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!
Opportunities for your students to learn from home with WWF
Starting Monday 4th May, the WWF have provided fun daily activities to help our students connect with nature and learn more about our planet's forests.
Their upcoming themed week will include live learning events via our new dedicated Facebook group (with recordings available on YouTube), links to our popular educational materials, and an opportunity to participate in a fun and insightful webinar with a WWF expert. Please take a look and let us know what you have found out about nature. Find out more at https://www.wwf.org.uk/learn/love-nature/forests?dm_i=38LF,118RN,3AS0EQ,3XV9F,1
Stay safe and enjoy exploring our amazing planet!
Read a good book recently?
Please share with us your book reviews recommendations! We will post them on the website to help keep us entertained during these unprecedented times. Look out for some from the staff too!
Please email reading reviews/recommendations to your class teacher or to the office email.
There are lots of websites offering free e-books such as Amazon, Google Play, Apple Play and The Book Trust.
From the Great Wood Team.
Happy 100th Birthday from all the Great Wood community!
Thank you to all those who have sent in their wonderful cards to celebrate this inspirational figure. We will put as many as we can on the newsletter and teachers class pages. He has already received over 125,000 from people around the world.
Captain Tom Moore's 100th birthday will be marked by an RAF flypast.
The special Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will carry out an aerial salute on Thursday April 30.
The Ministry of Defence, who are responsible for the RAF, said the flypast would "celebrate Captain Tom's birthday and mark his amazing fundraising achievement".
Captain Tom is a war veteran has raised £27 million for the NHS so far by walking around his garden 100 times using a walking frame, got to number one in the charts with a charity song and even got a personalised WWE title belt!
Thank you Captain Moore for all you have done, you are an inspiration to us all. We all hope you have a fantastic day with your family as the nation celebrates your achievements.
From the Great Wood community.
(Card designed by Sophie, year 6)