Mini Tennis Tournament – Summer 1 2019

On Tuesday, 30th April, 8 children from Year 4 took part in the West Norwich and Dereham School Sport Partnership Mini Tennis Tournament. The event was held at Easton College’s fantastic tennis centre with 8 local schools taking part. It was very exciting and a bit scary when we arrived to see so many players ready to take part in the competition.

We were split into two teams of four players and played LOTS of games. At the beginning, it felt a bit tricky but, the more we played, the more confident and successful we were. In the morning, each player had to take part in three different matches to score points for their team. Some games were easy but some were a real challenge and we all needed to show our resilience when things didn’t go as well as we wanted. Everyone tried their hardest for the team and we all won at least one of our matches – wow!

In the afternoon, we played another set of matches against different opponents and by this time we knew exactly what we needed to do were playing really well. We didn’t win the competition but did have a great time and our tennis really improved throughout the day – some of our players managed to win every one of their matches – amazing!

By the time we returned to school, we were all very tired but had a great experience representing our school. At this event, there the organisers were looking out for the games value of ‘RESPECT’ and all of our players were awarded with a special certificate because of the respect they showed to the match officials and other players throughout the day – well done to everyone.

Football Event Spring 2 2019

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.

Cross Country Festival

Spring Term 2019

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.

Touch Rugby Festival 5th March 2019

On the 5th March, 10 pupils from years 1 and 2 entered in to a West Norwich and Dereham School Sport Partnership Touch Rugby Festival. Sports Leaders from local High Schools led activities to build up our skills, such as passing the ball correctly, using all of the space and touching our opponents shoulder to show they had been tagged.

We spent the rest of the morning applying these skills and competing against other schools in 7 minute matches. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, were a credit to our Federation and demonstrated great all-round sportsmanship.

WNDSSP 2019 Dance Show!

On Wednesday 27th of February, 15 children had the amazing opportunity to take part in the WNDSSP Dance show at the OPEN Norwich. The show is put together of different school ages and groups performing dances they have practised at school. The theme of this year’s show was ‘Music from the Movies’ and our children performed a dance to ‘better when I’m dancing’ from the Peanuts Movie. There was two live performances to big audiences (550 people attended the 7pm show!) and a chance to practice on the stage with music and lights in the morning. The children all took this long day in their stride and were very excited by the whole day!

The group of 15 children from Toftwood Infant were the youngest group in the show and we were all blown away with their confident performance and how much fun they all had. They were an excellent audience for the other groups, cheering them on and so proud and excited themselves when it was there to dance. It was a great opportunity for the children to feel like real stars on the big stage up in lights – and they definitely looked like stars dancing up there!

The children had worked hard at lunchtimes on the dance routine since spring 1 term and we are so proud of what they achieved. Their excellent behaviour was commented on by other schools and professionals there, as well as how much fun the children all had up on stage. We are so proud of all the children who took part and know they had the best time performing on the big stage to the live audiences! Well done again everyone, you were fabulous!

Toftwood Federation Sports Fortnight

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.

If your child is interested in trying Karate contact: TKF


Hoola Hooping

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.

If your child is interested in trying cheerleading contact: East Coast Emeralds


Team Day

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.

KS1 Gymnastics Festival

On Wednesday 6th 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 opportunity to take part in activities on the beam, bars, rings and trampoline. Some of these activities were new to the children but they were very brave and tried their best!

Well done to everyone that took part!

Junior School Swimming Gala

On Monday 3rd December, 23 boys and girls from across the Junior school attended a Swimming Gala at Dereham Leisure Centre.

When we arrived at the Leisure Centre, we got changed and found our special area to wait for our races. There were 11 other schools competing, with lots of children at different stages in their swimming lessons. Even though it was a competition, we still made sure we cheered everyone on and encouraged everyone to take part.

We all sat behind our school’s sign and waited for instructions. Before the races started, we had to make sure we were all really quiet so that the umpire could check all the swimmers were starting correctly.

The races were all organised in categories, which were front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke. All the children did exceptionally well and tried their very hardest, but because we were in the first ‘heat’ rounds, we wouldn’t know if we would win or not in any races until the end of the day.

Special mentions from the day go to Olivia, who came first in her heat for the breast stroke. Anastasia was overall winner for the front crawl and Lois and Oliver were fantastic runners up for the backstroke. As well as this, all of the children should be commended for their determination and perseverance. It was absolutely fantastic to see the support and encouragement they were giving each other, especially as this was some of our younger participants first swimming Gala.

Miss Skinner, Mrs Sugarman and Mrs King were incredibly proud to take such responsible, keen and encouraging children to be ambassadors of our school. We are already looking forward to next year!

KS1 Football Festival – November 2018

On Tuesday 27th November, children from year 1 and 2 went to the Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe to represent our federation in a Football Festival. The event started with the children demonstrating their football skills in several different activities that were organised by Dereham Education and Soccer Academy. The children worked really hard and showed their passing and dribbling skills. Later on in the morning, the children also worked as a team and played some friendly matches against other schools in a mini tournament.

All of the children thoroughly enjoyed being outside, active and developing their football skills. For many, it was their first time playing in a football match and they really enjoyed the different activities and trying new things. All of the children worked hard in the skill focus activities and this meant they were able to apply these skills during the matches. All of the children worked really well as team and were a credit to the federation.

Well done to everyone that took part!

Year 3/4 School Games Sportshall Athletics

On Monday 19th November 2018, a total of 17 boys and girls attended the year 3/4 School Games Sportshall Athletics at the UEA Sportspark, where around 200 children took part. 12 teams competed in a total of 12 field and track events. These included the obstacle relay, relay, under/over relay and field events including chest push, standing long jump, vertical jump and soft javelin.

The afternoon was a very noisy affair where the children had a wonderful time competing and cheering on their team mates. Toftwood Junior were the very proud winners of the WNDSSP Team of the Day. They were chosen by the other schools for showing great sportsmanship.  Well done Toftwood!

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