It is our aim that children across the federation have the opportunity to represent their school at sporting competitions and festivals organised by the West Norwich and Dereham School Sports partnership or other events organised during their time in school.
Children will be chosen to take part in a sport that they may not have had the opportunity to participate in before. We feel it is important that children get the chance to experience different sports and physical activity types during their school years. Therefore children may not be chosen to represent the school at sports that they participate in outside of school. We believe in giving all children a fair chance and fostering attitudes of good sportsmanship.
On the 10th March,
10 pupils from years 1 and 2 attended a West Norwich and Dereham School Sport
Partnership Rugby Festival held at Taverham High School. Sports Leaders from
Reepham, Neatherd and Northgate led activities to build up the children’s
skills, such as passing the ball correctly, using all of the space and touching
the opponents shoulder to show they had been tagged.
The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Some of the children had never held a rugby ball before and they relished in learning a new sport. The children were a credit to our Federation and demonstrated great all-round sportsmanship.
Nine children from year four and five attended a panathlon
competition at the UEA on 12th February. A panathlon is a
competitive event with a range of inclusive sports and the children move in a
carousel so they can complete every activity. The children try to score points
for their team through a range of throwing and kicking activities. There was
also a curling activity which they particularly enjoyed, even though in was on
a hall floor rather that ice!
Our children showed fantastic self-belief and determination
throughout the event. They also listened showing great respect to the other
adults and the high school children who were leading the different activities.
The second team scored 49 points but we just beat them with
50 points to be the winning team! The children received a medal each as well as
a trophy for the school and were very pleased with their achievements.
On Friday 7th February, a team of eight year 6 boys headed
off to the ‘The Nest’ in Norwich to participate in a football tournament, along
with other schools in the area. ‘The Nest’ is the fantastic new Norwich City
training facility, supporting football in the community.
Mr Barnes had been assisting the year 6 team in preparing themselves and talking tactics for several weeks in the run up to the tournament. Toftwood began their first game against Dussindale Primary School. Games were played for ten minutes and despite a solid performance the first one ended 0-0. The team faced Firside in the second game and thanks to some outstanding goalkeeping from Benjamin, Toftwood kept themselves in the game, which also saw some chances of goals cleared off the line. This game also ended 0-0. Firside went on to the quarter finals so this was a great result.
Due to a controversial goal Toftwood lost their 3rd game 1-0; pushing
for the goal they got caught out and conceded late on. The team headed into the
4th game determined to prove themselves, which they did. The fourth game ended
in a 1-0 victory for Toftwood, when a cross from Ellis was converted into a
goal by Braydon. Having been denied some earlier goals by great goalkeeping, Braydon
was happy to have scored the winning goal.
The whole team produced some solid performances and despite being disappointed to miss out on the quarters, they congratulated each other on their individual and team performances. After each match the team discussed what went well and what didn’t and then looked ahead to the next game with determination and lots of passion. The facilities at the nest were fantastic and the children enjoyed everything the day had to offer, even coming away with a programme each from Norwich City’s last game against Newcastle.
On Wednesday 29th January 10 children from Years 1 and 2 went to Easton Gymnastics Club and participated in a gymnastics festival. The children had the opportunity to use lots of the equipment including the beams, p bars, trampoline, sprung floor, bars and foam pit. They completed various activities involving practising jumping, balancing, rolling and strength exercises. Everyone had a great time and all the children tried their best even though they found the activities very challenging. Jack said “The best bit was jumping in the foam pit” and Freddie said “I like the p bars and swinging on them”. The children thought about what they found tricky and Lily said “I tried really hard at jumping” and Izzy said “I tried really hard at star jumps”.
Following from their success in November, a team of
year 3 and 4 girls took part in the Girls Football Finals for a place at the
County finals in February.
The 7 girls in the year 3 and 4 team played against
teams from Firside, St Peters and Swanton Morley. They unfortunately didn’t
qualify for the County final but we were so proud of how well they played and
worked together as a team! They continued to encourage each other throughout
which was lovely to see and they should be very proud of themselves.
On Tuesday 14th January, 12 children from year 1 and year 2 took part in Sports Hall Athletics at Easton Tennis Centre. The children enthusiastically participated in a circuit of eight activities to develop their key PE skills of catching, launching, skipping, jumping, balancing, pitching and running. Activity stations included developing balance with partners and then using balancing skills to complete a beanbag relay, skipping with hoops and bouncing a ball in a hoop and around a course of cones.
Sports Leaders from Taverham High School supported the children with developing their key skills throughout the day and offered lots of praise and encouragement. All children attending received a certificate for their efforts and everyone worked very hard and represented the federation brilliantly.
On Tuesday 3rd
December, 24 children from year 5 and 6 performed at a dance festival at Open
in Norwich. The children had worked hard leading up to the day taking part in
an after school club each week lead by Miss Parsons. In the club, they talked
about the messages of Christmas and carefully chose dance moves to link to
those messages. They also voted for ‘Under the Tree’ by Kelly Clarkson to
perform their dance to.
On the day, the children were
collected from school at 10am and arrived in Norwich later ready to rehearse
their dance. They were all surprised by the size of the stage and overwhelmed
by how big the room was that they would be performing in later that day.
Throughout the day, they loved watching other schools rehearse and particularly
enjoyed trying to copy the dance performed by Taverham High School!
first performance at 4pm went very well and the later one at 7pm was even
better. The children’s timings and enthusiasm in the dance improved throughout
the day to perform their best dance in the final show. They also loved going
back on stage and singing and dancing with all the other schools to Christmas
songs. It was lovely to see the children’s confidence grow throughout the day
and they represented our school brilliantly. Well done!
On a very rainy Thursday, 16
girls from Toftwood Junior School took part in a football competition. The
girls had been part of a lunchtime club leading up to the event to practise
their skills and competitive football.
The 8 girls in the year 3 and 4
team won all three matches against Corpusty, Foulsham and Great Dunham. The
girls won their group so they have been invited to a ‘Champions Morning’ where they
can play the other group winners and maybe qualify for the County finals in
The girls in the year 5 and 6
team won their second match against Firside. Their last match against Bawburgh
was a very close game but our girls hit the post twice and the other team
scored at the very end to win the match.
The Toftwood girls absolutely
loved the competition! They made Mrs Rathi and Mr Barnes very proud with their
outstanding behaviour and listening throughout the day, as well as showing
great determination to keep going in the rain!
On Tuesday 26th November, 18 boys and girls from Year 5 and 6 attended an indoor athletics competition at the UEA. The 18 children had taken part in a lunchtime club leading up to the event to practise athletic skills.
When we arrived at the UEA we had to take our places behind our school’s sign and wait for instructions. There were many other schools competing against us but this made us even more determined! Each school had a different colour bib to wear so that the sport leaders could tell us apart.
We then lined up for our events. The boys were called over for their track and field events whilst the girls competed in their events. Each child took part in two track and two field events. These included: obstacle relay, 1+1 lap relay, 2+2 lap relay, 6 lap paarlauf, over/under relay, 4×1 lap relay, chest push, standing long jump, standing triple jump, vertical jump, soft javelin and speed bounce. Overall, we came 11th out of 14 schools. Each child showed great determination and sportsmanship. It was great to see the support and encouragement they were giving each other. During the award ceremony there was a certificate to be won for ‘Team of the Day’. This team had shown excellent teamwork skills, honesty, respect, passion, determination and self-belief. We were so happy when they called Toftwood Junior School to receive the award! Miss Gilfillan and Miss Brown were very proud of the children, they set a great example to all of the other schools. Well done Toftwood Junior School!
On Thursday 31st October 2019, children from Key Stage 2 participated in the West Norfolk and Dereham SSP Cross Country event. We had three girls and three boys from each year group, which meant we had the maximum number of people allowed from each school in each race! This gave Toftwood a fantastic chance and really showed the enthusiasm for cross country running. Even more children wanted to come than we could take with us, so we hope you will continue running and come to clubs and events when they next come up!
We played warm up games before races and everyone supported each other in doing their very best. Toftwood had several top 20 places and two runners even got through to the Norfolk finals – well done to our Year 6 and Year 3 runners. Every single participant finished the course with great determination!
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