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 Mrs Willis is the class teacher and Mrs Tomlinson is the Early Years Practitioner.
We want your child to be happy and to enjoy learning so if you have any questions or concerns please come and see us!
Early Year's Practitioner
This half term our topic is
'I am Special!'
This is a great first topic because it allows us all to get to know each other - our likes and dislikes, favourite things and who is important to us.
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!!
Autumn 1 - Week 1
Going to Nursery
What will I find in Nursery? What happens in Nursery? Who will help me? What are the rules and routines in Nursery?
We start our new school year by learning about what happens at Nursery and the rules and routines of Nursery. We will be making new friends as we get to know each other and using our hand-prints to create a class friendship wreath and a special memento for you to keep.
Autumn 1 - Week 2
Who is in my family? What is special about me?
This week we will be talking about who we live with and who is part of our family. We will carry out different activities to show how we are similar and different to each other and as part of this we will be painting a self portrait - so look out for us on the display.
During this week we will be celebrating Roald Dahl Day by dressing up as a character from one of his stories and learning more about his famous stories.
Autumn 1- Week 3
How have I changed since I was a baby? What are the different stages to growing? What body parts do I have?
Our focus this week will be on how we change as we grow and we are hoping to have a visit from a new mum and her baby so we can ask questions about what a baby does and needs. We will spend some of the week learning the names of some of our body parts so we can make a skeleton from art straws.
On Friday (22nd) we will be dressing up as a 'Superhero' to support Childhood Cancer Day so please come to Nursery as your favourite superhero.
Autumn 1 - Week 4
The Little Red Hen
What happens at Harvest time? What do farmers do? What do farmers grow? What did Little Red Hen make? How do I make bread? How should I help my friends?
As Harvest time is approaching we will be thinking about the role of farmers and what they provide us with. We will be using our maths skills to weigh out the ingredients to make our own bread - yummy!!
In preparation for our Harvest Festival performance, next week, we will be practising our songs and our play.
Autumn 1 - Week 5
We are going on a leaf hunt.
What changes will I see in Autumn? What will I hear, see, taste, feel and smell in Autumn?
This is a special week for us because we will be performing for you at the Harvest Festival- hopefully we will not get stage fright! During the week we are going to go on an Autumn Hunt around the school grounds to collect and observe the signs of Autumn and then use the items we collect to create some pieces of art work using natural materials. We will also be thinking about why some animals sleep through the Autumn and Winter months.
Autumn 1 - Week 6
I'm Special I'm Me!.
What are Superheroes? What special powers can they have? What fruit and vegetables do I like? How can I stay healthy by eating my 5 a day?
This is the first of 2 weeks where we are going to be learning about how to stay healthy and thinking about how we are all special and each have our own special power just like a superhero.
Whilst we are learning about different fruits and vegetables we are going to use our maths skills to weigh them and use them to make repeating patterns. We are going to finish the week by making our own fruit smoothie and trying it- delicious!!
Autumn 1 - Week 7
Why is Supertato a hero? What special talents do I have? What do I want to learn during my time in Nursery? What have I learnt already in Nursery?
For our final week of the half term and second week on superheroes we are going to focus our learning on pretending we are superheroes, with our own special powers. We are going to make our way across an obstacle course wearing our superhero mask that we made and to celebrate finishing our first half term we are going to dress up as a superhero on the Friday.
In preparation for the next half term we will review what we have learnt and think about what we would like to learn about during our next topic 'Special Times'.
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!
Wednesday 18th October - Nursery Stay and Play session 9a.m. to 10a.m.
Thursday 19th October (provisional date) – Years 1 – 6 Harvest Festival in the school hall at 9.15a.m. Everyone welcome!!
Friday 20th October – Nursery dress up as a superhero day to celebrate the end of our first half term at school!
Friday 20th October – Last day of half term.
Monday 30th October – INSET day. School closed to the children.
Tuesday 31st October – First day of the school half 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 over the half term:
1 – Practise putting on their own coat and fastening it up.
2- Find own name and try to make marks to represent each letter.
2– Bring in a photograph of them as a baby (name on back).
3- Draw or paint a picture of their family and bring it in to show.
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 jwillis2@ 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 Wednesday 18th October at 9 a.m. to 10 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.