Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Year 2 Recycling!

Year 2 have attended a recycling workshop this week. The workshop highlighted the areas in which children can help to change the world: walking to school, reducing the energy we use, growing vegetables, junk modelling, not wasting water, re-using things and recycling our rubbish.

 Tommy's homework.

At home Tommy reused boxes to create a wonderful habitat.

In class the children had 'Top' missions to create things using plastic bottles and cardboard tubes rather than recycle them or throw them away they reused them.
They made bird feeders, rain catchers and plastic bins. We also explored the danger plastic can pose to our wildlife and oceans.

'Recycle paper as trees are important they breath in carbon dioxide and give us air to breathe' said Jake and Ines.
'Reuse your old clothes and take them to charity shops' said Junior.


The Children in Need merchandise has finally been delivered (hooray) and has been given out to the children today.  Thank you so much for your patience.  To anyone who purchased Pudsey or Blush ears :  the price went up from £2 to £2.50 from when the original letter and blog was sent out.  Could you please send in the extra 50p as soon as possible - sorry.  We still have a few items left so if you would like to make a purchase please send the money in tomorrow (Thursday) and children can buy their items from Miss Redgrave in Palau class. The children may wear their badges and/or ears on Children in Need day (Friday).  Thank you for your generosity.  We will post the total amount raised as soon as we have counted the money!

Pudsey ears - £2.50

Light up keyring - £2

Gold or silver badge - £1

Pudsey wristband - £1

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Reception Friendship Workshop

Today the children in Reception were treated to an exciting morning full of dancing and acting. West End schools came to visit us for our workshop on 'Friendship'. We had an opportunity to talk and share all of the things which make us a good friend, "sharing" said Lexie, "using kind words and feet" said Layla and Stanley summed it up by saying "being someone's friend".

We then delved into our acting skills, learning how to mime. The children got to create movements to symbolise different actions for things they like to do for example running, ballet, eating vegetables and spending time with family were among things said.

Using their new found miming skills, the children were then asked to recall what makes them a good friend and demonstrated this through their own 'friendship picture' using actions.

"I liked the running" said Roman and "I liked doing the ballet" D'arcy was heard saying. The children all had a wonderful morning and we would like to extend our thanks to Glando for visiting us today.

Year 2 Star Writers

Maya in Madagascar.

Cattleya in Kenya.

Alexis in Egypt.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Year 2 Maths Challenge

Christmas on the farm

Christmas on the farm

We are hosting Christmas open afternoons for each class (the pupils) to interact with the animals, decorate the farm and have a festive treat.

For £1 the children can have a hot/cold drink (yes our famous hot chocolate and marsh mellows are back!) and biscuits while relaxing alongside the animals.

If there are any allergies please make your child’s teacher is aware.

We will also be holding our Christmas raffle again. To take part all you need to do is bring in £1 and your strip within the envelope provided.
Look out for your letters coming home on Monday.

Reception – Wednesday 20th November 1:30-3pm

Year 2 - Monday 25th November 1:30 – 3pm

Year 1 – Tuesday 26th November 1:30-3pm

Year 6 - Monday 2nd December 12 – 3pm

Year 5 – Tuesday 3rd December 12-3pm

Year 3 - Wednesday 4th December 12 – 3pm

Year 4 – Monday 9th December 12-3pm

All donations will support the funding of our wonderful farm

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Year 4 Spellings

Here are this weeks spellings for Year 4. The children will be tested on these on Friday 15th November.


Nursery Newsletter

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Welcome to our Nursery Newsletter. We hope you have had a lovely weekend.

We had such a busy week at Nursery last week.The children had the opportunity to meet Pudsey.They had hot chocolate and stories aound an indoor `camp fire`.
They made their own snack,decorated apples and made junk model fireworks.

This week our focus story will be Elmer the Elephant by David Mckee.
The children will be talking about being kind to others and knowing that we are all different.
The children will be painting using a range of colours and making junk model elephants.
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We will once again be letting the children have the opportunity to make their own snack.

Tuesday is odd sock day in aid of valuing differences.The children may come into school in their uniform with odd socks.
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Thank you to those parents that have signed up for a parent meeting.
Our parent meetings will be on Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 14th November.It would be lovely to talk to you about how your child is doing.
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If you have any worries about toileting,feeding,sleeeping etc please feel to mention it at the parents meeting.We would like to call on health care professionals if you would like some support with an area of development.

Some of our parents have been asking us about applying for a Reception place.
Even though your child is attending Mead nursery you  must apply for a place through Havering Admissions. You must apply for a primary school place by 15 January.
Thank you to the parents who joined one of our school tours.It was lovely to see you.
Thank you for those parents who have already completed their appication. Feel free to ask Nursery staff if you need support with this.

Thank you so much to those parents that have been working on their child`s independance with putting their coat on.This is going so well  so we really do appreciate your support.

We hope you have been able to find a family picture . We now have a few in but would really like more.Please send these in and we will display these in our home corner.This is a really nice way of maintaining the connection between home and school.

.INSET Dates and Polling day for 2019-20

Please note that there will now be a general election on Thursday 12th  December.School will be closed to all pupils on this day.

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

Other Dates

Tuesday 12th November-Odd sock day in aid of friendship awareness.
Nursery Christmas concert day-Tuesday 10th December
Christmas jumper day-13th December
Last day of the summer term will be Friday 17th July 2020.

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

Just some photos from our very busy week.

Nursery Breakfast Club

It was lovely to see some families using our Nursery Breakfast club this week.
Just to remind you that our Nursery breakfast club is now up and running.
Breakfast club is open between 7.45 a.m and 8.30a.m and costs £4.
Bookings should be made by Squid. Please see staff for more details.
We look forward to seeing you.

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Reception Newsletter Autumn 2 Week 3

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Dear Parents/Carers

We hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far. We had such a busy week at school last week
with  a visit from Pudsey,edible fireworks and making junk model fireworks. The children learnt about Guy Fawkes and explored the sounds and colours of fireworks.

Thank you to those parents that attended our stay and read sessions and/or our reading meeting.We cannot emphasise enough how important reading at home is and we are so grateful for those parents that are working hard to support their child on the road to being a reader. 

 This week we will be focusing on anti bullying week and looking at the importance of being a good and kind friend. On Tuesday the children will be taking part in a friendship workshop and can come into school wearing odd socks.
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Wednesday is National kindness day and the children will be focusing on the good friendships that they have already developed.
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Our focus story is Elmer by David Mckee, Elmer tells the tale of an elephant who sticks out, both with his patchwork and his sense of humor, and how he and his community learn to accept and value his unique characteristics
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On  Monday 11th November-Parents/carers/Grandparents  are invited to join us at 10:40 for a short Remembrance service in the KS2 playground.We look forward to seeing you there.

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 1 will be open for parents and the children will be released through the Reception area doors.

We thank you again for your understanding and cooperation in leaving pushchairs at the door. Some of our children are asking to come into school independently.We thank you for helping encourage your child with this. 

We will continue with our phonics programme, teaching the sounds v,sh,y,w. At the end of the week the children will bring some practise formation sheets. Please try and make some time to help your child with this formation. Learning to write is a tricky skill but an important one. 

This week in maths we will be learning about pattern .This will include looking for patterns in the environment and using 2 dimensional shapes to create patterns.
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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. Well done to Barbados class who won the reading award this week.


There have been a few forms sent out and we are still waiting for parents/carers to return them. Please return them this week:

Dental forms
Nhs form
Flu Vaccination form 

We will be using the new Havering school menu which the children bought home before half term. We are on Week 3 of this menu. Monday’s choices are:
Red Chicken Fillet in a Bun with 1/2 Jacket Potato
Blue - Ravioli Pasta (VE)
Green - Vegetable Burger in a Bun with 1/2 Jacket Potato

 On Thursdays we have our weekly P.E session. Please ensure your child’s P.E kit is returned to school and is clearly labelled.  Children are starting to change for their PE sessions, 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.

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.
  • 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 7.45 am. 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
Monday 11th November
Armistice Day – Parents are invited for a short service in the KS2 playground at 10.40am
Tuesday 12th November
Friendship workshop for pupils
Tuesday 12th November
Odd sock day to support Anti-bullying week – children can come to school wearing odd socks
Wednesday 13th November
-National Friendship day
Friday 6th December
Stay and Play
Monday 9th December
Reception Christmas play PM (time to be confirmed)
Tuesday 10th December
Reception Christmas play AM (time to be confirmed)
Thursday 12th December
Friday 13th December
Christmas Jumper Day
Wednesday 18th December
St Pauls Church visit
Friday 20th December
Last day of term

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.

Reception Team

Friday, 8 November 2019

Reception Star Writers

We have been continuing to practise our pencil grip, name-writing and drawing skills. Now we have begun our phonics programme, the children have also been working hard to write their sounds independently and have produced some lovely writing about fireworks this week.

Well done to our star writers in Reception who have shown fantastic determination, enthusiasm and skill in in writing some of our new sounds.

St Lucia - Darius

Jamaica - Isla

Barbados - Kajus 

Junk Model Joy!

It has been a very busy week continuing our learning about 3D shapes in Reception. Thank you so much to everyone who kindly donated recyclables to support our maths topic.

Earlier in the week, the children were encouraged to explore the materials and talk about the variety of 3D shapes on offer which helped to consolidate their learning about the shape names and properties.

Then, the children got the chance spread their imaginative and creative wings to make their very own model. There lots of rockets and fireworks, as well as animals and even a laptop! 

What fun it has been to see the children express a huge range of original and thoughtful ideas as well as displaying great problem-solving skills when thinking about how to go about making their models.

Many thanks again to all those parents and carers who donated the materials to make our junk modelling dreams come true!