Year 2 children were very lucky to be invited to attend an event at The English Institute of Sport in Sheffield which was hosted by Olympic athlete, Dwayne Chambers. He gave inspirational talks on aiming high and perseverance. They were encouraged to learn from their mistakes and keep on trying. A psychologist lectured on the importance of practicing wellness techniques and then the children had a go on the excellent equipment available such as long jump, trampolining and the running track.
Thanks to sports premium money we were able to update our playground markings adding active spots, number lines and alphabet snails to keep our lesson as active as possible. The playground looks great!
The school was visited today by Joel, one of the Qualitas senior coaches to deliver our much deserved summer athletics trophy. He also awarded all Y2 pupils with their Little Leaders certificates.
Attacking and Defending
KS1 children had a fabulous morning at the Qualitas sports festival learning new skills in attacking and defending. There were lots of mini competitions in this intra school festival and the staff were proud to see all children participating and doing their very best. Children learnt how to dodge, weave and communicate as a team to score goals and win points.
Mental Health, Well Being and Sports Psychology
Mrs McParland attended a course led by a trained Psychologist on the importance of mental health and well being and its impact on learning in young children. Whilst some of the statistics for mental health in children were worrying she was pleased to notice that a lot of the practice recommended is already being covered in the school Jigsaw scheme of work and through Forest School. She has lots of new ideas to support and empower our young learners.
Balance Bike Training
Congratulations to Miss Marples on passing the Balance Bike training today. She spent a full day with coaches and PE teachers learning how to safely and effectively deliver balance bike sessions to early years and KS1 children. The course means she can deliver a series of progressive sessions to improve balance and coordination of pre-riders.
KS1 children enjoyed the first festival of the school year with lots of fundamental movement stations at Graves Park leisure centre. Qualitas delivered another high quality inter school competition with over 7 other schools from Derbyshire and Yorkshire. The children engaged in a range of activities designed to develop their agility, balance and coordination. Once again our children displayed exemplary attitude and behaviour.
Well Dressing Performance
Every year all children from Nursery to Year 2 always amaze their parents and staff with their dancing and singing at the annual Well Dressing. Kay, from Qualitas, worked alongside staff to teach the children dances about the seaside including Madonna's 'Holiday'. The children were fantastic and put on an excellent show!
After terrible weather all week we were unsure whether our sports day would go ahead but despite a drizzly morning everyone managed to gather together on the community centre for racing fun. We enjoyed a school hall picnic beforehand to build up our energy.
We are the champions!
It has been an amazing day for KS1 at the inter school athletic competition held at Sheffield Institute of Sport. Not only did the children get to compete against other schools in a variety of athletic races in the wonderful environment of the EISS but our little school won! We competed against over 130 other children in hurdles, 100 metres, long jump, javelin and various other athletic events. We came home with the winners plaque, 7 medals and lots of proud faces. All staff were overwhelmed by the determination, energy and more importantly team spirit of our children. It was wonderful to see how supportive and caring the children were of each other and how even the most timid of children were resilient and brave and took part. A huge well done from Staff to our amazing KS1 children!
Change for Life
Year 2 children have nearly completed their change4life course led by the Qualitas team. They have worked hard in the classroom on healthy lifestyles and are now learning new active games outside to play in the playground.
All KS1 children had an absolutely brilliant time at the gymnastic festival run by leading coaches in the fields of gymnastics and trampolining. The event, run for the Dronfield cluster group by Qualitas was held in the new state of the art gymnastic arena at Graves Leisure Centre. The children literally bounced with delight!
KS1 enjoyed another fantastic festival run by the Qualitas team at Graves Park. Our core strength and balance were put to the test.