The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 22nd March 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 25th Mar

Last swim for Class 1 and Class 3

Mon, 25th Mar

Herefordshire Performing Arts Festival - Poetry Class 202a (parents informed)

Tue, 26th Mar

Bikeability Training- Group 1

Tue, 26th Mar

KS2 children to sing at the Herefordshire Festival

Tue, 26th Mar

Herefordshire Performing Arts Festival - Poetry Class 203b,204a & 205 (parents informed)

Wed, 27th Mar

Bikeability Training- Group 2

Wed, 27th Mar

Class 2 PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe (morning sessions)

Wed, 27th Mar

Class 1 and Class 4 PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe (afternoon sessions)

Wed, 27th Mar

Tag Rugby Match at LPS

Thu, 28th Mar

Spring Walk for Sports Relief (whole school)

Fri, 29th Mar

Young Shakespeare Company Trip (class 4)

Fri, 29th Mar

Mothers Day Assembly 2.45pm

Diary Dates for Spring Term 2

Saturday 23rd March - Tesco Bag Packing Fundraiser!

Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th March - Herefordshire Festival

Tuesday 25th March - Bikeability Training for year 6 (rescheduled)

Wednesday 26th March - Bikeability Training for year 6 (rescheduled)

Thursday 28th March - Sports Relief Day/Spring Walk (new date)

Friday 29th March - Young Shakespeare for Class 4 (new date)

Friday 29th March - Mother’s Day Assembly (2.45pm)

Monday 1st April - Last swim for Class 1 and Class 3

Tuesday 2nd April - Poetry Outloud Festival (new date)

Friday 5th April - Annual Reports Home to Parents

Tuesday 9th April - Experience Easter at Ledbury Church (new date)

Tuesday 9th April – Parent - Teacher Drop in

Wednesday 10th April - Easter Service (2.30pm) (NO CLUBS)

Wednesday 10th April - PTA Easter Fair (NO CLUBS)

Thursday 11th April - Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 12th April - LAST DAY OF TERM

Tesco Bag Packing Event!

Just a reminder that on Saturday 23rd March the PTA is hosting a ‘bag packing’ fundraising event at the Tesco store in Ledbury.

It will run from 10am to 4pm which will give the school 6 one hour slots. Ideally we need to have 2 children and 4 adults to help customers pack their bags at six stations and we still need more offers of help to do this!

The children and school will all benefit from this enterprise; we need as many people as possible to come along and take part. Please speak to Helen Mitchell if you can spare 30 minutes to help! Many thanks.

The 85th Herefordshire Festival!

In classes 3 and 4 we have been busy preparing for the Herefordshire Performing Arts Festival as we are, once again, competing in the choir and poetry categories!

The ks2 children have been practising a set piece folk song called 'Skye Boat' with Mrs Cheetham, thinking about phrasing and breathing and creating some beautiful harmonies. They have also been learning 'We Saw the Sea' which is our school's chosen song; it really is sounding great!

The children who have been taking part in our Performing Arts Club on a Monday, with Katie Balson, have been learning some very entertaining poems too and are getting prepared to wow the adjudicators.

Please see details of dates and performance times for the Herefordshire Festival below.

  • Poetry Class 202a and 202b for the year 3 children will take on Monday 25th March between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at the Courtyard Theatre.
  • Class 4a for our Key Stage 2 choir will take place on Tuesday 26 March from 10am at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford.
  • Poetry Class 203b for the Year 4 children will take place on Tuesday 26 March, between 11.20am and 12.30pm at St John's Church, Hereford.
  • Poetry Class 204a and 204b for the Year 5 children will take place on Tuesday 26 March from 2pm and 4.30pm at Saxon Hall, Hereford.

Sports Relief Spring Walk!

Just a reminder that we will all be setting out on our annual Spring Walk on the morning of Thursday 28th March. Please note, this date has been changed due to the Landrover Experience calendar.

Children will need to come in their own clothes on this day and will also need sensible footwear. They may like to bring a waterproof and any extra layers depending on the forecast.

The children will stop and have a snack and drink during the walk (hopefully at the obelisk!) We do have fruit at school but if you would like to send your own snack in with a drink that would be great!

A Special Treat for our Mum's

Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent and traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work away were given a day off to visit their mother and family, which often involved a visit to their home/'mother' church.

Next Friday, at 2.45pm, we will all be joining in church to to celebrate the wonderful Eastnor mums and what makes them unique and special to us! We do hope you will join us for the service and for the tasty treats back at school after!

Film Project 2019

I am very excited to tell you that we have been invited to take part in this year’s film project which is open to classes in KS2.

I recently attended a workshop, and will be taking several children along next time to learn about how we will make our film. This amazing project ends with a screening of all the films at the Hereford ODEON to which children involved in the project are invited. The focus for the project is Herefordshire Life through a lens – a countywide three year project that starts with the photograph archive of Derek Evans, a professional photographer who worked from a studio in Hereford between the 1950s and 1980s. You can read a lot more about the wider project here: https://herefordshirelifethroughalens.org.uk. It really is a great thing to be involved in.

Mrs S Tart

Open Classroom fun in Class 2!

A big thank you to all of our special visitors that came to our Open Classroom event on Thursday. It was lovely to see you all work together and engage with the activity. I know the children had lots of fun building the rockets and they have made the classroom look like something from outer space! I hope you all had fun and enjoyed planning and creating the rockets too.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Thank you Miss Cassell

A huge thank you to Miss Cassell who has been an absolute asset to the school, helping out mainly in Class 1 but also lots around the school.

Miss Cassell has been with us for over 2 months now and the time has certainly flown by - just goes to show how much fun Reception children have been having!

The children have enjoyed learning about many different traditional tales, number bonds and Victorian times with Miss Cassell and she has delivered many well planned, fun and engaging lessons during her time at Eastnor.

You will be sorely missed by myself and of course all of the children, thank you for all your help and good luck in the future.

Class 4

The children in class 4 have been extremely busy over the last 3 weeks. In mathematics, year 6 children have been beginning to try out some example arithmetic and reasoning tests in preparation for the forthcoming SATs tests. By doing this, it means the children get used to, and become comfortable with, the necessary time restraints as well as the way the questions are arranged randomly. The content mirrors the work covered in key stage 2 and allows us to revise and discuss key mathematical skills and facts they need to know. The year 5 children have been reinforcing their understanding of multiplying fractions, working with improper and mixed fractions. They have also been solving problems involving dividing fractions, before moving on to learning about place value, up to two decimal places. Their work in lessons has taken them on to converting fractions into decimals and understanding the value of hundredths and thousandths in decimal numbers. More recently, all of the class have been using the ‘Rounding Rap’ to support them with lessons involving rounding numbers, including decimals. The children have enthusiastically chanted the song to support their understanding and, if you had passed our class recently, you might have thought there was a rock band in there!

In English lessons recently, class 4 have been finishing off their mini Spring term project involving the lives of 4 notable individuals from the past. They have been composing a ‘question and answer’ interview involving Rosa Parks, having researched facts about her life. This has also entailed learning more about different countries in the world at crucial times of change, such as apartheid. Alongside our continued reading of ‘War Horse’, we have focused further on the First World War poet Wilfred Owen and his famous ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ poem. During lessons, we have studied the meaning of the lines in the poem as well as the literary devices Owen used to convey his ‘real’ message of life in the trenches. An area we focus on in Class 4 is using wide ranging, interesting vocabulary to enhance our writing and Wilfred Owen and Michael Morpurgo have provided us this opportunity with their work. The children have produced their own brilliant, emotive poems as if they were a soldier in the trenches of World War 1, realising the true horrors that the war propaganda covered up. Here are two examples from the class:

The stress began in the harsh unforgiving trenches,

It was like a slaughterhouse,

But seven miles long and six foot deep.

The pain was the devil inside us.

It was so bad, but I have to go on further

'til my work is done.

Waiting for the rest of the soldiers

On the battlefield.

Light is coming, for if I keep going, just maybe

My promised game of cricket will come.

I thought this was glory, not gory

But I was wrong.

The government lied, the old lie:

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

By FInlay Stephenson

The enormous trenches were horrifically dangerous to the soldiers,

As they were filled with thick mud

Just like an old man's left overs of roast dinner.

It was sad to see.

Gas was arriving closer

When we saw the Germans, who saw us first.

They galloped where we couldn't see them.

Gas, suffocating gas, came out of nowhere.

It was playing tag with me.

It passed through us

As the horses lay like dogs sleeping softly, starved just like us.

When we walked on, my stomach started to hurt

Like a gun wound deep inside of me.

I was starved. My mate just watched.

The days were like cancer,

Stress every moment.

Heart beating, lungs failing, me dying.

No fun, just war, killing now, killing day by day.

Trench foot toes hurt,

No cricket, no football, government... die!

The old lie:

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

By Keanu Clueit

In RE lessons recently, we have been learning about the Hindu faith, exploring why Hindus try to be good and creating a Hinduism glossary of key words. This has led us on to explaining the Hindu cycle of life and the children have found this extremely interesting, as well as learning about good and bad karma. In science lessons, we have been studying human anatomy, focusing on the functions and purpose of the main organs such as the brain, heart, large intestine and liver. The children have incorporated their ICT skills, using IPads and a programme called ‘See-Saw’ to record the facts they have researched using the microphone as well as programming tools, to create something interactive whilst illustrating their knowledge and understanding at the same time. In art lessons, the children have been completing their wire ‘War Horse’ sculptures, as well as using different media to create some wonderful pictures for Mothers’ Day. The children found ways to manipulate the wire more easily, such as ensuring their hands were warm, and learnt the difficulties, as well as the positive benefits, of working with wire. They sculpted the wire effectively, considering the shape of the horse and how it moves, and were very pleased with their hard work. These horses now stand proudly on the windowsills in class 4 and, as we finish the reading of ‘War Horse’, it almost feels like they are standing to attention in honour of their fallen friends. A touching tribute Class 4, well done.

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Mollie for trying super hard all week, especially when working with some of the year 1 children, well done Mollie!

Year 1

Frankie for being so kind and caring to the Reception children this week. Well done Frankie!

Year 2

Willow-Grace for a super effort in PE. Well done Willow-Grace.

Year 3

Jaiden for trying so hard with his maths work whilst using decimals. Well done Jaiden!

Year 4

Daisy for always working to the very best of her ability and for writing a fantastic imaginary story. Well done Daisy!

Year 5

Eleanor for always trying her best in all lessons, listening attentively and for being so polite and helpful towards others in school. Fantastic Eleanor!

Year 6

Isabel for trying hard in all areas of the curriculum, listening attentively and for always being so polite and helpful to adults in school. Fantastic Isabel!

Headteacher Award

Grace GP and Lilly P for their amazing World War 1 poems. I was thoroughly impressed by your use of language girls - well done!