Both year groups enjoyed the creative aspect of dance, deciding as a group on different ways to develop their motif. They found working in larger groups more challenging, especially when it came to compromising on their many ideas. Year 4 felt they could work to improve their timing and synchronicity. Year 5's evaluation commented on their need to use space more effectively and develop the transitions between actions.
HOCKEY OLYMPIC MEDALLISTS VISIT PRAE WOOD
Thanks to Sports Ambassador, Ella in Year 5, Prae Wood were visited by not one, but two hockey Olympic medallists.
Back in the Autumn term, Ella, who plays hockey at Harpenden Hockey Club, had written to England Hockey asking if it would be possible for a player to visit our school to try and inspire more Prae Wood pupils to take up hockey, a sport she really enjoys. The players were so impressed by Ella's letter that both Shona McCallin and Izzy Petter, England and GB hockey players, agreed to visit.
Their visit started with an assembly for key stage 2 where Shona and Izzy explained how they had got into playing hockey, shared a video of their bronze medal winning performance in Tokyo and answered questions posed by our team of Sports Ambassadors to find out such things as what inspired them and how it feels to win an Olympic medal. Shona and Izzy brought along their medals to show. Both have bronze medals from Tokyo and a Commonwealth gold from Birmingham, however Shona had gone one better in Rio and proudly showed off her Olympic gold. We were surprised to learn that these medals were not displayed at home but kept safe in her sock drawer!
After the assembly, Year 6, who have been developing their hockey skills in PE this half term, had the opportunity to polish these skills under the expert guidance of Shona and Izzy. The ladies were impressed with Year 6s ability, so much so that Year 6 were rewarded at the end of the session with a chance to hold the Olympic and Commonwealth medals. Everyone was surprised by how large and heavy the Olympic medals were.
We hope the visit was inspirational for all of our pupils. Shona and Izzy shared some really important messages about the value of being involved in sport, whatever level you are playing at, reinforcing our ethos of the importance of being active, healthy and mentally strong.
Should any pupils be looking to get involved in hockey outside of school, both St Albans Hockey Club and Harpenden Hockey Club have thriving junior sections with Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club also growing their junior section. More information can be found by visiting:
PREMIER LEAGUE PRIMARY STARS TOURNAMENT
On Tuesday 7th February, Prae Wood's girls team took part in a Premier League Primary Stars 6 a side tournament hosted by Watford FC at their impressive training dome at London Colney. The tournament brought together 32 teams from across Hertfordshire and beyond and the standard of play was incredibly high.
In their first pool game, Prae Wood encountered local rivals Bowmansgreen with Bowmansgreen avenging their recent league defeat with a 2-0 win. A further six games across the day were played with mixed results - a draw, a 3-0 win and four further defeats, including a heavy loss to eventual semi finalists Berkhamstead Prep.
Even if results were not going in their favour, the day provided a fantastic experience for the team. In the morning, the girls visited the Media Suite where, instead of a press conference, the girls took part in an education session for children's mental health week. They also had a chance to chat to both male and female players from Watford FC who came into watch the games, keen to find out how the girls were getting on and if they were enjoying the day. The girls managed to collect some autographs as well as posing for photographs with the players.
DANCE LESSONS, AUTUMN B
Year 1 and Year 6 have both taken part in dance units during their PE lessons in Autumn B. Their dances have taken a cross curricular approach, linking with their topics of Transport in Year 1 and World War Two in Year 6.
Dance is an important part of the PE curriculum, which we are working hard to develop at Prae Wood. Dance allows children to be creative, develops their skills of working with others, improves co-ordination and self-confidence as well as developing evaluative and appreciation skills.
Both year groups have enjoyed watching their performances back and were able to comment on what went well, what was challenging and what could be improved. We hope you enjoy watching their performances too.