Walking in the woods…

As part of our topic on Plant and Growing, Prep I had a walk in the woods this week. What a perfect day for it! The woods were in full bloom and the children really enjoyed spotting different plants and animals.

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Premier Performance By Bridgewater Back Line

The U7 football team took part in the Premier Sports 5-a-side football tournament on Monday night. With six schools in attendance at the event held at Bridgewater School, it was a great opportunity for the youngest team in the school to experience competitive football. The boys were in excited mood as they took to the pitch to take on Grosvenor Road School in their first game.

San and Oliver tackled ferociously in defence and Jacob threw himself at every shot on the Bridgewater goal. Henry and Jazz provided the energy in midfield, whilst Sam looked to snatch a goal up front. The boys worked tirelessly, from the first whistle to the last and were unlucky not to win the game, settling for a 0-0 draw in the end.

In game two the team moved onto the grass pitch against North Walkden.  Bridgewater had numerous chances to take the lead with Sam and Henry going close. Unfortunately, as the team focused on going forward a break away attack led to the only goal of the game as Bridgewater lost 1-0. However, the team picked themselves up for the next game and produced a thrilling display against The Deans. Sam, Henry, Jazz and Oliver all went close, before a shot from Oliver was handled and a penalty awarded. Everybody wanted to take the kick, but it was left to Sam to chip the ball down the middle for a 1-0 win.

In game four Bridgewater and Summerville produced a terrific end to end game. A great save and kick down the pitch from Jacob found Sam in space and he fired home in spectacular fashion. Summerville poured forward for an equaliser, testing Jensen, San and Henry in defence. Eventually, the pressure told and despite a great save from Jacob, the bail rebounded off the post and into the back of the net. Bridgewater pressed for a winner but had to settle for a deserved point in a 1-1 draw.

In the final game of the tournament, Bridgewater were magnificent in defence. Light Oaks were older and stronger as a team, but this did not deter the boys one bit. Jacob saved bravely at the feet of the opposition forward, whilst great blocks from Jazz, Oliver, Henry, San and Jensen ensured the Bridgewater goal was not breached. Another 0-0 draw was a just reward for the team’s resilience and determination.

With one defeat, one win and three draws, Bridgewater can be delighted with their performance in the tournament. Frustratingly, the team finished on the same points and the same goal difference as Grosvenor in the league table. However, as Bridgewater scored one goal less overall, it was Grosvenor that went through to play Light Oaks in the final! So near and yet so far, but the future is promising for the Bridgewater youngsters if this performance is anything to go by. Well done team!

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Egg-citing times in Prep III

Prep III have been on a wonderful journey recently, following the delivery of ten ready-to-hatch eggs – from hatching, to watching them get bigger and stronger, to finally being big enough for the children to handle.  The chicks made their debut into the classroom today, to much egg-citement, as the children got to handle them for the first time.

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Gardeners busy potting and planting

With the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park looming, our Prep Gardening Club have been busy growing and potting on the plants that we are going to be using in our Tatton garden.  Some we’ve grown from seeds and are now potting on, some we grew as cuttings and are now potting on, some we received as plug plants and have potted up to grow on.  Some we have borrowed – Mr. Suter’s dahlia collection from his allotment are going to be making a guest appearance at the show!

We have put up labels on our plants to tell you what they are and why we are growing them – come along to the Prep garden area and see the fruits of our labours!  We’re sure you’ll agree our Gardening Club have been very busy!

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Shake, rattle and roll – Prep IV get down and groovy!

When you’re studying a Sound unit in Science, what better way to learn about the different sounds that by playing a musical instrument?  And if you haven’t got one?  Well, we’ll just make our own!

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U9 Blitz St. Bedes In Cricket Corker!

The U9s took to the cricketing arena earlier this week, as they travelled to South Manchester Cricket Club to take on St. Bedes.  On a gloriously sunny afternoon, it was a pleasure to see the hard work of the boys in recent weeks finally pay off.

In pairs cricket, every one of the eight players had to bowl as well as bat and field. With each team starting on 200 runs, any runs scored would be added to the total. However, each wicket lost would reduce the total by five runs.  Not losing wickets was going to be the key factor in the game.

St. Bedes batted first and it was quickly obvious that Bridgewater was the much stronger team all round. St Bedes struggled to score against the fine bowling of Alfie, Josh, Seb and Luca B in particular. The fielding was equally impressive, with Alfie and Luca C involved in several run outs and stumpings. St. Bedes scored 39 runs in total, but with the loss of 8 wickets, ended up with a net total of 199.

In contrast, Bridgewater batted with control and efficiency to score 50 runs in their first innings. With the loss of just one wicket, Bridgewater went into the second innings on a net total of 245. This dominance continued in the second innings with St. Bedes only scoring 29 runs, but again losing 8 wickets to give them a total net score of 188. Bridgewater improved further in the second innings to score 69 runs, again for the loss of only one wicket.

Alfie was the top scorer with 34 followed by Luca B with 18 runs. However, all eight players chipped in with positive scores to ensure a resounding win by 309 to 188.

It was a fantastic performance by each member of the team and a great introduction to competitive cricket for most of the team. Below is a breakdown of each player’s bowling figures. All bowled two overs each and the end column shows how many wickets they took and for how many runs.

Well done to all the team and remember to keep up the practice at break and after school on a Thursday.

Alfie 2-1-3-5  Seb 2-1-5-1
Josh 2-1-6-3

Aarav 2-0-16-0
Luca B 2-0-4-2

Luca C 2-0-9-2
Harrison 2-0-15-1.
Jackson 2-0-8-2

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Kindergarten get fruity!

Our Kindergarten children have been busy learning about healthy eating. Having made a shopping list, they set off to the supermarket and used the fruit that they bought to make a fruit salad. Delicious!

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