On Tuesday 12th June. Primary 5 took part in East Lothian’s 1st ever Primary Games. The games focussed on the themes of the Olympics: Equality, Inspiration, Determination, Respect, Friendship, Excellence, Courage. The children were split into two teams: Team 1 with 23 children wore the grey T-shirts and Team 2 with 6 children wore the Yellow T-shirts.
At Meadowmill Sports Centre all the Primary Schools across East Lothian met together and the children from each school split into their colour teams. We had a big introduction during which the Scottish Minister for Sport addressed all the children about the importance of sport and keeping healthy. Next we walked round the field in the Opening Ceremony led by the Preston Lodge Pipe Band.
Then we moved on to our first game, Hockey, where we dribbled the hockey ball on the hockey stick and we had to pass the ball down the field and then aim for the little bit of wood that was in the goal.
Next the grey team moved on to badmington. Here we had three staions: the first one was a warm up and then we played badmington against older Children. Finally we moved on to station 3 where we played against friends. Meanwhile the yellow team went to play football where they participated in activities and games to develop their ball skills and their knowledge of the game..
Returning to the feild we had our picnic lunch during which we had cheer-leaders, dancers and the pipeband to entertain us.
When we returned to our groups the grey team went to the golf staion. Here we were split into groups of 4. We took our shots and then we saw who managed to get their ball furthest up the field and closest to the flag. The yellow team, however, went to athletics. Here we worked at hurdles, the long jump, chest passes and sprinting
Our final sport for both teams was rugby. We were split into groups of 20 and sat in a circle and talked about the rules of rugby. Next we played Tag Rugby and Sharks and Fishes as well as Tig and lots of other running games.
When we returned to the main field, Boogie and Arelene from Radio Forth where judging our School Banners. They said that our banner was really colourful and they liked it. However, the winners were St. Mary’s because they had an Olympic Torch and they won £200 worth of playground games.
As participants of the Primary Games we wore our special T-shirts and we got to keep them and take them home.