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
Nursery Teacher/ EYFS Practitioner EYFS Practitioner
Our topic this term is
All creatures great and small!
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 term 2 - Week 1
Mad about Mini-beasts!
What mini-beasts can we name? What do they look like? Which songs do we know about mini-beasts? Which mini-beasts can we find in our outside area? How do the mini-beasts move? Can we move like the mini-beasts?
We will start our final topic of the year with the story of 'Mad about Mini-beasts'. We will start to name different mini-beasts and look at how they are similar or different. In the art area we will make different mini-beasts using a paper plate as the main body of the mini-beast! Make sure you come into Nursery so you can see what we make! In the role play area we will have a vets area so we can start to explore how to care for different animals - big and small! We will use the numicon to practise counting different spots onto the ladybirds body using 1:1 correspondence. Some of the children will be exploring addition and adding two numbers together!
Summer 2 - Week 2
The Mini-beast Bop!
How do the minibeasts move? What dance moves can we sequence together to make our own minibeast bop? How can we use the musical instruments to make sounds like the minibeasts when they are dancing? What patterns can we see on minibeasts?
This week we will continue to explore different mini-beasts and look at how they move and where they like to live! We will be using the instruments to make different sounds to represent the moves that the mini-beasts are doing! We will be practising our mark making skills to record what a mini-beast looks like using a range of media. In the creative area we will explore making different mini-beasts from a range of materials. In the investigation area we will use the Bee-Bots and program them to travel in different directions and we will look at the life cycle of a butterfly! In the outside area we will be going on a mini-beast hunt with our magnifying glasses looking for real mini-beasts! I wonder what we will find!
Summer 2 - Weeks 3 and 4
Chatsworth Farm and Farmer Duck
Which animals could we find on a farm? What are the baby animals called?
What noises do the animals make? How do the farmers look after the animals? What happened when we went to Chatsworth Farm? What did Farmer Duck do? How could we help Farmer Duck?
During these two weeks we will explore farm animals. We will take a trip to Chatsworth Farm and Adventure Playground at the beginning of the two weeks. At Chatsworth we will meet lots of different farm animals as well as some animals which make great pets such as guinea pigs! The children will have the opportunity to look after the animals by grooming and feeding them! It will be an amazing day!! We will use our learning from the visit to the farm to create our own big book about farm animals using our mark making skills. We will be sorting the farm animals into different groups and counting how many we have in each group? We will use our talk for writing actions and a story map to retell the story of Farmer Duck. We will play a matching game to match adult farm animals to baby farm animals!
Summer 2 - Weeks 5 and 6
Rumble in the Jungle and Giraffe's can't Dance!
Which animals would we find in the jungle? What do the jungle animals look like? Which jungle animal is the largest/smallest? How do the jungle animals move? How can we sort the jungle animals into groups?
During these two weeks we will explore jungle animals. We look at animals we can find in the jungle and describe what they look like. We will develop an explorers area where we can go looking for different jungle animals! In our dance activities we will explore moving in different ways like the jungle animals and look at how Gerald the Giraffe dances! In the mathematics area we will order the jungle animals by size and use vocabulary such as tall, short, tallest and shortest. We will explore making different patterns on animals using a range of media and materials.
Summer 2 - Week 7
The Great Pet Sale!
What animals could we have as a pet? Do any children have pets at home? What do we need to do to look after the animals? What does a vet do? What have we enjoyed during our year in Nursery?
Wow, it is hard to believe that we have reached the final week of the academic year! To finish our year in Nursery we will look at the story of 'The Great Pet Sale!' In the mathematics area we will have a pet shop set up so we can practise buying different pets and items we need to look after the pets! Ask your child if they can name any of the coins we use to buy the items! We will look at the role of a vet and how they are the 'animal doctor'! We will explore their job role and start to think about what job we would like to do when we get older! We will also reflect on what we have learnt this year and decide what we want to get better at next year!!
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 June - INSET day - school closed for the children
Tuesday 4th June - School reopens for the children!
Wednesday 12th June - New Reception parents/carers induction meeting at 5pm.
Monday 17th June - EYFS trip to Chatsworth Farm and Adventure Playground
Tuesday 18th June - New Reception intake visit to Reception classroom at 1.00pm
Thursday 20th June – Class photographs today
Week beginning Monday 24th June – Happy and safe week for the whole school
Wednesday 26th June - New Reception intake/Nursery to come for dinner with parents and carers at 11.30am
Thursday 27th June - New Reception intake visit to Reception classroom at 1.00pm
Thursday 4th July - New Reception intake visit to Reception classroom at 9.00am
Friday 5th July – Non-uniform day - children to wear own clothes in exchange for donation to the Summer Fair.
Friday 5th July at 10.45am – Fox Cubs stay and play session at 10.45am
Wednesday 10th July – Summer Fair at 1.30pm
Friday 12th July – Fox Cubs to take part in the Barnardo’s Toddle to Shipley Park in the morning
Monday 15th July – Fox Cubs Sports day at 9.30am
Friday 19th July - Last Day of term for the children.
Monday 22nd July - INSET day – School closed to 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 – Painting a picture of an animal.
2 points – Bringing in pictures and photographs of different animals to share with the class.
3 points – Counting in sequence to 10 or 20.
4 points – Making an animal fact card/poster using a range of text and images
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 Thursday 23rd May 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.