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
Class Teacher/ EYFS Practitioner EYFS Practitioner
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 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
Stickman and Winter
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?
During the first week back after the holidays we will begin our new topic - 'Magical Monsters!' which is based around some of the story characters in Julia Donaldson books! We will start by exploring the season of winter alongside 'Stickman'! After reading the story of 'Stickman' we will make our own Stickman using a stick and a range of materials! We will explore the different places that Stickman visits and compare what is similar or different about the environments. In the role play area we will get wrapped up for winter and make ourselves cosy in the Gruffalo cave! In the Mathematics area we will order the stick family by height from shortest to the tallest. At the creative area we will start to make some large magical monsters for our new topic display! Make sure you come into Nursery to see which ones we have made! During the first week we will welcome our new Nursery friends who start with us! We cannot wait to get to know Cole, Charlie, Leigha, Daniel and Leo!! We know you will have so much fun in Fox Cubs class!!
Spring 1 - Week 2
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?
This week we will meet a Gruffalo even though the little mouse says "there no such thing as a Gruffalo" we know differently!! We will explore what features the Gruffalo has and mark make our ideas around a large picture of a Gruffalo! We look to bake in Fox Cubs class and so we will make a Gruffalo crumble!! When we bake we will practise our good hygiene routines as we prepare the different ingredients. After the Gruffalo crumble has been baked we will have it at the snack table! On the mathematics table we will count the numicon pieces to place the purple spikes onto the Gruffalo's back. We will also make a paper bag Gruffalo using a range of materials!!
Spring 1 - Week 3
The Gruffalo's Child
What is the Gruffalo's child like? What could be 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?
We will look closely at a woodland environment and see where the Gruffalo's child goes when he walks away from the Gruffalo's cave! We will explore cave paintings and use charcoal to mark make different squiggle patterns on the cave wall. In the small world area we will make a dark cave and explore making shadows using the torches! We will continue to practise our counting in sequence skills along with counting with one to one correspondence to count the different animals in the woodland. We will also look closely at the different woodland animals - we will name them, look where they live and sort them into different groups!
At the end of the week we will go and visit our new friends at Kidsley Grange. We want to explore some intergenerational activities to benefit our Nursery children and the residents of Kidsley Grange! We cannot wait to start this new project!!
Spring 1 - Week 4
Room on the Broom
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? What could we put in a magical potion?
This week we will read the story of 'Room on the Broom' and then we will work together to make a story map to help us learn the story off by heart using our talk for writing skills! We will have a magical potion station where we can practise our mixing skills and of course we will use a magic wand to help us!! We will explore positional language to describe where the different animals are on the broom. In our phonics sessions we will play our favourite game of 'Rhyming Soup'! I wonder what soup flavour we will make!! During the week we will collect different natural materials from our outside area to help us make our own brooms which we will use to paint with!
Spring 1 - Week 5
Zog and Chinese New Year
What happens at Chinese New Year? Which animals had a race? 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 weekit is Chinese New Year and we will learn about this special festival! We will read the story about the race that the animals had and begin to learn about ordinal numbers! In our EYFS outside area we will create our own obstacle course and race each other like the animals did! We will explore lots of different vegetables and use tools to cut them up ready to cook as a Chinese Stir Fry!! Of course we will have to eat the stir fry after we have cooked it!! We will read the story of 'Zog' and see what adventures he gets too. We will discuss how it is good to persevere and not to give up if we don't manage something first time just like Zog did. We will use 2D shapes to create different dragons and then share the special skills they have!
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?
For our final week of the term we are going to explore the story of 'The Smartest Giant in Town'. We will explore how we could cheer people up when they are feeling sad like George was. We will measure different objects around the EYFS outside area using our giant strides! In the mathematics area we will make a clothes shop using big and small clothes! We will sort them by size and by what we would wear in the summer time or the winter time! After that we will buy different the clothes using money! In the creative area we will use the junk modelling materials to create a new house for George!
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 7th January - Back to school for the children
Tuesday 8th January - New Nursery intake starts today at 8.45am
Tuesday 15th January - Closing date for applying for a school place!!
Thursday 24th January – Fox Cubs class at Kidsley Grange Care home today from 9.30am
Tuesday 12th February – Fox Cubs (Nursery) Stay and play session at 10.45am
Friday 15th February – Last day of term
Monday 25th February - INSET day - school and Nursery closed to the children.
Tuesday 26th 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 – 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.
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 Tuesday 12th 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.