get back into the routine of Nursery before our new children start! 

We will begin the week finding out what we have all been up to during lock down. It has been a long time since we have all been together in March! We will revisit our expectations as well as recapping our good hygiene rules. We need to make sure we are washing our hands for at least 20 seconds each time we do this and making sure we catch any sneezes or coughs and bin them! In the classroom we will have hand sanitiser in different areas which the children will be using to keep their hands as clean as possible! 

To start our learning about dinosaurs we will read the story of 'Ten Terrible Dinosaurs' and will explore some of the dinosaurs we meet!  We will practise counting the dinosaurs and see if we can count to 10 and then practise counting different amount of dinosaurs up to ten using our numicon and a ten frame to help! We will look at how they are similar as well as being different in some ways! Together we will make some big dinosaurs using our printing, painting and collage skills to start the topic display! We cannot wait to see what dinosaurs you create! This week we will also be practising our name writing and finding our name card to help us so we can write our name on all of our amazing paintings and mark making!


Autumn term 1 - Week 2

Week beginning 14th September - For children who joined Nursery in January and there will be two morning visits for each child joining Nursery this term. Please check your letter to see when your child is visiting!


Dinosaurs Love Underpants!

Why do dinosaurs love underpants? How do dinosaurs move? What colour/pattern are on the pants? What happened to the cave men in the story? What is a skeleton? What are our classroom rules? How can we move up the behaviour ladder and what do the different pictures mean? 

This week is when the children  meet each other and start to make new friendships! We will spend lots of time this week getting to know each other through circle time activities and class discussions. We will decide on our class rules and display these in the classroom. The behaviour ladder will be introduced to all the children. Alongside this we will spend lots of time ensuring we know how to look after ourselves and everyone else by following good hygiene rules. We need to make sure we are washing our hands for at least 20 seconds each time we do this and making sure we catch any sneezes or coughs and bin them! In the classroom we will have hand sanitiser in different areas which the children will be using to keep their hands as clean as possible! 

During the week we will explore different dinosaurs and try to sort them in different ways such as big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs or by colour! One of our activities will be about moving like a dinosaur - we will do this in our outside area as I am sure there will be lots of big movements and big roars! In the malleable area we will explore dinosaur bones and become fossil hunters as we brush the bones from little trays of sand. I wonder what we will find! We will sort the bones in order of size from the smallest to the largest as well as grouping the bones by size! 

Of course we cannot read the story of 'Dinosaurs Love Underpants' without exploring pants! We will look at the different colours and patterns on the pants to help us sort them while we are washing them in the water tray. To help us with our fine motor skills we will peg the pants on the washing line to dry! On the creative table we will print patterns on different shaped and sized pants using a range of printing tools! 


Autumn term 1 - Week 3

Week beginning 21st September - All children in together for normal session hours - 8.30am - 11.30am each day from this week onwards! 


How to look after your dinosaur!

What is the egg like? Where has the egg come from? How do you look after a dinosaur? What does a dinosaur like to do? What does a dinosaur like to eat for his meals? How should you treat each other? 

During the week we will explore dinosaur eggs and the children will look after their dinosaur egg at home and see if it hatches! In Nursery we will also have a dinosaur egg and see what happens every day! After reading the story of 'How to Look after your Dinosaur' we will explore what you have to do to look after the Dinosaur. This will include feeding it, brushing its teeth and taking it out to play! We will link this into what we do to look after ourselves to keep us healthy! 

In the water area we will try and catch the different coloured eggs and sort them into groups and then count how many we have altogether. On the funky fingers table we will practise our scissor skills to help us cut out dinosaurs and stick them onto Dinosaur mountain! On the malleable table we will be exploring how to get the dinosaurs out of the ice eggs - do we use our fingers or some tools! We cannot wait to see what you do!! 

This week we will also look at ourselves and how we have changed over time just like the dinosaur changes from when they crack their way out of the egg to when they grow to be a BIG dinosaur! We will be asking you to bring in a  baby photograph of yourselves to share with the class. In our circle time we will share what we did as a baby and what we can do now as a 3 year old! We will think about how our mummy's and daddy's had to do everything for us when were a baby but now as a 3 year old we are able to do more things for ourselves!


Autumn term 1 - Week 4

Week beginning 28th September 


Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

What has Harry got in his bucket? How many dinosaurs can we count? What can we collect in our bucket? How could we make a new bucket for Harry? What would we put on a missing poster to ask everyone if they have seen the dinosaurs?

This week will be our final week learning about dinosaurs! We will begin by reading the story of 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs'. Harry will leave his bucket for us to investigate further during circle time. We will empty the bucket and explore different ways to sort and group the dinosaurs. Then we will count how many we have in each group.
We will have lots of empty buckets in the classroom and in the outside so that we can fill them with items of our choice! I wonder what the children will choose! On the creative table the children will have a wide range of junk modelling materials to choose from to make their own bucket. What can they fit in their bucket? Can they make a handle which is strong enough?
On the mark making table we will make missing posters to help Harry find his dinosaurs that he has lost! We will describe the missing dinosaur to everyone in Nursery using vocabulary to describe the colour of the dinosaur, the size of the dinosaur and any features of the dinosaur! 


Autumn term 1 - Week 5

Week beginning 5th October

Dinosaurs in the Supermarket

What is a supermarket? What did the dinosaurs do in the supermarket? How should you behave when you are out shopping? Why did the dinosaurs have to clean up? What other shops do we know? 

This week we are going to see what happens when dinosaurs go to the supermarket! These dinosaurs cause a lot of mess! We will explore what you find in a supermarket and compare this to other shops. In the small world area we will have a town set up so we can make our own narratives using the play people and shops. The role play area will become a supermarket. We will work together to make price labels and posters for the supermarket using our mark making skills and creative skills! We will then make lists of what we want to buy and use our money to pay for them! I wonder who will want to be the shop keeper!!
We will continue to explore dinosaurs and will practise naming the different dinosaurs as we learn our positional language. The dinosaurs will be hidden around the outside area and we will go looking for them! When we find them we will need to describe where they are! We will use the Bee Bots to practise programming them to travelling around the dinosaur world map! At the creative area table we will be making dinosaur masks using a range of collage materials! We will also be developing our fine motor skills using a range of materials to weave in and out of the shopping baskets! 


Autumn term 1 - Week 6

Week beginning 12th October

The 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 the Little Red Hen making?  What ingredients do we need to make bread? How do we make bread?  What happens at Harvest time? What do farmers do?

This week we are going to learn about Harvest! We will read the story of 'The Little Red Hen' which is one of Miss Harrison's favourite stories! We will read the story and then make a giant story map which we will use to retell the story. During this week we will begin to learn our talk for writing actions with 'once upon a time' and 'first'. Ask your child to show you these actions! The children will also get creative and think of their own actions for the animals in the story! We cannot wait to see the children retell this well known story! 
We will explore farm animals during the week and practise moving like  these animals and making their animal sounds! In the small world area we will have the farm set out ready for the children to use to make their own stories! We will explore what farmers grow for people to eat! We will start by looking at wheat as that is what Little Red needs to make the flour to help her make bread! We will explore the amazing work that farmers do to ensure we have enough food to eat! 
As the Little Red Hen made bread in the story we think we should do the same using a simple recipe to follow! We will look at the different ingredients that we need to make bread and discuss how the ingredients change as we mix them together and leave the dough to prove! We will make our own bread roll which we will cook and then send home to taste! We will make a little loaf so we have some to taste altogether in special snack time! We cannot wait to smell the bread cooking! It will be amazing! 

Autumn term 1 - Week 7

Week beginning 19th October

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? What sounds can we make with the leaves?

Wow, by this week we will have completed our first term in Nursery! Where did that time go! This week we are going to explore the season of Autumn! In the investigation area we will have lots of different signs of Autumn which we have collected at the weekend. Using the magnifying glasses we will explore the texture, shape and colour of the leaves, pine cones and acorns which have been found! 
We will go on a walk around the school grounds looking for more signs of Autumn and we will scrunch in the leaves on the ground! When we get back to Nursery we will recount what we did and look at how we used our different senses to see items, hear sounds, feel signs of autumn and the smells which we experienced! 
During the week we will think about some of the animals which use Autumn time to prepare for hibernation over winter. We will make some of these animals in the creative area using our paint and collage skills. We will practise our matching skills using the animals and count how many we have altogether! 

Topic web

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

Nursery Autumn One  topic plan overview - Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here come the Dinosaurs! 

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!


Wednesday 2nd September 2020 - INSET DAY - School closed to the children.

Thursday 3rd September 2020 - School reopens  for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two classes.

Thursday 3rd September 2020 and Friday 4th September 2020 - Nursery closed.

Monday 7th September 2020 - Nursery reopens for children who started in Nursery in January 2020.

Tuesday 8th September 2020 - Friday 11th September 2020 - Visits for parents and children to meet the staff and look around the learning environment. Please see your transition letter to see your appointment time. We can only have one family at a time in Nursery. 

Monday 14th September 2020 - Friday 18th September 2020 - Two morning visits for you child. Unfortunately parents will not be allowed in the Nursery classroom on these visits due to Covid 19 restrictions. Please see your transition letter to see which two days your child will be attending.

From Monday 21st September - All children will be in Nursery every day for their usual sessions - 8.30am to 11.30am each day. 

 Friday 23rd October - Last day of term

Monday 2nd November - INSET DAY - School closed to the children.

Tuesday 3rd November - Nursery and School reopens 

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.



                                            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 – Bring in a book with a dinosaur in it!

2 points –  To put on own coat.

3 points –  Finding own name in the morning when self registering.

4 points – To create an autumn picture using natural materials.


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.