After the success of the last tournament, Mr Barnes, one of our MSAs, organised and ran three football tournaments; years 5 & 6 Boys, 5 & 6 girls and years 3 & 4. It was open to all children, regardless of their footballing ability.
129 children in total signed up who wanted to play and from them, Mr Barnes chose captains to be in charge of the teams and the remaining children’s names were picked from a hat to make up the rest of the teams.
The tournament started back in February, taking over a month to complete by playing every lunchtime over group stages, semi-finals and then the finals. Matches were played in a 7 a side tournament, with squads of 10 players. The rules stipulated that each player had to play a least half of each game.
The finals results were as follows:
Years 5 & 6 girls final – Team 1 5 – 0 Team 2 (Lillie AR5 scored a hat trick)
Years 5 & 6 boys final – Team 1 1 – 0 Team 2
Year 3 & 4 Final – Team 5 3 – 0 Team 4
It was a great footballing event and the children all worked well as part of a team. It was good to see them all working together and supporting each other.
A big thank you to Mr Barnes for all his hard work organising and refereeing the matches and to all the children for their great sportsmanship. It was a great end to the term.
On the 28th March, 15 pupils from years 1 and 2 took part in the West Norwich and Dereham School Sport Partnership Cross Country Festival. We arrived at our venue, Taverham Hall School and the children were keen to do a warm up as soon as they arrived! We all walked the Cross Country course round the school field – 600m for Year 1 and 800m for Year 2. Then it was time for the races. Year 1 girls raced first with one of our girls achieving 12th place out of 100 competitors! Then it was time for the Year 1 boys’ race followed by Year 2 girls and then Year 2 boys. Everyone managed to complete the course. The children really enjoyed the challenge and were determined to finish. They were great at cheering on their friends and representing our Federation.
Toftwood Federation have enjoyed a very successful Sports Fortnight made even better by the fantastic weather! During this fortnight it is our aim to give all children in the Federation the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting activities. These include the traditional races and potted sports events but also visits and taster sessions from a range of sports enthusiasts and providers. It is a desire of ours, during these weeks, to give the children in our federation the opportunity to experience something ‘new’ with the possibility that they may decide to pursue that sporting activity in their out of school time.
The children in Years 1 and 2 were able to work with Mrs Yorke, a qualified Yoga instructor. She had written the children a poem and they were able to act the poem out in Yoga Poses.
Reception through to Year 2 were able to join in with some taster sessions provided by Matthew from Traditional Karate Fitness. They learnt special counting and the discipline involved in Karate.
EYFS and Years 1 and 2 learnt the skills involved in Hoola Hooping. They learnt the stance to adopt to keep the hoop around your waist. They also learnt how to spin it round their wrist, neck and legs. Even though it was a tricky activity for some also children showed great perseverance.
Miss Coombes was able to show the children in the Infants some of the basics involved in the sport of Allstar Cheerleading. They were able to learn some jumps and practised a very safe handstand drill. They were even able to try some stunting in small groups.
We enjoyed another successful team day with the infant children supported by the Sports Leaders and Mr Phillis from Northgate High School. The children were able to have a go at 20 different activities, trying to score as many points as possible for their team. Well done to all the children who took part, there was a great team spirit.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 held their annual Race Morning during Sports Fortnight. All children competed in 2 races and did brilliantly on a very warm morning.
Year 3 and 4
These year groups had an exhausting but fun few weeks enjoying Toftwood Sports Fortnight! The event kicked off with a visit from some of the students from Northgate High School. They taught the children lots of new activities from shotput to javelin with some hurdles and running too. The children got to try all of these out in small groups and had a great time doing it – the Northgate students were fantastic at supporting and helping our children out.
We also had a visitor in from Easton Shotokan Karate Association to give our children a taster session in Karate. They learnt some of the basic movements and how to count correctly alongside these. Finally, they had a very interesting discussion about when to use Karate and what it should be used for!
The Year 3 children also enjoyed some cricket sessions with Brett Gates from All Star Cricket. They started off learning the key skills of catching, throwing and teamwork within some exciting games. Then, they moved on to play some fast paced games where they used all of their skills and demonstrated some great batting and fielding teamwork. They had a lovely time!
The Toftwood Sport’s Fortnight was rounded off by a visit Neatherd PE teachers and Sports leaders who came in to run multi-skills sessions with the children focusing on ball skills. The pupils had great fun developing a range of skills requiring hand-eye coordination and agility. They particularly liked working with the older children, who were great role models.
American Sports for Year 6
To finish off the weeks Year 6 had Mr Bell come to talk to them about baseball and basketball. Firstly he explained that he had grown up near Houston Texas and had grown up following baseball and basketball; he was a keen supporter of the Houston Astros. He told the children about the basic rules of baseball answering all their questions afterwards. The classes then went outside and did basketball; they learnt about bouncing then passing and shooting. We then split into mini teams and played a mini basketball match. The children certainly got a taste of both games and really enjoyed learning new skills from our American expert.
Sports day went smoothly at the Junior School, with all the children participating. They all cheered each other on and encouraged their team mates. There was a sprint race, a relay and an obstacle. We were really impressed by their cheerful attitudes the resilience shown by a few children who took some tumbles but got up to carry on the race.
The children enjoyed a taster session of Karate on 29th June where they learnt some high kicks and punches. They also learnt the importance of blocking.
The Nursery children have been practising their climbing on the new pirate ship climbing frame that was installed in the Nursery outdoor area this term.
They have also been preparing for their Pre School Sports Morning with some practise races and setting themselves challenges like throwing the beanbags into tyres.
Reception PE Summer Term
Reception had a special visit from Mr Mann to teach us some rugby skills. They practiced holding the ball and running, and throwing it underarm, over arm and swapping from each side. They also got to practice kicking the ball and making tries.
Harry came in to teach us some football skills. Reception children practiced scoring goals whilst holding the ball and then had a go at dribbling. They had some magic dust sprinkled on our feet so the ball would stick to them and then had to try and score goals past the goalkeepers!
Year 1 PE Summer Term
Year 1 have busily been preparing for Race Day this term with some practise running and obstacle races. They have also been practising their rolling and retrieving skills through the real PE Program. Year 1 have also had time to learn a simplified version of Rounders. They have had to think about tactics for both fielders and throwers.
Year 2 PE Summer Term
This term in PE the children in year 2 have been working together on a range of team work activities. The children have been working on their communication. They have learnt different ways to communicate through various activities. The children really enjoyed these games and liked working together to solve problems. The children also have been working on their ball skills this term, building their control and accuracy when passing a ball.
Year 3 PE Summer Term
Year 3 have had a busy term in PE with swimming, tennis, Real PE and cricket! AH3 have had a great time swimming this term and the teachers have seen some great progress. JS3 and CT3 have been taking part in Real PE. In Real PE, we have focused on the skills of teamwork, balance and worked on our reaction times. All classes have also had a focus on cricket and tennis. The children have really enjoyed learning the basic skills in tennis, focusing on aiming and rallying with each other – they had lots of fun putting this all together at the end and playing a game. Cricket has been fantastic! We have had Brett Gates to teach us the skills to play a game of cricket. We have spent time focusing on aiming to help with our bowling skills, catching to help with fielding and in games we have been practicing some quick fire batting skills. We have seen some great teamwork and progression throughout the term.
Year 4 PE Summer Term
In PE this term, the children developed their ball skills through Real PE and on our unit on Kwik Cricket. The pupils really enjoyed working on improving their batting, bowling and fielding abilities. During this learning, they began to think more tactically about the fact that their team needed to work together to win the game. More recently, we have been focusing on athletics on a range of field and track events including: sprints, relays, hurdles, longer distance races, shot put and javelin. All the hard work, culminated in a very successful race day where the children really impressed all the adults with the sporting behaviour and dedication to their class. As with all sporting events there had to be a winner and on this occasion congratulations to RB4.
Year 5 PE Summer Term
During this term, year 5 have been following real PE during one of their weekly PE slots. Not only are the children developing their physical skills but they are also becoming better all round athlete by working on their social and cognitive skills, making them better team players, and developing strategies.
Alongside these lessons, we have also done gymnastics, tag rugby, hockey and kick cricket.
Year 6 PE Summer Term
This term Year 6 have been doing some cricket, they have learnt to bowl and bat. They have also played diamond cricket as a team game, which they have enjoyed. During their other lessons, they either have been doing racing, for sprint races or relay.
On Monday 4th December, 18 children from year 5 and 6 visited the UEA to compete against other schools in the area at a range of athletic events. Each member of the team completed two track (running) and two field (throwing or jumping) events. The track events included long and short distance races and two obstacle races with hurdles to go over and under.
The field events which the children took part in included: standing long jump and triple jump, vertical jump, chest push, speed bounce and javelin. By competing in each of their events each competitor won points for the school.
All of our children tried extremely hard during the day, several of our children scored maximum points after gaining the highest scores against the other children in their group. The whole team were proud of their efforts.
On Tuesday 17th October, a group of children from Toftwood Junior School took part in a non-competitive sports event at the UEA Sportspark. This event was organised to encourage children in a range different sporting events for fun.
The children arrived to the Sportspark by coach and our first event of the morning was Table Tennis. Targets were set up on the tables for the children to either hit, score goals or objects to knock down. Games were also set up between the children using different bats and sized table tennis Balls.
The second event was learning new Boxing and self-defence skills with ex-professional Boxing champion John Thaxton. Children worked in pair to attack and defend against their partner using a range of punches. Most importantly they learned about safety and control and where their new skills could be used (only in the Gym not in the playground!).
The last activity of the day was either Rugby or Boccia, the children got the opportunity to move around at a faster pace and to support each other in small groups.
All children had a fabulous day and didn’t seem too disappointed about missing English and Maths!
All the children in Year 1 and 2 were able to have some tennis coaching with a coach from the Tennis Foundation. The children had to have a go at various activities to show they had control of the tennis ball. They were taught to focus on the ball, they then had to bounce and catch the ball which progressed onto bouncing and catching with a clap in between! Next they had to control the tennis ball with a tennis racket, first by balancing it on the racket and then dribbling it around the room with the racket to guide it. All the children worked really hard to gain these new skills. They all received a certificate and an invitation to The Tennis Foundation Roadshow at Easton College Tennis Centre on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October, a free event for children aged 3-10 years.
On 11th July, 9 children from year 1 and reception took part in a Tennis Festival at the Easton Tennis Centre. We joined together with other schools in the area to take part in a range of activities designed to develop the skills needed to play tennis. The children tried balancing a ball on their racket, floor tennis, throwing and catching games, relay games, bouncing a ball with the racket, and hitting a target over the net.
Mr Mann asked the adults to decide on one member of the school team who had shown the quality of ‘Team work’. We a pupil from Year 1 as she was very aware of the younger members of her team, and helped them when they were finding something tricky.
We had a wonderful morning, and were eager to watch Wimbledon to see some of the skills we have learnt being used in a professional tennis game.
All year groups have been busy with sporting activities during our annual Sports Fortnight.
The week started off with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children enjoying a Karate Taster Session with Matthew from TKF. They learnt some of the basic rules and moves.
The week continued with Year 1 and 2 children taking part in a lively and fast moving Zumba lesson. All the children thoroughly enjoyed joining in with this activity and getting their heart beats racing through dance exercise.
Mr Mann from the Dereham and West Norwich School Sports Partnership came to give Year 1 and Year 2 children a workshop on tag rugby skills.
Preschool Team Day
The local preschools along with the children from our Nursery had their own Team Day. The children got to try lots of new activities with their grown-ups.
Our Team Day which had been postponed from the previous week due to bad weather was able to take place and we were very fortunate to have the Sports Leaders from Northgate High School to help run the activities. All the children got split into teams and had a go at 20 different multi skill activities.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children had the opportunity to try the sport of cheerleading with Miss Coombes. They watched part of a cheerleading routine, got to try some of the jumps and even had a go at stunting in groups.
A busy day to end our fortnight saw Reception and Year 1 children involved in a gymnastics session with coaches from Easton Gymnastics Club. The children played a fun warm up game, then practised and learnt the names for some gymnastic moves and finally had a go at some balancing along the benches and performing a jump at the end.
Year 1 and 2 children also had an Athletics Skills workshop with children from Neatherd High School. The children did a variety of activities to help them with the skills of running, jumping and throwing.
What a fantastic couple of weeks!
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On 6th July, 20 children from year 1 and 2 took part in a Quadkids Athletics event. They went to the UEA sports park for an athletics competition against other schools in the area. The children tried different activities; vortex throwing, standing long jump, 50m sprint and a 300 metre run.
Mr Mann asked the adults to decide on one member of the school team who had shown the quality of ‘determination’. We had chosen Morganne as she completed the 300 metre run with a massive smile on her face and she had her mind set on crossing the finish line.
Although we did not place in the top 3 of the schools participating, the children all showed great sportsmanship and congratulated the winning teams.