The home of the Fox Cubs!
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 and Miss Renshaw 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 Miss Renshaw
Nursery Teacher/ EYFS Practitioners
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 base our learning on a book each week linked to our topic. 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 term 1 - Week 1
The Gruffalo's Child
What season are we in? What can the weather be like in the winter? Who is the Gruffalo's Child? What animals does she meet? Where does she live? What can we mark make on the Gruffalo cave walls? What footprints can we see in the snow?
We are starting our new topic this week which is all about Winter Wonderland!
So in our first week we will be exploring 'The Gruffalo's Child'. In the creative art we will be making our own winter Gruffalo Child scenes using the characters from the story and white paint! In the mathematics area we will practise our counting skills to count the purple spikes onto the Gruffalo's back. As a class we will continue our squiggle patterns and make different patterns in the air using our flipper flappers and on the paper on the floor! Our role play area this week will be a Gruffalo woodland where we will have the soft toy characters to help us make our own narratives and we will explore using torches in a dark den to make shadows of the Gruffalo Child characters on the wall of the den!
Spring term 1 - Week 2
What does snow and ice feel like? How can we make it melt? What does Snowball pick up on his journey? Where does Snowball travel? Which words rhyme in the story?
This week we are exploring a new book which Miss Harrison has discovered! It is called 'Snowball' and written by Sue Hendra who wrote our favourite story 'Supertato! We cannot wait to find out what happens in the story as Snowball gets bigger and bigger as he rolls though different environments!!
During the week we will explore the journey that Snowball makes and name the different places he goes and the objects he collects! We will retell the story using our 'talk for writing' strategies and actions! We will make our own Snowball character at the creative table using a range of collage materials. As we explore the story we will look at the different animals that we meet and find out facts about the animals and explore moving like them! In the mathematics area we will explore the concepts of one more and one less using the objects that Snowball has collected on his journey!
This week we will start our Wellie Wednesday Forest School sessions. We will get wrapped up and go and spend time in our school Forest School area learning lots of skills in the great outdoors! Miss Harrison is very excited as she loves to learn outside and is looking forward to doing Forest Schools every week with the Fox Cubs children!
Spring term 1 - Week 3
Penguin Small/Happy Feet
What happened to the penguin in 'Penguin Small'? What journey does Penguin Small make? What does the snowman do to help? What could a snowman wear? How do penguin's move? How are the penguins similar/different?
This week we are looking at penguins! We will read the story of 'Penguin Small' and watch the film of 'Happy Feet'. We will be exploring how the penguins move, where they live and what they do! In 'Happy Feet' Mumble loves to dance and we will make our own penguin dance and think about what talents and skills we have!
We will use our positional and directional vocabulary to describe where the penguins are and where they are going. In the creative area we will make moving penguins using split pins! At the mathematics table this week we will be making a repeating patterns on hats and scarves using 2D shapes.
At the funky fingers table we will practise using the tweezers to pick up the sugar lumps to look for different treasure in the snowy tuff spot!
Spring term 1 - Week 4
Chinese New Year!
What happens at Chinese New Year? How do people celebrate? What happened in the race all those years ago? Which animals took part? Which animal is being celebrated this year? What is Chinese food? How can we eat Chinese food?
This week we are going to explore the festival of Chinese New Year! This year it is the year of the rat! We will explore what happens in this festival and look at the different animals who had a race. We will recreate our own race by making an obstacle course in the EYFS outside area!
In our role play area we will create a Chinese restaurant and explore different foods which we could eat! At the end of the week we will use tools such as peelers and knives to prepare different vegetables to make a Chinese stir fry! We will then eat this as our special snack at the snack table! We are very excited to be cooking different foods again! We will also have a go at eating with chop sticks!
At the creative area we will explore Chinese writing using black paint on red paper and we will make animal masks to represent the different animals taking part in the Chinese New Year race!
Spring term 1 - Week 5
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?
What are polar bears? Where will be find them? How do polar bears move? What are our senses? How can we use our senses in different activities?
This week will be continuing our learning about a Winter Wonderland! We will use the story of 'Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?' to explore our different senses -sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch through a range of different investigations! We can't wait to see what we find out. We will learn and use a range of vocabulary linked to our senses during the investigations! One of our investigations will be going on a listening walk around the school environment! We wonder what we will hear?
During the week we will also be exploring polar bears! We will be using numicon to count out the correct number of polar bears on to the mountains and we will be describing the position of the polar bears hidden in the EYFS outside area! At the creative area we will be making our own polar bear masks using a range of white materials!
Spring 1 term - Week 6
Who are the characters in 'Frozen' and what does Elsa turn everything into? Where does Elsa live? How do the characters travel on snow? How can we make our own ice sculptures? What could we wear or drink to keep warm? What special powers do we have?
This week we are going to finish our topic Winter Wonderland through the film 'Frozen'! We will look at making our own magical potions in the malleable area using a range of materials and tools such as the cauldrons, pipettes and whisks! We will of course have our magic wands to help us make our magical spells! In our letters and sounds activities we will play the game 'Silly Soup'.
In the role play area we will create our own Frozen castle and make our own narratives using the characters from the story.
In the investigation area we will explore ice by making our own ice sculptures using a range of materials and then we will see how long it takes for them to melt. As we do this we will think about what is making the ice melt and what it is turning into!
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 6th January- Back to school/nursery for the children.
Wednesday 15th January - Welly Wednesday Forest Schools session all morning.
Wednesday 22nd January - Welly Wednesday Forest Schools session all morning.
Wednesday 29th January - Welly Wednesday Forest Schools session all morning.
Tuesday 4th February - Internet Safety day!
Wednesday 5th February - Welly Wednesday Forest Schools session all morning.
Monday 10th February - Fox Cubs Stay and Play session for parents and carers at 10.45am
Wednesday 12th February - Welly Wednesday Forest Schools session all morning.
Friday 14th February – Last day of term.
Monday 24th February - INSET DAY - School closed to the children.
Tuesday 25th February - 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 — Bring in a book about winter time.
2 points — Practise writing the letters in your name
3 points — Practise putting scarves, gloves on and fastening coats
4 points — Create a winter scene picture using any 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 Monday 10th February from 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.