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The home of the Fox Cubs!


Hello Everyone!! 

Hello and welcome to our special page for Nursery, 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, Mrs Tomlinson, Mrs Rowley , Miss Renshaw and Miss Kean are the Early Years Practitioners who will be working with the children throughout the week. 

We want your child to be happy and to enjoy learning so if you have any questions or concerns please come and see us!

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any question no matter how big or small. Email me at I know this year will be another amazing year in our Fox Cubs class with lots of learning and laughter happening!!

Meet the Fox Cubs Team

 Miss Harrison 

Nursery Teacher/ EYFS co-ordinator


   Miss Renshaw         Mrs Rowley        Mrs Tomlinson         Miss Kean           

                                      Our Fabulous EYFS Practitioners             



Our topic this term is

Magical Monsters!


Here are some ideas to start with and we will continue to add to them as we go through the half term! We base our learning on a book/theme each week linked to our topic. Within this 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 

Stick Man!

What did we do at Christmas time?  What happened to Stickman? Where did Stickman go?  Where did Stickman come from?  What can we use sticks for?  What season are we in?  What signs of winter can we find? Who is in Stickman’s family? Who is in your family?

We are starting our new topic this week which is called 'Magical Monsters'. This is an exciting topic where we will be learning more about the author Julia Donaldson and all the amazing characters that she has created in her stories!

We will start with Stickman! Miss Harrison loves Stickman and he is often with her in Forest Schools. During this week we will explore the adventures that Stickman goes on and explore the different places he visits. We will discuss what you would expect to see in the places and what we like or dislike about a place! 

At the creative table we will paint pictures of Stickman and his family and then compare our families to Stickman’s family. We will explore using different sized brushes and making the texture of stickman and his family using a range of techniques! As it is the start of the topic we will be busy creating lots of items for our new topic display. I wonder what we will make and how we will do it!

We will make our new role play area together - the Gruffalo cave! We will add in the different characters and have a range of story maps to help us retell the Julia Donaldson stories which we are exploring!! 

During the week we will also be looking at winter and hopefully we will find lots of signs of  winter in our EYFS outside area! We will also explore making ice and what happens when it begins to melt!

Spring 1 - Week 2 

The Gruffalo

What is a Gruffalo?  Would you be scared of a Gruffalo?  What scares us? Where does a Gruffalo live?  What does a Gruffalo look like?  What do you like about the Gruffalo crumble?  Who are the characters in the story? What would you find in a woodland?

This week we will be learning about one of our most favourite magical monsters - The Gruffalo!! There is no such thing as a Gruffalo (well so they say but there definitely is!) We will be using our talk for writing skills to retell the story using a story map during the week. As we do this we will investigate the different animals we meet in the story to describe how they compare to each other! We will also learn the repetitive phrases used in the story. Ask your child to share these with you!

We will start to explore the environment of the woodland and compare these to our own home and Nursery! To help us learn what you could find in a woodland we will make a map using a range of materials and objects. What do you think we will find in the woodland?

At the Creation Station we will explore how to make our own Gruffalo out of a paper bag! We will look at the different features that the Gruffalo has such as the purple prickles and claws! 

We will get cooking (Miss Harrison loves this!) to make a Gruffalo crumble. What could be in a Gruffalo crumble?? Wait to see what your child brings home!! We will explore how to mix ingredients together to see how they change as well as seeing how things change when they are cooked in the oven!

Spring 1 - Week 3


Chinese New Year/Zog

What happens at Chinese New Year?  Which animals had a race?  What other festivals and celebrations do we know about? What vegetables can we use in a stir fry?  What did Zog do?  What accidents did Zog have?  How could we help Zog?  What would Zog enjoy if he came to our school?  What would you like your dragon to look like?

This week we are going to be learning about a festival called 'Chinese New Year'. We will think about festivals and celebrations that we already know about (linking to the learning from our last topic about celebrations!). This year it is the year of the rabbit! We will find out who the different animals are and why they had a race many years ago by reading the story of 'The Great Race'. After reading the story we will have our own race in the outside area using a range of equipment where we can practise the skills of balancing, walking, crawling and jumping!

We will explore what happens when Chinese New Year is being celebrated by families. As part of this we will make our own lanterns and explore making a musical pattern using a range of instruments. We will also make a Chinese stir fry to eat at snack time! We will name the vegetables that we use in the stir fry and discuss as a class what we like or dislike!

To continue our learning about magical monsters we will read the story of Zog to find out what a dragon could do. Zog always tries his best but he does find things a little tricky! But what we love about Zog is that he is resilient!! We will find out what he tries to achieve at Dragon school and what he succeeds in at the end!! We will think about what he would enjoy doing if he came to Coppice for the day!

Spring 1 - Week 4

The Gruffalo's Child

Which characters are we meeting again?  What is the Gruffalo’s child like? What could we have for our midnight feast?  Why should we follow rules?  How can we make shadows?  How can we be a good friend to people of all ages?  Who is Axel Scheffler?  What is an illustrator and what do they do?

This week we are going to be learning through the story of The Gruffalo's Child. We will use previous learning about the Gruffalo to remind ourselves about the different characters that we meet again in a new story! This 6story is set in Winter so we will be continuing to explore winter, especially snow! We hope that we have been lucky enough to have some real snow to play and explore in! We will explore different animal footprints in the snow and try and guess who they belong to! 

We will use our mark making skills to record what foods we would like at the midnight feast with the Gruffalo’s Child.  We will be making our own Monster pizzas and put our favourite toppings on top. Yummy!! What would you have on your pizza? 

We will make a dark cave and use the torches to exploring making shadows. We  really enjoyed using the torches in our play during the autumn term and can't wait to try something new!

In our circle time we will remind ourselves about why we have rules as they keep us safe. We will create some rules for the Gruffalo’s Child to help keep her safe.

This term in our art learning we will be exploring what an illustrator does and how they make an authors words come to life in pictures for their story books. We will be focusing on Axel Scheffler who is an amazing illustrator for many of the Julia Donaldson books. We will focus on the characters he draws and have  a go ourselves!


Spring 1 - Week 5


Room on the Broom

What did the witch lose?  What did the witch see on her journey?  What could we put in a magical potion?  Who is the witch and her friend the dragon?  Who catches a lift on the witch’s broom?  What magical skills would we want?  How can we be a good friend and help each other?  How would you like to travel?


This week we will be learning through the magical story of 'Room on the Broom'!  We love this story in Nursery as we love a little magic! We will be using our cauldrons to mix up our new potions! We will use the pipettes to collect the different coloured water and put them in the cauldron. We wonder how the waters will change colour! After the potions are made we will use our mark making skills to record the ingredients! 


We will work together to create a story map to show what happened when the witch went flying on her broom and she had lots of different friends with her. We will begin to use our ordinal numbers to describe the order the characters came on the broom. 



Spring 1 - Week 6


The Smartest Giant in Town

What would it be like if we were a giant?   Why was George sad? How could we make him happy?  What clothes do you like to wear?  What clothes would we wear in the winter?  What would we wear in the summer time?  How can we be kind and help other people?

This week we will exploring our final book in our topic! 


Topic web

To see the full topic web for this half term please click on the link below

Nursery Spring One  topic plan overview - Magical Monsters

Nursery Dates

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 January -School/Nursery opens to all children at 8.35am

Throughout February - Parent meetings will take place at 11.50am. 

Week beginning 6th February Children's Mental Health week

Tuesday 7th February - Internet Safety Day

Thursday 9th February - Stay and play session for Fox Cubs class  at 10.45am

Wednesday 15th February - Level One Phonics workshop at 11.00am

Thursday 16th February – Last day of term

Friday 17th February – INSET Day – School closed

Monday 27th February – School opens for the start 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!)

CLICK HERE for 'What to Expect When' document to help you understand what your child should be able to do at different age stages!

Our School Values

We are very excited to be starting work on our new values system when we come back in school in January.  The whole school will focus on the twelve values during the year whereas in Nursery we will focus on four of these values on a regular basis through the year - confident, achieving, respectful and enthusiastic. Our first value will be Respect. We will cover this in all aspects of Nursery and we will be expecting this to be demonstrated to all members of our Coppice community,  it is important that even when we move onto a new value, the old one isn’t lost.

Each week on our Nursery newsletter, Miss Harrison will share which value we are working on in Nursery and what you can work on at home. We cannot wait for you to share how your child has demonstrated the values through proud clouds and on Tapestry!  We look forward to seeing our children bright and early ready to embrace the new weekly challenges!

 Nursery newsletters

 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.


                                            Parent Partnership

We believe in having a good partnership with parents and carers. Together we can help your child to become a happy and successful learner!

 Topic Challenges

Challenges for your child to work on with you during the topic. The children will receive a certificate for completing the challenges if they earn 6 or more points:


1 point – Find a book with    magical monsters in it.

2 points –  Practise zipping own coat.

3 points –  Practise writing own name

4 points – Create a picture of a magical monster.

Learning journeys

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. Your child will have a gorgeous book called 'My Little Book of Adventures' where we put in evidence of what your child has been learning! As part of this we will be using an app called 'Tapestry' on our iPads to 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!  You can also let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home. We will be sending home an information letter and permission form for this during the beginning of September! 

We also love to hear what your child has achieved at home and so we ask you fill in proud clouds and share them with us! 

Proud cloud letter - September 2022

Proud cloud template - September 2022

 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@  and we will do all we can to help.

Our Nursery

Here is our latest Nursery booklet which contains all the information about our Nursery 

Welcome to Coppice Nursery School booklet 2022

School readiness

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.

Is your child ready for Reception? 

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!!

We are hoping to do an outside Stay and Play on Thursday 9th February at 11.00am!!


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


Level 1 Aspect 1 (Environmental Sounds) booklet - Ideas for parents to use at home.

Level 1 Aspect 2 (Instrumental Sounds) booklet - Ideas for parents to use at home.


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.

Nursery Literacy non-negotiables

Squiggle Information

Dough Disco Leaflet 


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 5, recognise numerals 1 to 3, count 3 to 4 objects and make marks to represent their counting.

Nursery Numeracy non-negotiables

Life skills

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.