Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:12
On Friday 31st March 2017 Malcolm Arnold kindly hosted the second Secondary Sports Leaders Conference of the year, Abbeyfield, Kingsthorpe College, Malcolm Arnold, Northampton Academy and The Duston School all attending.
During the morning the secondary leaders were mentored by qualified and experienced coaches in one of the following sports; Multiskill, Tennis, Netball and Cricket, up skilling them to be able to confidently and competently deliver a warm and skill based activity session.
For the afternoon session 120 Year 4-6 pupils were invited from Kingsthorpe Grove, Kings Heath and Spring Lane Primary Schools to be taught by the Secondary Leaders, ensuring the leaders were able to apply and deliver what they had learnt during the morning session.
Every session that was lead by a group of leaders was outstanding - their quality of delivery, their social interaction and engagement of pupils in fun and enjoyable sessions was fantastic.
Well done to all the leaders who attend and thank again to Malcolm Arnold Academy for host the event.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:33
Healthy Schools Week is back this year and will challenge primary school children across the county to take a journey around the world.
Healthy Schools Week 2017 is a countywide opportunity for all of our primary schools to celebrate and promote children's health and wellbeing by engaging in some of our many school and home based fun activities, competitions and events. There will also be the opportunity to access a whole host of resources for you to keep and use throughout the school year. The team will be out and about during the week joined by some of our county's delegates and VIPs. We will be visiting many schools to see how they are celebrating and also seeing a selection of schools who will be showcasing their best practice in children's health and wellbeing.
The week will close at Brixworth Country Park where schools are invited to attend a free orienteering event in the beautiful surroundings of the Brixworth where they will be challenged to hunt for clues and solve different challenges.
To find out more about Healthy Schools Week 2017 and to register your school go to
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:13
On Wednesday 28th February 2017 the KS2 Goalball Level 2 Competition took place at Duston Sports Centre. The nature of the competition means that there is very little atmosphere during the games as all competitors have to remain silent to allow those playing their games to be able to hear the jiggle ball effectively. All the competitors complied without fail to our request for silence during the games - this was a remarkable achievement by all.
Again it was obvious that any of the schools had adequately prepared their pupils for the competition having given them coaching in skills development and game play. This contributed to the quality and flow of the competition.
The competition results were
1st: Weston Favell Primary School*
2nd: Queen Eleanor Primary Academy*
3rd: Boothville Primary School
*School qualify for the Level 3 Summer School Games
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:08
Monday 27th March 2017 saw the partnership's first Water Polo festival take place at Northampton School for Boys; the event was hosted and run by Northampton School for Boys and supported by Northampton Water Polo club.
The schools that participated in the Level 2 School Games Swimming Gala in December 2016 were invited to select a squad of 8 players to attend the festival.
For many of the 10 teams that participated, this was their first experience of Water Polo. The players were able to learn basic skills during the warm up and 'training session' ahead of participating in non-competitive matches.
The event was very successful, with many positive comments from players and staff alike who thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
All players received certification for their attendance and a flyer inviting them to a session at the Water Polo club.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:52
On Wednesday 29th April 2017 Brampton Heath Golf Club and Collingtree Golf Club kindly lent us their facilities to host our Year 3/4 Tri-Golf Festivals. The demand for entering this competition, this year meant we had to add in an additional competition, so we delivered three competitions on one day!
It was great to see that the majority of school participating in the competition had taken the time to prepare and allow their pupils to practice in advance of competing, as this again raised the standard and flow of the competition.
We were very grateful to the young leaders from Kingsthorpe College and Northampton School for Boys who had undertook a two hour Golf Foundation training workshop prior to officiating at both the competitions - this enabled a more consistent and fairer approach to scoring the stations within the competition.
The results for the competition are
1st: Abington Vale Primary School*
2nd: Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School*
3rd: Blackthorn Primary School
*Schools will compete at the Level 3 Summer School Games
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:25
Date: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Venue: Northampton Academy
Year 4 Participation: 18 pupils
Year 5 participation: 10 pupil
Year 6 participation: 9 pupils
Activity 1: 'Design a Game'
Teacher in Charge: Natalie
Pupils were introduced to the concept of the STEP Principle; a simple process used to aid young leaders/people to deliver simple and effective activity sessions. The pupils were split into 6 groups of 6 pupils and given an assortment of equipment – the pupils were asked to work as a team to devise a game using the equipment they had been given. There were some great games developed. The pupils were further challenged to amend their games to make them easier and harder – there were again some great ideas developed in each group.
Multi-Ability Cogs: Social, Cognitive & Creative
Activity 2: Tri-Golf or Netball
Teacher in charge: Tri-Golf: Andy Cavill & Netball: Judy Stone
Tri-Golf: Pupils were introduced to the putting and chipping strokes. The strokes were progressed through a variety of games and activities, before the pupils were split into groups and given task cards. The task cards were taken from the School Games competition format and the pupils were asked to refer to the cards and set up the equipment accordingly, and understand the rules surrounding the task. Each group had to present their station, whilst the other groups had the opportunity to compete (Team Natalie v's Team Andy). Each group did a great job setting up each station whilst the appointed leader did an exceptional job explaining the task in hand. The session was enjoyed by all. Special mention to Team Andy who won the competition 3-1!
Multi-Ability Cogs: Personal, Cognitive & Physical
Netball: The purpose of this session wasn't to just play games of netball, but to break the game down and explore the skill components of the games; footings, types of passes, defending, attacking. The session was a delivered at a really high pace and the pupils covered an awful amount in a 2 hour period. The style of delivery involved a lot of group work, taking roles in leading tasks by feeding balls and organising groups during mini tasks. One of the groups moved away from using a netball to use a Rugby ball to demonstrate that it doesn't matter what the shape of the ball is the same game principle can still be applied. Both groups worked really hard in this session and gained a lot from it. Pupils need to continue to reflect on this session and determine what other sports and activities they can now be applied to.
Multi-Ability Cogs: Physical, Cognitive, Social
Activity 3: Multi-ability Circuits & Lacrosse or Netball
Teacher in charge: Multi-abilities/Lacrosse: Steve Jones & Netball: Judy Stone
Netball: As above
Multi-abilities & Lacrosse: During the afternoon session of the Able & Talented Day, 18 pupils created their own Grand Prix Circuit Warm-Up that included a variety of exercises taken from the Create Development FUNS cards (realPE). Firstly, the children designed and laid out a 200 metre track using flat cones that incorporated a series of twists and turns to create some variety whilst moving. Then in teams of 3, they were asked to make up one of their own conditioning exercises from the 12 ABC themes-Agility, Balance & Coordination taken from realPE. This was then integrated into the GP Circuit at regular intervals around the track providing challenge to runners as the progressed around the circuit. Very little information was provided by the Instructor and the pupils were expected to use the following multi-ability skills (MA's) to fulfil the task; Creative, Cognitive, Personal and Social
Each group then demonstrated and explained the exercise to the rest of the group. It is clear that these MA skills are well developed in most of the group with some taking more leadership responsibility than others. The other half of the group would be invited to practice the GP Circuit at the end of the day.
The rest of the 2 hour session was taken up introducing the alternative sport of Lacrosse. Pupils were asked to practice passing/receiving and shooting skills before playing an adapted game. Teams were asked to consider creating space (aliens) and avoiding bunching (bananas) during the game-themes replicated throughout all 'invasion' games. The game was conditioned to ensure that most players were involved in the game but inevitably the older year groups had a distinct advantage.
Multi-Ability Cogs: Physical, Creative, Cognitive & Social
Despite the smaller numbers attending today's session, the pupils worked at very high pace throughout the day and no one could fault their determination and enthusiasm to succeed despite probably becoming quite tired by the end of the day. It is important that the pupils continue to reflect on what they learn at each session and they start to consider where else, in a sports environment, they would be able to transfer the skills they learn during the Able & Talented Multiskills sessions.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:18
The start of the term saw us meet for the Goalball pre level 2 practice session providing opportunity for our Enhanced schools to brush up on the rules and develop skills to ensure they were confident ahead of the Level 2 School Games competition later in the term.
It was great to see all your children embracing the game with such enthusiasm. The session was action packed finishing in an exciting round of games with even the staff trying their hand at the game. As time was not on our side we never had the chance to announce a Shining Star; this went to Caitlyn of Blackthorn who displayed wonderful enthusiasm in practice and it was great to see her performing so well in the Level 2 competition. Well done Caitlyn.
With a little luck on our side the weather was kind and allowed us to host the cluster Year 3 Multi-Sports Festival at Northampton Academy. It was an excellent turn out by you all and we were particularly pleased to see all our schools embrace the inclusive flavour these events provide helping to enable more of your children to be active.
Our next cluster event will be the Quicksticks Hockey practice session on Wednesday 19th April at Northampton Academy.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:02
This term has seen the start of our Young Leader Review sessions. I have had the pleasure of going into some of our primary schools to see the amazing work the Young Leaders are doing. It has been brilliant to see how they have risen to the challenge. Most of the schools have really well organised daily schedules displayed around the school, with different students leading activities every lunchtime. In addition to playground activities, the leaders have also been promoting competition within their schools by supporting staff with Level 1 competitions. Some of the leaders have even been running assemblies to promote their events, and taking on media roles by photographing and reporting on sports events. Keep up the good work!
In February we held a pre-level 2 Archery Practice session at Kingsthorpe College ahead of the upcoming Level 2 competitions. Many of the pupils who came along had never tried archery before so it was a great introduction to the sport. They took part in 4 different archery activity stations throughout the morning. The children had a brilliant time and some of the teachers even gave it a try!
We held our annual Cluster Cross-Country competition on 27th February. We had nearly 200 children from Years 4-6 competing at Kingsthorpe College. In true cross-country style, it rained throughout the event but this didn't dampen our spirits! There were some amazing performances in all the races. All the results were totally up at the end and I am delighted to announce that All Saints Primary School won. It was a privilege to go into their school assembly to present the trophy.
Year 3 pupils from Barry, Bridgewater, All Saints and Parklands came to Kingsthorpe College for a Multi-Sport Festival on 14th March. The pupils took part in 4 different activities that were organised and run by Year 7/8 students from the Kingsthorpe College Young Leaders Development Squad. We were also lucky enough to have Amy Thomason running some cheerleading taster sessions for the primary pupils to take part in.
It has been a really busy term for our cluster and next term is set to be similar! We are already planning a Year 2 Multi-Sport Festival, an athletics practice session and more young leaders training opportunities.
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:50
On Tuesday 21st April, the Duston Sports Centre hosted the Year 4/5 Inclusive Arrows Archery Competition. Yet again we can boast a record number of school participating in the Year 4/5 Inclusive Arrows competition with 14 schools participating over two competitions. The quality of the competition was of an exceptional level, and very evident that schools are really embedding this sport within the school programme, and offering young people the opportunity to prepare adequately for the competition. Young Leaders from Northgate School Arts College who earlier in the year has undertaken some Arrows Leaders training ensured the competition flowed and was officiated at the highest level ensuring the best placed schools progress to the Level 3 Summer School Games;
1st: Kingsthorpe College Primary School
2nd: Boothville Primary School
3rd: Queen Eleanor Primary Academy
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:25
Rosalyne Peet, head teacher at Brackley Junior school shares her story with us, the letter she has written to the parents of her students and the early days of her blog whilst training for the near 33mile walk.
Mrs Peet's Sponsored Walk to Work Day – Friday 21st April 2017
As a school we are dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy food and eating. As you will be aware, Northamptonshire County Council has targeted us for the 'Healthy School Programme' and through this scheme we are investigating a range of initiatives that include a proactive approach to the health and wellbeing of all of our community.
In keeping with the theme, I have decided to take part in a sponsored walk to work which will take place between the national 'Walk to Work Day' (7th April) and the 'Walk to School Week' (15th – 19th May).
Some of you may know that I live in Rugby, a distance of 32.6 miles by car. I am hoping that this can be reduced to approximately 28 miles by following a more direct route. Nevertheless, this being quite an undertaking, I am hoping that you will enter into the spirit of it by sponsoring me, rather than joining me (although you are of course welcome. I shall be leaving Rugby at 4.30am!)
Thankfully, our school governor, Mr Hiley, who is an experienced walker will accompany me on the day to keep me on the right route. My aim is to arrive at school before the end of the day so that the children can see me having completed the walk and, if I am still in control of my faculties, I plan to deliver a short assembly.
All money raised will go directly in the School Fund and we are currently exploring ideas to improve our outdoor space. You can donate 2 ways:
Please give generously and wish me luck - I think that I am going to need it!
Take a look at Rosalyne's blog so far:
Tuesday 7th March :-
I have woken up to the realisation that I have agreed to do a sponsored walk to work! I live 32.6 miles from work! It takes 50 minutes in the car. How long will it take walking? Oh boy – I better start training.
Thursday 9th March – Tonight would seem to be the perfect night to start training – I am off to the hairdresser's by foot. My first 3 miles!
Saturday 11th March – I have convinced my husband to join me on a walk today. 3.5 miles along the Great Central Railway. Don't panic it is disused.
Sunday 12th March – Woke up to glorious sunshine. Off to my next training session. 5.2 miles walk (8.5 km) around Draycote Water in the company of my husband again. Peet family motto – 1 in all in!
Monday 13th March – Unfortunately I arrive home after dark so the walking is restricted to paths that are lit. Another 5.2 miles (8.5 km).
Tuesday 14th March – No Training tonight but I am visiting my sports therapist (Cat) – an integral part to being able to achieve this challenge. Unfortunately, I am carrying two injuries at the moment – A ruptured Achilles Tendon for which I had a procedure for over the Christmas Period and a back injury. 1 ½ hours later and I am ready to face the week ahead.
Wednesday 15th March – Only a 3 mile walk tonight – I am still recovering from last night's treatment.
Thursday 16th March – My sister invites me to dinner – She lives 5 miles way, perfect training distance and Chinese is on the dinner table. Great incentive.
Saturday 18th March – Another perfect day for walking. 10.00am my husband and I arrive at Draycote Water for our next training session. Today's aim is to walk around twice. 10.5 miles (17.7 km)! The first lap was in the company of my husband but he drops out as I start the second lap. The second lap was in the company of Aaron Copland (#Appalachian Spring #Rodeo #Billy the Kid). I manage it faster with him as my companion!
Sunday 19th March – Feeling like a change of scenery today – Off to Pitsford Reservoir. It is really windy today and I desperately want to join the sailors but I have to keep walking! My husband is with me again but 3.7 miles (6 km) in and he has to stop. I have finally exhausted him – I have a sneaky feeling he spotted the ice-cream van. Unfortunately, it is a circular route so someone has to continue on for another 5.4 miles (8.7 Km). There better be an ice-cream at the end for me!
We hope to bring you more updates next month. In the meantime, if you want to support Rosalyne, the details of her fundraising are above. And if your school or workplace want to get involved in a similar scheme, don't hesitate to get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org