Handwriting Hero

This week’s star writer has been working hard to improve his handwriting!

Harry was so proud of his writing and worked hard to keep all of the letters on the line, write the letters of each word closer together and make his writing smaller.

He needed a lot of resilience and kept having another go to keep making improvements.

You can really see the difference in just one lesson!

Well done Harry I!

Superhero artwork

As part of our superhero theme we have been designing superhero logos and masks. We had to think about the special powers our invented heroes might have, what colour costume they might wear and what symbols they would have on their logo.

We have also learned about the three primary colour and used them to create superhero, onomatopoeia designs.

Yr 1 star writer

This week the children have been learning about different types of sentences, such as; facts, opinions and questions.

Freya wrote some facts about Jasper, a helper dog for the disabled (who is a real life hero).

She has used her best, joined handwriting and included adjectives to add descriptions to her facts.

Our first star writer

We have all been working very hard to write in full sentences, remembering to start with a capital letter, leave a finger space between each word and put a full stop at the end of each sentence.

Sometimes we get to practice our skills in our creative writing books. We are given a picture to look at and can write a description of what we can see, a story or even a poem.

Evie wrote eight sentences to tell me what she could see in the picture. She tried really hard to sound out some tricky words, with only a little bit of help from an adult. Well done.

Race for Life.

We have to say a massive well done to all the children in both Y1 and Y2 who took part in this afternoon’s Race for Life.   Even though it was incredibly warm for a late September afternoon everyone of these very young children took huge pride in being able to run and complete the three laps of the Chelmsford City Stadium.

All of the children appeared to have a great understanding of why we were running today and cheered on those who were still running.  They are truly an inspiration and showed our school values in lots of ways today.

All of the staff in KS1 are extremely proud of them and we have to say a huge thank you to Miss Lyndsay, Mr Pearson and Miss Chittick for organising the event for us.

You will be able to see from the photos below how much the children enjoyed their afternoon of fund raising.

Art Day

Today was Art Day at Lawford Mead. Each class was given a famous artist and piece of their work to study for the day. In year 1 we learned some fascinating facts about Vincent Van Gogh. We found out that his favourite colour was yellow, he loved to paint outdoors, he painted quickly using thick paint and that he visited several countries including; England, France and Belgium.

We looked at some of his famous paintings and then tried to recreate his famous ‘Starry night’ painting using oil pastels. We tried to copy the short thick brush strokes and blended the colours together to create shades and textures.

We are really proud of our finished work, what do you think?

Silverbell Star Writer

What a great piece of writing from Ellie today.

We have been finding out about different religions in R.E. this term.  This week we looked at why Mount Hira and the cave at the top of it is important to those who follow the Muslim faith.

Ellie has written about how Mohammad wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of Mecca and have some quiet peaceful time alone.  She has remembered about the sky changing colours before Mohammad fell asleep and how he had to have the message sent to him three times before he realised that he could read the scroll that appeared to him.

Ellie I am very impressed that you have remembered so much from the input and have included this in your writing today.  You have also remembered the non-negotiables that we use when writing and included these.

Well done Ellie you certainly deserve to be our Star Writer this week.


Cultural Day

On Thursday we held a whole school cultural day.

We were very lucky to welcome two visitors into Sycamore; Mr Sathiyanathan told us about Sri Lanka and taught us to say hello in Tamil and Alysia from yr 4 came to talk to us about growing up in Romania.

We then tried to pronounce the longest place name in Wales (Have a go, it’s a bit tricky!) and made Welsh daffodils.


Then we flew off to Brazil to learn about the rainforest and make some monkeys.

After lunch it was a whistle stop tour to South Africa and Thailand to learn the gumboot dance and design patterns.

We had a busy and brilliant day!

Sycamore Star Writer

This week’s star writer is Stan. He has worked really hard to join his writing and showed great passion and aspiration by wanting to give more and more detail.

We were challenged to apply for a place to join the Pirate Captain’s crew and had to write him a letter explaining why we would make a good pirate. We were trying to use lots of persuasive adjectives.

Super writing Samuel!

This morning we welcomed lots of dads into the school. In sycamore we imagined that we had been stranded on a desert island after a shipwreck. We had to think about how we would survive and luckily we found an empty bottle and some paper! We decided to write a message in a bottle to try to get help.

Samuel really threw himself into the task, writing a very informative letter with lots of detail, so hopefully someone will rescue us soon.

Here is what he wrote.

Dear whoever finds this note,

We are stranded on a terrible island with 9 rocks. There was a ferocious storm the waves were like mountains. Our island has got gold sand and the palm trees have got coconuts. We have hunted for food and I made a bowl to collect water. Please come and save us.

From Samuel