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School Games Mark Awardees 2015/2016

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:20

Northampton School Sports Partnership has seen a phenomenal improvement in the number of schools achieving School Games Mark awards and the number of Gold, Silver and Bronze standards achieved for the academic year 2015/2016...it was our best ever haul of awards, so many thanks for all your efforts.

To recognise and reward theses schools for their achievements the Northampton School Sports Partnership will be hosting an achievements assembly - further details about this event will be sent shortly.

Gold Schools

Abington Vale Primary School
Boothville Primary School
Briar Hill Primary School
Bridgewater Primary School
Earl Spencer Primary School
Ecton Brook Primary School
Kings Heath Primary Academy
Lings Primary School
Weston Favell CofE Primary School

Silver Schools

All Saints CofE VA Primary School
Delapre Primary School
Headlands Primary School
Malcolm Arnold Academy
Northampton School for Boys
Parklands Primary School
Queen Eleanor Primary Academy
The Arbours Primary Academy

Bronze Schools

Barry Primary School
Blackthorn Primary School
Castle Academy
Hunsbury Park Primary School
Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School
Kingsthorpe Village Primary School
Millway Primary School
Rectory Farm Primary School
Simon de Senlis Primary School
Spring Lane Primary School
St Mary's Catholic Primary School
Standens Barn Primary School
The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School
Vernon Terrace Primary School

NPAT Cluster update - Term 1

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:13

The first half term is always a busy one for the NPAT cluster, with each school keen to get their young leaders trained up ready for action. We finished the term with every schools training complete and 150 students across the cluster ready to lead lunchtime/club activities for the rest of the year. I look forward to my drop ins next half term to see them all in action!!

This half term also saw the first of our Multisport Festivals (Year 6) with fantastic attendance and the Academy leaders commenting on the fantastic effort and behaviour of the students.

The final highlight has been the Year 5/6 pre-level 2 Tag rugby practice, which took place at Northampton Saints, led by their expert team of coaches. It was fantastic to see so many children honing their skills, working on their team performance and enjoying the opportunity to practise before the big competition- this translated into some fantastic performances at the competition the following day- well done all!

Northampton Academy Cluster update - Term 1

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:09

Wow I don't know about you, but this term has really flown by. It has been a busy exciting term for the Northampton Academy cluster. Over the past few weeks I have been delivering the first part of the young leaders training which has been an amazing experience and something that I have really enjoyed delivering. A special mention must go to the children at Rectory Farm, they were brilliant and demonstrated many of the school games qualities including, teamwork, passion, respect, determination and self-belief. They were eager to become good young leaders and were very motivated with all the activities that I gave them to do. I have also had the pleasure of completing Rectory Farm's second part of their leadership training, again what an amazing afternoon. The children actually led to a class of Year 2's, they actually planned and delivered a Multiskill Festival. It was fantastic to witness so many children leading in a positive way. They were clearly demonstrating leadership qualities including, good organisation, cooperation, communication, enjoyment and responsibility. The young leaders were a real credit to Rectory Farm. I can't wait to see the progress that they make over the year with their leadership roles at lunchtimes.

The Northampton Academy leadership students held a fantastic Multisport Festival for year 6 pupils in our cluster. The leaders planned and delivered some exciting activities which included Athletics, Football, Tag Rugby, Rounders and Multiskills. The Year 6 pupils were mixed with other schools which gave them an opportunity to develop their confidence and to make new friends. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the activities and it was such a pleasure to see so many smiley, happy and excited children taking part in physical activity. The teachers were full of praise and commented that they were so impressed with some of their pupils who they thought would not engage in the activities, they did however prove them wrong and left saying, 'This was the best day ever'.

Some of our schools went to Northampton Saints RFC for the pre-level 2 Tag Rugby practice session, this was led by several Saints coaches. The feedback I have received was very positive, the children had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed the session, it gave schools the chance to prepare for the competition the following day.

We have more exciting events taking place next term including a Year 5 Multisport Festival which will again be delivered by the amazing young leaders at Northampton Academy. We also have a New Age Kurling level 2 practice session at Northampton Academy this will help children to prepare for the level 2 competition. I will be completing the second part of the young leaders training to all schools and very much look forward to seeing them delivering activities to the younger children.

Hannah Henry, SSCo

Kingsthorpe College Cluster update - Term 1

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:04

This term has been a busy one right from the word go. Year 5 pupils from four of our primary schools have undergone their Young Leaders training. This has been run either as a full day or two half day training sessions. The pupils have all been outstanding and a real credit to their schools. At the end of the training the pupils worked in small groups to organise and run activities for KS1 children. I was really proud of how well they all did and I look forward to visiting them later in the year to see how they are getting on.

At the start of October Kingsthorpe College hosted a Tag Rugby practice event for Year 5/6 pupils. The aim of the event was to prepare the pupils in preparation for an upcoming Level 2 Tag Rugby competition. The event started with a variety of coaching drills that focussed on developing their rugby skills and techniques. All the teams then went on to take part in a mini tournament, competing against each other and getting experience of a real game. We were really lucky to have a Northampton Saints Rugby Coach attend the event to give some brilliant tips and advice to the teams. Two Year 13 students worked alongside the coach to referee the matches and support throughout the event.

Year 8 and 9 students from Kingsthorpe College put together a range of activities for our first multi-sport festival of the year. 75 Year 6 children from our cluster primary schools came for the event and moved around a rotation of activities that the young leaders had prepared. These included hockey, benchball, races and teambuilding games. It was great to see the Year 6 children from all the schools mixing together and having a great time.

In preparation for the Year 5/6 Gymnastics competition after half term, I have been going into some of the primaries to help their teams prepare. It is brilliant to see the dedication of the pupils who are giving up lots of their lunchtimes to practice their routines and skills. Best of luck to all the pupils competing!

Alex Bennett, SSCo

Bowl your way to success...

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 13:50

Sportivate is a nationwide campaign that aims to capture the enjoyment of sport, providing opportunities for teenagers and young adults (including disability sport) to receive 6 weeks of coaching or led sessions.

Sportivate is a £32 million National Lottery funded programme and is part of the Play strand of Sport England's London 2012 mass participation legacy programme 'Places People Play'. The overall aim of this project is for 300,000 participants aged 11-25 years to complete weekly coaching sessions over four years with 120,000 (2 in 5), carrying on playing sport regularly. Sportivate will try to change habits and get more young people doing activity regularly.

Northampton Leisure Trust have teamed up with Northampton Indoor Bowls Association to run some Sportivate sessions for young people aged between 11 and 18 years old, starting on Friday 11th November 2016.

When: Fridays

Where: Northampton & District Indoor Bowls Association,Harborough Road, NN2 8DH

Time: 4:30 - 6:30pm

Cost:£5 for all 6 sessions

For more information or to book on please contact Tony Warren

Phone: 01604 467434 or email: tony.warren4@ntlworld.com

Lings tee-off at The British Masters

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 13:44

A Golf Foundation project to get more kids playing the game has been a huge success with one Northamptonshire school.

Lings Primary had a dozen pupils aged between four and seven years of age sign up to a series of lessons.

A year later they are all on the brink of becoming junior members at Overstone Park Golf Club.

PE co-ordinator Anne Davies is thrilled with the commitment from pupils and parents.

And she's been backed all the way by Overstone head PGA Professional Brian Mudge who has kept all the youngsters inspired.

Highlight of the course was trip to the British Masters at The Grove in Hertfordshire to see tour pros like Luke Donald and Lee Westwood in action on Wednesday.

To read more about this project visit www.pga.info/news/industry-news/2016/10/foundation-for-success.aspx

Level 2 - Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Competition

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:58

On Friday 7th October 2016 32 teams descended on Northampton Casuals Rugby Football Club to participate in the Level 2 Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Competition. The Referees had been recruited from The Duston School, where they had received high quality Rugby Officiating tutoring by Northampton Saints coaches.

As always the competitions was of a particularly high standard, and it was evident that a lot of schools had been preparing their pupils for the event since returning from the summer break.

Sadly Tag Rugby will not feature in the Level 3 Winter School Games programme this academic year as we have decided to streamline some of the sports on offer, and this is not a focus sport for the RFU to support at a Level 3 competition.

The results were;

1st - Thorplands Primary

2nd - Millway Primary

3rd Lings Primary

Yr 4/5/6 Able & Talented Multiskill Academy - Session 1

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:55

Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6 Able and Talented Multiskill Academy: Session 1

Date: Tuesday 25th October 2016 Venue: Northampton Academy

Year 4 Participation: 23 Year 5 participation: 21 Year 6 participation: 10

Activity 1: Warm Up & 'Getting to know each other'

Athletics Warm-Up: The pupils were taken through a series of athletic style warm up skills and drills, primarily to enable staff to familiarise themselves with the level of skill and ability of the pupils. The drills ranged from walking on toes with running arms to hop scotch with alternating legs and running arms. Most of the drills were performed both forwards and backwards, because very few sports require someone just to move in a forward direction.

1-2-3: Pupils started the game by taking it in turns to alternately say the numbers 1, 2, 3 in a continuous cycle. Gradually each number was replaced by a movement and the pairs started to perform a sequence. This tasked their cognitive and social ability as they had to quickly recall the sequence, yet work with someone they didn't know.

Connect 3: The Year 6 pupils were tasked with leading this activity; the only instructions they were given were what equipment to use, the basic principle that a team had to get 3 in a row to win and it had to be organised in the style of a relay. The Year 6 pupils did a fantastic job keeping all pupils on tasking, whilst adding a great deal of challenge and enjoyment to the game.

Multi-Ability Cogs: Personal, Social, Cognitive, Creative & Physical

Activity 2: Multi-abilities Assessment

Many primary schools in Northampton and across Northamptonshire have adopted the Real PE product, and the product is endorsed by Northamptonshire Sport.

The real PE programme provides fun and simple to follow Schemes of Work and support for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 practitioners that give them the confidence and skills to deliver outstanding PE. It is fully aligned to the new National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique and market leading approach to teaching and learning in PE.

The assessment was a fairly informal process and involved personal and peer assessment. Pupils were given a set of real PE FUN's cards that increased in difficulty, and pupils were asked to independently work their way through the cards, but to be honest with themselves when they thought their limits had been reached – as staff we always toil with if this is the best way to deliver this element of the programme but go with the approach that children have to at some stage start to process information for themselves and to learn to be honest with themselves.

The data from the assessment will now be evaluated and each pupil will be given a personal plan to support them in their development.

Multi-Ability Cogs: Personal, Social, Cognitive, Creative & Physical

Activity 3: Basketball (Red Team)

Club Link: www.nebctitans.co.uk/

Wow...what an incredible session! The session was led by Barry Powell, Junior Coaching Director at Northamptonshire ELITE Basketball Club and some student players from schools and colleagues across Northamptonshire. While Barry led the session the pupils were sub divided into smaller groups that were led by the current club players. These players were an inspiration to the pupils, providing them with high quality knowledge and expertise whilst providing them with the enthusiasm and motivation to keep trying. The session was delivered at a fast pace but this did not jeopardise the quality of the session, and the rosy cheeks and sheer enjoyment on the pupils faces was testament to their willingness and determination to achieve something from this session.

Multi-Ability Cogs: Physical, Creative, Social

Activity 3: Judo (Green Team)

Club Link: www.northamptosnhiresport.org

When the Green Team were told what their activity would be for the afternoon there was mixed emotions within the group; some were very eager to throw each other about whilst others more reserved! To give the pupils a realistic experience of a Judo session Dave introduced the group to a number of phrases and etiquettes of the sport, and the pupils were expected to incorporate these throughout the session. Early into the session they were shown how to 'throw' their partner onto the floor (parents please don't be alarmed they were shown the correct holding techniques and we were on Judo mats at all times!). When I revisited the group later in the session they were wresting in pairs (on their knees) to practice 'holding' their opponent to score points, and to everyone's surprise a Year 5 girls was crowned wrestling champion. The session conclude with the pupils being able to get their own back on Dave and each pupils had the opportunity to throw Dave over their shoulder. There were lots of smiling faces, and all had given this new experience every bit of effort they had.

Multi-Ability Cogs: Physical, Cognitive, Social


If I can be honest with you I was a little taken aback by the sheer number of keen and enthusiastic pupils we had turn up this morning, and I was a little worried by what we had let ourselves in for with such a large group – we have now been running the programme for the last 3 years and have built up the programme over the years, but this is the biggest group of pupils we have had by far. I really had nothing to worry about as all the pupils fully engaged in the activities and tasks they were presented with, and despite many being out of the comfort zone they were willing to give things a go even if they failed on their first attempt and so we couldn't have asked for more from them.


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