After School Sports and Well-being Clubs - Spring 2
Y5 - 6
Y1 - 6
*We will advise you if your child has been selected for the tournaments.
As this was the first tournament of the year, the children were excited to get stuck in and see what the competition was like! We knew six of the schools taking part but we were excited to welcome St Joseph's to the tournament as this was the first time that they were taking part!
We had been working on Handball as a sport during our PE lessons and as an after school club: we were raring to go! The children knew the rules well and had practised tactics and skills. Miss Jones and Miss Neville were lucky that they had had the help of Calum from Newman College who had come in the lead up to the tournament to support them teaching the skills of the game.
On the night, the tournament was a huge success! The team played three games in the first pool which had been randomly drawn by Miss Lay. As we came in the top two of that pool, we played the top two schools from the other pool. This meant that we knew we were playing for 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th place. The children, in all of their games, showed the skills that they had been taught and played with excellent sportsmanship.
In fact, they did so well that we placed joint 2nd!
As always, Miss Neville and Miss Jones are extremely proud of the team and their behaviour throughout the evening. Miss Lay has introduced a new award where each of the schools nominate another team for 'Fair Play' and it was great news to hear that we had two nominations!
The following day, Miss Jones asked each of the players who had taken part to nominate another teammate as 'Most Valuable Player'. She asked them to think of the player in our team who had stood out for fair play, skills and sportsmanship. Below are some of the reasons his teammates nominated him.
Most Valuable Player –
•Leading the team in tactics
•Blocking and marking the opposition
•“We scored because of him!”
Have a look at our photos from the event below...
Forest School - Autumn 1 2018-19
To start this half term, we have been looking at how our Forest School has changed since this group's previous sessions. They were able to talk about how the area had changed and noticed our new Nordic Cabin and the new climbing logs that have been added, but they also explored how the seeds and bulbs that they had planted last year had grown and were now ready to harvest!
They worked together to collect all the onions, potatoes and carrots that had been growing and passed them on to Miss Coleman for her to use in her Science lessons!
It was hard work but the children enjoyed seeing that their hard work from last year had grown into something useful!
This week, Miss Lay took different groups and taught them how to light a fire safely. The children learnt all about what they needed to build the fire and how it can be used to heat water. We then used the hot water to make delicious hot chocolate and shared it around the camp fire. The children learnt how the Kelly Kettle was heated through the barrel in the middle. They learnt how adults can safely hold the kettle to pour it.
Some of the children in Year 6 noticed that the hole at the top of the kettle let in the oxygen needed for the fire underneath to keep going. Fantastic science links!
Miss Lay took the opportunity to teach us how to build on open fire safely. We learnt all about how to approach the fire (with one knee and the ground and one on a log to keep our balance) and helped her to make the fire using newspaper, kindle, cotton wool and then lighting it using flint and steel. Once the fire was made, we cooked popcorn to share around our base camp! It was delicious!
Week 6 - FAMILY WEEK
This is our favourite week in forest school as it is a chance for our parents and family to join in with all the fun. We showed them how to build a fire using everything we had learnt the week before and toasted marshmallows with them! Miss Jones even set up a team challenge where we had to work with our parents to save the potion from the bucket in the middle of a lava puddle using only pieces of rope! It was hard work, but together, and with the help of our family and friends, we were able to do it...eventually!
This was the final session for this group and it was raining! Don't worry though, we didn't let it put us off at all! In fact, it was brilliant! We got very wet and very muddy but that is one of the best things about forest school! To warm us put, we worked together to make hot water in a kelly kettle and we enjoyed hot chocolate! Once we had warmed up, we completed the plank challenge where we had to order ourselves on a plank, without falling off, into height order. It certainly put our team work to the test as we had very slippery wellies on this week! Have a look at our photos to see if we completed the challenge!
Forest School - Autumn 1 2018-19
Another brilliant tournament took place this week where we played rounders against the cluster schools. This time we were privileged to play at Four Dwellings School - making use of their astro turf and having the support of their coaches who umpired the matches!
St Rose played three games for the tournament and won two of them. It was fantastic to see the team come together - applying the skills that we had been working on in our after school club, but also learning from watching the other schools play too!
Out of the seven schools who took part, St Rose placed 2nd!
Miss Jones and Miss Neville are, as always, extremely proud of them: they played and behaved exceptionally.
Change 4 Life - Making Energy Nuggets
This week, the children worked with Miss Neville to make some Energy Nuggets!
The children had to weigh out the ingredients and combine them to make the tasty treats!
They were so delicious that we thought you might like to recipe to try for yourselves at home...
Take a look at how easy it was...
Budding gymnasts in the making!
On Friday, Miss Murphy and Miss Neville took 10 children from Years 1 and 2 to the Earls Gymnastics centre in Oldbury for the Catholic Cluster Gymnastics Festival. Having been before, Miss Neville knew the children were in for a fantastic afternoon and they were not disappointed. From learning forward rolls, cartwheels and jumps on the springboard to the balance beam, trampolines and the bars, the children were exposed to an array of gymnastic skills. As always, the children were exceptionally well behaved, listened attentively and gave 100% to every challenge given to them. It was wonderful to see so many beaming smiles and we really hope this spurs them on to consider developing these new skills further.
Well done boys and girls!
KS1 Gymnastics Festival
Mental Health Awareness Week Poster by Millie Y5
Take a look at how our current group of children are getting along in Forest School! Each week, we will add the photographs taken in the session for you to have a look! We hope that you can see how much the children enjoy and learn!
Forest School - Summer 1
Making popcorn on the campfire
During our Parent week, we had a campfire where Miss Lay cooked hot-dogs and popcorn for everyone to taste! Here is a video of the popcorn being cooked and how much fun was had!
Change 4 Life - Circuit to Success!
The children in our after school club were asked to design their own circuit where they worked their legs, arms, core and included some cardio to raise their heart rate! They did a brilliant job and worked well in their teams.
If you click on the link below on the video sharing platform, you will see two videos of the activities that they designed.
In the playground, I found this beautiful butterfly. I carefully picked it up and I felt like someone was tickling me! It looked very strange!
Enrichment Wish Winner
Victor has been chosen for his enthusiasm and engagement in Forest School sessions. It has been a pleasure to see him grow in confidence - joining in, leading and sharing his experiences with both adults and the other children. We hope that he continues to share his ideas - especially through his exploration of God's world. Thank you, Victor!
Forest School - Spring
We had the pleasure of another wonderful block of Forest School sessions during the Spring Term! All the children took part with great enthusiasm and curiosity! They explored our Forest School area and helped to plant new trees that will hopefully transform the area in years to come! Some of our parents came to see how their children explored God's wonderful creations in the great outdoors too! See the slideshow below for some lovely photographs captured throughout the weeks!
Enrichment Wish Winner
Ben has shown a huge amount of engagement and interest in our Forest School sessions. He treats our Forest School with respect and asks probing questions when he is curious about God's world. He is an extremely helpful member of our team and has worked brilliantly with the younger children when we have mixed groups. Thank you, Ben- you have been a delight to share the experience with.
As the kwiksticks tournament was delayed, Miss Lay invited us to take part in the Tchoukball tournament with the cluster schools. We learnt that the game originated in Sweden ans was lots of fun to take part in! We enjoyed it so much that we are hoping that it becomes one of the tournaments that Miss Lays runs every year!
We had to learn the rules and how to play on the day which the children grasped brilliantly! In fact, they listened so well and adapted their tactics so quickly that we brought home the trophy!
What a brilliant achievement!
After a half term of training each Friday, where we saw almost 40 children from Year 1 to Year 6 attend, St Rose took part in the Cross Country Tournament.
We were asked to select just 14 children to come along to Woodgate Valley Park to compete against six other schools. The children took part with plenty of much needed enthusiasm and ran the course to collect numbered tickets. The aim was for each team to collect the lowest score by getting across the finish line as quickly as possible. Overall, we came 3rd and Miss Neville and Miss Jones were thrilled with the result!
We were also extremely proud of the behaviour of the children and especially pleased to hear them cheering each other along. A special thanks to Miss Purcell, Miss Murphy and Miss Hand who have been along to the training sessions - we could not have done it without you giving up your Friday afternoons!
After half term, we will be starting a new running club. Everyone is welcome as long as they come prepared to get muddy!
Cross Country Team
Y3 and 4 Benchball Tournament
Well done to all those who took part in the tournament. The children took part well, tried their best, tried to work as a team and practised the skills that they had been learning in their after school club!
Unfortunately, we didn't win the tournament this time but it was great see the children playing alongside other children their age. As always, their behaviour was impeccable.
Congratulations to St Peters who did win - it was great to see one of our Quad school partners taking home the trophy!
Congratulations to all of the KS1 and KS2 skippers for their fantastic determination, resilience and good sportsmanship during the competition! You did OLSR proud!
1st Place – KS2 Individual skipper – Aizelle
1st Place – KS2 team challenge – Aizelle, Sophia, Liliesha, Daniela, Laker and Ryley W
2nd Place – Relay and speed KS1 and 2 challenge
2nd Place – KS1 team challenge – Leilah, Seth, Roisin, Lisa-Marie, Katie and Maisey R
After Christmas, there will be a skipping club every Wednesday at break time with Miss McDonald.
All children are welcome!
Mini Beast Hunting with Y1 and 2 - session 1
Teams and Trust
This week in Enrichment, we focused on teamwork and building trust! The children had asked if they could use the enrichment equipment to build obstacle courses and Miss Lay and Miss Jones thought it was a brilliant idea! However, we decided to use this session to see how St Rose can develop their teamwork skills and how much they trust each other.
The children started the session by working as a team to guide a blindfolded Miss Jones from the Hygge Hub to the new storytelling chair. Although this required a lot of trust from Miss Jones, the children worked brilliantly together and were able to agree which instructions would be useful.
Once they had worked as a whole group, it was time to split into pairs. To see how much they trusted each other, the children had to take it in turns to be blindfolded and tackle the obstacle course built from tyres. Nervously, they took tentative steps and used the guided instructions from their partner to complete the course - but they all survived!
It was then time for them to build an obstacle course for Miss Lay and Miss Jones to complete. They had to set up the course in teams and think about what it was they wanted us to do. Using the blindfolds, they had to test it out for themselves first.
We all (adults included) had a brilliant afternoon and the governors, who were walking around to see what we get up to on MMADDD Fridays, liked it too!
Sensory Garden - Relax and Retreat
Miss Neville has been busy practising her cursive handwriting to help transform our sensory garden into a place where we can retreat and relax! Her quotes and prayers are really going to help us to develop our mindfulness. You can also hear our new wind chimes which we hope help take your mind off the noise of the traffic going by.
As you can probably tell from the photograph, we had a very successful time at the handball tournament! We trained hard, worked hard and played hard in order to beat six other schools in this game and it was worth it!
Thanks to Panashe, Ben, Sebastian, George, Calum, Ara, Leo, Aizelle, Dajeska and Laker!
Your excellent skills meant that we only lost the first match and won the rest. However, the competition was tough and two other schools did the same. It was your goals that won the tournament!
We are so proud of our team as they played so well, but their behaviour - as it always is - was impeccable! They were excellent sports throughout the afternoon. They worked brilliantly as a team, looking after each other, but also shook hands with the other teams after every match.
We would also like o thank the other children who didn't get to come to the tournament - we wouldn't have been able to win without you coming to training. Thanks to Cody, Royce, Syde and Rudy!
It was also great to see Miss Sly, Miss Cheema and Miss Broadhead who helped to train us there too!
Well done, St Rose... Hopefully, there'll be more trophies to follow!
In keeping with our focus on the Catholic Virtues, each class has their own 'wish' that they are hoping demonstrates their use of the virtues. As a school, we look to show our use of the virtues in all that we do. With this in mind, we have an 'enrichment wish' for the whole school...
To demonstrate love and respect for the outdoors, showing appreciation for God's work.
Our first winners are...
Braeden and Giacomo
Since last year, these two boys have been helping Miss Neville as dedicated gardeners. The start of this term has seen them encouraging others to look after and show respect in our quiet area. Not only are they happy to help out with the hard work of preparing the soil for the plants, but they help to make sure that others are respecting the area too. Thank you boys - your hard work and support is appreciated.
Miss Jones, Miss Neville, Mrs O'Meally and Miss Lay asked the children of St Rose to help transform some different areas around school with plants. They were blown away with the the amount of volunteers that offered to help!
In teams, we planted lots of different things: fruit trees, rose bushes, potatoes, onions and herbs at the back of school as well as lots of beautiful plants to transform our quiet area! We certainly couldn't have done in all on our own!
WHAT A GREAT TEAM WE HAVE!
Have a look at our hard work below...
Miss Jones and Mrs O'Meally challenged some of the children to build shelters without help!
The children were given very basic equipment: tarpaulin, bamboo sticks, rope, pegs, crates and tyres.
The requirements were that it was waterproof, it must stay up on its own and everyone in their team needed to fit inside.
The children learned quickly that they needed to listen to each other and work well as a team. They decided that, if there were disagreements, that voting stopped arguments. Some of the shelters were more successful than others but all the children had fun, communicated well and worked hard.
At the end of the session, we reflected on the importance of shelters and how lucky we are to have safe and comfortable homes. We took the time thank God for all that he provides for us and how fortunate we are.
See how we got on below...
Helping to train teachers of the future!
St Rose feels privileged to have been asked to help with giving some young women from Newman College experience before they go on to their first ever teaching practice in a few weeks' time! Miss Cheema, Miss Sly and Miss Broadhead came to help Miss Jones teach handball to the Y5 and Y6 children in preparation for the big tournament on the 5th October!
They were brilliant and we really enjoyed having them in our lessons. They even stayed to help out in our after school club!
See them in action below...
Our Lady and St Rose of Lima is proud to be working with The FA Lidl Skills programme to deliver professional football coaching. The programme provides approved PE Lessons in over 2,000 primary schools each year, not only supporting the development of primary school teachers but also ensures children are engaged in sessions which meet the PE National Curriculum requirements. There are also additional lunch time and after school opportunities!
The FA Lidl Skills programme delivers high quality football coaching for 5 - 11 year olds in safe and inclusive learning environments, whilst being simple, game related and enjoyable.
Based on a unique FA coaching model, The FA Lidl Skills provides a chance for children to:
Learn new social skills; working in groups, discussing ideas with their teammates and their coach.
Increase fitness; Help improve fitness and learn fundamental movements.
Strive technically; develop and learn new skills with the chance to apply them in games.
Heighten decision making; selecting the best skill or strategy for the situation.
Develop learning within the National Curriculum for PE
To find out more about the programme or to book half term holiday sessions visit TheFA.com/Skills
Girl's Football Club - Lunchtimes
This year, it is our aim to give every child a chance to experience a further ‘enriched’ curriculum: a chance to develop the skills taught in their classroom lessons to practical activities.
As well as developing the use of the outdoors in a range of their lessons, during our MMADDD Fridays, each class will have ‘Forest School’ sessions with Mrs O'Meally, Miss Jones and Miss Lay. Children will take part in groups and will have a chance to experience a range of enriching activities in each rotation.
It is our hope that, as well as engaging with the outdoor environment, the children will have practical experiences to develop things that they have learnt in lessons like science, maths, design technology and even develop communication and teamwork in the process.