It was MG’s very first Sports Day this week and it was just for the foundation stage (pre-school & reception class so 3, 4 and 5 year olds). It was lovely, all children were included whether they attended on that day or not (for the pre-school children) and they marched out of the classroom in pairs then did some songs with actions before being split into seven groups (of about 6-8 per group) to cycle round seven activities.
There was a game of turning some cups upside down and seeing how fast the whole group did it and trying to beat their previous time; there was throwing bean-bags into a hoop, each child getting several goes; there was throwing bean bags as far as possible with scoring hoops; there was a potato-and-spoon race; a race where you had to pick up a toy in the middle, move it to the end and then run back; and an obstacle course with tyres and planks to traverse and hula hoops to place over etc. I’ve obviously forgotten one of them!
The children ranged from just turned three to almost five, so a huge range in terms of development and most games were collaborative or involved turn-taking. Nothing seemed particularly competitive and besides which, they were all separated across seven groups so direct comparisons couldn’t be made.
So here is my rant. At the end there were medals given out. Less than a third of the children got a medal. Two or three children got two medals. Most of these children were the older, bigger children. But also, what were the medals for? How were they decided? Why did some children get two when most of the children got none? I think for this age group, everyone should have got a medal. They were all only little, most of them under five and I didn’t think it was very fair at all.
No, MG and DG didn’t get medals, so you can assume I’m being petty! It wasn’t a day DG normally attends and I didn’t realise she was allowed to join in so she was thoroughly confused when I left her in the class and just stood looking lost (she’s only been attending for six weeks anyway) so I picked her up to just watch instead. MG had been looking forward to the sports, singing the songs at home all the time and had asked me to watch but when I’m around she reverts to her shy state and became clingy, crying and didn’t join in.
I feel very sad because she probably would have been happier if I wasn’t there but it’s so hard not being able to share these events with your child and I hoped she would have carried on as normal despite me being there. She is a very good runner so may have got a medal if I’d not been there but instead she barely joined in and was last in everything she did join in with. She’s still amazing and wonderful but I do wish her outgoing and positive side would show more in group situations. I’m not overly worried as she is only five and I know she is a confident girl really, she just needs some time
So despite it mostly being a lovely affair (with Y5 children helping out too, also lovely to see in terms of how all the school is involved with each other and the mentoring roles my girls will develop into one day) and a sunny, dry morning too (shock!), I am a little disappointed with how the medals were handled.