Friday, 31 January 2020

Year Four Reading Question

The reading questions to ask your children in the coming week are:

For fiction books:
What is the main problem the character had to solve?
Is it how you would solve the problem?

For non-fiction books:
To whom would you recommend this book (who would find the information useful)?

Happy Reading!

Year 4 Bikeability

A reminder that bikeability will run on Monday 3rd February for Greece and Italy classes, 4th February for Greece and Germany classes and 7th February for Germany and Italy classes. Any children going to Young Voices will do their bikeability classes on the 4th and 7th.

This is only for the children that returned have their permission signed slip.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 4 Team

Y3 Spellings Week 4

Please find the Year 3 spellings below for this week. There are 2 groups of spellings. Please check your child's sheet to find out which group they are in.We encourage you to practice your spellings by putting these words into sentences on the back on this sheet. Merits will be awarded for extra effort!

Group 1 

Group 2 


School Council - The Takeover

Year six reading question of the week

Good afternoon!

The question to ask your child while you are reading with them this weekend is:

Within the fiction text you are reading: 
Can you relate to the character? How are you alike and different?

Within the non fiction text you are reading:
How does this text relate to your life?

Happy reading year 6!

E for Excellence Winners

These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.
Barbados -Roman
Wales -Lukas
Jamaica -Leona
Scotland -Michael
St Lucia -Donovan
Germany -Georgia
New Zealand -Tommy
Greece -Rehan
Australia -Millie
Italy -Nicole
Palau -Amira
U.S.A -Asia
Madagascar -Isabella
Canada -Kamauri
Egypt -Esmai
Mexico -Elma
Kenya -Ragan
Chile -Ella
N. Ireland -Rocco
Brazil -Teddy
Argentina -Deon
Malta -Gabriel

Star Writers

These children have used a range of powerful vocabulary and techniques to become a Star Writer; Mya in Germany, Angelo and Biddy in Barbados, Nicolas in Palau, Daniel. R in New Zealand, Kellis in USA, Alex in Scotland, Vinnie in Canada, Akacia in Chile, Makenzie in Argentina, Maathumai in Australia, Sofia in Wales, Teddy in Greece, Milana in Italy, Ignacy in St Lucia, George in Brazil, Daniel G in Northern Ireland. Sophia in Egypt, Victoria in Madagascar and Aminata in Mexico. 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.
Afnan in Germany and Ava J in Scotland receive a certificate for reciprocity and Ava P in Scotland for reflectiveness. Well done to Valentino and Lenny in Madagascar and Ian in Scotland who receive certificates for resilience and Bogdan in Egypt and Cattleya in Kenya who have shown they can be very resourceful in school.

Certificate of Presentation

Well done to Charlotte in Wales, Lily in Jamaica, Lucille in Barbados, Junior in Kenya, Jared in Madagascar, Neraya in St Lucia, Gracie in Australia, Maria in New Zealand, Albert in Scotland and Amen, Marvellous and Bianka in Palau 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, Leona in Jamaica, Riley in Australia, Darius in St Lucia, Arwyn and Rio in Egypt and Alex in Scotland.

Lorienne in Barbados, Haydar in Kenya, Nicolae in Australia, Mahroosh in Canada, David in Palau, Esmai and Fareeda in Egypt. Levi in New Zealand and Demantas and Michael in Scotland have achieved bronze reading awards for reading 25 books.

Silver Reader awards go to Constantine in Jamaica, Arsalaan in Barbados, Tommy in Kenya, Charlotte F in Australia, Aayan, Marvellous, Nevaeh in Palau and Merkhima in New Zealand who have read 50 books. They each receive a silver certificate and a £5 book token for their efforts.

Zuzanna in St Lucia has read 75 books and she gets a book of her choice for her fantastic effort.

A massive well done to this week’s gold readers Layla in Barbados and Majus in New Zealand who have read 100 books and receive a gold certificate and a trophy for their efforts.

Fact Hunter Award

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

WOW Award

I have made my teacher happy
Emma, Charley, D’arcy, Layla, Moksha, Angelo, Roman and Stanley in Barbados -For completing additional work at home
Isla, Hollie, Poppy, Lily, Shay, Esther, Leya, Ralph and Amelia in Jamaica -For completing additional work at home
Leya, Logan and Poppy all in Jamaica -For moving up a book band
Tommy, Michelle, Aamir in Kenya -For moving up a book band
Michael N in Kenya class -For completing his bingo homework
Merkhima in New Zealand -For completing extra work at home.
Evelin in New Zealand -For completing bingo homework.
Daniel. R in New Zealand -For moving up a book band
Ryan, Hazel and Carter in Australia -For moving up a book band
Stephen in Northern Ireland -For his research on Buckingham Palace
Tommy C and Dovydas in Wales -For moving up a book band.
Benjamin, Eduard in Palau -For moving up a book band
Lily Rae, Millie Rae and Olivia in Germany -For receiving a KS2 Swimming Certificate
Brea, Gabriela, Helena in Germany -For swimming 400m
Mariama in Northern Ireland -For work at home
Sofia in Madagascar -For reading 75 books.
Arjya and Tehzeeb in Madagascar -For completing Bingo homework
Esmai and Nisa in Egypt -For moving up a book band.
Max in Egypt -For bingo homework
India, Donovan, Jacob, Ria, Dora, Sandra, Amelia, Daniel, Amber and William in St. Lucia -For their fantastic writing about a Troll.
Michael in Scotland -For moving up a reading level.

Year 6 spellings

Please find below spellings for this week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings every day. The children will be tested on these words next Friday 7th February.


Tracker Awards

Congratulations to the latest pupils who have achieved their Bronze awards: Dami in Northern Ireland and Jacob in Madagascar.

Silver Tracker certificates are awarded to Michelle from Kenya class, Oghomwen in Madagascar and Yanis in Northern Ireland. Well done to them!

Samuel in USA receives a Gold Tracker certificate in recognition of the fantastic effort he has made in learning.

Weekly Newsletter -31st January 2020

Dear Parents,

We still have a number of pupils arriving late. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of getting your children to school on time-Remember the doors open at 8:30.
Pupils arriving late miss out on their learning and many find it embarrassing and really struggle entering the class halfway through a session.

Also please be advised I can not authorise holidays during term time. Whilst I appreciate it is cheaper, taking your child out of school for an extended period does have a negative impact on their learning and on our attendance data (which we are judged on by Ofsted).

Diary Dates
Monday 3rd February- 10:30-22:30 Some of our children will be attending the Young Voices event at the O2. Germany class are visiting the Tate Modern in London, while some pupils from the remaining year 4 classes attend bikeability sessions.
Tuesday 4th February- Italy class are visiting the Tate Modern today while some pupils from the other year 4 classes attend bikeability sessions. During the afternoon our year 5 pupils will be watching a Birds of Prey display in school. After school our netball team have a match against Harold Court Primary.

Wednesday 5th January-It’s Greece class’ turn to visit the Tate Modern today. Some of our year 3 pupils will be attending a Forest School session this afternoon.
Thursday 6th January-Some of our year 5/6 girls will be representing Mead at a football tournament at Noak Hill while the rest of year 6 pupils will be visiting Duxford.
Friday 7th January 9:00-10:30-Parents of our SEN pupils are invited to attend a coffee morning at Mead. Bikeability sessions for year 4 continue today.

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 3rd February is week 1 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 or 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.

A message from Havering Catering Service
We would like to reassure parents whose child may have a Dairy Allergy or Intolerance that the School Kitchen only use Dairy Free Sunflower Spread at Breakfast Club and Lunch time.

Key Diary Dates for this term
Monday 3rd February -Last swimming session this half term
Monday 17th -Friday 21st February -Half term-School closed
Monday 24th February -Back to school-Swimming starts
Monday 23rd March -Last swimming session this half term
Monday 30th/Tuesday31st March -Parent afternoon/evenings
Friday 3rd April -Inset Day-school closed
Monday 6th-Friday 17th April -Easter holidays-School closed
Monday 20th April -Back to school

Attendance Update
Well done to Mexico class who had the highest attendance in Y5&6 at 97.1% . Scotland had the highest attendance in LKS2 at 96.3% and Egypt had the highest attendance in KS1 and overall at 98.3%. Well done to them !
The overall attendance was disappointing at only 93% which is well below our target! Hopefully we'll do better next week.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs L. Smith

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:

Lyra in Jamaica

Ignacy in St Lucia


and Biddy in Barbados

Children's Mental health Week

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The next Children's Mental Health Week will take place 3-9 February 2020.

Set up by children's mental health charity Place2Be, the week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people's mental health.

This year's theme is Find your Brave.

Please keep an eye on the blog next week to see what your child's class does to raise awareness.

Year 1 Star Writers

Year 1 Star Writers

This week's Year 1 Star Writers are:

Nicolas from Palau
For his recount

Maathumai from Australia
For her recount.

Daniel from New Zealand
For his recount

Well done Year 1!

Year 5 Spelings

You will be given 18 spellings to learn on a Friday and you will be
tested the following Friday. These words will come from the
spelling rule which we have been learning about that week. 
The words in red are from the Statutory year 5 and 6
spelling list. You will be tested on Friday 7th February 2020


Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Well done Tommy!

In the Autumn term there was a Veggie Run competition in which one child that had a school dinner every day from 09/10/19 – 18/10/19 would have the chance of winning a £160 Halfords voucher. Tommy in Wales was the lucky winner of this competition.  

Tommy said “It’s amazing, I can’t wait to ride it on the weekend!”. 
Well done Tommy! 

Monday, 27 January 2020

Year 2 Maths Challenge

    Colour in a half of each shape.  Be careful and make sure you make each piece the same.  Remember equal parts.

Year 2 Star Writers

Well done to the winners:

Brenden in Madagascar.

Gabriel in Kenya.

Ines in Kenya.

Aamir in Kenya.

Freddie in Kenya.

Lottie in Egypt.

Year 3's Reading Question of the Week

Good afternoon!

We hope that everyone had a lovely weekend.

The question to ask your child while you are reading with them this week will help them to use their skill of inference. It is:

What do you think will happen to the main character now? Can you give reasons for your opinion?

Happy reading!

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Mead Nursery Weekly Newsletter Spring 1 Week 4

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Dear parents
We hope you are having  a lovely weekend  It was so lovely to see our children really enjoying their activities last week and reenacting the story of the 3 bears.They seemed to really enjoy eating their perfect baby bear porridge.

This week  we will be learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year.The children will be making dragons,experimenting with chopsticks and experiencing rice and noodle play.We will also be tasting some chinese food so if you would rather your child wasn`t involved in this activity please let the Nursery staff know.
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During the Winter months please make sure your child attends Nursery with a waterproof jacket each day. Additional hats/scarfs etc may be needed if the weather is cold. We do believe in the children having some outdoor time each day but on particularly bad days we will keep them under the canape.
Please be aware children may finish Nursery slightly messy or slightly damp from playing outside. We believe that children learn a great deal from playing in different weather conditions and please be assured that your children will not be left in soaking wet clothing for the whole session. If you would like to send spare clothes in to keep at Nursery in case of accidents please hand them to one of the Nursery staff in a named bag.

We now have the opportunity for our morning children to attend additional afternoon sessions if you have an appointment. These will cost 15 pounds for the extra lunchtime and afternoon session.
Bookings must be made by 12p.m on the previous Friday. Please talk to Nursery staff if you need some advice with this.
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You all did so brilliantly with working with your child to learn to put their coat on that we have decided to put a weekly parent activity on this newsletter.

This week we want to praise children who use their manners well.We would like all the children to say hello or good morning/afternoon and please and thank you.Stickers will be given to children using their manners well. 

Thank you to Zelda`s family who sent in beautiful pictures of Zelda reading her bedtime story.We have printed off her pictures and displayed them in the Nursery.Thanks also to Evelyn`s family who sent a wonderful picture in.We would appreciate some more photos this week so will continue with the same activity.If your  child could borrow a book from our class lending library and then if you could send us a photo  and a short comment about your child and how much they enjoyed sharing their book.
We will then print the pictures off and share them in the Nursery.
Please  send the photos by email to
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The Newsletter will also be published on the EYFS blog. You can view this from the school website: or by following the school facebook page.

Please  email staff if you have  any queries on or feel free to pop in and see us if you have any concerns.

Kind regards,

The Nursery Team
Here are some photos of the children enjoying their just right baby bear porridge.
Here are this week`s stars of the week who have all made us very happy.Well done to all our little Nursery stars.

Reception Newsletter Spring 1 Week 4



Hopefully you have all had a lovely and restful weekend and we wish our families celebrating a very Happy new year. The children thoroughly enjoyed our learning last week on Chinese New Year, fully immersing themselves in the different culture and the Chinese food tasting proved very popular! A BIG thank you again to all of those parents who were able to make our writing workshop, if you were unable to make Thursday and you have any questions in how best to help support your child's learning at home please feel free to speak to their teachers.

This week we will be continuing with our 'traditional tales' topic through our learning of "The 3 Billy goats gruff". The children will not only be able to see some goats up close on a visit to our farm but they will also be opportunities for them to produce some observational drawings, re-enact the story and create props to support their own role play.

We understand how busy it can be in the morning and that sometimes for ease it is quicker for us to do something. We are kindly asking you to actively encourage your child to become more independent in their morning routines - hanging their coat on their peg, putting their book bag away and finding their cupcake. Some of the children are becoming very confident at coming in to school in the morning and are asking to come into school on their own. We would really encourage this independence in the children and will praise children who are ready to make their own way into their classes.

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 back to us.

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.
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 back to us.

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.

Request - 
We are asking for any donations of bags, hats, costumes etc which are no longer needed and could be used and developed by the children to enhance their imaginative role play please.

We will be using the Havering school menu which the children bought home. This week we are on Week 3 of the 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

In Read, write inc the children have now begun working in smaller groups according to where they are up to with learning to blend. This will help the children to progress at their own level.

In maths we will be looking at measurement, in particular height and length. There will be a range of practical activities for the children to use and apply their skills.

Thank you to all those parents who have returned their child's PE kits. A little reminder we have our PE sessions every Thursday. Could you please ensure your child has their P.E kits back in school ready for their lesson. We still have some missing items, if you could please check that your child has their correct clothes Please could you also check that your child has the right P.E clothes in their bag as we do have some it would be much appreciated.

INSET Dates 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

Spring 1

Tuesday 11th February
Stay and read morning
Friday 14th February
Break up for half term
Monday 24th February
Children return back to school
Our learning objectives this term will be listed under these headings:

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 interest 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

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.

Reception Team