This page contains all the hot-off-the-press news about PE and Sports at Meridian:
Meridian is proud of its commitment to providing all children with high quality sporting opportunities. The School Games Mark rewards schools and other educational establishments for their commitment to and development of competition, school sport, physical education and physical activity. School Games Mark is directly linked to a schools engagement in the School Games. This needs to reflect a broad and balanced offer that actively encourages those young people that aren’t currently engaged or who are engaged less often. This isn’t about provision for a small cohort of young people but needs to consider ALL the school’s junior population.
In the academic year 2018-19, Meridian Primary was awarded its GOLD SCHOOL GAMES MARK.
Alongside our 4 school values: courtesy, confidence, responsibility and adventure, which are at the heart of the teaching and learning of PE at Meridian, our conduct and performance during competitions and festivals are governed by our School Games Values.
Our Year 6 children have the opportunity at the beginning of the year to complete the official Play Leader training. This team of trained sports experts help lead games and activities at lunchtime. This initiative has helped develop more active playtimes for all our children, and produced some fantastic young leaders.
As well as this, all our Y5 and 6 children complete a sports leadership unit of work. This means they can plan, prepare and lead activities with younger classes.
Cup Stacking (May)
Year 3/4 had a fun afternoon cup stacking with speed stacks, taking part in individual and team activities improving our hand-eye coordination, ambidexterity, quickness and concentration.
Year 6 had a great afternoon trying out a new sport- Quidditch.
Our Y6 Netball A Team did us proud in the final of the South Cambridgeshire netball tournament. They played brilliantly, showing great skill and determination, and came fourth! This means they will be one of the top four teams invited to play in the county tournament.
Year 3/4 Multi-Skill Sessions (March-April)
Year 3 and 4 have enjoyed taking part in Multi- Skill sessions led by Comberton Village College sports leaders this term. This has helped us improve our co-ordination, strength and stamina while having fun. Thank you to the Comberton Village College sports leaders.
School Football Match Meridian vs Hardwick (February)
Well done to the boys who played in the School football match against Hardwick Primary School on Monday 21st February. The 11 boys were an absolute credit to Meridian, not just in their performance but they were so polite and well behaved too as commented by a couple of teachers and parents from Hardwick. The game ended 3-2 to Hardwick but it was a brilliant game and Hudson and Barney scored the goals - with Barney getting the man of the match award too! Thank you to Alex Minei for arranging this and coaching the children.
Netball Tournament (Tuesday 15th March)
Our two Y6 teams did us proud in the second round of the South Cambridgeshire Schools Netball Tournament. There were nine teams taking part and Meridian came 2nd and 5th. The children showed great skill and determination. Both teams are now looking forward to playing in the finals.
Year 6 Bikeability (Monday 17th January - Thursday 20th January
Most of our Y6 children took part in the Level 2 Bikeability course. They practised controlling their bikes on the playground first and then learnt how to ride safely on the roads!
Year 3 and 4 Bikeability (Friday 11th February)
On Friday 11th February forty-two Year 3 and 4 children took part in the level 1 Bikeability course. They learnt how to control their bikes: including setting off, cruising, slowing down, braking and stopping. They even learnt how to pedal one handed! Year 3 and 4 showed great resilience and had a great time improving their cycling skills. Well done Year 3 and 4.
Cambridge United Diversity Assembly (January)
Cambridge United visited Meridian this week to deliver an important assembly to KS2 about diversity and inclusion. The assembly was engaging and inspired us to write our own poems to celebrate diversity.
Little Scrummers Visit Meridian ( Friday 24th January)
On Friday 24th January Little Scrummers came into school and did lots of rugby activities with Year 1 and 2. The children really enjoyed it and had great fun. Thank you Little Scrummers.
Santa Dash! (10th December 2021)
Bells rang and Christmas music played as we dashed around the playground and school field to raise money for Save the Children.
Schools' Cross-Country Competition
On Wednesday 1st December, thirty-six Meridian children from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 went to Wimpole to take part in the Big Schools’ Cross- Country Competition. The children raced a one-mile course, which looped out around the estate. There were eight races on the day with a separate boys and girls’ race for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. All the Meridian runners really rose to the challenge, showing great determination and achieving some brilliant individual and team performances.
Grace came 2nd and Clemence 10th in the Year 6 girls, Arthur 16th and Harry 19th in the Year 6 boys, Barnaby 15th in the Year 5 boys and Emily 11th in the Year 5 girls, Summer 18th in the Year 4 girls and Sophia 22nd in the Year 3 girls.
Twenty- two schools took part. In the overall team results, Meridian came 3rd in the Year 5/6 competition and 10th in the Year 3/4 competition. A huge well done to the Meridian Team and special thank you to all the parents who came along to support us on the day.
Meridian KS 2 Inter house Cross-country competition
On Tuesday 16th November, Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in an Inter house Cross-country competition. All the teachers were impressed by the determination the children showed.
Congratulations to: Challenger -Year 3 Winners, Explorers- Year 4 Winners, Voyagers -Year 5 Winners and Explorers- Year 6 Winners.
Boccia and New Age Kurling (Sept-Oct)
Inspired by the Paralympics Year 3 and 4 had the opportunity to learn about and take part in the Paralympic Sports of Boccia and New Age Kurling in P.E lessons. It was great fun.
Year 6 Netball Tournament
On Tuesday 12th October, seventeen Year 6 children took part in a Netball tournament at Comberton Village College. With only a few weeks from the start of term to get up to speed with practicing, both of the Meridian teams did us proud showing great team spirit and great passing. Meridian came 2nd and 6th place out of ten teams. Both teams got through to the next round. Well done Meridian.
Meridian Fun Run (Friday 8th October 2021)
What a fantastic morning! Everyone at Meridian took part in our fundraising ‘Fun Run’. The children started their running route on the rec and ended up on the school field. All the children took part. The determination and resilience of all the runners was brilliant. It was a wonderful atmosphere with every one cheering each other on. We raised £172.89 for the Habitat garden. Well done Meridian.
Get Active Week (October 2021)
We enjoyed getting active in Active Week!
Year 3 and 4 Team Building Day
On Wednesday 8th September, Year 3 and 4 had a Team Building day. They took part in a variety of activities: finding a safe route through a maze, being detectives solving a crime, saving a duck and listening carefully to their partner’s instructions to return different coloured bean bags to the correct hoop whilst being blindfolded!! It was a great morning which helped the Year 3 and 4 children to get to know each other and develop their team work skills. Well done Year 3 and 4.
The 2021-22 playleaders have been trained and are ready to start leading activities with the younger children.
Y6 Swimming 2021
Despite Covid we managed to have some swimming lessons at Melbourn Pool! The Y6 children had lots of fun, gained confidence in the water and made great progress.
Y5/6 Residential to Hilltop - June 2021
The Year 5 and 6 children took part in many exciting, physical activities at Hilltop, including climbing, abseiling and orienteering. Children were encouraged to set themselves new challenges and many were achieved!
Active Science 2020
Year 5 children learnt about the human body and how to stay healthy by taking part in a project called Active Science run by Cambridge United and Astrazeneca.
Children had fun learning how to play squash at our local squash courts.
KS2 Cross Country Interhouse - Wednesday 6th November 2019
It was so lovely to see our entire KS2 cohort out on the field today (except Year 5 who had to join us the following day as they were off on their school trip). All teachers were impressed by the resilience and stamina the children have. Congratulations to Discovery for the victory!
Year 6 Hockey Interhouse - Thursday 31st October 2019
What an exciting series of matches! Children played extremely well through a carousel of games. They umpired and scored their own matches and showed great sportsmanship throughout. Well done, Discovery, who were the overall winners.
Year 5 and 6 Football Competition - Tuesday 15th October 2019
A fantastic show of resilience and determination from the 10 Meridian players that took to the pitch today. Spanning a team and a half, they really did us proud. Members of our All Stars team won the "Spirit of the Games" award.
Year 3 and 4 Lead the way in the KS1 Skills Festival - Tuesday 9th July 2019
All of the children in Year Three and Four had the opportunity to lead sports today as they supported KS1 during their Cricket Skills Festival. The children were patient, encouraging and used all of our school values to teach mini-games, manage the teams and keep score. The children also mentored each other, giving insightful feedback about the children "encouraging", "explaining" and giving a "good safety talk" before using equipment. We are very proud of our children.
Year 3 Rounders Interhouse (Maple Class) - Friday 28th June 2019
Maple Class had a lovely afternoon in the sunshine. There was some superb batting, with children choosing to challenge themselves to use a heavy rounders bat and some impressive determination from the fielders. The teams encouraged and coached one another and a lot of fun was had by all. A special mention to Alex, who offered outstanding teamwork and to Silas, whose self-belief allowed him to take on the challenge of backstop for the first time. Congratulations, Discovery, Explorer and Voyager with an amazing 8 rounders each!
Mini Olympics (Year 4) - Tuesday 18th June 2019
Year Four came home buzzing after a full day of athletics opportunities at the Mini Olympics.
Sports Day! (Whole School) - Thursday 6th June 2019
What a fantastic day, and what a celebration of PE and Sports at Meridian this year! Among some outstanding displays of athleticism, team spirit and sportsmanship, children had the chance to take part in a range of events, including hurdling, the standing jump, and the football slalom, all the while earning points for their teams.
KS1 took to the field first and enjoyed their carousel of activities. We were lucky enough to be supported by Sports Leaders from Comberton Village College, who led some activities and kept score. Then, the races began, with every child involved in a relay or sprint.
It was KS2's turn in the afternoon and, after a similar carousel of activities, coordinated by the Sports Organising Committee, it was time for the throwing events and flat races. Discovery won the Tug of War competition in both Year 3 and 4 and in Year 5 and 6 (which took place on Tuesday), and Discovery also took the Year 3 and 4 House Relay, with Voyager claiming the victory in Year 5 and 6. Challenger came a close second in both relays.
It was a fantastic day, and, while happily slurping ice pops (provided by the PTA), the children were eager to hear the all important scores.
Key Stage One Carousel
|In first place...||In second place...||In third place...||In fourth place...|
|DISCOVERY with 672 points!||CHALLENGER with 629 points!||EXPLORER with 547 points!||VOYAGER with 537 points!|
Key Stage Two Carousel
|In first place...||In second place...||In third place...||In fourth place...|
|VOYAGER with 1009 points!||DISCOVERY with 1002 points!||CHALLENGER with 960 points!||EXPLORER with 827 points!|
When combined with the scores from the relays and tug of war, the final scores were:
In fourth place, with an incredible 1594 points was EXPLORER.
In third place, with an impressive 1776 points was VOYAGER.
In second place, with 1829 points was the fantastic CHALLENGER.
Meaning that DISCOVERY claimed the Sports Day trophy this year, earning an amazing 2024 points!
Here is Tia's (Oak Class) newspaper report of the event.
Beyond the Baseline Tennis Festival (Year 3 and 4) - Wednesday 5th June 2019
Beyond the Baseline is a free, secondary schools programme that uses tennis and inspirational tennis mentors to nurture pupils’ aspirations and put them on the path to achieving them. Year 3 and 4 were invited to Comberton Village College to give a group of secondary school children the chance to plan and lead activities for children. Overseen by professional tennis player, Jessica Weeks, fun was had by all. This is what the children had to say:
"I particularly enjoyed the Tennis Dodgeball because I love tennis and dodgeball. I also liked it because I worked on running." Fern
"I improved my balance, because if you keep your eye on the ball, it helps you hold the racket still." Phoebe
"My aim improved, because I got to focus on one thing at a time." Mia
"I improved my teamwork, because we shared the ball" Milly
"I really improved my listening and that helps my homework. And the tennis helped my accuracy." Antos
Invasion Games Festival (Year 3 and 4) - Wednesday 22nd May
An opportunity for our Lower Key Stage Two to engage in some friendly competition and learn some new sports, such as Endball and Hockey. Children displayed incredible resilience, competing against children from other schools and came together as a supportive team.
Extreme 360 (Year 6) - Friday 17th May
Our Year 6 children, to celebrate the end of their SATs test had a super time bouncing around in St Neots!
Tennis Festival (Year 2) - Tuesday 30th April
Mrs Shepperson, Mrs Moore, Mrs Spight and Mrs Tarring took our fabulous Year Twos for a morning of aces, volleys and advantage points at CVC. The event, organised by some of the college's student sports leaders, gave the children the chance to try out tennis mini-games and have lots of fun.
A Team High Fives Tournament (Year 6) - Wednesday 1st May
Our A Team netballers played exceptionally well at the County Netball Final at Impington Village College. It was an achievement just to be in the final competition, but we also made it into Division Two! All teams were highly competitive. Overall, they came 8th in the county. Well done Emily, Tia, Connie, Millie, Annie, Hannah, Connor and Rufus.
A special mention was made to Millie's sportsmanship, and she was awarded a "Spirit of the Games Award" for displaying outstanding resilience and teamwork.
Football Match: Meridian v Barton (Year 5 and 6) - Monday 29th April
Well done to all our players, who won 4-2 in the match against Barton C of E School. There was great play by all, including the other team, who our boys said were stiff competition! A special mention to Ahrel, Joseph, Kyle and Stephan, our goal scorers!
HILLTOP! (Year 5) - Monday 1st - Friday 5th April
Year 5 have had an incredible and adventurous week at Hilltop Outdoor Centre. Displaying courtesy, confidence, adventure and responsibility, as well as so many other outstanding qualities, our children did us proud once again.
B Team Netball Finals (Year 5 and 6) - Wednesday 3rd April
Throughout the afternoon Meridian played six games in which we won three, drew two and lost one. Overall, out of eighteen schools competing, Meridian came 5th. Throughout the tournament the children displayed great sportsmanship and skill. A great team effort - well done, Meridian!
Ballet Workshop (Year 2 and 3) - Monday 1st April
Our children were treated to a workshop, run by a member of the Northern Ballet, who will be performing ‘Puss In Boots’ at the Corn Exchange on the 17th May 2019. Everyone had a great time and learnt more about performing a story.
Tag Rugby Intra-School Competition (Year 6) - Wednesday 27th March
Super competition and a real celebration of Year 6's hard work in PE lessons this half term. Congratulations to Discovery, our overall winners.
Football Match: Meridian v Hardwick (Year 5 and 6)- Monday 25th March
Well done to the football team, who played in their football match against Hardwick School. It was a strong team and Meridian won 6-3.
Bikeability Level 1 (Year 3 and 4) - Friday 22nd March
Well done to all children who took part in the Bikeability Level 1 training. The children had a good time and enjoyed learning how to control and master their bikes. We are hoping that this will give them more confidence to ride more often and will give them all an increased understanding of road safety.
Skip2Bfit (Whole School) - Monday 11th March
The Skip2Bfit day went very well and an impressive number of skips were recorded.
The year group top skippers were: EYFS Maisie, Y1 Summer, Y2 Talia, Y3 Oscar, Y4 Etienne, Y5 Anna and Y6 Annie. Annie was top pupil skipper with 239 skips in two minutes and Miss Ramsay was top staff skipper with 256 skips in two minutes. We are really pleased that so many children have taken up skipping as a result of the inspiring sessions.
Quicksticks Hockey Tournament (Year 6) - Wednesday 6th March
Not only did one of our teams come first place in their group, but our children were commended for their sportsmanship, and a special mention was given to Ahrel who received a "Spirit of the Games" award for displaying outstanding respect for his fellow players. We are very proud of them all.
Netball Tournament (Year 5 and 6 A and B Team) - Thursday 28th February
We entered two teams to play against other Cambridgeshire teams from our local area. Team A came second in their group and Team B came first in theirs! This means that both teams will go through to a final round and play against the winning teams from other parts of Cambridgeshire. We are really proud of our players for doing so well.
Bikeability (Year 6) - Monday 18th - Thursday 21st February
In spite of the frosty weather this week, our Year 6 children completed their bikeability course! We are very fortunate to have this free course to enable our children to be safe on the roads.
Key Steps Gymnastics Competition (Year 3 and 4) - Wednesday 30th January
This week we were proud to take an A and a B team to represent Meridian at the gymnastics competition held at Comberton Village College. The children had to learn two difficult routines and performed individually under very intense conditions! They performed with grace and confidence. Well done team!
Molly Dancers came to Meridian! (Whole School) - Monday 7th January
You may have heard about the Flashmob Molly dancing in the Grafton Centre on Monday. We were treated to a performance by the Cambridge Morris Men who come to the village every year to dance at the crossroads, by the village pond. Molly dancing has a long tradition and in East Anglia is done on ‘Plough Monday’, which is the first Monday after the Feast of Epiphany (Twelfth Night). The dances, which are performed by teams of eight or ten men, were collected from old village dancers and reintroduced in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year.
High Five Netball Intra-School Competition (Year 5) - Wednesday 12th December
A real display of skill at Meridian today, with children playing, leading and officiating. Congratulations, Discovery! You are victorious!
Quicksticks Hockey Intra-School Competition (Year 6) - Wednesday 12th December
Supported by our PE Specialist, Mrs Scarboro, our Year 6 children competed in an energetic house hockey competition. Well done, Explorer - the champions of the tournament.
Cross Country at Milton Country Park (Key Stage Two) - Thursday 22nd November
On Thursday, we took 54 children to the county’s small school cross country run at Milton Country Park. Our children were among the 700 runners from schools all over the county who ran the mile (1600m) course around the Country Park. It was a very enjoyable morning and we are very proud of every child who entered. They showed great determination to complete the course and demonstrated excellent teamwork and respect, cheering every runner.
A special mention for Clemence and Harry in Y3 who came 3rd in their gender age groups, Etienne in Y4 who came 7th and Anna in Y5 who came 5th. Overall our school came 3rd in the Year 3 and Year 4 category and 7th in the year 5 and year 6 category, which we are over the moon about!
KS2 Intra-House Cross Country (Year 3, 4 and 5)
Children outdid themselves today! The determination and resilience of all of our runners was outstanding. The winners of this competition will go forward to represent the school on Thursday 22nd November at the Milton Country Park Cross Country Competition. Well done, Voyager - the overall winners.
Orienteering Development Competition (Year 3 and 4) - Tuesday 6th November
Children attended an orienteering activity morning at Comberton Village College. Miss Ramsay, who accompanied them, said they were really enthusiastic and worked so well together as a team.
Football Intra-School Competition (Year 5) - Wednesday 24th October
Great play by all children today. Sportsmanship was shown by all. Well done, Discovery.
Hoopball Intra-School Competition (Year 3) - Wednesday 17th October
Our Year 3 children engaged in a fiercely competitive hoopball tournament today, vying for a victory for their house. Though everyone paid well, and were quick to congratulate their opponents, it was Explorer who were victorious this time. Well done, Explorer!
1960s PE Intra-House Festival (Whole School) - Friday 12th October
We had a fantastic day, working in our houses to complete a range of "olden day" sporting activities, including an egg and spoon race and hopscotch. We were particularly proud of the way our older children acted as leaders throughout the day, organising races and activities for younger children.
Outdoor and Adventurous Intra-School Competition (Year 3 and 4) - Thursday 11th October
Children had a great afternoon in mixed house teams, engaging in all kinds of challenging activities designed to test their teamwork and problem-solving. From saving ducks from dirty ponds to fighting crime, all children performed fantastically. Overall, no one house was declared the winner - they were all too strong!
Professor Greg Whyte OBE –‘ Inspirational!’ (Whole School) - Tuesday 18th September
Professor Greg Whyte visited this week to share the charitable work he undertakes and a celebrity sports trainer for organisations like Comic Relief and Sports Relief. Professor Greg OBE, a former Olympian, has worked alongside a host of celebrities and shared with us some important sporting values - teamwork, motivation, perseverance, respect, hard work.
Greg swam the English challenge alongside David Walliams, completed the triathlon with Davina McCall and has undertaken many other challenges, all in the name of charity. The children really appreciated him coming to talk about his amazing achievements. It was a great message to us all and really empowered us to work hard to achieve. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Baker who arranged this visit.