The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 26th October 2018

Diary Dates

Fri, 26th Oct

Last Day of Half Term

Mon, 5th Nov

Back to School!

Mon, 5th Nov

Class 1 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Tue, 6th Nov

Children in Need - Eastnor's Bake Off and Pudsey Visit

Wed, 7th Nov

Class 2 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 7th Nov

Class 3 and 4 PE (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 8th Nov

Class 3 and 4 PE Lesson (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 8th Nov

Class 1 and Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 8th Nov

PTA NEON NIGHT

Key Dates for Autumn Term (2)

Tuesday 6th November - Eastnor Bake Off for Children In Need

Thursday 8th November - PTA Neon Night (NO CLUBS)

Monday 12th-Friday 16th November - Anti Bullying Week/ Internet safety

* New Date for Thursday 15th November - PTA Film Night @ Ledbury Market Theatre

Friday 16th November - Children in Need Day

Friday 16th November- End of Autumn Term Progress Reports Sent Home

Monday 19th-Friday 23rd - Road Safety Week

Tuesday 20th November - Late Parents Evening (5.00pm-7.30pm) (NO CLUBS)

Wednesday 21st November- Early Parents Evening (4.00pm -6pm) (NO CLUBS)

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd November - Bikeability Training for Year 6 Children

Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th December - PTA Secret Room

Wednesday 12th December - KS1 Nativity (9.30am) Christingle service (6pm) (NO CLUBS)

Thursday 13th December - PTA Christmas Fair (3.30pm) (NO CLUBS)

Friday 14th December - Whole School Trip to Snow White @ Malvern Theatre

NO CLUBS Monday 17th – Thursday 20th December

Tuesday 18th December - Christmas Art Day

Wednesday 19th December - Christmas Lunch

Thursday 20th December - Christmas Party Day

Friday 21st December - Save the Children Xmas Jumper Day

Friday 21st December - LAST DAY OF TERM

Final Reminder - Secondary School Application Deadline!

All parents who have children in year 6 will have been considering which Secondary School they would like to move to in September 2019.

Please note the following details about applications:-

  • Closing date for applications 31 October 2018
  • Offer Day 1 March 2019

If you need help with making an application or have any questions about the phase transfer admissions please contact:

  • Telephone: Dawn Skyrme 01432 260925
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Address: School Admissions, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane Offices, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE

Date Reminder - Staff Training Afternoon!

Please note that school will be closing at 12 o' clock on Friday 8th February due to an opportunity for all staff to attend bespoke training with colleagues from four local schools in the Ledbury Cluster.

All children will need to be collected at 12 o'clock so lunch will not be served on this day.

There will be no childcare available at school during the afternoon as all staff will be attending the training but Bubbles are happy to do an early pick up on this occasion.

Eastnor's Bake Off for Children In Need!

On Tuesday 6th November, we will welcome back Pudsey Bear as he begins his journey around the two counties, collecting money for Children in Need.

We have an extra special treat in store for him this year, as we will be hosting a very special Eastnor Bake Off during his visit to school! We have lined up four special parent bakers who will be working with all of the children, in their school houses, in a bid to create a show stopping selection of cakes. Who will be named star baker?

All children will need to bring in £3 to take part in the baking masterclass; they can also wear home clothes and a bake off inspired accessory such as an apron or chef's hat.

Mrs Bullock and the school council will also be selling gold and rose gold pin badges, wrist bands and fluorescent key rings (all £1.50) during the first two weeks of term.

Eastnor Bake Off

PTA Neon Night!

Enjoy a family night of glowing good fun at Neon Night!

When - Thursday 08 November, 4.30pm – 6:30pm

A full family event! Tickets include Soup, a Hotdog, a Drink and TWO Glow Sticks, all for :£3.00/pp, Family:£10 (<2yr free)

More glowing treasures will be for sale on the night! So keep the date free! All proceeds will go to help the school!

So come join us for some neon light delights at Neon Night!

neon night 2

Autumn Walk Fun!

On Thursday, the whole school embarked on an Autumn Walk across the grounds of the Eastnor Estate.

Classes 2, 3 and 4 prepared themselves and then headed off on the challenging walk up to the Obelisk in the Deer Park, which they did in very good time. They enjoyed a snack and a drink at the summit whilst taking in the spectacular views of the area around them, and it was a good time for the children to reflect on how lucky they are to have this environment on our doorstep!

Class 1 began their first Autumn walk by exploring the grounds of the deer park. They had lots of fun spotting the signs of Autumn and using their five senses. The children had time to take in the beautiful sights around them such as the colourful trees, the variety of woodland animals and the view of the Obelisk far away on the hill. All children and adults had a truly wonderful morning and the children used their walk to inspire work back in the classroom.

Many thanks to Maria and Bec who helped staff with the walk.

Favourite Moments!

There are so many magical moments that have happened over the last few weeks; it feels like an impossible task for teachers to choose just one.

A highlight from us all in Class 1 has to be our Superhero Day! The children really did rise to the occasion with their brilliant superhero costumes and we soon sorted out that cheeky Joker who kept playing tricks on us! It was a lovely Autumnal day and we loved having the opportunity to explore the local area and share our expertise. The children showed off their superb teamwork and wonderful imagination. We can't wait for more adventures next term!

Class 2 have really enjoyed our focus on the author Roald Dahl. His books have given us lots of fun ideas for work in the classroom. The Year 1 children loved making marvellous medicines and concoctions whilst the Year 2's enjoyed making and tasting Frobscottle! A particular highlight for Class 2 was the Roald Day at school, when we all made masks which we showed off to the school in our Roald Dahl day parade!

One of Class 3's favourite moments has to be when we entered the Malvern Autumn show. The children really enjoyed decorating their wellies and it was so good to see so many people taking part and winning lots of prizes! On the morning that the wellies were brought in, the children loved sharing their ideas with each other, of how they had planned and constructed them, using lots of natural resources and fun bits from home. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them all displayed at the showground when I visited the show. Hearing all of the lovely comments made me so proud of my class.

Class 4's highlight was our Open Classroom event! It was wonderful to see the children sharing their learning with the some of the special people in their lives. I am glad to say that the parents who attended were especially polite and well behaved - clearly their children were setting a perfect example to them! Our English lesson was suitably challenging, as we retrieved information from our class text and answered some tricky, thought-provoking questions. I am glad to say, however, that everyone (big and little alike) passed the 'test' and achieved top marks! Our morning and afternoon sessions were nicely rounded off by looking through the children's books, with a cup of tea or coffee and a big slice of cake. Even the children got to enjoy some! I think they'll wish 'Open Classroom' took place in Class 4 every day at this rate!

Healthy School Status - Governor Update!

As governors of Eastnor Primary School, we are always looking for ways to further improve. Many schools within Herefordshire have already been accredited with National Healthy School status and this is something we are fully committed to achieving this academic year. There are proven benefits to healthy eating including improvements to children’s concentration and better academic outcomes. After auditing what we do at Eastnor, we know we already fulfil many areas of the criteria to achieve healthy school status but we do still have some areas to work on, and need your support to do this. Please see the new healthy eating policy which is attached to the newsletter parent mail which includes stricter guidance about what children should be eating for their mid-morning snack. Governors who have been appointed to the healthy school and well-being committee will be making regular visits to school to ensure the policy is being adhered to. Many thanks for you continued support.

Good Luck Mrs Tart!

Mrs Tart will undergo some follow up treatment on her eye at the beginning of November. During her recovery, Miss Evans will be working with Mrs Scull in class 3 and Miss Patchett will be ably assisted by Mrs Farnell and Miss Lewis in class 2.

Everyone at school would like to send Mrs Tart their best wishes and know that she will be back with us as soon as possible.

Half Term Events @ The Masters House Ledbury

Tuesday 30th October (10am - 11.30am & 12 noon - 1.30am)

Tickets £10

Play with Clay!

Join Eastnor Pottery and create a woodland creature in this half-term workshop! Come and get creative (and a little mucky) with clay and make something special to take home. All materials supplied. Suitable for 6- 12 years.

Class 4

We have had a wonderful last few weeks in Class 4 and cannot quite believe that half-term is here already, as the time seems to have flown by! Our work in english lessons has continued to centre around 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', and the children have relished learning about J.K Rowling's style as an author and how she uses literary devices, such as: 'the power of three'; a long sentence followed by a short sentence; several short sentences in a row; metaphors and similies; pathetic fallacy; and ellipses, to name but a few! The children have also studied dialogue and questions recently, considering the use of rhetorical questions as well as how authors sometimes omit a question mark when a character's voice trails off.

We have also studied 'The Lost Words' by Robert MacFarlane - a powerful dictionary (illustrated beautifully by Jackie Morris) which laments the loss of many natural words from the latest published junior dictionary. The children were shocked to learn that these words include conker, bluebell, acorn and crow; words which the children use so readily in their language and see about them so often. Robert MacFarlane's hope is that by saying his poems aloud, we can conjure these words back into the language of children. Class 4 children would like to echo MacFarlane's belief that they never actually left their vocabulary (despite what lexicographers would have us believe) and have particularly enjoyed using his poems for inspiration, composing their own acrostic poems based on an 'animal collective noun' study.

In mathematics lessons, we have focussed recently on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children have been putting their knowledge of number bonds and times tables to good use as they work with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 digit numbers, solving problems and reasoning with their answers. Mental recall of number facts is vital at the top end of the school, when there is so much that has to be answered in a given time as we prepare for SATs. Mrs Jones and I have been stretching our brains too, to ensure that the children are reaching their full potential and Mrs Driscoll has been popping in to support the children with this higher level maths as well! Well done children on working so hard this half term in mathematics - you have really impressed the adults working with you.

Finally, the children have continued to enjoy our topics on 'Light', 'Creation v Science' and 'Parliament and Monarchy'. I am thoroughly enjoying teaching the older children as you can ask more searching, thought-provoking questions... and receive some suitable replies back (apologies Reception children!). This week - as part of our learning on shadows - we asked the question 'What would happen if the Earth had two suns?' This led to a really interesting conversation about heat, light and the duration of day and night. In RE we recently asked the questions 'What came first - the chicken or the egg?' and 'Can you think of anything that was not caused by something?' The children pondered whether they believed that God is the cause of our universe or not - for even if we do not follow the Christian view stated in Genesis of how the earth was formed in 7 days, this would then align us with scientific facts about the 'Big Bang'. The children have shared fantastic ideas in class and each day they amaze me with their knowledge and wonderment of the world. Well done Class 4. Have a wonderful half-term - you truly deserve a break next week. Miss Clark

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Taylor-Fletch for his amazing phonics this week and for helping others in the classroom. I am very impressed with you - good boy!

Year 1

George for always listening and paying attention in class. What a superstar George!

Year 2

Danai for always trying and applying himself 100% to everything he does. Fantastic Danai!

Year 3

Melly for working so hard in class with everything and being a good friend to others.

Year 4

Cecily for giving 100% in every area of school life and producing fantastic results.

Year 5

Libby for trying so hard in maths and for her beautiful use of language when writing - you truly soak up the atmosphere with your words! Well done Libby.

Year 6

Keanu for always offering to help adults around school and for his fantastic mental arithmetic in maths lessons. You have really impressed me Keanu - well done!

Headteacher Award

Emily in year 4 for her fantastic attitude to all aspects of school life and for giving her full commitment to every opportunity she is given both inside and outside the classroom. Emily, you are the perfect ambassador for Eastnor Primary School. Well done!