Banks St Stephens CE Primary School

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13th November 19
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Welcome to Fox Cubs Nursery


Fox Cubs Nursery is a warm and welcoming environment with a variety of learning opportunities both indoors and outdoors. Children join our class in the term after their third birthday and we provide a calm, happy and nurturing start to school life.

Mrs Moore is our class teacher and she has the brilliant support of our class teaching assistant, Mrs Buxton.

Children in Nursery can make use of Breakfast Club and After School Club, meaning wrap around care is available from 7:45am to 5:45pm.

We love to share what we have been learning about in class, so please visit this page regularly to see all our exciting activities!

Autumn 2 Week 2

Bonfire Night has been a theme of ours this week. We looked at how people celebrate bonfire night and used our creative skills to make fireworks, chalk fireworks, make edible sparklers, collage bonfires, and even make leaf ‘bonfires’ in Forest School.

We have had lots of activities around our class story Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. We created our own Leaf characters and in our Forest School we searched for falling leaves and then made our own leaf characters again on the forest floor.

In maths we met ‘Where Bear’ and his box. Where Bear helps us to understand positional language such as on, in behind, etc.

In RE we continued to explore Diwali and made our very own Diva lamps!

Autumn 2 Week 1

This week we have explored lots of spooky Halloween activities, exercising our fine motor muscles and celebrating with our friends. We read the story Room on the Broom exploring all the characters and rhyming words in the story. In class we used puppets to retell the story. We used lots of creative skills to create some spooky art work too. In Forest school this week we made leaf crowns and ate spooky biscuits around the campfire. Our RE focus this week has been learning about Diwali.

Autumn 1 Week 7

What a busy first half term we have had! We ended this half term with a focus on The Gingerbread Man and on Friday we finished the week by decorating gingerbread men to eat – they were delicious and luckily none ran away!! In Forest School we had our first camp fire, along with Reception. We discussed all the important safety aspects first and were all sure of how to be safe around fire. We watched the fire being built and lit and then sang some camp fire songs. We carefully toasted marshmallows and then drank some lovely warm hot chocolate around the fire before listening to a story. What a lovely way to end our first term of the year.


Autumn 1 Week 6

The Three Billy Goats Gruff has been our story focus this week. We focussed on the repeat refrains in the story ‘trip-trap, trip-trap, trip-trap’ ‘who’s that trip-trapping over MY bridge?’ We used the Billy Goat small world to retell the tale under the bridge! In maths we explored more and less by filling containers. We have worked on lots of activities to extend our language skills and critical thinking skills including guessing games, asking questions about and discussing a sunflower head, and delving into mystery items in our discovery box. Forest school was really exciting this week, we built fairy tepees out of sticks and leaves and furnished them with conkers, then we collected some sticks to dry out for next weeks campfire.

Autumn 1 Week 5

This week we revisited Little Red Riding Hood and looked at the order of the story, working together to put the story pictures in the right order. We then read Jack and the Beanstalk and used the story to help us think about measuring and comparing. We put characters in size order and even put ourselves in size order! We still continued to look at Harvest and explored how churches are decorated at Harvest time. This week we also thought about our families and spoke to our friends about who our family members are, then drew pictures of our family. We are really enjoying visiting the woods every Friday – there are so many conkers around at the moment and we love to find and collect them!

Autumn 1 Week 4

Little Red Riding Hood has been our story focus this week. We played lots in the Little Red riding Hood small world and this week we wrote a class letter to Granny to warn her about the wolf in the woods! We have focussed some more on 2D shape and have all been using lots of mathematical language to describe and compare shapes. This week we made a class book to describe times when we have felt happy, sad, frightened or surprised – we were all confident to share what makes us feel these different emotions. We really enjoyed going on a Harvest walk this week, walking around the school grounds to see what sort of Harvest God provides for nature – we found so many tasty snacks for all sorts of wildlife!

Autumn 1 Week 3

This week our story focus has been The Three Little Pigs. We used real objects to help us to understand the materials the pigs used to build their houses, and collaged three houses to show our knowledge of the story settings. In our play we used the pig and wolf puppets to retell the story with our friends. This week we have also begun to celebrate Harvest and we listened to Bible stories with Mrs Yardley. We also spoke about different foods around the world and tasted a variety of fruits, exploring how and where they grow. We tasted pineapple, coconut and blackberries. Later in the week we had our first visit this year to the wood where we explored the safety rules and found all the Autumnal artefacts within the woodland.  

Autumn 1 Week 2

This week we have been exploring the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. After listening to the story we have played with the Three Bears cottage, built our own Three Bears cottages, investigated the mystery of who ate Baby Bear’s porridge, played in the porridge oats, drawn the Three Bears in size order, followed patterns with our colourful bears and decorated cakes to look like bears! We took advantage of the warm Autumn weather to plant some Daffodil bulbs in our Early Years garden, first exploring what the bulbs looked and felt like and listening to the famous William Wordsworth Daffodil poem.

Autumn 1 Week 1

What a brilliant first week at Nursery we have had! We have all settled really well in our class and made new friends and caught up with old friends. This week we have been exploring lots of new action songs and hearing lots of new stories. Some of our favourite stories this week have been Owl Babies and Pass the Jam, Jim. The activities that have really excited us are dressing up, painting at the new easel, playing house and exploring the sand and water trays. We spotted a frog in the garden midweek and enjoyed singing 5 Little Speckled Frogs and learning about where frogs live and what frog babies look like! We are settling into the class rhythms and routines very well and are all excited to come back and play and learn again next week!

Useful videos

Below are some videos that you may find useful in supporting your child's learning at home. 

1: 'Mr Thorne Phonics.' This video models how the single phoneme sounds are pronounced, and how your children will learn them in school.

2: 'Phonics Song.' This is a song we sing along to in class to introduce us to initial sounds.

3: '10 Little Numbers.' This is a song we sing along to in class to familiarise us with rote counting and recognising numerals.