Welcome to the Emus Class! 


Teacher: Debbie Riley

TAs: Lois Carlisle, Ellie Dearden, Rachael Astley and Ayesha Sarwar

Mid Day Leader: Janice Stockton


The World In My Town

We have had another fantastic half term in the Emu’s class!  We have celebrated Eid and enjoyed learning about the culture. The theme this half term has been The World in our Town, here are some amazing things that we have been learning this half term…

In English we have looked at the story ‘The Train Ride’ this has been a lovely book to read, and we have explored sensory resources and enjoyed role playing our own journey. We have also been looking at animals and sea creatures and their habitats, we enjoyed being out in the sun, seeing if we could catch any fish from our pool!

In food discovery we enjoyed making our own milkshakes, we have learnt how to mix, pour and fill cups to make our delicious drinks. 

In Move and Mark we have enjoyed using our friendship ring and the parachute to practise our big movements to get us ready for writing.

In Maths we have been colour sorting, exploring 3d shapes and counting numbers from 1-10.

We have continued to explore the outdoor areas around school. We have enjoyed using our trucks and coupe cars to go round our new car track in the big playground. We have also got a new wendy house that we have been busy cleaning in the sun!

The Emus are still working 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!

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 The Journey home from Grandpa’s surprise if you could read it with your child at home this will re-enforce their learning at school.
  • Encourage your child to make marks with pens, crayons.
  • Immerse your child in numbers and embed this into their daily lives e.g. counting the cars in the story or when you are walking how many red cars can you count etc.
  • 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, 2 stones. 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’ or count to 10 and then sing the finished song when an activity is over and see if your child can accept this and listen to your instructions.
  • 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.
  • Use technology with your children where appropriate.
  • Use cause and effect toys with your child so they know if they press something on a toy, something else will happen.

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