At Meridian, we are proud of all our successes, achievements and highlights of 2020-2021
Gold Games Mark Recognition Award
We were delighted to find out that due to our fantastic sporting efforts throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, Meridian was awarded the ‘School Games Mark Recognition Award’. This award is a testament to the provision we offer our children during PE lessons, the extra-curricular options we have available and the enthusiasm and positive learning attitude Meridian children have when talking about their own health and fitness. This was the second consecutive year that we have achieved Gold. So we still carry GOLD for this year!
We took part in many sporting activities, for example:
The whole school took part in a Friday skip with the Cambridgeshire School Sports Partnership and many other schools virtually.
Many classes benefitted from having a sports lead to support PE lessons in gymnastics, invasion games, tennis, cricket, Pilates.
The Y6 were able to fulfil their primary PE curriculum with swimming lessons in the summer term.
We offered the following school clubs:
In music and performance, we showed our skills and shared our joy:
We held an ‘Act of Remembrance’ service in November and posted a video of the occasion onto the school website including a performance by our choir, poems and a special reading. Onsite at school we decorated class windows with poppy art work
We recorded class carol singing performances and instrumental items and we released a CD with a Christmas Carol singing from every class. This replaced our annual carol concert and all proceeds from the CD went to the PTA to develop learning environments within the school
We held our annual talent show remotely for the first time in the spring and our categories for 2021 were individual talent, sibling groups, family group talents and virtual friends groups. We have compiled a winners’ memory trailer film for the school.
Y6 house captains and school councillors led the KS2 weekly assemblies to a socially distanced class group audience throughout the year – organising children to perform a musical piece or share a book review.
Some children who took their external music exams, held a mini concert to perform an exam piece to an audience of Year 6 children.
Despite the lockdown and restrictions, we were so pleased that we were able to participate in many educational and cultural events such as:
Years 4 and 5 started the year with an Outdoor Adventurous Activity Day with activities such as moving the duck, saving the teddies from a toxic swamp, cracking codes and travelling through a midnight crossing.
Years 4 and 5 also held an Ancient Greek learning topic day when they came dressed up in costume.
The children in Year 6 worked on a project about plastic in collaboration with various companies. The Sky Ocean Rescue Project encourages social action to increase awareness of single use plastic. The children created videos, presentations and wrote letters – even letters to the Prime Minister and received a response! We have displayed their 3D art structure that symbolises their message at the entrance of the school.
Children from Years 3 and 4 participated in the Bikeability scheme in the autumn term.
Years 5 and 6 (Year 6 who missed their trip last year) had a wonderful week at Hilltop Residential in Norfolk in June. Activities that the children participated in include swimming, team games, archery, high ropes, beach time, coastal walks and a tree top trail.
During this week, children from Year 4 and a few children from Year 5 and Year 6 joined together to create a mini week’s Museum day project on stranded on a desert Island, including creating their maps, dens, art scenery, descriptions and rules for the island jobs and a rescue plan.
We took part in the CB23 local schools Virtual Spelling Bee in June.
We held many a School Council meeting with planning well underway for a pupil led habitat garden.
We are pleased that our Year 4 and 5 children visited Stibbington Centre in June which enriched our World War II topic. They were all dressed as evacuees.
Cambridge United coaches supported reluctant readers through a football focussed reading programme.
All children in every year group enjoyed designing stamps for the Royal Mail stamp design competition for COVID heroes. We are waiting to hear if any are successful.
The Year 5 children attended a CB23 Careers fair event online with live sessions with people from different industries.
We celebrated our Year 6 children and their time at Meridian with a Year 6 Enterprising day (sponsoring for an ambitious target), a performance of ‘Shakespeare Rocks’ outside and an end of Primary disco.
We celebrated and focused on these topics:
We have fundraised for the following worthy causes:
And we were able to purchase some new iPads thanks to the many families took part in the 2020 walk, run, or cycle challenge during the summer lockdown led by the PTA. We have been excited about this exciting learning adventure, having a greater use of mobile technology – to transform learning opportunities this year.
We look forward to many more events and activities during the 2021-2022 academic year!