Last week the school had a visit from Dan who is a coach for Chance To Shine, a national charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play and learn through cricket.
Dan came into visit teachers on Monday and offer some training on how to effectively design and implement a cricket lesson. On Thursday, Dan returned to talk to the pupils in an assembly explaining what Chance To Shine will be doing in school over the following months. He also assisted teachers with a classroom based lesson using cricket resources to help teach Maths and English.
Chance To Shine works in schools to provide children with a brilliant first experience of cricket. They work with the 39 County Cricket Boards across England and Wales to send specialist coaches into schools, once a week for six weeks, to support cricket coaching.
As well as the physical benefits of regular activity, they use cricket to teach children important key life skills that will help them beyond the playground. Through the values of cricket, they teach children about respect and fair play.
Cricket is also an effective way to develop skills like communication, leadership and perseverance that will benefit them throughout their life.
Chance To Shine believe that cricket is an inclusive sport, where girls and boys can play and learn together.
They think that normalising female participation in cricket is a hugely important and valuable part of the work that they do. Of the four million children that Chance To Shine has reached since its foundation in 2005, 46% are girls and this figure is rising. They think it is important for girls and boys to learn to work and play together from an early age.
On Wednesday 30th January, Forres entered the HDSSA Swimming Gala hosted at John Warner Sports Centre for all local primary schools. A team of 12 Y5 and Y6 pupils competed over 15 different races during the afternoon. All pupils were extremely enthusiastic and showed excellent teamwork by cheering on their teammates during every race. In the end Forres made six finals, winning one of them and finishing in 8th place overall.
Well done to all pupils involved!
Since installing The Daily Mile tracks on both school playgrounds we have seen a big increase in the activity levels of all pupils during the school day. Most classes take a 10-15 minute Daily Mile break during the day and many pupils use the tracks at break and lunch times also.
We invited Sensei Jamie and Sensei Daniel from LVKA to perform a demonstration in our school assembly on 15th November 2018. The demonstration was very well received by the pupils who enjoyed hearing about the different skills and techniques that can be learned through Karate. Some lucky children even had the opportunity to join in.
LVKA run a Karate club for all ages and abilities at the Methodist Church on Middlefield Road and the first lesson is FREE. Children were given a leaflet to take home with further information on, or you can visit www.lvka.co.uk
Thank you to Sensei Jamie and Sensei Daniel for coming in!
Forres Primary School competed in the HDSSA Y5&6 Football and Netball Tournament on 14th November 2018, hosted by John Warner Secondary School. Forres entered an A and B team into the football and netball competitions.
Unfortunately on this occasion neither the football or netball teams qualified for the overall final. However, there were some excellent individual performances from all four teams and the enthusiasm and determination to keep playing was brilliant.
It was very good to be able to enter an A and B team for both competitions, which shows how many pupils are interested in representing the school and are participating in clubs after-school and at lunch time.
A big thank you to all the members of staff and the sports leaders at John Warner for organising this tournament.
On 13th November 2018, Forres Primary School entered two teams into the A10 Active Mixed Basketball Festival held at Haileybury Turnford School.
The boys and girls involved had a chance to compete in basketball matches for the first time in a competitive environment and really enjoyed the opportunity. The 'B' Team managed to win one match, draw one match and lose three matches throughout the festival, scoring four baskets in the process. The 'A' Team fared a little better with one win, three draws and one defeat, scoring five baskets.
Hopefully the children will be inspired to play more basketball or maybe join the Russell Hoops Basketball Club that is run after-school on a Thursday. For any information please contact the school office.
Well done to all involved!
On 12th November 2018 we invited FitMedia into the school to complete some fitness tests with our KS2 pupils. Children were put through their paces in a number of tests including; agility runs, standing long jump and handgrip strength. These tests will give us an idea of how the pupils are progressing athletically compared to their peers in the school and around the country.
The children really enjoyed their tests and became more and more competitive. The are looking forward to the next round of tests in the New Year.
On 8th November 2018, Forres Primary School entered the A10 Active Inter Primary Cup which was hosted by Brooklands Junior School in Cheshunt. We entered a football team and a netball team into the tournament, which was the first competition of the year for both sides.
The football team performed well in their group games drawing two matches and winning one. However, with one game remaining and needing not to lose in order to progress to the semi-finals, the boys suffered a undeserved 3-0 defeat to be knocked out of the tournament.
The netball team finished their group games without a win, with two draws and two losses. This meant that they were also eliminated from the competition. A big positive to come from this tournament though was that the girls scored their first goal of the year and are hoping to add to this at the next tournament.
Well done to all involved!
The Year 5/6 football and netball teams hosted St Catherine's Primary School in a friendly on the 23rd October 2018. It was the first competitive fixture of the year and both fixtures were played in an excellent spirit.
Despite going 3-0 down, the football team showed plenty of character to bring the game back to 3-2 and were unlucky not to find an equaliser in the closing stages.
The netball team were defeated also, but were commended on their interceptions and turnovers with all the girls showing a vast improvement from their last game.
Many thanks to St Catherine's, and well done to all involved.
The Year 6 football and netball teams hosted Broxbourne Primary School in a friendly on the 2nd October 2018. It was the first chance for many of the children to compete for the school and they really enjoyed it.
The football team drew 0-0 after some very positive forward play created lots of chances, including hitting the bar. This was combined with some solid defending and goalkeeping to ensure we didn't concede.
The netball team lost to a very good Broxbourne side, however, for most of the girls this was their first introduction to competitive netball and the improvement from start to finish was evident. Despite losing, the girls remained extremely positive and enthusiastic and are very excited for their next fixture.