Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Northern Ireland Star Writer

This weeks star writer in Northern Ireland is Lena, who wrote a fantastic introduction for her instructions, she used a rhetorical question and list sentence which enticed her reader to engage with the instructions.

Year 5 spellings - week 5

Dear year 5 parents and children,

Please find below the spellings for week 5. The spellings below will be tested on Friday 19th October. This week the spellings focus on the suffixes 'ably' and 'ibly.'

Please ensure that your child practices their spellings for 15 minutes each evening, to help with their progression in the spelling test. Children should also be encouraged to put the words into sentence, to help with their understanding of the word.

Many thanks from the year 5 team.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Learning Challenge Awards

Ali in Wales, George in Scotland for his amazing knowledge of ancient Egypt. Ben in Wales and Zahi in Wales (Zahi completed every single challenge!), Milana in N.Ireland, Ajus in Italy, Jessica and Giovanna in Mexico and Anya in Greece have been working hard at home and extending their knowledge through their learning challenge work.

Tracker Awards

Congratulations to the latest pupils who have achieved their Bronze awards: Ava and Olivia-Rose in Madagascar and Daisy in Egypt

Silver Tracker certificates are awarded to Vansh in Madagascar, Tommy C in Egypt and Danni in U.S.A. Well done to them!

Elijus in N.Ireland receives a Gold Tracker certificate in recognition of the fantastic effort he has made in learning.

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; Marley in Greece for finding facts on plastics in the ocean. Anya, Havin and Scarlett in Greece for finding facts on recycling and Anya, Safiyya and Charlotte in Greece for finding facts on plastic.

WOW Award

I have made my teacher happy

Isabel in Greece -For creating an environmentally aware drawing of plastic in our oceans.

Shay in N.Ireland -For moving up a book band.

Rem, Michael and Daisy in Egypt -For moving up a book band

Afnan in Scotland -For fabulous maths homework

Lenny in Wales -For creating a book on his favourite animals

E for Excellence Winners

These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.

Wales -Louisa
Scotland -Austeja
Germany -Joshua K
New Zealand -Lenny
Greece -Mia
Australia -Sky
Italy -Ellie
Palau -Rio
U.S.A -Charlie
Madagascar -Stephen
Canada -Amira
Egypt -Rosie
Mexico -Ruby
Kenya -Megan
Chile -Tzoulia
N. Ireland -Luke
Brazil -Jan
Argentina -Hektor

Reading Awards

The following pupils have read 10 books and receive a bookmark for their efforts, Harley and Katie in Kenya, Daniel in N.Ireland, Lilly, Louie and Olivia-Rose in Madagascar, Haydar, Roberto, Tommy and Natas in Australia, Zachary,Dev,Eva,Michael,Sienna in Palau, Charlotte and Nicole in Egypt, Matteo, Samuel, Hafsa, Rae-Louise, Tristan and Oghomwen in New Zealand, Matvejs, Harry, Zahi, Emily, Melisa and Louisa in Wales and Donald and Hannah in Canada

Siddi in Palau, Riddhi in Egypt, Pritika in Canada and Ajus in Italy have achieved bronze reading awards for reading 25 books.

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.

Daniel O, Daniel W, Chanel, Sky and Cattleya in Australia and Sebastian in U.S.A receive a certificate for reciprocity and Kiyah in N.Ireland, Madison in Canada, Ruby in U.S.A and Mahir in Egypt for reflectiveness. Well done to Wadi and Harry in Kenya, Olivia-Rose in Madagascar, Aaliyah in Scotland and Teddy in Wales who receive certificates for resilience.

Certificate of Presentation

Well done to Freddie in Palau, Mariama in Madagascar, Lola in Australia, Riddhi in Egypt, Emily in Wales, Mya in Scotland and Jessica in Mexico who have presented their work beautifully; They have shown pride in their work and taken care with their handwriting and number formation.

Star Writers

These children have used a range of powerful vocabulary and techniques to become a Star Writer; Oghomwen in New Zealand, Devor in Australia, Sophia in Palau, Louie in Madagascar, Tommy C in Egypt, Alexander in Kenya, Lena in N. Ireland, Ben in Wales, Jay-Jay in Scotland, Summer in Germany, Maya-Victoria in Greece, Mihaela in Italy, Aiden in U.S.A, Luke in Canada, Ryan in Mexico, Riana in Chile, Daniele in Brazil and Cameron in Argentina.

Look out for examples of their work on the blog!

KS1 Reading Workshop

The parents of our year one and two children were invited to attend a reading workshop this morning.  They learned how reading is taught across key stage one and how the children are assessed. Some of the materials we use were available for the adults to look at. There was also the opportunity for the parents to read with their child. Thank you to everyone who attended.  We hope you found the session informative and enjoyable.
"I loved reading to mummy at school" said Layla-Mai from Madagascar class.

Year 3 Wales' Star Writer

Congratulations Ben, who is Wales' Star Writer for this week.

Ben has written some clear and precise instructions demonstrating how to make a pizza - a budding chef in the making!

Ben has also written an imaginative story about the Great Sphinx, as part of his learning challenge. Some wonderful imagery Ben - well done.

Year 2 Star Writers

Congratulations to this week's Star Writers: Louie in Madagascar, Alexander in Kenya and Tommy C in Egypt.

Year 2 Maths Challenge

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Nursery Newsletter Autumn 1 Week

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been lovely to see how happy the children have been this week.They are so settled and really enjoying their Nursery experiencesettled this week.Far less tears and lots more smiling faces.Thank you for all your support with this process. We are looking forward to this week being even better.

Each week we will post  a newsletter on facebook and the Mead primary school blog page.This will serve as a reminder for events that are coming up and tell you the activities that we plan to cover that week in Nursery. This week the children are learning routines,getting to know their friends and making the most of their lovely enhanced Nursery classrooms.We will begin to work with the children on some starting Nursery activities and take part in a hall P,E session. Each day we will have a short Circle Time and a story time. The children will also sing songs and Nursery rhymes.

Please note we are asking parents not to bring buggies into the corridors as they become overcrowded at peak times and pose a health and safety risk. Please be assured a member of staff will be on hand to provide assistance in looking after buggies and little ones in the morning.
Thank you to everybody who has left their buggies this week.

We are very sorry that there will be some disruption to pick up arrangements while the builders work on the extension to the Nursery. At the beginning and end of the school day the only access will be via gate 1 the main school entrance.Adults collecting Nursery children from the morning session and adults bringing the Nursery children to the afternoon session  will enter via the gate 2 access road .
Thank you for your patience at this time.

We would be delighted to receive your family photos as mentioned in the letter you received on Friday. We look forward to sharing these photos during circle time.

Each week we will choose a child that for some reason has had a really good week.
These are our latest Superstars to win an  award.
Well done we are very proud of you. 



The Learning Federation parents association are running a firework night on Friday 2nd November.
Tickets are available now.

Messages – 
  • PLEASE NAME all items of clothing. This will help when returning lost items, particularly jumpers and cardigans .  
  •   If your child suffers with asthma please ensure their pump is in school and you have completed the relevant paperwork at the main office. 
  • Please ensure you have told Nursery staff of any medical conditions or food allergies.
Family news
Thank you to all the parents who have sent in Harvest food.Tomorrow is the last day for donations .
We thank you in advance for your kindness.

Please let us know if you have any news you would like to share in this section.We love to share good news so just let us know.

Important dates:
Friday 19th October-Nursery closes at 3.30 for half term
Monday 29th October-School reopens after half term
Thursday 8th November-Nursery Parents Meetings
Friday 9th November-Nursery Parents Meetings
Friday 7th December-Stay and Make-Christmas
Thursday 3th December-Christmas jumper day
Friday 14th December-Nursery Christmas concert
Wednesday 19th December-3.30 Nursery closes for Christmas

Please note that the final day of the summer term will be on Friday 19th July, 2019.
INSET Dates and Polling day for 2018-19
3rd September4th September7th January29th April5th June


The Nursery Team

Reception Newsletter 15.10.18

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Autumn Term 1 15.10.18

Dear Parents/Carers

We hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far. 
What a fantastic week last week was.the children had  their Rainbow Fish story workshop which beautifully brought the story of the sparkly rainbow fish who struggles to share to life.The children have produced some wonderful artwork and we have pleased with the wonderful story language the children have been using to retell the story.

Next week we will be continuing with the story of the Rainbow fish and looking at the theme of friendship.It would be great if you could talk to your child about who they consider to be their friend and what makes a good friend.

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As a reminder the school day begins at 8.30am and for safety reasons the gates need to be shut by 8.55am. 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 3 is also open for parents and the children will be released through the Reception area doors.
Thank you to everybody for their continued support in leaving their push chairs outside and not bringing them into the corridors.

 If you have not yet returned your child’s ‘all about me’ sheet there is still time to return it this week but please make sure this is in by half term.!

The children have enjoyed learning their new sounds and we will be continuing our phonics programme Read, write inc this week by learning the sounds g,o,c,k. The children will bring some practise formation sheets home at the weekend.Please try and make some time to help your child with this formation.Learning to write is a tricky skill but an important one. 

We will also be continuing our Maths programme Ten Town this week. The programme teaches number formation, ordering, patterns and measuring in a very animated way. The children have been enjoying the stories and songs associated with the numbers.

Your child will continue to bring home a reading book (which is changed weekly) and a set of sight words this week. 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.

On Wednesdays we have our weekly P.E session. Please ensure your child has a P.E kit in school which is clearly labelled as we have started changing the children for this session. As you can imagine this is currently taking quite a while so all you can do to help your child be independent in dressing is greatly appreciated.

We look forward to meeting you at the parents meetings on Monday and Tuesday.All appointments will take place in the Key Stage 1 hall.

The Learning Federation parents association are running a firework night on Friday 2nd November.
Tickets are available now.

We are on Week 2 of the Havering school menu. Monday’s choices are:
Red-Beef Burger in a Bun with Wedges
Blue-Cheesy Tomato Pasta Pot
Green-Vegetable Burger in a Bun with Wedges

Important  Information
Unfortunately due to the building work that is bringing improvements to the school building Gate 3 will be closed until the middle of February at all times .The work is aimed at extending the  Nursery .We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your cooperation at this time.

Messages – 
  • PLEASE NAME all items of clothing. This will help when returning lost items, particularly jumpers and cardigans with the right child. We have accumulated a number of clothes already. Please check your child’s class if they are missing something.
  • Our PE days are Wednesday. 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. Please note this does not need to be school uniform.
  •  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. 
  • Thank you to all of those parents who have signed up for parents evening. Your child will bring home a slip confirming your appointment time tomorrow (Monday).
  • Please actively encourage your child to put away their book bag and hang up their coat in the morning. It would also be really helpful if you could discuss the menu choices with your child the previous night to help them independently find their cupcake and make their lunch choice.
Important dates:

Autumn 1
Monday 15th OctoberParents Evening 3.30-6.00
Tuesday 16th October
Parents Evening 3.30-6.00
Friday 19th October
Last Day of Half Term

Autumn 2
Monday 29th October
Pupil return to school
Tuesday 6th November
Stay and read morning
Friday 7th December
Stay and Play
Monday 10th December
Visit to St Paul’s church
Wednesday 12th December
Reception Christmas play at 2.15pm
Thursday 13th December
Reception Christmas play at 9.15am
Thursday 13th December
Christmas jumper day
Wednesday 19th December
Last day of the Autumn term

INSET Dates and Polling day for 2018-19
3rd September
4th September
7th January
29th April
5th June
Please note that the final day of the summer term will be on Friday 19th July, 2019.

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

Personal, Social and Emotional

Can select and use activities and resources with help
Shows confidence in asking adults for help 

Communication and Language
To follow directions
To use talk to connect ideas 

To sometimes give meanings to the marks they draw and paint
Listens to and joins in with stories 

Physical Development:
Runs skilfully and negotiates space
Mounts stairs, steps or climbing equipment 

Beginning to recite numbers in order to 10
Knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set 

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

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Reception Team

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Usborne Books

Usborne book fair will be at Mead School on Monday 15th October between 3:30 and 6:30pm and on Tuesday 16th October between 3:30 and 6:00pm. You will have the opportunity to look at and purchase a range of different books. For every purchase made the school will get funds towards books for the school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Reminder for year 1 and year 2 parents/ carers

Just a reminder that the KS1 reading workshop is taking place on Monday 15th October at 8.45 am.  Please go straight to the KS1 hall after dropping your child off.  The workshop will last for approximately half an hour.  We look forward to seeing you there. 
Mrs Rolph and Miss Redgrave

Year 1 Star Writers

Year 1 are producing excellent pieces of writing. 

Congratulations to our Star Writers this week.

Sophia - Palau

Oghomwen - New Zealand

Devor - Australia

Year 3 Spellings

Year 3 Literacy & Language spelling words this week are:


Orange words: Year ¾ National curriculum word list.
Green words: Vocabulary of the Week – History
Gold word: Challenge word!

We encourage you to practice your spellings by putting these words into sentences on the back of your spelling sheet. Merits will be awarded for extra effort!

The test for these spellings will be on Friday 19th October.
(Please note that children in Read, Write, Inc groups will have different spellings & will be tested on different days).

Weekly Newsletter-12th October 2018

Dear Parents,
We are very much looking forward to meeting with you next week to share information about your children’s first few weeks in their new year group.

The building work scheduled to begin over a year ago is actually starting on Monday. We have worked alongside the Local Authority and the Contractors to ensure the works will not impede on the school routines but I do need to inform you that Gate 3 (The Nursery gate) will be closed for the foreseeable future. Nursery parents wishing to collect morning children/drop off afternoon children will need to use gate 2 (which is the service road to the school kitchen). For safety reasons is important parents/carers DO NOT drive along the service road and I will ensure it is closed for delivery vehicles from 11:00 to 13:00. It is anticipated the works will be completed by the end of February.

Once collected at the end of the day pupils are expected to go home. There have been a number of incidents reported to me recently resulting from pupils remaining in school after they have been dismissed into the care of their parents/carers. Staff are around to supervise the end of the day procedures but CAN NOT be held responsible for incidents that take place after that.

LFPA - Firework Night Extravaganza
The Learning Federation Parents’ Association will be hosting the Harold Hill Firework Extravaganza on Friday 2nd November ​2018 at 5.30pm​ at Broadford​ ​Primary​ ​School​. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Tickets will not be available on the night of the event.
To purchase tickets or for more information see www.romfordfireworks.com
We look forward to seeing many of you on 2nd November.

Diary Dates
Monday 15th October Year 2 parents are invited into school between 8:45 and 9:15 for a Reading stay and learn session. During the afternoon some of our year 4 pupils will be attending a Mary Poppins creative session at Brookside and we are looking forward to welcoming parents/carers for our open afternoon/evening between 15:30 and 18:30.

Tuesday 16th October- Some of our pupils will be attending the young voices workshop in London. We will be welcoming potential new reception parents for a walkabout between 10:00 and 10:30 and hopefully we will see many of you at our second open/afternoon between 13:30 and 18:00.

Wednesday 17th October -Potential new Reception parents walkabout during the morning and Forest School session for some year 3 pupils in the afternoon. Our Harry Potter club will be taking part in a quiz with Broadford school during the afternoon

Thursday 18th October- Potential new Reception parents walkabout at 14:00. Our football team will be taking on a team from Pyrgo after school. Good Luck Mead!

Friday 19th October -The last day of school this half term

Havering Catering Services
Week beginning Monday 15th October is week 2 on the Havering catering services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.20. Meals are free to our KS1/EYFS pupils.
Please be reminded to top up your child’s catering account as we cannot provide dinners for pupils whose accounts exceed a debt of £10.

Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2018

Monday 15th October -Parents Evening 1
Tuesday 16th October -Parents Evening 2 
Friday 19th October -Last day of half term
Monday 29th October -Pupils back to school 

Monday 10th December -     KS1 Nativity@ 14:00
Tuesday 11th December -     KS1 Nativity@ 9:30
                                              YR 3/4 Carol concert @14:00
Wednesday 12th December -YR 3/4 Carol concert@ 9:30
                                               Reception Xmas concert @ 14:15
Thursday 13th December -    Reception Xmas concert @ 9:15
                                              YR 5/6 Carol Concert @14:00

Friday 15th December -        CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY
                                               YR 5/6 Carol Concert @ 9:30
                                              Nursery Nativity @ 10:30 & 14:00

Tuesday 18th December-      Carol service@ St Paul’s 18:00-19:00

Wednesday 19th December -Last day of the Autumn Term.

INSET Dates for 2018-19
Please note the school closure dates for this academic year.
INSET day 1 -3rd September
INSET day 2 -4th September
INSET day 3 -7th January
INSET day 4 -29th April
INSET day 5 -5th June
Please note that the final day of the summer term will be on Friday 19th July, 2019.

Term Dates 2018-19

Well done to Canada class who had the highest attendance in Y5&6 at 98.3% . Scotland had the highest attendance in LKS2 and at 98.6% and Palau had the highest attendance in KS1 and overall at 100%, which means they have now earned themselves a cupcake party Well done to them!. The overall attendance was impressive at 96.5%- above our target so well done everyone, let’s hope we can keep it up!
Have a fabulous weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs L Smith

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Wales' Dance Star!

Congratulations to Alexa, who has won second place with her dance troupe at the Rising Star Dance Festival! Alexa bravely performed her winning Jazz routine after much practice and effort.

"I was nervous, but it didn't matter if we messed up, because we were all in team." said Alexa.

Well done Alexa, Wales class hopes you continue to love performing!

Star Writer Wales

Wales' Star Writer for this week is Lenny, who has used a wide range of adverbs and adjectives to create his descriptive setting. Well done Lenny!

Year 4 spellings

Here are the spellings for Year 4. They will be tested on these on Friday 19th October.

There are only 9 spellings this week as some were mistakenly repeated.


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Our Summer Mischief Makers at the Library!

During the Summer these children completed the Summer Library Challenge.  Viv from the library visited us today to award the lucky winners with their medals and certificates.
Well done to all the children!

Stephen in Madagascar was also a lucky winner.

Thank you to Asda!


Asda provide Mead with a member of staff who helps out in year 2 on a Wednesday.
Thanks to that support and to Asda we were fortunate enough to be able to take part in a delicious 
 food tasting session where the children enjoyed trying a variety of different breads.
This links with our Science, DT and history work.
The Great Fire of London started in a bakery.  Our pizza bases are made of bread and bread belongs to the carbohydrate group. Lots of reasons for this experience!
All the children tried bread they had never tasted.

'I never knew there were so many different flavour breads' said Olivia.
Madagascar's favourite bread was the Mediterranean bread.
It was lovely to see the children trying chilli bread, sour dough and many other types,
Vansh and Rocco loved the spicy bread.  Vansh said his dad likes lots of chillies.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

An Underwater Adventure!

This week in Reception, we are reading the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister. Today, we were lucky enough to have a special visitor take us on an imaginary underwater adventure into the world of The Rainbow Fish!

As we got into our boats, Benjamin commented that his was a “speedboat”.
The children had great fun exploring ocean life using their senses; listening to the sound of the waves made by instruments, smelling salty sea air, feeling shells and stones and looking at pictures and models of coral. “I can hear waves” said Amelie. “I can hear the sea!” Exclaimed David.

Next, the children chose different ways of moving to represent different sea creatures. Merkhima did a great impression of a puffer fish and Eduard explained how the lantern fish “puts light in front” so it can see.

The children then reinforced their knowledge of the story by dressing up and acting it out. 
"I’m the blue fish” said Gracie.

At the end of the session, the Rainbow Fish shared his scales with the children. During the discussion of the story, Isabel concluded that “we’ve got to share”. Acting out the story really helped the children to identify the key messages of the book. As Nevaeh put it very neatly - “sharing is caring!”

Well done Reception!