Have A Great Summer!

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Well, hard to believe but our first year as a primary school is over!  What a year it’s been.  Thank you for engaging with the website and blogs this year.  Thanks to all families who were able to join us for the picnic this afternoon.  We had a lovely assembly this morning saying goodbye and thank you to staff who are moving on.  But the BIGGEST thank you goes to all our children, who have worked so hard this year and shown our school values every day.

All of us here at Lawford Mead Primary wish you and your family a fun and relaxing summer.  The children have earned it.

Mr P

 

Aspiration Without Limits

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We watched the video below in our KS2 assembly today.  Here it is again in case you want to watch it at home.

Leave a comment below to say what the film means to you.

It got me thinking that NO pupils at Lawford Mead, girl or boy, should feel that there are limits to what they can achieve.  You can aspire to ANYTHING and no one can stop you if you are committed and determined.

What do you want to be when you’re older?  What hopes and dreams do you have for your future?

Mr P

The times, they are a-changin’…

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What a lovely day.  Children had a great time this morning with their new teacher and it doesn’t get more exciting than announcing the final, summer term and 2016 house point winners!

Well done…BADGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep an eye on the website for photos from the Badgers afternoon treat.

For now, here is the thought-provoking poem the Year 6 boys wrote for reflection time today, on the subject of change.

Let us remember change can be scary but what’s scarier is allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing.

Let us know you can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.

Let us remember that change is a part of life.

Let us know change can also lead us to great success in life.

Any thoughts on these wise words?  Why are you excited about next year? Leave a comment below.

Mr P

Exhibition Afternoon

Thank you to all the families that joined us for our exhibition today to open reports, look at children’s fantastic work and try some delicious food from the school menu.  Pupils were very proud to show off what they have been learning and of course, eager to find out who is teaching them next year!

What a brilliant term and year it has been.  What have been your favourites moments?

Mr P

 

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What does it take to win?

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I’m sure many of you were watching the tennis this weekend and shared my excitement when Andy Murray won his 2nd Wimbledon title!  My favourite moment though may have been the interview with fellow finalist Milos Raonic after the match.  He didn’t win this time but he worked so hard to get to this point.  The presenter interviewing him reminded him of the positives he could be proud of and he clearly has the right attitude to competing.  He was very ‘gracious in defeat’, congratulating the ‘deserving’ Andy Murray, thanking his supporters and promising to work even harder to get back to the Wimbledon final again.

Key Stage 2 pupils made some excellent observations when we watched this video in assembly this morning.  Here it is  so you can watch it again.  What do you like about what the interviewer and Raonic say?  What can we learn from these amazing tennis players?

Mr P

Eid Mubarak!

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Lawford Mead Primary would like to send best wishes to Muslim families in our community during this special celebration.

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Find out more about Ramadan and Eid here and then you can test your knowledge.  At Lawford Mead pupils learn about festivals from many different religions and belief systems including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Humanism.  We show tolerance for beliefs and lifestyles that are different from our own,  but we also show respect, learn with curiosity and celebrate our differences!

Find out more about our recent celebration of diversity here.

Mr P

 

Well done Year 6!

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Why do our Year 6 teachers look so happy in this picture? Well, it’s because they (and all staff of course) are immensely proud of our Year 6 pupils for doing so well in their SATs this year!  The results were published on July 5th  and Mrs Baker and the governors were very pleased.  Whilst the figures  are not comparable to previous years due to recent changes in the curriculum and assessment system, Lawford Mead has done very well in comparison with other schools across the country.  The % of children meeting or exceeding the new expected standard in our school was higher than the national average in every subject, as you can see in the table below:

 SATs RESULTS 2016
SUBJECT

*SCHOOL

*ESSEX

*NATIONAL

READING

77%

67%

66%

GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION & SPELLING

84%

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72%

MATHEMATICS

71%

71%

70%

WRITING (Teacher Assessment)

86%

76%

74%

READ/WRITE/MATH COMBINED

57% 56%

53%

*All data is provisional

Well done to the Year 6 team and to all pupils for their hard work, ambition and resilience.  We already knew you had made fantastic progress but it’s good to have even more evidence of that!  You will be leaving a great ‘Lawford Mead legacy’ when you move on this Summer!

A message from our Chair of Governors: ‘The Governors are absolutely delighted with our Year 6 SATs results. The children and staff have worked really hard to get themselves ready for the new format SATs this year and all that hard work has paid off. Well done everyone’.

Mr P

Friday Reflection

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It was great to hear about the Summer Reading Challenge from our special guest, librarian Jenny, in assembly today.  Find out more here!

The pupils always make us proud at the end of our Friday assemblies when they finish clapping, cheering and whooping for the house team winner and then settle, sit and listen beautifully for a though provoking reflection time.  This week we commemorated (remembered and showed respect) the Battle of the Somme for its 100 year anniversary.

Charlie in Year 5 wrote and read out  a lovely poem  for us about the soldiers who died at the Somme.  Here it is.  Thanks Charlie…

Let us remember them, as they are the ones who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Let us thank them for the things they have done for us and the freedom we now enjoy.

Let us take a moment of silence and be grateful for what we have.

We will remember them.

Children, you can ask your teachers any questions you have about that terrible battle.  You can also find out more at the CBBC Newsround website here.

Mr Poyton