The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 16th March 2018

Diary Dates

Mon, 19th Mar

Swimming Lessons for Class 1 and Class 3 (NOT YEAR 3)

Mon, 19th Mar

Herefordshire Poetry Festival for Year 3 Children

Tue, 20th Mar

Herefordshire Festival Choir - The Courtyard Theatre (10.30-1pm) Packed Lunch Needed

Tue, 20th Mar

Herefordshire Poetry Festival for Year 4 Children (Throughout Day)

Wed, 21st Mar

PE for Class 2 (Morning Session)

Wed, 21st Mar

PE for Classes 1 and 4

Thu, 22nd Mar

PE for Classes 3 & 4 (Change to morning session due to Easter Service rehearsal)

Fri, 23rd Mar

Year 6 Poetry Event at JMHS (Morning Session)

Fri, 23rd Mar

Sports Relief Walk to the Obelisk (Afternoon Session)

Fri, 23rd Mar

Choir and Spring Drama Group Perform at JMHS 7pm

Welcome Back Mrs Tart!

Everyone at Eastnor is thrilled to have Mrs Tart back in school. The children's faces lit up when she paid a visit on Monday afternoon, and they were even more happy to hear that she would be back teaching them full time from Wednesday. Class 3 have already have been very busy this week and have impressed Mrs Tart with their poems which are ready for next week's Herefordshire Festival!

Mrs T

"Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning."

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King.

Whilst striving for the highest standards in everything we do it is crucial that the staff at Eastnor continue to learn.

On Monday after school, we invited Stephanie Austwick - a specialist Literacy advisor and writer - to come and lead some training about helping children to develop fluency and stamina with their reading.

It was an inspirational session which gave teachers many new ideas and will help them plan even more exciting learning opportunities at Eastnor. You might hear you children talk about 'Sneaky Peaks', 'Strictly Come Reading' or even Karaoke Reading in the coming weeks!    

Eastnor Pupils Shine at Ledbury Youth Theatre Showcase!

At Eastnor we are a family and the staff like to support children in all of their success both inside and outside school.

On Monday evening, Mrs Tart and I were invited to Ledbury's Market Theatre to watch a number of Eastnor children performing in the Youth Theatre's plays 'Flour Babies' and 'Let Loose' which were entries in the Hereford Drama Festival last weekend.

Flour Babies was a moving play adapted from Anne Fine, prize-winning author and former Children’s Laureate. Our hugely talented ex pupils and Emily Waston and Lexi Henry featured in the play and it brought back memories of when they were acting, singing and dancing in our own Eastnor Productions. How time flies!

Eleanor, Nancy, Becca, - and last years leavers - Kirsten, Katie and Eloise, performed in a musical comedy about a school residential trip. All of the children were fantastic and they exuded confidence and flair on the stage. Let Loose won the Stennet cup for best youth performance and the Oswin cup for best novice performance. Well done to Katie Balson and everyone involved in giving the Eastnor children such wonderful opportunities outside school.

Youth group

School of Rock!

Every year, Class 4 are invited to watch the John Masefield production in the spring term, which always promises to be an entertaining and exciting experience for our children.

This Thursday morning was no exception, as 'School of Rock' was definitely a hit!  The children thought the characters played their parts extremely well, and it was lovely to see Katie and Josh in Year 7 getting involved on the stage.  We were also wowed by the live music and the impressive guitar riffs.

We loved the catchy tunes, and I am sure the rest of the children in school are also well versed on them now, as Class 4 were singing them for the rest of the day!

Net Wall Extravaganza

This week, Milly, Nate, Heidi, Morgan and Keanu went to experience lots of new net sports at John Masefield.

We got to try out squash (which was really hard and our favourite activity from the day) and table tennis.  We also got to try out some badminton - we all had a go at trying to beat Mr Grant but he was too good!

It was a really fun day and we got to spend it with some children from other schools - and we definitely think our table tennis skills have improved!

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Debating Compeition

This afternoon, a group of year 4 and 5 children turned their hand to public speaking in the annual debating competition - this year hosted by Great Malvern Primary School. All of the children have been working hard with Mrs Jones over recent weeks; learning how to plan, write and present an argument effectively. They have shown great commitment to the project and were all confident, engaging and articulate when speaking about why the internet should replace books! 

Yet  again, I was very proud to be the head teacher of Eastnor because our children were quite simply a class act. I am pleased to announce that we came first for the second year in a row! Well done to you all!

Parking Around School!

Please can parents ensure they are considerate of others, as I have been informed that some people are finding it difficult to park and that large gaps are being left between cars. I know that the road outside school is very busy due to the filming etc. so it particularly important that we work together to keep everyone safe! Many thanks for your support.

Class 2

Class 2 have continued to learn about Pirates as their topic since returning after half term but have been busy with lots of other learning too.

English has focussed on ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ story. We have looked at the structure and language of traditional tales, compared different versions and made up our own versions of the tale too. We have had fun role playing the different characters thinking about the story from each character’s point of view. We also enjoyed World Book Day, sharing our books and props with children from Class 1 and thinking about the characters in our favourite books.

Maths has revisited addition and subtraction, counting and place value. We have built on our previous knowledge and used our skills for problem solving. This week, we have had lots of fun learning about Measures. We had a practical start to the week on Monday using a variety of different scales for measuring, being careful to use the correct language to read and compare measurements.

In RE, we have continued to learn about Judaism and the children have not only impressed us with their ability to learn facts about Judaism but also being able to apply some of what they have learnt to their own lives and our school values.

In Science, we have started to explore plants. We have looked at the different parts of a plant and we even got to pull apart a flower. We are closely observing our own plants to see what they need to grow.

In Art we have been looking at L.S Lowry. We looked at some of his famous pieces of art work and tried to recreate them ourselves. It was really fun mixing all of the paint colours to make them similar to the ones he used.

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Lorna for her exceptional writing this week, stretching herself to use words like because! Great work Lorna, well done!

Year 1

Maita for having fantastic knowledge about the story of Moses and the Seder plate. Well done!

Year 2

Dominic for a super effort with measuring in maths this week. Well done!

Year 3

Lewis for thoughtful writing about Judaism. Well done Lewis!

Year 4

Lilly P for fantastic writing about Moses and the Exodus. Wel;l done Lilly!

Year 5

Finlay for showing humility all this week and offering to help the teachers with jobs during his own time! Well done!

Year 6

Will for making a real effort to include some tricky punctuation in his writing tasks this week , and working hard in maths too. Great work!

Headteacher Award

Ralph in class 1 for talking to me about our Christian value of the month, compassion, so confidently. What a wonderful understanding you could explain to me Ralph. Well done.