Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Y3 Scientists!

Year 3 have been loving their new Science topic on 'Light'.
Last week we discussed what light actually is and worked out where sources of light come from.
We learned some new scientific vocabulary...

"A luminous object is something that gives off it's own light. A non-luminous object doesn't give off light. It reflects or absorbs light." Kaylin Muwanda, Wales Class

We had a class circus where the children were able to go around the class exploring different objects and deciding whether they were luminous or non-luminous.
"I liked it when I got to touch the plasma ball because it looked like a mini lightning bolt on my finger!" Scarlett Deeble, Scotland Class

This week, we have been learning how light travels in a straight line. These lines are called “rays” and scientists use arrows to draw them.
Our investigation involved shining a torch through three pin holes and we observed that the light came out at the end.
"My prediction was right. The  light went through the three blocks because it travels in a straight line," Ricky Donovan, Scotland Class.

We finished the lesson using a transparent prism which reflects the light to make a hologram.
"The hologram was very very exciting because it looked like a mini 3D animal that was flying!" Mehmet Nevzat, Scotland Class.

Year 3 love the library!

Year 3 were lucky enough to visit the local library this month where they were shown how to find books in the children's section.
The children had to remember their alphabet and were all given a letter to get into alphabetical order. This challenged some of the pupils to think about how they would find books by certain authors in the library.

After being read a fun story by the librarian, the children were able to explore the amazing range of books the library had to offer & take one book each back to school!

"I enjoyed finding my own book. I chose 'Skulduggery Pleasant' by Derek Landy because I like books about crime," Justice, Nothern Ireland Class

"I thought the scanning machine was cool because all I had to do was put my book down on it and the name of the book came up on the screen," Reggie Miller, Wales Class

The children were also given a membership form to take home so they have the opportunity to sign up for free to get their own library card. We hope to go back again to swap our books for new ones!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Y3 Library trips today!

Just a reminder that Scotland class and Northern Ireland class are going on their library trips this morning which are rescheduled from the bad weather in December.
Scotland class will be departing school at 9.30am and arriving back by 11.30am.
Northern Ireland class will be departing school at 10.30am and arriving back by 12.30pm (lunchtime).

Children that are attending the Young Voices trip today will be staying in school this morning until they are due to depart.

Thankyou for your understanding

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Reception Newsletter Spring 1 Week 5

Term: Spring 1 29.01.18

Dear Parents/Carers,

We will be concluding our topic of Traditional Tales this week by reading the story “The Three Bears”. The children loved hearing the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' and fully emerged this story into their learning. Thank you for all the junk materials the children loved making houses for the pigs, This week the children will be tasting porridge and choosing their favourite toppings.

We will be continuing our phonics programme Read, write Inc and in maths we will be continuing our work on weight and capacity.

The learning objectives for this half term are:

Personal, Social and Emotional:

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions.

Can describe self in positive terms and talk about abilities 

Can usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.

Communication and Language:

Joins in with repeated refrains.
Can retell a simple story.
Builds up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences.


Describes main story settings, events and principal characters.

Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured.

Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipated key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.

Physical Development: 

Forms recognisable letters.

Can usually manage washing and drying hands.

Runs skilfully and negotiates spaces successfully.


To recap number recognition 0-10.

To recap number formation 0-10.

To confidently count to 20 and beyond demonstrating place value.

Understanding the World:

Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experiences.

Shows an interests in different ways of life.

Can talk about some of the things they have observed.

Expressive arts and design:

Constructs with a purpose in mind.

Manipulates material to achieve a planned effect.

Explores colour and how colour can be changed
This newsletter will be posted on our EYFS blog and facebook page at the beginning of each week.

Please remember to bring your child’s PE kit into school as it is needed for their lesson on Wednesday. All earrings should be taken out on this day.
If your child has required spare clothes in school could you please make sure they are returned as we now have no spare clothes available.

This week`s lunch is taken from Week 1 of the Havering Catering menu
Monday’s lunch is
Lamb and mint grills with potato wedges
Fish and tomato bake with pasta
Macaroni cheese in a wholemeal bun

  Learning Challenge

Each half term we will be setting our pupils a challenge related to their learning. We believe that it is important for us to provide guidance for parents on how their children's learning can be extended at home.
The learning challenge will include either a nursery rhyme, famous person, illustration or a piece of music. Please talk to your child about the challenge and help them to engage in their learning. The children can choose how they present their learning challenge outcomes to their teacher or class. 

This is an ongoing activity that should take place over a number of weeks, it should be the children’s own work (supported by the parents) and it needs to be brought into school so we can celebrate the child`s achievements.

  Person: Choose a Traditional Tale Character

  Artist/Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

  Poem/Song to learn: Teddy Bear Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Touch the ground,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Reach up high,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Touch the sky.

Nursery Rhyme



1. Learn it off by heart.

2. Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme.

3. Find out about bears.
To find out facts about the illustrator.
Produce a collage of other pictures by the illustrator.
To draw a picture in a similar style

1. Draw a portrait of the person.

2. Find out facts about the person.

3. Watch the person in action.

  Dates for your diary:
7th February – Reading Morning
9th March – Stay and Make Mother’s Day theme

The school will be closed on the following days for pupils:

 INSET Days: Polling Day:
9th February and  3rd May

25th May

29th June 

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

Kind regards

The Reception Team

Friday, 26 January 2018

NEWSLETTER Friday 26th January

Dear Parents,

Diary Dates

We start the week with Y6 are out on a school trip to the Museum of London. In the afternoon, St Lucia and Jamaica are visiting the library. Tuesday 30th is a big day as we are sending a joint Federation choir to the O2 for the Young Voices event. There will be over 12,000 children singing together… it will be an experience to remember for the children. In addition to this on Tuesday, Chris Kent has organised for Barclays bank to come in to give a careers talk to Y5 & Y6.

School Council Charity Cake Sale - Wednesday 31st January, Thursday 1st February and Monday 5th February 

The School Council will be holding a cake sale to raise funds for the Goat that Gives Back campaign in the KS1 Playground on Wednesday afternoon at 3pm, the KS2 playground on Thursday at 3pm and the Reception playground on Monday 5th at 2.50pm.

Key Dates

Last day of the Half Term               
Thursday 8th February 
INSET Day - School Closed               
Friday 9th February 
Parents’ Evening                            
Mon 26th & Tues 27th March
Last Day of Spring Term                 
Thursday 29th March

Half Term: Monday 12th - Friday 16th February

School is closed for INSET on Friday 9th of February, so the children’s last day this half term will be Thursday 8th and then they return to school on Monday 19th

Havering Catering Services

Week beginning 22nd January is Week 1 on the Havering Catering Services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.20.

Maths Champions

Congratulations to four of our Y6 pupils who won the maths cluster competition at Pyrgo this week. Ignas, Stefan, Pawel and Paris M had to solve a range of challenges in order to finish top amongst the other Harold Hill schools. We are delighted to see that all of the high quality experiences they get in class are reaping dividends!

Year 2 Poetry Prize

Year 2 entered the Premier League Primary Stars poetry competition last term. As we were one of the first 1000 schools to enter we were sent a book bag full of poetry books. The children wrote Acrostic poems using the words Try, Try Again. They explored how important it is to persevere and be resilient both within their learning and also whilst participating in a sport. Well done Year 2… a great prize and addition to the school library.

Year 1 visit to Discover Children’s Story Centre

On Tuesday Australia and New Zealand classes visited the Discover Children's Story Centre where they stepped into a magical world of forests, miniature houses, dragons and other creatures. They explored a 3D world created around the stories of the best loved children’s author, Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. The children participated in a story building workshop where they created their own stories about a grumpy scaffolder and a scary fairy! The day ended in the story garden where the children were able to bring their stories to life.​ We had a fantastic time and want to thank the children for behaving so beautifully.

Attendance Update

Well done to Brazil class who had the highest attendance in Y5&6 with 96.7%. Wales & Scotland had the highest attendance in LKS2 with 97.8% and New Zealand had the highest attendance in KS1 with 96%. The overall attendance was 94.1%!

Have a fabulous weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs L Smith

Reading Awards

The following pupils have read 10 books and receive a bookmark for their efforts, Hafsa Scimogullari, Saeeda Mulla, Lara Alves-Rodrigues, Michael Nugent, Rocco Livingstone, Alicia McLister and Alexandrina Cojan.

Our Free Readers are Jacob Collins, Kai Hope, Jasmine Bennett and Mihaela Bordei.

Gabriela Alves-Rodrigues, Jasmine Bennett, Chloe Wooster, Amber Coffey and Ryan Jackson have achieved  Bronze Reading Awards for reading 25 books.

Silver Reader awards go to Yanis Ruzibaev, Brea Cassell, and Amelia Dang Nam who have read 50 books. They each receive a silver certificate and a £5 book token for their efforts.

A massive well done to this week’s Gold readers Maya Adochitei, Oliver Trinder and Kira Staniforth who have read 100 books and receive a gold certificate and a trophy for their efforts.

E for Excellence Winners

These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.

Alexis Wood from Barbados

Jackson Raymond from Jamaica
Hayden Kironde from St Lucia
Lukas Balciunas from New Zealand
Nathanuel Miller from Australia
Remiyah February - Howard from Palau
Ellie -Mae Rigg from Madagascar
Jake Webb from Egypt
Matty Fitzgibbon from Kenya
Riley Ince from Northern Ireland
Jasmin Rami from Wales
Shanel-Rose Bennett from Scotland
Kailee McCarthy from Germany
Luke Bonnett from Greece
Amara Coleman from Italy
Moavyya Chaudry from USA
Momina Ahmed from Canada
Uzoma Anyiam from Mexico
Aimee Ince from Chile
Hope Brooks from Brazil
Nay - Quan Davies - Jodo from Argentina

Star Writers

These children have used a range of powerful vocabulary and techniques to become a Star Writer; Chloe Andreeti-Brown, Kymarni Sharon, Chanel Faulkner, Jayden Ndoko,  Frankie Ballard, Kajus Krisciunas, Afnan Ahmed, Jessica Lacatus, Cameron Wingrove, Amiyah Halley,  Amelia Nauthoo, Havin Colak, Mason Broad, Madison Cutts, Emma Kelly, Alexandrina Cojan, Liam Hattersley, Jaroslav Richter, Joshua Harvey, David Daniel and, Ibrahim Javed.

Look out for examples of their work on the blog!

WOW Awards

I have made my teacher happy, WOW Awards go to;
Ollie Jordan in Jamaica for trying hard in all that he does and making the right choices.
Lola Stripling in St Lucia for making a wonderful little pig house.
Jake Wardell and Yazmina Ille in New Zealand for their great attitude to learning.
Sophie Thompson in Australia for wonderful home learning and Muhammad Ali Raza, Filip Sychoski and Ian Alexander for moving up a book band.
Kajus Krisciunas in Palau for wonderful home learning.
Sulejman Dreni, Lukas Domeika and Famata Fati in Kenya for all moving up a book band.
Lilyana Duke in Northern Ireland for writing 10 book reviews.
Zehra Raza in Wales for searching for adverbs in her library book and collecting them for our magpie wall.
Maya-Victoria Moliki in Scotland for home learning on volcanoes.
Giovanna Alves Rodrigues in Germany for reading 75 books.
Hannah Wright in Greece for her rainforest work.
Ryan Jackson, Sophie Cross, Hana Abdin and Lewis Jackson in USA for extra poetry homework.

Tracker Awards

Congratulations to the latest pupils who have achieved their Bronze awards: Aaliyah Nicholas, Teddy Gain, Jake Webb, Hayden Flower, Lena Da Silva, Hanzalah Shafique, Taylor Thompson and Zehra Raza.
Silver Tracker certificates are awarded to Sonny Fiorini, Shomari Francis, Zahi Abdullah, Julia Nowak, Mia Golding, Lily-May Dedross, Cameron Danquah, Nura Aboubakari and Harvey Wettner.

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.

Riley Ince, Ellie Mann, Reggie Miller and Hektor Rimkus  receive a certificate for Reciprocity.  Well done to Sophiat Olojede, Benjamin Winjobi and Shay La-Roqcue who receive certificates for Resilience and Felicity Applegarth and Aidan Andretti-Brown for Resourcefulness.

Certificate of Presentation

Well done to Anmona Sahakundu, Grace Spencer and Hayden Hampson who have presented their work beautifully. They have shown pride in their work and taken care with their handwriting and number formation.

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;  Jacob Collins and Ellie Mann for their research into volcanoes and Ryan Jackson, Ricardas Saudargas, Donald Kwarteng, Lily-May Dedross and Adedeji Okunoren for finding facts about trains to put on our Fact Hunter board.

Learning Challenge

Sydney Spiers-Green, Tyrese Olayiwola and Alecia Mmor  have been working hard at home and extending their knowledge through their learning challenge work.

School Council Cake Sale

The Mead School Council will be selling cakes to raise money for the WE charity campaign The Goat that Gives Back.

On Monday the school council delivered an excellent assembly to the children of Mead School highlighting the use of goats in developing countries. They discovered that because remote villages in some developing countries are very hot and dry, it is hard for the villagers to grow crops to earn money. The WE charity is campaigning to buy goats for these families. Why goats? Goats are practical animals, they like to live in harsh climates. A goat is able to provide up to 16 cups of milk a day. It's milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk and is an excellent source of calcium, protein, and other essential nutrients that growing children need. The extra milk can then be sold. Therefore a goat will enable parents to earn enough money to feed and educate their family.

We can buy one goat for £30. Let's see how many goats we can buy!

To raise money for this valuable cause the school council are holding some cake sales. The cakes will be 50p each and all the money will go to the charity. The school council representatives will be in the KS1 playground on Wednesday 31st January at 3pm, in the KS2 playground on Thursday 1st February at 3pm and the Reception playground on Monday 5th February at 2:50pm.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Year 2 Poetry

Year 2 entered the Premier League Primary Stars poetry competition last term. As we were one of the first 1000 schools to enter we were sent a book bag full of poetry books. The children wrote Acrostic poems using the words Try, Try Again. They explored how important it is to persevere and be resilient both within their learning and also whilst participating in a sport. 

"We never say we can't do it we say we can't do it yet."

Year 4 Spellings

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Here are the spellings this week for Year 4. The children will be tested on these on Friday 2nd February.

It is part of the children's homework to practice their spellings for 15 minutes every night.


Year 6 Spelling List

Year 6 - SATs Spelling List

Spring Term - Week 4

The children are asked to practise their spellings at home for 15 minutes each day. They can practise by putting the words into sentences this will help them to understand how to use each word in the correct contexts. We then encourage the children to use these words within their independent writing activities throughout the week. 

Please remind children that their red spelling book should be returned to school each Friday so we can give the children their spellings for the following week.

Children will be tested on these spellings the first Friday back.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018


Today Australia and New Zealand classes visited the Discover Children's Story Center where they stepped into a magical world of forests, miniature houses, dragons and other creatures. We explored a 3D world created around the stories of the best loved children’s author, Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Then the children participated in a story building workshop where we created our own stories about a grumpy scaffolder and a scary fairy! We also designed our own book covers.

We finished the day in the story garden where the children were able to bring their stories to life.

We had a wonderful day and the children behaved impeccably.

"Stick Man is hiding in the tree!" called Michael to his friends.
"Look, I found a secret chamber!" exclaimed Lexi.

Nursery learn about` The Three Little pigs`

Nursery was a hive of activity last week as the children learnt about the story of `The three little pigs.` The children built houses out of straw, sticks and building bricks. They made pig biscuits and had great fun acting out the story.
There was lots of huffing and puffing and all the children seemed to want to play the part of  the big bad wolf.
This week they are already enjoying their activities based around the story of `Goldilocks and the three bears` and are looking forward to tasting the porridge.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Reminder for Year 2 Parents

Just a reminder the Year 2 assessment meeting will be in the Infant Hall from 8:45 am.
 If you can please come along to discuss the end of Key Stage 1 assessment procedures.

Nursery Newsletter week beginning 22nd January

Term: Spring 1                     Date: 22.01.2018


Dear Parent/Carer,

We have just received the wonderful news that Mrs Shoulders gave birth to a lovely little baby boy named Thomas this morning. He weighed 6lb and was born at 7.48 a.m. On behalf of everybody at Mead we would like to send our warmest congratulations.


The children have really enjoyed their themed work based on the three little pigs. This week we will be moving onto the story of `Goldilocks and the three bears `which will include children making porridge and deciding which toppings to put on. We will also be singing the song of `when `Goldilocks went to the house of the bears.`


These are the skills we will be focusing on this week:


The children are continuing to develop the skills to count accurately. We will be practising our counting and looking at sizes of things.


The children will be helping to make porridge and stirring the milk into the oats.



The children will have their weekly P.E lesson and plenty of opportunity to develop their gross motor skills in the outside area.



The children will be able to practise their mark making in porridge oats. At this stage mark making is a physical activity and this allows them to develop elbow and wrist control.



The children will continue to have access to collage materials so they can create their own pictures. We will add junk materials for them to explore texture.


Communication and Language

Encouraging children to use simple sentences correctly.

Encouraging children to hold a conversation and respond to comments.


Personal and Social Development

Ensuring children are able to cooperate with routines and some boundaries.

Modelling the correct behaviours in play, ensuring children use resources well and begin to share with other children.





Please ensure your child has a coat in school every day as we do use the outside area in all weather conditions.


Dates for your Diary

Friday 9th February-Nursery closed due to staff training

Monday 12th February-Friday 16th February-Half term

Friday 9th March-Stay and Play Mother`s day activities


If you would like to contact a member of staff feel free to contact us on



Kind regards,

The Nursery Team