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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. 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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