Having talked about Shrove Tuesday in an assembly before the half term break, we learnt more about Ash Wednesday and Lent in our lower school assembly this week.

On Ash Wednesday many Christian churches hold services during which Christians are marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes. This is a sign of saying sorry to God for any wrong-doing.

We talked about times we have had to say sorry and how it can be hard to do sometimes. Forgiving people who say sorry to us can be hard too. But we all agreed that apologies and forgiveness can make us all feel better and move on in a positive way.

We shared the bible story of the prodigal son, which Jesus told to help people understand the importance of forgiveness.

Languages Week

In Key Stage 2 our pupils learn to speak German. But this week we celebrated International Mother Language Day and learnt about lots of other languages. Our bilingual and multilingual pupils became the teachers and taught their peers about their other languages and their family background.

For Tuesday’s lower school assembly we had a group of Lawford Mead mums visit younger pupils and speak to them about the languages they speak and the culture in countries they have lived in. Children learnt numbers and days of the week in Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, French, Italian and Spanish!

What languages do you speak? What language would you like to learn?

Safer Internet Day is here!

In the last couple of weeks we have continued to prepare for Safer Internet Day in our assemblies. Younger children enjoyed and learned from the stories of Smartie the penguin and Digiduck. Older children have watched and discussed the brilliant new videos on the BBC website’s ‘Own It’ zone.

Today is actually the big day, Safer Internet Day 2024! We are celebrating across the school.

In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, we will read an interactive story exploring how changes online can make you feel. In this story, we meet Mo and Jaz who are two children that love playing games online. When something happens in their game that makes them feel worried, they realise they need to let an adult know. The children will identify trusted adults at home and at school they can talk to if they feel worried about something online. A video recording of the story is available here:

In Years 3 to 6, we will participate in a 30-minute live lesson hosted by the BBC. Presented by tech expert Georgie Barrat, CBBC’s Rhys Stephenson and Blue Peter’s Abby Cook, this Live Lesson explores the technology of the future, including artificial intelligence, and how to navigate the online world safely. The children will then share their thoughts and ideas about how to stay safe online as a class. A recording of the live lesson will be available here.

Leave a comment below to share your Safer Internet Day reflections. What have you learnt and what advice would you give others?