What makes a good friend?

In our assemblies this Tuesday we watched a video about unlikely animal friends and discussed what we need (and don’t need) in a good friend.

Children said they look for someone…

  • thoughtful
  • kind
  • helpful
  • honest
  • who is a good listener
  • with a good (but kind) sense of humour

Can you add to this list by posting a comment below…?


We Are Problem Solvers!

In the KS2 assembly today we talked about being independent problem solvers.

We watched this video about an amazing, problem solving crow…

I asked the children what they do when they are stuck on a challenge in class.  It is OK to ask an adult or your partner for help but neither of those solutions really help us become independent, confident problem solvers.

Children told me they…

  • look back at the Lesson Objective and Steps to Success
  • look back at the screen, flipchart or whiteboard
  • look at the Working Wall
  • look at and use the resources at their tables
  • just persevere and try again a different way

I thought these were great answers.  Can you leave a comment below with any other top tips or an example of a time you were stuck and what helped you then?

Mr Poyton

Word of the Week Challenge: courageous

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Last week’s Word of the Week was a tough one! You may be more familiar with this week’s word. But can you use it correctly in your conversations and writing this week?

Meaning: not scared of challenge or danger; brave.
Example: ‘The courageous princess calmed the snarling dragon by stroking it’s snout’.
Our reflection time poem today was on the theme of courage, perseverance and a word we know well, resilience.  Here it is…

See It Through

By Edgar Albert Guest


When you’re up against a trouble,

Meet it squarely, face to face;

Lift your chin and set your shoulders,

Plant your feet and take a brace.

When it’s vain to try to dodge it,

Do the best that you can do;

You may fail, but you may conquer,

See it through! 


Black may be the clouds about you

And your future may seem grim,

But don’t let your nerve desert you;

Keep yourself in fighting trim.

If the worst is bound to happen,

Spite of all that you can do,

Running from it will not save you,

See it through! 


Even hope may seem but futile,

When with troubles you’re beset,

But remember you are facing

Just what other men have met.

You may fail, but fall still fighting;

Don’t give up, whatever you do;

Eyes front, head high to the finish.

See it through!

Safer Internet Day 2019

Tuesday 5th February was Safer Internet Day.  In both assemblies I asked the children their top tips for keeping safe online.

Reception and Key Stage 1 said…

  1. Always tell an adult you trust when you are worried.
  2. Never talk to strangers.
  3. Don’t click on links in messages or emails from strangers.
  4. Show strange messages and emails to a trusted adult and then delete them
  5. Make sure you are being kind and don’t reply to unkind messages.

Key Stage 2 said…

  1. Delete pop ups but show trusted adults as soon as possible.
  2. Ask parents about virus protection.
  3. Set passcodes for phones and tablets and passwords for laptops and PCs.
  4. Keep all passwords private except for mum and dad.
  5. Make passwords strong (e.g. include capitals and numbers). Easy for you to remember but not easy for others to  guess.
  6. Don’t talk to strangers and delete emails and messages from strangers after showing parents

Can you add any more tips below?

Stay safe (and kind) as you enjoy the internet and the amazing technology we are so lucky to have.

Mr Poyton