Monday, 30 April 2018

Year 3 Gets Their Hands Dirty with Oobleck

After getting stuck into discovering the three states of matter, Wales class got their hands dirty by conducting an investigation into a substance that fits none of those categories: Oobleck!




Named after a sticky substance in a Dr. Seuss book, Oobleck isn't a solid, liquid, or a gas!

"I know what this is. It's a non-Newtonian fluid." said Kristupus.

"The more you stir it the harder it gets and if you stop stirring it melts again!" said Glory.





If you want to try it yourself at home, it is very easy to make: one part water, two parts cornflour, and a little food colouring. But be warned: it is messy!


Football champion

A massive well done to Riley Ince a year 3 pupil at Mead who took part in a local football tournament this weekend. Riley, who is in Northern Ireland class, plays for Harold Hill F.C under 8's 5 a side team. At the tournament they came 2nd overall having drawn 2 games and won one. As you can see Riley, who hopes to play in the premiership one day, has a lovely medal to show for his efforts. Well done Riley.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

TES Awards 2018 - Mead is shortlisted!

We are delighted to inform you that Mead Primary has been recognised as one of the most outstanding institutions that the state and independent sector has to offer in the shortlist for the 2018 TES Schools Awards.

Mead Primary been shortlisted for the Employer of the Year award. Headteacher Linda Smith explained why Mead Primary is a compelling candidate for this award.

"We’ve been relentless in examining every system and process so expectations on staff are manageable - particularly in our challenging context."

Marking procedures have been reduced, eliminating unnecessary workload and making feedback more effective. Fitness classes are provided for staff to help their physical and mental wellbeing, and Governors have bought in a sabbatical policy that rewards long service.

Tes editor Ann Mroz said: It is wonderful to see such innovative ideas and best-practice emerging from schools like Mead, despite the current squeeze on funding. We had a record year for entries and the standard was the best so far – all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement.

The winners will be revealed at the TES gala awards evening, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 22 June 2018

To see the full list of who's in the running visit tesawards.co.uk


Nursery Newsletter Week 3

Term: Summer 1 Date: 30.04.18
 
 
 
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we move into the Summer Term we are trying to encourage a greater level of independence.
If you could encourage the children to come in and do their own jobs and say goodbye  we would appreciate it. We will be praising children who are showing high levels of independence. Well Done to the children and the parents who have already started to encourage this.
 
This week we will be continuing to learn about jungle animals. Last week we read the story of `Rumble in  the jungle` and this week we will be reading the story ` Giraffes can`t dance` We will be making craft jungle animals and practising recognising and writing names. Our play and language will be based around animals that you find in the jungle.


Jungle Animals Clipart and Digital paper Jungle clipart
 
 
Apologies for the cancellation of the Read, write inc meeting last week.
We have rescheduled this meeting to Thursday 10th May at 10.30 and 2.30.
It will be lovely to see as many of our parents as possible attending.
 
Thank you to all the parents who have already set up their Squid accounts to pay for the school trip.
We need to have confirmation of all the children that will be coming by Wednesday 2nd May as we need to pay Barleylands the full payment.
 
Please note that the school is closed on Thursday 3rd May as the school is being used as a polling station. It will also be closed on Monday 7th May for May Day Bank holiday.

Other Important Dates
Friday 11th May-Trip to Barleylands
Friday 25th May-Staff Training Day-Nursery Closed
Monday28th May-1st June School Closed-Half Term
 
We look forward to seeing you at our parent meetings this week

If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is eyfs@mead.havering.sch.uk
 
Regards
The Nursery Team
 
 
 
 

Reception Newsletter Summer 1 Week 3

Term: Summer 1 Date: 30.04.18

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to extend our thanks to all those parents who have already started encouraging their children to come in of a morning independently. So many of our children have managed it this week and with a smile on their face. We thank you for your support and cooperation.  

We will continue with our topic of ‘Growing and changing’ and continue  reading the traditional tale ‘Jack and the beanstalk’. The children will have the opportunity to monitor the progress of their beanstalks and  try some imaginative writing based on what they would say to the giant.

Our caterpillars have arrived and the children have been following their progress. The children will get to see how the caterpillars cocoon this week and then the wait begins to see them emerge as butterflies.

A little reminder Wednesday is our PE day, please ensure your child has their named PE kit in school.
When/if we have warmer weather could you please ensure your child comes to school with a sun hat and water bottle.

This week is Week 3 of the Havering catering services. Monday`s menu is
RedHot Dog with Wedges
Blue-Cheesy Tomato Pasta Pot
Green-Veggie Hot Dog with Wedges

 

Our Learning Objectives for this term are:-

Personal, Social and Emotional:

Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others.

Aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting.

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions.
                       

Communication and Language:
Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.

Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words.

ELG: They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.


Physical Development:
Practices some appropriate safety measures without direct supervision. Uses simple tools to effect changes to materials.

Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements.


Literacy:
Uses phonetic knowledge to write simple CVC words.

Uses vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experiences of books.

Attempts to write short sentences, which they can then read back.


Mathematics:
Count reliably from 1-20.

Order numbers from 1-20.

Identify 1 more or less of a given number.



Expressive Art and Design:
Experiment with changing songs.

Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.

Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.


Understanding the World:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to living things.

Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.

They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Messages.
Learning Challenge

Each half term we will be setting our pupils a challenge related to their learning. We believe that it is important for us to provide guidance for parents on how their children's learning can be extended at home. Thank you to all the families who completed this last term we hope to see

The learning challenge will include either a nursery rhyme, famous person, illustration or a piece of music. Please talk to your child about the challenge and help them to engage in their learning. The children can choose how they present their learning challenge outcomes to their teacher or class.

  Person: Mr Bloom

Piece of Art: Eric Carle - illustrator

Illustration by Eric Carle

Person: Mr Bloom

1. To find out facts about the illustrator.

2. To make a collage of one of his illustrations.

3. To choose a favourite illustration and talk/write about why you like it.

Draw a portrait of the person.

Find out facts about the person.

Watch the person in action.

Dates for your Diary:
Thursday 3rd May- Polling day-School closed
Monday 7th May-School closed May Day bank holiday
Friday 25th May-School Closed Staff Training
Monday 28th May-1st June School Closed-Half Term

 If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is eyfs@mead.havering.sch.uk
Kind regards

Friday, 27 April 2018

Learning Challenge Awards


Lily-May Dedross and Gene Brown have been working hard at home and extending their knowledge through their learning challenge work.
















Certificate of Presentation


Well done to Alexandrina Cojan, Kian Simbwa Muwenda, Maisie Flower, Momina Ahmed and Alecia Mmor who have presented their work beautifully; They have shown pride in their work and taken care with their handwriting and number formation.

Fact Hunter Award


In recognition of their insatiable appetite for knowledge and ability to sniff out amazing facts the following children have been awarded certificates; Hamit Colak, Anmona Priyadarshini Sahakundu, Gabriel Antohi and Jasmine Rami.

E for Excellence Winners

These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.
Barbados -Zachary Wooster
Wales -Charlie Wisniewski
Jamaica -Ashton Morley
Scotland -Abigail Safo-Frimpong
St Lucia -Roberto Tunza
Germany -Jacob-Lee Sampson
New Zealand -Michael Nugent
Greece -Karla Nightingill
Australia -Frankie Ballard
Italy -Frankie Pryke
Palau -Olivia Broad
U.S.A -Cameron Danquah
Madagascar -Reuben Mubwiliza
Canada -Eshaan Pasupuleti
Egypt -Benjamin Winjobi
Mexico -Miyah Jones
Kenya -Lexi-Rose Milton
Chile -Trisha Hughes
N. Ireland -Lexie Smart
Brazil -Abdullah Mohammad
Argentina -Ibrahim Javed


















Learning Power Awards


These are the awards we present to the pupils when they have demonstrated one of our four learning skills: Resilience, reciprocity, reflectiveness & resourcefulness.

Thai and Maisie Kingham, Benjamin Winjobi, Dinuki Muthukumarana, Grace Rowley, Obinna Anyiam, Emilia Firszt and Francesca Hurt receive a certificate for reciprocity and Wajeeha Hussain and Elma Mardiah for reflectiveness. Well done to Gabriel Antohi who receives a certificates for resilience and Freddie Phillips, Edward Munteanu, Jacob Collins, Jasmine Rami and Mark Nugent who have shown they can be very resourceful in school.



Year 4 Star Writer Awards

This weeks Star Writers are Micheal Bokombe, Jamie Dean and Amanda Grinberga. Michael was applying his phonics knowledge to his writing. Jamie and Amanda learnt that  writers use non-standard English in some dialogue to make the dialogue more realistic. They were  able to apply this to their writing ensuring they used the correct punctuation and set their work out properly.

Well done!

Reading Awards


Hafsa Sicimogullari, Fabian Faron, Eva Domeikaite, Linh Le, Harley Dean, Millie-Rae Edwards, Bella Trevarthen, Lena Da Silva, Alexandrina Cojan and Valentino Varghese have achieved bronze reading awards for reading 25 books.

Silver Reader awards go to Gurrehmat Kaur, Fawaz Babalola, Daniel Ali, Ivan Coleman, Lexi Milton, Adedeji Okunoren and Grace Allen who have read 50 books. They each receive a silver certificate and a £5 book token for their efforts.

Daumantas Paulauskas has read 75 books and he gets a book of his choice for his fantastic effort.

A massive well done to this week’s gold readers Joshua Wilters, Stephen Hunt and Reinaldas Kucinas who have read 100 books and receive a gold certificate and a trophy for their efforts.



Tracker Awards


Congratulations to the latest pupils who have achieved their Bronze awards: Sebas Voicu, Jan Labedski and Paige Taffe.

Silver Tracker certificates are awarded to Charly Perfect, Kevin Girdenis, Jamie Dean, Amira Stanley, Rehaan Khaliq, Momina Ahmed and Daniele Girdenyte Well done to them!

Zahi Abdullah,Hamit Colak and Maya-Victoria Moliki receive Gold Tracker certificates in recognition of the fantastic effort they have made in learning.

Platinum tracker certificate is awarded to Alexandra Winjobi-Very well done to her.

Niharika Sharma has worked really hard in all areas of the curriculum and receives a Diamond Tracker certificate for her fantastic effort.



WOW Award

I have made my teacher happy
Arjya Amiyo Sahakundu in Jamaica -For helping his friends order their numbers from 0-20 when he noticed they had made a mistake.
Max Kondracki from Barbados -For excellent effort in RWI
Daniel Wan from St Lucia -For moving up a book band
Jazib Mohammed, Linh Le and Khadija Osman in St Lucia -For using their sounds to independently write sentences during child-led learning.
Charlotte Brown, Riddhi Vadwala and Charlie Roman in New Zealand -For moving up a book band
Daisy Deeble in New Zealand -For super information
Jake Wardell in New Zealand -For fantastic maths
Michael Benjamin, Katie Lewis, Alex Rebrisorean , Alexander Ritcher and Ali Muhammad in Australia -For fantastic maths
Gurrehmat Kaur in Palau -For completing the learning challenge
Oliver Trinder and Bailey Richardson in Madagascar -For completing extra homework
Olivia Foreman from Madagascar -For moving up a book band
Julia Nowak and Alishba Hussain from Kenya -For moving up a book band
Lexie Smart, Ajus Kulsinkas, Tyrese Olayiwola and Hope With from Northern Ireland -For litter picking at lunchtimes
Justice Okereke in Northern Ireland -For completing the maths challenge
Josh King in Wales -For completing his maths homework to a high standard
Jessica Iancu in Germany -For becoming a free reader
Pritika Maheshwari in Greece -For becoming a free reader
Izzabelle Pryke -For creating a fact file about China












Star Writers


These children have used a range of powerful vocabulary and techniques to become a Star Writer; Jeffroy Kungbana, Fabian Faron, Riley Newman, Sofia Nauthoo, Aisha Osman, Ava Paris, Ellie-Mae Rigg, Lenny Surridge, Julia Nowak, Rosie Thorne, Kaylin Nachwa Muwenda, Emilie Balciunaite, Amanda Grinberga, Jamie Dean, Michael Bokombe, Chase Safo Kwakye, Riana Dumitru, Biddy Clarke, Andile Vundla, Jessica Shorter and Teddy Morris
Look out for examples of their work on the blog!



Anglo-Saxon boats


Our new topic in Year 6 is going to be Anglo-Saxons. To inspire the pupils, we set them a task to work in groups to design and make an Anglo-Saxon boat.



They looked at the design of this boat and tried to replicate this using different materials. Here is the designing process. They worked really well together showing reciprocity by collaborating effectively together. I can't wait to see their finished result!






Attendance Update




Well done to U.S.A class who had the highest attendance in Y5&6 at 97.7% . Italy had the highest attendance in LKS2 and overall at 97.8% and Palau and Madagascar tied for the highest attendance in KS1 at 96.6%. Well done to them!. The overall attendance was a little less than last week but still relatively good at 95.6%.

Havering Catering Services

Week beginning 30th April is Week 3 on the Havering Catering Services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.20.


Year group showcases for summer term


Parents/carers are invited into school for their children’s showcases. It is an opportunity for pupils to share with you some of the exciting things they have learnt in school this term.
Year 1- 3rd July
Year 2- 13th July
Year 3- 12th July
Year 4- 4th July
Year 5- 6th July
Year 6- 21st June

Important days for this term


Thursday 3rd May-Polling Day/Staff training -School closed
Monday 7th May-May Day holiday-School closed
Monday 14th May-Thursday 17th May Year 6 SATS tests
Monday 21st May-Friday 24th May KS1 SATs tests
Friday 25th May-Inset day/Staff training-School closed
Monday 28th May-Friday 1st June-Half term holiday-School closed
Wednesday 13th-Friday 15th June-Year 5 Residential trip to Mersea
Friday 29th June-Inset day/Staff training-School closed
Friday 20th July last day of school before summer holiday

Diary Dates


Next week is week 2 of the big pedal-Well done for your efforts so far, we are really impressed with the number of both pupils and adults who have risen to the challenge and are either cycling or scooting to and from school.

Monday 30th April- Our Harry Potter club will be watching film 6 during the afternoon and some of our year 6 pupils will be attending Drapers After school science club.

Tuesday 1st May-A representative from Havering Catering services will be leading assemblies introducing the Veggie Run initiative (mentioned in last week’s newsletter) and during the afternoon our year 1 Spinebreakers will be visiting the local library.

Wednesday 2nd May-The Havering Music Festival rehearsal will be held at Mead in the morning and the year 3 Forest School session is planned for the afternoon

Thursday 3rd May-As Mead school is being used as a polling station for the local elections we are closed for pupils-Teachers will be undertaking training

Friday 4th May Pupils are expected back in school

Weekly Newsletter- 27th April 2018

Dear Parents,

Please be reminded that school is closed on Thursday as it is being used as a polling station in the local elections.

We have had a number of incidents with footballs in the last few weeks. I have reminded the children and am asking for your support to ensure leather footballs are NOT brought into school.

Diary Dates
Next week is week 2 of the big pedal-Well done for your efforts so far, we are really impressed with the number of both pupils and adults who have risen to the challenge and are either cycling or scooting to and from school.

Monday 30th April- Our Harry Potter club will be watching film 6 during the afternoon and some of our year 6 pupils will be attending Drapers After school science club.

Tuesday 1st May-A representative from Havering Catering services will be leading assemblies introducing the Veggie Run initiative (mentioned in last week’s newsletter) and during the afternoon our year 1 Spinebreakers will be visiting the local library.

Wednesday 2nd May-The Havering Music Festival rehearsal will be held at Mead in the morning and the year 3 Forest School session is planned for the afternoon

Thursday 3rd May-As Mead school is being used as a polling station for the local elections we are closed for pupils-Teachers will be undertaking training

Friday 4th May Pupils are expected back in school

Important days for this term
Thursday 3rd May-Polling Day/Staff training -School closed
Monday 7th May-May Day holiday-School closed
Monday 14th May-Thursday 17th May Year 6 SATS tests
Monday 21st May-Friday 24th May KS1 SATs tests
Friday 25th May-Inset day/Staff training-School closed
Monday 28th May-Friday 1st June-Half term holiday-School closed
Wednesday 13th-Friday 15th June-Year 5 Residential trip to Mersea
Friday 29th June-Inset day/Staff training-School closed
Friday 20th July last day of school before summer holiday

Year group showcases for summer term
Parents/carers are invited into school for their children’s showcases. It is an opportunity for pupils to share with you some of the exciting things they have learnt in school this term.
Year 1- 3rd July
Year 2- 13th July
Year 3- 12th July
Year 4- 4th July
Year 5- 6th July
Year 6- 21st June

Havering Catering Services
Week beginning 30th April is Week 3 on the Havering Catering Services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.20.

Attendance Update
Well done to U.S.A class who had the highest attendance in Y5&6 at 97.7% . Italy had the highest attendance in LKS2 and overall at 97.8% and Palau and Madagascar tied for the highest attendance in KS1 at 96.6%. Well done to them!. The overall attendance was a little less than last week but still relatively good at 95.6%.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs L Smith
Headteacher

Year 4 spellings

Here are the spellings for this week for Year 4. They will be tested on  Friday 4th  May.

beige
eight
eighteen
eighty
freight
neighbour
obey
rein
sleigh
they
awed
fury

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Canada's Attendance Reward!

Canada, in year 5, won the attendance league AGAIN for the Spring Term, with the best attendance in the school. As a reward, they visited Jump Evolution on Wednesday afternoon. They had an excellent, bouncing time and it has given them even more motivation to come to school everyday.

Let's see if any other classes can overtake them this term...not sure if they will as this class just LOVE coming to school everyday!




Year 3 save the world!...

...One piece of litter at a time! Our new unit in Year 3 in PSHE is Living in the Wider World. This week we have been learning about and discussing litter. The children had a shock when they found out that the government spends roughly £242 million per year to clean up litter in the UK. Year 3 agreed that littering is unsightly, can injure or kill wildlife and can cause bacteria to spread. They were inspired to clean up our country and urge you to stop littering. Here they are cleaning up our playground!



Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Nursery read, write inc workshop


Nursery Parents/Carers

We were due to hold a read, write inc workshop this Friday (27th April), unfortunately this has now been cancelled. We will be rescheduling the workshop, please look out for further updates on our blog.

We thank you for your continued support and apologise for any inconvenience cause.

Nursery team









Tuesday, 24 April 2018

YEAR 1 ROYAL WEDDING PICNIC PARTY




The Year One children request the company of their parents/ grandparents/ carers to attend Year One’s Royal Wedding Picnic Party to celebrate the marriage of HRH Prince Harry of Wales to
Ms Meghan Markle
at Mead Primary School (Year One’s outside area)
on Friday 18th May 2018 at 1.30pm
Please bring a picnic blanket and send in a small amount of food to share on the morning of the party





Year 2 Homework and Curriculum letter

Here are the children's homework challenges for this half term.
We have included the curriculum letter for this term.
Thank you for your continued support.








Rainforest Animal Art



 Year 4 have been creating colourful rainforest animals using mixed media!


They researched rainforest animals and drew them carefully on black paper 
(using their imagination too).


Then they used pva glue mixed with black pant to outline the animal. 
They needed a steady hand...it went everywhere!


Once dried, they went wild with colour to make the animal 'pop' off the page.


I think you'll agree that they look AMAZING!


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Nursery Newsletter Week 2

 



Term: Summer 1 Date: 23.04.18
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Parents and Carers,
 hope you enjoyed your weekend and made the most of the lovely sunny weather.

As we move into the Summer Term we are trying to encourage a greater level of independence.
If you could encourage the children to come in and do their own jobs and say goodbye  we would appreciate it. We will be praising children who are showing high levels of independence. Well Done to the children and the parents who have already started to encourage this.

This half term we will be learning about jungle animals. Last week we read the story of `Walking through the jungle` This week we will be moving on to the story `Rumble in the Jungle` we will continue  singing the song 5 Little monkeys jumping on the bed. We will be making paper plate jungle animals and creating the sounds of jungle animals through a range of musical instruments.
We will also be continuing our phonic programme Read, write, inc and beginning to teach the children letter sounds. We will be holding short meetings to explain what we do during our Read ,Write inc sessions  and ways you can support your child at home on Friday at 10.30 and 2.30.
It will be lovely to see as many as our parents as possible attending.

Thank you to all the parents who have already set up their Squid accounts to pay for the school trip.
There have been a few technical problems but the school trip should be on and ready to pay for by Tomorrow lunchtime. Thank you for your patience.
Our children loved the nice weather last week .Thank you for the parents who put sun cream on their children and sent in water bottles. This really does help in the hot weather.



Dates for your diary
Friday 27th May-Read ,write, inc phonics meetings- 10.30 and 2.30
Nursery parents interviews-Monday April 30th 9.00-4.00
Tuesday 1st May-9.00-5.00
Thursday 3rd May-Nursery closed polling day
Monday 7th May-Bank Holiday
Friday 11th May-Nursery outing to Barleylands
Friday 25th May-Nursery closed for Staff training