Today I took 30 children to take part in 'Fanfest 2018' at Redbridge Sports Centre ! The sports festival is open to all primary schools of London from year 3 to year 6. FanFest is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the London Youth Games, part of School Games. The children had 4 sessions across the day in a range of different sports!
The first session was Street Dance which was very cool! Although it was FREEZING, the children and I danced our way through! The second activity was called 'The Media Zone'. We were interviewed by the volunteers about our favourite sports and got the chance to dress up and have some photo fun! Next we went inside to the Athletics session! Here we learnt about Paralympic sports for someone who is visually impaired. This was a great activity where we really had to show our team work skills! Last but not least was the seated volleyball session! I think I can speak on behalf of the children and say this was the firm favourite session of the day!
''I really enjoyed learning how to do the wave!'' - Steven! (Street Dance)
''Today was great!'' - Ibby
''The volleyball was so much fun'' - Amirah
''We had to trust our partner to jump over the hurdles, it was fun!'' - Ayman.
Such an active fun filled day enjoyed by all!
We have not let the weather get in our way with our PE this spring term! At the start of the term Year 5 enjoyed two weeks of intensive swimming lessons at the Olympic pool with most children now able to swim over 25m! Year 3 had one week of intensive swimming lessons and a lot of children stepped out of their comfort zones and performed very well! Year 6 have been expanding their Handball skills with Theo, whilst Year 4 are receiving cricket curriculum support with the much loved Jahid! Year 5 are now completing hockey sessions with a coach and Year 1 and 2 have worked super hard on their bat and ball skills!
This is only a short summary of some of the great PE learning that we take part in here at VPS! Well done everyone!
Today, the Tower Hamlets Indoor Kwik-Cricket Competition took place at UEL Sports Dock with VPS Girls Cricket Team feeling hopeful to get a place in the final. VPS started the group stages against St. Mary and St.Micheals with a first great win. The team went on to play Culloden and Manorfeild winning every match which meant they qualified for the Semi-finals! A particular highlight from the Group stage was winning a whopping 91 runs to the oppositions 19!
For the semi-final we played the excellent Marner team and it was a very close game! However VPS made it through to the finals due to great batting from Shaheda at the end and superb bowling from Amirah during the game.
For the final we had to face the very skilled St.Mary and St Michael’s. I (Emily) selected a strong squad ready for the challenge, and with spirits high in confidence, Team VPS were determined to win!
And they DID! The last game was an exciting one but with great batting skill, we won!
The team have made the school very proud of this great achievement and hope it continues for the foreseeable future!
Special mentions to - Adila – 14 outs overall with a mixture of catching and bowling . Jannah and Labibah for their excellent skilful batting as a pair and Amirah for her outstanding bowling.
Thank you to the lovely parent volunteer Shafia who encouraged the girls and kept the coach (me) calm!
A good effort from the VPS KS2 Boys Cricket Team at the Indoor Kwik-Cricket competition today at the Sports Dock (UEL)! They played 3 matches overall with two losses and a win. The boys were able to identify their strengths and weaknesses from the matches and look forward to the competitions in the summer term!
Thanks again to Jahid for organizing the matches in such an exciting location!
We now have brand new Sports Leaders! Sport Leaders are children from Year 5 and 6 who apply by writing a speech of application stating why they think they would be an excellent Sports Leader, what skills they can bring to the position and most importantly, why they want to have that role!
Sports Leaders assist in class PE lessons, the pitch,the playground by setting out equipment and acting as demonstrators to the rest of the class. They also assist in organizing extra curricular events, sports day, and have lots of other responsibilities!
They have already made a great start, with staff commenting on how helpful they have been in the playground.
On Friday 17 children from Year 5 and 6 took part in a football friendly against Bigland Green Primary School. Despite the freezing cold weather, all the players gave a hundred per cent effort and the games were played in an extremely friendly manner with both teams showing great respect to each other!
We look forward to arranging more fixtures in the Spring term!
Today we had very exciting assembly at Virginia, which involved 13 pupils confidently reading out their speeches in the hope that they will be elected to become a Sports Leader for 2017-2018.
Well done to all of you who signed up and made it this far. I am very proud of the content and quality of your speeches. Lots of staff remarked on how well the speeches were delivered, with one or two being quite moving.
It is going to be an extremely difficult choice for just 6 pupils to be selected. Tomorrow, the current sports leaders and I will be counting the votes and will be revealing the results at the end of the day.
Yesterday, Year 6 had the opportunity to watch world class tennis and experience first hand the excellent venue and skills being displayed.
They were so inspired from this experience and learnt lots about the game!
Naimah commented ''This was the best day EVER!''.
I look forward to watching Year 6 put their new inspired learning into action!
2016-2017 was possibly the most memorable year in terms of sporting achievements. We took part in over 15 competitions and represented Tower Hamlets for the Cricket competition at the London Youth Games placing 3rd out of all the best teams in LONDON! I would also like to congratulate all the classes who have stepped out of their comfort zones and achieved their target of swimming over 25m! We had some children who could swimming 500m and above! Amazing! Please see the powerpoint on the main Sports page highlighting all of our successes this year.
I would also like to say a BIG thank you to the sports leaders who were a great help in supporting in all areas of our sports ethos. Huzaifa, Eusha, Wahid, Soumia, Amira, Sofia, Labibah, Tamim, Ayman - You were the best! They all participated in their role with enthusiasm and made a huge difference to the confidence and ability of our students ! They led amazing sessions for the younger children and organised our annual Sports Day. I hope you take your leadership skills with you to secondary school and make a difference to the lives of others in Sport.
PE has also been better than ever at VPS - Year 2/3 had 10 weeks worth of Gymnastics teaching from THYSF, Year 4/5 have enjoyed Tennis with Lee, I (Emily) taught an exciting unit of Dance to Year 5/6 and Jahid and other many other coaches gave us excellent support in our focus sport of CRICKET.
Lastly I would like to congratulate Soumia from Yr 6 who won the Sports Award for this year. Soumia has truly left a legacy behind at VPS. Since the age of 6 , when I first saw her talent, I knew she was going to be someone special. Across the years she has displayed so much passion, determination and technical talent in every PE lesson, competition or activity to do with sport. She participated in many competitions, including captaining the girl’s school football team for the last few years. She was an amazing asset to the Sports Leaders, working alongside myself and her peers to run her own sessions. . She would always captain her team with love and encouraged their fighting spirit. Soumia also had the capability of getting her classmates or others to bond with each other in a respectful way through sport. The younger children saw her as a strong female role model and developed a better mindset towards sport because of her. She will be an absolute asset to any team she joins and I hope she goes on to be very successful in her future in Sport.
We will really miss you.
Lets see what 2017-2018 is going to bring!
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