Our wonderful year six had a brilliant day together as they said their goodbyes to Great Wood. The pupils had a superb Leavers Lunch dished up for them by Lesley and Jan, it was the famous 'All Day Breakfast'. At the end of the day they each received a Leavers Goodie Bag which included a reading book, a mug with all their names on, a keepsake keyring and of course the Great Wood Teddy. Although it wasn't the usual finale to the end of school the pupils made the most of it and had a memorable day to end their time at Great Wood. We wish them all the best on their journey to High School.
As we approach the Summer break it isn't always easy to keep your little ones entertained. However help is at hand with a Summer Club that is being run with the support from Mark Hatcher, a familiar face in school who helps at many of our clubs. For further details please contact JonathonNewbould@aol.com or 07799192626 .
National Writing Day 2020 is coming on Wednesday 24 June 2020!
This will be the fourth annual celebration of the power of writing creatively, inspiring people of all ages and abilities to try writing for fun and self-expression.
Pupils in school will be taking part and we would love to see what you are doing at home. For more information, please visit: https://literacytrust.org.uk/about-us/national-writing-day-24-june-2020/
Calling all budding artists! J.K. Rowling is inviting you to help illustrate The Ickabog for her. Every day when chapters of the story are uploaded, she will be making suggestions for what you might like to draw or paint to illustrate the story as it goes along. You should let your imagination run wild!
The best bit is, if you are between seven and twelve years old, your parent or guardian on your behalf can enter your drawings or paintings into the official competition being run by J.K. Rowling’s publishers, for a once in a lifetime chance to be featured in The Ickabog book, which is published in November. The competition is now open in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, the US and Canada, and will be extended to other countries very soon.
Your artwork must be entered by a parent or guardian, via the publisher’s own competition website, for more information please visit: https://www.theickabog.com/competition/
Have you got what it takes to earn a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title?
Guinness World Records has created a new title - Highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ in one minute - and we are looking for players to aim for this special accolade. All you have to do is submit a video of yourself playing a Studio game with the highest score in the world by 23:59 on 4th June 2020.
Should I enter?
Over the years we have seen some incredibly high scores in 1 minute games. With lots of practice can you become the number 1 in the world? For more information on how to enter please visit: https://ttrockstars.com/page/gwr
Good luck Rockstars!
The RSPB are once again teaming up with the Cameron Bespolka Trust to bring you WildArt 2020 and this year we’re even bigger! We’re on the lookout for talented young artists to enter our exciting competition.
Create a piece of art inspired by nature – let your imagination run WILD! There are 2 categories to choose from this year – REAL LIFE – entries using the more traditional approach of paints, pastels, acrylics, pens or pencil and our new GO WILD category – for those of you who want to ‘go wild’ in every sense of the word. To enter this category, experiment with textiles, sculpture, recycled and eco-friendly materials, and collages – anything goes!
For full details please see the letter below.
It's Good To Talk...Don’t wait until you can't cope before you seek help. For good days, bad days and all the in-between days, there are lots of places you can turn to for support.
It's always ok to ask for help.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 - Kindness
Great Wood were honoured to take part in the 75th Anniversary of VE Day by attending the 2 minute silence in Tean. The Royal British Legion had done an amazing job decorating the High Street. The 11am silence was beautifully held and wreaths were laid by Councillor Colin Pearce. Carley Mellor laid a wreath on behalf of Tean RBL and Elsie laid a wreath on behalf of all the Tean children. It was well attended and everyone respected the social distancing protocols. Well done to those who attended but especially those that decorated the High Street and led the service.
'We remember that we are free today thanks to their sacrifice of yesterday' Mahia, aged 5
When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace and mourn their loved–ones.
The 75th anniversary will provide our nation, and our friends around the world, with an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period. To commemorate this important time the nation is taking part in VE Day 75, a three-day international celebration that will take place from 8th May to 10th May 2020.
Look out for this weeks newsletter that explains how you can commemorate this anniversary alongside the Great Wood community and others across the world.
Remember to email your photos/videos to school so we can share with our Great Wood community the wonderful way in which we have honoured and paid our respects to all those who lived through World War Two.
On Wednesday 6th May at 10am the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are proud to launch their new Safe+Sound programme. This will be a weekly programme with partners providing workshops for children who are currently educating at home. Like their regular Safe+Sound events, the programme is aimed at KS2 children and will run for 12 weeks with new content, and different partners getting involved every week.
Topics will include:
• Fire Safety
• First Aid
• Water Safety
• Mental Health & Wellbeing
• Road Safety
• Internet Safety
They will share the link to the live programme next Tuesday, and every Tuesday thereafter. Each week will have live chat, several workshops and a quiz – all aimed at helping children keep themselves, their families and their carers Safe+Sound in these extraordinary times. The programme will also be available to view again on demand at any time after it goes live.
To find out more visit their website for Safe and Sound:
Please let us know if you take part and what you have learnt. Enjoy!