Inter School Tournament

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 Announced!

The countdown has started... 5,4,3,2,1, BLAST OFF!!!

The annual Summer Reading Challenge has been launched into orbit,  and we've got some fantastic ideas lined up for libraries ... and schools too!

Previous years have seen a galaxy of themes that have been stellar for games, such as 'the Olympics', 'Animal Antics' and 'Mischief Makers'... but this year's theme has us flying to the moon and reaching for the stars!

If you haven't already guessed, this years theme is.... 'SPACE CHASE'. So , that means we will soaring into libraries with a cargo load of games that will send you to infinity ... and beyond! (OK enough of the space puns!).

The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 theme is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children taking part in the Challenge will join our super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!

 

So what's happening?

Well, I.S.T. is the name of the game this year. No, not Inter-galactic Space Travel... Inter-School Tournament!

To help boost awareness and participation in this years Summer Reading Challenge, we'll be hosting Inter-School Tournaments with a 'Space Race' theme... in libraries!

We've found hosting inter-school tournaments in libraries are a fantastic way to both get children excited and interested in their local library, but also a great way for libraries to get face-to-face with local schools, introduce the Summer Reading Challenge and send them away with the motivation to get all the local children and their families back into the library throughout the summer.

The tournaments involve teams of children from local schools coming together for an exciting day out, making friends, having fun, and maybe even winning the ultimate prize...

We spend the morning learning and playing games together, and then in the afternoon the children compete on different tables, in a friendly and competitive atmosphere, to earn points for their teams, and for themselves. Everyone who takes part collects a certificate to celebrate their efforts, and of course there are trophies available too!

Not sure... check out our most recent IST's here, including a fantastic Tournament with Kirklees Libraries, and discover more about our exactly what an Inter School Tournament is too.

Of course we will be visiting libraries throughout the holidays and term time, with open gaming sessions for families of all ages to come and have a go at a massive range of games too, as we have done for the last decade, the tournaments and pre-summer activities are just the perfect way to promote another exciting Summer Reading Challenge to as many children in your area as possible.

So whether you are a library or a school interested in having some game based, SRC focused tournaments or workshops... open up communications with us now! Space travel, aliens, galactic invasions and inter-planetary adventures are coming your to a galaxy near you soon!

 

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Airecon 2019 Inter School Tournament

So, we have just spent a weekend away in Harrogate as part of the terrific Airecon Games Convention, a friendly open gaming event that's rapidly growing in popularity.

Accompanying us on our first day were 47 local school children, who along with their teachers, came to compete in our Inter-School Games Tournament.

A competition with something for everyone! We ensured we had a range of games that would appeal, irrespective of the sort of games you enjoy.

We had a super maths game “Savvy” where prediction and probability plus a bit of luck could earn you points to win the game. Do you play or do you pass and give the next player something to think about?

We had the wonderful word game Bananagrams Junior. Be the first to use all your letters in a connected word grid without a spelling mistake, proper noun or abbreviation?

We also included the fantastic and mesmerising shape game Polyssimo, to test patience and concentration. 

Our final game was Grabolo, a game to test those reflexes and perception. Who has the best eyes and the fastest hands?

The schools that took part were, Rossett Acre, Coppice Valley, Skelton Newby Hall, Woodfield Primary, Staveley Community and Kirk Hammerton all of which had selected a couple of teams to represent their school. Yes, there were prizes to be won but the aim of the day was to have lots of fun!

The competition was close but in the end this year’s winning team came from Rossett Acre School who came out on top and took the winning trophy. Max W from Rossett Acre took the title of highest scoring individual player. Congratulations young man!

 

The sea of smiles was a sure sign that everyone involved had a great time. Here's just some of the other teams: 

After such a fantastic day, we look forward to returning to Harrogate and working with the Rossett Acre teams and their friends soon...

... and of course if you would like more information on how to go about organising your very own Inter-School Games Tournament, get in touch!

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Kirklees Inter-school Tournament at Dewsbury Library

So, one week on from our event at Rawthorpe Library, it was Dewsbury Library's turn to play host, in the latest of our Inter-School Tournaments in Kirklees Libraries. This time we had a whopping 7 new schools come to try their hand at Imagination Gaming!

An open plan library, we set up in the children's area for the day, and rather than interrupt regular proceedings, library visitors and staff remarked on what a wonderful atmosphere it created, plenty of energy, laughter and plain old good fun!

A really enjoyable day. All of the children loved it... ...lots of opportunities for reasoning and problem solving.

From the local area we welcomed Paradise, Westmoor, Boothroyd, Carlton, Thornhill, Eastborough and St. Paulinus Primary Schools, each bringing 4 eager and intrigued children and staff, all of whom had never experienced Imagination Gaming.

 

Lets Play!

After a few games for the early arrivals, introductions were done and we quickly set to concentrating on the games for today's tournament, with a few new ones to last week. This week we concentrated on Savvy, Storyline, Wildlife Rescue and Shaperise.

One main feature of a lot of the games we use, is the ability to teach the games quickly and simply, this does not however mean they are easy. Often games with just a few choices to make can leave much more room for invention and creativity!

Savvy is an incredibly simple looking game but very effective. Players simply eveluate the likelyhood on whether or not the next card will be higher or lower, whilst carefully managing the result of getting it right, wrong, or whether not to play at all. 

Shaperise is a real challenge for the memory. We use it in lots of different ways but today it was up to the players to try and memorise a prescribed pattern of up to 10 different blocks and then reproduce that image as quickly and as accurately as they can. This was a really tricky one!

Wildlife Safari (shown here as Botswana) is a strategy challenge, and a classic we continue to use because of how good it is! The aim is to lay your cards to try and control the value of the animals, so that when the game ends, the animals you have collected are worth the most points. Something for the strategists... and the slightly devious!

Finally we used Storyline, both the fairy tales and the scary tales versions. This one is a little bit more random as you try and influence the story's narrator to choose your plot twists... but that's the fun. A brilliant story-telling game.

 

The Competition

So, once everyone had a chance to study the games, hone their skills and share any tactics with their team-mates, we took a well-earned break to recharge, and then headed into the tournament.

Now all the children were split from their teams and each of them joined a table of 3 other pupils, all from different schools. (NB It would be easy to assume that this may be a daunting prospect for some children, perhaps it is testimony to the way the tournaments are structured that this has never been an issue)

They then competed at each of the 4 games they had learnt, all vying to accumulate points for their teams and for themselves... which they all did admirably!

 

 So Who Won?!

Well this weeks individual highest points scorer was... Matthew Lofthouse, from Thornhill Junior School. Here he is with his certificate and trophy!

 

As for the winning team... congratulations go to... Paradise Primary! Here they are looking suitably chuffed with themselves!!!!

Big well dones also go to all our other teams

Carlton Junior

Boothroyd Primary

Westmoor Primary

Eastborough Primary

St. Paulinus

Thornhill Junior

 

We had lots of interesting feedback from the children and staff, but in particular I love this quote from one of the children...

My day was fun but I really wanted to win... I lost 3, but I won 1! YAY! Today was cool because it was competitive, just as it was fun.

I think it says it all!

Did this sound good to you? Well get in touch to see how we can sprinkle a little Imagination Gaming in your direction soon!

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Kirklees Inter-school Tournament at Rawthorpe Library

Yep, 2019 has only just begun and its time for more Inter-School Tournaments, with today's being the first of 3 in 10 days!!!

Today's games marathon wasn't held in a school, but at Rawthorpe Library in Kirklees. All part of our efforts not only to bring games to more communities and schools, but also to promote the libraries to schools, and demonstrate another good use for these centres of the community.

This venue was smaller and featured just 3 teams, as opposed to next weeks extravaganza at Dewsbury library with room for a whopping 8 teams from primary schools in the area... but that's next week... what happened today?!

Well, pupils in years 5 and 6 from 3 schools, Hillside primary, Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic School and Netherhall Learning Campus, turned up for therir first ever taste of Imagination Gaming and were thrown straight into it!

As always, the morning focussed on getting to learn plenty of new games, all with different themes and styles, gaining confidence, developing skills and honing the required tactics for each challenge. On arrival  we experimented with some puzzles and activities, and when comfortable, together we all set about trying lots of different games, knowing that we would choose a selection to form the basis of the afternoon's competition.

All the teams were impressive in their drive to experiment and succeed with the games, easily overcoming any trepidation or 'fears of the unknown'! The games covered a range of skills too, and would challenge their numeracy, literacy, memory, logic and strategic thinking, whilst always being easily accessible. A game doesn't have to be complicated to learn, to be challenging to be good at!

 

So what happened?!

Today we chose 5 games for the tournament - Quoridor, Wildlife Safari (Botswana), Froggy, Word Bits and eternal favourite Zeus On The Loose! 

The teams were split so each table had one representative from each school on it, and then moved around the games scoring points to add to their own personal tally and the teams total of course. Competition was fierce, after all, trophies were at stake!!!

 

So who won?

It was certainly close in the team competition, but there was a stand out winner in the individual battle. With a fantastic 19.5 points earned out of 20 for his team, massive congratulations and his very own trophy went to... Amarion, from Netherhall Learning Campus. An astonishing score across the board. Well done young man!

Congratulations in the team event went to 'The Protagonists' from the victorious Hillside Primary School. It was the one of the narrowest margins of victory I've ever seen in a brilliantly close battle, but very well deserved.

Congratulations also to 'The Gamers' from Our Lady of Lourdes'...

... and also to Netherhall Learning Campus.

All students were a credit to their schools and had some fantastic things to say about the day...#

 

Another succesful day, and we look forward to next weeks tournament... will you be taking part in one soon? Contact us to find out how!

 

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Emmanuel Junior Academy Inter-School Tournament

 

Our latest IST, inter-school tournament was held last week at Emmanuel Junior Academy in Sheffield. The 3rd tournament in just 3 weeks, this was a chance for Year 6 students and a few Year 7 students to shine, after the success of the infant tournament held for schools in the same area just a week before.

We were ready for 8 teams of four students representing 4 different school, but this time, rather than competing for their own little team, everyones points went towards a school total for a little added spice... which team would be victorious today?!

 

Of course it's not all about the winning (apparently!), and as always the morning session was focussed around students getting comfortable in their new surroundings and learning to play games they had never seen before. Remember lots of children come to these days perhaps never ever having played a board game before, so getting everyone on the same playing field is crucial... but easily done.

 

At this tournament we had invited some children we knew would find this particular environment challenging and, while it took them a little time to find their feet, once they did they were flying so to speak. To see such a range of children manage to be able to sit in a new environment, with new challenges and pupils they had never met before, and excel is simply a fantastic feeling... and by the end of the day the smiles were universal.

Thanks for a brilliant day

Samantha Bell, Westfield School, Sheffield

The games used required a mix of skills to conquer, meaning that there would always be something to suit everybody. From maths skills, to logic, memory and even drawing and shape handling, there was a chance for everyone to shine and challenge themselves, and perhaps taste a bit of success and failure in equal measure... both good for the soul!

We played Doodle Rush from Brain Games, Take It Easy from Burley Games, Ubongo from Kosmos, Brix from CoiledSpring and BlueOrange and Lost and Found.

 

As always, the teams were competing for a trophy to take back to their school by each pupil contributing points from all the games they played against children from the other schools, but as always there was a trophy for the highest individual scorer too!...

 

So... WHO WON?! Well you can see our individual Champion at the bottom but first here's all the teams, proudly holding their certificates of achievement below, see if you can spot the trophies!

Firstly here's Emmanuel Academy, fantastic host's and a credit to their school...

 

Next up the Y7 students and staff from Westfield School who competed fantastically well...

 

Another brilliant team here from Mosborough Primary school...

 

But here they are... our latest winners... Brook House Junior School.... Yeahhhhh!!!!!...

 

And last... but definitely most impressively, the Individual Highest Points Scorer of the day, leading her team to victory was... SOPHIE. Big well done Sophie!

 

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Reignhead Primary Inter-School Tournament

Today's Inter-School Tournament was for Y2 pupils and held at Reignhead Primary School, with 24 children from 3 different schools in the area. Next week, in the same area, will be an even bigger event with 5 schools each sending 2 key stage 2 teams to play... but that's next weeks story!

Our team's this time were from Reignhead, Beighton and Waterthorpe primary schools. Waterthorpe had already had their very own Imagination Gaming Games Day, and they came ready to show what they already knew, that our games were great fun to play together and competitively. The fact that they had continued to play the games we had left them was clearly evident, with impeccable manners and helpfulness, even though they knew there were trophies up for grabs... good thing I'd deliberately chosen games they'd never played before! Beighton and Reignhead were equally ready to prove themselves, and together everyone did a brilliant job of representing themselves and their schools.

 

 

Key Stage 1 tournaments are great fun. Of course they differ greatly in the games we play and the methods we use, but the concept is still the same. Bring your friends and team-mates, meet other children you wouldn't normally, play together, compete respectfully, learn something new and most importantly... have fun!

As always, the morning was about meeting the other children and teachers, and of course learning the games for the day, ready for the afternoon's competition. The schools had also made sure to get the most out of the day by including a small games pack for each team to take with them at the end. This meant that rather than just having a fantastically fun day, the schools involved were all getting some games to use every day... and some 'Games Wizards' ready to teach all their friends how to play them.

 

 

As the children were that bit younger, the challenge to them all was to stay focussed... and they did it superbly. We taught them 6 different games this morning, in a couple of hours of intense fun, and they knocked it out the park! 

Today's games were Folanimoes from Djeco, Lost and Found, 10 Up and Froggy from BrainBox and Green Board Games, Pass The Bomb from Gibson Games, and a very classic version of Hey! That's My Fish... (a long time Imagination Gaming favourite)! All of these games have previously featured in our Imagination Gaming Game of the Year awards or IGGY's.

 

 

Meet the teams... and the winners!

So, without further ado... congratulations go to everyone involved, with a big thanks to all the teachers too, and Reignhead for being fantastic hosts... but who got the trophies?!!!!

....Waterthorpe did! Here they are with their certificates and trophies, one for the winning team and one for the individual points scorer Harry, who helped lead his team to ultimate glory!

 

Well done to Beighton...

...and also a big congratulations to Reignhead too...

 

Who will win next time?! I feel sure there'll be plenty of competition and more teams joining us when we return.

So, one question remains. When will we be at your school? Get in touch and let's arrange something special just for you! Email us here or give us a call...

 

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