Favourite poems…

Thank you to Year 1&2 parents and carers who came to the first of this week’s Y1-6 ‘Meet the teacher’ mornings. Powerpoint slides will be added to our Year Group pages soon.

We revisited my favourite poem in our assemblies today. It has something to say say about our values of aspiration and resilience. What does the poem say to you?

It Couldn’t Be Done – by Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
     But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
     Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
     On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
     That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
     At least, no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
     And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
     Without any doubting or ‘quit it’,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
     That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
     There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
     The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
     Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
     That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

Passion, Public Speaking & WotW!

This week’s WotW (Word of the Week) is… discombobulated ! It has a similar meaning to confused but you can research the word to find out more about it. Can you use it in your writing? In a comment below? Thank you to the Year 4 pupil who gave us this week’s word.

This year we are introducing the Mighty Oak public speaking programme into our curriculum so all our children can learn to speak confidently and fluently to audiences. Year 6 had their first lesson in the hall today. Se the picture above. They were brilliant and did a great job as role models in celebration assembly this afternoon, giving introductions and giving out awards.

Two boys from Year 6 wrote and read out a fantastic acrostic poem about our value of passion for reflection time today. Check it out…

P assion is a vital part of our lives. If we didn’t show it, school could be a waste of time.

A lso, if we did not show it, no progress would be made and we would not get anywhere in our lives.

S ome things we can live without, but passion we need without a doubt.

S haring your passion with your peers can help you face your fears.

I nspiring others is a great thing to do, it costs nothing and is good for you.

O ver time your passion will grow, if you never try you’ll never know.

N ever stop doing what you love, don’t let anything get you down and never go home with a frown.

Thank you for the fantastic example you are setting Year 6!

Mr Poyton

P.S. Don’t forget that Monday is National Teaching Assistant Day so don’t forget to say thank you to an LSA for all the help they give…and why not give them a compliment while you’re at it?

Welcome back!

Everyone was very happy to be back in school this week. We have been learning lots together already, with old friends and new. In assembly on Friday afternoon we reminded ourselves of what our values mean and the rewards we can work for each week.

Keep an eye out on our Highlights page for photos of our new learning environment around the school and the book hunt challenge we are setting families!

We end Friday assemblies with a quiet reflection time, often written by one of our Year 6 role models. This week our role models thought about the exciting school year ahead and all its opportunities…

Going into a new year can be a challenge.

Believe in yourself and refresh your mind.

You can do anything if you put your mind to it.

Have confidence and be yourself.

See you next week for more Lawford Mead adventures.

Mr Poyton

Looking back…

It was a busy day today…


In assembly many of us shared our highlights of the year. Can you leave a comment below telling us your favourite memory of this past school year?


Well done to our ‘Readers of the Year’. These children really do love books and in assembly today they were awarded with a certificate and a brand new book for reading at home so often. We also welcomed Robert from Essex Libraries to our assembly to talk about the https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/. Make sure you get to a library as soon as possible to sign up. You can borrow 14 books at a time on your library card, all for free! And next Monday you can buy a second-hand book for just 20p or 50p at the end of the day. Please donate a children’s book to our shelter at 8:45am and then come back at 3:20pm to buy a different one! All money will go towards new books for the school.


Representatives from our brilliant School Council presented to school governors and Mrs Baker today. See the pictures below. They reported to our visitors on the School Council’s important work, highlights of the school year and the findings of their research into two of our school improvement priorities this year; writing and attendance. Thank you to all our School Council representatives and to Miss Dearing who has supported them along the way.

Three more days of the term left with LOTS more fun ahead. See you next week!

Mr Poyton

WOTWC & top tips for keeping cool

This week’s WOTWC (Word of the Week Challenge!) is…excruciating. This is an adjective that means extremely painful. For example: I broke my toe and the pain was excruciating! Can you use this word in another sentence? Leave a comment below.

In assembly we discussed top tips for keeping cool in this hot, sunny weather. The children had some great ideas including:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Take breaks in the shade.
  • Put suncream on in the morning.
  • Don’t wear jumpers or coats but do wear a sunhat.

Can you leave a comment with any more top tips below. ..?

Mr Poyton

Word of the Week Challenge: illusion

No new word of the week this week as I didn’t blog about the last one! So, you have an extra week to use illusion in conversation and your writing. Can you leave a comment below with an example sentence?

An illusion (noun) is something that is not what it seems to be. Illusions happen when a person’s eyes, ears, or sense of touch are deceived, or tricked, in some way.

For example: Mr Poyton’s wizard hat created the illusion that he was much taller than he really was!

Find out more about the word illusion here:https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/illusion/477170

Facing fears…with FUN!

In our assemblies today we talked about how we can face our fears by showing our school value of passion. If we are having fun, we forget our worries! Of course, we also have trusted adults around us to help us and keep us safe. At Grangewaters, children in Year 5 & 6 felt confident and brave enough to do daring things like climbing because they had expert adults helping them and because they were so busy enjoying themselves!

When we feel worried about making mistakes in our learning we can remember there is always help close by. But if you enjoy your learning, it gives you the confidence to take risks and overcome a challenge.

In Key Stage 2 ‘s assembly we also watched a video about an amazing 95 year old man who parachuted into battle on D Day in World War II, 75 years ago. This week he is going to parachute on to that beach in France again! This time he won’t be scared. He will enjoy it as it is important to him that we honour the memory of his friends who sadly died in battle.

What fear will you face this week or this term? How will you overcome your worries and succeed? What can you do to help others?

Happy Half Term!

What a week! It was a short half term but everyone has earned a rest!

  • Our rounders team (see photo above) made us very proud in a local tournament. They are are through to the Chelmsford finals and if they win again they could enter the County stage of the tournament!
  • Year 5&6 children returned from our residential trip, tired but buzzing from a week of adventure. See some photos here.
  • Children have been publishing their best writing for display and wow, it is impressive stuff. Read this extract, from David in Year 2…In a sandy, blustery desert grows a weird and scary plant. It is gloomy and slimy. It was so terrible and frightening. How does it grow? What shiny spikes it has! Suddenly a powerful, purple bird popped out of the plant and it was bright and beautiful. Unexpectedly, the creature flapped its wings so fast that made a sandstorm…
  • Children have been working very hard to improve in all areas of learning and prove to themselves what they can achieve when they put their mind to it.. Check out this handwriting from Mason in Year 3 and compare it to his efforts from just a month before.

Back to it in June! Let’s see how much learning and achievement we can squeeze into the final weeks of the school year!

Mr Poyton