The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 8th March 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 11th Mar

Swimming lessons for class 1 and class 3 continue.

Wed, 13th Mar

School Nurse Visit for Reception and Year 6 Children (heights and weights)

Wed, 13th Mar

The JMHS Trudge (9am - 11.30am) team informed

Wed, 13th Mar

Class 2 PE Lessons with Mrs Layton (morning sessions)

Wed, 13th Mar

Class 1 and Class 4 PE Lessons with Mrs Layton (afternoon sessions)

Thu, 14th Mar

KS2 Singing with Mrs Cheetham

Thu, 14th Mar

Herefordshire and Worcester Debating Competition at St Barnabus School Worcester

Thu, 14th Mar

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

Fri, 15th Mar

Red Nose Day

Diary Dates for Spring Term 2

Wednesday 13th March -JMHS Trudge (rearranged date)

Thursday 14th March - Debating Competition (new date)

Friday 15th March - Red Nose Day

Thursday 21st March - Open Classroom Event for Year 2 (9.30-11.30am)

Thursday 21st March - Open Classroom Event for Year 1 (1.30 – 3.30pm)

Friday 22nd March - Sports Relief Day/Spring Walk

Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th March - Herefordshire Festival

Tuesday 25th March - Bikeability Training for year 6 (rescheduled)

Wednesday 26th March - Bikeability Training for year 6 (rescheduled)

Friday 29th March - Young Shakespeare for Class 4 (new date)

Friday 29th March - Mother’s Day Assembly (2.45pm)

Monday 1st April - Last Swim for Class 1 and Class 3

Tuesday 2nd April - Poetry Outloud Festival (new date)

Friday 5th April - Annual Reports Home to Parents

Tuesday 9th April - Experience Easter at Ledbury Church (new date)

Tuesday 9th April – Parent - Teacher Drop in

Wednesday 10th April - Easter Service (2.30pm) (NO CLUBS)

Wednesday 10th April - PTA Easter Fair (NO CLUBS)

Thursday 11th April - Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 12th April - LAST DAY OF TERM

Pyramid Prom!

On the evening of Thursday 28th February, a group of children from class 3 and class 4 represented Eastnor at the annual Pyramid Prom concert at John Masefield to sing as part of the choir. The choir sang the emotive song 'We are the World' which sounded beautiful and received many plaudits.

Nancy in Year 5 also showcased her very accomplished piano playing and entertained the audience with her version of ‘Slippin’ Around’.

Many thanks to the parents who came to watch the Pyramid Prom; I am sure you enjoyed all of the performances and were impressed by the musicians and choir from JMHS too!

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Shrove Tuesday!

All of the children have been learning about Shrove Tuesday and how it is linked to one of the most significant Christian Festivals, Easter. They found out why the date changes each year and how it always falls on the day immediately before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent.

They discovered that in England - and a number of other countries - Shrove Tuesday is celebrated by eating pancakes and that this is because, in the past, families wanted to clear out their cupboards and remove the tempting foods before Lent began.

The older children in school learnt about 'The Lenten Journey' and found out the day gets its name from the traditions of Christians trying to be 'shriven' before Lent! They also found out about how other countries mark Shrove Tuesday such as those which call it Mardi Gras.

After all that learning, it seemed only fair that we got to eat some pancakes too! As you can see, they went down very well!

Enjoying the Sound of Music!

Every year, Class 4 are invited to watch the John Masefield production in the spring term, which always promises to be an entertaining and exciting experience for our children.

This Wednesday morning was no exception, as 'The Sound of Music' was definitely a hit with everyone! The children thought the characters played their parts extremely well, and it was lovely to see some familiar faces (Emily Watson, Grace Smith, Katie Broadbent, Joshua Cambridge, Eloise Jones, Danda Sutton, Esme and Harry Isaacs, as well as Roma and Milly Farnell) on the stage or working hard behind the scenes. We were also wowed by the live music and the very impressive musicians.

We loved listening to the memorable songs, and I am sure the rest of the children in school are also well versed in them now, as Class 4 were singing them for the rest of the day!

World Book Day Fun!

On Thursday the children came to school dressed as their favourite character from their class text. It was great to see such a wide variety of costumes ranging from cats to Voldemort! We showcased our fantastic costumes at the school parade. The children loved showing off their outfits to the other children! Thank you to all parents for supporting their children in creating and providing such wonderful costumes.

In the afternoon, Class 1 and 4 had a shared reading time and Class 2 and 3 also had one. This was a great time for the younger children to share their favourite stories with some of the bigger children.

Throughout the day, KS2 children were talking about stories and authors, introducing themselves to the class as their character and completing sentence work based on what happens to them in their chosen book.

Key Stage 1 and Reception created character descriptions and explored their favourite characters by drawing pictures.

Coming soon...Red Nose Day!

Dig out your red noses because Red Nose Day is just around the corner.

That's right, on Friday the 15th March the national charitable day for Red Nose Day will take place.

We invite all children to wear as much red as possible as well as, of course, bringing along their funkiest red noses to show off.

The children will learn about the special charity throughout the morning lessons in their classes before joining together as a whole school in our very own Eastnor Strictly Come Danceathon. Bring your best dancing shoes children! The children will be encouraged to 'Keep Dancing'.

Hopefully we will be able to score a few points higher than a SEVEN!

How exciting!

Open Classroom Event for Class 2!

We are looking forward to our Open Classroom event on Thursday 21st March when we will welcome Year 2 visitors in the morning from 9.30am and Year 1 visitors in the afternoon from 1.30pm. We welcome parents or another family member to come and join your children to share their learning and do an activity together. We will be doing a crafty challenge involving junk modelling. Please look out for a parent mail message the week before which will be requesting you to bring along a few pieces of junk to allow you build your model.

The 85th Herefordshire Festival!

In classes 3 and 4 we have been busy preparing for the Herefordshire Performing Arts Festival as we are, once again, competing in the choir and poetry categories!

The ks2 children have been practising a set piece folk song called 'Skye Boat' with Mrs Cheetham, thinking about our phrasing and breathing and creating some beautiful harmonies. They have also been learning 'We Saw the Sea' which is our schools chosen song; it really is sounding great!

The children who have been taking part in our Performing Arts Club on a Monday, with Katie Balson, have been learning some very entertaining poems too and are getting prepared to wow the adjudicators.

Please see details of dates and performance times for the Herefordshire Festival below.

  • Poetry Class 202a and 202b for the year 3 children will take on Monday 25th March between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at the Courtyard Theatre.
  • Class 4a for our Key Stage 2 choir will take place on Tuesday 26 March from 10am at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford.
  • Poetry Class 203b for the Year 4 children will take place on Tuesday 26 March, between 11.20am and 12.30pm at St John's Church, Hereford.
  • Poetry Class 204a and 204b for the Year 5 children will take place on Tuesday 26 March from 2pm and 4.30pm at Saxon Hall, Hereford.

Skiing Superstar

Annabelle was very excited to show everyone her skiing certificate. She has successfully passed her level 2 (Flocon) stage in skiing. What a fantastic achievement Anabelle!

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Medical Consent Forms now available on the website!

If you think your child is well enough to attend school but needs to be given medicine during the school day, please complete the Medical Consent Form form which is now available on the website and bring it to to the school office. This should save valuable time for everyone during the busy morning drop-off.

https://www.eastnorschool.co.uk/parents/medical-consent-form-parents/

Rugby Stars!

This is the under 9's first year of contact rugby at Ledbury Rugby Club and what an amazing team they are! As you will see, there are some familiar (and very muddy!) faces on the team.

There is training or matches each Sunday morning and more practise on a Wednesday evening; it looks like great fun is had by all.

Our very own Helen Embry is the team manager, and Gareth Embry and Stuart Mitchell are coaches alongside James "Slim" Seager.

It sounds like everyone is doing a fantastic job at keeping the Eastnor boys active - come rain or shine - well done to you all!

Gymnastic Success

A very big congratulation to Evie in Class 2 who has passed her Stage 8 in Gymnastics. Evie had to complete lots of challenges to pass this badge and she is very proud of her achievement. A very big well done Evie!

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Thank you Jo and Harry

What a lovely surprise we had waiting for us on Wednesday morning. The children were filled with joy when they discovered a huge toy castle filled with knights, horses and even dragons inside. Wow! The children had great fun playing with the castle and enjoyed discovering all the different characters.

A huge thank you to Jo and Harry for kindly donating these toys; they were hugely appreciated by all of the children in Reception!

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Class 3 success

Its so lovely to hear about the children's success outside school. Lu-lu, Anya and Penny were so proud to bring in their certificates this week and to tell us all about them. Well done!

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Class 2

We have been having lots of fun in Class 2 and have been working really hard in all subjects.

In maths the Year 1 children have been looking at multiplication. We started off with counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and have moved onto writing a multiplication sentence. We really enjoyed looking at different methods to help us answer those tricky multiplication questions. The Year 2 children have also been practising their multiplication and division skills in a variety of contexts - simple calculations, pictures and word problems to deepen our understanding.

In English we continued to explore our class texts. The Year 1 children have been using their knowledge of character descriptions and have been describing animal characters from other stories. We worked really hard to compare the Killer Cat with other animal characters. We have also been looking at using adjectives, similes and alliteration in a most recent piece of writing. The Year 2 children have continued to read and explore their class text, The Iron Man, but have then looked for features we have learnt about, such as story structure, settings, punctuation, grammar and spelling patterns within simpler texts.

In the afternoons we have continued to explore Space. The children looked at the Apollo 11 moon landing and explored why Neil Armstrong is a significant individual. In our Art we have been looking at the skills related to collage. This week we used all of the skills we had learned and created some fantastic space pictures using the skills of collage.

In Geography we have been looking at each of the continents. Recently we explored Australia and Africa. Our Science topic is still Animals and Humans, so we really enjoyed looking at the animals that can be found in Australia and comparing their basic needs of survival to animals in this country.

The children are having a great time in Computing with the BeeBots. Last week we looked at giving each other an algorithm to follow and this week we looked at giving the BeeBots an algorithm.

Well done for all your hard work Class 2!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Harry J for his incredible efforts with his writing all week. He has been thinking carefully about his sounds and blending them together correctly. Great work Harry!

Year 1

Heidi for her fantastic character description on world book day. You described the Killer Cat ever so well. Fantastic work Heidi!

Year 2

Oscar for using imaginative and fantastic vocabulary in Speaking and Listening activities and within story writing. Well done.

Year 3

Goda for fantastic maths work and for working so hard to learn her times tables. Well done Goda!

Year 4

Ben M for super Science work and for always trying his very best with everything he does. Well done Ben!

Year 5

Eleanor for always listening in class, displaying perfect behaviour and for facing tricky challenges in mathematics with a positive outlook. Well done Eleanor. You are a fantastic example to others.

Year 6

Grace for always listening in class, displaying perfect behaviour and for facing tricky challenges in mathematics with a positive outlook. Well done Grace. You are a fantastic example to others.

Headteacher Award

Amelia in class 2 for impressing me, and all of the teachers, with her excellent attitude in school this term. Amelia you are working hard, showing your Christian Values and your best work. I am very proud of you. Well done!