The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 10th May 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 13th May - Fri, 17th May

Mr Griffiths Teaching Placement in Class 3

Mon, 13th May - Thu, 16th May

Key Stage 2 SATs Week

Tue, 14th May

Class 1 and 2 PE Lessons with Mrs Dawe (afternoon session)

Wed, 15th May

Year 1 NHS Hearing Check

Wed, 15th May

Class 1 and 2 Forest School (afternoon Session)

Wed, 15th May

Class 3 and 4 PE Lesson (afternoon session)

Thu, 16th May

Class 3 and 4 PE Lesson (afternoon session)

Fri, 17th May

Smarties Treat Day

Key Dates for Summer Term

Monday 13th- Thursday 16th May: KS2 SAT’s Week

Friday 17th May - Smarties Treat Day *new date

Monday 20th- Friday 24th May: KS1 SATS Week

Tuesday 21st May - Tag Rugby Match @ LPS

Friday 24th May - Weston’s Tag Rugby Tournament at Ledbury Rugby Club

Friday 24th May - LAST DAY OF TERM

Monday 3rd June – BACK TO SCHOOL

Thursday 6th June – Year 5 Information Evening (TBC)

Wednesday 12th June -Year 1 Phonic Screening

Thursday 13th June - Father’s Day Assembly (2.45pm)

Thursday 20th June - Year 6 Information Evening (TBC)

Monday 24th June - End of Year Production Rehearsal Day at Ledbury Theatre

Tuesday 25th June - End of Year Production (Matinee @ 1pm/ Evening @ 6pm)

Wednesday 26th June - End of Year Production (Matinee @ 1pm/ Evening @ 6pm)

Friday 28th June - Year 5 Secondary School Taster Day JMHS (TBC)

Monday 1st July - Sports Day and Family Picnic

Wednesday 3rd July – Whole School, Class and Team Photos (Russell Lewis)

Thursday 4th July - Year 6 Transition Day JMHS/ Eastnor Move-Up Morning

Friday 5th July – Eastnor Adventure Day

Friday 12th July – Attainment Reports to Class 1, 2 and 3 Children

Monday 15th July – Attainment Reports to Class 4 Children

Friday 12th July – Monday 15th: Residential Trip to Red Ridge

Monday 15th July: Progress Reports/SAT’s Results (Class 4)

Tuesday 16th July: Parent Teacher Drop in

Wednesday 17th July: Leavers Day Out and Disco

Thursday 18th July: Leavers Service (9.30am)

Thursday 18th July: LAST DAY OF TERM

Safety Update!

We know that the school is very busy at both ends of the school day but a number of people have reported that there are a number of parents who are dropping children off, double parking and blocking the flow of traffic around the Green again. Please can we ask you to be considerate of other parents (and other members of the Eastnor community) and that you park your car before letting your children get out. I would also like to remind you that children must not enter the playground until 8.45am and that no children should be left unattended before the front door has been opened.

If any parents would like to speak to a member of the teaching team at the end of the school day, please can we ask that you wait until the member of staff has released their class. Having adults on the playground whilst children are being sent to their parents makes this very important job more difficult. As does allowing children back onto the playground once they have been sent to you. We are very lucky the children have the Green to play on with their friends at the end of the school day when the playground is needed for clubs etc.

Also, during the school day, children are reminded continuously about how to stay safe near the school wall. Please can you help us to reinforce these habits at the end of the day. Children should not be lifted over the wall and are not permitted to jump over the wall!

We have the wellbeing of all of the children and their families in mind; please can you help us to keep everyone safe!

Tesco Fundraising

Please can you all remember to ask for blue tokens when you shop at Tesco so that we can win the £4000 to spend on books in our school. Reading is so important and Miss Clark - our English Coordinator - is keeping everything crossed that she will be able to improve the quality and quantity of books across school over the summer holiday but we need your help! Please send in photos of any of your family and friends who are supporting us and we will post photos and update how we are doing each week on the newsletter.

Tesco fundraising

SATs Tests for Year 2 and Year 6 Children

Miss Patchett is responsible for judging the standards your child is working at in English, Maths and Science, by the end of key stage 1. To help inform those judgements, all pupils in year 2 will sit national curriculum tests in English and Maths, commonly called SATs. These have started this week and will be taking place in the weeks leading up to half term.

If you have a child in year 6, at the end of key stage 2, you will know they will also be taking national curriculum tests in English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling and Mathematics next week.

We know that all of the children in school will work hard to do their absolute best and the staff will be proud of each and everyone of them!

Staying Smart on the Sports Field!

Please can parents check that their children are wearing PE kit that is in line with our school policy.


Navy shorts or skorts for Girls

Navy T-shirt

Navy sports socks

Black trainers


Plain black long sleeved base layer

Navy tracksuit jacket

Navy tracksuit bottoms


Plain Navy Cap

Water bottle (we need this everyday anyway!)

Sun tan lotion

If children are not wearing the correct PE kit, school will provide them with spare kit.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Rugby Training with Worcester Warriors!

For the next four weeks, the older children in key stage 2 are benefiting from the knowledge and expertise of Worcester Warriors. Mrs Dawe has kindly arranged for Will to come and teach the children alongside her, as we work towards the Tag Rugby Tournament.

'We had some great warm-up games involving passing the ball to each other, getting into space, co-ordination and listening out for someone calling your name to pass to. We focused on team work and we developed our skills really well in matches. We had lots of fun and we got to work in different teams. It rained..a lot! But we were all still smiling at the end.'

Becca and Heidi (Year 6)

Last Thursday, we went up to the field with a coach from Worcester Warriors named Will .We did lots of different warm up games we split into four teams and improved our passing and catching skills. We also played a game to see if we were listening for who can get the cone first. We practised moving into a space. Every 10 minutes we went into the middle to see how we could improve and make the game trickier even though we have been working with Will for 1 week he has taught us lots of skills to improve our rugby.

Lewis, Jayden and Harry. Class 3

Seussical the Musical Rehearsals!

Rehearsals for our whole school summer production 'Seussical the Musical' began last Friday. We are so fortunate to have Katie Balson and Ben Mowbray supporting the children as our directors and it is sure to be a fantastic show! The children in class 4, along with some characters from the younger years, have begun to practise their lines. They have worked on the meaning (which can, at times, be a little confusing in the mad Seussical world) as well as the delivery. Knowing how your character walks is just as important as how they talk (watch out for the sassy Sour Kangaroo!).

Well done children on your energetic enthusiasm and hard work so far. Katie, Ben, Mrs Driscoll and myself are already very impressed!

Welcome Back Mr Griffiths

Class 3 have welcomed Mr. Matthew Griffiths into their class this week, who is on a teacher training placement from Worcester University.

Matthew has already been getting to know the children well and has been helping them calculate money problems, answer reading comprehension questions and think about moral choices that we make linked with our class text.

We look forward to welcoming him here for a 6 week block placement over the Summer term.

Mr Griffiths

Dream Your Future Counselling Project

Dream your future is a community based project offered in partnership schools, including Eastnor Primary.

The aim of the Counselling Project is to support Mothers to rediscover themselves and explore future options. The project is offering 6 sessions of donations-based counselling to parents who are struggling to know what to do next and there are still a limited number of places available!

For more details, you can contact Mrs Driscoll or get in touch with the project’s counsellor, Emma Reed. Telephone 07581 22453 or email [email protected]

Class 1

What a fantastic start back to school in Class 1 over the last two weeks - the children have amazed me by how well they've all jumped straight back into their learning and how much they've really grown over the Easter break!

I've heard lots of fabulous stories about their holiday adventures and the children are all articulating themselves so well and confidently - what great company to be around all day!

The children have kick started their learning with a very hungry and very cheeky hungry caterpillar to support our topic of 'In the garden'. The children all know the story so well and have portrayed their comprehension in great drama based activities throughout the week - we even decided to test out what it would be like to curl up into a cocoon! The children continue to work hard with their phonics, blending and segmenting and this term will bring them plenty of opportunities to secure these skills as well as developing strong letter formation and handwriting style.

In Maths, the children have been adding anything and everything they can get their hands on - even each other! The children have began thinking about mental maths, adding together in our heads but knowing that resources are always readily available to help them. A particular favourite has been our jumping number line whereby children have enjoyed showing off their physical development skills; what great fun!

In other areas of learning the children have received a very mysterious ancient looking letter by none other than a cave man - the children were all very excited to embark on this adventure and had plenty of knowledge already to share with their peers, about mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and even what sorts of houses caveman might have lived in! Well done everyone!

Miss Patchett has enjoyed getting to know our lovely youngest members of the school down at forest school, enjoying playing musical instruments and building dens all down in the woods - the children certainly had plenty of ideas to share as well as developing key fine and gross motor skills.

Mrs Dawe continues to be blown away by how well the children are listening and responding to their P.E sessions and cricket for this term seems to be a strong favourite for everyone, I know lots of them are enjoying the new cricket club too!

What a lovely start to the Summer Term everybody, and just like the weather you are all blossoming and shining so brilliantly! Well done Reception, I look forward to this term's adventures.

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards


Harry WH for his fantastic efforts with his writing this week. Lovely use of phonics Harry, well done!

Year 1

George for trying really hard with his reading this week. Well done George!

Year 2

Joseph K for super effort in all his work. Keep it up Joseph!

Year 3

Izzy for trying so hard with her newspaper writing about the whale in our story. Well done Izzy!

Year 4

Cecily for working so hard in everything that she does and for her amazing use of language in her written work. Well done Cecily!

Year 5

Lily for her positive attitude towards her learning in maths and for doing so well, achieving great outcomes. Well done Lily. Keep it up!

Year 6

Ellis for his wonderful enthusiasm and application in our play rehearsals. You are no longer a reluctant actor, but take to the stage with increased skill and confidence. Keep it up!

Headteacher Award

Isabel and Naomi in class 4 and class 2 for being so grown up at school and for showing love and care to each other this week while their mum and dad were away looking after their big sister! I am really proud of you both! Get well soon Eloise!