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Author Week in Zickety Dickety Dock

Last week in Zickety Dickety Dock, we have been exploring author Julia Donaldson as the children enjoy listening and reading her books. The staff have been reading a different book each day, and allowing the children to listen to the stories in other ways.

The children are familiar with some of Julia Donaldson’s stories such as ‘The Gruffalo’ and have enjoyed re-telling this and acting it out.

We discussed that the role of an author is to write the story. The children have been engaged in various mark-making experiences, which helps to develop their shape/letter formation and their fine motor skills.

Sensory Week

The children in Zickety Dickety Dock enjoyed some fun sensory experiences outside.

As part of our ‘Arthurlie Summer Fun’, the first week was Sensory Week. We had water, sand, playdough and mud.

In the water the children used different resources to observe the flow of water and how it moves slowly or quickly. The children built various shaped sand castles using buckets and containers. In the playdough, the children enjoyed exploring different scents such as orange, lemon, peppermint and fruit tea.

We added some water to the sand to see how that changed the texture and also to the playdough.

Ally Bally Bee and Zickety Dickety Dock Summer Fun

The staff have created Summer Fun themes for the next 7 weeks. Link is below for more information.

We will be ensuring the children have the opportunity to participate in lots of fun-filled experiences.

Please ensure you provide your child with appropriate clothing for the weather including sun cream and sun hats as we will be spending the majority of the time outside.

We kindly ask our parents/carers to continue to provide extra clothing for children (tops, trousers, pants and socks) for when they become wet or messy during play and for accidents.

Any questions please speak to staff who will be happy to help.

Arthurlie Summer Fun 2021

Big Garden Birdwatch!

Lauren is taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend (29th Jan – 31st Jan). She is going to observe the different birds she finds and will record her results, when she’s on a walk or looking out her window.

Why not join in? Even for just an hour and see what birds you can see!

Here is link where you can find some of the birds you might find in your garden or when you’re out on a walk — Different bird types

If you would like to record your findings and send it to the¬† Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (PSPB) please follow this link — RSPB participation form

If you want to find out more information, click¬† the link below –

Next week – Playdough

In our 3-5 timetables for the week coming (18th Jan), we are planning do to some sensory experiences using playdough. To allow our children and families to participate, we wanted to share what ingredients you will need for that if you wish to participate. You will need:

  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Food colouring/essence (own choice)

Keep a look out for Monday’s videos to see how to make it at home.

Have fun!