Sports Day 2019

A fantastic time was had by all our children during Tuesday's sports day.  Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to support and to the staff for organising such a fun day.  Congratulations to Dragons who won the key stage 1 event and Griffins who came out on top in key stage 2.

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Science Week 2019

The children have had an exciting Science Week. The classes have been busy conducting experiments and investigating in different areas of science and have had a lot of fun doing so.

Here is a video showing some of the many activities that they have done.

Luton Borough Council 'Wheels Week' Competition

Luton Borough Council held a town wide competition to encourage people to scoot or cycle to school and The Meads were the proud winners. 

Our prize included an opportunity to borrow the Sustrans Smoothie bike. Across the school, children have been enjoying using the bike to make delicious smoothies.  

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Junior Road Safety Officers

Our Junior Road Safety Officers have been working with Mr Bateman to create a short road safety film.  Please remember to "Stop Look and Listen" when crossing the road.

World Book Day 2018

Despite the snow outside, we had a fabulous World Book Day at The Meads Primary School and all dressed up as our favourite book characters. People from each year group won prizes for their imaginative costumes. Each class had a fun day exploring a different book! Press "Read more" to see more Photos!

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Rocket Kids

On Friday 8th December Nick Corston from STEAM Co. visited the school.  He spoke in assembly about how important subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths are, and also about how we must always remember to use our imaginations and creativity.  He then taught all the children from Year 1 to Year 6 how to build an air powered rocket from two sheets of A4 paper and some tape, before launching them on the playground.  Some rockets went all the way across the field!  He finished his session by launching a dynamite powered rocket over 150 metres into the sky!  We all had a brilliant day and it was great to see so many parent come along to support the children - thank you all very much indeed for joining us.  It was very cold day but everyone had great fun and shared a very memorable experience. 

 

Winter Art Day

On Monday 18th December 2017 the whole school will be involved in this years Winter Art Day. The children are asked to come into school 'Dressed for mess' as they will be participating in lots of enjoyable art activities throughout the school day. Please ensure that they don't wear their best clothes to school as they will be getting messy!

IMPACT in Learning

IMPACT is an initiative that has been running for several years at The Meads, but this year we have ‘rebooted’ the programme, going back to the original format and inviting parents to come into school and work alongside their children to develop skills in reading, writing and maths.  The programme last for 5 weeks and each year group is asked to focus on a particular curriculum area.  Following the initial workshop, parents and children are encouraged to use the tools and strategies shared to complete tasks at home which will hopefully improve the children’s skills in the area of focus and establish the full parental engagement with their child’s learning that can see as much as a 30% increase in terms of their outcomes in that area.  This term we have already run highly successful workshops for Years 3 and 6 in writing; next term we will be focusing on reading for Years 2 and 5, and then maths for Years 1 and 4 in the Summer Term.   We hope that as many parents as possible will be able to join us for their child’s IMPACT session – please watch this space for further details about dates for your workshop.  

Parliament Week

During Parliament Week, pupils were learning about the British Value of Democracy through debates about various topics.  The School Parliament interviewed a Councillor about his role within the community. Each year group researched a famous politician either past or present and produced work which was displayed for parents to view after school on the Friday. These included The Queen, Margaret Thatcher, Guy Fawkes, Emily Davidson, Emmeline Pankhurst, Simon De Montfort and Winston Churchill. 

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Values Ambassadors 2017

Last term, children from Year 5 were asked to put themselves forward if they wanted to become a Values Ambassador in Year 6.  Last week, thirteen children were interviewed by Mr Jenkins and Mrs Pearce to see whether or not they had what it takes.  They were also asked to give a mystery visitor a tour of the school and to make a presentation on 'What Values Means To Me'.  Although the selection process was rigorous, all thirteen children survived the day and have been made Values Ambassadors for the school.  Mr Bateman has made a short video showcasing their presentations and they will all be awarded their badges in Celebration Assembly this week.  This year, Values Ambassadors will be taking part in a number of special events and will be helping Mr Jenkins promote Values across the school and the town.  Well done to them all!

 

 

Junior River Wardens

On Wednesday, 27 th September, our enthusiastic Junior River Wardens went
on their second trip to River Lea. We collected data about the river’s flora and
fauna. We measured: the oxygen content, phosphate level, pH and turbidity.
The Junior Wardens Project is organised by the charity Groundworks and is
funded by Thames Water.

The Bar Model Method

 At The Meads we use the bar model method.  Bar models are pictorial representations of problems or concepts that can be used for any of the operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In word problems, they hold the huge benefit of helping children decide which operations to use or visualise problems. Bar models will not, however, do the calculations for the pupil. Here are some examples for you to watch.

Dance at The Meads

 A lunchtime Dance club has been held over the past two terms for children in Years 3 to 6. The enthusiasm the children showed at the club was truly fantastic and so a special showcase performance was held on Friday 31st March, to allow the children to perform in front of the school.   

Year 5 and 6 routine.

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Y5/6 Tag Rugby Tournament 2016

On Thursday 20th October a group of students went to Luton Rugby Club to represent the Meads in a tag rugby tournament. They had never played together before but after a quick crash course from Mr Cousins and Mrs O'Leary the team was ready to play the other schools in their group.

The first game ended in disappointment with a 4-0 loss to the Ferrars A team, however, the children showed resilience and determination to come back and win their next game against Ramridge 2-1, with tries from Kayne and Ariana. They then went on to win their next game against Wigmore B 2-1 as well, with tries being scored by Jake and Ariana. In their final group game they came up against Hillsborough where they unfortunately lost 4-1, The Meads' lone try being scored by Keelan.

After the results were tallied The Meads came 4th in their group and progressed to the Plate Tournament, ranking as the 2nd best 4th placed team.

Their first game in the Plate tournament was against Farley Juniors. The Meads won 3-2, with Keelan scoring a hat-trick of tries. They then played Downside and came out 2-1 victors, Kayne scored both of the tries and the whole team put in a stellar defensive performance. In their final game they played William Austin and won 3-0, with one try scored by Z'Karee and two by Keelan. Three wins out of three meant The Meads were winners of the Plate tournament.

The children were fantastic ambassadors of the school and showed their values all day. The whole team made brilliant improvement throughout the day and despite being exhausted by the end, had great fun.

Read more: Y5/6 Tag Rugby Tournament 2016

Veg Fest 2016

Last Wednesday we took 4 children to the annual Luton Veg Fest for the first time. As you may have noticed the area outside the large hall has, over the summer months, been full of fruit and vegetables which the children have loved growing and looking after. This hard work culminated in a festival with lots of other schools to celebrate our successes.

Please click read more to read about the event and see a picture of our award winning veg!

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