The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 27th September 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 30th Sep

Class 1 Welly Walk - afternoon session

Tue, 1st Oct

Open Classroom Event for Class 4 (Year 5 morning and Year 6 afternoon)

Wed, 2nd Oct

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

Thu, 3rd Oct

Forest School (Class 2)

Thu, 3rd Oct

Class 4 PE lessons with Mrs Dawe

Thu, 3rd Oct

Open the Book Assembly to Begin

Fri, 4th Oct

Non-Uniform Day for Oscar (Suggested £1 donation)

Fri, 4th Oct

Class 2 PE Lessons with Mrs Layton

Diary Dates for Autumn Term 2019 (new dates/updates are in bold!)

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

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

Friday 4th October - BBC Hereford and Worcester Appeal for Oscar! Non-uniform day with suggested donation of £1!

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

Wednesday 9th October - Young Shakespeare at Hellen's at Much Marcle for class 4 (more information will follow)

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

Monday 14th October - Lacrosse Event at Malvern St James for Year 6 children (more information will follow)

Wednesday 16th October - Diocese Pupil Conference at Hereford Cathedral for Year 6 children. (more information will follow)

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

Tuesday 22nd October - PTA AGM (6pm)

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

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

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

Please note that our Sports Day for 2020 will now take place on Monday 29th June due to unforseen commitments for the JMHS sports leaders on the original date.

Cluster School Training Afternoon Reminder!

This academic year a number of schools in the Ledbury cluster, including Eastnor, will be closing for 3 afternoons. These afternoons are to allow our staff to work alongside colleagues in the cluster schools and to take part in specialist training opportunities.

The first of these training afternoons is on Friday 11th October when school will shut at 1pm.

JMHS Open Day Dates for 2019/2020

Thursday 10 October - Open evening, arrive by 6pm

Tuesday 15 October - Open morning, arrive by 9am

Wednesday 22 January - Open morning, arrive by 9am

Thursday 7 May - Open morning, arrive by 9am

Thursday 4 June - Year 5 information evening (time TBC)

Thursday 18 June - Year 6 Information evening (time TBC)

Friday 26 June - Year 5 Day

Thursday 2 July - Year 6

Please Remember PE Kits!

Please see the timetable for PE and Forest School sessions for this term because some children are forgetting kits and are missing specialist lessons.

Wednesday afternoon - PE with Mrs Dawe and Mr Bees (Class 3 & Class 4)

Thursday afternoon - Forest School (Class 2)

Thursday afternoon - PE with Mrs Dawe/Mrs Layton (Reception, Class 3 & Class 4 )

Friday afternoon - PE with Mrs Layton (Class 2)

Please note that children should wear school uniform and bring PE kit to school on the days they will be taking part in lessons during the afternoon session. All children in Class 2 should wear home clothes suitable for outdoor adventures on a Thursday.

Our Forest School Mud Kitchen!

We had a wonderful afternoon at Forest School this week – a bit wet and soggy but lots of fun and perfect weather for exploring our new mud kitchen! The children had a fantastic time concocting hot chocolate, beef stew and all sorts of imaginative mixtures made with mud, water from the stream and seasoned with leaves, twigs and anything they could find around them!!! The children were quick to notice how much Forest school had grown since we were last there and many set about tramping down a pathway through the nettles – great teamwork!!! Also, we arrived to find our rotten old benches around the base camp circle had been replaced, enabling us to sit comfortably for our chatting and reflection times. Many thanks to Harry J’s dad for making the mud kitchen and improving our benches and to Eva’s Mum for arranging funding for the improvements to Forest school - the children (and adults!!) loved it and can’t wait to go again!

French lesson in the great outdoors!

What a wonderful morning we all had in key stage 1 last Friday! We couldn't resist the sunshine as we took our learning to the great outdoors.

Mrs Driscoll and Miss Davies packed up their bags and went off with the children from Class 1 and Class 2 to make the most of the beautiful autumnal sunshine. The children enjoyed walking around the deer park, exploring the seasonal changes before taking some time to enjoy the incredible local surroundings. However it felt as if we were soon transported to France, as the wonderful Mrs Young shared some of her excellent french vocabulary with us.

The children enjoyed learning about different natural colours and surroundings in french, such as green grass and trees and we even learnt what lorry was in french, when one unexpectedly drove through the deer park! It was lovely to see all of the children from Reception to Year 2, engaging so much with a different language, as well as challenging Mrs Young with lots of different vocabulary!

Fingers crossed that the seasonal weather is kind to us so we can make the most of more sunny days!

The Importance of Reading!

Eastnor Primary School is certainly passionate about reading and our outstanding results in this subject have been attracting attention.

One of the trust's school improvement officers, Jan Spilsbury, who is also a lead Ofsted inspector was so impressed and excited about our 'core text' approach to reading, when she visited earlier this term, that she has asked Miss Clark - the school's English Co-ordinator - to present a workshop at the upcoming training day for all of the academy schools.

Many of the children at Eastnor talked very passionately to Mrs Spilsbury about how much they enjoy English lessons when they are linked to their class text.

I would like to thank all of the parents for encouraging their children to read at home and in helping children to understand that reading a range of texts and genres (even those that are not their favourite) will help them to excel in their English lessons.

Eastnor Aldi Voucher Appeal!

Calling all Eastnor parents! ALDI has launched a promotion where they are issuing vouchers for spending money in store which can lead to local schools being able to fund new sports kit and equipment.

If we can fill our very large sticker collection poster (see below) we will be in with a chance of winning an impressive £20,000!

Libby and Emily from class 4 are waiting for your contributions to add to our chart. There is certainly a long way to go so ...keep shopping!

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BBC Hereford and Worcester Appeal for Oscar!

As some of you might be aware, there is a very poorly boy called Oscar who attends Pitmaston Primary School in Worcester and who needs our help!

There is a national appeal to raise money to help provide Oscar with life saving treatment and we want to help, alongside many other schools across the country.

Next Friday 4th October we will host a non-uniform day with a suggested donation of £1 each.

Many thanks for your support!

Get Well Soon Mrs Tart!

Mrs Tart is recovering well from her planned eye surgery which took place on Monday. She is happy that she will be able to rest her ankle while she recuperates but is missing school and will be back with us as soon as it is safe for her to return.

In the meantime, we have welcomed back Mr Sam Rowson who is doing a fantastic job teaching in class 3.

Class 4

The children in class 4 have made a fabulous start to the new academic year, impressing all of the adults who work with them. They really are all an absolute pleasure to teach!

Our reading and writing has centred so far on our class text 'The Hobbit', as well as our history topic of 'The Romans'. We have learnt about key events in Ancient Rome and particularly focussed on how the wealthy Romans lived (especially during the period known as Imperial Rome). The children have discovered the names and functions of different rooms in the homes of the elite and learnt about the rather strange and eye-opening dishes that they ate! We have then compared this to our protagonist Bilbo Baggins, hero of the Shire and 'The Hobbit', who also enjoyed holding lengthy dinner parties with a vast array of sumptious food on offer to his guests - although fortunately somewhat more tantalising and tasty than flamingo brains and bees!

In mathematics, Class 4 have been developing their number skills and, in particular, the place value of whole numbers. We have been reading and writing numbers with 3, 4, 5, 6 or even 7 digits, comparing and ordering numbers in ascending and descending order. Children have become adept in talking about the different columns, using place value charts as visual aids to support our work. We have also learnt how numbers can be represented using different counters, blocks and strips (Diennes) and used these in our problem solving and reasoning work. More recently we have been rounding numbers and have sung a particularly useful little rouding rap to help us! The children understand how adults approximate and round numbers all the time in real life - for example walking around a supermarket and 'totting' up roughly how much you have spent as you shop - and have solved similar problems to this in their lessons.

Our topic in Geography is 'Settlements' and the children have learnt how settlements change in size over time (due to population increase), how they have different and varied functions and will be comparing our local area with Rome in future cross-curricular work. In Science our topic is Electricity and the children are thoroughly enjoying making and testing different electrical circuits, learning and using the correct technical vocabulary as they work. In French and DT lessons we have been learning French words and phrases to do with food and our likes and dislikes. With support from Mrs Young and myself, children have been holding short conversations as well as writing their own French labels and slogans for food packages they have made in DT. The children have had great fun translating phrases such as 'Once you pop you can't stop'!

In RE lessons children have been discussing our theme of 'Why do Christians believe God is loving and holy?' and they have showed so far what a mature and thoughtful group of children they are. As we study Bible passages and relate this to Christian practises, such as prayer and worship, the children are building a bigger picture of how important the Bible is for shaping a Christian's relationship with God. In Computing we are learning about emails and how information is stored online and in Art lessons we have begun to learn about Matisse and his style, at a later age, of 'painting with scissors'.

With PSHE, Music and PE as well, there is so much to pack in and enjoy at the top end of the school. All of the adults, who join me in teaching Class 4, have thoroughly enjoyed their lessons so far this term and the children are to be commended for their hard-work and enthusiasm. I cannot wait to share their efforts with parents next Tuesday at our 'Open Classroom' event. We hope to see you there!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

George for some fantastic problem solving with numbers across 0-5 this week, very impressed George! Well done!

Year 1

Pippa for listening carefully and a super effort with your maths this week. Well done!

Year 2

Orla for settling into Class 2 so well. It's like you've always been here. Well done!

Year 3

Oscar for a great attitude, good behaviour and hard work. Well done!

Year 4

Goda for being a fantastic role model and writing a great balanced argument in English. Well done!

Year 5

Eva for your fantastic descriptive writing so far this term. Mrs Jones and I love reading your ideas - keep up the super work!

Year 6

Eleanor for your fantastic work ethic demonstrated in all lessons. You really are a super role model to others Eleanor - well done!

Headteacher Award

Bella in class 2 for impressing me so much with her attitude to her year 2 work. Bella you are making brilliant progress and are a super role model to the year 1 children in your class. Well done!