The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 1st February 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 4th Feb

Swimming lessons for class 1 and class 3 continue.

Tue, 5th Feb

Governor Visit

Wed, 6th Feb

Class 2 PE Lesson (morning session)

Wed, 6th Feb

Class 1 and Class 4 PE lessons (afternoon session)

Thu, 7th Feb

Open Classroom Event for Class 1 (Reception)

Thu, 7th Feb

KS2 Singing with Mrs Cheetham

Thu, 7th Feb

Class 3 and 4 PE Lesson (afternoon session)

Thu, 7th Feb

Class 1 and 2 Forest School (afternoon session)

Fri, 8th Feb

School Closing at 12 noon for staff training

Diary Dates for Spring Term (1) and (2)

Friday 1st February - Life Education Bus at Ledbury Primary School

Thursday 7th February - Open Classroom Event for Reception class (9.30-11.30am)

Friday 15th February - LAST DAY OF TERM

Monday 25th February - BACK TO SCHOOL

Thursday 28th February - Pyramid Prom at JMHS (new date)

Wednesday 6th March - Sound of Music at JMHS for Class 4 (new date)

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day

Thursday 14th March - Debating Competition (new date)

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

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

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

Thursday 28th March - Pyramid Prom at JMHS (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

Ledbury Small School Staff Training!

Please note that school will be closing at 12 o' clock, next Friday (8th February) due to an opportunity for all staff to attend bespoke training with colleagues from four local schools in the Ledbury Cluster.

All children will need to be collected at 12 o'clock so lunch will not be served on this day.

There will be no childcare available at school during the afternoon as all staff will be attending the training but Bubbles are happy to do an early pick up on this occasion.

PTA News including Film Night

Film night - Wednesday 13th February 4.45pm at school

The PTA will be showing 2 films - one for Reception & KS1 and one for KS2. Further information to follow next week. Cost will be £2.50 for hotdog and drink.

Hot Chocolate Friday will recommence on Friday 15th February.

Rags to Riches collection booked for 10th March

Open Classroom Event for Class 1

This term, we will be continuing to host our Open Classroom Events, in which we will invite different members of the school community to experience what it is like to learn at Eastnor Primary School.

On Thursday 7th February, Miss Davies will be inviting parents into school to share learning with the children in Reception.

The teaching and support staff are planning some exciting activities where each year group will have chance to work with their loved ones, and showcase the hard work they have been doing so far this term.

We request that class 1 parents arrive promptly for the start of the morning session at 9.30 so they can be part of the main teaching session and have the opportunity to experience all of the planned activities. At 10.30am, the whole school, including our visitors, will join us for our Open the Book assembly.

We look forward to welcoming you all to school!

Young Voices!

On Friday 25th January, a group of 27 Key Stage 2 children sung their hearts out as part of the largest children's choir at The Genting Arena, Birmingham. We joined over six and a half thousand other children from different schools across the country to perform a variety of songs, from a wide range of genres including rock, pop, country and jazz. The children had learnt the songs and dance moves over the last few months in school and their hard work and dedication was definitely worth it! Leading some of the songs on the night were artists such as Tony Hadley (Spandeau Ballet) and Beau Dermott (Britain's Got Talent 2016), with the children thoroughly loving learning new songs such as 'Gold'!

Mrs Tart and I were incredibly proud of each and every one of the children who accompanied us as the Eastnor Choir. It was a very long day that required resilience and stamina as the children had to practise in the stands with the other schools before the evening performance. The children were a model of behaviour, with each of them looking out for one another and enjoying every moment. Their little faces could not have beamed any wider and Mrs Tart and I thank them, once again, for displaying true Eastnor spirit! We would also like to thank our two fabulous helpers, Katie Balson and Maria Burgess . The children would not have been able to take part in this unforgettable experience were it not for the adults who give up their days (and evenings) to take them. The children will have so many memories to treasure from this experience, none more so than watching the adults swooning at Mr Hadley on stage and then showing off their 'mum' dance moves! Fortunately children, your dance moves were much better than ours!

Well done Eastnor Young Voices Choir 2019. What a day, what a night, what super stars you all were! Miss Clark

Open Classroom Fun for Class 3!

What a wonderful day we had in class 3 welcoming so many parents and grandparents to share our learning opportunities with us on Thursday. We have been looking in depth at our class text, The Wolf Wilder, finding our about the characters and their personalities. The wolves proved to be a fascinating subject to describe when we used headlines from magazines and newspapers to describe them. The children found super descriptive words which made the wolves come alive. This led us on to produce some amazing clay wolf sculptures based on our descriptions. It was so lovely to see the children sharing their ideas and teaching the adults about sculpting and how to use texture to make our sculptures come to life. Thank you so much for coming into school. Watch out for future dates to come and join us.

Let's Debate!

It has come to that time of year where Eastnor pupils in years 4 and 5 start preparing for Herfeord and Worcestershire's annual debating competition. This year, the event will be hosted at St Barnabus Primary School, Worcester, and we will be attempting to retain the trophy after being named champions in 2017 and 2018!

Mrs Jones, who has worked with the children over the last three years (securing two first and one second place) will run debating workshops for the Eastnor team, each day. The children will learn about the following themes;- fairness - how we decide what is fair and how to compromise, getting your message across, making decisions together and this will lead to some formal debating sessions.

This year, Libby, Eleanor, Nancy, Oscar, Lewis , Eva and Emily will be representing school. They will be debating against the motion "All schools, hospitals and public buildings should have wildlife areas."

Congratulations Isabel!

Isabel in class 4 was presented with a music certificate this week because she has been successful in passing her Grade 1 violin exam with Merit.

Isabel was asked to play three pieces during the exam, including Dizzy Lizzy Lightweight, Cha Cha Bowing and The Old Castle, and she also had play scales and complete and oral test and sight reading.

What a super achievement with a notoriously challenging instrument. Well done Isabel.

Welcoming Miss Cassell

Hello, my name is Claire Cassell, I am a PGCE student at Worcester University, specialising in early years and outdoor learning. Prior to starting my PGCE course I had completed my degree in Agriculture and Animal Science, and had been working as a herdsperson on a local dairy farm. One day I am hoping to combine the two and have my own farm / forest school set up. I have really enjoyed my first week at Eastnor and am looking forward to the rest of term. Though I am predominately based in Class 1 with reception, I look forward to working across all the key stages.

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Governor Update - Absence and Illness!

There are a lot of bugs and viruses going around school currently and they are affecting both adults and children at Eastnor!

You know your child and are best placed to decide whether they need to be at home to recuperate.

To help you decide whether your child is well enough to come to school there is some NHS guidance - https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

If your child is only a little under the weather, we would ask you to support the teachers and the smooth operation of the school by bringing your child into school as normal. On most occasions they will benefit from being in school participating in lessons and enjoying time with their friends but If anything changes over the course of a day Mrs Bullock will call you requesting that they are collected.

The school staff, will endeavour to make the right call, based on the information they have and will, as always, put the welfare of each child at the forefront of any decision.

Chair of governors - Craig Watson

Fruit!

The children all enjoyed sharing lots of oranges with their friends today. Hopefully all that vitamin C will chase the colds away. Thank you Mr and Mrs Balson for bringing them into school.

Class 2

Class 2 have embraced the new term and thrown themselves into all aspects of learning.

Our English lessons have focussed on our new class texts. Year 1 have been exploring ‘The Killer Cat’ whilst Year 2 have been enjoying the classic story of ‘The Iron Man’. Year 1 children have been looking at similes and adjectives from the book. We created some fantastic similes about the Killer. Here are a few examples...

"His claws were as long as nails."

"His fur was as orange as a carrot."

"He was as scary as a monster."

Year 2 read and explored the many techniques that Ted Hughes used to interest the reader and make them want to read more. We have looked at alliteration, different types and length of sentences, repetition, similes and new vocabulary amongst other things. We have rewritten the beginning of the story to introduce our character based on a material e.g. The Plastic Man and The Jewel Woman. We stole some of Ted Hughes really good techniques and applied them to our own story writing, Here are a few extracts...

“The Jewel Woman’s head was a huge jewel. As huge as a tin, staring at the moonlight reflecting on the washing, whooshing, wavy, salty sea.”

“The Emerald and Robot Man came to the top of the cliff. Entranced by the deep, blue sea waiting for answers”

Our books have also inspired some fantastic art work. You may have spotted the Iron Men in the middle room window, but inside there are collaged silhouettes of Iron Men and some fantastic water colour paintings of Killer Cats!

In Maths, both Year 1 and 2 begun the term by learning more about place value and extending our learning by applying our place value knowledge to different problems. We have been using place value to solve addition and subtraction problems. The children have all been doing ‘Basic Skills’ maths at the end of each morning to reinforce and practise quick recall of basic number facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

In Topic we have been exploring space. The children have really been loving learning about the different planets and the solar system. We used books to find out facts and created factfiles about the different planets. Recently, we have been looking at living in space and how astronauts eat, sleep and live in space.

In P.E Mrs Dawe has been teaching the children in class 2 all about Hockey. They have beeen learning the skills and techniques involved and have been playing some mini games.

In Music we have been exploring pitch. We have been listening to songs about seasons and exploring how the pitch can change throughout the song. We have also been learning about seasons in Science. We used the Met Office winter temperatures from Winter 2017/2018 to create bar charts to show the average temperatures in Winter.

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Harry WH for trying so hard to work independently on his wonderfully imaginative story writing! Well done Harry!

Year 1

Lorna for creating a fantastic fact sheet all about space. You found out some great facts, well done Lorna .

Year 2

Lilly for making wonderful progress with her handwriting. Very impressive Lilly. Well done!

Year 3

Rosie for fantastic maths work and great reasoning skills. Well done Rosie!

Year 4

Freya for writing a super fact file whilst researching Russia .Well done Freya!

Year 5

Eleanor for giving 100% in all lessons and, in particular, for her fantastic work in maths lessons. Well done Eleanor!

Year 6

Harry for his continued focus effort and for developing his writing skills. You are a fantastic role model to others Harry! Well done!

Headteacher Award

Thomas in class 2 for the super effort he shows in all lessons and for being a fantastic reader! Thomas is also a kind, caring and popular friend and it is a pleasure to have him in school. Well done Thomas.