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 next 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
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!!
Remember we have an INSET day on Monday 2nd November and we are all back in Nursery on Tuesday 3rd November
Autumn term 2 - Week 1
Sparks in the Sky!
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?
We are starting our new topic this week which is called 'Let's Celebrate!' We will begin by exploring 'Bonfire Night'! On Tuesday we will read the story 'Sparks in the Sky' and discuss what happens on Bonfire Night. We will practise making different fireworks by chalking onto black paper and by splattering paint onto large sheets of paper outside - this sounds messy by is so much fun!! We will also have a go at using marbles in paint to roll them around to make fireworks!
On the maths table we will practise counting fireworks in the sky using our Numicon as well as matching the Numicon onto the buildings. The children love to move in different ways so we will explore how to make fireworks outside using ribbons and tinsel!!
We will also discuss how to stay safe at Bonfire Night and how to look after animals who will either get scared because of the noise or the wild animals who might be hiding in the bonfires made.
As part of a whole school project we will be making a poppy to go on a Remembrance Day display. We are sure the children will do a fabulous job!
Autumn term 2 - Week 2
The Festival of Light!
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?
This week we will explore the Hindu festival of Diwali! This is a fabulous celebration which started with the story of Rama and Sita. We will watch a video clip of this story and then act it out in Nursery! We love telling stories!
During the week we will explore the story of Rama and Sita further - for example, we will be making masks of the characters in the story and making our own Diva lamp to light the way for Rama and Sita. We will explore what Rangoli patterns are and look at the different colours, shapes and patterns we can see. We will then have a go at making our own using chalks on the playground outside!
We will explore explore different objects which give us light and talk about how they work. In the mathematics area we will use the light box to explore different numbers and materials and talk about how the objects look different when they are on the light box compared to when we hold them! We will make a dark den and explore how we feel about dark and light. We will use torches to make shadows in the dark den!
Autumn term 2 - Week 3
Weddings and Baptisms
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 is a Baptism? What happens at a Baptism? What would we need to have a party? What is an invitation and when would we need one?
During the week we will explore weddings and baptisms with a focus on Christianity. We will create a Church area in the role play area so the children can recreate these special times. In the mark making area we will make our own invitations for weddings and baptisms! We will look at what a bride and groom could wear at a wedding and have a go at making a repeating pattern on the grooms tie or the brides wedding dress! In the water tray we will have the baby dolls and pretend to baptism them. In the role play area we will create a photo booth - I wonder what photographs the children will create by what props they use! We will put the photographs on the website for you to see!
This week it is also Anti-Bullying week and we will explore the theme 'united against bullying'. We will take part in 'Odd socks day', explore what makes us special, take part in some team challenges, we will explore belonging to Coppice and make a friendship recipe!
Autumn term 2 - Week 4
When do we celebrate our birthday? How do we celebrate our birthdays? How old are we? What would we want to have a birthday party? How do you make a birthday cake?This week we are going to learn about a celebration that we all have every year - Birthdays!! We will start by reading the story of 'Kipper's Birthday and explore what he needed to have his own celebration. We will use these ideas as well as our own experiences of birthdays to mark make a list of items we need for a birthday party! We need this list as we are going to have a birthday party for our class friend - Freddie Fox!!! As part of the preparations for the birthday party we are going to make a birthday cake for Freddie! We will measure the ingredients, follow the recipe, mix all the ingredients together and then cook the cake! Miss Harrison will decorate the cake and then we will sing "Happy Birthday" to Freddie and all have a slice to celebrate his birthday!
Autumn term 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 week we are going to start getting ready for Christmas! We all love this time of the year! We will think about what we need to do in Nursery to get ready for Christmas - we will make decorations such as paper chains and snowflakes, put the Christmas tree up and then hang on the baubles! It always looks so nice when the lights are put on the tree and we turn the classroom lights off!!
Autumn term 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?
Autumn term 2 - Week 7
Elf's First Adventures
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?
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!
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 - INSET DAY - School closed to the children.
Thursday 3rd September 2020 - School reopens for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two classes.
Thursday 3rd September 2020 and Friday 4th September 2020 - Nursery closed.
Monday 7th September 2020 - Nursery reopens for children who started in Nursery in January 2020.
Tuesday 8th September 2020 - Friday 11th September 2020 - Visits for parents and children to meet the staff and look around the learning environment. Please see your transition letter to see your appointment time. We can only have one family at a time in Nursery.
Monday 14th September 2020 - Friday 18th September 2020 - Two morning visits for you child. Unfortunately parents will not be allowed in the Nursery classroom on these visits due to Covid 19 restrictions. Please see your transition letter to see which two days your child will be attending.
From Monday 21st September - All children will be in Nursery every day for their usual sessions - 8.30am to 11.30am each day.
Friday 23rd October - Last day of term
Monday 2nd November - INSET DAY - School closed to the children.
Tuesday 3rd November - Nursery and School reopens
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 – 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. 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.