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Hill Mead News Hill Mead rock down to Electric Avenue
22 October 2016

Hill Mead’s choir and Year 6's took part in the reopening of Brixton’s famous Electric Avenue…


With accompaniment from our music teacher Mr Jordan, the children got the crowd clapping to their cover of Clean Bandit’s “Rather be”.

Even the market traders couldn’t help but sing along to their rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”, and passers-by stopped to watch. The audience cheered for more, so as an encore they performed Bruno Mars’ “Count on me”.

Following on from their exhibition at Evelyn Grace at the end of last year, the “mini-Brixton Village” made by Hill Mead pupils for the 'Our Hut' project was also part of the re-opening celebrations.

The artwork was proudly displayed on one of Electric Avenue’s traditional market barrows, recently unveiled following a crowd-funded campaign to restore them to their former glory.


Hill Mead News Famous author comes to school 
22 October 2016

We were lucky enough to have an award-winning author come to Hill Mead…


Beverley Naidoo grew up in South Africa under apartheid. This was a system where racism was set in law. She was oblivious to it because she was white and she was not taught about it in her all-white all-girls school. “It was like being brought up as a horse with blinkers”.  

Luckily when she left school at 18 she met people who challenged her about Apartheid. The blinkers came off: she started to become angry about the world around her. She went into exile in England where she wrote her first book called Journey to Jo’burg. The book was popular across the world, but because it criticised the South African government it was banned there. This only spurred her on to write more.  

It was not fair because black people did not receive the same opportunities as white people. Sometimes this was life-threatening. Beverley was looked after by a black woman called Mama Sebate. Her two daughters tragically died of a curable disease because black people were not given access to injections.  

We asked Beverley Naidoo if she was working on a book. She said she was but she would not tell any more. She says she is her own biggest critic so she might not publish it. We hope she does.

By Amira, Amisha & Ruqayya in Year 6

Check out the Key Stage 2 blog for more on Beverley Naidoo’s visit:

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Hill Mead News Hill Mead Hens are here!
22 October 2016

We have some new members of our school community at Hill Mead: two chickens!…


The company that we bought the chickens from was called Hens For Hire. This is a company which hires out chickens to schools and care homes.

They brought two chickens to the school: a Bluebell Hybrid and a Rhode Rock Hybrid. The Bluebell is black and grey and the Rhode Rock is brown, orange and black.

Hill Mead children will be in charge of looking after them. We have to feed the chickens pellets but they will also eat cheddar cheese, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce and many other vegetables.

They will lay eggs most days but they need sixteen hours of daylight to lay an egg. We have the chickens at the school so that the children at the school will learn more about animal life.

We can’t wait to learn more about the chickens during our playtimes! Year 2 have been reading 'The Eagle That Would Not Fly' by James Aggrey, as part of the whole school’s topic on Black History Month. This talks about chickens and other birds.

Reception also read about chickens in their book Handa’s Hen.

By Lara and Gavin in Year 6

For updates on our chickens make sure you follow us on Twitter:

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Hill Mead News Celebrating Black History Month
22 October 2016

This term, each year group has been studying books by a different Black author…


Over the last few weeks they have performed assemblies to parents that retell the stories they have learned.

The arrival of the Hill Mead Hens was inspired by Year 2’s chosen book, James Aggray’s 'The Eagle that Would Not Fly'. They studied James Aggrey’s life, fact-finding about his work setting up schools in Ghana.

Several of our year groups headed down to the Ritzy to watch part of their Film Africa programme. Years 5 and 6 enjoyed Adama, the story of a young West African boy who sets off in search of his older brother during WWI.

Some of the teachers have been writing about their own favourite Black authors on the Key Stage 2 blog. Log on to let them know what you think about the books they have been reading, and to share your own favourites.

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Hill Mead News Mykey cooks up a storm!
22 October 2016

As part of Black History Month, our school chef Mykey has been popping into some of the classes…


...to tell stories and talk about the food in some of our Black History texts.

Year 1 took a trip to Brixton Market to learn about the Caribbean fruit and vegetables in their book 'What’s in the pan, man?'.

Later in the week, they helped Mykey to cook a tasty Jamaican-inspired dish using the ingredients they bought, just like Dan, the chef in the story.

Nursery got the chance to try some of the delicious mangoes, avocados and passion fruit they have been reading about in Handa’s Surprise.

In September we also celebrated British Food Fortnight. Mykey and his team prepared fresh British fruit and vegetables for the children to try. Getting them tasting new things and talking about their food likes and dislikes helps Mykey to update our menus. This term he has introduced “Fruity Friday” so we can enjoy even more delicious fruit.

To see what’s cooking in the Hill Mead kitchen this term, have a look at our menu:

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Hill Mead News New blogs go live
22 October 2016

Our new Hill Mead blogs are live on our website now!…


This year we have three blogs: Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

The teachers will be posting all sorts of useful information and exciting problems to solve over the year, so make sure you keep logging on and joining in.

Key Stage 2 have already been using their blog to vote on the name for our second Hill Mead hen! We love to see comments from children and parents.

Please make sure you respect our blogging guidelines when posting, which you can read on each blog. Don’t forget you can also follow all our year groups on Twitter for updates, pictures and more!

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Hill Mead News The Reading Café is open for business!
22 October 2016

Following the success of last year’s Reading Cafés…


...this term Nursery, Reception and Year 2 each invited parents to come in and share in enjoying some of their favourite books.

The children had the chance to read stories aloud, and there were lots of fun activities related to the books including making masks of their favourite characters.

For the more adventurous there was face painting to help you really get into character!

Zyanna in Year 2 really enjoyed being able to buy some of the books; “I loved the Reading Café because I got to buy 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'. I have seen the film but this was the first time I read the book”  

Delicious cakes were on offer at Year 2’s Reading Cafe, which they baked themselves, using eggs from our new Hill Mead hens.

Ihcene said “We got to stir the cake mixture lots to make cakes. They were so tasty!”

Lovemybooks.co.uk, the organisation that promotes Reading Cafes, has lots of fun activities and great tips on their website that parents can use to help engage their children with reading.

Thank you to all the parents who came along, and keep an eye out for more Reading Cafes later in the year!

For fun activities and tips on getting your child into reading, visit:

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