Headline News: Flore Primary have achieved the Bronze Games Mark Award for 2015/2016!
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