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 , 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 email@example.com 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
Nursery Teacher/ EYFS co-ordinator
Miss Renshaw Mrs Tomlinson Miss Jenkins (Apprentice)
Mrs Rowley Miss Kean
Our Fabulous EYFS Practitioners
Our topic this term is
Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here come the Dinosaurs!
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 1 - Week 1
1, 2, 3 do the Dinosaur!
What are the dinosaurs doing? What do the dinosaurs look like? How are they similar or different? Which numerals can we recognise? How could we sort the dinosaurs into groups? Who are my new friends in Nursery? What will I find in Nursery? What happens each day in Nursery?
It is the beginning of the new school year and we are so excited to welcome some new children into Nursery!! We are going to start our adventures in a temporary classroom whilst I classroom undergoes some building work after a flood last year. But I can guarantee no matter where the Fox Cubs are we will have an amazing time!
This week we will start to meet our new friends and learn where all the resources are in our classroom along with learning about the rules and routines in our class. We will continue to embed this next week when more children start!
During the week we will be exploring different dinosaurs and will start to learn how to describe what they look like and how they are moving. We will use this to practise our own dinosaur movements to learn a new dance like the dinosaurs in our book of the week.
We will start to make our classroom feel more welcoming by creating some large dinosaurs for our new topic display! We will also make sure that we have photographs of ourselves on our pegs and water bottles so we begin to learn what belongs to us!
Autumn 1 - Week 2
Dinosaurs Love Underpants
Why do dinosaurs love underpants? How do dinosaurs move? What colour/pattern are on the pants? What happened to the cave men in the story? What is a skeleton? What are our classroom rules? How can we move up the behaviour ladder and what do the different pictures/stages mean? Who are my new friends in Nursery? What will I find in Nursery? What happens each day in Nursery?
This week the final group of children come and join our class which is fabulous news!! We will be one happy Fox Cubs class!! Similar to last week we will be meeting our new friends and learn where all the resources are in our classroom along with learning about the rules and routines in our class. We will be introduced to the behaviour ladder and we will learn how this should be used to praise the right behaviour but also to help us if we make the wrong choices occasionally.
We will explore why the cave men liked the pants and see what patterns we could make on the pants in the creative area! In the calculation corner we will be finding out how to sort different shapes and materials can be sorted by colour.
This week we will be creating some large dinosaurs together so we can decorate our classroom. I wonder which dinosaurs we will choose to make and what art techniques we will use!! Watch this space!
We will begin to explore dinosaur skeletons and sort the different bones by shape and size! We will then use the art straws to make dinosaur skeletons!
Autumn 1 - Week 3
How to look after your dinosaur
What is the egg like? Where has the egg come from? How do you look after a dinosaur? How could we sort the dinosaurs by colour? What does a dinosaur like to do? What does the dinosaur like to eat for his meals? How should you treat each other?
This week we are going to be exploring how dinosaurs started life! It will start by finding a large dinosaur egg in the EYFS outside area! Where was it found? How can we describe it? What do you think will happen? We will use our observational skills to see how it changes and see what is going to come out of it once it cracks!! The children will also have their own dinosaur egg to look after at home and we will see what happens to their egg and sequence the changes!
Once we have a baby dinosaur we will look at what a baby dinosaur needs to live and make links to our own lives from when we were a baby! Please can parents find a baby photograph of their child ready to share in our circle time? We will look at how we have grown from a baby to a toddler to a child and how we will change into a teenager and an adult!
During the week we will look at dinosaurs and what they like to eat and what would we feed a dinosaur if we were looking after them. How would we entertain a dinosaur? I cannot wait to hear your fabulous ideas!
Autumn 1 - Week 4
Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs
What has Harry got in his bucket? What can we collect in our bucket? How could we make a new bucket for Harry? What would we put on a missing poster to ask everyone if they have seen the dinosaurs?
This week we are going to be learning through the story of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We will have a look at the bucket Harry has left in our classroom using the magnifying glasses and then describe what we can see! We will sort the items in the bucket into groups - this could be by colour, size or type!
At the creative table we will use a range of junk modelling to make a new bucket for Harry! We will explore what we can use for a handle and try different ways to fasten this on! After the buckets are made the children will decide how to decorate them. Will this be by paint, chalk or collage materials??
In the outside area we will go on a dinosaur hunt and collect them in our buckets! We will see how many we can find find and we will describe where we found them using our positional language. After that we will see what else we can collect in our buckets - we wonder what we will find!
At the Message Centre we will create missing posters to ask if anyone has seen the dinosaurs to help Harry. We will also create messages to put around the classroom to describe the dinosaurs!
Autumn 1 - Week 5
Dinosaurs in the Supermarket
What is a supermarket? What will we find in the supermarket? What do the dinosaurs do in the supermarket? How should you behave in the supermarket? Why did the dinosaurs have to clean up? What other shops do we know?
This will be our last week learning about Dinosaurs! In the role play area we will have a supermarket area. We will create the supermarket together by deciding what items we want to sell and arranging these before making signs and price labels together. The children will then be able to take on different roles such as the cashier, the shopper or person stacking the shelves. We hope that the children keep the supermarket tidy and not messy like the dinosaurs in the story!
In the small world area we will explore different shops that we can visit such as a bakery and the Post Office. We will learn about what these shops sell and what we do when we go there! The children will be able to use the resources to make their own narratives and share their own experiences of shopping.
In our circle time we will decide on rules to share with the dinosaurs about how they should behave when they go shopping!!
Autumn 1 - Week 6
Little Red Hen
Who is the Little Red Hen? What did she do? Who are the other farm animals in the story? What did the animals do wrong? What was the Little Red Hen making? What ingredients do we need to make bread? How do we make bread? What happens at Harvest time? What do farmers do?
This week we are going to be learning through one of Miss Harrison's favourite stories - Little Red Hen! She loves to act this out using our Talk for Writing strategies where we will follow the story map and use some actions and cannot wait to do this with the Fox Cubs! After we have read and acted out the story we will explore how poor Little Red Hen had to make the bread all by herself as the other animals refused to help her. We will discuss how this is not the right behaviour and we should always help each other and will practise this is Nursery!
We are also going to make bread like Little Red Hen!! We will explore the different ingredients and find out where they come from. We will make sure that we have clean hands and discuss why we do this and wear an apron when we are cooking! As we make the bread we will discuss how the ingredients are changing and how the dough becomes all stretchy because of the magic of yeast!!
During the week we will also be exploring what happens at Harvest time and how we need to thank the farmers for all of the amazing work that they do to provide the food we eat! In the small world area we will have the farm animals and buildings so we can recreate the work that the farmers do every day!
Autumn 1 - Week 7
It's Autumn time!
What happens at Autumn time? What will we see in our outside area at Autumn on our walk? What colours are the leaves? What sounds can we make with the leaves?
This week it is the last week of our first half term in Nursery!! How did the time go so fast!! We are going to find out what happens during Autumn as this is the season we are in! We will spend time in the Forest Schools site looking at the different Autumnal colours and exploring what happens to the leaves as they fall off the trees. Hopefully it won't be too wet so we can go through the crispy, crunchy leaves! Miss Harrison will also set an Autumn challenge where the children can find signs of Autumn when going out with parents and carers and bring these into Nursery so we can have them on our investigation table! We will look at how we have different seasons in the year and after Autumn we will go into Winter!!
We will look at what we have have learnt this term and what we enjoyed the most!
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!
Thursday 1st September 2022 -School/Nursery closed to the children as it is INSET Day.
Friday 2nd September 2022 -School/Nursery closed to the children as it is INSET Day.
Monday 5th September 2022 - School opens for all children. Nursery children who are staying with us a second year start at 8.45am. They can see the new classroom at this time. New Nursery children and their families have a time slot to come and see the new classroom during the morning.
Tuesday 6th September - First group of new Nursery starters begin.
Thursday 8th September - Second group of new Nursery starters begin.
Monday 12th September - Last group of new Nursery starters begin.
From week beginning of Monday 26th September - Parent meetings will take place at 11.50am. Dates for signing up will be available from Nursery staff!
Thursday 29th September - Dinosaur dress up day in EYFS! Come dressed as a dinosaur for the morning!
Friday 30th September - MacMillan Coffee Morning. More information to follow.
Monday 3rd October 2022 - Stay and play session for Fox Cubs class at 11.00am
Tuesday 11th October 2022 - EYFS Harvest Festival at 9.30am
Wednesday 19th October 2022 - Phase One Phonics workshop at 11.00am
Friday 21st October 2022 - Last day of term
Monday 31st October 2022 - School/Nursery opens for everyone!
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 if they earn 6 or more points:
1 point – Bring in a book with a dinosaur in it!
2 points – To put on own coat.
3 points – Finding own name in the morning when self-registering.
4 points – To create an autumn picture using natural 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. Your child will have a gorgeous book called 'My Little Book of Adventures' where we put in evidence of what your child has been learning! As part of this we will be using an app called 'Tapestry' on our iPads to 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! You can also let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home. We will be sending home an information letter and permission form for this during the beginning of September!
We also love to hear what your child has achieved at home and so we ask you fill in proud clouds and share them with us!
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
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 Monday 3rd October 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.
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 5, recognise numerals 1 to 3, 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.