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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          Mrs Tomlinson         Mrs Rowley           Miss Renshaw

  Nursery Teacher/                                   EYFS Practitioners             

 EYFS co-ordinator

Our topic this term is

 Special Times!

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!! 

Autumn 2 - Week 1

Whizz, bang,'s Bonfire Night!!

What happens at Bonfire night?  What colours can we see in the sky?  What will we hear?  What can we taste?  How can we stay safe?

This week we are going to start a new topic which is called 'Special Times'!!  We will be finding out about different celebrations that mark special times in our lives! 

We will start our learning by exploring Bonfire Night! Bonfire Night is fabulous for seeing all the beautiful coloured fireworks in the sky! We will recreate these fireworks through using different materials in the creative station area! We will be rolling marbles to make fireworks as well as having a go at blow painting!! Outside we will making firework pictures on a larger scale by trying splatter painting!! This will be so much fun and we will have some amazing firework pictures by the end of the week!!

During the week we will explore the sounds, smells and colours of Bonfire Night and use the story of 'Sparks in the Sky' to help us. We will also be learning about how to keep safe during Bonfire Night. 

In our role play area we will be using the dark den to explore light and dark. We will use torches to explore making light and shadows as well as exploring which materials are reflective.

We will also be making poppies to go on our whole school Remembrance Day display.

As Covid-19 is still around we will continue to practise our good hygiene rules. The main one - catch it, bin it, kill it! 

Autumn 2 - Week 2 

It's Diwali!!

What is the festival of Diwali? How is this festival celebrated? What will I see? What is a Rangoli pattern? What is a light source?

We will continue to learn about light and dark through the Hindu festival of Diwali! Just like Bonfire Night there will be lots of fireworks in this festival! 

We will be exploring the story of Rama and Sita and how candles lit the way home for them. We will have a go at making our own Diva pots and explore making different textures in the clay!

In Adventure Island we will have the story of Rama and Sita and use different props and puppets to help us retell the story after Miss Harrison has told us the story in story time!! 

At the message centre we will explore making different marks and patterns using a range of mark making tools to make Happy Diwali cards!

In the outside area we will use the colourful chalks to create our own Rangoli patterns! Look out for them when you come to Nursery!!


Autumn 2 - Week 3

Kipper's Birthday

When do we celebrate our birthday?  How do we celebrate our birthdays? How old are we? What would we want at a Birthday party? How do you make a Birthday cake?

This week we are exploring a celebration and special time that we all have once a year - it's our birthday!! We will start the week reading the story of 'Kipper's Birthday' where Kipper plans his own Birthday party! Poor Kipper, things don't quite go to plan!! However, he does enjoy a party at the end of the story!! 
In the message centre we will explore how to make Birthday invitations by using a range of marks to carry our messages! We will also make Birthday cards and post them in the post box!
In Calculation corner we will explore matching Birthday cakes and sorting the candles for the cakes. We will also explore matching the right number of candles to the different pieces of Numicon.

We love to bake in Nursery and so this week we will be making our own fairy cakes by following a simple recipe. After they are cooled we will then decorate them using icing and some yummy treats!! 

In the land of make believe we will be using a range of props and story books to help use create our own Birthday parties. We will learn to play party games and how to celebrate our Birthdays! 


Autumn 2 - Week 4



The Scarecrow's Wedding

What does it mean to be married?  What are weddings and what happens?  What other celebrations/festivals can we be part of with our families?   What would we need to have a party?   What is an invitation?

This week we will be looking at weddings! We will start by reading the story of 'The Scarecrow's Wedding' to find out what you might need to have a wedding such as an invitation, rings, food and flowers! 
In the land of make believe we will have lots of resources to help us recreate a wedding! We will use the Ipads to take photographs and to video the ceremony!
During the week we will be exploring other celebrations that we have with our families.
In calculation corner we will practise our sorting skills using the people counters to sort in different way. It could be by type of person, size of person or the colour of the people counters. 
Outside we will practise our dancing skills for the wedding party by putting on some music and dancing!! 


Autumn 2 - Week 5


The Jolly Christmas Postman

What do we use to decorate the house or Nursery with at Christmas time? What job does a Post person do?  What can we send to friends and family at Christmas time?  How can we wrap different presents at Christmas time?

This is one of our most favourite times of the year - it's Christmas!! This week we will be starting our preparation for Christmas in Nursery!! We will be making decorations for our classroom such as making paperchains by fastening paper together in links. Then we will decorate the Christmas tree by hanging lots of pretty, colourful decorations on the tree with the sparkly tinsel! I wonder what we will put on top of the tree this year? The star or an angel!! You will have to see what we decide!! 

During the week we will make a story map using the illustrations from the story. We will use our Talk for Writing actions and words to help us retell the story alongside using a range of vocabulary and actions! There will be a story sack that the children can use so they can retell the story again and again as well as make their own story!  

In the Land of make believe the children help to make Santa's Workshop!! We will have different toys for the children to make and then they will explore which sized wrapping paper we need to wrap up the different toys ready for Santa to deliver on Christmas Eve!! 

Autumn 2 - Week 6

Jesus Christmas Party 

What happened at the first Christmas in Bethlehem? Who was Jesus and who was there when he was born? What is my favourite part in the Christmas story? Why do people celebrate Christmas now?

We will start this week by performing our Christmas Nativity to our families in the hall (if Covid restrictions allow)!! We are so excited to be planning to do this as we hope it will get everybody into the Christmas mood!! The children will be acting and singing as they perform 'Christmas in the Toy Shop' to everyone! 

During the week we will look at the first Christmas when baby Jesus was born  in a stable in Bethlehem. We will explore who came to visit baby Jesus and what gifts they bought. We will be thinking what gifts we give each other now and how giving and receiving presents make us feel. At the creation station we will start to make Christmas cards and gifts to give to our families at the end of the term. We will also be thinking about how the shepherds and wise men travelled to Bethlehem and we will be planning our own journey's using the Bee Bots.

In Adventure Island we  will be using the props and the story of the First Christmas to act out the story of baby Jesus.


Autumn 2 - Weeks 7 and 8


Elf's First Adventure

Who is Elf?  What does he do?  What adventures does the Elf get up to? What could the Elf do next?  Where is the Elf hiding in Nursery? What happens at Christmas time? What do we need to do to get ready for a party? What party food would we like at the Christmas party? What happens in Santa’s workshop? What will Santa be doing now? What would we like to get for Christmas?

For the last two weeks of the term we will be following the adventures of Elf! We hope that he is a good Elf and not a naughty Elf! We will practise our positional language by describing where the Elf is each day. As a class we will make a diary of his adventures and mark make what he has been doing! This book will then be kept in the cosy corner so we can read the book again and again! 

We will mark make ideas about what food we would like at our Christmas party and we will bake some of the food we will eat at the party! At the party we will dance and play party games such as pass the parcel and musical statues! 

In the cosy corner we will reads different stories about Santa and Elves as well as other stories about what happens at Christmas!


Topic web

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

Nursery Autumn Two topic plan overview - Special Times

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 1st November 2021 - INSET Day - Nursery/school closed

Tuesday 2nd November 2021 - School and Nursery reopens for children. 

Throughout  November 2021 - Family meetings at the end of Nursery sessions.

Thursday 4th November 2021 - Individual photos and family photos - more information to follow.

Thursday 11th November 2021 - Open Evening to see Coppice Primary School - Reception cohort 2022 - 2023 - 3.30pm to 5.00pm

Week beginning Monday 15th November - Anti-bullying week.

Monday 6th December 2021 - Fox Cubs Nativity performance - 9.30am - provisional date.

Tuesday 21st December 2021 - Party day and last day of term

Thursday 6th January 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.



                                            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:




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 2020

Proud cloud letter - September 2020

Proud cloud template - September 2020

 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 2020

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!!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic these are postponed until further notice.


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 10, recognise numerals 1 to 5, 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.