Sunday, 15 December 2019

Reception Newsletter Autumn 2 Week 8



We hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!
Thank you to all of those who were able to make our Christmas performances, we hope you enjoyed them as much as the children. They did such an amazing job and made us all so proud.

 Thank you as well for all of your donations in celebration of Christmas jumper day.

Even though we are coming into our final week, we have a busy 5 days ahead. Jamaica and St Lucia will be visiting Lidl on Monday and Barbados class will follow Tuesday. On Wednesday we will visit St Paul's church and have our very own Christingle service. We will also be having our class parties this week and any donations of food would be greatly received by Monday. We may even get a surprise visit from Father Christmas himself.

This week we will be reading a range of Christmas stories and having activities set up within the classrooms around this theme.

Our class lending libraries are now up and running, some of your children may have brought home a story book from school to read and share at home with you on Friday. We kindly ask that once your child has finished with their book, they return it to school where they can then choose another story to read.

Over the Christmas period could we please ask you to actively encourage your child to dress/undress themselves independently showing them the correct way to put on their clothes and to also practice learning how to put on their coats correctly. We still have a lot of children who are reluctant and apprehensive in developing this life skill and we would greatly appreciate you helping to develop their confidence.

Here are some handy tips to help:
  • Involve your child in learning the order of the dressing as early as possible.  Sing songs about dressing, talk to your child about dressing, play dressing up games and practice dressing dolls or teddies.   
  • Talk about the order of dressing when you or your child are dressing.  Ask questions e.g. “What goes on next?”
  • Lay clothes out in the order they should be put on.  This is usually easier if you lay them out in a line rather than putting them on top of each other.
  • Use a visual sequence chart
  • Practice, practice, practice!  Give your child opportunities for practice every day.
  • If your child makes a mistake help them to work out what went wrong and how to fix it rather than telling them and sorting it out for them.   Sometimes you need them to complete the whole process so that they can work out what went wrong. If they put their trousers on without their pants let them dress completely and find the pants at the end.  You can ask questions to help them figure out what went wrong.  You can compare what you do with what they have done.  You can have them look in the mirror to work out what is wrong.  Direct them back to their visual sequence if they are using one.

As a reminder the school day begins at 8.30am and for safety reasons the gates need to be shut by 8.50am. In the mornings the children need to walk through the main gate and enter through the Reception area doors.  If you arrive after the gate has closed, you will need to enter the main office where you will be recorded as late. At 3.00pm Gate 1 will be open for parents and the children will be released through the Reception area doors.

School Uniform Reminder - 

Please be reminded that children are expected to continue to wear the appropriate uniform of:

  • Black or grey trousers (Joggers in Nursery)
  • White polo shirt with a bottle green jumper or cardigan
  • Black shoes or plain black trainers (no boots)
  • Black or grey skirt/dress 
  • Plain tights

Children will not be permitted to wear Hoodies.

Only plain school coloured head bands can be worn- no oversized bows.

Only studs can we worn in school, please make sure these are removed for PE.

Please ensure children do not have makeup on or acrylic/painted nails.

Uniform will be given to those children who do not wear the correct uniform in the morning and will need to be returned before the end of school.

Polite reminder - If your child has had a change of clothes from school, could you please ensure these are washed and returned to school before Friday.

We thank your continued understanding and cooperation in leaving pushchairs at the door. Some of our children are asking to come into school independently and we appreciate you encouraging your child to with this.

As we have learnt all of our set 1 sounds, this week we will be consolidating our learning, practising correct letter formation and continuing to use our Fred talk to spell CVC words.

In maths this week we will be continuing solving addition and subtraction problems, recognising and ordering our numbers with a Christmas theme.

Your child will continue to bring home a reading book (which is changed weekly) and a set of sight words. The expectation is your child reads at least 3 times or more each week. As we are promoting a love of reading, we encourage your child to read a range of books and is not limited to the one we send home with them. 

We will be using the Havering school menu which the children bought home. This week we are on Week 2 of the menu. Monday’s choices are:

                                 Red - Beef Burger in a Bun with Potato Curls

                                 Blue - Cheesy Tomato Pasta
                                Green - Quorn Burger in a Bun with Potato 


Messages – 
  • PLEASE NAME all items of clothing. This will help when returning lost items, particularly jumpers and cardigans with the right child.
  • If your child has had any clothes from school could you please ensure these are washed and returned to back.
  • Our PE day is Thursday. Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school. If they wear earrings they need to be removed on this day.
  •  Thank you to all those parents who have sent in a named set of spare clothes. If you haven’t yet could you please ensure your child has a named set of spare clothes and underwear on their peg as soon as possible.
  •  Children can also bring in a pair of named wellies to leave in school. This would be great for use in the mud kitchen and on rainy days.  
  •   If your child suffers with asthma please ensure their pump is in school and you have completed the relevant paperwork at the main office.
  •  If your child is unwell, please remember to call the school office on 01708 343616 and notify them of your child's absence.

Breakfast club is open from 7.45am. Please make sure there is sufficient money on your child's sQuid account to make payment.

Important dates:

  INSET Dates and Polling day for 2019-20

4th September
3rd April
20th July
21st July
22nd July

Last day of the summer term will be Friday 17th July 2020.

You can access Havering term dates for 2019-2010 here:

Dates for your diary
Autumn 2
Friday 13th December
Christmas Jumper Day
Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th December
Reception visit Lidl
Tuesday 17th December
Class parties
Wednesday 18th December
St Pauls Church visit
Wednesday 18th December
Christmas dinner
Friday 20th December
Last day of term
Monday 6th January
Children Return to school after Christmas

Our learning objectives this term will be listed under these headings:

Personal, Social and Emotional

      Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.
Can usually tolerate delay when needs are not immediately met, and understands wishes may not always be met.
Initiates play, offering cues to peers to join them.

Communication and Language

Shows understanding of prepositions by carrying out an action or selecting correct picture.
Can retell a simple past event in correct order.
Questions why things happen and gives explanations. Asks e.g. who, what, when, how.


Enjoys an increasing range of books.
      Describes main story settings, events and principal characters.
      Hears and says initial sounds in words.

Physical Development:

Negotiates space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.
Experiments with different ways of moving.
      Moves with confidence in a range of ways, negotiating space.


Shows interest in shape by sustained construction activity or by talking about shapes or arrangements.
Selects a particular named shape.
Can describe their relative position such as 'behind' or 'next to'.

If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is:

We look forward to welcoming you back to school tomorrow.

 On behalf of everyone in Reception we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Reception Team

Nursery Hamper Raffle

Our wonderful  Nursery families have been so kind and donated some amazing food items and we now have some brilliant hampers to be won by some of our Mead families.These truly would be a welcome addition to your Christmas celebrations so we ask that you pop round to Nursery and buy a strip of raffle tickets for just £1.
Tickets will be on sale at the start and end of each day and after morning Nursery .
Thank you and good luck
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Nursery Christmas Newsletter-December 2019

Mead Nursery Christmas Newsletter-December 2019
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We hope you are having a lovely but I am sure very busy weekend.

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas concert last week .We were so proud of all the children.We thought they did so well.

This week we are concentrating on making sure that the children have a very special Nursery Christmas.

On Monday the children will have a fun day with Christmas crafts in the Nursery.

On Tuesday we have a preparation for Santa day.We would like the children to wear pyjamas and dressing gowns to Nursery.We would invite morning parents to come back to Nursery at 10.30 and read a Christmas story to the children.We will then have a whole group story and hot chocolate and biscuits in front of the virtual fire. We would ask afternoon children and 30 hour parents to come back at 2.30. for a similair experience.

Wednesday is another fun Christmas in the Nursery day but we will be visited by our new children that will be joining Nursery in January.

Thursday is party day.We have ordered food for the children so children come in as usual and just enjoy party time in the Nursery
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On Friday our sessions run as usual and the children will finish off the party food and  ensure they have got all their Christmas goodies ready to take home.

We will be selling tickets for the Christmas hamper raffle this week between Monday and Thursday.We thank you for your massive generosity in donating such lovely gifts .Please buy some raffle tickets.The raffle is open to all Mead families.

Clipart Of ChristmasWe would just like to say Thank you for your support this term.We have loved working with your children and look forward to seeing them continue to flourish in 2020.

Merry  Christmas and wishing you a happy and Healthy 2010
The Nursery Team

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Friday, 13 December 2019

Well done Kydeigh!

Congratulations to Kydeigh in Palau class for achieving her level 7 proficiency award in gymnastics.  Kydeigh brought her certificate into school and proudly showed it to her class mates and teachers.  Well done Kydeigh.

Reception Star Writers

Well done to our Reception children who continue to apply all they are learning in their written work to become thoughtful and resilient writers.
Our star writers this week have demonstrated good developing phonic knowledge to segment and write some challenging words as well as showing great progress with letter formation and name writing.

Very well done to:

Barbados - Emilia

St Lucia - Rayya

Jamaica - Logan

Malta Class Get Messy

Today some of the children in Malta Class got messy! Messy play is extremely important for a child's development. It provides children with an exciting tactile and sensory experience that inspires their curiosity, allows them to explore the world around them and enhances their learning, language and creativity. It is also great fun. Today they got messy with shaving foam and bubbly water. Joseph thought the best game to play was ready, steady, SPLAT. Gabby enjoyed squishing it through his fingers.

This week in Y6...

This week year 6 has been has been jam packed with exciting things including...

The return of the mischievous elves, our political view on the election, the lovely Christmas productions and 

First of all, the mischievous elves gave us a unpleasant visit leading to trouble and mayhem coming up to Christmas!

On Wednesday, the whole of year 6 learnt so much about politics and got to have our own say in the Mead school year 6 election, which lead to the liberal democrats winning! It was a really fun experience learning about each party and deciding which party we would have interest in to vote for.

This Friday years 5 and 6 got a joint Christmas production, lots of parents came to see their child perform. We had a lovely cast and a brilliant choir which led to a lovely Christmas production, we are going to be performing again next Monday-and look forward to seeing you there!

From Louis and Carla,
Head boy and Head girl