Welcome back to the new academic year. Firstly I would like to announce that Langford Village Primary School has been awarded the 'bronze' award in the national Sports Mark Award Scheme. We are delighted by this and hope to build on this, working towards the silver award by the end of the year! We look forward to continuing our sporting partnership with Ignite Sport, who will continue to deliver high quality outdoor PE sessions as part of the sporting curriculum, as well as offering additional after school clubs to both Key Stages 1 & 2.
We pride ourselves on our participation in local and regional festivals and celebrate the many successes we achieve. Pupils from across the school participate in a range of competitions as part of 'The Cooper School Family Sporting Partnership'. We ensure our planning and delivery support ALL pupils and are differentiated to ensure everyone takes part and develops to their own potential. We plan and support pupils with SENDS and Miss Fowler is the named contact for Inclusion. This academic year has seen us participating in the Year 5 & 6 Netball Festival at 'The Bicester School' (2 mixed teams), Year 5 & 6 Hockey Festival at 'The Cooper School' and winners of The Plate competition; Year 3 & 4 Football festival (2 teams). We also entered over 80 children in the Bicester Cross Country festival. Following the successes we had at this festival, we then qualified for the finals in Banbury taking 24 children who came in the top 20 in the heats. Last year saw us sending the Year 5&6 boys team to the finals and winning, this year sees us building on this success through our popular cross country coaching and will be sending Year 3 & 4 Boys team, Year 5 & 6 Boys and Year 5 &6 girls team to the County Finals on Friday 31st March. We have entered teams into the area tennis festival and were victorious in the U9 section. This is the first time we have entered teams into this competition.
We were delighted at the end of term to have received confirmation that Langford Village Primary School had been awarded the Bronze award. We have looked at the areas to focus on in order to be awarded silver this academic year. A survey for pupils and parents will be sent out this term.
To ensure ALL pupils are able to access the curriculum for PE, we have a lead contact. This is Miss Fowler who is also PE Coordinator. This role ensures that planning is tailored and differentiated to support pupils with additional needs and that medical concerns and support plans are shared with practitioners where necessary. If you have any concerns regarding your child's participation in PE lessons, please see your child's class teacher in the first instance.
Please be aware that the festivals listed below are taken from the provisional calendar circulated to schools at the end of the Summer term. Children who are selected to compete in any competition or festival will receive a letter with further information.
This term, the children will compete in a Cross Country run. All children will take part during their outdoor PE session and will run the following distances:
Age Group Distance (approx)
Year 1 & 2 600m
Year 3 & 4 1050m
Year 5 & 6 1450m
The children coming 1st will receive 3 counters, second place will receive 2 counters and in third place will get 1 counter. At the end of the week, the counters will be added together and the House with the most number of counters will win the House Cross Country award. Each child will get a certificate for taking part.
The competition will also be an opportunity to select teams of 8 to enter into the Bicester Schools Cross Country Competition on 4th October. More information will be sent to these pupils.
As part of the Healthy Bicester partnership, the school is delighted to be taking part in the National Fitness Day on September 27th. The pupils will be getting active for 10 minutes in the day! We hope to also take part in the Get Moving initiative where children complete physical activities throughout the day.
We would also like to promote THE BLUE LINE. Most residents of Langford Village will have seen the blue line around the community highlighting a 5km route. Bicester now has an additional 2 routes, details of which can be found on their website.
The week of the 18th September is Deaf Awareness Week. We will be holding an assembly to look into the achievements of deaf people and here we will look at deaf British sports men and women who have achieved so much.
The week of 18th September is Deaf Awareness Week. We will be holding an assembly to find out more. There are so many talented deaf sportsmen and women overcoming so many obstacles. There are currently 25 deaf football teams in England with some deaf players playing in league teams. There is also Deaflympics which is an event where people with hearing impairements compete in a number of events. A prominent player in the world of Rugby Union is Ben Cohen.
Rugby players feared him! Cohen has a 33% hearing loss in both ears although, when playing for England and winning the world cup, he was able to hear the crowd cheering during his fifteen year career which saw him play for Northampton, Brive and Sale Sharks. He scored 267 points in total and won the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003!
Born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Alun played cricket for Glamorgan. Alun lost his hearing in childhood and wears a digital implant to amplify sound. Having grown up with Alun, it has been a privileged to see him play and his hearing loss has not prevented him from playing football, rugby and cricket to a high standard. Discussing his hearing loss with me, Alun says that he was forced to rely on his other senses particularity sight. Being able to watch the angle of the bowler's arm and the spin on the ball enabled him to do well. Here is a link to a video clip of Alun bowling for England Deaf Cricket Team in India.