The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 2nd March 2018

Diary Dates

Mon, 5th Mar

Cluster Moderation for all teaching staff - NO CLUBS INCLUDING DRAMA

Mon, 5th Mar

Class 1 and Class 3 Swimming (girls remember your socks or trousers)

Tue, 6th Mar

Under 9's Football at The Down's Malvern

Wed, 7th Mar

Class 2 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 7th Mar

Class 1 and Class 4 PE lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 8th Mar

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 8th Mar

Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Fri, 9th Mar

Special Mother's Day Assembly (9.30am)

Friday 2nd March - A Winter Wonderland

Thank you Mrs Layton for these beautiful photographs of Eastnor today. Stay warm and safe and enjoy a very wintry weekend!

Changes to Data Protection Rules

In May 2018, all organisations (including schools) will be required to comply with the GDPR's expanded and more stringent data protection rules.

I have been lucky enough to receive the most up-to-date training (by Eastnor's very own Alison Jones) and have been working with other head teachers in the Ledbury Cluster to ensure we are well prepared for the new requirements.

During this period of change, we may need you to complete - or update - some of the information we already hold in school and there might also be additional consent forms to read and sign too. In advance, I would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

World Book Day Celebrations

Despite the snow, lots of children still arrived at school adorning or carrying props, such as fox tails, telescopes, and someone even had the Golden Ticket! 

In Class 4, the children have written their own traditional tales and took part in some character role play.  In Class 3 they have shared their stories and created their own poems.  Key Stage 1  and Reception enjoyed a shared read in groups and explored their favourite characters by drawing pictures.

Due to the weather causing disruption, the School Council have decided to postpone the quizzes in each Key Stage and the Book Fair until the weather is more in our favour!  We will let you know when these events will be happening.

Sports Mark Gold Award for Eastnor Primary School!

I am thrilled to say that Eastnor have been awarded Sports Mark Gold for the provision we offered in 2016/2017. The School Games Mark is a Government-led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and the community.

Gold Mark Badge

A Taster of PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe!

At Eastnor we take pride in our Physical Education and School Sports programme. Over the last few terms children have been working hard learning new skills and applying them to all of the activities provided.

We have been particularly impressed with the Reception children, who have enjoyed learning fundamental movement skills. These are movement patterns that involve various body parts which are the precursor patterns to the more specialised, complex skills used through play. The children are far more aware of their capabilities, spatial awareness and physical literacy, necessary to access the more specific sports later on in Key Stage 1.

In Class 2, we have been focusing on the development of hand-eye and foot-eye coordination. These two very important skills are essential in all types of games. The children have thoroughly enjoyed making progress and seeing the improvements since starting in September. After half term they will be working closely with Mr Grant developing their teamwork and outdoor exploration.

We believe that every child should have the chance to learn to swim at Eastnor. It is a statutory part of the national curriculum and a key life skill. Last term, Class 3 started swimming and what progress they have made! We are thrilled with the childrens’ focus and improvements since January. They continue to work towards achieving specific levels set by the Amateur Swimming Association.

All children at Eastnor are encouraged to think about their health and fitness. It is an integral part to all of our PE lessons. However sometimes, we offer discrete units of work that only focus on individual fitness levels. In class 4, children have been learning how to draw a correlation between physical health and general well-being, which resonates outside of the classroom. They have enjoyed an array of fitness tests; training and conditioning sessions and circuits. After half term the children will enjoy putting their fitness to the test whilst focusing on tag rugby and outdoor and adventurous activities, led by Mr Grant.

All staff and children recognise that the opportunities we provide help increase physical activity and academic achievement, both in and out of school. Our children use PE lessons to learn which sorts of sports they are interested in. Through exposure to a wide variety of activities, they discover which ones engage them the most, making them more likely to continue exercising regularly, away from the school curriculum. Our unique sports programme also helps our children build social skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for others.

Great Progress with our Swimming!

What a pleasure it is to start every week with plenty of splashing fun! Class 1 and Class 3 children have dived straight into their learning down at the Ledbury Swimming pool.

All the teachers, particularly Wendy (the trained swimming teacher) are over the moon with the progress and commitment all children have shown since they started back in January.

Children who were once fearful of the pool are now jumping straight in, making it their personal mission to splash Miss Davies as much as possible throughout the hour's lesson. I definitely need a rain coat - those splashing feet are getting so strong!

Deeper into the pool, Class 3 children have been working very hard on developing their front and back stroke as well as a great number of skills including development of their swimming stamina.

We really do have so much fun and can't thank the parent helpers enough for their support, particularly Helen Mitchell who has really helped build the confidence up of some of younger members!

Well done everyone, here's to the next few weeks of swimming fun!

Miss Davies

Putting on the Greatest Show!

We have been busy in Classes 3 & 4 preparing for the Herefordshire Performing Arts Festival as we are competing in the choir category!

We have been practising a Latin song called 'Dona Nobis' in the round, thinking about our phrasing and breathing and creating some beautiful harmonies.

We have also chosen for our selected song to perform a piece titled 'A Million Dreams' from a recent musical film called The Greatest Showman.

The children have really got in to the music, and have loved learning the new music.  We can't wait to put on the Greatest Show!  I will update you with more details of tickets and performance times in the coming week.

Miss Booton

Class 3 Poetry Project Update!

All of the children in class 3 have impressed all the adults in school by learning their poems so quickly. Margaret Williamson and Katie Balson have been helping the children prepare for the Herefordshire Festival which will take place during the week commencing 19th March.

We are still awaiting details of which child will perform in each section of each class - some are split into a, b and c - but the timetable with dates and approximate times has now been released. Please see details below.

Class 201 for the Year 3 children will take on Monday 19th March between 2pm and 5pm at the Courtyard Theatre.

Class 202 for the Year 4 children will take place in three sections on Tuesday 20th March, I am awaiting confirmation of the venue. Classes 202 a and 202 b will be between 10am - 12.30 and class 202 c will take place on the same day between 2.15-3.30pm.

The two year 6 children who will be performing a Bible Reading in Class 231 will perform on Thursday 22nd March at 10am, venue to be confirmed.

We very much hope that you will be able to come and watch the children perform - you will be so proud - and that we can work together to organise transportation to the events as soon as I have full details of who needs to be where!


Please can all children who attend swimming lessons on a Monday check their swimming bags - and the basket as their swimming kit comes through the wash - as Theo in class 3 has a missing pair of goggles and swimming shorts.

Class 4

In Class 4 we have been very busy learning all about our new topics, as well as preparing for that tricky time for the year 6's.... SATS!

In English, we have been focusing on our reading skills.  The year 6 children have been thinking about the skills of scanning and skimming, as well as how to structure expanded questions using the model of 'Point - Quote - Analyse' and have been improving our SPAG knowledge with looking at tricky tenses such as the present perfect.  Year 5's have been planning a story mountain ready to write their own suspense stories set in a natural disaster.  They have also been learning about relative clauses too.

In Maths we have covered circles and properties of 2D and 3D shapes, including calculating the area of triangles and compound shapes and the perimeter too.  We have also learnt how to find the volume of 3D shapes, as well as looking at translations and coordinates.  We have been very focused on improving the speed and accuracy of our arithmetic too.

In topic we have continued to look at the natural world, and this term have been focusing on how humans can have an affect on the environment.  This week, the children drafted formal letters to our local MP on the recent topic of single-use plastic and the amount of plastic waste causing harm to our marine wildlife.   We have also learnt about some wild weather, and the children created their own news reports on hurricanes, as well as discovered mountain ranges across the world.

In RE we finished learning about the Christian idea of the Messiah, and the children thought about the type of person that we would need to save us in different situations, concluding with writing their own songs about the need for a saviour.  We have recently started looking at Judaism, and so far the children have learnt about the origins of the religion and the importance of their prayer; The Shema.

In PE the children have been covering hockey and fitness with Mrs Dawe.  In Music we have had a singing focus ready for our performance, and also explored pentatonic scales.  In French we have been learning about what we might discover in a French lunchbox!  In ICT the children have started thinking about algorithms, and how we can write and debug programs.

Science has seen us continue with our chemistry topic of changes of state and reversible and irreversible changes.  We have been taking part in experiments that have seen us separating materials; check how different substances dissolve and what other factors can affect this, as well as understanding the particles in solids, liquids and gases.

As you can see, a busy few weeks for Class 4!  We look forward to updating you on our progress in the next couple of weeks!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards


Evelyn for thinking really carefully about what makes a place special in our RE this week as well as really applying her phonics this week. Lovely work Evie, well done!

Year 1

Ted for a super piece of writing and a fantastic picture about the story of Moses. Well done!!!

Year 2

Grace for a great piece of topic work about Blackbeard. Well done Grace!

Year 3

Freya for impressing Mr Fin this week. Well done Freya.

Year 4

Jonty for impressing Mr Finn this week. Well done Jonty.

Year 5

Harry B for working hard to grasp multiplying decimals in maths this week. Well done, Harry! Using endurance to gain some wisdom!

Year 6

Milly for writing a fantastic formal letter and challenging her vocabulary on the use of single-use plastic. Thinking about creation and how to preserve our world, well done!

Headteacher Award

To all the Eastnor parents for being patient and understanding during another snowy spell! Many thanks to you all for your on-going support.