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In the summer term we made the most of the fantastic weather and focused on some summer sports. We began with cricket, in which all children from Year 3 up to Year 6, practised their overarm bowling.  After covering a few key batting techniques (front foot drive and pull shot) and focusing on fielding, the children practised these techniques through a variety of exciting, fast-based games such as Lords (equivalent to ‘Wembley’ in football – every player for themselves and very fast paced) and diamond cricket, which has the added excitement of never knowing whether the ball is going to be bowled at your wicket or not!

We have also been learning to play handball. This incredibly fast and physically demanding game is gaining in popularity.  The small-sided games happen so quickly that each player gets a lot of time on the ball, which has helped them to build on their new skills really well.

Rounders, another traditional summer sport, has challenged the children to work on their teamwork and communication skills, which are essential to scoring points!

Sports Week(s)

Our sports ‘week’ became plural when the terrible weather made any events planned after Monday impossible! The children competed in a wide range of competitions over the fortnight, from field events, to races on sports day and even house football and rounders competitions.

Our focus for the week was to ‘Be more Brownlee!’, which refers to Jonny Brownlee’s selfless act of carrying his brother, who was on the verge of fainting, over the finishing line at the cost of his own gold medal. During the following weeks, we took this as our inspiration to be supportive of our team and friends above all else, and this attribute came through really clearly in the children’s amazing teamwork, encouragement of each other and fantastic attitude to sport.

Well done to Osprey, who won the overall points competition as well as both the house football and rounders tournaments; Falcon, who were the winners of the sports day races; and Albatross, who won the field events.

School Sports Teams

The Year 5/6 Girls’ Cricket Team progressed to the North Yorkshire finals at Knaresborough in June, and faced some stiff competition from as far afield as Whitby, Harrogate and Selby under blue skies and sunshine. Their fielding stood out as being highly organised and effective, allowing no room for error for the opposition’s batters. This was complemented by some fantastic batting performances. After winning eight games and losing only one, they finished the competition as the North Yorkshire cricket champions!

In other cricketing news, the Year 4 team won the Hambleton area Drax Cup competition, fending off competition from South Otterington and Carlton Miniott to take the silverware home. This meant that they qualified for the North Yorkshire Drax Cup final, which was held in Dunnington. The team were certainly one of the better bowling sides, and were among the most prolific wicket-takers at the competition, but were out-batted by some really strong performances. After a full day of cricket, featuring some brilliant fielding and a lot of big pull shots, the team eventually finished 7th in the county – a fantastic result.

The Year 4 Hockey Team travelled to Queen Margaret’s School in Escrick on Sunday 9th July to compete in the North Yorkshire School Games, after their success in the Easingwold and Hambleton area competitions last term. They met Olympic swimmer Chris Cook, and had the opportunity to wear the red kit of Hambleton to complete against the best sides that the other regions of North Yorkshire had to offer. They performed incredibly well in the group stages, winning five games (against Harrogate, Selby, Richmondshire, Craven and Scarborough), drawing one game (York) and losing one (Ryedale). This meant that they progressed to the semi-final, in which they played against St Peter’s School, who represented Harrogate. The team lost 4-1, but only after they put up a fantastic performance against the eventual winners. In the 3rd place playoff, our team beat Our Lady’s to secure themselves the bronze medals! Chris Cook told the teams at the start of the day that ‘it’s not what you get, it’s what you give’, and in that respect, our team can be really proud of their performance – they played their hearts out in every game, and their team spirit and the way that they supported each other made them great ambassadors for our school. Well done team!

The Y6 Tag Rugby team, after finishing 3rd in the Easingwold cluster competition last term, played in the final Hambleton round in Thirsk on a rainy July evening. In the ‘proper rugby weather’, they played four games, losing two, winning one and drawing another.

For the first time ever, Alne won the Easingwold Cluster Athletics trophy.  Four children from each year represented the school in a wide range of track and field events.  After some brilliant performances in the sprints and the relay events, the team ended up taking the win by one point!

Finally, we took a team to the cluster rounders competition, where they spent an evening in the sun bowling, fielding and batting their way to 4th place – an admirable result considering the highly effective and organised teams they faced during the competition!

School sports grant

Since the allocation of Sport’s Funding, we have been able to work with our cluster schools to employ Sports Coaches. Our Coach spends one day a week leading PE sessions. These lessons have allowed the pupils to learn new skills, be physically active and enjoy their lessons. The sessions have also enabled staff to develop their skills in the delivery of Physical Education.

The funding has also allowed us to employ two dance teachers, one who works with the younger 3 classes and one, who works with our older children on Thursday afternoons as part of our Sports afternoon. We have also been able to provide activities such as Archery, Climbing Wall, Forest Schools and improve our PE equipment.

The funding also allows us to contribute to the Cluster of School Sporting Events organised through Easingwold Secondary School and North Yorkshire Sports Partnership.

Sports Grant Costs – 2016/2017

Total income £8760

Teaching Staff Costs—Sports lessons/Dance/Forest Schools £6917.79

PE Equipment £174.19

Climbing Wall/ Archery Day £725

Forest Schools Activity £931

Total Expenditure £8747.98

Our PE and Sport Premium for the academic year 2017-2018 is approximately £16000. We intend to continue to spend this allocation on the activities outlined above that have been successful in previous years and further develop our provision for PE and Sport.