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 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
Nursery 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 base our learning on a book each week linked to our topic. 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 term 2 - Week 1
Whizz, bang, crash -
It'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?
We are starting our new topic this week which is all about special times which we might have in our lives!
So in our first week we will be exploring Bonfire night! In the creative art we will make lots of fire work pictures using a range of materials including chalk and blowing paint across the paper! In the mathematics area we will practise our counting skills to see how many fireworks are in the sky! As a class we will continue our squiggle patterns and make our fireworks in the air using our flipper flappers! Our role play area this week will be a dark den and we will explore using torches in the den to help us see better and have a go at making shadows on the wall of the den!
Also this week we will all be making a poppy for our Remembrance display in the school hall!
Autumn 2 - Week 2
The Scarecrows 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 are exploring weddings and thinking about other celebrations which might take part in such as a Baptism, celebrating the birth of a new baby or going to a party! We would like parents to help their child find a photograph of them at a family celebration for our topic wall!!
During our week exploring weddings we will read the story of 'The Scarecrows Wedding' and find out different things we need to do or get ready for a wedding! In the role play area the children can make up their own wedding stories and dress up to help them get into character! In the mathematics area we will be using 2D shapes to decorate the grooms tie and the brides veil! In the writing area we will mark make invitations to invite everyone to our pretend weddings!
It is also Anti-bullying week in school and the theme is "Change starts with us". As part of this the Fox Cubs children will be invited to take part in Odd Socks day on Tuesday!!
Autumn 2 - Week 3
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 looking a celebration that we all have every day - a birthday! we will look at the story of 'Kipper's Birthday' to find out what we need to celebrate a birthday! We will use this information to mark make a list of things that we need to get for Freddie fox's birthday on Friday when we will be giving him a surprise birthday party! For the party we will work as a class to make a giant birthday cake. We will then be able to use this to sing 'Happy Birthday' to Freddie fox. At the mathematics table this week we will be picking out pieces of numicon and counting that many candles onto the cake! We will be looking at our birthday chart in the classroom to find out who has a birthday in each month! We will learn to play some party games such as musical chairs and pass the parcel!
Autumn 2 - Week 4
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 will begin to start our learning about Christmas! We will decorate the Christmas tree in Nursery and put up decorations in our classroom - many will make ourselves! We will explore different jobs that people do and look carefully at the role of the postmen and postwoman who are very busy at this time of the year!
In our role play area we will create a post office so we can help the Jolly Christmas Postman to sort the letters and parcels ready for him to deliver! The children will practise wrapping up a range of parcels by exploring which sized piece of wrapping paper is the right size! In our outside area the children will jump on the bikes and scooters to go and deliver the parcels to the numbered houses scattered around the paths!
Autumn 2 - Week 5
Jesus' Christmas Party
What happened at the first Christmas in Bethlehem? Who was Jesus and who was there when he was born? What happens in our Christmas nativity? What is my favourite part in the Christmas nativity? Why do people celebrate Christmas now?
This will be a really busy week for the children in Fox Cubs class as they perform in their first Christmas nativity to family and friends in the school hall! The children will act and sing lots of songs to tell everyone what happened in the first Christmas! We cannot wait to see the children on the stage and we hope you can join us on Wednesday 4th December!
During the week we will explore the different people who met baby Jesus and the important role they made such as the Angel Gabriel, the Wise Men and Mary and Joseph. We will retell the story in the small world area using the puppets and props. We will explore the different farm animals who were found in the barn where baby Jesus was born! At the creative table we will make our own angels using a range of materials as well as animal masks!
Autumn 2 - Week 6
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?
This week we are going to meet 'Elf' as we get more excited about Christmas which is getting closer and closer! Elf will be in Nursery and loves to go on different adventures. The children will have to look carefully to find out what he has got up to and where he is hiding! The children will use their knowledge of positional language to describe where has been hiding. We hope he doesn't get up to too much mischief and cause lots of mess!! We will use our mark making skills to keep a diary about the adventures that Elf gets up too! This book will be put in the reading area for everyone to enjoy!
In the role play area we will create Santa's workshop so Elf has somewhere to go and help with the preparations for Christmas. We will dress up as elves or Santa and make our own Christmas stories!
Autumn 2 - Week 7
Kipper's Christmas Eve
What happens at Christmas time? What do we need 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?
Wow, this is our final week before Christmas! We will finish our Christmas cards and Christmas crafts ready to take home before the holidays! We will explore what is Santa is doing to get ready for Christmas eve! During our circle time we will share with each other what we would like for Christmas this year!
Through the story of 'Kipper's Christmas Eve' we will meet the character of Kipper the dog again. We will see what he does to get ready for Christmas and think about whether we need to do the same.
Our families will be able to join us for stay and play on Tuesday 17th December and we will share some Christmas crafts and songs with them!
On Friday we will have our Nursery Christmas party where we will play lots of games and have some party food!
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 4th November - Inset Day – School closed for the children.
Tuesday 5th November - Back to school/nursery for the children.
Thursday 7th November – Individual class photographs for all children today. If you want a family photograph with siblings who do not attend Coppice Primary School and Nursery please come to the school hall at 8am.
Friday 8th November - Non-uniform day – It’s good to be me day!
Week beginning 11th November – Anti-Bullying week in School and Nursery.
Thursday 14th November – New Nursery intake to visit at 9.00am.
Monday 18th November – New Nursery intake to visit at 9.00am.
Tuesday 19th November – Phase One phonics workshop/parents in to see phonics in action in Fox Cubs class – 11.20am.
Thursday 28th November - Reception intake 2020 – 2021 open evening – 3.30pm – 5.00pm – come and have a look around our school and meet the staff who work in Reception!
Wednesday 4th December – Fox Cubs (Nursery) Christmas production at 9.30am – everyone welcome!!
Friday 6th December - Book People Bus coming to school.
Friday 13th December – Non-uniform day – children to wear own clothes/Christmas jumpers in exchange for a donation to the Christmas Fair.
Monday 16th December – Christmas Fair today at 1.30pm. Nursery families are encouraged to come and join us at the Christmas Fair!
Tuesday 17th December – Fox Cubs stay and play session at 10.45am.
Friday 20th December – Christmas Party Day. Fox Cubs class will be having party food in the Nursery session in the morning.
Friday 20th December – Last day of term.
Monday 6th January 2020 - 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 —To put on own coat.
2 points — To bring in a photograph showing a family celebration.
3 points — To bring in a story book about a celebration.
4 points — To create a piece of art work linked to celebrations!
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 17th December 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.