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Eastbury Community School


Reception - Essex

Welcome to Essex's class page!

 Welcome to Essex Class page, my name is Mrs McKenzie and I am the class teacher. Mrs Uddin is our class Teaching Assistant.

We hope you enjoy seeing all of our fun adventures and our learning. 

Mrs Uddin and I have a true passion for working with our youngest learners and we strive to create an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them! We believe a positive early years educational experience is essential for lifelong learners.

We hope our class page gives you a flavour of life in Essex Class!


When we give every child the best start in their early years, we give them what they need today. We also set them up wit every chance of success tomorrow

Autumn Term 1 

Week 1

Embarking on the journey of starting school is a fresh adventure, and it can be an apprehensive experience for both our young pupils and their parents. Nevertheless, we are dedicated to ensuring this transition is as seamless as possible.

Our Reception children have been adapting admirably to their new routines, which has been a delightful process for us as we've had the privilege of getting to know both our students and their families. The children have enthusiastically explored their new learning environments, both indoors and outdoors. 

We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to collaborate with all of you throughout this year and are excited to celebrate each child's unique learning journey.


Week 2

This week, we had our first PE lesson. We explored jumping in a variety of ways: loud, quiet and different animal jumps. We learned that we need soft knees when landing. We also learned how to jump high and long, and we used the knowledge and skills we had learned to play a game. We had lots of fun! Then we learned about the different types of jumps: starfish, pencil jump and knees to chest. We then practised them. 


Week 3

This week, our young learners have been fully engaging with our central book, 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell. They have been studying and acting out different segments of the story. Additionally, in maths, they have been actively organising items into appropriate groupings.

Week 4

We started our Spanish lessons in school. Mr Moreno has been helping us to count to 10 and we have been learning the days of the week. 

Learning a new language helps to develop social and cultural awareness. Children will learn about other countries and cultures which creates a wonderful experience and allows children to learn about the world. 

Please practise counting to 10 with your children this week. 

Count to 10



Week 5

Outdoor Fun

Outdoor learning is very important in early years. Children are encouraged to explore and play outside in all weathers. "In Outdoor Learning pupils  learn through what they do, through what they encounter and through what they discover." We have been having lots of fun in our outdoor provision. The children have been exploring our forest school, where we were making soup and collecting natural resources to use as our 'ingredients'.  Children enjoyed exploring the climbing frame, running and making friends. 

Week 6

In Essex class this week, we have been learning about Autumn. The children have learned lots of facts about the changes that we can see during Autumn. How some animals will get ready to hibernate, how the trees change and loose their leaves and the types of weather we will experience in during the Autumn season. 

The children have been bringing in lots of natural resources which we have explored and discussed. The children have been making some wonderful leaf art as well as dressing up today for our 'Autumn Day'. 

Autumn Fun

Autumn Term 2

Week 1

We have had an exciting week in Essex Class this week. 
We have been reading 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra and one of the characters from the story has been up to mischief in our classroom!! 
The Evil Pea made a mess in our role play hospital, but luckily the children had lots of fun exploring the area. Children in Essex class have been making the hero of our story- Supertato from vegetables. 

We practised some of our maths learning from last week and made some colourful repeated patterns. 

Week 2

UK Parliament Week 

This week, the children in Reception have been exploring the significance of democracy and the value of having a voice. We have been thinking about choice and making decisions. In our lesson this week, we were thinking about our local community and the things that are important to us. The children in Essex class had a choice between clean streets and safe places to cross the road. The children were able to talk about why each choice was important to them.

The children then voted and were able to choose the topic that was important to them. Our final tally showed that the children in Essex class decided that they wanted to clean up the streets around our school. 



In other news this week, we have continued to explore the book, Supertato. The children have been very engaged with finding the evil pea in our classroom and have even visited the 'police station' role play area in Manchester class, to report Evil pea's mischief to the police. The children have been designing a trap to capture Evil pea and were able to say why they had chosen a particular design. 

In maths we have been practising counting to five both forwards and backwards. 

week 3

 We have been talking about celebrations in Essex class this week. Our week started off by learning all about Diwali and we even had a dress up day to celebrate this special event. 

The children learned about the story of Rama and Sita and we found out how Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali by lighting Diva lamps and watching  fireworks. 

In our classroom provisions we used Holi paint powders to create firework pictures and we used coloured rice to fill in our Rangoli patterns. 

Although we had some wet weather this week, we then had lots of fun exploring the puddles that had been left behind. We also started clearing out our allotment so that we can start our spring planting. 

To end the week, we dressed up for Children in need and raised money for this fantastic cause. 

Week 4

World Children's Day

We have been thinking about a very important topic in our classroom and with the rest of  our Eastbury community, we were talking about the rights of the child. 

 "World Children's Day is all about the importance of children and young people and how their rights, freedoms and wellbeing all need to be protected in order for them to grow into happy, healthy adults."

The children took on important roles in our classroom and were able to be the teacher for the day! Well done to our young learners for taking on some of the tasks in the classroom and leading activities such as reading a story, leading the children to lunch and helping to teach the lessons. 


In other news this week, we have been learning to count and represent numbers up to 5. Our children made a mini book using the numbers 1-5. 

We have been creating a non-fiction report for our superhero character Supertato. We thought about what a heading was, how to describe a character to write an introduction and we used words like sparkly and supersonic to make our report interesting. 

We had our first music lesson and we are learning the song "I'm a little teapot". Some children played instruments, some sang our song and some performed the actions. We listened to the beat and followed along. 


Week 5

The children in Essex class have been exploring our environment this week. The children have demonstrated curiosity in their surroundings. 

In maths we have been making number bonds to 5. The children have been thinking about which two numbers can make 5. They have used different resources to help them understand this mathematical concept. In our lesson we made towers with 5 bricks, which we broke in to two and counted each part. We then said the number sentence - i.e 3 and 2 make 5. 

We have continued to learn our phonics and the children are working really hard and beginning to blend familiar words. 

We enjoyed our science lesson this week where we explored floating and sinking. The children worked with a partner and predicted which objects would float or sink. The children were able to explain their choices. 

Week 6 

We have had another fun filled week in Essex class this week. We have been busy learning new concepts and as usual, having lots of fun in our classroom, outdoor area and our forest school. 

In maths we have been investigating 2D shapes. We have been describing shapes using maths vocabulary such as corners, edges, curved and straight edges. The children used 2D shapes to make some interesting pictures and were cutting shapes out of paper. 

We never let the weather stop us in Reception and we had an outdoor science activity when the cold weather froze all of the water in the Forest school and outdoor playground. The children were exploring different ways of melting and breaking up the ice. 

Week 7

Christmas Carol Concert

Essex children have been so busy this week with lots of festive fun!

I am incredibly proud of our Reception children this week, after they gave a heart-warming performance in our Christmas Carol Concert.

Essex class entertained their parents and visitors with their catchy songs and everyone felt very festive after our performances. 


Post Office Trip 

Essex Class went on their first Reception school trip this week. We walked to the local shopping centre and visited the Post Office. We had a very special letter to deliver. Our children have been carefully writing their letters to Santa and we were able to deliver this to the post office where it will be winging its way to the North Pole as we speak!

The children sang a verse of We Wish You a Merry Christmas for the entertainment of the post office staff. 

I hope we get a reply soon. 


Spring 1

 Week 1

Welcome back to Essex class children. I hope that everyone had a wonderful break and for those celebrating - A Merry Christmas. 

Our new topic for this half term is Transport. 

We have started reading our new topic book "Naughty Bus" by Jan Oke. The children have been relating the story to their own experiences and have been talking about times that they have been on the bus. 

We have an exciting new role play area which has been transformed into an aeroplane for the children to play and to explore air travel. 

In Maths, we revised 2D shapes - can your child tell you the features of common shapes like squares, triangles, rectangles and circles? How many edges do they have? How many corners? Do they have curved or straight edges? 


Week 2

 We have had a fun packed week in Essex class this week. 

We continued exploring our book the naughty bus and the children have been thinking of adjectives to describe the bus. The children used their sense to think about what the bus looks like and what it would be like to be on the bus - red, big, noisy, busy etc. 

We then used our word bank to write sentences or phrases to describe the bus. 

In Maths, we have been learning positional language. The children have been thinking about 'where' something was. We used the PE equipment to explore "over, under, on, next to. We had a treasure hunt in our classroom and used positional language to find the hidden treasure in our classroom. 

We have been learning about transport through the ages, We looked at common vehicles both now and in the past to compare similarities and differences. 

The cold weather brought its own learning opportunities and the children have been finding ice in our outdoor provision. We experimented with different ways to melt the ice. 

Week 3



This week we have been continuing with our Transport theme with lots of fun learning opportunities in our classroom. We have been playing in our aeroplane role play area and we have been discussing the places we can fly to. We have found different ways to build or make bus this week. Look at our creative skills!

In Maths this week, we have been thinking about the concept of zero and recognising that zero has a symbol and is a numerical concept. The children have been representing the numbers 0-5 in different ways, such as building towers, putting the correct number of objects with a given number and adding and taking O away from a number. 


We have been discussing question words this week. Words like, who, what, where, when. We practised asking and answering questions and the concept of a question being a way of finding out information. We wrote sentences using a question mark. 

Week 4

We are now well into our Transport topic and have continued to explore different forms of transport. 


Can your child tell you our Talk for Writing (T4W) text this week by using our story map. Children learn the story through actions. We adapted our original story 'Naughty Bus' to the 'naughty aeroplane'. 

We also wrote some transport themed acrostic poems. 


In maths this week, we have been practising counting forwards from 0-10 and then back from 10-0. 

We explored ordinal numbers such as 1st, 2nd and 3rd etc. 

Outdoor learning

The windy weather has not stopped us having lots of fun and the children made some kites to play with in the wind. 

Police Visit 

The Police came to visit us this week and gave a talk about keeping people in the community safe. The children had lots of fun trying on their hats and having a look around their police van. They even got to handcuff the officers!


Week 5

We have had another fun week in our class this week. We have been focusing on some art lessons this week. The children in Essex class learned all about natural and man-made materials and what that meant. After we had sorted some objects out, we did some observational drawings. We had to look really carefully at the objects we were drawing to make sure we used the right colours and included all the details. 

We had a lesson on using watercolours and the children have been exploring with some painting and colour mixing. 

In maths we have been using five and ten frames. The children have been representing numbers up to 10. We have been thinking about how to 'count on' from a number. 

We cannot wait to see what fun learning we have next week!

week 6

Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning about festivals and different celebrations. We have had a focus on Chinese New Year and we learned the story of how each year is named after an animal. We made Chinese Lanterns and dragons on our creative table. 

In maths we have been adding two numbers together and practising saying number sentences - Two add three equals five. We used ten frames, addition cards and different materials to practise this skill. 

We have continued with our new story 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' where the children role played and acted out the story. 

We have been practising our handwriting and forming letter shapes. 

 Week 7 

This week at our school, we've had a fantastic time celebrating Pancake Day and thinking about our loved ones on Valentine's Day! 

We all made some delicious pancakes which were very tasty. The children enjoyed watching Mrs Uddin Flipping the pancakes very expertly!!

We made Valentines cards for our loved ones and explored making some fragrant perfumes in our classroom. As usual we had lots of fun in our forest school and even made our own camp! The children let their imaginations run wild thinking of the things they wanted to add to the camp. 

We continued our story telling based on our topic book 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' where the children changed the story and told their own versions of the story. In maths, we have been adding two numbers together and writing number sentences. 

Have a lovely half term and I look forward to seeing you all after a lovely restful break. 

 Spring 2

Week 1 

Wishing everyone a warm welcome back to school after a restful half term break. 

This week we have been busy getting back to our learning. Our new topic this half term is Growing and Minibeasts.  With this in mind, our first story book is Oliver's Vegetables by Alison Bartlett and Vivian French.  

The children have been practising re-telling this story using our story map - ask your child to tell you the story. 

In maths, we have been looking at number bonds to 6. The children have been thinking about which two numbers can be added together to make 6 and we have been practising saying and writing number sentences. 

In our outdoor learning provision, we made our construction area into a supermarket and talked about healthy foods. 

In topic this week we have been thinking about minibeasts and their habitats. We have been learning facts about minibeasts such as spiders, ladybirds, ants and worms. We even went on a minibeast hunt in our outdoor provision and we managed to find lots of different species in our Forest School. 

Week 2 

World Book Day

This week has been all about stories and our love of books. Everyone looked amazing as they dressed up as our favourite book characters. We shared stories of our favourite books and had some great story sessions this week. 
The children wrote their own class story using their ideas and in literacy, we continued to practise our sentence writing skills using the sounds that
 we know.

We also experienced and discussed some science experiments this week when we had our science workshop where we used sound, airwaves and natural electricity to make things move. 

We had lots of fun making cards this week for Mother’s Day and we want to wish all the special people in our lives a restful day this weekend. 💐


Week 3

Asda Trip and Cooking

Our topic this term is growing and minibeasts. To allow the children to have real life experiences, we went to Asda this week. We had lessons before we went thinking about where food comes from, how it grows and what we can make with different ingredients. In Literacy we looked at recipes and compiled a shopping list. We then went to Asda to choose and buy our ingredients. We explored the shop, bought our produce and went to pay for our shopping at the tills. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The following day, Mrs Uddin demonstrated to the children how to prepare the vegetables that we bought and how to chop, slice and dice them to put into our healthy vegetable soup. The children prepared our supplies and cooked the soup for Essex class. We then enjoyed the soup together. It was delicious!


The children had the chance to invite mums and special adults in to celebrate Mother's Day. The children were thrilled to complete lots of fun activities with their special guests. 


Week 4

Science Week


We celebrated Science this week by inviting our grown ups to come and enjoy us for some science fun this week. We had lots of fun activities to explore and investigate together. 

We had an ice station where the children had to work out how to release some toys captured in the ice balloons. We had a planting station where the children could plant a seed to take home and watch it grow. We had pumpkins, peas and beans to choose from. We tested magnetic and non-magnetic materials and thought about why some of the materials stuck to the magnets. 

We had a flower station where we used magnifying glasses, scissors, tweezers and our hands to dissect plants and flowers to see what they look like inside.

We had a rainbow skittle investigation and Mrs Uddin added two materials together - coke and mentos - to make an explosion when the materials mixed. 

We hope that you all enjoyed coming to school and learning with us all. 

Week 5 

Animal Encounter Visit

This week we were lucky enough to meet some truly wiggly, slithery and furry friends. We had our animal encounter and the children met a cockroach, a centipede, a snake, a lizard and a bunny rabbit. The children were very excited to hold, touch and stroke the animals and were very brave. It really bought our mini-beast topic to life. 


In English, we were thinking about bossy verbs and writing instructions. The children were able to follow some instructions to make their own piece of bear toast. They could then describe the sequence of what to do to make their toast. Although the best bit was definitely eating it!


Finally we watched as our 'egg' hatched. The children had fun trying to guess what might be inside the egg. Some children thought it might even be a dragon! Just before our Easter Holiday a little chick finally made an appearance. 

Summer 1

Week 1 

Welcome back to school and I hope you have all had a restful break and had lots of opportunities to spend some time with your families. 

What a great return we have had this week. To start off our week we had a great time celebrating Eid. The children looked amazing in their wonderful outfits and we had a great party with lots of dancing, chatting and eating. 

Our new topic this half term is 'Into the Woods' and we will be exploring, reading and writing Fairy tales. Our first book is Red Riding Hood and the children did a fantastic job acting out our story. We have some natural actors in our classroom. 

In maths this week, we were thinking about capacity and what this means. The children were using the vocabulary, full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty and empty. They were able to demonstrate their learning in lots of different ways and could find lots of examples in our classroom. 

With the weather finally warming up, we also had the chance to begin planting some lettuce and carrot seeds. We were thrilled that lots of our seeds that we sowed during Science week have been growing and we planted out some pea and bean plants into our allotment this week. Our potatoes should soon be big enough to harvest. 


Week 2

We have had a busy week in Reception this week. 

In maths we have been revising our 2D shapes and talking about the features of a shape using the vocabulary: edges, corners, curved and straight. The children then produce tangram pictures using the 2D shapes. They worked together in groups to create challenging pictures identifying the shapes they need to make them, 

In literacy we have continued to learn the story, Little Red Riding Hood and have been learning facts about wolves in the real world. 

Our story has allowed us the opportunity to discuss how to keep ourselves safe. We have talked about the dangers of talking to strangers in PSHE and how to keep safe if a stranger approaches us. 

We have been doing more planting in our outdoor area and the children have been having lots of fun exploring our everchanging Forest School. We are beginning to see our plants grow and our pear and plum trees have started to produce fruit. The children are learning about how to care for plants and how to take care of the nature around us. 

Week 3 

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