The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 4th October 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 7th Oct

Class 1 Welly Walk - afternoon session

Wed, 9th Oct

Individual Photos with Russ Lewis (see details below)

Wed, 9th Oct

Young Shakespeare at Hellen's at Much Marcle for class 4

Wed, 9th Oct

Class 3 PE lessons with Mrs Dawe and Mr Bees

Thu, 10th Oct

NHS Heights and Weights for Reception and Year 6

Thu, 10th Oct

Forest School (Class 2)

Thu, 10th Oct

Class 4 PE lessons with Mrs Dawe

Fri, 11th Oct

Cluster Training Afternoon - School Closing at 1pm

Diary Dates for Autumn Term 2019

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

Wednesday 9th October - Young Shakespeare at Hellen's at Much Marcle for class 4

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.

School Photographer - Wednesday 9th October!

On the morning of Wednesday 9th 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.

Harvest Service!

Our Harvest Service will be held in church on Friday 18th 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 Classroom Fun for Class 4!

On Tuesday Class 4 welcomed parents and grandparents for the first 'Open Classroom' event of the new academic year. The children were thrilled to be able to share their current learning with family members and enjoyed challenging them with a tricky 'rounding' game in particular! We also invited the adults to help us with a piece of mosaic artwork, which supported our topic on 'The Romans' as well as channelled our inner 'Henri Matisse' (as we 'painted with scissors' creating colourful paper designs). We appreciate it is not always easy for everyone to attend sessions during the school day, however we are grateful to those who could join us and we certainly enjoyed your company!

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 The Creation Story 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 singsong to finish the service off.

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

Class text fun in Class 2!

This term we have been using our class text, Paddington to inspire our English lessons. We have used it to explore inspiring adjectives for description and the use of verbs within our non-fiction work. We made marmalade sandwiches for Paddington and then learnt about features of instruction writing. When reading the text, we have explored unfamiliar language and have then tried to use these words within class discussions and writing. It has been amazing to see the children including these new words such as anxious, voyage, adjusted and hesitated in their everyday discussions too. Whilst reading the text, we have looked at the synonyms of said and the style of Michael Bond's writing. Paddington has been an inspiration to us all!!!

Thank you for helping Oscar!

Many thanks to all of you who sent in donations for Oscar! This money will be quickly transferred to the the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust which is raising money to help Oscar receive the specialist treatment he requires.

As I write this message, we are pleased to see that every small fundraising effort is making a difference and the family are getting ever closer to their target of £500,000. What a wonderful effort from everyone in the two counties and beyond!

Well done Lorna and Ruby!

Well done to Lorna who took part in the Mayors mile fundraising event in Ledbury and also to Ruby for beating all the competition (both boys and girls) and winning her recent tennis tournament. Budding sports stars - Fantastic!!!

sports pic

Thank you to Book Trust

What a lovely surprise we received in Class 1 this week.

We were all very excited when the 'School Fairy' - Mrs Bullock - bought down a present for each child in reception. A lovely story book, called 'The Cave' was given to the children as a way of encouraging children's passion for reading - well it certainly has worked. The children enjoyed guessing what the story might be about before taking it home to be shared with their families.

A big thank you to the company, Book Trust, for such a lovely gift!


Class 1

What a wonderful few weeks we have had here in Class 1, full of joy, excitement and all kinds of fun. Miss Davies and Mrs Layton have really enjoyed getting to the know all of the children and their brilliantly unique personalities. Our classroom has seen us all transformed into chefs, vets, railway conductors and the odd stage performer too!

The children have settled tremendously well and certainly feel part of our loving Eastnor family now! It is great to see the children come so confidently and independently into school each morning, greeting everyone on their way with huge smiles and waves. Well done everyone, keep it up!

In our learning the children continue to build up a huge bank of sounds, working hard on their writing and reading with these sounds both at home and school. Excellent! We have enjoyed sharing many of Julia Donaldson's books, particularly The Gruffalo' and 'A Squash and a Squeeze'. - the children have enjoyed acting out the stories, thinking carefully about the different characters' feelings as well as being excellent story tellers, retelling the story in their own wonderful words!

Children in Reception have enjoyed working alongside their Numberblocks friends as they have developed a deeper understanding of numbers across 0-5 as well as developing their sorting and counting skills - just about everything in the classroom has been counted by somebody in Class 1 - great to see!

In other areas, the children have enjoyed their weekly welly walks, exploring the local area and enjoying the changing seasons around us - we created some wonderful sun catchers last week which the children took such time and care creating! This week saw our long anticipated 'Gruffalo Party' - the children enjoyed baking a scrummy Gruffalo crumble earlier in the week before tucking into at our picnic, as well as some very famous meals from the Gruffalo story book.

Our afternoons have been filled with sculpture fun in art, getting very messy but of course creative with clay as well as thinking carefully about our bodies and our very important five senses- the children enjoyed a smelling challenge, particularly when they were smelling the chocolate but maybe not so much when smelling different spices and herbs, including mustard!

We've had such brilliant days with the newest members of the school, every moment is an adventure and learning opportunity for us all - thank you so much reception for all the fun you bring to each school day. Well done on being such superstars already.

We can't wait to see what's next!

Miss Davies and Mrs Layton

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards


Millie for her excellent listening and recall of key class stories shared this week! Great listening Millie, keep it up!

Year 1

Matthew for a super effort when writing command sentences in English - Fantastic!

Year 2

Joe for a super piece of instruction writing this week - you were very focused and tried really hard. Good boy!

Year 3

Lilly for super listening skills, attitude to work and fantastic effort in our handball lesson. Well done!

Year 4

Erica for fantastic diary writing using all of the features that we had discussed. Well done!

Year 5

Ben for always working extremely hard in every subject and for being such a polite and kind member of the class. What a super role model you are to younger children in school.

Year 6

Libby for your fantastic writing. Mrs Jones has commented on your wonderful use of language and how she always enjoys reading your work. Well done!

Headteacher Award

Lilly in Reception for her wonderful attitude to so many parts of school life. Well done Lilly!