Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Year 3 Summer 1 Learning Challenge

We were very impressed with the pupils that completed last half term’s Learning Challenge. We loved seeing the time and effort pupil’s had put into their projects and the results were fantastic. We were particularly amazed by some pupil’s writing and research tasks which are now on display in the school corridor.

As this is an unusually short term, the theme is linked to our new literacy unit on poetry. It is optional however we would encourage every child to participate to help boost their learning in class. The children will receive a special Learning Challenge certificate at the end of the half term on completion of a project that shows a significant level of effort and challenge undertaken.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. The most impressive pieces of work will again be shared with the headteacher and in our next showcase. We look forward to seeing your fantastic projects again. Good Luck!

Choose from the following projects below:

We look forward to seeing your fantastic projects again. Good Luck!

Year 3 Curriculum Letter

Welcome back to the new and final term of this academic year! We hope you enjoyed your Easter break. This letter will outline the learning that will take place over the last term in Year 3. We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead.

Homework:Our expectation at Mead is that every child should do the following every night:
15 minutes reading to themselves or an adult and note in the reading record
15 minutes practising spellings
15 minutes rehearsing times tables facts (including multiplication and division)

If children would like to attempt an additional challenge, we have a new Learning Challenge for children to attempt this half of the Summer Term. This is a project based challenge which will have a wide selection of interesting projects that children can choose from, related to the topics we are learning in class. We hope that children will take their time with the challenge and be proud of the work they produce. They should be handed into one of the Year 3 teachers by the end of the half term.

Spellings:Spellings will continue to be given out on Fridays. The children are expected to practise their words every evening. We encourage the children to write their words in sentences on the back of their homework sheet. Their spelling test will take place on Fridays.

Timestables:Please encourage your child to practice their times tables every day. We are focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 timestables. It is expected that children are already secure in their 2, 5 and 10 timestables. Children are required to know ALL of their timestables up to 12 x 12 in Year 4. The Government has put mandatory testing in place so this year group of children will be tested in June 2020.

Curriculum InformationWe have included a summary of the topics which the children will be covering this term. If you have any questions about the topics being covered, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher.

Sunday, 28 April 2019


Tomorrow-Monday 29th April is an inset day - staff are in school for training but school is closed for pupils.
We look forward to welcoming our pupils back bright and early on Tuesday 30th April.
Please be advised we are going to have a drive on improving attendance and punctuality as in both cases we are below what is expected by Ofsted
Pupils should be in school every day, unless there is a valid reason for their absence, in which case we should be advised via phone/e-mail on the first day of absence and on every subsequent day they fail to attend.
Pupils can come into school from 8:30 but ALL should be in school for registration at 8:45.
Breakfast club is open to all from 7:45.
Please let’s all work together to make a concerted effort to improve attendance and punctuality at Mead.
Mrs L. Smith

Reception Newsletter Summer Term 1 Week 1

                                                                                                          Summer 1     29.04.19

Dear Parents/Carers

We look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday (a little reminder school is closed tomorrow due to a staff training day), to what promises to be another busy term. We hope you all had a lovely, restful Easter break and enjoyed the weather we had even if it was a little brief! This term we will be beginning our new topic 'Growing and changing', where we will be looking at humans, creatures and plants.

We will be reading and exploring various texts. This week we will start with 'Mad about Minibeasts'. We will be exploring minibeasts and their habitats and going on our very own minibeast hunt. The children will have the opportunity to make observations about their surrounding environments, create their own minibeast habitats and identify and sort minibeasts using different classification keys.

We will continue with our phonics programme Read, Write Inc, recapping our sounds and practising to blend and write words using their set 1 sounds. In maths we will be looking at recognising and ordering numbers to 20.

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. Please also remember to make a note of the title of the book your child has read to help them achieve their reading awards.

As we enter into our final term in Early Years we are asking all parents to now actively encourage their child to come into school by themselves. The children are able to do this confidently and we would really like the children to show skills in independence so please support your child in doing this. We will have a lunch menu by the door so you can help your child with this before they go in. Members of staff will of course be there to greet your child and assist where necessary and be available should you need to speak with them.


  • If your child has any comics at home that they have finished with we would be grateful for them in school. Children enjoy sharing these and having a variety of reading material helps their development.
  • We would also be grateful for any dressing up clothes that your child may no longer wear. Some of ours are looking a little over loved.
  • If you have any junk materials for the children to create mini beast environments we would really appreciate it.

We are on Week 1 of our new havering menu. Tuesday's choices are:

Red - Spaghetti Bolognaise
Blue -Topped Jacket Potato
Green - Vegetarian Sausage Roll with Diced Potatoes 


If your child attends breakfast club, breakfast costs from £1.50. Thank you

Messages –

  • PLEASE NAME all items of clothing. This will help when returning lost items, particularly jumpers and cardigans with the right child. We are still accumulating a large number of items. 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.

  • 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.

  • Please can you ensure that if your child is not in school for any reason you call the school to report the absence. This saves the office staff a lot of time spent in making phone calls.

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.

Person: Mr Bloom
Illustration by Eric Carle

1. Draw a portrait of the person.

2. Find out facts about the person.

3. Watch the person in action

1. To find out facts about the illustrator.

2. To make a collage of one of his illustrations.

3. To choose a favourite illustration and talk/write about why you like it.

Dates for your diary:

Summer Term

Monday 29th April
Tuesday 30th April
School reopens
Monday 6th May
May Day Bank Holiday
Tuesday 7th May
Return lunch forms for trip
Friday 10th May
Reading morning
Monday 20th May
Paradise Wildlife park trip

Monday 27th-Friday 31st May
May Half Term School Closed

INSET Dates and Polling day for 2018-19

We have two inset days left this academic year, please see the dates below:

3rd September
4th September
7th January
29th April
3rd 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:

Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others.

Aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting.

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

Communication and Language:

Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.

Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words.

ELG: They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Physical Development:

Practices some appropriate safety measures without direct supervision. Uses simple tools to effect changes to materials.

Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements.


Uses phonetic knowledge to write simple cvc words.

Uses vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experiences of books.

Attempts to write short sentences, which they can then read back.


Count reliably from 1-20.

Order numbers from 1-20.

Identify 1 more or less of a given number.

Expressive Art and Design:

Experiment with changing songs.

Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.

Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.

Understanding the World:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to living things.

Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.

They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is eyfs@mead.havering.sch.uk

We look forward to welcoming you back Tuesday.

Kind regards

The Reception Team