Barrow Raiders Meet EYFS

Over the last few weeks, Nursery and Reception have been learning some new skills and are beginning to understand more about this amazing game.

We can now name the different parts of a rugby ball, know how to throw and catch a rugby ball, can score a try and know how to ‘tag’ an opponent too!

Friday afternoons are so much fun with our amazing coaches!



Dallam Rounders Festival

Yesterday Class 3 enjoyed a fantastic afternoon at the Dallam Primary Rounders Festival at Tristram’s Field. All the children gave 100% and participated with enthusiasm and determination. Mrs Brown and Miss Robinson were very impressed with their unstoppable energy and teamwork which resulted in some great wins over the course of the afternoon. The event was attended by other local schools and it was a great opportunity for the community to come together, get active and experience friendly competition.

Cricket Training

Classes 3 and 4 really enjoyed their enrichment day of non stop cricket before Easter and this week welcomed the cricket coaches into school for the first of this half term’s weekly sessions. Lots of work on catching skills this week – thanks to Daisy for capturing these photos of your friends mid action on such a gorgeous sunny afternoon!


Cricket Enrichment Day

Classes 2,3 and 4 all enjoyed action packed sessions with our Cricket Coach John during Tuesday. We worked on a series of different cricket skills including running between the wickets, throwing and catching, hitting and fielding and even over arm bowling too. We then put these all together in a non stop cricket game. Look out for cricket club, starting in the summer term.

Running Success!

**STOP PRESS** In Celebration Assembly, all our fantastic runners showed off their medals and were presented with certificates of achievement. Mrs Coker announced that our Y4 and Y3 girls won the team event for Y5 and under girls team competition and were proudly presented with their shield and certificates – many congratulations one and all!


Elleray Finale and Special Celebration for Running Club

Very sadly our winter X Country running season drew to an end last Friday, but what a season it has been!

The staff have had the very best of times,  every Friday after school, running through, mud, rain, sleet, slurried fields – no end to what we got up to alongside our pupil running buddies. Poor weather was just an enhanced challenge to us!

The third and final event of the running calendar, was the grand finale X Country Championships at Windermere St. Anne’s School where, on Wednesday last week, our teams ran themselves into the history books with a 3rd place in the Yr6 Boys event, and a first place, Elleray Shield Champions, in the Girls Yr5 and Under race (with all of our participants Yr4 or Yr3), how good is that!

Aside from team performances, there were individual goals achieved and running resilience and support for team mates that could not have been bettered, we were proud to the point of being tearful.

We then all enjoyed the most fabulous celebratory run together on Friday evening, through Levens Park, finishing with hot chocolate and cakes at Mrs Mason’s Farm – what a week, what an occasion!

The last thing to say is to wish Dougal the best of luck in the National Finals at Leicester on 26th March. Good luck Dougal, we will all be thinking of you!

Running Club starts again next September, when we look forward to welcoming back our existing fellow runners, and hopefully encouraging some new running friends as well.


Hunter Hall County Cross Country Final

On the same day that our runners were competing in the Dallam Event, we were incredibly proud and excited that three of our boys from Class 4 had qualified for the county event at Hunter Hall School in Penrith.

Huge thanks indeed to parents who arranged transport and supported and encouraged our talented representatives, the running club adults were really sad not to be there celebrating the event and the atmosphere.

The course was incredibly challenging, much further than we are used to and with obstacles of walls and rivers. We await further news regarding progression, watch this space!

Well done boys!


Dallam Cross Country Competition

On a really cold and and windy afternoon this week, eleven tough and resilient running club athletes braved the elements and hilly course, to compete in the annual cross country event at Dallam along with other local schools.

The support and attitude could not have been bettered, everyone ran so well and tried so hard that staff and parents were just bursting with pride. A huge well done to all, not only to Charlotte, Rona and Grace who came away with medals, but to everyone who excelled themselves and had just the best of times, a day to be remembered by us all!

Barrow Raiders Rock!

Fridays have become a firm favourite with Class 3 and Class 4 because of the sessions of Tag Rugby with Barrow Raiders this term. Having professional players share their expertise with pupils and staff has been brilliant and although we are only 3 sessions in, the skills of moving with the ball, passing and this week ways to evade your opposition.

Every week, everyone is engaged in mini games and challenges to develop each skill, encouraging each other and celebrating successes.

Thank you so much to Mrs Coker, an avid Barrow Raiders season ticket holder, for organising this wonderful experience for us all and to the players for running such fun and engaging sessions.

Do look out in book bags for the special free season tickets that have kindly been donated by Barrow Raiders and handed out on Friday.  This includes entry to all 13 home Championship league games! Do cheer along our coaches including winger Tee Ritson and watch out for Mrs Coker in the stands if you are lucky enough to go along. It really is an amazing atmosphere and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon supporting a local team!

South Lakes Cross Country Trials

On the most glorious afternoon this week, 6 of our most experienced runners undertook the challenges of the South Lakes local trials on the wonderful grounds of Sedbergh Prep. School at Casterton and nestled amongst the backdrop of the Barbon Fells. Rather that be daunted by the prospect of running a most challenging course of rough patch hills, railway embankments, mud slides and rocky lengthy hills, our squad were empowered and full of satisfaction at a ‘job well done’ when they eventually crossed the finish line.

It was a superb event attended by over 500 children and our children did so well in approach and determination, we are very proud of them all and delighted to report that some squad members managed to qualify for the area final at Penrith in a few weeks.