Quick links: Jolf Days | Roselands School Council Town Hall Visit | Author Visit | EYFS Book Week | EYFS Chicks | Outdoor Learning Day | Year 5 Throwing Challenge | Year 3 Art Day | Year One Bodiam Castle Trip | Y3/4 Road to Eastbourne Tennis | Get Active Festival | Stoolball Festival | Active8 | Handball | Easter Parade | Term 4, Level 1 Intra-School Competition Report | Unihoc | Year 3 Tennis | Stafford Sports News | Cricket | National Skipping Day | I Love Reading Week | Science Week | Swimming Gala | Year 3 ‘I Love Reading’ Week | Australian Pen Pals | New Age Kurling Competition | School Games Logo Winner! | Year 4 Mayan Day | Bronze Age Jewellery Shop | Fantastic Writers | Year 5 Dance Off: Intra-school Competition | Year 4 Multi-Skills Festival | Netball Matches: Stafford v Ocklynge | Dance Fever | Cross Country | Dance Festival | Year 3 Get Creative with Salt Dough | Computing E-Safety Workshop from OneDayCreatives at Roselands | Roselands Foundation Stage Bake-Off | School Games Area Logo Design Winner! | Premier League Primary Stars | Children in Need | Nativity Shows | Sal’s Shoes | Stone Age Day | Balance in Motion | Intra-School Competition Report | Y5 Big Sing | Reverse Advent Calendars | Year 4 Multi-Sports Festival | Rainforest Café | Reading Mornings at Roselands | Cross Country | Golden Time | Y3 Stone Age Cave Paintings | Library Assembly | Eastbourne Youth Radio | Carol Concert Cover Design Competition | Stafford Sports News | Roselands Visit to Eastbourne Youth Radio | Year 6 Remembering WW1 | Roselands Year 1 Bake Off | Author Visit | Year 3 Michelham Priory Trip | Year 6 Non-Residential Week | Scarecrows at Stafford | Scarecrows at Roselands | Roselands Phonics Workshop For Parents | Thanks from Eastbourne Foodbank | Eastbourne Mayor Visits Roselands | Intra-School Football Tournaments | Stafford Sports News | Year 3 Secret Garden Maths Lesson | Year 3 Trip to Florida | Roselands Autumn Big Dig | Harvest Festival | Alfie’s Adventure Sponsored Scoot | School Council at Roselands | Cancer Research UK Race for Life | Year 5 Maths Challenge | Pupil Leadership Opportunites | Break time snacks | European Day of Languages | Basketball Festival at Stafford | Craft Club | Morning Activities | Year 1 Party | Stafford Race for Life | Summer Reading Challenge 2018 Mischief Makers | Reading Record Artwork Competition | Year 5 Visit to Birling Gap | Roselands Violin Concert | Roselands Race for Life | Stafford Sports News | Roselands Sports Day | Year 5 Pizza Making | Year 5 Athletics | Year 1 Trip to Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park

Jolf Days

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had a fabulous golfing experience at both schools, lead by Mr Plimmer from Jolf. On Tuesday, all the children at Stafford took part and on Wednesday, he visited Roselands - with 15 Year 6 Leaders who helped out with the sessions. We received some fabulous feedback from Mr Plimmer that we wanted to share with you:

Thank you very much for inviting me into your schools over the last 2 days, lovely children, encouraging & eager teachers for a great couple of days golf.

Not sure I can quite put into words my experience today with the year 6 leaders today. One of the single best days teaching I think I have ever had. and just goes to show that children are BRILLIANT!

If provided with opportunities they can flourish and surprise us (and possibly themselves!!!)

Please pass on my thanks to them again and also to their parents and SLT at school about how they were a credit to themselves and the school 🙂

Each class also had a golden ball winner, who was awarded it for working well with the values of the session. Well done to:

Stafford
Elm   Adam
Rowan   Maria
Birch   Solomon
Chestnut   Phoebe
Ash   Joshua
Poplar   Thomas
Oak   Reuben
Acacia   Amelia
Maple   Harry
Cedar   Ella
Larch   Jack
Sycamore   Eirini
Alder   Luke
Roselands
Dolphins   Alexandria
Sea lions   Scarlett
Whales   Heidi
Parrots   Ellie May
Penguins   Evie
Tigers   Paddy
Flamingos   Molly
Leopards   Oscar
Panthers   Louie

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Author Visit

On Wednesday 5th June, we had a visit from author of ‘The 1000-year-old Boy,’ Ross Welford. As we entered the hall, he entertained the children with wonderful piano-playing. This was followed by several magic tricks which wowed the audience. Ross gave useful tips to the children about story-writing and then, later in the day, he worked with a group of Year 6 children to help inspire their own individual writing. The day was rounded off with a book signing session. All in all, it was a very worthwhile day.

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EYFS Book Week

EYFS had an exciting Book Week with a range of activities and visitors. Each day we spent time reading books of our choice from our library and reading corners. We shared these with friends and talked about which parts we liked and what other stories we knew that were similar. We were visited by Guy Parker-Rees a Brighton based illustrator who taught us how to design a penguin character and Geraldine the Giraffe from “Giraffes Can’t Dance” – we even met her and performed our own dance moves! On Wednesday we saw Charlotte’s Web – a real theatre production and learnt about friendship, self-belief and loss. We enjoyed meeting the actors and looking at the props! On Thursday we dressed up as our favourite Book Characters. We met Rainbow Fish, Highway Rats and Superheroes from all sorts of stories! We couldn’t believe it when a real life princess came in to our classes and told us all about her friends. She taught us how to ballroom dance and sing some songs from fairytales. Finally we met Sue Hendra and Paul Linnett, the authors of one of our favourite books “Supertato”. We completed super missions and heard about Cake – the real – life cake who had to escape a party before he turned in to cake crumbs!

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EYFS Chicks

We have had an exciting edition to EYFS this week. Our chicks have hatched! We have enjoyed watching and waiting for them to hatch and were so excited to watch as the chicks came out of the eggs. We have especially enjoyed having the chicks in our classrooms and seeing what they get up to! We have done lots of writing about the chicks and have thought of names that we can call them.

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Outdoor Learning Day

On Thursday 23rd May we had a fantastic day of Outdoor Learning.  The children made great use of the school site and we were lucky enough to have great weather.  The children enjoyed doing sums on the playground and reading in groups in the meadow. Year ones learned about micro-habitats from the school pond too.

Year 3’s day started with reading outside – something so simple but so enjoyable. It was nice for the children to be able to read with friends in different classes and to share their favourite books with one another. We then moved onto writing nature poems in which the children used all five of their senses to create a range of poems. Some children wrote acrostic poems some children wrote poems that rhymed and some children did both! Everyone thought carefully about what to include and even remembered to include features like similes and alliterations. Miss Taylor then led some Zumba on the playground before break which was great to move to some music in the sunshine! After break time, the children used a range of equipment to measure the area and perimeter of different areas on the school playground. During the activity, the children showed great teamwork skills as well as mathematical skills to be able to add and multiply numbers. In the afternoon we got creative again by going on a nature walk to find materials to create a collage. We then used our senses to think about different sounds we hear in the outdoors and then recreated them using musical instruments. Each group performed their sounds and the other groups had to guess the sounds being made. Our last activity was drama where the children had role cards and used these to produce a whole class performance.

Everyone in Year 3 had so much fun and enjoyed being able to work across the year group and with children in Year 4. Ms Slimon – thank you so much for organising an amazing day, we really appreciate it!

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Year 5 Throwing Challenge

This week, Year 5 took part in an exciting throwing challenge, organised by Mr Richards. This was both a personal and inter-class competition.

The children had to attempt 3 different throws - having three turns at each to improve their personal best. The totals were then added up and winners in each class were as follows:

Acacia: Bronze: Noah (36), Silver: Olivia S, Olivia A, Beau (37), Gold: Leilani, Lily H (39)
Maple: Bronze: Caspian, Tameem, Sophie, Winnie, Henry, Harry S (33), Silver: Phoebe (36), Gold: Ned, Sienna (37)
Oak: Bronze: Louie (34), Silver: Zuzanna (35), Gold: Darcie (37)

Overall winners: Gold: Leilani, Lily H (39), Silver: Ned, Sienna, Olivia S, Olivia A, Beau, Darcie (37) Bronze: Phoebe, Noah (36)

Well done everyone for taking part.

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Year 3 Art Day

On Tuesday, Year 3 got arty during their Art Day! Throughout the morning the children participated in different activities. The children looked at the work of Henri Matisse and created their own collages by cutting or tearing different materials. As they weren’t allowed to use pencils to draw out their collage design, the children got very creative and it was great to see them being more spontaneous with their choices. Another activity they took part in was using water colours to create a landscape. After carefully watching a tutorial, the children used large brushes and different colours to build layers to their landscapes. The final morning activity was sketching. The children had to use the skills they have been practising in art this term by using different pencils to add light and dark tones to their sketches. They sketched different items such as flowers in a vase, history artefacts and an oil lamp. After lunch, the whole of Year 3 continued their sketching skills by sketching the landscape they could see behind the field. Lots of light and dark tones were used to emphasise how far or close things are to school. Our corridor is already covered with lots of unique art. Everyone should be very proud of their hard work – we certainly are!

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Year One Bodiam Castle Trip

Year One had a fantastic day this week at Bodiam Castle to celebrate the end of our Castles and Fairy tales topic! We enjoyed sketching the castle in the sunshine, eating the lunch with the ducks and exploring the different parts of the castle. The children loved acting as kings, queens, servants and knights in each of the rooms. Thank you to all the parents who helped on this trip.

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Y3/4 Road to Eastbourne Tennis

8 excited Y3 and Y4 children travelled to Gildredge Park for the Road to Eastbourne tennis qualifiers on Tuesday afternoon. When we arrived, we played some fun games to warm up on the grass and then moved onto the courts, where we played some games. Everyone tried really hard and it was great to see such enthusiasm from everyone. We ended the afternoon in 4th equal place with some other schools. Thank you so much to Miss Atwell for coming along to help and to Mr Walton for driving the minibus.

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Get Active Festival

On Wednesday afternoon, 19 children from Year 3-5 and 9 children from Year 2, went to the Eastbourne Sports Park for our Get Active Festival. This was run by the University students, who had organised an amazing range of activities, for us and some of the other Alliance schools. During the afternoon, we played a range of games in the sports centre and outside on the Astro pitch.

The children really enjoyed themselves and were great ambassadors for Stafford. Thank you to Mrs Osborne-Walker for supporting on the trip and to Mr Walton for driving the minibus.

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Stoolball Festival

On Wednesday afternoon, 10 children from Year 3 went to a Stoolball Festival at Eastbourne Sports Park. The afternoon was run by college students who had been trained in the morning by players from England's Stoolball team. Over the course of the afternoon, the children participated in different warm up activities to practise the skills needed to play the game. They had to throw and catch a ball, throw the ball aiming for a stoolball post and bat the ball using a stoolball bat. After this, they played games against the other schools there and the children did really well in both fielding and batting, with all children getting a number of runs.

Over the next few weeks, we are hoping the children will be able to teach the rest of Year 3 the skills they were taught... watch this space!

Thank you to Mr Walton and Mr Smith for driving the minibus and to Miss Hills and Miss Smith for supervising the children.

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Active8

We have been working hard to improve our lunchtimes at Stafford and have employed the help of a company called Activ8. At the end of last week, we launched our new zones, following assemblies by Lee and Carly from the company. The launch was a real success and all the new equipment was a real hit! Pleasingly, there have been a lot less accidents and incidents of negative behaviour, which is fabulous. All the lunchtime staff are working really hard to ensure this success carries on - please remind your children about looking after equipment and being respectful of it. Please see the first Sports Crew Newsletter for more information. www.activ8forkids.co.uk

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Handball

On Tuesday 30th April, 8 Year 4 children went to Ratton School for a handball tournament. There were 8 other schools there and we played 7 fast-paced matches. The game was new to the children, but they quickly learnt new skills and tactics and played really well. It was fabulous to see them trying something new and having lots of fun. We didn’t win any of our matches this time, but we did draw 2. The children were all so enthused by the game, that they have already taught the Year 4 classes how to play (with the help of Mr Smith who attended the tournament). Mr Smith has also taught this to all the other year groups and the game has been really well received this week. It has been great to see everyone trying so hard with a new sport – well done. For more information on the game see https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/what-is-handball

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Term 4, Level 1 Intra-School Competition Report

This week has been our exciting competitions week at school. All the year groups have taken part in an intra-school competition, either within their own class or against other classes in the year group. Certificates were also awarded in the some of the competitions for children who did particularly well, or who demonstrated the School Games Values.

Year 3 & 5 Find-a-Goal

The aim of this School Games competition is to pass your ball through every goal in the shortest possible time. The children competed in pairs to see who the winners were. Certificates were also awarded to the most improved players.

Year 3 have been doing ball skills this term and their competition focused on netball skills:

Gold medallists Paige G, Amy, Elsa, Peyton
Silver medallists Casper Conway, Maisie Crompton
Most improved player Olivia Macklin
Ball dribble Mia, Bella, Hannah, Anna, Sasha, Niamh, Lacey, Isobel
Fast running Charlie in Rowan
Great effort in running Casey, Lacey, Bella

Year 5 have been doing hockey this term and so ran the same competition but with hockey equipment:

Gold medallists Grace C, Jess, Leilani, Lily
Silver medallists Lucy, Archie
Most improved player Henry
Winners Zuzanna & Hayley
Dribbling challenge Zuzanna, Hayley, Victor & Alfie

Year 4 Run the Loop

The ‘Run the loop’ core task involves a team of four batters trying to score points by striking the ball and running between bases, and a team of four fielders trying to retrieve, throw and catch the ball quickly and accurately. This was run as a competition in the last week after lots of skills practise!

Certificates went to Myles, Dylan T and Lola, Pearl, Alfie, Oliver, Teddy

Year 6 Treasure Island Invasion School Games Challenge

Achieve: The aim of this game is to collect treasure and get it back to your team’s treasure chest without losing your tail.

Year 6 Competition certificates were awarded to:

  • Charlie M, Keira, Sofia, Violet, Ben, Thomas R, Anna-Maria
  • Payten, Grace, Melody, Endrit, Kacey
  • Kal-El, Amelia, Thomas S, Lillie P, Lilli-Jane, Chloe

Year 6 Haka Dance-Off

The Year 6 classes have all been working hard this term creating their own version of the traditional New Zealand dance, the Haka. The term started with us watching the All Blacks intimidate their rugby opposition and we learnt to copy some of the moves.

From here, each class then choreographed their own dance in a similar style. The classes each nominated a leader, who used ideas from individuals to complete their own version. It was excellent to see the children lead their own learning in this way and work together as class teams.

The dances were then performed and judged. The joint winners were Alder – for their well-led dance that was intimidating and used a range of dance technicalities, such as mirroring and unison and Cedar – who had added group choreography after their whole class dance. Well done to all the classes for their great teamwork and enthusiasm.

Football Club awards

Mr Griffiths and Mr Brown, who run our football club, have been watching the players carefully! On Wednesday, they awarded some trophies. Well done to Mikey, who received the most improved attitude award, Phoebe, who achieved the most improved player award and Ben, who achieved the best player award.

Well done also to all our teams who have represented Stafford this term at our sports clubs and in the Level 2 competitions. We are very proud of all your efforts!

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Unihoc

On the morning of Thursday 4th April, 8 Year 4s went to Heron Park School for a Unihoc tournament. There were 9 other schools participating and we played in 2 different groups. In our group were Ocklynge, Gildredge House, Pevensey & Westham and West Rise. Mr Griffiths kindly came into school on Tuesday to give the children a bit of a practise and it was clear that they learnt lots. They played really well in all their matches, with 3 draws and one loss. Miss Atwell and I were so very impressed with the amazing attitude and behaviour of the children we took. They were a real credit to our school and we were really proud of them. We unfortunately missed out on a place in the semi or finals, but stayed to support the other teams – it was a really enjoyable morning! Thank you so much to Miss Atwell for her support and to Mr Walton for driving the minibus.

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Year 3 Tennis

On Monday, Year 3 went and learnt lots of new tennis skills at Hampden Park with Jenny (a tennis coach). The children participated in warm up activities and then built up their skills in order to perfect the skill of a rally. All of the children were excellent role models and amazed their teachers with how quickly they learnt a variety of skills. Thank you to all of the adults who came to help (we wouldn’t have been able to go without you!), to Mr Smith for driving the minibus and to Jenny for giving Year 3 a terrific tennis morning!

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Stafford Sports News

Football

On Saturday 23rd March, 8 children went to represent Stafford at the B Team football tournament at Ocklynge. There were 3 other schools playing and we played several exciting matches. The final match was a play-off for second and third place and we were unfortunately just pipped at the post! Congratulations to the team for playing so well together and representing our school. Thank you to Mr Brown for coaching and refereeing some of the matches and to him, and Miss Smith, for spending their Saturday morning supporting this event.

Netball

Our team finally got to play in the South Downs Area tournament that had been postponed twice due to bad weather. The team travelled to Gildredge House, where they played 3 other schools in several matches. Excitingly, we received second place! The team played really well together and are a tribute to Ms Rolf & Ms Pearson who train them on a Tuesday at our after school club. Thank you so much to them both, and to Mrs Osborne-Walker for supporting the children at this event.

Sport Crew Meeting

On Thursday 21st March, our Sports Crew met to discuss a range of areas linked to our school PE and activities. We talked about morning activities, lunchtimes, PE lessons and after-school clubs. Each class representative took a questionnaire to discuss and get feedback from their class members. We will discuss these at our next meeting.

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Cricket

This week, Year 5 and 6 all enjoyed taster sessions for Street Cricket, run by Oliver Smith from Chance to Shine. The children really enjoyed their sessions and loved the fast pace of this game.

Oliver runs a free Street Cricket Club in Willingdon - for further details see below or visit www.activesussex.org/sussex-street-cricket-hits-sussex

  • Thursdays - 16.00 to 17.00
  • Venue - Willingdon Trees Community Centre, Holly Place, Eastbourne, BN22 0UT
  • Dates - 17th January 2019 to 25th July 2019
  • Ages 11 to 12 years - although open to all Y5/6 children if they show a particular interest
  • Contact oliver.smith@sussexcricket.co.uk

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National Skipping Day

Friday 22nd March was the 17th National Skipping Day. To celebrate, all the classes took part in a 20 minute skipping session. We all had lots of fun using individual and group ropes. Well done to all the children who participated and thank you so much to Miss Smith for organising this event.

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I Love Reading Week

During 4th -11th March at Stafford, we celebrated our fantastic reading week with a whole host of reading centred activities.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we opened up the doors to the hall and welcomed lots of eager children and adults to take part in a reading breakfast. So many children bought some new and exciting books from the book fair and read to their adults whilst helping themselves to tonnes of free breakfast items! It was a wonderful and magical couple of mornings watching children enjoying reading and talking about books!

Tuesday afternoon was spent sharing a story. Lots of year groups mixed up so that children could read to someone older or younger than them. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the older ones were reading role models to some of the younger ones. Year 3 had an opportunity to go back to Roselands and read with Year 1 and Year 2 got to experience reading with Year 5 – they made some lovely friendships which will help when some of them arrive at Stafford in September.

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day. There were many activities taking place around the school such as: live author interview videos, creating book character bunting and bookmarks, book quizzes and loads more! As well as this, the children participated in dressing up as a book character of their choice. The winners from each year group and an overall school winner were awarded with National Book Vouchers. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the fantastic outfits the children wore!

A book swap shop was set up in the library on Wednesday and Friday at lunch time for children to bring in up to five books from home that they no longer read to swap for new books to increase and widen their reading experiences. We hope you’ve found something enjoyable from all the donations!

Finally, our favourite story teller, Craig Jenkins, paid us a visit on Monday 11th March to entertain us with a plethora of exciting tales! We heard all about a story which empowered women which featured a singing cow; a story based around a donkey with an important moral as well as various others. Craig then allowed parents to take part in a work shop after school which got all of the children and grown-ups off their feet and moving around as an animal of their choice in his story of  ‘The Sky is Falling’. He shared a variety of stories from other cultures and countries including: Thailand, India and Malaysia. We look forward to welcoming him back next year.

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Science Week

It’s been an exciting this week! The children had a great time dressing up as different kinds of scientists on Monday with astronauts, explorers, palaeontologist and sports scientists. We started the week with a visit from a storyteller called Craig Jenkins who told us a story about animals who saw their reflection in a river, and heard their voices echoing. We have had other visitors including two Sport Scientists from The University of Brighton who investigated how fast they could cycle in the hall, a Biomedical Scientist teaching us about blood and Little Kickers came in to teach us about how exercise keeps us healthy.

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Swimming Gala


On Tuesday 12th March, 9 Year 6s went to the University of Brighton in Denton Road to take part in the Eastbourne PE Association swimming gala. There were 7 schools in total and the children swam races in front crawl, breaststroke and backstroke. There ware also girls and boys relay events. Excitingly, we made it to the final in several of the races securing two silver places and four 4th place positions. We were really pleased to come third overall!

Thank you so much to Mrs Orford for accompanying us on the trip and to Mr Walton for dropping us off in the bus. Thank you to to all the parents who came to support and cheer us on – it was lovely to hear.

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Year 3 ‘I Love Reading’ Week

Year 3 have loved ‘I Love Reading’ week! It has been great to see the children so excited about reading. We have loved learning about their favourite book characters and books.

Throughout the week, the children have been writing a non-fiction fact file about their favourite book character. Their knowledge of their chosen characters has been very impressive! They had to think about the features of a non-fiction piece of writing, as well as thinking carefully about the different sub-headings and the relevant information they should include under them. We will be finishing these off next week, so keep an eye for some finished pieces!

On Tuesday, we went to Roselands to read with the Year 1 children. It was so lovely to see nearly 200 children engaged in a range of books. The Year 3 children read their books with confidence and enthusiasm and the Year 1 children listened beautifully. Some of the Year 1 children even chose some books to read to their Year 3 partner. It was a fabulous afternoon – well done to all the children involved! Thank you to all the parent helpers who helped walk the children to and from Roselands – we wouldn’t have been able to go without you!

World Book Day was on Thursday and the children (and adults!) in Year 3 arrived as a range of characters from a variety of books! The children participated in lots of reading activities, but the highlight of the day was making potions in Maths! Professor Albus Dumbledore had set a task to make potions that could control parents, make teachers give you stickers and a potion to make you invisible! The children had to carefully measure the ingredients (such as juiced minion, unicorn blood and troll spit!) using different equipment and different scales.

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Australian Pen Pals

After much anticipation, the children in 3 Rowan finally received their first letters from their Australian pen pals! It felt like Christmas day opening up the parcel with them all in, and even more exciting to receive and open their individual letters.

The children spent time reading their letters and finding out about how some children live on the other side of the world! They are currently finishing off their replies, ready to send at  the beginning of next week.

3 Rowan have loved putting their learning into something meaningful and can’t wait to hear back from their pen pal already!

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New Age Kurling Competition

On Wednesday 27th February 2019, four Year 6 children took part in an exciting opportunity at Shinewater Sports Centre playing New Age Kurling. There were 4 other schools there, represented in 8 teams. Our 2 teams played 5 matches against other schools and, after that, the teams were redrawn into further pools to decide the final order of the teams. Excitingly, the boys team won!

Well done to all the children who came along and represented Stafford – you were fabulous. Thank you to Ms Atwell for giving up her lunchtime to come along and help out with the event.

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School Games Logo Winner!

A couple of weeks ago, we congratulated Isobel for her winning design for the Sussex School Games logo. Below is the report that has gone to schools and pictures of the logos. Well done Isobel.

New Team name and logo for Sussex School Games Competitions

All nine SGO areas have new teams names and logos that will be used for Level 3 Sussex School Games competitions. (We will still be known as South Downs Area for everything else!)

Thank you to the schools that sent in design competition entries for the South Downs Area. The winning idea was designed by Isabel from Stafford School in Eastbourne. Congratulations to Isobel who will receive her own South Downs Area T-shirt.

The new logo will appear on the T-shirts being worn at the first Sussex School Games final (Sportshall Athletics) this Friday.

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Year 4 Mayan Day

On Monday of this week, Year 4 celebrated the end of term by having a Mayan Day. We learnt about the importance of chocolate in the development of the Maya culture. Did you know that it was used as money? We found out how they became powerful, as well as why they declined. We were able to compare what we knew about the Saxons, Celts and Ancient Egyptians to see that they were not totally different after all. We retold stories in words and pictures, with some children even acting out what they had found out. We looked at different masks, comparing some of them with those we had looked at in term 1 and used coloured squares to create mosaic designs.

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Fantastic Writers

On Thursday morning, Year 5 visited the children in Year 3 to share some of their writing they have been working really hard on. After explaining what their writing task was, the children from Year 5 read their work with confidence to the Year 3 children. The children in Year 3 listened to their Year 5 authors beautifully. In a kind and thoughtful way, they then gave the Year 5s some positive feedback and something they could improve on. The Year 5 children took on board the feedback they received and have spent (or will spend!) some time making these improvements.

Year 3 loved listening to the Year 5’s writing and it has inspired them to become fantastic writers too!

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Year 5 Dance Off: Intra-school Competition

On Wednesday 13th February, Year 5 presented their dances to the Cover Supervisors who judged them on a range of criteria, such as their choreography, keeping in time with the music and the energy they put into their dances. The dances were all based on the theme of taking a test or exam and the children all entertained each other with enthusiasm! The winning class was 5 Oak - well done!

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Year 4 Multi-Skills Festival

On Tuesday (12th February) – at the same time as the netball matches – 13 Year 4 children travelled to Hailsham Community College to take part in an exciting new event, which included lots of fun activities like ‘Animal Walks’ and ‘Crossing the Swamp’. There were several other schools there and we all had lots of fun. It was great to see everyone joining in with lots of enthusiasm and energy. Thank you to Mr Walton for driving the minibus and to Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Orford for coming to support with the event.

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Netball Matches: Stafford v Ocklynge

On Tuesday (12th February) after school, 13 children took part in 2 inter-school netball matches against Ocklynge. For some of the children, it was their first experience of playing in a match. All the children tried really hard and we are pleased to report that we won one match 10-5 and Ocklynge won one 7-2.  Well done to everyone and a huge thank you to Ms Rolf who ran the event and to Mrs Slimon for all her help.

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Dance Fever

30 very excited children performed last night at Ratton School in our first ever Eastbourne Schools PE Association dance festival. We arrived at 3.45pm ready for a rehearsal, which went very smoothly. Packed teas followed in the gym and then everyone put on their new t-shirts for the performance – which was fabulous.

Huge thank you to Miss Doig our dance teacher, the staff from Ocklynge who oversaw the preparations for the event and a really big thank you to Miss Smith, Miss Coombe, Ms Perry and Mrs Springett who came along to help supervise the children. We were all so proud of all their hard work and how they represented Stafford – we hope lots of the children will be able to take part in the new dance club that Miss Doig will be running at Stafford after half term.

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Cross Country

On Thursday 31st January, a Year 6 pupil took part in the Area Finals for the Cross Country. She competed against children from schools from all across the County - 70 girls in total. She was amazing and came 17th, narrowly missing out on the 15 place cut off for the national finals. Everyone is really proud of you – well done!

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Dance Festival

The first Eastbourne PE Association dance festival is taking place this Thursday 7th February at 6.30pm. We are excited to be entering a group performing our dance against ‘Pointless Plastics’ to Michael Jackson’s, ‘They don’t really care about us’. We are really looking forward to it and have performed in school already to Years 3 & 4 (see the photo!). We are looking forward to performing to Year 5 & 6 – hopefully later this week.

Mrs Lloyd would like to thank Miss Doig, our dance specialist, for all her amazingly work with the children. They have worked so hard and it has been wonderful to see their enthusiasm and fabulous dancing skills. Enjoy your performance on Thursday!

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Year 3 Get Creative with Salt Dough

On Wednesday afternoon, Year 3 got creative with salt dough! They had looked carefully at different Bronze Age jewellery, such as necklaces and bracelets, and designed their own piece of jewellery using what they had observed.

The children used different methods to create their desired shapes and then used a range of tools to create marks and patterns.

Next week, the children will be painting their jewellery so keep an eye out for further updates with some final pieces!

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Computing E-Safety Workshop from OneDayCreatives at Roselands

The children thoroughly enjoyed engaging in e-safety drama workshops this week. ‘One Day Creatives’ came to our school and delivered exciting drama workshops for the children based on fairytales with the intention of the children understanding key messages about being safe online. Miss Clifford commented upon how immersive and engaging the experience was for the children and she said that all of the children left with the clear message of ‘stop, get off and tell’ when faced with the uncertainty of whether to click on advertisements online.

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School Games Area Logo Design Winner!

Congratulations to Isobel in 4 Chestnut who has won the local area competition to design a new logo for the South Downs Area. 

This fabulous design is going to be used on the t-shirts (similar to the one below) as part of their rebranding, one of which will be coming to Isobel as a prize! Well done!

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Premier League Primary Stars

We are very excited by our Year 5 participation in the Premier League Primary Stars programme. This is an exciting opportunity described as, “a world -class primary schools programme which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to improve and enhance physical education (PE) and other curriculum areas, developing skills and values that are crucial to success in later life.” The excitement started with a trip to the AMEX Stadium for some of the children – see below.

Our primary Stars Sports Mentor, Mr Sweet, will deliver high quality interventions targeted at whole classes, small groups and individuals which aim to improve children’s physical literacy, English, Maths, communication skills and resilience. Through team teaching, he will also improve teachers’ confidence in delivering PE. He will be in every Tuesday until Easter.

On Monday 14th January, 30 Year 5s headed off to the AMEX Stadium for an exciting day to start our journey with Premier League Primary Stars. The day was run by Humanotopia (an inspirational London based company) and focussed on respect and social skills. The day was an amazing success and we were so pleased to see lots of children being brave, trying new things and learning new skills. During the day, we were lucky enough to go down into the stands and have our photo taken by the pitch: we also met Gully and JD, one of Brighton & Hove Albion’s disability players.

Here are some of the comments the children made:

“I’ve learnt how to be aware, honest and responsible. I know how to keep harmony.” – Sienna

“We were shown how to respect others and get more confident,” – Alfie

“I was happy and felt happy when I got to speak in front on the microphone. I said some really nice things to JD and he has cerebral palsy and finds it hard to move. I held the mic for him and I felt so happy.”

“I am so proud that I overcame by fears and became more confident,” – Nel

Thank you so much to Mrs Lloyd, Miss Taylor and Mr Cairns for their help with the trip. The children were good ambassadors for Stafford and I know that they really enjoyed their day.

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Stone Age Day

On Tuesday, Year 3 went back in time to the Stone Age.

They began their day by participating in Stone Age sport activities. This involved ‘hunting’ animals using the javelins, practising their aims and hunting mammoths! A massive thank you to Mrs Springett, Mr Smith, Mrs Osborne-Walker and Mr Richardson for organising this.

After break, the children became archaeologists. They investigated Stone Age people’s poo to find out what they ate! This was a very mucky, but exciting, way to investigate this! Thank you to Mr Walton, Mr Haddock and Mrs Lloyd for coming to see this. The children loved sharing their findings with you!

In the afternoon, everyone went on a Stone Age hunt to find different items. They had to identify what the item was and create a list. The children also had to find a suitable stick to use for cave paintings. For the cave paintings, the children used black and red paint to create some beautiful work.

Thank you to everyone involved in Year 3’s Stone Age day, including Ms Slimon, Miss Shields, Miss Dixon and Miss Thornton.

 

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Balance in Motion

6 Larch have been looking at ‘Balance in Motion’ this term during their P.E. with the support of Mr Griffiths. Throughout the term the children have learnt the importance of warming up correctly and the positive changes they will notice in their bodies once they have successfully completed a warm up. They then built on the moves they used during their warm up, to create a group balance. We have also explored flight, how to work together collaboratively, worked on the skills required to perform a head stand and used the wall bars and other apparatus safely. To finish our topic, the children worked on a group performance which they then performed to Mr Griffiths and Ms Markides who were the judges. The children all took this performance seriously and it was wonderful to even see one group practising their routine during morning activities! Well done 6 Larch for all you have achieved during your P.E. lessons this term and a special thank you to Mr Griffiths.

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Y5 Big Sing

This year, Year 5 took part in the Big Sing which offered our pupils the opportunity to perform alongside other schools and an adult choir. Whilst learning the songs, Year 5 were visited by a vocal coach to help them on their way and teach them some actions to support their learning of an array of songs. It has been wonderful to hear how the children have progressed with the songs since the end of September and seen their enjoyment and self-confidence grow. A big thank you to the Year 5 teachers for their support in teaching the children their songs.

On Wednesday 28th November, over sixty Year 5 children headed to King’s Church, for their rehearsal. This gave the children the opportunity to get used to the staging, singing with other choirs and being accompanied by a live band. It was wonderful to then see the children who came to perform for the evening concert. The smiles on their faces and seeing how confidently they performed left all of the adults feeling immensely proud. Well done Year 5 and thank you for all of your hard work learning the songs.

A thank you to all the adults who supported the visit, during the day, and a special thank you to Mrs Bradley, Mrs Lloyd, Ms Markides, Miss Perry, Miss Philo and Miss Taylor who came and supported during the evening performance.

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Reverse Advent Calendars

It has been wonderful to walk around the school and see how each classes Reverse Advent Calendars have grown throughout December. Thank you to everyone who has supported with this. The Reverse Advent Calendar, which we are filling with anything from non-perishable food items to toiletries, will continue until Wednesday 19th December. Ms Markides will then collect all of the donations before a group of teachers take the donations to Grove Road food bank on Thursday 20th December. Thank you for your support with this and for making a difference to others this Christmas. We look forward to seeing how the hampers continue to grow in our final week.

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Year 4 Multi-Sports Festival

On Wednesday 5th December, 12 Year 4 children attended a multi-sports festival at East Sussex College in Eastbourne. The events were run by the students at the college, who set up and ran lots of fun activities including: parachute, ‘the floor is lava’, ‘extreme rock, paper, scissors’, parachute games, benchball and more. The children were all great ambassadors for Stafford School and had lots of fun – they especially enjoyed the cops and robbers game!

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Rainforest Café

This week, the Year 4 children welcomed their families to our Rainforest café. It was an opportunity for the pupils to share their stories, poems and collages, as well as the ‘tropical squash’, cakes and biscuits they had helped to decorate.

It was lovely to see so many of you at this event and we hope that you enjoyed having the Year 4s reading to you. We hope to do a similar event before the end of the spring terms.

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Reading Mornings at Roselands

We have enjoyed all our reading mornings at Roselands! It was lovely to see such an enthusiastic turnout. The children have enjoyed sharing books in their classrooms with you all. Look out for information about more of these in the Spring Term.

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Cross Country

On a very wet and windy Wednesday 26th November, 19 children from Y5 & 6 took part in the local area Cross Country race against 7 other schools at Hampden Park. The course took the children 1 and half miles around the perimeter of the park in some pretty tough running conditions. Well done to: George, Jayden, Alfie, Lewis, Arthur, Ben, Freddie, Dillon, Ella, Sofia, Haniyah, Ella, Olivia S, Payten, Amy, Lorelyn, Olivia J-A and Phoebe. Special congratulations to Sofia who came 5th in the girls race and goes on to represent Stafford at the area finals.

We were really proud of everyone who took part – they were fabulous ambassadors for Stafford and really tried their best. Thank you so much to Mr Walton for driving the bus and for Mr Brown and Mrs Johnstone who helped out on the day.

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Golden Time

Here is a photo of the bird feeders that Mrs Wood made with some of the children during Golden Time last week. They cut up lots of fruit and added it, along with some crushed up cereals, to the lard. Next week, when they have hardened in the fridge, they will be hung up in the woodland for the birds. 

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Y3 Stone Age Cave Paintings

Year 3 took on the challenge of doing some Stone Age cave paintings this week. Every child took a ‘hands on approach’ by adding their hand prints to the ‘cave’ walls. Some children got creative by drawing different pictures which would have been found in caves. The children loved being creative and getting a little messy!

A really big thank you to Ms Slimon and Miss Dixon for organising and cleaning up 90 pairs of hands!

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Library Assembly

This week, some librarians ran assemblies for all of the children at Stafford to share their love of reading. It was wonderful to see how confidently the librarians spoke and how one pupil had taken her own time to create a PowerPoint to accompany the assembly. Alongside sharing their love of reading, the librarians spoke about how the library is run, how to look after books (so we don’t damage them) and reminded children that they are able to come in and read with a librarian during lunchtime – if they so wish. Well done tothe librarians for leading the assembly. Thank you also to all the librarians, who give up their lunch times, to support in the library.

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Eastbourne Youth Radio

On Wednesday, Stafford School Council took to the airwaves on Eastbourne Youth Radio. Working with Mr Walton over the last few weeks, the children planned, developed and wrote the script before heading to the studios at East Sussex College to present their show live on air. With nothing pre-recorded, apart from the music chosen by classes back at school, the children were true professionals and were a real credit to the school.

We were extremely grateful to Sussex Police who very kindly sponsored our broadcast and were excited that PCSO Mike Camille and PCSO Alex Read were able to join us at school to help plan the show and then at the studios to be interviewed live on air.

Thank you also to everyone involved in making EYR possible and for giving our pupils this amazing opportunity!

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Carol Concert Cover Design Competition

Ms Markides recently ran a competition which offered pupils the chance to design the programme front cover for this year’s carol concert. It has been overwhelming to see how many responses have come in and the effort which has gone in to them has been wonderful. All the staff would like to thank the pupils for the time they have taken to create their own covers. To celebrate the effort that has gone in to the designs, a handful of the entries are shown here. We would forward to seeing you at the Carol Concerts to see the winning design.

Click on any to view full size.

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Stafford Sports News

Football: ESFA & Eastbourne Schools' Under 11 Danone 7-a-Side Cup

On Saturday 10th November, 9 boys went to Ocklynge to represent Stafford in this exciting tournament. There were 11 teams taking part and we were in a group against 5 other schools.

Firsty, we played West Rise and won 1-0. Then a nail-biting 0-0 draw against Stone Cross, followed by a 2-1 win over Bourne. This meant we secured a place in the semi-finals where we played Ocklynge who snuck in a last minute goal to beat us 1-0. Huge congratulations to the boys for getting so far in their first tournament, well done. Thank you so much to Mr Burke for leading the morning and to Miss Perry, Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Osborne-Walker and Mr Walton who all gave up some of their Saturday morning to support the team

New Clubs

We are really lucky to have 2 new clubs starting with Mr Griffiths, who is a sports coach who has been working at Heron Park school. He is also coming in to lead a uni-hoc club at lunchtimes on Monday, which has already attracted lots of children.

There are still some spaces at these clubs if your child would like to join up for the end of this term.

School Games

As some of you already know from reading previous information, we currently hold the Silver Schools Games Mark. This shows our commitment to being an active, healthy school and is a great recognition of all the fabulous things we do at Stafford. In order to achieve it, we have to participate in a range of sporting events and competitions - both in school and out, have a range of Sports Leaders, provide at least 2 hours PE a week in curriculum time and have children engaged in after-school clubs. We are working really hard this year to try and achieve the Gold Mark. In order to do this, we are providing extra activities in school time, more clubs and more competitions. Please talk to your children about attending an after-school club in Terms 3 & 4 and about the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Roselands Visit to Eastbourne Youth Radio

The children of Roselands visited Eastbourne Youth Radio and took part in their very own radio broadcast. They were very excited and had all rehearsed their lines! They sounded very professional and were superstars! Well done everyone!

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Year 6 Remembering WW1

To mark November the 11th, 100 year since the end of World War One, Year 6 have been looking at war poetry throughout the week. We have learnt that a war port is someone who participates in a war and writes about his/her experiences, or a non-combatant who writes poems about war. We also looked at skipping rhymes which have a rhythm, once read aloud, so makes them perfect for chanting. Within our classes, we worked on reciting the rhymes until we had learnt them by heart. We then went outside and used skipping ropes just as school children would have done during periods of war. The teachers were really impressed with how the children were still able to recall these skipping rhymes days later. We look forward to building on our knowledge of World War One over the rest of this term.

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Roselands Year 1 Bake Off

Earlier in the week, the Year 1 families brought in amazing cakes, which were sold over two days after school, to raise funds for the year 1 curriculum.  They were all judged by the Kitchen team, and these are some of the winners. Take a look at these wonderful creations! Thank you to all who took part!

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Author Visit

On Wednesday, the children at Stafford were visited by author, E.R. Reilly. He shared a number of his books with the children, writing challenges and tips on how to improve their story writing. Eamon was very funny and made them laugh throughout. They particularly liked the way he wiggled his bottom when he drank his tea!

On Friday, several children were able to meet Eamon in person and have books signed by him. We have also got a number of books to be shared in school – ask your teachers to read you one!

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Year 3 Michelham Priory Trip

Tuesday saw all of Year 3 go out on a school trip to Michelham Priory that dates back to 1229. An archaeological site famous for its mysterious and eerie past, the children had fun handling Bronze Age tools and learning about burial sites and rituals, making clay animals and silver amulets, before going on a walk back in time around the grounds. After lunch, the children had time to explore a replica Bronze Age Roundhouse and played in the grounds. Back at school, the children will be writing some spooky tales about what it would be like to spend the night at Michelham Priory. Thank you to all the parent helpers that came along to support, the day wouldn’t have been possible without you!

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Year 6 Non-Residential Week

This week, the Year 6 not attending the residential have had lots of fun and taken part in a range of different activities:

Swimming

On Wednesday, we went to the Sovereign Centre to swim. The children all had a fabulous time and were complemented by a member of the public on their lovely manners and great behaviour. It was fabulous to see the children all practising and using the swimming they have learnt in their lessons to have fun with their friends. 

Sports Leader Award day

On Thursday, the children took part in a special day to achieve a School Games Sports Leader certificate. 

In groups, they had to design an activity, a poster for it and a scoring system. They were given the opportunity to test these out on each other and then lead the activities for the Year 4 classes in the afternoon. 

All the children worked really well together and had lots of fun.

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Scarecrows at Stafford

The School Council members from Year 3, 4 & 5 put together a shortlist of scarecrows for the prize and some members of the PTFA kindly judged our scarecrow competition.

The winner is…Crowella by Niamh and Elsa Barrow.

Highly Commended by the PTFA…Jack the Pirate

Runners up (chosen and named by school council children):

Jeffrey the Scarecrow

Jack Sparrow

Scarlett the Scarecrow (scary!)

and Sarah the Scarecrow

Please come and see us if any of the scarecrows above are yours and we will get their prize to them.

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Scarecrows at Roselands

Children at Roselands have been creeping carefully down the corridor trying not to trip over the scarecrows! We are so impressed with the hard work that has gone into making these…thank you all for your participation. We hope you enjoyed this family project! They have kept us all entertained and we hope to see more of this creativity during the academic year. Prizes to follow.

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Eastbourne Mayor Visits Roselands

Roselands had a very special visitor this week and our School Council got to interview her!

The Mayor of Eastbourne dropped in for a cream tea and to tell our councillors about the special job she does for us all. The Mayor also did us the great honour of selecting the winners of our super scarecrow competition. She felt it was an incredibly difficult task as they were all so fantastic.

Congratulations to James in Panthers, Theo in Flamingos and Sienna in Sealions!

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Intra-School Football Tournaments

On Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th November, Mr Hester and Mr Richards ran 2 intra-school football tournaments for the children in each year to compete.

The children signed up and then Mr Hester created a 5-a-side team within their colour team. They were then assigned an English Football League team which related to their colour team.

Both Mr Hester and Mr Richards were extremely impressed with how fantastic the children were during the tournaments showing great determination, sportsmanship and quality of play.

10 teams lined up for the year 3 tournament. Well done to Sheffield United (Red), Celtic and Hibernian (Green) who all came out victorious unbeaten.

8 teams competed in the year 4 tournament and congratulations to Forest Green Rovers (Green) who won this tournament, again, unbeaten.

Only 4 teams signed up for the year 5 tournament but what a fantastic, tight tournament it was. Millwall (Blue) were triumphant in this one.

Finally, 6 teams came to the year 6 tournament and again, an extremely tight competition. It came down to both Middlesbrough and Bristol City (both Red) who were on 9 points each and played each other at end of the round robin stage. Stalemate between the two meant both teams took the crown and won the tournament.

Well done to all the players who took part over both days! Was great to see so many of you showing off your amazing talents.

Winners

Sheffield United: Dylan S - Rowan, Amy H - Elm, Gage R - Rowan and Rowan S - Birch.
Celtic: Charlotte S - Rowan, Max L - Elm, Dylan G - Rowan, Nathan H - Elm and Zach LM - Birch.
Hibernian: Elsa B - Elm, Niamh B - Rowan, Freddie B - Birch, Kai A - Rowan and Logan F - Elm
Forest Green Rovers: Rupert N - Poplar, Jacob W - Chestnut, Myles H - Ash, Alan R - Chestnut and Jamie M - Chestnut.
Millwall: Rylee H - Acacia, Alfie R - Maple, Finn B - Maple and Ben H - Oak
Middlesbrough: Alfie B - Larch, Freddie W - Cedar, Charlie W - Larch, Finlay C - Cedar and George W - Sycamore
Bristol City: Eden B - Sycamore, Lucas C - Cedar, Endrit M - Sycamore, Finnley H - Sycamore

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Stafford Sports News

Swimming

On Thursday 11th October, nine Year 6 children represented Stafford at the Eastbourne College swimming gala in their beautiful new pool. The boys and girls teams swam a mixture of races against 6 other schools, including individual and team races. All the children were amazing representatives for our school and we were really proud of them. Thank you so much to Mr Hester for his help and to all the parents, and Ms Perry and Ms Markides, for coming to support the children. Excitingly, our boys team came 2nd and the girls placed 4th - a fabulous achievement for our first time at this event.

Sportshall Athletics

On Thursday 18th October, 21 Year 5 and 6 children went to Hailsham Community College to take part in the South Downs Sportshall Athletics competition. The event included a range of track and field events, including different running and relay races, triple jump, speed bounce and many other activities. The children were excellent representatives for the school and we were really pleased to come 8th out of 13 schools who took part. Well done to all the children for representing Stafford so well and thank you to Mr Hester and Mr Walton for their help on the day.