The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 17th May 2019

Diary Dates

Mon, 20th May

Cluster Moderation for all teaching staff

Tue, 21st May

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

Tue, 21st May

Tag Rugby Match @ LPS (parents informed)

Wed, 22nd May

Class 1 and 2 Forest School (afternoon Session)

Wed, 22nd May

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

Thu, 23rd May

Singing with Mrs Cheetham

Thu, 23rd May

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

Fri, 24th May

Tag Rugby Tournament @ Ledbury Rugby Club (parents informed)

Fri, 24th May

Last Day of Term

Key Dates for Summer Term

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 HALF TERM

Monday 3rd June – BACK TO SCHOOL

Thursday 6th June – Year 5 Information Evening

Saturday 8th June Hellens Garden Festival (volunteers required) *new date

Wednesday 12th June -Year 1 Phonic Screening

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

Thursday 20th June - Year 6 Information Evening

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)

Sunday 30th June - Summer Fun Day *new confirmed date

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

Thursday 4th July - End of term Disco * new confirmed date

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

Thursday 18th July: Leavers Service (9.30am)

Thursday 18th July: LAST DAY OF TERM

SATS Success and Celebrations!

All of the children and staff would like to say to the Year 6 children a huge "Well done!" on their SAT tests this week. Whilst it will be a few weeks before we know the results, all of the adults who have taken part in the examination process have seen each and every one of them trying their very best. Thank you also to the parents and families for supporting the children and staff this week by ensuring that they have all come to school on time, with a smile, fully rested and for some people, even when they have been feeling unwell. Mrs Driscoll and I also thank all of the adults in school who have either been involved in the invigilation process directly or have supported the other children in moving around school quietly during the tests. As ever it has been a whole team effort to ensure the children have been as fully prepared as they could be and that they receive a smile, cuddle and encouraging word from the adults around them each day. Our Christian value of endurance has never been more prevalent and the children have all risen to the challenges set for them with courage, determination and strength. Well done Year 6. I am extremely proud to share the end of your journey with us all at Eastnor School. Miss Clark

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Rounders Coaching Day at The Elms!

The children had a lovely time playing rounders with children from Suckley, Malvern Wells, Ledbury and Cradley Primary school. In the morning they were split up into small groups and took part in some warm up activities some of which included, batting in nets, kick rounders, throwing and catching with rounders and tennis balls.

After that, the children stopped for a lovely lunch that was very kindly provided by The Elms. The children enjoyed their fish and chips!

After lunch the children started to play in matches. They competed in two rounders matches, where the children had to put their skills to the test. We first played Suckley, which was a very close game with a score of 5 and a half to Suckley and 4 and a half to Eastnor. There was some lovely fielding from Lilly and a good catch out from Oscar.

The second game was against Cradley. In this game there was some fantastic bowling from Harry, Nancy and Libby and some good stumping out by Zack, Harry, Nancy, Eleanor and Jaiden. There was also great fielding from Oscar, Lilly P, Grace, Lilly B and Ben as backstop. Eastnor won the match scoring an amazing 7.

All of the children played fantastically and tried their hardest throughout the day. Well done!

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Bubbles visit to class 1

We had wonderful visitors joining class 1 this week and what great company and fun they were.

During the summer term we work closely alongside nurseries, particularly Bubbles to begin the daunting but very exciting transitional period for our next year's reception class. In doing this it allows children to begin building relationships and familiarity with different adults around the school.

It was lovely to see our current reception children really nurture the nursery children, showcasing their favourite parts of the classroom, inside and outside!

We enjoyed reading 'Jasper's beanstalk' before feeling inspired to grow our own plants. We worked together with our gardening before enjoying a well deserved playtime in the glorious sunshine.

We look forward to more adventures with Bubbles in the upcoming weeks.

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Oceans Project in Class 3!

This week, I have been spending time in Class 3 and have been so impressed by their hard working attitude, ideas and creativity.

We have worked on a mini project, focussing on ‘Oceans of the World’, taking inspiration from their fantastic class text, ‘This Morning I met a Whale’. We began by reading information about the world’s five oceans, looking at maps and locating continents and oceans which we recorded on a world map. We then learnt about biodiversity and ecosystems, concentrating on coral reefs.

Next, we learnt about a current artist, David C. Miller, whose passion is diving and creating pictures of the underwater world he sees. He uses acrylics to create brightly coloured, vivid under water paintings which we critiqued looking at elements such as composition, line and colour. Taking his work as inspiration we created a class piece of art work showing a coral reef.

Finally we thought about pollution of the planet, in particular, plastic pollution within the ocean and the damage it is doing to the ecosystem and what we can do to help.

What a pleasure it has been Class 3. Thank you.

Miss Patchett.

A Window into our Curriculum - ICT

At Eastnor School we are always striving to improve in all aspects of school and the curriculum. We are currently looking at updating and improving our ICT provision in school. Mark Broadbent, our ICT governor has been a great help advising school about all the different options available. Mrs Driscoll and I have then had a very productive meeting with Edu-tech who run our systems in school. We are looking to increase the speed of the broadband in the near future to support the use of all our technology as well as upgrading parts of it. We are also looking at purchasing I-pads for the children to use alongside the laptops. We have been very fortunate as a school to borrow a set of I-pads which the children are using on a regular basis and have really enhanced their learning. This is a very exciting step for all of us at Eastnor, especially the children.

Watch this space!

Swimming success

A huge well done to Eva who received not one but two swimming certificates last week and proudly came in to show them off to her friends. She talked all about the different challenges she had to complete like getting into the water on her own, putting her whole face under the water and travelling around the pool on her own.

Great to hear all about your swimming Eva, well done!

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Rugby Success!

It has been a busy week for the boys in year 3. Ben was awarded 'The Most Improved Player' of the Season at the recent awards evening. Jayden was awarded a medal for playing so well and Harry was also recognised as 'Players Player' which was voted for by his team mates. Well done Boys!!

Governor Update!

You may be aware that the BAET has recently received some negative press regarding poor Ofsted inspections relating to a few schools within the trust.

Please be assured that this in no way reflects on Eastnor as each school within the trust remains responsible for its own outcomes with regards to Ofsted, with full control over teaching and learning as well as governance. This situation is no different to being part of the Local Authority who receive a poor Ofsted outcome and this situation does not affect our 'Outstanding' grade and our ongoing commitment to retaining that status.

Eastnor chose the diocesan trust because it gave us a secure future whilst allowing us to keep our autonomy. This means that Mrs Driscoll, and the local governing body, remain responsible for the ongoing success at Eastnor. The future continues to be stronger and brighter than ever due to its change to academy status.

Mr Craig Watson - Chair of governors

Class 2

What a busy few weeks we have had in Class 2! We have all been working really hard and have been really enjoying our new class book 'The Water Horse.'

In English the children have been working on their description and have been doing some excellent creative writing to describe a mysterious egg that they found in the school corridor. The children are not sure where the egg came from or what is inside but are keeping it a secret from the other children! The children are working really hard to produce work that has similes, adjectives and alliteration in.

In Maths the children had been exploring all things measures! We first looked at telling the time and have recently moved onto exploring length, capacity, position and direction. The children have been working really hard to deepen their understanding through challenging problem solving activities.

Miss Evans has been really enjoying working alongside Mrs Dawe with P.E lessons. We have been working on our rounders and cricket skills and have been working very hard to improve. We started by looking at aiming our under and over arm throws and worked on our catching skills. This week we looked at our batting and fielding skills.

In Science the children have been loving learning about plants. This term we are linking our Science and computing lessons by using our plant knowledge to create a book on the ipads. The children have researched sunflowers and discovered what sunflowers need to grow. They have also planted their own sunflowers and are now waiting patiently for them to grow!

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Benji for his fantastic determination and robustness at school this week in all areas of learning! Great stuff Benji, well done!

Year 1

Ruby for working really hard in maths this week. Well done!

Year 2

Alfie for hard work in class and great knowledge of planting trees at Forest school. Well done!

Year 3

Jacob for being so knowledgeable about how to care for his snails. Well done Jacob!

Year 4

Zack for showing great endurance in his maths work. Keep it up Zack!

Year 5

Nancy for your wonderful acting and delivery of lines during our 'Seussical' rehearsals so far - all of the adults involved are incredibly impressed with you. Keep it up!

Year 6

Grace for your wonderful acting and delivery of lines during our 'Seussical' rehearsals so far - all of the adults involved are incredibly impressed with you. Keep it up!

Headteacher Award

To all of the Year 6 children for giving 100% in your SATs tests this week! It has been a long, hard week but you kept smiling!