The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 17th November 2017

Diary Dates

Mon, 20th Nov - Fri, 24th Nov

Road Safety Week

Mon, 20th Nov

Road Safety Workshops

Tue, 21st Nov

Bikeability Scheme - Group 1

Tue, 21st Nov

Parents Evening (5pm-7pm)

Wed, 22nd Nov

Bikeability Scheme - Group 2

Wed, 22nd Nov

Class 3 and 4 PE (Morning Session)

Wed, 22nd Nov

Class 1 and 2 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Wed, 22nd Nov

Parents Evening (3.30pm-5.30pm)

Thu, 23rd Nov

Bikeability Scheme - Group 3

Thu, 23rd Nov

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 23rd Nov

Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Fri, 24th Nov

Flu Vaccinations

Parents Evening

Please ensure that you have booked your appointment for parents evening on the booking forms in the school reception area.

The class teachers will be sending home a termly progress summary to children in years 1 – 6 today.  

 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 look forward to welcoming you all into school for Parents Evening on either Tuesday 21st or Wednesday 22nd November. These meetings will give teachers the chance to discuss how your child or children have settled into their new classes, and will give you the opportunity to discuss the contents of the progress report in more detail and ask any questions you may have to.

After School Clubs!

Please note, as stated on the club selection letter, there will be no after school clubs on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd due to Parents Evening meetings which will be held in school.

Also, club selection sheets for the Spring term will be sent home on Monday 27th November.

Bikeability Scheme

In the week commencing Monday 20th November, it will be Road Safety Week. During this week, 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 new school initiative.

Please see more information by clicking the link.

http://bikeability.org.uk/

Remembrance Service

Reverend Joan did an amazing Remembrance Service at Eastnor Church on Friday 10th November, the children loved the poppies that our church had been decorated with. 

We all enjoyed Reverent 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.

We learnt that a purple poppy represents all of the brave animals that helped fight for England in the treacherous wars as well discovering that the bugal was and still is the instrument used to signify the last post.

Our Voice of Values council really enjoyed the Service and the feedback we got from amongst the other classes was that children felt enlightened on the braveness of the soldiers.

By Danda and Milly

Making a Difference

What a fantastic day we had on Wednesday in school supporting Children in Need. The children and staff all came to school dressed as Super Heroes, there was such a vast range of outfits from Doctors, Nurses and Police to Super woman and Bat Man. We managed to raise £ 254 for this very worthy cause.

We even had a very special visitor(Pudsey) accompanied by BBC Hereford and Worcester who interviewed some of the children about their real life Super Heroes.

Thank you so much for your generosity.

More Netball Success!

Last Thursday, some children from Class 4 went to Ashperton School to play in a cluster netball mini-league tournament.  The team played two matches, winning 4-2  against Colwall and 4-0 against Much Marcle.

Well done to Izzy, Callum, Will, Thomas, Heidi, Danda and Becca

netball

Forest School Training

Last Saturday Mrs Willis and myself spent a very enjoyable and informative day at Hellens House in Much Marcle, at the Herefordshire Forest School Association Conference. We took part in a range of workshops about Forest school practice and how nature can really help children to learn.

We will be trying out some of the ideas this week and getting creative. Mrs Tart

Welcome to Miss Mitchell

A huge Eastnor  welcome to Miss  Mitchell, who joined us on Wednesday to help in Class 1.
Miss Mitchell was greeted by a flurry of superheroes as she arrived for her day at Eastnor on Children in Need day; she couldn't have picked a more exciting day to visit us.

Miss Mitchell is a student from the University of Worcester and is hoping to join us in the next few weeks as well as after Christmas for some of her placement in Class 1.

Unsurprisingly the children all made her feel extremely welcome, showing off their true superhero talents! We look forward to working alongside Miss Mitchell in the future. Welcome to Eastnor.

HM1

Rachel's Ice Cream Fundrasier!

Please Visit 'Rachel's Ice Cream' Pop Up Shop at 1 The Southend, Ledbury, HR8 2EY on Saturday 25th November 12.30pm – 6.30pm and the following four Saturdays in December 9.30am- 2.00pm.

There will be a fundraising wall with names of primary schools local to our dairy and both Bromsberrow and Eastnor Primary School will feature!  Every person who purchases a 500ml tub will be given a sticker and they can choose which school to support. Each sticker will result in a 50p donation being made by Just Rachel to the school.

Please tell as many family and friends as possible!

Drop off and Pick Up Time!

Please can all parents be considerate to others when bringing children to and from school. I have received a number of comments from parents and from members of the Eastnor Estate about cars being double parked and blocking the road, especially during the morning drop off. Many thanks for your support

Upcoming PTA Dates!

Monday 20th November - Please can all orders for Christmas Cards be returned to school

Saturday 25th November - PTA Christmas Fayre

All children in school will be learning a song to present at this year's Christmas Fayre which will take place at Burgage Hall Ledbury between 2pm-4pm. So come and get into the Christmas spirit by joining us!

Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th December - The PTA Secret Room will open once again so that children can get their Christmas Shopping  done nice and early!

Please also see the attached letter from the newly elected Chair and Co Chair of the PTA.

Acadmey Update!

Unfortunately, I have no further news about our conversion to academy status as the issues related to the dilapidations agreement are on going. The Bishop Anthony Education Trust are still fully supportive of Eastnor Primary School and are looking forward to welcoming us to the Trust. I will continue to let you know how things are progressing as I learn more.

Governor Visits

Reverend Keith is the Governor overseeing SEN at Eastnor school. I have enjoyed meeting with him this week to explain how hard our teachers work to meet the needs of all  children in the school. He was interested in how we support those children who find some aspects of their learning tricky and was impressed by the support and interventions we provide to ensure these children’s needs are met and their progress valued, monitored and supported. We also discussed the recent parent meetings held for those children who receive extra support and how successful these are in providing extra time to discuss individual needs of children. Thank you to Reverened Keith for his time and to all parents who attended meetings. Miss Patchett.

Class 2

It continues to be a very busy term in Class 2. Over the past few weeks we’ve been walking around Eastnor Lake, had a visit from the fire fighters at Ledbury Fire Station, a visit from Pudsey Bear and started to sing our nativity songs!!

In English we have used our experiences to inspire our writing. We have been looking at features of letters and writing our own notes, postcards and letters. We have sent some postcards to the Eastnor Castle Estate office to say thank you for letting us walk around the grounds and we have written thank you letters to the Ledbury fire fighters to show our appreciation of their very exciting and informative visit.

Also this term in English, we have been enjoying the books of Julia Donaldson and have begun looking at character descriptions. We used our Children in Need super hero day to inspire some imaginative super hero character  descriptions.

In Maths we have continued to practice skills in addition and subtraction, really focusing on quick recall of number bonds. Year 2 children have been adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and  we have enjoyed using dice and dominoes to explore doubling and halving.


Class 2 have been up to some very exciting things in the foundation subjects. In topic, we have continued to learn about the Great Fire of London. In particular, we have been exploring London and the different types of settlements. This week, we have explored our local cities and we even made our very own city out of Lego.

In science, we have continued learning about materials. Ledbury fire station visited us to help us learn about flammable and non-flammable materials.  We have also looked at grouping materials based on their properties and have started to explore changes within the properties of materials.

Our topic of relationships is still being explored in PSHE. We have been looking at friendships and what it means to be a good friend. To celebrate anti-bullying week, we have been looking at what bullying means and what you can do if someone is being mean to you.

In art,  we have started to explore smudging and shading. We have been using a variety of tools to create different variations in tone and using shading to complete pictures. In music we have been looking at how we can use our bodies to create music. We have also been looking at how we can record our music. We have created some lovely pieces of music that were represented by symbols.

In computing we have been exploring E-safety. Within this, we have been looking at what you should do to keep safe when on the internet. This week we have moved onto manipulating information. We have started looking at Microsoft Power point and word and explored saving and loading work.

 

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Thomas for thinking really carefully about kindness this week and using excellent phonics to write his promise heart. Lovely work Thomas, well done!

Year 1

Aria for some super maths work. Well done!

Year 2

Lulu for her sunny nature and spreading happiness in the classroom.

Year 3

Daisy for fantastic writing whilst describing a Super Hero. Well done Daisy!

Year 4

Jonty for fantastic times table knowledge. Keep learning them Jonty!

Year 5

Isabel for working really hard on understanding negative numbers in maths this week. Great work Isabel!

Year 6

Louie for a fantastic commitment to reading at home and in school. Keep it up!

Headteacher Award

Benjamin in class 2 for showing an excellent attitude to his learning and for being a super role model to others in school. Well done Benjamin.