Are you all packed and ready to go? Let's all make this one of the best experiences of your primary school years. It's going to be great - but are you going to make the most of it?!!!
We have really enjoyed learning about how to keep our hearts healthy with our fitness and education sessions on Thursday mornings, run by Cheltenham Town FC. The Y6 children have discussed, planned and played as part of this programme and have learnt a lot as well as enjoying themselves immensely. During Thursday's physical warm-up, the children had to play tag in different shaped areas. This was great fun and Reece in particular was amazing at dodging! But as you can see from the photos, not everyone could stay on their feet ... unlucky Charlie!
On Wednesday, ten children from Year 6 had the opportunity to represent the school at the Tewkesbury Primary Schools' Tri Golf Festival at Sherdons Golf Centre. The children competed in ten different games such as 'Chip It In!', 'Bullseye', 'Longest Drive' and 'Target Putt' to name just a few. The event was non-competitive between schools, but points were awarded as the children completed the games. Well done to all of the children: Tom Brookes, James Latimer, Courtney Beckett, Reece Oliver, Milly Smith, Abigail Surman-Daun, Izzy Cooper, Tegan Griffiths, Savannah Matharu and Jolie Morris. Many thanks to Sherdons and to Tewkesbury School for organising this wonderful event, and to Mrs. Assheton and Mrs. Gosden for accompanying the team.
Despite England's defeats in this year's World Cup against both Italy and Uruguay, the Y6 children still turned out in force to support the team in their game against Costa Rica. There was face painting and bunting and hot dogs for some and everyone really entered the spirit of the event. Despite a relatively uneventful 0-0 draw, the children enjoyed themselves, including a football match of their own in the half-time break.
It was really exciting to hold our annual Community Sports Day on Friday, 20th June - the last ever Primary School Sports Day for our Y6s. The entire day was devoted to competitive and non-competitive sporting activities and it was a wonderful way to round off our School Games Week. Parents and families were invited to join in the fun and shared in a school community lunch on the field at midday. The Juniors completed 8 non-competitive games in the morning, but still scored points for their House Team. The games included ‘Pointless Parachute’, ‘The Water Relay’, ‘Penalty Shoot Out’, ‘Beach Volley Ball’ and ‘The Hula Hula Challenge’, to name but a few. In the afternoon, the Junior children completed their races. Sprints were quickly followed by hurdles and then an unusual caterpillar race where the children had to collect a new member from their team and make their ‘caterpillar’ longer each time they sprinted down the track. The event culminated in the medley relays, including traditional Sports Day ‘legs’ such as ‘Egg and Spoon’, ‘Sack’ and ‘Skipping’. At the conclusion of the event, the whole school gathered for the presentations. It was announced that Wenlock House had retained the trophy, and it was raised aloft by House Captains Jack Phipps and Abbie Assheton. Well done everyone and well done Y6 - we hope you enjoyed it!
It was a glorious day for the School Games Level 3 County Kwik Cricket finals at Cheltenham College on Friday 20th June. The pitches were well laid out and the sports leaders who umpired and scored were fantastic. There were some superb cricketing skills on show and our team competed against other winning schools from across the county. The team, which included four players from Year 6 (Louis, William, Joel and captain Charlie), played three games, winning one and losing two (one quite narrowly). The team really supported and encouraged each other and showed real perseverance against some strong bowling and batting. Very well done to the whole team, and to Charlie in particular, who captained the team superbly. Thanks must also go to the parents who came along to watch and to support. Jack Pates should also be recognised as he was a member of the team that qualified for the county finals. He chose to be at Sports Day instead as the events clashed.
Team: Y6 - Charlie Etheridge (captain), Louis Corless, William Gosden, Joel Hughes, (Jack Pates), Y5 - Christopher Ballinger, Oisin Moseley, Ethan Whybrow and Alex Oliver.
On Wednesday, Year 6 visited SkillZONE in Gloucester, the county's safety education centre. SkillZONE is a state-of-the-art life-sized village and it helps to educate children to make healthy and safe choices in real life situations. It is a fully interactive learning environment with 16 zones that cover a range of scenarios including road, rail and water safety, as well as having an Internet cafe, a court and custody cell, a bus and even a dark alleyway. The village is also equipped with a fully functioning house. It was a fantastic morning and the children thoroughly enjoyed their two-hour visit. The scenarios were perfect as we have been thinking about our health and wellbeing this week.
We have started a five-week programme being delivered by some coaches from Cheltenham Town FC entitled 'Healthy Hearts'. A classroom session where healthy lifestyles are discussed is followed up by an active football session outside. This week, the children discussed how pulse rates change according to levels of physical activity. On the footballing front, the children enjoyed several games of 'Robot Football' and built the skills of dribbling, turning and tackling. It was a great start to a Thursday morning!
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