The Meads Primary School - Luton
Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 are expecting some visitors during Science Week.
On Monday 16th March ‘Living Eggs' will arrive at The Meads. We are all very excited and looking forward to an amazing experience.
Over two weeks, we will be able to observe the eggs hatching and will experience caring for the chicks. One of the classrooms will have a live web link so that you can join us during these exciting weeks.
Keep an eye on the website for more information.
We are taking part in The Big Pedal 2015, the UKs largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.
Powered by Sustrans and funded by the Bike Hub, the challenge runs from the
2nd to 20th March. It's free to enter and we would love everyone to be involved.
"TEACH PRIMARY" magazine has published an article named "Best practice in action: The Meads Primary " written by Jacob Stow, and showing how important the Values Programme and other initiatives are to the daily work of the school.
"GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES IQ" magazine will include an article in its next publication about the Values Programme here at The Meads Primary, as well as the Achievement For All programme, and Assertive Mentoring, and showing the journey of our school for the last 5 years and its improvement process.
Jake and Jasmin 4H
"Under the West"
On Friday 30th January Early Years enjoyed a Fantasy WOW Day. The children and staff all dressed up as a Fantasy character from a book, film or Television programme. Everyone looked fantastic as you can see from the photos. The children all wrote about themselves too using describing words. This work has been displayed in the corridor for all to see and to celebrate the fantastis writing of all the children. Well done Early Years!
Safer Internet Day in the UK is organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre; made up of Childnet International, the Internet Watch Foundation and the South West Grid for Learning. The UK Safer Internet Centre works domestically and internationally to help make the internet a safer place for children and young people and to help them use interactive technologies responsibly. They also provide information and practical advice for parents/carers and professionals who work with children.
We are now in our third successful year of the Achievement for All programme. One of the elements of the programme is 'Parental Engagement' through structured conversations. This has been central to the success of Achievement for All in raising the aspirations and achievements of our children. Achievement for All has compiled a case study on The Meads Primary School which can found by clicking this link.
A few weeks ago we received news in the form of a video message that Miss Cooper had been abducted by aliens.
The children in 1J received the most class awards in Autumn term and were rewarded with a trip to the Fun Factory. Also 2 children from each class in Year 1,2 and 3 were randomly selected to receive a reward for completing their homework projects in Autumn term. The children and the adults had a fantastic time and we even made it home before the brief snow shower started!
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26 children from Year 5 have recently returned from a residential trip to Dell Farm, whereby they took part in an action packed week of rock climbing, caving, hiking, survival skills and other fun activities in addition to assisting with the upkeep of the farm.
We have had a great term in Year 6, learning about many different topics.
In Literacy, we read the action packed novel 'Stormbreaker', which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The children designed their own spy gadgets with a purpose and user in mind. This was followed by children writing their own spy stories, which were full of suspense and excitement!
Every Thursday we hold a pottery club for Years 2 and 3. Here are some of the children's works ready for the winter Fair. Next term we will be creating pottery for Mother's day, Father's day and Easter.
Last week we held the first ever Meads School Values Day. Children from all classes participated in enjoyable and practical activities intended to further embed the school values and encourage everyone to demonstrate those values at every opportunity. The children were mixed within age phases (Years 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6) and placed in house groups in order to work with people they perhaps didn't know too well. Reception classes also took part.
We have been running our 'Let's Get Cooking' Club for a number of years at The Meads. Each group comes for 5 weeks and they make a range of sweet and savoury dishes. The children are fully involved in all of the cooking processes from chopping up the vegetables to cooking on the hob (with careful supervision from an adult) and washing and drying dishes at the end of the session.
In November, Early Years went on a trip to St Albans Cathedral. We became Maths Detectives for the day hunting down colours, shapes and patterns inside the Cathedral! We investigated shapes and patterns in the floor tiles, ceilings and corridors. We explored different colours and shapes in the stained glass windows and saw colours and patterns on the Bishop's cloak and mitre. Some of us even tried the cloak and mitre on - very smart! During our visit we also made shape detective hats and stained glass windows. All the children and adults had a really enjoyable day. Have a look at our photos to see what fantastic detectives we were!
A selected number of children at The Meads Primary School have been chosen to participate in The Meads Numeracy Passport Challenge. They have the opportunity to steadily increase their Mental Maths ability through a range of objectives assigned to each passport, which get progressively harder. The passports begin at Europe and end at Globetrotters. Children are asked to practise objectives at home for a short period every day with parents, sibling, carers or other family members. They are then tested in school and the targets are signed off accordingly. Once each objective in the passport has been achieved three times, and marked off by an adult in school they can then move on to the next passport.
You can take part in this challenge. Follow this link:
We have also been awarded the Achievement for All Quality Standards Award for our work in raising the aspirations, access and achievement of vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
In space, astronauts cannot cry properly, because there is no gravity, so the tears can't flow down their faces!
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.
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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 Standards Award for our work in raising the aspirations, access and achievement of vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.