Reception pupils are spending the first six weeks of term working alongside Durham SSP to master the art of cycling. They will start off on balance bikes and progress to riding their own without stabilisers. The progress so far has been phenomenal!
We were thrilled to be able to hold our very first intra-school gymnastics tournament in summer 2018. Our gymnastics club has been going strong since early spring and the standard of all of the competitors was incredibly high, demonstrating moves such as a one-handed cartwheel, splits, straddle and bridge.
Thank you so much to our coach, Cheryl, who has been brilliant all year in getting the children to such a high standard. Well done to all of our gymnasts- you were fabulous!
Well done to all of our competitors in this year’s sports’ day. It was a gloriously sunny day and the event could not have been closer between all four houses. It was lovely to see how many of our supporters bought house scarves to cheer on their favourite team and we were thrilled when the adults joined in with the tug of war.
After a mammoth display of strength in the children’s tug of war, Kepier came out as overall winners for sports’ day 2018. The house of the year for house points in 2018 goes to Hallgarth. Well done to everyone!
Wow! Our Key Stage Two dancers stole the show at the Durham Primary Dance Festival to end the term with a bang! Our routine to ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman had the audience screaming and cheering with delight. That was after an awesome display by Year Six to ‘Ego’ which scooped the award for most original routine. Well done to all- you were AMAZING!
What a fantastic effort made for Sport Relief 2018! We raised over £350 through a day of healthy activity and a coffee morning for the grown-ups. From our two-year-olds to eleven-year-olds everyone joined in with a carousel of sports and games including: javelin, netball, hockey, long-distance running and the floor is lava! Well done everyone- you thoroughly deserve your wristbands.
March 2018 saw 29 adventurous pupils (and 4 teachers!) set off for Robin Wood Outdoor Education Centre in Alston, Cumbria. The weekend long break included many activities such as climbing, canoeing, caving, zip-wire, obstacle course and, everyone’s favourite- The Giant Swing!
Our pupils were impeccably behaved throughout and Robin Wood staff made many comments over the three days about their conduct, manners, behaviour and support for each other.
As Robin Wood no longer provide weekend breaks, next year we are making the move to Derwent Hill in Keswick. Who’s coming with us?
We were thrilled to host a morning with Amy Tinkler in school in February 2018. To celebrate both her Olympic bronze in Rio, and her selection for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia, Amy came along to teach the children all about the power of support in sport. Team England sponsors, NPower, teamed up with Amy to present medals to all of the children in assembly. Amy then went on to help coach our budding young gymnasts in our recently formed gymnastics club.
For our children to meet a medal-winning Olympian, who is also a local girl, shows them that aiming high and working hard can propel you to the highest heights. We’ll all be behind you in Australia, Amy!
Pupils from 2-11 years old took part in our annual dance assembly in spring 2018. Once again, it was one of the most well-attended events of the year and we had a whole load of fun developing our dances through PE lessons to be ready to perform. We can’t wait to show two of our performances at the Durham Primary Dance Festival later in the term.
Pupils from Reception to Y6 enjoyed a full day of cycling safety experiences with the Durham school sports’ partnership. In assembly, the children discussed how to stay safe when enjoying their cycling and learnt the code of 2V1 to remember when securing their helmets. They then carried out an experiment with Mr ‘Melon Head’ to see the different results when falling with or without a helmet.
Over the day, reception and Year 1 took part in balance bike riding, Year 2 did a cycling safety session, Y4/5 made helmets for eggs and Y6 took part in a fast-paced cycling time-trial.
2017 has been an award winning year for our school as September saw the addition of AfPE Quality Mark to our growing list of accolades. The whole school community maintains a high level of passion for all subject areas led by skilled and dedicated staff members and it is especially lovely when this is recognised by external bodies. The AfPE assessor was incredibly impressed with the pupils’ passion for PE and sport and the many innovative ways our PE lead, Mr McDonough, has encouraged and fostered this.
Congratulations to all on this brilliant award; the academic year is off to a winning start!