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Hill Mead News “If you want Santa to come - you have to go to sleep!”
18 December 2017

Our Reception children and their parents have been visiting the Unicorn Theatre to see Boing!...


This fabulous production tells the story, through dance, of two boys who are so excited about Santa's visit that they can't get to sleep.

The children loved the magical performance and they also enjoyed the walk from the bus, past the Shard, HMS Belfast and City Hall. We even had time to climb up on top of Tower Bridge for some brilliant river views.

The fun continues with some theatre workshops at Hill Mead for children and their parents.

While, in class, we have been doing lots of Boing-related activities, including maths with teddies bouncing on beds!


Unicorn Theatre working with Hill Mead parents  
18 December 2017

Funding from the Walcott foundation provides workshops to parents…


This has enabled us to give parents the opportunity to experience the same theatre performances as their children. Starting with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Over 20 parents and their children from Year 2 went to see Laika at the Unicorn Theatre. It’s a play about Laika the dog who was an astronaut and a mother training to be an astronaut going to Mars.

After the theatre visit, Unicorn professionals ran two workshops in the school for the parents and children. They role-played training at NASA and applying to go to Mars.

Miss Binnie said: “There was loads of laughter and it was really fun. It was lovely to see the parents and children doing drama in a very playful way. It was nice that the parents were involved at the same time with the book we were working on. There were two dads doing mimicry – miming what each other were doing. The child copying dad. Nice to see them working in tandem with the children. Some of the children actually believed they were going on the Mars Mission that day.”

At the end of the workshop, they closed their eyes and listened to some eerie music while a Unicorn professional described the millions of stars in the galaxy, flying past the moon and finally arriving on Mars.

Mohamed’s Mum said: “I was very happy that I came, we had a lot of fun. Thank you.”

Read more in the December issue of the Hill Mead Herald >


Hill Mead News “Just keep writing”
18 December 2017

Poet John Lyon visits the school and does a workshop with Year 5…


We were lucky because we’d been learning about Black poets. We had been studying John Lyon’s poem Carnival Dance Lesson in class. The poem is about a carnival.

When he arrived he performed his poem. I really like the way he changes his voice. It’s about when you get to dance in a Trinidad way, and it gets you into a rhythm. It made me feel really happy.

He told us: “If you are on the tube and hear something interesting, just write it down.” We wrote our own poems. And we had to describe an item.

Rachel: “I described a dress. It was as glittery as the lights and as shiny as a globe.”

Jahvon: “I wrote about a ball. I said as round as a muffin.”

We acted his poems out. We got instruments like rattles and tambourines and drums as well. We acted in our different groups.

Jahvon: “I asked what advice he would give us if we wanted to be poets. He said we should keep reading, no matter what and keep writing. He also said there is no right or wrong.”

By Rachel and Jahvon in Year 5

Read more in the November issue of the Hill Mead Herald >

Picking a colour with personality
18 December 2017

Year 6 using the poetry book Cosmic Disco by Grace Nichols to study one of its poems…


“When The Colour Spoke” is about a man who could not decide which colour he wants to use. So the colours start speaking to him.

They say “choose me” and give all the reasons why he should choose them.

For instance, purple said: “Use me. I used to be a royal colour, but now you can afford me any time, so use me. Show you care.”

But the man did not want the colours to compete or to choose one over the other. So, in the end, he chose to do a sculpture instead.

The teacher told us to choose a colour and give it a personality. We were learning about personification and we had to pick a colour and describe it.

This is what we wrote:


Use me, said black.
I am skin, I am night and I am blindness.
I am the dirt under the soles of your shoes.
Sleep in my arm, I will hold you through the night and keep you safe until the morning light.


Use me, said orange.
Without me the burning beaming sun wouldn’t have colour.
Without me, dangerous lions and beautiful tigers wouldn’t have colour.
When your first pumpkin has been carved, it’s a sign that autumn has begun.

By Kevielle and Wiktor in Year 6

Read more in the December issue of the Hill Mead Herald >

Hill Mead News “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish”
18 December 2017

Parent governor Ese Ihemadu has four children, the oldest three are grown up and the youngest is in Nursery……


I became a governor almost 10 years ago. My first son was in Year 2 and my second son was in Reception or Year 1. I was doing a politics degree at the time.

I was always interested in volunteering and it was a good opportunity to see what the school was doing and have a say in what my children were doing. I was not one to stand at the school gate complaining. I like to have a voice.

On a personal level, it has helped me in my career. Because when you’re a parent and not working you don’t get the opportunities to meet other people and develop socially and educationally.

When Hill Mead achieved “outstanding” grade, I cried. I even get emotional now. We worked so hard and the world could now see we are a great school. We always knew we were great, but now everyone knows. But we don’t want to be complacent. With all the new changes government is bringing, we need to be a step ahead. We need to keep our integrity and our core values as a school to face those new challenges. And never forget that every child matters. Every child goes on school trips and are enriched by theatre trips, and learning to play musical instruments.

The school is inclusive and we care about our students. We don’t discriminate and it enriches all children to be in a school like this. Although the school is in the centre of Brixton, which we know has a reputation, the school is a safe place. Children feel at home and can grow and become successful young adults.

It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.

Read more in the December issue of the Hill Mead Herald >

Hill Mead News An exciting trip to the National Portrait Gallery
18 December 2017

Year 2 visits our historically important and famous art gallery…


We went on an exciting trip to the National Portrait Gallery because it’s a special place. We went by bus. We went to see olden day pictures and paintings. We got there in the morning and looked at diversity in portraits.

As part of the Black History month, we were looking especially for people who were Black famous Londoners. We saw Steve McQueen whose eyes were shut because he was grinning so much. We saw a ballerina and afterwards we drew her, she was on her tiptoes.

We saw lots of different pictures and then we had lunch.

In Trafalgar Square we took some portraits of ordinary people. We said: “Please can we take your picture?” They asked why, and we said: “Because you’re beautiful and we want to have lots of pictures of people all around the world from all sorts of different countries.”

Some of the pictures we saw are from the Horrible Histories series of books. We saw Queen Elizabeth 1. She had a crown and a yellow dress.

At the end we got little picture books and got to draw people’s faces. We drew a ballerina and people with jewellery.

Then Zeah’s tooth fell out and we went back.

By Jasmin and Zeah in Year 2

Read more in the October issue of the Hill Mead Herald >

Hill Mead News Brixton inspires our poems about places
18 December 2017

Different classes used Brixton as inspiration to write poems…


Year 6 wrote personification poems about the landmarks.

We made notes about the features and functions of each landmark and how these could be related to human traits. We visited the barrier block, the police station and the Brixton O2 Academy.

At the barrier block we thought the windows looked like eyes. And the squiggly lines looked like smiles.

At the police station one of our classmates got arrested (not really). The police let him try on handcuffs and their hats. The outside looked like hundreds of eyes watching. The entrance looked like a mouth that was swallowing people whole and the escalator looked like a tongue. And the trains are like the digestive system. The O2 looked like a black woolly hat because the top of the dome is black. The Brixton Rec has five skinny legs, but a big body. The swimming pool acts as a stomach because it’s full of liquid.

This is my poem:


As he stays in Brixton repelling any sound from entering the school
building, you can even see the happiness on its face when he has
completed his job
Rec Centre
He is as big and fat as 50 cars
It is awfully surprising that is only stabled by 5 LEGS
You can even hear water sploshing and slashing all over his stomach
Brixton underground station
Her giant eyeball
Spectating for food
As millions of people plunge into her mouth
Like she is the Brixton bin
Her tongue gradually leads people into her stomach

By Jordan in Year 6

Read more in the November issue of the Hill Mead Herald >


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