The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 2nd February 2018

Diary Dates

Mon, 5th Feb

Swimming Lessons for Class 1 and Class 3

Wed, 7th Feb

Class 2 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 7th Feb

Class 1 and Class 4 PE lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 8th Feb

Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 8th Feb

Class 1 Welly Walk

Thu, 8th Feb

Class 3 and Class 4 PE lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 8th Feb

Mini League Netball at Ledbury Primary School

Open Classroom Event!

At Eastnor we pride ourselves as being one big family where the staff, children, parents and our local community work together. After the success of our first Open Classroom Events for Class 1 and Class 3, we will be opening the classroom doors again!

For the next event, we are going to invite a special adult - this could be a parent, grandparent, aunty or friend into school on the morning of Thursday 15th February to share learning with the children in Year 1 and Year 2.

Miss Evans and Miss Patchett are planning an exciting range of mathematical activities where each year group will have chance to work with their loved ones, and showcase the hard work they have been doing all term.

 We request that adults arrive promptly for the start of the session – 9.30 am – so they can be part of the main teaching session and have the opportunity to experience all of the planned activities.

At 10.30am, the whole school, including our visitors, will join us for our special Open the Book Assembly and there will even be some musical treats!

Attendance and Punctuality Update!

I am thrilled to say that when analysing the school's latest data on the inspection data summary report, compiled by the Department for Education, the high attendance figures we secured in the Autumn (2016) and Spring (2017) term last year were recognised as being in the top 10% of all schools nationally. This is excellent news, especially when there is a direct correlation between attendance and achievement.

My aim now is to ensure that we achieve as well, or better than this, again!

As we informed you at the beginning of the autumn term, the school's leadership team regularly review the school's attendance policy - this is available in full on the school website -  and governors and teaching staff closely monitor attendance and punctuality.

Many thanks to all parents who have worked closely with us to ensure their children are in school by 8.55 so that they are ready to start the school day promptly at 9am. We have noticed that - as the year has progressed - some children are not on the playground in time to line up which can be disruptive and unsettling for them and their peers.

Please note that I have an obligation to contact parents if records show persistent lateness, as this is a requirement of the DFE, the Local Authority and our school's Governing Body. Let's work together to have the highest possible attendance (and no persistent lateness to negatively impact this) for the spring and summer terms.

Pirate Day Fun!

Class  2 had a swashbuckling day full of fun adventures on Monday as we all came to school dressed as Pirates.

The day began with us admiring the amazing effort from everybody to look like fantastic, fearsome Pirates. After deciding on our pirate names, we did a ‘Hot seating’ activity where we needed to ask each other questions about our pirate life and we had to answer in character as a Pirate. We then used this as inspiration to write ‘Wanted’ poster descriptions about ourselves.

In the afternoon, we created the pictures for our ‘Wanted’ posters using a mixture of paint, collage and drawing skills. Outside, we explored ‘Position and Movement’ directions, searching for treasure and created treasure maps for our fellow pirates to follow.

Thank you to parents for sending such an amazing band of Pirates to school – it was such an inspiring day full of fun and learning.

Creating and Making in Church!

This term has seen the arrival of the new Create and Make Church club on a Monday lunchtime and what a success it has already been!

I was so surprised and delighted to see how much interest the church club has had, children eager to get across there and create in such a beautiful open space.

We have had many interesting conversations about Eastnor as a Church of England school and the children have created some wonderful art pieces to represent what it means to them to be part of the Eastnor family.

The club is open to all children to pop along whenever they wish and it is a lovely time for me and the children to spend time together across age groups and outside of their classrooms.

I look forward to seeing what other discussions we may have as well as what the children's creativity and imagination brings!

Miss Davies

The Trudge!

On Wednesday, Eastnor's cross country team took part in the annual cluster 'Trudge' event, hosted at John Masefield High School.

Theo, Piper, Kai, Nancy, Becca, Ellis, Phoebe and Marcus all took part in races with children in their own age groups. They had to show endurance and determination to complete the one mile course - it looked utterly exhausting!- and supported each other with encouraging words, smiles and hugs!

As always, I was exceptionally proud of the way the children conducted themselves during the event, showing support to each other and kindness and respect to their competitors. Well done to you all!

Tranisiton Talk with Special Friends!

Last Friday, Dean Wyatt and some ex-Eastnor pupils came along to talk to Class 4 about the transition from primary school to secondary school.

The children were able to discuss how they felt about that very important move, as well as ask questions to the current John Masefield pupils about what they can expect in different subjects, how the move happens and what they can expect from high school life.

It was especially lovely to welcome back Fin, Seb, Freda and Katie, who sat and had this very talk when they were in class 4. They greeted us with big hugs and smiles!

The children all agreed it was a lovely opportunity to talk about the move with pupils they knew well and trusted. Thank you for taking the time to come back and see us guys!

Thank you PTA!

A HUGE thank you to the PTA for purchasing some great Science equipment for school. They have given us 5 sets of Hot Wires which is a fantastic set to make electric circuits such as a burglar alarm, LED lights and lots more. The children at Science club were so lucky to be the first children to use them and enjoyed making a variety of circuits. It is so important for the children to have access to resources that really enhance their learning. Thank you to all the parents who support the PTA events which helps us to buy such things for school.

Rag 2 Riches 4 Schools Success!

The collection on Thursday 25th January raised an impressive £99.30p. Due to the slightly earlier than expected collection time , they will be returning on 8th February to collect any other bags. If anyone has anything else to donate, please bring it in on Wednesday 7th February. Many thanks for your on going support.

Governor Update - Annual School Reports!

Teachers go through a very thorough and rigorous assessment of each child’s learning and next steps in order to write our annual reports. Practice in other schools has found that a more detailed report before Easter – rather than a short Parent-Teacher meeting - gives parents a detailed and very clear understanding of ways in which they can support their child’s learning over the summer term, to ensure the best possible progress and achievements.

For this reason, annual reports will be issued at the end of the spring term (Friday March 23rd) rather than the traditional end of summer term, before a lengthy break, this year. At the end of the summer term, teachers will send home an end of year progress and attainment report, alongside any statutory test information, which will be followed by an opportunity for a final Parent-Teacher Meeting.

Please remember that Eastnor has an open door policy and that an informal chat or a meeting with your child's class teacher can be arranged at any time.

Health Update - Scarlet Fever!

There has been a case(s) of Scarlet Fever within the School and your child may have been exposed.

What is Scarlet Fever?

Scarlet Fever is a scattered red rash and high temperatures caused by bacteria. Prompt treatment with an antibiotic usually prevents further complications and will also prevent the spread to others. It is normally  uncommon in the UK nowadays, but the Winter of 2017/18 has seen increases.

Scarlet fever is also known as Scarlatina, although this often refers to a milder form of the disease.

It usually follows a sore throat or a skin infection (impetigo) caused by particular strains of streptococcus bacteria.

What are the symptoms of Scarlet Fever?

A scattered red rash that is often most marked in the creases of the joints and over the stomach. The rash usually turns white when pressed. The skin may feel rough to the touch and is often described as feeling like sandpaper.

What should I do if I think my child has Scarlet Fever?

If your child develops any of the symptoms take them to your GP for an examination. Please inform the doctor that a child(ren) at the school has scarlet fever. The doctor is likely to prescribe an antibiotic and it is important that your child takes the full course of medicine.

Can a child return to school?

A child can return to school when well, but only after at least 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.

What can I do to prevent the spread of infection?

The bacteria are spread through contact with nose and mouth secretions. So:

  • Wash hands thoroughly after wiping noses;

  • Wash hands thoroughly using soap and hot water before preparing food;

  • Wash plates and dishes well in hot soapy water;

  • Do not share cups, straws, spoons and eating utensils etc

  • Do not share toothbrushes.

 Your GP will be able to able to answer any further question you may have in relation to Scarlet Fever

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

Lunch Menu Deadline

Just a reminder from Mrs Bullock that lunch menus are due back for Monday 5th February. Please can you ensure all menus are sent back in by this date. Thank you!

Class 1

What a fabulous start to the year we have had back in Class 1! Even with Miss Davies feeling poorly the first week back, the children have progressed  incredibly.

It has been wonderful to be back at school and the children have got really stuck into this term's topic 'Once upon a time'. We have explored a number of different traditional tales this term already, including the Enormous Turnip, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and this week has been based all around Little Red Riding Hood. The children are becoming more familiar and confident with the structure of Traditional Tales and last week created their very own giant characters, some friendly, some really not!  The children are also doing a phenomenal job with their reading, all striding with confidence at letter and sound recognition and many of them blending fantastically, adding more flow to their reading, amazing!

In Mathematics the children have been working very hard at measuring, using equipment like metre sticks and blocks to help us measure objects and people not only in our classroom, but also all around the school. We don't think Mrs Bullock knows we snuck in to measure her comfy chair last Thursday, sshh! I was blown away by the vocabulary used by the children as well as them sharing some fantastic problem solving thinking whilst on their measuring hunt. Last week  we worked very hard at telling the time, creating our very own watches and huge chalk clocks on the playground, we even used our own bodies as the minute and hour hands to make not only o'clock times, but also some half past times too, well done! This week we have been thinking about that very tricky word 'addition' and what it really means, developing the children's abilities to work practically to more mental maths work; you're all trying so hard reception children, keep it up!

In other areas of learning such as Science we have been closely researching electricity and the safety required around it. I must say I feel very safe in the classroom now since the children have done an electricity check adding 'Do not touch' signs to all the sockets around the room. Great thinking reception! In Art the children have been exploring the technique of printing through a variety of art designs, creating wallpapers, wrapping paper and this week we created a huge printing activity which maybe involved just  a little bit of mess! So much fun though!

We are so lucky here at Eastnor to have plenty of out of the classroom opportunities, this term we not only get to enjoy swimming, but also welly walk. We were not put off by the weather last Thursday, wrapping up warm and putting on our waterproofs! Rev Joan has so much local and environmental knowledge to share with us and there were many wonders waiting to be discovered across on the castle grounds. We even learnt how to tell how old a tree is... I wonder if reception children can remember! At swimming the children are doing a fantastic job, really supporting one another and having bundles of fun in the water, even if that does mean splashing Miss Davies and Wendy the coach!

Well done to each and every one of the children in Reception, you really are an exceptional class and I feel prouder and luckier everyday to be your teacher! Keep up the amazing work you are doing as well as keeping those cheeky smiles through these wintery months.

Miss Davies and Class 1

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House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Bella for showing true determination and perseverance with so many aspects of school life, particularly her reading and swimming. So proud of you Bella, well done!

Year 1

Naomi for super effort and determination across the curriculum. You have progressed well because of your hard work, Naomi. Well done!

Year 2

Goda for some fantastic Pirate writing over the past few weeks. You are remembering to include all the new punctuation you have been taught. Super effort, Goda!

Year 3

Harry for working so hard to progress in '99' Club. Keep going Harry!

Year 4

Lily B for writing a fantastic Myth and for always pushing herself just a bit further. Well done Lily!

Year 5

Keanu for challenging himself in his writing this week, and always being on hand to help others and show friendship. Well done, Keanu!

Year 6

Louie for being dedicated to his learning and showing endurance when working on some tricky topics. You are making fantastic progress, Louie, well done!

Headteacher Award

Callum in class 4 for editing and improving his writing about the myth 'Pandora' Box' this week. Callum you worked so hard and produced a fantastic piece of writing. I cant wait to read your whole story. Well done!