At Abbotswood, our vision is to provide engaging opportunities for children to experience high quality Physical Education and school sport through personal challenge and competition that will lead to life-long participation.
PE plays a vital role in promoting physical activities and a healthy lifestyle in a positive and enjoyable way for all pupils. Our curriculum aims to develop and challenge pupils’ abilities in a range of physical activities and sports – helping them to develop their personal fitness, understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and learn important life skills such as teamwork, honesty and perseverance.
At Abbotswood, we achieve the target of two hours of taught PE a week. This is split into two parts: REAL PE and Wider Sport.
REAL PE (1 hour per week):
Real PE is, first and foremost, a philosophy and approach which aims to transform how PE is taught in order to include, challenge and support EVERY child. It is a progressive essential skills scheme of work which develops the 12 fundamental skills needed to gain physical and sporting mastery across the 6 key dimensions of: Creative, Cognitive, Physical, Health & Fitness, Social & Personal.
Wider Sports (1 hour per week):
This covers all of the other areas of PE covered in the National Curriculum, including: Games, Dance, Gymnastics, Athletics and Swimming to name a few. Children use the fundamental skills developed in REAL PE within all these traditional aspects of PE.
At Abbotswood, we also work in partnership with Bristol Forever Sports, whose specialist sports coaches teach PE sessions for two afternoons a week. This allows the children the opportunity to be exposed to new sports, taught by specialised teachers, as well as providing continued professional development for teachers.
We are also a member of the CSET partnership, whereby qualified coaches offer CPD for staff, carry out fundamental skills tests across the year groups and provide lots of opportunities for us to take part in local competitions.
We have had such a busy week, full of different activities each day to reach our 60 minutes of physical activity! Here are just a few photos of what we have been up to!
We brought our bikes and scooters in and rode around the school field and playground!
We had cricket taster sessions from Gloucester cricket!
Years 1-4 have had visits from our CSET coaches, Alex and Dean, to test our athletic abilities. We carried out a range of tasks including balance beam, throwing a weighted ball, speed bounce among others!
CSET Sports Leaders
Groups of children from each Key Stage Two class were chosen to be their year group’s Sports Leaders. They took part in training with Alex and Dean, our CSET coaches, to learn about and understand the importance of warm ups. The children were taught the acronym STEP (Space, Task, Equipment, People) and how to plan their own warm up games! They then demonstrated their skills by showing their class what they had learned. We are hoping that there will be plenty of opportunities for the Sports Leaders to organise competitions between year groups when we are allowed to mix bubbles!
CSET Cross Country
This year, we have joined the CSET sports partnership and have taken part in our first virtual sports competition of the year: cross country! All year groups took part over a couple of weeks and worked in small teams to complete laps of the course. We all had such a great time and definitely approved our pacing skills each week! The results are in and Abbotswood placed an amazing 5th out of all of the local schools who took part and completing 167 miles! A great achievement, well done everyone!
On a chilly March Monday evening, Abbotswood welcomed Filton Avenue Primary to the Abbotswood Arena. The pitch was in fine condition after our prolonged winter break and the children were keen to get back in action.
The game kicked off and Abbotswood controlled the early phases of the game, moving the ball well across the pitch (avoiding the boggiest patches) and holding their shape well in defence. Oliver Ball made an accomplished start and made a few crucial tackles, stopping some early Filton attacks. It was not long before Abbotswood’s possession, positional play and clinical movement off the ball began to pay dividends, and the team found gaps in the Filton defence.
The game finished with Connor Walters scoring five goals, as well as one goal apiece for Corey McKeigue and Harri Robinson. The whole team played well, especially Alfie Lawrence who had a quieter night in goal. However, when he was called upon, he produced two or three excellent saves, preserving his clean sheet. The Year 6’s in particular put in an excellent display, showing real leadership and encouraging the younger, less experienced members of the squad.
Team: Connor Walters (c), Alfie Lawrence (GK), Archie Edwards (c), Oliver Ball (c), Leo Salter,
Harri Robinson, Harry Fews, Corey McKeigue, Sam Hayden, Lacey Rixon.
Our next game will be on Monday 9th March, also against Filton Avenue. We hope to see as many people as possible supporting the team!
Abbotswood travelled en masse to Patchway on Thursday 27th March to compete in the Girls Plate quarter final. It was amazing being able to take such a huge squad of enthusiastic and supportive girls to their first away football match.
Unfortunately, the result does not quite reflect the run of play, with St Chads scoring either side of half-time and then fending off an Abbotswood attack, before hitting us on the counter.
A special mention must go out to Maisie Wade, who was described as 'brutal' in defence, taking no prisoners and putting in a few bone-crunching challenges. Mr Jelf was very proud indeed. Another particular mention must go to Lacey Rixon who must have covered every blade of grass in a, quite literally, breath-taking performance!
Team: Phoebe Fraser (c), Nieve Brooker (GK), Sienna Palmer, Blossom De'Mar, Jess Robinson, Tamai Addlesee, Holly-Ann Walker, Tiana Robins, Ella-Mai Gilvear, Kayla Mead, Frankie Robinson, Emma Vowles, Lacey Rixon, Maisie Wade.
I am looking to organise more girls football matches in the future and we have another game in the diary for Wednesday 25th March against Wick.
On Wednesday 12th February, Miss Jones took a group of Year 3 and 4 children to Abbeywood Community School to compete in the annual Festival of Youth Dance. Mr Jelf and Miss Jolliffe were in the crowd and were amazed at how quickly the children had picked up the routine and how well they worked together. It was incredible to see them enjoying themselves and showing all of our school values! They were a credit to the school and their parents!
Mr Jelf managed to sneak a photograph from the back of the auditorium.
On Monday 11th November, Abbotswood hosted Crossways Primary school in the South Gloucestershire Schools Girls Cup. After a hurried practise at lunch time, the girls ran out onto the pitch full of enthusiasm, ready to tackle anything and anyone!
Many of our girls had not played football before, certainly not in a full seven-a-side game! I picked a large squad, so there was lots of rotation and, as I said, the girls were a real credit to the school.
Crossways came with a strong, physical side, full of quality and to begin with our girls struggled to match them. Crossways scored two quick goals and I was worried that our girls’ heads would drop. Thankfully, this was not the case and although Crossways scored another two goals in the first half, the Abbotswood team kept ferociously heading into tackles and closing down the space. Lacey Rixon encapsulated the whole performance – never backing down and constantly chasing after the ball.
Taylor Hunt and Blossom De’Mar defended brilliantly, whilst Maisie Wade continued to play the ball out calmly from the back. Nieve Brooker made some great saves and we started to grow in confidence as the half went on. Following a great tackle from captain, Phoebe Fraser, Millie Drew played the ball out of defence and it landed at Lacey’s feet. She ran past one, two, three defenders before slotting the ball past the Crossways goalkeeper. Abbotswood finished the first half firmly on top!
The ice-cold wind and a darkening sky meant the second half passed without any major incidents. Both teams fiercely competed over the ball in midfield, with Kayla Mead, Jaimie-Leigh Rixon, Evie Hazel and Sienna Palmer working hard at both ends of the pitch. Nieve made more fantastic saves, before Crossways put the game beyond doubt with two late second-half goals.
An amazing effort from an Abbotswood team who have never played before! There will be more games after Christmas, when the weather is a little warmer and the evenings are a little brighter!
Phoebe Fraser (C) Nieve Brooker (GK) Evie Hazel
Blossom De’Mar Sienna Palmer Lacey Rixon
Millie Drew Jaimie-Leigh Rixon Kayla Mead
Taylor Hunt Tiana Robins Holly Ann Walker
On Thursday 7th November, the Abbotswood boys football squad headed to Almondsbury for the annual English Schools competition. The last time we were at the tournament, we lost every game, only scoring one goal.
During the group games, the boys managed to scrap out a 0-0 draw against St Stephens, who were semi finalists last year, and probably should have won the game with an excellent midfield performance from Riley Webb. In our second game, we defeated Filton Orchard 3-0, although it could easily have been more, with Connor Walters scoring a hat-trick. Our third group game was against another regular winner of football tournaments across South Gloucestershire – Bromley Heath. Somehow, the boys managed to score a brilliant team goal early on and then, with huge thanks to Alfie Lawrence in goal, managed to cling on to the 1-0 win. We finished the group by beating St Michael’s 3-0, with Harri Robinson putting in an incredible performance on the right of midfield.
We were into the quarter finals – unchartered territory. We were drawn against Blackhorse Primary and, after a hard fought 0-0 with Harry Fews and Oliver Ball defending with their lives, we entered extra-time and eventually – penalties. We scored all three of our penalties, with Max May scoring the match winning spot kick.
Semi finals! Unfortunately, this is where the journey ended with our boys coming up a little short, quite literally, against a giant Hanham Abbots team. Hanham Abbots have won the entire tournament a record amount of times in the past ten years.
We look forward to meeting them again in the Schools Cup in a few week’s time, with a stronger squad and an extra incentive.
Alfie Lawrence – GK Oliver Ball
Harry Fews Max May
Riley Webb Harri Robinson
Connor Walters (C) Corey McKeigue
On the 22nd October, we took seventeen children to a tag rugby tournament at Aretians RFC. Some had played in tournaments before, whilst some were playing the game properly for the first time. The children were split into two teams.
Abbotswood A kicked off the tournament in style with a cracking 5-0 win over Little Stoke. Archie and Leo managed to bag two tries each, with Sam running in another for good measure. Millie was also unlucky and had a try overruled! In their second game, the grudge match against Wick, unfortunately the team came out second best, losing 3-2 with a last minute try. Leo and Finley managed to cross the try line for a try each. Phoebe managed to grab a load of tags and Holly Ann made some excellent yards, pushing the team up the field. In the team’s final game, Abbotswood faced up against St Chads. It was a much closer game and fortunately we ran out 5-3 winners. Archie, Sam, Ryley and Harry were the try scorers, whilst Finley was on a tagging mission against the other team.
Abbotswood B had to wait a while to begin the tournament – beating Holy Trinity 7-0. Four tries from Max and one each for Harri, Riley and Corey sealed the victory. Kyra led the team well and the team were ferocious in defence, keeping a rare clean sheet! In our second match against Woodlands, the team were let off early on after an opposition player ran into touch before scoring a try. They bounced back well and ran in an unanswered four tries before Woodlands got on the scoresheet. A further two tries ensured we ran out 6-1 winners. Following the game, Jess said, “I think tag rugby is my favourite sport!” The final game saw Abbotswood B come up against another team from Little Stoke Primary. Blossom managed to tag a number of their players before Mateu grabbed a try in the corner. Further tries from Jess, Riley, Max and Harri ensured we ran out 5-3 winners.
After the tournament, the children decided in their teams who they thought deserved a medal for displaying the values of rugby – teamwork, encouragement and enjoyment. Abbotswood A voted for Phoebe, whilst Abbotswood B voted for Mateu.
A huge thanks to Mr Edwards, Mr Capell and Mrs Olsen for coming along, as well as all the parents who came to support the team!
Abbotswood A – Phoebe, Harry, Sam, Finley, Ryley, Millie, Holly Ann, Leo, Archie
Abbotswood B – Riley, Harri, Mateu, Jess, Kyra, Blossom, Max, Corey
Abbotswood Primary School
Barrs Court Primary School
We played a very intense football match against Barrs Court – they were a tough opponent. We won 4-2 at full time with Corey scoring two in the 1st half, meaning we were 2-0 up at half time. Sam scored one more in the 2nd half taking us 3-0 up. Our team thought we had secured the win, but they made a comeback making it 3-2. With only a couple of minutes left, Harri scored the final goal making it 4-2 at full time. As we all shook hands, their captain cheered us off the pitch.
Goal Keeper: Harry F.
Defence: Oliver, Archie, Dylan.
Midfield: Riley W, Zack, Charlie.
Attack: Corey, Harri, Ronnie, Sam.
Also, Mr Jelf is an awesome coach!
By Harri R and Oliver B.
Year 1, 2 and 3 were lucky enough to have a free Judo taster session from Judo John!
To celebrate National Sports Week, we took part in LOTS of sporting activities throughout the week! We began every day with a whole school Daily Mile with our parents, to count towards our 60 minutes of activity a day! We also dedicated whole afternoons to PE, where we were all given different choices of the sports we'd like to play.
Sports Day was a great success too! Everyone had a great time and showed good team spirit. Well done to team Hutch who were the winning team overall!
To end our week, we were allowed to bring our bikes and scooters into school and spent the afternoon having fun on our wheels!
Have a look at just some of the photos from our week below:
Celebration of Sport Festival
On Monday, some of Year 5 took part in a Festival of Sport at Ashton Gate stadium, which was organised by the Bristol Sport coaches. The children took part in a huge number of sports against hundreds of other children from in and around Bristol, ranging from football to handball to gymnastics! It was a great day and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
Bristol Flyers Basketball
Throughout term 4, Year 5/6 have been given to opportunity to participate in basketball training with the Bristol Flyers. Bristol Flyers Women's player Mai Zilbeti has been putting the classes through their paces. The morning is split into two halves, the first - a practical session with Mai, the second - a classroom based session with one of the club's community coaches. In the classroom based session, the children have been building on what they learnt last term in topic - the circulatory system - as well as how to lead a healthy, active life.
A group of year 5/6 girls took part in a netball tournament at Brimsham School. The competition was tough, but the girls showed great teamwork and perseverance throughout. They didn’t even let a fire drill phase them! They should all be really proud of themselves as we have only had a few practise sessions!
This week, the sports council and Miss Jolliffe organised an end of term netball tournament for key stage 2. Despite the freezing conditions, the turnout was huge! All teams played really well and demonstrated good teamwork. Lots of the matches were really close but the eventual winners were team Shaun! Well done to everyone who took part!
Last week, a team of year 4s took part in a local Jailbreak competition, organised by Bristol Sport. The children had an amazing morning where they represented the school brilliantly and showed strong teamwork and determination. They did not lose a single match, despite the zero degree weather! Well done to all!
Our Sports Council for 2018-19 have the responsibility of promoting PE and physical activity across the school, through organising intra-level competitions between our school houses. In term 2, the Sports Council will be helping run a lunchtime netball club and will end the term with intra-school netball tournament! The council is comprised of children from across Key Stage 2 who have a keen interest in sport both inside and outside of school.
Photo coming soon!
Part of our PE and Sports Premium funding looks to equip staff with the skills and confidence to teach a wide range of sports within PE sessions. To enable this, we have dedicated a portion of the funding to employing in-house sports coaches from Forever Sport, who run after school clubs, as well as mentoring staff within timetabled PE sessions. Forever Sport utilises the breadth of coaching expertise and experience available from the Bristol Sport stable of sports, their partner charities and external sporting bodies to provide a unique and comprehensive primary school physical education and sports coaching programme.
The after school clubs are led by our head coach, Josh, alongside sport specialist coaches.