The Meads Primary School - Luton
Due to staff promotions, we are seeking a number of new teachers for next September. Please see the attached flyer for more details and a chance to visit the school. Please feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested. Thank you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does your child have an additional need? Come and join us for a friendly chat. Share ideas , learn from the experiences of others and enjoy some biscuits/cake. We will be meeting one Monday afternoon each half term.
Hope to see you there.
Children from Year 6 were given the opportunity to apply for the new role of Values Ambassador. The children who applied were put through a rigorous selection process - an interview with Mr. Jenkins and Mrs. Pearce was followed by the children pairing up and taking visitors on a tour of the school, explaining what makes The Meads unique and special. Finally, a filmed presentation on 'Why Values are Important to Me' completed the day. Twelve children were chosen - watch out for them in school wearing their 'Values Ambassador' badges. Their role will include showing visitors to the school around, visiting other schools to talk about values and leading activities on our next 'Values Day'.
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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.
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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.