We know your pupils will love having a School Blast activity for their after school club, alternative or non-traditional PE curriculum, extra curricular timetable or simply as an end of term reward!
On this page, you’ll learn:
- what a “School Blast” activity is;
- how your pupils benefit from a School Blast Nerf activity;
- how our activities align with Sport England’s Physical Literacy Framework;
- why Nerf Parties Leeds is well placed to contribute to your school.
What is a Nerf Parties Leeds School Blast activity?
A School Blast Nerf activity is a structured series of games involving foam dart blasters which are an intrinsically motivating physical workout and which promote teamwork, resilience and communication in a fun setting.
On arrival, your School Blast GamesMaster will set up a Nerf arena in a venue of your choice at school before engaging participants in a warm up. The GamesMaster then gives participants an engaging, interactive safety briefing before issuing and training participants in use of equipment.
The GamesMaster then runs a series of games tailored to the ages and abilities of participants. Each game mode incrementally add layers of cognitive, social and physical challenge.
The School Blast activity concludes with an internet safety message linked to one of the games played and participants participating in picking up darts before.
How will pupils benefit from a School Blast activity?
Private Blast Nerf wars are regularly booked by parents of children at key Stage 1, key stage 2 and key stage 3, with occasional Adult Rival Nerf Wars booked for children at Key Stage 4. Feedback from these events is always phenomenal, even when events are held on weekday evenings at the end of a regular school day!
Whilst some young people won’t willingly take part in traditional games, put a Nerf blaster in their hand, put them on a team, give them an objective and they’re off!
With this in mind, we’ve specifically examined how our activities can contribute to Sport England‘s goal of:
“…All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.”
Following are just a few examples of how a Nerf Parties Leeds School Blast activity contributes to participants meeting the objectives of Sport England’s Physical Literacy Framework:
- Develop control and coordination in small and large movements by picking up Nerf darts and loading them whilst running from a hoard of Nerf zombies.
- Practise negotiating space safely whilst moving to achieve objectives in a constantly evolving field of play, with other children who are also on the go in the “Volleyblast” game mode.
- Participants own their space and move confidently in a range of ways as they role play characters and perform roles as part of a team of Zombies trying to hunt down the last few humans.
- Enjoy being physically active as they participate in intrinsically motivating game modes such as “Flux” give you a workout without realising it!
- Participate in cooperative play which encourages social development by playing as part of a team in “Team Freeze Tag” which directly rewards communication and team awareness.
- Enhance their own resilience, social and thinking skills as they experience both success and failure and learn how to handle both.
Those are just some of the benefits to your pupils.
Here is what we offer you, the school:
- All equipment supplied – you don’t have to provide anything apart from space!
- No extra planning or staffing – we provide meaningful activity either during or after the school day so that your staff can contribute to wider school objectives.
- From only £3 per pupil per session – competitive pricing and staff are allowed to join in if they’d like for free!
- Flexible space requirements – we can set up and run an activity anywhere within your grounds where there is space to accommodate your group. In the past, we’ve run Blast Nerf wars on school turf playing fields, MUGAs (multi use games areas), gyms, sports halls, dining rooms, main halls and drama studios.
- Fully insured and qualified activity leader – more on this later, but he’s an experienced teacher with QTS and a current enhanced DBS check for a start
- Aligned with Sport England’s Physical Literacy Framework – as mentioned above, we know it’s important that you are able to demonstrate that the activities you offer are meaningful. We’re on board with that, and strive to ensure every moment of our activities contributes to the work you do!
- We have risk assessment and safeguarding documentation ready to go, and can adapt it to meet your needs.
Q. What is a Nerf blaster?
A. Nerf blasters are sold as toys and use a spring mechanism to launch a safe foam dart projectile a number of meters. “Nerf” is a specific brand of foam dart blaster, and the best known. The risks associated with these toys are incredibly low, but we always use eye protection and issue a safety briefing to ensure proper, safe use and minimise risk.
“Tagging” with foam darts is essentially the same as “catching” someone in a game of “tig” or “stuck in the mud”, but at a greater range than arms’s length, adding challenge and complexity to a traditional, well enjoyed game.
Q. How much does a Nerf Parties Leeds “School Nerf Blast” activity cost per pupil?
A. We only charge £4 per pupil per 50 minute session. For example, a cohort of 20 pupils could Nerf for one hour for £80.
Because we charge per pupil, per session, you can book any number you’d like to for any amount of time.
Of course, multiple bookings or multiple hour events may well incur a negotiable discount, so please ask!
Q. How does Nerf Parties Leeds manage risk at School Nerf events?
A. As with any activity involving fast moving objects and people such as football, cricket, tennis, golf, running, riding a scooter, cycling or driving, precautions do need to be taken to manage risk.
At Nerf Parties Leeds, we use stock (unmodified) Nerf blasters. This means that the foam darts fired from them won’t cause the bruising (another word for internal bleeding and swelling) or welts associated with air soft or paintball.
We use either stock Nerf darts, or third party darts generally accepted by the Nerfing community as safe. This means we avoid cheap, hard-tipped “Full Vinyl Jacket” darts, a variant shunned by much of the Nerfing community. Third party darts regarded as safe by the Nerfing community include “Koosh”, “Waffle”, “Accufake” and “X-shot”. Our dart pool is composed only of safe darts such as these and stock Nerf Elite and Accustrike darts.
At Nerf Parties Leeds, we insist on eye protection being worn at all times during games and eye protection only being removed between games whilst all blasters are placed on the ground. Having been involved in almost 130 hours of Nerf Wars catering for over 1600 Nerfers, we have found this to be the best way to avoid accidents.
Finally, at Nerf Parties Leeds, we only use soft, pop-up mobstacles. Kids don’t always look where they’re going, so it’s important that if they run into a mobstacle, it is softer than them! It is next to impossible to injure yourself by running into our mobstacles! Additionally, we don’t allow participants to be inside the mobstacles at time of play, as this may lead to kids tripping over each other!
Q. Who will be actually running my Nerf war?
A. Our GamesMaster is an enhanced DBS checked qualified teacher (QTS). We have served well over 3700 Nerfers during over 260 hours of Nerf Wars at 190 events. Our GamesMaster runs regular monthly events catering for up to 100 participants and skatepark Nerf events catering for up tp 60, so your large group will not be a problem!
An experienced mainstream classroom teacher, he identifies challenging or high risk kids quickly and shuts down dangerous behaviour almost before it surfaces. As a former ski instructor, he knows safety comes first and ensures fun whilst maintaining a safe field of play. He is great at directing play and directing participant enthusiasm.
Q. Where will you run my School Blast Nerf activity?
We can run a School Nerf Blast activity anywhere within your grounds where there is space to accommodate your group. In the past, we’ve run Blast Nerf wars on school turf playing fields, MUGAs (multi use games areas), gyms, sports halls, dining rooms, main halls and drama studios.