Sports and Activities
Athletes of the half term
Sports Week 2019
We joined the National Sports week from 24 June to 28 June. Pupils enjoyed seven extra sports activities with external coaches, learned about health and nutrition, completed personal challenges and ran the Someries Mile every morning. The children joined in enthusiastically to learn new skills and to get fitter and stronger.
The sports activities were funded by our Sports Grant and the children's efforts in the daily mile were sponsored by friends and family raising £680 to be split between the children's school council playground equipment fund and the Keframa School Project in Uganda.
Sports week: Daily S-Mile
Each day during the sports week (except one occasion that was rained off), children walked or ran a mile by completing seven laps of a track on our playing field. Many children did extra laps so that some completed two or three miles a day. Their attitude was great and many children realised that running with friends can be fun as well as healthy!
Sports Week: Sporting activities
To encourage children to try new sports, they were provided with professional coaching in a number of sports. These were: cricket, hockey, basketball and tennis. They also had martial arts training with coaches from Matt Fiddes martial arts school and dance sessions with Lauren from Next Generation Youth Theatre who runs our street dance club. The highlight for many was trying to scale the climbing wall that appeared on our playground on Wednesday morning! You can see some highlights below.
Sports Week: family rounders
We rounded off our successful sports week with friendly games of family rounders on the field after school on Friday. It was great to see so many families join the event - we had three games going on with a range of ages on each team....
Sports Week: Hockey
Hockey coaches demonstrated ball control skills and then set up a range of challenges for the children so that they could improve their skills with a hockey stick.
Sports Week: Dance
Lauren from Next Generation Youth Theatre runs a very popular after school street dance club at Someries Juniors. During sports week she worked with every class to work on their dance moves - at the same time as exercising and strengthening their bodies.
Sports Week: Martial Arts
On Thursday evenings, the Matt Fiddes Martial Arts School runs public mixed martial arts training sessions and a number of our children attend the sessions and have worked through their belt gradings. Two Matt Fiddes coaches came into school to share their expertise with the children. Here you can see them putting Year 6 children through their paces.
Sports Week: Total Wellbeing
Getting plenty of exercise is important for our chidren's health - but so is their diet. Mr Finch, our family worker, arranged for two members of Active Luton to speak to the children about healthy eating. We were pleased to see that the children already knew about eating a balanced diet with food from the different food groups. But the children were surprised to find out just how much sugar is in bottled drinks - even ones that look healthy!
This was a chance to experience a new sport for some of our children as they played games to develop their batting skills
Many children now come to our morning karate club. It is led by John Hurley of Higashi Karate Kai. (John also teaches our children karate in PE lessons.) In the morning club, children can work towards ‘gradings’ for different belts. Here you can see Annika and Filip accepting their red and white belts.
In February, Three Year 5 and 6 children represented Someries Juniors at a Boccia tournament at the Inspire sports centre. Boccia is a seated bowling game. Despite not having played this sport competitively before, our team performed very well. They beat a number of their opponents in an event that brought together teams from schools all over town.
Athletes of the half term
We often celebrate the involvement of our children in teams and events. This year, we also want to celebrate the sporting achievements of our children who work well in PE and sports clubs on a regular basis. Mr Osborne, our sports leader, introduced the award of Athlete of the Half Term and these are the first award winners.
Abdul 6A – a great performance at the tag rugby tournament in his first time playing in it, great attitude and sportsmanship at the tournament, great effort levels and behaviour in PE, great attitude in after school football.
Jasmine 6A – one of the only girls at the rugby tournament, performed well at rugby, good attitude and behaviour in all PE lessons.
Ike 5P – incredible performance at tag rugby, scorer of try of the tournament, picked up rules of rugby very quickly, great effort and behaviour in PE lessons.
Kristija 5H – always gives 100% in PE lessons, great score in running tests, picked up the rules of rugby really well.
Abigail 5P – another one who tries in every PE lesson, great score and determination in running fitness tests, performed well in rugby lessons, great attitude in after school football club.
Evelina 4O – gives 100% every PE lesson, impressive score during the running tests, great attitude in after school dodgeball, works well throughout lessons and clubs.
George 4A – behaves well in both PE and after school clubs, always gives 100%, always a top performer, seen helping younger children many times.
Anika 3L – picked up the basic skills of netball very quickly, behaves and performs very well in PE, tries her best in all aspects of PE lessons, gained an incredible score in the running test.
Jordi 3D – demonstrates a positive attitude in PE lessons and clubs, picked up the skills to dodgeball really well and shows it by being one of the top performers in the club.
A group of our Year 5 children took part in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Luton Sixth Form College. One of our two teams competed in the Year 6 tournament (!) and both teams enjoyed success as you can read from their report here:
Tuesday 27th November 2018
On this very special day Danny, Jayden, Ronnie, Ike, Abigail and Lexxie were all going to a basketball tournament to represent the school.
Danny, Ike and Abigail were called Someries Whites; they were in the Year 6 group. Jayden, Danny and Lexxie were in the Year 5 group and were called Someries Reds. Triumphantly they won their group and Someries Whites came third in their group.
We couldn’t have done it without Mr Giokabari and Aaron because they helped us to concentrate and play our game. As soon as we finished our lunch, we got our stuff and went up to the huts. As we still had time left, we played some basketball and we were warming up for the tournament. At 12:30, we left the school and the minibus took us to Sixth Form College.
As soon as possible, we got a ball and went into the sports hall to do some warming up. Mr G showed us how to warm up at the same time and different ways to warm up. Then we did running to get the ball and passing it back to Mr G.
Finally, we started to play 3 vs 3 against each other moving the ball fast, marking someone, dribbling and moving into space.
Then we played some matches. Someries Reds won their first match 2 – 0 against Stockwood. Someries Whites then went on to win 6 – 0 against Downside Purples. Someries Reds won most of their games only drawing one. Someries Whites won two and lost two against the top teams in Year 6 (who were giants). We played a friendly on a bigger sized pitch with all of us on, winning 2 – 0.
Finally, the day finished and we went home to relax!
Danny M – 5 Hercules
Some of our top footballers headed off for a tournament at PlayFootball Luton on a foggy day to play against other schools. Here is the captain’s report:
On Thursday 22nd November 2018, Someries Junior School took part in the EFL schools 6-a-side tournament. The squad selected was Harrison B (Captain), Jayden O’D, Danny M, Jake B, Lexie O’D, Matthew W, Abdulrahim F and Rafaelis L.
Someries played 5 group games, winning 3, drawing 1 and losing 1. The loss came to St Joseph’s who then went on to win the tournament.
Someries then lost to Sacred Hart 2 – 1 in the knock out stages of the plate tournament.
Everyone played very well and contributed their part in the team.
Meanwhile, back at school more of our football squad took part in a game against local rivals Putteridge, narrowly losing 1-0 in a closely fought game.
Town Wide Cross Country Meeting
On 2 October, our cross country runners from Year 5 and Year 6 took part in a big cross country race in Lewsey Park. There were over a hundred runners in both the girls’ and boys’ races. Our children competed well and Lauren finished 8th out of all those girls. We were very proud of the positive attitudes shown by our runners.
Dodgeball Tournament at Inspire – 31 October
Eight Year 5 and 6 children took part in a big festival of dodgeball with lots of other school teams. They came home with aching legs after a very active day in which they played thirteen games of dodgeball! They were proud of the fact that they won eight of these games against other schools.
Despite being the smallest junior school in town we still offer our children a wide range of extra activities that they can join in outside of lessons. We have lunchtime sporting activities and as many as eleven different after-school clubs. We also have one before-school club: Karate.
Karate club is led by John Hurley, who also runs karate as part of each year group’s PE lessons. These lessons give the children a good workout for their muscles and after a half term of karate lessons they seem much fitter and stronger! At the morning club, it has been good to see some of the more experienced members - Katie, Olivia and Jayden – helping the others with their routines, as you can see in these pictures:
Tag Rugby Tournament
Tag-rugby is one of the sports that our children learn in PE and we also have a lunchtime rugby club. Our rugby team of players from Years 5 and 6 took part in a local tag-rugby tournament at Stockwood Rugby Club on 11 October. We were very proud of their performances which saw them achieve fourth place out of 32 schools!
Football report: Someries 1 – 1 Warden Hill
On Wednesday 17th October 2018, Someries hosted Warden Hill in a Year 5 and Year 6 match.
The two teams started the game very well, with both keepers making early saves. Someries’ passing enabled them to take control of the game and they took a deserved lead through Jake. The move started from a great ball from Harrison to Jake, which Jake calmly finished into the bottom corner of the goal, giving us a 1 – 0 narrow lead at half-time, which was largely down to some excellent defensive work from Matthew and Danny.
The second half started with Someries on the front foot with the Warden Hill keeper making some excellent saves from Lexie, Raf and Jayden.
Warden Hill then got a breakaway goal through their best player and captain.
Harrison then made two excellent saves to keep the score level. Someries pushed for a deserved winner but Warden Hill held firm to secure a draw at the final whistle.
All of the 10 Someries players were a credit to both themselves and the school in their performance, attitude, behaviour and togetherness.
By Harrison – 6 Pegasus, Team Captain
Someries football team takes to the field for the new season
Our sports leader, Mr Osborne, has arranged a large amount of team fixtures and sporting events for our children to attend during the course of the school year. The first of these, on 17 September, was the opening game of the season for our football team. The game was at home against a powerful team from Hillborough Juniors. Both teams played well, tackling strongly and creating chances. However, the game was decided by a lone own goal when the ball bounced off the shin of a Someries defender and into the net. It was a promising first performance from our team.