We are very excited to be part of the Schools Sports Alliance. We will be taking part in a wide range of competitions this year including netball, orienteering, golf and archery. We are also having some coaching in gymnastics, basketball and badminton.
Small school netball tournament – Saturday 24th March
Having been postponed due to the snow, Yattendon turned out in force for the small schools netball tournament on Saturday. (24th March) Only 5 of the original 8 schools made it so it was a smaller tournament than originally planned. The rain just about held off for our matches to go ahead.
Play began well as we beat Enborne 3-2. We were then beaten by Stockcross 5-0. Our third match against Inkpen ended in a triumph of 3-1. We then lost 3-1 to Curridge. So, at the end of the matches we were in a positive 3rd position.
There were then play-offs of 1 v 2 and 3 v 4 positions. We played very well but were pipped to the post 2-1, so ended up in 4th position.
Nelle was asked to try out for Newbury Junior trials. Very well done to everyone!
Archery success at Theale School! Thursday 11th January 2018
A team of Year 5 and 6 pupils arrived at Theale School last Thursday ready to aim and fire at a whole range of archery challenges. They competed against 15 schools and emerged in a very respectable 6th place.
Bronze medals for Year Five at Paralympic Festival! 22nd November 2017
Six very excited Year Five athletes ventured to Theale Green School after school, to take part in an Alternative Olympic Festival. Aimed at Year 5/6, we took a team of three girls and three boys to compete in a range of games. These were boccia, kurling, archery and seated volleyball – all of these feature in the Paralympics.
We were in a group of three schools and took turns to practice skills and then have two rounds of scoring points. Boccia and kurling were tricky as you needed to judge the weight of the ‘ball’. Our judgement improved as we gained experience, and soon managed to score on the target mat. Our archery was much better as we managed to hit the target board on most turns. Some of the athletes even scored 5s! Seated volleyball was hilarious as athletes just couldn’t control the light, large ball. Adults had to intervene to catch it! We had great fun though, and worked well together as a team.
This was the first time that some of these athletes had represented the school in sport. We came away with bronze medals. Well done everyone!
Silver medals for Key Stage 1 Multi-skills team in first competition! 5th October 2017
Mrs. Manley was VERY proud to take a team of 6 Year 1 and 2 pupils to Theale Green School this week to take part in a round of target games. Focus and resilience was shown as the pupils, some brand new to the school in September, were able to aim at targets - through archery, boccia, kurling and even through a tunnel!. They used all sorts of equipment with growing confidence to score points for the team. Our highest score came on the Frisbee golf game which we were rather good at.
Yattendon experienced more sports success this week as our orienteers entered the sports partnership event at St. Andrew’s, Pangbourne. It was the wettest day of the week but that didn’t stop us! The Year 5/6 event (we took two Year 4s to make up our girls team), consisted of 16 schools from the local area. The team worked in pairs to complete a challenging course of two circuits around the grounds.
We achieved a fantastic 3rd place at the event! Well done to everyone! Our fastest pair, Ben and Charlie, were an impressive 9 minutes 51 seconds.
Cross Country Championships - Tuesday 28th March 2017
TEAM Kennet West Berkshire & North Hants Primary Schools
More sports success this week as we took 3 teams to Newbury Showground to compete in Team Kennet’s Cross-country annual event. There were 52 schools from the local area! Mrs. Weedon has been busy training our willing runners during lunchtimes. Year 3 & 4 had to run a mile, Year 5 & 6 1.25 miles.
Everyone performed brilliantly – first position for each team went to Ben Waters, Jennifer Hankin and Harry Warwick. Each runner was awarded a super medal to treasure and to recognise their efforts. We are very proud of everyone who ran, and REALLY excited to have put in 2 teams from Year 3 and 4.
Ben, ‘It was an amazing experience to run with so many people around Newbury Showground. It is something we will never forget.’
Morgan, ‘I got up on the starting point and I was so nervous. When the race started I jogged for the start but at the end I didn’t know when to sprint because there was a huge tail-back!’
Small schools netball tournament - Saturday 18th March 2017
In its first season, Yattendon Netball Team put on a remarkable performance against 7 other small schools on Saturday. They played 7 matches, some back-to-back, against teams made up of purely Year 6 players.
With no goal conceded until Game 5, we were able to play both of our Year 4 reserves to achieve the following results:
Curridge 0 - Yattendon 2
Inkpen 0 - Yattendon 8
Shaw-cum-Donnington 0 - Yattendon 7
Kintbury 0 - Yattendon 5
After a short break, play continued, with some challenging games against last years winners. Determination continued as we lost 3-2 to Brightwalton, 4-0 to Burghclere (who won overall); and Stockcross 5-2.
Resigned to possible 4th position, we were delighted to be announced 3rd place overall, presented with bronze medals. Fantastic!!!
Our strong performance was commented on by court officials, and Tom was spoken to as his very impressive 'lob' was noted! Well done everyone, a well deserved achievement.
STOMP Workshop - Wednesday 15th March 2017
We had a very creative curriculum Dance day this week when we were visited by Pete, a former STOMP dancer. Each class had their own workshop to explore different rhythms and moves. The day ended with a performance of dances from Kingfishers.
Check out class pages for photos!
Newbury and District Primary Schools Netball Association - League Finals
Tuesday 13th March
The netball team had an exhausting afternoon at Marlston House on Tuesday as they competed in the League finals, having come 2nd in their group. They played an incredible 9 games, 10 minutes each! The team performed well - against teams consisting of purely Year 6 players - and won 3, drew 3 and lost 3. The most impressive matches were the last few when we managed to beat some much larger schools.
We ended up in 6th place out of an initial 30 schools. An excellent first season!