Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Year 4 Poetry Workshop & Festival

Over the course of last week the Multi Story Theatre Company worked in four Romford schools with a variety of year groups. Ardleigh Green Infants, Broadford, Ardleigh Green Juniors and Mead Primary, all took part in an inspiring Poetry Week celebration.

The ambition for the week was to engage the children in the joy of speaking poetry out loud: how do the words sound and feel as they’re spoken, where does the poem connect with you – head, heart or body?

One of the joys of the week was seeing how the children responded to a challenging collection of poems. Several of Carol Ann Duffy’s poems were featured and these bought out the best in every age group. In fact, the more complex and challenging the poem, the more mature the response.

“As theatre practitioners and workshop leaders we can honestly say that leading these Poetry and Performance workshop weeks is one of the most satisfying experiences of the year. It’s really moving to watch the quality of the children’s understanding of the world developing through their engagement with poetic language. It is also so pleasing to see a group of schools working together to champion the performing arts and use them to inspire the children!”
Bill Buffery (from the Multi Story Theatre company)

As a cluster we offer the pupils a wide range of opportunities to showcase their skills and talents: poetry, spelling, sports and maths. Seeing them all collaborate and enjoy the language of some great poems was a real joy. To also share that with parents from all four schools made the event even more memorable.
Malcolm Drakes - Executive Head 
The last word comes from an Ardleigh Green pupil. 
“Our poem was ‘Begged’ by Carol Ann Duffy. It was great fun to read it out loud as it was packed with tricky rhymes, alliteration and twists. I did feel nervous, but I loved the performance and want to do it again.”

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Poetry Festival 2018

At the start of the Poetry Festival each year, we have a joint performance from our Mead & Broadford pupils. Despite only having a short time to read and rehearse the challenging poem our pupils gave a great rendition.

I loved performing as part of a larger group. It was nice to have our Broadford friends with us. I know alot of them anyway and we have done lots of different things together now. 

Learning this poem was tough, but I really enjoyed it. Because we were a large group it didn't matter if you made a small mistake, the others could help you out.

We believe that one of the strengths of our Federation is the way we build in chances for the children to come together for joint experiences. This week we have had our Year 5 pupils from both schools enjoying a joint residential trip to Mersea island, while our Year 4s combined for the Poetry festival. The impact of this is that the children really agree that they feel they are part of a much wider community and get extra opportunities as a consequence - 87% strongly agreed in the pupil survey.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Mersea 2018

With more than sixty acres of carefully maintained grounds and commanding far-reaching views over the estuary, our Learning Federation pupils had a fantastic venue for their Outdoor Education Experience this year.

At the Mersea centre, our pupils were able to access a comprehensive range of facilities including a new toilet and shower block, dining rooms, a laundry room, a large well-equipped main hall and even a big screen cinema room!

All the pupils experienced the same activities, just in a different order: biking, climbing, challenge courses, archery and clambering through plenty of mud.

We had to work together to try and solve the 'fish stick challenge'. We only had three moves but we had to reverse the way the fish was facing on the ground. By all helping and contributing ideas we were able to solve the problem

Our instructor - Lucy - gave us an extra pupil to get round the course. His name was Steve. Unusually he was a bucket of water... and we weren't allowed to spill him. The only way we could get him up and over the obstacles was to work together.

Some of the challenges were really hard. Their climbing wall is massive. If you wanted to get all the way to the top you had to show real resilience. It was tough.

When we all came round the camp fire together it was a chance to think about our Peaks (best bits) and Pits (worst challenges). My peak was overcoming a fear of heights on the climbing wall. My pit was falling over in the mud and getting soaked.

Thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to make the residential possible. It was great to see all of the staff from both schools taking part in every activity with real enthusiasm. Look out for Miss James and Mr Portway in the video!

Hannah Super Reader

Hannah read very confidently this week. Don't be fooled by Theo's sleepy eyes. If he relaxes like that it is a very good sign that your reading is going well.

Theo is our Reading Dog, who comes in three times a week to spend time with a wide range of pupils.

I loved reading to Theo. He cuddles up on me and listens so carefully. As soon as I stop, or reach the end, he raises his head. When he looks at you with those eyes, you just have to read him another book!

Reading to Theo is one of our Experience Entitlements, and he has really boosted enthusiasm for reading for pleasure. He'll be the best read dog in East London.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Havering Catering Services - Hungry for Football

Week beginning Monday 18th June is Hungry for Football week. There is a special menu for each day of the week to celebrate the World Cup. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.20.
Please see the menus below.



New Trophy Cabinet

Luckily the TES Overall & Primary School of the Year Awards were found, just in time to be placed on the new trophy wall. The sleeker, more minimalist design is less likely to be a hazard as the KS1 pupils come round the corner. Previously some pupils really did 'bump' into greatness.

Poetry - First Day @ School

Well done to our first group of Y4 pupils who gave a great performance at the Poetry Festival. In front of a large audience, they spoke confidently and used plenty of expression. Our facilitators - Gill & Bill of the Multistory Theatre Company - were very impressed at the way the pupils added their own interpretation to the poems.

I loved the poem. It was very funny. My first day at school was a very long time ago, but i'm glad I didn't think that the fences were to stop bears and tigers from eating the children. I would have been too scared to go in.

We believe that poetry can be an excellent way to experience challenging ideas and vocabulary. During the week pupils had great discussions about words and concepts which really stood out to them: loomed, gushing, eclipse and freedom. Our More Able performers who came back for the festival finale read poems from Poet Laureates old and new: Carol Ann Duffy & Sir Alfred Tennyson.

Click here for a link to the actual poet reading his poem

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Weekly Newsletter - Friday 15th June, 2018

Headteacher: Mrs L Nicholls 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Year 5 Residential - Mersea Island
This week our year 5 pupils braved the all of the activities at Mersea Island. They have been extremely lucky with the weather and have enjoyed blue skies and shining sun. We know that some of you faced your fears during your time in Mersea but fear is nothing but an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming your fears you all moved forward stronger and wiser and we are all very proud of you. A huge thank you to our amazing staff who encouraged and supported the pupils and kept them safe while they were away from their families. Congratulations to each and every one of you.

Diary Dates
We start the week with the Drapers’ sports day on Monday 18th. Good luck to all of the athletes taking part. The choir are rehearsing at the Queen’s Theatre in the afternoon in preparation for their performance at the theatre in the evening.
On Tuesday 19th year 5 are taking part in a Macbeth workshop, year 6 are working with Rev Rich regarding their legacy and year 4 are going to London for a river boat cruise.  In the evening we are welcoming our new Nursery parents into school for an introduction to Broadford.
On Wednesday 20th we welcome parents and carers of pupils in Mulberry along to their sharing assembly at 9.05 am.
Year 1 are visiting the forest as usual on Thursday afternoon.
Year 2 end the week with a visit to the Tower of London. We hope the sun continues to shine for them.
We wish all of our friends at Mead the best of luck for the TES awards, which is being held this evening.

Important Dates - Summer Term
Monday 18th June
Havering Music Festival - KS2
Friday 29th June
Inset day/Staff training - school closed
Saturday 30th June
LFPA Summer Fete
Monday 2nd July
KS2 Sports - 1.30 pm
Tuesday 3rd July
EYFS & KS1 Sports - 1.30 pm
Wednesday 4th July
Yr 5 Transition parent meeting
Tuesday 10th July
Go Bonkers day - attendance reward
Wednesday 11th July
Clubs  sharing assembly
Yr 6 Leavers evening
Thursday 12th July
Yr 6 Production - A Quest for Arthur
Monday 16th July
Parents evening
Thursday 19th July
Broadford’s Got Talent
Last day of the summer term
Friday 20th July

All dates are available on the calendar from the school website. On the front page at the top right hand side, click on the calendar label which will direct you straight to the electronic calendar.
All of the dates are published on our weekly newsletter which can be accessed via the school website, facebook or twitter. Or alternatively you can request hard copies or email versions from the school office.

Summer Fete
The LFPA will be holding a Summer Fete on Saturday 30th June  at Mead Primary School between 11 am - 4 pm. This will be a great day for the whole family. Bring your friends, families and neighbours along to join in the fun. If you are able to give up some time on the day or would like to run a stall at the fete, please see one of the LFPA volunteers. Many thanks.

Havering Catering Services
Week beginning Monday 18th June is Hungry for Football week. There is a special menu for each day of the week to celebrate the World Cup. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.20.

Havering Catering Competition
All KS1 pupils should have received a copy of the picture for the colouring competition and I am looking forward to seeing some of the creative menus they have come up with. Each school taking part will have a winner who will receive a terms worth of school lunches (which will be honoured when they move up to KS2). All winners will then be whittled down to 1 overall borough winner and 2 runners up. The overall winner will win a whole academic years’ worth of school lunches and the recipe on the next menu with the name and school and the two runners up will get 2 terms each of school lunches. The initial individual school winner will be drawn on the 12th July and the overall winners will be announced on 17th July.
The veggie run badge collection started this week. There will be 10 badges to collect in total and over a five week period the collection should be complete. In order to collect them,  KS2 pupils need to purchase a school meal on the allocated days to receive the badges. Those who have collected all 10 badges will be entered in to a draw when 2 pupils will win a bike with crash helmet each. The draws will take place in school on 12th July and all winners (2 from each school) will be awarded their prize at the Town Hall on 17th July.
Weekly Attendance
KS1: -         96% KS2: -94% Overall:  95.03%
Congratulations to Willow  and Pine who top the attendance table this week.  

E for Excellence Winners
These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.


Certificate of Presentation
The following children have presented their work beautifully and take pride in all that they do in their books. Tony, Ketty, Bobby, Tyler, Katlyn, Naz

Star Writers
These children have been awarded a star writer certificate and golden pencil in recognition of their excellent writing, use of powerful vocabulary and sophisticated writing  techniques.
Ellis, Thomas, Ryan, Georgie, Aimen, Elisa, Michael, Leah, lily, Abdulmalik, Deivydas, Summer Rose, Harry

Learning Power Awards:
These are the key skills that our children will need to learn effectively in class and to be successful later in life.
These children have demonstrated effective Reciprocity this week – able to listen carefully, work collaboratively and take turns. Abbie, Dhriti, Praharsh, Noah, Daniel, Lidia, Taylor, Blake, Amelia, Kyle, Donnie, Rayne

These children have shown that they can manage distraction, notice patterns and become absorbed in their tasks – well done for your Resilience certificate.
Thomas, Amy, Arya, Alessandra, Charlie, Preston, Luke and Summer.

These children have managed to show that they can plan and revise ideas to earn their Reflectiveness certificate.
Brandon, Conner, Charlie, Steven, Kaitlyn, Gregori, Bradley, Molly, Thabang

Being able to show that you can make links between ideas and showing imagination demonstrates resourcefulness. These pupils have been awarded their Resourcefulness certificate this week: They have shown curiosity, made link between ideas, demonstrated imagination, reasoned methodically and capitalised on resources.
Jack, Layla, Mihai, Teni, Vibha, Danny

Learning Challenge
These children have been working hard at home and extending their knowledge through their learning challenge work.
Ife, Ehan, Naleli

Reading Awards
In recognition of the pupils’ ability to devour books, immerse themselves in stories and read relentlessly at home.

Bronze reader award
Kezia, Zuriel, Janiyah, Alessandra, Rubie-Rae, Steven, Mihai, Vinnie, Gregori, Fran, Danny, lily, Gracie-Ann, Faye, Mason, Danny, Isla, Christian, Donnie, Ellie-Maie, Ava, Mackenzie, Lewie, Zac
Silver reader award
Platinum reader award
Danny, Isaac, John,

Maths Challenge
These pupils have used their ability to think both mathematically and creatively to solve maths challenges.
Alex, Samuel

Happy Teacher
These children have made their teachers smile and kept them smiling all week.
Arhaan, Megan, Fitzroy, Freddie, Millie, Isaac, Zoe, Kanishka, Leeane, Hazel class

Rock Star Maths
These children have earned a reward in recognition of their tables thrashing, maths moshing and sum shrieking achievements.  
Ja’Shayla, Lilly, Haliya, Archy

Tracker Awards
These children have been working hard and achieving academic success and therefore have earned themselves the following rewards.  
Bronze certificate - Oliver, Naz, Eriya (prestige), Javy (prestige), Ijeoma (prestige)
Silver pencil - Shane, Connor, Lukas, Abudalmalik
Silver certificate - Louie, Harvy, Jacob, David, Harry, Evie (prestige)
Golden bookmark - Courtney
Golden certificate -  Tomi, Dhriti, Conner (prestige), fayo (double prestige)
Diamond prize - Lacey
Diamond certificate - Molly-May, Alfie
Star certificate - Katlyn, Abbie, Oliver

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs L Nicholls


Year 1 Learning Area

We are delighted with the revamped nature area, which has been transformed into a multi purpose space by Spring Ltd. Prior to their work we had a rather ragged collection of logs and a bug hotel. These have now been moved to the field nature area.

In the new space, our KS1 pupils will be able to hold performances, use their construction materials and unleash their imagination.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Havering Junior Music Festival - Monday 18th June

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Havering Junior Music Festival 

I am delighted to announce that this year's theme at the Havering Music Festival is Disney! With the performance shortly approaching, please find all the key information below:

The performance will take place on Monday 18th June -  tickets are still available to purchase at £7 please click here to do so.

On the day of the performance, there will be a dress rehearsal at Queen's Theatre. We will be travelling by public transport and aim to be back to Broadford by 3:30pm. However, we will ensure to keep parents and carers updated via social media on our arrival time. 

Please note that if your child is taking part in the Drapers' Sports day, they will not attend the dress rehearsal, however they will still be in the performance in the evening. 

The performance starts promptly at 7:00pm at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. Please ensure that all the children arrive by 6:30pm so that there is enough time before the show begins. 

The performance will end at around 8:00pm, so if you are not watching the show, please make sure you arrive at Queen's Theatre by 8:15pm to pick your child up from the foyer.

All children are required to wear a plain coloured T-shirt on the night (any colour is acceptable) with black/ grey trousers or leggings. 

I hope you are all as excited as I am to see your children perform on stage!

Please do not hesitate to find me at the end of the day (Sequoia class) should you have any queries whatsoever.

Mrs Claxton :) 

Friday, 8 June 2018

Tracker Awards

These children have been working hard and achieving academic success and therefore have earned themselves the following rewards.  

Silver pencil - Aimee (prestige)
Silver certificate - Aimee (prestige), Amelia
Golden bookmark - Caitlin (prestige), Fayo (double prestige)
Golden certificate -  Layla, Madalina, Rokas, Charlie
Platinum prize - Chloe, Abena
Diamond prize - Oliver,
Diamond certificate - Phoebe, Tegan, Emily, Matilda Butler
Star prize - Sam, Arhaan (prestige), Hollie, Lillie-Jo
Star certificate - Lillie-Jo