Welcome to the Doves Class! 


Teacher: Kimberley Maxwell

TAs: Ann Stuart and Sarah Lees

Mid Day Leader: Hayley Clayton


Hairy, Scary Beast

The Doves have had a lovely half term exploring the topic ‘Hairy, Scary Beast’ through the story ‘The Gruffalo’. We have listened to the story and then responded by exploring lots of different sensory resources. We have continued to develop our ability to engage independently and have worked on communicating our likes and dislikes. We really enjoyed  exploring the log pile house made of breadsticks and engaged with this for a good amount of time.

We have been exploring some recipes that the Gruffalo would enjoy in our sensory food play sessions. We explored scrambled snake, owl ice cream and roasted fox!! We have continued to develop our sensory tolerances during these sessions and we will all now try different foods using our taste buds and by exploring with our hands! 

This half term we have had the opportunity to further develop our gross motor skills during our Rebound Therapy sessions. We have become much more confident at exploring the trampoline alongside an adult as the half term has progressed. We have developed our ability to balance on a different surface and are beginning to jump much more independently. These sessions have also enabled us to develop our receptive communication and ability to follow instructions as well as our turn taking skills and ability to wait for our turn. 

Well done on another fantastic half term of learning. We hope you have a well-deserved break and look forward to more fun and learning as part of our next topic ‘Food Glorious Food’

Follow along with this half term’s Signalong video!


At Kingfisher we use Signalong as a part of a Total Communication Approach, we are constantly using core vocabulary with the children to support their language development and then through each of our topics we introduce new signs and language, which extends their vocabulary further. We also have two “Signs of the Week” which helps maintain and extend key knowledge and skills of everyday vocabulary.

Each half term we will be creating a short video showcasing and demonstrating signs relavent for the current term so that you can learn the signs and further this learning at home.

You can view this half terms signalong video below:


If your child has a school dinner, the school menus can be accessed by clicking here. For children who bring a packed lunch, please remember to provide healthy and balanced options. We are a Healthy School and will be focusing on healthy eating and how children can make healthy lifestyle choices.

How You Can Help at Home

The following activities are suggested as appropriate homework activities which you can enjoy with your child and reinforce the learning we are focussing on this half term. 

  • Develop our self-help skills by beginning to help when getting dressed. For example can we hold out our arms when putting on our coat etc?
  • Depending on the weather, go out and explore different environments. What different natural resources can you find to explore?
  • Explore and play with different ‘Gruffalo’ themed foods, these could be food items such as cooked spaghetti to represent the scrambled snakes, make log pile houses out of breadsticks or eat ‘owl’ ice cream. Can we communicate if we would like more of something?
  • Watch ‘The Gruffalo’ on YouTube.
  • Listen to different number songs on YouTube. 
  • Learn the signs of the week from our school website.

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