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On the 10th of July 2019, between 10am and 12pm, Great Bradfords Junior School took part in the Braintree and Bocking swimming gala. Sixteen of the fastest swimmers from years five and six were: Sadie; David; Jake; Daisy; Iona; Emma; George; Jack; Luca; James; Rohan; Nat; Brooke; Emma; Jessica and Megan. These students were chosen to compete against six other schools in a variation of swimming races. Over all our swimmers came third out of the four bigger schools that competed. The different races were: the free relay, this is where the swimmers in teams of four do a lap of whatever stroke they wish, the first school to finish wins; then it was the individual races, each swimmer was chosen for their strongest stroke and swam against the other schools; thirdly there was the Medley, this is very similar to the Free relay however the pupils were assigned certain strokes; lastly was the Cannon relay, the fastest four swimmers from each year were picked to compete. The boys competed exceptionally well as they won all their races! We all were really lucky to receive a medal for competing in the swimming gala.

On Thursday 20th June 2019, Great Bradfords Junior School participated in the annual KS2 District Sports Competition, held at Tabor Academy. The weather conditions for the day were ideal, and all forty-two of the children were excited and ready to compete in their event! 

There were a range of events taking place throughout the morning. These consisted of throwing events, such as: howler throw, javelin, chest push, shot putt and discus. There was also jumping events which included the long jump and triple jump. There was also track events which included: 600m, shuttle run and sprint. 

Once all of these events had taken place, it was time for the relay races to commence!

The year 3 and 4 children took part in shuttle relays, with the year 5 and 6 children, for the first time this year, participating in 4 x 100m relay races for girls and boys. During the relay races for year 3 and 4 we were positioned in a good lane; Lane 3. However, when it came to the year 6 races, the organisers decided to swap the lanes around, with Great Bradfords Junior School now having to race in lane 6, which was not ideal. Nevertheless, the children did not let this deter them from winning the race! 

Once the relay races were completed, all the schools had to gather around to await the results.  The organisers read out the positioning for the winners of the relay trophy. We waited in suspense. Finally, it got down to the last two schools, who had a a difference of 3 points between them. It was then announced that Great Bradfords Junior School had won the relay trophy for a second year in a row. 

Next, we waited for the results of the athletics trophy. Again, it was another tense wait  -finally it got down to the final two schools, with a difference of 9 points. It was announced that Great Bradfords Junior School had won! The children were overjoyed with their win, and they deserved it!

The last time Great Bradfords Junnior School won the double trophies for District Sport was in 1991, that was 28 years ago!  

What a fantastic achievement for the school - well done children!

Lyons Hall Boys Football Tournament


On a wet, rainy and exciting day, we set off in our football kits to Lyons hall to take part in the local schools boy’s football tournament.

When we arrived there we found out who, where and when we were playing. We had six games in total. Our first game was against John Bunyan on pitch one .The starting line-up was Luca (who was our goalie), James (defence), George (defence), Joe (centre midfield), Ben (right-wing), Lincoln (left wing) and Jack (upfront) with Harry as sub for the game.  A few minutes after kick off, Ben got fouled on the edge of the box; he had won a free kick! He took the free kick and it went through the keeper’s legs.  A few minutes after that, Joe got the ball from the back, dribbled it to the half way line, hit the ball - which swerved over the keeper and hit the top corner! Goal! The game ended 2-0 to Great Bradfords.

Next, we had a games rest, but, after that, we played Notley Green. Harry came on for Jack up front for this game. A little while after the whistle, the ball was bouncing at the half way line and Joe smashed a powerful volley over the keeper’s head – we had scored our first goal! Unfortunately, one second before the final whistle, the other team took a shot, which awkwardly bounced off James and into our goal; the final score was a draw at 1-1 when the full time whistle blew.

We then had to rest for another game. After the rest, we played against Lyons hall, which Ben came off for Jack to come on. This game was very evenly matched and the result ended in a 0-0 draw. Then, yet again, we had another break, but the game after that was on pitch two against John Ray, this time Ben came back on and Jack was sub. About 5 minutes into the game we got the ball on the wing; Harry did a brilliant cross into Lincoln to tap it in for a goal, which ended in us winning the game.

 After that we were straight back on to pitch one against Becker’s Green, with Jack coming on for Harry. The first goal came from Lincoln dribbling down the wing cutting inside and slotting it in at the near post. Then, with only a few minutes left Ben dribbled down the right wing and fired a shot across goal straight into the corner. It was 2-0 to Great Bradford’s at the final whistle. After the whistle we had a two game rest, which left us to play our last game of the tournament against White Notley. We were unlucky not to score; again it was a 0-0 draw.

At the end of the tournament we thought we had done well, but we didn’t know if we had won. We went into a classroom for the results and it turned out we had won with 12 points and goal difference of 5, but Lyons Hall were close with 12 points and a goal difference of 4 – thanks to our amazing teamwork and passion we had won the tournament and got awarded with a big trophy.

Well done to everyone that played in the tournament, thank you to our supporters and thank you to Miss Shanley and Mr Moss for all of their help.  


 Joe Roots and Harry Wooder.

On Thursday 2nd May 2019 we played a home netball game against Lyons hall.

For the 1st quarter we got an outstanding score of 6-1. We achieved this score by having quick and strong passes. Jess was our sub for this quarter. She was very good at cheering us on. When the opposition centre took the centre pass, our defence leapt in front of their attackers and stopped them from getting the ball. The Bradford team was working really well together, during quarter time we had a quick team talk and Jess came on to play, while Tamarine was sub.

For the 2nd quarter we got another outstanding score of 8-0 which put us in the lead with 14-1 goals so far in the game. For this quarter Tamarine was sub and Jess swapped with her to play WA. There was some excellent defending from Molly and Megan, making sure the other team didn’t score. 

For the 3rd quarter we scored 5-1 which was not as good as the first or second quarter, but still good, we needed to be careful not to lose our concentration. For this quarter Tamarine went on as WA, Jess moved to WD and Maisie came off as sub. So far the total score was 19 goals to 2 goals.

For the 4th and final quarter Luca and Honey-Rose score 6 goals between them and Lyons Hall scored 1, which put us in the lead with a final score of 25 goals to 3 goals. For the final quarter Maisie swapped with Jess as WD which made Jess sub. It was such a fun match and we all worked really hard to win the game. At the end of the match we did our captain, Honey-Rose, did 3 cheers for Lyons Hall and we gave them a ‘sportsperson of the match’, they also gave us a ‘sportsperson of the match’. We had a very successful match.

We would like to thank all the parents and supporters that came to cheer us on.


On Thursday the 25th of April, Great Bradfords Junior School played a netball match against Beckers Green Primary school at home. Miss Shanley was our umpire and Mr Moss was our time keeper and scorer. The players in our team were: Honey-Rose (GS /captain), Luca (GA), Molly (GK), Maisie (WD), Tamarine (WA), Jessica (WA/WD), Megan (GD) and Lincoln (C).

To find out which school was going to take the first centre pass, Miss Shanley flipped a coin with the captain from both teams. Beckers Green’s captain had to call heads or tails, whilst the coin was spinning in the air. Luckily, they called incorrectly, and we won the toss. The game was split into quarters, with each one lasting 10minutes. In the first 30 seconds of the first quarter Honey had SCORED! Throughout the first quarter we managed to score a whopping 7 goals, Beckers Green were yet to score. Jessica then came on for the second quarter.

During the second half, Honey-Rose and Luca managed to shoot and score 5 more goals. Tamarine was our sub for this quarter. We all worked hard and passed back when we needed. At one-point Megan nearly went off-side. The first goal was scored by Luca, he scored it within the first 10 seconds of the quarter!

Throughout the third quarter, we scored 3 more goals and Masie was our sub, she switched with Jessica. In this half Honey-Rose basically ran 5m with the ball in her hands and passed it to Luca, which means she had committed footwork, so the other team got a free pass.

For our final quarter, we scored another 5 goals which made the grand total 20 goals to GBJS and 0 goals to Beckers Green Primary School, YAY!! At the end of the game we had to give their team a nomination for who we thought had played the best and shown great sporting values. We gave it to the GK, they gave Megan their nomination. After we all shook hands and congratulated them, we gave them three cheers for their good effort and sportsmanship.

We can’t wait for our next match!

Written By Honey-Rose and Molly.

On Wednesday 27th March 2019, Great Bradfords Junior School travelled to Tabor Academy for the second round of the cross country tournaments. It is fair to say that we had the most children representing the school, with teams in years 3, 4, 5, and 6. We also had the most parents and family supporters, which was excellent and they really helped cheer and spur the children along. 

It was a competitive day with higher standards of racing from all of the participants. But our children did not disappoint demonstrating some excellent super hero qualities, such as; perseverance, resilience, and enthusiasm. They were all stars!

The final results were as follows for the teams:

Year 3 girls team = 4th place

Year 3 boys team = 2nd place 

Year 4 girls team = 3rd place

Year 5 girls team = 3rd place

Year 5 boys team = 1st place

Year 6 girls team = 1st place

Year 6 boys team = 1st place. 

We also placed 2nd as an individual in the year 4 boys race, 2nd as an individual in the year 6 girls race and 2nd as an individual in the year 6 boys race.

The results were amazing and well deserved. Thank you to everyone who was able to come along and show your support. 

Miss Shanley

Great Bradfords vs White Court!

 In our team we had; Hannah as our goal keeper, Megan and Holly in defence, as our midfield we had Emily (centre), Maisie (left), Sanija (right) and Izzy who was sub to start, but half way through the first half she came on for Sanija. Up front we had Jessica. Our trusty and friendly referee was Mr. Hickman. The match started at 3:45 and ended at 4:30. At the start of the game we were doing awfully well, by communicating effectively and working as a team. However, in the second half we unfortunately gave away a penalty because one of our players gave away a hand ball and sadly, they scored. After 5 ­– 10 minutes White Court hand balled it as well, but it was out of the penalty box, so we only got a free kick. Unfortunately, we didn’t score from it. The final score was 3 – 0 to them. White Court had won. We were very disappointed; however, we knew we had tried our hardest. Thank you to everybody who came and supported the team, we are having lots of fun, improving and we are looking forward to the next match.

By Holly. H and Sadie. G

Girls Football Match GBJS vs JOHN RAY

Monday 18th March

In our team we had Jessica as our striker and we had Sanija, Maisie, Holly and Emily in mid-field. As our defence we had Sadie and Megan. Then as our goalie we had Hannah. We also had one player off at a time as a sub.

Our match was from 3:30 to 4:30 and as our trusty ref we had Mr Moss. At the end of our match the score came to 1-3, unfortunately we lost and they won but we didn`t make a big deal out of it because we had tried our hardest and also we had improved compared to our last game.

John Ray scored an own goal, but we did too as we tried to defend the ball, it skimmed off one of our player’s legs. Also one of our player’s elbows hit the ball as it bounced, so we also gave away a penalty. Overall it was a fun game and we have learnt what we need to do for the next game. Thank you to everyone that came to support us.

Hannah and Holly – Class 5S.

Trip to the Wilderness Foundation at Chatham Green

On Wednesday 13th we went to The Wilderness Foundation at Chatham Green and had the time of 2019! We were all put into  groups; we got put in to team elephant with one other school .

The first activity we did included tug of war, welly throwing and an obstacle course. The instructor we did this with was  Danny and is one of the funniest guys I know. This activity was one of my favourites, Danny you’re the man (George’s view).

The second activity was ran by Terry and we did a mini hike. In the mini hike we saw badger holes and honey bees , we also had some snacks and George had a clumsy fall into ditch (like a front flip). Terry is one of my favourites! (Chris’s view)

After the first set of activities we went in for lunch. This was the time for chilling, although we were all excited for the next bunch of fun activities to do.

This activity was inside and we were making forest art out of string, pipe cleaners and twigs. We did this for about 45 minutes. Chris put two pipe cleaners around each other, then put some strings in the gaps. George put loads of different colours around his and this made it look like a crazy wizards wand.

For the last activity we had two games to choose from (we did both). The first game we played was called Monkey tails and Chris won most of the matches. How you play Monkey tails is simple: you have a tail (a cut scarf) and you put it on and when the whistle is blown you run around until the last one standing with a tail wins.

The second game we played was called ‘Capture the Flag’. This was one of my favourite games , the rules in this game were: there are two teams both teams have a flag ,you  need to hide the flag, once both teams have hidden their flag the game begins. The first team to recover their enemy’s flag back to their base wins , but you can get tagged and if you are, you have to stand still and wait for your teammate to tap you then you’re back in.


By George Jackson and Christopher Cole (Year 5)

On Tuesday 26th February Great Bradfords Junior School took part in the local cross country tournament at Tabor Academy. We have some amazing runners at Great Bradfords and we were able to enter a team for each year group. It was a fantastic event and the children showed excellent perseverance, determination and teamwork. 

Here are the team results:


Year 3 girls = 2nd place

Year 3 boys = 1st place

Year 4 girls = 1st place

Year 4 boys = 4th place

Year 5 girls = 1st place

Year 5 boys = 2nd place

Year 6 girls = 1st place

Year 6 boys = 1st place 


The teams that came 1st or 2nd go through to the next round, as you can see the children were fantastic. We also scored highly with some individual runners. Well done to everyone that took part and thank you to your continued support.


Boys Football Match Report: Great Bradfords Juniors School vs Notley Green Primary School

The starting line-up was Luca in goal; Jack S in right back; George M in left back; James in right mid; left mid was Lincoln; in the middle was Isaac; and in front of us all was Ben.

The game started as Mr Hickman (who was the referee) blew the whistle. As the game went on Harry, who was on the bench, came on for James, who was playing in the right-mid position. Unfortunately, Lincoln had a terrible, unexpected nose bleed and that is when James had to come back on.  Throughout the first half, Luca made some fantastic saves, but it was unlucky when they eventually put a shot past him. Then the whistle blew for half time. Lincoln had sorted his nose bleed out with Miss Shanley. We all gathered round Miss Shanley and Mr Moss for a half time talk. Miss Shanley and Mr Moss both said that we had to take more shots in the second half because we weren’t taking enough, they said if we took more shots, then the other team would be intimidated.

In the second half Lincoln came on and Isaac came off. About 7 minutes later, a cross came in from Ben, it went past the keeper and Harry scored a left footer. As the game went on, we pressured them a lot more, which made them make mistakes. George came off for Isaac and James dropped into defence and Isaac came into midfield. Soon Lincoln took a shot, the keeper tried to save it, but let go of the ball and Harry, with the support of Ben behind, scored to make it 2-1. In the last 5 seconds of the match, there was a corner to Notley Green and unfortunately, they scored an excellent volley in the top corner and then the whistle blew for full time. It was an excellent game and we are all very proud and pleased with our performance.

By Harry Wooder and James Coburn 


On Wednesday the 6th of February, six lucky children from Great Bradfords Junior School had the opportunity to take part in a Parkour Experience festival. This took place in Team Kinetix, Witham.

Team Kinetix have some of the most experienced and capable Parkour Practitioners, Physical Performers, Freerunners and Acrobats in the World. The children got to experience moving around or through an area negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. All of the children demonstrated many of the school's Super Hero qualities which link with our ethos and sporting values, such as; resilience, self-belief, determination and teamwork. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 

   Our Girls Football Team

Cross Country

Year 6

Frist thing on January 21st the year 6 pupils had to run 6 laps of the school field. It went very well as all the pupils that participated finished successfully.

The boys started slow but then picked up the pace between the second and third lap of the field. Most of the boys started to walk up the hill but then they began to start building up their strength. As they came to their final lap they started to sprint their way up the hill.

The girls started very quickly and then adjusted as it came to the 3rd lap of the field. As it began the girls all spread out. They all needed encouraging as they started to walk between the 2nd and 4th laps of the field. When they came to the finish line everyone had smiles on their faces.

Year 3

On the 21st of January, the year threes had to run 4 laps of our school field. It went very well as all the pupils that participated all finished successfully and all tried their best and hardest.

The boys went first, they listened very well to the instructions. When they started they were all very promising. As we encouraged them further, they all progressed and had faith in themselves. Although some needed a little push at the end.

When the girls started they all sprinted into a good position. They walked up the hill more than the boys did. But they all continued whilst they were on the flat base. The hill was the only struggle that they faced.

Year 4

After lunch the year 4s took part in the cross-country event. They all tried their hardest, although some did not make it through.

The boys ran first they started very quickly. They all sprinted down the hill but as they had overcome the hill they started to slow down rapidly.

The girls went second but they started slowly and then picked up the pace between the 2nd and 3rd lap of the field.

Year 5

The last year group to take part were the year 5’s. They all tried their best and all completed the challenge.

The boys went first they started rapidly but then slowed down quite quickly. As it came to the end they really cheered on the people that had not finished and got them to persevere to the finish line.

The girls went second, half of them walked and half of them ran the first lap but in the end all of them ran the 6 laps of the field showing resilience and perseverance.


Some of the children from years 5 and 6 were selected to take part in the Braintree Schools Tag Rugby Tournament on the 15th January. This is the first time we have entered in to this competition and the children were amazing! We ended up in 4th place and the children learnt a lot from the games they played; improving their teamwork and perseverance throughout the competition. Well done to the children who represented the school so well. 


Great Bradford Junior School were able to enter two teams into the New Age Kurling Competition. This took place as Ramsey Academy on Wednesday 9th January 2019. Many schools took part in the tournament and the children had a fun and exciting time learning skills for a new sport, along with working on their social interaction skills and teamwork.

The children were extremely well behaved and represented the school fantastically well.

Well done GBJS.