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Eastbury Community School

Reception - Manchester

Welcome to Manchester's Class Page!

We hope you enjoy seeing all we have been up to in class as well as reading key information on our class page. Manchester Class is taught by Mr Hack and Mrs Bansal. Additionally, Mrs Straker is our Teaching Assistant.

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

We hope our class page gives you a flavour of life in Manchester 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 with every chance of success tomorrow. 

Development Matters, 2021

Autumn Term 1 

Week 1 & 2

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 novel learning environments, both indoors and outdoors. They are gradually becoming accustomed to the presence of new adults and are forging new friendships along the way.

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 3

WOW! The first week in Reception has been absolutely fantastic. We're all adjusting smoothly, making new friends, and embracing learning through play. Exploring both indoor and outdoor activities has been incredibly enjoyable. Getting to know each child and their families has truly been a pleasure! 


Week 4

During this week, our initial PE class focused on the exploration of various jumping techniques. We delved into jumps of different styles, encompassing both loud and quiet approaches, mimicking animal jumps. An essential lesson was the significance of maintaining soft knees upon landing. We practiced achieving height and distance in our jumps and put this newfound knowledge and skill to use in an entertaining 'Traffic Light' game. The session was filled with enjoyment! Furthermore, we acquainted ourselves with distinct jump forms like the starfish jump, pencil jump, and knees to chest, relishing the practice of each.

Week 5 

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 the realm of Mathematics, they have been actively organising items into appropriate groupings.


Week 6

What an amazing week of learning it has been! We've delved into comparing and arranging various lengths both inside and outside our classroom. The children are growing more self-assured in employing mathematical terminology. Additionally, they've been venturing into our outdoor surroundings, discovering and placing creepy crawlies in our 'Bug Hotel'.

Black History Month

During Black History Month, Reception class read "Handa's Surprise" by Eileen Browne. This picture book, is recognised as one of the top culturally diverse picture books in the UK, narrates the tale of Handa, a member of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya.

Autumn Term 2

Week 1

Supertato! by Sue Hendra

We've had a fantastic week back after the half-term. Supertato has taken our classroom by storm. Sue Hendra's "Supertato" has captured the imaginations of our young readers this week. Out students have been diving into the exciting world of Supertato and his battle against the mischievous Evil Pea. Evil Pea decided to pay a visit to our classroom and caused quite a mess! But our little heroes stepped up and are determined to restore order. 

In Mathematics, out students have been honing their counting skills using a five-frame. This hands-on approach has made learning numbers even more enjoyable! From apples to toys, our young mathematicians have been mastering counting using this interactive tool. 

Join us in celebrating our fantastic first week back! Stay tuned for more exciting adventures and learning opportunities ahead! Evil Pea is on the loose, can you find him? 

Week 2

The Power of Democracy in EYFS - UK Parliament Week 

Our little learners in EYFS have been on an exciting journey exploring the significance of democracy and the value of having a voice. Thanks to our engaging discussions and enlightening videos, the children are now equipped with a better understanding of this fundamental aspect of society.

In our interactive lessons, we dove deep into the concept of democracy, teaching our little ones that every voice matters. We encouraged them to share their thoughts on various topics and air their opinions freely in a safe and inclusive environment. It was heartwarming to witness their enthusiasm and genuine interest in dialogue!

Drumroll, please... and the topic that captured their eyes and hearts was Road Safety

Throughout the voting process, the children demonstrated exceptional attentiveness and initiative. They actively engaged in debates, sharing perspectives, and making their voices heard. It was truly inspiring to see

Together, let's pave the way for a future where every voice is heard! 

It's Raining, Its Pouring!

We couldn't be prouder of our fearless explorers who braved the rain to immerse themselves in our amazing Forest School this week! Despite the weather, our incredible pupils were not deterred and had an absolute blast exploring the wonders of nature. 

To tie in with our current core text, Supertato, the children's creativity shone through as they made mud potions for the notorious Evil Pea! Their imaginations ran wild as they brought this mischievous character to life in the most magical way possible.

The Forest School experience offers our pupils the perfect opportunity to connect with nature, build their confidence, and enhance their understanding of the world around them. 

Week 3

This week, our school community came together to celebrate Children in Need, and what an exciting day it has been! 

Our students enjoyed a wide range of fun activities throughout the day, all in support of this incredible cause. Our school was buzzing with energy and enthusiasm.

In our class assembly, we had the opportunity to discuss the importance of Children in Need and why it matters. It was heart warming to see our young minds understanding the significance of helping those in need and showing such compassion. 

By participating and donating, our school has played a vital role in supporting children and young people across the UK who are facing various challenges. Together, we can make a difference and create positive change in their lives. 

Week 5

This week, our students have been embracing the chilly weather and getting creative both indoors and outdoors! From making mud pies to crafting Christmas trees, there's been no shortage of festive fun at our school.

Our pupils have been excitedly immersing themselves in the holiday spirit by crafting Christmas trees using a variety of materials. It's been wonderful to see the enthusiasm and creativity on display!

In addition to the seasonal crafts, our students have also been enjoying some literary adventures at the school library, where they've had the chance to share their favorite books with secondary pupils.

It's heartwarming to see our school buzzing with festive energy and collaborative spirit. We can't wait to see what other exciting activities lie ahead as we continue to celebrate this magical season!

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