The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 1st December 2017

Diary Dates

Wed, 6th Dec

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 6th Dec

Class 1 and 2 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 7th Dec

Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 7th Dec

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Fri, 8th Dec

WHOLE SCHOOL PANTO TRIP

Fri, 8th Dec

Christmas Cake Sale for School Charity

Christmas Fayre Success

What a fantastic celebration of the community coming together over the weekend it was!

Ledbury town was buzzing with excitement in the lead up to the Christmas season and tucked away in Burgess Hall, we had our very own magical and truly festive experience waiting to be discovered.

The Hall was packed full of children and parents from the school as well as many curious passers by who came in to explore the wonders of this year's Christmas Fayre.

There were plenty of stalls to choose from, with a huge variety of prizes and treats to enjoy. I am aware that the staff very much enjoyed helping out on the cake stall, particularly when the delicious homemade treats caught their eye.  Miss Patchett enjoyed the sweet stall before winning the tremendous Italian Hamper in the Raffle. Well done to Miss Patchett and all other Raffle winners.

The children, I'm sure you would all agree, sang so beautifully both up in the balcony of the church as well as when they wriggled their way onto the dancefloor downstairs, giving us a little teaser of the Wriggly Nativity.

A huge well done and thank you to the PTA, who clearly had put in a tremendous amount of effort and time into the Fayre and a huge thank you to all those who attended.

Let the festive season begin!

Celebrating Diversity - Themed Day

On Tuesday, the classrooms of Eastnor transformed themselves from the day-to-day set-up to enable the children to have a taster of many different faiths.

Class 4 transformed into a Mosque for the day.  On arrival, children were asked to wash their hands and then were organised ready for a call to prayer.  The children learnt the 'salah' (second pillar of prayer) and faced Mecca when they prayed.  They then had a look at some geometric Islamic art, creating mosaics and patterns.  To end with, we talked about Ramadan, and then had an Eid celebration; enjoying some tasty treats!

Class 3 became a Hindu Temple for the day.  The children engaged with music that associates with the faith, using instruments and voices to create song and dance.  They also created Rangoli patterns using coloured rice, as well as flower garlands to wear around their necks.

In Class 2, Judaism was the focus, and the children thought about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, that is fast approaching. Children created the Menora using wrapping paper and lego, as well as making 3D nets of Dreidels, whilst the older children shared the story of Hanukkah with the younger ones.

In Class 1 they focused on Christianity, sharing and looking at stained glass windows and different Christian churches across the world.  They created watercolour paintings of these, whilst evaluating traditional Christian praise music and trying some Stollen.

The children amazed us with their willingness to try new things and how every child learnt something new about one of the six major religions.  At the end of the day it was lovely to welcome the children back and hear all about what they had discovered and share some new found wisdom.

Welcoming Back Familiar Faces!

Last Thursday, we were lucky to welcome back some familiar faces in to school. Rufus, Kirsten, Thomas, Katie and Eloise joined us for the afternoon and were able to help Mrs Dawe during PE, help the little ones in reception, and in the afternoon came back to Class 4 to help us with our science investigation.  It was also a lovely opportunity for the children in Class 4 to ask the Year 7's questions about the transition to high school and find out what life is like at Secondary school.

It was great to see you all, and we hope you can come back and visit again soon! Once part of the Eastnor family, always part of the Eastnor family.

year 7s

Mini League Netball Match

On Thursday, Ollie, Phoebe, Harry I, Esme, Harry B and Isabel went and played netball against some of the other cluster schools as part of the mini-league tournament.  They played against Colwall and Ledbury, showing positive values throughout the match, despite freezing conditions!

Well done everyone, you did Eastnor proud!

netball team

Special Pen Pals

Last year, through our Intergenerational Poetry Project with the Courtyard Theatre, we discovered that it was great fun to work with and learn from people of different ages. With this in mind, some of the children from Eastnor are going to be honing their letter writing skills by linking up with a special Pen pal at Bircham's Grange. 

Next week, the children will be writing letters which will introduce themselves, share a little  information about their lives and will include a few questions for their new friends to answer. 

We really hope that this project will bring joy to the lives of everyone involved!  

Tag Rugby Club

Please note that the additional Friday Tag Rugby Club is for the KS2 children in contention to represent our school teams next term. In a bid to do one better than 2017 and come home with the Trophy, Justin has agreed to start extra training early. All children who we would like to be involved will be notified by Miss Booton or Mrs Dawe next week. Please can you let them know if your child will, or will not be able to attend.

Drama Club Showcase

On Monday 11th December, Ben and the children would like to invite parents to a special showcase of the work they have been doing in their club this term. Please come along at 3.30pm for the drama spectacular!

Lufutuko Primary School and Bana Besu Project

Please remember that our Charity Fundraiser for Christmas will include a special Christmas cake sale - which will take place on Friday 8th December - for our school charity. We cant wait to send photos of the sale to our friends in Zambia to show them we are passionate about making their lives better!

Raise Funds for School by Eating Ice Cream

Remember that a shop will be popping up for Christmas, in one of the market town's oldest and most unusual buildings, the House on Stilts at the Market House. This will include Rachel's Ice Cream which is raising money for local Primary Schools, including Eastnor, with 50p from every tub sold being donated when the school is selected. Please remember to ask your friends and family to choose Eastnor! Many thanks.
ice creams

Lunch Menu Choices

Please can completed Lunch Menu choices be retuned to school by no later than Monday 11th December. Many thanks.

Swimming/PE timetable for Spring Term

Please note that there will be some changes to the timetable after Christmas due to different curriculum commitments including swimming lessons. Please see the list below for details:-

Monday Afternoon - Swimming  Lessons for Class 1 and Class 3 (Letters have been sent home today) 

Wednesday Morning - PE Lessons for Class 2,

Wednesday Afternoon - PE Lessons for Class 1 & Class 4

Thursday Afternoon  - Forest School for Class 2 & PE Lessons for Class 3 and 4

Prayer for the First Sunday of Advent

Lord as we come before you today on this First Sunday of Advent we ask you to prepare us for your coming. You promised through your son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith and we bring before you today the needs of the Church and the world.

Class 4

Class 4 have once again been very busy these past few weeks working on lots of different skills.  In English, we have continued our work on A Midsummer Night’s Dream where we have examined the mischievous character of Puck and created our own magic potions that would cause as much mischief as his ‘Love in Idleness Flower’.  We have also been working on our spellings and different grammatical devices such as fronted adverbials and adverbial phrases, and punctuation lists correctly.  We have also used figurative language such as metaphors, personification and similes to describe the setting of the Midsummer forest.  As well as this, we have been working on some reading comprehension tasks and focusing on finding evidence in the text to support our reading answers.

In Maths, we have been working on lots of different number work.  The children have looked at topics and using mathematical reasoning in negative numbers, rounding and this week prime numbers, factors, multiples and Roman numerals.  The children have also been increasing their speed and fluency by working on lots of different arithmetic skills such as multiplying and dividing fractions, long and short division and calculating percentages of amounts in a given time frame.

In science we have been practically investigating the impact of many different forces.  The children created parachutes to test the pushing force of air resistance, and then we investigated what would happen if mass and gravity were added to our parachutes too.  We have looked at friction, and which surfaces cause more or less friction when a shoe is dragged across them and most recently created boats out of tin foil to examine buoyancy and upthrust; whilst all the time thinking about how to ensure we are making a fair test.

In RE, we have continued looking at the religion of Islam and where Muslims turn for guidance.  We have examined the significance of the Qur’an, as well as the importance of the prophet Muhammed and thought about where Christians would turn and how their holy book compares.

In topic we have been looking at the different city states in ancient Greece and the empire of Alexander the Great.  We have also looked at the myth of Jason and the Argonauts and combined it with Greek theatre by making masks of the characters in the myth and comparing ancient and modern theatre.

In PE, the children have still been improving their football skills in FA coaching, as well as working on their team building skills through sports.  In music, we have been singing Christmas songs, as well as focusing on standard notation, scales and the difference between the major and minor key.  In French we have been learning directions and translating journeys from French into English as well as learning places in the locality.  We have been using ICT publishing software as well as learning how to keep ourselves safe online.  PSHE lessons have seen us looking at the international, national and local news to see if we can see any of our Christian Values being displayed across the world.

I have been so impressed with all the hard work that the children have been doing and look forward to updating you in the New Year with more of our challenging work!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Luka for her continued efforts with her reading and writing. Well done Luka!

Year 1

Ted for being a thoughtful, kind boy and helping out in the mornings!

Year 2

Grace for her fantastic reading and super retelling of the Jonah story. Well done!

Year 3

Theo for super Maths work whilst using reasoning skills. Well done Theo!

Year 4

Nancy for dedication in all that she does at Eastnor. Well done Nancy!

Year 5

Ellis for working hard across all subjects and always coming in to school to read with a smile on his face! Great work Ellis.

Year 6

Max for his insightful comments on spotting Christian Values in the international and national news, and bringing in his own news stories to share with the class. Well done Max!

Headteacher Award

Jessica in class 1 for showing more confidence in all aspects of school life, especially when enjoying her first school hot dinner! Well done Jess!