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Trip to Westonbirt Arboretum

Trip to Westonbirt Arboretum

On Friday, Pine Martens went on a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum to enhance their vocabulary and learning for their topic, 'Why do things change?' Their exploration of nature first-hand led to some fabulous adjectives, poetry, living art work and...

Signs of Autumn

Signs of Autumn

Year 2 have had amazing start to our new topic ‘How do things change’.  We spent the whole morning exploring the school grounds looking for signs of Autumn and collecting leaves and twigs. We then created our own Autumn sculptures which varied...

Has Beegu landed at the Mead?

Has Beegu landed at the Mead?

Something mysterious has landed in our playground. We were sent a news report asking us to investigate. We asked lots of questions and had lots of ideas about what it might be. Come and visit our classrooms to find out what we thought had...

Wingfield Toddler Group

Wingfield Toddler Group

This week in Toddler Group we did a nature scavenger hunt around the grounds. We looked for sticks, leaves, fallen apples, seeds and little creatures. We also did some sensory play with pumpkins. We felt their sticky insides and their seeds-...

Building Houses

Building Houses

This week Year 1 invited their grown ups in for an afternoon to build a model house for the Three Little Pigs. The children designed their house first. It needed a door that opened and windows you could see through. Then we built our house with...

Slimbridge

Slimbridge

This term, Hedgehogs visited Slimbridge Wetlands Centre. We had an amazing time! We had a member of staff give us an 'otter talk' about their 3 North American otters, we visited a model Arctic research centre, took part in a workshop on the...

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Pine Martens have been learning about the activist Rosa Parks and watched an interesting dramatisation to help them understand the impact of her actions. The children have been talking about how Rosa refused to give up her seat on a bus to a...

Mental Heath Awareness Day

Mental Heath Awareness Day

On Thursday, as part of Mental Heath Awareness Day, Hares Class took part in a live BBC lesson. We learned different ways to expressing our emotions, about growth mind set and practised some mindfulness which found really useful. In a follow up...

Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts

Year 6 have been exploring myths in English and have been learning and acting out Theseus and The Monotaur this week. The children can't wait to design their own 'fantastic beasts' next week and begin planning their myths. They are working on...

Tractor Man

Tractor Man

So far this term Year 2 have had lots of fun learning the story of ‘Traction Man’. We wrote our own Superhero comic strips. We have also been very excited about our History learning where we have found out lots of interested facts about Rosa...

Year 3 have fun with reptiles

Year 3 really enjoyed their visit from Jonathon Jungle. We loved meeting a giant African millipede, three different stick insects, two geckos and a rainbow boa snake. We were particularly fascinated by the reptiles' scales and loved seeing them...

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing

On Thursday afternoon Year 4 followed an interactive BBC lesson on Mental Health and Wellbeing.  We were keen to learn some new techniques to help with mindfulness and focusing, and you can see the concentration on the faces of the children in Ospreys! We...

Slimbridge Wetlands Centre

Slimbridge Wetlands Centre

This week, Year 5 went on a trip to Slimbridge Wetlands Centre to learn all about the water cycle and how wetlands help to keep our water clean. We thoroughly enjoyed investigating how polluted the water was and how to help keep water healthy...

Wingfield Toddler Group

Wingfield Toddler Group

On Monday we held our session of the Wingfield toddler group. We had a fantastic turn out with over 20 families. We explored the grounds, collecting interesting nature items and meeting the chickens. Inside, we enjoyed a snack and some singing!...

Gravity in Hedgehogs

Gravity in Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs took part in a fantastic live web feed with Richard Browning from Gravity. He discussed many areas of his amazing jet suit and we even got to see some of his out take video clips where the jet suit didn’t go to plan! Richard truly inspired the...

Water Cycle

Water Cycle

In hedgehogs, we have been learning about the water cycle and created a miniature version of it in our classroom. We poured a small amount of hot water into an old fish tank and covered it with cling film. We then put ice blocks over the top....

Trip to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Trip to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Last Thursday, Hares class travelled to Bristol to visit the Museum and Art Gallery to support our learning about the Egyptians. We visited the Egyptian exhibit and were amazed by the artefacts among which were sarcophagus, amulets and Ancient Egyptian...

New outdoor activities

New outdoor activities

Pine Martens now have some lovely new activities in their outdoor area behind the classroom. They have spent the week exploring and have had an exciting time outside learning with each other in the wonderful weather. They really look forward to...

International School Award

International School Award

Pupils and staff at the Mead Primary School are celebrating having their International School Award re accredited until 2022.The school's approach towards international work such as their no plastic project which links with an Australian school in Vietnam...

Mysterious Parcel in Year 4

Mysterious Parcel in Year 4

Year 4 have had a fantastic yet mysterious start to the school year! A package from a museum containing an object all the way from Egypt has arrived in school. The museum has heard we're studying the Ancient Egyptians and so have asked for our...

International School Award

International School Award

The Mead Primary School has been praised for an ‘Outstanding’ International School Award Application We are delighted to have had our International School Award re accredited until 2022 and this time, our approach has been recommended to the Award...

Success for Grant Funding

We are delighted to inform you that once again The Mead has been successful in obtaining grant funding in the latest round of Condition Improvement Funding. This funding has been awarded for heating replacement / upgrade at both The Hilperton and Wingfield sites and...

Trip to Brokerswood

Trip to Brokerswood

We had a fantastic day at Brokerswood. We arrived in high spirits! After a quick pit stop we were straight into challenging ourselves with one of the four exciting activities: zip line, archery, climbing and canoeing. The children all used a...

Mice in the Zoo

Mice in the Zoo

Mice loved their visit to Bristol Zoo. We saw gorillas, monkeys, seals, penguins, red pandas and many more amazing creatures. We learned about different habitats and what different animals need to live.

3D Sculptures

3D Sculptures

In Term 6, Pine Martens have been making a 3-D sculpture of a sea creature. They each had a ball of clay and used techniques with their hands to mould the clay into the sea creature that they have chosen to create a fact file for. They had a...

Inspired Art

Inspired Art

We have had a fantastic fortnight in Year Three. A visit from the author CS Clifford has inspired our reading and writing. What an insight in to how his ideas became books! We have begun exploring lines and emotion with mixed media in our Art...

Water Sports

Water Sports

Year 5 had a fantastic day taking part in a range of water sport activities in South Cerney. We built and raced rafts, learnt to canoe and paddle board. Generally had an awesome, if not a little wet, time! 

Paper Helicopters

Paper Helicopters

In Year 4, we have been putting our investigative skills to the test by experimenting how wing length affects how a paper spinner will fall. Conclusions and analysis to follow next week.

Kensuke’s Kingdom

It's been another busy and exciting week in Year 3. The Otters and Ravens have continued their adventure in to Kensuke's Kingdom, we spent a morning figuring out what we might need to survive on a desert island! We even followed a map of the school to find food, water...

Girl of Ink and Stars

Girl of Ink and Stars

Last week, Year 6 had an amazing opportunity to watch a theatre version of the book we studied in term 1: Girl of Ink and Stars. The University students of Bath, directed by Barra Collins, performed the 90 minute show. The children had the...

The Birdman debate

The Birdman debate

In our class, we had a debate about one of Why the Whales Came's main characters: The Birdman. Half of our class were in favour of including him in life on the island of Bryher and half of us were in favour of keeping away from him....

Equality

Equality

To start the term off year 5 spent the day exploring, learning and discussing the topic of inequality. We learnt about well-known figures who fought for equality and discussed ways we could eliminate it. 

Trip to Bristol Aquarium

Trip to Bristol Aquarium

Year 1 went on an amazing trip to Bristol Aquarium! We were lucky enough to have a guided tour around the aquarium and learnt lots of interesting facts about the fish. One of our favourite facts is that octopuses are true escape artists – they...

Growing Plants

Growing Plants

Year 3 at Hilperton had an exciting start back to the summer term, looking at plants. We have designed investigations to see if we can prove exactly what plants need to survive and grow. We are creating our own bean graph too where each day we...

Musical Maths

Musical Maths

Children in Year 3 have been increasing their mathematical skills by using the programme Mathewhackits. This involves playing Boomwhackers whilst saying the timetables accompanied by a backing track. Their skills are really improving and they are having fun as they...

Day of free fun at community fest

Day of free fun at community fest

Families enjoyed a day of free fun and entertainment at the Trowbridge community festival which was put on by staff and children at The Mead School in Trowbridge over the weekend. You can read the full article on the Wiltshire Times’...

Potions

Potions

Mice have been creating potions this week. They had a range of ingredients to use including flour, water, food colouring and bubbles to create their weird and wonderful coloured potions.   

Roman Shields

Roman Shields

Year 3 have begun an exciting investigation into testing, designing and creating their own Roman shield that will offer them the best protection in a battle. Did you know that the Roman word for a shield is Scutum? We  began by testing which...

Run the World School Event

Run the World School Event

Year 4 took part in the 'Run the World' event which was organised by the friends of The Mead. We had 10 minutes to run as many laps of the school as we could to raise money. We put in a huge amount of effort and completed over 300 laps of the...

Blitz Day

Blitz Day

Hedgehogs were immersed straight into 1940s England at the beginning of this term with our 'Blitz Day'. We had evacuees, soldiers, doctors and nurses ready for action, learning all about life as a child during the war. The air raid warning kept...

Building Bridges

Building Bridges

We have been building bridges using the playpod this week. We had to work together to make it balance so we could safety cross. We talked to each to each other about it being safe and checked if it was too risky!

Stonehenge Visit

Stonehenge Visit

Year 3 had a fantastic day out at Stonehenge. The weather was cold and windy but we didn’t get wet! We experienced Neolithic life and attempted to build Stonehenge, by working out how to transport and stand up the stones. We also had a go at grinding corn,...

King and Queen Day

On Friday Year 1 had their Super Starter – a King and Queen Day! We came dressed up as kings, queens, dragons, knights, horses and jesters. We learnt a medieval dance in the hall which involved clapping and dancing in a circle holding hands. It...

Visit to Upper Row Farm

Visit to Upper Row Farm

Last week Foxes and Robins visited Upper-Row Farm. Whilst there, we got to look at and meet lots of different animals; pigs, cows, chickens, rabbits, horses, goats and lambs. We all really enjoyed our day and particularly liked when we got to...

Fabulous Finish Tea Party

Fabulous Finish Tea Party

On Thursday 4th April, Pine Martens had their Fabulous Finish in the school hall for this term's topic 'The Papaya That Spoke'. The children made scones for a tea party with their grown-ups and designed posters to decorate the tables. They also...

Year 2 have fun with Measuring

Year 2 have fun with Measuring

Year 2 have been having lots of fun measuring in centimetres and metres. First, we measured objects that we found indoors, such as books and chairs. Then, we went outside and measured how far our friends could run in 3 seconds.  We had so much fun! ...

Drawing Giants

Drawing Giants

Mice class have been drawing giants with the help of Year 5. They drew round each other and then designed their own giant for story writing. They had great fun working in teams with the older children supporting the younger ones.  ...

3D Shapes in Maths

3D Shapes in Maths

This week, Year 6 have been drawing nets of 3D shapes in Maths. To help us draw in missing patterns on a net, we folded the nets of shapes to check our original answers; it was fiddly work but good fun!   

Visit to Green Lanes Woods

Visit to Green Lanes Woods

We recently visited Green Lane Woods. Whilst there, we looked for 'portals' into magical words. We then built houses for a creature that may have lived in our magical land- we had a party house for sting insects and a football pitch for unicorns! 

All fingers and thumbs

All fingers and thumbs

This term our art inspiration comes from the sketches of Quentin Blake. We have looked at how to draw a person using the correct proportions using our thumb and finger as a guide to measure the head. We then evaluated our pictures afterwards to...

A Magical Land

A Magical Land

Something very strange happened in Year 2. A magical chair appeared in the classroom and when we sat down, we were transported to a magical land. We saw tiny animals, dragons and were flying high above castles. It was fantastic! What a...

The Tin Forest in Music

We’ve had another busy week in Year Three. We have begun innovating our stories based on The Tin Forest, get ready to read The Plastic Ocean soon! We have been making sound pictures based on The Tin Forest in Music, using the story and a whole host of wonderful...

Our Environment

Our Environment

What an exciting start to Term Four! We spent the day outside exploring the story The Tin Forest and our environment. Exploration has been a thread through our week as we have used a variety of instruments to create a Sound Picture of the Tin...

Spring Walk

Spring Walk

What a glorious week for a spring walk! Mice explored the school grounds looking for signs of spring. We then drew observational pictures of daffodils. We had to carefully look at the shapes of the petals and leaves.

The Papaya That Spoke

The Papaya That Spoke

This week Pine Martens have been learning about their new topic story 'The Papaya That Spoke' as retold by Pie Corbett. After being introduced to the story the children used role play to retell it and then freeze-framed one part to say what...

European Space Agency

European Space Agency

We have had a fabulous start to term this week with a competition project for the European Space Agency! We have been learning all about the Moon and how we could live there in the future. We have discovered the best location to live, how to get power, how...

Jungle Roadshow in Year 3

Jungle Roadshow in Year 3

Wow what a fantastic day we all had  when Johnathan's Jungle Roadshow came to visit us.  The  children were amazed by his animal collection and so fascinated by all the animal facts.  We were all so proud of how respectful the children were to...

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

Mice really enjoyed our visit from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue. Caroline came with lots of costumes for us to try on so we could pretend we were fighting fires! We learned lots about how to keep safe.

Coding Round the World

Coding Round the World

As part of our Migration topic, Hedgehogs have been busy designing, writing and testing a computer program using the coding language Python. We are coding our very own 'Round the World' game where the player will have to travel as fast and as cheaply as...

Taking machines apart in Year 5

Taking machines apart in Year 5

Some of the year five children have been taking apart machines and trying to figure out how they work. We have dismantled a range of items, including laptops, computers, HI-FI units and even a TV containing an VHS player…which most of the...

Dancing Where the Wild Things Are

Dancing Where the Wild Things Are

This term Pine Martens have been learning dance movements to our topic 'Where the Wild Things Are' using a dance CD.  They have created the story in small groups through a range of movements to interpret the characters and events. Their...

Bubbles investigation in Year 4

Bubbles investigation in Year 4

This week in Year 4, we investigated how the size of a paper roll affected how large you could blow a bubble. We mixed washing up liquid and water and made a device out of cardboard and a split-pin to measure the diameter of the bubbles. We had...

Year 6 Special Project Presentations

Year 6 Special Project Presentations

Last week, in Year 6, the children who didn't go to Young Voices worked on a project in pairs or threes. The children chose from either a Geography or Science project related to our foundation learning in term 3. The children researched an area...

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