Lung Capacity Experiment – Sport of a Scientific Kind!

We all know that Mr Wainwright and Mr Prosser love their sport and cannot resist a challenge, so when scientist Atomic Tom asked for volunteers to see who could create the most air pressure – yes you’ve guessed it – Mr Wainwright and Mr Prosser jumped at the chance.
As you can see from the photo below, they put all their effort into increasing the air pressure inside the bottle. After close inspection, by Atomic Tom, it was agreed that they had both forced the same amount of water from the bottle, although Mr Prosser would have liked a more accurate form of measure!

Exercise makes your lungs and heart stronger for increased energy and endurance. That means you can play, walk or run longer. How do you make sure you are getting these benefits of exercise? Just playing hopscotch or tag on the playground is good for your body, but remember we have lots of clubs, after school, such as netball, tag rugby and football, that you can be a part of.


Under the Sea PE

Reception’s PE, this week, was linked to their topic ‘Under the Sea.’ They warmed up by dodging the sharks in the sea and were excellent at jumping backwards into the sand  – the sharks didn’t manage to get a tasty meal this time!

The children had to put their creative hats on and become sea creatures – lots of interesting shapes were created. Collaboration skills came into play when they were challenged to become an octopus or a star fish.





Why Netball?

Netball has been played in schools for many years but its popularity has been increasing both in the UK and globally, including a push to make it an Olympic sport.

For children,  it is one of the best introductions to team sport and a fantastic way to have fun and make friends. It also keeps you fit and healthy by using both upper and lower body muscles and a lot of running about – it is a fast paced game so players have to think quickly and make rapid decisions.

Everyone can enjoy playing netball from the outset as the basic skills and rules are easy to learn and there is little equipment. Players of different ability can play together and all have fun, whether as an introduction to the joys of team sport or the start of a life long passion for netball.

If you are in year 3, 4,5 or 6,  think netball might be the sport for you, want to learn how to develop team strategies,  how to cope in a competitive environment and how to handle success and failure as a team in a gracious and dignified manner, then you need to join Mrs Gribben’s netball club.  It takes place every Monday from 3.15 to 4.15 and remember everyone can enjoy netball – it’s not just for girls!  


Y5 Archery

Some of the children in year 5 were lucky enough to go, with Mrs Deboard, to Northampton Academy for a taster session of archery. First they practised their accuracy; they had to shoot at the ceiling and land an arrow into a hoop on the floor. Then they did target practice and practised their aim by shooting at colours. All of this was to improve their skills before a competition.  As the competition moved on, Zaibaa got her score up to 40 points and Eleanor scored 27 points. The overall score for Simon de Senlis was 143 points.

Zaibaa said,  ‘it was a great experience and I would recommend it.’

Eleanor said, ‘you don’t actually need to be good at it because you practise and I was confident by the end of the session.’

Everyone wants to go again.

Written by Jack and Ben (sports captains) who interviewed Zaibaa and Eleanor.

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Upcoming Strictly Junior and Teacher Event

The strictly team are rehearsing, every Monday, in preparation for their next dance competition, which will be held at The Deco, on March 12th. The strictly juniors will perform at 1pm and Miss Shipton and Miss Clarke will be teaming up to compete against other teachers, from Northampton, in the first ever Strictly Teacher Event at 7.30pm

Details have been sent to parents of the junior dancers on how to book their tickets.  If you would also like to come along and support them, then you can book direct – the links are below.

Open the link to find out how to book tickets –  Junior ticket info and Strictly teachers info

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NTSSF Basketball Shield Finals

Basketball Glory:

Tension swirled through the air, as we all competed for the glimmering, glamorous, glistening silver mini basketball plate. Each point in basketball counts as two points, so if you were wondering how many shots we got you will have to half the number. Every game was eight minutes long, every half was four minutes.

Suspension roamed, our first game… At half time the boys were holding Hunsbury Park off with a draw of 0-0. Then on came the girls with a miraculous basket from Sophie. At the end of our first game, the score was 2-0 to Simon de Senlis.

After the success of our first match we got treated to some divine fudge and mints and everyone devoured their share. With a sugar rush we all became very hyper against our next team, Briah Hill. At half time our team were losing so we had a pep talk to recover our match. A victory was awarded, at last, to Simon de Senlis as we scored a phenomenal 16-2.

Hoping for three wins on the trot, we warmed up ready to fight for the next round. First half was the boys, Will making it 2-0 and after that Theo making it 4-0. Even though we still won, sadly Ecton Brook got one basket and the overall score of this game was 4-2.

With winning three games in a row we were energetic to keep going. This one was against Boothville the previous winners.This was our hardest match of the whole tournament and sadly we lost 8-4. We were so devastated as we had worked so hard for this moment.

Overall we won 3 out of 4 games, received medals and the astonishing plate for winning the NTSSF Basketball Competition. ‘Basketball glory’ is our catchphrase for this amazing win!

Blog written by Katie and Joy – year 6




















Awesome Athletes!

Well done to the Simon de Senlis ‘Sports Hall Athletes’ who recently competed against other schools from across the town at The Duston Sports Centre.

A mixture of boys and girls from Y5/6 took part in a multitude of running, throwing and jumping events.

They truly excelled and participated fiercely against their peers and out of 25 schools, finished very respectively in the top 10 – progression from last year’s performance.

Well done children, your school is very proud of you!

Artful Archers…

The Y3/4’s had a fabulous time with Miss Bland at Kingsthorpe College last night as they tried their hand at archery.

A fantastic opportunity for all children to access, it was a unique experience that thoroughly engaged the children.

Well done to al the children who took part and represented the school so well.

Your school is very proud of you.

What A Team!

Our magnificent 5/6 footballers battled hard on a bitterly cold night in Corby last week as Simon de Senlis competed in the NSSP County Finals.

After successfully winning our qualifying tournament before Christmas, we progressed one step further than last year’s success and faced the best teams from across the county.

We successfully qualified from the group stage with three wins and a draw thanks to goals from Tom and Archie and an incredibly tight defence of Liam in goal and the tenacious George B and Luke.

Our attacking prowess continued as we negotiated our way past Woodvale in the semi-final. Kieran and Olcay were incessantly trying to find their way through a packed defence and Isaiah worked tirelessly to ensure we always had plenty of cover at the back.

Tom’s extra-time ‘Golden Goal’ led to rapturous celebrations and paved the way to a final showdown with…St. James!

Led by skipper George K, showcasing his versatility in a more defensive role, we bravely battled against quick-moving attacks. Tom came so close to giving us the lead as the keeper superb spread himself to beat out his effort when through one-on-one, before the heartache of two goals in the final 30 seconds ended our challenge. The first goals we conceded in the whole tournament.

Boys, your guile, style and determination never ceases to amaze me. Your school is incredibly proud of you…you’re an example to everyone.

Many thanks also to all the parents who attended and supported the boys.

Vive Les Fleurs!

Make Your Shopping Go That Little Bit Further…

We are currently collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers – a great initiative.

So, if you’re a Sainbury’s shopper, please send in the rewards as they help provide excellent resources with which we can use to further support the children.

Being active and enjoying PE is a very important part of our school’s ethos, any contributions will be warmly received.

Many thanks.

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