Hello and welcome to Whitecote Nursery!
A big welcome to Whitecote Nursery, we are sure you are going to love it here!
This year in Nursery the staff are:
Nursery teachers: Mrs Chorlton and Mrs Thompson
Nursery Officer: Mrs Myers
Teaching Assistans: Miss Packer
Lunchtime Supervisors: Mrs Illingworth & Miss Brooke
You can choose for your child to attend mornings or afternoons, or for two and a half days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning OR Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday). We now offer 30 hour places from all day Monday to Friday - please see a member of staff for the eligibility criteria.
Doors open in the morning at 8.45 am and the morning sessions finish at 11.35 am when doors open for 10 minutes to allow you to collect your children. The afternoon sessions start at 12.15 pm, and finish at 3.05 pm, again allowing 10 mins to collect your children and gates close at 3.15 pm. Only those children staying all day will need a packed lunch.
World Book Day - Goldilocks and the three bears
The children have really enjoyed reading this story, acting out this story and escaping into this story through sensory play. We also all loved dressing up on World Book Day!
Float or Sink?
The children have been making boats. They were asked to choose materials they wanted to make
a boat from. Then they tested it in the water area to see if it would sink or float. There was some great craftsmanship in this activity and problem solving with children returning to their boats to improve them if they sank.
The children loved learning about Space and the Solar System. We went on a sensory trip to the moon, exploring different planets. We found out how Astronauts sleep and brush their teeth in space. We learnt about needs and wants when planning what to take with us on our mission and we enjoyed lots of sensory play.
The children love exploring our outdoor area and there are just as many areas for learning outdoors as there are indoors. They have completed obstacle courses to develop their physical development, use various forms of mark making with water on walls, chalks, paints. They construct and build, they go on shape and number hunts and all this in any weather!
The Colour Monster
The children have been introduced to a new book called 'The Colour Monster'. This is a fantastic pop up book that explains feelings in a really simple way, what colour they might be and how your body might feel. We loved this book so much we have created a new sign in for the children where they choose how they are feeling that day. This is a great opportunity to discuss feelings so the children have a better understanding of them and how they feel.
Some of our celebrations in Nursery!
We always like to discuss different types of celebrations in Nursery. This helps the children to learn about different ways of life and also is a good chance for them to tell us a little more about themselves and their families and how they celebrate special occasions.
Light and Dark - To explore the concept of light and dark we turned our reading corner into a dark cave that the children crawled into and had to use torches to see by.
Nursery started our Autumn discussions with an Autumn walk into our Wildlife Area to see what signs of Autumn we could see.
Loose parts Autumn art. More work with our Autumn treasures - letter formation and making faces!
This half term our topic is OURSELVES.
At Whitecote, we use an online learning journey called Tapestry to send home photos and descriptions of what your child has been doing at Nursery.
Please take some time to have a look at what your child has been doing at school.
We would also like to see what your child has been doing at home, so please upload things to Tapestry.