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Academic Year 2020-21


Throughout this uncertain time, I’m sure your children have still 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.

Primrose Lane is very proud that we achieved the Gold for the Sainsburys School Games Quality Mark in 2018-19 and it that is being extended to 2019-20 (despite the disruption of Covid-19), maintaining our award from the last four 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 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).

Sports Day July 2021

On Wednesday 21st July 2021, Primrose Lane had their Sports Day, which comprised of various sporting activities, where children competed within their country and tried to score as many points as they could in order to win the trophy. It was a lovely day enjoyed by the children – we hope it goes back to somewhat a normal Sports Day next year, with all year groups, as well as all Parents/Carers joining in a celebratory time.
 

Within the morning events, children were assigned to a country (with our chosen focus this year of the recent Euro 2020 football competition) and the Year 5 children led the sporting activities that the countries moved around. Year 5 have been busy planning the morning events and used their leadership skills in informing the groups how to compete most effectively and safely, tally the scores up, as well as coordinate the children to their next event.
 

The morning was a great success and children got very competitive with their running, skipping, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking and many more different activities. We would like to say a huge thank you to Year 5 for organising a great morning of competitive sport.
 

The winning country from the morning competition was Germany, with brilliant scoring throughout the activities. Thank you to all children for competing well, trying their best, behaving well and achieving.
 


 

 

Here’s what some of the Year 5 Sports Leaders had to say about their experience as a leader:

Phoebe – ‘Being a sports leader was a great experience. I had some hiccups, but I was pleased to overcome these, enjoying my role and doing well. My experience has helped me improve my independence; I had a lot of fun!’

Aidan – ‘I felt quite proud to be a sports leader, but I was a bit nervous at the start. It soon wore off and I did well!’

Maddie – ‘I think I have achieved well as a sports leader. I found it very enjoyable, as well as extremely difficult to remember everything.’

April R – ‘I felt nervous at first, but now I feel really proud of what I have achieved.’

Charlotte – ‘Being a sports leader has felt like a huge achievement. I have enjoyed myself so much – a real treat!

Virtual Sports Day

Year 3 and their families (including pets and grown-ups) showed great enthusiasm for their virtual sports day. This involved some unusual equipment such as the belts from dressing gowns for a skipping rope and blindfold, pasta in place of bean bags, teddies in place of cones and pillow cases in place of sacks for the sack race. In addition, we had an adapted ‘cereal and spoon race’. 

The children really enjoyed it and secretly I think the grown-ups enjoyed the piggy back race and three-legged race too! A big thank you to Evie and her mummy Mrs Warnock for running the second part of our sports day over zoom with an animal workout. Here’s what the children thought about the experience: 

Jacob – My favourite race was the three legged race with my mummy

Rupert – I enjoyed the sack race as I like jumping. 

Noah – I liked the pillow case race the most and the burpees during the workout. 

Ava and Evie W – I liked the pet race best

Kitty – I liked the piggy back race because my teddy got to go on my back 

Evie C and Ella - I liked the pillow case race because it felt really like the sack race at school and I like jumping! 

Henry – It was brilliant especially the cereal and spoon race. 

Marley – my favourite was the sack race – I really enjoyed the sports day especially the last bit where Merlin got to join in and he ate some of my pasta! 

Ted – I loved the pet race, the piggy back race and the 3 legged race with my mum 

Chloe – It was fun and keeps you active at home

Year 5 and 6 Orienteering in PE



This half term, Year 5 and Year 6 have been fortunate enough to receive expert and excellent teaching of orienteering through Airienteers’ Simon Martland. The activities have involved various mapping skills being tested; lots of stamina from the children to get from flag to flag; teamwork to support each other to navigate around unfamiliar areas; and perseverance when difficulties were experienced. Here are some images of the children map reading, navigating around grids using compass points and coordinates, clocking in at the electronic gates and many more fun, engaging and creative ways the children learnt in their PE sessions. Keep an eye out for orienteering events and take a look at the ‘Airienteers’ website (https://www.aire.org.uk/) if you or your child are interested in something a bit different!

Here's what some of them had to say about their experiences in PE:


 

Charlotte – ‘I think the lessons in Orienteering were a really good experience for us and we are very lucky to be able to do it. It is a great way to learn to read maps and keep being active.’

Maddie – ‘I am extremely happy that we did Orienteering again for keeping very active in lessons. I really enjoyed the last session with the ‘Captain Chaos’ game.’


National School Sport Week 2021: Together Again

Saturday 19 to Friday 25 June 2021

After a year in which young people have missed out on so much and had their worlds turned upside down, sport and physical activity played an essential role in their recovery, particularly in National School Sports Week here at Primrose Lane. 

National School Sport Week 2021 celebrated the return of youth sport and its power to bring people back together with a week of activity days dedicated to sport held up and down the country. The theme of this year’s campaign was ‘Together Again’ and we at Primrose Lane participated and competed in an array of activities to help celebrate.

Across the week, children enjoyed a range of activities and sports competitions, ranging from table tennis, football, dance, orienteering, cross country and many more! Below is a selection of pictures that demonstrate our engagement and enjoyment – well done to all! On top of this, there were various challenges (such as the 60-second challenges, Brownlee Brothers Medal Challenge and Fancy Dress Cross Country Run) which the children embraced – let’s just hope this all continues and children continue to enjoy a healthy, active, fun lifestyle!

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, Nursery loved their fun run during National School Sports Week, showing great stamina, perseverance and resilience to ‘run one more lap’ each time they felt like giving up in the half an hour slot!
 


 

Year 2 had a great time taking part in the fun run in National School Sports Week, alongside their friends in Year 1! All of Key Stage 1 managed to keep going for the full half an hour - which showed super stamina and determination. Well done!

  • Harry G- 'I enjoyed running with my friends'
  • Maddie - 'I loved seeing everyone’s costumes and had lots of fun'
  • Lily - 'It was hard work but lots of fun'


In Years 5 and 6 Bubble (despite our unfortunate bubble bursting at the end of the week!), we enjoyed 60 second challenges, competitions in table tennis, football, dance and various other activities, including 28 different individual challenges of their choice. Congratulations to Isaac who won the table tennis competition with April B runner up; to Toby, Jack, Isaac and April B for the football competition and April B for the dance competition – a great display of participation and engagement by all!
 

Upper KS2 Table tennis competition:



Football competition:



Dance competition:



60-second challenges (plank):

 

Cameron – ‘I think that the National School Sports Week challenges inspired me to try out some new sports that I have never played before (for example, volleyball).’
 

Aidan – ‘I thought National School Sport Week was an energetic week that got everybody active and made them challenge themselves. I really enjoyed table tennis and the adapted football competition!’


National School Sport Week 2021: Together Again

Saturday 19 to Friday 25 June 2021

After a year in which young people have missed out on so much and had their worlds turned upside down, sport and physical activity are playing an essential role in their recovery.

National School Sport Week 2021 will celebrate the return of youth sport and its power to bring people back together with a week of activity days dedicated to sport held up and down the country. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Together Again’ and we at Primrose Lane will be doing an array of activities to help celebrate this week – not just to enhance sporting opportunities, but to develop the children’s confidence, social skills, resilience and physical fitness.

Please join us by encouraging your child to engage in different physical activities – provide them with an opportunity of a new club outside of school; try a new activity with them; ask what they have been doing active at school.

Across the week, each class will do their own thing, but it will include competitions, fun activities and games of children’s choice, finishing with the fancy dress cross country sponsored run on the Friday 25th June. We wish all the children luck in the competitions, but also in trying something new!

Primrose Lane Try the Brownlee Foundation Medal Challenge!

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, Olympic triathletes, loved being active whilst they were growing up and still get so much enjoyment from swimming, cycling, running and triathlon.

They have set up their Foundation to inspire young people to get out there and get exercising in a way that they enjoy – just to be physically fit and healthy (not necessarily to become an athlete). They, along with many others believe that being physically active can make you feel better physically, as well as mentally. This can also help to make you live a longer, healthier life!

Unfortunately, this past year, with Covid-19, it has brought about certain difficulties and consequently more children are becoming inactive, lacking motivation and potentially falling out of love with sport and physical activity.

As a school, we have decided to try the Brownlee Brothers Foundation Medal Challenge, where everyone has the opportunity to get a medal, just for being active and trying their best! Here is how it will work:

  • The medal challenge will take place during Summer Term 2 and the aim is for us all to make a positive change with regards to our physical activity.
  • Each individual child should choose their own challenge suited to their ability (with the help of their teacher and Parents/Carers) and on completion of their challenge, they will be awarded their medal.
  • The emphasis of the medal challenge is to have fun and for children to do their personal best with the challenge.

Please help us in encouraging your child to set themselves a fun, engaging new target and help them achieve their medal by becoming more active, healthy and resilient.

Year 3 and 4 Orienteering

Over the course of the Summer Term Years 3 and 4 have covered Orienteering as part of their PE. The children have loved working with Simon each week and really developed their map reading skills alongside teamwork. Some weeks the weather has been delightful and some weeks quite the opposite but the children have still enjoyed their sessions.

The children have constantly strived to complete the courses accurately and with quick times. It has been great to see healthy competition and encouragement between the children each week when they’ve taken part.

This was a whole new experience for Year 3 and Miss Dealtry has been really proud of the way the children have listened and overcome the different courses with increasing accuracy over the past few weeks. Here is what some of the Year 3 children had to say about their Orienteering sessions:

Henry – ‘I love Orienteering because I like following maps.’

Sebastian – ‘I like how in Orienteering I got to use the dibber.’

Evie W – ‘I think it was super fun and made me more energetic and made my muscles pump up, it was so fun!’

Gracie – ‘I enjoyed it when you had to find the toys and being in teams as well.’

Daisie – ‘Orienteering is amazing fun, I love how we get flags and put them somewhere and then we set another team to go and find them using a map.’

Isla – ‘In Orienteering it was hard because we had to keep collecting the flags but also following the maps and being quick.’

Harris – ‘Everybody worked really hard working well with their partners.’

Elliot – ‘It was fun when you had to mark your own map and place your flag for someone else to find.’

Francesca – ‘It is really good exercise. It keeps you very fit.’

Nieve – ‘Everyone listened really well!’

Toby – ‘It was really fun. I liked doing normal orienteering with the dibbers and racing the other teams!’