School Games

At 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.
If you want to keep fit and healthy at home the Change4life website will give you lots of ideas and provide you with free resources. Use this link to access the website
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.
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.
Sports News

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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Tennis Tournament

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 thatís 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.

By Summer

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.

By Ramiro
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
Cup Winners

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.    

By Summer
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 didnít get through to the final which meant we did not get a medal but maybe we will next time. 

By Maddie     
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.

By David

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 peopleís 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 didnít score any goals, but I think we were the most determined team! I think we were 7th.
LC2 Tennis Tournament

The children in year 3 and 4 took part in the LC2 Tennis tournament; both teams did really well and enjoyed their afternoon of tennis. Their shots improved during the games and they scored quite a few points against some good opponents from other local schools. Congratulations to everyone who took part they were excellent representatives for the school.
LC2 Tri-golf tournament

Year 1 and 2 visited Leighton Buzzard Golf club to take part in the LC2 Tri-golf tournament. They had been practising their swing and putting shots on the school field but really enjoyed the chance to play on a real golf course! They took on a number of challenges during the day and scored a total of 432 points and were thrilled to achieve the top score in the Zone Ball Station.  Well done to all the team.
Commonwealth Schools Games Day

A report by Amelia
Year 4ís worked together as Young Leaders to make a games afternoon for all of the school. We set out a marathon, obstacle course, ladders, football, dribbling, curling, ball throw, and bean bag throw. The theme of the afternoon was the commonwealth games - children were put into teams of commonwealth countries. We gave the children a coloured card with air miles and a place. We called them flight tickets. Every time the children completed a game, they were given a card - green if they had done well, orange if you could do better. At the end we added up the miles to see which team had won.

Quick Sticks

This year we had another successful year at the Quick sticks tournament, the A and B teams played 4 matches each and neither team lost a match! The A team won all their matches and were the winners of the small school A competition; the B team drew two of their matches and were second.

The LC2 orienteering competition at Brooklands School was a very warm event!  We entered 2 teams who had to run around the grounds solving the clues and returning to the base station with their answers to the puzzles. It was a team effort though and to make sure they stayed together everyone had to keep hold of a skipping rope all the time! We were very proud at the end to discover our A team had come 2nd and our B team were 11th- congratulations to everyone.
Our  kwik cricket team had a great day representing the school at the Leighton Buzzard schools tournament. We played 3 matches winning 2 and losing 1 which meant we were runners up in our group.

There was some excellent  bowling and batting from everyone on the team who worked well together and were determined to do the best they could. We finished the day with a friendly game against Stanbridge which was great fun, even if we did loose track of the score and ended up calling it a draw!
Quad kids

One Wednesday, earlier this term, David, Amelia, Coco, Sofia, Chloe and I all went to Quad Kids. We took part in lots of activities and I really enjoyed it there because I am a sporty person. My favourite game was the 400m sprint. They added up the points each member of the team scored and we got 846 points altogether. There were 17 games in total to take part in.   

By Oscar
Football Tournament

This year 9 excited boys spent a very sunny afternoon representing the school in the Leighton Linslade Football tournament. It was the first time in many years that the school had enough boys to make up a team! 

The pitches at Cedars Upper School were very large but the team soon got used to passing and running with the ball!  We had 4 matches and although we did not win any of the games we only conceded a few goals and were really good sports.  We will keep practising and hopefully improve for next year. Well done to everyone who played.
Run for Fun

Twenty children from the school travelled to Fulbrook Middle school for the annual Run for Fun afternoon. They all had a lovely afternoon in the sunshine though the running was certainly challenging and very tiring! Both the boys and girls teams from Keys Stage 1 came third. In Key stage 2 Chloe was the fastest runner, the girlsí team came 4th and the boysí team was 4th.  Everyone really tried their best and we decided that we should try to find more opportunities to run long distances at school!
Tag Rugby -Great team Effort
In November our Tag rugby team played in the LC2 rugby tournament. They had a fantastic afternoon impressing the adults that took them with their brilliant team spirit and determination.

They performed amazingly throughout the whole afternoon supporting each other and encouraging everyone to do their best. The team won their group wining all games, one by 7 tries to 0 and only letting  in one try.
They eventually finished 4th overall which was an excellent achievement.

Well done Luis for leading the team so positively and drawing everyone together for a huddle before the games.