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

Arrived in the post…

Today we received this lovely letter from Vicky Ford, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford.

Click on the image above to read it for yourself.

Indeed, we are very proud of what we have achieved and of what all our learners achieve every day.

Thank you Mrs Ford.

Mr Poyton

Word of the Week Challenge: inconspicuous

Well done to all who were able to use ‘perilous’ correctly during the past week.  Especially if it was in your writing!

This week we have chosen ‘inconspicuous’!

Pronounced  in – con – spic -uous

The Oxford dictionary says  inconspicuous is an adjective that means not clearly visible or not attracting attention.

For example, ‘an inconspicuous red-brick building’

Leave a comment below with an example sentence, try to use the word in conversation OR, best of all, use it correctly in your writing!

Mr Poyton

MLK Day 2019

Yesterday, Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Day.  It is a day where people honour the memory of a man that inspired so many people to treat each other fairly.  King inspired many to stand together to make their dream of peace, unity, justice and equality to become a reality.

Here is the video we watched in the KS2 assembly today about his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.  What message from the speech means the most to you?  Do you have a favourite line?


Word of the Week Challenge: perilous

In our celebration assembly this Friday we announced our first Lawford Mead ‘Word of the Week’!  We will decide on a interesting word every Friday and challenge ourselves to use it in sentences between assemblies.

This week we have chosen ‘perilous‘!

The Oxford dictionary says perilous is an adjective that means ‘Full of danger or risk‘.

For example: ‘a perilous journey south
Can you post a comment below with a great sentence that accurately uses perilous?
Let’s see what we all came up with before next Friday!
Mr Poyton

Gymnastic? Fantastic!

Our gymnastics clubs are very popular and in assembly today we watched a brilliant video of a truly talented gymnast, Katelyn Ohashi.

I think this video can inspire us in 3 ways…

  1. Just LOOK at what you can achieve when you work hard and commit to practice.
  2. You can always have FUN when working very hard to achieve your goals. Check out the funky dancing between the somersaults and splits!
  3. Watch Katelyn’s friends and fellow gymnasts in the audience.  We can enjoy EACH OTHER’s successes as well as our own.  You can inspire others and be inspired by them too.

Who and what inspires you? How will you inspire others?

Mr Poyton

Year 6 parents presentation

Thank you to all the Year 6 parents who attended the presentation on Year 6 expectations and SATs.  You can find the PowerPoint slides used by teachers here.

All parents can find more information and guidance for supporting your child’s learning at home here.

Mr Poyton