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Hill Mead News Year 5 Art Exhibition
20 July 2016

Year 5 have been working with Our Hut, on a project celebrating the history of Electric Avenue…


...They taught us about Brixton Village in 1961, which at that time was called Granville Arcade.

Each group designed their own miniature village. One group focused on daily market life in the past; a busy place where people were buying and selling fish, fruit and vegetables. Not very different to the market these days, except the streets are cleaner now! Another group investigated streets signs and created their own.

The most fascinating fact we discovered was that the very first electric street light in England was placed in Electric Avenue, and that is how it got its name.

The finished project with all the crates stacked together was exhibited at Evelyn Grace Academy, along with work from Evelyn Grace pupils.

By Maya, Aaliyah, Emmanuel & Ibrahim.

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Hill Mead News Year 1 “Love My Books”
20 July 2016

In June, we had a visit from the founders of the website ‘Love my books’…


...This is an inspiring website which encourages parents to help their children read and it also has fun activities associated with reading. Sue McGonigle, the creator of the website, came along to our school to launch ‘The Reading Cafe’.

A reading café is a book club which encourages parents and family members to help their children gain confidence in their reading. The aim is to get children excited about reading and to get their parents and guardians involved, using fun activities based around books.

One of the children from Year 1, Moyo, read everyone his favourite book ‘Beegu’. Shortly after, we interviewed his mum, who was very proud: ‘Moyo’s confidence at reading has improved so much and it is lovely to hear him read aloud in front of everyone. I believe that kids will follow in our footsteps so it’s important to encourage them to read and let them know how important it is’.
We feel very lucky to have taken part in the Book Cafe and it appears that it is very popular amongst both children and parents.

By Mariham and Emmanuel

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Hill Mead News Year 6 go outward bound
20 July 2016

Year 6 celebrated the end of SATs with a trip to Phasels Wood…


...We were able to try loads of activities, including high ropes, kayaking and shelter building.

One of our favourite activities was pot-holing, which involves getting very muddy climbing through tunnels. We worked in pairs, with those of us who felt more confident teaming up with people who didn’t, so we could support each other through the challenge. It was a squish and a squash, but we helped each other and we all made it out in the end!

Another activity on offer was archery, which we really looked forward to. At first everyone was excited because it looked easy to hit the bullseye, but really it was very hard! Paula and Brandon both managed to hit a bullseye, we were all very impressed. We would definitely like to try it again one day.

Later on in the week we got the chance to try kayaking. The instructors taught us how to paddle properly, and what to do if the kayaks capsized. This came in handy as lots of people fell in the water!

We loved our week and Phasels Wood, we wish we could have stayed for a month. It was great to spend time with everyone before we all leave for our new schools. We would recommend it to everyone.

By Kymani and Bianca

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Hill Mead News Hill Mead girls play at the Oval
20 July 2016

After a glorious victory in the Lambeth Kwik Cricket tournament, the Hill Mead girls cricket team had the once–in-a-lifetime chance…


... to play at the world-famous Kia Oval cricket ground earlier this term. They were the first girls’ team from Hill Mead to win the Lambeth tournament, beating Hitherfield Primary in the finals to secure their place at the Oval and compete against winners from other boroughs.

Madison, one of the year 6s in the team, described the borough final which won them their place at the Oval: “We had a long day of five tough matches at Kennington Park. The final match was challenging but we played to the best of our abilities and managed to achieve our goal - WE WON!!!

“Our bowling was very good and we got six people out; our best bowler was Labiba. In our batting, only one person got out and our overall best batsman was Adeline.”

Hill Mead News Assessment conference a great success
20 July 2016

Hill Mead opened its doors to headteachers and academics from across the country for our first education conference…


...The day included talks from Dr Myra Barrs and Sue Ellis, respected educationalists who have been working closely with Hill Mead over the last two years to develop new approaches to assessment.

The aim of this project is to shift the focus away from progress tracking systems and look more closely at how, rather than just what the children learn.

Pupils joined their teachers for round-table discussions with the delegates, talking about what they had been learning and how these new methods had helped them. Their confidence and pride in their work was highly praised by the attendees. Journalist Alan Slingsby has included a piece about the day on the Brixton Blog.

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Hill Mead News Our teachers at Athens Science conference
20 July 2016

Ms. Scudamore and Ms. Lawrence have attended a European conference in Greece…


...to speak about Hill Mead’s outstanding science teaching.

Our Reception and Year 4 classes have been working with the internationally respected UCL Institute of Education over the year on an action research project looking at creativity in science teaching.

Our teachers presented their research at the Creativity in Early Years Science (CEYS) Summer School, sharing creative approaches to teaching science with professionals and teachers from several European countries including Greece, Belgium, Poland and Romania.

We are very passionate about science at Hill Mead and the Summer School has provided scope for collaboration and partnerships with European schools that will offer interesting and unique opportunities for our community, not only in science, but also across the curriculum.

We look forward to the next steps on our international learning journey.

Hill Mead News Best Mathematicians in Lambeth
20 July 2016

Hill Mead came top in the Sumdog online Maths challenge, beating off fierce competition from other schools across the borough…


...Each class that entered did incredibly well, with five Hill Mead classes making it into the top 10, and Class 5 Blue clinching the top spot. The contest involved children taking on a series of tough questions over the course of a week.

We also had five out of the top ten students. Deborah from Class 3 Blue spoke to us about how her class rose to the challenge. “I was proud to get a certificate and I was one of the top ten students in the whole of Lambeth. I came seventh.”

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