We thoroughly enjoy sport at Yattendon and feel very proud to have achieved the School Games Gold Award for 2017/18. There is sport in school everyday in some form, supported by the Daily Mile. Our Sports Coach, Mr. Bint, is in school on Thursdays and Fridays. He teaches PE, coaches high attaining sports young people, encourages inclusivity and less active pupils, and also helps pupils develop motor skills through small group sessions.
We take part in a wide range of competitions throughout the County, including netball, cross-country and cricket. Our pupils also benefit from external coaching sessions in a range of sports including rugby, volleyball, tennis and gymnastics. Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to complete up to Level 2 Bikeability in the Summer term.
Our stunning netball team ended in first position yesterday at the Kennet and Theale Rural Small Schools Netball Tournament. Playing six 10 minute matches, they showed such determination, right to the end as they scored their winning goal to secure first position.
Scores were Yattendon against Bucklebury (12-0), Sulhampstead and Ufton Nervet (10-2), Aldermaston (9-0), Woolhampton ((9-0), Purley (9-2) and finally our toughest match against Bradfield (5-4). Shooters Nelle and Martha scored an incredible 54 goals over the two hours!!! As the final whistle blew, the team jumped for joy, knowing they were going to be bringing the shield back to school with their name on it. Well done everyone!
I was pleased to take two Year 3 and 4 teams into the Elstree School 1km event on Thursday. Teams needed to consist of two girls and two boys and it was a relay event. It was a tough course – up-hill and very muddy and wet under-foot. Everyone did SO well to complete their circuit. Each team player was rewarded with a certificate and a water bottle for taking part.
Netball League 2018-19
Netball league group matches are underway and we have a particularly strong team this year.
Mrs Phillips and myself were privileged to take 9 netball players to Trinity school for our first league match of the season on 30th October.
We have an older team this year with players that have been coming to netball club for over a year. This shone through as the team worked so well together. We achieved a fantastic score of 15 – 2 against Curridge Primary School which was a super start for us. Well done everyone!
We have recently played 2 matches at Marlston House against their team and Chieveley Primary School.
We beat Marlston House 6-4, and took a final defeat from Chieveley of 6-5. Great play everyone!
Our final group match is against Hermitage Primary School in January.
Well, what a way to end the netball season and a fantastic year of netball!
We were invited to attend the Kennet and Rural Schools Federation Netball Tournament on the 24th April 2018.
We took 11 players and endured 8 ten minute games against other local schools. The team used all of the skills and strategies they had learned through the year. They worked brilliantly together and were justly rewarded for their weekly hard work.
The team achieved 3 wins against Bucklebury, Purley and Basildon. They then drew against Cold Ash St. Marks and Aldermaston. They were defeated by Bradfield, Woolhampton and Englefield.
However, overall point results meant we were awarded beautiful Bronze certificates. Well done everyone!
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!