This week has been National School Sports Week and once again the whole school has taken part in a wide variety of sporting activities. The week started with KS1 having exciting tennis sessions provided by David Lawlor and his coaches from Harpenden Tennis Club. On Monday, Year 2 walked to the tennis club where they developed their tennis skills through a variety of racket and ball activities. On Tuesday, Year 1 had a similar experience with the coaches and children visiting Roundwood Park to use their tennis courts.
Also on Tuesday, KS2 participated in Hockey and Tai Kwondo sessions run by Mrs Bird and Miss Tyler.
Tai Kwondo with Miss Tyler:
The children went across to Roundwood Park and were able to use the dance studio. In here they learnt various kicks and punches and they learnt to deflect attacking moves.
Hockey with Mrs Bird:
The children learnt how to dribble the ball, shoot and change direction and pass with speed.
On Wednesday KS2 were visited by Rob Ingham Clark who is a professional coach and plays Lacrosse for Welwyn Warriors. Rob taught the children how to catch and pass the ball, pick it up off the floor and how to play the basics of the fast moving game.
Thursday started grey and chilly but this didn’t dampen the school’s mood. Sports Day began with Reception and Nursery having a wonderful variety of races and I gather even the parents had the opportunity to race one another at the end! Once Foundation Stage had finished, KS1 & KS2 then came out of onto the field where they spent 2 hours rotating around 6 different activities. It was wonderful seeing the children participate in: javelin, discus, tennis ball throw, standing long jump, triple jump, football dribble, obstacle etc. During these activities the children collected points for their houses and these totals were then added to the afternoon races. After lunch all of KS1 & KS2 came back out onto the field where they participated in more traditional races representing each of their houses. Races included, sprint, skipping and relay. A big thank you to all of the teachers who helped ensure that the children had a fun and inspiring day but who also helped make sure the event ran smoothly.
Thursday night saw myself, Miss Fricker and Mrs Webb take over 35 children to represent the school in the rearranged District Sports tournament. The evening was a long, busy and fun one and it was fantastic to see so many children represent their school against the 14 other schools in Harpenden. Well done to all who took part but a special mention goes to Abbie and George, both who came 3rd in their throwing events & the finalists for the sprint and relay races. Well done one and all.
Today has seen all children in KS2 have a Handball coaching session with Mr Barker and a Badminton coaching session in Roundwood Park’s sports hall with Mrs Wakeman. The children have all participated enthusiastically at the end of a long week of activity and there were some fantastic skills on show!
Although this week has been incredibly busy, it has been wonderful to see so many children active and happy whilst participating in sport. I hope you have all heard about the fun activities in which the children have participated and who knows, maybe we have inspired some of them to go on to train to be the next generation of Olympic athletes!