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Scroll down to see all the latest news across EYFS, from our Nursery & Reception classes.


01 January 2021

Happy new year! It may not be the start of the year that we all hoped for, but we will continue to do our best to be positive and carry on learning at home - We hope to all be back together as soon as it is safe to do so!


31st December

Due to the governments most recent announcement, unfortunately school will be closed until after the February half term. Children may attend school if they come under 'critical workers' or 'vulnerable' categories. If you require your child to attend school, please contact the school office by 3pm on 06.01.21. All year groups will be providing home learning from 11.01.21, if you need a printed pack or support with this please contact the school office.


25th December

Merry Christmas everyone!


17th December 2020

Today is Nursery Christmas jumper day! Any £1 donations will be sent to the 'Save the children' charity. Please remember this is also the last day of term for our nursery children, all children will return on January 11th 2021.


16th November 2020

Today marks the start of 'Anti bullying week' - everyone wore their odd socks to school today to show that its ok to be different. In EYFS we talked about how to be a good friend and read the story 'Simon sock' which taught us that you don't have to look the same as someone else to be great friends.


13th November 2020

Today, all the children came to school in their own clothes and made donations to the 'Children in Need' Charity. We took part in the '5 to thrive' challenge with Joe Wicks and completed lots of Pudsey themed activities. In Nursery every child decorated their own 'Pudsey ears' headband and in Reception, the children concluded their learning about 'Biscuit bear' by cooking their own bear biscuits and decorating them to look like Pudsey with yellow icing! Yum!


11th November 2020

Every child in EYFS created a painted or collage poppy to commemorate Remembrance day 2020, we have all taken part in a 2 minute silence to remember all the brave people who fought since the first world war, to allow us to have a safe and happy life. 

Jade Class

Ruby Class


9th November 2020

If your child is not able to attend school due to self-isolation, you can find the home learning offer on the school website including Literacy, Maths and wider curriculum learning. You will find the weekly power point with the daily class work plus a pack of printable extras. Please contact the school if you need further support with this.


6th November 2020

We are very excited to announce that in EYFS we will be undertaking lots of exciting cooking activities this half term linked to our topics, this will help us to learn new skills and try new things. Please make sure you send back the consent form with any up to date dietary requirements, and if you would like to make a £2 contribution towards the cost of ingredients this term, it would be greatly appreciated (please note every child with consent to take part in cooking activities will do so, regardless of a £2 contribution.)


5th November 2020

Check out our cozy Reception classes all snug in their pyjamas, enjoying warm cocoa topped with cream and marshmallows while they learn all about bedtime routines - yum!


3rd November 2020

Check out our incredible Nursery all dressed up in their finest celebrations clothes - WOW!


2nd November 2020

It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces return to Henry Green today - Everyone is well rested and ready to learn! Our new topic in Reception is 'Night and Day' where the children will learn all about their daily routines. In Nursery the new topic is 'Celebrations in our community' and we will be learning about lots of different celebrations that we enjoy in Barking and Dagenham, including Diwali, Remembrance, Christmas, Eid, Halloween, Harvest and Birthdays! 


1st November 2020

Nursery parents - the online applications for Reception school places 2021 open today and you have until the 15th January 2021 to make your application. Every Nursery parent MUST apply for your child's school place online, information leaflets will be given to each parent on November 2nd and Ms. Gentry will sign to say that each individual has received this information. If you need further support, please contact the school office before January 15th 2021.


23rd October 2020

We hope you all have a wonderful half term! Make sure you take a look at our topic videos that showcase our learning from the Autumn 1 term, these can be found on the school website in the Nursery and Reception topics area. When you return, our children will be having their 'wow' days to introduce the new topics. Nursery will be able to come to school wearing celebration clothes on Tuesday 3rd November and Reception will be coming to school in their pyjamas on Thursday 5th November. Please find details here:


22nd October 2020

Today our first virtual parent workshop was uploaded, this is to help inform parents about how we support early language in Nursery and Reception. Please watch the video workshop if you can, and download the 'Time together' booklet in your preferred language from the 'home learning' area on the EYFS page!


20th October 2020 

Nursery children will need to apply for a Reception school place through the local authority website, this opens on the 1st November and runs through until 15th January. You must apply for your child to secure a school place for September 2021. To help you decide if Henry Green is going to be your first choice, we have created a video tour (on our Youtube channel) and information about making the application. Please ask if you have any questions - we are happy to help!


13th October 2020

Reception parents - Unfortunately due to a confirmed case of covid-19 within the school, the 2 Reception classes are being asked to self isolate for 14 days as a precaution. Home learning activities will be shared on the school website and demonstrations on our Youtube channel. Hopefully everyone has now downloaded the 'Evidence me' app and activated their account - this will allow you to send photographs, videos or comments of your child's learning to us. The teachers will then add feedback/comments to 3-5 of your parent postcards sent through 'Evidence me'. 


10th October

To help reduce the spread of Covid-19, we are conducting our parents evening by telephone this year. You will receive a call from your child's class teacher on either Tuesday 13th October between 3.45-6.30pm or Wednesday 14th October between 3.45-6.30pm. Please note that this call may be from a withheld number, if we are unable to get through then we will try to call again later in the week.


24th September 2020

Please note that from today, we are asking parents to wear face coverings in the school playground and in the office. Social distancing can be challenging at the beginning and end of the day, but please try to avoid gathering closely with other parents while waiting for your child. You will also notice staff out in the playground wearing visors or masks - we thank you for your cooperation.


23rd September 2020

A polite reminder to parents that the Nursery gate should only be used by Nursery children, and the Reception gate for Reception children. If you need to speak to a staff member when dropping your child to school, there is always at least 1 member of the Reception team standing at the assigned gate to take any messages. Thank you!


21st September 2020

Today we are welcoming our first new Nursery children of 2020! This week our Nursery children will be attending school in small groups for 1 hour sessions. We can't wait to meet you!


21st September 2020

Don't forget that Reception are staying for their first full day today - Pizza or vegetable curry is on the menu today, and ice cream too! What a treat!


16th September 2020

Reception children will be able to have a free hot meal for lunch every day from 21st September. You will have received an email from 'schoolgrid' to log into the Dolce website. You can then see the lunch menu and choose your child's meals in advance. Please speak to a member of staff if you have not received this email. You can choose to send your child with a healthy packed lunch if you prefer.


14th September 2020

Today our Reception children started in Jade and Ruby class - it was a joy to see so many smiling faces and you all came into school ready to learn! What a fantastic day :)


1st September 2020

Welcome to a brand new school year at Henry Green! You may notice lots of changes when you return to school including hand sanitiser at the door, being reminded to keep a little distance from your friends and teachers and hearing us say 'catch it, bin it, kill it' when talking about germs. But don't worry, we are still going to have lots of fun learning with our friends and teachers! We can't wait to welcome you all back to class!


20th July 2020

We hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday - see you all in September! If you would like to continue home learning over the next 6 weeks, please find our summer learning offer on the year group learning pages.


17th July 2020

Big congratulations to all our Nursery and Reception children both in school and at home - for completing their EYFS Olympics! Today, our EYFS bubbles in school hosted an awards ceremony where all children received their own craft medal, junk model trophy and participation certificate. Well done!


2nd July 2020

Please remember to come to school and collect your children's belongings next week:

Monday 6th July 10am-12pm Nursery AM

Monday 6th July 1pm-3pm Nursery PM

Tuesday 7th July 10am-12pm Jade

Tuesday 7th July 1pm-3pm Ruby

(Children's school work from this year, summer birthday gifts, Spare clothes, summer home learning projects and an end of year gift) Any belongings that are not collected will have to be disposed of due to deep cleaning over the summer holidays.


1st July 2020

Please remember to send in any photographs of your children learning from home, we will be making a slideshow of all the EYFS classes to celebrate the end of the year and would love to include some of your photos from home this term. Email to or 


30th June 2020

Today is pirate day! We hope you have all enjoyed yourselves... Did anyone find Captain Gench's treasure? 


23rd June 2020

We are excited to announce that next week we will be having a Pirate themed 'WOW' day both in school and at home. So dig out some pirate themed clothes, make yourself a map and lets go looking for treasure!


15th June 2020

We are half way through 30 days wild - Don't forget to send in any pictures of the wild activities you have been doing at home!


8th June 2020

Welcome back to our staff and small number of pupils today, we hope you enjoy meeting your new class 'bubble' - for all those learning from home, a continued well done and thank you for your support - we love seeing all the photographs of activities that you have been doing at home. Keep it up! 


5th June 2020

On Monday the school is expanding to allow children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to attend along with the children of Key workers. Due to Covid-19 safety procedures and social distancing measures set in place by the government and our own local authority, parents must contact the school to make arrangements if they wish to return (This is not compulsory and you can choose to keep your child at home, we will continue to provide home learning until the summer holidays). Children will be grouped into classes of up to 8 children called a 'bubble' and will not be allowed contact with anyone outside of that bubble, some children may not be in their usual classroom or with their usual teacher. The way we are able to teach in EYFS will look quite different to the children, we will have a strong emphasis on social distancing, hygiene and individual resources for learning. All staff will continue to make the EYFS school experience as fun, rich and engaging as possible through this challenging time.


2nd June 2020

Thank you to all the parents who have responded to our home learning questionnaire over half term. In response to your comments and suggestions , we have made the PowerPoint learning a little shorter and easier to print, and all links to songs and stories are now pre-loaded onto the YouTube playlist for that week. You will also find some extra printable activities if you would like to use them too. 


1st June 2020

Welcome back! It is the first day of the summer 2 term and we are really excited to share our new topics with you all. Nursery will be learning about 'Moving on and Journeys' as we prepare to move into Reception or new schools. Reception are learning about Moving on, Journeys and adventures! as they look back on their first year of school and prepare to move into year 1.


31st May 2020

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the wildlife trusts #30dayswild -please have a look at our sustainability page to see some fun activities that you can do to take part!


25th May 2020

Happy half term everyone - don't forget we have an extra special project for you to complete this week, making your Covid-19 time capsule! 


24th May 2020

Today is an extra special day for our Muslim friends, teachers and their families, as they celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan - Eid Mubarak to you all! Have a wonderful day, and here is a special card from Safaa in Jade class and a special Eid photograph from Abaan in Ruby class!




20th May 2020

Check out our new Sustainability page on the Curriculum area of the website - there you will find extra home challenges linked to our 10 sustainable topics as well as details of our 'Green team' and progress toward the Eco schools Green flag award! We currently have 2 Reception children as representatives of the 'Green team' Riyad in Ruby class and Jaimey in Jade class - together they are responsible to attend meetings and feedback to Nursery and Reception children (due to the school closure in the summer term, the Green team representatives will continue their duties for a second term)


18th May 2020

Today it is time to release the 10 beautiful butterflies that Reception have been growing - they happily fluttered away and this marks the end of our caterpillar diaries blog. You can still check it out on the EYFS-Reception topics-Summer 1 'how animals grow page'. Thank you again to all those children who contacted us with names for the caterpillars - Spike, Olaf, Fuzzy, Super caterpillar, Sharp caterpillar, Kiwa, Bubble, Willy, Spikey and Rosie!


15th May 2020

We wanted to say a massive well done and thank you to all children completing their home learning tasks and sharing photographs with us, the galleries on the Nursery and Reception home learning pages are bursting with wonderful learning!


8th May 2020

Today is a very special day, not only is it a bank holiday - but it is also the 75th anniversary of VE day, Victory in Europe marking the end of the second world war. Ms Gentry will be doing a special video today so make sure you head over to the Henry Green EYFS YouTube channel!


7th May 2020

Exciting news for our Nursery children - you will be receiving a special letter in the post very soon from your teachers including a pack of cress seeds to grow at home! The instructions are included and you will be able to use things from around your home to grow them. We hope you enjoyed learning about how cress grows and cant wait to see some pictures - how will you eat yours? Don't forget you can still see the blog and video diary on the EYFS-Nursery topics-Summer 1 'how plants grow page'.


27th April 2020

Head over to our YouTube channel to see our new 'Seed to plate' diaries, with daily updates on how tiny seeds grow into cress that we can eat! If you are growing anything at home, vegetables, strawberries, sunflowers - please share some pictures or messages with us! We would love to see what you are growing -


23rd April 2020

Happy St. Georges day - Did you know that the patron saint of England is said to have battled a ferocious dragon in order to save the princess? You might see lots of flags hanging from windows today that are white with a red cross, this is the flag of England. If you are celebrating, we would love to see some photographs! You can send these to Ms.Gentry at 


Today also marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan for our Muslim families, Ramadan Mubarak to you all!


22nd April 2020

Happy world 'Earth' day! Today we can all take a look at the world around us and appreciate just how wonderful it is. Maybe you could create some leaf art? Plant something new, dig for worms or look up and admire the clouds in the sky. It is also important to remember that we need to take care of our plant, so make sure you are recycling your rubbish, turning lights off when you don't need them and turn of the tap while brushing your teeth!


20th April 2020

Today is a very exciting day for us at Henry Green as it is time to welcome our new Jade class teacher, Ms. Saifa! We are all very excited to learn with Ms. Saifa, she is looking forward to meeting you all and has left a special message our our EYFS YouTube channel to say hello!


We have also started our new topics, Nursery are learning about how plants grow and Reception are learning about how animals grow. Receptions WOW moment has arrived in the shape of 10 tiny caterpillars - we will be watching them grow and develop into butterflies. Follow their daily progress in the 'caterpillar diaries' on the Henry Green EYFS YouTube channel.


17th April 2020

Today is a very sad day for us at Henry Green as it is time to say goodbye to Mr. Craven. We will all miss him very much and wish him all the best at his new school! Please have a look on our Henry Green EYFS YouTube channel to see a last goodbye message from Mr. Craven.


16th April 2020

Nursery Parents, today is school offer day - from 7pm tonight you will be able to find out which school your child has been offered a place for September, Starting Reception. Please make sure you accept the offer by 30th April 2020. If you are not happy with the school that has been offered, there is guidance on the council website for making an appeal here . Best of luck, we hope that everyone who put Henry Green as their 1st choice school has been offered a place. Fingers crossed!


12th April 2020

Happy Easter everyone! We all hope you are enjoying the time with your families and are keeping safe. From all of your EYFS teachers xx


6th April 2020

Children will be able to access some learning to do at home every week from today, please find this information on the website: Pupils- Year groups - Home learning.

We are very excited to announce that our new EYFS YouTube Channel has now launched too! Come along to join in with some learning tasks, story time and see messages from your teachers. 


20th March 2020

Please be aware that all schools are now closed for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 outbreak. School will remain open to support those children who's parents are key workers as outlined in the governments proposals. If you are one of these key workers and require your child to come to school, please contact the office. Stay safe, and we will see you all when it is safe to do so.


16th March 2020

Unfortunately due to current circumstances we have decided to cancel our Early words together course and the Stay and learn session on Friday 20th March. This is to protect the health of our pupils, parents and staff in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.


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