Sports and Activities
At the town-wide relay cross country event at Stockwood Park on 2 March 2020, six teams of Someries children took part: for each of Years 5 and 6 we fielded a boys team, a girls team and a mixed team. Conditions were not the best - it was cold, wet and muddy - but our runners showed remarkable resilience to compete in this event. Each team had four runners who ran a 1200m leg each before handing over to the next runner. The Year 6 team were a runner short so Aaron bravely ran twice to allow his team to complete the relay.
Congratulations to the two girls teams who both won silver medals!
Football season resumes
After the winter break, our boys football team had their first fixture on the last Friday of February. After the wet start to term, the pitch was wet and the boys dealt with difficult conditions against difficult opposition. The boys were defeated by the team from Sacred Heart but put in a spirited and determined performance.
Their dedication to the team could be seen in how muddy they were from tackling and sliding to reach the ball – none more so than goalkeeper Joel, whose kit was turned from yellow to brown!
Athletes of the Half Term - Spring I
Our Year 3 and 4 dodgeballers got their chance to represent the school in this popular sport in January. The dodgeball tournament is a demanding event as the children play a large number of games over the day, so it requires stamina as well as skill. One of the players has written a recount of the event:
On Wednesday, some Year 3 and 4 pupils represented Someries in a dodgeball tournament at Inspire. It was an early start as we had to be there for 9am. We played some competition games and we worked well together as a team and managed to win four of the six games. We then had a friendly tournament in the afternoon. By then, we were fully confident about dodgeball.
I really enjoyed dodgeball because we all worked together as a team, and once we started winning, we knew we had nothing to worry about and because of Mr G’s coaching we began to feel like we were masters of the tournament.
Jordi, 4 Orion
Girls' Football - the semi final
Last term, our team won the area girls football tournament at Ashcroft High School, winning all their games. This term, they competed in the next round at the same venue. They played a semi-final game against Leagrave Primary and won comfortably 5-0 with very strong performances from our players. They have now qualified for the town final.
In December, a team of Year 6 children represented Someries Juniors at the town curling competition held at Luton Sixth Form College. This was the first time any of our team members had played curling but we found out that some of them were natural players, quickly picking up how to knock out the opponents' stones and grab the points. The team did very well, proceeding to the quarter finals.
Athletes of the half term - Autumn II
Sports highlights from the autumn term
Futsal is similar to five-a-side football but played with a smaller, harder, low-bounce ball. The ball and rules together favour ball control and passing in small spaces and the game helps players develop better skills. We entered teams for both the boys' and girls' competitions.
The girls, who have been training by making use of the playground Smooga pitch on 'girls' day' each week, made a good impression at their first Futsal tournament as they battled against teams from schools across town. They played with a very positive attitude and enjoyed taking part and representing the school.
The boys' team put in a series of terrific performances to progress to the final. On their way to the final, they won all their group games. Sadly, they were defeated in the final, but they came home proudly brandishing their runners-up medals!
The Big Match
After a run of victories, our football team was top of the league along with Wigmore Primary. In November, the two teams met for a top-of-table clash. In a tough game and on a boggy Someries pitch, our team battled well against strong opposition. Wigmore took the lead and hung on to it until, towards the end of the second half, Jayden got an equaliser. Both sides continued to make chances but the game finished as a tie.
In the summer, we take part in outdoor athletic events. In October, a large team of Someries athletes joined an indoor athletics event where they took part in running, jumping and obstacle events.
Girls’ Football Champions.
Our terrific girls’ football team blew away the opposition at their tournament. With skill and dedication, they won all their games and were overall winners. They even had to hold back in some games so as not to win too easily!
As before, they were well supported by a vocal group of mums and nans!
Our team performed well in games against Beech Hill, Pirton Road, Putteridge and Hillborough schools.
Football 14 Oct v Pirton Hill 2019
On Tuesday 14th October 2019, we played against Pirton Hill. First, we went to the huts. There we put our boots on and made our way to the bus. I clumsily forgot my boots and so Ike and I had to go back and get them. It took around 30 minutes to get there, due to it being in Leagrave. As soon as we got there, we did our warm-up and went to play. We got into our positions. The referee blew his whistle; the game had begun.
Aarman made a great tackle and passed to me. I then made a splendid pass to Jayden. He dribbled past one, two, three players and hammered the ball past the goalkeeper. Later, it was a corner for Someries. Danny said to Jayden, “I'll take this one.” He made his run up, crossed it in - there was a lot of confusion had it gone in, had it not? Then the referee blew his whistle and said, “2-0 Someries.” Danny had just scored from a corner! At least five minutes later, Pirton played some lovely football and scored a quite incredible team goal. 2-1. Someries had to keep the lead. Luckily, we did. As a matter of fact, we actually scored a great goal: Jayson cleared it to Aarman, then he passed to me, I passed to Jayden who ran past the keeper and scored. 3-1. The referee blew his whistle. Half Time.
When we came back onto the pitch the line-up was, Joel in goal, Rayan, Finlay and Mikey in defence, Danny and Lily in midfield and just the one striker, Jayden. We carried on the same and managed to score another. Rayan made a great tackle and passed to Finlay, who then passed to me; I passed to Jayden; he dribbled past one, two and scored past the keeper. Through the match everyone was consistent and we managed to win 4-1. All the players enjoyed the victory and hope to play again. That was what happened in the 4-1 win against Pirton Hill. Danny 6A
Someries V Beech Hill
In the first half Jayden scored a hat trick which made us have a good start. In the second half they scored two goals but Aarman scored a goal assisted by Ronnie. Then straight after that we scored another with Danny. With a few minutes left, Aarman scored another to make it 7-2. We were not focused, so they made it 7-3.
The members of our popular after school street dance club performed for their families. They danced a routine that they had worked on over the previous weeks – involving some individual free-styling and some well-coordinated group moves.
For the tag rugby tournament, it was the turn of Year 3 and 4 athletes to represent Someries Juniors. They spent the day at Stockwood Park and played a number of matches, performing admirably.
There was a town-wide dodgeball tournament at Inspire sports centre for Year 5 and 6 children. Our Year 6 pupils were unable to take part, so it was up to Year 5 to represent us at the event – against much bigger opposition. It was tough, but they enjoyed it!
Year 5 Dodgeball Tournament
When we first arrived at Inspire, we had a drink and sat down on the side of the pitches. We were hit a little and the balls were hard. In each of our games, one girl and one boy sat out. There were three rounds in each game. After playing one game, we had our snacks. After two more games we had our lunch and then played seven more games. We also played some games in our own team with four on each team. Then the fire alarm rang. We all went outside and waited for the alarms to stop. We went on a coach and got back in 15 minutes. Shobika 5H
Dodging the hard balls
On Wednesday the 13th of October, some of Year 5 were chosen to represent the school at Inspire. In the morning we got our stuff and got on the minibus. When we arrived at Inspire we went inside and saw that a lot of people were there. We had to sit in front of a match.
We finally got to do our first match; it was against Stopsley. They threw the balls very hard at us. Sadly, they won 3 out of 3 rounds. Each round had 5 minutes. We had lots of injuries in the head. Suddenly we had a fire alarm and everyone went outside. Finally, it was the end of the trip. We all enjoyed it. Evelina 5H
An amazing dodgeball day!
On Wednesday, the Year 5 team went to the dodgeball tournament. When we got to Inspire, we went into the hall - there were loads of schools there. We sat down and watched some games then it was our go to play some games. We lost some games but sometimes people were left alone against loads of people. The balls were soft on the outside and hard on the inside some people got hit in the face. They were throwing the balls really hard. We played a lot of games. It was an amazing day I loved it. Neve 5H
Town Wide Cross Country Meeting
Our cross country runners from Year 5 and Year 6 took part in a big cross country race in Lewsey Park with about twenty other schools. There were over a hundred runners in both the girls’ and boys’ races. Our children competed well and eight Someries runners were in the top 20 with ar 5 boys team finished 3rd and the Year 6 boys team finished 2nd. One Someries runner, Abigail, showed special kindness by helping an injured runner from another school – even though it cost her a place in the top 10.
Cross Country event
When we got to the cross country, we were shown where we would be running. We arrived quite early so we played some games. When the races began, you had to stand in a group of your school and a lady would say, “Go”. You had to go round the field two times; it was like 1.3km. Once you got into the finishing bit, no one could overtake you. Aaron
Sporting highlights from 2018-19
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
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: