I am so sorry we had to close the school today. All the staff miss you already and we hate having to take a break from helping you learn. This is a very strange and challenging time for everyone but you don’t need to worry. All the adults in your life, at school and at home, are doing all they can to take care of you.
Your education is very important BUT, as I often say in assemblies, being SAFE is the MOST important thing! So Mrs Baker and I had to make the difficult decision to close the school today. We have been sending emails and letters to your parents and carers so adults at home will be able to explain more to you.
Whilst you are off school, your teachers are adding learning activity ideas to your year group blogs:
Reception teachers will use Tapestry instead. You can visit our Links page for ideas too. Please do check these ideas out and keep on learning at home. AND READ LOTS OF BOOKS! You could try designing a timetable for your day.
Never forget to be kind and take care of each other.
From Mr Poyton
p.s. Here are some fun activity suggestions to keep you busy…
We were delighted to support our local community today by allowing pupils who attend Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to wear their club uniform instead of their school uniform. Children were able to show off their badges and share the achievements with their classmates. At least 37 Lawford Mead pupils attend these clubs after school!
The day gave us the opportunity to discuss what other hobbies we have and what achievements we are proud of. Lawford Mead is full of talented children who have worked hard to achieve something special. Many of them, including our musicians, martial artists, swimmers and athletes have earned medals, badges, belts and certificates to prove it!
School gives us a chance to achieve and feel proud every day too! Of course, we have our various trophies, certificates, medals and badges for attendance, punctuality, reading, writing, قيامة عثمان showing our values and much more. But, every lesson can be achievement. Climbed your first tree in Muddy Adventures? Met your times table target? Know all your spellings? Every page of work in your book is something to take pride in!
What have you achieved recently and what are you aspiring to achieve next?
Mrs Phelps led another exciting Times Tables Competition assembly this week. Classes in KS2 nominated new challengers from their class to be tested in front of an audience. It takes great aspiration and confidence to practise every day and then perform in front of others. Well done to all the competitors. Are you practising every day? Maybe you will be nominated next term!
Two weeks to go before the holidays but Christmas has certainly begun at Lawford Mead! Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to watch children from Nursery and Reception classes perform with such confidence at their Christmas concert. Christmas jumper and dinner day was as joyful as ever too. Thanks to the Year 6 role models who helped out and waited on tables. Now we are all looking forward to the KS1 Christmas production!
The new Word of the Week is…absurd. Can you look it up and use it in your conversations or writing this week?
Our website advent calendar will begin on Sunday night. Don’t forget to visit each day. Christmas-themed art can be given into the front office next week too, it still has a chance of being selected for the calendar.
Our word of the week this week is a challenging one. Radical. A radical person believes that there should be change and wants to make a difference. A radical idea is a very new way of thinking. Can you use this word this week?
Thank you to the Year 6 role models who wrote our reflection time poem this week…
You never look good trying to make someone look bad.
Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.
Many thanks to the parents association for the cake sale today. Always popular, these sales raise money that will enhance the Lawford Mead learning experience for all our children. Huge thanks too of course to everyone who donated or bought the cakes!
Our Word of the Week this week is… perplexed. can you use it in conversation and your writing?
We will be celebrating another ODD SOCKS DAY on Monday and we will be spending the week celebrating our diversity and discussing kindness and the changes we want to make with our actions.
WHAT IS ODD SOCKS DAY? Odd Socks Day forms part of Anti-Bullying Week each year. It is a chance to celebrate that we are all unique. All we ask is that you wear odd socks on Monday 11th November. Millions of children and adults will be taking part across the country. The national Odd Socks Say is actually Tuesday but we are celebrating it on Monday – don’t forget!
WHY IS ODD SOCKS DAY IMPORTANT? The day sends an important message to people that they should be allowed to be themselves, free from bullying and it helps us celebrate Anti-Bullying Week in a fun and positive way.
Of course, Monday is also remembrance day and children will be observing a minutes silence during the morning. Children took part in assemblies about remembrance this past week.
Former pupils visited our KS2 assembly today to present us with a lovely framed letter and photo. Look out for it in the front office and read the letter below. The letter told us how former Lawford قيامة عثمان Mead pupils have been doing at Hylands so far and thanked us for all we did to prepare them for the next stage of their education.
in the assembly I asked KS2 what they want to take with them when they leave Lawford Mead. I didn’t mean objects like an iPad or Macbook! I meant feelings and lessons about learning and life that will help them be successful in the future.
Here are some of their fantastic answers:
friendship and knowing how to be a good friend
confidence and feeling prepared for Year 7 learning (like algebra!)
our school values
the passions and talents we have discovered here at Lawford Mead
fitness and health
memories of time with our teachers
a love of reading and subjects like art, sports, and maths