The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 14th February 2020

Diary Dates

Mon, 24th Feb

Back to School!

Mon, 24th Feb

Class 1 Welly Walk - afternoon session

Mon, 24th Feb

Class 2 PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe - afternoon session

Tue, 25th Feb

Pyramid Prom (KS2 Choir)

Wed, 26th Feb

Transition Talks for Class 4 with Mr Wyatt from JMHS

Wed, 26th Feb

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

Thu, 27th Feb

Forest School (class 2) - afternoon session

Thu, 27th Feb

Class 1 PE Lessons with Mrs Layton

Fri, 28th Feb

Drama Workshops for Class 4

Diary Dates for Spring Term (2) 2020

Week commencing 2nd March - Hereford Festival

Tuesday 3rd March - KS1 Girls Football at JMHS * new date

Wednesday 4th March - Tag Rugby Match at LPS (3.30pm) * new date

Thursday 5th March - World Book Day

Tuesday 17th March - Open Classroom Event for Year 1 (9.30-11.00am)

Tuesday 17th March- Open Classroom Event for Year 2 (1.30-3.00pm)

Wednesday 18th March - Class 4 to Courtyard Theatre for Peformance of Iolanthe * new date

Thursday 19th March - Auditions for End of Year Production * new date

Friday 20th March - Mother’s Day Assembly (2.45pm)

Monday 23rd March - Class 2 Singing Project at Hellens House * new date

Thursday 26th March - Herefordshire and Worcestershire Debating Competition

Friday 27th March - Annual Reports Home to Parents

Tuesday 31st March – Parent - Teacher Drop in

Wednesday 1st April – Easter Service (2.30pm) NO CLUBS

Friday 3rd April - School Closing at 1pm for Cluster School training

Friday 3rd April – LAST DAY OF TERM

Permisssion for trips in school time!

After receiving some updated guidance about permission for trips during school time, we will need to tighten up our current procedures around parental permission/consent after half term.

Up until now, we have been happy to take verbal consent over the phone or catch parents on the days leading up to a trip to secure permission, however written consent is going to be mandatory as we move forwards.

We are lucky to have the parentpay system which makes this step simple for parents as permission can be given electronically, but this will need to be done in a timely manner by everyone so that staff can print off the relevant reports.

We do not want any children to miss out on any of the exciting trips that will be coming up this year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your cooperation on this matter

Drama Workshops for Class 4!

On the afternoon of Friday 28th February. the children from class 4 will be taking part in some special drama workshops that link to an upcoming schools and community performance of Iolanthe (a comic opera/musical by Gilbert and Sullivan ) which is taking place at the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th March.

The workshops and performance - which class 4 will be attending - will be a wonderful enrichment opportunity for their studies in English and Drama and promises to be an exciting new experience for everyone involved.

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Herefordshire Festival 2020!

We are very pleased that the Herefordshire Festival is running again this year after some concerns over its viability to continue.

This year, Eastnor’s Drama Club will be entering some of the drama classes (during the week commencing 2nd March) and are preparing short plays called 101 Dalmations, James and the Giant Peach, Ublob, Utter Garbage and Monster Garden.

The children are having lots of fun with Mrs Balson in drama club and I very much enjoyed a little preview of some of the plays this week.

Well done everyone, you are going to be FANTASTIC!

World Book Day - Thursday 5th March 2020

On Thursday 5th March we will be celebrating books and loving reading, when we join other schools up and down the country with some 'World Book Day' fun!

World Book Day is a charity funded by publishers and booksellers in the UK and Ireland. The message is 'stories are for everyone, anywhere and at any time' with World Book Day hoping to unite children and grown-ups in a love of books.

Reading for pleasure is sadly in decline. However, did you know that this is the single biggest indicator of a child's future success, more than their family circumstances, parents' educational background or their income? At Eastnor, reading is given a high priority, with children reading books together every day and sharing stories with adults.

On World Book Day we once again invite parents, grandparents and friends in to school to share books with children. If you are able to come and spend 20 minutes with a class or group of children, sharing a story, please let a teacher at school know so that we can create a timetable of 'reading' visitors for the day. In addition, we are giving Eastnor's World Book Day a theme of 'bedtime stories' and are requesting that everyone comes to school wearing their pjs/onesies and slippers, bringing with them their favourite story that they like to settle down with.

Thank you for your support with this. Any questions, please pop in and speak to me. Miss Clark

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Swimming and Gymnastics!

This term our Year 3 children have had a wonderful time splashing, diving and perfecting their stroke techniques at The Elms. Over the 5 weeks everyone has made progress from working on confidence in the water through to butterfly.

As part of our community link with JMHS, our Year 5 children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in gymnastics in their sports hall. Every Thursday morning Mrs Dawe and Mrs Young have supported their development in rolling, travelling, balancing and sequence work. They have even had time to experience a section of contemporary dance. We hope other year groups will have the opportunity later on in the year.

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Miss Davies – Favourite Moments from the Half Term!

Here in Class 1 we have had a fabulous half term full of plenty of fun, excitement and of course new learning opportunities awaiting us around every corner.
The children are thoroughly enjoying the topic 'Traditional Tales' and it has influenced many different areas of our learning. A personal highlight of not only mine but the whole class, has to be our weekly welly walks - the children are always so eager to get their wellies, coats and all extra layers on to venture out into the big wide world each week, regardless of the weather - nothing stops us!

We have been lucky enough to use the castle grounds more frequently this term and what a pleasure it has been! We have enjoyed walking around the castle's lakes, finding hidden climbing parks as well as constantly being on the look out for that cheeky Goldilocks - well done everyone! Keep up the good work!

We look forward to new adventures in the new term!

Miss Patchett and Mrs Driscoll – Favourite Moments from the Half Term!

Class 2's music project with multi-prize-winning violinist Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider from Hellens House has to be one of the most special projects from this half term.

When we visited Hellens House in January, the children from Eastnor and Much Marcle had the chance to listen to some spectacular live music and practised their group song, which was sung in rounds with each group singing or clapping a different part. They also had to clap and do hand movements, whilst following a very simple notation – just like reading music! They then painted their own notation before moving on to painting a picture whilst listening to a piece of music. They painted whatever the music made them think of and the pictures and stories that came into their minds were so creative.

The children cannot wait to perform for parents at the evening showcase on Tuesday 12th May.

Mrs Tart – Favourite Moments from the Half Term!

Class 3 have had a very busy half term. My favourite part has been our ongoing preparations for the Spring Garden Show. We have submitted our final plans, including an artists impression drawn by the children. We have enjoyed showing them to lots of visitors and sponsors at school. We have written and produced music using GarageBand, learnt lots of interesting space related facts and visited Eastnor Pottery to make Alien Bird houses and candle holders. I am so looking forward to helping the children to complete this amazing project to produce a magnificent garden in May.

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Miss Clark's Favourite Moment from the Half-Term:

Class 4 have created many memories this half-term, for themselves and the adults fortunate to spend the days with them. However, one of my favourites has to be when 'life-tent' visited the school a couple of weeks ago.

It is always recognised by visitors and staff that Class 4 are a fantastic bunch of children who are incredibly responsible and hard-working. However, when lessons centre around some really tricky topics such as drugs, addiction and assertive behaviour, it highlights how mature and sensible this current group really are. Anita, who brought the Life-Tent to school for the day and ran the enjoyable and highly informative sessions, was incredibly impressed by the attitude of all of the children. As parents, it is easy to think that sometimes our children are unaware of what goes on in the outside 'grown-up' world, but actually the children in class 4 showed how perceptive they truly are and how prepared they are becoming for the next stage of their educational lives. The session lasted all afternoon and every single child enjoyed the interactive games and discussions with Anita. Their endurance and energy on a Friday afternoon was also second to none! The workshop highlighted how our oldest children are growing up into some very responsible individuals indeed and that we are very fortunate to have them for just a little bit longer, before they fly their Eastnor family nest in just a few months or in just over a years' time. Well done children. I am very proud of each and every one of you.

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Millie for having pure enthusiasm and imagination for topical learning throughout the term. What a joy Millie - well done!

Year 1

William for always trying hard with your reading and making super progress with your phonics. Fantastic!

Year 2

Frankie for your enthusiasm to learn and a super effort with all you do. Well done Frankie!

Year 3

Oscar for great attitude to learning and for being a fantastic member of the class.

Year 4

Melly for writing an incredible creative personification poem. Super work!

Year 5

Freya for excellent work in all lessons and for being a kind, polite member of the class.

Year 6

Nancy for never taking yourself too seriously. Adults really enjoy being around you - well done!

Headteacher Award

Heidi in class 2 for the knowledge she has developed in topic work and for showing such interest in learning about History and Science. She impresses me every week with everything she remembers and her excellent general knowledge about the world around her. Well done Heidi!