Sailing

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.

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Nursery go sailing

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.

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After a quick break the children headed back on onto the tug boat which they got to steer!

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Sailing – Day 1

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?

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Move and Learn

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.

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Game Design

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!

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Tag Rugby Festival

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!

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Nursery have been learning the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Using oral story telling they have learnt the story by heart and act it out with actions.

This week we had goats come to visit. The children had opportunities to feed the goats and stroke them. They have used the photos from this week to create an information poster. Did you know goats have four stomachs and only one row of teeth?

Within our PE session the children took on the role of both the goat and the troll. They began by exploring under the equipment like the troll who sits under the bridge. They then took on the role of the goats and trip-trapped over the bridge. At some points there was a troll and a goat, “Who’s that trip-trapping over my bridge?”

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Year 4 Athletics

I am so proud of each and every member of our Year 4 class. They represented the school with passion, enthusiasm and respect for others. We were able to overcome anxieties and take encouragement from team mates to compete in every track and field event, earning a 4th place for the girls and 3rd place for the boys. A fantastic afternoon of sport!

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