School GamesAt Hockliffe Lower School we take every opportunity to help the children keep healthy through participation in exercise and sport.
There are regular School Games Days that the whole school participate in. Year 4 are trained as young leaders so they can help organise and run the school games events. Each week there are lunchtime challenge matches in different sports. Also this year there will be in school games afternoons, firstly for Class 3 and then Class 2 which the School Sports partnership and their young leaders are helping us to organise.
We use sport to enhance our learning in other areas of the curriculum. During Maths week we had an excellent sports challenge afternoon that involved aiming, climbing, running and timing.
Sports Hall Athletics February 24th and March 10th
16 children went to the Sports Hall Athletics Competitions. They participated in a number of different events.
At the KS1 competition the ‘A’ Team came 8th with 86pts and the ‘B' team were 5th with 92 pts. In the KS2 event the team scored 112pts and were placed 15th.
Boys Football Tournament 23rd September
Our team went to the Leighton Football Tournament and played in the competition for small schools. Well done to the team who secured 3rd place. Here is a report written by Bailey .
We went to the football tournament. The team played four matches, we won two, we lost one and drew one. Pele scored five goals, Harvey scored four goals and Bailey scored one goal. Kyle said he thought some matches were easy but others were harder.
While not performing their competitive elements the pupils had access to a range of gymnastic equipment including beams, air track and asymmetric bars and benefited from the expertise of trained professionals. Our teams trained for this event both in school and at home and performed with confidence. It was an enjoyable and worthwhile activity for all.
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In history we enjoyed re-enacting the ancient Olympics, throwing the javelin, discus and doing the long jump with weights. This summeer the Year 4 young leaders are organising one of the School Games day to link with KS1 literacy learning on a Roald Dahl theme.
Gymnastics 3rd February
Six children from Key Stage 1 and six from Key Stage 2 attended the tournament at The Harlequin Gym in Leighton Buzzard. Many schools from the Leighton Buzzard area took part. Each KS1 team performed a 90 second routine to music consisting of four compulsory moves and six optional moves. Our team was made up of two boys and three girls and the music we chose was Colonel Bogey. All the team members also perform a vault from a bench. KS2 team had two set routines of moves to perform.
Tag Rugby 5th November
At the tag rugby tournament we did remarkably well and were proud because we only lost one match and that was by a single try. We were runners up in our group. Well done to all the children who represented the school so well.
Netball Tournament 21st October
Here is Harry’s report about the Netball Tournament we entered.
In October we entered the Leighton Netball Competition. In the first match Harvey and Bailey were hunting for goals when Harvey passed the ball to Bailey who was on the edge of the D; then Bailey scored a cracking goal. Pele scored seven goals which was amazing to see! We came second in our group.
The school belongs to the School Sports Partnership based in Leighton Buzzard and enter almost all the School Games competitions they organise. This means the children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of sports including football, tag rugby, quick sticks, kwik cricket, sports hall athletics, gymnastics, quad kids, tri golf, netball, running and orienteering. All children have the chance to represent the school in at least one sporting competition when they are in years 3 and 4.
Tennis Tournament - June 18th
Two teams of children took part in the Leighton Buzzard Tennis tournament they both played really well and individual players played some excellent shots to build up points for their teams. The A team won or drew all their games and secured 3rd place in their group. Thank you to everyone for your great effort.
Kwik Cricket - June 9th
A team from Class 3 had a fantastic day of competitive kwik cricket at Leighton Buzzard Cricket Club; they played lots of matches winning one by a massive 50 runs and loosing another by just 1 run. In the final match for 5th place they had to play friends and sporting rivals from Standbridge Lower School; it was a great match played with a real spirit of sportsmanship. The result was really close with Hockliffe coming out winners by just 4 runs; well played everyone.
Quick Sticks Tournament - June 4th
Gold Medal Winners
Well done to the school Quick Sticks team who recently won the gold medal in a School Games tournament against 11 other schools from the Leighton-Linslade area. The team played 7 matches and won 6 of them scoring a total of 17 goals and conceding just 7. In the final they played against Dovery Down and had a convincing 3-1 victory to the win the tournament. Congratulations and thank you to the children who played with great co-operation and determination and were excellent representatives of the school.
School Games Orienteering Afternoon
Class 3 enjoyed an afternoon of orienteering organised for them by the Leighton Sports Partnership. They had to co-operate and work as a team to complete the challenges and of course use their map reading skills. The challenge to transfer water from one container to another whilst completing an obstacle course caused much fun and laughter. It was great afternoon.
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Two teams from the school recently took part in the School Games tennis tournament at Leighton Buzzard Tennis Club. They had been practising hard at lunchtimes and all did their best to win points in every game. One team were second in their group which was excellent.
Thank you and well done to all those who represented the school so well.
Run for Fun
One October afternoon some of Class 3 went to an event called Run for Fun, it was David, Summer, Abbie, Molly, Chloe and Kayleigh. We went on a huge bus. There were 5 schools there and one had 9 or even 10 children. It was fun that’s why it was called Run for fun. We went to a school in Woburn Sands to do it, it was a big school. The team worked really hard and David came 5th.
Sports Hall Athletics Competition
On Thursday 9th March some children from Class 2 visited Vandyke Upper School for a Sports Hall Athletics competition. There were two huge sports halls. First we went into the small hall and the big children showed us how to do the games. We had to jump the farthest for one game and play hockey around some cones for another. There was also a long step-up race and a speed jump challenge. There were seven games altogether. The hockey game was our favourite game because you had to move quickly but carefully around the cones. We came seventh in the competition. It was an enormously great day!
By Coco and Sofia
Football with Charlie
Every Wednesday Class 3 have football with Charlie. It is really fun and he is also an MK Dons coach. He teaches us a lot of football and we get better every Wednesday. We like it difficult because it really tests us on our skill.
Tri Golf Competition
We entered 2 teams in the Leighton Linslade yr1/2 Tri Golf Competition at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club. The teams came 7th and 10th and were all good sports.
Here is a report written by Oscar
On Wednesday I went to Leighton Buzzard Golf Club with Mrs Fullwood and 6 other children. I went and did lots of fun amazing games with children from other schools. We played on the greens and used golf clubs called putters and chippers. I had a brilliant time and it was a sunny afternoon.
Congratulation to everyone at the school for achieving the School Games Gold Award for the fourth year running. What an amazing achievement!
And very well done to 3 of our sports teams who have won medals in recent School Sports Competitions. Our A and B Quick Sticks teams both won gold medals winning all of the four games they played in their group. Also the A team won a bronze medal in the orienteering competition.
A brilliant end to a great year of sports at Hockliffe Lower
Run For Fun
20 children from the school travelled to Fulbrook Middle school to take part in the Run for fun competition against Woburn, Husbourne Crawley, Aspley Guise and Swallowfield. They had to run a long way around the enormous field, Key Stage One children ran in a boys and girls relay and Key Stage 2 children ran individually. Everyone did their best and finished the course, it was very tiring but they did not give up. The highest placed member of the team was 5th which was brilliant.
School Games Gold Award
One Thursday afternoon some of my friends and I went to an event called Sports Hall Athletics. We did lots of different sports. My favourite activity was when you had to run to one side of the room and then back again as quickly as you could. I also liked the chest pass; you had to get the ball all the way across the room with no bouncing. On the coach we did rock, paper, scissors all the way back to school. My Dad drove me home in his red car; it was the best day ever! The next morning Mr Seymour the sports leader came into assembly, he said all our team had tried very hard and we were awarded the trophy for the value of DETERMINATION. Mrs Benger and the whole school were very, very proud of us.
Tag Rugby Tournament
After we had been having some practise of tag rugby in our PE lessons some children went to a tag rugby tournament at Leighton Buzzard Rugby club. We had to wear yellow jumpers and yellow tops and blue shorts. It was very hard but we tried our best. We only won two games but that was ok because it was still fun. We didn’t get through to the final which meant we did not get a medal but maybe we will next time.
Young Leaders Training
On some days at the beginning of term year 4 went out of the class to do young leader training. We learnt to teach PE to other children. Kayleigh and I taught a running game, we split some people into teams and one team was with Kayleigh and one team was with me. They had to sprint around a cone and then race back and high five the next person. The first team to get the first person at the front and sat down quietly won. Then they had to do the same thing with a ball but they had to kick it and pass the ball to the next person. I like being a young leader because I like to teach other pupils and help them to enjoy sport.
On Tuesday 6th of February some children from Year 1 and 2 went to a gymnastics competition at Harlequin Gym. There were lots of other schools there too. We took turns doing lots of gymnastic activities like vaulting, beams and a spring track. For the competition we did a gymnastic floor routine to music and got the highest mark for a small school in this section. We did rolls, balances and different movements for our routine. We were trained by Elliott Browne, a professional gymnast. It was fun doing all the different activities at the gym.
By Amelie and Arabella
Sports Hall Athletics
On Thursday 8th March some children from Year 1 and 2 went to a sports hall athletics competition with Mrs Fullwood. Twelve schools went to the competition. We went on a coach with some other schools. When we got there we did lots of different sports. We had Josh for a young leader. He went around every activity with us. He was very kind and helpful. We had to run around him to warm up. The sports were throwing beanbags into targets, curling, running, jumping and skipping. For curling we had to bash other people’s stones out of the way to score points. Our favourites were curling and running. We were first in the throwing event and we came 7th in the whole competition and we had a great time.
By Branden, Jack K and Harry H
Year 3 and 4 entered a team in the Leighton Linslade Netball competition- it was a very rainy day and we had to be careful because the court was very slippery. We didn’t score any goals, but I think we were the most determined team! I think we were 7th.