The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 15th March 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 18th Mar

Swimming lessons for class 1 and class 3 continue.

Wed, 20th Mar

Class 2 PE Lessons with Mrs Layton (morning sessions)

Wed, 20th Mar

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

Thu, 21st Mar

Open Classroom Event for Year 2 (9.30-11.30am)

Thu, 21st Mar

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

Thu, 21st Mar

Open Classroom Event for Year 1 (1.30-2.30pm)

Thu, 28th Mar

Sports Relief Day/Spring Walk

Sat, 23rd Mar

Tesco Bag Packing Event!

Diary Dates for Spring Term 2

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)

Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th March - Herefordshire Festival

Saturday 23rd March - Tesco Bag Packing Fundraiser!

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

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

Thursday 28th March - Sports Relief Day/Spring Walk (new date)

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

The Friends of Eastnor need YOU!

The Eastnor PTA depends on a continual cycle of parental involvement and it is becoming very difficult for the small number of volunteers we have currently to do everything that is required.

The teachers and school staff help at PTA events wherever possible, but without more help, we will have to cancel forthcoming events this year and there will be no PTA at Eastnor- WE REALLY DO NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

All schools are becoming more and more dependent on PTA funds as budgets become more challenging to manage. Without the contributions the school receives each year, we would definitely have to reduce the amount of enrichment activities we can offer and teachers would have less funding per class.

Taking an active role with the PTA is so important, and remember it is also very flexible. If every family could spare 30 minutes a term to help, just think what could be achieved!

Remember, there are a variety of small ways you can help and be involved - from designing a poster, photocopying and distributing letters in the school, cleaning up after an event, helping out on a stall…you do not even need to be available on the day of an event. You also don't have to attend PTA meetings!

If you think you can help, please contact me at school or speak directly to a members of the PTA committee as soon as possible.

Your children are only at Eastnor for a relatively short time. PTA events such as Film Nights, Fun Days and Fairs and will be remembered fondly for a lifetime and help to build the bonds that make our small school community so special.

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.

Tesco Bag Packing Event!

Just a reminder that on Saturday 23rd March the PTA is hosting a ‘bag packing’ fundraising event at the Tesco store in Ledbury.

It will run from 10am to 4pm which will give the school 6 one hour slots. Ideally we need to have 2 children and 4 adults to help customers pack their bags at six stations and we still need more offers of help to do this!

The children and school will all benefit from this enterprise; we need as many people as possible to come along and take part. Please speak to Helen Mitchell if you can spare 30 minutes to help! Many thanks.

Sports Relief Spring Walk!

Just a reminder that we will all be setting out on our annual Spring Walk on the morning of Thursday 28th March. Please note, this date has been changed due to the Landrover Experience calendar.

Children will need to come in their own clothes on this day and will also need sensible footwear. They may like to bring a waterproof and any extra layers depending on the forecast.

The children will stop and have a snack and drink during the walk (hopefully at the obelisk!) We do have fruit at school but if you would like to send your own snack in with a drink that would be great!

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 phrasing and breathing and creating some beautiful harmonies. They have also been learning 'We Saw the Sea' which is our school's 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.

The Trudge!

On Wednesday, Eastnor's cross country team took part in the rearranged annual cluster 'Trudge' event, hosted at John Masefield High School.

Fin, Becca, Nancy, Lily, Zack, Piper, Emily, Jacob and Melly all took part in races with children in their own age groups. They had to show endurance and determination to complete the one mile course - it looked utterly exhausting!- and supported each other with encouraging words, smiles and hugs!

As always, I was exceptionally proud of the way the children conducted themselves during the event, showing support to each other and kindness and respect to their competitors. Well done to you all


Herefordshire and Worcestershire Debating Compeition

This week, a group of year 4 and 5 children turned their hand to public speaking in the annual debating competition - this year hosted by St Barnabus Primary School in Worcester.

All of the children have been working hard with Mrs Jones over recent weeks; learning how to plan, write and present an argument effectively. They have shown great commitment to the project and were all confident, engaging and articulate when speaking against the motion 'all schools, hospitals and public buildings should have wildlife areas!'

Yet again, I was very proud to be the head teacher of Eastnor because our children were quite simply a class act and impressed the judges with all aspects of their presentation,finishing third overall. The trophy went to Stanley Road in Worcester this year but we will be doing our best to claim it back again next year. Well done to Nancy, Libby, Eleanor, Eva, Emily, Lewis and Oscar!

Red Nose Day Fun!

What a fabulous day we have all had, our strictly come dancing day has been a huge success and fun was had by not only all the children, but also by all adults, even the judges! The children bounced into school fully dressed in their red clothes accessorised with their all important red noses and even a twinkle of glitter was spotted by a few!

A huge thank you to Leah and Renate for helping with the choreography– the children have selected their own song choices and with the help of these lovely ladies performed some fantastic dances – plenty of natural movers amongst the school, well done everyone!

And also a huge well done to the School Council who took a real lead in organising the charitable event, they enjoyed making different props as well as hosting the Eastnor Strictly Come Dancing! What an achievement for you all, well done!

Thank you for all the parents for your support with such events and we were able to raise over £100!

Happy Red Nose Day everyone!

Goodbye and Good Luck Miss Harris!

Today, Class 4 bid a very sad farewell to Miss Harris. Miss Harris has been with us since the beginning of the Spring Term for her final third year teaching placement with the University of Worcester. We have absolutely loved having her and she really has become part of our special family. Her infectious enthusiasm in the classroom and around school will be sorely missed. We will never forget the 'Radius and Diameter' song she taught us, accompanied by some very funny actions!

Thank you Miss Harris. We wish you continued success in your teaching career, for you truly deserve it! Come back and visit us soon and don't forget us - we're sure that you won't!

Thank you Simon!

Many thanks to Simon Smith (better known as Frankie's Daddy!) for fixing the school's side gate last weekend. Mrs Bullock is especially appreciative as this job was on her ‘to do’ list!

Class 3

It is so good to see some lovely Spring sunshine brightening up Class 3 recently; it certainly helps to lift all our spirits. The children have been working hard as usual and trying their very best. In maths the children have been solving some complicated problems using multiplication and division. We have then moved onto working with fractions; learning about the difference between unit and non-unit fractions. We have also looked at equivalent fractions and how we can use our times table knowledge to work out the equivalence. As part of our work we have been working on our fluency which we have then applied to help us with our problem solving and reasoning. In English we are working our way through The Wolf Wilder, which the children and I are really enjoying, looking in-depth at the use of settings and characters. We looked at imaginary stories and compared them to our class text. We have also been learning how to use figurative language and precise vocabulary to add detail to our super paragraphs. Our topic work has taken us to Russia and the Russian Revolution;, the children are thoroughly enjoying learning about how the revolution came about and what happened after. Our science topic of plants is certainly inspiring the children to carry out some great experiments using scientific enquiry. We have dissected a range of flowers and identified all the parts, we have also found out what plants need to thrive and have shown how water travels through them. In RE we have been learning why Christians celebrate Good Friday,. We have also researched all the main days in an Order of Service and have designed our own version. The children are all enjoying our French lessons, it is great to have Lauren in to help us with the correct pronunciation and helping us to learn the meaning of more new words. Thank you! The children are all practising hard with Mrs Cheetham in preparation for their performance in the Hereford Festival; it is so lovely hearing their beautiful voices.

Keep working hard class 3!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards


Jacob for his fantastic efforts in all areas of his learning this week, especially his maths, well done Jacob!

Year 1

Ralph for trying really hard with his division work this week. You didn't give up when you found it tricky. Well done!

Year 2

Aria for her fantastic 'can do' attitude. Amazing effort with all areas of the curriculum. Well done!

Year 3

Jacob and Melly for their fantastic determination and resilience shown during 'The Trudge' tournament this week. Fantastic effort, well done!

Year 4

PIper, Emily and Zack for their fantastic determination and resilience shown during 'The Trudge' tournament this week. Fantastic effort, well done!

Year 5

Nancy and Lily for their fantastic determination and resilience shown during 'The Trudge' tournament this week. Super girls!

Year 6

Finlay and Becca for their fantastic determination and resilience shown during 'The Trudge' tournament this week. Super!

Headteacher Award

To Eastnor’ s 2019 debating team - Nancy, Libby, Eleanor, Eva, Emily, Lewis and Oscar - for showing dedication and commitment during preparations and for performing so brilliantly at the competition. Well done to you all.