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PESSPA update – March

Physical Education

EYFS – We continue to develop our fundamental movements in PE and in the past few weeks have introduced the concept of object control to the children. This has included using equipment such as rackets, bats, table tennis paddles, noodles, tennis balls, bean bags, balloons, table tennis balls and scarves.

Year 1 – After finishing our gymnastics unit (which finished with including some Year 2 work around linking) we have started our new topic of dance. The theme for dance is zoo animals which links with the children’s animal work across the curriculum in Art, Science, English and Geography. We have created movements for big and small animals as well as looking at expression and forming a sequence.

Year 2 – Following the completion of our gymnastics work on pathways, Year 2 have also started their dance work in PE. The theme is Explorers which has included creating movements for our journey, explorer and animals, working in canon/unison with a partner, maintaining a character and using emotion and expression in our sequences.

Year 3 – Have also been working through a unit of dance which is weather themed. We have created movements for thunderstorms, extreme weather and a day at the beach so far whilst exploring timing our movements to the music and how we can add drama to our sequences.

Year 4 – We have completed our dance unit which was themed around space and the interaction between an astronaut and an alien. The children have now started working on their tennis skills where we are looking at developing our forehand technique.

Year 5 – Have finished their dance unit which was themed around the Greeks and the ancient Olympics. We have now started Orienteering which will enable us to develop our map reading and route planning skills along with skills such as resilience, teamwork and determination.

Year 6 РWe have finished our gymnastics work which focused on matching and mirroring balances, shapes, movements and sequences.  The children have now started working on a unit of tennis where we are recapping our skills and knowledge from year 5 with a series of mini games that also consolidate our knowledge of scoring and umpiring.

School Sport

Football – we have had a variety of fixtures across the half term with year 5 and 6 fixtures against Whitehill, St.Mary’s Juniors and year 4 fixtures against Mary Exton. Lots of children representing the school in the correct manner and enjoying playing football.

Well done to our A team footballers who have won every league game this season finishing in 1st place and will play in the League Playoff final after Easter to determine the overall winner.

The A and B end of season rallies were unfortunately postponed due to the recent wet weather and we are awaiting rescheduled dates.

Netball Рthe Netball league has finished with fixtures against St.Andrews where the children persisted  well in two tough fixtures. We are awaiting the final league table to see where we have finished. The end of season rallies were unfortunately postponed and rescheduled for after Easter. A special thank you must go to Mrs.McNish for all of her support and help coaching the children and umpiring matches this year.

Football – Wix Cup/Girls End of Season Rally

We had mixed fortunes in the two Wix cup finals which were played in the past few weeks.

A team – William Ransom 3-0 Samuel Lucas

The team suffered their first defeat in what has been a brilliant season for them. Unfortunately three goals conceded in a strange five minute spell in the first half left the team with too much to do in the second half. They battled away valiantly and were unlucky not to score but full credit to William Ransom for a very good performance and well deserved victory.

THESE GIRLS CAN!

Wow ‚Äď what a 24 hours for our girls football team!

On Friday evening (17th March) we travelled to Highover for the Girls Wix Cup Final. Having already faced them twice this season we knew it was going to be a tough, tense and exciting game and this occasion proved to be no different.

In a very nervy and end to end game the girls set out to play and compete in the manner they have all year. They were hard working, showed resilience and determination when they had to through some solid defending and took the opportunities to play the football they have played all year.

With the clock ticking down (4 minutes left) the ball got played through to Izzy who managed to slot home past the Highover goalkeeper. With time running out and the nerves increasing, the ball got played to Esme in the box who shot past the keeper and into the net for 2-0 and the trophy!

We now travel to Colney Heath FC in May as Hitchin’s representative where we will play all of the county’s Wix trophy winners.

Following on from the excitement of Fridays final, we were at Wilshere Dacre School on Saturday morning (18th) for the HDPSFA end of season tournament. We were placed in a strong looking group and the results were as follows:

SL 0-0 St Andrews

SL 7-0 Purwell

SL 3-0 Whitehill

SL 2-1 Ickleford

This meant the team topped the group with 10 points and a place in the semi final against Highover who we had faced the previous evening. Another end to end and tightly contested game finished with a 2-1 victory the highlight being a wonderful free kick from Izzy.

Hosts Wilshere Dacre were our opponents in the final and the constant rain throughout the morning had left the pitches looking more like mud baths! However the girls showed the determination and perseverance that they had showed all season and came away with a 1-0 victory to take their second trophy in under 24 hours!

It has been a real joy working with these girls this year ‚Äď they are hard working, keen to learn and certainly keep me on my toes (especially with kit fashion!). They deserve all the success they have had ‚Äď three trophies in a season is a wonderful achievement and I am sure they will give it their best shot at Colney Heath in May.

Well done girls!

Sportshall Athletics – District Finals

Following on from the local heats in January both our boys and girls indoor athletics teams travelled to Highfield for the District Finals. The event is always highly competitive and our children should be really proud of how they competed throughout the afternoon, with some excellent performances in a range of individual and team events. Both teams finished in 4th place overall. Well done everyone involved!

U9 NHSSP Badminton 

Well done to our Year 4 children who represented the school in the recent NHSSP Badminton event in association with England Badminton. They moved their way around ten skill based activities where we learnt about and were challenged in a range of skills.

For any children (Year 4 or otherwise) who are interested in taking up badminton please see local club details below:

 

U11 NHSSP Hockey Festival and Competition 

29 children from Years 5 and 6 made the short journey to Blueharts Hockey Club on Tuesday (29th March) to compete with local schools from the North Herts District.

Festival

The rain was constant and didn’t make for the best conditions but the children played some fantastic hockey throughout the morning, putting their skills from PE lessons and afterschool club into practice. There was some excellent attacking and defending combined with great moments of passing, dribbling and shooting. The children also showed fantastic resilience and determination to keep playing in the wet weather. A big well done to all involved!

Competition

In the afternoon we returned with two teams to participate in the competition with our Reds and Blacks. Both teams  played some wonderful hockey throughout the afternoon especially when faced with playing each other in the final match!

SL Blacks – P7 W3 D0 L4 – 9 Pts – 4th Position

SL Reds – P7 W7 D0 L0 – 21 Pts – 1st Position

A 1st place finish for our Reds meant they finished the afternoon as District Champions and will represent North Herts at the County Finals in May!

A huge well done to all of the children involved and a special thank you to Mrs.Wright for all of her help and support coaching the children this year.

Well done to all of our children this term for their excellent application in everything PE, School Sport and Physical Activity. With Sports week and Sports day to come in the summer term there is lots to look forward to!

Mr.Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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