Winyates Primary School goes Platinum for Sport!

We are delighted to announce that we, Winyates Primary School, have achieved the School Games Platinum Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year.

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 with the highest possible achievement.

Our sporting achievements this year include:
– Victory in Y3/4 + Y5/6 Orton Tag Rugby, Y5/6 Peterborough and Orton Hockey, Y3 Orton Rounders and Y5/6 Orton Tennis.
– Qualifying for and participating in 5 County Sports Finals.

With a total of 102 young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

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 this year.

A special thanks to Mr Carson-Doughty for all of his hard work in helping us to achieve this award.

We look forward to applying once again in 2020!

Winyates Sports Day 2018!

Today was a fantastic day at Winyates Primary School as we hosted our annual sports day. All of the children have a fantastic time and really impressed with their athletic abilities in their races. It was tremendous to see such a wide range of winners in the events, which was only improved further by the large amount of parents that came in to support.

Additionally at lunch time we had a picnic lunch and it was brilliant to see so many children enjoying the sun and a picnic with their families and friends.

Overall it was a very close sports day with Ennis House winning the KS1 morning and Murray House winning the KS2 afternoon.

Outdoor Activity Days!

This Monday and Tuesday we have welcomed in the Outdoor Education Company to work with all of our classes on a range of different activities, which we are not normally able to access in school.

Each class had two hours of activities, where the children took part in two different activities. The Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes all took part in Aeroball and Soft Archery, while the Key Stage 2 classes took part in Rock Climbing and Laser Tag.

The children all gained a lot of new skills from the activities, as well as heightened sense of self-belief and confidence by overcoming new challenges.

Year 5/6 Girls Cricket Team Qualify for County Finals!

Today we travelled to Peterborough Town Sports Club to participate in the Peterborough Girls Cricket Tournament. Whilst there teams were split into two groups of 3 where each team would play against the other two teams.

In our first match we went very close but narrowly lost by 7 runs to Orton St Johns Primary School, however we bounced back in our following game to win by an incredible 30 runs against Fulbridge Academy. This meant that overall we finished 2nd in our group and managed to qualify for the County Finals! All of the children are now really looking forward to pushing on and competing again on Friday.

To see how they got on at the County Final click here.

Reading for Enjoyment Morning

Years 4, 5 and 6 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Serpentine Green,as part of The Young Reader’s Programme Project to promote ‘Reading for Enjoyment’. The children were, once again, lucky enough to be chosen to take part in this project where they chose 3 new books  for free! All of the children were then presented with their final book by ‘The Works’ at a Special Event, hosted by Serpentine Green.

Additionally to this the pupils got to make, toss and taste pizzas, with the compliments of Sub Express. They created their own puppet show with support from The Undercroft Theatre and enjoyed taking part in a Storytelling session.

Everyone had a fantastic and memorable morning and would like to thank both Serpentine Green and The National Literacy Trust for making it possible.

Year 3 Rounders Success!

This afternoon we took two teams to Ormiston Bushfield Academy to participate in the Year 3 Orton Rounders Tournament. This was a brilliant afternoon with all the children really enjoying themselves and playing some excellent rounders. Each team played 5 matches with the B team winning 3 and losing 2, while the A team won 4 and drew 1. Overall the B team managed to finish 4th, while the A team finished in 1st position! Well done to all of the players.

Year 6 Post SATs Treat!

Well done to all the Year 6’s that took their SATs last week. They were determined, focused and ready for the challenge!
Each morning they enjoyed a cooked breakfast before the daily revision and tests. On Friday, as an end of SATs treat, we went to Ferry Meadows, where we all enjoyed a game of rounders and football, along with den building and a play on the park.

Year 5 Navigators at Ferry Meadows!

Today our Year 5 class travelled to Ferry Meadows as their reward for winning the Spring Term Attendance Award. While at Ferry Meadows Year 5 practiced their navigating skills by taking part in the Orienteering Course. This involved children following their map and various clues in order to  find the 10 control stations, while observing lots of different areas of the park by going over hills and round lakes.

After we completed the course all of the children got to have a go in the den building area before playing on the adventure playground.


Winyates are Completing The Daily Mile!

You will probably be aware of recent concerns around physical inactivity and childhood obesity. As they go through primary school, many children put on weight and, across the UK, around 35% of pupils in Year 6 are categorised as overweight or obese. In addition, many 10-year olds lack basic fitness. The Daily Mile is an initiative which was started in February 2012 by Elaine Wyllie, who was then head teacher of a large Scottish primary school. She was concerned by the children’s obvious lack of fitness and went on to prove The Daily Mile to be both sustainable and effective in combatting inactivity and obesity in her school. The result was that, in November 2015, the Scottish Government wrote to every Scottish primary school to recommend that they implement the scheme too. In addition, in August 2016 the UK government’s Childhood Obesity strategy identified and supported The Daily Mile’s contribution towards the recommended hour that children should spend taking daily exercise in school.

The Daily Mile is very simple to start in a school. Every child in a school or nursery goes out each day in the fresh air to (run or jog at their own pace for 15 minutes). It is not competitive though some will compete and that is fine. Most children will average a mile in the 15 minutes, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but physical activity in a social setting which is aimed at improving the childrens physical, social, emotional and mental health, and wellbeing. The children run in their ordinary school clothes with trainers being ideal but not essential. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment. And most importantly, the children really enjoy it.

Since 2015, The Daily Mile has been adopted by almost 2000 schools in the UK alone, proving extraordinarily popular with thousands of children, parents and teachers. The initiative is also attracting strong overseas interest, and schools have signed up in over 30 different countries. Globally, it has been adopted by over 3000 schools.

I’m sure you have seen our new running track on the playground which we are going to use to introduce The Daily Mile for all the children here at Winyates Primary School and each class will take part each day and ensure its health and well being benefits are available for everyone.

As a school we are really excited about this new initiative and we are looking forward to the benefits it will bring to your child/children. To find out more about how it all works please visit:

Peterborough Netball Finals!

Due to our exceptional performance yesterday in the Year 5/6 Orton Netball Tournament we qualified to take part in the Peterborough Finals today at Arthur Mellows Village College. This was a showdown by the top 8 schools in Peterborough to see who came out on top.

We started very brightly managing to win out first three matches winning 3-2 vs William De Yaxley, 4-1 vs Glinton Primary School and 3-1 vs John Clare Primary School. Next we unfortunately lost 4-0 to St John’s before bouncing back with an incredible 5-1 win over Elton. The final two games were very close and we narrowly lost 2-0 to Northborough and 4-3 to Hampton Vale.

This meant that when all of the scores were combined we had managed to finish in a truly impressive 3rd place! We are all really proud of the players and they should be too.