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Doves 2017-18

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 This term the Doves topic will be 'Out and About in Wargrave' and we hope to do some exploring of our school village.


In RE we will be considering what we can learn from stories, including Bible stories and stories from around the world and other religions and cultures. Later in the term we will think about what makes places special, and explore where the children's special places are, as well as special places for our local community.


The children will discuss how to keep themselves safe and healthy. We will continue to teach them ways to express themselves through art & musical activities, and have lots of fun in PE and outdoor activities keeping fit and developing physical skills.


The children's literacy and maths skills are coming along in leaps and bounds and we will continue to develop these core skills. The children really benefit from daily reading practice so please keep up the reading and sight word practice at home, it makes a huge difference. As you are out and about with your child, take the opportunity to look out for numbers on houses, cars etc, and practise counting, forwards and backwards to 20 or beyond.


Do remember to send us in proud clouds, we love to hear about the things that make you and your children proud.


We are looking forward to the term and the warmer weather!


Week of April 23rd

The children have started to prepare our vegetable plot for planting, and have also each planted a bean in the classroom. This week they will plant sunflower seeds, and they will be monitoring and recording how their seeds grow.

The children will listen to the story 'Titch,' by Pat Hutchins, and use it as a stimulus for some measuring work, as well as using their writing skills to re-tell the story.

The children will be given a weekly tennis lesson on Wednesdays by coaches from the Wargrave tennis club. Please make sure your child has a PE kit including PE shoes in school all the time.

In RE the children will think about what can be learnt from the story of 'The Boy who cried wolf' and the Biblical story about Blind Bartimaeus.

They will continue to have fun listening to and making music, this half term using the Charanga scheme's unit called 'Big Bear Funk.'


The Home activity for the weekend of the 20th April is a number treasure hunt.




Easter in Turtle Doves

Easter service - the cross of love - the children's prayers and thoughts for those they love

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Making Houses for the Three Little Pigs

Outdoor Art in Doves

Our visit to Rushall Farm...

Turkish storytime for the Doves

Learning aout Chinese culture for Chinese New Year

Week beginning 5th February 2018


We have been amazed by the children's writing about the story of Maisy the mouse! Our mouse theme continued and last Friday we had fun making cheese straws.

This week the children will be learning a new story called 'The Baby Mouse'. Please take the time to support your child learning the new story using the story map provided. To begin the week, the children will be counting pieces of cheese, creating number stories and developing their addition skills. On Wednesday, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a dance workshop. This will give the children an opportunity to explore movement and a different culture. On Friday, the children will have the opportunity to revisit Chinese dance in PE and taste some Chinese cuisine in a senses session. In Literacy, the children will create individual story maps and re tell the story in their writing.

An action packed, fun week ahead!

Our Stable exhibition

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Friday fun in the sun!

Beautiful bunting!

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OUR TOPICS for 2017 to 18

Autumn: Team Doves outside & inside; Superheroes; Christmas

Spring: Out & About with Animals; New Life & Easter

Summer: My School Village; Summertime


It is important that young children have plenty of time to play and to have stories read to them, and in the early days your children are likely to be very tired after a day at school, so they will need time to relax. However, once the children are settled in we will start to give them some simple 'homework. They will bring books home to share with their parents/carers, either reading books for the child to read, or ones for you to read with your child. These are usually changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which gives you time to share each book with your child more than once to allow for consolidation of skills. Please remember to practise daily and sign the reading diary, so that it is clear that the book has been read. Later we may send home some sight words to learn and  we will send home a weekly task in a Home Activities Book; please return these by Wednesday each week so that the new task can be added into the book. 


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We will continue to re-enforce the Growth Mindset. See the display in both rooms.  The children are encouraged  to adjust their language from, "I'm not good at this," to "What can I do to get better? " "What if it goes wrong?" becomes "I'll have a go, that's how I learn." " I can't do it," becomes "I can't do it yet," and "I don't want to," becomes, "I'll have a go, that's how I learn."



We continue to remind the children about our class rules.  





Throughout their time in the Doves Class, the children are working towards achieving the Early Learning Goals.  Below are links to a variety of support materials.

Foundation Stage Curriculum Focus

Reading and phonics support material

The Doves class has two registration groups, named after these two types of Dove, the Barbary Dove and the Turtle Dove.

We are a group of children and adults who learn and play together. The teachers are:

  • Miss Chalk  - Barbary Doves
  • Mrs Creedon (Mon-Wed) & Mrs Hodge (Wed-Fri) - Turtle Doves


Our Teaching Assistants are Miss Dedman and Mrs Annetts and Miss De Simon is our Learning Support Assistant.

Mrs Glasby (who works across both Infant & Junior Schools) joins us on Wednesdays.



Some of last year's activities below.

End of term 2017 - Water Fun!

Teamwork on the construction project.

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Skipping Day! Friday 23rd June 2017

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Elmer Day

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Look here to see pictures of the Doves exploring ST Mary's chruch

Look here to find out about our walk around the village

Our afternoon at Mumbery Field - 20th April 2017

Rushall Farm visit - 15th March 2017