The home of the Fox Cubs!
Hello and welcome to our special page for Nursery, now 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 and 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
Down at the Bottom of the Garden!
Here are some ideas to start with and we will continue to add to them as we go through the half term! 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 - Week 1
Which plants can we name in our outside area? Do all plants look, feel or smell the same? What is similar/different between the plants? What tools can we use in our garden area? How are we going to look after the plants in our outside area?
We will continue our topic of 'Down at the Bottom of the Garden' which we started last term! We will read the story of 'Eddie's Garden' and explore what Eddie grows in his garden. We will start to name different plants and look at how they are similar or different. In the art area we will use real plants and flowers to create our own pieces of art work in the style of Andy Goldsworthy! We will mark make what Eddie grows in his garden using a range of media. In the role play area we will create a fruit and vegetable market stall to explore different fruits and vegetables we can grow. We will use the numicon to practise counting different fruits and vegetables using 1:1 correspondence. In the outside area we will be preparing the planters ready for growing our own fruits and vegetables. We will decide as a class what we would like to plant!
We will have a special treat on Thursday when Rebecca will come and lead us in a baking session. We cannot wait!!
Summer 1 - Week 2
The Enormous Potato and
Oliver's Fruit Salad
Which plants can we name in our outside area? What is similar or different between fruits and vegetables? How do we look after our plants and flowers? How can we use foods we grow in our own cooking? What fruits and vegetables can I name?
This week we will continue to explore what we can grow in the garden which can be eaten! We will explore different fruits and vegetables and start to grow some of these in the EYFS planters. This will be an on going project where we will look after the plants during the rest of the summer term. We will of course taste some of the fruits and decide which our favourite it! After our enjoyment of Supatato in the Autumn term we will look closely at potatoes and look at how we can grow these. We will begin by chitting the potatoes and look at how the potatoes change over two weeks. When they are ready we will plant the potatoes and see what happens! On the maths table we will explore weighing different potatoes and see whether the biggest potato is the heaviest potato! In the malleable area we will use the potato masher to make mash potato from cooked potatoes!
Summer 1 - Weeks 3 and 4
What is the little door that we have found next to the tree? Who lives behind the tiny little door? What does the little letter left in our classroom tell us? Can we make a house fit for a fairy or elf?
During these two weeks we will explore the little fairy/elf doors that have appeared in our EYFS outside area. We will look at the clues that are left each day to try and work out who has moved in to our outside area! In one session we will go to the Forest Schools area on site to go and make fairy houses for more fairies and elves using a range of natural materials. We will read a letter left for us by the fairies and elves and then we will write a reply to them! At the maths area we will explore size - big and small and sort a range of objects. On the creative table we will make our own fairy doors!
To see the full topic web for this half term please click on the link below
Nursery Summer 1 topic plan overview -Down at the Bottom of the Garden!
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 19th April - Back to school for the children
Monday 6th May - Bank Holiday Monday - school closed
Thursday 23rd May – Stay and play session between 10.45am and 11.45am!
Friday 24th May – Last day of term
Monday 3rd June - INSET day - School closed for the children.
Tuesday 4th June - 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 – Find and share a book about growing plants.
2 points – Looking after your own sunflower plant at home (set as a challenge over the Easter holidays)
3 points – Creating a picture of a plant using a range of materials.
4 points – Making a present for the fairies and elves.
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 Thursday 23rd May 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.