The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 26th January 2018

Diary Dates

Mon, 29th Jan

Class 2 Pirate Day! Shiver me Timbers!

Mon, 29th Jan

Swimming for Class 1 and Class 3 (Please remember to wear -or bring - socks girls!

Wed, 31st Jan

The Trudge! (Children have been notified)

Wed, 31st Jan

Class 2 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 31st Jan

Class 1 and Class 4 PE lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 1st Feb

Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 1st Feb

Class 3 and 4 PE (Afternoon Session)

Christian Value of the Month

Remember there is only one week left in January!

Please see the link to the Home School Values resource for Friendship and Trust and enjoy a range of stories, games and activities at home together.

https://www.eastnorschool.co.uk/christian-character/home-school-values/  

Eastnor's Voice of Values Council

Drama Club Showcase

Ben Mowbray, has been running a drama club with children in class 1, 2 and 3 this half term. The workshops have been focusing on all aspects of theatre.  The children have been gaining valuable experience of the performing arts and learning basic skills to help them grow as a performer. They have also been creating their own stories, using their imagination and forming their own concepts and ideas and having lots of fun along the way.

Next term, Ben will be running a performance showcase evening, at John Masefield High School for his primary and youth groups to come together and perform short pieces to friends and family. The two Eastnor drama club groups - from the Autumn and Spring term - will be involved in this so please save the following date! Friday 23rd March @ 7pm

Christianity Around the World

At Eastnor we appreciate the values and lessons to be learnt through Christianity as well as keeping an open and inquisitive mind about different faiths and cultures around the world.


We work hard with the local community to provide the children with a wide range of different experiences and opportunities to help develop their own concepts of their world.

Our special community wouldn't be complete without Reverend Joan; the school can not thank Rev Joan enough for all the commitment and effort she puts into school, joining us weekly for reading, services and now welly walks. She joined us this Tuesday afternoon to really stretch the key stage 2 children's minds thinking about Christianity Around the World.

Getting the feedback from the children was very positive and they had clearly learnt a lot about different Christian denominations such as Catholicism, Methodism and Baptism. They talked about how Christianity was the big umbrella with many different variations of Christianity branched underneath it - what superb knowledge to have and show off!

Well done everyone and Thank you Rev Joan!

rev joan

Panto Stars!

All of the children in the school have a reputation for working extremely hard.  Recently, Becca and Isabel in Year 5 and  Eleanor in Year 4 have certainly lived up to this and have been putting in many more hours than normal!  Last summer, they auditioned to be part of Ledbury's seasonal pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.  They were all successful in getting parts in the chorus and the hard work hasn't stopped since!  Hours have been put in at the theatre learning lyrics, actions and stage positions and this has culminated in a long run of shows, with opening night taking place last Thursday. 

There were some familiar faces amongst the older children and adults in the show too; they included Eloise (Isabel's older sister) Claire Broadbent (Becca's mum), Katie Balson (Thomas and Eleanor's mum), and the whole show was directed by our very own drama teacher, Ben Mowbray.

Well done to you all for entertaining the people of Ledbury!  

Welcoming Mr Grant to Class 2!

Hello everyone, my name is Mr Grant. I am currently training to be a teacher at the University of Worcester, specialising in Physical Education (PE). I will be working alongside Miss Patchett for the next six weeks in class two. However, as a PE specialist I will have the pleasure of teaching all children PE at Eastnor Primary. I am looking forward to becoming a part of the community at Eastnor and getting to know all of the children.

Mr Grant

Welcoming Miss Nicholls to Class 4!

Class 4 have welcomed Miss Carla Nicholls into their class this week, who is on a teacher training placement from Worcester University. 

Carla has already been getting to know the children well and has been helping them calculate angles, answer reading comprehension questions and think about moral choices that we make.

We look forward to welcoming her here for a 6 week block placement over the Spring term.

carla

Sign up for 'Cool Milk'!

Please note that we have moved to a new milk provider -called 'Cool Milk' -as the system we used previously is no longer available. A number of children in class 2 have been asking Miss Patchett and Miss Evans for milk at playtime but are not signed up to receive it.

All parents must register their child - even those under five years - because school is not able to do this. For children under five years old, milk will continue to be free of charge. For those who are five years and older, milk will be subsidised, and will cost approximately £14 a term.

A leaflet was sent to all KS1 parents, but if you have lost it and seek further information, please see the link below. http://www.coolmilk.com/

A Message from Mrs Bullock!

Mrs Bullock requests that all payments and permission slips are posted - in a clearly marked envelope - into the silver post box in the school entrance area rather than being left on her desk.  This will ensure all monies are secure and that payments can be quickly and easily identified.  

Please note Lunch Menus are due back on the 6th of February and that any outstanding club payments must be made by the end of next week.

Many thanks for your co-operation.  

Class 4

A new term, new year and many new topics already are under way for Class 4. 

In English, we have been focusing on non-fiction text types that link with our topic, The Natural World: Near and Far.  The children have studied volcanoes, including where they are located and how they are formed and have created fantastic newspaper reports on the tragic eruption over Pompeii in 79AD.  The children have also learnt all about earthquakes and the Earth’s tectonic plates, using the internet to research facts about them and then writing an explanation text about how earthquakes happen.  As well as this, we have been working hard on our spelling patterns and grammar knowledge, as well as practising reading comprehension in preparation for SATs.

In Maths we have been revising arithmetic methods involving calculating percentages of amounts, as well as using fractions.  The children have been working hard on their reasoning skills, using the four operations, order of operations, inverse operations and using fractions within reasoning maths problems, whilst all the time sharpening those times tables!

In Science, we have begun a focus on chemistry, thinking about materials and their properties.  We have sorted objects as to whether they are porous, flexible, transparent or strong.  We will be moving on to investigating whether certain changes in materials are reversible or irreversible.

In RE we have finished our topic on Islam by spending our final lesson looking at the importance of the Mosque, and the children each created a 3D class model of a Mosque.  We are now thinking about Christianity through our topic, ‘Why do Christians believe that Jesus is the Messiah?’, thinking about the exile of the People of God, and what qualities the Messiah needed to save the people of Israel.

In PE the children have been doing basketball on the playground, alongside football and tag rugby on the field.  In Topic we have been looking at natural disasters and how they affect communities and the world. In Music, the children have looked at pentatonic scales, and composed short pieces in groups that use five notes.  In Art & Design, the children have been focusing on the contemporary collage artist, Megan Coyle, who creates postcards using the medium of collage and only using recycled materials - a way for the children to show their artistic skills, whilst also being mindful of the environment around them!  In French we have been learning to say days of the week and months of the year, whilst looking at special days and celebrations.

As you can see, we have had a busy couple of weeks here in Class 4, but the children have been impressing me with working so hard, at an especially busy time of year.  We look forward to updating you with what we have been up to in the next couple of weeks.

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Anna for working really hard at telling the time for o'clock and half past times. Very impressive Anna, well done!

Year 1

Aria for trying really hard in all lessons and for producing some lovely work. Well done Aria!

Year 2

Grace for writing an amazing Pirate Fact File! Well done Grace.

Year 3

Eva for showing such good Christian Values in the face of adversity. Well done Eva!

Year 4

Cameron for fantastic maths work and for sheer determination whilst learning his times tables. Keep it up Cameron!

Year 5

Grace for working on some challenging work involving angles in maths this week and showing endurance in her work. Great work, Grace!

Year 6

Esme for showing the value of friendship by helping others around her, and the staff too. Well done Esme!

Headteacher Award

Alfie in class 2 for impressing me with his wonderful knowledge about Judaism and for sharing all the things he has already learnt this term in RE. Alfie you have been working so hard. Well done!