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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 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!!
Summer term 2 - Week 1
Mad about Minibeasts!
Which minibeasts can we name? What do they look like? Which songs do we know about minibeasts? Which minibeasts can we find in our outside area? How do the minibeasts move? Can we move like the minibeasts?
We are starting our new topic this week which is called 'All Creatures Great and Small' which we are really looking forward to! We will get to explore all different types of creatures from jungle animals, to farm animals and tiny minibeasts!
This week we are going to start with the story of 'Mad about Minibeasts' which introduces us to lots of different minibeasts! We will explore what the minibeasts look like, how they move and any other interesting facts about them! As this is the start of our new topic we will also create some minibeasts to make a new topic display! I wonder what we will make!
During the week we will be playing in our Minibeast lab role play area where we will find out more about the different minibeasts by using the microscopes and magnifying glasses! I hope the minibeasts are not too scary when they look bigger!!
As it is the first week back after half term we will have a circle time to catch up with each other to find out what we have all been up to and we will remind ourselves of the behaviour expectations and routines in Nursery! As Covid-19 is still around we will continue to practise our good hygiene rules. The main one - catch it, bin it, kill it!
Summer term 2 - Week 2
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 be continuing to explore different minibeasts! But in this story they love to dance and bop around - a little like we do in Nursery!! We will be exploring the different ways that the minibeasts move and will recreate this in our class!! We will explore how to make a dance sequence by putting different moves together! Outside we will use the musical instruments to make different sounds to match how the minibeasts move - will they move quickly like a butterfly or slowly like a snail?
We will continue to look carefully at the different minibeasts and look at the patterns they have on their bodies. We will recreate these on the mathematics table as we use shapes to print patterns. By looking carefully at the different features of the minibeasts we will explore how we can sort them into groups. For example, those that have wings and those that don't have wings.
On the writing table we will practise our mark making skills by writing labels to match pictures of different minibeasts. The children have amazed everyone with the fabulous mark making they have been doing!
Summer term 2 - Week 3
Veg Patch Party - Wellbeing week
What is special about me? What exercises can I do to keep me healthy? What can I do with my different parts of my body? What can I grow in our garden? What vegetables can I name? What am I feeling proud of? Why am I amazing? What new skills have I leant? How do I feel? What emotions do I know? Why is being outside good for my wellbeing?
This week it is our whole school wellbeing week. We will be using the story 'Veg Patch Party' to explore different vegetables which we should eat as our 5 a day to help keep us healthy! We will learn the names of vegetables and use some to make a healthy muffin in our cooking activity! We will learn how to cut the vegetables in a safe manner using a knife and the bridge technique! At the investigation table we will look closely at the shape, texture and pattern of the vegetables using our magnifying glasses! Whilst in the creative area we will use some vegetables to paint and print with! We cannot wait to see what masterpieces the children create!
In our EYFS outside area we will continue with our gardening and plant some more vegetables and plants. Already we are growing beans, cauliflowers and potatoes! We will learn how to use the tools safely and find out how gardening can help our wellbeing.
During the week we will take part in other events such as karate and other sporting activities with visiting coaches. contributing to a whole school mural with Mrs Seaton and of course we will have our Forest Friday session at Forest Schools!!
Summer term 2 - Weeks 4 and 5
Farmer DuckWhich 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 White Post Farm came to school? What did Farmer Duck do? How could we help Farmer Duck?
Summer term 2 - Weeks 6 and 7
Rumble in the Jungle/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? What special talents have we got? Does it matter what we look like and what we can do? What do we want to learn next year?
Wow, who can believe it!! It is our last two weeks of Nursery. For many of the children it is their last two weeks at Nursery so we will need to make these the best weeks ever!
We will be learning about jungle and zoo animals! We will name the different animals and explore how they move, the sounds they make and the different patterns they have on their bodies! We will make our own information book about the animals using our mark making skills as well as our creative skills to make some pictures of the animals!
In the story of 'Giraffe's Can't Dance' we will find out that in fact they can and Gerald can dance very well! We will be having our own little end of Nursery celebration and we are sure that there will be some of our own dancing!! We will also be thinking what special skills we have and what we are looking forward to next year whether it is staying in Nursery or moving into Reception!
To see the full topic web for this half term please click on the link below
Nursery Summer Two topic plan overview - All Creatures Great and Small - 2021
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 June 2021 - INSET Day - Nursery/school closed
Tuesday 8th June 2021 - School and Nursery reopens for children.
Thursday 17th June 2021 - Class photograph day
Throughout June 2021 - Family meetings for EYFS children starting Nursery or Reception.
Week beginning 21st June 2021 - Whole school wellbeing week
Wednesday 23rd June - afternoon - Visit to Reception classroom for new Reception cohort
Monday 28th June 2021 - White Post Farm Roadshow in school for Nursery, Reception and Year One.
Tuesday 29th June - afternoon - Visit to Reception classroom for new Reception cohort
Thursday 8th July - morning and lunchtime Visit to Reception classroom for new Reception cohort
Monday 3rd May 2021 - Bank Holiday Monday - Nursery and School closed
Thursday 22nd July 2021 - Last day of term
Thursday 2nd September 2021 - INSET Day
Friday 3rd September 2021 - INSET Day
Monday 6th September 2021 - School/Nursery opens for the new academic year.
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!!
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.
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.