Today marked the start of our Bikeability training. Twenty of the children brought their bikes to school to learn the basics for cycling safely on the road. The training began on the playground at school, but quickly moved onto roads in the surrounding area. This training will help the children to gain confidence and independence when cycling out and about, and is of course useful in preparation for their transfer to secondary school.
The Y6 children have been receiving some specialist Gymnastics teaching from Mr. Willis. The focus of the unit has been flight and the children have been developing their jumping from different heights. The variety of jumps have included half and whole turns, pike, tuck, straddle, straight and star. Today, everyone had the chance to use the springboard and vault.
Savannah and Reece represented Year 6 in Tirlebrook's Nature Quiz team today. The team took on Queen Margaret's Primary School in the first round of the Gloucestershire Wildlife and Nature Quiz competition. After answering questions as a team and as individuals about habitats, sea life, birds, trees and herbs, our team claimed a narrow victory by two and a half points. We wait to see how far the team will get in the competition. Well done team!
Congratulations to Reece and Paddy who participated in the K'Nex Challenge County Finals at GE Aviation in Cheltenham today. They had to design and make a piece of sports equipment for the gym using K'Nex. They decided to make a rowing machine with a rotating axle at the top. They represented the school excellently and put their D & T skills to the test. Well done boys!
Our football team performed valiantly at today's final event of the season, the District Cup. Everyone put in 100% effort and can be proud of their attitude and performance as they progressed through the competition.
In the group stages, the team started brightly with a 6-0 victory against Deerhurst. This was followed by a narrow 1-0 defeat to Tewkesbury C. of E., a game in which Tirlebrook dominated possession and chances. It was settled by a fine strike from one of C. of E.'s few advances on goal. The final game saw Queen Margaret's beaten by a 2-0 scoreline and a semi-final place secured. This followed and it was another very closely contested game, the team narrowly missed out on reaching the final, losing 1-0 when it really could have gone either way. In the bronze medal match, Tirlebrook ran out 5-0 victors against Carrant Brook.
The team could give no more in terms of effort, determination, skill and endeavour and should be proud of their 3rd place finish. There really was nothing to choose between the best three teams this season; it just didn't go for us as we would have liked. Congratulations to the eventual winners, Twyning, and well done to our team - we are proud of you!
Team: Jack Pates (captain), Aaron Lund, Louis Corless, Charlie Etheridge, Charlie Kendrick, Finley Gardiner, Joel Hughes, William Gosden, Oisin Moseley.
Today, we were welcomed by Tewkesbury C. of E. as they hosted our highly anticipated friendly football match. It was great to see many parents and staff from both schools supporting the players. The teams posed for a group photo before the game as many of the players are friends and play football together outside of school. Again, our lads demonstrated one of our core values - community.
Our team performed really well, playing with determination, passion and, of course, a positive attitude. Louis Corless opened the scoring early in the game, but today it seemed as though things would not go our way, and as the game progressed we ended up conceding five times. However, it was pleasing to see the team refusing to give up and maintaining the right spirit throughout the game. It was also good to see how much it mattered to our players. Despite losing 5-1 to a very good C. of E. side, the team can take many positives about the quality of their own play. I am proud of you lads - well done!
The whole school took part in the Sport Relief mile to raise money for this great cause. The children completed laps of the school playground and field that included crawling through tunnels, taking penalty football shots, shooting at netball hoops, skipping, balancing on benches and cycling or scootering around a series of cones. To complete one mile, the children needed to finish four laps. Well done to Charlie Etheridge who organised and planned the event alongside the school council and Miss. Featonby and thank you to the Y5 and Y6 children for helping to marshal the course. It was a great opportunity to get active and raise funds at the same time.
The House Captains did a great job encouraging and supporting their team mates in our recent House Netball and Football Competitions. All of the Y6 children participated and it was great to see so many of the School Games Values on display. Beauchamp were victorious in both competitions, although Wenlock pushed the champions extremely close in the football, losing only on goals scored. Despite the strong wind, great fun was had by all.
Some of the Y6 pupils are continuing to enjoy their 'Let's Get Cooking' sessions with Mrs. Spice and Mrs. Tyrrell. Today's recipe was a delicious tomato pasta with garlic bread. I was lucky enough to be invited to share some of this delicious meal and it was very tasty. VERY TASTY INDEED! Cookery skills are lifelong lessons in learning and we are grateful to both Mrs. Spice and Mrs. Tyrrell for their continued support with this club. Well done to all the Y6s for their great effort, skill and humour.
Book Week got off to a great start with our Big Book Swap! The children brought in books that they no longer wanted from home and exchanged them for a ticket which they could then use later to provide a new home for an unwanted book! It was great to see Elder Class so enthusiastic about their reading. Well done to Charlie, Savannah and Jack D (in particular) for their involvement as School Councillors in organising the event. It was very popular and sadly not everyone managed to find the books that they wanted - perhaps we can have another Big Book Swap in the future!
Our Y6 Maths Challenge team had a great afternoon at Malvern St. James Independent School. They competed in a range of maths activities, including mental maths, 'Countdown' and 'The Big Event'. Our two teams finished 4th and 14th out of 35 teams altogether from 15 schools. Following the challenge, the team were treated to an amazing tea of sandwiches and cakes and received participation certificates. Well done to Anna, Will, Louis and Jack for representing the school so well and thanks to Mrs. Gosden for accompanying them.
The Y5 and Y6 school football team did themselves proud today. They participated in the second round of the Tewkesbury and District Football League and they came away having won all six matches without conceding a goal. Added to the results before Christmas, we came second in the league overall and were awarded silver medals. Today's games saw some outstanding individual performances. However, it was the way the team played together and the attitude that they displayed that most impressed me. It was a brilliant afternoon and I am very proud of them.
Team: Jack (Captain), Aaron, Louis, Charlie E, Joel, Charlie K, Sam, William, Oisin and Ethan.
Results: v Deerhurst won 1-0 (Joel); v John Moore won 3-0 (Oisin x2, Charlie E); v Tewkesbury C. of E. won 1-0 (William); v Queen Margaret's won 2-0 (Charlie K x2); v Hopelands won 3-0 (Jack, Joel x2); v Twyning won 1-0 (Joel).
Well done lads! :)
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