The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 14th December 2018

Diary Dates

Mon, 17th Dec

Singing at Birchams Grange

Tue, 18th Dec

Christmas Art Day (non uniform day!)

Tue, 18th Dec

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day (non uniform day)

Wed, 19th Dec

School Games Athletics @ JMHS (parents informed)

Wed, 19th Dec

Class 3 and 4 PE Lesson (afternoon session)

Thu, 20th Dec

Christmas Party Day (non uniform)

Thu, 20th Dec

NO PE and NO FOREST SCHOOL!

Fri, 21st Dec

LAST DAY OF HALF TERM

Countdown to Christmas!

Monday 17th December (Morning) - Singing at Birchams Grange

Infant children to visit Birchams Grange to bring some festive cheer to the residents.

Tuesday 18th December- Christmas Art Day

All children to work in mixed age groups to take part in a carousel of creative Christmas activities. All children to wear home clothes. Please be mindful of the fact that there could be paint and glitter galore on this day!

Wednesday 19th December - Christmas Lunch/Save the Children

Christmas Jumper Day *please note date change for wearing a Christmas Jumper!

The whole school will share time together whilst enjoying their Christmas Lunch. On this day we will also be asking children to wear their favourite Christmas Jumper and to bring a donation of £1 which will be sent to the Save the Children Charity. All children to wear home clothes with their favourite festive jumper.

Thursday 20th December (Afternoon) - Christmas Party

We will have our annual Christmas Party afternoon after lunch which will include a special visit from the big man in red! All children to wear home clothes/party clothes.

Friday 21st December - LAST DAY OF TERM

Swimming/PE timetable for Spring Term

Please note, there will be some changes to the timetable after Christmas due to different curriculum commitments including swimming lessons. Please see the list below for details:-

Monday Afternoon - Swimming Lessons for Class 1 and Class 3

Wednesday Morning - PE Lessons for Class 2

Wednesday Afternoon - PE Lessons for Class 1 & Class 4

Thursday Afternoon - Forest School for Class 2 & PE Lessons for Class 3 and 4

Travelling Crib!

What a lovely treat Reception were given at the start of this week. Mrs Driscoll and some of the Class 1 children eagerly bounced down the corridor with different puppets - we wondered what the story could be about! We pieced together the puppets and props before realising that it must be the scene from the Nativity story, a tale we know so well now!

The children have thoroughly enjoyed playing with the Travelling crib and re-enacting the nativity story. They were so excited when they found the puppet that matched their character from our recent Nativtiy play, 'The Landlord's Cat'.

The Travelling Crib was kindly brought to school by the Jones family. Many thanks for sharing it with us as well as all the contributers.

A Special Nativity!

On Wednesday morning the infant children performed their nativity, The Landlord's Cat. The church was bursting at the seams with friends and family all there to see the children narrate, sing, act and dance. The smiles on the faces of both children and audience showed what a success it was. There were cats, donkeys, angels and a whole cast to retell this significant and important Christian story. From the youngest Reception to the oldest Year 2's, all children were involved and were amazing. Many thanks to all parents for supporting their children and for providing wonderful costumes.

Nativity

Christingle Service

On Wednesday evening our annual Christingle service took place and what a fantastic turnout we had. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces join us this year for the special service.

The service was opened by the Eastnor children who showcased their singing and got everyone in the Christmas spirit. Our thanks go to Kate Cheetham who has been working with our KS2 choir this term and to Miss Davies, Miss Evans and Miss Patchett who brought the Nativity to life for the youngest children in school by teaching them songs from the Landlord's Cat.

Reverend Keith and the year 5 and 6 pupils also did a wonderful job of leading the service, sharing with us some lovely prayers, stories and thoughts. The service involved some of the true traditional Christmas hymns which certainly had us all feeling festive. When the Christingle talk took place, we were all very impressed with the children’s knowledge about what the Christingle represented and walking out with our lit Christingles added a special touch to the end of the service, giving each individual a time to reflect on what and who is important to them.

Thank you all for attending and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Parent Partnership!

On Thursday, school opened up the doors and invited parents to join their children for a parent partnership session. There were mince pies for the adults to enjoy and time for children to share their work books, showcase art work and project work, and to talk about any work displayed in their classrooms.

A higlight from the afternoon was the entertainment by a group of fantastic musicians who showcased how hard they had been working in their peripatetic music lessons with Josie Bedford-Davies and Dom Kearne . They shared some well known festive pieces and performed faultlessly. Well done all!

We hope you all enjoyed coming to see all of the hard work that has been going on in school this term by the children and the amazing Eastnor teaching and support staff!

Panto Fun!

This morning, the whole school enjoyed a wonderful time at Malvern Theatre watching their professional pantomime, Snow White. The children should all be commended for their impeccable behaviour, as always, and for their enthusiasm and enjoyment throughout. As well as the traditional, "Oh no you won'ts!” the children enjoyed singing and clapping along to the familiar songs, which included Baby Shark, songs from the Greatest Showman and Copacabana and booing the wicked queen who was played by the billiant Sue Pollard!

Goodbye and Good Luck Miss Lewis!

Sadly we say goodbye to Miss Joanne Lewis who has spent the Autumn term with Class 2. Many thanks To Miss Lewis for her hard work. We wish her good luck as she continues her journey towards becoming a teacher.

Swimming Superstars

We have some fantastic swimmers in Class 2. Both Lilly and Ruby have passed their level 3. This is such a fantastic achievement! Well done girls!

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Class 1 Swimming Success

Pippa proudly came into school this week showing off her latest swimming acheivement. Pippa confidently talked to her class and different teachers about how she could happily get into the pool on her own now before having plenty of fun splashing around. Well done Pippa! We can't wait to see your swimming after Christmas!

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Class 1

What a fantastic month we have had here in Reception. The children, regardless of the tiredness kicking in, have really enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit. They were astonished to discover that on the first Monday of December Father Christmas and his little elves had paid our classroom a visit. The classroom had been transformed into a wonderfully magic Santa's Grotto with a hidden Santa camera and a mysterious present and letter left for us all.

The children couldn't wait to open the present and discover what was waiting for them inside. But first we needed to read the letter of course. Miss Davies read the letter and the children discovered that indeed Father Christmas and his elves had paid our classroom a visit and told us they needed our help to get ready for Christmas. The children were more than willing to help with lots of lovely suggestions from them all, including have a hot chocolate machine and a wrapping station. We worked very hard to make sure we could help the elves in anyway we could. And what super helpers they have all been, the Grotto has certainly been a huge hit with everyone!

In our English lessons we have had an author focus on Julia Donaldson, looking at The Gruffalo and this week The Stickman. It has been fantastic to hear the children join in with the stories remembering all the key phrases and telling the stories all by themselves. We thought about how the Gruffalo looked before designing our very own Woodland creatures; what superb imagination the children demonstrated. The children continue to try so hard with the mark making and are beginning to use letters and words so much more confidently! Well done everyone!

In Maths we have continued working alongisde our close friends, Numberblocks. The children thoroughly enjoy learning about what the Numberblocks have been up to during the week and then happily interpret this in their own learning. The children have been working hard at thinking outside the box when it comes to different numbers. They have thought very carefully about how a number can be represented in different ways, having lots of fun with the paint with this learning! And now they are beginning to partition (I'm sure they can tell you what that means now) numbers into different ways. Fantastic maths skills Reception!

In other areas of learning Class 1 have enjoyed exploring Christmas and what it means to them and others. They have enjoyed sharing and learning all about the Nativity story and I think you will all agree when I say what a fabulous performance they gave us all on Wednesday morning. The children have explored mixing different colours in Art, experimenting with colours they like and colours they don't like. The children certainly enjoy being outside for PE and Forest School, clearly showing that this is where the children come to life and have so much to talk about, which is wonderful to see from some of our quieter members.

Well done Reception, you truly are an amazing class and I feel very lucky to be your teacher. I am so impressed with how much you are learning and how willing and excited you always are when you come into school to start your day!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Ollie for being a brilliant example to others, always trying hard with his learning and being a brilliant friend to everyone. What an asset to the school. Well done Ollie.

Year 1

Thomas for always showing enthusiasm in school and for being a great donkey in the nativity. Well done Thomas.

Year 2

Alex for narrating his part in the nativity story so confidently and clearly. Well done Alex!

Year 3

Jacob for being a good friend to the younger children in school Well done Jacob!

Year 4

Harry for a great attitude to his learning and for super fraction work. Well done, keep it up!

Year 5

Kai for being such a kind, caring and polite member of the class and for really pushing himself in maths lessons this term... and producing fantastic results! Well done Kai!

Year 6

Isabel for working so hard on her creative writing and producing wonderful pieces of descriptive work. Keep up the super work Isabel. What a star!

Headteacher Award

Heidi in class 2 for her lovely attitude around school, for always working hard and for being an amazing Landlord's Cat in the infant Nativity this week. Well done Heidi!