Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

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PE & Sport Calendar for Parents
Please use the attachment to view the list of PE and Sport events for the forthcoming year. It should be noted that the dates are subject to change.

Sporting Diary
Please refer to weekly newsletters and the school Twitter feed for updates regarding PE & Sport across the school this year.
Summer 2016
Prince of Wales Athletics Tournament - A team of athletes took part in the Large Schools Primary Athletics Championship which was held at the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham. Considering we are a small school, we were delighted to be 10th out of 16 schools. Events included individual sprints for boys and girls in Y3, 4, 5 and 6; Relays for boys and girls in Y3, 4, 5 & 6 and long distance for boys and girls in Y5 and 6. Every team competed with great desire and enthusiasm, in what for some of them was their first experience of a big event in front of a large crowd. Congratulations go to Olivia H who came 2nd in the Y5, 75m sprint; Jack J who came 7th in the Y6 100m sprint; the Y5 girl’s relay who came 3rd and the Y3 boy’s relay who came7th. A special mention goes to Olivia H in Y5 who was really unwell on the day but summoned up the energy and courage to perform as she didn’t want to let her team down.
House Rounders – All pupils took part in House Rounders as part of the ‘Health and Well-being’ week.  Sudeley came first with Warwick second, Berkeley and Thornbury were joint third.
Equestrian competition - Ellie B in Year 6 took part in an NSEA equestrian competition in Hartbury representing Gotherington School on her pony Simply Flo. Ellie did very well in her first class coming 2nd and had an unlucky 4 faults in her second class.
Athletics Olympic Torch Event – Congratulations to Olivia H in Year 5 who was the winner of the girl’s individual sprint at the Athletics Olympic Torch Event when the competed at St Edwards.
Rugby Coaching – Coaches from the Sky Try Rugby programme attended school to deliver the first of six rugby sessions to Year 3 pupils.
Rounders Festival – Year 2 took part in a Kick Rounders Tournament with 5 other schools at Kayte Lane playing fields. All of the Y2 pupils took part and played each match with great enthusiasm, despite the heat.
Athletics Olympic Torch Event – Pupils in Year 5 and Year 4 represented the school in field events at St Edwards School. They all enjoyed the event on a sunny afternoon and performed well. Congratulations to Celia, Anna B, Olivia H and Lily M who ran in the girls replay team and came first. Olivia H also won her individual event.


Spring 2016
Skipping Workshop – Another successful skipping workshop was held at the start of the term. Every class had the opportunity to develop their skipping skills and then share in a ‘showcase’ assembly at the end of the day.

The member of staff responsible for PE and Sport Funding has booked a non-contact day to revise the current action plan so that it reflects current national guidance. This is specifically linked to the impact that funding is having upon standards in PE & Sport and whether the actions completed are sustainable.A new version of the action plan will be available on the school website once this has been completed.

The term continues to see a wide range of sporting activities across the school together with a number of sessions led by external professionals.
Highlights include:
·         Netball – the Netball team played against a very strong Grangefield team. Whilst Gotherington did not win this time the team kept their spirts up and continued to work hard throughout the match.
·         Football Match – the football team played against Grangefield away. The team gave a very strong performance, playing well as a team which was reflected in the well-deserved 8-1 victory.
·         Swimming – Year 3 have started their block of 10 swimming lessons
·         Football Match – The football team played against Glenfall School. It was a close contest, ending in a 1-2 win for Glenfall. This was their first defeat of the season with them losing out to a winning goal for Glenfall in the final seconds of the match.
·         Girls’ football - The Years 5 and 6 girls’ football team took part in a football tournament on the astroturf pitch at Kayte Lane. The girls played very well, and reached the semi-finals. A wonderful achievement for the team.
·         Cross Country –Races continue to be held after school. A special mention for Monty S who has had three first  place finishes
·         KS2 Sports Coaching – Year 6 had the first of three sports coaching sessions looking at alternative and inclusive sports

Autumn 2015

Sept 2015 to Nov 2015
A number of sporting events have taken place so far this term – particular highlights include Tag-rugby success (Y5 gained 2nd place in World Cup event against Y6 teams); 1 pupil came first in the cross country event; there have also been competitive fixtures in both netball & football.

Equestrian success – Our school equestrian team have enjoyed real success having qualified for the National Schools West Midlands and Wales regional final which was held on Sunday 13th December in Bromyard. In the team event we came an incredible team 2nd. Ellie S competed individually in the 70cm regional final and won the Grassroots National Schools championship for 2015. Considering their age and the level of competition, this is an amazing achievement and one which the school is incredible proud of.

Football Matches –The football team have enjoyed a series of high scoring results which have helped the team to secure a place in the next round of matches.

Sports Hall Athletics - Pupils in Years 5 & 6 took part in an indoor athletics competition on Thursday, competing against 9 other schools. We were delighted with everyone’s performance, a special “well done” to Year 6 boys who came 1st in their relay. The pupils showed great sportsmanship. Ellie B was selected to receive a special 'passion’ award for being so enthusiastic throughout. Overall, Gotherington pupils came 2nd in the competition, receiving a silver medal.

Pupils across KS2 took part in the cross country event at Grangefield School.

Codey Crew – Year 6 took part in a street dance session held by Codey Crew Dance School.

Outdoor Activities - Pupils in Year 3 and 4 took part in outdoor adventure activities.

Summer 2015

July 2015
- Cricket Match – Well done to the entire cricket team who won their match against St Edwards School.

July 2015 - Official Opening of the New Classrooms – Sir Geoff Hurst visited the school to officially open the new classroom block. Sir Geoff Hurst gave a presentation to all the pupils focussing on perseverance and working hard to gain your goal, prior to cutting the ribbon.

July 2015 – A very successful Sports Day with a very close finish - the winning margin was just 1 point!

June 2015 - Prince of Wales Athletics Tournament - Our school successfully hosted the Cheltenham and District Schools Athletics Tournament at the Prince of Wales Stadium. The children did a fantastic job against some very challenging competition. The children were polite and well-behaved throughout the tournament and represented the school well. Several of our competitors reached the finals in their events. The Year 4 girls’ relay team did particularly well coming 1st overall. Olivia Hopwood in Year 4 also did extremely well in coming 3rd in her final race. Many thanks to parents for attending in such high numbers and for their support of the children.

June 2015 - Rounders Festival – Children from Year 5 took part in a rounders festival on and competed against 5 other schools. The children showed great sportsmanship throughout the tournament and used great fielding and batting skills in each game. The team came 4th overall.

June 2015 - KS1 Multi-Skills - Year 1 & 2 attended a multi-skills festival at Cheltenham College. The damp weather did not stop the pupils from enjoying themselves and taking part in a number of different sporting activities.

June 2015 - Country Dance Festival – Year 3 pupils took part in a Country Dance Festival held at Charlton Kings Junior School.

June 2015 - KS2 Outdoor Activities - On Tuesday, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in Outdoor & Adventurous Activities. The weather remained dry and all year enjoyed taking part in a wide range of activities which promoted the use of the outdoors, in particular orienteering and the use of the school site.

June 2015 - Cricket Tournament – Pupils in Y6 and Y5 took part in a Cricket Tournament at Cheltenham Cricket Club. They all played very well and got through to the plate competition but missed out on winning that match by just a few runs.

June 2015 - National Schools Equestrian Association Show Jumping – Four girls Ellie S, Hannah M, Lucy T and Erin K represented Gotherington School at an equestrian event. The girls did exceptionally well competing against children who were a lot older and finished 1st in the 60cm class. Ellie S was also placed individual 1st and Erin K individual 2nd. I would once again like to thank parents who give up their time to take the girls to these events and congratulate the girls on another wonderful performance.

June 2015 - Multi Skills Day – School Sports Gloucestershire came into school to deliver Multi Skills session to pupils in Years 1-3, sharing techniques to improve their ball skills and co-ordination.

June 2015 - Athletics Field Event – Pupils in Y5 represented the school in field events at Prestbury St Mary’s School. They all enjoyed the event on a sunny afternoon and performed well.

June 2015 - Mini Red Tennis event – Four pupils from Years 2, Adian D, Archie K, Darcie J, Ellie M were invited to take part in a tennis festival held at East Glos Tennis Club. They all performed brilliantly and returned with the Bronze medal.

Spring 2015
  • Cheltenham Swimming Gala
  • St Edwards Athletics
  • Athletics Workshop for the whole school
  • Netball matches
  • Hockey Festival
  • Equestrian Competition for the Gotherington Equestrian Team (Please see report by Ellie B)
  • 'Dan the Skipping Man' workshop for the whole school
  • Feet First Dance Competition at Cheltenham Town Hall
  • Key Stage 1 Multi-skills Day
  • Gymnastic Coaching for Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
  • Cross-country
  • Girls' Football Tournament 
  • Indoor Athletics at All Saints Academy 
  • House Cross-country for the whole school
  • A wide range of football matches for both Year 6 and 5
  • Archery and Kinball Workshops
  • Year 3 swimming lessons - 10 week course for Y3 pupils to develop their swimming skills

Autumn 2014
  • New Equipment - We have purchased a wide range of new equipment to enhance PE across the school. This includes a class set of basketballs & some new gymnastic tables.
  • Play Leaders - Year 6 Play Leaders have trained new play leaders from Year 5. There is a wide range of activities on offer for children at play and lunch times.
  • Albert Dix Football – Our football team played in the Albert Dix Tournament. The team performed really well and qualified from their group winning 2 games and losing 1. This was a real achievement against larger schools.
  • Dance Workshop - Children across the school took part in a dance workshop. A specialist dance teacher taught the children a range of dances including 1940’s swing dance and Bollywood dancing. The children really enjoyed the day and we are hopeful that Lucy, the dance teacher, will return for further dance workshops.
  • Football match – The school’s football team played Glenfall. In damp conditions, the team showed great spirit and played very well. The final score was 3-2 to Glenfall.
  • Cross-country - Pupils in Y5 and Y6 have been attending Cross Country races at The Vineyards, Tewkesbury. The pupils who have taken part have represented the school really well.

July 2014
  • Year 5 Kinball Tournament – Year 5 took part in a Kinball tournament at Cleeve School.
  • Sports Day 2014 – Sports Day was a really closely fought contest with Warwick eventually being crowned winners. Congratulations to everyone who competed so well for their houses.
  • Cheltenham Cricket Knock-out Festival – our cricket team took part in a cricket match against St Edward’s School. The children all showed great sportsmanship, winning one and losing one.
  • Rounders Tournament – The rounders team participated in a tournament at Katye Lane Playing Field in Bishop’s Cleeve.
  • Year 1 Olympic multi-skills Festival – Year 1 pupils took part in various sporting events at the multi-skill festival held at Cheltenham College.
June 2014
  • Multi-Skills Event – Year 2 pupils took part in a multi-skills event held at Kayte Lane, Bishop’s Cleeve. The pupils enjoyed competing against other Year 2 children from local primary schools.
  • Our talented sporting pupils have been particularly successful over the last few weeks:Jennifer A, Albie H, Jasmine S and Louis S were the winners from the Mini Red Tennis tournament and went on to play in the County Finals and came second – a brilliant achievement especially as they were competing with children who were a year older.
  • 30 of our Key Stage 2 pupils took part in an athletic event held at the Prince of Wales Stadium and through their fantastic team work and effort, were joint winners. This is the first time the school has won the Small School’s Athletics Championship.
  • Our cricket team joined other local schools at the Cheltenham Cricket Knock-Out Festival and won.
  • Equestrian Event – Libby B, Ellie B, Katie E and Lucy T represented Gotherington School at an equestrian event held at Hartpury International Arena on Saturday. The girls did exceptionally well competing against children who were a lot older.
  • Country Dance Festival – Year 3 pupils took part in a country Dance Festival held at Charlton Kings Junior School.
  • Severn Shield Athletic Event - Eight pupils from Year 6 represented the school in a range of field events held at St Mark’s School.
  • Mini Red Tennis event - Eight pupils from Years 2 and 3 were invited to take part in a tennis festival held at East Glos. Tennis Club. 
May 2014
  • St Edward's Athletics
  • Year 4 'Quad Kids' Festival 
  • Skipping Leaders – Dan the Skipping Man delivered a special workshop to a group of Y5 Sport Leaders. The aim was to equip them with the necessary skipping skills to enable them to deliver activities at lunch times.
  • Year 4 tag-rugby league coaching - Y4 have started a series of tag-rugby league coaching sessions which will culminate in a tournament.
April 2014
  • Skipping workshop - Dan the Skipping Man delivered skipping workshops to every class across the school. This culminated in a whole-school assembly where children from across the school were able to show case their skills.
  • Tag-Rugby Festival - Our tag-rugby teams took part in the annual Cheltenham Spa SSP Tag-Rugby Festival. 
March 2014
  • Inter-house cross-country – To celebrate Sport Relief 2014 every child in the school took part in the first inter-house cross country event. Children raced against each other over a course which had been set out by Mr Philcox. Year 6 pupils managed the event and even compiled the final places electronically. It proved to be a wonderful event which enabled every pupil to compete.  
  • Specialist Rugby Coaching - Year 5 and 6 have enjoyed a series of specialist tag-rugby coaching sessions which have really honed their tag-rugby skills.
  • Football – Our football team played Airthrie School in a league game. The boys played very well and won the game 3:2.
  • Hockey Festival – Year 6 pupils took part in a primary schools’ hockey festival at Kayte Lane, Bishop’s Cleeve. Well done to the pupils for being great ambassadors for the school.
  • Netball – Our netball team took part in a match against GrangefieldSchool . Our girls played exceptionally well and made us all very proud of their attitude and enjoyment of the game.
  • Cross Country – Our cross-country team took part in the final race of the season. This was followed by a presentation to the children who have taken part in the races over the last few months. Gotherington School were placed 3rd overall in the Large School event. Congratulations to Alex who came 2nd overall in the boys’ individual league and Emmeline who came 11th overall in the girls’ individual league; both pupils were invited to take part in the Cross Country finals. I am sure that you will join with me in congratulating all pupils who took part in the races on their fantastic achievement for the school.
February 2014
  • Girls football - The Years 5 and 6 girls’ football team took part in a football tournament on the astro pitch at Kayte Lane. The girls played very well and were a credit to the school.
  • Cross Country – Well done to all the children who took part in the cross country run at Tewkesbury . Special congratulations to Alex E who came 3rd and Luke L who came 5th in the boys’ race.  
January 2014
  • SSCO Athletic event – Twenty pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in an indoor athletics event at All Saints’ Academy. They competed in a number of events against other local primary school and secured a bronze medal.
  • Gymnastic coaching sessions – Year 1 and Year 2 had the first of four specialist gymnastic coaching sessions which have been funded by the Primary School PE & Sports Grant.  The sessions aim to develop the gymnastic skills of the children but to also enhance teacher understanding of how to deliver and organise the subject.
  • Year 3 Swimming – Year 3 pupils undertake ten swimming sessions @Leisure in Cheltenham.
  • Y4 tag-rugby coaching sessions led by Gloucester RFC.
  • JuJutsu workshops – Amanda Wright, a martial arts instructor gave pupils from Years 1 to Year 6 a taster session in JuJutsu.
December 2013
  • Girls’ Football match – Our Year 5 and Year 6 girls’ football team played an away game against ShurdingtonSchool . The team played very well but lost 1:3.
November 2013
  • Football – The football team played a number of games as part of the School’s Football League Competition. The team played Grangefield Primary School and played very well but lost 5:3. They played against Holy Trinity School and won 1:0 and played away against Gretton School and drew 3:3.
October 2013
  • Y3 tag-rugby coaching sessions led by Gloucester RFC.
  • Y4 tennis coaching workshops with specialist tennis coaches.
  • Football – The first football match of the season was a home game against Gloucester  Road Primary School on Tuesday. Gotherington School played well as a team, which  reflected in the final score of a 3-1 win.
September 2013
  • Cross Country - Well done to all the Year 5 and Year 6 pupils who took part in the first cross country race which was held at The Vineyards, in Tewkesbury. Congratulations to Alex E who came 1st overall in the boys’ race and to Cara R who was our fastest Gotherington School girl runner and came 11th overall  in the girls’ race – a fantastic achievement from both pupils!