Kurling and Boccia Festival
On Wednesday 8th January, Miss Taylor took 12 children to an Inclusive Kurling and Boccia festival. The fact that this was a festival, rather than a competition, meant the children could enjoy getting to grips with the rules of, and playing, two new sports, whilst still playing against children from other schools. They all represented our school wonderfully and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
North Somerset Swimming Gala 06.12.19
A HUGE congratulations to all of our amazing swimmers who took part in the recent North Somerset Primary Schools' Swimming Gala at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, on Friday 6th December.
Some super individual and team performances saw Backwell Juniors coming 3rd overall, out of 22 participating schools, meaning they all have won bronze medals.
Well done in particular to Maisie came 1st in the 25m butterfly; Tami who was 1st in the 25m breaststroke; Tom, Henry, Freya and Tami who won the 25m Noodle relay; Holly who was 2nd overall in the 25m front crawl; Tom who was 3rd in the 25m breaststroke; and Maisie who came 3rd overall in the 50m freestyle. These results are across all of the heats that took place for all schools in North Somerset.
Girls Football Finals 15.11.19
A huge well done to the Year 5 and 6 girls who came 3rd in the Girls’ North Somerset Football finals, gaining themselves bronze medals! The standard of play was very impressive and you all worked together really well. Congratulations!
Tag-Rugby Festival 23.10.19
On the very foggy morning of Wednesday 23rd October, Miss Taylor took eight excited Year 4s to a rugby festival, which took place on the impressive 4G pitch at BGS’ sports ground, Failand. All the children enjoyed the carousel of tag rugby-themed activities and they showed some impressive skills.
Football Tournament 21.10.19
On Monday 21st October, a team of boys and a team of girls competed in a football tournament at Nailsea School. The girls impressively won their tournament, meaning they have qualified to the finals! The boys narrowly missed qualifying but they all played fantastically. Well done to all involved – lots of fabulous football was played!
North Somerset Cross Country Championships 17.10.19
On the morning of Thursday 17th October, Miss Taylor and Mrs Gardner took 29 pupils from Year 4, 5 and 6 to Bristol Grammar’s Sports Ground in Failand to compete in the North Somerset Cross Country Championships.
Every athlete who took part should be enormously proud of their efforts and determination on the day. Many of our children even managed to finish in the top 10 in their race (out of around 50/60 children) and subsequently they have been offered a place to compete in the inter-area cross country for TEAM North Somerset, on 23rd November! Well done to Year 5 girls and boys who both came second overall as a team and to Year 6 girls who came third overall. A special well done goes to Ben in 5T who came third out of all the runners in his race, gaining him a bronze medal to go alongside his silver one! Lizzie in 4CW also was awarded a 'determination' medal for running at her own pace.
Well done to everyone who ran on the day – we were very proud of you all!
See pictures below!
Year 4 Multisports Festival and Year 5 Leadership Training 30.09.19
On Monday 30th September, twelve lucky Year 4 pupils attended a Multisports festival. This consisted of two workshops: the first hour was plastic sword fencing and PentActive Skills (Hereford Pentathlon) and the second hour was Cricket Multiskills.
Our Year 5 P.E. ambassadors came along and were the Year 4’s leaders and coaches during the Cricket Multiskills. During the second hour they were lucky enough to meet and work with GB double Olympian, Samantha Murray!
See the pictures below!
Year 5/6 Netball Festival 25.09.19
On Wednesday 25th September, Mrs Withers took some members of netball club to a ‘Netball Festival’ at Bristol Grammar School’s sports ground in Failand. The festival was all about improving netball skills and technique so there were no winners or losers. We all had a lot of fun and improved our netball techniques.
Thank you to Mrs Withers for taking us to such a fun event and Miss Taylor for organising it! Written by Freya L (Year 6)
We are THRILLED to announce that we have been awarded with the School Games GOLD award for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2018/19. This is a great achievement…well done BJS!
North Somerset Athletics sprint medal winners!
Congratulations to the Year 4 and 5 children who won medals this year. In Health and Fitness week, all of our Year 4, 5 and 6 children took part in a timed sprint challenge along with over 2,000 other children from 50 other schools.
The results were:
Year 4 boys team - WINNERS!
Year 5 boys team - WINNERS!
Year 5 girls team - WINNERS!
Year 5 boys - Silver and Bronze
Year 5 girls - Gold
Year 4 boys - Silver and Bronze
Year 4 girls - Bronze
Bristol Together Championships Football Tournament - Friday 14th June
Bristol Together Championships is an annual programme bringing together Primary Schools from across the city which culminates in a one-day football tournament.
The unique aspect of the programme is that a school can only enter a team by twinning with another school, serving children from a very different ethnic, class, faith or geographical background; we have been twinned with Bannerman Road School - 5 children from BJS and 5 children from their school made up our team.
With the help from professional football coaches, each school hosted training sessions which were about physical activity and also developing the life skills they need to build teams across diversity.
A huge well done to these 5 superstars in Year 5 who did so well today and impressed Miss Taylor in all the training sessions leading up to the tournament. Despite the relentless rain (all day), they all enjoyed themselves and worked incredibly well with Bannerman Road School and each other.
School Games Day 2019 & Sports Day
A great day was had by all - thank you to everyone who came to watch and support. A special well done to Beech House who were the 2018 champions!
Bleep Test FinaleWell done to all the bleep test finalists – you all did a fantastic job. A special well done to Nikita and George who were the last two runners.
House Football Tournaments
Well done to Willow House who won the Year 3 and 4 house football tournament and Sycamore house who won the Year 5 and 6 one!
North Somerset Dance festival performance at school
Tri Golf Competition 24.04.19
10 children from years 3 and 4 attended a Tri-Golf tournament to compete against a number of other North Somerset schools. Due to the weather, the event was moved indoors and focused on putting skills. The children played in 2 teams and scored points over 5 games with names such as, 'Hole in One' and 'Zone Ball'. Many of the children at the competition had never played gold before and so it was a fun filled morning of learning new skills and making new friends. All of our children played really well and thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Sports Ambassador’s Lunchtime Club 29.03.19
North Somerset Schools Dance Festival 26.03.19On Tuesday 26th March, 20 children performed two fantastic dances at Weston Playhouse Theatre. We arrived at the Playhouse at noon to take part in a rehearsal and familiarise ourselves with the backstage and dressing rooms; this was very exciting in itself. In the evening, the children returned to the theatre and, after lots of hair gel, hair spray, make up and finishing touches to their costumes, the children took to the stage to perform two brilliantly choreographed dances. They had put so much hard work into learning the dances beforehand and it really showed on the night. Miss Taylor was very impressed with how well they represented their school throughout the day and evening, even though they were very tired come the end, and felt very, very proud watching them from the side of the stage. A massive thank you to Mrs Hardy who went above and beyond to ensure the children were fully prepared and confident on the day – from the fantastic choreography to the costumes and her organisation on the day – we really couldn’t have done it without her.
Sports Ambassador’s Lunchtime Club 22.03.19
Although a couple of helpers were missing from this session, it still went really well. Everyone took part in a game of quick cricket to practise for the competition next week.
Written by Sports Ambassador, Freya.
Check out the photos below, taken by the Sports Ambassadors.
Under 11 Football Tournament Under 15.03.19
On Friday 15th March, 18 Year 5 and Year 6 pupils travelled to Clifton College’s sports grounds to play in a seven-a-side football tournament. Despite the rainy, windy conditions, both teams played brilliantly.
Netball Matches This Term
It has been a busy term for the netballers in Year 5 and 6 this term. On 26th February, we hosted some friendly matches against St. Anne’s School. On 4th March, we travelled to Golden Valley School to play some friendly matches. Despite it being an extremely windy evening, the netballers managed to win 3 out of their 4 matches, showing some great skills and fortitude in adverse conditions! Then, on 7th March, the Year 6 netballers took part in the North Somerset Primary Schools Netball Tournament at Bristol Grammar School sports ground. 12 schools took part, which meant the girls had lots of match practice. The windy conditions continued but our team played so well, with 2 wins, a draw and a loss in the group stage. They were so unlucky to narrowly miss out on qualifying for the semi-finals on goal difference. However, they went on to play a friendly final which they won convincingly. They were excellent representatives of Backwell Junior School, showing support for each other and playing their absolute best. Well done girls!
Tag Rugby Tournament (NSSPEA)
On Wednesday 13th March, nine Year 5 and Year 6 pupils travelled to BGS’ sports grounds to play in a tag rugby tournament. We played against four other schools; we won three of our games and lost one. This put us at joint first but sadly we just missed out on qualifying due to try difference. All the boys and girls represented out school fantastically and we had a great morning (despite the fierce wind!).
Sports Ambassador’s Lunchtime Club 08.03.19
In this session of the lunchtime club, we focused on batting and bowling. For most of the club, everyone worked in threes or fours to play a game. One person batted, one person bowled and the rest of the group tried to get the ball back to the bowler. Everyone did this really well so we gave them a few “extra challenges”. Overall, I think this club went well and I am looking forward to next week’s session.
Written by Sports Ambassador, Freya.
Check out the photos below, taken by the Sports Ambassadors.
Sports Ambassador’s Lunchtime Club 01.03.19
After a rainy first session which had to be cancelled halfway through, we were delighted to run our first proper lunchtime club on Friday, 1st March. The club began with an activity where everyone stood in pairs and practised their underarm throws while we walked around helping everybody to perfect their technique. When we felt sure everyone was ready to move on, we told all the children to aim at an object while their partner acted as wicket keeper. This game was enjoyed by many of the people present like the one after it, which involved everyone getting into pairs and throwing the ball to each other. They both took a step back when they had caught the ball. Overall, this session went really well and I hope next week’s session is as good as this one was.
Written by Sports Ambassador, Freya
Check out the photos below, taken by the Sports Ambassadors.
Sports Ambassador’s Lunchtime Club 08.02.19
Sadly the rain meant we had to cut our club short today…we’ll repeat this session after half term!
Check out the photos below, taken by the Sports Ambassadors.
Gymnastics Competition 21.01.19
Well done to the ten girls who took part in the Year 5/6 Gymnastics Competition, at Gemini Gymnastics Club (organised by School Games) on Monday 21st January. It was an exciting morning and Miss Taylor was thoroughly impressed with the precision each girl displayed in her routine! They all had incredibly high scores and both teams narrowly missed being in the top 3 teams. A huge well done to all of you!
See some pictures and videos from the day below.
Training has been underway for ten girls from Year 5 and 6, who were lucky enough to be taught by a superb gymnastics coach, in preparation for an upcoming gymnastics competition. They’ve been taught their routines and performing a vault – and what progress they have made in just two sessions! Good luck to all the girls in their competition on Monday – you’ll be great!
Terms 1 & 2 Summary
Terms 1 and 2 have been packed with sporting events… in fact, we have taken part in 9 tournaments/competitions, including: football, cross country running, dodgeball swimming and netball. These events consisted of 114 children taking part! This has been a great start to our school year and we are all looking forward to competing against other schools, as well as amongst each other in our own school, in terms 3 and 4. Well done and thank you to all involved.
North Somerset (NSSPEA) Swimming Gala – Friday 7th December
Well done to the twelve Year 5 and 6 children who competed in the swimming gala on Friday, against 15 other schools. You all did fabulously and did the school proud! We came 1st in four of our races, 2nd in three of them and 3rd in three of them. We finished 5th overall, out of 16 schools – which is impressive. A special well done also goes to the 8 children who managed to get medals.
Inter area Cross Country Finals – written by Holly and Phoebe in 5T
After coming in the top 10 girls of the NSSPEA Primary Cross Country event, we (Holly and Phoebe, in Year 5 and Pippa H, in Year 6) were invited to represent TEAM North Somerset in the inter area finals, at Ashton Park School. Before we went to the finals, we took part in a training event where we played games and got at-shirt, showing that we are in TEAM North Somerset. Shortly after this, on the 24th of November, we competed in the finals, where we all did exceptionally well. Unfortunately, Holly twisted her right knee, only getting about a quarter of the way through the course, meaning she had to ‘drop out’ of the race. Phoebe impressively came 37th place (out of the 63 who finished) and Pippa an amazing 21st place (out of the 62 who finished). We are all very happy we took part; it was extremely enjoyable and we are proud of our achievements.
Dodgeball Tournament – Friday 23rd November
Six pupils from Year 5 competed against 10 other teams at Nailsea School, on Friday, during a dodgeball tournament organised by School Games. Considering most of our team hadn’t played dodgeball before and most of the other teams were made up of Year 6 players, we had a tough fight on our hands. Furthermore, we had to sit off for the first 5 matches, meaning our opposing teams had the advantage of being warmed up when we played our first game. With all that being said, we played our absolute best, individually and as a team, and got better and better as time went on. We came 5th out of 11 overall and Miss Taylor was incredibly proud of each player. Well done!
Monday 19th November – North Somerset Boys’ Football Finals
In a very competitive group, we drew all of our games and lost our final match against Wrington. We played really well throughout but just couldn't find the back of the net!
Well done to Piers, Nikita, Oli, Jayden, Henry, Lucas, Billy, Dan and Dylan and Jamie who came to support us.
Monday 12th November – North Somerset Girls' Football Finals
Well done to our girls who took part in this tournament organised by the North Somerset PE Association. We played some lovely football but unfortunately found it hard to score and so did not progress through to the final rounds. Well done to Kali, Molly, Amy, Erin, Amelie, Emily and Ava for taking part.
North Somerset Primary Cross Country Championships 24.10.18
We were blessed with glorious sunshine on Wednesday morning whilst 32 of our children took part in the North Somerset Primary Cross Country Championships 2018. Every athlete should be enormously proud of their efforts and trying to achieve their own personal best at this event. The children had varied prior experience of distance running and it is an achievement in itself to complete the age/appropriate courses. Well done to the Year 5 girls and Year 6 girls who both came second overall as a team. The Year 6 boys narrowly missed out on getting medals, scoring only one point more than the team who came third. A special well done goes to Ben in Year 4 who came first out of all the runners in his competition and Pippa in Year 6 who came third in hers. Any Year 5 or 6 athletes who finished in the top ten positions of their races were given an invitation to TEAM North Somerset – several of our children managed to do this which is a fabulous achievement. Well done to everyone who ran on the day – we were very proud of you all!
See pictures below!
Football Qualification Tournament 19.10.18
In glorious sunshine, ten boys and seven girls from Year 6 did themselves proud whilst representing our school, on Friday 19th November, with both teams winning gold medals. This means both teams have qualified for the Finals next term. Excellent sportsmanship and impressive ball skills were displayed by all of our children who took part. Well done to all the children involved!
See pictures and videos below
We are THRILLED to announce that we have been awarded with the School Games Bronze award for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2017/18. This is a great achievement!
Athletics Tournament – Wednesday 27th June
Year 3 and 4 children took part in the School Games North Somerset Primary ‘Quadkids’ Athletics Competition on the morning of Wednesday 27th June.
In glorious sunshine, 10 pupils competed in the 50m sprint, 400m endurance run, vortex throw, standing long jump and speed bounce, finishing an impressive 5th out of 10 schools.
A huge well done to Marcus who came second overall in the boys’ speed bounce competition, managing an impressive 48 jumps in just 20 seconds (more than two jumps a second!) – gaining himself a silver medal. Holly also came second in the girls’ speed bounce competition, with 45 jumps in 20 seconds, also gaining herself a silver medal. The speed bounce wasn’t the only category that Holly excelled in however; she finished with the highest overall score across all the categories in the girls’ competition, meaning she was awarded with a gold medal. She should be incredibly proud of this impressive achievement.
Well done to all 10 of you – you all encouraged each other and worked brilliantly as a team!
Take a look at the pictures and videos below.
Athletics Tournament – Friday 15th June
11 Year 5 and 6 children took part in the School Games North Somerset Primary ‘Quadkids’ Athletics Competition on the morning of Friday 15th June.
We had a fantastic morning at St Katherines and the weather shone brightly for us. We took part in the following events: 75m sprint, 600m endurance run, vortex throw, standing long jump and speed bounce. We finished 5th out of 8 teams – which was a fantastic effort considering many of us were taking part in the events for the very first time!
Well done to Oliver who managed to throw the vortex the furthest in our team – he threw it a whopping 29.30m. Harry sprinted the 75m the quickest – with an impressive time of 11.14secs – and also came first in the 600m, with a time of 2.02mins. Dexter was our star ‘jumper’ and managed a respectable distance of 1.98m in the standing long jump.
Well done to all 11 of you – there was a great sense of team spirit and you all encouragement each other wonderfully.
Bristol Together Championships Football Tournament - Friday 8th June
A huge well done to these 5 superstars in Year 5 who did so well today. They worked incredibly well with Bannerman Road School and each other. It was a great day!
School Games Day 2018 & Sports Day
A great day was had by all - thank you to everyone who came to watch and support. A special well done to Willow House who were the 2018 champions!
BJS Swimming Gala, Thursday 7th June
On Thursday 7th June, Backwell Juniors held two swimming galas; one for Years 3 and 4 and another for Years 5 and 6. A whopping 180 children took part in the galas – many showcasing impressive talent. It was a fun-filled afternoon which celebrated and embraced competition and there was a great sense of team spirit from all Houses.
Everyone who took part swam incredibly well but a special well done must go to Willow House, who won the Year 3 and 4 gala, and to Sycamore House, who won the Year 5 and 6 gala – both lifting their trophies with well-deserved pride.
It was wonderful to have so many supporters attend the event and join in with the team spirit – thank you to those of you who were able to make it! A big thank you also to those of you who helped walk and with the running of the event; we could not have done it without you!
We are all looking forward to doing it all again next year.
Bleep Test Finale
Well done to all the bleep test finalists – you all did a fantastic job. A special well done to Billy and Nikita who were the last two runners. See videos below!
House Football Tournaments
Well done to Willow House who won the Year 3 and 4 house football tournament and Sycamore house who won the Year 5 and 6 one. It was a nail-biting ending for the Year 5 and 6 tournament; a penalty shoot-out determined the winners (see video below for Isaac’s fabulous goal).
Sports Ambassadors Leading Field Games Across the School
Well done to the sports ambassadors (and their helpers) who have organised, set up, lead, managed and officiated field games at lunchtimes for all year groups during Health and Fitness Week. They did a fantastic job and showed some impressive leadership skills.
Year 5 – Bristol Together Championships (Football)
Bristol Together Championships is an annual programme bringing together Primary Schools from across the city which culminates in a one-day football tournament on at UWE sports facilities at the Frenchay campus (200 of the city’s year 5 children will take part).
The unique aspect of the programme is that a school can only enter a team by twinning with another school, serving children from a very different ethnic, class, faith or geographical background; we have been twinned with Bannerman Road School - 5 children from BJS and 5 children from their school make up our team. Each school must ask enter at least one girl (we have entered two).
With the help from a professional coach, each school hosts 2 training sessions which are about physical activity but also developing the life skills they need to build teams across diversity.
We have had two of our training sessions – one at each school. We have really enjoyed it so far and are really excited for the one-day tournament.
Our team played brilliantly to win 2 matches against Golden Valley and Portishead Primary and then narrowly lost to an excellent Winscombe team. We then played St Mary's and lost in our final match. We done to Aleisha, Erin, Kaysan, the 2 Maxs, Dexter, the 2 Jacks, Jacob and Oli on a really positive team performance!
Thank you to School Games for organising and running the event.
Our Year 4 team played 4 games against Elmlea, Clifton High, Colston's and Henleaze.
We lost our first 2 matches and the n drew with Henleaze. Our final match saw our best performance against Colston's with an emphatic 5-1 win! Well done to all involved!
Wednesday 8th March - Year 6 Netball Tournament
Some members of the year 6 Netball team, travelled to Bristol Grammar School Sports Ground to play in a tournament with other local schools - organised and run by School Games. In our first match against Crockerne, we drew 4 - 4. The second match we played against Heron’s Moor and we won 2 - 1. The third match we won against Uphill Primary School 5 - 0. Thankfully, due to the goal difference, we got in to the quarter finals. Finally, we played St Anne's who we lost against, unfortunately. In the end, we came in the top 8 schools of North Somerset, which was amazing! We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Mrs Withers for taking us to this fantastic sporting event.
Thursday, 18th January - Boys Football Tournament Match Report (by Zack and Isaac Year 6)
On Thursday, 18th January, Boys from Year 5 and 6 went to Bristol Grammar School to play a football tournament (organised and run by School Games) which consisted of 4 matches and a final but unfortunately we didn’t make it as far as the finals. In the 1st match, we drew 0 - 0 and I don’t know how we didn’t score - so we gained a point from the game. In the second match, we lost 1 - 0 against St Johns which meant we remained on one point. In the third game, we won 1 - 0 because of a goal from Billy. That gave us a chance to possibly get through to the final. In our 4th game, we unfortunately lost 3 - 0 to Locking school so our hopes for a place in the final came to an end. On the whole, everyone played really well and showed great team spirit. We would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to Mr Webster for taking us and cheering us on.
Monday 8th January – Girls’ Football Match Report by Eva and Lucy (year 6)
On Monday, 8th January, some of our year 5 and 6 girls played in a football tournament at Bristol Grammar School Sports Ground (organised and run by School Games). Our team consisted of Eva, Lucy N, Emily, Amelie, Erin, Ava, Kaliana, & Molly. We played 4 games in total. Unfortunately we lost 3 of the 4 games 1– 0. In the last game, we drew 2 - 2. Both goals were scored by Emily. Although we did not win all 4 matches, some fantastic team work was seen and we all thoroughly enjoyed taking part. We very much look forward to future matches.
Many thanks to Mr Webster for taking us and cheering us on.
Friday 20th October
Our School Sport Organising Crew attended training at NSETC on Friday (organised and run by School Games). As well as learning about their role, they had lots of fun taking part in various games.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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