Below you will find information and photos relating to sport taking place in school. This will include sports day, inter-house competitions, PE lessons and more.
SPORT RELIEF 2020
On 12th March, all children at Heatlands took part in different sporting challenges to raise money for Sport Relief. It was great to see children dressed in a wide range of sports clothes, many showing how proud they were to represent different clubs in a range of different sports. Throughout the day children took part in the run, walk, skip or hop challenge, testing themselves to see how many times they could keep going around the Poors Field. Everyone also took part in a non stop football match which kicked off at 8am and finished at 6pm! All of the children should be proud of their efforts and the huge amount of money they were able to raise for Sport Relief.
INTER HOUSE DODGEBALL AND GIRLS FOOTBALL
The children across years 4, 5 & 6 took part in Inter House Dodgeball and Football competitions on Thursday 3rd Octobe. All the children enjoyed taking part and cheering on their team mates. It was brilliant to see the children manage their teams so that everyone had a fair opportunity to play and all saying what a fantastic morning they had playing either Dodgeball or Football.
The winners were:
Dodgeball - Daniel
Girls Football - Sackville
INTER HOUSE CROSS COUNTRY
On Friday 2nd November, the key stage two cross country finals took place. All week leading up to this event children had raced against one another in year groups to try and qualify for the final. The qualifier races were fantastic to watch with children looking to improve on their own best performances, racing to try and improve themselves! While it is great to see so many fantastic runners at school competing to qualify it was just as pleasing to see the sense of achievement other children felt in doing their best or maintaining a constant running speed throughout their race. It is always great to have children acorss different year groups come to tell me how they have improved or how proud they are of themselves.
The finals saw children compete in one of four races; Lower Key Stage Two Girls, Lower Key Stage Two Boys, Upper Key Stage Two Girls and Upper Key Stage Two Boys. Children not taking part did all they could to support their house and friends by encouraging them throughout their run. All of the races were very competitive with a number of children in Year 3 or 5 pushing themselves and doing particularly well when competing against children a year older than them, including Millie in Year 5 who won her race! A number of children who have shown they are especially taleted at running longer distances were asked to run a little further than others taking part in their race. This provided them with more of a challenge and all who were asked to do this approached that challenge with great effort and sportsmanship.
All of the children who took part in the finals were able to gain points for their house team, the better their position the more points they would gain. Congratulations to Argent House on winning the team event again this year.
Full details of the podium positions for all four races are below:
Lower Key Stage Two Girls: 1st - Alys, 2nd - Rebecca, 3rd - Sydney
Lower Key Stage Two Boys: 1st - Benjamin, 2nd - Bobby, 3rd - Oli
Upper Key Stage Two Girls: 1st - Millie, 2nd - Catherine, 3rd - Ella
Upper Key Stage Two Boys: 1st - James, 2nd - Orlando, 3rd - Finley
INTER HOUSE DODGEBALL & GIRLS FOOTBALL
The children across years 4, 5 & 6 have had a very exciting morning participating in Inter House Dodgeball for the boys and Football for the girls. All the children participated with a brilliant sporting attitude with great skills on show, enthusiasm to cheer on their team mates and most of all enjoying themselves. It was brilliant to see the children manage their teams so that everyone had a fair opportunity to play and all saying what a fantastic morning they had playing either Dodgeball or Football.
The winners were:
Dodgeball - Orpen
Girls Football - Argent
INTER HOUSE NETBALL AND FOOTBALL
The children across Key Stage 2 have had a lot of fun this week taking part in the Inter House Netball and Football competitions. All of the children took part with a sporting attitude with some great netball and football on show in the Upper and Lower competitions. It was fantastic to see the children take charge for organising their own teams, supporting one another throughout the games and enjoying being active. The winners this year were:
Lower Key Stage Two Netball: Firmins
Lower Key Stage Two Football: Orpen
Upper Key Stage Two Netball: Sackville
Upper Key Stage Two Football: Orpen
Many thanks to Mr Thomas, our photographer for the Lower Key Stage Two competitions.
NETBALL SUPER LEAGUE FIXTURE
On 27th February, a number of children across Key Stage 2 attended a Netball Super League fixture at Essex University. This was a fantastic opportunity to watch professional Netball being played and for children to see the speed at which the game moves when played at this level. All of those that attended had a great time with many saying they were looking forward to coming to watch the Mavericks when they next play in Colchester.
Children across Years 1-6 had the opportunity to try out Badminton today. Julie Bradbury, a Commonwealth Games Gold medal winner, led sessions that allowed children the opportunity to develop a further understanding of the skills required to play this fun, energetic game. All of the children who took part had a great time with many saying they would be interested in playing Badminton in the future.
INTER-HOUSE CROSS COUNTRY
On Friday 3rd November, the key stage two cross country finals took place. All week leading up to this event children had raced against one another in year groups to try and qualify for the final. The qualifier races were fantastic to watch with children choosing their own goal for their run and giving all they could to achieve it. While it is great to see so many fantastic runners at school competing to qualify it was just as pleasing to see the sense of achievement other children felt in doing their best or maintaining a constant running speed throughout the entirety of their race. I was especially pleased when one child came to find me at lunchtime to tell me how delighted they were as now they could run the entire race without stopping, achieving their own personal target.
The finals saw children compete in one of four races; Lower Key Stage Two Girls, Lower Key Stage Two Boys, Upper Key Stage Two Girls and Upper Key Stage Two Boys. Children not taking part did all they could to support their house and friends by encouraging them throughout their run. All of the races were very competitive with a number of children ion Year 3 or 5 pushing themselves and doing particularly well when competing against children a year older than them, including Bobby in Year 3 and James in Year 5 who won their races! The Upper Key Stage Two race also saw Lucy take on more of a challenge after dominating previous races. She ran an additional 120m, catching most of those in her race to finish 2nd. Well done to Emily on her own strong race to stay ahead of Lucy and win.
All of the children who took part in the finals were able to gain points for their house team, the better their position the more points they would gain. Congratulations to Argent House on winning the team event this year.
Full details of the podium positions for all four races are below:
Lower Key Stage Two Girls: 1st - Millie, 2nd - Chloe, 3rd - Amelie
Lower Key Stage Two Boys: 1st - Bobby, 2nd - Romeo, 3rd - Ronie
Upper Key Stage Two Girls: 1st - Emily, 2nd - Lucy, 3rd - Catherine
Upper Key Stage Two Boys: 1st - James, 2nd - Keaton, 3rd - Owen
On Wednesday 20th September, boys from Years 4, 5 and 6 (and some girls from Year 6) took part in the first Inter-House Dodgeball competition at Heathlands. The games that too place were manic, competitive and lots of fun for all of the children that took part. We were most impressed with the honesty of children who voluntarily came off the court once they had been hit by a ball; this sportsmanship, and not looking to win at all costs, is exactly what we like to see in the children that we teach and something that made us proud. Children have had very few lessons on Dodgeball and learnt a lot from playing these games, their excitement clear to see and so infectious the Year 3 classes came out to see what was going on! Well done to the winners of the competition, Orpen!
INTER-HOUSE GIRLS FOOTBALL
On Wednesday 20th September, the girls in Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the first Inter-House Girls football competition. This is an event we have been trying to organise for the past couple of years and it was great to see all of the girls playing competitive matches against one another. Games were played with a friendly but determined attitude with some fantastic play from all of the houses taking part. Congratulations to Sackville, the eventual winners of the competition.
Heathlands 'Go Run' got off to a fantastic start with between 30 and 40 children taking part. Children from EYFS to Year 5 ran and walked around the course at their own pace, some children completing 8 laps, others 2, but all enjoying running. Even over the course of this first session is was possible to see children's long distance running improving as they learnt through experience what pace of running they were able to maintain and when they were running too fast and would need to stop! Hopefully these children, and others from the school, will continue enjoying running on a Friday after school, being active and learning more about how they can run longer distances.
Thank you to the volunteers who helped set up, encourage and guide the runners and collect in the equipment.
KS2 CROSS COUNTRY COMPETITION
On returning to school the children in KS2 learnt that they would be taking part in a House Cross Country Competition! Girls and boys compete separately in this event with children in LKS2 running 1000m and those in UKS2 running 1500m.
Over the course of this week all children in KS2 have taken part in heats in their year groups, looking to finish in the top 7 and therefore qualify for either the LKS2 or UKS2 final, due to take place on Wednesday 7th September. It has been great to see all of the children tackling a long distance run, with so many looking to do their best, whether that was competing to try and qualify for the final or maintain a steady pace to help them run the entire distance without stopping.
In the final, children had the opportunity to compete for individual medals, but more importantly represent their House and earn points that go towards determining who will win the Cross Country Competition Trophy! On a hot day all children running did amazingly well with a number of close finishes for positions across all races. Congratulations to those below who managed to finish in the top three!
LKS2 girls: 1st - Catherine B 2nd - Millie D 3rd - Ellie G
LKS2 boys: 1st - James M 2nd - Finley H 3rd - Adam R
UKS2 girls: 1st - Emily M 2nd - Esme R 3rd - Ruby A
UKS2 boys: 1st - Ewan J 2nd - Isaac E 3rd - Daniel M
The winners of the House Cross Country Competition Trophy are Firmins House - congratulations Firmins!
If your child enjoys running longer distances and would like to improve, or if they would like to give it a go, try the Heathlands 'Go Run!' club on a Friday after school. All children from EYFS to Year 6 are welcome to attend with no need to register. For more details speak to Mr Minter. You child may also be interested in trying the Colchester Junior Parkrun. This takes place every Sunday at 9 at the Old Heath Recreation Ground. For more details see Mr Minter or click here to visit their website.
GIRLS FOOTBALL TEAM ATTEND COL UTD MATCH
On Wednesday 20th July, the girls football team attended the Colchester United pre-season friendly match against Ipswich Town. Before watching the game the girls were given a tour of Weston Homes Community Stadium, including the trophy room, directors box and laundry room. The girls were also fortunate enough to meet some of the Colchester United players before the game, getting signatures and selfies in the home changing room. Next was an opportunity to buy some dinner and challenge one another on a bungee run. When the game itself arrived Colchester gave a good account of themselves but lost 1-0. Despite the disappointing result the girls enjoyed offering their very vocal support throughout the game and had a very good evening.
ESSEX GIRLS FOOTBALL FESTIVAL
On Saturday 16th July, girls from years 4 and 5 attended a football festival. The girls had lots of fun taking part in games, developing their skills and playing within an inflatable pitch! All of the girls had a great day.
UKS2 INTER HOUSE ROUNDERS
On Friday 15th July, all children across UKS2 took part in a Rounders competition. Over the course of the event it was possible to see what great progress so many of the children had made in Rounders, not just in the fielding or batting skills, but in their understanding of the best way to play the game competitively. After some very close matches Sackville were crowned the winners having won all of their matches! Congratulations Sackville!
Over the 26th, 27th and 28th April, Tennis coaches from the Elena Baltacha Tennis Foundation came into school to deliver a taster session to all children, from EYFS through to Year 6. All of the children that took part enjoyed taking part in fun activities designed to develop them as Tennis players. As part of the Foundation coming in ALL children are also entitled to three FREE Tennis sessions taking place on a Saturday afternoon. We hope many children have been inspired to take up the sport, whether it is attending the sessions offered by the foundation, joining the Tennis club that takes place at School or just playing games against their friends. If children (or parents) want any more details on how to get involved in playing Tennis, or any other sport, please see Mr Minter.
On Monday 18th April, children in Upper Key Stage 2 took part in the Inter House Games. There were a number of very close matches with a number of individuals and teams showing how much progress they have made in Netball and Football since joining Heathlands. It was also good to see the encouragement children offered one another, encouragement not just for their own House but for others taking part as well.
Congratulations to Argent House on winning the Netball competition and Firmins House on winning the Football competition.
On Wednesday 13th April, children in Lower Key Stage 2 took part in the Inter House Games. Matches were played in the correct spirit while remaining competitive. The boys and girls played some great Netball and Football, developing their skills and an understanding of how to apply these to game situations.
Congratulations to Sackville House on winning the Netball competition and Firmins House on winning the Football competition.
SPORT RELIEF 2016
On Friday 18th March, all of Heathlands arrived at school in various sportswear, from football kits to karate uniforms, ready to take on their running/walking challenge - to try and complete 1000kilometres as a whole school. All children, and many members of staff, took part over the course of the day, with a large number of children surpassing the different distances that had been set for them. What was most pleasing throughout the day was seeing the number of children enjoying being active and taking pleasure and pride in pushing themselves to do their best. As a school we ran 2490 laps around the Poors field, which is equal to 1245kilometres (over 770miles), a long way past our target. All of the children should be really pleased with what they have achieved today.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to direct children around the course, encouraged them to keep going and also ran a few kilometres as well.
On Thursday 17th March and Thursday 24th March, Playgolf came into Heathlands to deliver some golf taster sessions to all children in Key Stage 2. All of the children had a fantastic time taking part in a range of different golf activities. During the Summer term Playgolf will be offering a golf club at Heathlands school if any children have been inspired to take up the sport.
HEATHLANDS FITNESS AND ACTIVITY DAY
On 28th January coaches from Premier Education came into school to encourage children to be active and promote a healthy lifestyle.
This began with children arriving at school early to take part in different activities and games, some organised for them and others that the children created for themselves using the equipment provided. It was good to see approximately 100 children taking part and being active before their day at school had even started. Even better to see was the number of older children in the school supporting those younger than them in playing different games. Those in Key Stage two said they enjoyed the freedom to choose what they did knowing they could join in an activity with a coach if they liked. Alana in year 6 said 'I felt I did better at school as I had really woken up'.
Throughout the morning the children in 2D, 4M and 6G attended a healthy lifestyles lesson. This involved discussing the importance of a warm up, taking your pulse and the impact exercise has on this as well as the foods children should eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Children had the opportunity to take part in different warm up activities and played running games related to constructing a healthy packed lunch. Children also took part in a physical challenge to see if they could continue running continuously for the time expected of a child their age.
During lunchtime a coach looked to engage as many children as possible in further games to keep them active. These games were enjoyed by those that took part and then continued by our own sports leaders when the coach needed to move on to the next session.
During the afternoon the children in class 5M and 4B enjoyed an introduction to the sport of La Crosse. Children had the opportunity to use La Crosse sticks to 'scoop' the ball from the ground before passing it back to their partner. As the confidence using these sticks improved those taking part moved on to attempt to beat a defender in order to score a goal. While learning to use new sports equipment came with its challenges the children enjoyed taking part in a new sport.
The day was a success with a such a large number of children throughout the school involved in different physical activities and games while being reminded of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
TAG RUGBY LESSON AT STANWAY SECONDARY SCHOOL
On 26th January 2016 twenty of the year 5 and 6 students travelled to Stanway Secondary School to take part in a lesson delivered by a member of the PE staff at Stanway. Assisted by a number of Year 10 students from the school, Heathlands children were supported in developing their technique and skills through a series of different activities designed to develop different aspects of their game. Perhaps most useful though was the competitive match played between those children attending as throughout the match both sides had at least three students or teachers helping them to better understand how they should attack or defend effectively. All children enjoyed the lesson and developed a better understanding of how to play the game as part of a team. Many of these children (if not all) will have the opportunity to represent the school in an upcoming Tag Rugby competition (Wednesday 10th February) where I hope to see them apply what they have learnt.
HEATHLANDS BOYS VS GIRLS FOOTBALL MATCH
On 14th December 2015 Heathlands Boys played a football match against Heathlands Girls. It was a competitive match with both teams keen to impress, getting the ball down to play a passing game while also making firm but fair challenges when needed. The final result was 2-0 in favour of the boys, goals were scored by Aaron and Tennison. All children involved enjoyed themselves and are keen for a re-match in the new year.
Heathlands wins the Sport Colchester award for Development of PE and Sport for Young People by a School or College 2015!
On 23rd November 2015, Mr Hallum, Mr Minter, Mr Hassard, Miss Pullen and four year 6 students (Nat, Wills, Amber and Claudia) went to Weston Homes Community Stadium for an award ceremony. A number of sporting achievements were celebrated and Heathlands won the award for development of PE and Sport by a School or College 2015. We were presented with a shield and certificate celebrating our award. Many photographs were taken so we all had to keep smiling. At the end of the event we were allowed to have something to eat, which we were all happy about. It was a fun evening where we all had a great time.
SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS LESSON AT STANWAY SECONDARY SCHOOL
On 1st December 2015 18 of the schools most able Sporthall Athletes travelled to Stanway Secondary School to take part in a lesson delivered by a member of the PE staff at Stanway. Assisted by a number of Year 10 students from the school, Heathlands children were supported in developing their technique in a number of different events while also competing against one another in those events. All children enjoyed the lesson and it was possible to see them develop their skills, running, jumping and throwing further and faster than they had before. It is hoped this will prove useful when the same children compete for the school in the Sportshall Athletics competition on 13th January 2016. Good luck team!