TAG Rugby Challenge
In the first half term of this year, many classes in Key Stage Two have taken part in a TAG Rugby Challenge. The children had to learn and complete 5 activities and see how many times they could perform each activity in 1 minute.
The activities were:
– clap and catch
– figure of eight
– around the world
– mountain climbers
– slalom run
All the children’s scores were collected and sent away to the Darlington School Sport Partnership, who then added up the results. Depending on how much the children scored, they were awarded a bronze, silver or gold certificate.
Overall, we achieved 50 bronze, 28 silver and 10 gold awards.
WELL DONE. YOU WERE ALL FANTASTIC!
Year 5/6 Boys Football Festival
Firthmoor’s boys football team took part in the under-11 football tournament at Eastbourne Sport Complex recently. The team played against 17 other Darlington schools with great determination and spirit and achieved a brilliant 8th place finish. Ms Lacey, their manager, who trains with the boys every Thursday after school, was very proud of their sportsmanship and overall performance. Well done boys!
Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics
A team of 18 girls and boys from year 5 and 6 took part in a Sportshall Athletics competition at Wyvern Academy in Darlington. The children took part in various track and field events which included different obstacle races and field events such as javelin, vertical jump, standing long jump, standing triple jump, chest push and speed bounce. The team worked extremely well together throughout the event and encouraged each other to do well. The team also showed certain qualities such as passion and a great determination to win. The event started with all the obstacle races first, followed by the field events and finishing with the running relays. Ellis and Lincoln did extremely well in the Parlauf running event, where they won by a considerable amount. The girls 4 by 4 relay ran well with good teamwork to get the 1st place win. Overall Firthmoor Primary school qualified for the town final at which they finished in 8th place.
Year 3/4 Sportshall Athletics
A team of nineteen children participated in the Y3/4 Sportshall Athletics Development Festival at the Dolphin Centre in January. The children had been practising the running and throwing events in PE lessons in the weeks leading up to the festival, and were very excited for the competition to start. All children had the opportunity to take part in two to four track and field events. The children demonstrated an amazing amount of passion, determination, team work and self-belief, which are some of the qualities we encourage them to demonstrate when taking part in PE and sporting activities. In total, nineteen schools took part in the event. Due to the computerised scoring system, we are still awaiting the results but whatever happens the children can be thoroughly proud of all their performances. Very well done!
Tag Rugby Tournament
A group of our Year 5 and 6 girls and boys attended Darlington’s annual TAG Rugby Tournament this half term. The teams played each match with vigor and determination. Year 6 boys progressed to the finals and came 5th out of 41 schools! Well done!
Year 5 boys and Year 6 girls didn’t progress to the finals, but they bowed out very gracefully and had a great afternoon.
Community Games 2019
Y4MT had a glorious day at this year’s Community Games. The day began with the event opening ceremony and special guest Richard Kilty gave a speech to all the children taking part. Richard Kilty is a British track and field sprinter and has won world and European events in the indoor 60m.
The rest of the day children were allocated sports and were taught skills and techniques related to the sport. At the end of the session children were given opportunities to take part in competitive activities. Firthmoor Primary sent three teams of children and completed at least two of the following sports:
- fencing/ archery
The children all enjoyed learning new skills and were eager to go home and tell parents about their day.
Annual Town Cross County Competition
Some of our pupils took part in the Annual Darlington School’s Cross Country Competition. Ellis in our Year 6, came 10th overall and so was invited to take part in the Tees Valley Cross Country Final at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough. There were 59 runners from Darlington schools and Ellis came 2nd out of those schools, and 20th in the overall race! He was also ranked 7th best performer from Darlington! Well done Ellis.
Children recently took part in the Cricket Plate at the Railway Athletic Club in Darlington. Although the weather was cold and miserable, that didn’t stop our children claiming the winners trophy! They won in all 6 games to get to the final and did us proud! Well done!
A team of pupils participated in the Town Sports Event at Eastbourne Sports Complex recently, and they came back with a haul of medals between them. The supervising adults were delighted with both their behaviour and achievements and commended the children on their display of team spirit. Ellis in Year 5 won gold in the Long Jump, Jake also in Year 5 won silver in the 55m hurdles race and Cayden in Year 6 won bronze in the 600m track race. All of our pupils who participated in the events did extremely well, and whether they won a medal or not, showed great determination and sportsmanship. Well done to you all!
Year 6 Bench ball at St Aidan’s
In the Autumn Term a group of Y6 children were invited to St Aidan’s Academy to take part in a Bench ball activity afternoon with another local school (St John’s CE Primary). Whilst there, children learnt the rules of bench ball and had an opportunity to practise some basic skills. They were then put into team and participated in competitive games. Throughout the games children learnt attacking and defensive skills and were coached by St Aidan’s Young Leaders. All the children gave 100% and tried hard to improve their performances throughout the afternoon.
Another opportunity for a different group of Y6 children to take part in a similar bench ball festival will be organised for the end of the first Spring Term.