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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


   Mrs Tomlinson           Mrs Rowley           Miss Renshaw            Miss Kean

            EYFS Practitioners             


Our topic this term is

People who help us!

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!! 

Summer 1 - Week 1 

People who help us in school and The Police

Who helps us at Coppice? Where do people work in the school? Who are the Police? What do they wear? Where are they based? What do they travel in or on? How do I contact them? What do they do to help me? What do I want to know from the Police?

Wow, where is this year going?  This week we are going to start a new topic which is called 'People who help us!!  We will be starting by learning about the Police as well as thinking about who helps us in school!

During the week we will be going on a walk around the school and meet lots of people who help us. This will help the children who are moving to Reception as part of our transition activities! Miss Harrison has been busy during the holidays making a map of the school for us to follow! We can't wait to meet the different staff on our journeys! 

We will be reading the story of 'Peppa Pig and the Police Car' to help us with our learning about the Police. We will find out what the Police wear and explore what they need to do their job! Our role play area will become a Police station and the children will be able to solve their own crime mysteries!! One day we will have a crime scene for the children to solve. I hope there is not too much damage! The children will be able to take everyone's finger prints and they will record their observations on the crime sheets using their marking making skills!! 

We are hoping that the Police will come and visit us this week so we can find out more about what they do in our local area and we can ask them lots of questions! We are curious learners in our class! 

Summer 1 - Week 2 


Who are the Fire service?  What do they wear?  Where are they based?  What do they travel in? How do I contact them? What do they do to help me? What do I want to know from the Fire fighters? What equipment do they use?

One of our favourite themes is about Fire fighters! We hope to go and visit Heanor Fire Station as part of our learning to see what a working fire station looks like and see what equipment is carried on the fire engine! We will also explore what fire fighters wear to protect themselves when they go out on different jobs! During our visit we will again have lots of questions to ask the fire fighters! Its good to ask questions to find out more information! 

In Nursery we will have our own fire station set up and the children will have the opportunity to make up their own narratives about what adventures the fire fighters could have next! The children will be able to make their own story maps using photographs from our visit to the fire station as well as images from Fireman Sam stories as we will be using these books as part of our learning this week!

In the construction area we will have many challenges to complete such as making our own fire engine using Mobilo  and making different sized buildings. We will make different sized ladders to match the size of the buildings made. Some ladders will be short and some ladders will be tall! We will explore size vocabulary during this week! 

Summer 1 - Week 3

Medical professionals!

Who would we find in the medical places such as a doctors surgery, a hospital or at the dentists? What do medical people wear? What do they travel in? How do I contact them? What do they do to help me? What do I want to know from the doctors/nurses? What equipment do they use?

 This is going to be a busy week as we are looking at lots of different medical professionals and explore what they do to help us! We will be exploring doctors and nurses and be finding out what equipment they use to help them do their jobs! This will include a stethoscope, bandages and a torch to see in our throat! 

We will be creating our own hospital in the role play area where the children will be able to recreate the roles of doctors, nurses and patients! We will use our mark making skills to make patient notes, appointments and write prescriptions! During the week we will also practise naming body parts correctly! 

As part of our learning about doctors and nurses we will look at paramedics and how these are important people who come to our rescue if we need medical help before we get to the hospital - the paramedics!! We will make our own ambulance using a range of our large construction materials in the outside area! I wonder what features we will be able to make and include in our design!! 

Finally we will learn about dentists and how these amazing people look after our teeth! We will remind ourselves about how we brush our teeth and why we need to do this twice daily as part of our learning about oral health which is embedded in our curriculum! 


Summer 1 - Week 4


What pets do we have? How do we look after pets? Who are the PDSA? What do the PDSA do? What do vets do? Who do vets look after? Where could we find a vet in Heanor? What equipment do they use?

This week we are going to be busy learning about the vets who look after animals! We will be focusing on the work vets do to look after pets! We will make our role play area into a vets area. We will find out what pets could be taken to the vets if they are poorly. 

During the week we will learn how to look after our pets by thinking about what we do to to care for them such as by grooming them and taking them for walks. We will also look at what we need to feed our pets! 

We will also be finding out about the charity the PDSA and finding out what they do! We will also meet someone from the PDSA via a zoom meeting! 

It would be great if the children could bring in a photograph of a pet that they have at home as part of our circle time! 

Summer 1 - Week 5


Who else helps us?

Who else helps us? What can we do at Heanor Library? What do post people do? Where will the post people collect our letters from? Who keeps us safe at the swimming pool? How should we stay safe when crossing the road?

Topic web

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

Nursery Spring One topic plan overview - Once Upon a Time...

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 25th April  2022 - School/Nursery opens for all children

Monday 2nd May 2022 - Bank Holiday Monday - School/Nursery closed to everyone

Week beginning Monday 16th May 2022 - Travel Smart week - more information to follow

Friday 18th May 2022 - Stay and play session for Fox Cubs class  at 11.00am

Friday 27th May 2022 - Queens Jubilee Celebrations in school/Nursery - more information to follow.

Friday 28th May 2022 - Last day of term

Monday 6th June 2022 - Additional Bank Holiday for the Queens Jubilee - School/Nursery closed for all children

Tuesday 7th June 2022 - School/Nursery opens for all 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!)

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

 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.


Friday 8th April 2022

                                            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:

1 point —  

2 points — 

3 points — 

4 points — 

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. 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.

Early Excellence consent form - September 2021

Proud cloud letter - September 2021

Proud cloud template - September 2021

 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 2021

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

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 Wednesday 18th May 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

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.

Letters and Sounds phase 1 parent information leaflet

Some children will move onto Phase 2 during the year:

Letters and Sounds Phase 2 parent information leaflet


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.