The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 7th June 2019

Diary Dates

Tue, 11th Jun - Fri, 14th Jun

Travelling Book Company Sale (3.30-4.30pm)

Tue, 11th Jun - Mon, 20th May

Class 1 and 2 PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe (afternoon session)

Wed, 12th Jun

Year 1 Phonics Screening Day

Wed, 12th Jun

Singing with Mrs Cheetham

Wed, 12th Jun

Class 1 and 2 Forest School (afternoon Session)

Wed, 12th Jun

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe (afternoon session)

Thu, 13th Jun

Singing with Mrs Cheetham

Thu, 13th Jun

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe (afternoon session)

Thu, 13th Jun

Fathers Day Assembly @ 2.30pm

Fri, 14th Jun

Year 5 Trip to The Three Counties Show

Welcome Back and Key Dates for Summer Term

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine during the half term holiday and that the children are well rested for what is arguably the busiest and most exciting half term of the school year.

Please see a reminder of the key dates and also check the weekly dates section of the newsletter as the normal timetables might need to change over the coming weeks.

Saturday 8th June - Hellens Garden Festival (volunteers required) *new date

Wednesday 12th June - Year 1 Phonic Screening

Thursday 13th June - Father’s Day Assembly (2.30pm)

Tuesday 18th June - Whole school/class and team photos *new date

Thursday 20th June - Year 6 Information Evening

Monday 24th June - End of Year Production Rehearsal Day at Ledbury Theatre

Tuesday 25th June - End of Year Production (Matinee @ 1pm/ Evening @ 6pm)

Wednesday 26th June - End of Year Production (Matinee @ 1pm/ Evening @ 6pm)

Friday 28th June - Year 5 Secondary School Taster Day JMHS (TBC)

Sunday 30th June - Summer Fun Day *new confirmed date

Monday 1st July - Sports Day and Family Picnic

Thursday 4th July - Year 6 Transition Day JMHS/ Eastnor Move-Up Morning

Thursday 4th July - End of term Disco * new confirmed date

Friday 5th July – Eastnor Adventure Day

Friday 12th July – Attainment Reports to Class 1, 2 and 3 Children

Monday 15th July – Attainment Reports to Class 4 Children

Friday 12th July – Monday 15th: Residential Trip to Red Ridge

Monday 15th July: Progress Reports/SAT’s Results (Class 4)

Tuesday 16th July: Parent Teacher Drop in

Wednesday 17th July: Leavers Day Out

Thursday 18th July: Leavers Service (9.30am)

Thursday 18th July: LAST DAY OF TERM

Hellens Garden Festival!

As spring turns to early summer, it is just a few days to go until the 13th Hellens Garden Festival where Eastnor Primary School will be hosting a special plant stall!

Come and support us and enjoy an exciting program, inspired by the theme ‘Hands in the Soil, Good for the Soul’ which includes:

Interactive, horticultural masterclasses in our new ‘Get Growing Space’

Sculpture Trail ~ Traditional Craft Workshops

Innovative ‘Let’s Be the Change’ forums on Sustainability & Outdoor Learning

~ Catcher Media Film Screenings ~ Wild Play ~

Poetry in the Wildflower Meadow ~ Mandala Making

Fantastic Food, Drink, Live Music & much more!

We hope to see you there!

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Show Tickets on Sale Now!

We are still busy rehearsing for this year's summer production and there is singing, dancing and acting skills being honed in all corners of the school!

Tickets for the shows are on sale now! Please follow the link here to book and pay for you tickets.

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ourstartheatrecompany

It is password protected with the word SEUSS.

Please note there will be a maximum of 4 tickets per family available for each performance before they go on general release.

For the first matinee performances we have a special deal, with all tickets costing £3. For the matinee on Wednesday and the evening performances, adult tickets will cost £5 and concessions will be charged at £3.

It'll soon be Show Time!

Rehearsal Days

Please note that the children need to wear cool home clothes for the rehearsal and performance days as the theatre can get very hot.

Monday 24th June: Costumes needed. Please can all children be dropped off at the theatre between 8.45- 9.00am. The children will have a full dress rehearsal from 1pm so all costumes need to be at the theatre. All children should be collected from the theatre at 3.30pm.

It is Show Time!

Tuesday 25th June: Costumes needed. Children should be dropped off at the theatre between 8.45- 9.00 am where they will have time for a final rehearsal before the first matinee at 1pm. All children will need to be collected from the theatre at 3.30pm.

Wednesday 26th June: Children should be dropped off at school as normal. They will have morning lessons, an early lunch and will then travel by coach to the theatre where they will get changed in preparation for their matinee performance at 1.00pm. All children will need to be collected from the theatre at 3.30pm.

Evening Performances

For the evening performances on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June, children will need to be dropped at the theatre for 5.30pm. They should arrive ready to perform in their costumes and will be looked after back stage by school staff. Parents will not be able to go backstage but can enjoy refreshments before each show.

Inspiring Classrooms!

As you know, the school environment is very important to us at Eastnor and the teachers work exceptionally hard to provide inspiring rooms for all of the children; it is always a pleasure to walk around school and to showcase each classroom to visitors.

A very big thank you must go to Miss Clark and Mrs Tart who spent much of their half term moving classrooms in preparation for the final half term, including upcoming transition sessions, and the next academic year. Mrs Tart will have the largest class in school from September (year 3 & 4) so she will be using the two adjoining classrooms – which both have interactive whiteboards –to give her, Mrs Farnell and Mrs Scull, the most space possible, whilst also allowing for ultimate flexibility for the organisation of children during whole class and group teaching.

Please be assured that the staffing and the organisation of space across school is considered carefully, and will always be adjusted when necessary, to ensure all pupils get the full Eastnor learning experience.

Weston's Tag Rugby Tournament

On the last Friday of the half term, Eastnor took part in the annual Tag Rugby tournament in Ledbury. Under the guidance of Mrs Dawe, Gareth Embry and Terry Bees the children competed in four matches during the pool games throughout the morning.

Eastnor started off slowly, earning a draw in their first match which they should have won but got better and better with each match playing strongly against Bosbury, Madley, Cradley and Riverside.

Their performances during the morning meant they were rewarded with the opportunity to play for the plate in the finals of this tiered competition. The team took this chance with both hands!

They won all four matches during the afternoon session - stealing a win in the penultimate game against Ewyas Harold during the dying seconds and a victory over local rivals Ledbury- and were rightfully presented with the top prize for finishing top of their group at the end of the day. What a super achievement!

Eastnor School might be small but we sure are mighty! Well done everyone!

Swimming Success

A big well done to Harry in Class 1 who came bursting with pride into school on the first day back after the half term break.

He proudly showed off his recent swimming success achieving his level 1 certificate and badge after completing many different challenges.

What a great achievement Harry, keep it up.
Well done!

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A Lovely Letter!

Goda in class 3 received a lovely surprise through the post at school this week. Key stage 2 have recently written letters welcoming the new reception to our school in September and Goda received a very enthusistic reply back. We look forward to meeting you all in September!

Goda

What a great find!

Izzy in class 3 has made an amazing discovery near her house recently. She has found a fossil of an iIhthysaurn Rostum's teeth.She has had her find verified by the National History Museum as being geninue. They walked the earth about 190 to 210 million years ago! Well done Izzy and thank you for showing it to everyone.

Charlie triumphs again!

As you know, Charlie from Class 2 is quite literally a whizz on his motorbike and he has triumphed again!!!! During half term, he took part in a national bike race at Milden Hall, where he raced against 88 other children, many of whom were 2 years older! He qualified in the A group with the fastest riders from the UK and after quite a few nasty crashes, he rode on through to finish 23rd overall. What an achievement!! Fantastic Charlie!!!

Class 4

Children in Class 4 were working extremely hard during the last half-term and certainly deserved their recent week's rest! The Year 6 children had their SATs tests and studied hard in the run up to their exams. Whilst we will not know the results for a few weeks, the children could not have worked harder and I know they will have done themselves proud. There is so much to pack in during the last two years of primary school and the children all remained calm and focused throughout this testing time. The children in class 4 are a very tight bunch and the year 5 children were willing them on from the side-lines, always ready to give them a hug and a reassuring smile to keep them going. Miss Patchett and Mrs Scull kept the Year 5's working extremely hard as well during the tests, with both adults praising the girls for their fantastic work and exemplary behaviour in class.

Now that the SATs are behind us, Class 4 have been enjoying some exploratory, practical maths inside and outside of the classroom. Using different measuring tools, the children have been measuring different dimensions, learning to be accurate and also to convert between different units. Working alone and together, the children have made sensible estimates and compared their results. Finding the perimeter and area of large shapes can be easy if you have the right equipment! We have also been using protractors and compasses to draw circles and triangles, as well as measure and calculate angles. Our learning has also featured decimals and the children put this to good use when measuring too!

In addition, we have been delving back into our class text 'Skellig', written by David Almond. This week we have studied 'The school boy' poem by William Blake, who features in Almond's story as a favourite artist of Mina, Michael's newly-found friend. In class we have been learning facts about Blake - the poet from the Romantic Age - and, in particular, his religious beliefs and experiences of seeing angels. We have begun to compare our science study on evolution with the text and how birds (which symbolise freedom) play a large part in the story, as we consider how dinosaurs evolved into birds and angels possibly into humans.

Yesterday, we also spent the first part of our day learning about D-Day. 75 years have passed since the heroic armed forces launched a decisive, strategic and successful attack on the German army and their leader, Adolf Hitler. The children watched a video narrated by popular modern historian Dan Snow and learnt all about how spitfires were used strategically to take thousands of aerial shots which allowed the allies to plan attacks on the less well defended beaches of Normandy. The children really impressed me with their interest, knowledge and compassion and we were all left in awe of these courageous men, who took part in the D-Day attacks which began the ultimate demise and downfall of Hitler.

The children have been enthusiastic participants in all of their other lessons too and - as we enter the final stages of this academic year - they eagerly look forward to the whole school play, sporting competitions, Malvern show, Crucial Crew, sports day, residential trip, move-up days and much, much more! It is an absolute pleasure to spend every day with this talented, wonderful bunch of children and I will cherish our last few weeks together as a class. Thank you Class 4. Miss Clark

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Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Tyler for his fantastic efforts this week, particularly with his counting and adding in maths. Well done Tyler!

Year 1

Frankie for doing some fantastic independent writing. You wrote a lovely postcard from the seaside, well done!

Year 2

Alexander for making great progress in P.E. You are trying really hard to listen to advice and apply this. Well done Alexander.

Year 3

Rosie for working so hard in everything she does. Well done Rosie!

Year 4

Jayden for super science work in our habitat topic. Well done Jayden!

Year 5

Libby for her wonderful acting and dedication to learning her lines for our Seussical play. Katie and Ben have both been very impressed by you. Well done!

Year 6

To all of the year 6 children for their splendid participation at the Leavers' Service at Hereford Cathedral. Mrs Driscoll and I were incredibly proud of you all.

Headteacher Award

Matthew in class 1 for the wonderfully positive attitude he is showing everyday and for impressing me with his knowledge in class. Well done Matthew!