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Gorsemoor Primary School

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Scholastic Book Club is up and running!


For every £1 you spend on this month's Book Club, our school will earn 25p in Scholastic Rewards.

To browse the latest book and order online follow the link below.



Year 4 Football Team


We are very proud of our Year 4 football team, who won the St Peters tournament on Thursday 11 April. 

A massive well done to Mr Allers and the boys!

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Spring Fun with Twiglets!


Twiglets is a Children in Need funded project where Forest of Mercia work with a small group of children to encourage the use of the outdoors in a way that supports the children's learning.


Our little Twiglets spent 5 weekly sessions making crafts and taking part in activities that supported both their physical and emotional wellbeing.


It was a lovely opportunity for the children and staff time together gaining new skills and having fun in the outdoors...... whatever the weather!


There are lots of activities for parents and carers to take part in.

If you would like to explore what Twiglets can offer contact 01922 417770 or email




Gorsemoor Rocks Sign:


I am so pleased to announce that one of our parents kindly contacted a local print and design company, Grayson Design & Print, based in Cannock, who have donated a sign. It is very generous of them and we really appreciate a local business supporting our school. We are hoping to display the sign this week, above our colourful rocks at the front of school so keep watch!

Rian and Reid collecting our new sign. Thank you Grayson Design & Print.

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Joe Wicks Visit:


We were very excited to be welcome ‘The Body Coach’ Joe Wicks to the school on Wednesday 27 March to join our ‘Lean in 15 Day.Joe visited Gorsemoor as part of his UK schools live HIIT tour and were 1 of 17 schools to be selected out of the 18,000 that applied! Joe led a HIIT session with all pupils and staff at school. For the rest of the day, children participated in lessons, that taught them about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and taking part in inter sport competitions with their Key Stage.



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The Static Bike Challenge:


On Wednesday afternoon, 13th March, Year 5 and 6 children got the chance to take part in The Static Bike Challenge. The competition was a good opportunity to get Upper Key Stage 2 involved in something for the school and promote active travel.  


Overall 752 children across nine schools took part and cycled a total distance of 432.8 kilometres in 18 hours.

It really was a fantastic effort by all and the 432.78kms (268 miles) just happens to be the exact distance of London to Paris!

Gorsemoor came 2nd in the competition.  Full results below.

Results Sheet


Distance (KMs)

Ave Speed kmph

Max Speed kmph

Children taking Part


Meadows Primary






Gorsemoor Primary






Heath Hayes Academy






Hassell Primary






Belgrave St Barts






Willows Primary






Ellison Primary






St Thomas Primary






St Mary's Newcastle













World Book Day 2019


World Book Day was a roaring success today!   Amazing efforts from the staff and pupils.

Picture 1 Miss Doyouthinkshesawus Morgan!
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News Flash 📸

Our new Reception outdoor classroom has been featured in the Express and Star online. Many thanks to one of our Reception parents and PTFA members, for offering her support in organising links with the local press. We are hopeful that it will be in either tomorrow's or Monday's printed edition. It will also be featured in Staffordshire Outlook magazine.

Please follow the link below to read the article:


Reception's New Outdoor Classroom Opens


Our Reception classes were delighted to see their eagerly anticipated outdoor classroom finally open this week


Our new outdoor classroom development was funded by Staffordshire County Council and the works have included re-surfacing with soft pore and artificial grass, new drainage, installation of a large, weather-proof shelter, new boundary fencing and the installation of den posts. The shelter will enable the children to use the outdoor area in all weathers and it can be accessed directly via the classroom, thanks to a new door. Our Early Years Phase Leader, Mrs Nina Palmer, has spent many months planning, negotiating with the construction company (she's very persuasive) and designing the space to maximise its full potential. The entire Reception team have worked tirelessly this week to construct the many, brand new, outdoor resources they have ordered to ensure our pupils could enjoy them as soon as possible! They have also spent much of their own time reorganising and cleaning their indoor areas following a two week build project. Many thanks to them all.


Outdoor learning is an essential part of our Early Years Curriculum at Gorsemoor as, not only does it help our young people work towards meeting the Department of Health's guidelines for 180 minutes of physical activity per day, but it also encompasses many benefits:


  • Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
  • Learning outside the classroom gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons. 
  • Playing and learning outside also helps children to understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles.
  • Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness. 
  •  Children need an outdoor environment that can provide them with space, both upwards and outwards, and places to explore, experiment, discover, be active and healthy, and to develop their physical capabilities.
  • The outdoor environment offers space and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Very young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks.
  • For many children, playing outdoors at their early years setting may be the only opportunity they have to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations.
  • Learning that flows seamlessly between indoors and outdoors makes the most efficient use of resources and builds on interests and enthusiasms.
  • Anyone who takes children outside regularly sees the enjoyment, and sense of wonder and excitement that is generated when children actively engage with their environment.


Thank you to all of the Reception parents who were able to stay for our official opening and we would also like to thank Carabou Events, in Heath Hayes for their generosity in donating the balloons for our official opening and ribbon cutting event on Monday 25th February when our children returned to school, following their half term break.




Picture 1 Photo caption: L-R Mrs Emilie Lees, Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Nina Palmer, Early Years Phase Leader cut the ribbon with some of the reception children

Building works: February 2019


Work has been ongoing over the half term break, on the Reception outdoor area and widening the gated access from the alleyway onto the school playground.


When we visited the site yesterday, all of the fencing had been removed but the gate had not been completed. We have been assured that the builders would continue to work over the weekend on it. However, even if the gate hasn't been completed, parents will still be able to access the playground via this gate.


Entrance and exit into school will return to normal as of tomorrow, Monday 25th February 2019. Gates will be open at 8.45am as normal and locked/secured again at 9am.


Reception Classes only


A message from Mrs Palmer, Early Years Phase Leader


Dear Parents,
I am delighted to announce that our outdoor classroom is now complete and we will be celebrating with the official opening this Monday (25th February) at around 9am. The children will come into school as normal where we will register the children before heading into our new outdoor classroom for the cutting of the ribbon by Mrs Lees. If you would like to join us for this special occasion then you are welcome to wait on the main school playground after you have dropped your child into school. Once the ribbon has been cut, we will then take the children back into school to start our day.
In the mornings, the children will now be entering through the door at the side of Nursery which is the first gate off the alleyway from Gorsemoor Road. This is the door we used at the start of the build. Class teachers will be there to welcome the children into school. We hope you have had a wonderful half term break and are all as excited as we are to see the new Reception area!


*This message has also been posted to the Reception Class Dojo page