2020 - 2021
Football is back!
A huge thank you and well done to those who represented East Wichel in the football match yesterday evening. We came up against a very tough opposition, and despite the loss, everyone showed massive levels of determination and enthusiasm to do their absolute best and perform even better in the second half.
I would also like to say a huge well done to those children who were playing their first ever football match for East Wichel, you all represented the school so well and I hope you enjoyed it and learned a lot from the experience. You can all be really proud of the way you played!
New Playground Fun!
We have had a revamp of our main playground and the Foundation Stage playground with some fabulous new markings for all the children to enjoy and make playtime so much more fun. Ensuring that children stay active during their playtimes is really important and the new markings will not only help with their fitness levels but there are some great games that can be played on them so we know this will improve all their PE skills too. We had a great day of training provided by Inspired Schools and Fortius PE and some of our Year 5 children took part in a Playground Leaders training session where they learnt how to run different activities - hopefully next year when we may not have to be in bubbles anymore they will be running lots of lunchtime activity sessions and House competitions. In the meantime it has been wonderful to see the children using the markings and creating their own games, although it has to be said 4 Square is the most popular game by far. We wonder if your children might be able to teach you how to play at home - you just need something to mark out 4 squares and a ball!
Mrs Ash and Miss Hardy
In Term 4 we got set for the Olympic Games by travelling to Tokyo! Everybody was encouraged to get as active as possible and log their activity on the Get Set For Tokyo website to score points for their House. Each activity logged was converted into kilometres and this got teams to different destinations on the way - we had croissants in Paris, feta cheese and olives in Athens, fried chicken in Atlanta, did some salsa dancing at the carnival in Rio, had a bar-b-que on Bondi beach in Sydney, then Chinese dragon dancing in Bejing before finally arriving in Tokyo! As always the competition was fierce and the leaderboard changed several times over the course of 6 weeks but the team that made it to Tokyo first were Shaw! Awesome job to all those in Shaw house and well done to everyone else for making it such a great competition!
Mrs Ash and Miss Hardy
Term 3 Gymnastics Competition
Even with another lockdown we were able to enter the Swindon Schools Gymnastics competition in Term 3. Children were asked to create their own gymanstics routine at home and submit a video entry for judging. On the days that they would have had PE in school, they were given gymnastics lessons to follow at home to help them with creating their routines. We were so impressed with all the entries we got and the standard was really high. The competition between schools was tough but we did have some medal winners who we are very proud of!
Term 3 - House Orienteering Competition
We may have been put into another lockdown and school may not have been open as usual but this did not stop us having a PE House competition!
This competition was open to all the children and their families and friends - the more people who entered, the more points your house could win. An orienteering challenge was set up around East Wichel with a series of control cards that needed to be found. On the control cards were different exercises to be done, the name of a member of staff, a Roman numeral, a number and a letter - participants then had to complete a sheet with all the information and submit photos of them doing the exercises. The letters then spelt out East Wichel. For those families who do not live in East Wichel, different challenges were set each day and when they sent in evidence of completing these, a letter was revealed so they could spell out East Wichel too. Each day extra challenges were set so bonus points could be won. We even had a challenge linking to our value of love and we had some lovely hearts made out of twigs, leaves and stones, that were then placed outside school.
This competition was a huge success with so many families competing in all weathers - we had gales, storms, sunshine and even snow but this did not deter anyone and the photos submitted showed how enthusiastic everyone was - there were some very big smiles even whilst doing burpees! All the Houses could have won but in the end it was Lydiard House who scored the most points and were crowned the winners! Well done to all those in Lydiard but also to everyone else who made it such a great competition!