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.

Kwik Cricket competition June 2019

On the 4th of June, 8 girls, along with Mrs Bond and Miss Parsons, took part in the West Norfolk and Dereham school partnership kwik cricket competition at Great Witchingham cricket club.

There were 7 schools who took part in the large school tournament and the girls played really well against 3 other schools in their group. The girls won 2 out of their 3 games which meant they were in joint 3rd place.

In the afternoon, they competed against Saint Augustine’s to secure 3rd place. Unfortunately, due to the weather, the game had to be postponed and the afternoon came to a close.  Despite the wet weather, it was a great day out where the girls showed great sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the sport.

Trigolf Competition – May 2019

On Friday 3rd May, a selection of children from the Infant and Junior School Federation attended a Tri-Golf competition at Taverham Primary.

The children took part in a carousel of activities related around the skills of golf. The activities required them to consider the power of their swing in order to hit a target and alter this depending on their club. The children competed against other Infant or Junior teams to score as many points as they could.

It was a great day and the children’s behaviour was exemplary. One child said that ‘it was an amazing day and he really wanted to go to a golf club out of school!’ As a federation, we showed the sports partnership values and Toby in KM3 and Daniel in Mrs Thompson’s class won the team “Passion” Value for the day. The Infant school team came second overall!

Well done to all of the children who attended this sports event.

Kwik Cricket Tournament May 2019

On Thursday 23rd May, a group of 9 boys, along with Mrs Hughes and Mrs Brown, took part in West Norfolk and Dereham school partnership kwik cricket tournament at Great Witchingham cricket club.

There were 14 schools and the boys played really well against the 3 other schools in their group in the morning. Although they didn’t win their matches, the scores were very close, losing by only 2 or 3 points each time.

In the afternoon, they won their match by 257 points to 224. It was a great day, and all the boys were a credit to the school in their sporting attitude and general behaviour.

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!