The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 18th October 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 21st Oct

Class 1 (Reception) and Year 1 - PE lesson (afternoon session)

Tue, 22nd Oct

School Photographer!

Tue, 22nd Oct

Netball Matches at Ashperton Primary School

Wed, 23rd Oct

Open Day for Prospective New Parents.

Wed, 23rd Oct

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

Thu, 24th Oct

Whole school autumn walk (morning session)

Thu, 24th Oct

No PE and Forest School during afternoon

Fri, 25th Oct

PE for Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 with Mrs Dawe (morning session)

Fri, 25th Oct

Special Art Trip (Selected children from years 4 -6)

Fri, 25th Oct

Reception to visit Eastnor Pottery!

Fri, 25th Oct


Diary Dates for Autumn Term 2019

Tuesday 22nd October - Individual/Sibling Photos with Russell Lewis

Tuesday 22nd October - PTA AGM (6pm) Cancelled!

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

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

Wednesday 13th November @ 6pm - Parents Meeting.

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

Thursday 21st 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

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

Apply for a secondary school place

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]: School Admissions, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane Offices, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE

Swimming Lessons for 2019/2020!

As in previous years, the year 4, year 3 and Reception children will have swimming lessons to look forward to this academic year.

We have decided to change how we deliver this very important part of the curriculum moving forwards. Eastnor will now be working with The Elms, Malvern, who have excellent facilities as they are home to Herefordshire Swimming School.

Year 4 children will commence lessons after the half term holiday. A letter will be sent home with the children on Monday.

School Photographer - Rearranged Date Tuesday 22nd October!

On the morning of Tuesday 22nd October, we will be pleased to welcome Russell Lewis, our school photographer, to Eastnor. For those of you who are new to the school, Russell is a hugely popular and sought after photographer based in Herefordshire. We are one of the few schools he has agreed to work with and we feel privileged that this is the case.

Russell will be taking individual and sibling photographs from 9am. If your child(ren) has a younger sibling(s), not yet at school, please arrive from 8.30am and these photographs will be taken first.

Whole School Autumn Walk

Please note that the Autumn Walk will take place on the morning of Thursday 24th October, in the Eastnor Deer Park, and all of the children will attempt to reach the Obelisk so that they can enjoy the wonderful views of our beautiful village.

On this day, children will need to come to school in warm home clothes that will be suitable for a long walk and bring a small rucksack to carry their water bottle and an extra snack for when we reach the summit! They should also ensure they wear sturdy trainers or bring walking boots/ wellies to change into for the walk

Autumn walk 3

Specialist Teaching at Eastnor!

We are very lucky to have a number of specialist teachers working at Eastnor with the new addition of Mrs Young, this academic year, as language teacher. We hope your children are enjoying their weekly French lessons, which take place in all classes. Mrs Young speaks French fluently and her encouraging and supportive approach makes every children feel happy and secure in her lessons. It is a real pleasure to see so many children learning songs, new words and sentences and conversing confidently in a second language.

Eastnor Sings at the Civic Service!

Many thanks to Oscar, Lilly, Jacob, Lewis, Erin, and Erica who gave up their own time last Sunday afternoon to join many representatives of the Ledbury community at the annual Civic Service at St Michael's and All Angels church.

The children joined Ledbuy Primary School to sing and they warmed the hearts of the congregation with their version of ‘One More Step’.

As always, the Eastnor children behaviour was exemplary throughout the service and they showcased their Christian values which impressed many adults who commented on this.

Well done to you all!


Poetry Outloud Fun at Hellen's House!

Children from year 4, 5 and 6 had a wonderful time at the Poetry Out Loud day at Hellens house on Tuesday.

The day started with performances from poets Mike Barfield, Matt Black and Jasmine Gardosi and then there was an interesting question and answer session where the children found out more about the esteemed poets.

Throughout the rest of the day the children then took part in three inspirational workshops where they had the chance to with each poet, listening to examples of their work and then write their own poems with expert guidance.

The final 30 minutes of the day became a showcase where pupils were able to perform the best lines from their own work.

What a truly inspiring day for everyone!

Diocese Pupil Conference at Hereford Cathedral!

On Wednesday, children in Year 6 were invited to attend the Diocese of Hereford's pupil conference at Hereford Cathedral, entitled 'Building Bridges'. The aim of the morning was to highlight the importance of maintaining links between our schools, churches and communities and how we can be a support to one another. The girls listenes to an inspirational talk by The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, joining in prayer and worship with children, teachers and governors from other Christian schools.

To be part of this special service in such a beautiful building was extraordinary. Afterwards, we moved to the 'Left Bank' and participated in some fun activites (including balloon modelling) which enabled the children to reflect on the theme of supporting one another and reaching out to others. The girls were delighted to hear that the Archbishop's favourite value was 'love'. Well, we all certainly loved our morning and feel very blessed to be part of the Eastnor family, as well as God's family. Miss Clark

A Special Harvest Service!

What talented children we have at Eastnor, it was such a wonderful Harvest Service we all took part in on Friday. It was so lovely to see so many of you there. The children sang, danced and performed so beautifully and with such confidence. We have all been enjoying learning about Harvest here and around the world and the children were so thoughtful when talking about others who are not so fortunate as they are. Thank you so much for all your donations for our School charity in Africa. We raised an amazing £190.25

Thank you so much for your generosity. Mrs Tart

Class text fun in Class 1!

Down in the deep dark woods, Class 1 children have discovered a very peculiar creature called 'The Gruffalo'. 'A Gruffalo?' I hear you question, 'there's no such thing as a Gruffalo!' Well that's what we thought here in Reception until we discovered the wonders of Julia Donaldson's wonderful book.

The children have enjoyed using the book in many different areas of their learning, making Gruffalo crumble, going on Gruffalo hunts in our welly walks and of course using the resource to support our writing and mark making.

With such a wonderful author as our focus we couldn't resist exploring other books by Julia Donaldson and have enjoyed exploring ' A Squash and a Squeeze' and 'Zog' this term.

Aldi Sticker Chart Completed!

Many thanks for helping us to fill our Aldi sticker chart, in super quick time. What did you all do before Aldi arrived in Ledbury!

Emily and Libby were very excited to put the final stickers on it, last Friday and we have already filled in the details and have sent it off. Let’s hope that we will be one of the lucky schools to benefit from this venture.

We will keep you posted!


Class 3

It is so good to be back in school with my wonderful class. Thank you much for all your kind words and thoughts; I really do appreciate them. The children have been working extremely hard during this half term and are really enjoying the variety of lessons they have taken part in. In maths we have learned how to use negative numbers. They have been solving some complicated problems using a range of scales. We are working hard to learn our times tables by playing lots of games and by completing our 99 club. The children are challenging themselves to reach the next level each week. In English we are carrying on reading our class text; The Railway Children, using our comprehension skills to unpick the story. It is so good to hear all our children taking a turn to read part of the book to the rest of the class. We have looked at persuasive writing features and have written house advertisements and carried out a debate based on the use of railways in the time of the railway children. During our grammar lessons we have looked at how to up level our writing by using a higher-level vocabulary. We have taken words from our class text that we were unsure of and found out their definition before including them in our work. Our study of the Ottoman Empire has certainly taught us lots of new facts about this fascinating period. We are currently learning about Suleman the Magnificent who reigned over Turkey and changed lots of traditions. We have looked at the traditional foods eaten in Turkey and will be making some of them very soon. We are looking at conductors and insulators of electricity in our science lessons. We have carried out lots of experiments to test a range of materials. Our RE lessons have helped us to think about what a wonderful world we live in and how we can look after it. The children are so passionate about helping others to look after our planet. We have thoroughly enjoyed our preparations for the harvest service, we have some great performers in class 3. I must say a big thank you to Mrs O'Connor for coming in to class 3 to read with children, it really is appreciated.

Keep working hard class 3 and continue to challenge yourself.

Mrs Tart

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards


Layla-Mae for her wonderful helpfulness and developing real ownership over her learning - well done Layla-Mae!

Year 1

Harry W-H for writing a fantastic diary entry. Well done!

Year 2

Luka for always being happy, enthusiastic and helpful. Thank you and well done.

Year 3

Naomi for super up levelling of her writing, whilst using words from our class text. Well done Naomi!

Year 4

Jacob for trying so hard to do the right thing all of the time. Well done Jacob!

Year 5

Luca for your wonderful participation at the 'Poetry Outloud' festival this week. You were engaged, polite and full of inspiration! Well done!

Year 6

Nancy for always working to the best of your ability and producing fantastic results. Well done!

Headteacher Award

Amelia in class 3 for rising to the challenge of becoming a year 3 with her attitude, behaviour and work ethic. Well done Amelia, I am very proud of you!