The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 6th December 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 9th Dec

Swimming Lessons for Year 4 Children @ The Elms Malvern

Mon, 9th Dec

Class 1 Welly Walk - afternoon session

Mon, 9th Dec

Class 2 PE lessons with Mrs Dawe

Tue, 10th Dec

Netball for Mini League Tournament

Wed, 11th Dec

Class 1 and Class 2 Nativity (9.30am)

Wed, 11th Dec

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

Wed, 11th Dec

Christingle service (6pm) NO CLUBS

Thu, 12th Dec

Flu Vaccinations

Thu, 12th Dec

Forest School (class 2)

Fri, 13th Dec

Whole School Trip to Aladdin @ Malvern Theatre

Diary Dates for Autumn Term (2) 2019

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

Monday 16th December - Children to sing at Birchams Grange

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 – A Special Winter Walk!

Friday 20th December – LAST DAY OF TERM

Tuesday 7th January - Back to school

Hot Dinner and Spring Term Clubs Information!

Lunch menus for the Spring term will go live on Parentpay tonight. All orders for the first two weeks of the Spring term (beginning on Tuesday 7th January) must be placed by no later than 16th December.

Please can all payments be made for the rest of this term by Monday 9th December as this is the cut-off date for Mrs Layton to send orders to Elite Catering.

Finally, club lists which confirm the place(s) for each child have been sent home today. Payments for clubs can also be made on Parentpay.

Many thanks for your cooperation.

A Winter Wonderland!

There were lots of smiles as the children entered school on Monday morning, as they realised their classrooms had been decorated, and Eastnor school had been transformed into a Christmas wonderland.

Countdown to Christmas!

Wednesday 11th December (Morning) - Nativity

The children from class 1 and 2 will be performing their musical Nativity to parents at Eastnor Church from 9.30am. The children performing need to come to school in their costumes (please add warm layers underneath costumes) and should bring their school uniform to change into after the performance.

Wednesday 12th (Evening) - Christingle Service

The whole school will come together for our family service which takes place at Eastnor Church from 6pm. KS2 Choir will share a musical treat, some of our musicians will play and all of the children will sit with their parents and families while we sing carols together. All children should wear warm, home clothes to the service.

Friday 13th December - Pantomime Trip

This whole school event will really get us into the Christmas spirit, "Oh no it won't, oh yes it will!" We will be travelling to Malvern Theatres to watch the pantomime ' Aladdin'. All children should wear school uniform and we will return in time to enjoy lunch back at school, as normal.

Monday 16th December (Morning) - Singing at Birchams Grange

Children to visit Birchams Grange to bring some festive cheer to the residents.

Tuesday 17th December- Christmas Art Day

All children to work in mixed age groups to take part in a carousel of creative Christmas activities. All children to wear home clothes. Please be mindful of the fact that there could be paint and glitter galore on this day!

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas Lunch/Save the Children

The whole school will share time together whilst enjoying their Christmas Lunch. On this day we will also be asking children to wear their favourite Christmas Jumper and to bring a donation of £1 which will be sent to the Save the Children Charity. All children to wear home clothes with their favourite festive jumper.

Thursday 19th December (Afternoon) - Christmas Party

We will have our annual Christmas Party afternoon. All children to wear home clothes/party clothes.

Friday 20th December - A very special winter walk. Children will be taking a walk - in mixed age house groups - to the Eastnor Estate where they will make a visit to a very special grotto! Please wear warm home clothes and bring wellies/walking boots to change into for the walk.

Friday 20th December LAST DAY OF TERM.

Secret Room Success!

A huge thank you to the PTA for organising such a lovely event, giving the children the opportunity to buy gifts for their loved ones, even if they were tempted to buy gifts for themselves sometimes.

The children enjoyed looking for presents for friends and family and what a lovely job the older children did helping our youngest members carefully select the perfect gift. It was lovely to hear the children talk so kindly about Christmas being a time of giving as well as receiving.

Christmas has officially arrived. Hooray!

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Nativity Rehearsals

Class 1 and Class 2 have been braving the cold church this week to practise their Nativity play. We have been busy perfecting our narrating, acting, singing and dancing ready to perform ‘The Nativity' to our families next Wednesday at 9.30 a.m. If the rehearsals are anything to go by, you are in for a real treat. Thank you to all parents for providing wonderful costumes for the children to wear. Older children will be able to watch the dress rehearsal on Tuesday morning and Class 1 and 2 will be singing a few songs from their Nativity for all Eastnor families during our Christingle service on Wednesday evening. I’m sure your hearts will be warmed but remember to wear layers to keep the rest of you cosy!!

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Dialect Workshops for KS2!

Last week the children in Key Stage 2 were treated to a fantastic workshop on ‘Dialect and Accent’. As part of our core text work, reading ‘The Railway Children’ in Class 3 and ‘The Hobbit’ in Class 4, the children have been exploring how characters speak differently and the reasons for this. Huge thanks go to Katie Balson for delivering such a wonderful performance and explanation to the children, which had every single person gripped and entertained for the whole duration! Many children offered up their own examples and it seems that Eastnor certainly has some budding actors in the making! In fact, Freya and Lilly in Class 4 have already been working for the BBC in their latest smash hit Sunday night drama ‘His Dark Materials’. All of the adults in school (and numerous children) have been amazed to spot Freya and Lilly acting on the big screen and we all congratulate them on their success and fantastic acting prowess. No doubt we will spot them again in the near future, as they have both already been lined up to star in future productions. Just promise us that you won’t forget us girls when you’re both rich and famous, will you!

Well done Miss Fisher!

Miss Fisher has been completing her first School Direct PGCE Placement whilst working in Class 2. We knew from the moment she joined us that she was a fantastic teacher but it was officially confirmed this week when her tutor observed an outstanding Maths lesson focussing on money. The very experienced tutor, who visits many school across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and beyond, also said that she wished her Grandson could join class 2 at Eastnor; unfortunately he lives too far away but the sentiment is testament to Miss Fisher, and of course to Miss Patchett, for creating such a lovely classroom environment and for working hard to prepare and teach fantastic lessons to the children on a daily basis.

After Christmas Miss Fisher has a placement in a large school in Hereford to continue her training but we will look forward to welcoming her back to Class 2 in the summer term.

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Reception Success

A huge well done to both Joseph and Mable who have come in over the last few days with plenty to celebrate!

Joseph came in very excited to show us something very special in his bag - we couldn't believe it when he pulled out his latest swimming certificate and badge award - what an incredible achievement. Joseph enjoyed sharing this with his peers and spoke confidently about his latest achievements and all the challenges he had to complete to receive the award - well done Joseph, a super life skill to have! Keep it up!

Mable then came in a few days later with a wonderful looking rosette - her face absolutely bursting with pride and why wouldn't it be! Mable is a keen horse rider and she was very excited to show off her and her horses recent success at a local horse show - well done Mable - great to see you so passionate about a hobby, keep it up!

Eastnor Dancers

Three of our lovely Eastnor girls danced beautifully at the Ledbury Lights switch on. Well done Annabelle, Naomi and Lilly for entertaining the residents of Ledbury.

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Class 1

What a fabulous few weeks we have had since returning from our half term break.

The children have all been very busy, trying hard in all different areas of their learning, and also, of course as getting ready for their spectacular Nativity performance coming up.

In our English learning we have continued to explore a range of books written by the brilliant author Julia Donaldson; the children have enjoyed making comparisons across different books as well as making it very clear which books are their favourites! As winter approaches we couldn't resist having a look at Stickman, a winter favourite. The children have enjoyed exploring the different places the stickman ended up, before this week designing their own postcards, pretending to be stickman sending them home to his family tree. I am so impressed with how hard the children are working with their letter formation and using so many recognisable letters in their writing - well done everyone!

In our Maths learning we have been exploring 2d shapes and what makes each and everyone special - the children have worked very hard to develop a broad range of language and vocabulary to help develop their understanding of key features of the shapes. We have also continued working on being the best number detectives possible! We have explored teen numbers in greater depth using fun and practical resources like numicon to help us as well as this week beginning to explore the beauty of pairs and doubling - very impressive everyone!

We continue to enjoy our weekly welly walks exploring the local area and it has been great to see the children's stamina increase over the weeks. The cold weather hasn't put us off as we wrapped ourselves up so we were toasty and had plenty of fun chasing Miss Davies in the deer park to warm us - it is safe to say the children are much fitter than Miss Davies; very tiring work!

We have also enjoyed exploring the season of winter. The children were very excited about all the ice and frost to be discovered in our outdoor area and of course not forgetting our new frozen icicle castle - it has been great to see the children's imagination flourish with Olafs and Elsas popping into the room quite frequently - what fun!

In our art and music, the children continue to be absolute superstars - they certainly are a very creative bunch. We have been exploring the technique and styles of printing which the children have thoroughly enjoyed, getting messy and using all sorts of materials and objects to create weird and wonderful prints and patterns!

What a fabulous bunch of reception children you really are everyone! We are very proud of you and we look forward to spending the next few festive weeks with you, filled with fun, Christmas music and dancing we are sure!

Miss Davies and Mrs Layton

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Amanda for her brilliant dedication and determination with her learning, especially her reading! Keep it up Amanda, well done!

Year 1

Harry W-H for amazing acting skills as King Herod in our Nativity. Great Harry, well done!

Year 2

Heidi for learning her Nativity narration and speaking so clearly. Fantastic Heidi!

Year 3

Alfie for a fantastic attitude to learning this week. Keep it up Alfie!

Year 4

Ben for working hard to learn his times tables. Keep going Ben!

Year 5

Sebastien for always giving 100% in everything you do and for super work on fractions this week! What a super star!

Year 6

Nancy for fantastic work in mathematics lessons and for being an extremely kind and considerate member of the class. Super!

Headteacher Award

Ralph, Frankie and Lily for impressing Mrs Spilsbury with your reading and for sharing your love of books so passionately with her. Well done to you all!