The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 17th January 2020

Diary Dates

Mon, 20th Jan

Swimming for Year 3 Children

Mon, 20th Jan

Class 1 Welly Walk - afternoon session

Mon, 20th Jan

Class 2 PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe - afternoon session

Tue, 21st Jan

Open Classroom Event for Year 3 (9.30-11.00am) and Year 4 (1.30-3.00am)

Tue, 21st Jan

Mini League Netball Matches at Ashperton Primary School

Wed, 22nd Jan

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

Thu, 23rd Jan

Year 5 Dance/Gym Lessons at JMHS - morning session

Thu, 23rd Jan

Forest School (class 2) - afternoon session

Thu, 23rd Jan

Class 1 PE Lessons with Mrs Layton

Fri, 24th Jan

Singing with Mrs Cheetham

Fri, 24th Jan

Life Education Day

Diary Dates for Spring Term (1) 2020

Tuesday 4th February - Open Classroom Event for Reception Class (1.30-3.00pm)

Wednesday 5th February - Tag Rugby @ Bosbury Primary School

Tuesday 11th February - Multi Skills Festival

Friday 14th February – LAST DAY OF HALF TERM

Monday 24th February – CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL

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)

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

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

JMHS Open Day Dates for 2020

Wednesday 22nd January - Open morning, arrive by 9am

Thursday 7th May - Open morning, arrive by 9am

Thursday 4th June - Year 5 information evening (time TBC)

Thursday 18th June - Year 6 Information evening (time TBC)

Friday 26th June - Year 5 Day

Thursday 2nd July - Year 6 Day

Open Classroom Returns for 2020!

For this first event of 2020, we are going to invite our parents into school on Tuesday 21st January to share learning with the children in year 3 and year 4.

Mrs Tart and Miss Pope are planning some exciting activities where each year group will have the chance to work with their loved ones, and showcase the work they have been doing so far this term.

We request that year 3 parents arrive promptly for the start of the morning session at 9.30 so they can be part of the main teaching session and have the opportunity to experience all of the planned activities.

Year 4 parents will be welcomed for the afternoon session which will begin at 1.30pm.

Next up is Class 1 so make sure you have the date in your diary!

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A Special Music Project for Class 2

Last Friday, Class 2 excitedly set off for Hellen’s House in Much Marcle, to continue our music and arts project that we have been so lucky to be involved in.

As soon as we arrived we got straight on with the morning’s activities! We had to clap and do hand movements to a piece of classical music, whilst following a very simple notation as we did so – just like reading music! Then we painted our own notation before moving on to painting a picture whilst listening to a piece of music. We painted whatever the music made us think of.

After a snack and drink break, we lay on the floor, closed our eyes and listened to another piece of classical music. This was to really focus on listening carefully. Afterwards, we were straight back to our painting stations to paint the images in our minds again.

We finished the morning by practising our group song, which we sung in rounds with each group singing or clapping a different element of the song.

As usual, the children were excellent. They were much younger than the other children involved but their ideas, enthusiasm and behaviour were exemplary We are now all looking forward to our next visit later this year.

Girls Football Tournament Match Report!

Last week, Mr Bees and Mrs Layton accompanied a team of Key Stage 2 girls to a football tournament held at John Masefield High School. The girls played 4 matches against tough opposition in the form of Cradley and Ashperton schools. Everyone played brilliantly, showing true team spirit and fantastic skills. Mr Bees and Mrs Layton were extremely impressed! The girls came second and were only narrowly beaten to first place. Huge congratulations go to: Lilly Layton, Anna Emery, Rosie Baker, Lu-Lu Rozmanec, Emily Taylor, Lily Baker, Nancy Dewitt and Libby Whitworth. Thanks also to the parents for transporting their children and for cheering them on. We are incredibly proud of you all girls!

Speak Out and Stay Safe!

On Tuesday morning with the help of a friendly mascot named Buddy, the children took part in some special assemblies and a workshop which was part of the NSPCC's 'Speak out. Stay safe' programme, a nationwide programme for primary-school-aged children in the UK and Channel Islands.

Through the child-friendly interactive assemblies and workshops, specially trained staff and volunteers gave our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying.

As you can see from the photographs, the children listened carefully and learnt lots whilst having great fun along the way.

Swimming Fun for Year 3

It is now the turn of the year 3's to go swimming at The Elms Preparatory School, home to the Herefordshire Swimming School. The newly refurbished pool is a fantastic facility nestled in 110 acres of glorious grounds. Chris Treanor, Head of swimming, has again welcomed our children with open arms. He has spent years developing swimming at The Elms and has even worked with the American Olympic squad. We are certainly in safe hands! The children have absolutely loved their first session working on water skills and strokes. They cannot wait to learn more!

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Dance and Gym for our Year 5's!

Yesterday, the children in Year 5 travelled to John Masefield High School for their first 'Dance and Gymnastics' session for the Spring Term. Mrs Dawe was extremely impressed with the enthusiasm and skills that the children displayed, as they learnt how to move around in the vast space of the sports hall. We are very grateful to the staff at John Masefield for organising these lessons with Mrs Dawe. It seems that we certainly have some budding future, flexible and rhythmic stars in the making - Los Angeles 2028 Olympics, watch out!

Back to the Forest for Class 2!

Class 2's sessions at Forest School resumed this week – a bit wet and soggy but lots of fun and perfect weather for exploring.

The children had a fantastic time with all sorts of imaginative mixtures made with mud, water from the stream and seasoned with leaves, twigs and anything they could find around them and the mud kitchen is as popular as ever!

We did thanks for the amazing addition of the Mud Kitchen to the Forest School Site but there was a little mix up with names (sorry to those involved!) so we will try again!

Many thanks to Eva's dad, Mark, for making the mud kitchen and improving our benches and to Harry J's Mum, Sarah, for arranging funding for the improvements with the support of ‘Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural beauty’ (AONB).

We are still working with AONB and there should be some more exciting improvements coming soon. We will keep you updated.

Thank you to our Book Sponsors!

What a lovely surprise we received in school this week.

We were very excited when the postman delivered a set of 30 books which have been kindly sponsored by PA Miles Control Systems Ltd in Ledbury.

The Barney and Echo educational resources and the books called 'The Bad Apples' were given to us through a project called The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain who spend their time educating and helping young people in their own communities.

The book tells the story of Barney, Eagle and Echo Squirrel who live in Treetop Forest and relates to some difficult issues related to PSHE and Citizenship at Key Stage 1 and 2.

A big thank you to PA miles Control Systems Ltd. for choosing to sponsor Eastnor!

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Malvern Spring Garden Show Update

Malvern Spring Garden Show Update.

The children have all been very busy producing plans and ideas to submit to the Garden Show, which we have now completed. It feels very real now! After the children had written very thoughtful letters to send out to local businesses, we are feeling very humble with all the support we have been given. Our two main sponsors have been secured. They are:Wyevale Nurseries and Eastnor Pottery. We are eternally grateful for all their support. We still have space for one more main sponsor who will get an advertising board by the garden and a piece in the catalogue. If you know any local business that would be interested please come and see me. We are also so very fortunate to have lots of support from many local people: Thompson and Morgan seeds, Ledbury Allotment Society, Ledbury Civic Society, Roger Oates, Julian and Arabella Risby and Eric Seward from Seward Joinery Ltd. A huge thank you to all of you. We would be unable to take part in such an amazing project without your support. If anyone would like to make a donation, whether it is money or plants, we would be very grateful.

We are in need of some good quality pallets to make an 8ft Rocket. If anyone knows of any please pop in and see me.

Class 4

The children in Class 4 have been working very hard since their return to school after the seasonal break.

Our Maths lessons have centred around Roman Numerals. The children have solved problems which enabled them to revisit their prior learning on the Romans, with questions involving Romulus and Remus as well as Roman emperors such as Julius Caesar. Our learning in History lessons this week has explored the British Celtic warrior Queen Boudica, who led a revolt against Roman occupation in AD60. Year 6 children will begin an art block this term on inspirational women and so we were able to tie in the end of our Romans topic with this.

In English lessons the children have been enjoying the first few chapters of 'The Silver Sword', by Ian Serraillier. This week we have looked at the thrilling escape of Joseph Balicki from his prison camp, which inspired our own short story writing. Last week we learnt how to write a precis (summary) with the children enjoying trying to condense a piece of writing to a given word count. One of the texts we used was about dragons, which linked with the silver engraving on the hilt of the paper-knife which Joseph gave to his wife and which travels through the story with the Balicki children and their friend Jan.

Our Art work has focused on our core text, as the children have explored the skills of hatching, cross-hatching, blending, smudging and colour washes to produce fantastic drawings and paintings which represent the theme of World War 2 in war-torn Warsaw.

In Science lessons we have begun our topic on 'Materials and their Properties'. This week the children were presented with lemonade bottles, plastic cups and currants! They had to make predictions about how the currants would react when dropped into the lemonade and reason why they reacted the way they did, using scientific vocabulary. Everyone agreed that it was an extremely fun (and thirst quenching) way to kick off our new topic!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Lilly for working so hard with her writing! keep it up Lilly! Well done!

Year 1

Jacob for fantastic maths and for always listening carefully. Well done!

Year 2

Lorna for always being very focussed, working hard and sharing good knowledge. Fantastic!

Year 3

Lilah for working hard in maths. Well done!

Year 4

Erica for a fantastic attitude to her learning. Well done!

Year 5

Eva for a fantastic start to the new term. You are such a diligent worker in the classroom, always listening and behaving sensibly. Well done Eva!

Year 6

Tabitha for a fantastic start to the new term and, in particular, for being a super partner to Lily at your table. What a kind and caring girl you are Tabitha!

Headteacher Award

To Lilly M (class 4) and Sophie (class 3) for both making a super start to life at Eastnor. Both girls are showing their Christian Values, working hard and have fit in perfectly to our Eastnor family. Well done to both of you!