Welcome to the Emus Class! 


Teacher: Debbie Riley

TAs: Sam Walters, Beth Brook and Runa Lyla

Mid Day Leader: Janice Stockton


Hairy, Scary Beast

We have had another fantastic half term for the Emu’s class! We have been very busy and enjoyed lots of different activities. We have celebrated Chinese New Year and NSPCC numbers day. The theme this half term has been Hairy Scary Beasts here are some amazing things that we have been learning this half term…

In Early English we have looked at the story ‘ Were going on a Bear hunt’ this has been a lovely story to read, and we have explored sensory resources and made paper plate bears, we enjoyed cutting swishy grass, collecting mud and collecting twigs. 

In our Early Maths sessions the focus has been on counting up to 5, we have loved doing five current buns in a baker’s shop and enjoyed cutting shapes out of bread and choosing which shape we wanted to eat. 

We have continued to explore the outdoor areas around school. The Coupe cars, scooters and swing are our favourites! The sensory gym is one of our favourite rooms to go to and this helps us with our physical development. A few of us have been having one to one experiences doing rebound therapy and going to the main hall for ball skills with the Manchester United coaches, whilst the rest of us have had lots of fun doing yoga in class.

The Emus continue to work on their communication skills and have become very good and independent at telling an adult what they would like. This is something we are going to continue throughout the year, keep up the good work Emus!

Did you see the snow? We have had a lovely time drawing in the snow, some of us were even writing our name!

We hope you all have a lovely half term. 


At Halcyon Way 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.

Click play to watch this half terms Signalong video!


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

  • Our story is” We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, if you have any stories you can read them with your child at home.
  • Encourage your child to make marks with pens, crayons and even sensory materials like mud, grass or flour. Pretend to go on a sensory bear hunt.
  • Immerse your child in numbers and embed this into their daily lives e.g. counting as you walk up the stairs. 
  • Let them match their own socks.
  • Play with your child and try to tap into their imaginary play skills.
  • Take your child outdoors and see what they can find and if they can find what you ask e.g. 2 leaves, 1 pine cone etc. Then bring this home to make paintings and art work.
  • Immerse your child in language and talk to them/encourage them to talk to you throughout the day. Get them to ask for items and ask for ‘more’ if they enjoy things.
  • Try to say ‘finished’ and count to 10 when an activity is over and see if your child can accept this and listen to your instruction.
  • Ask your child to get things e.g. get a drink or get some food and see if they can follow the instructions that you ask.
  • Play with musical instruments at home or use a pan and a wooden spoon ask them to “stop” then wait a few seconds before saying “go”. 
  • Play music for your children to dance to and enjoy.
  • Use technology with your children where appropriate.

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