Have you heard of Positive Post It Day? Maybe you have and maybe you haven’t. That is ok.
A few years ago, a young lady in Canada called Caitlin Haacke, decided to take a stand against bullying. She tells her story On Tedx here:

  She single handily has started a movement of positivity that is sweeping the world. Her belief that positivity begets positivity that began as an anti-bullying campaign, has led to children and adults alike considering their words carefully and filling the world with kindness, love and appreciation.
The impact of this young lady’s simple idea can be seen in this news report,

and this compilation video of the positive post it notes written in one day, 

We have been left in awe by the inspiring, clearly mindful activity of gratitude, that has begun.  These little Random Acts of Kindness can spark a change and belief in the compassion of humankind.
In schools, this is a perfect circle time, PHSCE lesson or Mindfulness activity. In work places, it is a mindful activity that encourages good mental health and well being.
Thus, we are supporting Caitlin in her a Positive Post Its and have joined with other schools and work places around the world to declare  Tuesday 29th March 2016 as #PositivePostItDay .
How can you participate?
1- Share this post with others and tweet, Face Book, Instagram, Snap Chat, etc letting others know about the day. Get it out there! Let us know you are joining us on twitter (@Green_Lane_PA or in the comments section attached to this post).
2- On the day, no matter where you are (schools, work, businesses, home, online, etc), create and share Positive Post It Notes (Be sure to watch the videos if you want some ideas.). Stick the notes on the walls, windows, books, online social media feeds, ANYWHERE!
3- If you share them online, make sure you tag them as #PositivePostItDay.
Let’s paper the world in positivity one post it note at a time!
Time to stock up on Post It notes!



Studies already conducted in childhood mindfulness have revealed numerous positive benefits.  The most promising benefits include:

  • Stress relief
  • Restlessness relief
  • Mental focus
  • Discover life balance
  • Deepen social skills
  • Develop math skills
  • Better sleep
  • More self-esteem
  • Emotion control
  • Improved decision-making skills

GLPA believes that the development of Mindfulness is an important life long skill that can be developed at school and at home.

During the Spring Term, Action Research is being undertaken in five classes across the academy that has included teacher and parent training. Impact has already been seen just in the last few weeks which has strengthen our belief in developing the life long skill of mindfulness.

We have a page dedicated to supporting parents in developing mindfulness at home here: Parental Support-Mindfulness

If you have any questions or would like any support, please contact the academy office and we will be more than happy to help.



A Day in the Life of GLPA!

Following the success of our video on what learning is happening at GLPA in just one hour, we decided to look at what a DAY may look like at GLPA!

So, on Monday 18th January, approximately every hour we took some time to photograph what was happening around the academy.

WOW! We were impressed by all the things we do across the academy. It is always very busy, even in the break times and lunch!

Watch our video to see for yourself!

Year 6 Residential 2015


The week of 9th to 13th November was a week to remember for the Year 6 class!  They have been waiting for this week for a long time; a week of adventure!

The action packed week had the children facing fears, being brave, supporting one another and being independent. They were able to try out lots of outdoor pursuits that included abseiling, climbing walls, 3-D swings, jungle vines, night lines, bonfires and MORE!

Here are a few pictures.  However, to see more, go to our Twitter account @Green_Lane_PA and scroll through our day by day account of what the children were able to encounter!




The Awesomeness Continues…

The 2015-2016 academic year has had a fantastic start! Everyone had a wonderful summer holiday and now have settled into a new year.
After an awesome year last year, we decided that we needed the awesomeness to continue! Last year, the Board of Awesomeness became completely full with the awesome work children had done. But, we know that the children have even more to show! So, we decided that our challenge this year our Board of Awesomeness would be TWICE as big!


It is a BIG challenge! But, the children of GLPA are ready to take the world by storm and fill it up to overflowing! They quickly got to earning the Awesome Awards! Have a look at what we have had so far!

Harry has been really challenging himself in maths!

Maths is also a awesome subject for Jake!

Keira has been doing some amazing writing in RE!

Sam’s behaviour for learning has been perfect!

Charlie has been a great role model and keeping other children safe!
Ethan, Katie, Lewis and Emma have been working cooperatively to write and perform a poem using Makaton!

Well done to everyone!

This is going to be an AWESOME YEAR!

Busy Half-term!

This has been a very busy half-term! There have been lots of things happening across the academy.

First, we had author of the Fabulous Four Fish Fingers visit us and show us some writing techniques!

Then, KS2 children put on an AMAZING performance called Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

We always cross our fingers for good weather when it comes to our Sports’ Days! This year we had beautiful weather and the children showed beautiful sportsmanship and resilience. Well done children!

In other events, this half-term, there has been a group of children spending one afternoon a week at DeLacy Academy working with poet, Conrad Burdekin, and other children from across six other SPTA academies. They created their own poetry while also learning how to perform. The culmination event had a special guest, Sir Paul Edwards, CEO of SPTA.


The Garforth Arts Festival has been running for 11 years and GLPA has always participated. This year was no exception with there being representation by the GLPA Samba band, GLPA choir and knitting club helping to Pom Pom the festival!

samba1 choir


finally, along with the sporting success that included the GLPA Cricket team making it to Yorkshire County Finals and the KS1 Football team winning the Garforth tournament, the GLPA team won the Garforth Schools Sports’ Day as well! Well done to everyone involved!

There are still lots more to happen with the last week of school! This evening is the Summer Fair and next week sees us saying Good Bye to our Year 6 children! It will be an emotional week!

Can You Guess The Year Group?


I love the Awesome Award we give out to children who do awesome things, particularly when it comes to their school work. The children have been working particularly hard in reading, writing and maths and to see their beaming faces sharing their work with pride really makes my day!

Last week was another great week for children and their academic achievements. The Year 6 children had been working hard to prepare for their national tests and they went into them with a positive attitude. One afternoon, I had a child visit me with an exceptionally well written piece of work. We were so impressed, that we decided to type it out here exactly as it was written and for you to make a guess on what year group you think this child may be in this year.

Lesson Objective: To include a personal opinion in a character profile

This is the Gruffalo. He is a mysterious creacher. He lives in a hollo tree. I’m grad I don’t.


He has brown fur that is as brown as a muddle pudel. Amazingly he has purple prickles all over his back. The Gruffalo has a horre gren wort on the end of his nose. He has huge orange eyes that glow in the darck. Mine don’t glow. He has a tail that blows around when he is happy however his tail droops when he is sad! It got nobbly nees that is as grey as grey pants. Then he has those horrible theeth that crunch and grit and snap! I would be terrified. He has clors that are as sharp like raisor! I wouldn’t like to shake his hand! Well wouldn’t you? He has a black tung.


The Gruffalo is cowardly because he is scared of a mouse. He is mean because he wants to eat.

So, what did you like about this character profile and what year group do you think the author is currently a member?

All will be revealed after half-term!

Year 4 Residential 2015


During the week of 4th May, the Year 4 class will be embarking on an adventure, their first residential! They are all very excited and ready to explore the English countryside and learn more about English history.

You can follow what the children have been up to via twitter @Green_Lane_PA or via this blog. Twitter will be updated in real time as information about their activities are sent to the academy. The blog will be updated on an evening.


Wednesday 6th May 2015

The day started bright and early with Year 4 children and parents arriving for 8 am in order to get sorted for the three days ahead. The children were excited and the parents anxious.





The first stop was Angel of the North. They all look so small compared to the massive sculpture!





The Roman Army Museum was just down the road. It was back to lessons for them in the Roman classroom where a hologram of a Roman soldier tried to teach them Latin! Then, in true British tradition, a picnic in the rain! They weren’t bothered! They were having too much fun!





Vindolanda was next on the agenda. So, after their picnic, they packed up and headed out!

They had a fantastic time visiting the ruins, talking to archaeologists and tiring out the staff!









It has been a long day. But, it is not finished. Time to head to the youth hostel. There is unpacking to do, beds to be made and tea to be had. There is a coach load of tired people!

Today’s adventures in a video.

Beds are made, showers taken, PJ’s on and dinner has been had. A few activities and then bedtime at 8 pm. Well, maybe!





Thursday 7th May 2015

It has been another busy day on the Year 4 Residential. At 7 am, everyone got moving, dressed and beds made! As one parent said, “Who is that child and what have you done with my son?!” The children enjoyed their breakfast and got busy with a whole list of activities that included diary writing, postcards, art, Roman Soldier training, jewellery making and more! The children are enjoying their time and, with the sun shining, they are making many amazing memories!

Here is Part 1 of Day 2. (Individual photos can be found on our Twitter feed, @Green_Lane_PA )