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
'Once Upon a Time...' (for two weeks continuing from last term)
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!!
Summer 1 - Week 1
The Three Little Pigs
What did the pigs make? What materials did they use? What materials could they use if they were making a house in a snowy place? What would we need to consider when building in a snowy place? What did the wolf do do the houses made from straw and sticks? Could be blow down an ice house? What repeated phrases are used in the story?
This week it is Science week! We will be looking at building houses in a snowy place. We will investigate which materials are the most suitable and explain why. We will be exploring growing plants from seeds for the pigs when they are living in the brick cottage as they want to make their garden look beautiful in the summer time! We will grow some seeds in a warm place and some in a cold place and see which grows the best! In our role play area the children will be able to explore the building site and use a range of tools and resources to make their own house! I hope the big bad wolf stays away!!
Summer 1 - Week 2
The Elves and the Shoemaker
What did the Elves do to help the shoe makers? How can we help each other? How can we measure using feet? Can we match the shoes? Can we sew a pattern? What money can we use to buy shoes?
For our final week of the 'Once upon a time' topic we will be exploring the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. The children will be matching the shoes into pairs and then putting them in the role play shoe shop! In the shoe shop the children will be using money to 'buy' the shoes! We will write thank you letters to the Elves in the mark making area and at the creative table we are going to try sewing different patterns using needles and thread on fabric!! In the outside area we will be measuring different objects using our feet. During our circle time we will look at how we can help each other during our time in Nursery.
'People who help us' (from week 3!)
Summer 1 - Week 3
What do doctors and nurses do? What equipment do they use? Where will I find a doctor or a nurse? How do I travel to the hospital if I am poorly? What was special about Zog and the flying doctors?
We will be starting our new topic about people who help us by exploring the story of 'Zog and the Flying Doctors'. We will find out what a doctor and nurse does and why their job is really important. In the role play area we will have a hospital area where we can dress up as a doctor or a nurse and pretend to treat the patient with the doctors kit! Using the construction materials we will make an ambulance and use the musical instruments to make the sounds of a siren! We will explore keeping healthy and make a yummy fruit kebab which we will then eat at the snack table!
Summer 1 - Week 4
A day at the Police Station
Who are the police? What do they do? Where will I find a police officer? What do police officers travel in? What do police wear and what equipment do they use in their job?
This week we will be learning about what the police do in their job. We will explore non-fiction texts to help us find out information about the police in our local area. We will read the story of 'A day at the police station' to find out what Sergeant Murphy does in his daily job each day as a police officer! One day there will be a crime scene in the Nursery classroom for the children to solve by collecting as many clues as possible! The children will use finger prints to create their own piece of art work while in the outside area there will be lots of large cardboard boxes for the children to use to make a police car!! We will also have walkie talkies for the children to use to communicate to each other when they are learning outside!
Summer 1 - Week 5
Staying safe on the road!
Why could roads be dangerous? What vehicles would we find on the roads? What road signs can we see? Who helps us to stay safe? How can we stay safe when we are walking near the roads? How do we cross the roads safely?
This week we will follow on from our learning about the police to look at how to stay safe when walking near roads and how to cross roads safely. We will look at the different vehicles which use the roads and discuss how they are similar and/or different. We will explore some of the dangers found on the roads and learn about how to keep safe. We will learn the Green Cross code and practise it in our outside area using the road painted on the playground. We will explore riding our bikes and scooters safely and look at different road signs. At the creative table the children will design and make new road signs using a range of 2D shapes!
Summer 1 - Week 6
999 it's Fireman Sam!
Who are firefighters? What do they do? Where will I find the firefighters? What do the firefighters travel in? What do firefighters wear or use in their job? What does Fireman Sam do? Why do firefighters use water?
This week we we are going to be learning through the story of Fireman Sam. We will be exploring what firefighters do in their job and will use the small world resources to make our own stories! In the water area the children will explore filling and emptying the different sized containers to find the biggest container for the firefighters to use. We will mark make the journey that the fire engine could take using different mark making resources. In our circle time we will discuss what job we would like to do when we get older. We will learn how important the phone number 999 is when we need help in an emergency.
Summer 1 - Week 7
The Jolly Postman
Who are the post people? What do the post people deliver? How do the post people travel around? Which well-known story and nursery characters did we meet in the story of 'The Jolly Postman'? How can we sort the parcels and the letters?
To finish the topic we will read the story of 'The Jolly Postman'. We will explore what post people do and recreate this in the outside area. The children will mark make their own letters and wrap up their own parcels to deliver. The children will match up the house numbers on the envelopes and parcels to the house doors around the outside area. As we read the story of 'The Jolly Postman' we will discuss the different story characters and nursery rhyme characters we meet. We will learn how to use battery powered scales to weigh different parcels to find out which is the heaviest and the lightest parcels.
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 9th April- First day of the new term!
From Thursday 12th April until end of May - Parents/carers meetings - 11.50am start each time. Please check the list on the main Nursery door for your time!
Tuesday 24th April- Rearranged Physical development workshop for Nursery and Reception parents at 9.00am. Come and find out how we begin to teach the children skills needed for good physical skills needed for learning. You will get the chance to see the children using a range of resources and then ask staff any questions afterwards!
Monday 21st May at 10.45am - Nursery Stay and Play. Come and join us in our play and learning in the classroom and in the outside area!
Friday 25th May - Last day of term.
Monday 4th June - INSET day. School/Nursery closed to the children.
Tuesday 5th June - First day of the new 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!)
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 – Bring in a book about people who help us.
2 points – Create a picture of someone who helps us.
3 points – Practise writing your first name.
4 points – Using positional words to describe where things are (parents/carers please write down which words your child can use!)
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 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 Monday 21st May at 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.