PE Blog April , May & June 2017


 Incredible Spirit at Crowmarsh!

Year 5, TAG Rugby

Crowmarsh entered a Year 5 team into the Oxfordshire Schools Tag Rugby Tournament held at the Hithercroft Sports Park in Wallingford on 26 April 2017.  Mr Baroni, our Parent Helper Coach took our team to the tournament having previously run a lunchtime coaching session.  Here’s some feedback from Mr Baroni –

“It was an opportunity for those new to Tag Rugby to try out this high energy sport and our school fielded a squad of eight Year 5 Players – none of whom had played before the coaching session held the previous day in school. Many of the schools we met clearly played Tag Rugby regularly and had much bigger Year 6 teams!

The team took on this challenge with an incredible spirit and despite losing the first couple of matches, went on to secure a win in the third match. Oscar, Sophie, Toby and George were amongst the try scorers and there were some real heroics in defence, with everyone working together as a team. A couple of the squad commented that they had ‘found new talents’ that they didn’t know about and were sad to see the tournament finish with a narrow 5-3 defeat in the final round.

With another tournament coming up in May, it will be an opportunity for us to field a team who will benefit from some lunchtime coaching sessions ahead of the tournament.”

Here’s some comments from the team –

“We learned about positions, new plans and techniques, it was great to win a game” George

“We needed to stay positive and persevere”  Emily

“The best thing was the teamwork” Marnie

“We had fun and would definitely do it again” All

A big thank you to Mr Baroni who is planning further coaching sessions for our Year 6 Tag Rugby Tournament at the end of May

Mrs Scott

PE Coordinator



 What a great week for PE at Crowmarsh. It was wonderful to see so many children take on a personal challenge at the School’s fun run on Sunday.

Here’s a report from mid-May following on from Year 6 SATs –

A fun Tag Rugby Tournament was held for our Year 6 pupils on a sunny Thursday afternoon to help them relax and let off some steam following the end of their SATs and a week of focus and concentration.

Set out over 2 hours, Mr Baroni ran the event in their House Teams, playing 7-a-side games which culminated in a knock-out competition and a Grand Final. In what was a well contested last match, the Tudors beat the Victorians in narrow victory. This complimented other coaching that he has been running.

Aside from the results, our Year 6 pupils showed a real willingness to get involved despite many of them not having played before. Even those who were slightly unsure about this new sport soon made a great contribution to their team and some may even have surprised themselves a little at how quickly they improved over the course of the session.

The focus of this event was definitely on fun but equally important were the concepts of team play, fair play and effort. The Year 6 pupils also ran the lines, scored and helped referee in parts, showing great maturity as they transition into young adults.

The Year 6 TAG Rugby tournament took place at the iconic Iffley Road Ground of Oxford University Rugby Club yesterday.  Our Captain Cameron led the dedicated players who worked together well as a team.  A special thank you to Mrs Millbourn who helped ensure that the children could take part in the tournament.  Mrs  Millbourn commented “the children were a credit to the school, they supported each other and tried really hard, particularly in the heat”.

We have rounders, swimming and tennis tournaments taking place following the half term holidays.  Extra rounders coaching has taken place this week thanks to Mrs Hermsen.



What a great start to the new term with a team of Year 5/6 swimmers taking part in the South Oxfordshire Swimming Gala Final.  We entered a total team of eleven – a girls and boys team strongly headed up by captains Ruby and James.

The gala consisted of four individual races (back stroke, breast stroke, butterfly and freestyle) and two relays (medley and freestyle).

The Swimming Gala was fun.  We came 4th and all really enjoyed it.  Ruby

The Swimming Gala, I believe it was really good, well organised event.  Everyone in the team tried their hardest and we all had a great time.  James

Once again, our team made us very proud owing to their positive approach and maturity.  They definitely tried their hardest!

Running Club resumes next week for KS2.  We had previously said that we would swop to KS1 this term but, on reflection, last term was short.  We will run running club for KS1 from September.

Mrs Scott

PE Coordinator

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