Welcome to the Swifts Class! 


Teacher: Lisa Collins, Carol Whitehead (Friday)

TAs: Alison Mottershead, Zoe Gill and Janina Bateson


Hairy, Scary Beast

Another fantastic half term in the Swifts class, we are all so proud of the children and how much they are progressing. The children been impressing us with their teamwork and sharing skills and we have focused on friendship and learning new things.

During our Early English sessions, we have been listening to the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ which has been enjoyed by all! Many of the children have shown super anticipation and have helped to create a super display in class showing each of the items the family pass through before reaching the bear. The class have been continuing making sentences, selecting specific objects, using vocabulary from the book and predicting what will happen next. In Library, we have enjoyed listening to and sharing stories. We have begun choosing a book which interests us to share and read during choosing time.

In Early Maths lessons we have been completing all sorts of scary activities from making monsters, tracing numbers in slime and looking closely at monsters that are the same or different focusing on colour and shape. Our Food Exploration has linked to Early Maths this half term with the children using water bottles and different containers with juice to find different examples of ‘full’ and ‘empty’ in addition to filling containers to the half-way marker and knowing when to ‘stop’. On Number Day, we enjoyed singing number songs and counting the objects in the songs. Then we played a game with the die, rolling it, counting the spots finding the number digit and putting the correct amount of dinosaurs in the tubs.

In I Wonder, we have been learning about the Chinese New Year. We have looked at the Great Animal Race and made some very stunning crafts.

Physical Development has continued to be a favourite for the Swifts, they are all working hard to practise walking to the different areas and are know accepting adults instruction to show them where they are visiting in their group. The children have been following specific instructions in the main hall such as movement patterns and ‘wacky weave’ hitting targets off cones following a specific route. In massage, we have completed ‘Rainbow Massage’ where various colours represent an item e.g. the sun and link to a massage movement. We are getting very good at relaxing!

In Music, we have learned the songs ‘Tropical Island’ and ‘Under the Sea’. We have enjoyed playing different instruments, taking turns to play on our own and together as a group. We have been practising our waiting and listening skills when our friends are playing. 

We have enjoyed using the iPads to practise our letter formation.

The Swifts Team are thrilled with the children and we are looking forward to warmer weather but also seeing what we can achieve next 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

The following activities are suggested as support activities which you can enjoy with your child and reinforce the learning we are focusing on this half term –

  • Our main story this half term will be ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. A fabulous and well known story that explores the different textures and experiences of the outdoors. The children will sequence the story and follow a sensory path to feel various textures and sensations. They will also complete crafts linking to the story and find the bear in our cave within class! What landscapes could you investigate- sand, grassland, streams, hills and rocky areas?                                                               
  • We will be looking closely at minibeasts and creating them during our creative development sessions using collage, printing and various effects. Search for mini beasts and discuss where they are found. A bug hotel would be a lovely home activity to create together. The following website provides a simple guide: https://www.redtedart.com/simple-bug-hotel-for-kids/
  • We will be reading with each child x2 per week and children will be accessing some phonics phase 1/2 through both reading sessions and a short session following candle time. Picture books are a great discussion or word books.
  • The children always enjoy learning about the Chinese New Year, visit Manchester around the time of the new year (10th February) or taste some traditional Chinese food.
  • In Food Discovery sessions the children will be concentrating on pouring liquids. Can the children support measuring in jugs and cylinders or help with measuring within recipes?
  • Discuss the weather and the clothing that we may wear to be comfortable.
  • We be exploring some movements by learning about dinosaurs. Here is a song that we will be trying in class if you would like a go at home: 

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