Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Dancing Awards

Well done to Sophie in Scotland Class for her amazing achievements in her dance school!
Sophie came in and proudly shared with the class her 6 certificates and awards.
Keep up the fantastic work!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

As in previous years we will be hosting a Macmillan coffee morning In particular we would like to welcome our new families to Mead but it would also be lovely to see some of our existing Mead families.
 The coffee morning will take place on Friday 27th September in the Key Stage 1 hall.The hall will be open as soon as you drop your child into school until 10a.m.
If you have children that have just started in Nursery or Reception  this is a really good opportnity to meet other parents.
We would be very  grateful for donations of cakes either home made or bought.
There will be a collection box for Macmillan Cancer support and any donations will be gratefully received.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.
Image result for macmillan coffee morning poster

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Jeans for genes day - Friday 20th September

Pupils are encouraged to wear jeans on Friday 20th September to raise awareness for Genetic disorders UK. This is a charity that donates money towards children with different genetic conditions and helps to provide day-to-day support to these children. We are asking that pupils who wear jeans to school make a suggested contribution of £1, although any contribution is greatly appreciated. Please note pupils must still wear their school polo shirt & jumper/cardigan.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Reception end of day arrangements

Reception parents/carers

We politely ask that you refrain from crowding around the doors at the end of the day. It poses a health and safety risk as we hand the children over to you. As soon as an adult has seen you, they will call your child. Please do not call them to come to you as this will prevent an adult from handing them over safely.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Reception team

Reception tuck into lunch

The children in Reception headed off into the dining hall and for some this was their first time at having lunch in school. They all did such a fantastic job, demonstrating their impeccable manners before sitting down and tucking into their lunches. It is safe to save there were lots of clean plates being left! "I liked it" said Roman and Maisy said "I liked the ice cream".


Crisp Packet Recycling Update

Firstly, I would like to thank all pupils, parents and carers for your continued support with this recycling scheme.

I am amazed with the enthusiasm that our pupils have towards this scheme. Helping to keep our environment clean, and recycling crisp packets to avoid unnecessary landfill is very important to our pupils and they feel strongly that they want to do their part for the environment. I am regularly sought out by children that have been collecting at home and brought in bags and boxes full of empty packets.

So far we have sent over 15kg of empty crisp packets (about 7500) to Terracycle. This is worth 3,044 points which has been converted into £30.44 for a charity of our choice. We are able to choose which charity we would like to send our money in December. 

Remember, we have two recycling boxes: one inside in the main KS2 corridor and one by the dinner hall. 

Keep recycling!

Miss Galpin

Year 2 Numeracy Challenge

Dear Parents/carers

We have a weekly Numeracy challenge in Year 2.
If your child solves it they can bring in the answer on a piece of paper and they will be rewarded.

Thank you for your continued support.

Just a reminder PE will be on a Monday so PE kits will need to be in school.  No earrings and hair needs to be tied back.
Thank you
Year 2 Team

Year 2 Star Writers

Here are our first Star Writers in Year 2.
A great start well done:

Freeda in Egypt.

Oghomwen in Madagascar.

Luka in Kenya.

Year 3 Star Writers

Well done to all of year 3 as they are all off to a fantastic start with their writing. 
This weeks star writer award goes to:

Wadi in Scotland

Vansh in Northern Ireland

Daisy in Wales

Year 1 and 2 Parents and Carers

To encourage the children's independence can we ask that you please leave your child/children at the door by the key stage 1 playground when you drop them off in the morning.  Parents are not permitted to come in with the children.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Registering with cool milk

To Reception,Year 1 and Year 2 parents
Please remember to visit

to register your child for school milk.
Milk is free to children up until their 5th birthday and then at a subsidized cost until the end of year 2.

A true Super hero

Well done to Renesmee in Year 1 who had 12 inches of her hair cut off and has donated it to the Little Princess Trust.This is a charity that provides real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss. Renesmee and her mum had their hair cut .Well done to them both and thank you for supporting this amazing charity.

Jeans for genes day - Friday 20th September

Jeans for Genes Day- Friday 20th September
Pupils are encouraged to wear jeans on Friday 20th September to raise awareness for Genetic disorders UK. This is a charity that donates money towards children with different genetic conditions and helps to provide day-to-day support to these children. We are asking that pupils who wear jeans to school make a suggested contribution of £1, although any contribution is greatly appreciated. Please note pupils must still wear their school polo shirt & jumper/cardigan. 

Census Day

The school kitchen have put on a special menu for Thursday 3rd October as this is School Census Day.
It is helpful if all pupils in EYFS/KS1 opt for a school dinner on this day as our funding for next year is determined by the uptake of school dinners. If you are concerned your child may not eat the school lunch we are happy for you to send in a packed lunch and we will ensure they have something to eat.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Reception Newsletter Autumn 1 Week 1

                                                                                                                     Autumn 1    15.09.19

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to our first newsletter of the new school year. Each week we will provide you with a newsletter which will be posted on our blog and Facebook page at the beginning of each week. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you up to date with any relevant news in Reception. It will include a list of intended learning objectives, an overview of activities, the learning challenge (which we will not commence until the second part of the Autumn term), notices, important dates and the stories and topics that we will be focussing on.

What a fantastic start we have had to school life with the children settling into Mead really well. Thank you to all parents and carers for your support during this induction period. Our focus at the start of the year is ensuring all children are settled and happy in the setting. We have been teaching routines, rules and expectations as well as exploring all of the resources available. We hope you have had a chance to see the Reception blogs published so far on the Mead Facebook page and website.

The children will now be attending school full time with the new school day beginning 8.30-8.45am start with a 3.00pm collection time. Please note this week we have been experiencing a technical fault in the car park gates but from next week these will be locked. To gain access to the school you will be required in the mornings to walk through the main gate (Gate 1) and enter through the double Reception area doors. At 3.00pm Gate 3 will be open for parents to use the pedestrian footpath to enter the playground and the children will be released through the Reception area doors. Please do not crowd these doors as this will delay us in handing your child over.

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 in the morning.

On Friday your child brought home an 'All about me' bag for them to fill with 3 things. If they could please bring them back to school on Monday as these will be used during our circle times and provide us with an opportunity to get to know each other and our likes/dislikes.  If anyone is still yet to return their 'All about me' sheet and family tree could you please ensure these are returned to your child's teacher this week.

Your child will be bringing 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.

The children all had an opportunity on Friday to see the dining hall in preparation for Monday. We have talked about the choices available to them and would also be grateful if you could discuss these with your child as well. Your child is also free to bring in a packed lunch from home if you know they will not eat any of the choices on offer.

We are on Week 3 of the Havering school menu. Monday's choices are:
Red - Sausages with mash potato
Blue - Cheesy tomato pasta pot
Green - Vegetable fingers with mash potato

School Uniform - 
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 

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.

Messages – 
  • PLEASE NAME all items of clothing. This will help when returning lost items, particularly jumpers and cardigans with the right child.
  • Our PE days are 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.
  •   Our Macmillan coffee morning is next Friday we welcome all parents to attend. Any donations including cakes would be really appreciated. 
  • If your child is unwell, please remember to call the school office on 01708  343616 and notify them of your child's absence.

Family news

This is a section of our blog where we celebrate any news from our Reception parents. We would like to welcome the old nursery parents and our new parents to Mead reception.

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:

Autumn 1
Thursday 19th September
Read, Write, Inc workshop
Friday 20th September
Jeans for Genes day
Friday 27th September
Macmillan Coffee morning – more information to follow
Friday 27th September
Stay and read morning – more information to follow
Monday 14th October
Parents Evening 1
Tuesday 15th October
Parents Evening 2
Friday 18th October
Last day of half term

Autumn 2
Monday 28th October
Pupils return to school
Friday 7th November
Reception Reading workshop
Friday 7th November
Reception stay and read
Tuesday 12th November
Friendship workshop
Friday 6th December
Stay and Play
Wednesday 18th December
St Pauls Church visit
Friday 20th December
Last day of term

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. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Reception Team