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
'Splish, splash, splosh'
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 2 - Week 1
Captain Finn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
Who are pirates? What do they do? What do they wear? Who are the dinosaur pirates? Why are they are Captain Stubble's ship? How many different dinosaurs can we see? How will the dinosaur pirates move? What does Captain Finn do to help? How should we behave and help each other?
This week is the start of our new topic! We will begin by reading the story of 'Captain Finn and the Pirate Dinosaurs'. In the small world area we will explore dinosaurs and look at how they are similar and/or different. The children will be able to create their own stories using the dinosaurs and pirate ships! In the outside area we will measure items using dinosaur feet and look for clues to show us where the dinosaurs have been. We will make pirate telescopes and pirate hats in the creative area using a range of materials. In the role play area we will be launching our very own pirate boat which the children made at the end of the summer 1 term so they can dress up and be pirates!
Summer 2 - Week 2
The Night Pirates
What happens at night when the pirates come out? Where do the pirates travel? How can we programme the Bee Bots to travel across the ocean like the pirates? What could we find on the desert island? What message could we write to put into the bottles to throw into the ocean? Which materials would be the best ones to use to make a new pirate boat? How can we see materials in the dark?
This week we will finish our learning about pirates. We will explore how to see materials in the dark by creating a dark den in the small world area. Torches will be added along with a range of reflective materials! In Nursery we have loved using the Bee Bots so we will use these to practise programming them to travel across the ocean floor mat. At the creative table there will be lots of materials to use to make different pirate ships. Once they have been made we will test that they float in the water tray! On the mark making table we will write messages and put them in the bottles ready to throw into the ocean. I wonder what they will say??
Summer 2 - Week 3
Pirates love Underpants
What treasure did the pirates have in their treasure chest? What treasure is magnetic? How do we know if the treasure is magnetic? Why did the pirates like pants? What different patterns can make on the pants? What did the pirates use their treasure maps for? How could we make treasure maps look old?
This week we will be looking at one of our favourite stories - 'Pirates love Underpants'. We will be making our own special pants by printing repeating patterns using a range of shapes. In the outside area we will use treasure maps to try and find different the treasure for our treasure chests! In the sand area we will use magnets to try and find the different treasure which is magnetic! On the art table we will create our own treasure maps and then explore how to stain them to make them look old! Using different from the treasure box we will explore different ways we can sort it!
Summer 2 - Week 4
Commotion in the Ocean
What can we find in the ocean? How are the sea creatures similar/different? How can we describe the sea creatures?
After learning about pirates we will explore deep under the ocean and under the pirates boats to see what lives there! We will read 'Commotion in the Ocean' to find out what sea creatures there are and how they are similar/different. We will then design and make our own sea creatures and hang them in the classroom in our own under the sea space! I wonder what materials the children will use?? We will practise our mark making skills to write about the sea creatures and make a big book to share with the children in Squirrel class! In the maths area we will practise counting the Numicon to know how many sea creatures needs to be put in the ocean!
Summer 2 - Week 5
Who is Dory? Who are her friends? Which sea creatures can we see? What does Dory do? How can we stay safe so we don't get lost? What can we do to help Dory? Who are our family? Why are our family important to us?
This week we will be watching parts of 'Finding Dory' to help us learn more about different sea creatures. On the creative table we will be making our own sea creatures using a range of materials! We will look closely at the character of Dory and discuss her personality which includes forgetting things! We will explore who is in our own families and why they are important to us and help us to stay safe. To help Dory look for her parents we will go on a hunt around the Nursery classroom and EYFS outside area to look for clues!
Summer 2 - Weeks 6 and 7
Lucy and Tom at the Seaside
What is the seaside? What will we find at the seaside? How do we get to the seaside? What did Lucy and Tom do at the seaside? What do we take to the seaside with us? What can we make with the sand? How can we be 'sun safe' at the beach? What foods could we have in our picnic basket? What is our favourite ice cream?
To finish the topic we will read the story of 'Lucy and Tom' at the seaside along with lots of other books and poems about being at the seaside! We will find out about different ways to travel to the seaside and decide what to pack in our suitcases! The children will mark make their lists so we don't forget anything! In the sand area we will explore the difference between dry and wet sand to make sandcastles. On the top of the castles we will design and make our own flags! We will look at how to stay sun safe in the hot weather and make our own sunglasses using different coloured lenses! We will be having an EYFS beach day which will be so much fun! Especially when we have the opportunity to have ice cream and decide on what sprinkles and treats to have with it! Yummy!! What a perfect way to finish the year in Nursery!
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 4th June - Inset Day – School closed for the children
Tuesday 5th June - Back to school for the children
Wednesday 13th June - New intake meeting for Parents/carers if your child is joining our Reception class in September 2018 – 5pm in the school hall
Monday 18th June - EYFS trip to Wheelgates
Thursday 21st June - Class group photographs
Thursday 21st June – New Reception intake visit at 1pm for the children starting school in September 2018
Monday 25th June - New Reception intake visit at 1pm for the children starting school in September 2018
Wednesday 4th July - Fun day for the children – Fox Cubs class and Squirrels class will be having time on the bouncy castle!!
Thursday 5th July -Whole school transition day for all classes.
Friday 6th July - Fox Cubs class stay and play session at 10.45am
Friday 13th July
Fox Cubs Nursery Toddle at Shipley Park – more information to follow
Monday 16th July - Summer Fair in the afternoon. More details to follow.
Wednesday 18th July – Fox Cubs (Nursery) Sports day at 9.30am
Friday 20th July - 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!)
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 pirates or the seaside.
2 points – Making a picture or model related to pirates/seaside.
3 points – Creating a postcode with a picture and a message!
4 points – Making a piece of treasure for the pirates!
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 Friday 6th July 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.