Year 3 and 4 children walked down to the Reach Free School this afternoon to take part in a Winter Olympics multi skills event. In small teams, the children had the opportunity to take part in a range of activities. Basketball, boxing and skipping were the favourites! It was fantastic to see two local schools learning together through sport and great leadership and collaboration skills were shown by many. Thank you so much to the children and staff from the Reach Free School for organising a fantastic afternoon of sport.
This afternoon we hosted our first annual cross country race. Year 5 & 6 set of for 5 long laps all around the school grounds including through the woods and passed the pond. They were followed by Year 3 & 4 racing for three laps and Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 racing for two laps.
We awarded a gold, silver and bronze medal to the first, second and third girl and boy in each race. Well done to our winners.
Year 5 & 6 girls – Beth, Katie and Amanda
Year 5 & 6 boys – Matthew, Freddie and Shabbir
Year 3 & 4 girls – Lauren, Gracie and Beth
Year 3 & 4 boys – Isaac, George and Finn
Year Reception, 1 & 2 girls – Ellie, Eleanor and Darcy
Year Reception, 1 & 2 boys – George, Thaddy and Patrick
Year 5 had a fabulous week out sailing filled with sunshine, singing and learning. The children all demonstrated that they could capsize and right their boats as well as sailing around a course (even when there was hardly any wind!) They worked hard to support each other helping to rig and de-rig each other’s boats. The children demonstrated a great understanding of the positions of the boats and sails required to best use the wind.
Today Nursery went sailing. We walked to the bus stop, jumped on the bus and then walked to the lakes. The children had a safety briefing and then put their bouncy aids on before heading into the boats. They started the morning with a paddling and ball game before the boats were tied together and they were towed around the lake.
After a quick break the children headed back on onto the tug boat which they got to steer!
Year 5 had a brilliant day out on the lake. They learnt about appropriate clothing before finding out how to rig and de-rig their boats. They were then challenged to remember all this by paddling out around a buoy returning each time to add an extra piece of equipment to rig their boat. It was amazing to see the progress they made in such a short space of time. All the children persevered, even when they found it really challenging, until all the boats were successfully ready for sailing. Luckily, the wind picked up a bit and Year 5 spent the afternoon sailing, exploring how to steer and getting quite wet. What was the most important thing you learnt, Year 5?
This week, as part of Sports Week, Year 3 lead a personalised HIT session for Nursery and their parents. Year 3 modelled the exercises and encouraged Nursery and their families to keep going!
Year 5 are taking part in the ‘Move and Learn’ programme run by Watford Football Club. Each week they explore different aspects of healthy bodies, diets and activities before taking part in a different sport. They will practise football, handball and dodgeball. This week, they looked at the effects of exercise on the body and how we change when we are exercising. They learnt to take their pulse and monitor how this changes through exercise.
Yesterday, children from Year 8 in The Reach Free School ran an athletics event for the Year 5 children. Year 5 demonstrated fantastic listening skills and pushed themselves in each activity to achieve their best.
In Sports’ Week, Year 5 will be running a multi-skills event for Year 2 from Maple Cross and other local schools. Last week, they designed their own games. They had to come up with an idea, try it out, make any necessary changes before recording the instructions to make sure they got their point across concisely. Most teams collaborated well listening to others and adapting their ideas. The winning team (who designed a quality game but also worked well together) will have their game added to the multi-skills event!
A few weeks ago, Year 5 attended a tag rugby festival at St Clement Dane’s School. Every child in Year 5 demonstrated outstanding resilience pushing themselves in every game to achieve their very best. At the end of each game, they reflected carefully and tried to improve for their next performance. I was so proud of their attitude and performance!