Word of the Week Challenge: vigilant

This week’s word is an adjective that means being careful and watching for possible danger or difficulties.


For example: The lifeguard at the swimming pool had to be very vigilant as they watched the swimmers.

Well done to Year 6 for the teamwork, positivity and resilience they showed during ‘SATS week’. These assessment activities are an opportunity for children to show what they have learnt and if they have just tried their very best, give themselves the confidence to start secondary school in September. They did themselves, their families and the school extremely proud.

Year 6’s perseverance inspired me to share the following poem in assembly. Thanks to the Year 6 girls who read it out…

Don’t Quit -by Edgar Albert Guest

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit – rest if you must, but don’t you quit. 

Life is strange with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about when he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow – you may succeed with another blow.

Often the struggler has given up when he might have captured the victor’s cup;
and he learned too late when the night came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out – the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and when you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar;
so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit – it’s when things seem worst, you must not quit. 

Word of the Week Challenge: jubilant

Our latest whole school word of the week is…


This is an adjective that mean feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph. For example… Many jubilant pupils shouted with joy when the house team winner was announced.

Can you use jubilantcorrectly in a sentence this week, perhaps in a comment below…?

Of course, we can’t feel jubilant all the time. In today’s KS2 assembly we talked about ‘mental health’. It’s very normal to feel worried, sad or angry. Life can be challenging and we need resilience. Dealing with negative emotions like fear or anger doesn’t necessarily mean we have a problem with our mental health. Our feelings are what make us human! But is is important to talk through our emotions with a trusted adult so we can understand our thoughts and feelings and they don’t stay in our head for too long or make it difficult for us to live our lives. Asking for help and talking helps us have good mental health, as will exercise, sleep, a good diet and even having fun!

We watched the 3rd and 4th videos on this Newsround webpage in case you want to watch again with family and discuss at home:

Mr Poyton

Word of the Week Challenge: simultaneously

Our first whole school word of the week for the summer term is…


An adverb that means at the same time.

For example…

It can be hard for some people to pat their head and rub their tummy simultaneously!


We all felt simultaneously sad and happy that Miss Smith was leaving Lawford Mead to have a baby.

Try to use our word of the week in a sentence before next week’s assembly. Can you leave a comment below with an example sentence?

What’s your motivation?

In our Tuesday assemblies this week we heard Mr Pearson’s motivation for running the London Marathon this weekend. He isn’t running all that way for a medal or to get on TV and whilst it is great to raise money for charity, that’s not that main reason for taking on such a big challenge either. Mr P has put in the training because he ENJOYS running and achieving something special after hard work will make him feel proud.

I asked children what they are working hard on right now and what will motivate them to keep going during this final term of the yearHere are some of the children’s answers…no one said it was just for Dojo points or a treat…

“I’m working hard on my 4x tables because I want to move on to my 6s”.

“I’m working hard on my reading because I want to enjoy more books”.

“I’m working hard on my writing because I want to be better at it”.

“I’m working hard on catching a ball because exercise is important”.

“I’m working hard towards my SATs because I want to do the best I can and then do well in high school”.

“I’m working hard on fractions because I’ve learnt a lot and want to learn more”.

Here is the poem video we watched. Ungirt means loose and free. The poet talks about running for the pure LOVE of it. He couldn’t live without it and he doesn’t need a prize.

The message of this poem could relate to any passion that requires hard work. There is no greater prize that the pride you feel when you challenge yourself.

Leave a comment below explaining your goals and motivations.

Mr Poyton


Here is the music video about kindness we watched in assemblies this week. What message in the song lyrics stands out to you?

And here is the other video we watched. What can you do to be like number 50 this week?

Word of the Week Challenge: incandescent

This week’s new word of the week, suggested by a teacher and chosen by the children is…


This word is an adjective that can describe an object that is glowing with light because it is hot, like a light bulb. But it can also describe a person who is so full of happy emotions, it’s almost like they are glowing!

So, for example…

The incandescent lava flowed down the volcano.


The pupil was incandescent with pride when he showed his writing to Mr Poyton and they compared it to work from September.

That last one is a true story! See below. What amazing progress!

Word of the Week Challenge: mortified

Suggested by a Year 5 pupil this week, our new whole school word of the week is…

mortified (adjective)

Meaning: very embarrassed or ashamed.

Example: She was mortified when her dad danced at the disco!

Can you use mortified in sentence this week? Post a comment below with an example sentence.

Mr Poyton

World Book Day 2019

Thank you to all families who helped create such fantastic World Book Day costumes. Find out more and see more photos here.

We revisited one of our favourite poems for reflection time in assembly. Can you leave a comment below to recommend a book that made you feel like the poet does…?

I Opened a Book – by Julia Donalson

I opened a book and in I strode
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.

I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.

I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.

Word of the Week Challenge: meticulous

As voted for by our Friday assembly audience, our new whole school word of the week is…

meticulous (adjective)

Meaning: showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise.

Example: The insect designs on his Book Day costume were painted on with with meticulous care.

Can you leave a comment below using meticulous in a sentence?

Mr Poyton

Word of the Week Challenge: apprehensive

Our brand new whole school word of the week, voted for by pupils, is…
apprehensive  (adjective)
Meaning: anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen.
Example: “He felt apprehensive about walking through the woods.”
Synonyms: anxious, alarmed, worrieduneasynervousconcernedagitatedrestlessedgy, on edge, fidgetytensestressedneuroticpanicky…
Can you use apprehensive in conversation before next Friday’s assembly?  Or, even better, can you use it correctly in your writing?
Try leaving a comment below with a sentence that includes apprehensive.
Mr Poyton