The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 13th September 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 16th Sep

Class 1 Welly Walk - afternoon session

Mon, 16th Sep

Parent Information Evening for Reception Class

Wed, 18th Sep

Class 3 and Class 4 PE lessons with Mrs Dawe and Mr Bees

Thu, 19th Sep

Class 3 and Class 4 PE lessons with Mrs Dawe (morning session due to coffee afternoon)

Thu, 19th Sep

Welcome Back Coffee Afternoon for Macmillan Cancer Research @ Eastnor Cricket Club

Fri, 20th Sep

Year 1 and 2 Singing Project with Mrs Cheetham (this session now at Eastnor school!)

Diary Dates for Autumn Term 2019

Thursday 19th September - Welcome Back Coffee Afternoon for Macmillan (new date due to ECC availability)

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September – Autumn Garden Show

Tuesday 1st October - Open Classroom Event for Year 5 (9.30-11.00am)

Tuesday 1st October - Open Classroom Event for Year 6 (1.30-3.00am)

Wednesday 9th October – Individual/Sibling Photos with Russell Lewis

Friday 11th October – School Closing at 1pm for Cluster School training

Wednesday 23rd October - Open Day (9.30-11.30 – 1.30-2.30pm)

Friday 18th October - - Harvest Service (2.30pm)

Tuesday 22nd October - PTA AGM (6pm)

Friday 25th October - LAST DAY OF HALF TERM

Monday 4th November – Multi Academy Trust Training Day for Teachers

Tuesday 5th November – CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL

Thursday 7th November – NEON NIGHT (4.30pm)

Friday 8th November - Remembrance & Music Assembly for Parents (2.30pm)

Monday 11th November – No Clubs due to Cluster Moderation Session

Monday 11th-Friday 15th November - Anti Bullying Week/ Internet safety

Friday 15th November - Children in Need Day

Friday 15th November- End of Autumn Term Progress Reports Sent Home

Monday 18th-Friday 22nd November- Road Safety Week

Tuesday 19th November - Late Parents Evening (5.00pm-7.30pm) NO CLUBS

Wednesday 20th November- Early Parents Evening (4.00pm -6pm) NO CLUBS

Friday 22nd November – Year 2 Singing Project at Hellen’s House Much Marcle

Friday 22nd November – Bikeability Training for Year 6 children

Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th December –Secret Room

Saturday 7th December – Christmas Fair St Katherine’s Ledbury (10am)

Wednesday 11th December – Class 1 and Class 2 Nativity (9.30am)

Wednesday 11th December - Christingle service (6pm) NO CLUBS

Thursday 12th December – NHS Flu Immunisation

Friday 13th December - Whole School Trip to Aladdin @ Malvern Theatre

Monday 16th – Friday 20th December -No Clubs Final Week of Term

Tuesday 17th December - Christmas Art Day

Wednesday 18th December – Save the Children Xmas Jumper Day/ Christmas Dinner

Thursday 19th December – Christmas Party Day

Friday 20th December – LAST DAY OF TERM

Community Coffee and Cake to raise money for Macmillan!

Eastnor Primary School will be hosting a special event - with other members of the Eastnor community such as Bubbles and Birchams Grange - from 1pm on Thursday 19th September at Eastnor Cricket Club.

Our community cafe will open - selling cakes and refreshments - in a bid to raise money for Macmillan which I am sure you will all agree is a wonderful charity.

All children from across school will to go to the cricket club during the course of the afternoon. This will ideally be with parents, grandparents or family friends (we will request you pick children up from school if this is the case) or with their teacher and classmates.

Mrs Farnell is taking a lead in organising the event with representatives from Bubbles Nursery and Birchams Grange - my thanks go to her! However, many hands make light work and she also needs some willing parents to help her set up from 10am and run the event throughout the afternoon, alongside the class 4 children and staff from Bubbles Nursery and Birchams Grange. She will also need you to generously donate cakes and sweet treats for our customers to enjoy which I know you are always happy to do!

Giving the Children a Voice!

Encouraging children to be involved in many different aspects of school life ensures they feel valued and engaged in their learning. Giving our children a voice is very important to us and we will run three 'councils' this academic year where the elected children will be given the chance to represent school, attend meetings and speak on behalf of themselves and their friends about a number of issues.

The following children have been elected to represent each council for the 2019/2020 year:-

School Council - Libby (Y6) Jayden (Y5) Erica (Year 4) Joseph (Y3) Frankie (Y2) Harry WH (Y1) Ranulph (R).

Sports Council - Nancy, Lily B, and Lilly P

Voice of Values Council

The Voice of Values Council has a very important job in our Church of England school. Their responsibilites include:-

1) Being ambassadors and actively promoting our Christian Values

2) Planning, leading and evaluating Collective Worship

3) Organising and running fundraising events for our chosen charities

5) Working with the wider school community to promote 'Home School Values'

This year, the Voice of Values Council -which includes Libby, Grace, Eleanor and Tabitha - will help children in school learn about the Christian Value for each month, making links to the Christian calendar, school events and celebrations. They will also lead some collective worship sessions.

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A Window into the Curriculum - Class 4

The children in class 4 have made a fantastic start to the new academic year and I am thrilled with each and every one of them. A busy and exciting time lies ahead of us and there is much to pack in and enjoy over the course of the next 11 months! However, after the first few days, I am certain that all of the children have the right 'Eastnor' attitude and spirit to make the most of every minute and are all bound to achieve so very much.

Our topics this term include the Romans, Electricity, Settlements, Food and Shopping in France and The Hobbit. We began our work in English this term debating the wearing of school uniform - a topic that certainly proved to be a contentious issue! We have also shared the text 'Danny the Champion of the World' by Roald Dahl, in preparation for Roald Dahl Day today. Some fantastic pieces of artwork were produced by the children when we studied an array of beautiful pheasant feathers, as we learnt how Danny's famous William was an avid poacher. In addition, the children have focused on the opening paragraphs in The Hobbit and used this - as well as Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' - as inspiration for further amazing artwork.

In mathematics lessons we have been learning about place value in numbers to one million. The children have used place value grids and other practical resources to support their learning and are already showing how adept they are in their problem solving and reasoning. There are other opportunities every day to practise our maths skills, such as before school and our daily maths burst after lunch. In these sessions the children have been exploring 'time' problems, as well as practising their times tables.

Mrs Dawe and I have also been extremely impressed with their skills and cooperation in PE lessons too. The children have been learning to play handball - a thrilling game which many year 7 children play in secondary school, and their focus and energy levels so far have been second to none! Elliot Bees, who joins Mrs Dawe to coach the children every Wednesday, has also been bowled over (excuse the pun!) by the ability, respect and determination on show during his PE sessions with my class. This mirrors the superb attitude of the children inside the classroom as well and it is wonderful, as their teacher, to hear all of the adults in school talking so positively about class 4. With many events and trips outside of school taking place in the coming weeks, this is extremely important. Well done children! You should all be very proud of yourselves, as I am.

A Window into the Curriculum - Class 3

What a great start to the new year the children have had in class 3, settling in so well and taking on all the challenges and expectations asked of them. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to be in school fully this week, due to fracturing the base of my Tibia falling down some steps! The children are in very good hands with Mr Rowson, who I am liaising with daily. He is very impressed with my lovely class and will be covering me later in the month when I must have a follow up eye operation. The children have lots of exciting things to look forward to this school year.

In English we are reading our class text, The Railway Children and looking at the story in detail. We will be looking at different settings and comparing them. We are looking at the use of sentence structure and the effect on our writing. We will then be writing our own chapter for the story with a focus on what we have read. The children will also be writing instructions to be used at a railway station. We will also be looking at a range of poetry from our text and writing our own versions. Alongside this we will be learning how to use our spelling, grammar and punctuation correctly to add to our writing.

In Maths we will be learning how we can use all aspects of place value in and how to transfer these skills to all our number work. We will then be looking at adding and subtracting in a variety of ways using problem solving and our investigative skills. We will also be looking at lots of different ways to help us to learn our times tables and become fluent in our recall of them up to 12 X 12.

In our science lessons we will be learning about Electricity, constructing a simple electrical circuit, and using basic parts (cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers ) We will then start to add more complex parts to our circuit and learning how we can interrupt the electrical supply using conductors and insulators.

Our topic work will be based on The Ottoman Empire. We will investigate when it took place on our class timeline and look at maps and globes to research where it took place. We will be learning about why it became an Empire and researching the main people involved. We will then look at the Abbasid Caliphate and learn about Baghdad. We will also research how the Roman Empire influenced the Ottoman Empire.

In our computing work we will be looking at Internet Safety and what we can do to help ourselves stay safe. We will also be looking at Algorithms and learning how to write our own. In Art and DT we will be learning about printing, using a range of rollers and blocks to produce different colours based on Turkish patterns.

In RE our big question will be ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation story?’ The children will have the opportunity to explore how Christians show their beliefs about Jesus in their everyday lives and raise questions.

The children will also be continuing a range of exciting PE lessons with Mrs Dawe.

We are all looking forward to a very exciting term full of amazing new experiences in awe and wonder of the world around us!

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A Window into the Curriculum - Class 2

Class 2 have lots to look forward to throughout the Autumn Term.

English will focus on building on our basic skills and refining our phonic skills, handwriting, reading and writing within a range of topics. Our class text, Paddington, is the inspiration for descriptive writing, instructions and poetry. Later on in the term, we will look at the traditional tale of the Three Bears and use this story for recounts and letter writing.

Paddington is also the inspiration for our Geography work on London, all about the capital city and its significant landmarks. We will use geographical language to describe features of the city and learn about its position in the UK and on the world map. We will also be using Bears and London to develop our Art skills in drawing, painting and sculpture.

Within Maths, we have daily focuses on numbers, counting and ordering and then we move towards using this within addition and subtraction.

Our history focus takes us back 5000 years to Ancient Egypt. We will be exploring aspects of daily life in this time and finding out about Pyramids, the River Nile, Pharoahs and many more facts from this interesting period in history.

We are looking forward to getting back down to Forest school as soon as possible, to explore the Forest environment and watch it alter as the seasons change. We will also have weekly sessions of PE to use our physical skills within a range of outdoor games.

Science will see us investigating a range of Materials both inside and outside the classroom. We will be learning and using new scientific language to help us describe what we see happening when we explore a range of materials.

Autumn Term in RE focuses on belonging to groups and asks the question. ‘Who is Muslim and how do they live?’ We learn about Islam and the Muslim faith comparing it to Christian celebrations and festivals.

What a busy and exciting term we have ahead, full of adventures and opportunities to learn and grow!

A Window into the Curriculum - Class 1

A fantastic term awaits all of our newest members to the school as we dive into our new topic of 'Me and My World'.

Miss Davies and Mrs Layton will be working alongside the children to primarily settle the children into their new setting comfortably and confidently during the first few weeks of term. The children will enjoy getting to know one another and key adults around the school in a fun and exciting way. Lnking closely to our 'Being Special' topic in our R.E. whereby children will explore all the aspects of their unique and wonderful personalities . We can't wait to discover more about you all children!

In other areas of learning Reception children will be exploring their bodies through specific P.E. lessons as well through our weekly welly walk linking closely to our science topics, the seasons, as well as our senses.

Julia Donaldson and friends will be helping our communication, language and literacy areas of learning with a particular link to the one and only 'The Gruffalo'. The children will enjoy learning about letters and formation in a wide range of fun contexts.

Numberblocks will be supporting the children in developing key maths mastery skills in order to support their deeper understanding of numbers before exploring different types of measures and of course, shapes!

We will be stepping into the past as we dig deep for fossils and dinosaurs in our topic 'deadly dinosaurs' - an era that has proved most popular with the children already!

So many adventures to have with all of our wonderful reception children and we can't wait to share them with you!

Miss Davies and Mrs Layton

A Window into our Curriclum - Physical Education

At Eastnor Primary School, we recognise the importance of Physical Education and the role it has to play in enriching and promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. We strive to inspire our pupils through a vast array of physical, creative and aesthetic activities, aimed at ensuring that every child has the opportunity to enjoy their physical development. Our high quality lessons develop the whole child. They are fun, engaging, challenging and accessible so that everyone is included and stimulated by their learning and motivated to want more.

This year we are extremely lucky to welcome Elliott Bees to curriculum Physical Education. His outstanding coaching skills, delivery style and enthusiasm compliments what is already a very strong subject. This term, Key Stage 2 children are developing values through football and handball. Key Stage 1 children are enjoying developing their attacking, defending and shooting skills. Reception are working on body management, both being delivered by another PE specialist, Mrs Layton.

All of our children are encouraged to develop and embed values and transferable skills, such as fairness and respect. These character building values are evident when playing competitive matches against other schools. Children who have positive attitudes, are resilient and can cope appropriately with success and failure. One of our most recent achievements is being awarded the Gold Sports mark award for the third year running. This keeps competitive sport at the heart of school and provides more young people with the opportunity to achieve their personal best. Progression through the Key Stages has helped secure County Netball, Rounders and Cricket titles in the Herefordshire Schools Summer and Winter Games since 2016.

Throughout lessons children are encouraged to be independent learners. They adopt new skills, find out how to use them in different ways, and link them to create actions, phrases and movement. Children enjoy using their creativity and imagination when communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to succeed in different activities and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own and others success. This provides them with ownership of their learning experience and a tool for developing self-reflection and target setting. They often adopt different roles such as a performer, coach, umpire and leader. Such opportunities support the development of children’s knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence.

Every year, we welcome coaches from Herefordshire FA, Hartpury College, professionals from Malvern Tennis Club and coaches from Ledbury Rugby Club to up skill our children, and teachers. We maintain strong links with our Pyramid High School; John Masefield, where we enjoy alternative activities like Try Golf, Tchoukball and Table Tennis. Our links with John Masefield also run into our Family Sports Day. Held at Eastnor Cricket Club, we welcome sports leaders from the High School to help run a successful sports event for our school. Working closely with our local cluster we enter the Netball, Football, Tag Rugby league and Pyramid tournaments. As well as all of this, we make good use of the links on our own estate, and thanks to a wonderful partnership with Eastnor Cricket Club, we hold our very own cluster Cricket Tournament every summer.

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Class 2

What a fantastic start to the Autumn Term for Class 2! They have amazed us with their excellent listening skills, super ideas, friendship towards one another and the way they confidently will have a go at all they are asked to do!!

We have been so busy already. In Maths we have been counting carefully, looking at how numbers and amounts can be shown in different ways and exploring place value of two and three digit numbers.

We have been loving listening to stories of Paddington’s adventures in London and in Geography we have learnt where London is on a map and looked at some distinctive land marks. We then created London Posters to entice people to ‘Visit London’.

In English, we have used Paddington to inspire our writing, practising our spelling and super sentences by describing what he looks like by using a range of adjectives.We have been exploring adjectives within Science too, to describe materials in our classroom and on Roald Dahl day to describe the nasty character of Mr Twit.

Earlier this week, we learnt about the job of an archeologist. We all became an archeologist and dusted and dug up some artifacts to give us a clue about a time in the ancient past. When we all put our artifacts together, we worked out they were all from Ancient Egypt. This term in History we will be learning about aspects of life in Ancient Egyptian times.

We have also really enjoyed working with Mrs Young, counting in French and Mrs Cheetham on action rhymes and songs.

So as you can see, it has been a fun filled few weeks full of learning. The children have been an absolute delight to spend time with and we look forward to the exciting year ahead!

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Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Freya for her wonderful efforts and enthusiastic approach to school life from reading stories to making numbers with all sorts of resources around the classroom - well done Freya, what a star!

Year 1

Tyler for always listening carefully and trying really hard. Fantastic!

Year 2

Bella for being an amazing Year 2. Very grown up, kind, helpful and trying really hard in all your work! Well done.

Year 3

Erin for being hard working and conscientious in all lessons and for also helping Mrs Rowson during his first week at Eastnor. Thank you Erin!

Year 4

Melly for impressing all of your teachers in PE lessons this week and for a fantastic work ethic in every lesson. Well done!

Year 5

Freya for your wonderful pheasant illustration - the way you drew the head turned to the side was exceptional! You are also always listening and working incredibly hard in class. Well done!

Year 6

Lilly for your fantastic pheasant illustration - the detail in the feather patterns was incredible and showcased your exceptional talent. Well done also on your enthusiasm and hard work in class.

Headteacher Award

Alexander for taking on the new challenges in class 3 brilliantly and for impressing me and Mr Rowson with your maths work the week. Well done!