The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 8th December 2017

Diary Dates

Mon, 11th Dec

Spring Term Lunch Menus to be Returned to School

Mon, 11th Dec

Drama Club Showcase 3.30pm

Mon, 11th Dec

PTA Secret Room

Tue, 12th Dec

PTA Secret Room

Wed, 13th Dec

The Wriggly Nativity (9.30am at Eastnor Church)

Wed, 13th Dec

Class 3 and 4 PE Lesson (Morning Session)

Wed, 13th Dec

Class 1 and 2 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Wed, 13th Dec

Christingle Family Service (6pm at Eastnor Church)

Thu, 14th Dec

Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 14th Dec

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Fri, 15th Dec

Christmas Dinner and Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

Open Classroom Success!

At Eastnor, we pride ourselves as being one big family where the staff, children, parents and our local community work together. Last Friday we hosted our first Open Classroom Event which was a huge success and enjoyed by all.

What a lovely afternoon we had, welcoming lots of Grandparents into school. Reception and Year 4 shared their learning with them and encouraged them all to have a go at the different activities.

The children in Year 4 produced an amazing Egyptian picture made from Batlik. It was so good to see all our grandparents having a go alongside the children.

In Reception everyone explored the famous artwork, Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, which linked to the storybook 'Whatever Next' , before creating their own version of the painting.

http://www.vangoghgallery.com/painting/starry-night.html

A huge thank you to all grandparents who came along from staff and children, you are welcome anytime.

Countdown to Christmas!

We will have already enjoyed a festive morning, watching the pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty' at the Roses Theatre by the time you read this newsletter. "Oh no we haven't, oh yes we have!" We also have a week - and a bit - full of exciting Christmas activities and celebrations to look forward to next week. Here is a quick run down of what the children - and parents - have to look forward to.

Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th - PTA Secret Room: This wonderful event gives all the children the opportunity to buy Christmas presents for their siblings, parents, grandparents and anyone else on their present list. All gifts are £2 so please send in with them a list of who they are buying for and the money in an envelope. There will be parents there to help the children decide and write their labels.

Monday 11th - Christmas Art Day: All children to work in mixed age groups to take part in a carousel of creative Christmas activities. All children to wear home clothes. Please be mindful of the fact that there could be paint and glitter galore on this day!

Wednesday 13th  (Morning)- 'Wriggly Nativity!' The children from class 1 and 2 will be performing their musical Nativity Wriggly Nativity!' to parents at Eastnor Church from 9.30am. The children performing need to come to school in their costumes, please add warm layers underneath costumes, and should bring their school uniform to change into after the performance. KS2 children should wear school uniform and bring PE kit as normal.

Wednesday 13th (Evening) - Christingle Service: The whole school will come together for our family service which takes place at Eastnor Church from 6pm. Each class will share a musical treat, some of our musicians will play and all of the children will sit with their parents and families while we sing carols together. All children should wear warm, home clothes to the service.

Friday 15th -  Christmas Lunch and Save the Children Appeal: The whole school will share time together whilst enjoying their Christmas Lunch. On this day we will also be asking children to wear their favourite Christmas Jumper and to bring a donation of £1 which will be sent to the Save the Children Charity. All children to wear home clothes with their favourite festive jumper.

Monday 18th (Morning) -  Singing at Birchams Grange: Class Four children to visit Birchams Grange to bring some festive cheer to the residents. 

Monday 18th (Afternoon) - Party Morning:  To follow, we will have our annual Christmas Party afternoon and a special visit from the big man in red! All children to wear home clothes/party clothes.

Tuesday 19th - LAST DAY OF TERM

Nativity Rehersals

Class 1 and 2 have been busy rehearsing their 'Wriggly nativity' with wonderful acting and singing and lots of wriggling!!!! It has been great to see the children grow in confidence with each practise.

We hope to see many of you next Wednesday (13th) at 9.30am to watch our Christmas nativity.

nativity practise

Mayor's Reception

On Saturday 25th November, after the PTA Christmas Fayre, Heidi and Ben from class 4 and class 3 accompanied Mrs Driscoll to a Reception at the Market House in Ledbury with the Mayor of Ledbury, Councillor Elaine Fieldhouse. The children talked confidently when they got the opportunity to meet the mayor and asked some great questions! They also munched on an array of tasty Christmas treats and even made some impressive lanterns too! Heidi and Ben represented school with aplomb. Thank you both!

Swimming/PE timetable for Spring Term

Please note that there will be some changes to the timetable after Christmas due to different curriculum commitments including swimming lessons. Please see the list below for details:-

Monday Afternoon - Swimming  Lessons for Class 1 and Class 3 (Please send in permission slips and money as soon as possible)

Wednesday Morning - PE Lessons for Class 2,

Wednesday Afternoon - PE Lessons for Class 1 & Class 4

Thursday Afternoon  - Forest School for Class 2 & PE Lessons for Class 3 and 4

Drama Club Showcase Reminder!

On Monday 11th December, Ben and the children would like to invite parents to a special showcase of the work they have been doing in their club this term. Please come along at 3.30pm for the drama spectacular!

Ledbury Food Bank

Very shortly your children will be home from school for the annual Christmas holiday, which can be a very expensive time for everyone. During this exciting period, your children will not be getting their midday meal in school, and the extra expense of Christmas also puts pressure on the family budget.

Ledbury food Bank is there to help families during this challenging time should they need it.  Please pop into school if you would like any further information.

Governor Visits

On Thursday we were lucky to be joined by one of our many supportive school governors, Mary Ann Keyes.  Mary Ann often visits us throughout the academic, having a particular interest and passion for Forest School. However, today she joined us for our very special Thursday collective worship, Open the Book. She was very impressed by how focussed and peaceful the school felt when she arrive; feeling warmly welcomed by staff and pupil. Mary Ann talked about how apparent kindness and compassion was shown by all children throughout the school.

Mary Ann particularly enjoyed our ‘thinking stones’, taking one for herself  to reflect with on our short but pleasant  walk to Church. The Open the Book team did not disappoint with yet another fun and engaging story for the children to learn from and enjoy. Even in church, Mary Ann continued to notice how co-operative the youngest members of the school were in Reception class as well as how nurturing and mentoring the eldest members in year 6 were.

Thank you very much for coming to see us Mary Ann, you are always warmly welcomed.

Prayer for Second Sunday of Advent

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the ways of Thine only-begotten Son, that through His coming we may be worthy to serve Thee with purified minds. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

Class 1

Another fabulous and exciting few weeks for us all here in Class 1, the children have continued to flourish in their first term at Eastnor, really beginning to showcase their true personalities and characters to us all. So lovely to see the children all so settled!

The children have been tremendously busy recently being fully involved with many themed days covered in the last month, 'Children In Need' being a particular favourite... I think the superhero costumes helped! The children developed a true understanding and appreciation for all those real life superheroes around us everyday and spoke beautifully about how to be a true super heroic friend to others! During anti bullying week, Reception spent some time thinking about the impact our kindness has on not only us, but everyone around us - I was so impressed by the thoughtful and heartfelt promises written by everyone.

The children have continued working hard with their numbers, shapes and measures over the last few weeks and we quickly discovered that most things in the classroom are much taller and bigger than us! We then decided to measure ourselves to discover who was the tallest and who was the shortest in our class. Great mathematical language used by all!  I have been very impressed with how well the children spoke about how to measure as well as making excellent use of some superb measuring devices. Well done!

We have continued with our 'After Dark' topic, focusing on the' Whatever Next' storybook last week, whereby Baby Bear needed some very important help from us to create a waterproof rocket  ready for his next picnic on the moon. The children thought very carefully about what they needed to make umbrellas for Baby Bear, going on a material hunt inside and outside of school. Following on with predicting and testing out which materials kept Baby Bear dry and which materials got Baby Bear wet, some getting him very very wet! Poor Baby Bear!

As our welly walks come to an end for this term, the children were determined to reach the furthest spot yet - even though we were a little nervous and worried we wouldn't make it! We managed to run through the wind and rain to reach nearly right to the top of Obelisk! It was a real team effort and Miss Davies, Mrs Layton and Katie Balson were blown away ( not by the wind) but instead by how enthusiastic and supportive all the children were about their triumph! I would just like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those who have volunteered and made welly walk possible these last few weeks, Esther and Katie - Thank you!

For our art focuses over the last few weeks we have been exploring and experimenting with lots of different materials to paint onto - such as rough card, foil and other interesting materials. When our grandparents came to join us, they were very impressed to discover we were learning about Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night whereby the children thoroughly enjoyed creating their own versions of the famous piece.

To welcome the last few weeks at school, this week has welcomed a flurry of Christmas festivities in Class One as the classroom magically was transformed by the fairy and Father Christmas himself into a true Santa's Grotto! The fairy (Mrs Bullock) received a very important phone call in the week asking whether the children had been working hard and of course she was very excited to tell them how well behaved Reception all had been!  And so, the magic and excitement filled the air on Wednesday morning when the children came in to discover the wonderful surprise. Already the children have began wrapping presents, writing present lists and creating beautiful Christmas cards!

Another fantastic month in  Reception Class - well done to you all and keep up the incredible energy, positivity and happiness you bring to us all at school! 

Remember that over the next few weeks, Father Christmas is always watching!

Miss Davies and all Reception children

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House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Bella for her fantastic listening and eagerness to help others this week! Well done Bella!

Year 1

Alex for wowing us all term with his amazing maths!! Well done!

Year 2

Melly for ALWAYS trying hard and being a fantastic role model to younger children. Excellent !!!

Year 3

Zack for trying so hard with his handwriting. Keep it up Zack!

Year 4

Kai for showing great perseverance in learning his times tables, bronze club next week. Well done Kai!

Year 5

Grace for her superb work in Mathematics this week. Very impressive Grace, well done!

Year 6

Marcus for working exceptionally hard in his fantasy story writing this week, and always offering to help others. A great display of our December value of service, well done!

Headteacher Award

Becca in class 4 for showing a conscientious attitude to her work, always doing her every best and for being a kind and caring friend to everyone. Well done Becca!