The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 8th November 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 11th Nov - Fri, 18th Oct

Anti-Bullying and Internet Safety Week

Mon, 11th Nov

Cluster Moderation Sessions (as advertised, no clubs today!)

Mon, 11th Nov

Swimming Begins for Year 4 Children

Mon, 11th Nov

Class 1 Welly Walk - afternoon session

Mon, 11th Nov

Class 2 PE lessons with Mrs Dawe (change for autumn term 2)

Wed, 13th Nov

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

Wed, 13th Nov

Future of the PTA Parents Meeting (6pm)

Thu, 14th Nov

Forest School (class 2)

Fri, 15th Nov

Children in Need Day

Fri, 15th Nov

Progress Reports send home to Parents

Diary Dates for Autumn Term (2) 2019

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

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

Wednesday 13th November @ 6pm - Parents Meeting

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

PE and Forest School Timetable for the rest of term!

Please see the timetable for PE and Forest School sessions for the rest of this term. These changes are due to the addition of swimming lessons and to ensure all children have sessions with our most experienced specialist teachers.

Monday morning - Swimming with Mrs Dawe and Mrs Scull (Year 4) *timetable change

Monday afternoon - Welly Walk with Miss Davies and Mrs Layton (Class 1)

Monday afternoon- PE with Mrs Dawe (Class 2) * timetable change

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

Thursday morning - Forest School (Class 2)

No PE on Friday afternoon * timetable change

Progress Report Information!

At Eastnor we believe it is very important to keep our parents fully informed about the progress their child is making throughout the school year.

On Friday 15th November class teachers will be sending home a termly progress summary to children in years 1 – 6. We then invite you all to meet with your child’s class teacher at parents evening on either Tuesday 19th or Thursday 21st November. This will give you the opportunity to discuss the report and ask any questions you may have.

The progress summary will report on the following:

  • Your child’s attendance
  • How your child is performing against age related expectations in the core subjects at this point in the school year
  • How your child is performing against age related expectations in the foundation subjects at this point in the school year
  • Your child’s attitude to their learning and their behaviour
  • Key targets for the coming year

We very much value the close working relationship that school has with all parents. It is this collaborative approach that helps us ensure the very best outcomes for all of our children and we hope that this termly progress summary will prove useful and informative.

Academy Trust Training Day!

On Monday the schools who form the 'Diocese of Hereford Multi Academy Trust' which Eastnor is part of all met at Ludlow Racecourse for a day of teacher training. The day was a wonderful opportunity for our staff to meet other teachers at the trust schools and to make links with those teaching the same year groups or leading the same subjects.

There were also a range of workshops including Maths Mastery across the year groups, supporting children with special educational and additional needs and supporting speech and language in the Early Years.

Miss Clark and I also had the privilege of leading our own training session - after having been asked to do so by the senior central team at the trust - for school leaders, English coordinators and class teachers to showcase our approach to teaching English at Eastnor.

As you will know, our achievements in Reading and Writing are in the highest 5% nationally and we hope that by sharing our practice with others, more children across the trust schools will have the chance to excel in these core areas of their learning.

I think the following Latin proverb is certainly true, 'By teaching you will learn and by learning you will teach!'

Many thanks to all staff at the academy trust for an inspiring day.

Children in Need - Friday 15th November!

With Children in Need just around the corner, the school, children and staff, have been picking their brains for fresh ideas to raise money for the charity in a new and fun way.

This year, after much deliberation, we have decided to partake in the 'Big Morning Move with Joe Wicks'. The event will take place throughout the day in each class as not only do we raise children's awareness to keeping fit, healthy and happy but also we have fun raising money and awareness of those less fortunate than us far away as well as those much closer to home than we realise.

Children in Need day will also be a non-uniform day, but not just your normal home clothes, any home clothes which are spotty as a wave to Pudsey the bear and his spotty patch! How spotty you go is entirely up to you! We also invite families to make a £1 per child donation for the charity.

We look forward to fun and special day!

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Bikeability Scheme!

In the week commencing Monday 18th November, it will be Road Safety Week. During this week, on Friday 22nd November, the Year 6 children will be taking part in 'Bikeability' training run by Herefordshire Council.

The full days training will cover how to check bikes are road worthy and then how to ride and manoeuvre safely on the roads. The children will be riding on the roads around Eastnor under close supervision. We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for the children and have already received many positive comments about this school initiative.

Please see more information by clicking the link. http://bikeability.org.uk/

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Big Draw Art Day!

On the morning of October 25th, Eastnor primary was one of only six schools in Herefordshire who were invited to take part in a very special art project with local artist, Richard Gilbert.

Richard is exhibiting at the Broad Street gallery at the moment and we were given the chance to take 12 children to work alongside him; what a huge honour and a truly exciting opportunity!

The children had the chance to work with Richard - they used printing inks and pastels to add their own artistic touch to a huge landscape of the Herefordshire countryside, 1 metre wide and 30 metres long. The landscape is inspired by the forced perspective of David Hockney's landscapes. Once hung, the piece will surround the viewer, wrapping them in the views going north, south, east and west, as if you could see them all from the Cathedral tower.

It was a truly inspirational morning, which the children involved fully immersed themselves in. These children will now use this experience to work towards an art award and through this activity, we have arranged many more exciting art projects for all of the children of Eastnor to be involved in over the coming months. As always, the children were a credit to the school and we were so proud of them. Thank you also to Bec Swan for accompanying us on this trip.

Class 1 Fun at Eastnor Pottery!

What a brilliant end to Autumn Term 1 last week for the lovely children in Class 1. Last term in our art based learning, the children had been looking at sculpture and different ways to manipulate media such as playdoh and clay.

It was the perfect opportunity to take a visit to a wonderful local business, The Eastnor Pottery. We were warmly welcomed by the brilliant Jon and Sarah, and the children certainly got stuck straight into the experience.

They were all very confident to have a go and share their thoughts and questions about the different types of pottery pieces they came across in the workshop. The children enjoyed then getting very messy, creating their own marvelously unique masterpieces. We had a huge range of sculptures ranging from dinosaurs to teapot sets.

I was so impressed with how well the children engaged with the activity and it was lovely to see all of their unique personalities and creativity shine through in their sculptures. Well done everyone!

A huge thank you to Jon and Sarah for accommodating us so brilliantly as well as to Mrs O'Connor who was a brilliant extra pair of clay covered hands!

I'm sure we'll be keen to visit again in the future!

Mini League Sports Report - Football!

A team of children from Eastnor were selected to play in the first cluster mini-league football matches, hosted by Bosbury Primary School on Tuesday.

Despite it being only the first day back after the autumn term, and a while since their previous training, the children showed no signs of being nervous as they played their hearts out against local rivals Much Marcle and Cradley.

They showed great team spirit, and also our values of Koinoinia, Humility and Endurance as they worked together and they got better and better during the matches.

There were great goals from Harry and Luca in the matches and despite two losses, lots of fun was had by all.

Well done to you all.

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Remembrance Assembly!

Reverend Joan led a special Remembrance Service at Eastnor Church this afternoon and the children loved the poppies that our church had been decorated with.

We all enjoyed Reverend Joan talking to us about the brave soldiers not only from the First and Second World War but also in today's modern life. We hope that all the parents who joined us to remember loved it as much as we did.

The assembly was also a showcase for some of our peripatetic musicians who were also very brave to perform in front of a full church! Many thanks to our specialist music teachers, Josie Bedford Davies, Hannah West and Dom Kearne for inspiring our children.

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REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – A POEM BY ANNE STARR

Why do I wear a poppy? I’ll tell you if I may,

Because I believe remembrance is not only for one day.

For all those marching proudly in Remembrance Day parades.

My poppy’s worn in gratitude for the sacrifice they made.

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Well done Lilly and Joshua!

It's always lovely to hear about children's achievements outside of school so we were thrilled when Lilly in Class 1 brought her latest swimming certificate in to share with her class.

Lilly spoke proudly and confidently about all the swimming challenges she needed to achieve in order to receiver her level 1 badge and certificate.

Joshua also came beaming in with pride this week with his 2 most recent swimming certificates, he was very enthusiastic to tell his friends all about the different skills you had to practise in order to get moved up to the next stage.

A brilliant and very important life skill to have Lilly and Joshua, well done both! Keep it up!

Class 1

We've had a brilliant first week back down in the Reception classroom and we are tremendously proud of how well the children have come back recharged and eager to get stuck in to every learning possibility we give to them - well done children. It's safe to say your confidence and enthusiasm is enough to inspire anybody to get motivated first week back!

The children were gobsmacked to discover that the Gruffalo Cave has crumbled down and been replaced by a fun filled country house fit for cooking, cleaning and of course sitting and having a cup of tea and a natter in, all of which the children are very interested in doing! It has been a pleasure to watch the children engage with their new environment as well as each other demonstrating their wonderful creativity as well as their brilliant and humorous imaginations shining through!

In our English learning this week, we have continued with our Author focus on Julia Donaldson but began a new book, 'Cave baby' which ties in nicely with our dinosaur topic in our other areas of learning. The children have enjoyed getting messy with cave paintings and different styles of mark making as well as practising their letter formation very precisely, a tricky skill which takes lots of commitment from our little ones and what fabulous perseverance they are all showing, I'm very proud of you all Reception!

In our Maths learning this week, we have been practising our skills in 'estimating' hopefully all the children will be able to tell you what this huge word means by the end of the week. The children have enjoyed competitions and games around the skill of estimating before using their fantastic counting skills to check how close their estimates were! A perfect opportunity for children to ensure they count each object just once! Our Maths learning has also given us plenty of opportunities to get our dancing shoes on to lots of different songs, 'five little monkeys' seems to be the most popular choice... I wonder why!

In other areas of learning throughout the afternoons the children have enjoyed experimenting with sounds, playing games to test our sense of hearing, using different instruments and creating our own instruments too. We have had plenty of festivals and celebrations to think about this week too, from Bonfire night, where we thought very carefully about keeping safe during this wonderful firework displays, to Diwali and how colourful and magical this time is celebrated worldwide and finally dare I mention that the children did start thinking about 'Christmas' and the special Christian story behind it! What a week full of fun, diversity and plenty of fun learning activities along the way!

The children have also spent time thinking careful about Remembrance Day and what it means to them and to people from different generations - they did tremendously well in the Remembrance Service, joining in with the moments of silence, showing off their great understanding of special times.

The children will continue their welly walks commencing next Monday - we love getting out into the wilderness and the children always bring something new to each Monday afternoon, be it storytelling, bug hunting or simply taking a moment to enjoy the view. I look forward to our adventures starting up again from Monday. In P.E the children continue to work their bodies hard alongside the sports leaders in Class 4 and what a pleasure it is to watch the children confidently engage with lots of new types of sporting activities, not afraid to have a go!

I could keep going about all the wonderful things I see on a daily basis in Class 1, as the children blow me away most days with their fantastic personalities and willingness to have a go. Well done Reception children, I look forward to this term's adventures!

Miss Davies

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Seren for her brilliant choice making this week and listening beautifully! Well done Seren, I am very proud of you!

Year 1

Taylor-Fletch for trying so hard when working independently. Good boy!

Year 2

Lorna for being confident to read our class text to her friends - well done!

Year 3

Charlie M for working so hard in maths, and for practising his times tables. Keep it up Charlie!

Year 4

Rosie for always putting 100% into everything she does. Well done Rosie!

Year 5

Daisy for consistently producing work of a very high standard! What a star!

Year 6

Grace for all adults in school commenting on how helpful, kind and polite you have been this week, particularly when organising the poppy sale. Thank you and well done!

Headteacher Award

Luca in class 4 for making super progress in PE lessons and for scoring his first goal for Eastnor in their match against Much Marcle this week. Luca you have a great 'can-do' attitude and have made a super start to year 5. Well done!