Inter School Tournament

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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Barnsley Town Centre Collaboration Inter-School Tournament

Barely into the new school year and yet another Inter-School Tournament to shout about, this time with primary schools from the Barnsley Town Centre Collaboration!

This time we were in a very familiar area, with lots of the schools involved with Imagination Gaming on a regular basis, with teams from Shawlands, Joseph Locke, Burton Road, Summer Lane, Holy Rood and our wonderful hosts for the day Keresforth Primary.

Excellent day, good tutors, enjoyable games, a must have for all schools!

Holy Rood Catholic Primary School

 

The day began with a selection of games perfect for welcoming new players, such as Team 3 above for communication and teamwork, and Yogi below for sheer silliness and laughter! Both are great examples of very different games that you can teach anyone and get started in seconds, for maximum fun.

 

 

I enjoyed this day because you got to compete with other schools and try out new games, especially Zeus On The Loose

Emily, Keresforth Primary School

 

After everyone had arrived and was settled in it was time to learn the games they would play in the tournament. As always everyone studied intently, before heading off into their teams to practice and share tips and strategies ready for the competition later. 

 

The games they'd be battling over this time were, Zeus On The Loose, Savvy, Concept Kids Animals (above) and Doodle Rush (below). A mix of old and new that would require a range of skills to succeed at, yet easily accesible by all the children. Maths, communication, description and risk assessment were all on show, along with the strategy required to know how and when to use these skills to their utmost!

I thought the tournament was fantastic. The kids loved it while still flexing their brain muscles. There are always fun new games in with the classics... I even bought one for school! Excellent!

Mr. Clayton, Joseph Locke Primary School

 

...all great but I enjoyed working as a team in the morning, and I love Savvy!

Effie from Shawlands

 

So Who Won?!

Massive congratulations to Emily from the host school Keresforth, who managed more individual points in the tournament than anyone else. Well done Emily! Here she is with her trophy, but was it enough to help her team to the overall trophy...?

 

Congratulations go to .... BURTON ROAD PRIMARY

Here's the team that managed the most points between them, clear winners on the day and well done to Abigail, Oliver, Jacob and Tianna who all managed great individual scores to contribute to a fantastic win! Well done.

 

Well done also to all our teams for taking part and making it such a fun day for everyone. Here they all are with their certificates and smiles!

HOLY ROOD

 

JOSEPH LOCKE

 

KERESFORTH

 

SHAWLANDS

 

and SUMMER LANE

 

Again congratulations to everyone who took part, and especially to Keresforth Primary School for hosting another brilliant inter-school games tournament for the Barnsley Town Centre Collaboration... we can't wait for the next one!

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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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Kirk Balk Academy Inter-school Tournament 2019

So another great tournament and another great day.

Today our tournament took place at a Secondary School, Kirk Balk Academy with 6 of their feeder schools in attendance. We had Greenfield who arranged the competition, Tankersley St Peter’s, West Meadows, Birdwell, Hoyland Springwood and Jump Primary. 

Some familiar faces... staff and children appeared along with many new ones.

The games for the day included, Jungle Speed, City of Zombies, PDQ and Katamino. Games catering for maths, literacy, shape and reflex and coordination, something for everyone!

A morning of practice, strategy and cooperative learning soon turned into an afternoon of positive pressure, and extreme thinking skills. The children competed against both each other securing points not only for themselves but for their team.

The atmosphere was one of concentration and focus but always in an air of sportsmanship and fair play. Supporting teachers from each school were all fantastic, with enthusiasm and smiles in abundance, acting as judges on each of the tables and answering any rules questions that arose. This gave those teachers an opportunity to see first hand how the games work and how much children engage and focus. 

A big thank you for contributing in such a positive way. 

It was also nice over the dinner break to take the opportunity to try out some of the new problem solving games from this years awards. We gave children  a great sneak peek into some of the new activities we have in store in the new academic year.

 

Today’s competition we saw Jump Primary come out on top, they returned back to school with both trophies… Winning School and Highest Scoring Individual Player WELL DONE ADAM C.

 

The feedback has been most delightful with everyone saying how much they had enjoyed themselves, how they enjoyed meeting new friends and pushing themselves with some high level thinking. A huge thank you to Kirk Balk Academy for agreeing to host on behalf on Greenfield Primary. Another fantastic day and congratulations to all that took part.

Here’s to the next one...!

 

 

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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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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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Rossett Acre Primary win a Bright Sparks Day!

Airecon 2019 was another successful event for the Imagination Gaming Team. Our Family Zone was kept busy with lots of families attending and taking time to learn and play some incredible games.

Following on from 2018 we decided to run another School Tournament and this year we had the pleasure of meeting and working with 47 local school children, who along with their teachers took part in our competition and had lots of fun!

Every child left with a huge smile on their face and an Imagination Gaming Certificate. We had trophies for the winning school and the individual winner.

Our main prize was an Imagination Gaming Games Day, and this prize went to Rossett Acre Primary School. Congratulations!

We had the pleasure of delivering this “Bright Sparks” Games Day recently involving 2 Year 4 Classes and our mixture of tabletop games had the children engaged from start to finish.

Utilising the electronic white boards found in schools we were able to also include, problem solving, puzzles, memory games and much, much more. Each class was split into two, giving everyone plenty of time to experience several different games, helping to teach each other as well as working together. We also had children working together in pairs to puzzle out the problems put before them.

 

Games can make a tremendous difference to learning, engagement and enthusiasm. Bringing excitement and wonder, they really do compliment the classroom.

A huge thank you to everyone at Rossett Acre for making Imagination Gaming so very welcome.

We hope to see you all real soon!

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SMAT Primary Inter-School Tournament

 

2019 continues to start with a bang at Imagination Gaming with yet more Inter-School Tournaments!

Following first time competitions with schools in Worksop and North of the border in Scotland, this October we have returned for our regular competition with the SMAT family of schools in Barnsley for yet another fantastic day of games.

A fantastic day that really allowed children to shine!

Mr. Silverwood, Headteacher, Elsecar Primary School

 

Our hosts this time were Royston St. John's primary school, and their team was joined by teams from Darton Primary, West Meadows, The Mill Academy, Queens Road Academy, St. Mary's, All Saints and Elsecar too... a fantastic 8 teams of children ready to have fun and do battle to be crowned the latest champions!

As always began the day with some fast, accessable games that would entertain and enthuse the teams as they arrived and got settled in.

Maki Stack (above), a team game that tests your communication and coordination skills and rely's on speed under pressure was a favourite again, as was the tricky puzzler Match Madness (below).

I liked meeting new people and I loved the game Get Packing...

Grace, Y6, The Mill Academy

Get Packing (above) was a brilliant new challenge even the adults were stumped by this one, and the ever popular Cobra Paw (below) was a hit yet again too.

Brilliant day with a great mix of different games...

Mrs. Baker, Queens Road Academy

Another current favourite, Farm Rescue (below), proved another great cooperative challenge for the team from St. Mary's as they tried to catch the wolf before he got to the animals!!!

 

Practice time!

Once everyone was settled it was time to learn the games that would feature in the day's tournament. All the children (and staff!) displayed fantastic listening skills as we demonstrated the games to everyone, before letting them go and practice them for themselves.

Each team worked through the four chosen games, helping their team-mates conquer the rules and then exchanging ideas and tactics as they played, with the goal of everyone on their team being as confident and ready as possible to take on the other schools come competition time.

The games of the day were, Pirate Gold, Concept Kids: Animals, Savvy and Doodle Rush, needing a mix of mathematical, communication, drawing and logic skills to succeed

I enjoyed the treasure chest game because I liked how even if you came last you would still get something to increase your points!

Holly, Y6, All Saints Academy

I enjoyed all the games, but my favourite was Concept Kids: Animals (above)...

Elnaz, St. Mary's

I liked  the drawing game because it's very fast and frantic...

Lucy, Y6, Royston St. Johns

Then the afternoon came and it was time to compete!

All the teams were split onto different tables, each with 4 players on, all from different schools. Each group then played each of the 4 games they had learnt, this time competing for points to put towards both their individual tallys, and their overall schools score.

Even with such glory at stake, it was wonderful to see all the children competing fairly, and helping each other if necessary, to ensure an exciting an welcoming competition for all.

I enjoyed seeing the children try out new games, support each other and interact with pupils from other schools. Great day out :) 

Miss Gracie, Darton Primary

 

SO WHO WON?!

Well our first congratulations go to Isla from the hosts, Royston St. John. A fantastic 18 points from a possible 20 was enough to take the prize (but only by half a point!).

Well done Isla!

 

Below, you can see all the teams that took part in the day, proudly holding their certificates... find out who the winning team were at the bottom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

here's individual points winner ISLA with her trophy and the rest of the team from Royston St. Johns...

 

and the eventual WINNING TEAM..... ELSECAR PRIMARY!!!!

Here they are with their winning trophy!

 

Again, thank you to our wonderful hosts at Royston St. John's, and all the other children and staff for making today such a fabulous occasion!

 

If you would like to see an Inter-School Tournament in your schools area, get in touch and we'll make it happen...

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St. Annes Primary Inter-School Tournament, Sept 2019

The first Imagination Gaming Inter-School Tournament of the new academic year has already been and gone, with plenty more to come, and what a fantastic day it was!

Monday's event took place at St Anne's CE Primary School in Worksop, with teams from 5 other schools joining their host team for a day of fun and friendly competition. Having already worked with St. Annes to introduce games into the school day, their enthusiasm and recognition of the value of such activities as part of school life had them eager to host a tournament and show some of their family of schools what it was all about.

Fantastic Day! Many skills learnt from all games, social skills, maths, spelling etc. Great for Children to work with other schools.

Mrs Joy Blood, Dunham-on-Trent CE Primary

As everyone arrived in the morning, including teams from across the area (pictured bottom), the mood was set immediately with a range of quick fire games purposely to make everyone feel comfortable in the surroundings and get the energy pumping straight away! Games such as 3x4=Swat (above), and Maki Stack (below), are perfect for that, with simple rules and exciting gameplay to loosen everyone up while still challenging their brains.

I really liked everything about today because I met new people, played new games and we all had a great time.

Sienna (10 yrs), St. Augustines

Once everyone was settled in, it was time to learn some more games, likely to be in the days tournament. Together we looked at Zeus On The Loose, Pirate Gold, Doodle Rush, Bananagrams (My First) and Get Packing. 

All these games were deliberately chosen to provide different challenges that would each require different skills to master. As well as providing variation, this is also key to balancing the day for the participants, so if a particular skill isn't your strong point, there will be others that will be, providing the participants with both confidence and challenge throughout the day.

These games cover maths, reasoning, drawing, literacy and logic skills amongst others, and are a great example of how games can be engaging, exciting and educational all at the same time.

I liked the fun games we played because they were educational and enjoyable

Ewan (10 yrs), Sparken Hill Academy

Doodle Rush (below) for example, looks like a crazy race to draw and guess each others objects, but at the same time as challenging drawing skills it is a great conversation piece to discuss the defining characteristics of a given object and how we can describe something by simply focussing on it's key identifying properties...

I enjoyed seeing the children persevere with the games - they didn't give up. I particularly noticed this with the 'suitcase' game... I think I would've sat on the case to close it!

Mrs Catherine Kirkham, St. Annes CE Primary

After a mornings practice of all the games, with each team honing their skills and sharing strategies, it was time for the tournament...

Now all the students were split up and put on a table with 3 other students, all from different schools. It's amazing to watch how easily the children mixed, with a common objective in a competitive yet welcoming environment, they were ready to play.

Today we were able to all play a massive 5 different games, with each group moving around to the next game throughout the afternoon. Each time they collected points for both their team and themselves, which were constantly fed into the super-computer as the tournament progressed.

The games keep your brain active from beginning to end. They were really fast moving and this added to the excitement.

Mrs Yvonne Reeson, St. Peter's CE Gringley on the Hill

 

By the time the games were over, and the results were in, everyone had clearly had a fantastic day... but of course were eager to find out the results

So after all that...  WHO WON?!?! ... See all the teams below brandishing their well-earned certificates and some serious smiles, along with the winning team and highest individual scorer of the day and their new trophies!

 

The team from St. Peter's C of E Gringley on the Hill

 

The team from Sparken Hill...

 

Our wonderful hosts, St. Anne's C of E

 

Dunham On Trent C of E School...

 

and, yes, the eventual winners of the whole thing...  the team from...

St. Augustines C of E!!!

 

Finally - Well done Mia from the hosts St. Annes, as she took home the individual high scorer award... but only after a closely fought tie-break with Ewan! Great gamesmanship from both, but there can be only one!!!

 

As always a huge thank you to our hosts, and to all the staff and children that made this Inter-school tournament such a success. If you would like to see something like this at your school, or want to know about the many different ways that Imagination Gaming can Engage, Excite and Educate interest@imaginationgaming.co.ukyour children (and colleagues!)... get in touch now at interest@imaginationgaming.co.uk

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St. Theresa's Inter-School Tournaments - Locality C

On Friday the 7th June, St.Theresa's Catholic Primary hosted the first of 2 separate Imagination Gaming Inter-school Tournaments in a week!

As a school that uses Imagination Gaming's team to deliver activities in the classroom every single week, they were keen to show the schools in their local communities what it was all about. What better way than inviting them for a bit of co-operative and competitive fun with a games tournament!

Who came?

Todays event welcomed schools from Locality C in Sheffield, with teams from Phillimore, Oasis Don Valley, High Hazels Academy, Gleadless and of course St Theresa's. There were a couple of unavoidable last minute no-shows, but that didn't spoil anything, and there's always next time... but look at what they missed...

Very good games all using different skills. Interesting to see the children engaging, using strategies and being competitive with teamwork. Some games surprised the children when they thought they weren't good at them.

Mrs Bond, Phillimore Primary School

 

The Morning

As we waited for the teams to arrive and get settled, we played a few different games from this years Imagination Gaming Family and Education Game Awards, a great way to get comfortable in new surroundings.

Games such as the new cooperative memory game Farm Rescue from Brain Games, and the fast moving Cobra Paw (pictured above) all about quick thinking, observation and coordination were just 2 of the many popular pre-tournament tasters.

 

Get Ready

Once everyone was settled it was time to learn some games that they may face in the afternoons tournament. (Of course we chose some new games, we didnt want the experienced game players from St Theresa's to have any advantage!!!)

We spend the morning learning a few games as a group first, then taking those games back to our teams to practice together. It's at this point the teams can perfect their strategies and help each other be confident with the task ahead and share their ideas.

Again more new games when it came to the tournament! Along with the serious, we put in plenty of the silly too, including the brilliant Who Did It? from Asmodee UK (pictured above) ! Here competitors battle to pass the blame for their pets misdemeanours, but it takes a very good memory to make sure you don't end up with your foot in it, so to speak!

Q-Bitz from Green Board Games, above, is a fabulous puzzler, where players have to race to be the first to recreate a pattern using cubes, with challenges ranging from simple to downright devious!

Fletter, (and Fletter Fuse) from Red Knight Toy Group above, is another simple letter game which can easily be adapted ... so we used that too!

 

So What Happened?

Well some excellent gamesmanship happened, thats what! In the afternoon all the children were separated from their teams (and comfort zones) and put on a table with children from different schools for a carousel of competitive gaming.

It's fantastic to see just how they work together in this environment. A perfect mix of social integration as everyone battled to do their best, but still supported each other to succeed, even in combat!

We managed to get through 5 different games in the afternoon's competition... Mosquito, Fletter, Q-Bitz, Savvy and Who Did It. By the end the children had learnt and played games all day and their focus was truly remarkable... that's games done right for you!...

What a brilliant day!!! I think the games are absolutely fantastic. The kids loved playing them and so did I!

Jayne, Gleadless Primary School

 

But who won?!

Well, without further ado, here are your competitors and winners!

Firstly, massive congratulations to Evie for achieving the most individual points of any of todays players, a whopping 21 out of 25... amazing! Here she is on the left, with the rest of the team from Gleadless, and as you can see she was gob-smacked...!

 

Here's the host team from St. Theresa's...

 

The team from High Hazel's Academy...

 

The team from Oasis Don Valley...

 

and last... but certainly not least because they were the eventual...

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS!!!

Phillimore Primary

 

Congratulations indeed to all the schools that attended, both children and teachers for their enthusiasm, and extra thanks for all the wonderful comments we received... we'll leave you with this one.

I think it was good because we all met new people as well as being very competitive against other people. It was also a bit confusing in a good way because it made my brain jog or even sprint sometimes!

Evie (before she knew she had won!), Gleadless Primary School

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St. Theresa's Inter-School Tournaments - SCSP Diocese

Following the success of the previous weeks excitement, on Friday the 14th June, St.Theresa's Catholic Primary hosted the second of 2 separate Imagination Gaming Inter-school Tournaments in a week! This time it was the turn of the schools linked together in the SCSP Diocese.

As a school that uses Imagination Gaming's team to deliver activities in the classroom every single week, they were keen to show the schools in their local communities what it was all about. What better way than inviting them for a bit of co-operative and competitive fun with a games tournament!

Who came?

Todays event welcomed schools from Sheffield and beyond, with teams from  Emmaus, St. Wilfred's, St. Marie's, St. Patricks, St. John Fisher and of course St Theresa's. All the pupils were a mix of girls and boys from years 5 and 6, and all were ready to do battle for the trophies and coveted title of tournament champions!

 

Great games to get the children thinking. Fun, engaging, and competitive games for all.

A very good day.

Mr Fiddler, Y4/5, St. Patricks

 

The Morning

As we waited for the teams to arrive and get settled, we played a few different games from this years Imagination Gaming Family and Education Game Awards, a great way to get comfortable in new surroundings.

Games such as the new cooperative communication game Team 3 from Brain Games,(pictured above), and the hilarious Pigasus all about quick thinking and observation were just 2 of the many popular pre-tournament tasters.

 

Get Ready

Once everyone was settled it was time to learn some games that they may face in the afternoons tournament. (Of course we chose some new games, we didnt want the experienced game players from St Theresa's to have any advantage!!!)

We spend the morning learning a few games as a group first, then taking those games back to our teams to practice together. It's at this point the teams can perfect their strategies and help each other be confident with the task ahead and share their ideas.

Again more new games when it came to the tournament! Along with the serious, we put in plenty of the silly too, including Mosquito from Djeco (pictured above) ! Here competitors flip cards and race to react accordingly... whatever happens, the mosquito gets it! From the same company we also used Polyssimo Challenge, (pictured below), almost the exact opposite kind of game, as this thoughtful and logical game requires players to carefully examine shapes and not only piece them together to get the most in, but also strategically obstruct opponents from using their own.

 

My favourite thing was how the board games all needed you to use your brains (whilst being very fun)

Max, St. Wilfrid's

Amongst the 6 different games we ended up using in this tournament, there was also space for this Imagination Gaming classic favourite Zeus On The Loose from Gamewright and Coiledspring Games. A superb numbers game with beautifully themed cards that has been a stalwart of our curriculum and fun days since the first time we played it!

So What Happened?

Well some excellent gamesmanship happened, thats what! In the afternoon all the children were separated from their teams (and comfort zones) and put on a table with children from different schools for a carousel of competitive gaming.

It's fantastic to see just how they work together in this environment. A perfect mix of social integration as everyone battled to do their best, but still supported each other to succeed, even in combat!

 

But who won?!

Well, without further ado, here are your competitors and winners!

Firstly, massive congratulations to Laila from Emmaus for achieving the most individual points of any of todays players, a massive 22 out of 25... amazing! Well done you!...

 

Well done Laila, but who were the eventual overall team winners?!!! Well look at ALL these lovely teams below, and all will be revealed!

 

Firstly here's the team from St. Wilfrid's...

 

below is St. Theresa's

 

here's St. Maries...

 

and St. John Fisher...

 

Who else but Emmaus...

 

and last... but certainly not least because they were the eventual...

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS!!!
...St. Patrick's....

 

.... ERM!.... Unfortunately, St. Patrick's were unable to be here to accept their prize ( a photo permissions thing but go with it!...) but rest assured, they were over the moon and I'm sure they are still bragging about it now!!!!

 

Congratulations indeed to all the schools that attended, both children and teachers for their enthusiasm, and extra thanks for all the wonderful comments we received... we'll leave you with this one.

 

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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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