Digital Leaders

Some of our Year 4 children enjoyed a range of ‘digital’ activities at an event which was held at Catterick Leisure Centre this week. The Swaledale Alliance organised the day, which was  attended by a number of local schools. The children worked really well in their groups and were able to try some new resources, such as: Crumble Controllers; QR Readers; MagicTatts and Osmo Coding to name but a few.

Y5/6 Tennis Tournament

On Friday 16th September 2016 Matthew, Tom, Elena and Harli were invited to a tennis tournament at Northallerton Tennis Club to participate in a competition.  It was a doubles competition  (unmixed). There were 6 schools including us there. It was group stages and both of the two teams won their group stage. Then there was the quarter-finals which the boys won 10-4 and the girls narrowly won at the score 5-4. The semis were a different matter , where the boys bossed them 10-1 and the girls won 7-4!!!! The finals were tense but both teams came out on top with the boys winning 10-5 and the girls winning 6-4. We were awarded gold medals and a cheer from our friends when we got back to school!!!

Overall it was a good day for sport!!!

By Matthew and Tom!! (Tennis Champs)

Sainsbury Yr 5/6 Small Schools Cricket tournament 15/06/2016

On a rather cool and cloudy Wednesday in June, two teams – made up of sixteen children from our school took part in the small schools cricket tournament. Both teams were absolutely fantastic. The Black team scored a phenomenal amount of 4s and 6s, took wickets and caught players out and went on to be the winners of the tournament. The Red Team also played fantastically well, again with 4s and 6s scored by every member of the team and loads of wickets taken by their star bowler Freddie! They may not have received medals for their efforts but they should feel incredibly proud of themselves for their performances. Well done both teams and Good Luck to the Black Team in the Hambleton area Finals on Friday!


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Sports Week – 23rd – 27th May 2016

What an amazing week we had for Sports week this year:

Day 1

Red Class spent a full day at Carlton Lodge participating in the High and Dry activities which included – High ropes, zip wire, problem solving and the climbing wall. The children were so brave and worked really hard encouraging each other.

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Day 2

Red Class spent their second day at Carlton Lodge participating in the Wet and Wild activities which included bush craft, archery, canoeing and raft building. Again all of the children threw themselves into the activities – some got very wet and some ate huge edible bugs!!

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On Day 2, Yellow Class, Green Class and Blue Class were also very lucky to take part in a workshop with Butterfly Dance School.

Day 3

On day 3 we were lucky to have the Rock-it climbing company and all of the children in the school had the opportunity to climb the climbing wall and try their hand at archery, they all did exceptionally well in very cold and drizzly weather. Also in the afternoon Green, Red and Blue Classes each had an inspirational session of Tai Chi with Mr Williamson.








Day 4 / 5

Unfortunately sports day was postponed until Day 5. However sports day turned out to be a fantastic day for both key stage 1 and key stage 2. All of the children were absolutely great with lots of cheering and support and 100% effort in all that they did. Congratulations to Joe Tosh and Louisa Tann who won the trophies for the Year 6s with the most sports day wins and to the Puffins who were the winning House Team on the day. What a fantastic end to a happily exhausting week!!

South Otterington Intra school hockey tournament 13/04/16 – by Natasha Farley & Rafi Huby

On Wednesday 13th April 2016, we held a hockey tournament between 3 South Otterington teams. The teams included a Black team, Orange team and a Red team.

The first match started; Blacks vs Reds. An early goal from Joe Tosh capped a positive start for the Blacks. Shortly after, a constant attacking threat from the Blacks followed, consequently leading to a 4-0 victory for the Blacks, with goals from Joe Tart, Rafi Carus Huby and Alex Brigginshaw.  Immediately, the second game commenced; Reds vs Oranges. The game started off strong for the Reds with two goals from Rory Barningham. Suddenly, a third goal was scored by Cody Holmes, a close-range drive into the bottom corner. And in the dying moments of the game, a consolation goal was scored by Charlie Pickersgill. The third and final match started; Blacks vs Oranges. Attack after attack from the dominant Blacks saw the result almost done. Or so it seemed. A rapid counter-attack from the Oranges saw the only goal of the game scored by Charlie Pickersgill. And the table finished as followed;

1.Blacks     1 Win     0 Draws     1 Loss     GD: 3     P: 3

2.Reds       1 Win     0 Draws     1 Loss     GD: -2    P: 3

3.Oranges  1 Win     0 Draws     1 Loss     GD: -1    P: 3


By Rafi Carus Huby & Natasha Farley

Sainsbury School Games North Yorkshire Cross Country Final 17/03/16

xcountry final xcountry4 xcountry final 2On Thursday 17th March 2016, Megan Edwards and Lawrence Mason-Smith (both Year 3 children) and myself, Elena Edwards (Year 5), travelled to Dalby Forest to compete in the North Yorkshire cross country finals. Luckily it was a nice sunny day, so we had loads of fun!

The race track was set next to a park so all the other children could stretch and get ready for their race coming up.

We all did very well – Megan came 6th, Lawrence came 25th and I came 25th. It was great because the race went into a forest which helped us to cool down. We raced against different areas around the county including: Selby, Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby, York, Richmondshire and Craven.

By Elena Edwards

Trip to Durham Cathedral

On Tuesday 15th March Blue and Green Class went to Durham Cathedral as part of our Amazing Journeys topic.

We got off the bus at Prebends Bridge and enjoyed the views of the cathedral as we walked along the bailey. Everyone was amazed by their first view of the cathedral. We looked at the famous door knocker on our way in.

First we had a tour all about the Northern Saints. We learned even more about St Cuthbert, and also about St Hilda, St Bede and St Oswald. Some of us got to dress up! We were all moved by the peace of St Cuthbert’s Shrine and having the opportunity to light a candle and say our school prayer here was a very special moment for us all.

After lunch, we all had some quiet time to explore the cathedral and sketch. We came together at the end of the afternoon for a time of reflection and many of us chose to write our own prayers inspired by the visit. On the way back to the bus we visited a modern statue, called The Journey, which showed Monks carrying St Cuthbert’s coffin.

We had a super trip. Special thank yous to the staff and volunteers at Durham Cathedral and also to our Parent Helpers.


Spring Fair 2016

Thank you to everyone who supported the Spring Fair. We raised £266 and had a super afternoon! Well done to all the children who entered the various competitions.

Easter Paintings

Competition winners: Easter Paintings

Illustrated Spring Poems

Competition winners: Illustrated Spring Poems

Easter Hats

Competition winners: Easter Hats

Competition winner (Green/Yellow class): Lego Vehicle

Competition winner (Green/Yellow class): Lego Vehicle

Yr 5/6 Sainsbury School Sports Netball finals 25/02/2016 – By Rory Barningham & Charlie Pickersgill

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On the 25th February South Otterington Primary School found themselves in the netball finals.


SCHOOL                         P     W    D     L     F    A      GD    PTS

Hutton Rudby               5      5    0      0     25   1      24    15

St Peters Brafferton     5       2   2      1     6    5       1       8

Brompton                       5      2     2       1    5    6       -1      8

Husthwaite                     5      2       1     2     8    8         0      7

South Otterington        5      1       1      3     5    10      -5     4

Knayton                         5       0       0      5     1      20    -19   0



Knayton     1       vs    5    South Otterington

St Peters Brafferton     1     vs     0    South Otterington

Hutton Rudby     7     vs      0    South Otterington

Brompton       1  vs   0    South Otterington

Husthwaite   0   vs  0  South Otterington



So as you can see it was a very tough tournament for South Otterington. Although it was very close (often we were only beaten by only one goal),South Otterington played well but were out played  this time round.


Yr 5/6 Swimming Small Schools Competition 09/01/2016 – by Anna Kingston & Sasha Lishman

IMG_0267Various children from our class got chosen to enter a swimming competition in Hambleton leisure centre. Many other schools came to the event; they were: Appleton Wiske, Kirkby Fleetham, Ainderby Steeple, East Cowton and South Otterington (us!). The first race was freestyle then breast stroke, back stroke, butterfly, medley relay last but not least the freestyle relay. We did a cannon relay but that was for fun and didn’t affect the scores. We won the back stroke, came second in freestyle, third in breast stroke, second in butterfly, first in the medley and second in the freestyle overall we came second and that’s the best we have ever done!