Reach for the Stars

In Friday assembly’s reflection time, we thought about last week’s historic SpaceX mission. What made it special was that the team of four space travellers, who were named Inspiration4, were NOT astronauts! They received SOME astronaut training but it was the first ever mission into space where no one on board was a fully trained astronaut! How amazing for those 4 people, their dreams have come true!

This made me realise that if any Lawford Mead pupils dream of visiting space when they are older, it could be a real possibility, even if they don’t become astronauts. It got us talking in assembly, about the big dreams and ambitions that we are aspiring to achieve in the future.

Here’s what some of the children said…

“I want to take care of sick animals.”

“I want to be a paramedic.”

“I want to earn lots of money so I can help people with it.”

“I want to be a singer but I am nervous on stage.”

For that last one we discussed how we could build confidence and find opportunities to sing at Lawford Mead!

What are YOUR ambitions for the future? Leave a comment below.

No dream is too big! Reach for the stars!

Raducanu the Resilient Role Model!

In assembly last Friday we talked about Emma Raducanu, the brilliant young British tennis player who has shown amazing resilience this year. Back in June, Emma had to pull out of the Wimbledon tennis tournament as she wasn’t feeling confident. But she went back to training and worked very hard to prepare herself for the next tournament.

And last week she BOUNCED BACK and made it into the FINAL of the US Open! Did you see what happened in the final match at the weekend…? As we saw in this Tuesday’s assembly…



Emma had to show resilience in the final too, as right near the end of the match she slid over and cut her knee. But she stayed calm, her knee was bandaged and she bounced back to WIN!

Just 18 years old, Emma broke many records with her big win, including being the first British woman to win a major tennis tournament in 44 years!

What can we learn from Emma Raducanu? When have you showed resilience? When and how will you show it next?

Leave a comment below.

Capture that feeling!

During an assembly last week, we watched the BBC’s closing montage from the Tokyo Olympics. You can watch it again below.

We thought about how the athletes would have felt when they won their medals – and how it would motivate them to keep going and achieve even MORE!

We also thought about the athlete’s families and how they would have felt watching from home and when they were reunited at the airport like we saw in the video.

We agreed that by aspiring to achieve our best, all learners at Lawford Mead (and their families) can capture those same feelings of pride.

What will you do this term to capture that feeling of pride, for you and for your family?

Leave a comment below.

How will you grow?

In our first assembly of the term we looked at how well the sunflowers in our school garden have done over the summer break. Look how tall they got!

During the assembly we talked about how pupils might want to grow this year. We didn’t mean how TALL you will grow though, did we? We meant what do you want to work hard at so you improve, make progress and ‘grow’?

Do you want to grow as a writer by working on your handwriting or spelling? As a mathematician by working on your times tables? Do you want to grow as an scientist? As an artist? Historian? Athlete?

Leave a comment below telling us your plans for growth this year…and tell us how will you do it!

Mr Poyton

Happy Holidays!

I haven’t used this blog much since children returned to school in March as we have our newsletters and emails for communication. Many thanks to those of you who have continued to use the year group blogs for homework this year.

Please see my end of term letter here and if you think you missed any recent letters then you can find most of them here.

Wishing our whole school community a happy and healthy summer break.

I look forward to seeing you all in September.

Mr Poyton

Don’t miss out!

This week’s assembly video will be the LAST ONE as children are all returning to school next week! So this is your last chance to nominate a child for a shout out.

Leave a comment below by the end of the day on Wednesday, telling us why your child deserves a mention for the effort they have put into their remote learning and for showing our school values this week and since Christmas.

Mr Poyton

Back to it!

I hope you all enjoyed your half term break.

Remote learning is continuing for now, so there will be another assembly video on Friday. Which means there is another chance for children to get a mention if you leave a comment to nominate them for showing our school values at home.

I know getting back to remote learning after the break may be tough so I hope the chance of a nomination and ‘shout out’ in the assembly will help to motivate the children.

Leave your comment below by Thursday lunchtime this week.

Thank you,

Mr Poyton

Snow Pressure!

Well, we don’t see weather like this too often do we?! Our Zooms are still happening today and the remote learning content is all on the blogs and Tapestry for you. BUT, please do make the most of the snow! Some of our younger pupils will barely remember seeing snow like this in their lifetime! Playing in the snow can inspire some great writing and art too!

Remember that this Friday is our ‘Digital Detox Day’ so we plan to get the assembly video out on Thursday so you don’t have to be on screens on Friday. Find out more about DDD in recent newsletters.

That does mean you need to get your nominations for assembly video award shout outs into the comments below by WEDNESDAY afternoon this week!

Mr Poyton

p.s. We’d love to see your best snowmen and snow angels on Seesaw and Tapestry!

Motivational Mentions

If your child is showing our school values at home this week then why not leave a comment below to nominate a them for an assembly award. They will then get a mention in the assembly video this Friday!

  • The Head of School award is for showing one of our school values (PASSION, INTEGRITY, RESPECT, ASPIRATION or RESILIENCE) when learning at home.
  • The Reader of the Week and Writer of the Week awards are for showing our values in your reading or writing.
  • The Sports Personality of the Week award is for showing our values in PE, sport and exercise.
  • The Jackie Johnson Award is for good manners as well as kindness, eating healthily and helping out around the house.

Mr Poyton