As part of the well-being curriculum Oak 2 went boating. The pupils and staff listened to safety instructions and put on life jackets then all climbed into the bell boat and went for a tour around Scotsman’s flash. The pupils and staff used the ore to row the boat around (they had some help from the instructor).
This week, Maple rose to the challenge of taking part in an Archery competition with no less than 6 other schools. The competition was held at a local school and our pupils interacted confidently with other children. The pupils had been working on their aiming skills throughout our sports week and set off feeling confidence. The scores on the doors were amazing and all the pupils showed fantastic sportsmanship.
All the way back in March, Fir 2 planted a few potatoes in the hope we might get a few potatoes to cook in the summer. Well, after lots of weeding and watering, the potato plants were ready to dig up. The children used spades to dig up the plants and discovered a bumper crop beneath the soil! We washed the potatoes, prepared and cooked them in a variety of ways: mash, chips, roasties and crisps. The children had the opportunity to engage in every step of preparation, from soil to table. They all had a taste of the potatoes and used it for fun with food in the play tray. They have learnt a lot about where potatoes come from and all the types of food they can be made into. Great job Fir 2.
Pine 2 had a trip to Smithills Open Farm.
The children saw lots of different farm animals and they even got to see some meerkats and wallabies. The wallabies had come all the way from Australia! Pine 2 used their symbols to take turns and requested which animals they would like to see. They also enjoyed a tractor ride which took the children to see some horses and donkeys in a field – the driver let the children feed them some bread. To top it all off, Pine 2 enjoyed some ice-cream in the sunshine!
The Birches have been exploring what it is like to be in a church in the Sensory Studio as a part of their Religious Education topic. Pupils investigated different religious artefacts and joined in with different activities that take place in a church. They had a great time!
We were thrilled to welcome some of our families from Rowan 1 on a school trip. We wanted to let them see how well we travel on our school minibus and how amazing our pupils are in the community. This helped our families to see how we use visuals and different strategies to enable us to access a range of activities. It was also a chance for us to share a fun learning experience.
During Geography today Elm 1 talked about the seaside. They answered questions about what they might see at the beach. They looked at photographs of our friends in Elm 1 at the beach. The children then enjoyed a beach party. They played with the beach ball, dressed up wearing sun glasses and sun hats and explored the water and sea animals. They made sandcastles and enjoyed sunbathing on their beach towels. Elm 1 also enjoyed a picnic. Well done Elm 1 you shared the equipment with your friends and used lots of key vocabulary to explore the beach through sensory play. Keep up the hard work.
Early Learners pretended to be at the seaside. They played in wet and dry sand, played hook a duck and had candy floss stall. They even had a fish and chip shop where they used their PECs to request what they wanted.
We are delighted to announce that we, Rowan Tree Primary School, have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school’s engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Our physical activity and school sport achievements this year include:
Residentials to CAFT and Bendrigg
Numerous Boccia and Kurling competitions against other schools
Football match against Hope and Meadowbank School
Regional finals in the PAN Bowling
Regional Boccia Finals
Weekly daily Mile sessions
Weekly Rebound therapy sessions
Weekly swimming sessions
Weekly High Quality P.E sessions
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our events possible. We are committed to using the School Games to try and engage those young people who haven’t previously been active or represented our school and to try and ensure that all our students have a positive experience and want to try out new activities beyond school too in our community. We believe in the power of physical activity and school sport as a school and give opportunities to those young people that need it most either as a participant, leader, official or volunteer. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas linked to the five School Games outcomes and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. We look forward to applying once again in 2023!