Welcome to the Doves Class! 


Teacher: Kimberley Maxwell

TAs: Ann Stuart and Sarah Lees

Mid Day Leader: Shauna Quirke


Food Glorious Food

Our topic this half term has been ‘Food Glorious Food’. The Doves have had a fab half term engaging in this topic in lots of different ways. 

We have been working on our ability to explore and tolerate lots of different textures and types of flavours this half term during our sensory food sessions. We have explored sweet items such as jelly and syrup, as well as other stronger flavours such as bitter grapefruit and salty olives! We have been really good at giving the different flavours a go and have been clearly communicating our likes and dislikes. The sweet week was definitely the winner! 

During our Respond – Create – Interact sessions, we have really developed our ability to engage with different types of instruments and extend our understanding of cause and effect. We really enjoy exploring the carousel of instruments and will independently choose which ones we want to explore. We love initiating actions on the different resources and waiting to see what will happen next. The large floor keyboard is a big favourite, as are the drums, the noisier the better in the Doves!

This half term we have enjoyed lots of whole school celebrations. We really enjoyed ‘World Book Day’, our class theme was ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We engaged with the story by making our own binoculars and went on our own ‘Bear Hunt’ exploring different items that represented parts of the story such as the snow and the mud! 

Thank you for another lovely half term of learning Doves. See you soon for Summer 1!

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. For example can we hold out our arms when putting on our coat etc? Can we use a cloth to wipe our face?
  • Explore and play with different coloured food items from different cultures and countries. Can we communicate if we would like more of something?
  • Watch traditional nursery rhymes from different cultures on YouTube.
  • Listen to traditional music from different countries on YouTube, such as from England, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Africa etc. Do we respond to the music? Do we show a like/dislike?
  • Listen to different number songs on YouTube. 
  • Learn the signs of the week from our school website.

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