Cross Country Competition

Congratulations to our remarkable runners from Year 5&6 who did tremendously well in a cross country competition with local schools this week. There was over 100 children in each race and 7 of our 22 runners came in the top 20, each qualifying for a place in the elite Chelmsford Running Club.

We could not be prouder!

Mr Poyton

Always improving…

In our assemblies today we discussed our School Improvement Plan for 2018-19.  Lawford Mead is already BRILLIANT, but our desire to always improve is one of the things that makes us so fantastic!  We work hard at everything of course, but this year we want to put that extra effort into our WRITING and our ATTENDANCE.  I asked the children, from Reception to Year 6, how THEY thought we could reach our target of being even better writers and to beat our 96% attendance target and earn more bronze, silver and gold awards.

The children thought long and hard, shared ideas with their classmates and then hit me with some incredible ideas. …

The children said that to become even better writers they will…

  • Look after school pencils!
  • Practice their phonics and spellings at home
  • Read lots at home to get ideas for writing and discover new words
  • Show their best handwriting whenever they write
  • Play on the Spelling Shed app, a lot!
  • Include more interesting and new vocabulary in their writing
  • Listen to each other and ‘magpie’ ideas
  • Describe in detail with adjectives
  • Focus and put thought and imagination into our writing
  • Contribute more ideas in class
  • Write about what they love when teachers give them freedom and choice
  • Check their writing and challenge themselves to improve it

And to improve attendance the children think we should all…

  • Eat more apples!
  • Do more exercise
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Wash our hands
  • Wrap up warm in cold weather
  • Drink lots of water
  • And…no holidays in term time!

Please leave a comment below if you have any more ideas!

Mr Poyton

Pupil Voice at Lawford Mead

Our Year 6 School Council roles of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer were filled this week.  These highly responsible and reliable role models will be the ‘voice’ of our pupils this year, along with the democratically elected school council representatives from Year 2 to 5.  Our School Council will be organising events, making decisions and carrying out research this year.  Each term they will present to trustees and governors to report on what the school council has achieved.

I’m sure you will join me in congratulating all our School Council representatives and giving them all your support this coming year.

Leave a comment below explaining what qualities you think a member of the School Council should have.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Poyton

Welcome back!

Welcome back to what promises to be an unforgettable term.  We were delighted to see children return this week, wearing smart uniform (see the fashion models above!) and big smiles.  Children have already been showing passion for learning and we cannot wait to see them make progress, reach their potential and feel very proud during the year ahead.

We look forward to meeting Year 1 to 6 parents at our ‘Meet the teacher’ presentations in a couple of weeks.  Check your emails and the school newsletter for more information.

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Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday for more learning and fun.  Children, can you leave a comment below telling us what you are most excited about this term or what you have enjoyed most during your first days back?

Mr Poyton

Head Of School

Learning from defeat…enjoying the experience…

Assemblies today were about my new hero, England Manager Gareth Southgate.

His methods as manager and his answers in interviews during the World Cup can teach us so much about resilience and aspiration.

Here are some of my favourite quotes of his.  Can you leave a comment below explaining what we can learn from Gareth Southgate?

“I’ve learnt a million things from the day (I missed a penalty at Euro 96) and the years that have followed it, the biggest thing being that when something goes wrong in your life, it doesn’t finish you.”

“Missing my penalty will never be ‘off my back’. That’s something that will live with me for ever. But today is a special moment for this team. It’ll hopefully give belief to the generations of players that will follow. We always have to believe in what is possible in life and not be hindered by history or expectations. These young players are showing that.”

“Sometimes you have to go through difficult times as a team, and failures, to learn and to improve

“Against the very best teams, we’ve come up short. But we’ve had a wonderful adventure and some experiences which will stand this group of players in good stead for the future. We have to try to constantly evolve and improve… That’s what we keep having to do: review how we play, how might we improve, what we can get better at. That’s what we will do…There is still a lot of work to be done to improve as a collective and as individuals. But it has been a fantastic experience, and one we will remember and learn from.”

“We are privileged to be out here representing our country. The chance to connect everyone through football and make a difference to how people feel… All these players come from different parts of the country, and they’ll be inspiring youngsters back home. That’s more powerful than what we’re doing with our results… the feeling of pride and satisfaction on the pitch at the end was enough for us.”


Mr P

You Vs. You

We had a particularly thought provoking reflection time in our celebration assembly this Friday.  Rhys from Year 6 was thinking about our Sports Day activities when he wrote it.

He had some profound ideas to share about being competitive, teamwork and most importantly, how we focus on competing with ourselves.

Are you driven to improve and beat your ‘personal best’ at something?  Can you leave a comment below explaining what you want to improve at?

Here are Rhys’ wise words so can read and reflect again…


Being competitive is a fire and it is that fire that pushes us to do better in sport and in life.

Yet to truly accomplish our goals, it is teamwork not competitiveness that gives you the greatest advantage. 

True winning is not found in pushing yourself and forgetting about anyone else. 

Although you should strive to be the best, you win by working in a team and carrying on whatever the hardships.

To beat everyone else’s best is a great feat but beating your own best is far, far greater.


Wise words indeed.  Have a good weekend everyone.

Mr P

Refugee Week 2018

In our assemblies today we talked about Refugee Week, a time each year when people think about the challenging lives of children who have to flee their homes and the difficult journeys they go on to find somewhere safe to live.

In the Key Stage 2 assembly we watched these two videos.  One is a stop motion animation made at a primary school in Australia, telling the story of one of their pupils. The other is the story of a primary school in England that takes great pride in making new families feel safe and welcome.

We want everyone to feel happy and safe at Lawford Mead.  In both assemblies we discussed what we can do to make all new people feel welcome.  Can you leave a comment below with your own suggestions?

Mr P


What makes a good friend…?

In assembly today we asked children what they look for in a friend and what kind of friend they try to be.  We had some brilliant answers…

  • kind
  • helpful
  • thoughtful
  • honest
  • patient
  • forgiving

Can you leave a comment below with another answer…?

Enjoy time with friends and family over half term everyone!

Mr P