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Level 2 KS2 Goalball Competition

Mon, 30 May 2016 19:57

On Wednesday 4th May 2016 the KS2 Inclusive Goalball Competition took place at Danes Camp Leisure Centre.

This competition is like no other competition the Partnership organises...due to the nature of the competition (participants needing to listen to a bell inside a ball) there is no cheering or noise other than that made by the court officials. Every school adhered to this rule and the quality and standard of the competition of a very high level. a special mention to Lings Primary for their slickness and team work during every day...it was very impressive!


1st: Lings Primary School*

2nd: Queen Eleanor Primary School*

3rd: Earl Spencer Primary School

*Schools qualify for the Level 3 School Games

Level 2 Year 5/6 Quadkids Athletics Competition

Mon, 30 May 2016 19:39

Oh what a day...despite the weather forecast we decided to continue to run the Year 5/6 Quadkids Athletics Competition on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at Kettering Athletics Track. As we set up the morning competition in attire more common with our Cross Country event (wellies and waterproofs) we did wonder whether we had made the right decision. Having briefed the participants in the clubhouse all the participants embarked onto the athletics track for the competition to start. In no way did the weather dampen the spirits of the staff and participants which was amazing throughout the competition, nor did it hamper the superb performances of many participants (think they worked extra hard to get out of the rain!).

Having put the morning results into the car to try and dry out, we prepared for the second competition of the day, thankfully with the rain having eased. There were again some amazing performances from the afternoon participants - we really do have some very talented young athletes in Northampton.

With all intentions of combining the morning and afternoon results, and taking through our two highest placed schools to the Level 3 School Games, this was just not possible as unfortunately the ink was washed away from the Girls 600m morning race. So we decided that the best placed morning and afternoon schools should progress.

A HUGE thank you to all the staff who undertook officiating roles throughout the competition...without you we could not have ran the competition.

The results were;

Morning Competition

1st: Millway Primary School*

2nd: The Good Shepherd Primary School

3rd: East Hunsbury Primary School

Afternoon Competition

1st: Cedar Road Primary*

2nd: Queen Eleanor Primary

3rd: Delapre Primary School

*Schools qualify for the Level 3 School Games

Malcolm Arnold Academy cluster update...Term 5

Mon, 30 May 2016 19:24

This term was a quiet term within the MAA Cluster with most schools opting to enter minimal competitions and concentrate on their SATS. As much as we value the importance of School Sport and Physical Activity we are aware of the students' academic needs as well. I wish all the MAA Cluster all the best with their results and hope your students demonstrated their determination and resilience that they continually show in their Sport performances.

Whilst our cluster had an academic focus, the new MAA Leadership Team was selected. All applicants had to complete an application for and justify what they would bring to the role, the experience they already have, and the benefits they think they will receive.

I am pleased to announce our new Leadership Team looks promising, with a large number of talented athletes who will be working with the Cluster over the next year. Our Girls have recently been trained as High 5 Umpires and will be hosting our next training event in preparation for the Level 2 Competition, where they will undertake Umpiring roles at the competition. Our boys have been waiting patiently for their first sporting event and we are hoping to deliver a cricket CPD for them during term 6 so we can offer another sporting opportunity to you all.

Lauren Price, SSCo

NPAT cluster update...Term 5

Mon, 30 May 2016 19:21

The Young Leaders across our cluster have been hard at work this half term. With my lunchtime observations in full swing, I have had the opportunity to witness some outstanding leadership, from excellent leader organisation at Lings Primary, superb planning at Abington Vale Primary, phenomenal amounts of children engaged at Weston Favell Primary and creative/engaging activities at Ecton Brook Primary. It truly has been such a pleasure to visit all your schools and see the impact your committed Young Leaders are having!

This half term has also seen the pre-Level 2 Kwik cricket practice festivals, with attendance across our cluster excellent as always. It was fantastic to witness the schools and staff arriving with squads, working hard together not only as school teams but also to offer advice and tips to other schools too- with a view to 'raising everyones game' at the Level 2 competition. This obviously did the job Weston Favell Primary winning one of the tournaments, and progressing to represent the town at the upcoming Level 3 School Games - Good Luck Weston Favell!

Emily Carter-Morris, SSCo

Northampton Academy Cluster update...Term 5

Mon, 30 May 2016 19:15

It's been another busy term for the Northampton Academy Cluster.

Some of the Northampton Academy 6th Form Leaders helped to deliver a Level 2 Year 5/6 Open Kwik Cricket practice session for pupils within in our cluster. The pupils were able to devise and practice team tactics during the games that they played. I must say that I was so impressed with the positive attitudes, enthusiasm and motivation that all pupils displayed. It would be fantastic if one of our schools get through to the level 3 school games competition next term. Good luck to all pupils who attend!!

Another pre-level 2 practice session which took place, was the Year 5/6 Girls Kwik Cricket. The feedback was great stating that the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the practice and played extremely well. That competition was played this term and I am sure the practice session helped them hugely.

The cluster has also been involved in some Level 2 competitions this term, one such event was the Level 2 Tri-Golf competition where pupils showed determination and dedication. A special mention to Boothville Primary who played really well as a team and demonstrated the school games values. Well done to those pupils that took part!!

We also had the Level 2 Year 5/6 QuadKids competition, this was held in horrific weather conditions but this did not stop pupils from performing extremely well and enjoying themselves. Several pupils from our cluster achieved excellent results, they should all be really proud!!

We have more exciting plans for next term including the re-arranged Year 3 Multisport Festival ran by the Northampton Academy Sports Leaders and a Change4Life festival which will be held at Boothville Primary for the first time, I am very much looking forward to seeing pupils get together from our cluster.

Hannah Henry, SSCo

Kingsthorpe College Cluster update...Term 5

Mon, 30 May 2016 19:11

On Thursday 28th April our cluster organised a cricket training session in preparation for the upcoming Level 2 Kwik Cricket competitions. We were lucky enough to get two specialist coaches to come along from Northants County Cricket Club. They came along to All Saints Primary and ran a brilliant session that mainly focused on fielding skills such as catching and bowling. The year 5/6 girls and boys absolutely loved the session and showed real improvement by the end.

Later in the term Kingsthorpe College hosted the Enhanced Schools Year 3/4 Quadkids Athletics Festival which had over 100 children taking part. A group of Year 7/8 Young Leaders from the Kingsthorpe College 'Young Leader Development Squad' helped run the events on the day. The leaders did an amazing job of organising the children, explaining each of the events and encouraging all the children. Overall the event was a huge success and we saw some amazing performances from the year 3/4 children.

Alex Bennett, SSCo

Crick through to School Games Level 2 Tennis Finals

Wed, 18 May 2016 15:14

The Daventry North Cluster Mini-Red Tennis competition took place on Tuesday 17th May at West Haddon Tennis Club with only two teams competing for a place at the next round on Wednesday 8th June.

The mini-competition saw teams from Guilsborough and crick compete in four single matches with the team with the most wins taking home the title and the place at the next round. Each match was timed to 5 minutes.

The first singles match saw Finn (Crick) take on Benjamin (Guilsborough) which Finn won for Crick with an 8-5 scoreline. The second match saw Jake (Crick) compete against Joshua (Guilsborough) which Jake won 9-5. Annabel (Guilsborough) won the third singles match 12-3 against Connie (Crick) to set up a 4th match decider.

A Guilsborough win from Isabella by any scoreline would have secured them overall victory. However, a strong performance from Hermione resulted in a 10-2 victory for Crick which gave them the overall victory 3 matches to 1.

Crick will now progress to the School Games Level 2 Mini-Red Tennis Finals at Roade Tennis Club on Wednesday 8th June where they will compete against the eight other cluster winners from around South Northants and Daventry. The SSP would like to thanks both the children, staff and spectating parents for supporting the event and we wish Crick good luck at the next round.

Over 100 children take part in School Games Gymnastics

Tue, 17 May 2016 11:58

Over 100 children from primary schools across South Northants and Daventry took part in the School Games Level 2 Gymnastics Finals at Danes Camp on Monday 16th May with plenty of medals handed out across the three competitions.

Supported by Amethyst Gymnastics Club, the event saw teams compete in separate Year 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 competitions with two places on offer in each competition to progress to the next round. There were also individual prizes on offer for the children with the highest scores in the Vault, Floor, Body Management and All-Round.

In the Year 1/2 competition, 8 teams from Preston Hedges, Ashby Fields, CCS, Kislingbury, Sywell, Newbottle and Charlton, St James Infants and The Bramptons competed each fo the three rotations. Once all the scores were collected, it was Preston Hedges who took 1st place with a total of 76.2pts with Ashby Fields in 2nd with 73.9pts. The star of the show was Preston Hedges Isobel Scott, who collected 5 medals, achieving the highest individual scores at each rotation as well as her Team winning medal!

The Year 5/6 competition also saw 8 teams competing with children from Brixworth, Ashby Fields, Kislingbury, CCS, Sywell, Deanshanger, Preston Hedges and East Haddon taking part. Brixworth took 1st place with a total of 78.0pts with Ashby Fields in 2nd again with 76.9pts. In the individual medals, Asha Wooton-Thompson (Brixworth) took Best Body Management and Lottie Woodward (Kislingbury) took Best Floor. There was a three-way tie for Best Vault with Jack Haslam and Jaiden Khan (both Ashby Fields) and Ellen Goodhart (Brixworth) each taking home a medal. Best All-Round was collected by Lottie Woodward with a total of 27.2pts out of 30.

The showpiece event of the day was the Year 3/4 competition with 14 teams taking part. The afternoon saw teams from The Bramptons, Crick, Newbottle & Charlton, Sywell, Deanshanger, Preston Hedges, Ashby Fields, Kislingbury, Brixworth, East Haddon, Staverton, Woodland View, Overstone and CCS taking part. In what proved to be the closest competition of the day, CCS claimed first place by the narrowest of margins from Overstone - 0.1pts being the difference as the teams finished on 78.4pts and 78.3pts respectively. There was however great individual success for Overstone as Jonathan Higgs claimed the Best Body Management, Best Floor and Best All-Round Individual medals. Hope Kiernan from Woodland View claimed the Best Vault award with the highest score of the day - a 9.7!!

Congratulations to all children who competed throughout the day and many thanks to all parents and adults who supported and encouraged the children in each of the competition. Special thanks are also reserved to the volunteer judges and scorers from Amethyst Gymnastic Club, whose knowledge and expertise made the event a great success. We wish Preston Hedges (Year 1/2), Ashby Fields (Year 1/2 & 5/6), Brixworth (Year 5/6), CCS and Overstone (both Year 3/4) all the best of luck as they progress through to the County Finals next week.

Full Individual Scores and Overall Team Results for each competition can be found attached below

Nassington win quicksticks title!

Fri, 13 May 2016 11:54

On Thursday 12th may 2016 the COTSSP held its year 3/4 Quicksticks hockey competition. It was a perfect May afternoon with the sun shining for the competition that was hosted at Prince William School, with young leaders from Prince William running the event.

There was some fantastic team and individual performances with the competition being played at a very high standard. All of the children and staff that attended enjoyed what was a brilliant afternoon of hockey. Andy Dale from England Hockey commented on the event saying;

"It was great to see so many children enjoying themselves out in the Sun playing Hockey; I was very impressed with some of the hockey that I've seen tonight and I hope that the children continue to practice and play at their schools, I would like to wish the teams that qualified good luck in the county rounds."

After all the teams competed in 3 different pools the winning team from each pool took each other on in a play-off pool with Nassington coming out on top and progressing on to represent the COTSSP in the county finals round.

Catherine Ibbotson – Warmington School, commented on how good the young leaders from Prince William were saying;

'Thank you for organising & please pass on our thanks to the young leaders- they did a really good job as they always do'.

They young leaders decided that the School Games Value award for passion should go to Kings Cliffe, as their teams showed great passion by cheering and encouraging their team mates as well as other competitors from different schools.

Nassington - Competition Winners

Kings Cliffe – Passion Award

real PE & real gym Workshops

Thu, 12 May 2016 15:50

Northamptonshire Sport in Partnership with Create Development and our Create Learning School, Lings Primary are facilitating the following workshops:

Real PE

real PE is a fun and simple to follow Scheme of Work and support for Early Years and Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 practitioners

real PE is developed by Create Development and is fully aligned with the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements, focusing on Agility, Balance and Coordination and Healthy Competition.

Each delegate will receive the interactive Schemes of Work for their year group; supporting resources, with clear learning journeys, integrate the assessment framework and tools to evidence and celebrate rapid sustained progress.

This is a 3 day workshop; Monday 13th June, Monday 3rd October and Monday 14th November 2014

Cost for the workshops, including Scheme of Work and resources is; £495.00 + VAT

To book click on the link: www.northamptonshiresport.org/training-courses/2016/06/real-pe-three-day-course-eysks1-ks2.

real gym is aligned with the National Curriculum and is an innovative, vibrant, inclusive programme which supports teachers to become competent and confident to deliver gymnastics activities and create rounded learners.

Real gym is developed by Sarah Moon. Sarah is a Master Coach in Rhythmic Gymnastics; she was Team GB coach for the Rhythmic Gymnastics team for the 2012 London Olympic Games and Head Coach for England at the 2010 Deli Commonwealth Games.

Workshop content

  • How to develop skills in a fun inclusive way
  • How to incorporate movement and sequences with your lesson
  • How to setup the apparatus safely
  • How to introduce the children to the apparatus
  • How to develop skills on low, medium and high apparatus
  • How to develop the children's, personal, social, creative and cognitive skills through Gymnastics.

The workshop dates are; KS2 on Thursday 26th May and EYS/KS1 on Tuesday 5th July

The cost for the workshop, including interactive Scheme of Works and supporting resources is £225.00 + VAT

To book click on the following links:

EYS KS1 - www.northamptonshiresport.org/training-courses/2016/07/real-gym-eysks11.

KS2 - www.northamptonshiresport.org/training-courses/2016/05/real-gym-ks22.

real PE subjects Leaders' Workshop (real PE schools only)


01604 366 976

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