Tuesday, 19 June 2018

TES Awards 2018


We are looking forward to the TES Awards on the 22nd June at the Grosvenor House Hotel. This year the TES hosted an event at the House of Commons, in partnership with Lucy Powell MP.

It was a chance for all of the finalist to meet prior to the main event. Having the chance to network with so many inspiring individuals and schools was a fantastic experience.

This year Mead Primary is shortlisted for Employer of the Year and Headteacher of the Year. Hopefully we can bring home some glassware for the trophy cabinet!

Y4 - Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

Our Y4 pupils - Isabelle, Marie Anne, Fabian and Mark - took on a very challenging poem by Maya Angelou... The Caged Bird.

The poem is about freedom. What does it feel like to be free? What are the consequences if you are caged?

It led to some very interesting discussions during the workshop as the children tried to define what freedom was...

I think it means you can do what you like

No... you can't just do what you want. There have to be rules.

Yeah... I mean, you can't cheek your mum. We have to go to school.

I think it means that you aren't in a cage... you can make some choices.

Four of our pupils then performed the poem at the Festival in front of three other schools.

Why not have a go at reading and performing the poem yourself?

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Barbados Class visit the farm.....

What an exciting few days Barbados class have had getting up close and personal with some of our farm animals. They got to meet the goats, ducks, new baby rabbits, Mr Darcy and Betsy to name a few and have learnt how to care for and look after them.

We learnt what they like to eat and got to see where they sleep. We learnt how the goats are good at climbing and that they have flat teeth!  The children got up close with our goats; grooming, stroking and petting them and they became well acquainted with Hugo the dog. “They are gorgeous” Arwyn was heard saying about the baby rabbits, “This is so much fun” said Katherine.

We look forward to visiting the animals again soon.


Brilliant ballerina

Olivia from year one brought in a beautiful trophy and medal that she received after taking part in her ballet exam.  She even showed her class some of her ballet positions and moves.  Well done Olivia - we are very proud of you.

Year One Showcase reminder

Don't forget that Year One's final showcase afternoon is on Tuesday 3rd July from 2 -3pm. We hope to see you there.

Year One request

The current topic in Year One is Under the Sea. For our D and T project we will be making dioramas.  Could you please send in any spare shoe boxes - as many as you have please.
Thank you.

New Floor Laid

Our new teaching and intervention space is getting very close to completion. The old tiled floor from the 1950s has been replaced with a much warmer oak effect vinyl. Thank you to Scotts Flooring of Upminster for such a neat job.

Next we have some electrical work, a suspended ceiling, a window to be installed, new door and frame and the furniture to be fitted.

With all the groups we run this will instantly become a very well used space!

Y4 Hide & Seek - by Vernon Scannell

We have been delighted with the impact of this year's Poetry Festival. Once all of the performances were complete, the children responded very positively about the impact of the workshops, the finale in front of the schools and parents, working collaboratively between Broadford and Mead and how it had made them feel.

93% strongly agreed that they were now more confident about speaking in public
100% agreed that they would be more likely to want to read and explore poetry themselves
87% strongly agreed that it had helped to further improve links across our Federation
100% felt that the poetry workshops had developed their 'reciprocity' muscle 

The final poem that we have to publish is by Vernon Scannell. ‘Hide and Seek’ describes a childhood game, tracking the stages of excitement, discomfort and loneliness that the child experiences. But childhood games imitate adult behaviour and reflect the complexity of adult emotions. It can therefore be read as an extended metaphor for the aspirations of maturity, the urge to grasp at opportunities, but the discomfort, anxieties and even betrayal that this involves. It is a comment on life’s challenges and disappointments.


Why not have a go at reading and performing the poem yourself?

Call out. Call loud: ‘I’m ready! Come and find me!’
The sacks in the toolshed smell like the seaside.
They’ll never find you in this salty dark,
But be careful that your feet aren’t sticking out.
Wiser not to risk another shout.

The floor is cold. They’ll probably be searching
The bushes near the swing. Whatever happens
You mustn’t sneeze when they come prowling in.
And here they are, whispering at the door;
You’ve never heard them sound so hushed before.

Don’t breathe. Don’t move. Stay dumb. Hide in your blindness.
They’re moving closer, someone stumbles, mutters;
Their words and laughter scuffle, and they’re gone.
But don’t come out just yet; they’ll try the lane
And then the greenhouse and back here again.
They must be thinking that you’re very clever,
Getting more puzzled as they search all over.

It seems a long time since they went away.
Your legs are stiff, the cold bites through your coat;
The dark damp smell of sand moves in your throat.
It’s time to let them know that you’re the winner.
Push off the sacks. Uncurl and stretch. That’s better!
Out of the shed and call to them: ‘I’ve won!

Here I am! Come and own up I’ve caught you!’
The darkening garden watches. Nothing stirs.
The bushes hold their breath; the sun is gone.
Yes, here you are. But where are they who sought you?

Mersea 2018

With more than sixty acres of carefully maintained grounds and commanding far-reaching views over the estuary, our Learning Federation pupils had a fantastic venue for their Outdoor Education Experience this year.

At the Mersea centre, our pupils were able to access a comprehensive range of facilities including a new toilet and shower block, dining rooms, a laundry room, a large well-equipped main hall and even a big screen cinema room!

All the pupils experienced the same activities, just in a different order: biking, climbing, challenge courses, archery and clambering through plenty of mud.

We had to work together to try and solve the 'fish stick challenge'. We only had three moves but we had to reverse the way the fish was facing on the ground. By all helping and contributing ideas we were able to solve the problem

Our instructor - Lucy - gave us an extra pupil to get round the course. His name was Steve. Unusually he was a bucket of water... and we weren't allowed to spill him. The only way we could get him up and over the obstacles was to work together.

Some of the challenges were really hard. Their climbing wall is massive. If you wanted to get all the way to the top you had to show real resilience. It was tough.

When we all came round the camp fire together it was a chance to think about our Peaks (best bits) and Pits (worst challenges). My peak was overcoming a fear of heights on the climbing wall. My pit was falling over in the mud and getting soaked.

Thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to make the residential possible. It was great to see all of the staff from both schools taking part in every activity with real enthusiasm. Look out for Miss James and Mr Portway in the video!

Riley’s Medals

Well done to Riley who picked up two medals at a football competition. It is great to see our pupils taking part in clubs outside of school and benefitting from the chance to take part in competitions. Riley was very proud of his achievements... good job!

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Betsy’s Training

Betsy has been having some training sessions with staff from a local stables. Sadly her mother died when she was born. This was partly a consequence of the poor treatment they had received by their previous owners.

As a result, there isn't the usual mother horse to help teach Betsy what to do and not do... any child growing up without a parent would find it tough. Mr Darcy and Bobbi are kind and gentle but they aren't Betsy's mum or dad and they don't take any responsibility for showing Betsy what to do.

The sessions with Betsy help her to get used to being touched, to respond to commands and reward her good behaviour.

I have seen a real difference in Betsy since she started the sessions. Bobbi is used to being in a stables and being ridden by children. Betsy has always been a bit nervous. With every session she seems to be more relaxed and trusting.
Tommy - Y6

It has given our farm helpers an interesting context to see behaviour management and praise techniques being carried out. It has led to some good reflections on how those lessons could be applied to pupils!

Father`s Day Stay and Play

 Thank you so much to all our parents and grandparents that attended our Father`s day Stay and Play on Friday. We had a fantastic turnout and we know our father`s were delighted with the lovely crafts that were made for them.
The children loved having their special visitors in school
Tommy made a my hero rosette which Dad wore with pride.
Lenny dad took his dad proudly around the tables and the pair of them busied themselves with a whole range of crafts.
Benjamin`s Dad was made to build huge walls with the large bricks  and we feel sure that Alice`s Dad had even more fun than the children.

Happy Father`s Day to all our Dads.

Nursery Newsletter Summer 2 Week 3

Nursery Newsletter Summer 2 Week 3

Summer 2 Week 3-Week Beginning June 181th

Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you are enjoying your weekend and Happy Father`s Day to all the Fathers . 
We had a busy week last week with our `Under the sea `theme and making some lovely crafts for our Fathers, Thank you to all our visitors who managed to attend our stay and play session. We know the children loved having you there.

Congratulations to our raffle winners
1st place-Vilte
2nd place-Charlotte Frith
3rd place-Natas
4th place-Merkhima
5th place-Joshua Dugard
6th place-Sienna
7th place-Tommy Weeden
8th place-David Egonu
9th place-Tommy Goode

 This week we will be continuing with our theme this week by looking at the story of `Commotion in the Ocean` and continuing with our arts and crafts and our PSED on sharing.
We will also be practising for our Nursery graduation so please make sure you have put the date in your diary-July 17th.
Thank you to all the parents who are supporting the children to come in and do their own jobs and say goodbye  we are very proud of the children for the independence that they are showing

We still have a few places in our Nursery for September so please pop in and see us if you have friends or family that may be interested.

Important Dates
June 22nd-Nursery Closed-Staff Training
June 27th-6pm Moving to Reception Meeting-for all parents with children moving into Mead Reception
June 29th -Nursery Closed-Staff Training
6th July-Nursery Sports Day
17th July -Nursery graduation
If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is
The Nursery Team