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Welcome to Doves!

Turtle Doves and Barbary Doves

We are 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 and Mrs Elford as the class Teaching Assistants. 

The Barbary Dove class teacher is Miss Storey with Mrs Hiscoe as the class Teaching Assistant. 

Mr Smith, our sports Teaching Assistant joins us for PE.

Mrs Hughes also joins us on Thursday and Friday afternoons. 



EYFS Early Learning Goals - expected descriptors

Jungle Role-play & Lion art 🦁

Welcome to the Jungle!!

This final half term we are Explorers! As well as exciting animals to investigate in the jungle themed role-play area, we are looking at the concept of 'Courage', which any worthy explorer must possess! This will also be key as we navigate towards our Year 1 transition. Key texts this half term will be Dear Zoo, Rumble in the Jungle, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Mad About Mini Beasts, Grandad's Island


It is a busy half term, including our first Sports Day, a visit from Quirk's Animal Roadshow, a drumming workshop, a visit to Mumbery Field, our class collective worship AND a school disco - phew! 

Please can we remind you to send your children in with a water bottle and a coat or hat depending on the weather. 🌞 ☔️ 💧 A lot of cardigans and jumpers go missing at this time of year as it warms up, please ensure they are named to maximise the chance of them getting back to you. We will continue to try our best to locate them if they do go missing. 


Our contribution to the time capsule - which will be opened in 70 years time! We thought children in 2092 would like to see some the things we like today.

Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Celebrations!

The Big Ship Sailed on the Ally Ally Oh!

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One of the songs we have been learning for our topic - Water.
(Some tired children on a Friday afternoon!! 🙂)

Summer Term 1 in Doves!

We hope you had a wonderful Easter break and are ready for an exciting summer term! This half term our topic is 'Water'! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the river Thames right on our doorstep, seasons and weather, being healthy, and of course lots of rich vocabulary. Our concept focus is 'Friendship', which we will think carefully about in our PHSE lessons and will link to some of our chosen story books e.g. 'The Rainbow Fish'. 

Sports in Schools visit with the BRILLIANT Nerys Pearce

Science STEM week - an egg experiment and a visit from Doctor Maunsell - thank you!

Our Visit from Vet Tucker! Thank you!

Fire Engine Visit and Safety Talk

Welcome to Spring term 2!

This half term our topic is On the Farm. We have a new role play area for our Doves, a fruit and vegetable shop! We have had a busy start, with pancake day and World Book Day this week. Thank you for your fantastic efforts with your costumes, and bringing in books to swap. We hope you had great fun! 

10 Little Chicks

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Life cycle of a chicken!

Discussing pictures from the book 'Mother Earth is Weeping' and a maths activity, representing 9 and 10

Our fire breathing dragons!

Happy New Year! 


This half term our topic is Castles! We will be learning all about who lives and works in them, key features, knights and of course read lots of stories featuring castles and maybe some dragons! 


Please continue to listen to your child read as often as possible, a little each day will really help their learning. 



  • WELLIES - please make sure that your child has a pair of named wellies in school at all times. Please place these on the wellie racks which are next to the classroom doors. Thank you! 
  • STAY AND PLAY SESSIONS - These have been postponed until the following week. Please see the email that was sent out regarding this. 
  • READING - Next week your child may bring home a reading book or a 'ditty' sheet. Please continue to practise the letter sounds with your child everyday - this will really help with their reading and writing. If they also bring home a book or 'ditty' sheet, please also read this everyday. Little and often is best. 
  •  Please also ensure that your child brings their reading diary/book into school everyday. Thank you! smiley


Repeating Patterns

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In Maths this week we focused on repeating patterns - we created repeating patterns using actions! Check out our videos!

Repeating Patterns

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Our repeating patterns using natural objects and actions!

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. 



Red Words - Read, Write, Inc

Red Words

After half-term, your children will begin to bring home 'red' words. Red words are part of our Read, Write, Inc Phonics scheme. We teach the children to read these words by sight as they cannot be phonetically sounded out. There are all sorts of fun ways that you could support your child to learn these - you could make it into a simple game of Bingo, play pairs or say a word for your child to splat! Learning these words by sight will really help your child's reading and writing development. 

Parent Information on reading

Parent video: How to say the Read, Write, Inc letter sounds

Harvest Festival! We talked and sang about The Little Red Hen story, wearing our super cool hen hats! (video uploaded on the Video Resources page)

Some highlights from wk/c 4th October