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"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. INVOLVE me and I learn." – Benjamin Franklin

Welcome to the 2016-2016 Academic Year!


We are very pleased to see everyone back in school this week after a fantastic summer. The children have come back ready to learn and have been working hard all week. This is fantastic to see and all of the staff are excited for the new year.

The Principal’s Awesome Award is continuing and the first ones have already been given out for the work done by these children.


Max came back to Nursery being able to write his name independently!

Aditya Sophie

Aditya and Sophie are just starting Year 1 and have been wowing their teachers with their abilities. Aditya’s handwriting is looking more like a Year 3 child’s handwriting rather than Year 1 and Sophie, though a little afraid at first, wrote a wonderful piece of independent writing which included correct punctuation, capital letters and spelling!

It has been a great start to the year and we look forward to seeing even more awesome work!




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This June, can you do something wild every day for a month?

Make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, the Wildlife Trust will send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness. You’ll also receive a funky wallchart to track your progress, a wild badge, and regular blasts of inspiration throughout June to help you make nature part of your life.

What is a Random Act of Wildness?

A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours! We’ve got 101 ideas below – but you can make up your own, too!

We are encouraging all children at GLPA to sign up with their families for this exciting activity.

Sign up today HERE!

Here are some activities and places you may want to check out.

– Check out Garforth and Kippax Nature Reserves – -and enter GLPA postcode – LS25 2JX

– Nature Activities and Events for all ages throughout the year – Pre-booking and payment required for some events

– Springwatch Festival, Potteric Carr, Doncaster, 4th June 2016 – – pond dipping, mini-beasts, stalls, BBQ and full programme of bookable events

– Nature Discovery Week, from 30th May 2016, Junction 32 Outlet Village, check out this and other events at and click on Half-term Fun

– Room on the Broom Trail at Anglers Country Park (nr Nostell Priory) including links to downloadable activity sheet.

Year 4 Residential to Hartington Hall


Year 4 children took their first school residential from 27th-29th April. They stayed at Hartington Hall and had many exciting adventures including becoming Tudors for the day, hiking in the woods and fields and exploring Hartington Village. They were able to try out skills they had already learned and learn new skills along the way. It was wonderful to see the growing independence the children showed. Our video is just a small taste of the adventures had!

Here is a video of just a few of the pictures!

Thanks go to all of the staff that helped to make the residential happen!

A Successful #PositivePostItDay


It has been an amazing day filled with lots of positivity! Everyone embraced the challenge in the usual Green Lane way and had no problem complimenting each other and finding positives about themselves.

It was exciting to see the smiles all through the academy and the true sense of happiness flowing out of every class.

Thank you to everyone for making this an amazingly positive day!

Watch our video to share what our day was like.

Happy Easter!

This half-term has been a very busy one with lots of amazing learning happening and extra activities happening.

This week has been dedicated to celebrating Easter.

The Easter Egg Decoration Competition was a great success with more than 100 eggs entered. Here is a video of all the eggs.

Here are the winners from EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

On Thursday, we held the annual Easter Bonnet Parade. It was standing room only and the bonnets were beautiful!

After school on Thursday, Friends of Green Lane (FOGL), held an Easter Egg Hunt and Mini Easter Fair!

Happy Easter!

World Book Day 2016

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!

Watch our video of the day!


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!

What Happens In One Hour At GLPA?


There is a lot of awesome learning happening all the time at GLPA.

Have you ever wondered what one hour of learning would look like?

Well, now is your chance to see the variety of learning opportunities happening in JUST ONE HOUR! Reading, writing, maths, DT, music, history, PE, science, computing and MORE!

Watch our video to see for yourself!


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