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Pupils enjoy the great outdoors as part of Children in Need celebrations

Year Three pupils in fancy dress for Children In Need 2020

Stockport Grammar Junior School supported Children in Need by dressing up in non-uniform, taking part in a range of Pudsey themed activities and enjoying the stunning scenery on our doorstep.

The focus this year was children’s mental well-being with a theme of ‘The Great Outdoors’.

In the run up to the day, each year group were set their own unique well-being activities via Google Classroom or Tapestry to complete.

Pupils were encouraged to spend time outdoors and take part in an activity – this included walking, making art from woodland materials, raking up leaves and reading outdoors.

The Year Six Charity Team – which includes Maya G, Yasmine Z, Evelyn T, Sadie May F, Charlotte U, Lola F and Charlotte S – headed outdoors separately to take part in a host of activities including running, cycling, toasting marshmallows and making a house for a hedgehog.

In classes, Year Two pupils worked on iPads in their ICT lessons to create a colourful picture of Pudsey Bear at a disco. After discussing what augmented reality was, they used an AR app to bring Pudsey to life and were astounded when they saw a spinning disco ball with shooting stars and their Pudsey Bear dancing and spinning on his head to music.

Staying on the dancing theme, Mrs Hurst’s class took part in a Strictly Come Dancing activity in their classroom.

In Art and DT lessons, Year One pupils created a moving Pudsey Bear using split pins. The children used a range of skills including colouring, cutting, collaging and assembling to allow their creation to move.

Mr Adam Hughes, the school’s Outdoor Education Co-ordinator, recorded a video for pupils to encourage them to make the most of the wonderful surroundings we have in Stockport and Cheshire. The video focussed on four areas: connect, mind, active and curiosity and how being outside can boost your body and mind.

On the day itself, the school was awash with colour as pupils from Pre-Reception right through to Year Six dressed up as something, or someone, following the outdoors theme. Outfits included zookeepers, policemen, rock climbers, pirates, weather presenters, snowboarders, racing drivers and adventurers.

Pupils were also able to enjoy some scrumptious Pudsey biscuits thanks to the sterling work of Catering Manger Mrs Kathy Gosling.

Donations from the non-uniform day were made to Children in Need via parents’ Wisepay accounts and we can’t wait to unveil the amount raised thanks the SGS community’s generosity.