On Thursday 3rd March, GLPA celebrated World Book Day.
Each class selected a book to feature in their classes for the day. Children participated in a variety of activities featuring the story including reading, writing, maths, making potions, recreating scenes, art, PE and MORE!
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!
Studies already conducted in childhood mindfulness have revealed numerous positive benefits. The most promising benefits include:
Discover life balance
Deepen social skills
Develop math skills
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.
This time is always a busy time at Green Lane. There is so much that happens during the seven weeks that lead to the Christmas holidays.
The half-term began with Parental Interviews. Parents had a chance to speak to class teachers and find out how their children were doing, what they need to do next and how they are behaving. Approximately 95% of the parents attended the meetings. You can see what parents have to say about these sessions in the Parental Interviews Survey Analysis.
The last of the classes had their Parent Stay and Learn sessions during this half-term as well. They all were a great success with approximately 350 parents taking part from Reception to Year 6. 100% of the parents that completed the survey said that they would recommend these sessions to other parents. Read the wonderful comments here.
Year 6 children took their annual adventure residential this half-term. There were lots of very exciting activities and the children grew in maturity and self-confidence. You can read all about what happened in the academy blog.
GLPA takes bullying seriously and we believe the key against bullying is education. The week of the 16th November was Anti-Bullying Week. Have a read of the class blogs to see what went on during the week.
The final totals for the NSPCC fundraising was announced with £2,089.78!
Then we can’t forget the 11 Christmas performances that were held by EYFS, KS1 and LKS2! There was brilliant singing, dancing and acting! All of the shows were a hit! In addition, more than £600 of donations were collected for the charities supported by the Yorkshire Rows. You can follow their Atlantic journey on their own blog.
This is only a little taste of what has happened!
We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing everyone on the 4th January when we return to school from the holidays!
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!
British values are an integral part of the GLPA curriculum. Every day, good British values are modelled not only by the staff but also by the children.
We agree that the main values we hold dear are:
Democracy Individual Liberty Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs Rule of Law Mutual Respect
However, this week, we have decided to celebrate these values, look more at people who promote those values and participate actively in those values.
There are special activities happening across the academy and by the end of the week, you can see what has happened in each class on their blogs.
As an academy, we agreed that we were going to do the following as well:
Academy Council Elections- The children will nominate, prepare speeches and vote on their class representatives. This is democracy in action!
Inspirational British Citizens across history! This is exciting and we are learning about everyone from Mr Tumble to Stephen Hawkings!
GLPA is a very charitable academy. So, a good, old fashioned Harvest Festival where we collect food and non-perishables is another important part of the week. All items donated will go to the needy in the community!
By practicing good British values, we become skilled in ensuring readiness to play a positive role in their community.
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!