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!

Cross Country Competition 1st November 2018

23 children put their waterproofs on and braved a day of cross country in the pouring rain! To prepare for our trip we practised running longer distances around our school field, although nothing could prepare us for the wet and horrible weather when we arrived!

Every single child showed a fantastic attitude and were excellent role models throughout the day. We were so proud to have them representing our school. We had lots of trips and falls along the way and each child stopped to check other people were OK and they offered encouragement throughout. They were all very supportive of each other and proud of each other.

We always strive to achieve our best, but this trip has taught us the importance of resilience, perseverance, determination and a positive attitude!

Adapted Sports Day October 2018

On Tuesday, 16th October 2018, a total of 15 boys and girls attended the Adapted Sports Day at the UEA Sportspark. There was a total of seven different activities which the children tried in rotation, in a non-competitive way and in a fun environment. These included boxing, tennis, table cricket, karate, rugby, dodgeball and table tennis. Sports were adapted to enable the children to participate inclusively, regardless of their ability. They all agreed that the best fun activities were karate and dodgeball. Overall, a great day was had by all!

Tag Rugby Tournament 4th October 2018

On the 4th October, 12 pupils from years 4-6 entered in to a West Norwich and Dereham Schools Partnership Tag Rugby Tournament. Sports Leaders from Northgate High School led activities to build up our skills, such as passing the ball correctly, catching tags and dodging our opponents.

We entered mini challenges with another school to develop our intercepting and passing of the ball. Which team could keep the ball for the most numbers of passes? We soon learnt to intercept the ball and look for the easiest team member to pass to whilst moving the ball forward. Next we were shown how to score a try.

The afternoon was spent competing against other schools in 8 minute matches.

Our team showed that they listened well and were quick and eager to learn and develop new skills.  They were a credit to our school, demonstrating great all-round sportsmanship.

Toftwood Infant School Tennis Festival

Summer 2 2018

On Tuesday, 10th July, 10 children from our Reception classes took part in a Tennis Festival at the Easton Tennis Centre.

The children worked together with children from other schools in the area to take part in a range of activities designed to develop the skills needed to play tennis. During the day children tried balancing a ball on their racket, playing floor tennis, took part in various throwing and catching games, completed relay games, had a go at bouncing a ball with a racket, and hitting a target. Some of these activities were quite tricky but the children all worked hard and had a fantastic time.

One member of the school team was then praised for showing excellent determination in their work.

KS1 World Cup Football Festival

On Tuesday 26th June, children from year 1 and 2 went to Bowthorpe Football Development Centre to represent our federation in a football festival. It started with the children completing different activities including practicing their passing and dribbling skills. Later on in the morning, the children played some friendly matches against other schools in a mini tournament.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed being outside and active. For many children it was their first time playing football and they really enjoyed the sessions and giving it a go. They worked hard on the skill activities and this meant that they were able to apply their skills during the games.

Well done to everyone that took part!

Year 5 and 6 Kwik Cricket competitions – Summer 2 2018

On the 12th and 14th of June, 8 Year 5-6 boys and 8 Year 5-6 girls took part in the West Norfolk and Dereham (School Sports Partnership) Kwik Cricket Competition.

On Tuesday morning, the boys played against Saint Augustine’s and Saint Peter’s. Each team won one game so Mr Mann had to calculate the score based on how runs were scored. Toftwood came 3rd with a very impressive total of 488 points!

In the second part of the afternoon, Toftwood played against Scarning and Thomas Bullock and won both games.

Throughout the day, Miss Parsons noticed a great improvement in the fielding ability of three of our boys.  Congratulations to all the boys who represented our federation and for coming 7th.

On Thursday, it was the girls turn to take part in the competition. In the morning, the girls played against Reepham, Saint Peter’s and Costessey B team.

As the day progressed, the fielding and bowling ability improved and some of the opposing team were caught out.

Toftwood had a rematch against Costessey B to decide who was to come 6th place. With an incredible amount of determination and skill, Toftwood won by catching their opponents out and scoring multiple ‘4s’.

“Our captain was really a good at supporting us as at team captain. Today was an amazing experience and I loved it! ”

”The day was exciting and fun.  The other teams were very supportive towards us. Although we came 6th, we all tried our best and worked hard as a team” ”It was really enjoyable to spend the day doing something we love.”

Congratulations to all of our girls for amazing effort and superb sportsmanship.

Key Stage 1 Outdoor Adventure Activity Morning – May 2018

On Tuesday 22nd May a group of children from Year 1 and Year 2 at Toftwood Infant School took part in an Outdoor Adventure activity morning at Taverham High School. The children thoroughly enjoyed working with children from different schools in Norfolk and represented the school very well.

The children had to work in teams to solve problems and complete a range of outdoor adventure activities such as orienteering. During the morning the children were able to develop their skills of being a good team member and various PE skills as they were coached by Sport Leaders from Taverham High School.

The children had a fantastic day!


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