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
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
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.