Sunday, 15 December 2019

Reception Newsletter Autumn 2 Week 8



We hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!
Thank you to all of those who were able to make our Christmas performances, we hope you enjoyed them as much as the children. They did such an amazing job and made us all so proud.

 Thank you as well for all of your donations in celebration of Christmas jumper day.

Even though we are coming into our final week, we have a busy 5 days ahead. Jamaica and St Lucia will be visiting Lidl on Monday and Barbados class will follow Tuesday. On Wednesday we will visit St Paul's church and have our very own Christingle service. We will also be having our class parties this week and any donations of food would be greatly received by Monday. We may even get a surprise visit from Father Christmas himself.

This week we will be reading a range of Christmas stories and having activities set up within the classrooms around this theme.

Our class lending libraries are now up and running, some of your children may have brought home a story book from school to read and share at home with you on Friday. We kindly ask that once your child has finished with their book, they return it to school where they can then choose another story to read.

Over the Christmas period could we please ask you to actively encourage your child to dress/undress themselves independently showing them the correct way to put on their clothes and to also practice learning how to put on their coats correctly. We still have a lot of children who are reluctant and apprehensive in developing this life skill and we would greatly appreciate you helping to develop their confidence.

Here are some handy tips to help:
  • Involve your child in learning the order of the dressing as early as possible.  Sing songs about dressing, talk to your child about dressing, play dressing up games and practice dressing dolls or teddies.   
  • Talk about the order of dressing when you or your child are dressing.  Ask questions e.g. “What goes on next?”
  • Lay clothes out in the order they should be put on.  This is usually easier if you lay them out in a line rather than putting them on top of each other.
  • Use a visual sequence chart
  • Practice, practice, practice!  Give your child opportunities for practice every day.
  • If your child makes a mistake help them to work out what went wrong and how to fix it rather than telling them and sorting it out for them.   Sometimes you need them to complete the whole process so that they can work out what went wrong. If they put their trousers on without their pants let them dress completely and find the pants at the end.  You can ask questions to help them figure out what went wrong.  You can compare what you do with what they have done.  You can have them look in the mirror to work out what is wrong.  Direct them back to their visual sequence if they are using one.

As a reminder the school day begins at 8.30am and for safety reasons the gates need to be shut by 8.50am. 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.

School Uniform Reminder - 

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 
  • Plain tights

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.

Polite reminder - If your child has had a change of clothes from school, could you please ensure these are washed and returned to school before Friday.

We thank your continued understanding and cooperation in leaving pushchairs at the door. Some of our children are asking to come into school independently and we appreciate you encouraging your child to with this.

As we have learnt all of our set 1 sounds, this week we will be consolidating our learning, practising correct letter formation and continuing to use our Fred talk to spell CVC words.

In maths this week we will be continuing solving addition and subtraction problems, recognising and ordering our numbers with a Christmas theme.

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. 

We will be using the Havering school menu which the children bought home. This week we are on Week 2 of the menu. Monday’s choices are:

                                 Red - Beef Burger in a Bun with Potato Curls

                                 Blue - Cheesy Tomato Pasta
                                Green - Quorn Burger in a Bun with Potato 


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 7.45am. 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
Friday 13th December
Christmas Jumper Day
Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th December
Reception visit Lidl
Tuesday 17th December
Class parties
Wednesday 18th December
St Pauls Church visit
Wednesday 18th December
Christmas dinner
Friday 20th December
Last day of term
Monday 6th January
Children Return to school after Christmas

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.

 On behalf of everyone in Reception we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Reception Team

Nursery Hamper Raffle

Our wonderful  Nursery families have been so kind and donated some amazing food items and we now have some brilliant hampers to be won by some of our Mead families.These truly would be a welcome addition to your Christmas celebrations so we ask that you pop round to Nursery and buy a strip of raffle tickets for just £1.
Tickets will be on sale at the start and end of each day and after morning Nursery .
Thank you and good luck
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Nursery Christmas Newsletter-December 2019

Mead Nursery Christmas Newsletter-December 2019
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We hope you are having a lovely but I am sure very busy weekend.

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas concert last week .We were so proud of all the children.We thought they did so well.

This week we are concentrating on making sure that the children have a very special Nursery Christmas.

On Monday the children will have a fun day with Christmas crafts in the Nursery.

On Tuesday we have a preparation for Santa day.We would like the children to wear pyjamas and dressing gowns to Nursery.We would invite morning parents to come back to Nursery at 10.30 and read a Christmas story to the children.We will then have a whole group story and hot chocolate and biscuits in front of the virtual fire. We would ask afternoon children and 30 hour parents to come back at 2.30. for a similair experience.

Wednesday is another fun Christmas in the Nursery day but we will be visited by our new children that will be joining Nursery in January.

Thursday is party day.We have ordered food for the children so children come in as usual and just enjoy party time in the Nursery
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On Friday our sessions run as usual and the children will finish off the party food and  ensure they have got all their Christmas goodies ready to take home.

We will be selling tickets for the Christmas hamper raffle this week between Monday and Thursday.We thank you for your massive generosity in donating such lovely gifts .Please buy some raffle tickets.The raffle is open to all Mead families.

Clipart Of ChristmasWe would just like to say Thank you for your support this term.We have loved working with your children and look forward to seeing them continue to flourish in 2020.

Merry  Christmas and wishing you a happy and Healthy 2010
The Nursery Team

Santa Claus HD Clipart and Pictures for Christmas Festival

Friday, 13 December 2019

Well done Kydeigh!

Congratulations to Kydeigh in Palau class for achieving her level 7 proficiency award in gymnastics.  Kydeigh brought her certificate into school and proudly showed it to her class mates and teachers.  Well done Kydeigh.

Reception Star Writers

Well done to our Reception children who continue to apply all they are learning in their written work to become thoughtful and resilient writers.
Our star writers this week have demonstrated good developing phonic knowledge to segment and write some challenging words as well as showing great progress with letter formation and name writing.

Very well done to:

Barbados - Emilia

St Lucia - Rayya

Jamaica - Logan

Malta Class Get Messy

Today some of the children in Malta Class got messy! Messy play is extremely important for a child's development. It provides children with an exciting tactile and sensory experience that inspires their curiosity, allows them to explore the world around them and enhances their learning, language and creativity. It is also great fun. Today they got messy with shaving foam and bubbly water. Joseph thought the best game to play was ready, steady, SPLAT. Gabby enjoyed squishing it through his fingers.

This week in Y6...

This week year 6 has been has been jam packed with exciting things including...

The return of the mischievous elves, our political view on the election, the lovely Christmas productions and 

First of all, the mischievous elves gave us a unpleasant visit leading to trouble and mayhem coming up to Christmas!

On Wednesday, the whole of year 6 learnt so much about politics and got to have our own say in the Mead school year 6 election, which lead to the liberal democrats winning! It was a really fun experience learning about each party and deciding which party we would have interest in to vote for.

This Friday years 5 and 6 got a joint Christmas production, lots of parents came to see their child perform. We had a lovely cast and a brilliant choir which led to a lovely Christmas production, we are going to be performing again next Monday-and look forward to seeing you there!

From Louis and Carla,
Head boy and Head girl

Star Writers

These children have used a range of powerful vocabulary and techniques to become a Star Writer; Akunna in Germany, Logan in Jamaica, Emilia in Barbados, Rayya in St Lucia Amber in Palau, Hurairah in Wales Harley in Scotland, Ryan in Australia, Alicia in Brazil, Haydar in Kenya, Billy in Northern Ireland, Chloe in Madagascar, Anastasia In Greece, Evelin in New Zealand, Maison in U.S.A, Joshua in Mexico, Deon in Argentina, Kezrae in Italy, Emilie in Canada and Katherine in Egypt. Look out for examples of their work on the blog!

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.
Michael in Scotland and Charleigh-May in Madagascar receive certificates for reflectiveness. Well done to George and Millie-Rae in Germany, Ordrey in Scotland, Jake and Luka from Kenya, Alexis and Zachary in Egypt, Arthur in Madagascar and Mihrac in Argentina who receive certificates for resilience.

Tracker Awards

A Silver Tracker certificate is awarded to Tommy in Kenya Well done to him!

Certificate of Presentation

Well done to Katie in Scotland, Evie in Wales, Daniel in Australia, Sky in Kenya and James and Isabella in Madagascar who have presented their work beautifully; They have shown pride in their work and taken care with their handwriting and number formation.

Reading Awards

The following pupil have read 10 books and receive a bookmark for their efforts, Shayden and Lily in Jamaica, Maisy, Kajus and Andrew in Barbados, Daisy-Rose and Faruq in St Lucia

Olivia in Germany, Tommy in Wales, Vlad in Palau, Hazel, Daniel and Izampela in Australia, Natas in Kenya, Dami in Northern Ireland, Bella-Leigh and James in Madagascar, Evelin in New Zealand, Matvejs in Greece, Hamzalah in Canada and William in Jamaica have achieved bronze reading awards for reading 25 books.

Silver Reader awards go to Kajus in Northern Ireland and Zahi in Greece who have read 50 books. They each receive a silver certificate and a £5 book token for their efforts.

Riddhi and Kajus in Wales and Benjamin in Palau, have read 75 books and they get a book of their choice for their fantastic effort.

A massive well done to this week’s gold readers Vansh in Northern Ireland and Donovan in St Lucia who have read 100 books and receive a gold certificate and a trophy for their efforts.

Fact Hunter Award

In recognition of her insatiable appetite for knowledge and ability to sniff out amazing facts the following child has been awarded a certificate; Ema in Scotland.

WOW Award

I have made my teacher happy

Maryam in Barbados -For completing additional work at home
Hollie, Isla and Visha in Jamaica -For completing additional work at home
Teddy, Kristupus and Isabel in Australia -For moving up a book band.
Mariam in Australia -For using her sounds much more confidently in her RWI group.
Isabel in Australia -For completing her homework bingo.
Leo, Ines, Gabriel, Sky, Michael N, Natas, Tommy, Cattleya, Michelle, Maxim, Roberto, Lola and Seiar in Kenya -For moving up a book band.
Jovan, Amin, Nathan and Dami in Northern Ireland -For moving up a book band
Tristan, Arya and Bella-Leigh in Madagascar -For moving up a book band.
Kadisha, Aaliyah, Reuben, George and Felicity in Germany -For excellent participation in the public speaking workshop
Brea in Germany -For completing extra homework
Afnan in Germany -For her poem composed at home
Amaliah and Vlad in Palau -For moving up a reading level
Alice, Janisha, Tommy, Jett, Majus, Evelin and Ty in New Zealand -For moving up a book band.
Ignacy and Amber in St Lucia -For moving up a book band
Akacia in Chile -For her beautiful Christmas poem she completed at home
Teddy Button in Brazil- For completing the maths challenge

E for Excellence Winners

These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.

Barbados -Whole class
Wales -Rahat
Jamaica -Whole class
Scotland -Lily
St Lucia -Whole class
Germany -Afnan
New Zealand -Maria
Greece -Lenny
Australia -Mickey-Ray
Italy -All of Italy Class
Palau -Harrison
U.S.A -Beau
Madagascar -Whole class
Canada -Aniyah
Egypt -Whole class
Mexico -Amelia
Kenya -Whole class
Chile -Ryan
N. Ireland -Yanis
Brazil -Cooper
Argentina -Luke
Malta -Jacob

Wonderful afternoon for Wales

Wales class have had a wonderful term and have been able to fill up their marble jar due to excellent behavior. The class chose to have a fun filled afternoon of biscuit decorating as a reward.
Whilst listening to Christmas songs, Wales class showed off their creative culinary skills. Evie said "I've made one for me, my brother and my cousins".
Kevin said "I can't wait to eat them at home".

Christmas on Mead Farm

Fun at Lunchtime

Our lovely middays playing Hoopla with our pupils this lunchtime.
I'm not sure who was having the most fun!

Weekly Newsletter-13th December 2019

Dear Parents,
It has been lovely to see so many of you attending our Christmas concerts this week-I’m sure you’ll agree with me the hard work put in by pupils and staff was well worth while-The performances were exceptional and how confident were our lovely children acting/singing solos in front of so many people!

Diary Dates
Monday 16th December-Jamaica class are visiting Lidl this morning and St Lucia this afternoon. Our year 1 pupils are visiting St Paul’s church this afternoon.
Tuesday 17th December-Nursery christmas party day. Christingle assemblies for KS1 and KS2 pupils this morning while Barbados class visit Lidl. Party day for our year 2 pupils. After school our choir are singing at St Paul’s church

Wednesday 18th December-Christmas dinner day. Reception classes are visiting St Paul’s church this morning and pupils in Malta class are having their Christmas party this afternoon

Thursday 19th December- We are looking forward to welcoming parents/carers for Christmas carols in the playground at 14:30
Friday 20th December-Last day of school for this term

We are aware that one of our families is having a very hard time. All the children have come through Mead, the youngest is still here, and mum is very poorly and in need of a specialised operation. We have witnessed in the past how supportive the local community is and therefore have decided to collect donations today Christmas jumper day and at our Christmas events to support the family.

Monday 16th December 9:30-YRS 3/4 Christmas production 2:15- YRS 5/6 Christmas production

Week beginning Monday 16th December -Christmas party week

Wednesday 18th December Christmas dinner day

Thursday 19th December- 2:30 pm Carols in the playground

INSET Dates for 2019-20
Please note the school closure dates for this academic year.

INSET day 1- 4th September

INSET day 2- 3rd April

INSET day 3- 20th July

INSET day 4-21st July

INSET day 5- 22nd July
Please note that the final day of the summer term for pupils will be on Friday 17th July, 2020.

Term Dates 2019-20

Havering Catering Services
Week beginning Monday 16th December is week 2 on the Havering catering services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.25.

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.
Havering catering Service now provide a breakfast club for Mead pupils. For £1.50 your child can have a bacon or sausage sandwich or beans on toast with cereal or toast or fresh fruit or yoghurt plus a drink.
We will also have speciality days when other items such as pancakes and muffins will be available.
In order for you to book a place you will need to deposit the money in advance in your Squid account.

Please do not send your child to school to attend breakfast club if there are no funds in your account as they will not be admitted.

Well done to Chile class who had the highest attendance in Y5&6 at 95.7% . N.Ireland had the highest attendance in LKS2 and overall at 97.2% and Egypt had the highest attendance in KS1 at 96.6%. Well done to them!. The overall attendance was disappointing at only 93.5%which is well below our target!

Have a good weekend

Yours Sincerely

Mrs L. Smith

Raffle Winners!

Thank you to everybody who kindly bought a raffle ticket to raise money for the farm. We were able to raise a fantastic £494 which will go towards food and treatment for our animals.

The raffle was drawn this week and the winners are:

Well done! Thank you to all who participated for your continued support to Mead School.

Year 3 Christmas Party!

Year 3 will be having their Christmas Party next week on Tuesday 17th December in the afternoon.

We would be grateful if pupils could bring an item of food/drink to share with the rest of the class.
Items could include: crisps, cakes, biscuits, sweets, fruit, veg sticks, individually wrapped drinks, bottle of squash etc. Please can we request that food items do not contain nuts.
If your child has any dietary requirements that we are not aware of, please inform the class teacher.

Children are NOT required to bring party clothes.

Thank you for your continued support.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Year 3 Team

Year 2 Star Writers

Well done to this week's and last week's winners:

Zachary in Egypt

Katherine in Egypt

Haydar in Kenya

Paige in Kenya

Rose in Madagascar

Chloe in Madagascar

The Year One Christmas party will take place on Tuesday
17th December. Could you please send in a small amount of food for the children to share:

Australia – Crisps, carrot sticks or cucumber sticks.
New Zealand – Cakes or cherry tomatoes.
Palau – Biscuits or fruit.

The children are not required to wear party clothes.

Thank you for your continued support.
The Year One Team