Sport at English Martyrs
Ruby's Weekly Sport Blog Friday 15th March
Hi! This is a double sports blog packed with fun, rain and cricket! Last week, the sports leaders taught reception how to bounce a ball in preparation for playing basketball, this week we tried again but it was SOOO windy, the ball just flew everywhere! Past these two weeks, year 5/6 have been having cricket lessons. This week we played clap-catch (you had to always make sure you clapped before catching the ball, it was tricky.) This Tuesday, the girl’s football at Brook Priory was cancelled due to the bad weather but later in the week, we had a team of dodgeball players, who played brilliantly with honesty and teamwork. Hip hip, hooray. That’s it for now but next week we’ve hopefully got a tag rugby competition (unless it’s too rainy!) Now for my fun fact:
The average professional basketball player can jump 28 inches (around 70cm!!!)
Ruby's Weekly Sport Blog Friday 15th February
Hi there! This was an extra big sports week. The swimming gala, boccia, gymnastics, astro-turf and P.E lessons. Over the past week there was the swimming gala in Uppingham with some people qualifying for the finals. Key Stage 1 did really well at gymnastics winning bronze and gold medals, Key Stage 2 did really well too, considering there were over 20 teams competing.
I am so jealous of their leotards which had JEWELS on them! The sports leaders are going to evaluate Key Stage 1 during the astro-turf sessions and feed back to the teachers to help them make progress. For P.E, it’s been too muddy for rugby boo hoo, but we have played Traitor Ball and Dodgeball.
Here’s my fun fact: Rugby began in 1823, when William Webb Ellis caught the ball during a game of soccer at Rugby School, he ran with it, forever changing the game and leading the way to an entirely new sport!
On Wednesday 6th February 4 gymnasts from KS1 attended the gym competition held locally at the Rutland Gymnastics club. Sofia, Rosa, Izzy and Phoebe performed fantastically on the floor, vault and body management. They picked up the bronze medals for 3rd place out of 9 teams and Izzy achieved a gold medal on the vault.
In the afternoon Tosia, Annabelle, Joanna and Gabi represented school at the key steps 3 competitions. Again they performed fantastically coming 6th out of 15 teams. Tosia was awarded the bronze medal for the floor competition.
Congratulations to the KS2 Boccia team who took part in the Rutland Finals on Thursday following their previous win last week against Brooke Hill.
Sadly, in the finals, they were beaten by Billesdon who went on to defeat Catmose Primary and
claim the trophy. However, the boys battled on and defeated Catmose to be runners up in the
league. As Billesdon are a Leicestershire school the boys will go to Loughborough University in
March to represent Rutland in the Leicestershire and Rutland competition. The children have
been incredible throughout and gave 100% to the cause – they are superstars! We wish them luck with the finals!
We were lucky enough this year to be given tickets to attend the School Games Finals at Loughborough University as a reward for all our sporting efforts last academic year.
The School Games sees some of the best young sports people from across the UK compete at an elite level. Many of the athletes who complete in the School Games go on to be extremely successful, including Olympic and Paralympic medal winners Adam Peaty, Dina Asher-Smith, Ellie Simmonds, Hannah Cockroft, Jonny Peacock, and Max Whitlock.
Year 4, 5 and 6 all went along with some of the staff to watch some of the Netball and Athletics finals. The children were amazed at some of the skill they saw from people just a few years older than them. They all came away feeling very inspired.
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Platinum Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year, the first school in Rutland to achieve this!
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
With a total of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
A special thanks to everyone who has helped us achieve this! Due to the standard of this achievement we are now qualified as platinum for this academic year(2018/2019) and next (2019/2020)!
We are the champions!
At the end of term we found out the amazing news that not only had we retained the 2018 title of Rutland Small School Champions for sport, but we also won the main Rutland School Games Champion trophy too! This is a massive achievement for a small school like English Martyrs and we couldn’t be more proud of our children for all their hard work in helping us win these awards.
Huge thanks are also due to all the staff and volunteers who support the children at the events entered as without them it wouldn't have been possible.
Good luck to the year 5/6 hockey team who have qualified to represent Rutland at the Leicestershire and Rutland County finals.
We were lucky enough that both our year 5/6 teams qualified in the final stages of the competition but in the end there could only be one winner.
Both teams play superbly and should be very proud.
Bronze winning Olympic medalist comes to visit!
As part of English Martyrs Day we were lucky enough to have a visit from Sam Oldham who won an Olympic medal at London 2012 for gymnastic.
Sam told the children all about how he got into the sport and the dedication it required. He also talked about having a passion for something and putting your everything into to achieve your dreams. He even let the children hold his medal!
It was great to see the children so inspired and excited. We wish Sam the best of luck for qualifying for Tokyo 2020.
On Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th April 12 dancers from key stage 2 took to the stage to perform in the Primary School Spotlight Show. The group have been working their socks off since January to learn their routine and all their efforts have paid off. They were fantastic and should all be proud of themselves.
We are Boccia County Champions!
On Wednesday 20th March our Boccia team went to represent Rutland in the county finals against others teams from around Leicestershire.
They played all four games fantastically winning three and drawing one before being crowned champions!
Basketball County Finalists
On Monday 19th March our basketball team went to represent Rutland at the County finals at Uppingham School Sports Centre.
They played all three games brilliantly drawing one and losing two. The standard we saw being played was really high and it was a super opportunity to develop our skills.
We ended up coming 8th out of the nine county finalists which is a massive achievement for our small school competing against large schools from within Leicestershire.
The team were fantastic and we are so proud of them for making it so far.
We officially opened our Astroturf today(Friday 9th March) and the local paper and Rutland Radio joined us. The majority of the funding has come from the enormous efforts of parents, staff and governors at the school and Mrs Chambers would personally like to thank them all for their incredible hard work.
The children can't wait to start using it at lunchtimes and for after school clubs.
We are the Champions!
We are thrilled to announce that we are the champions of the small schools sports league and 4th in the overall schools table out of 21 schools. This is a massive achievement for us and we are incredibly proud. Thank you to all the children who have helped us achieve this and to the staff who work very hard on our involvement in sporting activities.
The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels.
The Mark is a retrospective award which will validate your success over the ongoing academic year.
This year we have achieved the gold mark for the third year running, the only Rutland Primary School to do so three times!
This recognises the dedication to sport that all our staff, children and parents have and the links that we make with Rutland School Sport through participation in events and competitions as well as our links to external clubs.
Our curriculum focus this year for staff is gym and dance and we are also exploring further possibilities to develop physical literacy for all our pupils. Through our house system the leaders are running intra school competitions and we are competing in as many different sports as possible with other Rutland primaries.
We are busy organising and running fundraising events alongside FEM to try and realise our dream of a school Astro Turf to enable our children to access an extended all weather hard surface to play as much sport as possible.
We have also planned 3 themed healthy living days to enable the children to explore further actions that will keep them healthy and having a good understanding of healthy living and well being to make the correct choices.
Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Junior Chefs Workshop
On January 6th 2017, Years 3,4,5 and 6 had a junior chefs workshop. They learned about foods and their origins and made a crunchy fruit cocktail. It was great fun and really educational and more importantly the food was delicious.