Special Events and Visits
At Cholsey we love to have special sporting events and visitors to inspire our children. Here are some of our recent special events.
During the summer term, FS and KS1 received some very exciting rugby lessons from Coach Shane and Coach James. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and staff have taken on some new ideas for their own PE teaching.
Davis Cup Tennis Festival
This was an exciting opportunity for our Year 3/4 classes! They visited a local tennis center to participate in some workshops. At the end they were able to get up close and personal with the real Davis Cup trophy!
South Moreton Cricket Club
The children from Dolphin Class are having some specialist cricket coaching from Tim Haworth. Tim plays cricket for South Moreton Cricket Club but also coaches in local schools for Oxfordshire County Councils 'Chance to Shine' cricket scheme. A fantastic opportunity for our children and staff to benefit from some specialist cricket coaching.
Oxford United Football Club
What an exciting event this was! Through our links with Grundon Recycling, sponsors of Oxford United Football Club, the children at Cholsey were given an exciting opportunity to meet some of the players and win tickets to a home game. Grundon challenged us to learn about recycling and produce a piece of writing encouraging more people to recycle. The teachers used this as an exciting hook for writing and each class carefully planned and edited a piece of writing ready to submit to Grundon to be judged. Grundon were so impressed by the quality of our work and found it really difficult to choose our winners but eventually they agreed on their favorite pieces and 50 pairs of tickets were donated to the winners.
To avoid disappointment Oxford United sent two of their players and their mascot, Olly the Ox to the school to visit. The whole school took part in a recycling game and got to see the players put their skills into action as they chipped the ball into the correct answer bin. There was plenty of time to have photographs with the players and get an autograph or two!
Another fantastic experience for the children and staff at Cholsey and another example of how cross curricular links can be made through sport.
London Welsh Rugby - Tackling Numbers
Our Year 3/4 classes were lucky enough to have six coaching sessions from London Welsh Rugby Club. The sessions focused on building skills in preparation for small sided games and demonstrated how the new maths curriculum could be incorporated into PE. The children had lots of fun playing small sided games, developing their skills and using their times table knowledge to total up the points. After their weekly coaching session each class took part in a classroom based rugby maths lesson. The coaches further demonstrated how the new maths curriculum can be taught through sport and gave the children a firm understanding of how maths is used outside of the classroom. Some of the activities involved calculating change, adding league scores and calculating points and solving timetabling problems. A great educational experience for both children and staff.
A visit from Paralympic footballer, Alistair Patrick Hesselton!
When Alistair Patrick - Hesselton visited our school it was an exciting day for everyone. It's not every day that a Paralympic footballer comes to visit! Alistair visited with Sports4Schools, who run fun fitness fundraisers for schools. Every class took part in a sponsored fitness session run by Alistair and there were plenty of opportunities to have your photo taken with our sporting star! During the afternoon Alistair held an inspirational assembly explaining all about his accident and how he never gave up on his dream of representing his country at the Paralympic games. He inspired many of our children to never give up and to keep chasing their dreams whatever they may be.
The money raised through sponsorship helped us to buy new gymnastics mats and games equipment for the whole school to use.
Ignite Sports UK
At Cholsey, we work closely with Ignite Sports UK. Ignite provide many of our extra curricular sports clubs and are always happy to deliver some free taster sessions of the sports they offer. Each term, Ignite Sports UK provide our children with the opportunity to try out alternative sports. Some of these tasters have included cheer leading, archery, tri golf and volleyball. We hope that these sessions inspire the children to try out new and alternative sports as well as excite them about our extra curricular clubs.
London Wasps Tag Rugby
Some of our Year 4 children took part in the AVIVA ‘Tackling Numbers Programme’. These sessions provided the children with one hour of tag rugby coaching followed by an hour of maths based around rugby. During these sessions children learnt how to:
- Calculation problems when spending money in the WASPs shop
- Measure the area and perimeter of the stadium
- Properties of shape through designing a stadium
- Timetable problems when planning a day out at the rugby
- Plotting results of a game on a graph
- Times tables when counting points scored in a game
This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about how maths works in the ‘real world’ and gave them an exciting context for learning.