Spring 1 2020 – Sports Hall Athletics

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.

Autumn 2 2019 – Christmas Dance Festival

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! The 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!

Girls Football Thursday 14th November

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 February!

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!

Well done girls!

Autumn 2 2019 – Year 5 and 6 Indoor Athletics

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!

Autumn 2 2019 – KS2 Cross Country

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!

KS1 Cross Country Festival October 2019

Autumn Term 2019

On the 29th October, 16 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 13th 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. One of the year 2 girls came 6th, which was amazing! The children were great at cheering on their friends and representing our Federation. Everyone managed to complete the course and showed great perseverance. The children really enjoyed the challenge and were determined to finish. They couldn’t wait to get back to school and share all the information with their classes. Well done KS1!

Tag Rugby Tournament 3rd October 2019

Year 6 enjoyed taking part in a Tag Rugby Tournament at Norwich RFC. In the morning, we drew 2 games and lost just one. We gained more skills through taking part and observing other teams. We had an amazing win in the afternoon!

Our reserve players were keen to cheer on and support the players, between games. T-O-F-T-W-O-O-D….Toftwood!

Our theme for the day was “respect”, which all of our team members were able to demonstrate, easily; however, after a lot of deliberation, the team were able to nominate their chosen player.

Autumn 1 2019 Active Kids Festival

On Thursday 26th September 2019, a selection of children from Years 2, 3 and 4 attended the Active Kids Festival held at Taverham High School, which was run by the West Norfolk and Dereham School Sports Partnership.

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 participated in 8 different activities including ‘Overthrow’, where the children had to pass a ball over a high net, either by throwing, hitting or kicking it and trying to score a goal into the opponent’s net, ‘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, ‘Jack High’, where they loved playing with an oversized football, having to roll it over their own line from the middle of the pitch and ‘Slalom Relays’ weaving in and out of cones, throwing balls in a hoop, skipping and dribbling a ball and scoring a goal.

The children encouraged each other, played extremely well, had a fabulous time and worked really well as a team. Well done to everyone!

Key Stage 2 Dodgeball Tournament at UEA Sportspark

On Wednesday the 3rd July, Toftwood Federation participated in a fun, thrilling Dodgeball tournament. When we arrived, we were very surprised and nervous at the amount of teams there were, even though we had been practising beforehand.

In the morning, we played against Hockering and Garvestone Primary School. Then we stopped for our lunch break. In the afternoon, we played against Costessy Junior, St Peters and Reepham.

We were proud that we played fairly against the other teams who showed great sportsmanship. Everybody enjoyed the Dodgeball tournament.

Ms Brown and Dr Francis were really impressed by the fantastic sportsmanship all our players shoed during the Tournament. They were extremely competitive and really wanted to win their games but, even when they were beaten by more skilful opponents, they still showed resect to everyone including the referees. As “respect” was the sporting value being looked for during this event, all the children were awarded with a special certificate – well done all of you!

Key Stage 1 Athletics Festival

On Monday 24th June 10 Year 1 children went to Hellesdon High School to represent the federation at an Athletics Festival. The children had a go at practising their running jumping and throwing skills as they took part in 7 different activities. Despite the heat all children gave 100% effort and listened very carefully to the High School Sports Leaders who gave the instructions. The children took part in a 40 metre sprint, a 300 metre run and practised their throwing using special shot balls designed for use in Key Stage 1. They also learnt how to throw a discus by practising with hoops and then moving on to rubber discs before trying the long jump and learning the basics of high jump.