On Wednesday 4th May, our Year 3 children enjoyed a sports festival. We were part of 300 children at the event held at South Dartmoor College MUGA, which consisted of 5 different striking and fielding events including the famous Dartmoor3Ball. The event was run by Becky Mason and her Year 7 and 11 junior leaders. All the children had the opportunity to 'have a go' at games like 'King Toilet', under arm throwing and fielding games. All the children were amazing at joining in all events and it was a fun, enjoyable and well organised morning joining with children from other schools.

On Friday 29th April 2016, Ratcliffe School hosted the second annual Boccia Tournament with the Dawlish Learning Partnership. Children from schools across the Partnership came together to learn how to play Boccia and then had a friendly competition where teams played against each other in a knockout competition. Boccia is an inclusive seated bowling game and involves two teams playing against each other to bowl their balls as close to the ‘jack’ as possible.

The event proved to be a very positive experience for all teams involved and all pupils seemed to enjoy the calm, relaxed atmosphere associated with the game, with the ‘knock out’ competition adding some excitement to proceedings.

In total, 9 teams took part representing Ratcliffe, Cockwood, Westcliff, Kenn, Starcross, Kenton, & Exminster Primary Schools. A special mention must be given to the Exminster team (Matthew, Bailey, Dylan and Lily) who represented our school team so well, who took such an active part and helped to make the afternoon so successful.

On Wednesday 4th May well over 400 children took part in the Year 3-6 cross country on a sunny evening at Stover School. There were 4 races throughout the evening (Year 3/4 girls, Year 3/4 boys, Year 5/6 girls and Year 5/6 boys).

The races were hotly contested with many ‘photo finishes’. It was excellent to see not only the effort the runners were putting in, but also the support and encouragement they were receiving from the school mates who weren’t racing at the time; a real team effort by all. Well done to all of the 34 Exminster children who took part.

Toby, "I found it hard but really fun."

Molly, "It was quite hard but still really fun!"

Emily, "I was motivated to climb the hill!"

On Monday 25th April, 16 Year 5 children took part in a badminton festival at Teignmouth Community School. The children played a total of 8 games against other schools. They all progressed fantastically well with their individual badminton skills and demonstrated excellent team spirit, resilience and enthusiasm. One of the highlights was the Exminster Derby match!

Emily said, "I have learnt how to serve and enjoyed working in a team with people I wouldn't usually work with."

Hayden said, "I have learnt that if it comes up high you can already have your racket up ready to hit it back."

Betsy said, "I have got better at my serving because I just kept on trying."

Megan said, "I really enjoyed playing the games."

On Wednesday 16th March, 12 children from Exminster competed in the gymnastics finals of the Dartmoor School Sport Partnership at Somersaults Gymnastics Club. All of the children performed fantastically well under pressure and managed to keep smiles on their faces despite the nerves. Both the Year 3\4 and Year 5\6 teams did extremely well and should be very proud of their efforts. The children also got to try lots of the gymnastics equipment which they really enjoyed.

On Tuesday 15th March, 19 children from KS2 took part in a cross country event at Dawlish Community College. Year 3\4 ran a distance of 1100m and Year 5\6 ran a distance of 1500m. All of the children did really well and showed excellent perseverance and effort. Well done to everybody involved!

On Tuesday 15th March, 14 girls from Year 3 and Year 4 took part in a Change 4 Life event at Newton Abbot College. The girls enjoyed using a range of skills and trying lots of different activities from badminton to indoor curling.

Ellie: "I enjoyed the badminton because I haven't done it before and liked trying something new."

Klara: "I really liked going under the tunnels on my hands and knees."

Isla: "I enjoyed the sitting down volleyball because it was hard to hit it back over the bench."

Mr Patchet (PE Teacher and SSCo from Newton Abbot College) commented about the Exminster children personally, "It was great to see all of the Exminster pupils having such a great time, all looking really enthused and engaged whilst taking part in such a broad range of activities."

On Wednesday 9th March, 12 children from Exminster School took part in a gymnastics competition at South Dartmoor Community College.

There were 6 children in a Year 3/4 team and 6 children in a Year 5/6 team.

The children had to perform a floor routine and a vault exercise, which they had been practising and learning over the last few weeks.

They all performed extremely well and should be extremely proud of their performances.

Both teams won their categories and were absolutely delighted with the result.

They have cartwheeled themselves into the regional finals to be held on Wednesday 16th March at Newton Abbot Gymnastics Club.

Congratulations and good luck to all of the team!

On Monday 7th March 2016, eight boys from years 3 and 4 were involved in a 6-a-side football tournament.

They were all really proud to represent the school and were great ambassadors for the schools ethos, in particular the enjoyment, motivation and inclusion parts if our Rainbow Values.

The boys ended up with 15 points from 7 games, including a very convincing 4-0 win.

Although there were some very suspect goal celebrations (you know who you are boys!) the boys showed what a cracking footballing team they were and should be proud of their performance!

Well done everyone.

On Wednesday 10th February twelve Year 4 children took part in a gymnastics festival at South Dartmoor Community College. The children took part in lots of activities which involved rolling, travelling, jumping and balancing. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was great to see them improve throughout the afternoon.

Sophie said "I really enjoyed jumping to the music with everybody. I think I have got better at using my hand's to help support my balance's"