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Doves 2017-18

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Week beginning 25th September

Next week we will begin to introduce our school values (grace, courage and friendship) to the children. We will talk about what each of these values mean and how we can apply these in and around school. This will link to the introduction of having a 'Growth Mindset' which will encourage the children to approach everyday tasks with a positive attitude.


In preparation for Harvest we will begin to look at the book 'In the Beginning' which is a story about creation. We will use this as a theme for our Harvest festival celebration whilst also linking this to our class collective worship.


These are the letter sounds that we will be looking at next week: c, k, e, h, r, m.

Please use any opportunities that you can to support your child in learning these sounds.

We have thoroughly enjoyed having the children in full-time this week and hope that they have had fun too!



Week beg 18th September.



Through the week we will be base line assessing the children in Doves. This consists of a number of fun maths and literacy activities. The children will be digging in the garden area and planting some daffodils. On Friday we will be issuing the children with their first reading books! Please take some time over the weekend to look at this with your child, encouraging them to talk about the pictures, identify letter sounds, and words.


The children are staying all day from this week. They are likely to get very tired!



Thank you for taking the time to help your children complete their first at home activity. The bunting looks fantastic! The children have painted and cut out some pictures of doves, these have been displayed alongside the bunting. Please come in and see our wonderful display! 

Beautiful bunting!

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During the first week of school, the children familiarised themselves with their environment and all of the new children and adults in school. We  enjoyed some circle games to get to know one another and develop our communication skills. We explored the meaning and benefits of working together as a team, in and outside of school. Most importantly, we've had lots of fun! In the following week they got to know our gem groups by playing some games. Please refer to your child's group by name as you help them put their book bags in he correct box each morning. The children each drew a self portrait and those who could named it. We named our travelling class bears before they start their adventures. Lastly, but very importantly, we explored class expectations and created some class rules. Everyone agreed to these rules by giving a hand of promise (a painted handprint).



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. 


Ongoing throughout:                                      

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, see document below.  Children develop at different rates and there is a spread in age of almost 1 year between the oldest and youngest children so they will reach these goals at different times.  Some will go beyond and some will continue to work towards them as they enter Year 1.

Foundation Stage Curriculum Focus

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.


We use a variety of small groups, but our main groups are named after precious gems, sapphires, diamonds, amethysts, emeralds, rubies, topaz.


Picture 1 Amethyst
Picture 2 Emerald
Picture 3 Diamond
Picture 4 Ruby
Picture 5 Sapphire
Picture 6 Topaz

Goodbye to the Doves of 2016 to 17. We wish you all the best in year 1. Below are some pictures of their time in Doves last year.


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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

Visits from a vet and a vet nurse

Measuring Activities - 25th January

Parents' Reading Meeting - November 2016