Pupils in Year 6 were inspired by the Invictus Games participants in September 2017 when they adapted their volleyball PE unit to experience the game in a different format. After watching the events on TV at home, the children discussed how they could participate in seated volleyball. The pupils were surprised at the levels of energy it took to move in a different way and thoroughly enjoyed competing against each other.
Well done to all of our karate club members who have worked incredibly hard this term to achieve their next grades. Many orange and red belt gradings were carried out by Sensei Steve Beresford of Junsui Shotokan Karate Do and he was so impressed with the attitudes and commitment of his students.
See you all in September for more karate fun!
We were delighted to welcome Pittington Primary netball team and Belmont CE Primary football team to play in an invitational at West Rainton this summer.
Although we came out on the wrong end of both results, we had a thoroughly enjoyable night and loved giving winners medal to our local neighbours. There were runners up medals for us too.
Sport is a great way to forge friendships- we can’t wait for our next event in the autumn.
In our school we promote positive mental wellbeing just as much as physical health. As part of this ethos, we have a fully trained Relax Kids coach on the team who delivers training for class teachers and runs a weekly Relax Kids club.
Relax Kids is a structured approach to teaching mindfulness, promoting positive affirmations and coping strategies. It is a multi-faceted programme that includes yoga, pilates, massage, meditation, laughter therapy and visualisations.
The benefits of positive mental health are clear to see, such as improved sleep, heightened concentration, reduced anxieties and positive self-image.
We love Relax Kids!
It’s almost time to begin our mini Wimbledon tournament across Years 3 to 6 as the real things gets underway down in London.
A knockout style tournament will take place in all Key Stage 2 classes until we have an eventual winner and runner up in our grand finals.
In preparation for this, Year 3 have been developing racquet handling skills, forehand and backhand shots and footwork to move around the court quickly.
It was great to be able to use our young sports’ leaders to coach in Y3 and 4 in the run up to our annual athletics records’ day.
Coaching the techniques of long jump, high jump, triple jump, javelin and shot led to a rapid progression in skills of the children new to the events. Our older pupils were able to pick out elements of techniques to improve and demonstrate those coaching points effectively.
June 16-26 is national drown prevention week run by Royal Life Saving Society UK, and we are once again using the opportunity to further promote a respect for the water in our young people.
In West Rainton Primary, we take school swimming seriously and as part of our ASA school swimming awards, we educate our pupils in how to stay safe in and around water.
For our latest swimming achievements please see our report:
Year 4 have been perfecting their skills in high jump this week!
Netball club has become a real tradition in our school, going from strength to strength every year. Upper KS 2 pupils love playing netball every week, and enjoy the physical challenge of a really sweaty game!