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Sainsburys School Games Quality Mark

Over this academic year, I’m sure your children have enjoyed participating and competing in various sports and small games, as well as learning within their two hours of PE per week. There is now a huge focus on PE and Sport in all schools, not just to encourage healthy active lifestyles, but also to develop the children’s social and emotional enjoyment, which has been shown to link to success within other areas of the curriculum.


This year, again, primary schools have received funding called Sport Premium, which is ring-fenced and can only be used to specifically develop Physical Education (PE), sport and physical activity in school. After an evaluation, schools have then been awarded a Bronze, Silver or Gold award or nothing at all within the Sainsbury’s School Games Quality Mark. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in

2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment

to the development of competition across their school and into the

community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of

participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that

the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded again this year.


Following our recent application, Primrose Lane is very proud to announce that we achieved the Gold for the Sainsburys School Games Quality Mark, maintaining our award from last year, which is a fantastic achievement! We would like to congratulate all staff and children for their efforts and cooperation within PE and Sport and hope it continues to progress further. Congratulations have also been received from SSCos Jon Lynsky from Boston Spa High School and Julie Smyth from Wetherby High School, as well as Partnership Development Manager Shaun Mulhern.


If you have any questions or suggestions of ways of further developing the PE and Sport here at Primrose Lane, please come and see Mr Jackson (PE and Sport Coordinator).

Football League Results

Cup Results
  • Primrose Lane 1 - St Peters C of E (Player of the match - Luke B; Goal scorer - Luke B)
Primrose Lane Primary School Football Team 2017-18

This year has seen some incredible football being played within the Primrose Lane Football Team. The squad (which has contained over twenty children in total in one way or another) have worked extremely hard to achieve what they have achieved. The table below shows the standings of our North East Football League and the effort that went into those games:

Throughout this season, as you can see, 31 goals have been scored, some of which the professionals would be proud of! Similarly, the defensive record is equally as impressive, having only conceded 6 goals, which is a credit to the tactical organisation of the children and leadership from the back. This resulted in convincingly winning the league for the first time! Each player has taken their turn to represent the team as a captain, ensuring that at all times, there hasn’t just been one leader on the pitch, all have had the scope for leading. This has paid precedence throughout the season, where Primrose Lane have stood out from the crowd in each and every game, through their team work, controlled passing, gamesmanship and perseverance when games were tough.

There was also excellent success at this years ‘Road to Wembley’ football tournament. A select few from the team represented the school in the first round, again convincingly winning (see the write ups on the website!) against the local teams. In the second round, the team took on the best teams throughout Leeds, again succeeding to represent Leeds at Thorp Arch against the best teams in the North! Unfortunately, the team were knocked out on penalties in the semi-finals after being the only unbeaten team in the whole tournament. Nevertheless, the team took this as a massive learning lesson in life; putting it into immediate action to go on within the other cups and league, proving they could bounce back!
The whole team also got into the finals of the Leeds and Holbeck Cup, played at Garforth Football Ground. Although the team outplayed Holy Family, they didn’t convert their chances and therefore missed out on winning. A great performance nonetheless, with excellent gamesmanship at the end.

In winning the North East Football League, Primrose Lane were entered into the ‘Champion of Champions Playoffs’, winning all their games comfortably, until the semi-finals, where they were pipped by the strong Holy Family side again! It wasn’t to be!

Nevertheless, winning the Boston Spa Gala for the third time in four years sealed the deal, with fabulous performances by all of Primrose Lane’s A, B and C teams, all at least getting into the semi-finals! This to me typified the whole squad, showing that despite the A team going on to win, the B and C teams showed fantastic passion, drive and will to progress. On top of this, four year 4 boys helped the teams, which can only benefit them going into the tournament next year with the experience – let’s hope we retain it next year!

Here are the trophies to celebrate what has been a wonderful year, with a wonderful team (excluding the medals and certificates!). Well done!

Mr Jackson

Boston Spa Gala Football Tournament

A long and fun filled day at the Boston Spa Gala saw Primrose Lane retain their trophy as football tournament winners! Primrose had three teams in the tournament with all three performing brilliantly.

Primrose ‘C’ powered their way through the group stages, playing some fantastic football and scoring 30 goals in the process! They deservedly went through to the quarter final.

Primrose ‘B’ also eased their way through their group stage and made their way into the quarter- final with some hard fought matches along the way.

Primrose ‘A’ suffered a 3-1 defeat in their first group match against a very determined St Edwards team. With goal difference likely to be important in this group it was important to win the next two matches well, which they responded to with 6-1 and 8-0 victories to ensure that they joined the other Primrose teams in the next round.

In the quarter-final Primrose ‘C’ performed superbly but in the end a disputed disallowed goal saw them edged out 4-3 by St Edwards ‘B’.

Primrose ‘B’ contested a hard fought quarter final against a strong St Edwards ’A’, twice coming from behind to force the game into ‘golden goal’. The game could have gone either way and only a fine tackle stopped Casper from sending Primrose through. Eventually St Edwards found a goal and made their way through from a pulsating match.

Primrose ‘A’ secured their place in the final in a strange tournament format by scoring the most goals in the stage leaving the two St Edwards teams to battle out a semi final which also went to golden goal – St Edwards A eventually prevailing to set up a rematch with Primrose and a chance to avenge the opening group match defeat.

And so to the final…

The final was a tense affair, Primrose Lane playing the better football, St Edwards holding their own with some robust marking and excellent defending. Neither team could find a way through in normal time and so for the second year in a row we went into extra time in the final.

Extra time was just as tense with both teams getting tired. Pressure from Primrose came as they mounted wave after wave of attacks but couldn’t find a goal – St Edwards broke away and only a brilliant covering tackle from Edward, who was superb all day, prevented St Edwards from taking the lead. So we moved into the second half of extra time – could someone find a goal before ‘golden goal’ time?

With two minutes left Luke B broke free of his marker in midfield and headed towards the goal. As Luke shaped to strike only a foul prevented him from doing so and Primrose were awarded a free kick.

Luke A stood over the free kick as the crowd watched on in suspense… some good movement by Lucas to lose his defender saw Luke pick him out and Lucas stroked the ball into the bottom corner!! Celebrations followed but the game wasn’t’ over yet! Primrose regrouped and saw out the last couple of minutes to deservedly retain the trophy with a hard fought 1-0 victory.

Well played everybody in all three teams – you all performed brilliantly and made the school proud – well done!

Primrose ‘A’
Dan, Bryn, Luke A, Luke B, Lucas,
Edward & Ben
managers – Mr Brooks & Mr Parish

Primrose ‘B’
Casper, Cian, Ethan, Jude, Sam F, Sam A, Toby &
manager – Mr Sykes
Primrose ‘C’
Henry, Jacob, Rhys, Kai, Harvey, McKenzie & Harrison
manager – Mr Tasker

We wold like to say a huge thank you to
Mr Brooks, Mr Sykes, Mr Parish and Mr Tasker
for managing the teams on the day, as
well as the other Mr Sykes for
organising the managers!

Thanks also to the support from all the
parents and carers on the sidelines!

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On Tuesday 22nd May, on a rather blustery day, ten year 5 pupils took part in the Tag Rugby Finals at the John Charles Centre for Sport in South Leeds. It was a great achievement for Primrose Lane to get this far - one of the top 20 primary schools to get through from the Leeds heats earlier in the year.

Unfortunately in our group on the day, one of the teams was not able to attend so we missed out on a fourth game, but this did not deter the team. Our first game was against Thorner. Both sides went on to the pitch to win; but some great team work from Primrose Lane gave us the edge. Quick foot work and clever passing from everyone on the pitch demonstated Primrose Lane’s talents. An amazing run with the ball from the captain, Charlie Courtman, brought the final score to 2-1 and a well-deserved win for Primrose Lane.

The next two games against St Barts and Robin Hood were tough. The heat was on, despite the wind and cool temperatures! The team put everything into it, substituting regularly to conserve energy and give everyone a chance to play. Although there were some great runs from everyone, particularly Charlie, Austin and Tilly, the team had to concede defeat. Unfortunately this meant we did not get through to the play off in the afternoon, but the team played well.

Thanks to everyone for their efforts, and to parent helpers Mrs Fasey, Mrs Foreman and Mrs Thornton for taking us there and for their unstinting support from the sidelines!

Netball Competition

On Thursday the 10th May 2018, students from Primrose Lane Primary School (Zara Quyn Y4, Jude Taylor Y5, McKenzie Baiton Y5, Jonathan Dykes Y6, Jack Akers Y6, James Hepworth Y6 and Leon Quyn Y6) took part in a netball tournament at Wetherby Highschool.

All students played fairly and these are the ones who scored:

Leon Quyn scored 1 goal (assisted by James Hepworth)

McKenzie Baiton scored 1 goal (assisted by Leon Quyn)

Jack Akers scored 1 goal (assisted by McKenzie Baiton)

James Hepworth scored 1 goal (assisted by Jude Taylor)

Our first game ended at 4-1 to Scholes;
Our second game ended at 3-0 to Deighton Gates A;
Our last game ended 3-1 to Primrose Lane.

Overall the team came third and unfortunately couldn’t advance to the semi-finals (St Edward’s came fourth, Scholes came second and Deighton Gates A came first) but the team thoroughly enjoyed it.

Typed by James Hepworth and Leon Quyn.
Leeds and Holbeck Cup Final


On Thursday 10th May 2018, the Primrose Lane Football Team played against Holy Family Primary School in a thrilling final of the Leeds and Holbeck Cup. It was end to end for most of the match, very competitive and tense to watch. Primrose had the majority of possession and passed it around excellently, showing brilliant team work and resilience when not in possession of the ball.

Although Primrose went 2-0 down, they kept on fighting and some quick thinking from Luke A resulted in a goal for Primrose, making it a edgy 2-1 going into half time. Game on! Again, after the break, Primrose were determined to get that early goal, with some excellent chances created, where Lucas outwitted a number of defenders, but was unlucky not to put the ball in the back of the net.

It wasn’t to be once the final whistle went at 3-1, but the team can hold their heads high achieving runners up and showing good sportsmanship at the end of the game to congratulate their opponents. They will learn a lot from this game to take them to the next Playoffs in a couple of weeks. Player of the Match was awarded to the machine Luke A for his endless work ethic.

Mr Jackson

Year 4 Skipping Competition 2018

On Wednesday, Year 4 took part in a Skipping Competition, which included teams from Bardsey, Wetherby St James, Harewood, Scholes and Lady Hastings. We had spent several weeks practising our skipping skills in our PE lessons, at playtimes and at home. We tried out for the events we wanted to participate in: some of us took part in individual events such as speed bounce and crossover; there were pairs events such as face to face and butterfly; and there were two long rope team events.


We had great fun and everybody tried their best. Although we didn’t win the overall event, we won lots of Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates for our scores. Congratulations to everyone in Year 4!

Here are some quotes from the children:
“You didn’t just sit and watch, you got to do lots of skipping.” – Sam D
“I was really proud when I got a bronze certificate.” – Imogen
“I really liked watching all my friends do well.” – Wilson
“We might not have won, but we had fun.” - Harry
Athletics Final, April 2018 Years 5-6

On Monday 16th April 2018, pupils from Years 5 and 6 represented the school and competed against four other schools in the Plate Finals (St Benedicts, St Nicholas, Collingham and Whitkirk). The events involved girls competing against each other and the boys competing against each other, then the results combined to give an overall score. The team did exceptionally well, winning many events and achieving personal bests! The events that the children competed in were individual races (along with hurdles), relay races (again with hurdles also), obstacle relays, standing long jump, standing triple jump, speed bounce, chest push, vertical jump and bull-nosed javelin. 

Overall, Primrose Lane came third in what was a tight result! Children were very supportive of each other and well behaved, well done!
Tag Rugby Competition March 2018

On 28th March 2018, the whole of Year 5 competed in a Tag Rugby Competition, organised by Leeds Rhinos. There were lots of Leeds schools involved, three of which were Primrose Lane A Team, Primrose Lane B Team and Primrose Lane C Team. Other local schools involved included the following:
  • Shadwell;
  • Bramham;
  • Grange Farm;
  • Thorp Arch;
  • Deighton Gates;
  • And Collingham;
Primrose Lane A Team Primrose Lane B Team Primrose Lane C Team

All children thoroughly enjoyed a rather cold competitive afternoon, led by Leeds Rhinos coaches. The children in Year 5 all represented the school brilliantly and behaved very well, even when decisions didn’t go their way. Everybody showed excellent gamesmanship by shaking hands and wishing each other the best for the next game.

Primrose Lane’s A and B team did amazingly well, winning their groups and getting through to the quarter finals! Primrose B team unfortunately got beat, but Primrose Lane A team progressed through to the semi-finals, beating Collingham A team! Due to the weather, the final wasn’t played, as both teams go through to the Leeds City Finals in May! The rest of the class have unanimously agreed to go and support the A team in the Leeds City Finals, so watch this space! Unfortunately C teams didn’t make it through, but competed very well and had positive attitudes throughout.

Here’s what some of them had to say about the competition:

Kerrieanne – ‘My favourite part about tag rugby, was getting muddy!’

Jude – ‘I really enjoyed the sports we did, running up and down and passing the ball to get a try!’

McKenzie – ‘I liked the tag rugby competition, because it was fun to work together with my friends as a team.’
Hockey Competition March 2018

A selection of Year 6 children recently competed in a hockey competition at Wetherby High School due to their success in class competitions to make the team. Both the A team and B team represented the school excellently, with positive attitudes throughout (whether that be whilst scoring and winning games; or conceding goals and keeping their heads up). There were some great team goals, as well as individual goals from James, Theo, Harrison, Leon, Bryn and Edward. It was very pleasing to see the children being the first to shake hands at the end of each game, showing true gamesmanship – which was complemented on by opposition managers as well as the competition organisers.
Unfortunately we didn’t make the finals, but there were a lot of positives to take and all children enjoyed the involvement – well done, you did us proud!

Mr Jackson
(PE and Sport Coordinator)
Tennis Competition and Festival

On Thursday 22nd March 2018 all of year 3 and 8 children from year 5 went up to Boston Spa Academy for a tennis competition.

As selected by Miss McNicholas 8 children from year 3 went and represented Primrose Lane whilst all the other children got to get involved in the Tennis Festival!

The Tennis Festival involved lots of short activities to keep the children engaged and provide them with different skills help there tennis.

We started off the afternoon with some cardio to help to keep us warm – even Miss McNicholas was tempted to join in because it was quite chilly outside!!

After that, everyone got chance to learn more about tennis stances, and develop their hand-eye coordination.

Miss McNicholas was so impressed with all the children during the festival. There was some fantastic team work as well as some great skills shown. All the children joined in really well with the other schools who were also there.

Congratulations to Freya, Grace, Rosie, Maria, Lucas, Kodee, Christian and Dylan who were our class representatives. You all played some great tennis but more importantly, you showed good sportsman ship.

Well done!
Tennis competition 21.3.18

On Thursday the 21st of March, Year 3 and some of Year 5 went to a Tennis Competition at Boston Spa Academy.

Four girls and Four boys from Year 5 and Year 3 competed in a Tennis Competition. Year 5 won 15 matches drew 3 and lost 12. Year 3 played very well (especially Freya, who won 4 out of 4 matches!) and were so unlucky not to go through. Unfortunately, Sam and Jude came second and trailed to St Edwards - who came 1st in every age group - went through to the Partnership Final. It was a nail-bitingly close contest due to the ball going back and forth repetitively. Everyone won one match at least, including a 19-0 victory for Benjamin against St Marys. Overall, everyone played very well and we deserved a place in the final, because of our sportsmanship, how we played and our competitiveness.

By toby year 5

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West Yorkshire Cross Country County Finals

Following their success in qualifying for the level 3 county finals for cross country, 11 boys from across years 4, 5 and 6 competed in the finals competition held at Temple Newsam on Wednesday 14th March 2018.

Three teams took part, representing Leeds alongside other schools. The boys demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship and perseverance over the 980m course - with amazing results! Everyone gave their best, with memorable performances from Sam Alker, Charlie Courtman and Luke Alker.

Sam ran brilliantly in the Year 4 boys’ category, crossing the finish line ahead of over 100 competitors. Next up was the year 5 boys’ race, with Charlie Courtman competing against a strong field. He gave his all, making it another first for Primrose Lane!

Year 4 boys with gold medallist Sam Year 6 boys’ team
Charlie C with proud parents

And with another strong field in the year 6 category, Luke A showed great determination to make it into fourth place - and a place in the national finals. Well done to Luke, and to Charlie, who both finished in the top ten runners, thereby securing a place in the National Schools competition, representing their county, to be held later this month in Leicestershire.

So, overall a very successful day. Congratulations to everyone who took part, you were a credit to Primrose Lane. Thanks also to the Parents and Carers who supported the teams on the day, making sure they got to the starting line and cheering from the sidelines.

Write up by Mrs Maxwell
ROAD TO WEMBLEY – Proud to Be Primrose!

Regional Final

On Wednesday 7th March 2018, Primrose Lane represented Leeds at the regional finals of the Road to Wembley Football Tournament. Along with ‘Leeds’ in the group, there were representatives from Sheffield United, Derby, Nottingham Forrest, Bolton and Sunderland.

Leeds’ (our) first match, was against Sunderland, where it was a close game, very much a stalemate. We had a couple of close chances, where Lucas hit the post from a fantastic cross by Luke B, but it wasn’t to be for the first game, ending in a 0-0 draw.

In the second match against Derby, it was a must-win game. Pass and move was back to its best for the team, possession was high, only this time, it was rewarded with a goal! Luke A drilled a shot perfectly in the corner, great start! In the dying seconds, Luke B had another opportunity, but it just sailed over the bar. At this point, Leeds applied their ‘Game Management’ tactics, which we’d been working on, to secure the win.

In the next match, Leeds continued their success in a convincing victory against Bolton. We were looking like winners now, the stand-out team in the group, with whole team efficiency and great defending! The result ending in a 3-1 victory (goals from Ben, Lucas and Luke B), which should have been more!
Fourth, we played Nottingham Forest, where confidence was high, with Nottingham yet to win a game! We tried a bit of squad rotation here and had a go in different positions, which resulted with a 2-0 win (goals by Ben and Luke B).

The last match of the group stage was against Sheffield United. This was a tense match, as we had best form on 10 points after four games, Derby were through with 12 points after five games and Sheffield United were on 9 points after four games. A draw would take us through, but we weren’t taking that for granted, the team went out for the win, and it paid off! Ben put two punishing shots beyond the goalkeeper, after, yet again, another excellent team performance, with team goals! We went through as top of the group to the semi-finals!

Semi Final

In the Semi-final, we met Sheffield Wednesday, who were second in the other group. It was all one way traffic for Leeds, but the ball just wouldn’t go in the back of the net! However, a sudden counter by Sheffield and a shock goal with two minutes to go! Credit to Leeds, for the spirit and perseverance, as a reply came immediately after kick off, where Lucas shot the ball into the back of the net! Relief, but Leeds wanted the win! Seconds to spare, a half chance went begging, but the whistle went – it was down to penalties! The team chose Charlie, Luke A and Luke B to be penalty takers. Some of these penalties can be seen on the school website with this write up! It was nail biting, but after a ninth penalty between the three brave players, one was missed. Sheffield Wednesday just managed to put it through the hands of our keeper (Edward), who had got his hands to many of ones that crept through. Although the team were devastated to go out in such a hard-fought battle, they shook hands, wished Sheffield Wednesday well and showed true character in defeat. In fact, the Sheffield Wednesday manager approached me after the shoot-out and commended the whole team on how they coped with the difficult defeat and showed respect.

At the end of our game, two professionals from Leeds United (Kemar Roofe and Conor Shaughnessy) came to pay their respect to Leeds and said how proud they were of the team. They let all of the team ask questions and talk about professional football life.

We stayed to watch the finals and Sheffield Wednesday went on to beat Hull City 1-0. Despite this, even through winning, again the Sheffield Wednesday manager approached me again to compliment ‘Leeds were by far the best team here today; it’s just a harsh way to go out on penalties, and we were the lucky ones today!’.
It has been a tough lesson to learn for these individuals, but even though they deserved better, we discussed how well they’d coped with the life-lesson of dealing with a loss, and that in this lesson, you can either feel sorry for yourself negatively, or bounce back positively, persevere and go and want the next game more……I think they’ve taken the latter attitude, after the comment from Luke B ‘Let’s go and win the Champion of Champions League in Leeds’. After winning the local league already, I hope they do… this space!

Credit to the team and well done, you did Primrose Lane (and the rest of Leeds) proud!

Mr Jackson
(PE and Sport Coordinator)
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Athletics Competition, Feb 2018 Years 5-6

On Thursday 22nd February 2018, pupils from Years 5 and 6 represented the school and competed against three other schools in the Plate Semi-Finals (St Benedicts, ? and ?). The events involved girls competing against each other and the boys competing against each other, then the results combined to give an overall score. The team did exceptionally well and behaved impeccably, resulting in going through to the Plate Final! The events that the children competed in were individual races (along with hurdles), relay races (again with hurdles also), obstacle relays, standing long jump, standing triple jump, speed bounce, chest push, vertical jump and bull-nosed javelin.


Congratulations to the whole team and good luck in the Plate Final!

Year Two Skipping Festival


On Monday Year Two took part in the much anticipated Skipping Competition. There were eight schools involved and the competition was fierce. All the children had been practising their skipping skills for months so they were very excited to take part. We all had different skipping skills to do and I was so impressed with the children’s sportsmanship because some of them were very nervous about skipping in a big hall in front of so many people. Although we didn’t win overall we did win some certificates for specific skips and I know all the children did their best and I was very proud of them.

A special well done to the following children who won a medal certificate in their skipping skill:

April B – Silver in Speed Bounce
Charlie – Bronze in Hopping
Heidi – Silver in Side Swing
Thomas T and Louis – Silver in Face to Face

Here are some of the children’s thoughts about the day

It was hard but I tried my best – Ella
I was a bit nervous when we started but once I got into it, it was ok- Rory
I felt really scared when I started skipping but in the end I was excited- Erin
I was really proud of myself and Louis when we won the silver medal – Thomas T

I was nervous at the start but when it was my go I felt more confident than at the start because I had watched others have ago and they were ok – Jack


West Yorkshire Semi-Final Cross Country Competition

On Wednesday 21st February 2018, 18 children from Years 4, 5 and 6 competed in the semi-finals of the West Yorkshire cross country competition at Temple Newsam, after their success from the previous round. Again, the children represented Primrose Lane excellently; showing wonderful, supporting behaviour, fabulous sportsmanship and great perseverance.

As you can see above, our Year 4 boys team competed again, Year 5 girls, Year 6 Boys; then individuals competed from Years 4 and 5 as a result of their success from the previous round.

All competitors achieved very well, persevering in the difficult terrain, where the mud at certain parts of the course was slippery and difficult to run on. We even had some top 10 finishers who are already through to the finals as individuals at the least (Charlie C coming first; Luke A third; Sam A second; and Jacob T seventh). Congratulations must go to all, who were competing against over 100 other children of their age group, we wish them luck for getting through, and to the top 10 who are already through!

Thanks must also go to the Parents and Carers who supported on the day on the sidelines.

Mr Jackson
(PE and Sport Coordinator)

Leeds City Final

On the 24th January 2018, the Primrose Lane School Football Team played in the Leeds Schools Final (at Leeds United’s Thorp Arch training ground), where the 10 best school teams in Leeds competed, in the hope that they would make it through to Wembley. Whoever won this tournament, would go through to represent Leeds in the North of England Finals.
Primrose Lane’s first match, was against Gildersome, where it was a close game, but a run down the wing from Luke and a tap in for Benjamin sealed the win for Primrose.

In the second Match against Immaculate Heart of St Mary, it was a close game ending in a 0-0 draw.

In the next match, Primrose nicked a late goal against Tranmere Park, Luke A with a great run though the centre of the pitch and a finish into the far left hand corner.

The last match of the group stage, Primrose scored two good goals (one by Luke B and Lucas got the winner). Benjamin was on the wing and a cross came into the back post where Luke fired a volley into the near post top corner. Lucas did a great run and finished the ball past the keeper.

Semi Final
In the Semi-final, Primrose had a close match against Meanwood, where Meanwood took the lead , but we pulled the game back. It went to a nerve racking penalty shootout, where Primrose won 4-3.

Primrose met Immaculate Heart of St Mary again in the final. In was another close battle, ending in a nervy penalty shoot-out again! Luckily, our training with Mr Jackson paid off, with all of our penalties being scored and Immaculate Heart of St Mary’s missing one of theirs. We were delighted winners and are looking forward to the North of England Finals!

Written by Thomas A and Luke B
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Road to Wembley Football Competition 2017

On Friday 24th November, Primrose Lane Primary School competed in the Road to Wembley Football Competition at Wetherby High School. There were various other teams throughout Leeds entered, and we were drawn in a group with St Theresa’s and St Mary’s.

Luke A, Luke B, Edward T, Lucas P, Thomas A, Joe Butterfield and Ben Thornton.

The results were brilliant, as follows:

Primrose Lane 1 – 0 St Theresa’s
Primrose Lane 3 – St Mary’s
Primrose Lane 2 – 0 St Theresa’s
Primrose Lane 3 – 0 St Mary’s
Primrose Lane 1 – 1 St Theresa’s
Primrose Lane 2 – 0 St Mary’s.

We therefore got into the semi-finals against Whittkirk, who we beat 1 – 0 with an excellent goal by Lucas (Shown above in the picture – Thanks for capturing this Mrs Thornton!). The weather – as you can see above - was horrendous, therefore the final was decided that both teams were to go through to the next round, which was to be the case anyway. Primrose Lane went through unbeaten with wonderful performances by all players, who showed excellent teamwork, gamesmanship and determination. Congratulations must go to everyone. We’d also like to thank the adults who supported on the day and persevered with the conditions!

Mr Jackson (PE and Sport Coordinator) 
Cross Country Competition

On 11th October 2017, 29 children from Years 4, 5 and 6 participated in a cross country competition held at Brigshaw High School. The children represented Primrose Lane excellently; showing impeccable behaviour, fabulous sportsmanship and great perseverance.

Even through the weather was temperamental, all the children put in their best efforts and cheered each other through every race!


We have now received results to suggest that our Year 4 Boys, Year 5 Girls and Year 6 Boys have all qualified to the City Finals in March 2018! Although, Year 4 girls and Year 5 boys didn’t make it through, Zara, Charlie C and Joel B all made it through due to their individual achievements. Congratulations to all competitors! There must be particular mentions for Year 6 Boys who won their group by a large margin! Additionally, congratulations must go to Luke A, Charlie C and Sam A individually for coming first in the race for their whole age group! Thank you to all the parents/carers who turned up on the day to show their support and help Mr Jackson with the team. We look forward for March to do it all again, but until then, well done competitors!

Year 2 Skipping Final Video from Summer!
Athletics Competition, October 2017 Years 5-6

On Thursday 19th October 2017, pupils from Years 5 and 6 represented the school and competed against four other schools (Thorp Arch, Harewood, Bardsey and St Edwards). The events involved girls competing against each other and the boys competing against each other, then the results combined to give an overall score. The team did exceptionally well and behaved impeccably, resulting in going through to the Plate Final! The events that the children competed in were individual races (along with hurdles), relay races (again with hurdles also), obstacle relays, standing long jump, standing triple jump, speed bounce, chest push, vertical jump and bull-nosed javelin.

Congratulations to the whole team and good luck in the Plate Final!
Intra Competitions and Participation
Staff v Year 6 Rounders July 2018
On Monday 23rd July 2018, there was the annual Staff against Year 6 rounders match, which has previously been very competitive and close. However, this year, there was one clear winner, with 14.5 rounders – 12.5 rounders, with the winning team being the staff! We would like to thank everybody who took part and thank everybody for showing good sportsmanship at the end of the game. Until next year...
Sports Day July 2018
On Thursday 19th July 2018, Primrose Lane had their annual Sports Day, which comprised of various sporting activities, where all children competed within their country and tried to score as many points as they could in order to win the trophy.


Within the morning events, children from all year groups were assigned to a country (with our chosen focus this year within Fifa World Cup countries) and the Year 5 children led the sporting activities that the countries moved around. Year 5 have been busy planning the morning events and used their leadership skills in informing the groups how to compete most effectively and safely, tally the scores up, as well as coordinate the children to their next event. They even wore their new ‘Sports Leaders’ T-shirts donated by the PTA and Dads of Clifford Juniors.

The morning was a great success and children got very competitive with their running, skipping, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking and many more different activities. We would like to say a huge thank you to Year 5 for organising a great morning of competitive sport.

In the afternoon, we continued our Sports Day with class races, including the following races within different classes:
  • Sprints;
  • Teddy bear and hat;
  • Egg and spoon;
  • Beanbag;
  • Sack;
  • Tennis Racquet Volleys;
  • Football dribble;
  • Wheel barrow; and
  • Marathons.

We also had a Parents/Carers and toddlers competitive races to add to the fun element of the afternoon, which was cheered by adults and children alike. The atmosphere was fabulous on this glorious day and we would also like to say a big thank you to Parents/Carers for helping make it more memorable. The PTA were kind enough to put on refreshments for the afternoon, which was appreciated by all, thank you!
We finished with announcing the results from the morning for the winning country to collect their trophy, and the winners were…Germany! Thank you to all children for competing well, trying their best, behaving well and achieving.
Gems Rounder Competition June 2018

On Friday 29th June 2018, KS2 had a Gems Rounders Competition, whereby each Gem group (From Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, Amber and Amethyst) played each other in order to be crowned the Gem winners! We were fortunate to have a beautiful day for the occasion, with enough shade to cool down if the children needed it. The matches were very exciting, with all teams scoring some great rounders, making good catches and fielding like they were pro’s! It was one of the highest standards we’ve seen to date, with good tactics, team work and sportsmanship. It was a delight to referee, watch and admire. Credit to all children in KS2 who behaved impeccably.

Having collected results, the overall winners lifting the trophy were Sapphire. This was very tight, with Amethyst having scored the same amount of points (unbeaten), but Sapphie scoring the most rounders by just half a rounder! Congratulations go to them for working well as a team, but to everybody for their efforts!
Great British Athlete Visit!


On Friday 15th June 2018, we were delighted to be visited by Kathryn Thompson, Great British Speed Skating Athlete. She has won various competitions throughout her career so far, competing within the Commonwealth Games, as well as the recent Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang; hoping to represent Great Britain again in the next Winter Olympics.

We started the day with an assembly led by Kathryn, informing us about her journey, what and who inspired her and the challenges and triumphs she’s experienced throughout her career. She told us how a ‘Growth Mindset’ has pushed her to her limits and helped in her achieving her dream of representing team GB. She also showed how a healthy, active lifestyle is important, as well as her training routine help her keep in good shape for her event. Lots of questions and answers followed, which had to be taken into individual year group sessions throughout the day. All classes were then put through their paces with warm up activities and routines that Team GB go through….which I’m sure your children will agree were extremely difficult!

The money raised through sponsorship didn’t just give us the opportunity to have a GB athlete visit us to inspire the children, but also goes towards our PE equipment, so thank you for all of your efforts to helps the children do this.

Here’s what some of the children had to say about their experience:

Year 4


Bobby – “I enjoyed it, it was good exercise.”
Freddie – “My favourite was the treadmil because I like running. Kathryn’s session was fun!”
Matthew – “It was fun, but they were all tiring.”
Beth – “My favourite was the treadmill because after you’d been on it for 5 minutes your legs felt really weird. It felt the same after Kathryn’s warm up activities too!”
Zara – “I enjoyed it so much, I’d like to do it again.”
Edie – “On the last day, I just wanted to do it over and over again.”
Henry M – “ When we did activities outside with Kathryn the athlete, it was the best day ever!”

Year 5


McKenzie: ‘I enjoyed learning how an Olympic Speed Skater warms up and how they train.’
Hannah: ‘I enjoyed the physical activities we did with Kathryn, as they were what Kathryn did for speed skating.’
Joel: ‘I enjoyed learning about the life of an Olympic Athlete!.’
Sam: ‘I liked that Kathryn showed us what she does on a daily basis to be the top of her game.’
Jude: ‘I enjoyed the fact that we can tell other friends from different schools that we’ve had an Olympic Athlete at our school!.’

Year 6
Amy – I think the Fitness 4 was great because it was making us more active. When Kathryn Thompson came it was excellent because it was a brilliant opportunity for our school.
Abbi – Kathryn Thompson was really fun and it was interesting to learn about her career. We also got to do fun sport activities which was a good way to get people into fitness.
Evie – I enjoyed going on the treadmill because it was a new piece of equipment in school. It was interesting to learn about the life of an athlete when Kathryn Thompson came in.
Lucas – I really enjoyed using the Fitness 4 equipment because they were fun to use. It was amazing to hear what and Olympian thought about their sport.
Thomas – The Fitness 4 challenges were a good way for people to push themselves and have competition with other classes. I enjoyed the visit by Kathryn Thompson and we learnt about how hard she has to train.
Fitness ‘4’ / Healthy Mind, Healthy Body.

Last week, throughout school, we have been focusing on being active all week, as well as learning about how a healthy mind can provide a healthy body. This was to do with our Great British Athlete visit (Kathryn Thompson) and raising money for our PE equipment within school.

KS2 (Fitness 4):

Within Key Stage 2, we had four exercises to complete and keep going all day: one of them being a stepper, one independent activity (as the rower unfortunately didn’t work!), one cross trainer and one treadmill. The challenge was to keep these going all day, with children doing five minute intervals and completing their personal bests. There was a competition with the treadmills, where the class that collectively accumulated the furthest distance would receive a trophy and in-class rewards. The class that achieved the furthest distance overall was Year 5. Congratulations Year 5!

KS1 (Healthy Body, Healthy Minds!):
On Thursday afternoon, Reception, Y1 and Y2 braved the windy weather to tackle their Healthy Bodies Challenge! They took part in a range of events including skipping, step ups and hurdle jumping and attempted to beat their personal best on each activity. They worked so well in their mixed year group teams, with Y2 being excellent role models to the younger children.

We definitely saw lots of signs that the children are fantastic Primrose Lane Learners! They were very enthusiastic about the activities and persevered, showing resilience – especially when it came to throwing and catching in the weather conditions! They were also very ambitious and tried to beat their scores from the first round and so many of them did - although some may have elaborated on their scores more than others!

Overall, a great afternoon was had by all involved and we look forward to sharing our experiences and thoughts with our visiting athlete on Friday, along with finding out how much sponsorship we have raised!


As part of our 'Inspired Through Sport' week KS1 were invited to learn the principles of Hatha Yoga with Mrs Brough. In mini classes they were introduced to the art of breathing deliberately and practising physical postures (asanas). They learnt that Yoga contributes to the health of their heart. Sessions began with breathing practice, sun salutations then themed postures. We ended with the traditional closing posture savasana.

Reception children gathered to the sound of an Indian claw bell. They learned Yoga postures of shapes and farm animals on a glorious afternoon in the shade of trees. Ted was fantastic at star position and following a vote, their favourite posture was the pig, demonstrated perfectly by Kitty. The trickiest position was the horse demonstrated by Emily and the children showed great perseverance trying to balance!

Year One focused on postures of the beach and wild animals and listened attentively to sounds around them during relaxation. They also had a 'Yoga World Cup' session practising a whole Yoga alphabet. Some postures were tricky but they showed great determination and perseverance. In true FIFA spirit, the Yoga World Cup 2018 was then awarded to Victoria and her friends clapped as she was presented with her trophy.

Year Two were introduced to a Yoga alphabet after learning breathing techniques and listening carefully to instructions. Children took turns to demonstrate postures and realised that balance could certainly be tricky. A fantastic team spirit shone through as they helped each other to achieve the correct body positions. We also discussed that Yoga skills can help build football skills!

Yoga is fantastic for children, working on flexibility, balance, core strength and body awareness. It can be mood lifting and is known to help break cycles of behaviour, using patterned breathing promoting relaxation and self-control, confidence and self esteem. The children had lots of fun being active and learnt a new skill. They demonstrated fantastic concentration, focus and listening skills throughout. Well done Key Stage One!

Mrs Brough
Tri-Golf Taster Morning

On Tuesday, Year 6 took part in a Tri-Golf taster session at Wetherby High School. The morning was led by some Year 10 pupils as part of a “Young Sports Leader” award that they are working towards.


The children were split into 8 groups and competed against each other in different golfing activities. The young leaders commented on the class’s good listening skills, determination and improvement across the morning and said that they had been a pleasure to lead. Due to the wonderful impression our Year 6 children made, the head of PE at Wetherby High gave the children a free opportunity to take part in some football skills training and activities on their AstroTurf pitch with an outside agency, who had come to provide lunchtime activities for the high school children. This extra treat was thoroughly enjoyed by all and was a lovely way to end the morning.

Abbi – The tri-golf session was a really good way to encourage more children to do different sports activities.

Harrison – I really enjoyed hitting the ball on targets, and I am glad my team won the competition.

Imogen – It was a really enjoyable way to relax after SATs week.

James – It was a very enjoyable experience and I think it would encourage more children to do sports.

Year 3 Brownlee Triathlon Event

On Monday 21st May 2018, all of Year 3 enjoyed an exciting morning at John Smeaton Academy at the Active Schools Brownlee Triathlon event. The children arrived, equipped ready for an unforgettable experience, which began with a 30m swim, followed by a 300m run and 800m cycle. Once the Brownlee brothers had wished the children good luck via video link, they were ready!

The children were bursting with excitement, but once briefed at the beginning, were surprised to discover that they had to go straight from the pool, get changed into their running gear and continue (without drying off!).


Despite this initial shock, the whole of Year 3 thrived on the experience and went with it, all completing the stages and achieving a medal and goody bag.
Upon completion of the course the children congratulated each other on their successes and enjoyed refreshments from their good bags whilst watching other schools reach the finish line.


All children behaved impeccably and were a credit to Primrose Lane. Here’s what some of the children had to say about their experience:
Hannah – ‘My favourite part was the cycling because I really like going on my bike!’

Kodee – ‘I really enjoyed the triathlon as we got to do running, cycling AND swimming and at the end we got a medal!’
Jessica F – ‘I really liked it because once we finished it we got a goody bag and a medal!’
Richard – ‘I want the opportunity to do it all over again!’
Christian – ‘I really enjoyed the triathlon, it was the first time I’ve done one!’
Nursery Tour De Primrose

The Nursery children at Primrose Lane Primary School participated in their own Tour de Primrose event last week, and the day was a brilliant success! In the morning the children were each treated to an exciting chariot ride around the playground in a Danish box bike, which they loved!


Next the children prepared for the group races with a warm up routine that included lots of stretching, before they sped across the playground on their bikes or scooters to the finish line, whilst being cheered on by the rest of the class. They also completed a tricky circuit, negotiating their way over, around and under the various obstacles. The children stopped for a well-deserved lunch break and restocked their energy levels for the afternoon’s activities.


Earlier in the week the children had made healthy energy bars especially for the event, which they enjoyed before the final races of the day kicked off. Families were invited to join us for the afternoon’s activities, and the Nursery children opened the event with the wonderful songs they have spent lots of time learning especially for the occasion. They competed in more group races, this time cheered on by their parents and relatives. Then it was time for the afternoon’s main event – Tour de Primrose! Over recent weeks the children have planned out the route and stages of the main race. On the day, they sped across the playground to the different stages of the race, signposted by the children’s own writing, and peddled as fast as they could, trying to negotiate their way along the difficult route. The atmosphere was electric as the children received shouts of encouragement and praise from their teachers, families and other school children!


After a final sprint to the finish line the children were exhausted and ready to relax with their families and friends. Before enjoying homemade afternoon tea underneath the Tour de Primrose bunting, we held a ceremony to celebrate the children’s amazing efforts. There was a trophy for the winner of the Tour de Primrose race, and each child received a medal for their own personal achievement that day and in the build up to the event.


The children showed great skill and determination throughout the day, they listened carefully to instructions and participated fully in the day’s activities. The children put lots of thought into the event, and shared wonderful suggestions during the preparations in designing tickets, deciding the route and making the energy bars and afternoon tea, after discussing what food we should make and what ingredients we would need. The Nursery team would like to say a huge well done to all of the children and a big thank you to all of the family members who were able to help on the day and attend the event. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we and the children did!

Golden Mile Personal Bests!

This week, to burn off all the Easter eggs, each year group ran the golden mile in school to set their personal best times. Everybody did really well and competed against themselves, trying their best to get the lowest time they could. The female winner and male winner of every class received a certificate for their achievement, presented in BOW LOW SOW. Here were the results:

Male: Jasper
Female: Daisie
Year 1
Male: Bailey
Female: Alesha
Year 2
Male: Isaac
Female: Honour
Year 3
Male: Kodee/ Lucas (joint)
Female: Florence
Year 4
Male: Sam A
Female: Edie
Year 5
Male: Charlie C
Female: Georgina
Year 6
Male: Luke A
Female: Ava

Overall, the fastest male winner in school was Luke A (5 minutes and seven seconds)
The fastest female runner was Ava (7 minutes).
Congratulations to the winners and let’s hope all children continue to get personal bests and lead a healthy, active lifestyle!

Intra Skipping Competition December 2017

Recently, children have been going skipping crazy since our skipping festival day in Autumn 1. Due to this, we decided to have a skipping competition throughout Key Stage 2 (KS2). Each child throughout KS2 took part in the competition, where the boy and girl from each class who achieved the highest number of skips competed to get into the finals. The following people were class winners:

Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4)

Year 3: Boy (Lewis), Girl (Evie)

Year 4: Boy (Sam A) Girl (Edie)

Overall Lower KS2 Winner: Boy (Sam A), Girl (Edie)


Upper KS2 (Years 5 and 6)

Year 5: Boy (Sam F), Girl (Eve O’B)

Year 6: Boy (Lucas) Girl (Ava)

Overall Upper KS2 Winner: Boy (Sam F), Girl (Ava)


Throughout the school, children have enjoyed participating in the skipping competition, as well as in the playground at lunch and break times. I’d like to thank all the children and staff for their efforts with this competition and I hope everybody continues to practise and enjoy skipping, as it is a fun activity which helps keep us fit…’s perfect!
The winners of this competition will form our skipping leaders outside, for helping those attempting to do the skills and get better. They will receive a certificate to celebrate their success. Well done!

Mr Jackson (PE and Sport Coordinator)
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Year Two Skipping

Last Friday, Year Two had a skipping morning in preparation for the Skipping Festival in February. All the children were shown and had the chance to practise a range of skills, including the double bounce, side swing and face to face pair skipping. I was really impressed with how all the children persevered with their skipping skills and tried their best and we are looking forward to taking part in the competition.

It was very fun and we learnt different skipping skills.- Honour
I really enjoyed it but I found it quite difficult- Cameron
I found skipping a bit hard but I am learning it- Erin
It was quite hard but I am getting the hang of it – Ella
It was so fun my favourite skip was the side swing- Thomas T
It was really good and I liked the big skipping rope – Zack
I liked doing face to face in partners – Anum


Dear PTA and Dads from Clifford Juniors,
Thank you very much! We are extremely grateful for all of your hard work at buying our brand new ‘Sports Leaders Tops!’. We can’t wait to wear them for Sports Day as the Year 5 Leaders! We will be using them in other activities such as: Sports Leaders at lunchtime, the Golden Mile and for the next year 5 classes.

Here are some quotes from Sports Leaders in year 5 about the new tops;
Megan’s quote, ‘I am really excited about our new tops.’
Lauren’s quote, ‘I can’t wait to wear our brand new tops for P.E.’
Thank you so much, we really appreciate it.
Many thanks,
Year 5 Sports Leaders and Mr Jackson
Year 5 Sports leader training 2017!
Eleven Year 5 children volunteered to become our new Sports Leaders. They spent a day at Boston Spa High School, along with seven other local primary schools, learning how to become good Sports Leaders for Primrose Lane.

They learnt how to organise participants, how to communicate, how to define an area suitable for an activity and finally how to be organised with the correct equipment.

‘I really enjoyed the day, because I learnt how to get people’s attention.’ Georgina

‘I really enjoyed training to be a Sports Leader, because I learnt lots of new cricket skills. Also we paired up with Collingham, so it was really good for our teamwork. My favourite part was the cricket section.’ Toby

‘I really enjoyed it, because not only did we learn about Sports Leaders, we also got to interact with other schools. It was a good day.’ Sam F

‘I liked the Sports Leader training, because they taught us different games that we can teach to everyone in school.’ Rhys

Whole School Skipping day, October 2017

On Friday 13th October 2017, each class from Reception-Year 6 participated in a skipping festival hosted by the company Skipping Schools, led by Jodi. The day was fabulous, with all children learning the benefits of skipping for physical activity and health, as well as socially playing in the playground and outside of school. Children also learnt about persevering and if they struggled, carried on giving it a go. Each class learnt how to safely skip, as well as various different techniques, ranging from ‘double-dutch, hopping, split legs, speed skip, side step, back-to-back, change places, side-swing, pretzel;’ and many more! Children and staff alike found how tiring it can be, as our heart rates raced up quite quickly. We all loved the experience. Here are what some of the classes had to say about the day: Year 1:

Year 1:

Susie – ‘It was quite tricky but fun!
Elliot – ‘You have to do lots of jumping.’
Toby – ‘I was a bit nervous but I found out I'm really good!’

Year 3:

Kodee Niviri Haines – ‘I really enjoyed doing cross skip but I need some practise’.
Kara Dunford – ‘I have really enjoyed the criss cross and I have got better’.
Hannah Wise – ‘I really enjoyed the skipping because we did lots of different moves, my favourite was the double bounce’.
Freya Eteen – ‘I improved on my cross over because Jodi taught us to do it step by step’.

Year 4:

Henry E – ‘I really liked the skipping day because I learnt new skills.’
Henry M – ‘I found it quite enjoyable, at first some of the new things were tricky but I kept going until I got it.’
Beth – ‘I really enjoyed the day, it was lots of fun. I found the long rope jumping hard but I didn't give up.’

Year 5:

Toby- ‘I really liked how you got to focus on the backward steps for each skill, rather than just the forward steps’.
Hannah – ‘I really enjoyed skipping through the ‘Texas Star’, because I thought I’d get whacked with the rope and tangled up, but I didn’t!’
Imogen – ‘I enjoyed the ‘Texas Star’, because I didn’t think I’d be able to do it.’
Tilly – ‘I enjoyed watching people jump through the ‘Texas Star’, because it looked impossible initially.’
Jay – ‘I liked going through the ‘Texas Star’, because I didn’t think I could do it.’
Lauren – ‘I really enjoyed the skipping session, because I learnt how to do the backwards cross over, as well as the ‘Texas Star’.’

Year 6:

Evie - "Skipping was really enjoyable because it gave everyone the opportunity to have a go. It also taught me a new skill: playing 'Red arrows'."
Maisy - "I really liked it when we were doing the 'Red arrows' and long rope games because it is fun and a real challenge."
Liam - "I loved doing the long rope challenges."
Commando Fitness.


Commando Fitness is yet again very popular with children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

All the children are eager to start the exercises each week, with the majority surprising themselves with how much fun rolling in mud can be. The main aims of the club are to improve fitness and to encourage teamwork, however this year we are doing something a little bit different. Children are being given the opportunity to lead the training sessions in an effort to build their confidence in leadership rolls. The children taking part are learning that improving fitness requires commitment and determination. The exercises include: running, tyre runs, log and core bag carrying, press-ups, sit-ups and many more.

All the children have realised that a major bonus of all the exercise is that it involves getting dirty and the dirtier the better!!!

‘I’m really enjoying Commando Fitness. Mr Simpson really pushes us hard and teaches us new skills. I get a bit muddy, but it’s really FUN! We get to carry logs and tires, YOU HAVE TO JOIN!’ - Lucy Harper.

‘I love Commando Fitness because it gets your heart pumping, I also like it because you get to do Fireman’s lift, Piggy back races, lifting 15kg bags and so much more.’ - Libby Philpott.

PE Curriculum
PE- Dance

Year 5 were very lucky to receive dance sessions in PE from Leeds Rhinos Foundation specialist Nic Booth. She has taught us lots from various movement skills (gross and fine), sequences, creativity and active learning. We have been learning about World War Two, therefore did a series of lessons as ‘dancing evacuees’. Nic was excellent at helping it be cross curricular. Take a look from our videos, you’ll see the excellent learning we’ve done!

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Have a look at some of our pictures from our gymnastics lessons. We are really enjoying learning (and inventing our own) gymnastic skills! We know how to perform sequences that include pike, tuck, straddle, straight, stag and wolf shapes. We have also been adding in flight elements and turns. Our balancing is improving and our sequences are getting better each week!