SPORTS BLOG 2017 - 2018
A fantastic start to the new school year - Flore Primary have been awarded the SILVER GAMES MARK AWARD!!
Campion Cluster High 5 Netball Tournament March 22nd
Considering the size of our netball court .... probably less than a third of a full sized one ... and hence the lack of proper practice.... Flore did themselves proud at the tournament on Thursday.
12 teams from 9 schools took part, initially split into 2 pools for a round robin of matches. Called 'Flore 1' and 'Flore 2', our teams had the opportunity for a quick familiarisation of the playing area and nets before getting stated. High 5 netball is the junior version whereby only 5 players are on court at any one time, with no wing attack or defence. A further 2 players are then off court and brought into play at half time / the end of each match when everyone rotates their position.
As I said, despite being hindered by court size, our players were soon showing their skills and determination. The games were all fast paced, with every player fully involved.
Pool 1 Pool 2
Flore 2 0 - 4 Kislingbury Flore 1 7 - 0 Milton
Flore 2 5 - 0 Upton Flore 1 2 - 0 Pattishall
Flore 2 0 - 3 Bugbrooke 1 Flore 1 7 - 0 Bugbrooke 2
Flore 2 0 - 1 Harpole 2 Flore 1 1 - 2 Harpole 1
Flore 2 1 - 5 Althorp Flore 1 2 - 0 Bliss
Flore 2 finished in 5th place so went into the 9th / 10th play off against Milton which they drew 1-1 so achieving joint 9th place.
Flore 1 finished in 2nd place so went into the 3rd/4th play off against Althorp which they won 2- 0 so claiming the 3rd place!
1st Harpole 1
3rd Flore 1
6th Harpole 2
7th Bugbrooke 1
9th= Flore 2
12th Bugbrooke 2
Woodford Halse Cross Country Competition March 14th
A busy Wednesday ........ and very successful!
Well done to our 7th and 8th placed medal winners in the Year 5/6 Boys' Race - David and Tom - and to the team as a whole who won the Year 5/6 Boys' Small Schools' Shield!
Our regular training around Brodie Lodge Playing Fields in both lessons and lunch times really paid off. 37 children decided to enter this year's competition after challenging themselves to complete at least 3 laps of the village field. For many, it was their first experience of the event which saw 29 schools take and around 200 runners in each race. The event consists of 4 races - divided by age and gender. Lining up in order at the start line, the sense of excitement and the occasion takes over ... Our supporters lined the course, screaming encouragement to all our runners, especially those further down the race. It is lovely to see our children support and applaud others - a great sporting nature. Everyone completed the course - despite some losing shoes or slipping in the muddy ditch - feeling a great sense of personal achievement. AND everyone was smiling! Mrs Chick is soooo proud of all the children - WELL DONE!
We had some great results - here are the highlights:
Year 3/4 Girls - Mae 24th
Year 3/4 Boys - William
Year 5/6 Girls - Olivia 17th
Year 5/6 Boys - David 7th, Tom 8th, Enzo 32nd, Alfie 40th
Year 5/6 Girls Flore 3rd place behind East Haddon
Year 5/6 Boys Flore 1st place, East Haddon 2nd, Kilsby 3rd
Year 4-6 Hockey WOW session March 14th
14 of our year 4-6 pupils attended a Hockey WOW session organised by a coach from The Saints Hockey Club and run by Campion Sports Leaders. It was a very exciting event as Zoe Shipperley, a current member of the England Women's Hockey Team, was also there chatting to the children and joining in the different activities. The children followed a round robin of skill based activity stations, each enabling them to develop their confidence and ability. The session ended with a couple of small sided games. All the children really enjoyed their morning!
Campion KS2 Basketball - POSTPONED
Campion KS2 Cross Country- POSTPONED
Hopefully to be re-arranged after Easter
Year 3/4 Orienteering in Salcey Forest February 12th
We were very pleased that the Daventry and South Northants Sports Partnership were able to rearrange this Orienteering event, postponed from October. Ten children from Class 3, accompanied by Mrs Chick and Mrs Whitlock. set off on a trail through the forest looking for clues relating to sports. It was a lovely crisp afternoon following the recent rain - just the right conditions for exploring a forest! We split into 2 teams working in opposite directions, all keen to find the important clues. Some of these proved trickier to spot and required key observation skills by the children! Each clue showed a picture of a sport to name and a question relating to it below. On the way round we enjoyed exploring puddles, dens, interesting trees and generally having fun in the outdoors! Everyone loved the Treetop Walk and looking for landmarks. Squash, biscuits and a trip to the woodland play area rounded off a great afternoon.
A great way to learn and keep fit at the same time!
We went... we 'tried' ... we conquered!
Success at the School Games Tag Rugby Small Schools' Festival!
Woooooo! Well done to our team who won this tournament on February 8th at Daventry RFC.
Eight teams took part in this event, split initially into two pools playing in a round robin. From the start, our squad of 3 girls and 7 boys set out to win, keeping positive after a draw and looking to build on their performance in each game. They listened well to guidance from the Sports Leaders who were officiating and also in the post game team talks.
Pool 2 Results:
Flore 4 4 Kilsby
Flore 4 3 Newnham
Flore 4 4 Croughton
These results saw us in second place and so playing Collingtree in a quarter final match. Our strength and teamwork was very apparent here as we ran out 5-1 winners. This put us into a semi-final rematch against Kilsby who were an equally strong and organised team. This was a very close fought game, with the score yo-yoing in favour of one team. Both sides had some very fast runners who were able to take the ball and keep possession. However, Flore held out to win 3-2 and so reach the final!
Needless to say, our team were determined to win, particularly as the opposition - Newbottle and Charlton - had just beaten our neighbouring school, Weedon Bec. This was another end to end game, fast and furious with each player striving to touch down that all important try. First one, then another, then another ... the whistle blew ...arms flew in the air ... cheers abounded... Flora had won 3-0!!!
Collecting their medals and framed school certificate by the winners flag, it was lovely to see all 10 pupils sharing their achievement. Great teamwork and spirit.Another very proud moment for Flore!
And .... thanks to al the other year 56 children who came out to practices and got involved!
Class 2 PE skills
Class 2 have been working hard to develop their throwing and catching skills over the past few PE lessons. Using a range of equipment, they have learnt how to stand and hold their hands ready to receive a ball. Mrs Chick is pleased to see that the children can now remember when to cup their hands for receiving small equipment and when to use the 'W' for large balls. The class have also enjoyed playing small games, putting their skills into practice.
Class 2 demonstrating their skills.
Basketball WOW session Campion School
Ten of our KS2 pupils visited Campion along with seven other cluster schools to take part in a Basketball WOW event. Two members of the Leicester Riders basketball team - currently one of the country's top teams - led the morning, encouraging all the children to get active and involved. After a fun warm up, the children set about some quick moving skill activities, focusing on dribbling and control. A small tournament then followed, allowing each school to play against three others in a game situation. At the end of the morning, Campion Sports' Leaders nominated two Most Valued Players from each school: well done to our winners who both received T shirts and certificates! Everyone enjoyed the event and had fun keeping active!
English Schools FA Northamptonshire Small Schools' Football Championships
January 15th at Kingswood Secondary Academy, Corby
Congratulations to our team who won this tournament. The cold conditions and long journey to Corby were soon forgotten as we celebrated our success!
Six teams from the north and south of the county played matches in a round robin format. These were Flore, The Forest Federation, The Bramptons, Titchmarsh, Trinity and Gretton. Each match was 10 minutes long, with no half time but with rolling substitutions allowed. The venue of Kingswood Secondary Academy with a 3G playing surface, allowed the tournament to be played as 7-a-side. Our boys have practised and played competitively as a team before, so were quick to settle into their matches. Everyone played well, listening to coaching advice from Mr Hurle and recognising that each would be subbed for a short period. As the event progressed, the boys saw each win as a step nearer to the trophy - as did The Bramptons who had also won every match! To make the evening more exciting, the result came down to the final match between these two teams.......... end to end action, tension, excitement ..... then Flore found the back of the net! Mrs Chick and Mr Hurle were feeling very positive at this point but only the day before, Man City had almost pulled back to beat Liverpool so we knew not to get carried away! Sure enough, The Bramptons made a break and equalised with 2 minutes to go. This was the final score so the tournament results went down to goal difference ......... we knew we had 13 FOR, 1 AGAINST. As the second place was announced as the school with 12 FOR, we knew that Flore had won! The boys were understandably very excited and proudly posed form photos with the trophy.
A first for Flore! Well done boys and a huge thank you to Mr Hurle.
Flore 4 0 Gretton
Flore 2 0 Trinity
Flore 4 0 Titchmarsh
Flore 3 0 The Forest Federation
Flore 1 1 The Bramptons
Our victorious team before and after the results!
English Schools FA Northamptonshire Small Schools' Football Championships
January 15th at Kingswood Secondary Academy, Corby
Good Luck to our team representing South Northants and Daventry in this competition!
Sportshall Athletics November 30th (training) December 7th (competition)
A busy week of sport for 18 of our year 5/6 pupils who trained and then competed in the Campion Sportshall Athletics competition.
This takes the format of one team of 9 boys and 9 girls, all competing towards a combined total in both field and track events. Our children are always highly competitive and throw themselves into each activity, always striving to beat their previous performance. As in the practice session, both teams performed really well on the track, showing speed and brilliant turns on the running boards. In the field event of speed bounce, soccer throw, triple jump, vertical jump and standing long jump, all of our children tried really hard and attained some good scores. Some recognised that they had improved from the previous week - well done!
In a very noisy and lively sportshall, Mr Justice (head of PE) read out the scores and placings. Flore Girls scored 72 and the boys 104 - this meant a final place of 4th. Once again, some good performances - a HUGE well done to everyone who took part!
New Age Kurling December 6th
It is good to say that Flore are entering an even wider range of sporting competitions this year. New Age Kurling is a great indoor sport and you do not have to be fast or agile to take part. A team of four pupils went to Towcester Leisure Centre to join 14 other schools in competition.
Kurling is played in a sportshall using 'stones' with ball bearing wheeled bases rather than the more well-known ice. Players roll their stone towards a target, aiming to get closest to the bullseye and attempting tactics to move their opponents out of the way. Each game is divided into two ends with combined scores counting. It took our team a little while to adjust their rolling, losing out at the pool stage. They then went on to the play off stage where their skill was more successful, drawing both games played. This resulted in a 14th place out of 15 but the team were not daunted - FUN and ENJOYMENT were the key elements and we all agreed that that it had been a very successful event.
Flore 0 - 3 Greens Norton
Flore 0 - 2 Newbottle and Charlton
Flore 0 - 2 Bliss
Flore 4 - 4 Caroline Chisholm
Flore 2 - 2 Roade
Final Placings:1st Blakesley, 2nd Milton, 3rd Wooton, 4th Bliss, 5th Newbottle, 6th Brackley Juniors, 7th Towcester, 8th Cosgrove, 9th Greens Norton, 10th Nicholas Hawksmoor, 11th Bracken Leas, 12th Southfield, 13th Roade, 14th Flore, 15th Caroline Chisholm
Year 5/6 Tag Rugby November 23rd
Once again, Flore were pipped at the post by losing out in the final of the Campion Cluster Tag Rugby Competition to Harpole.
Two teams of eight children endured the cold and often wet afternoon to play some excellent tag rugby at Bugbrooke Rugby Club. Eight schools took part, with a total of eleven teams split across two pools. This meant that games were consecutive, leaving little time between to catch one's breath.
Team 1 were in pool B where they played some fast and furious games. I was impressed by the speed and dodging ability of the children. Some initial issues with remembering to hold the ball in 2 hands - unlike contact rugby - and thinking about offside rules were soon put aside as the team were so determined to score a try and progress.
Scores Pool B
Flore 1 4 - 6 Harpole 1 Flore 1 6 - 4 Kislingbury
Flore 1 8 - 0 Pattishall Flore 1 3 - 1 Bugbrooke 2
1st Harpole 1
2nd Flore 1
4th Bugbrooke 2
Team 2 were in pool A where once again they played some great rugby, impressing Mrs Fox who kindly braved the cold to supervise them.
Scores Pool A
Flore 2 1 - 3 Althorp
Flore 2 Rothersthorpe
Flore 2 Bliss
Flore 2 Harpole 2
Flore 2 Bugbrooke 1
2nd Bugbrooke 1
5th Flore 2
6th Harpole 2
This led to Team 2 playing off in a tri-tournament for 9th/10th/11th places. Flore beat Harpole 2 but lost to Pattishall so finishing in 10th place - a big well done to the whole team!
Team 1 then played a semi-final against Bliss - a super game with strong passing and running from our team.
Result: Flore 6 - 1 Bliss
The team had reached the final against ............... Harpole 1 again! This proved to be a very tense and exciting game with end to end tries. However, Harpole managed to sneak the lead which they maintained to run out 6 - 4 winners.
I am really pleased at how well the teams played. Flore continues to move from sport to sport with ever growing success - Well done to all!
KS2 PAN Boccia November 15th
Flore ventured into a new competition this week, taking part in the South Northants and Daventry Boccia event held at Sponne School. This is an inclusive sport, similar to bowls but played sitting in a chair.
Two teams of three pupils sit in a row on alternate seats so the balls are spaced out: red, blue, red, blue, red, blue. A captain throws the white jack ball then selects a player from their team to begin the game. Once one throw has been made by each team, play continues with the team furthest from the jack until they either take the closer position or use up all their throws.
It took a little while for everyone taking part to get used to the game but the children were all very animated throughout!
Each game was made up of two ends with the combined score giving a win, draw or loss. We were split into 2 pools of 5 schools so played 4 games of two ends.
Flore 1-1 Newbottle and Charlton
Flore 3-1 Bliss
Flore 0-3 Wootton
Flore 0-3 Roade
We then played a play off game against Bracken Leas which we lost 1-3.
However, our team all enjoyed the experience and tried really hard in each game, using good tactics to try and knock the jack ball away from their opponents!
Well done to them for being singled out as very polite and sportsman-like in shaking hands with all the other teams!
1st Brackley Juniors
2nd Roade A
=3rd West Haddon / Hartwell
5th Roade B
7th Newbottle and Charlton
8th Bracken Leas
South Northants and Daventry Year 5/6 Football Finals November 2nd
On Thursday Flore joined 9 other teams - each their respective Cluster winners - at the South Northants District Football Finals, held at Elizabeth Woodville School, Roade. This followed on from our success at Campion, so the boys were very excited and keen to do well.
Our squad was extended to 8 players, with the competition once again played in a 5-a-side format. The schools were split into 2 pools with 4 games in each. Every boy got to play, with good use made of rolling substitutions. Goals were shared out between the team, with Henri once again working hard in goal.
Flore 1 - 2 The Bramptons
Flore 1 - 0 Deanshanger
Flore 4 - 1 West Haddon
Flore 4 - 3 StMary's
This meant that Flore came out as pool winners and went on to play a semi-final against Wootton. This was a very tense match but our boys shone through with some super attacking skills, winning the match 5-1!
The final was played against Bracken Leas......
This began really well, with our team looking the better of the two. Supporters on the sideline were more than animated, feeling every touch of the ball! Suddenly Bracken Leas broke through, scoring that all important goal which spurred them on... sadly a further two goals were struck, resulting in defeat. The boys were very disappointed but took some comfort from recognising that Flore had finished 2nd out of the original 92 schools who began this football journey! That's an amazing achievement!
Thanks to all those dads who cheered us on - particularly Mr Hurle for his coaching advice - and to Mr Heard who accompanied Mrs Chick to the event.
Pairs Throwing Challenge
October's Challenge set by South Northants and Daventry Sports Partnership was to see how many passes could be made using a rugby ball over 30 seconds.
Inclusive Sports Event Thursday October 19th
What a fabulous da was had by all! Ten excited children frm classes 2-4 were transported to Campion School Sports'Hall for a day of exploring a range of different sporting activities. Sports'Leaders from years 9-12 ran each activity and looked after the chiuldrn throughout.
Our session began with seated volleyball - played across a low net with a balloon inside a fabric 'skin'.We were obviously very enthusiastic in our hitting as we managed to burst 5 balloons in the process!
Next was boccia and curling. Boccia is a form of bowls played with lighter balls and can also be carried out whilst seated. Aiming to be closest to the white jack, Alyssa showed herself to be particulalry accurate in placing her ball. Curling in a sports hall? Yes - this is a form played without ice or heavy irons. The lighter weight irons are on wheels, making it accessible to all.
Archery followed - arm braces were fitted and training given on how to pull the bow and aim at the target. Safety when collecting arrows was emphasised. All enjoyed this activity with William and Bella managing to score top marks -well done!
After lunch and a recharge of batteries, it was finally our turn to go to everyone's favourite - wheelchair basketball! I was amazed at how quickly everyone took to controlling their chair - rolling forwards and ack and even turning!All this whilst bouncing or passing a basketball!
All agreed that is was a super day and really showed the children that sport is accessible to all - however mobile you may be and that can be found in a while range of sports.
A huge thank you to Mr Justice from Campion for organising the event.
Year 3/4 Orienteering in Salcey Forest Friday, October 13th
Year 5/6 Open Football Thursday, October 12th
FANTASTIC FOOTBALL FROM FLORE
Well done to our team for winning the Campion Cluster Football tournament on Thursday!
We entered 2 teams who were split into the 2 separate pools. Everyone was able to play in a number of games as rolling substitutions are allowed.
Mr Heard supervised team 2 who all tried really hard and kept their heads up, even when up against more challenging opposition. Zain played very well in defence and it was great to see the rest of the team all enjoying the occasion. This team came 6th in their pool.
Upton v Flore 2-0
Team 1 began their matches with a 4-0 win which set the way for the rest of the tournament. It was good to see the boys playing so wll as a team, and reading the space on the pitch. As winners of their pool, the team went on to play Rotersthorpe in the final. This promised to be a close game but once our team scored early on, they were quick to find their confidence ad romped to a 5-0 victory. The boys were very excited and pleased with themselves -deservedly so! Each received a winner's medal and certificate. We await news of the next round.
Althorp v Flore 0-4
Final - Rothersthorpe 0-5
KS1 Rugby WOW Day Thursday, October 5th
Thursday, October 5th saw Class 2 heading off to Campion school for a Rugby 'WOW' morning. Some very excited children got off the coach and walked sensibly to the Astro turf pitches where they met their student sports'leaders for the session. As always, a good warm up is essential before exercise, so we were soon stretching and moving around as kangaroos, crocodiles and monkeys. This was followed by some tig games to become aware of space. Once the rugby ball was introduced the children soon got to grips with their throwing and catching. A definite favourite was the Nest Game - opportunities to work in small teams to 'steal' the rugby ball from the other nests. It was amazing how competitive the children were! Playing tig whilst wearing proper tag belts added a new interest to the game with everyone desperately trying not to have their tags pulled off. The children were very active throughout the morning and had great fun - this is what PE is all about!
Our sports leaders then selected one child from each of our 2 groups to be presented with 'Spirit of the Games' Certificates for trying hard and showing good skills. A VERY well done to the girls who received them!
Year 5/6 Girls' Football
On Thursday, September 28th Flore entered the first of many tournaments for the year. This was the Campion Cluster Year 5/6 Girls' Football event.
The event was played as a set of Round Robin matches - six in all - with five girls on the pitch at any one time. Everyone played well, with none of the girls afraid to go for the ball. Although we lost three matches, they did not reflect the run of play and our squad should be very proud of themselves. We were the only team to beat the eventual winners - Upton - so that was an achievement in itself. A particular well done to Yasmin for playing in goal and showing determination and positivity. Well done girls!
Squad: Cerise, Yasmin, Lilia, Ruby, Violet, Megan, Katie
Results: Flore V Harpole 1 - 0
Flore v Pattishall 0 - 1
Flore v Kislingbury 1 - 2
Flore v Althorp 0 - 0
Flore v Upton 1 - 0
Flore v Bliss 2 - 3
1st Uton 2nd Pattishall 3rd Bliss 4th Kislingbury 5th Flore 6th Harpole 7th Althorp
Class 3 Gym
Class 3 have been busy putting their gym skills to work. The children have worked on warm up and stretching before undertaking exercise then looked at really developing their body control and spatial awareness. Individual and paired work has already shown a marked improvement in core body skills. Everyone has enjoyed putting their floor work into practice on our equipment, being keen to share their moves.
Headline News: Flore Primary have achieved the Bronze Games Mark Award for 2015/2016!
Northamptonshire School Summer Games
After counting down the date for weeks, Thurday, July 6th finally arrived - The School Summer Games were here! Luke, Jake and Zain had qualified for the Goalball Finals back in February so had needed some practice before theday. 10 schools were split into 2 groups.
Our pool games saw a win against Oakway Academy, draws against Loddington and Studfall then a loss to Queen Eleanor. This saw us move into the 5th / 6th playoff match against Weston Favell which they just won. Each of the boys scored during the matches and all were very sporting and respectful in their congratulations and thanks. The competition was finally won by fellow South Northants team, Newbottle and Charlton. The boys then had the opportunity to climb and abseil down a very high wall and also to play handball. It was a super day of sport, very much enjoyed by our team. A huge well done to the boys for reaching such a big event and performing so well in all their matches.
Basketball WOW session!
10 of the year 5 pupils attended a basketball WOW morning held at Campion School.
This was made even more fun by the involvement of Paul Sturgess, a GB basketball player. As you can see from the photos, he is over 7 feet!
Year 3/4 Netball Training
10 of our year 3/4 pupils attended netball training at Campion School. This was led by some of their sports leaders who caught the children's enthusiasm and encouraged them to develop their skills.
After a warm up and skills based session, they each played eight mini games in a round robin format. Despite the heat, it was good to see confidence growing, everyone enjoying themselves and some impressive scoring.
Lilia and Ruby were selected to receive 'Spirit of the Games' medals and certificates!
Year 3/4 Tri-Golf
Several of our year 3/4 pupils attended a Level 2 Tri-Golf tournament at Whittlebury Golf Course.We entered this for the experience and to have fun trying out a different sport. It was a VERY hot afternoon and the children did well to keep their enthusiasm and energy levels so high. The event consisted of eight timed activities which required a mix of chipping, putting and target skills. Some activities were definitely more suited to the very enthusiastic swings from a few of the group! As the session progressed, the children became more accurate and recognised the need for speed in passing over the clubs. Once again, everyone enjoyed taking part - it is good to see so many children 'having a go' and getting involved in sport!
Flore Sports Day!
On Friday, June 16th, Flore celebrated Sports Day at Brodie Lodge Playing Fields.
Every child took part, competing invidually but contributing to their team coour's overall score. Events put into practice skills of jumping, throwing, running and using equipment. The sun shone brightly upon us and everyone had fun!
The afternoon finished with sprint races and the presentation of the trophy - won this year by the GREEN team!
Year 5/6 Cricket
Flore took part in the Campion Cricket tournament held at Bugbrooke Cricket Club. Playing as a team of 8 with a starting point of 200 runs, the children batted as pairs facing 2 overs then winning / losing runs depending on the bowling and run rate. Every player also had to bowl an over when fielding. Well done to our team for a couple of excellent catches and amazing throws at the stumps! Despite our lack of practice, Flore beat both Upton and Pattishall in our pool games so went on to play in the pool for the top 3 playoff places. Both Rothersthorpe and Kislingbury fielded teams who proved too strong for us, but the children were very pleased to finish in a creditable 3rd place out of 9 schools. Well done to all our team!
Healthy Schools Week.
Keen to get involved in Healthy Schools' Week, the pupils of Flore Primary enjoyed a school jog around the field. This was non-competitive and allowed everyone to take part at their own pace. In class, children played Healthy food bingo and explored healthy meal options.
Class 2 were lucky to have Mrs Spokes from Long Buckby Hockey Club come in to school and work with them for an afternoon. They enjoyed learning new skills and techniques.
Year 3/4 Tennis
Year 3/4 Hockey Tournament
2 teams of year 3/4 pupils took part in the Campion Cluster Quicksticks hockey tournament, most using wooden sticks for the first time!
Mr Chick from Nether Heyford Tennis Club, cameinto school and worked with Class 3. The children learnt some basic techniques and played a range of quick moving games. A session enjoyed by all!
Sports Crew Training
In April 4 of our year 5 pupils attended a day's training at Moulton College to bcome Flore Primary Sports Crew. A mix of practical and classroom based activities were thoroughly enjoyed and the children have already proved themselves by organising a range of activities at break and lunch times.
Well done Cerise. Ernie, Enzo and Olivia.
Campion Cluster Cross Country
Once again the pupils of Flore Primary took to the fields - this time at Bugbrooke Rugby Club. On Thursday, March 23rd Class 4 and the Year 3 pupils in Class 2 joined together for the Campion Cluster Schools' Cross Country Event. This saw 4 different age group races, with the older children completing a longer course by running round the extra pitches. We only had 2 runners in the Year 3/4 Girls race - a special well done to Lucy and Natalia for doing so well. The Year 3/4 Boys did very well: all having run before and trained hard, they found this course much easier to complete and finished in4th place overall. Likewise the Year 5/6 Girls put great effort into their running, with several who thought they could not do it proving themselves wrong! With some top 20 finishing positions, the Girls then came 2nd overall. As for the Year 5/6 Boys.... they were determined to do well and paced their runs sensibly. Mrs Chick was yelling on the finish line as first David, then Tom crossed at the front of the race, closely followed by Corey and Charlie. With a very low total of 16 points, Flore were easily the winners of this team event!
A huge well done to all the children. Their behaviour was also very good, despite the long wait for results in very cold and windy conditions.
Year 3/4 Girls: Lucy 18th, Natalia 19th
Year 3/4 Boys: William 11th, Oliver 16th, Geoffrey 18th, James 20th, Dylan 22nd, Bobby 25th, Casper 29th.
Year 5/6 Girls: Olivia 10th, Ruby 11th, Phoebe 13th, Cerise 14th, Eizabeth 24th, Olivia 26th, Kayleigh 27th, Cosmina 28th, Erin 33rd, Safiah 34th, Emma 36th, Evie 37th, Beth 39th.
Year 5/6 Boys: David 1st, Tom 2nd, Corey 6th, Charlie 7th, Enzo 12th, Henri 15th, Bobbie 22nd, Cosmin 23rd, Noah 25th, Oliver 26th, Ernie 28th, Harry 36th, Harry 37th.
Robin Hood watch out!
On Monday, March 20th six of our year 4/5 children took part in the South Nortants Arrows Archery Competition, held at Caroline Chisholm School. This was a new expereince for some of the team and also presented new activities for those who had 'shot' before. After a few practice shots, learning to adjust the pull and direction of shooting, the team settled quickly into each of the 4 areas on offer: Traditional Target, Jigsaw target, Tin Can Alley and the Clout. Everyone 'aimed' to beat their previous score and were quick to pick up arrows for second goes. The Clout proved quite tricky, as the arrow had to be shot upwards and then curl down to land in a hoop. Well done to Oliver who managed to get 2 of his arrows on target! It was soon obvious that hidden talents were eerging - I hope that some of the team are able to continue their great efforts at further meetings or club events.
Despite our lack of experience, the team came a very worthy 6th out of the 10 schools attending. It was lovely to see children enjoying a new opportunity. Thanks to Mrs Kirkbright for her support!
Team: Emma, Evie, Noah, Carys, Oliver, Rufus.
Woodford Halse Cross Country
Wednesday, March 15th saw 29 of our children taking part in the annual Woodford Halse Cross Country races. This is a popular event, attended by approximately 1000 children from across South Northamptonshire. It was a lovely afternoon, with good running conditions for the 1300m course. Having practised for the past few weeks by running laps of Broady Lodge Field, our pupils were ready and raring to go on the starter's whistle. A gentle incline, ditch and bank did not deter our runners from doing their best against some strong opposition. Crossing the finish line gave all a great sense of achievement - well done to our team for all completing the course!
Special congratulations go to Megan ho finished an amazing 8th in the Year 3/4 Girls 'Race, therefore winning a medal. The combined score of this team meant that Flore won the Small Schools' trophy - fabulous work girls!! David came in at 17th in the Year 5/6 Boys' Race and contributed to a 3rd place for this team. As there were over 200 runners in each race, our results were particulalrly good. I was very proud of all the children who have shown such detemination and enthusiasm during all our training sessions.
Year 3/4 Girls: Megan 8th, Katie 48th, Mae 53rd, Lilia 55th, Violer 84th, Ruby 86th, Lois 99th.
Year 3/4 Boys: Geoffrey 107th, Boby 132nd, Gregory 142nd, Casper 147th, James 160th, Dylan 161st, William 165th, Oliver 170th, Charles 188th.
Year 5/6 Girls: Olivia 74th, Cerise 107th, Ruby 137th, Elizabeth 147th, Alyssa 153rd.
Year 5/6 Boys: David 17th, Tom 39th, Charlie 91st, Henri 96th, Bobbie 103rd, Corey 109th, Oliver 162nd, Harry 164th.
On Wednesday, March 1st our squad returned to play in the first ever Campion Cluster Basketball competition. This was an opportunity to show off the skills developed in training and put them into practice in a game situation. We were placed in Pool A with Bliss, Harpole B and Upton. Each game was played as 3 boys v 3 boys in one half, then 3 girls v 3 girls in the other. All of our squad played really well and won all 3 of the pool games so coming top!
Results: Flore 4 v Harpole B 2
Flore 16 v Upton 4
Flore 4 v Bliss 2
Consequently we then played in the final against Harpole A. This was a very fast game, with some great dribbling and shots by both teams. Unfortunately for us, they had an outstanding girl playing who went on to score all their goals.
Result: Final - Flore 4 v Harpole A 8
This was a great achievement by our squad and they recognise how well they did to reach the final. Very well done to:
Cerise, Evie, David, Ernie, Lilia, Violet, Alfie and George.
KS2 Sports' Club with Mr Tompkins began again last week. It is lovely to see our children enjoying exercise and learning new skills in their own time. The club will have the opportunity to develop skills and play small sided games.
On Wednesday, February 22nd, eight of our yr 4/5 pupils took part in a basketball training session at Campion School. This proved to be a fun afternoon, meeting children from Bliss, Milton and The Althorp Partnership. Mr Marshall from Campion PE department, and 3 of his basketball playing sixth formers, led a range of skill activities which our children threw themselves into. This was followed by some mini games of 4 v 4 which were played fast and furiously. We look forward to the tournament next week!
Squad: Cerise, Evie, Ernie, David, Lilia, Violet, George and Alfie
Huge congratulations to Jake, Luke and Zain who have qualified in goalball for the Northamnts School Games Final at Moulton College in July!
On Wednesday, February 1st the boys took part in the South Northants goallball competition at Towcester Leisure Centre. This was a completely new sport for Flore and many of the other schools participating, but our team soon got to grips with it!
For those who are not aware, goalball is played in teams of three, with each player wearing a blindfold. The ball used in the sport contains a bell, so silence is required all around in order for the players to hear the ball approaching. Participants can kneel on one or two legs to roll the ball, aiming to score by passing their opponents who in turn try to block by lying down and grabbing the ball towards them.
Our boys displayed good rolling and blocking skills, winning their group and progressing to the semi-final which they also won! This meant a close final showdown against Newbottle and Charlton who came out as 1-0 winners. However, the boys were VERY excited to discover that Flore still qualified for the County Finals in July! This is a fantastic result and we are all very proud of them. We think that this is the first time that Flore have reached this level of competition....... certainly for many years! Jake, Luke and Zain really enjoyed themselevs and scored the experience 5/5. Well done boys!
Results: Group Semi-Final Final
Flore v Towcester 0-0 Flore v Pattishall B 4-1 Flore V Newbottle and Charlton 0-1
Flore v Pattishall 1-1
Flore v Blakesley 5-2
Teachers play sport too!!
Sometimes it is lovely to be able to share in the experiences enjoyed by the children. This was one such opportunity when Mrs Chick and the other PE lead teachers from Campion Cluster Primary Schools met in Campion gym and were instructed in two new sports by a group of young Sports' Leaders. First we had a go at goalball, which you will soon be hearing more about. This proved to be quite disorientating to begin with, as wearing a blindfold means you have to listen very carefully for the ball (with a bell inside) to come towards you. Aiming at targets caused some hilarity as several rolls went in the wrong direction! This was followed by a game of seated volleyall (pictured below) which was much harder to play than we first thought. Having to keep in contact with the floor means adapting ball control and requires considerable strength of arm! We all enjoyed our session and agreed to try out some more sports in the future.
Northampton Town League Two Trophy Visit Thursday January 12th
Another excitement this week was the visit of the League Two Football Trophy won by Northampton Town last season. A big thank you for the patience shown when the trophy was a 'no show' on Tuesday. I hope that those of you who bought tickets enjoy the match and see the Cobblers win a home game against Scunthorpe. Here are just a few of the school community who enjoyed holdng the cup!
CLASS PE - GYMNASTICS!
Now that classes 3 and 4 are resident in their new rooms and all Christmas activities are over, the hall is back in full use for indoor PE lessons. Class 3 were very excited to begin their gym unit this week, working on both floor and apparatus. We are exploring ways of stretching, working as individuals and in pairs. Every child showed good body control and all were keen to show off their different stretches. It is lovely to teach such an enthusiastic class and see an improvement in their movements in just one lesson! We thought you'd like to see some of our work for yourselves - click on each photo to enlarge and look for those stretches!
First week back in 2017 and Flore Primary have already been in action! The Campion Cluster Sportshall Athletics tournament took place on Tuesday, with 18 of our children participating. Each competitor competed in a range of track and field events, some as individuals, others as teams. The scores from each event were then combined to give an overall School team placing. All of our children competed to their best ability and showed their enjoyment through beaming smiles and enthusiastic cheering for their team-mates. There was some strong opposition in several events but we showed determinaton, particularly in the track events. The boys team finished with a 1st place in the triple jump, and two 2nd places in the vertical jump and 4 x 1 lap relay - well done! When the final scores were tallied and sent out, Flore finished in 5th place - well done to our team! A big thank you to Mr Munslow and Ms Massingham for helping Mrs Chick at the event, which was split over Campion gym and the sportshall.
Girls team: Ruby, Olivia C, Olivia H, Elizabeth, Cerise, Erin, Katie, Violet and Lilia.
Boys team: Corey, Charlie, Tom, David, Harry M, Harry Mac, Oliver, Enzo and Henri.
Headline News: Flore Primary have achieved the Bronze Games Mark Award for 2015/2016!
Northamtonshire Sport PE and School Sport Conference November 22nd
On Tuesday, November 22nd, Mrs Chick attended this conference held at Franklin's Gardens. This was an opportunity for teachers to come together and share experiences of PE within their schools. We were treated to some excellent key note speakers including a paralympian swimmer and the coach of the 2012 rythmic gymnastic team. It was an active day too. I enjoyed a session of REAL PE - it was a sight to see teachers acting as monkeys and banana trees! This was followed with Maths of the Day - its amazing how competitive adlts can be! Altogether the confrence was a great success and very worthwhile attending. The key message was to make Northampton 'A fitter, more active and successful sporting county by 2020'. At Flore Primary we intend to make sure that our pupils play their part in reaching this target.
Next event - Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics Pratice session - Wednesday, November 30th POSTPONED
Girls Level 2 football - Tuesday November 8th
This week saw 8 of Flore year 5/6 girls travelling further afield to play in a tournament at Moulton College. Two road closures en route caused a delay to the start but eventually 20 football teams got underway, playing on larger pitches than previously. The matches were 5 a side, so with a squad of 8 the girls took turns to be rolling substitutes. We were in an initial pool with Sywell, West Haddon, The Bramptons and Hardingstone (who proved to be a very strong team throughout). The girls were very enthusiastic and gradually developed a better playing technique, recognising the need to close down the opposition and play at greater depth. When we eventually scored, there was much celebration!
Results: Hardingstone lost 3-0
West Haddon Lost 1-0
The Bramptons Drew 0-0
Sywell Won 1-0 (scorer Phoebe)
Every school was then placed in a further pool to play off - we were drawn with Deanshanger and Bugbrooke. Deanshanger beat both teams so it was down to a final match against Bugbrooke. This was a very good game in which we took the lead from Kayleigh, only to concede a late goal and so earn a 1-1 draw. We await notification of final placings from South Northants Sports.
Flore player of the tournament goes to Kayleigh for her great clearences, head down approach and dogged running at the ball - all rewarded by scoring a goal!
I was very impressed with the enthusiasm shown by all the girls and their positive approach to every game. I had a fabulous afternoon and am very proud of the squad!
A huge thank you to Gavin Waters for accompanying us to Moulton, providing support and much appreciated treats!
Squad: Cerise, Elizabeth, Kayleigh, Olivia C, Olivia H, Phoebe, Ruby, Safiah
Year 5/6 Football - Wednesday November 2nd
Braving increasingly cold conditions, Flore took part in the Campion Year 5/6 football tournament We began the afternoon playing our pool games against Harpole and Milton, winning both by 1 goal to nil (scorers Tom and Enzo) and so topping our pool. The boys were noticeably playing more as a team and so taking better control of the play and making the most of scoring opportunities. We then progressed to another pool of 4 teams playing for the top places: Rothersthorpe, Upton, Bugbrooke and Flore. We began well with a 0-0 draw against Rothersthorpe but then unfortunately lost the remaiing 2 matches. At the close, we missed out on 3rd place by a single goal but our achievement of 4th out of 13 teams was fabulous!
Results: 1st Upton
Well done to all the squad. Ernie made some great saves today - helped by Charlie's much needed gloves! Thanks also go to the parents who encouraged and supported from the sidelines.
Squad: Bobby, Charlie, Corey, Enzo, Ernie, Oliver, Tom
Year 5/6 Tag Rugby - Thursday, October 20th
What an exciting afternoon of sport! Our squad really entered into the spirit of the game, showing determination to win. The event was divided into 2 groups of 6 teams with group matches played first and the final positions decided by further games based on group placings. Flore made a great start with a 1:1 draw against Rothersthorpe only to follow up with wins against Harpole, Bugbrooke and Kislingbury! We then discovered that we topped our group with Rothersthorpe, only to lose out on 3 tries scored against us. This meant that we palyed in the second place play off against Bliss - after 2 minutes extra time the score remained 1:1 so Flore finished in joint second place! What a fantastic dispaly by our squad - well done to them all, but especially to Tom for his prolific try scoring!
Squad: Cerise, Ruby, Olivia, Tom, Ernie, David, Enzo, Charlie, Harry
Results: Rothersthorpe 1:1 (Try score Tom)
Harpole 4:3 (Try scorers Ernie, Harry, Tom x 2)
Bugbrooke 3:0 ( Try scorer Tom x3)
Kislingbury 1:0 ( Try scorer Enzo)
2nd Place play off Bliss 1:1 (Try scorer Charlie)
Year 5/6 Small Schools' Football - Monday, October 17th.
This time it was the turn of the boys to play in a tournament at Campion School. The Small Schools' Football was a Level 2 event organised by Northamptonshire School Sports. Five teams took place at this venue, the winner set to join Roade Primary in representing South Northants in the finals early next year. Our squad consists of some good individual players who took a couple of matches to adjust to playing as a team. After two losses against Rothersthorpe and The Forest Federation, we regrouped and showed much better shape and good passing. Two goals from Tom and a third from Enzo earned us a well deserved win against Newnham. We went confidently into our final match, playing The Althorp Partnership, but despite our best efforts they ran out the winners.
Well done to the boys for putting in a great effort - I look forward to future matches!
Squad: Ernie, Charlie, Enzo, David, Bobby, Corey, Tom
Year 5/6 Girls' Football Tournament - Thursday, October 13th.
Today, seven of our year 5/6 girls took part in the Campion Cluster 5-a-side Girls' Football Tournament. They had all attended practices at lunchtimes and were very enthusiastic to be playing other schools. Unfortunately the event was restricted to three games as fewer schools than expected turned up. This did not deter our team who all tried really hard. We drew our first match 0-0 against Bliss before suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Rothersthorpe (who beat all the teams and became outright winners!) We then played Harpole and towards the end managed to secure an equalising goal from Cerise. A special well done to Ruby who played in goal throughout.
I was very pleased with the positive attitude of the girls during the event - it was good to see them enjoying themselves and encouraging their team when off the pitch.
Squad: Cerise, Kayleigh, Olivia C, Olivia H, Phoebe, Ruby and Safiah.
Join the Skipping Challenge this week at break and lunch times!
Find a Sports Leader and ask them to count how many skips you can do in a minute. You can have more than one go in the week. Next Monday Mrs Chick will announce the top skipper in each year group.
Be active - get skipping!
KS1 Rugby WOW event - Friday, October 7th 2016
On Friday, 24 very excited year 1 and 2 children travelled to Campion School for a morning of rugby and fun.The Sports leaders organised and ran several different activities including tag, passing and catching and mini tag games. All the children had fun and enjoyed the session. Thanks to the PE department of Campion for organising the event and inviting us. It was great to see our younger children being so active and involved in sport.
Kwik Cricket- Thursday 26th May 2016
Members of Class 4 represented Flore at the Campion Kwik Cricket festival. The team battled tough opposition to finish third in their group. Congratulations go to Ethan T, Josh, Corey, Emily, Lucy and Jenna.
Tennis Tournament- Tuesday 17th May 2016
We sent two teams to the Year 3 & 4 tennis tournament held at Campion School. Five schools entered the competition (with two schools entering two teams). Flore A team emerged from the group stage as winners while Flore B narrowly missed out on playing in the final on countback, otherwise, it would have been Flore A versus Flore B.
As it turned out Flore A played against Upton Meadows in the final and after four keenly fought matches, it was Flore A who were the winners.
Special mention to Gregory, in Year 2, for stepping in at the last minute and for winning all his matches against older opponents.
Well done to both teams. It was great to see everyone play some great rallies and it was even better to see Flore Primary School beat some of the bigger schools.
Quik Sticks Hockey Festival- Thursday 12th May 2016
Flore Primary School entered two squads of seven players into the Campion cluster 'Quik Sticks' hockey festival for Years 3 and 4 on Thursday 12th May. Having practised for a couple of weeks during lunchtimes, this competition was the first experience of proper hockey for all concerned.
Quik Sticks' is a 4-a-side game, 2 boys and 2 girls, played on astroturf or hardcourt with no goalkeepers. The idea of this junior version of hockey is to provide players with as much possession of the ball as possible in order to develop confidence and skills.
Both squads played extremely well, winning more games than they lost. Flore B team finished 5th out of seven teams. Flore A team finished third - with only an unexpected 1-0 defeat in the final game denying the team overall victory.
Congratulations to all players for their huge efforts, teamwork and sportsmanship. Flore A: Enzo; Evie; Lilia; David; Ernie; Oliver; Chloe.
Flore B: Amelia; Oliver; Cerise; Charlie; Henri; Alfie.
Cross Country Campion Cluster- Thursday 21st April 2016
The whole of Class 3 (plus Year 4 pupils in Class 4) took part in the Campion Cluster Cross-country event at Bugbrooke Playing Fields on Thursday 21st April. Interestingly, the respective boys’ and girls’ teams from Flore Primary School were the largest participating in the competition whilst other schools had selected their better runners.
Having practised in their PE lessons over the last couple of weeks, the pupils were excited about the opportunity to compete against other schools on a longer course than the one at the Brodie Lodge Playing Fields.
In a team competition where the first four runners’ finishing places counted, both the girls and the boys excelled themselves in their attitude, effort and perseverance.
The girls had a combined score of 48 for their top 4 runners. This would prove to be the second best team score.
Girls’ Top 4
The boys had a combined team score of 32 for their top 4 runners. David was the winner of the Year 3/4 boys’ individual race having led the field from the start and winning by a handful of metres after a sprint finish. Like the girls, the boys finished in second place in the team competition. (The winning team, Bugbrooke Primary School, achieved a score of 14.)
Boys’ Top 4
Well done everyone. You certainly proved to yourselves, and spectators, just what you are capable of.
Campion football Tournament 14th April 2016
It is not often that one of the smallest schools provides the most players at a football tournament but that was certainly the case when Flore Primary School attended the Year 3/4 festival at Campion School on Thursday 14th April sending two teams.
The two mixed teams of players were given some coaching from Campion School’s Young Sports Leaders before they played their round-robin matches. For some of the Flore pupils this was their first experience of competitive football.
Both teams played some exciting, quality football, scoring plenty of goals and showing great spirit and sportsmanship. It was very apt that the final game of the whole afternoon was Flore ‘A’ versus Flore ‘B’. After a closely contested game the final score was 1-1.
On the evidence of this afternoon at Bugbrooke, the future looks bright for football at Flore. Well done everyone.
Team A: Chloe ; Oliver T; Henri; Zain; George; Megan; Katie
Team B: Thomas; Enzo; Charlie; Cerise; Violet; David; Luke