The Meads Primary School - Luton
On a beautifully sunny day, Saturday 4th July, following a lot of hard work and organisation, the school was opened to celebrate American Independence Day at our Annual Summer Fayre.
People came all day long to see Mr Jenkins and others get splatted with wet sponges, to hit their teachers in the tin can alley, to ride the bucking bronco, bounce on the castle, hoopla the horsey and pan for gold, to mention just a few of the events and stalls running on the day
Everyone had an amazing time there were smiles and fun everywhere.
The day exceeded our expectations by raising over £2000, which will be used next year to provide some much needed cover on the playgrounds.
Thank you to all who came, helped and supported - see you next year!
On Saturday 10th June we changed our normal school hall into a Catwalk. We had children from all year groups arriving looking to become the next Kate Moss. The ladies from Kids on the Catwalk chose beautiful outfits for the children and put them through their paces teaching them dance moves and how to pose! Parents all arrived and took their seats waiting with great excitement to see their little angels strut their stuff! The music played, the show started and what a great show it was. The children did an amazing job and most of all they smiled the whole way through showing us what a great time they had.
What a fantastic day Year 3 had with the author Carrie King and her main character, Joni-Pip.
Carrie King wrote the book 'In the woods with Joni-Pip' using her niece as the main character. We visited Dunstable Downs, where part of the book was set. During the visit children were privileged to hear the story read to them whilst overlooking the Downs.
On Thursday 25th of June, 15 of our cheerleading team attended the Sainsburys School Games which was being hosted at Bedford International Athletics Stadium .
The children in Year 4 have been reading 'The Firework Makers Daughter' by Philip Pullman. We have been exploring the story and using empathy to help us relate to the characters. 4W have created these news reports, using information from the text and their own creativity and imagination! The news reports take sections from the story and imagine what it would have been like to have been an 'eye-witness' at the events.
On 6th May 2015, Ark Farm visited the Early Years and set up a mini farm in our grounds for the children to learn about farm animals. The animals that visited us included lambs, a donkey, chickens, ducks and ducklings, a goat and her 2 kids, a pig and a farm dog. The children were able to see and touch the animals and it was an amazing experience for them all. The children also listened to facts about each animal, learnt new words to describe their features and showed their own knowledge by answering questions.
In Year 1 we have been learning about plants and using our computing skills. The children made a presentation on the IPADS on how to grow a sunflower.
The children had a fantastic time at Legoland they were all very well behaved and we had fun exploring the different lands which we will be looking at in Summer 2. We especially enjoyed the Viking Splash ride and some of the children even got their own driving licences.
As part of the Achievement for All programme children from Year 2 had the exciting opportunity to use Leagrave Primary School's climbing wall. Our pupils met with pupils from Whipperley Infants School and Leagrave Primary School for a fun packed afternoon. The children took part in a series of warm up activities before learning about how to use the climbing wall. In teams consisting of pupils from each of the three schools the children competed against each other to demonstrate their teamwork, communication and observation skills.
A fantastic afternoon was had by all.
There is a saying that "to find out if you really understand, try to teach someone else". Year 6 have been making videos for Maths topics to help each other with a range of topics including Ratio, Fractions, Linear Equations, Tables and the nth term.
They planned and filmed themselves in front of the green screen and layered their work behind them. They did all this on iPad using "Green Screen" by Doink, Tellagami and iMovie.
Do they help you to understand?
During the Easter Holidays, some of the children from Year 6 attended this year's Easter School. Run by school staff, including Mr Jenkins, Mrs. Waite, Miss Khatun and Ms Griffiths, the school was held at Lea Manor High School and great fun was had by all.
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This has been a very exciting week at The Meads Primary School. We have been celebrating Science week. Here are some clips and videos highlighting what we have been doing throughout the school.
"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 recognises The Meads Primary School as a Top Performing and Improving School
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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.
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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.
Tea was discovered in China more than 5,000 years ago.
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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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.
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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.