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Playground Training- Day 2


The children carried out the second day of the training after practicing their games for homework. They delivered their activities to the playground trainer. She was impressed with the children's communication and teamwork skills.

We will now be setting up a timetable for the children to follow to deliver playground sessions to the rest of the school.


They have all been awarded a certificate to celebrate their achievements.

Well done year 5 and 6 Playground Leaders!


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Playground Leader Training


Children from years 5 and 6 volunteered to take part in some playground leader training today! This will lead to a special qualification which will allow children to lead games at play times.

Children have enjoyed their session and have some homework ready to be assessed next week by our trainer from Rochdale School Sports Partnership.

Following this, children will set up games during play times for the whole school to enjoy.

We look forward to seeing our children's leadership skills in practice.

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Children have had another fantastic session at Move and Groove tonight. They have had lots of fun dancing to "Choc-o-late" with Mrs Howarth!

Children have had another fantastic session at Move and Groove tonight. They have had lots of fun dancing to "Choc-o-late" with Mrs Howarth! 1

Move and Groove


Mrs Howarth and Ks1 have started a dance club after school on Thursdays!

They had a great first session learning the moves to "Baby Shark" as well as other great dances.


I bet you can't wait to find out what you will learn next!





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St. Anne's 5-a-side Football Competition



St. John's boys represented school at the St. Anne's football competition. They all performed brilliantly showing great resilience and determination. They scored valuable points towards the St. Anne's cup and we are all very proud of them!

Also a massive thank you to Coach Sam who had trained us for the tournament and coached us on the night.

Picture 1 A quick pre-match strategy talk with coach.
Picture 2 Our excited football team ready for the tournament



The first game we played in the football session today was Quick Megs. We spread our legs apart and would aim to pass the ball through each others legs . When the ball went through a person's leg they would then have to turn around making it difficult for them to see the ball. As we got better the rules would change making the activity more difficult.

After we had worked on developing our passing accuracy we then played a game of dodgeball. This allowed us to work on our agility and speed. I was on the winning team three times ! Coach give us the tip to stay on your toes to give us a quick start.


A blog by Sam



Today at training we started off by playing a game of noughts and crosses combined with rock , paper , shoot.  We had to jump over the cones  and then play rock , paper , shoot with the opposing player. After the warm up , we completed dribbling drills. I loved the dribbling skills ! We learnt important tips such as  taking a touch for control and using the outside and inside of our boots for accuracy . After the drills , we then began focusing on passing. The final activity required us to be in groups of three and we had to pass to each member of our group. One of the most important tips I learnt for passing was to use the inside of my foot for more control.


A blog by Max 



Today we started off the training by sprinting at different speeds to get blood flowing around our bodies. After the warm up we began focusing on passing drills. The passing drills required us to take a touch of the ball (for control) and then pass it using the side of our foot (for more accuracy). I was very good at passing ! After the drills , we began playing mini-matches focusing on passing as we weren't allowed to shoot until we completed a specific number of passes. I found the completing different number of passes rule difficult at the start but I was able to ease myself into the mini-matches as I found team mates to pass to. I can use different passing ranges !


A blog by Josh

Football practice 13.11.18


Today we played a round of "Tails" where two people were it and if they got your "tail" you would be it with them. This is what we did to warm- up for today's session.

After that, we split up into teams of 4s and 3s and played matches in a mini tournament. My team didn't let any goals in so we had to go into a penalty shoot out! I was scared because I thought that the other team would score all of their penalties... but it was even all the way through! In the end we drew but still had lots of fun! 


A blog by Aidan


Today we warmed up by playing a game of ultimate tig (everyone is on).

Then we did passing exercises over long and short distances.

After that we did a 15-20 minutes match. 

I asked other players what they thought of the session and these are their responses:

 "I enjoyed practising my goalkeeping skills" 

" The match was the best part because it was fun!"

Overall, today's sessions was really fun and I enjoyed it!


A blog by Ben

Football practice 2.10.18

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Years 4- 5 Football Club


Football club will run for the whole of the Autumn term on Tuesdays after school 3.30- 4.30pm with a Link for Life coach.


Look out for our blogs coming soon!


Congratulations and very well done to our Dance Club Dancers who have been rehearsing very hard every day to compete in the St Anne's Cup and RBSGP Dance Festival at Middleton Arena. Our “Save the 80s” dance routine, with a medley of songs from the 1980s was fantastic. The children were amazing and their dance really stood out. They smiled from the beginning to the end of the routine and made us all extremely proud! Next year’s theme is “Rock and Roll” - maybe it will be our time to win! A BIG thank you to Mrs Howarth & Mrs Willman for the fabulous choreography & costumes and to Miss Rogers for hairstyling and providing a food pack for each child; this was extremely generous of you. Well done, Troupe!

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Have a look at this weeks newsletter following the link bellow to see the wonderful festive activities and events that have happened in school this week!