Sunday, 24 September 2017

Notice for Reception Parents

Reception Parents/Carers

This week your child will be listening to and learning the story "My Mum and Dad make me Laugh", as part of their learning we will be sharing and talking about our families. We are asking if you could send your child in with a picture of their family in a named enveloped for them to share with their peers during circle time.
Please note all pictures will be returned to you.

Many thanks
Reception Team


Mead Reception Newsletter 24/09/2017

Term: Autumn 1                      Date: 24.09.17

Dear Parents,

       We have had a super start to school life with the children settling into Mead really well. 
       Thank you to all parents and carers for your support during this induction period.The children will now be attending school full time with the new school day being 8.30-8.45 start with a 3.00 collection time. In the mornings the children need to walk through the main gate and enter through the Reception area doors. At 3.00 Gate 3 is also open for parents and the children will be released through the Reception area doors. 

       Each week we will provide you with a newsletter.  The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you up to date with any relevant news in Reception.  It will include a list of intended learning objectives, an overview of activities, the learning challenge (which we will not commence until the second part of the Autumn term), notices, important dates and the stories and topics that we will be focussing on.
We hope you had a chance to look at our starting school blogs which appeared on the mead blog page and on facebook . 

The learning objectives will be listed under these headings:

Personal, Social and Emotional

Can select and use activities and resources with help
Shows confidence in asking adults for help 

Communication and Language
To follow directions
To use talk to connect ideas 

To sometimes give meanings to the marks they draw and paint
Listens to and joins in with stories 

Physical Development:
Runs skillfully and negotiates space
Mounts stairs, steps or climbing equipment 

      Beginning to recite numbers in order to 10
      Knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set 

      This newsletter will be posted on our EYFS blog and facebook page at the beginning of each week.   

     With the weather changing it would be really useful if the children had a pair of wellington boots in school and also a spare pair of clothes.    

Rewards Strategies
Just so you are aware we follow a whole school approach to behaviour management, incorporating the 4 R’s which can be found on the school website along with the values.  To ensure the system is age appropriate we use a happy and sad face within the Early Years.  To ensure a close partnership we will work with you if your child keeps finding their name on the red face.

Dates for your diary:     

       Monday 25th September – All Reception children in full time

        Tuesday 3rd October 8.30-9.00 Stay and Read session

         Parents are invited to stay and share books with their child in the classroom. 

        Tuesday 3rd October -9.00 Parent Read Write Inc Workshop
       You are invited to a session to show you how to support your child at home with learning to read and we will explain the phonics system that we use in school. 

      Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October - Parent Evenings 

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


        INSET Days:                                                 Polling Day:

 9th February                                                    3rd May

 25th May

 29th June     

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

       Staff are also available straight after school to discuss any concerns that you may have. 

        Kind regards

The Reception Team


Friday, 22 September 2017

Reception stay for lunch

Reception all tucked in to their first ever school dinner, we were met with clean plates, full bellies and lots smiley faces.The children amazed the adults with independent they were at using their knives and forks and the beautiful manners they demonstrated.

On Monday your child has the option to choose a school dinner or bring a packed lunch into school. Please remember to talk through the choices with your child before they come into school.

We are on Week 2 and the choices for Monday are:
Sausages and diced potatoes
Salmon fillet with diced potatoes
Vegetarian bolognaise and pasta

Tracker Awards

Congratulations to the latest pupils who have achieved their Bronze awards: Raul Misinciuc and Hektor Rimkus

Silver Tracker certificates are awarded to Gabriel Antohi Donald Kwarteng, Hannah Wright, Nura Aboubakari and Ryan Eaton. Well done to them!
Evita Leonovaite, Amara Coleman receive Gold Tracker certificates in recognition of the fantastic effort they have made in learning.

A massive well done to Anya Shorter who is the first Mead pupil to complete the Platinum tracker.


Well done to Chile class who had the highest attendance in Y5&6 at 98.2% . N. Ireland had the highest attendance in LKS2 at 99.3% and Kenya had the highest attendance in KS1 also at 99.3%. Well done to them!. The overall attendance was a little down on last week but still met our target of 96%-Let’s hope we can keep this up!!

Diary Dates

Monday 25th September -Reception children in full time, Nursery children start full hours
Thursday 28th September-Year 2 Spinebreakers to visit Waterstones
Monday 2nd October -2 Year olds start full hours in the Nursery. Year ¾ Road Safety Magic show in school
Tuesday 3rd October-15:00-16:00- Mead v St Ursula’s netball match

Important dates for this term
Parents’ Evenings -16th/17th October
Half term-school closed -Monday 23rd-Friday 28th October
Christmas Holidays-school closed -Thursday 21st December -Tuesday 2nd January

INSET Dates & Polling Day for 2017-18
Please note the school closure dates for this academic year.
INSET day 1 -4th Sep
INSET day 2 -18th Sep
INSET day 3 -9th Feb
Polling Day -3rd May
INSET day 4 -25th May
INSET day 5 -29th June

Weekly Newsletter-22nd of September 2017

Dear Parents,
Our reception children have now completed their induction weeks and we look forward to welcoming them in school full time next week.

It has been brought to my notice that some children are bringing ‘home-made slime’ into school which they are then trying to put down the backs of other children, which is totally unacceptable. Teachers have been directed to confiscate and dispose of any ‘slime’ brought into school. I would appreciate your support in this matter.

My midday supervisor has had to confiscate jaw breakers/gob stoppers from some KS2 children this lunchtime- once again our policy is that children should not eat sweets in school-please support us in ensuring this doesn’t reoccur.

Parents Forum-Headlines
We held the first Parents Forum on Tuesday of this week-thank you to those who attended.
For those who were unable to attend:
I spoke about proposed building works;

I informed parents that the nursery extension project is due to start on 2nd January with completion due the end of March-Hopefully children will be able to move into the new provision after Easter. Our Nursery classes are not full but we have provision for 60 children in each session -In line with the Government's 30 hour offer some will be attending both morning and afternoon sessions. We will also be taking a small number of 2 year olds in each session.

It is proposed that we become a 4 form entry school from September 2018. Building work to extend the KS1 corridor (Year 2 end) is due to start January 2nd and expected to be completed by mid April 2018

A self-contained Autism ARP is to be built, to accommodate up to 12 autistic pupils, alongside the new classroom. Mrs Jolly and Mrs Hodges who worked in the Language resource are attending specialised training courses and will work in the ARP provision due to open next Summer.

I spoke about the pupil values-in particular attendance and punctuality;

We are really pleased with the number of children arriving in school at 8:30 and have noticed the improvement this makes to their school day. It gives them the opportunity to socialise with their peers and share news/information with the adults in the classroom-this all makes for a very settled start to the day.
I spoke about school uniform and how school environments become less competitive and more focused on learning when we promote a single standard of dress. It is really pleasing to see that, with very few exceptions, children are proud to wear the Mead uniform but I wanted to draw parents attention to footwear. Pupils should wear black shoes/trainers-increasingly we are seeing different coloured trainers which are not in keeping with the school policy.

I reminded parents of our expectation that pupils from year 1-6 should spend 15mins every evening reading, 15 mins practising spellings and 15 mins practising their times tables. Additionally they are given Learning Challenges associated with their topic-Some year 6 pupils spoke to parents about the Learning Challenges and showed examples of work completed.

Finally, I took parents to see the Mead Farm Development. They were all really impressed and commented on how eager their children are to get involved in caring for and learning about the animals when it is finished. We are hoping to get 2 donkeys, a pony and some rabbits and guinea pigs before half term. Watch this space.

Start of the day
It is really pleasing to see so many children taking advantage of the earlier opening time. Teachers have reported a significant difference in behaviour, in that the environment is much calmer and pupils settle quickly to their work.
Pupils who come in early have the opportunity to socialise with their peers and with their teacher. Teachers have the chance to catch up with small group work -so it is beneficial all round.
Based on this we have decided to extend the school day-Pupils will now be expected to be in school by 8:45am and anyone arriving after this time will be registered as late.
Have a fabulous weekend and remember the 8:45am start on Monday
Mrs Smith