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


Sunday, 21 January 2018

Our Nursery sporting superstars

Well done to our Nursery children who rose to the challenge of using the apparatus during their P.E lesson this week. Even our two year olds were seen carefully balancing along the benches and jumping off of the low P.E tables. All children followed the safety instructions and it was amazing to see all the children developing their gross motor skills.
We will continue working on the apparatus over our next few P.E sessions and it will be lovely to see the children`s confidence growing and their skills progressing.

Reception Newsletter Spring 1 22.01.18

Term: Spring 1 22.01.18

Dear Parents/Carers,

We will be continuing our topic of Traditional Tales this week by reading the story “The Three Little Pigs”. The children loved hearing the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and rose to the challenge of building a bridge to help the goats cross safely. Our story of The Three Little Pigs will allow the children to work on a range of activities based on the story. If you do have any junk modelling resources could you please bring them into school by Tuesday (the latest) as the children will be designing and making their own houses for the Three Little Pigs.

We will be continuing our phonics programme Read, write Inc and in maths we will be looking at 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 3 of the Havering Catering menu
Monday’s lunch is
Beef Burger with potato wedges
Pea and bacon pasta
Vegetable burger with potato wedges 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