The Meads Primary School - Luton
As we approach the end of term I am finally able to share some good news with you all. For some weeks now, we have had to keep to ourselves, the project which you will have undoubtedly noticed being installed on the Key Stage 1 & 2 fields. Some time ago we submitted a bid to Awards for All, the lottery funded charity that gives money to worthy causes, for funding to extend our playground apparatus. We were subsequently awarded £10,000 towards doing so, which, together with a further £2,000 provided by our brilliant PTA, has enabled us to pay for the additional equipment you can see on our playgrounds.
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During the Summer term in Year 2 our PE focus was dance. The children have created a flash dance to Coldplay's Adventure of a Lifetime, thinking about position and movement. They have thoroughly enjoyed creating this video and all Year 2 staff are proud of what they have achieved. Have a lovely Summer everyone!
The Fiver Challenge is a nationwide competition sponsored by Virgin Money and Young Enterprise. It is for young people aged 5 – 11 years, across the UK and aims to inspire creativity and develop enterprising attitudes and behaviours.
The Fiver Challenge, supported by Virgin Money, provides a highly interactive, fun way of introducing financial literacy, resilience and teamwork in learning for primary school pupils. Pupils have 1 month to set up a mini business and create a product or service they can then sell or deliver at a profit and engage with their local community.
Please click read more to see more about the Fiver Challenge and some videos!
What a fantastic day we had in year 2 on Tuesday! We were visited by a school from the coast, called Holme Primary School. In Rabbits, together we discussed our similarities and differences and then drew each other’s hand to show what was different and the same; it was so interesting. Holme School is so much smaller than ours yet has more ground with a wooded area. Compared to our class – Rabbits- where there are 28 children, they only have 12 children in their class. We also found out a lot about each other. After lunch Holme Primary children visited the other year 2 classes where they took part in a logo competition in Hedgehogs and the ‘swamp’ challenge in Squirrels.
We all had so much fun!
Year 2 had a brilliant day at Walton on the Naze. They have done some lovely writing and now have a concrete experience of the seaside, linking to our Summer 2 topic focus.
This Summer Year 1 have been learning about a range of explorers. So we decided to become explorers for one day and went exploring to LEGOLAND. This trip inspired some fantastic writing. Here are some pictures which show us having a great time
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Children in Year 3 had great time learning about the Indian culture. In class they have been reading Grandpa Chatterji and have written diary entries, character descriptions and described settings from India.
During our WOW day children were provided with the opportunity to take part in several activities followed by an Indian tea party.
Take a look at our video to find out!
The staff and children in the Early Years have great plans to develop our outside area!
We have begun by focusing on the grassed areas either side of the garage. There are now four vegetable boxes where we will be planting our bean plants this week. They will shortly be joined by onions, radishes and beetroot which are currently growing in the classrooms.
Today Mrs Titmas, Mrs Purkiss and some very enthusiastic and helpful children made our ‘Bug Hotel’ in the far corner behind the vegetable boxes. First we stacked several wood pallets on top of each other. Then we filled in the spaces with a range of materials, including roof tiles, plastic bottles full of straws or cardboard, pots with fircones, straw and pieces of bark and rotting wood. The children foraged for natural materials such as leaves, twigs and stones. They even found some old bricks behind the garage which were added to the ‘Hotel’. The children also went hunting for mini-beasts to place in our ‘Bug Hotel’ and were thrilled to find snails (lots!), woodlice and slugs.
Mr Nutt and Mr Andrews have started to make our ‘Mud Kitchen’ where such delicacies as ‘Mud Pizzas’ and ‘Earthy Pudding’ will be rustled up in the near future! They have also begun to make a stage for our budding singers and dancers. The children are very keen performers!
Come along and see how our outside area is developing!
If you have any suggestions or materials you feel we would benefit from, please contact a member of the Early Years Team. They will be very welcome.
We are delighted to tell you that The Meads Primary School has been awarded the Silver Accreditation from Modeshift Stars. Modeshift Stars promotes sustainable travel and aims to encourage us all to lead a healthier lifestyle and promoting walking, biking or scooting to school on a regular basis and thereby relieving congestion around the school gates. This is a fantastic achievement and we are all working hard to achieve Gold Accreditation now!
To celebrate being awarded the Values Quality Mark again we thought it would be a fitting tribute that all pupils were involved in recording a Values CD. Each class had their own particular song that they have been working hard at learning and rehearsing.
Last Friday, children got the opportunity to put their rehearsing to the test and finally record their songs with Mr Bateman. As a result, Mr Bateman has been able to produce a fantastic and uplifting CD with songs from the whole school for you to purchase for just £2.50.
Below are some samples from the CD that you can listen to.
Children in Year 5 have been learning and performing poems. You can see some fantastic performances from Woodpeckers class below, including William Wordsworth's Daffodils. Enjoy! (P.S. make sure you click "Read more" to see all of the performances!)
On Monday 7th March the Year 6 netball squad were treated to a trip out to see local professional netball team, Hertfordshire Mavericks play Celtic Dragons at Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield.
There was much excitement among the girls leading up to the event and the girls were eager to arrive. At the stadium, we were all very excited and were anticipating the game to start when we found out the match was going to be televised live on Sky Sports!!
The girls managed to get a photo with Mavericks' mascot before the game and were very excited, all too soon the match started. The game was very good with Mavericks taking an early lead. The Dragons fought back to equal the score, the game was very close until the third quarter when the Mavericks managed to pull away. The game ended 67 – 45 to the Mavericks.
The girls behaved impeccably and cheered on the team well. A big Thank you to Mrs Torpey , Mrs Jeans and Mrs Underwood for organising and transporting the girls to the event.
Yesterday 6 children from years 5 and 6 completed a 'Build a Bike' workshop run by Richard and Chris from Sustrans. All the children really enjoyed the experience and learnt how to use the correct tools to put a bike together from scratch. They found some parts quite tricky but by working as a team managed to complete the task showing the value of unity.
During March and April the Borough Council will be putting reward tags on household recycling bins which contain paper, card, plastic bottles, cans, tins, textiles and clothes. Only bins which include these items will receive a reward tag. Bins must not have any unrecyclable waste in them including food, nappies, oil or glass. The recycling reward tags will give the household the opportunity to nominate a participating Luton School to win one of three prizes of £2,000 to be used for an environmental project. As the children have been learning about recycling we are participating in this competition. It starts on Monday 7th March and runs until 29th April. Please support us by passing any tags received at your home to The Meads. You can include tags passed to you from other family members, neighbours or friends. Thank you.
On the 11th Februrary 2016, The Meads Primary School took part in a whole school challenge day. Over the course of the day, students worked in teams as architects and builders to design and build a new community arts centre. They used teamwork, imagination and problem solving skills to decide where to build their space and what materials to use. Take a look at some of our work!
Look out for Enabling Enterprise!Next week at The Meads children will be learning all about the skills required to become a successful entrepreneur. Watch our video to find out more.
In Year 2 we have been learning about nocturnal animals. Last week we were lucky enough to have a visit from The English School of Falconry. They brought 4 different owls for us to learn about. The children had lots of fun learning about the different owls and their 3 Super Powers! The children are now going to be writing fact files and reports about owls and other nocturnal animals back in class.
Back in October the school were presented with the prestigious Achievement for All Quality Lead Status - click this link to see the press release that went out at the time. The link will open in a new tab. Below is an article from Luton Today.
For Anti-Bullying Week the children in Robins class (Year 3) participated by writing story boards, singing along to Melody and Bars song ‘Hopeful’. Followed by auditioning as to who would play the lead roles in the video to make a noise about bullying. The purpose of the video is that no matter where you are you can use your values and help each other to overcome bullying.
We have also been awarded the Achievement for All Quality Lead Award for our work in raising the aspirations, access and achievement of vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
The kangaroo and the emus are the two animals found on the Australian coat of arms.
On behalf of the staff, the School Governors and the Local Authority, may I take this opportunity to welcome you and your children to The Meads Primary School.
Our Mission Statement
At The Meads we are proud to celebrate each child as an individual with unique needs, aspirations and beliefs. We aim to give each child the opportunity to flourish and develop through a nurturing, creative and engaging learning journey, enabling them to take responsibility for their own learning.
Our values programme promotes diversity and unites children, parents, staff, governors and the wider community in our shared vision.
The Meads have been awarded the Quality Mark as a Values-based School, supporting the personal, social and spiritual development of every pupil throughout the school. We have also been awarded the Achievement for All Quality Lead Award for our work in raising the aspirations, access and achievement of vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.