Will you be taking part in the Norfolk School Games Active Week?

The Norfolk School Games Active Week is a week-long focus on getting pupils more active from the 21st of June, as part of the National School Sport Week 2021. 

This could be at school creating some new ideas for your PE lessons, during break times, or at after-school clubs. Why not try to get a bit more active at home? It could be as simple as taking the dog for a walk or meeting friends to the park for a kickabout.

Riding your bike or walking to school is also a great way to add up those active minutes and it also boosts your mental wellbeing, setting you up for the school day ahead. 

Being more active doesn’t always have to mean being more ‘sporty’ …just by going outside and exploring nature is a great way to be more physically active. 

Whether it be at school, at home, or by active travel, we want to support our young people and help them to be more active to get their bodies and minds back on track.

Over on the Norfolk School Games website you will find more information, opportunities and fun activities for pupils and schools to use during the week. All to help get pupils more physically active in line with the 60 Active Minutes agenda.

There will be lots of ideas for all to access but with a particular focus on Transition, Active Travel, Girls, and Health & Wellbeing.

If you haven’t had enough fun already during our Active Week then, back by popular demand, we have our Colour Run on Friday the 25th of June. So go and grab as many colourful clothes as possible, get family members involved too, get dressed up and go for a run or walk. 

Don’t forget to tag us during the week on social media to let us know what you have been up to. Tag us on Instgram and Facebook using @NorfolkSchoolGames and over on Twitter using @NorfolkSchGames !

Also, if you would like a special visit to your school from our Norfolk School Games mascot bear just email us at schoolgames@activenorfolk.org and he could make an appearance at your school on the 25th June.  

For a chance of winning a £50 voucher or a Norfolk School Games goody bag, make sure to fill in either our Primary Activity Tracker or our Secondary Pupil Survey, both of which can be found on the Norfolk School Games website/ Just click on the ‘Active Week’ tab. 

Schools can also be in for a chance of winning a £250 equipment voucher by filling in our school Survey. 

We hope you take part and enjoy the week but most of all just have some fun!

Get Ready for the County wide Virtual Colour Run – 25th June

As part of our ACTIVE WEEK (21st -25th June), we welcome as many schools and pupils to take part in this year’s VIRTUAL COLOUR RUN on the Friday of that week.

Make sure to pencil in the 25th of June in your diary and get planning your colourful outfit.

And then just run, walk, skip, cartwheel (or do anything to move more and have fun!) all on Friday 25th June 2021.

Last year’s Rainbow Run was such a success with over 1000 pupils taking part from all over the county.  Make sure you join us again to beat that number this year.

Let us know via social media on the day that you’re joining in and are part of the biggest county school event this summer. Do this by tagging the Norfolk School Games in your stories & posts, using @NorfolkSchoolGames on Facebook & Instagram or @NorfolkSchGames over on Twitter!

 

Don’t forget to check out our top tips below to help your school take part.

Click here for our Colour Run TOP TIPS!

 

Virtual Gymnastics

Our final celebration article is all about the virtual gymnastics challenge that was open for pupils in years 1 and 2. The challenge required pupils to create their own floor routine using a selection of body management and floor exercise skills from the Key Steps 1 gymnastics pack. Examples of movements included a stretched jump, rocking on back, an arched hold and a forward roll. It was fantastic to see such a variety of routines and many groups chose their own music to perform to which really complimented the routine. It was clear to see a lot of rehearsing had taken place and performers concentrated throughout.

The judging took place and each routine was scored based on a number of categories. These included; performance of skills, variation of group formation and levels, team synchronisation and overall presentation of routine.  Each category was scored out of 10 points and then an average score was created for each group. Well done to everyone who entered this challenge. We had a total of 21 entries from 10 different schools

A big well done goes to Denver and Fairhaven Primary who had 3 different groups enter this challenge and a special mention also goes to Surlingham Primary whose pupils were isolating and still managed to film their own entries to submit! Well done everyone.

Some of the judges comments included: A lovely performance, delivered well, with good use of skills to the varying tempos. Very well done.’

‘Shapes are held well and very well practiced.’

‘You demonstrated a variety of skills very well, in time to your music, with good use of the space. A very good sequence, well done!’

Throughout the autumn term of virtual challenges, we had a fantastic 121 schools take part including 109 primary, 9 secondary and 3 special schools with approximately 18,000 pupils accessing at least one of the challenges. Some schools in particular made a huge effort to engage their pupils in more than one challenge and their overall participation across the term was fantastic. Well done to: Catton Grove, Bure Valley, North Denes, South Wooton, Taverham Junior, Framingham Earl and Alderman Peel.

In the next couple of weeks we’ll be sharing news of what  you can look forward to from the School Games in the summer term! Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for more information….

Virtual Dance

The next of our school games articles is all about dance and was open to all secondary schools. This challenge required pupils to work together as a team to either create a ‘tik tok’ style challenge, follow our steps to create their own dance or choreograph a completely new dance.

Routines were recorded and submitted online for independent judges to watch. All routines were scored out of 4 categories with a maximum of 10 points for each; performance skills, musicality, choreography and floor use and overall impact. Teams were then given an overall score as well as comments from the judges on their performance.

Well done to Alderman Peel High School and Framingham Earl High School who had teams enter this challenge. All groups choreographed their own dance and there were different dance styles across each one. Pupils had worked hard together to practice their routine and there were some really impressive dance skills amongst them.

Here are some of the judges comments: ‘Beautiful technique girls! Great use of the dance space and really nice to see lots of floor work in your choreography.’

‘I enjoyed the interpretation of the music and you were really together, well done.’ 

‘Some tight moves that were executed well.’

 Next week will be our last article celebrating the virtual games and will be all about gymnastics.

Norfolk School Games Virtual Cross Country

Another popular event in our school games calendar is the cross country which normally takes place in the beautiful setting of Holkham Hall in North Norfolk.

Last term’s cross country virtual challenge was open to both primary and secondary schools and it was fantastic to see so many schools enter this one. The challenge was set with varying distances for pupils to run depending on which year group they were in in their school setting. Years 1/2 1000 metres, Years 3/4 1200m, Years 5/6 1400m and Years 7/8 1600m.

Pupils were encouraged to run at a speed that they could continue for the full distance. Times were given to each pupil once they had completed the course and converted into seconds. Again, classes calculated their total score which was then averaged to allocate final points.

A huge 94 primary schools and 8 secondary schools took part in this challenge. Huge well done to everyone who took part and in particular to the following schools who had the most pupils participate: Hillside Avenue, Drayton Junior, North Wooton Academy, Hethersett VC Primary, Heacham Junior, Mulbarton Primary, Terrington St Clements and Alderman Peel High.

Our next article will be all about the dance challenge.

Norfolk School Games Virtual Golf

This week we are looking back at our primary event, golf. Tri golf is another competition that we run in our summer programme and it was great to see so many schools get involved with this one virtually!

Any primary school classes could enter this one and were split into groups of 5. The aim of the competition was to encourage teams to work together in the challenges and collect points.

The golf competition was made up of 5 different challenges and all involved different golfing skills including target practice, hand eye coordination and controlling the golf ball. Pupils were given the chance to practice each challenge first and were then up against the clock to start collecting as many points as they could for their team! An average score was then calculated from each teams’ total points to give the class a final collective score.

For this challenge, a total of 29 schools took part. A special mention goes to Catton Grove Primary who had the most pupils participate in this event. Thank you to all those schools who sent in photos of pupils taking part, we loved seeing so many smiling faces. Well done to everyone who took part in this challenge, we hope you enjoyed it!

Next week, we’ll be looking back at Cross Country.

Norfolk School Games Virtual Athletics

The second of our school games virtual articles is all about the athletics competitions. Sportshall athletics is always a big hit and one of the most popular events that we run in our Norfolk School Games calendar; holding it virtually seemed to be equally as popular this year!

The competition was open to both primary and secondary schools with a separate competition for them. Each competition had 5 different events included for pupils to have a go at. For primary pupils; shuttle runs, standing long jump, vertical jump, speed bounce and a target throw. For secondary pupils; shuttle runs, standing triple jump, vertical jump, speed bounce and a chest push.

For each challenge, pupils were encouraged to try their best at each event and were awarded points which went towards an average score for their class. The emphasis was on whole classes working together to achieve their final score as a team.

In the primary competition, we had a total of 65 different schools participate, 62 primary schools and 3 special schools. A huge well done to all schools who entered this competition. A special mention goes to those schools who had the most pupil engagement in their classes: Bure Valley, South Wooton Junior, Swaffham Junior, Taverham Junior and North Denes Primary.

In the secondary competition, there was a total of 6 schools who took part. Well done to all pupils who participated, especially Smithdon High School who had the most pupil engagement.

It was also fantastic to see so many schools engaging pupils in a sports leader role to support the competition.

We hope those who entered the competition enjoyed it. Come back next week to read about the next competition…golf.

A round up of the Virtual School Games 2020

Did your school take part in our virtual Norfolk School Games challenges last term? If you did, then keep an eye on our website and social media platforms over the next few weeks. We’ll be looking back over each of the competitions that took place and celebrating those schools who took part. This week’s article is a roundup of the virtual games.

Back in September, the Norfolk School Games offer went virtual again and our offer was redesigned to include a range of COVID safe competitions. The focus of the competitions was on whole class engagement and working together to achieve their best overall score. All schools from across the county were invited to take part and submit their entries on the Norfolk School Games website.

There were challenges for primary and secondary schools which included athletics, dance, cross country, golf and gymnastics. During each of the competitions, pupils were also challenged to demonstrate the School Games values; determination, passion, respect, honesty, self-belief and teamwork.

Across the term, we had a fantastic response and a total of 121 schools took part, including 109 primary, 9 secondary and 3 special schools. Approximately 18,000 pupils accessed at least one of the challenges over the term! It was great to see so many schools getting involved and supporting their pupils to stay active and engaged during such a challenging time.

Check out next week’s article when we’ll be looking back at our first challenge…athletics.

Have you entered the virtual school games?

As we enter another lockdown, it’s more important now than ever to ensure that children are receiving the recommended amount of exercise. During the last lockdown, it was reported that the number of children who said they were doing the recommended 60 minutes of activity a day had dropped from 47% to 29%.

Pupils have missed out on the opportunity to take part in PE lessons and school sports events which is why we have redesigned the Norfolk School Games offer to still enable children to take part and keep the spirit of the Games alive.

Competitions

Each of the school games competitions has been designed to focus on rewarding whole classes for working together to achieve their best overall score. There are a range of challenges for both primary and secondary schools and schools can choose which competition to take part in. There is a resource card available to explain each competition as well as a video demonstration. You can access the competitions here

Results will be shared on the Norfolk School Games website.

How to enter

To enter a competition all you need to do is head to https://www.norfolkschoolgames.co.uk/virtualcompetitions/ and click on ‘enter’ for the competition you are entering. Results should be submitted by school staff and you have until the 11th December to submit your entries.

We love to see your photo and video entries and you can tag us on our social media channels to show us how you are getting on. For Twitter use @norfolkschgames and for Facebook post directly onto the Norfolk School Games page. Please remember to follow your school’s photo/video consent policy.

If you have any questions you can contact your local school games organiser here 

A look back at the Virtual Summer Games

As another summer games has come to an end, we have been looking back on the last few months of competitions. Whilst it’s not been like our usual summer games, it certainly hasn’t been any less exciting!

With the outbreak of Coronavirus in March forcing schools to close, we couldn’t let pupils miss out on taking part in the school games, so we changed our offer to a virtual one! Each week one of our school games organisers set a challenge for anyone to have a go at. Pupils, siblings, teachers and even parents were encouraged to join in. Challenges could be easily carried out at home or school and were based around personal improvement, in line with the sports and events that were due to be part of our summer programme. Challenges included: tennis, golf, cricket, athletics, angling and netball.

On top of this, we finished our virtual summer calendar with a rainbow run to replace our colour run which would normally engage hundreds of pupils. Children, young people and families around the county were asked to put on brightly coloured clothes and go for a run on the same day. A live tally was kept throughout the day so we knew how many people were taking part. We had a brilliant 900 people participate and 68 schools. It was great to see pictures of so many people donning their bright colours!

Across all challenges, nearly 700 entries were sent in either through email or via our social media challenges and 114 schools were represented across the county. It was fantastic to see how creative people could be when completing the challenges; brooms used as golf clubs and frying pans as tennis rackets!

Our brilliant school games photographer Matt has compiled all entries and created videos to celebrate the success of this summer. These videos as well as all the challenges set have been uploaded to our YouTube account. You can view them here. Did you take part in any of the virtual challenges? See if you can spot yourself!

Physical activity is more important now than ever and the virtual challenges have been a great way to continue to encourage and motivate young people to be active as well as keeping the school games spirit alive.

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the challenges, shared and liked social media posts and got involved with our summer of virtual events. We are working on our offer for next year and will share more information in the next couple of months.

If you’d like any ideas on how you can keep active this summer, Active Norfolk have lots of ideas- https://www.activenorfolk.org/active-at-home

RAINBOW RUN

To close our summer of virtual events we will be finishing with a Rainbow Run.

We want as many people as possible taking part all on the same day….the 19th June.

Anyone can take part; children, young people, friends, families, school staff, parents and carers. All you need to do is grab all of your colourful clothing and go for a run.

You can choose how you want to run: indoors or outdoors, fast or slow, short or long distance or even run on the spot. However you choose it all contributes to the rainbow run!

To show us that you’re taking part you’ll need to comment or tag us with a rainbow emoji on any of the Norfolk School Games social media accounts (@norfolkschoolgames).

We’ll be keeping a live tally throughout the day to clock in the number of participants. We’d also love to see your  videos and photos which can then be emailed to us after the day (schoolgames@activenorfolk.org), and they will be compiled into a finale video showcasing Norfolk’s largest school rainbow run.

So grab your bright coloured clothing and join us on the 19th June!

 

Virtual Netball Challenge

Challenge 6 is Netball!

Here’s Laura explaining the challenges for this one:

You have until the 15th June to submit your entries. Please include your name, school and year group.

Tri-Golf Virtual Challenge

Challenge 5 is Tri-Golf

See if you can have a go at this one this week and send in your entries to:

For Instagram use @norfolkschoolgames

For Twitter use @norfolkschgames

…and for Facebook entries please post directly onto the Norfolk School Games Facebook Page.

…or alternatively you can email your entry via email to schoolgames@activenorfolk.org

Please include your school, name and year group in your submission.

Athletics Virtual Challenge

Challenge 4 is Athletics.

Watch the video to see what you have to do for this one. Don’t forget to submit your entries:

For Instagram use @norfolkschoolgames

For Twitter use @norfolkschgames

…and for Facebook entries please post directly onto the Norfolk School Games Facebook Page.

…or alternatively you can email your entry via email to schoolgames@activenorfolk.org

Please include your school, name and year group in your submission.

We will then share and celebrate the entries via social media during the Norfolk School Games finals week, 15th-19th June.

Angling Virtual Challenge

And here’s Challenge 3… Angling

Have a go and don’t forget to tag us

For Instagram use @norfolkschoolgames

For Twitter use @norfolkschgames

…and for Facebook entries please post directly onto the Norfolk School Games Facebook Page.

…or alternatively you can email your entry via email to schoolgames@activenorfolk.org

Please include your school, name and year group with your submission.

We will then share and celebrate the entries via social media during the Norfolk School Games finals week, 15th-19th June.

Kwik Cricket Virtual Challenge

Here’s Virtual Challenge 2… Kwik Cricket!

Have a go and don’t forget to tag us

For Instagram use @norfolkschoolgames

For Twitter use @norfolkschgames

…and for Facebook entries please post directly onto the Norfolk School Games Facebook Page.

…or alternatively you can email your entry via email to schoolgames@activenorfolk.org

Please include your school, name and year group in your submission.

We will then share and celebrate the entries via social media during the Norfolk School Games finals week, 15th-19th June.

Mini-Tennis Virtual Challenge

So here is the first of the Norfolk School Games virtual challenges…mini-tennis!

Have a go and don’t forget to tag us

For Instagram use @norfolkschoolgames

For Twitter use @norfolkschgames

…and for Facebook entries please post directly onto the Norfolk School Games Facebook Page.

…or alternatively you can email your entry via email to schoolgames@activenorfolk.org

We will then share and celebrate the entries via social media during the Norfolk School Games finals week, 15th-19th June.

There will also be a competition for the school with the most virtual competition entries; relative to its size.

IT’S HERE!

Norfolk School Games Goes Virtual

During the school closures, Norfolk School Games Organiser Network will be providing activities and resources for children at school or at home to continue to be active and improve their physical literacy.