An Amazing Week!

The days at GLPA are always busy! The children have been working extra hard in all subject areas and really thinking about what they are learning. Many have done EXTRA work at home and use some great online programmes like Oddizzi.

In addition to the normal daily learning, there has been many other things happening.

The GLPA Skipping Team competed in the Garforth Schools Skipping Competition. They did an outstanding job with lots of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal winners. Congratulations team and thank you to Mrs Blackwell for training the team.

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In EYFS, there were baby chicks born! The children have been learning about the life cycle and have been incubating chicken eggs. It was all very exciting to watch the chicks peck their way out of the eggs. Now, they are living a happy life out in the sunshine being cared for by a member of the GLPA staff.

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The Cross Country completed their season successfully and Mr Heap, the coach, was very pleased to give out awards to the team for their tremendous effort.

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Hazel Class have been participating in a Go Givers Project. Go Givers is a cross-curricular PSHE and citizenship programme for primary schools. It’s purpose is to raise standards across the curriculum by stimulating children’s imaginations, developing empathy and providing opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving. (http://www.gogivers.org/) The class decided their project would be to work with the elderly through the Garforth Neighbourhood Elders Team (NET). They have been knitting, chatting, calling and helping create a sensory garden. You can read all about it in Hazel’s class blog (http://hazel1.primaryblogger.co.uk/2015/04/29/care-in-the-community/). To find out more about Garforth NET, have a look at their website, http://netgarforth.org/ .

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Children at GLPA LOVE to read! Some Year 5 children had the opportunity to participate in the Leeds Book Awards (http://www.leedsbookawards.co.uk/2015/). They read many books and voted on the ones they enjoyed the most and then went to the awards ceremony. You can read more about this event on the Birch class blog, http://birch.primaryblogger.co.uk/. They enjoyed hearing from and meeting the authors.

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Thursday saw nice sunny skies and the annual Maypole Dance done by the KS1 children. GLPA is proud to be continuing this old tradition on our academy grounds. It was a real festive spirit with family and friends joining us on lawn chairs and picnic blankets to celebrate Spring! Watch our video to see what we did.

Finally, on Friday, Oak class showed off their recorder skills! They have been learning as a class all year long and have done an amazing job! Have a little listen.

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So, you can see it has been a very busy week! We hope everyone has a FANTASTIC half-term!