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.
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!
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 year. Here 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.
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!