The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 28th September 2018

Diary Dates

Sun, 30th Sep

Choir to Perform at Civic Service (3.30pm)

Wed, 3rd Oct

Flu Vaccinations (Reception, Class 2, Class 3 and Yr 5 Children)

Wed, 3rd Oct

Class 2 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 3rd Oct

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 4th Oct

Open Classroom Event for Year 6 (9.30-11.30am)

Thu, 4th Oct

Open Classroom Event for Year 5 (1.30-3.00pm)

Fri, 5th Oct

Forest School for Class 2 (change of day due to Open Classroom Event)

Fri, 5th Oct

Class 3 and Class 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session - change of day due to Open Classroom Event)

Sat, 6th Oct

Autumn Fair at St Katherine's Hall

Key Dates for Autumn Term!

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)

* Thursday 25th October - Autumn Walk (weather permitting)

Friday 26th October - Harry Potter World for Class 4

Friday 26th October - LAST DAY OF TERM

Open Classroom Events Reminder!

At Eastnor we pride ourselves as being one big family where the staff, children, parents and our local community work together.

For our first Open Classroom Event of 2018/2019, we are going to invite our parents into school on Thursday 4th October to share learning with the children in year 5 and year 6.  

Miss Clark and Mrs Jones are planning some exciting activities where each year group will have chance to work with their loved ones, and showcase the hard work they have been doing so far this term.

We request that year 6 parents arrive promptly for the start of the morning session at 9.30 so they can be part of the main teaching session and have the opportunity to experience all of the planned activities. At 10.30am, the whole school, including our visitors, will join us for our Open the Book assembly.

Year 5 parents will be welcomed for the afternoon session which will begin at 1.30pm. 

We look forward to welcoming you all to school!

PTA Autumn Fair

The first PTA event of the year is nearly upon us – the Autumn Fair. We would be grateful if you could return stubs & money from raffle ticket sales, in an envelope, to the school office at your earliest convenience (no later than Friday 5th October). There are more tickets available for family and friends in the office. Please return any unsold tickets as soon as possible. Prizes include: -

Malvern Spa Relax Spa Day for two, 3 Counties Show 2019 family ticket

Talbot Inn voucher, Italian Hamper, Champagne

Port & Decanter, Home farm Kitchen Cake voucher.

The Autumn Fair is a wonderful event, helped largely by your kind donations, and the money raised will be welcomed by the school for various purchases throughout the year. Could you please bring into school at anytime over the next couple of weeks (the earlier the better please) : -

Second-hand children’s clothes, shoes & uniform 

Children’s books and toys 

Chocolate & bottle Tombola prizes – this can literally be anything from shampoo to wine to a KitKat!

Any budding jam/chutney makers - please let us know as soon as possible if you can help us with items for the Homemade Produce stall – this has been very popular in the past.

Any event always needs a good tea, coffee & cake stall so nearer the time, we’ll be sending home a request for cakes to be brought in either on Friday 5th October, or to the event. You all did Eastnor proud at the Macmillan coffee morning and we would be grateful if you could donate again.

Finally, just to remind you, we do have a Bags2School collection the week after the fair. A bag will be sent home soon for any items that won’t be sold at the fair, e.g. adult clothes, linen etc. This can be brought in week commencing 7th October.

Thank you for your continued support.

Harvest Service

Our Harvest Service will be held in church on Wednesday 10th October at 2.30. All the children in school will be taking part and it would be great to see lots of you there. There will be a collection at the end of the service for  the School in Africa we are supporting to provide the children with vital equipment to help them learn.

Hope to see lots of you there. Mrs Tart

Open the Book Fun!

Thursday saw the start of our 'Open The Book' assemblies and we are so lucky to have such a lovely team visit Eastnor each week. The group of volunteers - who come from local churches - act out stories from the Bible, with selected children from across school chosen to help them .

The assemblies are very interactive and the whole school love joining in with the actions and responses. This week we enjoyed the story of Saint Paul and many of us were able to join in with the fun. The 'Open The Book' team always involve the children, dressing them up and giving them significant roles in the story. It was fantastic to see children from all year groups willing to get involved, including some of our newest members in Reception Class.

Acting out the story gives an exciting and fun element to the story which all the children enjoy. This week's story gave children the opportunity to reflect on learning from our mistakes before enjoying a fun sing song to finish the service off.

Thank you to the 'Open The Book' team, it's lovely to have you back!

Sports Champion Visit!

On Monday, on behalf of UK-based initiative Sport for Champions, Commonwealth Artistic Gymnast, Clinton Purnell, hosted exercise sessions and a motivational assembly at Eastnor Primary. The sportsman – who has represented Wales throughout his career and recently returned from the Commonwealth Championships in Australia – put each year group through a pulse-racing workout and impressed us with his own skills too; showcasing handstands, cartwheels and flips with ultimate grace. Mrs Driscoll was even chosen to be a 'human' vault and Mr Purnell performed the perfect backwards summersault over her!

It was a truly inspiring morning for everyone in school and Goda, a talented young gymnast herself, said, "It was such fun morning. I loved doing all of the exercises and watching his amazing tricks. I hope I can be that good one day!"

We were very lucky to meet Mr Purnell who made us all realise that with commitment and hard work, anything is possible!

Malvern Garden Show Entries

A big 'Well Done' to all children who brought an amazing selection of fabulous fruit and vegetable animals, wonderful wellies and fantastic photographs as an entry for the Malvern Garden Show. They have obviously worked really hard on these imaginative creations at home. 

Mrs Driscoll carefully loaded her car on Friday (assisted by Ellis and Morgan in year 6) with all of the entries and transported them to Malvern, spending all morning ensuring not a single leaf, vegetable or photograph was out of place! 

If you wish to view the entries from our school on display at the Autumn Show, then pop along to the Discover Harvest Tent.  Judging will take place tomorrow morning (Saturday 29th September) so anyone visiting will see who has impressed the judges.  Thank you Mrs Driscoll (on behalf of the children) for spending all morning ensuring that their hard work reached the showground.  Hopefully we'll be congratulating some winners next week!

Good luck everyone!

Malvern show

Family Trees!

Thank you so much to all of the children in Class 2 who created a family tree! We have been looking at the Royal family and how family trees are used to show our family history. We explored the Royal Family and how the title of King or Queen is passed down through families. It was really exciting to explore our own family history!

Well done Ollie

What a fantastic swimming success we had in Class 1 this week. Ollie was bursting with pride as he came in to show us his latest certificate and badge from his swimming club.

The class and I were thrilled for Ollie's success, which involved him having to duck and dive for the cheeky fish sinking to the bottom of the pool as well as confidently moving over 5m independently.

Well done Ollie! Thank you for sharing your achievements with us!

os

School Photos!

Please return all orders for school photos by no later than Thursday 4th October. Many thanks.

Class 4

What a fantastic first few weeks we have had in Class 4!  The children are a very responsive, enthusiastic and charming group, so we have been smiling, talking and learning every day at the top end of the school.  Our learning in English has centred around our class text Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which the children have been reading and enjoying during the summer holidays.  We have focussed on the literary devices that authors like J.K Rowling use, such as: pathetic fallacy, imagery, dialogue, varied sentence lengths and figurative language (metaphors and similes).  The children have incorporated these into their own writing, as they use the text for guidance and support.  Every time we read together, I am so impressed by the quiet that engulfs the room, as we are all sucked into the world of Harry Potter, enthralled by the events and characters we are encountering. 

In mathematics, the children have been working hard on place value, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.  They have worked with 4, 5, 6 and 7 digit numbers - reading and writing them accurately as well as understanding the value of each digit.  Also (on our very first day back) the children had fun solving some 3d skeletal shape mathematical puzzles and proved how skilled they were in their measuring, cutting and fixing.  The shapes now adorn the room as the hang from the ceiling, although they may need a little adjustment before next Thursday, when the classroom will be filled with more tall bodies than short!

Our topics for afternoon lessons have been Light in science, Creation in RE and Politics in history.  Alongside this, in PSHE, we have been studying our environment and posed the question Is plastic REALLY that fantastic?  The children have discovered that this question creeps into our other subjects and reveals how important it is, as stewards of God's earth, that we take care of our planet.  In the first week the children composed and typed letters to Theresa May, sharing their concerns and demanding action, particularly regarding plastic bags.  We learnt that turtles venturing into UK waters encounter plastic bags and are increasingly mistaking our rubbish as one of their favourite snacks, jellyfish.  Creatures such as Leatherback turtles have been around for 100 million years and the children all feel very passionate about saving them and other creatures in our oceans.  We hope to hear a response to our letters sometime soon!

The children have also enjoyed singing lessons with Mrs Cheatham and have been practising 3 native American chants for the forthcoming Civic Service and Harvest Festival.  For our languages, we have also begun to learn some Latin, as J.K Rowling studied the classics at school and used many Latin words for inspiration in her own writing.  Latin is one of the 7 languages that can be taught in Key Stage 2 and is proving extremely useful for understanding where many of our modern day words come from.  Latin and ancient Greek give a good grounding in grammar, syntax and vocabulary of a number of modern languages, including English.  Hopefully class 4 children will be able to share their knowledge with their parents when they attend our Open Classroom event next week.  We look forward to seeing you all there! 

Miss Clark


House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Mollie for her brilliant determination with her reading and phonics both at school and at home. Great work Mollie, well done!

Year 1

Luka for always trying her absolute hardest in everything that she does! Well done!

Year 2

Maita for hard work in all you do and some super problem solving in maths. Well done!

Year 3

Erin for always being ready to work and for being so thoughtful. Well done Erin!

Year 4

Zack for super maths work whilst learning about near multiples and for being a great role model at assembly. Well done Zack!

Year 5

Grace for her enthusiasm and enjoyment when singing with Mrs Cheatham in choir sessions and for fantastic understanding of light in science. Great work Grace!

Year 6

Morgan for his perseverance and skills demonstrated in mathematics lessons. Well done Morgan. Super work!

Headteacher Award

Lilly in class 4 for her wonderful skills for all things creative and for some excellent maths work too. Well done Lilly.