The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 9th March 2018

Diary Dates

Mon, 12th Mar

Swimming Lessons for Class 1 and Class 3

Tue, 13th Mar

Net Wall Extravaganza (11.30-1pm)

Wed, 14th Mar

Class 2 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 14th Mar

Class 1 and Class 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 15th Mar

Class 4 to JMHS - School of Rock Performance

Thu, 15th Mar

Class 3 PE Lesson (Afternoon Session)

Fri, 16th Mar

Hereford and Worcester Debating Compeition (1.15-3.30pm)

Fri, 16th Mar

County Netball Finals (2.30-4.40) Lead Teacher Mrs Dawe

Fri, 16th Mar

Ledbury Pyramid Tournament (football only) - POSTPONED!

Fri, 16th Mar

Mr Grant and Miss Nicholls Last Day at Eastnor

Christian Value of the Month

'If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. 

 If you want to be happy, practise compassion.'

Dalai Lama

As we enter the month of March, we welcome our new value of Compassion. There are many stories in the Bible that have helped the children, through class discussions and our reflective time at the church each day, to reflect on the example set by Jesus through his constant support and awareness of the needs of others. The children have already begun discussing these stories and have thought about how these stories can help shape our compassion towards others both at school and in our daily lives.  In our weekly voice of values led collective worships, the voice of values and their peers discussed how busy our lives can sometimes be, but noticing a need of a friend is a characteristic so valued amongst us all.

We look forward to exploring the value more over the course of the month and being surrounded by the constant compassionate nature shown by so many of our lovely pupils.


What Special Mums!

Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent and traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work away were given a day off to visit their mother and family, which often involved a visit to their home/'mother' church.

Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their wonderful mummies and generally say a huge thank you for all that our mums do!

On Friday we joined together in Church to celebrate our wonderful mums and what makes them unique and special to us! Class 1 made a scrummy Simnel Cake which went down very well amongst parents. Class 2 performed a beautiful song which bought a smile to all of our faces. Class 3 performed a heartfelt poem and Class 4 blew us away with an unique rap song!

Well done to all the children for your excellent efforts as always and to all our wonderful mums; we wish you a wonderful Mother's Day this coming Sunday!


World Book Day Take Two!

As we all know World Book Day was postponed due to the delightful snow. On Thursday we had World Book Day take two!

Children came to school with their lovely props and explored the stories that they came from. Children from Class 4 carried out a quiz in each Class. The quiz was all about books and authors and was lots of fun. Many of the children impressed us with their fantastic knowledge of different stories.

We also had a book swap after school where lots of you came and donated. Thank you so much to everyone that came, we managed to raise around £40!

We're off to See the Wizard!

This summer, the Eastnor children will take to the stage to perform 'The Wizard of Oz' for siblings, family and friends. Our end of year production is a very special performance because every child from across school will have the chance to sing, dance, act and perform.

We will be holding auditions for main parts (years 4 - 6) on Tuesday 20th March.  All children will be asked to perform a song, short poem or piece of prose of their own choice or they could become the scarecrow, learning a short extract that we have prepared. Materials will be available from Miss Booton on  Monday so you have plenty of time to prepare.  

Our rehearsals at the theatre, and the performances for parents will take place during the week commencing Monday 25th June. Please make sure you have added these dates to your diary.

Monday 25th June: All-day Rehearsal at Ledbury Theatre 

Tuesday 26th June: Morning Rehearsal

Tuesday 26th June: Matinee 1pm & Evening Performance at 6pm

Wednesday 27th June: Matinee Performance at 1pm Evening Performance at 6pm

We're off to see the wizard

Under 9's Football at The Down's Malvern

This week brought the under 9s football tournament at The Downs in Malvern. The team were extremely excited to have been given this opportunity and represented the school in the true Eastnor spirit! Well done everyone! There were lots of teams competing giving the team a real variety of games.  For a lot of the players this was their first sporting tournament and was a really great opportunity for new and enjoyable experiences for the team. Mrs Dawe was extremely impressed by the young team’s determination and enthusiasm for the sport as well as having fantastic sportsmanship shaking hands and congratulating the other teams. We all look forward to future opportunities like this and will feel proud to take you along next time! Excellent work everyone!

Under 9 football team

Drama Showcase Reminder!

Ben Mowbray has been running a drama club with many of the children in school this year. The workshops have been focusing on all aspects of theatre.  The children have been gaining valuable experience of the performing arts and learning basic skills to help them grow as a performer. They have also been creating their own stories, using their imagination and forming their own concepts and ideas and having lots of fun along the way.

Ben will be running a performance showcase evening, at John Masefield High School for his primary and youth groups to come together and perform short pieces to friends and family. Eastnor's drama club - from this term - and Eastnor's Choir will be involved in this so please save the following date! Friday 23rd March @ 7pm

Letters and perrmission slips which were sent out on Wednesday must be completed and returned to school by no later than Wednesday 14th March.

Update about Mrs Tart!

Mrs Tart is recovering and had positive feedback from the hospital this week. She has another appointment on Monday 12th and if this goes well she will be back with us very soon.  

I would like to thank Mr Finn - a very experienced teacher - for covering Class 3. The children are having a great time learning their tricky seven and nine times tables to pop songs and have enjoyed being taught by a real life author who is bringing his specialist knowledge to English lessons.

Note from Mrs Bullock

Just a little reminder that the small grey post box outside Mrs Bullock's office should be used for all forms and payments. Please drop in here throughout the day and when the office is empty.

Many thanks!

Class 1

What a fun and busy few weeks we have had at Eastnor, with snow and movie maker, there has been so much excitement! As always I am tremendously proud of all the children in Class 1, they continue to work so hard and bring fun to everyday at school!

Our welly walks have been great fun as we have delved deeper into the Castle’s grounds – we have discovered plenty of hideaways, climbing trees and even play parks! The children have all faced new challenges with positivity and determination and have achieved things they didn’t think  they could! I’m so proud of you all, well done!

In English, we have spent the last few weeks studying Traditional Tales, which the children engaged in  retelling the stories in their own special and unique way!  We have  explored stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks even paid us a visit, but she did break one of our special chairs – we had such an investigation on our hands! This was all before Little Red Riding Hood and her friends decided to pay us a visit at school! The children were challenged to think carefully about questions and what words and symbols we need to use to write our very own interview questions for the Big Bad Wolf – who we discovered was not as big and scary as we thought! The children, since half term have started their new topic of People Who Help Us, thoroughly enjoying their new Role Play area as a Veterinary Surgery.  The children enjoy dressing up in their blue aprons and gloves before operating on very poorly animals!

In Mathematics, the children have continued developing their independence and problem solving thinking – we have spent plenty of time challenging ourselves against the clock to count backwards from 20, thinking carefully about what teen numbers are! The children then have used these skills to help them with taking away and I was amazed at how well the children talked about taking away meaning the quantity gets less and less! Great work everyone! This week we have continued looking at 2D shapes and recognising the difference between flat shapes and fat shapes, which we learnt were called 3D shapes.

In other areas of learning we have kept with the theme of animals, exploring animals from around the world. The children have been excellent investigators, discovering all sorts of different homes and places animals come from.  In Art, children have begun the new topic of Collage and have been looking at different types of materials and textures. Music continues to be a joy for Class 1, we have recently started using GoNoodle dances in our school day and I have certainly been taught a new dance move or two!

Well done Class 1, you are an absolute pleasure to teach! I look forward to the next term full of excitement, no doubt!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards


Thomas for his fantastic understanding of 2d shapes and beginning to recognise 3d shapes too! Great work!

Year 1

Oscar for really trying hard with his Pirate topic work. Good work Oscar!

Year 2

Charlie for his excellent worth ethic this week! Great to see Charlie, well done!

Year 3

Ben M for his fantastic helpfulness and willingness throughout the week! Great work!

Year 4

Lily B for her wonderful efforts, particularly with her poem this week! Well done!

Year 5

Becca for her fantastic questioning and enthusiasm in our science lesson on Changes of State - you certainly have some wisdom, well done!

Year 6

Danda for being so helpful and showing compassion this week when helping at the World Book Day book swap and always showing our values around school. Great work, Danda.

Headteacher Award

Grace in class 3 for making a fantastic start to life at Eastnor and for showing determination and perseverance when learning her poem for the Herefordshire Festival. You are doing so well Grace. Well done.