Super Sports Days - July 2015
Year 3/4 and 5/6 competed for the house team cup with Biggs Blue just edging into first place on both days. Pupils were also able to secure individual certificates in running, jumping, throwing and other creative events such as space hopper and skipping races (it's amazing to see how good the Blaby Stokes pupils are getting at skipping following our school skipping day with 'Henry' and many days of practice in our morning fitness sessions).
In the Foundation / year 1/2 sports day the focus was to keep all children as active as possible whilst working on their key agility, balance and co-ordination (ABC) skills. There was no waiting around as all children were able to move from one activity to the next whilst scoring fun points and achieving individual award stickers. Events included; relay racing, agility ladders, hurdles, basketball dribbling, football dribbling, tennis ball balancing, obstacles courses, parachute ball challenge and more!
Well done to pupils of all abiities who really tried their best on the day and thank you to everybody that was able to come and suppport the children. Also, a special mention for Mr Clarke and his team of year 4, 5 and 6 helpers, who along with our work experience students were able to deliver a programme of events that, whilst focusing on the development of the pupils was also able to include a competitive element with sportsmanship values.
Saffron Lane Stars
Well done to all pupils from year 3 to year 6 that represented the school at Saffron Lane in the area athletics finals this year. It was a truly memorable day with all children trying their best in a competitive environment and many coming home with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals!
This has been our best year at Saffron Lane area sports for many years. There were so many top 3 finishes it would be tough to mention them all. Overall, year 3 and 4 girls did fantastically well finishing 3rd in their groups and our year 4 boys came 1st! Well done again to all that took part.
Pictured left, in one of the closest finishes of the day is Josh from year 4, who was awarded the silver medal in the 50m. Below is the Gold Medal winning Y4 relay team.
Film Project 2015
Countesthorpe Family of Schools Film Project 2015
Year 4 and 5 Students from Arnesby, Thistly Meadow and Blaby Stokes Primary Schools and Year 8 students from Leysland High School had great fun using their creativity and imagination whilst learning new skills using iPads and making films for the Family of Schools Film Project.
This is the third year that the Film Project has taken place and the students rose to the challenge producing three brilliant films with a sporting theme; Cricket Catastrophe, Football Friends and The Tournament.
The Film Project provides the opportunity for the children from the Family of Schools to come together to learn new skills and make new friendships, it also helps them when they meet again for other Family of Schools Project and when they do transition through to the High School.
Lilly and Adun, Year 4 students said “it was really interesting to meet new friends and film the trailers and we enjoyed the acting”. Saam said “it was good to meet friends I already knew from the other schools and work together making the films”.
Honor and Amelia from Leysland High School said “we enjoyed meeting the Year 4 and 5’s and helping them to make the films, we also learnt new skills from working with the iPads and using iMovie”.
A big thank you to Mr Clarke and Nick Cassidy, also Active Arts for their kind donation towards the project.
Extended Services Co-ordinator
Countesthorpe Family of Schools
Birds of Prey at Blaby Stokes
World Autism Week - March 27th to April 2nd 2015
March 27th to April 2nd was World Autism Week and to show our support for the National Autistic Society, Blaby Stokes decided to STAND OUT FOR AUTISM. Two of the parents at our school, Paula Chandler and Nicola Harding, held a special assembly on Thursday 16th April to raise awareness and understanding of autism and Asperger Syndrome.
To show their support, the children and staff donated money so they could either wear a onesie to school or dress in something pink or purple so that they STAND OUT FOR AUTISM!
For more information about autism and Asperger Syndrome, please visit www.autism.org.uk/. You could also check out this fantastic BBC Newsround film called My Autism and Me by clicking on the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15655232
Loughborough University Trip - March 2015
Blaby Stokes were delighted to take a group of pupils to Loughborough University. In the pupils' own words this was an 'inspirational' trip. Thank you to the university staff for showing us around the campus. These pupils now have a great picture of some of the opportunities that may lay ahead for them! We were even lucky enough to see British Olympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds training in the pool!
Get Caught Reading Winners and World Book Day - March 2015
'Get Caught Reading Winners!
The idea was to 'get caught reading' in fun, interesting ways and get someone to take a photo of you. The photos have been on display in the hall and now we have our winners (pictured left).
The Blaby Stokes reading champions would like to thank all staff and pupils that took part in this fun competition. There were lots of great entries and some truly amazing photos!
World Book Day
We kicked off the World Book day celebrations this year with a whole school assembly run by the reading champions (pictured). They told us why they love reading, showed us some famous people’s favourite books, as well as their own, and helped us to remember why we celebrate World Book Day!
Throughout the day, Blaby Stokes took upon the challenge of the ‘Big Book Off’ and tried to complete different activities surrounding a variety of books and genres. Based around the action words Create, Imagine, Discover, Explore and Experience, children from all year groups produced some fantastic work.
Children in Year 5 and 6 explored characters from different books and their dilemmas. Some children in Year 6 also listened to and performed some of their favourite poems as well as drama and exploring a range of non-fiction books. Year 4 explored some children’s books that involved morals and used these to write their own. Year 3 used the story Where The Forest Meets The Sea to discover a new place through a book and produced some lovely art work. Year 2 used the story ‘Meerkat Mail’ and produced some very creative work around this. Year 1 and foundation stage looked at the books ‘Beegu’ and Zog’ and made lots of interesting scenes!
These are just some of the brilliant things the children chose to do on the day. A selection of work from each year group will be put together in a display book and shared around the school. Well done everyone on another successful World Book Day at Stokes!
See 'Get Caught Reading' posters by Ellie in year 6 >
Funny Money! We Raised £643 for Comic Relief 2015!
Friday 13th March was another brilliant Red Nose Day at Blaby Stokes! We raised an impressive £643 for Comic Relief and the children (and staff) had a great time in the process. Everybody got into the spirit by dressing up and making their faces look funny! Check out our selfie gallery in the school foyer!
A special thanks goes to Mikayla and Zoe in year 5 (and their grown up helpers) for their fantastic cake sale - they managed to raise £40 by making and selling delicious cup cakes! Of course, as well as all of the fun and laughter, the children learned about the real reason for Red Nose Day and the families in Africa and across the world for whom their money makes a massive difference. Thanks again to everyone who took part and donated money.
Read For My School 2015 - Can we beat last year's total?
Can we beat last year?
- In 2014 we read 2,861 books across the school. Could we read 3,000 or more this year?
- Mr Fox's class are the defending class champions (711). Who will win this year?
- We also had a national award winning pupil! Can we do it again?
Total books read by class and school are published in assembly. So do your bit for your class and the school and enjoy your reading!
Prizes possible! The more we read the better chance we have...
Read more; it's fun and good for you!
Police Workshops - November 2014
On Friday 14th November Blaby stokes had a visit from the community team from HMP Manchester. The purpose of the workshops during the day was to teach the children about crime prevention and that actions have consequences. It was a really valuable and enjoyable day.
Stokes Superheros on Thursday 13th November!
Well done to everybody for a thoroughly enjoyable day! It was great to see hundreds of Super Heros across the school! As well as Clark Kent, Ninja Tutles, Spiderman, Batman, Catwoman, Superman (and woman) etc we had lots of very creative home made heros including 'Dancing Hero', 'Pants Man', 'Food Hero' and many many more!
We raised £289.12 for for Children in Need!
New Blaby Stokes Logo - Competition Winners!
On Friday 10th October the winner of our new school logo competition was announced! In fact, it was more than one winner! There were lots of fantastic entries to the competition and Mrs Kallquist, Mr Cheesman and Miss Winn had the tough job of choosing the finalists. Once the selection had been narrowed down, the school council looked even more closely at each one and explained what they liked about them. Eventually, three potential winners had arisen and this was where an expert eye was called upon. Mr Jim Cross, a graphic designer and parent of children in the school, very kindly agreed to help with the final design. He took elements from the three winning entries and combined them to make our brilliant new logo. The winning designers were Evie (Year 3), Poppy (Year 4) and Jude (Year 6).
We would all like to say very well done to Evie, Poppy and Jude, and, of course, a huge thank you to Mr Cross. The new logo will soon feature on our website, letter heads, Golden Envelope rosettes and eventually our school uniform!
Gold Medalist at Blaby Stokes! - September 2014
Tuesday 23rd September was a very special day at Blaby Stokes as double Commonwealth gold medal winner Leon Baptiste joined us for a sponsored fitness event. All year groups got involved with fun fitness activities, culminating in a finale out on the school field where the whole school (inclusing teachers!) came together to race with Leon!
Your support for this event is now requested by returning sponsor forms and money ASAP. Every little bit counts so whether you can spare £1, £5, £30 or more it's all appreciated. Prizes and gifts are available for all money raised £5 and over.
Sponsor forms available from the office. Pictures from the day coming soon.
MORE! Fitness Fun for Stokes - Now for KS1 too!
Now for KS1 Too!
Following a fantastic reaction to our NEW 'Fitness Fun for Stokes' we will now be extending the opportunity to KS1 pupils (year 1 and 2) EVERY morning from Monday 22nd September. KS2 will continue on the main playground as normal with KS1 pupils now able to take part on the Headlands playground (or Headlands Hall, depending on weather).
Sessions will start at 8.35am for 15 minutes.
The children will come into their classrooms as normal, unpack their bags and tell their teacher if they are going outside for Fitness Fun. Those children not wishing to participate will be able to remain in class supervised by a teacher. Mr Clarke, Mr Bannister, Mr Reed and Mr Marshall will be supervising the sessions. Research shows that physical activity helps promote not just better health and well-being, but also better brain function. We hope that you will encourage your children to join in with these ‘fun’ morning sessions.
Mrs D Kallquist
Well Done to Our 'Great North Runners'
Blaby Stokes would like to say a huge WELL DONE to Mrs McDonald and Mrs Sharpe who completed the Great North Run on Sunday 7th September. Many people refer to this event as 'the greatest half marathon in the world!'.
Your support on our non-uniform day was much appreciated, helping to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity Rainbows.
Back to School - August 2014
Blaby Stokes would like to offer a warm welcome to all of our new Foundation Stage pupils and those pupils in other year groups that are new to the school. Welcome back year 1 to 6; we hope you all had a good summer.
More news coming soon...