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Summer 2, Water.

Doves class have been having so much fun on the farm! We have made lots of animals, and practiced the noises that they make. We have used our sensory trays for animal feeding activities. Of course we continue to enjoy P.E. swimming, and forest school, as well as all the other lovely areas we enjoy at Blackmarston. This week to celebrate the end of our topic, we had an animal visit. We stroked, walked and handled a pony, lambs, guinea pigs and goats. It was wonderful, a lovely end to a busy half term.

Fun at the Farm!

Doves Class are having a fantastic time, working on our 'Farm' topic. We have created lots of amazing, farmyard animal, art work. At forest school we created our own farms, using natural materials. In our sensory trays we are exploring animal feed, and bedding, like oats and straw. We always use communication boards, to help us choose what we like. We are really enjoying this topic, as you can tell from the photos!

Welcome back Everyone!

We hope that everyone enjoyed a lovely Easter break. It is very exciting to think, that we are now in the Summer term! Doves class are doing so well. Hopefully we will enjoy some nice weather, which will be perfect for exploring our lovely school.

This term our topic is, 'On the farm'. We will be learning lots of farmyard animal names, and working on the noises they make. We are going to learn a farm animal dance, and we will be growing, and looking after cress seeds.

Doves class will be enjoying lots of role play, and scavenger hunts, finding items from our stories.

We are looking forward to celebrating King Charles coronation, and have some exciting activities and events planned.

Look out for the daily updates on Dojo, we will let you know how things are going.

Best wishes,


Summer 1, On the farm

Doves class have really enjoyed working on an Easter story about hunting for eggs. We had lots of fun hunting for items from the story, enjoying art activities and sensory play, all inspired by the book. We also celebrated science week with some exciting experiments.

In P.E. we have worked on our climbing skills, which we thoroughly enjoy. Doves are now, amazing at sitting for stories and activities. I am so proud of everyone's hard work, and perseverance with this. Have a wonderful Easter break. I am so excited about the summer term, best wishes, Julia

Doves Class are really enjoying working on the 'Goldilocks and the three bears story'. We have explored porridge, and worked on hot and cold. hard and soft, and wide and long. On world book day we retold the gingerbread story. Then made, and iced our own gingerbread men. They were delicious! We are working hard on listening and attention games, including the 'silly soup' game.

Spring 2 Topic, Once Upon a Time

We hope that everyone enjoyed a lovely half term. It is very exciting to think that we are already in the second half of the Spring term! 

This term our topic is 'Once Upon a Time'. We start with, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

We will be doing lots of role play and scavenger hunts, finding items from our stories. For world book day we are going to focus on the Gingerbread Man story. We will follow a story map to retell it with props and sensory items.

We will look forward to updating you on how things are going on Dojo.

I hope that you are enjoying the longer days,

Best wishes,


Doves Class continue to have such a busy time.  We have enjoyed number fun, forest school activities. Sensory play, P.E. and scavenger hunts. This week we are especially enjoying celebrating, the love we all have for each other on Valentines day. As well as learning about the traditions and beliefs, of other countries in multi-cultural week. We hope that everyone has a very happy and fun half term. 

Doves Class continue to have the most amazing fun! We are thoroughly enjoying 'Emergencies Role Play'. We are using talking tins to make as many noises, as we can! We worked together and made a wonderful display, which everyone helped with. Doves continue to love forest school and have made some great art work. We are currently working on the Chinese new year, 'the year of the rabbit'. We have created some rabbit art work and listened to Chinese music and investigated Chinese instruments.

Doves Class are enjoying a wonderful term. Sensory play, has involved releasing vehicles from the ice, to rescue boat fun! We created some great fire fighter art using our fingers. P.E. in the hall, is a highlight of our week, we are currently exploring the apparatus. Music and communication is going really well and we like to use scarves to flow with the rhythm. Our visits to the library are inspiring our interest in books, and forest school sessions have involved looking after our courtyard birds!

Spring 1 Topic 'Emergencies'.

We hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. We are very excited to be starting a new year at Blackmarston!

This term our topic is 'Emergencies'. We will be looking at all the emergency services that help us in our daily lives.

We will be doing lots of role play and scavenger hunts, finding items from out topic.

We will look forward to updating you on how things are going on Dojo.

Have a fantastic new year,

Best wishes,


Doves Class have been enjoying a variety of Christmas activities! We enjoyed nativity sensory and role play, in preparation for our nativity performance. We have had such fun making different Christmas crafts, and we hope that you are pleased with our hard work. Doves really enjoyed two special visits, one from Santa, and the other from some amazing animals. We have had a wonderful term, thank you so much for your support. 

Have a very happy Christmas and we will be looking forward to seeing you in 2023. 













Doves Class have been been having a great time!

We have enjoyed the story 'Whatever Next', which led to some fantastic role play. As usual we have been making the most of our outdoor space! We have made bird feeders, so that we can attract wildlife to our courtyard. We have been making Christmas decorations for our Classroom. Some of which were made following a pine cone collection!

In the sky! Doves class have been having fun exploring the weather!

Doves Class Topic Map In the Sky, Light, Dark and Weather

Autumn 2 Here We Come!

We hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful half term.

This term our topic is 'In the Sky, Light, Dark and Weather. We will be looking at the world above our heads. We will be starting with exploring trees and leaves, especially during forest school. We will  be looking at different types of weather. Then exploring objects that can be seen in the sky such as stars, planes and hot air balloons. Of course we will be learning about the Christmas story, and the importance of the star that led everyone to Jesus. As well as thinking about the travels of Father Christmas on Christmas Eve!

In addition, we will be participating in activities for anti-bullying week and Children in Need. There is so much to do, we can't wait to get started. Its going to be so much fun!

Best wishes, Julia


A fantastic half term for Doves!

Doves Class have really enjoyed this first half term. Forest school is one of our favourite places to be. We have loved number fun, dough disco, and attention and listening games. Art and craft is such fun, especially if we can feel different materials. We have really enjoyed exploring our 'Bear Hunt' story. We made a bear cave in our classroom and used torches to explore it! 

Doves Class Exploring!

Doves Class have been having such fun! We have had a great time exploring all the facilities at Blackmarston. The refurbished library is a wonderful space to look at lovely books. In our classroom we have been enjoying mark making with different sensory materials. 

Doves Class Exploring

Doves Class Are Amazing!

Doves Topic Web, Friends, Family and Pets.


Welcome to Doves class!

We are so excited to start our wonderful Blackmarston journey together.

This term our topic is Family, Friends and Pets so we will be spending time looking at people in our lives who are important to us. We will be exploring a range of different texts but our key text will be 'Going on a Bear Hunt', this will provide us with lots of opportunities for sensory exploration. Please look at our topic web above for curriculum coverage this half term.

We place great emphasis on communication, and we will encourage children to use objects or photographs to make choices. Then we will gradually introduce PECS and Communication Boards. We will have symbols that the children can access to communicate their needs and we will be using signing throughout the day. We are passionate about giving our children a voice. 

We will be having regular sessions in the sensory rooms, soft play, Forest School, the hydro pool and the hall so the children will continue to experience different environments and gain greater confidence in transitioning between them. 

 We will share what the class have done using Class Dojo and this page.  

We are always there for you on class dojo should you have any questions or exciting things to share (we love to hear about achievements made at home!).

We are really looking forward to making the very best of the year ahead, thank you so much for your support.