Remembrance

In our upper school assembly this week we prepared for remembrance day by learning about John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Field. John McCrae was going to throw his poem away after writing it but thankfully his friends told him they liked it and encouraged hime to share it. Can we do that for our friends when writing together in class?

Check out the videos we watched together here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15492752

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/about-remembrance/in-flanders-field

Science Week

It was Autumn term Science Day this week, so in our lower school assembly we discussed what science is. Science is asking questions, testing ideas and predicting outcomes – so we can understand the world better.

We also learned about two famous scientists, Marie Curie and Stephen Hawking, who showed our value of resilience when they changed how people understood the world.

Check out the videos and quiz we looked at together…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z8q9pbk/articles/zshxb82

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd4dy9q

Stronger together

In our upper school assembly this week, we continued to prepare for Anti-Bullying Week (Nov 13th-17th) by watching this amazing clip from the first episode of Planet Earth III, where fur seals in Southern Africa team up to drive off a great white shark…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0gmsfr3

We discussed what we can learn from the seals – that supporting each other and working together will make us feel braver and more confident to speak out and stand up to unkind behaviour, whilst seeking support from trusted adults.

Fighting our fears

In our lower school assembly this week we talked about Halloween, read a story about being afraid and discussed what we can do to fight our fears. We could:

  • Laugh them away. Maybe they are so scary after all.
  • Cuddle up with a parent or carer at home
  • Talk to a trusted adult at school or at home
  • Find friends and keep them close
  • Take deep breaths and remember what keeps us safe

What scares you and how do you face up to your fears?

Anti-Bullying Week and Odd Socks Day

In recent assemblies we have been preparing for Anti-Bullying Week 2023. We always start this special week by joining in with Odd Socks Day. We wear odd socks to show that we are proud of what makes us all different, as well as the things we have in common. We don’t just wait for one week a year to discuss the topic of bullying, but it’s a great time to discuss how we treat each other and how we like to be treated, as well as the best methods to prevent bullying, or to spot it and stop it!

Harvest Thanksgiving

In assemblies this week we talked about harvest time.

We always donate to the Chelmsford Foodbank at this time of year, to help people who might not find it as easy as many of us to buy all the food they need.

It’s a time of year when Christians thank God for the food they have.

We might not all thank God, but there are lots of people we can thank.

In assembly we thought about all those people…

  • Our parents and carers who cook for us obviously.
  • Jackie and the school kitchen team of course!
  • What about the farmers and fishermen and women?
  • The bakers and butchers?
  • Don’t forget the delivery drivers and shop workers!

What favourite foods are you thankful for and who do you want to say thank you to?

Reflect and Respect

In assemblies this week we focused on our Lawford Mead value of respect. We learnt about the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur, a time to reflect on the year gone by and consider how we can be kinder and more considerate in the year ahead. At Lawford Mead it’s always a good time to challenge ourselves to be better. We looked at some kindness challenge ideas suggested by the NSPCC. Could you try a few of these next week?

•Get to know someone in your class you don’t normally talk to

•Smile and say good morning to someone who works in your school

•Help someone who is stuck on their classwork

•Write a thank you letter to a friend or teacher

•Listen to classmates during discussions and presentations

•Hold the door open for someone

•Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to teachers and classmates

•Invite someone sat on their own to join in your game

•Decorate Kindness Rocks and leave them around your playground

•Thank your teacher for teaching the lessons today

•Sit next to a classmate you don’t normally eat lunch with

•Pick up litter in your playground

•Give positive feedback to someone in class who presents or reads something

•Let your friend choose the game to play during break time

•Lend someone something from your pencil case

•Offer to hand out the fruit at snack time

•Sort out the reading books if they’re all jumbled up

•Offer to tidy up the equipment at the end of PE

•Include everyone in group activities and games

•Be kind to yourself by doing something you love

Integrity

In last week’s reflection assemblies we talked about the Lawford Mead value that might not earn you as many house points as the others! That’s because INTEGRITY means making the right choice, even if no one will know except you!

Younger children read a book together about a koala who learnt about consequences and then made a kind choice, even though no one would have known if they hadn’t.

Older children heard the story of The Emperor’s Seeds, a tale of lies and honesty.

We discussed good choices we have made and the tough situations we might face, where it could be down to just us to make the right decision. Will we make OURSELVES proud?

Online Safety

In a bonus assembly for Year 5 and 6 this week, we learnt about AI disinformation. We discussed the Youtube channels we watch and how Youtubers make money. The following Newsround video then made us think about how fast AI technology is developing and how it means we have to be even MORE careful when we decide what to watch online AND what we BELIEVE.

Read the Newsround artice and watch the video HERE!

Don’t forget the following advice. Lawford Mead pupils came up with very similar top tips before we looked at these ones together…

Tips to avoid being misled by disinformation

If you want to try to make sure you don’t get caught out by disinformation, there a few things you can look out for.

Ask yourself:

  • Has this claim been reported anywhere else? Genuinely surprising new information and facts are typically shared widely and quickly which means it will have been picked up by radio, TV or in the newspapers
  • Have you heard of the content creator that published the video – how trustworthy are they – remember follower numbers and views don’t always make someone a reliable source?
  • Is the video a copycat designed to look like another genuine video?
  • Is someone speaking in the video and do they look and sound normal or is it a computer generated voice/image?
  • Does the content seem believable and does it fit in with what you already know and have been taught at school?

Aiming HIGH

In this week’s assembly we focused on our value of ASPIRATION – a strong desire to achieve something special.

We learnt about Frankie, a 7 year old boy who has become the youngest British person to climb Mount Olympus, the tallest mountain in Greece.

Find out more on the Newsround website.

Frankie wasn’t satisfied just walking the hills of the Lake District since the age of 3, so he climbed Mount Olympus. He’s not giving up there either. His next big dream is to climb Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world!

In assembly children discussed and shared THEIR aspirations. Do we have HIGH expectations of ourselves like Frankie?

What do YOU want to achieve this week? This term? This year?

Do you have an ultimate goal for life beyond Lawford Mead? What are your ‘inbetween dreams’ that will get you there?