The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 31st January 2020

Diary Dates

Mon, 3rd Feb

Swimming for Year 3 Children

Mon, 3rd Feb

Class 1 Welly Walk - afternoon session

Mon, 3rd Feb

Class 2 PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe - afternoon session

Tue, 4th Feb

Open Classroom Event for Class 1 (Reception Children)

Wed, 5th Feb

Tag Rugby Festival at Bosbury Primary School - parents informed

Wed, 5th Feb

Class 3 and Class 4 PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe and Mr Bees

Thu, 6th Feb

Year 5 Dance/Gym Lessons at JMHS - morning session

Thu, 6th Feb

Forest School (class 2) - afternoon session

Thu, 6th Feb

Class 1 PE Lessons with Mrs Layton

Fri, 7th Feb

Pottery Workshops for Spring Garden

Fri, 7th Feb

Singing with Mrs Cheetham

Diary Dates for Spring Term (1) 2020

Tuesday 11th February - Multi Skills Festival

Friday 14th February – LAST DAY OF HALF TERM

Monday 24th February – CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL

Tuesday 28th February - Pyramid Prom for KS2 Choir *new date

Thursday 5th March - World Book Day

Tuesday 17th March - Open Classroom Event for Year 1 (9.30-11.00am)

Tuesday 17th March- Open Classroom Event for Year 2 (1.30-3.00pm)

Friday 20th March - Mother’s Day Assembly (2.45pm)

Thursday 26th March - Herefordshire and Worcestershire Debating Competition

Friday 27th March - Annual Reports Home to Parents

Tuesday 31st March – Parent - Teacher Drop in

Wednesday 1st April – Easter Service (2.30pm) NO CLUBS

Friday 3rd April - School Closing at 1pm for Cluster School training

Friday 3rd April – LAST DAY OF TERM

Open Classroom Event for Class 1

Miss Davies and Mrs Layton are planning some exciting activities for their Class 1 Open Classroom event which takes place next Tuesday. All of the children will have the chance to work with their loved ones, and showcase the work they have been doing so far this term.

We request that Reception parents arrive promptly for the start of the afternoon session at 1.30 so they can be part of the main teaching session and have the opportunity to experience all of the planned activities.

We look forward to welcoming you all to school


Tuesday 25th February - Pyramid Prom

On Tuesday 25th February, John Masefield High School will be hosting their annual celebration of all things musical at the Pyramid Prom.

This event – which starts at 6pm - is an opportunity for all the cluster schools to showcase their choirs and their talented musicians who will take to the stage to entertain a sell-out audience.

Our wonderful choir sounds best when we have all of the KS2 children singing and I hope we have lots of children who are keen to take part because we want to shine brightly and impress the other schools, the audience and the staff at JMHS.

Please can you indicate whether your child is available to sing (they will need to be dropped off at JMHS at 5.30pm) on the letter sent home tonight so I can inform Mrs Cheetham and the high school of the numbers from Eastnor.

Many thanks for your cooperation.

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Training Teachers of the Future!

On Friday, Miss Clark and I welcomed all of the teaching students who are currently training with school direct - which is overseen by the Marlbrook Teaching School - to school.

As you will know, our achievements in Reading and Writing are in the highest 5% nationally. By sharing the impact and success of a ‘Core Text' approach in the English curriculum, to the teachers of the future ,we hope it will give even more children the opportunity to reach their full potential in this fundamental area of their learning.

It was lovely to see Miss Fisher and her student colleagues in Eastnor and we hope they all took something away from the day that will influence their practice as they start jobs in their own classes in September.

Class 3 Garage Band.

This week, Mr Sanderson visited class 3 and introduced us to Garage band through the music of David Bowie - In particular Space Oddity. We then learnt how to put different layers of musical instruments together and recorded our singing over it. We investigated the use of a guitar, piano and drums and how to edit chords to help us play the song. The children loved being part of an orchestra all playing together.
We made our own musical tracks and recorded our own version of Space oddity using Snare and Bass drums, alongside Cymbals.
The music we have made will be part of our spring garden project and will be available able to access via a QR code at the show.

Internet Safety Workshops

On Monday afternoon, Mr Mark Sanderson visited the school to deliver some fun and informative workshops to children in Years 1-6 on Internet Safety and Movie Making Skills. Mark worked with Year 1 and 2 on Internet Safety by reading a story about Digiduck who was going to post a silly picture of his friend online. Luckily, he was able to see into the future with the help of a wise old owl to realise that this could hurt his friends feelings. After this Mark created a digital book together with Class 2, coming up with ideas for captions which they then recorded themselves reading and listened back to.

All of the children in Key Stage 2 enjoyed watching the video which supported their understanding of image sharing and the repercussions that this can have. After watching the clip, the children used Movie Maker in groups to edit the video, adding in some breaks when an individual could have made a different choice, as well as their own images and text. The children had some really great ideas about the actions different individuals could have made to improve the outcome for the child in the video and it proved a very thought-provoking afternoon indeed. Thanks go to Mr Sanderson for the super workshops!

Super Skipping and lots of fun!

On Thursday we welcomed Charlie - a fabulous skipping coach and teacher - to Eastnor. Charlie worked with every class during the morning sessions which helped the children (and teachers!) improve their skipping technique. Everyone also tried new skipping challenges and learnt and played skipping games .

Lilly P, Lily B and Nancy (our Sports Leaders) helped class 1 during their sessions and all of the year 5 children had a special training session and are now going to become our school skipping leaders!

There was even a special training session for the support staff who are now are armed with lots of ideas for skipping games on the playground.

Miss Clark has to take the award for most talented adult and Goda from class 4 was like a gazelle when playing the KS2 tag skipping game and was the last child standing.

The day came to a close after a selection of children from each class were chosen to perform in the skipping showcase which was great fun to watch.

Thank you to Charlie for an inspirational day that got us all moving!

KS1 Football Tournament

On Tuesday after school, a team of KS1 boys went to John Masefield High School to play a football tournament against many primary schools from the surrounding area. Lots of the boys were new to football but they were amazing battling the bitterly cold weather and some strong teams. Joe, Jacob, Thomas, Harry J, George, Ralph and Matthew all threw themselves into the games and their beaming smiles at the end of 4 matches were testament to their enjoyment of all four games. They drew their first match, lost their second and went on to win their last two matches.

Fantastic boys, Well done!!!!

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Introducing Miss Watson

I can’t wait to spend this term with class 4 as part of my teacher training. I’ve spent time at a lot of different schools (both before and during my training) and am excited about getting stuck in at Eastnor. I was educated in Worcestershire and Derbyshire before graduating from Durham University and I now live in Malvern. I’m a big reader and see it as an important part of my job to try to spread my passion for literature. I love sport and its power to transform lives and communities (as a lifelong Norwich supporter, I’ve had to learn to deal with highs and lows). History is another important part of my life- I have a Classics degree and have had a number of jobs in the field. I look forward to meeting everyone and becoming a part of your school community over the coming weeks. Miss Watson

Introducing Mr Gurnsey to Class 4!

My name is Mr. Gurnsey and I will be joining you for the next seven weeks as part of my teacher training at the University of Worcester. My background is web design and multimedia, but after having spent a wonderful day last week being introduced to staff and pupils at Eastnor, I am now very much looking forward to working with the enthusiastic children of Class Four in this friendly, interesting and vibrant school.

Rugby Success for Special Past Pupils!

Some of you will remember these lovely boys who left Eastnor in the summer of 2018. Harry, Marcus and Louis were always passionate about rugby and played an integral part in our successful school team.

On Sunday I was sent this photo with a note saying that all three had recently been selected to attend the Gloucester Academy for the next three years. What is a wonderful achievement - well done boys!

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Class 2

We’ve had a spidery start to 2020 as in our English lessons we have been learning all about Spiders. The children have taught me lots of new fascinating spider facts that they found out for their homework. We have read fact sheets, watched information videos and also looked in our Class text ‘Charlotte’s Web’ to find out as much as we can about these intriguing arachnids. Armed with all this information, we have had a focus on non-fiction and created Spider fact sheets to share with our friends. To reinforce our learning, we have spent time at Forest school looking for spiders and their webs and also making webs from sticks.

Maths lessons have focussed on recognising, writing and counting numbers up to 100 and beyond and exploring the place value of each number. We have counted in steps of 1,2,3,5, 10 and 100!! We have had lots of hands on activities using the numicon, diennes and dice. We have also used counting in different number steps to help us solve missing number problems and to compare numbers. We are now working on different ways of solving addition and subtraction problems.

In Geography, we have been learning about the USA. The setting for ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is a farm in America, so we have found it on the world map looking at the continent of North America and learning about the different states. We compared its position to Peru, which we learnt about last term and also looked at Canada above it, where our old class mate Evie now lives.

In Computing, we have been learning about algorithms. We have been giving and following instructions. Also this week, we enjoyed a session with Mark Sanderson making an interactive book on the whiteboard.

This term our Art skills focus is on collage. We have explored tearing and reshaping, grouping colours together, folding and cutting for effect. We have also been continuing web art and drawing alongside our Charlotte’s Web text.

Mrs Dawe has been impressed with the children’s skills in P.E. as they have played basketball games and developed all the ball skills that go along with this fast paced and fun game.

Forest school sessions have been muddy but the children are showing fantastic cooperation and team work as they explore their own mini projects such as building a stage, dens and fishing rods!!!

We seem to pack so much into each week but the class always face each new challenge and learning opportunity with enthusiasm and interest. What a fantastic start to the Spring term.

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards


Seren for her fantastic attitude towards her learning since returning from the break! I am amazed by how much progress you're making, keep it up!

Year 1

Jacob for wowing us with your fantastic maths. Super effort Jacob - well done.

Year 2

Ralph for being an excellent example to others and guiding younger children to make good choices about how to behave. Fantastic Ralph.

Year 3

Willow Grace for a fantastic effort in her history writing this week. Well done Willow.

Year 4

Goda for always giving 100% in everything she does. Well done Goda.

Year 5

Piper for impressing all adults with your positive ‘can do’ approach and for fantastic effort particularly in English and Maths lessons. What a star!

Year 6

Grace for excellent work on calculating area in Maths lessons and for striving to improve in all areas of the curriculum. What a star!

Headteacher Award

To our wonderful key stage 1 boys football team which included Ralph, George, Joseph, Thomas, Harry J, Jacob and Matthew who went from strength to strength in the tournament on Tuesday, playing brilliantly. How lucky we are to have such lovely boys representing Eastnor School. Well done!