The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 15th November 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 18th Nov - Fri, 22nd Nov

Road Safety Week

Mon, 18th Nov

Swimming Lessons for Year 4 Children @ The Elms Malvern

Mon, 18th Nov

Class 1 Welly Walk - afternoon session

Mon, 18th Nov

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

Tue, 19th Nov

Mini Tennis Event at JMHS (parent informed)

Tue, 19th Nov

Parents Evening (late session)

Wed, 20th Nov

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

Thu, 21st Nov

Forest School (class 2)

Thu, 21st Nov

Parents Evening (early session)

Fri, 22nd Nov

Bikeability Session for Year 6 Children

Fri, 22nd Nov

Class 2 to Singing Event at Hellen's House Much Marcle

Diary Dates for Autumn Term (2) 2019

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 (Year 1 are going now too as they are doing so well in lessons!)

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

Parents Evening and Progress Report Information!

Many thanks to everyone who has signed up for parent-teacher meetings. We decided to revert back to booking appointments on paper due to the extra cost of using the parentmail system. We felt that - for a school our size - spending this money on the children was a far better idea and hope you support this decision!

We invite you parents to meet with your child’s class teacher at parents evening on either Tuesday 19th or Thursday 21st November to discuss how your child has settled into their new class, or year group, and the progress report that has been sent to children in years 1 to 6.

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.

Eastnor's Spring Garden Show Adventure!

Last Thursday, some members of the gardening club had a very informative day at the Three Counties showground, which has given us lots of ideas for our show garden. We took part in a variety of workshops including garden design, planting the correct flowers for the time of year, a garden science investigation and a very informative video blogging session. The children were all so engaged and interested in all the ideas and planning of our own garden and came back to school and shared it all with the rest of the gardeners. This is a very exciting project for Eastnor, I will keep you updated on our progress.

Anti-Bullying Week

This week the whole school has embraced ‘Anti-bullying Week’, a national event which takes place in all schools across England every November. This year’s Anti-Bullying week has had the theme of ‘Change Starts With Us’ and the underlying message of ‘Small Change – Big Difference’. Each class has discussed this theme during lessons and assemblies throughout the week. It has certainly got the children talking about it even more and, of course, talk is vital in overcoming bullying. Change starts with a conversation and through working together, which all classes have integrated into their teaching and learning this week.

Future of the PTA

I am pleased to say that lots of parents ventured back to school on Wednesday evening to put forward their thoughts and ideas about the future of the PTA. A number of others, who were unable to attend, had also shared their views in person or via email before the meeting. If you have ideas or further suggestions then it is not too late! Please just pop in and see me.

There will be a follow up letter but a summary of the main points from the meeting and discussions are as follows.

- There is a strong desire for parents to continue to raise additional funds for school, which they recognise benefits all children. I would like you to help us raise money for the following things; Subsidy of an annual visit to Eastnor Pottery for all children with links to our Art and Design curriculum: Renovation of the school playground and an outdoor shelter or shed for reading, drawing etc; A day's training session for all children with ‘Dan the Skipping Man’!

- Moving forwards, there will be a small named committee (which is Mandatory for all charities) with the roles of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. These roles will be given a brief job description and opened to all parents.

- It is recognised that the PTA cannot work as a closed group; all parents are Friends of Eastnor. The aim moving forwards will be to have regular communication, via parentmail, so all parents feel fully informed and involved.

- There will be three high quality events each year- one for each term- with the addition of the Secret Room and the Leavers Disco which are thought to be two of the children's favourites!

- We will continue to make as many bids for additional funding, such as the Bags for Help at Tesco, as possible.

- The aim will be for there to be many hands making light work at each event. Helping with one aspect of an event (that appeals to you!) each year is all we need. Hopefully you will be able to enjoy the others with your own family and friends!

- Each event will be varied and will aim to appeal to the Eastnor families and also the wider community to maximise income.

- Dates will be decided and communicated well in advance, and will form part of the annual diary dates so everyone knows when to keep free!

I feel confident that we can revive the PTA, with relevant changes that will bring a positive outcome for the parents wishing to help, both old and new, and for the children we all want to fundraise for.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Eastnor Celebrates Children in Need!

Friday saw us all at Eastnor having some spotty, dotty fun as we raised money for the very worthy charity, Children in Need. We all came dressed in our spottiest outfits and took part in the ‘Joe Wick’s workout’. In our classes we discussed the work of the Children in Need charity and thought about the children who would benefit from the money we raised. Thank you so much to everyone for getting involved and for supporting this event.

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Health and Safety Guidelines - Sickness Outbreak!

As many of you know, there has been a very prevalent sick bug affecting many children in school. Please remember that the guidance followed by all schools, and directed by the Health Protection Agency, states that children should not return to school until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. It is very important that these guidelines are followed to stop a further spread to other children and families. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Class 2

As always, class 2 has been a hive of activity and we have launched ourselves back into our learning since returning from the half term break last week.

On the first day, we enjoyed a baptism service led by Reverend Joan at the church, to extend our learning and understanding of the Christian faith. The class then wrote a recount of what happened so I will use Ralph’s work to tell you about it.

“Yesterday afternoon, we went to a Baptism with Reverend Joan at Eastnor church. The baby was called Rosie and she was one year old. We stood around the font. The Mum and Dad had to say they believed in God and they’d welcome Rosie to the church and the world. Next the God parents said the same promise. Reverend Joan gave Rosie a candle and a certificate to remember the occasion.”

Our English work this week has been looking at the structure of traditional tales. We have looked at alternative versions and are working towards our own alternative versions to include our much loved, Paddington. We continue to read Paddington most days and have enjoyed learning the meaning of many new words through doing this.

In Maths this week, we have been learning about Multiplication through making equal groups, repeated addition, counting in steps of 2s, 5s and 10s and moving onto solving multiplication problems. We had lots of fun using Smarties to make equal groups whilst trying to avoid the temptation of eating them!

Geography is now focused on learning about Paddington’s home country, Peru. We have learnt facts about Peru, located it on a world map and thought about how Paddington got to the United Kingdom by crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Sixty percent of Peru is covered in rain forest, so we will be moving on to learning about rain forest habitats and comparing it to London.

We enjoyed a wet and muddy Forest school last week. The children began by examining the leaf colours and shapes and discussing the contrasts between them with their friends. Due to lots of rain, the stream was full and running fast, which caused much excitement and we were intrigued by the way the water was running over different sized stones and rocks. This week we have been tying knots and using this to make dens and fishing rods.

Each day is very busy and we are so impressed by the children’s positivity towards all of the activities we do. They throw themselves into whatever learning we are doing and are so inspiring to us and each other. We look forward to the adventures in learning we have ahead of us this term.

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Joseph for his fantastic understanding of numbers, particularly those between 11 to 20! Well done Joseph!

Year 1

Benji for your amazing maths - well done!

Year 2

Frankie for progressing so much with your reading and being such a kind member of our class! Good girl!

Year 3

Ted for fantastic maths work whilst learning about multiplication. Well done Ted!

Year 4

Izzy for having a great attitude to learning in all her lessons. Well done Izzy!

Year 5

Cecily for focused work, in particular, in maths lessons and for solving some very tricky problems. Super work!

Year 6

Eleanor for a fantastic positive attitude towards our maths work this week and for achieving super results!

Headteacher Award

Martha in class 1 for being such a positive and independent learner. Martha it is hard to believe you have not long turned 4 years old. What a super start you have made to school life at Eastnor. Well done.