The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 14th September 2018

Diary Dates

Mon, 17th Sep

Reception Parent Information Evening (5pm in Class 1)

Wed, 19th Sep

Class 2 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 19th Sep

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 20th Sep

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 20th Sep

Class 1 and Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Fri, 21st Sep

Class 1 Superhero Day!

Key Dates for Autumn Term

Monday 17th September - Reception Parents Information Eve  (5pm)

Monday 24th September - Sports for Champions Athlete Visit!

Saturday 29th September - Malvern Garden Show

Sunday 30th September - Civic Service (3.30pm)

Wednesday 3rd October – Flu Vaccinations

Thursday 4th October - Open Classroom Event for Year 6 (9.30-11.30am)

Thursday 4th October - Open Classroom Event for Year 5 (1.30 – 3.30pm)

Saturday 6th October - PTA Autumn Fair @ St Katherine’s Ledbury

Wednesday 10th October - Harvest Service (2.30pm) NO CLUBS

Friday 12th October - A Special visit from the Air Ambulance Team

Wednesday 17th October - Open Day (9.30-11.30 – 1.30-2.30pm)

Tuesday 23rd October - PTA AGM (6pm)

Friday 26th October - Harry Potter World for Class 4

Friday 26th October - LAST DAY OF TERM

Thank You PTA!

Everyone in school would like to thank the PTA for the excellent fundraising they did last year, and for subsequently being able to  help the staff, children and parents in school.

The PTA have subsidised trips and transport throughout the year, have given teachers the money to titivate their classrooms with new rugs, cushions and specialist resources, ensured the Leavers had a fabulous gift and a memorable day out and perhaps most notably, they purchased Forest School Kit which will benefit all the children in classes 1 and 2 this academic year.

If we can raise a similar amount -or more- this year they will spend the money raised on the following things: -

  • Pantomime Tickets for each of the children in school
  • £200 for each class teacher to spend in their classrooms
  • A projector and screen for us in Church.   
  • A Mud Kitchen for Forest School
  • Leavers Day Out and Leavers Gifts

The PTA need the continued help and support of all parents to plan and run successful events for the children and Eastnor Families. To help ensure you are fully aware of what is coming up - and so you can find out about the work that is going on behind the scenes by our willing volunteers, the minutes from all PTA meetings will be sent out to each family via Parent Mail for you to peruse.

Please note that the annual PTA AGM will take place on Tuesday 23rd October from 6pm. Please come and share your ideas and find out more about how you can help! 

Welcoming the newest members of the Eastnor Family

It's been a fantastic week here in Class 1 and I am beaming with pride at how well everyone has come bouncing into school this week, every morning the children are getting better and more confident about coming into school. Well done!

We have enjoyed discovering more about the school and our lovely environment such as Forest School! The children have adapted well and embraced all our traditions such as walking with their church partners and enjoying school dinners with the older children. Fantastic!

In the classroom the children have become excellent shape detectives, hunting around the school for all sorts of interesting shapes. We even used words like pentagon, hexagon and octagon! Wow!

What a brilliant week we've had, it's so lovely to have you all join our Eastnor family!

Roald Dahl Day Fun!

On Thursday the whole school focussed on the life and work of Roald Dahl, as we joined other schools around the country celebrating national Roald Dahl day.  Each class shared their knowledge of his stories and characters before creating headwear or props to represent a book or character.  Reception children made headbands which focussed on the story The Enormous Crocodile.  Year 1 children made George's granny from George's Marvellous Medicine, after she had drunk the stretchy potion!  Year 2 children created their own giant masks from The BFG and Years 3 and 4 children made headbands with their favourite Roald Dahl characters on.  Children in Years 5 and 6 used all types of rubbish (that would normally have been thrown away or recycled) to make props to represent their favourite Roald Dahl characters.  Everyone enjoyed sharing what they had made at the end and the children certainly all had a very Dahlicious day!  Well done everyone!

Roald Dahl Day Fun at Forest School

What a fantastic time we all had at Forest School. The children looked so smart in their new trousers and jackets supplied by the PTA.  The year 1 and 2's did a great job introducing reception to our wonderful site  whilst teaching them how to keep safe while they are there. As part of our Ronald Dahl day the children re-enacted the Giant Crocodile and made wonderful potions for George's Marvellous Medicine. We are all looking forward to lots more Forest School adventures.

Sports For Champions Visit and Sponsored Circuit!

"Inspiring The Children Of Today To Become The Champions Of Tomorrow!"

On Monday 24th September, the school will be welcoming the Gymnast Clinton Purnell who is a multiple Welsh champion. He competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and most recently the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

 During his visit to Eastnor, all children in school will be taking part in a sponsored fitness circuit as Sports For Champions UK believes within every child there is a champion waiting to be unleashed! The day will aim to show that with hard work and motivation anyone can achieve their dream, not only in sport but in every aspect of their lives.

We hope you received your child's sponsor forms which were sent home on Wednesday.

Both school and the Sports For Champion Charity will benefit from this exciting event, as the children meet an inspiring champion. They will also get to challenge themselves during the circuit session and perhaps most importantly, they will learn some key lessons about how motivation, effort and attitude can help them achieve anything they put their mind to!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

By the time you read this newsletter, the staff, children, parents, extended family and friends will have enjoyed sharing refreshments and sweet treats at our Macmillan Fundraising event. We hope that the new organisation will mean the whole school community - and our friends from Bubbles Nursery and Birhams Grange - will have enjoyed getting together to support this wonderful cause. The big question is, will we beat last years target of £280? More news and photos will follow next week.

Musical Success!

Well done to Nancy in year 5 and Freya in year 4 who have both successfully passed their recent music exams in style, Nancy with Distinction and  Freya with a very high merit. Well done girls!
Nancy and Freya

Flu Vaccination

Please can all forms be returned to school before September 26th as an NHS nurse will be collecting them on this day.

Class 2

Class 2 have got straight back into the swing of things having a busy, hard working first few weeks. It was great to welcome the children back and hear all about their adventures over the Summer holiday. They all settled into new routines really quickly and begun to build friendships with teachers and classmates.

Our English focus has been on Roald Dahl. The Year 1 children have been busy with George's Marvellous Medicine. We have been looking at all of the fantastic potions that the Year 1 children have made and seeing how they compare to George's. We have also been exploring George and his nasty Grandma and have started to think about ways to describe them.

In Year 2 the children shared the beautiful dream jars they have made during the summer holiday as we launched our learning using 'The BFG'. Over the past few weeks we have focused on amazing adjectives, acronyms, synonyms of 'big', similes, neat handwriting and super sentences. We went for a walk looking for giants and found some amazingly colossal trees. They gave us a real sense of what it would be like to peer up at a giant. We will be using all of these ideas in our own giant descriptions next week.

Both Year 1 and 2 children have focused on Number and Place Value in Maths. Year 1 have been looking at correctly forming our numbers and making sure they are all pointing in the right direction. We have also been comparing and ordering numbers and seeing where they fit on a number line.

Year 2 have been partitioning two digit numbers into tens and ones in a variety of ways using lots of different resources. We have been comparing numbers and solving problems using place value to help us. Some of us have been learning how to work systematically to make sure we find all the answers when solving a maths problem.

In topic, we have started to look at Queens, Kings and Castles. This week we looked at why some Castles were built on hills and thought about where we would build a Castle. This topic looks really fun and soon we will be building our  very own Castle!

In science, we have started to explore materials and have been looking at the properties of materials. We started our learning off with making some slime potions and putty. Although these didn't turn out quite as we expected, we all enjoyed playing with the creations and exploring how the properties of the ingredients had changed.

In computing, we have started to look at how and why we keep safe on the internet. We all had lots of fantastic ideas on what information we shouldn't share with strangers and why we shouldn't share this information with people that we do not know.

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Matthew for his fantastic shape knowledge, bringing in shapes he'd found at home! Well done Matty!

Year 1

Lorna for trying really hard to read every night at home this week. Good reading Lorna, keep it up!

Year 2

Ted for a fantastic effort with your work. You are trying really hard to achieve your best - well done!

Year 3

Goda for her super effort in every lesson which is helping her to achieve her full potential. Keep going Goda!

Year 4

Lewis for fantastic maths work whilst learning about place value. Well done Lewis!

Year 5

Lily B for carrying out her lunchtime duties so conscientiously. Mrs Layton has commented on how helpful you have been every single day, going above and beyond. Well done Lily!

Year 6

Grace H for her fantastic work in maths lessons solving difficult problems and always being ready for a challenge. Well done Grace!

Headteacher Award

Alfie in class 2 for starting the school year brilliantly! Alfie has been listening carefully, working hard and is being a super year 2 role model. Well done Alfie.