Welcome to the Sandpipers Class! 


Teacher: Abbie Heseltine, Carol Whitehead (Thursday)

TAs: Tessa Darlington, Nathan Tierney, Emily TIbbs and Ayesha Sarwar

Mid Day Leader: Rachel Clarke


The World In My Town

The Sandpipers class had a fun-filled half-term learning about our topic, ‘The World in My Town’. They explored ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ by Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson in English. The learners explored the story through reading, role play, small-world characters, and sentence completion. They also created sentences around the story using Colourful Semantics. In phonics, the Sandpipers have been practising Phase 2 to ensure retention, introducing new Phase 3 sounds and common exception words. In the mornings, the Sandpipers have been working hard on one-to-one reading. In one of their favourite lessons, Move and Mark, the students try their best to improve their letter formation. The Sandpipers have continued to recognise their emotions, match their names to their feelings, and work on why they feel that way.

In Maths, the learners have been working on numbers up to 20, understanding the concepts of addition and subtraction, positional language, and shapes. In Science, the Sandpipers have been learning about light. They have loved exploring the mirrors and torches. The Sandpipers have also been handling plants, digging, and creating dens in the outdoor learning area.

In PSHE, the focus has been on healthy eating, health, and fitness. The Sandpipers have been playing ‘people who help us’; they particularly enjoyed pretending to be doctors and nurses. In Geography, the Sandpipers explored the globe; green means there is land and blue means there is the ocean. They have located the United Kingdom; they know they live in England and where England is. They have expanded their learning by naming the countries in the UK: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. In Physical Education, the Sandpipers practised their dance moves and even performed their dancing classes outside on the MUGA.

The Sandpipers enjoyed Summer 1, and everyone is excited to welcome them back for Summer 2’s “Memory Box.” Thank you for your continued support, making this year the greatest learning opportunity possible!


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

The following activities are suggested as support activities you can enjoy with your child and will reinforce the learning we are focusing on this half term. Our topic this half term is “The world in my town”.

  • Our main literature is ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. Please share the literature at home to support retention; it can be found on YouTube.
  • Enjoy reading your child’s weekly reading book. Ask questions to support decoding and blending words; discuss what you see in the picture.
  • We will explore high-frequency words; the sounds for this term will be phases 2 and 3.
  • In Science, we will explore light. The children will be making scientific enquiries into light and dark. Explore with your child shadows and mirrors. Can your child find their shadow? Does your child know when a room is dark or light? Can you and your child pull funny faces in a mirror? 
  • In Geography, we will be focusing on locational knowledge. Have a day out and take your child for a walk. Can they remember the way to the park or back home?
  • In Physical Education, we will be practising dance. Put Just Dance videos on YouTube so they can practice their moves!
  • In Outdoors and Up for it, the children will explore what they can find outside. Go on a scavenger hunt with your child. Can they find some coloured flowers? Allow your child to bring them into school so they can tell their friends about the walk and what they saw.
  • We understand numbers up to 20. Can you and your child count 20 of the same thing, maybe flowers?

As the fifth parent guide of the school year, I thank you for all your support and understanding. Let’s make this year successful and fun!

Sandpiper Team

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