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Year 5 & 6 – Track and Field Indoor Athletics

Year 5 and Year 6 competed at the Track and Field Indoor Athletics on the 19th November. Their behaviour reflected the values of friendship, sportsmanship, honesty, resilience and impeccable behaviour. A true asset to our school, we are all very proud of you.


EYFS Sports Festival

EYFS had an amazing time at the Sports Festival on the 19th November. They were improving their fundamental movement and ‘strength, speed, agility, quickness’ (SAQ) skills.  All the children (and adults) returned very tired ……. 

Daily Whole School,  ‘Wake Up, Shake Up!’

Led by our Mill Lane Sports Leaders and Year 6 …. to an eclectic collection of world (African, Hispanic, Columbian, Latin, Bollywood, Indian, Asian and Hip Hop) music …….




There is Whole School Wake Up Shake Up everyday at 12.45pm – including (see above) Senior Leadership and (below) Head Teachers ….. Mrs Skillcorn can ‘Floss’ – we have video evidence!

Developmental Language Disorder Delay Day

Friday 19th October, 2018, was DLD Awareness Day, and we support the campaign to bring awareness to this invisible disorder. Developmental Language Disorder is an underdiagnosed and undertreated problem, largely because the public doesn’t know about it. DLD has also been called Specific Language Impairment or Expressive/Receptive Communication Delay.  There is a push to adopt the term DLD so that we can use consistent terminology internationally, improve awareness and increase our ability to advocate for support for these individuals with speech, language, and communication needs. Our Mill Lane SENCo led an awareness day by encouraging the children to attend school in their brightest colours and we had a special, ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’ session to fly the flag as an entire school to highlight the importance of early detection and intervention.


‘Pupils told inspectors ‘you can be who you want to be’ at Mill Lane Primary and expressed the view ‘we are all different and all equal’.

‘The curriculum is well designed and meets the needs of the school’s diverse community. In particular, the curriculum ensures pupils’ personal development is outstanding.’
Ofsted 2018


Monday 17th September – Friday 28th September; Splash; 9.30am – 10.15am

Sports Leaders Academy  

Wednesday 26th September; 9.30am – 2.45pm; Durham University



We have 14 Y5/Y6 Sports Leaders at Mill Lane, 6 had the opportunity to go to Durham University to the Stockton Sports Partnership Sports Leadership Academy. There they learned coaching and leadership skills, the importance of the School Games Values, rules of school games and ideas for personal challenges that can be taken back to school and coached at break and lunch times, for intra school tournaments and matches against parents and teaching staff!

Below are our Sports Leaders in action – umpiring intra school tournament games.


Break and Lunch Time – 30 Minutes Active Sports and Games

Each Break and Lunch Time the Mill Lane Sports Leaders and Playground Friends create ‘individual challenge’ and ‘team game’ stations. Sometimes the activities are related to the SSP Tournaments of that term but often they are the games (hockey, skipping, football, handball, dodgeball etc) that the children love to play all year round. They have stop watches and whistles! Every child can participate, supported and encouraged by the older Sport Leader children.


Cross Country Running Y3/Y4 1km Y5/Y6 1.5km 

Thursday 27th September; Allen’s West Playing Fields; 12.30pm – 2.45pm.

Organised by Mrs Vanessa Belshaw and Egglescliffe School Sport Leaders.



Mrs Pickering and Miss Brown were beyond proud of the children running as fast as their little legs would carry them. Their daily practise paid off, 4 of the 13 are through to the next round at Preston Park next week. Well done guys.

Stockton Final Cross Country Running Y3/Y4 1km Y5/Y6 1.5km 

Wednesday 3rd October, Preston Park; 12.30pm – 2.45pm.

Organised by Emma Turnbull, Rose Mullis and Pete Sheahan, Stockton School Sport Partnership and Ian Ramsey School Sport Leaders.


Daily Mile

Mill Lane children practising a Daily Mile in preparation for Cross Country ……



Year 3 Tag Rugby Festival – (Whole school inc ARP)

Tuesday 2nd October; Conyers School; 12.30pm – 2.45pm

Organised by Emma Turnbull, Rose Mullis and Pete Sheahan, Stockton School Sport Partnership and Northfield School Sport Leaders.

The Mill Lane Year 3 children spent the afternoon practising to put their belts and tags on independently, learning how to pass the ‘oval’ ball, what ‘free pass’, ‘off side’, ‘try’ and ‘knock forward’ means, defence tactics and attack tactics, how the game is scored, rules and how it is umpired. They were very excited as many of their older siblings are in the Mill Lane Y5/6 Tag Rugby A and B Teams …. following in the footsteps of greatness …… They loved being out in the sunshine, running around a field, chasing each other – the joy on their faces was immense.


Year 6 Mixed Cluster Tag Rugby Tournament

Tuesday 2nd October; Allen’s West Playing Field; 12.30pm – 2.45pm


Mrs Akhtar poised and ready with helpful coaching encouragement!

Mill Lane won all 4 of their matches and go to Billingham Rugby Club next Tuesday 9th October at 12.30pm until 3pm for the Stockton Finals. Mrs Akhtar (our Lucky TA Charm) and Jamie Poole will be accompanying – this time with the support and encouragement of some very proud parents! Well done guys, you are a credit to our school.

Year 6 Mixed Tag Rugby Stockton Final Tournament

Tuesday 9th October; Billingham Rugby Club; 12.30pm – 2.45pm

Mill Lane won 2, lost 2 and drew 1 – coming 6th out of 16 Stockton School Teams – well done Team Mill Lane.


Year 1 Sports Festival

Monday 15th October; Durham University; 12.30pm – 2.45pm

No festival without Sporty Bear is worth turning up to! Throwing his ‘Baby Shark’ moves! The children were amazed …. well done Sporty!

The children participated in golf, hula-hooping, parachute games, co-ordination team races, gymnastics, ‘strength, speed, agility, quickness training’ (SAQ) and frisbee. They were fully engaged and challenging themselves to improve their skills. The delight on their faces as they mastered them and the joy they expressed as they worked individually and as a team was magical to witness.

A Mill Lane child explaining the finer points to the art of golf to Mr Sheahan  – and check out Mrs Hussein and Mrs Metcalfe mastering the Hula Hooping!

Such excitement playing ‘cat and mouse parachute’ and ‘banana and pear swap’.

The Year 1 children were focused on improving their fundamental movement and ‘strength, speed, agility, quickness’ (SAQ) skills.  Agility is the ability to change the direction of the body in an efficient and effective manner and to achieve this you require a combination of balance, speed, strength and co-ordination. It is important that our children can balance – maintain a stationary position through the co-ordinated actions of the senses, move with speed – effectively move the body in a co-ordinated manner, have strength – that their muscle groups are developed to provide resistance and enable them to move their limb with precision, have co-ordination – the ability to control the movement of the body in co-operation with the body’s sensory functions e.g. catching a ball (ball, hand and eye coordination). Balance not only improves strength but also increases coordination. PE provides an opportunity to develop these necessary skills.

The children expertly demonstrating their ‘Daddy Shark’ frisbee catching moves. Such precision. Spectacular.

Year 5 & 6 Girls Tag Rugby Tournament

Tuesday 16th October; Billingham Rugby Club; 12.30pm – 2.45pm


This afternoon we put into practise the tag rugby skills of how to master controlling and handling an oval ball, passing an ‘oval’ ball, what ‘free pass’, ‘off side’, ‘try’ and ‘knock forward’ means, defence and attack tactics, how the game is scored, rules and how it is umpired …. that we have been learning in PE this half term.

As a group we decided to take a mixture of Y5 and Y6 girls – who although not the most gifted and talented Tag Rugby Players our school has to offer, are the best that reflect the values of team work, honesty, determination, respect and self belief. Led from the front by our Team Captain we had an absolute blast, introduced our Year 5 girls to what tournaments entail and ensured that each indiviual present had the opportunity to play. We are a family at Mill Lane School, we stick together, support and encourage each other.


Class 7 and Class 8 Sports Festival

Tuesday 23rd October; Durham University, Queen’s Campus; 9.30am – 12.30pm


The activities included a carousel of Hoopstarz, Ultimate Frisbee, Multi Sports, Football, Boccia, Dance, Volleyball and Tennis. It was delivered in a non-competitive environment that enabled the adults to join in! We have chosen 40 of our favourite photos …. thank you Mrs Pickering.

PE provides opportunities to practise and increase skills in;

  • understanding and meandering space – defining space, understanding personal space, depth perception and kinaesthetic movements
  • communication – understanding instructions, focussing and listening to team mates, quickening processing time.
  • processing sensory information – hyper sensitivity to noise, touch, smell, light may affect the pupil’s ability to process information and affect behaviour, PE is a safe environment in which to practise processing this external stimuli
  • social skills – co-operation, turn taking, sharing, negotiation, understanding rules and following them
  • skill acquisition – repeated movements and routines can quicken response and retention of skills and information
  • gross motor skills – any movement requiring whole body movement and which involve the large (core stabilising) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing and walking, running and jumping, and sitting upright at the table. PE strengthens the body so that these movements are possible.

The above can prove tricky for mainstream children, so we can only imagine how much resilience and extra effort it takes our Class 7 and Class 8 children to achieve in PE at the high standard they do.

Their faces tell the story.

Oh the competitiveness of Mrs Pickering and Mrs Bainbridge – neither of whom have perfected the Daddy Shark Frisbee manoeuvre. Check out Mrs Pickering’s Air Leap! Sign her up for the athletics standing vertical jump, she’s short …. but she stretches.


Mill Lane are partial to Hoopstarz, Year 1 (at the KS1 Festival), Class 7 and Class 8 loved it so much they asked Miss Brown for Hoopstarz to come into school ….. it has already been organised …. within an afternoon. The voice of children is heard and listened to at Mill Lane.


Mr Hamer could make these ……


It’s a life skill – hanging out the washing ……… no no no ….. it’s a game….. that Class 7 and Class 8 are going to try next PE lesson …… good luck ….


Poor Rose ….. although she looks to be enjoying herself!


And now to throw some moves ….


We might try the above in, ‘Wake Up, Shake Up!’ ….. maybe ….

As always, the children were an absolute delight, amazingly behaved and showed resilience in trying all the new activities. We are so so so proud of you guys, well done.

Parents versus Netball After School Club

Wednesday 24th October, 2018

In our Head Teacher’s letter to parents upon this website she states, “We believe that a good partnership between school and home is of great benefit to children. We hope that you will actively support the school in all that it aims to do for your child. We want your child to be happy and successful during the time that they spend at this school. We hope we can rely on your help and support at all times, and we, in turn, we will do all we can for the education and welfare of your child.” Proving that our parents are actively participating in their child’s education and fully support our school, they answered the call to play against the entire Netball After School Club ……. Led by their ‘Team Captain Lisa’ (they took it very seriously – they even wanted bibs), they didn’t give an inch (there were a few David and Goliath moments) and whistles were blown …….

The Parent A Team!                                                   No height difference at all ………

Our Mill Lane Sports Leaders trying to keep to High 5 Rules …..

Class 8’s fearless Elliott showing determination and resilience………..

Lisa – diving!


Someone looking for sympathy points ……. or maybe just died.



Centre versus Centre ……. Child versus teaching staff …….

Mill Lane Team A         5 – 0      Parents

Mill Lane Team B         2 – 2      Parents

Mill Lane Year 4/5        0 – 3      Parents

Mill Lane Year 4           0 – 2      Parents

We had (including some of the parents) been out all day on various school trips, then quickly changed and went straight onto the court. It was an emotional magical day, beginning with our children singing at Saint Nicholas Church Guisborough (or adventuring around Beamish) and ending with them running rings around their adults. Each side played with all their heart, each side congratulated the other when they scored, each side loudly expressed indignation at fouls perpetrated by the other …….  Thank you to all the adults who continue to support the amazing partnership we have between school and home. We really appreciate your continued active participation and willingness to ‘join in’.

Thank you guys, I really appreciate it.

Miss Brown

Y5/Y6 Sports Hall Athletics Tournament

Tuesday 6th November; Durham University; 12.30pm – 2.45pm

Y3/Y4 Sports Hall Athletics Tournament

Monday 12th November; Durham University; 12.30pm – 2.45pm

EYFS Sports Festival

Monday 19th November; Durham University; 9.30am – 11.45am

Y4 Skipping Festival

Monday 3rd December; Durham University; 12.30pm – 2.45pm

Y5 Swimming at Splash

Monday 3rd December – Friday 14th December; 9.30am – 10.15am