The home of the Fox Cubs!
Hello and welcome to our special page for Nursery, now 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 Miss Owen 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 Miss Owen
Class Teacher/ EYFS Practitioner EYFS Practitioner
Our topic this term is
Here are some ideas to start with and we will continue to add to them as we go through the half term! 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!!
Spring 1 - Week 1
The Gruffalo's Child
What season are we in? What can the weather be like in the winter? Who is the Gruffalo's Child? What animals does she meet? Where does she live? What can we mark make on the Gruffalo cave walls? What footprints can we see in the snow? How can we make a stickman?
For the first week of 2018 we are going to be exploring a classic story which we all love - 'The Gruffalo's Child'! We are going to practise retelling this story using the props and dressing up clothes in the Gruffalo Cave role play area. We will explore sticks to make different 2D shapes, sorting the sticks by size and then using the sticks to make our own stickmen! We will use different mark making materials to write on the walls of the Gruffalo Cave. I wonder what we will write!
Spring 1 - Week 2
One Snowy Night
What does snow and ice feel like? How can we make it melt? Which animals needed a place to sleep? What bed could we make for the animals? How can we learn to share just like Percy did?
We will explore who the animals are in the park who need some shelter from the heavy snow storm! We will make junk modelling animals from a range of materials and make masks to wear to help us retell the story using our talk for writing actions! Using a range of construction materials we will make beds for the animals and use paper to weave a blanket! In the water tray we will explore ice cubes and pretend snow (unless we are lucky enough to have the real stuff!) to find out how and why it melts. In our circle time we will look at what 'sharing' means and how we can 'share' with each other in Nursery.
Spring 1 - Week 3
Penguin Small/Happy Feet
What happened to the penguin in 'Penguin Small'? What journey does Penguin Small make? What does the snowman do to help? What could a snowman wear? How do penguin's move? How are the penguins similar/different?
This week we will be looking at penguins! In 'Penguin Small' we will explore the journey that Penguin Small makes. We will practise our positional and directional language to make our own journeys in the outside area! Penguin Small met a snowman and we will create our own snowmen in the creative area and make repeating patterns on scarves for the snowman in the maths area! We will also watch Happy Feet to explore how penguins have similarities and differences to help us make our own penguins using junk modelling materials. We will create our own penguin dances using the music from 'Happy Feet'!
Spring 1 - Week 4
Polar Bear Polar Bear what do you hear?
What are polar bears? Where will be find them? How do polar bears move? What are our senses? How can we use our senses in different activities?
This week we will be looking at polar bears! We will make polar bear faces from paper plates and other art materials. We will explore our senses but especially our hearing sense by using the musical instruments to make a range of sounds (this will link in with our letters and sounds learning this week!). On the creative table we will make our own musical instruments using a range of materials and then explore how to make different sounds using our instruments! We will practise our 1:1 counting skills by using the numicon to count the corresponding amount of polar bears onto the snowy mountains!
Spring 1 - Week 5
Who are the characters in 'Frozen' and what does Elsa turn everything into? Where does Elsa live? How do the characters travel on snow? How can we make our own ice sculptures? What could we wear or drink to keep warm? What special powers do we have?
We will complete our winter wonderland topic by using the film 'Frozen'! We will look at the different characters use them to create our own stories in the small world area. We will explore matching pairs of winter socks and gloves in the maths area. Using a range of materials we will make our own ice sculptures and then see how we can make them melt! To keep us nice and warm we will have hot chocolate as a special snack. In circle time we will explore the special powers we have that make use special and unique!
Spring 1 - Week 6
Chinese New Year Celebrations
What happens at Chinese New Year? How do people celebrate? What happened in the race all those years ago? Which animals took part?Which animal is being celebrated this year? What is Chinese food? How can we eat Chinese food?
To end the term we will be exploring 'Chinese New Year'. We will use our physical skills to act out the race that the 12 animals had and begin to discuss ordinal numbers! We will explore how people celebrate 'Chinese New Year' and add in lots of resources to help us in the home corner. We will learn how to use tools safely to prepare vegetables for a Chinese Stir fry which we will try and eat with chop sticks! In the malleable area we will explore the difference between cooked and uncooked noodles.
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!
Friday 5th January - INSET day - School closed to the children.
Monday 8th January - First day of the new term!
Tuesday 9th January - New Nursery intake starts today!
Tuesday 16th January - Mathematics workshop for Nursery and Reception parents at 9.00am. Come and find out how we teach Mathematics and then join in activities in the classroom with the children.
Thursday 1st February - Letters and Sounds Phase One workshop for Nursery parents at 9.00am. Come and find out how we begin to teach the children skills needed for good communication and early reading! You will get the chance to join in a small group activity and then ask staff any questions afterwards!
Thursday 8th February at 10.30am - Nursery Stay and Play. Come and join us in our play and learning in the classroom and in the outside area!
Friday 16th February - Last day of term.
Monday 26th February - INSET day - School closed to 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:
- Create a winter scene picture using any materials!
- Practise putting scarves, gloves on and fastening coats
- Practise writing the let-ters in your name
- Bring in a book about winter time
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. From September we are going to 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 Mrs Willis 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 Thursday 8th February at 10.30am 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.