School Games and Sports News
Sport at Bedale Primary School
At Bedale Primary School, we believe in the power that sport has to support the development of children’s wider skills, qualities and aspirations. Through sport, they can make a positive contribution to our school ethos of Learning and Caring Together, and boost attainment and achievement.
Our sporting events are split into 3 levels, as shown in the diagram below.
Level 1 involves competition within school, including lunchtime and after-school clubs which are open to all abilities of children. We aim to include everyone in sport, competing against pupils of similar ability, including encouraging children to try new sports.
When teams and individuals show a talent in sport, they are given the chance for success at Level 2 and Level 3 events. Here our pupils get a chance to shine in sport and are encouraged to develop their talent further wherever possible. These Level 2 and 3 events often include sponsorship and support from businesses and other agencies such as the North Yorkshire Youth Games, RFU-supported Tag Rugby, and Drax Power’s Kwik Cricket tournament.
Squads for level 2 and 3 competitions are selected based on a number of factors including attendance and attitude at clubs. To help with Level 2 and 3 events, the school may offer extra training sessions for the squad, who are supported by other pupils who may compete in future years or in other competitions. Parents with coaching skills and local clubs have been involved in supporting the school’s success over the past few years. We also rely on parents’ support to accompany children to events and, of course, to cheer them on and console or celebrate with them when it’s all over!
This section of the website is updated termly with a summary of sports news. To keep up-to-date with the latest news, please follow us on our facebook and Twitter pages via the links on our homepage.
2016-17 Sporting News
Our football team was very busy during autumn term 2016, coming second in our local cluster event before losing narrowly in the final of our regional tournament after winning all their previous matches in the event. We've also had a football club after school and lunchtime clubs.
Developing our skills at BHS
Throughout the Autumn term, the year four, five and six children have visited Bedale High School for PE lessons. They have been working on their invasion games and in the Spring term they are continuing the sessions to work on fitness and circuit training. The children have really enjoyed trying out their skills through mini team games. Mr Burgess & Mrs Brittain have been really impressed with our skills! Summer 2017 has seen the Y5/6 pupils again heading to the high school to work on their athletics skills and having the chance to try out the high-jump using their specialist equipment.
Autumn Sports Clubs
During the Autumn term, we have had seven sports clubs running including: archery, dance, karate, tag rugby, gymnastics and two football clubs. This term 53% of the KS2 year groups have places in sports clubs. What an active school we are!
Netball Tournament November 2016
On Wednesday 23rd November, our school took part in a netball tournament competing against other schools. We had two teams of seven children who took part in the High- Five games. In each game, the children took different positions and developed their skills in netball. The children worked brilliantly as teams and worked hard to encourage each other. At the end of the competition, one of our teams scored third place and one seventh. Well done to all the children who took part.
The Sports Captains.
Swimming Gala November 2016
On Wednesday 16th November, our school took part in a swimming gala at Bedale Leisure Centre. We (the sports captains) helped organise the year five and six teams before the event and all the children taking part were really keen to do the different races. Our team was competing against other schools from the area in races including backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle. The competition also included some relays. The gala went really successfully as everyone who took part enjoyed it and did really well. In nine out of the ten races we took part in we managed to place in the top three places! Well done to all the children who took part and showed excellent sportsmanship.
The Sports Captains.
Skip 2B Fit October 2016
During the Autumn term, we had a visit from Skip 2B Fit. They visited us for two days and worked with all the children in the school. Each class had the opportunity to take part in a workshop over the two days which encouraged enjoyment of physical activity and encouraged the children to compete against their own personal best. All the children really enjoyed the workshops and after school parents were invited to take part and get involve too! It was lots of fun!
Following the success of the Skip2Bfit workshops in the Autumn term, we had a visit from Dave from Box2Bfit in June. He visited the school for two days and worked with all the year groups. In the session, we did some circuit activities including: using punch pads, bench hops and balance boards. The children were really positive in the sessions and all tried really hard to achieve their best. Dave said he had really enjoyed visiting our school as we made him feel very welcome. He also commented on our lovely manners and behaviour.
This year our School Games cluster rounders festival took place on Friday 16th June. Three teams of year five and six children took part against other schools from the area. All of the children showed brilliant teamwork and showed excellent progress in their striking, catching and fielding skills throughout the afternoon. Well done to all the children who took part.
Judo taster sessions
We were really lucky in June to have a visit from Glynn who is a specialist Judo coach. He worked with all the children in the school to deliver a session in Judo. He made it really fun for the children and in each session he taught children a few different Judo skills. We learnt how to ‘pin our partner’ and how to ‘flip our partner’! Because we enjoyed the session so much, we are hoping he will be able to come and deliver a Judo club in the Autumn term.
On Tuesday 4th April, our fantastic gymnastic teams took part in a Key Steps Gymnastics Competition at Mowbray School. All of the gymnasts learnt their long and tricky routines well. Mrs Pike was particularly thrilled with how much they had all improved with their skills over the last term. They did really well against some tough competition.
Cross Country Festival
On Thursday 9th March a group of year 3, 4, 5 & 6 children took part in this years’ cross country festival at Catterick racecourse. The year 3 and 4 children had to run 1200m and our year 5 and 6 children 1500m. In each race there were over 100 children taking part from a number of schools in the area. A huge well done to all the children who took part in the competition, they all put in 100% effort and showed excellent team spirit! Also a special mention to these six children who did exceptionally well in their races and qualified for the next level of the competition:
1st Place—Imogen (Year 3 girls)
5th Place—Archie (Year 3 boys)
2nd Place—Ellie-May (Y5 girls)
6th Place—Jessica (Y6 girls)
1st Place—Josh (Y6 boys)
8th Place—Liam (Y6 boys)
Tag Rugby Festival
On Monday 6th March, 12 children from the school participated in a Tag Rugby Festival, held at Wensleydale Rugby Club. Thirteen teams from different schools in the cluster participated in this event. Bedale Primary School played 3 games in total, the skills and confidence of the team grew throughout the day. We lost our first game against RAF Leeming 2-1. The second game was a 2-2 draw against Leyburn. By the final game Bedale were working well as a team and had learnt lessons from the first games, winning against Masham 7-2. Everyone played very well throughout the day, showing great teamwork and were a credit to our school.
Our Y3/4 and Y5/6 boys teams made it to the Richmondshire finals of their respective cricket events this summer, unfortunately missing out on a place in the next round. The 5/6 team were especially close, with just defeats by just 3 runs and 1 run in two of their games! The girls were silver-medal winners in the North Yorkshire finals in Knaresborough later in the summer, only missing out on top spot by a couple points after some excellent matches.
2015-16 Sporting News
Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Award
At the beginning of July we received some fantastic news! Following our application, we have been given a Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Award for all our work in sport in 2015/16. For this award we had to do lots of things in school including: having over 35% of our children attending sports clubs, holding and attending numerous school games competitions and involving children in the organising and leading of school games competitions. In addition to this, we have made links with local sports clubs and have had trained sports coaches working with our children. Well done to all the children who have taken part in clubs, competitions and organising the school games who have helped us to achieve this award. This year we are aiming for GOLD!
At the end of June we had a great opportunity to try out a new sport. Steve from Inclusion Archery visited our school for three days and ran Archery sessions with all of the key stage two children. For many children this was the first time they had tried the sport and they enjoyed learning how to use a bow and arrow. All of the children showed lots of enthusiasm and some even managed to hit the centre of the target! Steve commented on how much he had enjoyed working with all of the children in our key stage two classes and what lovely behaviour he had seen. Some children even had the opportunity to continue developing their skills at the archery after school club. Look out for another archery club in the next academic year.
This year our School Games cluster rounders festival took place on Thursday 23rd June. Even though it was a very hot day, all of the schools who took part had a great afternoon. All of the children showed brilliant teamwork and showed excellent progress in their hitting, catching and fielding skills throughout the afternoon. Well done to the seventeen teams who attended and to the four teams who scored the most points and won their group games. Thank you to all the schools that attended and for showing such wonderful enthusiasm.
Written by The Sports Captains.
On 21st June, our KS2 children had a fantastic healthy day. There were lots of fun activities throughout the day; in the morning we learnt about all the things we can do to keep our bodies healthy, in French we learnt how to say which foods we good for us and we also did some lovely art work drawing fruit and in the style of Arcimboldo. In the afternoon, all of KS2 joined together to take part in three energetic activities which were striking and fielding games, African dance and playground games and circuit activities. All of the children (and teachers!) had a great day and learnt lots about keeping our bodies healthy!
Written by The Sports Captains.
What a super day all the children had at the Quadkids School Games event! Even though it was a rather wet day, all the children showed fantastic sportsmanship and put in 100% effort. On Thursday 16th June, from our school, we took three teams: one team from year two, one team from year three and four and one team from year five and six. All of the children from each team had to take part in four events: a long distance run, a sprit, long jump and throwing. The teams were competing in the events against eight other schools in our cluster. Well done to all of the children who took part and a special well done to the children who achieved high places individually in their events.
Key Stage One Karate
During the Spring Term our year one and two classes have had the opportunity to take part in some Karate sessions with a Karate coach during their PE lessons. The children worked really hard in their sessions and enjoyed learning and trying out a new sport.
In October we hosted the Bedale cluster football tournament, with the help of Bedale Juniors Football Club, in which ten teams from around the cluster competed for a two places in the Richmondshire Finals. After finishing second (losing 3-2 after extra-time) Bedale qualified for this event. Click here for more.
Up at Leyburn, after a tight four matches, Bedale finished unbeaten but second in the final league table after failing to grab the all-important win they needed in the final match, finishing as silver-medal winners.
Our team of female footballers also took part in a tournament at Leyburn, where they just finished outside the medal places after some narrow defeats along the way in their five games.
Developing our skills at BHS
Throughout this year, the year three, four, five and six children have visited Bedale High School for PE lessons. They have been working on their invasion games skills, gymnastics skills and net and wall skills so far and in the summer will be working on their athletics and striking and fielding skills. The children have really enjoyed trying out their skills through mini team games. Mr Burgess & Mrs Brittain have been really impressed with our skills!
In early March some of our year five & six children took part in a hockey tournament against other schools from our local area. Lots of teams from different schools took part in playing seven minute matches against one another along with our Bedale Team A and Team B. All the teams showed enthusiasm and excellent team spirit. Both of our Bedale teams worked really hard and Team A managed to qualify for the Level 3 Hockey event by winning all of their games! Well done to all of the children who took part, they were a credit to the school.
At the end of the Spring term our Bedale Team A took part in the next stage of the Hockey tournament. All of the children really enjoyed taking part and again showed excellence teamwork and enthusiasm! They finished joint 2nd and overall join 3rd on goal difference. What a fantastic achievement ! Well done to all the children who took part.
Cross Country Festival
In March a group of year 3, 4, 5 & 6 children took part in this years’ cross country festival at Catterick racecourse. The year 3 and 4 children had to run 1200m and our year 5 and 6 children 1500m. In each race there were over 100 children taking part from a number of schools in the area. A huge well done to all of the children who took part in the competition, they all put in 100% effort and showed excellent team spirit! Thank you to all the parents who made it along to cheer on the runners!
One of our year 4 girls, year five boys and year six girls qualified for and took part in the North Yorkshire finals due to coming in the top ten of their year group. A huge well done to them!
As well as cricket clubs after school, we have entered three different competitions this year, hosting the opening rounds of two of them with the help of Bedale Cricket Club. You can read a little more about the Y5/6 team here, who won their cluster competition before going on to finish runners-up in the Richmondshire finals - the exact same result as our Y3/4 team in the Drax Cup.
Our girls went a stage further, however, winning their North Yorkshire round at Knaresborough Cricket Club before representing the county in the ECB Kwik Cricket County Finals in Wetherby.
Throughout this academic year we have had many different sports clubs taking place. So far we have run a rugby club, karate club, KS1 multi sports club, KS2 multi sports club, dance club and netball club. During the summer term we are also running cricket clubs and a rounders club.
2014-2015 Sporting News Summary
On a rather frosty morning in February 2015 some of our year 5 children took part in a hockey tournament against other schools from our local area. Ten teams from different schools took part in playing seven minute matches against one another. All the teams showed enthusiasm and excellent team spirit. The children from Bedale achieved joint third place winning two games, drawing one and losing one. Well done to all of the children who took part, they were a credit to the school.
Developing our skills at BHS
During the Autumn term (2014) and Spring term (2015), the year three and four children have visited Bedale High School for PE lessons. They have been working on their invasion games skills. The children have practised dribbling, passing, stopping a ball, keeping a ball under control and aiming at a target with their feet. They have also taken part in some mini team games using the skills they had practised. Mr Burgess was really impressed with our skills!
Cross Country Festival
In March 2015 a group of year 3, 4, 5 & 6 children took part in this years’ cross country festival at Catterick racecourse. The year 3 and 4 children had to run 1200m and our year 5 and 6 children 1500m. In each race there were over 100 children taking part from a number of schools in the area. A huge well done to all of the children who took part in the competition, they all put in 100% effort and showed excellent team spirit!
One of our year 3 girls, two year four boys and one year five girls qualified and took part in the North Yorkshire finals. A huge well done to them!
In March 2015 two teams of year five and six children took part in this year’s gymnastics competition against other schools in the area. All of the children worked very hard in gymnastics club ready to take part in the competition. Our school came third overall in the competition – a fantastic achievement! Well done to the Year 5 and 6 Team A who qualified for the next round of the competition.
During the 2015 Summer term we have lots of sports clubs taking place at lunchtimes and after school including: Girls football, Athletics, Rounders, Rugby, KS1 Multisports, Simon Carson lunchtime and after school club, Cricket, Tri-golf and Beanbag Rounders. We are also looking forward to the Fun Run during this term to be held at the end of May.
Wensleydale RUFC Coaching
The children in year five and six had a great opportunity to take part in PE lessons with a coach from Wensleydale Rugby club during the 2015 Spring Term. They played team games which worked towards developing their skills in this sport. During the summer term, the year three and four children are also taking part in these sessions.
Tag Rugby Festival
We topped our group at the Tag Rugby Festival on Monday 23rd March, winning all four of our games and running in a whopping 47 tries - an average of nearly 12 per match!
Our girls were bronze medals from the Level 2 Girls' Football event! Following a 100% record in the group, Bedale lost on penalties after a tight 0-0 semi-final with Leeming RAF. The team played brilliantly all day and maintained their unbeaten record (in normal time) by drawing their 3rd/4th playoff and winning the bronze medal match on penalties, with Millie scoring the winner.
We have had a busy Summer 2015, hosting the Mixed Y5/6 Cluster Big Bash Cricket tournament on Monday 18th May. Our team came a super third place in the tournament this year. Click here for more.
At the Year 3/4 Drax Cup in Richmond on June 12th our younger cricketers came second, narrowly missing out on a place in the North Yorkshire finals.
For the first time, our girls formed a cricket team this year and set off to Knaresborough Cricket Club for the North Yorkshire finals on 10th June, coming second by the narrowest of margins after needing just a single run from the final ball of the match. So close, girls! Here's to 2016's team... Click here for more.
As well as holding successful inter-house competitions between our own pupils, in recent years our school teams have achieved great success at stage two and three competitions against schools from around North Yorkshire and beyond.
Our pupils have done especially well in Cross Country events, with our 2012 team becoming North Yorkshire Champions and one of our girls making the County Finals for the last two years.
In football, we won the Thornton Watlass tournament for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. After this competition was limited to smaller schools only, we formed our own Dale and Vale Trophy in 2013 and became the first holders of this trophy by winning against four larger schools in the area. We followed this up in 2014 by retaining our title.
Our Y3/4 team football team were also champions of the Risedale cluster in 2012. In Summer 2014 our Girls' team qualified for the Level Two football event by winning our cluster tournament (click here), missing out on a place in the North Yorkshire finals in a thrilling 5-4 extra-time defeat.
Our cricket teams have also achieved great success, with our Y3/4 team winning the 2012 Drax Cup, beating teams from all over Yorkshire to win at Headingley Stadium. In 2013 our Y5/6 team finished 4th in the North Yorkshire finals of the ASDA Kwik Cricket tournament. The following year, they were silver-medallists in North Yorkshire, bronze-medallists in Yorkshire and reached the National Northern Finals - click here for our article in the Northern Echo.
Our Tag Rugby team has also represented our cluster in regional finals in recent years. In Spring 2014 a talented team won the cluster event (click here) at Wensleydale Rugby Club and took part in the Yorkshire Tag 2 Twickenham Rugby Finals, coming in the top ten teams in the county. Click here for a report.
As well as this, in Autumn 2013 our netball team won their cluster event and followed this up by taking part in the Level Two tournament, our Gymnastics team have finished in the top three of local events and we have also done well in swimming galas and multi-sport events.
We also hold regular in-school competitions such as House Football, House Cricket and Sports Days.
Well done to everyone and good luck for next season!