The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 1st March 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 4th Mar

Swimming lessons for class 1 and class 3 continue.

Wed, 6th Mar

Class 2 PE Lessons with Mrs Layton (morning sessions)

Wed, 6th Mar

Class 4 PE Lessons with Mrs Layton (morning session due to JMHS Trip)

Wed, 6th Mar

Sound of Music for Class 4 at JMHS (afternoon session)

Wed, 6th Mar

Class 1 PE Lesson with Mrs Layton (afternoon sessions)

Thu, 7th Feb

World Book Day

Thu, 7th Mar

KS2 Singing with Mrs Cheetham

Thu, 7th Mar

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

Thu, 7th Mar

Class 1 and 2 Forest School (afternoon session)

Diary Dates for Spring Term 2

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day

*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

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

World Book Day Celebrations!

Reading is such a vital skill for all children, and can open the doors to many imaginations. Different stories and texts can later become influences in so many peoples' lives, and so the children and staff have been busy thinking of a way to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March.

As part of the celebrations, each class will be asked to dress up as a character from one of the class texts they have been studying during the autumn and spring terms.

These include characters inspired by the following texts: -

Class 1 – Traditional Fairy Tales

Year 1 – George’s Marvellous Medicine or The Diary of a Killer Cat

Year 2 - The BGF or Iron Man

Class 3 – Swallows and Amazons or The Wolf Wilder

Class 4 – Harry Potter or War Horse

Your child will be bringing home a letter today with further information, so please look out for it in their school bags.

Thank you for your continued support.

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 Coming Soon!

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.

Miss Patchett and Miss Evans.

Annual School Reports

Teachers go through a very thorough and rigorous assessment of each child’s learning and next steps in order to write our annual reports. We found last year that a more detailed report before Easter – rather than a short Parent-Teacher meeting - gave parents a detailed and very clear understanding of ways in which they can support their child’s learning over the summer term, to ensure the best possible progress so we will be doing the same again this academic year.

All children will bring their school reports home on Friday 5th April, and there will be an opportunity for parents to drop in to speak to their child's teacher on Tuesday 9th April if they have any questions or concerns.

There will be Parent -Teacher meetings in the summer term, but please remember that Eastnor has an open door policy and that an informal chat or a meeting with your child's class teacher can be arranged at any time if you would like to discuss the contents of the report or your child's progress.

A Window into our Curriculum - Class 1

Another term has snuck past us and I can hardly believe how quickly the year is flying by.

The children in Reception returned after half term looking like they'd grown as well as showing off to me even more fantastic knowledge and curiosity about the world around them.
As we move into the warmer (hopefully) days of Spring, in Class 1 we will be focused on Traditional Tales as our topic work this term - the classroom has said goodbye to dinosaur caves and research centres and instead welcomes a woodland cottage... I wonder who could possibly live there?

In Maths children will continue to develop their fluency and flair with numbers, moving gradually onto problem solving allowing the children the opportunity to link their learning of numbers together. This week the children have also enjoyed learning about time - using Mr Wolf to help us of course, even if he did try to gobble us up.

Miss Cassell, our lovely student has been teaching the children all about the Victorians and the children were all very surprised to find out how different the Victorian school life was compared to their own.

The children will also still be able to enjoy Swimming, Forest School and P.E. with Mrs Dawe this term.

I cannot wait to see what this term will bring for our lovely Reception children and I have no doubt they will all blossom in their own way throughout the Spring term.

A Window into our Curriculum - Class 2

Class 2 have come back to the second half of our Spring term full of enthusiasm and really ready to learn – a bit like the weather blossoming!!!!

Our English lessons continue to focus on our Class texts to help us with reading, writing and comprehension. We have found them so valuable for exploring features of the English curriculum such as enriching vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. Alongside this, we will be looking at a variety of genres such as traditional tales, riddles, recounts and diaries. We try to explore our English focus across the curriculum and include it in what we are learning within our Foundation subjects too. We will think about recounts within RE, diaries in Geography and History and riddles as raps in music.

Our Maths builds on our previous learning helping the children to take the next steps in the mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They are all at very different stages of learning with this and whether they still need practical resources, number lines or can recall facts mentally, we will help them to think carefully about the strategy they can use to solve a problem independently. We are having daily basic skills sessions that are five minutes of basic arithmetic helping the children with quicker recall of number bonds and number facts. We will also learn about shape, space and measures , geometry and statistics in a practical way.

Our Topic is still focused around Space, however this half term we are beginning to explore some significant individuals and explorers. We will be looking at Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake, Christopher Columbus and Sir Francis Drake. In Geography we will be exploring all of the continents and some capital cities and what it is like to live in that place.

In Science we will be continuing to look at Animals and Humans. In particular, we will be looking at human body parts and what we need to survive. The children really enjoyed looking at all of the different types of animals and exploring what they needed to survive, so I am sure that they will love learning all about themselves.

Our Computing is focused around algorithms. The children will be exploring what an algorithm is and looking at writing their own algorithms. They will also be using the BeeBots to test and de-bug their algorithms.

A Window into our Curriculum - Class 3

This second part of the spring term we will continue to explore the world around us, the children have lots of exciting things to look forward to.

In English we will continue to read our class text, The Wolf Wilder and look at the story in detail. We will then be writing our own imaginary stories with a focus on what we have read. The children will also be designing a sales brochure for the castle in Wolf Wilder using all our persuasive skills. We will also be looking at a range of performance poetry. We will also be learning how to use our spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons to impact our writing.

In Maths we will be learning how to find fractions of shapes, showing equal fractions and moving on to adding and subtracting fractions in a variety of ways using problem solving and our investigative skills. We will then move on to decimals and finally measurement and time. We will also be looking at lots of different ways to help us to learn our times tables.

In our science lessons we will be learning about Plants. We will identify the different parts of plants and will research how they grow and what they need to be healthy. We will also be looking at the life cycle of plants.

Our topic work will carry on learning about Continents, Countries and Capitals and in particular learning about Russia. We will be looking at the Russian Revolution and how it changed Russia. We will also look at Soviet Russian Propaganda posters and design our own. We will also be using an 8 point compass and learning how to read an Ordnance Survey map whilst looking at the local area and comparing it to Russia.

Our computing work will be based on Programming. We will be using Scratch to help us produce a game with sprites that we can control. We will also be putting the final touches to our e-books.

In Art and DT we will be learning about Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours and practise creating them. We will also be exploring tone and how to use different shades of tone.

In RE our big question will be ‘Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?’ The children will have the opportunity to explore how Christians show their beliefs about Jesus in their everyday lives and raise questions.

The children will also be continuing swimming lessons as well as taking part in a range of exciting PE lessons with Mrs Dawe

We are all looking forward to a very exciting term full of amazing new experiences and awe and wonder of the world around us!

A Window into our Curriculum - Class 4

During the last half-term, Class 4 children have been studying 'Life Journeys' in Science. We started by reminding ourselves of the plant life cycle before moving on to the reproductive system of different animals, including humans. The children have learnt that the gestation period and parental after-care varies widely with different creatures and they were suprised to learn that an elephant carries their offspring for 22 months whilst a dormouse does so for only 22 days! They have also learnt how the number of offspring that an animal produces varies according to expected survival rates once they are born and the children were amazed to learn that female Leatherback turtles lay eggs on the very same shore from which they themselves were born! This half-term we are going to be learning about the anatomy of different animals, including humans, and the function and purpose of different organs in the body (which will lead into some PSHE work on health and well-being).

In English this half-term, we shall finish reading and writing about 'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this story so far and have learnt so many interesting historical facts about the use of horses during World War 1. Whilst there are many sad and poignant moments in this book, the children have handled them very maturely and have gained a wider appreciation for the impact of war on individuals, families, whole communities, pets and livestock. We will also continue to focus on our spelling, grammar and handwriting as the SATs tests draw nearer during this half-term, as well as practising vital fiction and non-fiction reading comprehension exercises. There is so much to fit in but the wonderful, talented and caring bunch of children that I am fortunate enough to teach, make every day a joy as we all smile and laugh together, learning every day.

Congratulations Mollie

Mollie came bursting into school today, eager to show off something very special. She pulled out a very interesting bag full of badges, books and a certificate all from Rainbows.
She proudly shared, with Miss Davies and Mrs Driscoll, what she had to do to achieve her family tree badge - what an achievement Mollie, well done! As well as making her rainbow's promise, which Mollie knew very well!
Mollie then shared her experiences and achievements with her peers at snack-time and enjoyed answering all of their curious questions about rainbows!
It was lovely to see and listen to Mollie speak so confidently and proudly about herself in front of adults and her peers!
We all can't wait to hear more rainbow stories.


Swimming Superstar

Naomi has been very busy over the half term completing a swimming crash course! She had to do swimming lessons for 4 days of the half term. Naomi was very pleased and excited to show her certificate off to her friends. What a fantastic achievement Naomi, well done!


Online Safety Alert!

We are committed to providing a safe, secure and healthy environment in all aspects. As part of our duties to protect children from potential online safety issues, we rely heavily on your support from home and have a duty to provide you with the latest guidance to enable you to keep your child safe online.

It has come to our attention that some pupils have been discussing ‘The Momo Challenge’- a viral game that encourages players to perform a series of challenges which promote acts of secrecy, violence and self-harm. The challenges issued in this game present a serious risk to the safety, welfare and well-being of children and young people. As part of the game, players are encouraged to provide their mobile phone number. They then receive instructions for challenges via SMS or Whatsapp. Fundamentally, this is a game which targets young children, and there have been reports that the game is becoming visible on YouTube, appearing as an advert in the middle of innocent programmes such as Peppa Pig. The image itself is also particularly disturbing, and could be frightening for younger children.

In school, we will not be teaching the children about this game directly, but will continue to discuss safe internet use as part of our ongoing online safety curriculum.

In order to support your child at home, please:

  • Ensure the children know what they can access online
  • Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
  • Tell your children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
  • Use parental controls to keep children safe

We would also advise regular discussion with your child about what apps and games they are using on their devices.

As always, we have an open-door policy so please do contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Health Update!

There has been a case(s) of Scarlet Fever within the School and your child may have been exposed.

What is Scarlet Fever?

Scarlet Fever is a scattered red rash and high temperatures caused by bacteria. Prompt treatment with an antibiotic usually prevents further complications and will also prevent the spread to others. It is normally uncommon in the UK nowadays, but the Winter of 2017/18 has seen increases.

Scarlet fever is also known as Scarlatina, although this often refers to a milder form of the disease.

It usually follows a sore throat or a skin infection (impetigo) caused by particular strains of streptococcus bacteria.

What are the symptoms of Scarlet Fever?

A scattered red rash that is often most marked in the creases of the joints and over the stomach. The rash usually turns white when pressed. The skin may feel rough to the touch and is often described as feeling like sandpaper.

What should I do if I think my child has Scarlet Fever?

If your child develops any of the symptoms take them to your GP for an examination. Please inform the doctor that a child(ren) at the school has scarlet fever. The doctor is likely to prescribe an antibiotic and it is important that your child takes the full course of medicine.

Can a child return to school?

A child can return to school when well, but only after at least 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.

What can I do to prevent the spread of infection?

The bacteria are spread through contact with nose and mouth secretions. So:

  • Wash hands thoroughly after wiping noses
  • Wash hands thoroughly using soap and hot water before preparing food;
  • Wash plates and dishes well in hot soapy water;
  • Do not share cups, straws, spoons and eating utensils etc
  • Do not share toothbrushes.

Your GP will be able to able to answer any further questions you may have in relation to Scarlet Fever

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

Class 4

Class 4 children have been working extremely hard during the last month and deserved their well-earned rest during half-term. As the oldest children in the school, there is much to revisit and revise as well as many new things to learn. Their hard-working attitude and resilience before half-term and this week has been amazing, especially amidst all the germs and seasonal illnesses flying around.

During the last half-term we have studied the lives of four notable individuals: Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Having learnt the word ‘firebrand’ early on in the term through our class text ‘War Horse’, the children were keen to explore the lives of four real ‘firebrands’ - individuals who cause political and/or social trouble for something they feel incredibly strongly about. We have produced fantastic newspaper articles and persuasive speeches in English and the children have relished learning and presenting information in an interesting way about these important people, using a wide range of vocabulary to achieve this.

This has led us into our topic on ‘The UK and Americas’ as we begin learning about the differences and similarities between North America, South America and England during the last 150 years. The children already refer to our class world map and this has instigated conversations surrounding the size and location of different continents, countries, oceans and rivers. Studying the weather has helped them to understand lifestyles, land use and tourism and we look forward to exploring this further in the coming weeks.

In mathematics we have been learning about line graphs, bar charts and pie charts through our statistics topic. The children have learnt to plot and draw points on graphs and to interpret data, answering questions relating to changes over time in temperature, growth and distance, for example. This has involved the children being accurate in their units of measurement when recording data and knowing the abbreviations for such. Our statistics topic has incorporated the application of other skills such as addition and subtraction, as the children have learnt to find small and large differences between numbers by counting up or down the scales to find the correct answer. Our understanding of pie charts has also incorporated work on fractions and percentages, which we have explored further in maths lessons this week.

In French the children have learnt about masculine and feminine word classes and how the spelling of colour words changes according to whether the noun it is referring to is masculine or feminine. They have found this an understandably tricky concept but it has led to some humorous moments which have involved giving masculine and feminine personalities to everyday objects such as tables and chairs!

Finally, the children have been working extremely hard in PE with Mrs Dawe and Mrs Layton, fine-tuning their passing and receiving skills as well as engaging in long distance running and orienteering. The latter provides great opportunities for teamwork and bonding and Mrs Dawe always reports on how well they all work together, supporting and encouraging one another.

Well done children. Keep up the good work!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards


Taylor-Fletch for showing real determination and focus with his learning and new challenges this week! Well done Taylor-Fletch!

Year 1

Joseph P for always trying so hard with everything that you do. Well done Joseph!

Year 2

Lilah for a fantastic effort with all her work this week. Super thinking skills and working really hard. Well done Lilah!

Year 3

Anya for super art work based on Kandinsky. Well done Anya!

Year 4

Luca for a good description of the Wild Wolves in our writing. Well done Luca!

Year 5

Libby for fantastic writing in English lessons as you include wonderful language to engage the reader. Well done!

Year 6

Ellis Bees for working so hard in maths lessons and scoring consistently high scores in arithmetic tests. Well done!

Headteacher Award

Izzy in class 3 for working so hard in all her lessons and for making huge leaps of progress in her English and recall of timetables. Well done Izzy we are very proud of you.