A group of year 3 and 4 children attended a Tri-golf competition at Collingtree Golf Club. The children had to do a number of activities to collect points for the team. The team concentrated really hard and supported each other well. This resulting in the team collecting the most points out of all of the schools present and therefore these children will be representing Northampton in the County Summer Games. Well done to everyone involved in this sporting opportunity.
Tonight some of our year 3 and 4 children took part in a football festival at the Goals centre. Our combined site team played really well together and showed great sportsmanship. They played seven games and managed to win six of them. Well done to all the children, especially to the two girls who did not know that they were going until the day.
Today Northampton Town Football Club came in and worked with all of the children at the Bellinge site. During the afternoon the children had the opportunity to ask one of the players questions. This was another opportunity to inspire the children and share the resilience and determination needed to succeed.
Today the children from both sites had an aspirational assembly where a player from the Northampton County Cricket Team came in to share their sporting experiences with the children. The children then were able to ask some really thoughtful questions to find out more about what inspired them to take up the sport. The players spoke to the children about how it is key to practise hard if you want to improve in anything. To finish the assembly the children got to see and touch the Twenty20 trophy.
We are working closely with Northamptonshire Cricket Club being part of the Chance To Shine Project. Many children across the two sites have been given the opportunity to work alongside a cricket coach to improve their abilities in cricket. The children have really been enjoying this opportunity and so have the staff who have picked up some new approaches in teaching cricket.
Our year 1 & 2 gymnastics team having been working really hard since September to improve their gymnastic abilities. This week we took part in a School Games gymnastic competition. The children concentrated extremely well and performed at a really high level. We managed to attain enough points to come 1st out of the whole of the Northampton Primary schools and will now be representing Northampton in the Summer School Games county finals. Well done to the children for all their hard work and to our amazing gymnastics coach, Becky, for her dedication.
Our year 5 & 6 combined site athletics team took part in a School Games Athletics competition. The children tried really hard to improve their abilities. They supported each other well and performed to a very high standard. Out of the whole town we managed to come 4th place, with some of our children achieving the best results in the town.
Two lady cricketers for the English cricket team came into assembly today to speak to the children about their own sporting experiences and answered questions that the children asked them. This was another opportunity for the children to see sports people at the top of their game and learn the importance of not giving up.
Class 11 then worked with the players to improved their catching and throwing abilities.
The year three children across the two sites have been taking part in a timed activity. The activity involved some balancing and aiming at a target. The children had a practise of the activity and then we discussed how they could improve before their timed attempt. All children in the class took part in this activity and we discussed how we can support team members positively.
The classes contacted each other after The activity to discuss the activity and find out how each of the classes had got on with it. All three classes will be receiving certificates for participating so well.
Many thanks to the group of young leaders who came and supported with this activity.
Today we were joined in assembly by the Northampton Saints Rugby Captain and England player Dylan Hartley. The assembly was based around setting high aspirations for themselves and then having resilience to reach their goals in life. Dylan spoke to the children about his childhood and that he had a very similar assembly when he was at school. He then spoke about his career development through to representing his country. The children and staff then asked him questions to find out more about his experiences. Dylan mentioned that Treasure Island was his favourite book when he was growing up. What an amazing experience for the children and hopefully this will help some of them to really aspire for great sporting achievements and in years to come some of these children will be back to talk to future students about their sporting achievements.