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U11 Football V Moreton Hall

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

CIS 1-2 Moreton Hall

After many successful Senior fixtures with Moreton Hall over the last few years, it was great to have our Primary School pupils matching up with them for the first time.

The U11s playing on the Senior School playing fields scored after just 30 seconds when Loic capitalised on a mistake at the back to slot home. Any thoughts that the match would be easy were quickly put to bed as Moreton Hall passed the ball around with confidence, making CIS defend.

The defensive play from CIS was outstanding, with constant strong tackles from Bryan, and Isaac preventing many chances at the CIS goal. In attack, CIS failed to support the ball carrier and as a result found it hard to sustain any attack for to long, limiting themselves to individual efforts on goal. With the team constantly rotating to allow everyone some good game-time, CIS lacked rhythm.

At half time, CIS were 1-0 up and were defending brilliantly, including some fantastic saves from Sam in goal. The second half carried on in the same manner, the boys tracking every run and tackling hard to protect the lead. The equaliser came in unfortunate circumstances with Moreton Hall reacting quickest to a bouncing ball to score, while the keeper was on the floor. Erik was strong in defence, whilst Mason and Reagan maintained their width well to give CIS an outlet in attack.

The winning goal from Moreton Hall came from within their own half as a volley forward bounced over the stranded goal keeper and into the top of the net. It was hard for the boys to take, after such strong defence, but they bounced back and attacked a couple more times to search for the equaliser they deserved. Unfortunately it was't to be. Everyone can be pleased with their efforts and perseverance. Well done boys. (Mr Salt)

U9 Netball v Gosfield School

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

Great coaching opportunity

I had the privilege of covering the Under 9 netball fixture against Gosfield School on Monday 13th March.

The five girls participating arrived at The Temple incredibly excited about being on the Senior School site and playing their first netball match. It was lovely to see such enjoyment gained from their participation. The girls spent some time warming up before Lara was chosen as the captain. She confidently spoke to the Gosfield captain and selected to have the first centre pass for the CIS girls.

The match was played as a coaching opportunity on both sides, with the umpire from Gosfield and myself helping all the girls with their netball play. There was some lovely strong play from the CIS girls. Mia was very good at seeing available space and moving into it to receive passes. Lara was very strong at Centre and was vital in the movement of the ball from the defensive players to the attackers. Lucille worked tirelessly as Goal Keeper and made some fantastic intercepts. Katie started in defence where she demonstrated her ability to understand the game. She then moved to Goal Attack and was the scorer of the two goals which won CIS the match. Lilly showed some excellent movement skills, dodging her opponent to move into space ready to receive a pass. Well done to all the girls. Mrs McAlinden

Mad Science

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

A day of crazy Science



Trip to the American Cemetery

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

Year 5 and 6 learning about the past




On Monday 6th March, Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a trip to the American Cemetery here in Cambridge, to extend their learning about World War Two. Highlights included a talk from Ryan's father, Richard, about the American involvement in World War Two and hearing about their so-called ‘friendly invasion’ of Britain. We were proud to share the knowledge we had already gained about World War Two through our English Mother Tongue lessons, and to extend it with this experience.

U11 Quicksticks Tournament 2017 on 8th March

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

It was a very exciting tournament for all the CIS students.

A selection of the Year 5 and 6 girls and boys started their day by going to the annual hockey competition of Quicksticks. A large number of teams from schools around Cambridgeshire were competing on Thursday to win the tournament.

CIS had two teams representing the school. CIS 'A' started playing first but it was not their best game of the day and sadly they lost. However, that fact made them realise they had to play better as a team for the coming matches. Both the CIS teams played five matches and their amazing attitude showed a strong commitment to the team.

Meanwhile, CIS 'B' started with some great results, with the boys defending the goal with confident tackles and open passes to the forwards and the girls showing their skills in front of their opponent’s goal. Lili-Rose, Elisa and Maya scored some lovely goals for the team and Ryan, Erik and Bryan were strong but calm at the defending line.

At the end of the tournament, they had 4 victories and lost 1. That put them 2nd in their group. It was great to see them shaking hands with the other team players after every match. CIS 'A' also had very nice performances, and great games to watch. We could see some impressive skills from Isaac and Sharon, being the players who scored the most in the team. Nevertheless, Roman and Loïc defended the goal until the last minute. On some occasions, they had to run to defend a couple of counterattacks and they managed to keep the opposition away from our goal. Marin and Alicia were also a key part of the team, making intelligent passes and fighting for the repossession of the ball. At the end of the tournament, they had 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 loss. That made them finish in 3rd position in their group.

It was a very exciting tournament for all the CIS students. Looking at the future, we could have some amazing and very skilful young hockey players around the school, all willing to make the most of this fascinating sport. ¡Muchas gracias chicos y chicas! (Miss Marti)

Triumph for CIS in Tag Rugby

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

At the CSSP Tag Rugby tournament.

Friday saw the U11s head to Shelford Rugby Club for the rearranged CSSP Tag Rugby tournament.

Having spent time training and playing tag rugby fixtures in the Michaelmas term there was a sense of optimism heading to the tournament.

Four pool games were played first with us facing Shelford 'B' (20-20 draw), Gt Wilbraham (35-0 Win), Orchard Park (20-0 win) and Stapleford (20-15 win). CIS were through to the semifinals as pool winners, and excellent achievement.

In the semifinal, they faced Shelford 'A' the runners up of the other pool and in a tense and very exciting game we came out victorious 30 points to 25. The sense of excitement and nerves grew as CIS approached their first ever final the opponents were Fulbourn School. The final was brilliant, lots of chances to score, lots of mistakes, lots of near misses.

Nothing could split the teams with 5-5, the score at full time. We headed to extra time; still CIS defended stoutly and attacked time and time again, without success. We headed to golden try (next score wins!) - eventually the CIS pressure paid off and we scored to win the final 10-5! For the third time this week I was left feeling very proud of the CIS players.

Everyone performed to the best of their ability, everyone supported each other and played as a team, everyone respected their opposition and the officials in victory. So a huge well done must go to Rebecca, Sharon, Marine, Alicia, Erik, Issac, Mason, Loic, Ryan and Bryan - an awesome effort! (Mr Salt)

Making Notes

Monday, 13 March, 2017

Juniors showcase their talent




The Juniors enjoyed their first Music Concert, which featured a whole class performance from all classes. Every child played an instrument, including recorders, glockenspiels, keyboards, guitars, ukuleles and even a cornet, violin, saxophone and a trumpet!

Alicia and Eric in Year 6 both also played their winning piano solos from the Music Competition last term, and everyone closed the concert with a rousing choir rendition of 'Touch the Sky' from Disney's 'Brave'. Many teachers and parents who came to watch enjoyed the performances - well done to all of the Juniors children! (Mrs Davis)

Music Exchange Project with Holland

Monday, 06 March, 2017

Learning songs in Dutch

Year 3 (Arafura) have recently finished an exciting musical exchange project with a class of children at De Brede Hei Primary School in Holland. Dutch songwriter Jeroen Schipper, who recently visited us for a special music assembly, set up this project to trial a musical exchange between two cultures.

We learnt one of his songs in the English translation (Fruit Market), and at the same time, the Dutch children learnt the song in their language. We also added our own movements and instruments. We got to know our new Dutch friends through making videos and sending messages to each other, and watching and comparing each other's music performances. Peter Hilken and Kathleen van der Weerd, co-authors of Jeroen's 'Top Dog' songbook, even paid us a special visit during a music lesson, and loved our performance of their song.

Mrs Ebenezer, Arafura's class teacher, extended the project beyond the music classroom by introducing the pupils to poetry and artwork based on fruit, and the class even made a yummy fruit salad in one lesson! In the final music lesson, we learnt the chorus of the song in Dutch. Everyone was keen to investigate the different words in the two languages, and some pupils could even correctly guess the Dutch fruits based on their own native languages. For example, the German and French pupils recognised 'ananas' as pineapple. Thankfully, we also had Celine and Sjoerd, native Dutch speakers, to help us with some of the more difficult pronunciations! The feedback from Year 3 was overwhelmingly positive: "I really liked the songs and making new friends" "Learning Dutch was a little bit hard at first, but now that we know some fruits, we could learn some more Dutch words!" "It was fun making our own version of the song and watching the Dutch children perform their version." Well done to all pupils in Arafura for a fantastic music project. I look forward to teaching you more of Jeroen's fun songs in the future! (Mrs Davis)

Skipping school!

Friday, 24 February, 2017

Getting fit with a skip and a hop






During the last week before half term, the primary school experienced 'Wellbeing Week'. This culminated on Friday February 10th with a visit from 'skip-hop' who run fantastic skipping workshops across the primary school. Here the children learned a variety of different skipping moves, as well as partner skipping and skipping with large ropes. It was fantastic fun!! We also held a 'healthy' cake sale and the children wore colourful clothes to raise money for 'Mind' the mental health charity. We raised just under £135, so thank you everyone for your donations!

Paintings, Pictures and Photos

Friday, 10 February, 2017

Learning about shapes and colours


Juniors have been studying paintings, pictures and photographs. They cut up a picture and each pupil looked at the colours, shapes and patterns in their piece. They also looked to see if there were parts of people, animals, buildings, sky, land or sea. After carefully copying what they saw using their favourite medium, they resembled both the original and their own picture to compare the two. They had some surprising results!