On Thursday 21st March we were lucky enough to be visited by the Dog’s Trust. Representatives from the Dog’s Trust held science-based workshops, for our KS2 children, which took them back in time, to explore how dogs evolved into our much loved family pets. Our children discovered many types of different breeds and types of dog and reflected on animal welfare and how we care for our dogs. Our children were taught about responsible dog ownership and what dogs need. The experience was interactive, with discussions, quizzes and role play activities.
Children have taken part in African Dance and Story telling provided by African Ark. The workshops have covered African dance, traditions and fair trade. The workshops were held for each class and our children have thoroughly enjoyed the day!
The children and staff had a fantastic Day on Friday 15th, with lots of fun activities, Red Nose Biscuits, Bric-a-Brac Sales and our one and only Great Wood’s got Talent competition! A great big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who donated money for this very worthwhile cause, we raised a massive £301.50. Many thanks to all our children who helped us to “do something funny for money!” Well done Great Wood, you are all stars!
Great Wood children have represented our school at the Commonwealth flag raising ceremonies, in both Tean and Cheadle on Monday 11th March. This is an annual event that takes place throughout the countries of the Commonwealth and this year, the theme is: ‘A connected Commonwealth’. Themes of unity, equality, and friendship have been promoted during the event.
Our children have all been replaced by famous book characters! They arrived at Great Wood in amazing outfits and shared their favourite stories with each other in our fantastic Eric session. All of our brilliant children and staff took part - well done Great Wood!
KS2 Children have been enjoying relaxing through a special yoga session in school today. The children tried a number of yoga poses and breathing techniques to help them to remain calm.
Great Wood Primary have taken part in an exciting new project that is encouraging pupils to become the engineers of the future.
Year 5 and 6 pupils worked to construct a variety of machines learning about gears, levers and pulleys. As part of the visit, George Bamford of JCB, came along to experience the learning outcomes and see first hand how the practical elements from the JCB Junior Innovators Learning Packs are having. The pupils were full of praise for the activity, Alyssa, aged 10, “it was fun and interesting, however, it was challenging to make all the parts work together”. Jake Booth, aged 9, “it was cool to see how the wooden cranes worked and I would love to be a mechanic when I am older”.
The morning was organised by Stuart Harper who was pleased with the pupils reactions to the machines, “it is rewarding to see all the preparation and planning come to fruition when you see the pupils engaging with the equipment and using their initiative to solve challenges and problems”.
Overall it was a positive and productive morning, encouraging pupils to look at engineering as an engaging and exciting career.
In January we were greatly saddened to hear the news that our lovely caretaker, Michael Bradbury, had passed away.
Michael always did a fabulous job in keeping our school in good working order and safe, but, more important than that, he was a wonderful person and a much-loved part of our team. A number of our staff were honoured to attend Michael’s funeral and were humbled to hear how much Great Wood Primary meant to him and that he loved being part of our team – just as we loved him being part of it too.
We send love and prayers to Michael’s family in the UK and Australia and know that his memory will live on.
Rest in peace, our friend.
Each of the five sister schools within TMPF were delighted to join friends from Cheadle Primary School and participate in a basketball event staged by The Cheadle Academy (TCA).
Four boys and four girls took part in the celebration of sport, which began with a skills session and concluded with an exciting tournament.
Throughout the morning, every child had a chance to develop their understanding of the game and play competitively against one another. It was a great opportunity to make friends and try a new sport… whilst maybe beginning a journey towards the NBA!
The closely-fought event was eventually won by our TMPF friends at St. Werburgh's C.E. (A) Primary. Congratulations to all who took part and to Mrs Evans and the wonderful Sports Leaders from TCA who led the event and doubled up as coaches.
Great Wood Primary School are celebrating after being featured in The Sentinel newspaper for being the top performing school in the Moorlands in the end of Key Stage 2 Spelling Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) tests.
An amazing 67% of pupils who sat the tests in May 2018 achieved the higher level score!
Executive Principal, Jared Eccles, said: 'The results are wonderful and a real testament to the exceptional work of the whole Great Wood team.'
School Leader, Ben Adamson, added, 'We are really proud of the achievements of the children and the hard work of the staff team to support them with their understanding.'