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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 Kean 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 

Nursery Teacher/ EYFS co-ordinator


               Mrs Rowley                  Mrs Tomlinson                Miss Kean                   

                                      Our Fabulous EYFS Practitioners             


Our topic this term is

People who help us


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 1 - Week 1 

Who helps us at Coppice?

What does the topic “People who help us” mean?  What do I already know about Coppice Primary School and Nursery? Who helps us in Nursery?  Who helps everyone at Coppice?  What different areas will we find in the school when we go on our walk?  Where do people work in the school? What is a map?  How do you make a map?

We will continue our learning journey through the new topic of "People who help us"! Our first week will be all about our school and who helps us in the school. This will be great for our children who will be joining our Reception class in September as we will go and meet some of the staff who work in the school who we have not met yet in Nursery! At the beginning of the week Miss Harrison will share an information book about Coppice Primary School and what different rooms we have in the school and we will see who works in the school and what role they have! After reading the book we will go on a walk around the school and meet some of the staff! We will take our iPads with us so we can record our walk and take photographs of the staff we meet. We are hoping to see where Mrs Seaton works as she comes to see us every week. We would also like to meet the other staff who help the rest of the school as well as the kitchen staff who cook the yummy school dinners!

Later in the week we will use the photographs that we have taken to make a map of the school. We will do this in different ways - using the photographs on a drawn out map and using different wooden shapes to represent the different rooms. We will be using the staff photographs to make mini-me's to use in our play as we make our own narratives about what could happen in the school! At the creative station we will be painting pictures of the different staff we have met who help us and the other children in Coppice Primary school!

Summer 1 - Week 2


Who are the Fire service?  What do they wear?  Where are they based in our home town of Heanor?  What do they travel in?  How do I contact them?  What do they do to help me?  What do I want to know from the Fire fighters?  What equipment do they use?

This week we are going to base our learning on our visit to Heanor Fire Station which we went on at the end of the first week! We will be looking through the photographs which were taken on the visit to remind us about what happens at the Fire Station when a 999 call happens! We will be exploring what fire fighters wear to keep them safe as they carry out the different roles that they have! At the Message Centre we will have copies of the photographs so we can make our own information books about the Fire Station and Fire fighters! We cannot wait to share these with everyone in Cosy Reading Corner!

In Adventure Island we will have the fire station and fire engine resources set up for us to use. We will be making our own narratives using the information that we have learnt from our visit to the Fire Station as well as from our story books linked to fire fighters!

In the Big Build area we will be making our own fire engines using a range of materials. We will explore how to make a ladder for the fire engine exploring how to make them taller or shorter!  As we build the fire engine will be making sure that the fire engines are big enough to fit all the fire fighters in! In the outside area we will see if we can make a fire engine using large boxes and wheels!! 



Summer 1 - Week 3

The Police

Who are the Police?  What do they wear?  Where are they based?  What do they travel in or on?  How do I contact them?  What do they do to help me? What equipment do the Police use? What do I want to know from the Police?

This week we are going to be learning about what the police do. We are very lucky that some of the local police officers will be coming in to see us in Nursery to talk about what their role is and what their job entails! They are going to be sharing the different uniform they wear and the equipment that they use in their job. We are also hoping that they will bring the Police car for us to have a look at and to hear the siren!!

One of our story books this week will be "Cops and Robbers". After we have read the story we will be making our own robber disguises at the Creative Station! I wonder what materials the children will be using and how they will change them to create the disguises?

We will look at a map of Heanor and mark where Heanor Fire Station is and where Heanor Police Station was on Heanor market place. When we look at the map we will see what other features of Heanor that the children could know such as where our school is! 

We will be learning about the importance of the phone number 999 and when we need to use this number. We will discuss what information we need if we are ringing this number such as our name and where we live. 



Summer 1  - Week 4

Medical professional

Who would we find in the medical places such as a doctors surgery, a hospital or at the dentist?  What do medical people wear?  What do they travel in?  How do I contact them?  What do they do to help me?  What do I want to know from the doctors/nurses?  What equipment do they use?  Who knows a nurse?

This week we will be exploring medical professionals and finding out what they do to looking after us. We will learn about the many different medical professionals there are such as a dentist, doctor, nurse, paramedic, physiotherapist and health visitor.  We will look at the different uniforms that they wear and how this helps us to identify what role/job that they do. At the Creative Station the children will be designing their own uniform for a medical professional!

In our role play area we will have a Doctors surgery set up to help us understand what happens in the Doctor's surgery. The children will take on different roles such as the receptionist where the children will practise their mark making skills to complete the appointment book, a nurse, doctor or a patient. They will be able to wear the different uniforms and use the different equipment. I am sure lots of children will become experts in putting bandages on the patients! 

We will continue to become more confident with looking after their teeth as we are a Smile 4 Life Nursery setting for Derbyshire. We will practise our toothbrushing skills each day and during this week we will use the large toothbrushes and teeth to practise our brushing skills!

We will look at our map of Heanor and identify where the different Doctors surgeries are and the local dentists surgeries are!  


Summer 1 - Week 5


What pets do we have?  How do we look after pets?  Who are the PDSA? What do the PDSA do?  What does a vet do?  Who do vets look after?  Where could we find a vet in Heanor?  What equipment do they use?  What do vets wear?

This week we will be learning about what vets do! We will learn about what a vet does and how it is similar/different to doctors and nurses which we looked at last week! We will compare uniforms, equipment that is used and how we need to make an appointment to see a vet for our pets just like we need to make an appointment to see a doctor or nurse for ourselves! In the role play area we will create a Vets area for the children to explore how vets help us (and our pets!).
We will recap different animals which we have learnt about during the year through different topics and check that we have remembered their names and any facts they know about the animals! We will find out which animals people have has pets and how some animals might live on a farm or in a zoo and vets still look after them in these places!

We will find out about the charity PDSA and what they do to help look after different animals and their owners. We will make a thank you card to send to one of the local PDSA animal centre in Derby!

We will find out who has a pet at home and what we do to care for our pets such as by feeding them, taking them for walks, giving them somewhere to sleep and grooming them! We will  look and see where the local vets are in Heanor using our map and see if any children have taken their pets to the vets.

Summer 1 - Week 6

Who else helps us?

Who else helps us?  What can we do at Heanor Library?  What do post people do?  Where will the post people collect our letters from?  Who keeps us safe at the swimming pool?  How should we stay safe when crossing the road?  How should I keep safe?

This week during our final week of term we will be learning about who else helps us! We already have some ideas about who could learn about during this week but we will be following the children's interests and learn about who they want to learn about!! Watch this space to see who we learn about!! 


Topic Web

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

Nursery Summer One topic plan overview -People who help us.

Knowledge Organiser

To see the Knowledge Organiser for this half term please click on the link below

Nursery Summer One Knowledge Organiser - People who help us

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 15th April – Back to Nursery/School

Friday 19th April - Fox Cubs visiting Heanor Fire Station

Monday 6th May - Bank Holiday - Nursery/School closed

Wednesday 8th May – Fox Cubs stay and play session at 11.00am

Friday 17th May – Fox Cubs Phonics workshops at 11.00am/11.15am

Friday 24th May – Last day of term


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!

Our School Values

We are very excited to be starting work on our new values system when we come back in school in January.  The whole school will focus on the twelve values during the year whereas in Nursery we will focus on four of these values on a regular basis through the year - co-operation, achieving, respectful and enthusiastic. Our first value will be Respect. We will cover this in all aspects of Nursery and we will be expecting this to be demonstrated to all members of our Coppice community,  it is important that even when we move onto a new value, the old one isn’t lost.

Each week on our Nursery newsletter, Miss Harrison will share which value we are working on in Nursery and what you can work on at home. We cannot wait for you to share how your child has demonstrated the values through proud clouds and on Tapestry!  We look forward to seeing our children bright and early ready to embrace the new weekly challenges!

 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.

Nursery newsletter - Spring 2 Week 5


                                            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 if they earn 6 or more points:


1 point – Find a book about people who help us and share with everyone!
2 points – Practise counting objects with 1:1 correspondence and have a go at writing the numerals.
3 points – Paint a picture of someone who helps us.
4 points – Practise writing your name and start forming letters correctly.

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. Your child will have a gorgeous book called 'My Little Book of Adventures' where we put in evidence of what your child has been learning! As part of this we will be using an app called 'Tapestry' on our iPads to 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!  You can also let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home. We will be sending home an information letter and permission form for this during the beginning of September! 

We also love to hear what your child has achieved at home and so we ask you fill in proud clouds and share them with us! 

Proud cloud letter - September 2023

Proud cloud template - September 2023

 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 2023

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

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 is on Wednesday 8th May at 11.00am


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


Level 1 Aspect 1 (Environmental Sounds) booklet - Ideas for parents to use at home.

Level 1 Aspect 2 (Instrumental Sounds) booklet - Ideas for parents to use at home.

Level 1 Aspect 3 (Body percussion) booklet - Ideas for parents to use at home.


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 5, recognise numerals 1 to 3, 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.