We are extremely proud to announce another Great Wood victory. Our outstanding gymnastics team took part in the CADSSA Gymnastics event, where our Great Wood team summersaulted over the competition to win 1st place overall. To achieve this our fabulous children had to beat some much larger schools in the area. Congratulations to our amazing team, Alyssa, Jacob, Freya, Sophie, Molly, Jessica B, Eleanor, Aaron, Anna, Amber, Elsie, Amelia, Jacob, all your hard work and training definitely paid off! A special recognition goes to Amber Hargreaves for coming 2nd in the year 3/4 beginners category. As usual, a massive “thank you” to the fantastic parents who transported and stayed to support us and to Mrs Roberts our teams amazing coach for all her hard work and time training the team.
On February 11th the pupils in year 5/6 learned about Safer Internet Day. It focused on making the Internet a safe place to be, to represent yourself without fear and to recognise positives in using the Internet correctly. The message this year was about being free to express yourself with the message “Free to be...”. Pupils came up with words to describe how they saw the possibility of expressing themselves on the Internet.
On Tuesday 11th February our KS1 and reception children enjoyed an exciting trip to the World of Wedgwood. The children enjoyed a guided tour of the museum, where they learnt about Josiah Wedgwood and his family and how the Wedgwood pottery came about. Then they experienced a trip around the factory itself. They saw expert craftsmen painting with pure gold on plates worth £12,000 each. Finally, the children painted their own designer pot, to bring home to keep. They all had an amazing time and were very creative.
The children on our Eco Council have been down to the village to plant crab apple and hazelnut trees at our Well Meadow Gardens, next to the village car park and river. The trees have been planted as part of a national tree planting campaign, to sustain our trees and woodlands. Our children were invited to take part by councilor Stephanie Akerman. They has a brilliant time giving back to our community and helping the environment. Well done, Great Wood Eco Council!
Last week, we marked ‘Children’s Mental Health Week 2020’. Pupils in year 5/6 spent time learning about coping with anxiety and talking about top tips to cope with it. Pupils said: “I have learnt a lot from Mental Health week, like when you have a worry don’t hold it inside, tell somebody” Jess Rushton, age 11. “It’s ok to talk about your worries. Do things to take your mind off your worries like go for a jog, take deep breaths and exercise” Summer McAlpine, age 11. “If you have anxiety, make sure you don’t keep it in, you should talk about it with a friend or trusted adult” Leo Harris, age 10. For further information about ‘Children’s Mental Health Week’, please visit: www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk
Our reception once again, enjoyed another muddy morning in our woodland walk. Today they retold the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, by finding hidden story cards and made their very own nature crowns. As you can see from the photographs they had a fabulous time and enjoyed modelling their creations!
Our reception children embraced the cold and ventured down to our woodland area. They learnt about nature, enjoyed a role play story, played games and even built their own dwellings, from mud and sticks – there was a lot of hand washing when they returned to the classroom, having had an amazing woodland adventure.
Year five had a fabulous time learning about keeping themselves safe while out and about on their bikes. Through the guidance from their brilliant instructor, Alan, all those that took part passed their Level 2. Bikeability is an important part of our curriculum and ensures that pupils are more aware and safe as they travel around the local community. Despite the wet and chilly weather the pupils smiled and behaved implacably throughout the two days - well done everyone.
Year Six are spending this half term working with our brilliant local PCSO’s as part of the Junior Cadet scheme. The pupils get to experience a variety of different topics that increase awareness of themselves when out in public and the important role that the police play. Look out for them on patrol when checking the parking during the school run.
What a brilliant way to start the New Year by making new friends. Pupils across KS2 are enjoying learning about a variety of bugs during Bug Club run by Rentabeast. Carrie has worked with the school on numerous occasions and the children love to take part in a hands on experience with nature.