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 Mrs Rowley 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 Mrs Rowley
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!!
Autumn 1 - Week 1
Pirate Pete - I'm starting Nursery!
What will I find in Nursery? Who will I meet in Nursery? What happens in Nursery? What does Pirate Pete do in Nursery?
This will be the first week everyone comes to Nursery and joins the Fox Cubs class! We will spend time exploring the Nursery classroom and the outside area to see what fabulous toys and resources we have to play with in our learning. In our circle time we will begin to learn to take turns and try and learn each others names! In story time we will listen to the story of 'Pirate Pete - I'm starting Nursery' and find out what Pirate Pete finds at Nursery and see if it is the same as our Nursery! On the creative table we will make a pirate hat so we look like Pirate Pete. We will learn all about dough disco which is Miss Harrison's favourite time of the day!
Autumn 1 - Week 2
Hugless Douglas goes to
What do we do in Nursery each day? How do we use the snack table? What is a squiggle and when do we do it? What happens when Hugless Douglas goes to Nursery? How would we help him if he came to our Nursery?
This week we will be introduced to the Nursery visual timetable. This will help us to learn our daily routines. Mrs Tomlinson and Mrs Rowley will help us learn how to use the snack table independently. Miss Harrison will teach us all about squiggle time which will help us develop the gross motor skills ready for writing! We will continue to learn how to use the Nursery toys and resources and where they are all kept in the different areas of Nursery. At the creative table we will create self portraits of ourselves ready to put on our topic display - "I am special!". We will use mirrors to look carefully at our faces to see what colour eyes and hair we have! It is also Roald Dahl week and we will be having a dress up day on Thursday 13th September! Your child can dress up as any Roald Dahl character. We cannot wait to see who we have in Nursery on this day!!
Autumn 1 - Week 3
That is Actually MY Blanket, Baby!
What do we already know about babies? Who has a baby brother or sister at home? What can babies do? What can I do that a baby cannot do? How do we look after babies? How do we grow from a baby?
This week we will explore babies and what they can do. We will find out what we can do that babies cannot do and how adults look after babies. We will practise looking after babies in our baby clinic role play area! We will invite a real baby and their mummy or daddy to come into nursery so we can ask the grown up questions about what they do for the baby. In the water tray we will practise being gentle and washing the baby dolls! In the messy play area we will practise mashing up vegetables with the food masher ready for the babies to eat!
Autumn 1 - Week 4
What are the different parts of my body? Can I point to my different body parts when asked? What can I do with my different parts of my body? How can I travel in different ways in the outside area using my body? How can I make pictures by printing using my hands and feet?
This week we will explore our bodies! We will sing lots of different songs and rhymes such as 'Head, shoulders, knees and toes' and 'one finger one thumb' to help use learn the names of our body parts. On the creative table we will be exploring how to print pictures using hand, finger and feet prints! I wonder what we will paint! I can guarentee we will have fun and get very messy! In the outside area we will make our own obstacle course to practise moving in different ways and inside we will play lots of music and practise our dance moves!
Autumn 1 - Week 5
Who is Supatato? What does he do? What does he wear? What super powers does he have? Which vegetables/fruits do we see in the story? Why are vegetables/fruit good for us? What pattern could we make using the fruit to make a fruit kebab at the snack table? What bad things did Evil Pea do? What should Evil Pea do differently?
This week we will begin to learn about superheroes looking at the story of 'Supatato'! We will explore what he looks like, what he wears and what he does to save the vegetables and fruit from Evil Pea! We will learn the story using our 'Talk for Writing' strategies and practise retelling this ready to show our parents at our first stay and play session at the end of ther term! At the snack table we will make our own fruit kebabs using different fruits. The challenge will be to make a repeating pattern using the fruit before eating the fruit kebab!! Yummy!! We will look at good and bad behaviour and tell Evil Pea how he should behave in our class circle time!
Autumn 1 - Week 6
What superhero powers do we have? What special clothes do we need to wear? What could we do to help other people like Super Duck? What happened to Super Duck in the story?
We will continue to explore superhero's this week. In the Maths area we will make our own superhero cape using a range of 2D shapes! At the creative table we will make our own superhero masks using lots of collage materials. I wonder what designs we will see!! During story time we will read the story of 'Super Duck' and in our circle time we will discuss how we can help other people like Super Duck tried to! We will practise counting our superheroes using the numicon to help us! We will finish the week by having a superhero dress up day in EYFS. We cannot wait to see who you come dressed as!
Autumn 1 - Week 7
The Little Red Hen
Who is the Little Red Hen? What did she do? Who are the other farm animals in the story? What did the animals do wrong? What was the Little Red Hen making? What ingredients do we need to make bread? How do we make bread? What happens at Harvest time? What do farmers do?
This week we will explore what happens at Harvest time to link in with our Harvest Festival! We will look at what farmers do and why we need to harvest the crops to make food. We will learn to retell the story of 'The Little Red Hen' using our talk for writing actions. In the small world area we will have our own farm area and we will explore different farm animals and make our own farm stories. We will learn how to follow a recipe to make bread just like the Little Red Hen! This will be cooked and the children will then taste the bread at the snack table. It will be yummy! In our circle time we will discuss how the animals were selfish by not helping the Little Red Hen to make the bread and how we should all help one another!
Autumn 1 - Week 8
What happens at Autumn time? What will we see in our outside area at Autumn on our walk? What colours are the leaves?
To finish our first term in Nursery we will look at the season of Autumn! We will start the week by going on an Autumn walk around our EYFS outside area. We will use our senses to find out what we can see, hear, smell and touch. Once we are back in the classroom we will practise sorting our Autumn finds by colour. On the creative table we will use the natural Autumn materials to make our own pictures. In the mark making area we will mark make what we can see at Autumn time.
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 3rd September - Inset Day – School closed for the children
Tuesday 4th September - Back to school for the children
Week beginning Monday 10th September - Roald Dahl week for the whole school.
Thursday 13th September - Dress up as a Roald Dahl character day!
Friday 14th September - Welcome to Nursery parents/carers meeting at 11.50am in the Nursery classroom.
Monday 1st October onwards. Individual parents/carers meetings at 11.50am daily to discuss how your child has settled in
Thursday 4th October - British Values day! More information to follow.
Friday 5th October – Sponsored walk at Shipley Park. More information to follow.
Wednesday 10th October - Your child's Christmas card design will be sent home today so you can order them if you wish!
Friday 12th October - EYFS superhero dress up day!
Tuesday 16th October - EYFS Harvest Festival for parents and carers at 9.15am in the School Hall. Any donations to Salcare on the day would be gratefully received!
Friday 19th October - Fox Cubs class stay and play session at 10.45am
Friday 26th October - Last Day of term
Monday 5th November - Inset Day – School closed for the children
Tuesday 6th November - Back to school for 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:
1 point – To put on own coat.
2 points – To find own name when self registering in the morning.
3 points – To bring in a baby photograph.
4 points – To create an Autumn picture using natural materials.
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. Now we 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 19th October 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.