Welcome to Doves!
🕊 Turtle Doves and Barbary Doves 🕊
We are two classes - Turtle Doves and Barbary Doves - we work and play together as one EYFS unit.
The Turtle Dove class teacher is Mrs McEwen with Mrs Brown class Teaching Assistant.
The Barbary Dove class teacher is Miss Storey with Mrs Hiscoe as the class Teaching Assistant.
Our LSAs are Mrs Elford, Mrs Barnes and Mrs Weliwita.
PE will be on Tuesdays for Turtle Doves, and Thursdays for Barbary Doves.
Mrs Coe and Mr Hortin also work with us.
Early Learning Goals
Early Years Foundation Stage Policy
We have had so much fun during our Water topic! Have a wonderful May half term Doves, we will see you soon for more exciting learning with our next topic... Explorers!
Some of our doubling work this week in Maths
You may have heard we had a special guest in Doves this week - Mrs Hiscoe saved a tortoise found next to the school gate. We took very good care of it and whilst we search for it's owner, Mr and Mrs Hiscoe are keeping it safe at their home! 🐢
Our own Rainbow Fish
This half term our new topic is Water. We will also be focusing on our school value Friendship.
Stories we will read this half term are 'Jack and the Flum Flum Tree', 'The Rainbow Fish', 'Commotion in the Ocean', '10 Little Pirates', amongst others!
We have an underwater roleplay corner, and the children will help us to create our own river in the classroom.
Spring Term 2
On the Farm topic
We have a farm shop roleplay area for our topic this half term - the children have been enjoying taking on different roles and using the till, money, price labels and receipts in their play.
Our focus text is Rosie's Walk - we have been creating story maps and writing about the characters.
In Maths we are moving onto a deeper understanding of numbers 9 and 10.
Our concept focus is Grace - who shows grace at Easter? Why do we say Grace before we eat a meal?
This topic ties in nicely to learning about healthy eating, healthy bodies and teeth. In our first week back we looked at pancake day, and discussed why we eat pancakes and called it Shrove Tuesday. Some excellent roleplay and writing was produced with children excitedly telling us all about their favourite toppings!
Pancake Day writing
What a day!! The Doves had a wonderful Castles Day at school today!
Thank you for all of your effort in putting together costumes and food for our banquet. We practised some medieval dancing, did some jousting, and had a special letter from Jack (Jack and the Beanstalk), he sent us some magic beans to grow ourselves!
Here are some of the photos from our special day. To quote from some of the children:
This was the best day of my life!
Today was the best day ever!
Happy New Year!! 2023
Our New Topic is... Castles
We will learn about castles around the world, why castles were built where they are, their features and of course the jobs and traditions that people did. We will talk about castles near us in Royal Berkshire and the British royal family (maybe not the recent headlines however!!)
We love to have a special Castles celebration day in school, children can dress up in medieval costumes (or dragons!), we will have a banquet with dancing and jousting! We will send out more details for this, but please put in a date for the diary – Friday 3rd February.
The children have loved roleplay in our new castle and costumes!
Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful break, see you in 2023!
This half term our topic is 'In the Cold'!
We found a mysterious box in the Doves garden, covered in what we think was snow! Take a look at our photos to find out what we found.
We have made penguins, created story maps and compared and sorted images for numbers 1,2,3.
Our Key Text is Lost and Found
Happy October Half Term!
Have a lovely break and we will see you back in school on Tuesday 1st November!
Our new topic will be 'In the Cold' and our focus text will be 'Lost and Found'.
Our Topic this half term is Me, Myself and I and our focus concept is Friendship.
As well as settling into a new school and routine, we will get to know new friends and teachers. We will think about who we are and what makes each of us unique. Some key questions we will talk about over the next six weeks are:
Who am I? What makes me special? What is a friend? What makes a good friend? Is it easy to be friendly all of the time?
Stories that we will read and learn with this half term are First Day at Bug School, Owl Babies, Funny Bones, Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
✨ 🕊 Welcome to School!! 🕊 ✨
We were so excited to see you all again for your first day at school! You all looked so smart in your uniforms, we hope you had a great time.
Here are some photos from your first few days 😊
Our Welcome meeting for Dove Parents is Wednesday 21st September @ 14:30 - 15:00. If attending, please arrive via the Barbary Doves gate, you will be able to collect your child/ren from the Turtle Doves gate following the meeting. We will email the powerpoint slides so that those who cannot attend will be able to see the same information.
Read Write Inc Letter Formation Phrases
These are the phrases that the children are taught at school to help them to form their letters correctly.
However, please note that we do teach pre-cursive letter formation so therefore you will need to slightly adapt the phrases by adding in 'whoosh in' at the beginning of each phrase.
You can also download the letter strip below as well as the pre-cursive alphabet for your children to trace.