King Charles III

Lawford Mead pupils showed such thoughtfulness when we discussed the sad news that the Queen had died. We reflected on her life and the wise words that she shared with the nation. We all have fond memories of our jubilee celebrations last year. In Tuesday team talk assemblies last week we watched the Newsround video below and learnt more about the new King. Reflecting on the video, we realised that whilst our lives may be very different to the royal family’s, they have faced some of the same challenges many of us have. Something else that stood out in the video was Charles’ PASSION (one of our core school values!) for taking care of our planet and the environment.

Do you share that passion? What else do you care about and think is important?

Mr Poyton

Punctuality Poster Competition!

In our Tuesday Team Talk assemblies this week we discussed punctuality. Some pupils watched this funny video – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/p01ddz5q.

At Lawford Mead this year, we want to improve punctuality so that less children arrive to school late and more classes have a chance to win our weekly punctuality award in celebration assembly. We also want to support parents and carers with morning routines, as we all know having to rush to get ready and out of the house can be stressful – and not a great start to the day of learning.

We are having a punctuality POSTER COMPETITION for children in Year 1 to 6. It is an optional homework task. Posters should be designed and completed at home on an A4 sheet. Entries should be given to the child’s class teacher by OCTOBER 7th, with the child’s name clearly written on the back. Adults at home can help with ideas and we recommend they help with spelling.

There will be PRIZES for the winning entries and the best posters will be copied, laminated and displayed around school. These posters will also be scanned so digital copies can be emailed home to families.

So start thinking about the catchy slogan, attention grabbing images and ‘top tips’ for punctuality that you want to include on your poster!

Mr Poyton

If you can see it, you can BE it!

Welcome to a new school year at Lawford Mead! Our Year 1 to 6 year group blogs (see the links above) are mainly used for posting homework tasks and guidance. I use this ‘Main’ blog page to explain what we discuss in our assemblies. On Tuesdays we have our ‘team talk’ assemblies. A time to think about and discuss our school values; passion, integrity, respect, aspiration and resilience. We discuss inspirational people around the world who are have shown our values and encourage us to show those values in school. Then WE can be the ones who inspire others!

In today’s team talk assemblies, we watched a video about the women’s European Championship tournament and the winning England team. You can watch below. The children spotted passion, aspiration and resilience in the video. We discussed the phrase ‘If you can see it, you can be it’. Girls have been inspired to play football (in some cases, for the first time) because they have seen the women’s team play and succeed. When we show our values in school, we can inspire others. Others see what we can achieve and realise they can achieve great things too. When you are finding things difficult, look around you for inspiration!

Can you leave a comment below and tell me how YOU want to inspire others this year? What do you want to achieve? Which value do you want to ‘show off’? What do you want to feel proud of?

Mr Poyton

Watch us win!

The British Dodgeball association has released a video of the National Championship, which (if we haven’t told you already) we won! Check it out below. Watch to the end to see the Lawford Mead team and get goosebumps!

Everyone’s welcome…

Click HERE to watch the Newsround video.

In our Key Stage 2 assembly this week we learnt about Marvel’s first Muslim superhero.

We watched young Muslim reporters Maryam and Nabeeha interview actress Iman Vellani, who plays 16-year-old Pakistani-American Kamala Khan in the new Ms Marvel TV show. In the show and original comic book, Kamala sees her life change forever after she gains some incredible superpowers.

In our assembly we talked about representation and how young Muslim comic fans will feel to have a superhero that they recognise and can relate to.

We discussed how we can make everyone feel welcome at Lawford Mead. We talked about the POWER and influence we all have to make people feel safe and happy and to show them they belong. Something as simple as a smile, a ‘Good morning’ and showing interest in someone else’s day and life has an amazing impact on how others feel and the atmosphere we want to have at Lawford Mead.

We also had a quick chat about super power we would want and why! How about you?

Challenging Choices

In an assembly this week we played a big game of ‘Would You Rather…?’ together! For example…

Would you rather give up movies forever or give up video games forever?

Would you rather never be able to wear shoes again or never be able to take your shoes OFF again?

There was no right answer to these silly but thought provoking questions, but children discussed and explained their choices clearly and persuasively.

We talked about the challenging choices and difficult decisions we all have to make every day. Sometimes we might not even realise we are making a choice. We have posters around the school that remind us to ‘THINK’ before we speak. We discussed what else we ask ourselves when we make our choices. Children shared some brilliant questions…here are some of my favourites…

“Does it feel like the right thing to do?”

“Is it good for me? Is it good for others?”

“Will it make me proud? Will it make others proud of me?”

What do YOU ask yourself when making choices?

Teamwork = Resilience

In assemblies last week we watched this audition from the new series of Britain’s Got Talent. No one would have been surprised if the boy who fell over decided to give up. But being part of a team, along with the encouragement and kindness of his teammates and everyone around him, helped him show resilience and WOW the judges.

When has kindness and encouragement helped you be brave and keep aspiring to achieve your best? What could YOU say to someone who is having a tough time, to help them in the classroom or on the playground?

Leave a comment below.

Understanding Ukraine

In a series of assemblies recently, children have thought about life for refugees who are having to flee Ukraine. Families have had to leave their country to find safety from the war there. Videos on Newsround have helped us understand what it like for children affected by the war and what people are doing to help.

Some are helping people directly because they love seeing the smiles on the faces of those in need. Some are donating items that the refugees can use. They might not meet the people they help, but they do it because they can imagine how hard it must be and they would appreciate the help if they were in that situation.

Our School Council have organised a non-uniform day (with children wearing the colours of the flag of Ukraine) to raise money for The British Red Cross, one of the charities helping the refugees.

We also watched a video with advice for what to do if you are every upset by the news. You can watch some of these videos below.

Keeping Calm

In a recent assemblies we watched clips from the new Pixar film, Talking Red. In the film, a girl turns into a giant red panda when she is stressed, embarrassed, angry or upset….

However, when she focuses on breathing and calming thoughts, she feels in control again….

We watched another video about what happens to our mind when we feel negative, and how calm, mindful breathing can help make us feel positive and ready to talk and to learn.

What helps you focus on breathing and calm down? Is there a happy place you like to close your eyes and think of?