Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Veggie Run - Healthy App

Veggie Run, the newly developed healthy app only for Havering Primary and Junior school children is launching on the 17 April.

What is the aim?
The app aims to create healthy competition amongst primary and Junior school children, where they learn to dodge unhealthy foods and get rewarded by collecting fruit and vegetables.

Why get the App?
The main advantage for pupils downloading and playing this app, is that pupils can win your school sports prizes!! These prizes are worth up to £200! Each school will receive a unique reference code that they share with pupils, who use this when they login to the game.

Where do I get the App?
Download and share the link from the 17 April -

Why do we need to promote Healthy Lunches?
Recent evidence suggests that only 1% of packed lunches are healthy!

We hope from children playing the game they are able to identify the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods.

What can they win?
Each term Havering Council will reward the top performing primary, junior, Infant schools and pupils with the following prizes.
Top performing schools will receive the following prizes based on the results at the end of the Summer term 2018.
  • 1st Prize - Everyone Active Hertfordshire Mavericks Netball Coaching session
  • 2nd Prize – Danson Hockey Coaching session
  • 3rd Prize –3 hours at Noak Hill Sports Complex - Tennis Courts
  • 4th Prize - Starter pack – From the Sports Collective 
  • 5th Prize - 5 A-Day Character Resource Pack
  • SQuid - Each term the top performing twelve students on Veggie Run will receive one week’s worth of meals (5 x £2.20) applied to their sQuid catering purse.
  • 2 bikes per term for the top performing girl and boy aged up to 11 years old plus cycle helmet.
  • Buy one get one free swimming at Hornchurch & Central Park Leisure Centres (250 children will receive vouchers directly via the game until September 2018) One parent can swim for free if child is aged under at eight years.
  • Free piece of fruit with every kids meal purchased over £3, (250 vouches to be won until September 2018, redeem at Hornchurch CafĂ©, Harrow leisure centre)
If any pupils/parents wish to support the app online please use #VeggieRun, as we would love to capture feedback. If any children have any budding ideas about how we can promote Veggie Run we would like to hear from them, as they could become the face of Havering’s Veggie Run.

Monday, 16 April 2018

KS1 Dancers

We finished off the term in style with the Clubs Sharing Assembly. This was a chance to see what the KS1 dancers had been rehearsing for the last few weeks. Unsurprisingly they SMASHED it with a very confident performance!

It is always wonderful to see the #reciprocity  between the pupils shining through in these displays. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

World Book Day 2018

World Book Day 2018 saw a fantastic array of costumes. To spend a day celebrating the children's favourite stories and characters was amazing.

I love all the David Walliams stories, but Gangsta Granny is my favourite.
Sophie - Year 4

I'd love to have an umbrella that allowed me to fly. Mary Poppins is so kind, and she can do magic with a click of her fingers.
Sofia - Year 4

Even Theo, the magical reading unicorn, made an appearance to cap off an unforgettable day. Thank you to all the parents who helped create these amazing costumes.

Olivia the Super Reader

Olivia thoroughly enjoyed her time in the library with Theo... and it looks as if he found it very relaxing too. As Olivia read the story, Theo settled down on her lap to listen and closed his eyes.

Great reading Olivia!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Adam’s Judo Medals

Congratulations to Adam, who has collected more medals for his burgeoning collection. We would imagine that Adam must have a huge trophy case at home to house all of his Judo awards.

Well done for all the hard work Adam... a great effort.

Friday, 13 April 2018

University of Broadford - Graduation

What is Broadford University
Broadford University is a 10 week programme that runs in the Spring term. The idea is to:
  • expose pupils to subjects and activities they would not normally experience
  • give them the chance to broaden their vocabulary with subject specific terms (meta language)
  • develop an idea to a greater depth - as there are 10 hours given to each course
  • allow pupils to work on a subject/course of their choosing
  • give pupils the chance to work with children beyond their Year Group
  • encourage pupils, at the earliest possible point,  to consider further education as a possible root to a future career
This year has been a huge success:
  • 100% (87% of pupils strongly) agree that they have enjoyed the courses
  • 73% agree that they would now consider a career linked to their course
I loved being part of the Broadford band. We've learnt how to play different instruments and how to read sheet music. At the start of it I didn't think I'd be able to perform in the finale, but it has shown me I can.
Joshua - Year 4

Thursday, 12 April 2018

LFPA Easter Egg design Competition

Congratulations to the pupils who came up with the winning designs for the LFPA Easter Egg competition. There was an incredible array of ideas on how to decorate the egg template... your imagination astounded us.

Once the judging process was complete, the winning pupils were presented with an Easter Egg prize in Achievement Assembly.

Well done to all those who took part. All of the monies raised will go towards improvements at Mead & Broadford.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Library Refurbishment

If you have been near the library recently you will notice that it has undergone a revamp. The old carpet is gone, the new 'oak effect' vinyl has been installed, there is a comfy new sofa in the corner with some gold lettered cushions (Shhhh). The desking in the area has been reduced to give pupils more space, and there is a comfy new rug, which Theo was very keen to make use of.

Olivia was one of the first pupils to make the most of the improved facilities. She looks very comfortable giving Theo a cuddle while reading her favourite book to him.

The changes aren't quite finished. There is some additional shelving to come, new LED letters on the wall and a new workstation. Once it is finished we will post some more pictures.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Staff Night Out - Shuffleboard

The World Series of Mead vs Broadford moved to the London Shuffleboard club this term. Following Mead's win at the Rounders competition, this was a chance for Broadford to win a match up. The staff battled it out over two different tables. By the end it finished as a draw!

We are now looking ahead to the Summer term when the staff netball teams will face off with each other!

Monday, 9 April 2018

Healthy Relationships Project 2018

Pupils from Broadford & Mead came together to benefit from a Healthy Relationships project.

The project aimed to equip our pupils with skills to engage in healthy relationships. It used a range of activities help pupils to recognise the signs of domestic violence and and coercive and controlling behaviour. As a consequence of the workshop sessions they would be better able to negotiate and communicate effectively, allowing them to respond appropriately.

The impact is improved self-agency and greater peer advocacy. This will influence positive behaviour and fosters a culture of zero tolerance to partner abuse.

We had to talk about the what we thought made a good relationship. Those feelings and ideas went inside our Relationship House. The things we didn't want (anger, violence, arguing) went outside the walls. 
Jacob - Year 5

During the workshop the pupils enjoyed a range of trust building games that helped to strengthen relationships across the two schools.

It was great to work with Mead pupils. Some of them are my friends anyway because we live in the same road. However I made lots of new friends through the project.
Jackie - Year 5.

At the end of the workshop the impact was:
  • 83% of the pupils said they were more confident about the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • 100% agreed that they had some strategies that would help them

Sunday, 8 April 2018

KS2 Dancers

Here is a chance to re-live the amazing KS2 Dance Club performance from the Easter Sharing Assembly. Well prepared by Mrs Smith, the children out on a great show, with kicks, flicks and twists. 

Year 6 Maths Party

Year 6 welcomed in parents for their maths party at the end of term. The response was fantastic - thank you to all the adults who were able to attend. It meant that our pupils could showcase the typical maths activities that they enjoy every day to develop their understanding and apply their skills:

  • 24 Maths Game
  • Shape challenges: pentominoes and tangrams
  • Singapore bar method problems
  • iPad apps
  • Rock Star times tables
I loved the challenges. It was great to get a chance to work with Caitlin
Mr Seabrook

92% of the parents surveyed said they strongly agreed that it gave them a better understanding of what their children have to tackle in class
100% enjoyed the chance to try the challenges

#resilience had to be demonstrated by the parents as they tried some of the challenging reasoning questions left out by Miss Chau. This one caused a lot of parents and pupils some difficulty:

Can you use eight '8s' to make exactly 1,000 - but you can only add?

New Photos - Acacia

We have just refurbished the Acacia office: new floors, shelves and lighting. However the best bit of the new decor are the photographs on the wall of the children. Can you spot any familiar faces?

Saturday, 7 April 2018

New Build - Car Park

The new car park is slowly moving forward. Now the digger has excavated down to the base layer. This means the drainage system can finally be installed and we should start to see the level built back up very quickly.

Friday, 6 April 2018

We're In The Paper: Samanyu’s Poem

Congratulations to Samanyu who saw his Mother's Day poem chosen as the winning entry in the Mercury Mall competition this year. The competition was very strong as over 360 entries were submitted. It was also great to see another Broadford pupil - Kara - shortlisted too.

Following his success, Samanyu won a voucher for himself and his mum!

Well done Samanyu and Kara we are very proud of you.

Drone Shots of School

When we had the snowfall a few weeks ago it was a great opportunity to get some scenic shots of the school site. At the front you can see the pathway that was lovingly de-iced by Mr Martin, while at the back the field is covered by a thin blanket of snow... all very peaceful.

Of course this didn't last very long once the children came out for their snowball fight!

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Secretary of State: Ideas from Broadford!

We were delighted to receive a letter from the new Secretary of State for Education. Having hosted Justine Greening in November, it was great to hear that our pupils made such an impact that Damian Hinds MP is already keen to get in touch.

We are very proud of the changes we have made at Broadford and the way they have had such a positive impact on results. To see that the Department of Education considers Broadford to be 'thought provoking and innovative' is high praise indeed.