KS1 Cross Country April 2018

On Thursday 19th April, 15 pupils from Years 1 and 2, went to the West Norwich and Dereham Schools Partnership, KS1 Cross Country Competition. The children had attended a club at school to understand what a cross country competition would be like too. The children enjoyed their day at Taverham High School and did their very best at the competition. There were 4 races; Year 1 girls, Year 1 boys, Year 2 girls and Year 2 boys.

The children said that they really liked the trip and Lily was given a certificate and sticker for ‘determination’ as she lost her shoe at the very beginning but that did not stop her!

Well done to all of the children who competed!

As a group we came 11th out of 26 teams!

Dance Show

In February a group of children from the Infant School took part in the Sports’ Partnership dance show, showcasing a dance to the song ‘Get back up again’ from the film Trolls. Our song choice was inspired by what we have been learning about resilience and never giving up in our PATHS lessons.

The children practised the dance over the course of a few weeks at lunchtimes and in the afternoons with Mrs Ponder and Miss McTavish. It was fantastic to see the children working as a team to practise and just as our song had been inspired by never giving up, the children always bounced back after any difficulties when practising.

When the day came of the show the children made us all so proud as they were so excellently behaved! It was a long day at OPEN Norwich and they children had a chance to practise on the stage with the lights before their two performances, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

We are so proud of the all children that took part and hope they enjoyed the new and exciting experience. The performances were both amazing and the children remembered all their moves brilliantly. It has even inspired some of the children to go to dance lessons outside of school, as none of the children had any dance training before the event.

Cross Country Finals March 2018

On Wednesday 7th March, our team of 4 cross country finalists attended the Norfolk School Games’ Cross Country competition at the new venue, Holkham Hall. We had four runners from the Junior School, who all ran representing West Norfolk and Dereham SSP (School Sports Partnership) as well as representing our federation. After arriving in the drizzly rain, we walked the course to help familiarise us with the route ready for our races.

The distances were as follows:

Year 3 boys and girls – 1000m                      Year 4 boys and girls -1200m

Year 5 boys and girls – 1400m                      Year 6 boys and girls – 1600m

Finishing places were:

Year 4 27th

Year 5 42nd

Year 5 48th

Year 6 58th

Congratulations to our runners, with around 90 schools taking part and an average of 80 children in each race, these results are something to be proud of! Everybody conducted themselves brilliantly and proved to have great sportsmanship by cheering their fellow team mates on in their races.

Gymnastics Competition Wednesday 7th February 2018

On Wednesday, 7th February a group of children from Year 2 took part in a Gymnastics Competition at Easton Gymnastics Club. The children had the opportunity to work with the Sports Leaders from Taverham High School and coaches from Easton Gymnastics Club during the session and were great ambassadors for the school.

During the morning, the children had the chance to practice their routine that they had been learning at a lunchtime club at school, on the sprung floor. The children remembered the routine well and delivered an excellent performance. They also had a go on the beam, bars and rings before performing a vault element for the event judges.

Well done to everyone that took part!

Sportshall Athletics

On Friday 26th January, 12 children from year 1 and year 2 at Toftwood Infant School took part in the West Norwich & Dereham Key Stage 1 Sports Hall athletics competition at Taverham High School. This is part of the school’s commitment to offer a range of sporting activities, encouraging active participation and encouraging children to try new sports that they may wish to purse in the future.

The festival had 7 different athletics based activities for the children to try, where they practised skills of throwing, catching, running and jumping. Each school was partnered with another school so the children could make new friends and work together as a team with different children.

The children had a great afternoon trying the athletics activities some which they had had a go at before and some which were completely new. They all tried their very best and were great ambassadors for the school.

Sports’ Activity Day KS1

On Wednesday 22nd November three pupils attended a Sports Festival at Easton Tennis Centre organised by the West Norwich and Dereham Schools Sport Partnership.  The children had eight different activities to compete in during the day, including tennis skills, rugby-style kicking skills, and a variety of running, dodging and team games.

They had a great day.  “It was AMAZING!” they said.  One child earned a special award certificate and sticker for “Determination”, and all three were awarded a certificate of participation in Celebration Assembly.  A very well done to the children for joining in with every single activity!

Tag Rugby Competition

On Thursday 16th November, 10 pupils from Years 4-6, entered into the West Norwich and Dereham Schools Partnership, Tag Rugby Tournament. The morning was focused on drills and tactics, run by pupils from the local high school. The afternoon was then spent competing against other schools in 8 minute matches.

Our competitors showed excellent sporting qualities, cheering each other on, motivating one another and working as a team. They were courteous to all and listened well to instructions. They played 6 matches against some tough competition and although didn’t win them all, showed determination and team spirit through-out.

They did themselves proud, and all agreed they had a great day and hope to improve upon their skills next year.


Active Kids Festival

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Some Year 2 children had the chance to be involved with the Active Kids Festival held at Easton Tennis Centre. They were very excited to see what activities they would be participating in. Young Leaders from Taverham High School were there to run the activities supported by staff from the West Norwich and Dereham School Sports Partnership. The children had the opportunity to play 7 different fun and active games. From ‘Not in my back Yard’, a game which had the children racing against each other to throw all the beanbags and balls out of their area, to ‘Run for it’, where one child had to travel around the circle as an animal while a ball was being passed around and beat it back to base. The Year 2 children had a fabulous time and worked really well as a team. Well done!

Sports Fortnight – 26th June – 7th July 2017


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.

Tag Rugby

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.

Team Day

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!

If your child is interested in joining a Cheerleading, Gymnastics, or Karate club, details and contacts are listed below.

Cheerleading – East Coast Emeralds www.eastcoastemeralds.co.uk
email: eastcoastemeralds@hotmail.co.uk

Karate – TKF www.karatefitness.co.uk
email: office@karatefitness.co.uk

Gymnastics – Easton Gymnastics Club www.thegym4u.co.uk
email: enquiries@thegym4u.co.uk


Key Stage 1 Cross Country Competition

On Thursday 9th March, 32 children from year 1 and year 2 at Toftwood Infant School took part in the West Norwich & Dereham School Sport Partnership Key Stage 1 Cross Country event at Taverham High School.   This is part of the school’s commitment to offer a range of sporting activities for the children to participate in, and to encourage them to try new sports that they may wish to pursue in the future.

The children were organised into teams for the event.  The Year 1 girls and Year 1 boys each had their own race and completed 600m.  The Year 2 girls and Year 2 boys each ran 800m.

The children were excited to run the races, and all of them completed their courses – some with a little encouragement!  Everyone got a number showing their place, and medals were awarded for the first, second and third places in each race.  Nearly 70 children took part in each race from the participating schools.  We achieved 3rd in the Year 1 girls’ race, and 5th in the Year 1 boys’ race, narrowly missing out on a medal in that one.  All of the children ran well, and participated with enthusiasm and showed great sportsmanship! We are very proud of them all.

A fantastic effort from all the children for taking part so enthusiastically!

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