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!!
Home learning activities
Look at our photo gallery to see what our amazing Fox Cubs are up to at home!!
We love this video of one of our little Fox Cubs singing one of our nursery rhymes!!
A little sing song from one of our families!! We hope you can all join in too!
We love this Nursery rhyme! Can't wait till we can all sing it again together!
Super counting skills!
Wow, what a lot of waving!! Hello everyone!!
We love this shaker!
Wow, shaker shaker time!
In Nursery this week we are learning about Harvest time through the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’! This is a favourite story of the Nursery staff and we hope that you enjoy it too!
We have put together a new plan of activities based around Harvest and the story of The Little Red Hen for you to choose from during the week alongside our daily activities which we will put on the website and email you each week.
Please send in any photographs to show what your child is doing as we love to see them learning through play as this is what it is all about in the Early Years Foundation Stage! We will then add these to your child’s learning journey so we have a record of what they have been up to during our time at home!
Have fun this week and we can’t wait to see you all at Nursery from Monday 19th October!!
Friday 16th October
Phase One phonic activity
Today we are going to listen to animal sounds and select the picture to match the sound of the animal! We are going to use ‘Phonics Play’.
You will need to use this link to load the game:
You will need to use these login details:
Have fun and we hope that you listen carefully and know which animal makes each sound!
Communication and Language/Literacy
Today we would like you to think about what the animals could say to The Little Red Hen at different times in the story. Pick one of the animals and practising talking like that animal with your grown up. Your grown up can then write down what you say as that grown up using the speech bubble sheets below. For example, I might be the cat and I am sorry I didn’t help the Little Red Hen so I might say “I am sorry I will help you cut the wheat” Think carefully about what the characters could see and see if you can change your choice to sound like the characters from the story!!
One of the most impressive pieces of equipment that a farmer uses is a tractor! The farmer uses his tractor in so many ways – to get around the farm, to pull equipment and to move animals etc. Today we would like you to see if you can make your own tractor! You can either do this out of small junk material like cereal boxes or go large and see what you can find in your garden/garage! Here are some ideas to help you!!
As you are making your model can you name the shape of the materials you are using? Remember if they are flat shapes these are out 2D shapes – circle, square, triangle and rectangle! If they are solid shapes these are cubes, cuboids and cylinders! We cannot wait to see your pictures of your tractor!!
Thursday 15th October
Phase One phonic activity
Today we would like you to use the instruments which you made yesterday. You can do this in several ways!
- Can you explore how to make different music with your instrument – do they make a noise by being hit, shaken or plucked?
- Can you make loud noises or quiet noises?
- Are you able to play your instrument at the same time as listening to your favourite song or nursery rhyme?
- Can you make a rhythm using your instrument?
Have fun making music!!
Communication and Language/Literacy
Today we are going to practise retelling the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’! Miss Harrison has sent you a video of her telling the story using a story map and some actions. We would like you to watch this and then have a go at retelling the story using the different actions that Miss Harrison uses! We are focusing on using the following talk for writing actions:
- Once upon a time
We will also use ‘who’!
During the retell we will have actions for:
- Little Red Hen
- Kneading bread
- Eating bread
Ask your adult to record you retelling the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and send it to Miss Harrison! She loves listening to you tell stories! Everyone is a story teller!
Today we would like you to have a look at making a repeating pattern using the farm animals. Like previous days, if you do not have any farm animals you can use pictures of farm animals or any other toys or objects from your house. Today we are going to focus making a repeating pattern using two farm animals. Ask your grown up to start a pattern. This could be:
Wednesday 14th October
Phase One phonic activity
Today we are continuing to explore making different sounds. To help us with this we would like you to make your own musical instrument which you will use tomorrow for your phonics activity!
Have a look around your house and see what materials you can use to make your instrument. It could be a sweet tin, an empty plastic butter tub, rice, elastic bands or empty tissue box. The choice is yours!
Decide if you are going to make an instrument you hit like a drum, a shaker like a maraca or an instrument you pluck like a guitar! See what you can make! Here are some ideas:
Communication and Language/Literacy
In the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ we met different farm animals! Today we would like you to draw different farm animals from the story and any other farm animals that you know! In the story we had:
- A hen
- A cat
- A rat
- A pig
Other farm animals can include:
- A horse
- A cow
- A duck
- A goat
When you are drawing the farm animals you use different squiggle patterns that we have started to learn in nursery such as:
Yesterday we practised our counting skills! Today we are going to practise counting again but we will be exploring how to arrange the farm animals in different ways. Can the children select a Numicon piece up to 5 (you can use higher numbers if your child is confident with the numicon!). Can they count that many farm animals? After they have counted the characters into the Army can they explore different ways to arrange the ‘soldiers’ that they have recruited.
For example, if we have 4 farm animals they can be arranged like this:
The aim of the activity is to see that we still have the same total no matter how they are arranged!
Repeat this with different numbers of farm animals. If you do not have farm animals you can use any other toys or objects from around the house.
Tuesday 13th October
Phase One phonic activity
Today we are going to explore how to use our bodies to make sounds. We did this in Nursery two weeks ago! Ask the children to show you how they can make sounds such as clapping, stamping, tongue clicking and finger clicks! Ask the children to explain which body parts they are using to make the sound! Then play a game of “follow me!”. The grown up could start and for example do a clap, clap, stamp. Can the child copy? Extend to the child taking the lead and the grown up copying them! After the children become confident with this ask is they can make the pattern quicker or slower! Have fun making up different body percussion sound patterns!
Communication and Language/Literacy
Yesterday we listened to the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ . Can you remember what she made? Yep, she made bread!! We thought you might like to make your own bread (we had planned to do this in nursery but as we are working from home this is not possible). You will need a grown up to help you and it does take some time but the results are yummy! I will tell you a little secret! I make my own bread rolls for the weekend each week. I only have bread at the weekend as a treat and make my own! I hope you enjoy this recipe:
You will need
- 450g strong bread flour
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1½ teaspoons of salt
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 275g of milk
- 25g of margarine/butter
- 1 egg
- Weighing scales
- Wooden spoon
- Bowls x 2
- Baking tray
Today we are going to practise our counting skills with farm animals! Today you will need:
- Lots of farm animals (toy ones or pictures)
- A ten frame (these can be drawn out or take a piece of A4 paper and fold it so it has 10 sections wen you have opened it up!)
- Numicon pieces (see the numicon number line to see the numicon pieces – either draw them or print out the number line version)
We would like you to select a piece of numicon and then count that many farm animals on to your ten frame. This will help you to see the different ways that numbers and amounts of objects can be represented! If you would like a further challenge you could practise writing the number as well!
Monday 12th October
Phase One phonic activity
Today we would like you to practise singing your favourite nursery rhymes and action rhymes again! We do this every week as learn nursery rhymes helps us preparing to become a confident reader! In Nursery so far we have practised:
- Twinkle twinkle little star
- Humpty dumpty
- The wheels on the bus
- I’m a little tea pot
Sing these with your grown up and don’t forget your actions!! It would be fabulous if your grown up could video you singing these songs and they send the video to us!! We loved seeing Spencer singing “I’m a little tea pot”. Spencer would like us to learn “Row, row, row your boat” and “Wind the bobbin up”. Let’s get practising!
Communication and Language/Literacy
Today we would like you to watch and listen to the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’! Miss Harrison has sent you a video of her telling the story for you to watch! We hope you enjoy! As the story is being read can you talk about what is happening and which characters you can see.
Here are some questions your grown up can ask you about the story:
- What was Little Red Hen going to make?
- What ingredients did Little Red Hen have to collect for the bread?
- Which animals were in the story?
- What did the animals do in the story?
- How should the animals behaved?
- What did the Little Red Hen feel like at different parts in the story?
- Was the Little Red right not to share the bread?
After watching the video of the story and you have been through the questions with your grown up can you draw your favourite part of the story and mark make why you like that part! Remember we all can have different parts we like the most!!
In the story today there are some farm animals! We would like you to use some toy farm animals at home to practise sorting them. If you have not got any farm animals you could either draw or print out some farm animal pictures or you could use any other objects or toys to sort!
Gather your farm animals or whatever you have chosen to sort! Now decide how you are going to sort them! This could include sorting them by:
- Type – all the pigs together, all the chickens in a group etc.
- Number of legs – 2 or 4!
- Wings or no wings!
After you have sorted them can you count how many is in each group and tell your grown up which group has the most and which group has the least!
We cannot wait to see how you have sorted your farm animals or other objects of your choice!
Meet the Fox Cubs Team
Miss Harrison Mrs Tomlinson Mrs Rowley Miss Renshaw
Nursery Teacher/ 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!!
The rest of the school start back on Thursday 3rd September - Nursery is closed on Thursday and Friday of this week. We start welcoming children from Monday 7th September.
Autumn term 1 - Week 1
Week beginning 7th September - only for children who joined Nursery in January. New starters will be visiting with parents in the afternoon
Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
Where are the ten terrible dinosaurs? 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?
We are starting our new topic this week which is called 'Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here come the dinosaurs! We will come back the children who have been in Nursery since January this week so they can get back into the routine of Nursery before our new children start!
We will begin the week finding out what we have all been up to during lock down. It has been a long time since we have all been together in March! We will revisit our expectations as well as recapping our good hygiene rules. We need to make sure we are washing our hands for at least 20 seconds each time we do this and making sure we catch any sneezes or coughs and bin them! In the classroom we will have hand sanitiser in different areas which the children will be using to keep their hands as clean as possible!
To start our learning about dinosaurs we will read the story of 'Ten Terrible Dinosaurs' and will explore some of the dinosaurs we meet! We will practise counting the dinosaurs and see if we can count to 10 and then practise counting different amount of dinosaurs up to ten using our numicon and a ten frame to help! We will look at how they are similar as well as being different in some ways! Together we will make some big dinosaurs using our printing, painting and collage skills to start the topic display! We cannot wait to see what dinosaurs you create! This week we will also be practising our name writing and finding our name card to help us so we can write our name on all of our amazing paintings and mark making!
Autumn term 1 - Week 2
Week beginning 14th September - For children who joined Nursery in January and there will be two morning visits for each child joining Nursery this term. Please check your letter to see when your child is visiting!
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 mean?
This week is when the children meet each other and start to make new friendships! We will spend lots of time this week getting to know each other through circle time activities and class discussions. We will decide on our class rules and display these in the classroom. The behaviour ladder will be introduced to all the children. Alongside this we will spend lots of time ensuring we know how to look after ourselves and everyone else by following good hygiene rules. We need to make sure we are washing our hands for at least 20 seconds each time we do this and making sure we catch any sneezes or coughs and bin them! In the classroom we will have hand sanitiser in different areas which the children will be using to keep their hands as clean as possible!
During the week we will explore different dinosaurs and try to sort them in different ways such as big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs or by colour! One of our activities will be about moving like a dinosaur - we will do this in our outside area as I am sure there will be lots of big movements and big roars! In the malleable area we will explore dinosaur bones and become fossil hunters as we brush the bones from little trays of sand. I wonder what we will find! We will sort the bones in order of size from the smallest to the largest as well as grouping the bones by size!
Of course we cannot read the story of 'Dinosaurs Love Underpants' without exploring pants! We will look at the different colours and patterns on the pants to help us sort them while we are washing them in the water tray. To help us with our fine motor skills we will peg the pants on the washing line to dry! On the creative table we will print patterns on different shaped and sized pants using a range of printing tools!
Autumn term 1 - Week 3
Week beginning 21st September - All children in together for normal session hours - 8.30am - 11.30am each day from this week onwards!
How to look after your dinosaur!
What is the egg like? Where has the egg come from? How do you look after a dinosaur? What does a dinosaur like to do? What does a dinosaur like to eat for his meals? How should you treat each other?
During the week we will explore dinosaur eggs and the children will look after their dinosaur egg at home and see if it hatches! In Nursery we will also have a dinosaur egg and see what happens every day! After reading the story of 'How to Look after your Dinosaur' we will explore what you have to do to look after the Dinosaur. This will include feeding it, brushing its teeth and taking it out to play! We will link this into what we do to look after ourselves to keep us healthy!
In the water area we will try and catch the different coloured eggs and sort them into groups and then count how many we have altogether. On the funky fingers table we will practise our scissor skills to help us cut out dinosaurs and stick them onto Dinosaur mountain! On the malleable table we will be exploring how to get the dinosaurs out of the ice eggs - do we use our fingers or some tools! We cannot wait to see what you do!!
This week we will also look at ourselves and how we have changed over time just like the dinosaur changes from when they crack their way out of the egg to when they grow to be a BIG dinosaur! We will be asking you to bring in a baby photograph of yourselves to share with the class. In our circle time we will share what we did as a baby and what we can do now as a 3 year old! We will think about how our mummy's and daddy's had to do everything for us when were a baby but now as a 3 year old we are able to do more things for ourselves!
Autumn term 1 - Week 4
Week beginning 28th September
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs
What has Harry got in his bucket? How many dinosaurs can we count? 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 will be our final week learning about dinosaurs! We will begin by reading the story of 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs'. Harry will leave his bucket for us to investigate further during circle time. We will empty the bucket and explore different ways to sort and group the dinosaurs. Then we will count how many we have in each group.
Autumn term 1 - Week 5
Week beginning 5th October
Dinosaurs in the Supermarket
What is a supermarket? What did the dinosaurs do in the supermarket? How should you behave when you are out shopping? Why did the dinosaurs have to clean up? What other shops do we know?This week we are going to see what happens when dinosaurs go to the supermarket! These dinosaurs cause a lot of mess! We will explore what you find in a supermarket and compare this to other shops. In the small world area we will have a town set up so we can make our own narratives using the play people and shops. The role play area will become a supermarket. We will work together to make price labels and posters for the supermarket using our mark making skills and creative skills! We will then make lists of what we want to buy and use our money to pay for them! I wonder who will want to be the shop keeper!!
Autumn term 1 - Week 6
Week beginning 12th October
The 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 learn about Harvest! We will read the story of 'The Little Red Hen' which is one of Miss Harrison's favourite stories! We will read the story and then make a giant story map which we will use to retell the story. During this week we will begin to learn our talk for writing actions with 'once upon a time' and 'first'. Ask your child to show you these actions! The children will also get creative and think of their own actions for the animals in the story! We cannot wait to see the children retell this well known story!
Autumn term 1 - Week 7
Week beginning 19th October
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?
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.