Afterschool Club Letters Spring 2
Over this academic year, I’m sure your children have enjoyed participating and competing in various sports and small games, as well as learning within their two hours of PE per week. There is now a huge focus on PE and Sport in all schools, not just to encourage healthy active lifestyles, but also to develop the children’s social and emotional enjoyment, which has been shown to link to success within other areas of the curriculum.
This year, again, primary schools have received funding called Sport Premium, which is ring-fenced and can only be used to specifically develop Physical Education (PE), sport and physical activity in school. After an evaluation, schools have then been awarded a Bronze, Silver or Gold award or nothing at all within the Sainsbury’s School Games Quality Mark. A Platinum award was introduced this year also. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded again this year.
Following our recent application, Primrose Lane is very proud to announce that we achieved the Gold for the Sainsburys School Games Quality Mark, maintaining our award from the last three years now, which is a fantastic achievement! We would like to congratulate all staff and children for their efforts and cooperation within PE and Sport and hope it continues to progress further. Congratulations have also been received from SSCos Jon Lynsky from Boston Spa High School and Julie Smyth from Wetherby High School, as well as Partnership Development Manager Shaun Mulhern.
If you have any questions or suggestions of ways of further developing the PE and Sport here at Primrose Lane, please come and see Mr Jackson (PE and Sport Coordinator).
Primrose Lane Football Teams
- Bardsey 1 v 11 Primrose Lane (Player of the match: Henry M; Goalscorers: Henry M, Sam A, Casper, Kodee, Jacob)
- Deighton Gates 0 v 9 Primrose Lane (Player of the match: George; Goalscorers: Henry M 2, Jacob 2, Kodee 2, George, Bobby and Casper)
- Primrose Lane 6 - 1 Deighton Gates (Player of the match: Henry E; Goalscorers: Jacob x 4, Sam A, Henry M)
- Bramham 2 v 4 Primrose Lane (Player of the match: Henry M; Goalscorers: Kodee x 2, Bobby x 2).
- Primrose Lane 12 v 0 Bardsey (Player of the match: Luke; Goalscorers: Casper x 3; Bobby x 4; Jacob, Sam A x 2; Kodee and Cian
Cross Country West Yorkshire 2020
On Wednesday, the 11th of March, Primrose Lane, took part in the West Yorkshire Cross-Country competition at Temple Newsam.
Selected for their individual performances, Isaac Alker and April Brough (Year 4) put in two incredible performances, each getting a top ten finish!
The Year 5 girls put in exemplary performances, to push their limits beyond what they could have imagined!
As for the Year 6 boys race- the last race of the day- they put in a real shift! …finishing their ‘cross country journeys’ with Primrose Lane on a massive high!
Everyone did their absolute best! With some incredibly memorable performances from: Sam A (Year 6 boys - 4th), April B (Year 4 girls - 5th) and Isaac A (Year 4 boys - 6th)
By Jacob Thomas, Sam Alker & Henry Moore
Year 4 Skipping Competition Champions!
On Wednesday, Year 4 took part in a skipping competition at Temple Learning Academy, competing against Crossley Street, LEH Thorp Park, Wetherby St. James and the host school. They performed individual, paired and group skills as well as a skip dance! Together, they achieved two bronze, six silver and six gold certificates as well as a gold for the skip dance, resulting in first place overall! Year 4 are now busy preparing for the next round, which will take place at Leeds Beckett University, on Thursday 7th May against all other winning schools! Here is what some of the children have to say: Hettie: I really enjoyed the skipping competition and it was the best time ever! I’m looking forward to the next round. I think I’m going to get better at ‘Keep the pot boiling’.
Heidi: My favourite part was when they announced that we’d won because it just made me feel so happy and proud – we’d worked really hard! I really want to do it again and I also loved it when they announced that me and Lewis got gold for butterfly which we’d worked really hard on.
Congratulations Year 4 and good luck in the next round!
KS2 Orienteering Competition
On Tuesday 25th February 2020, 8 children across KS2 represented school in an orienteering competition after their success in the intra competition at school. It took place at Wetherby High School against many other schools. All children ran their hearts out and competed with determination, maturity and integrity. It involved children using their map skills to navigate to ‘kites’ situated within Wetherby High School grounds, and running in pairs to put their ‘dibber’ into the electronic scanners. They had to follow a particular order and work alongside another pair to complete all twelve kite stations. All groups did exceptionally well and all came within the top five, which is a brilliant achievement! Unfortunately our teams didn’t make the next round, but they can be very proud of getting into the team and representing Primrose Lane brilliantly.
West Yorkshire Final Cross Country Competition
On Wednesday 5th February 2020, 22 children from Years 4, 5 and 6 competed in the West Yorkshire Finals of the cross country competition at Temple Newsam, after their success from the previous round. Again, the children represented Primrose Lane excellently; showing wonderful, supporting behaviour, fabulous sportsmanship and great perseverance.
Our Year 4 girls team competed again, Year 4 boys, Year 6 boys, along with individual representations from George and Kodee from Year 5 and Charlotte from Year 6.
All competitors performed very well, persevering in the difficult terrain, where the mud at certain parts of the course was slippery and difficult to run on. We even had some top 10 finishers who are already through to the finals as individuals (Sam A second; Florence fourth and Isaac seventh). Congratulations must be given to all of our runners as they were up against over 100 other children in their age group. The best of luck to the top 10, who are already through, and everyone else if they are successful in reaching the next round.
Thanks must also go to the Parents and Carers who supported on the day on the sidelines, as well as helping with transporting children to and from the competition.
(PE and Sport Coordinator)
Athletics Competition, Semi Final 2019 Years 5-6
This week, pupils from Years 5 and 6 represented the school again and competed in the Semi Finals of the Sports Hall Athletics Competition. The events again involved girls competing against each other and the boys competing against each other, then the results combined to give an overall score. The events that the children competed in were individual races (along with hurdles), relay races (again with hurdles also), obstacle relays, standing long jump, standing triple jump, speed bounce, chest push, vertical jump and bull-nosed javelin. The team did themselves proud, competing to the end and winning many of the events. However, on this occasion, we didn’t make it through, but were very proud of our achievements, and we came out smiling! Well done team.
Athletics Competition, November 2019 Years 5-6
This week, pupils from Years 5 and 6 represented the school and competed in the local Sports Hall Athletics Competition at Boston Spa Academy. The events involved girls competing against each other and the boys competing against each other, then the results combined to give an overall score. The team did exceptionally well and behaved impeccably, resulting in WINNING the competition by a significant margin and going through to the Semi-Final! Primrose Lane scored 120 points, St Edwards 92 and Collingham 76.
The events that the children competed in were individual races (along with hurdles), relay races (again with hurdles also), obstacle relays, standing long jump, standing triple jump, speed bounce, chest push, vertical jump and bull-nosed javelin.
Congratulations to the whole team and good luck in the Plate Final! Thanks must go to the adults who helped Mr Jackson organising the team on the day to ensure the children knew where they were going and when.
Cross Country Competition
On 9th October 2019, 30 children from Years 4, 5 and 6 participated in a cross country competition held at Brigshaw High School. The children represented Primrose Lane excellently; showing impeccable behaviour, fabulous sportsmanship and great perseverance.
All the children put in their best efforts and cheered each other through every race! It was fabulous to watch the children make their best efforts to do their personal bests in the race.
We have now received results to suggest that our Year 4 Girls, Year 4 Boys Year 5 Girls and Year 6 Boys have all qualified to the City Finals in February 2020! Although, Year 5 Boys and Year 6 Girls didn’t make it through, they are ran their hearts out and achieved some excellent results. Additionally, we had some wildcards with for those that didn’t get through, where Kodee and George from Year 5 and Charlotte from Year 6 go through to represent themselves individually. Congratulations to all competitors! There must be particular mentions for both Year 4 Boys and Year 5 Girls who won their groups by a large margin! Additionally, congratulations must go to Sam A and Isaac A individually for coming first in the race for their whole age group, as well as Top 10s for Toby, April, Kodee, Florence, Ellie, Henry M and Jacob! Thank you to all the Parents/Carers who turned up on the day to show their support (and get soaking wet!) and help Mr Jackson and Ms Harper with the team. We look forward for next round to do it all again, but until then, well done competitors!
Intra Competitions and Participation
Year 6 Bike Ability
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, year 6 learned how to be safe on our bikes. On Monday, each group had half a day to complete Level 1 (which everyone successfully managed to do). Group One had a full day on Tuesday of learning how to be safe on the road and what to do while crossing them and riding on them. Before riding, everybody did their ‘maintenance check’ where you check your brakes are working and all of the bolts on the tyres are secure, and finally if your tyres are pumped up. We also learnt about where to ride when cycling down a road. There are three road positions, they are: primary, secondary, and universal. Group Two carried out the same activities on Wednesday.
We also learnt how to complete certain scenarios like a U-turn, coming off a main road, going onto a main road and cycling individually round corners and cars. Overall, all of year 6 loved the experience and had a spectacular bike ride at the end of the session. Everyone came back excited having had an amazing time! Here are some quotes from this spectacular experience:
Dominic Hall, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed doing the cycling in the school grounds and the skills out on the road were useful.’
Toby,’ I really enjoyed the road skills and the big cycle path at the end of the session.’
Ben, ‘I absolutely loved the cycling, because I have not been able to cycle much recently due to the weather, but on our Bikeability day it was actually warm and it felt nice to go out on the roads again”.
Fun PE Experience!
Primary Influence UK came in to deliver some sessions during some of the classes’ PE lessons. Here is what they delivered:
Reception Parachute Games:
In Reception we really enjoyed our session with Primary Influence. We played parachute games such as cat and mouse and we worked as a team to keep the balls on top of the parachute. We were then put into teams and we took part in lots of exciting activities such as relay, balancing and jumping! We had a great day and we learnt lots of new skills that we can use in our future PE lessons.
“I liked the parachute games because it was fun!” - Gia
“ I was really good at the jumping” – Oliver V
“ I liked the throwing game” – Aldon
“ My favourite was the team games!” Lucy
Year 1 Cricket Workshop:
Year 1 enjoyed learning all about the basics of playing cricket on Monday. We started off with a fun warm up game which involved pretending to be squirrels and stealing tennis balls (aka- acorns). We then learnt all about keeping our eyes on the ball when throwing to ensure we can catch. We practised this in lots of different ways- throwing in the air, throwing from one hand to the other and throwing to each other. We got really good at doing this! Finally, we had some wickets in the hall and had a go at trying to hit them using a bowling arm.
Oliver H.- I enjoyed going up to the front to demonstrate some throwing an catching skills.
Skyla- I had lots of fun!
Harry D.- My favourite part was playing the warm up game.
Lily E.- It was fun to learn a new sport we hadn’t done before.
Year 2 – Multi skills:
Year 2 really enjoyed their multi-skills session. First the children worked on some team activities which involved a lot of team work and encouragement.
The children really enjoyed ‘scatter ball’ and were very quick with this! The other activities involved balancing work, cardio work and improving our throwing and aiming skills.
We finished our session with a game of dodgeball and we got very excited when playing this game. Miss Dealtry was proud of the way we listened and joined in with new skills activities and people. Here is what some of the children had to say:
‘I enjoyed playing dodgeball and I learnt to improve my over arm throw’ – Charlie.
‘I learnt when it was good to do under arm and over arm throws.’ – Ava.
‘I learnt a new game called rugby tag.’ – Samuel
‘I enjoyed everything, I especially enjoyed the dodgeball because it was very fun.’ – Emily.
Year 6 Dodgeball:
Mrs Crowther : The 2 coaches knew so many different types of Dodgeball game. I learned so much for my future teaching in just this one session. ‘Doctor Dodgeball’ was my favourite game; the children were really good at keeping their ‘doctor’ player a secret!
Ewan: It was fun because you got to learn new skills and learn how to play new games!
Hayden: The lesson was amazing because I love dodgeball and there were so many different games to play. Doctor Dodgeball was the best one because we had to find out who our opponents’ ‘Doctor’ was!
Oliver: I liked it because it showed me new and exciting ways to play dodgeball.
Imogen: I really enjoyed our dodgeball lesson because I don’t play it that often and it’s an interesting sport. I liked the game where we had to knock their ball off the cone. If we did that – they were ALL out!
We would like to thank Primary Influence UK for their recent assembly to promote their dodgeball afterschool club for next half term, as well as the support they are giving to some of our teachers for the free session in classes.
KS2 Orienteering, January 2020
In January, all of KS2 enjoyed a thrilling day of orienteering with Simon from ‘Airenteers’. The children loved learning map skills, teamwork and couldn’t believe how tiring map work could be! All children got very competitive with the electronics involved, clocking in at the start of their task and clocking out once finishing, then gaining a time (which they were all wanting to beat each other’s time!).
The activities involved ‘slug trails’, where children had to follow a trail and draw it out on their maps with their white board pens. They then ‘followed the leader’ and gave each other challenges. Secondly, children were given ‘kites’, where they had to hide them, identify a starting point (with a triangle) on their maps, as well as the finishing point (with two circles) for their challengers to find. Finally, they finished with the time trials, where they chose various different trails and were timed on their completion (which brought the element of challenge, and resulted in some very tired competitors!).
Children were also given electronic ‘dibbers’ and maps, where they had to navigate to the different ‘kites’ in the correct order and try and achieve the best time in the groups. The navigation skills were essential, as well as speed and stamina. It was impressive to see some of the competitiveness of the children, but also the fitness!
Here’s what some of the children had to say about their experience:
Maddie – ‘It was really fun running around and I really liked using the map.’
Thomas T – ‘It was dark and cloudy but it didn't rain which made it even more fun.’
Erin: ‘I really enjoyed working with my partner.’- It was reall
Maria – ‘I liked how it was challenging in trying to work things out and getting the right answer.’
Marcy – I found it fun because I liked how the kites were spread around the school to find.’
Kodee – ‘I found it really helpful, because in future, it might help me with different sports and navigations.’
Dylan – ‘I liked how we worked in partners to run around school finding the kites.’
Florence – ‘I enjoyed this because it involved teamwork and orientating a map correctly.’
Jacob – ‘I had great fun taking part in the orienteering because Simon makes long routes so you have to conserve your energy to get the whole way round the course. Also I really enjoy reading the maps because it is a useful life skill for when I am older.’
Edward – ‘I really liked the last activity because it was held over a wide expanse and it was a large area to explore.’
Beth – ‘The orienteering was really enjoyed by Year 6 (especially the maze game) because it is fun to read the maps and to find the points we needed to get to; even though some of us occasionally went the wrong way!’
The Big Morning Move for Children in Need!
The whole school loved completing the Big Morning Move to show our support for Children in Need. We all exercised for half an hour in our Children in Need spotty outfits and raised a brilliant £453. Keep it up everyone!
Whole School Skipping day!
On Friday, each class from Reception-Year 6 participated in a skipping festival hosted by the company Skipping Schools, led by Jodi. The day was fabulous, with all children learning the benefits of skipping for physical activity and health, as well as socially playing in the playground and outside of school. Children also learnt about persevering and if they struggled, carried on giving it a go. Each class learnt how to safely skip, as well as various different techniques, ranging from ‘double-dutch, hopping, split legs, speed skip, side step, back-to-back, change places, side-swing, pretzel’; and many more! Children and staff alike found how tiring it can be, as our heart rates raced up quite quickly. We all loved the experience. Here are what some of the classes had to say about the day:
Reception really enjoyed their skipping workshop with Jodi. We played the train game and took it in turns to run through the tunnel!
Rosie - 'My favourite part was taking part in the assembly'
Isobel - 'I loved listening for the click of the rope and skipping by myself'
Harrison - 'I liked learning how to skip’
Year 2 really enjoyed their skipping festival day! They can't wait to take part in the competition next year. Callum and Isla were really proud of themselves for performing in the skipping assembly later that day. Brandon said he couldn't skip but by the end of the session he was smiling from ear to ear because he had managed to do some jumps through the skipping rope.
April R - ‘I enjoyed skipping and I got really excited when Jodi chose me to do backwards butterfly in assembly.’
Maddie - ‘I really like skipping and it was really fun – especially the group activities keep the pot boiling, red arrows and run jump out.’
Thomas - ‘ I was really nervous in assembly when me and Louis had to do butterfly forwards.’
Ella - ‘I found it really fun and it didn’t matter if you got chosen or not!’
Amelia – ‘I enjoyed skipping with Jodie because I got to do the ‘Keep the Pot Boiling’ task. My favourite skip was the backwards pretzel.’
Florence – ‘I really enjoyed the skipping; I learnt a new trick and got to perform a trick in assembly.’
Jess B – ‘I enjoyed the whole school assembly when we were skipping because it was good exercise, fun and a great opportunity!’
Christian – ‘I enjoyed doing the ‘Texas Star’ with the long rope. I wish we had more time to do even more!’
Hannah – ‘I really enjoyed the skipping, although we didn’t get to see Mrs McTaggart (as she works for Jodie now!). Jodie was pleased to see us and I did the ‘Double Bounce’ in the assembly!’
Wilson – ‘I really enjoyed how Jodie gave me and Bobby different challenges, like the side-swing.’
Commando Fitness (Put through the paces!)
On Thursday afternoon, Mr Simpson put Year 3 through their paces with an hour long Commando Fitness Session. The children (and Mrs Turnbull!) had great fun in the mud completing a range of exercises - burpees, sit ups, leg raises, commando crawling and jogging to name a few! They then did a stretcher drill, a wall climb and finished off with a tug of war. The children showed their true Primrose Lane Learner attributes demonstrating enthusiasm, collaborative learning and ambition.