Easter

Having learnt about Eid and Holi in recent weeks, we discussed the Christian festival of Easter in our lower school assembly this week.

We shared the Easter story and then watched a video about what one family does to celebrate spring and new life at Easter.

We discussed our favourite things about this time of year. What do you love about spring arriving?

Holi

In this week’s lower school assembly we learnt about the Hindu festival of Holi which will be celebrated at the end of March this year.

The videos we watched helped us discuss which parts of the fesitval that we would enjoy.

It wasn’t just the paint throwing! Children liked the look of the food, the music and the dancing.

We talked about how we can be curious about and inspired by other people’s faith, families and traditions.

For example, our parent association’s Colour Run event is inspired by Holi! This year’s event is on May 24th!

Reach for the Sky

In our Tuesday assemblies this week we learnt about an inspirational young hero, Sky Brown.

We watched two videos about Olympic medal winning skateboarder Sky Brown and her aspiration to compete in surfing at this year’s Paris Olympics, as well as skateboarding!

Video 1

Video 2

Sky became Team GB’s youngest ever Olympic medalist at Tokyo 2020. She takes pride in inspiring girls and young people to pursue their passions, try new things and strive to achieve their dreams.

Sky wasn’t able to qualify for surfing at Paris 2024 in the end but she said she is still proud of herself and will focus on achieving that goal in the 2028 Olympics instead. She says the challenges she goes through just motivate her more and make her successes feel even more special when they do come. So she is a great model of resilience as well as passion and resilience!

What do you think we can learn from Sky Brown?

Forgiveness

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: https://youtu.be/X0ORbbSUb-A

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?

Safer Internet Day is nearly here!

During this week’s assemblies we started preparing for February’s Safer Internet Day.

We talked about what we learn about online safety at Lawford Mead, from Year 1 to Year 6. Find out more by checking out the powerpoint slides on https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/curriculum.

We also watched the official Safer Internet Day videos to get us thinking and talking about how we can keep ourselves safe during screen time.

New Year Aspirations for 2024

Happy New Year! Wishing you a healthy, happy and successful 2024.

In our first assemblies of the year we have talked about new year resolutions or, as we call them at Lawford Mead, new year aspirations.

In our Tuesday assemblies this week we watched two videos about inspirational children who achieved something special at the end of 2023. Click on the links to find out more…

The first was an eight year girl from the UK who has become a European chess champion, competing against adults! She has now set her sights on becoming world champ one day and experts think she can do it.

Someone who is going to have to think hard about what they want to achieve next is a 13 year old boy who has become the first human to complete all levels of the video game Tetris! He has reached the pinnacle of achievement in the thing he is passionate about. What’s next after that?

Pupils have been sharing their hopes, dreams and goals for the year ahead with each other. Leave a comment below sharing the targets you are setting yourself. What’s in store for 2024?

Kindness at Christmas

In our lower school assembly this week we read ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ together. We discussed why the Grinch acted the way he did and what he learned from the people of Whoville by the end of the story.

In our upper school assembly we watched this year’s Apple’s Christmas TV advert and discussed what the animator learns to be a more positive person.

In both assemblies we discussed what we can do to cheer up and comfort anyone who might be cross, sad or lonely, at Christmas time or any other time!