At Billingborough, we always give our children every opportunity to try a variety of new sports, as well as the ones they already know and love. In the last 2 years, they've been introduced to the exciting, fast-paced Olympic sport of handball - which they had never heard of but really enjoyed! Inspired by the rising profile of disability sport and the Paralympics, we've also played boccia, sitting volleyball and goalball. This has raised everyone's awareness of SEN/disability sports while providing lots of fun, with our 'less sporty' children also able to succeed.
We buy into the 'Outreach' programme run by Carre's Grammar School, meaning we take part in numerous competitions in an ever-increasing range of sports and activities, including several for our KS1 children too. Our pupils are always delighted to be asked to represent the school and it really does raise the profile of sport/exercise as a key ingredient of an active, healthy lifestyle. Take a good look at some of the things we've been doing...
Four of our Year 5 children spent an enjoyable afternoon hunting for clues in the green pastures around Winthorpe Community Centre, Newark.
Callum, Joe, Summer and Rosie-Mai (our 2 teams) looked literally high and low to find all the clues in the photographs they were given, then mark the locations on an aerial map. So communication skills, problem-solving, map-reading and other geographical skills were called for, whilst the children got plenty of fresh air and exercise. They all tackled the task with great enthusiasm and effort, determined to find every single clue and, when the answers and timings were checked, we found that Rosie-Mai and Summer finished in the 3rd fastest time overall. Well done to all of you!
What an outstanding performance! Our 4 junior rowers (including 2 complete novices) suggested that Team GB's Olympic medal haul may continue into the future, when they went to the fitness suite at Carre's to compete in individual time trials and a team relay event. Luca really set the ball rolling with a fine row which was in the top 4, then Francesca showed enormous determination and great technique in a sport she'd never done before - and finished in 5th place! Alfie was next in the hot-seat and strained every sinew before handing over to Chloe. She had done very well last year and this time she absolutely smashed it! Her individual performance of 397 metres in 2 minutes was the best distance achieved by any of the 96 children (boys and girls) who took part!
On to the team relay: more energetic pulling, quick changeovers and sheer determination drove our team to complete the 4 x 500-metre relay in exactly 12 minutes, beating the previous leaders (Leasingham) by a clear 10 seconds. The gym staff were all really impressed by our children's skill, strength and team spirit. The photos above include the overall scoreboard, with our scores at the bottom; later it was confirmed that we were easily the highest-scoring team overall. Congratulations to all of you!
Our trip to kurling at Nocton was phenomenal. Logan, Evey, Ben and myself went with Mr James. It was a loud journey there in the car, as we were all excited!
There was lots of other schools there too. There was a stick that looked like a brush to push the stone, or you could just use your hands. But we did not play on ice, we played on a slippery floor but it still worked and it was still really fun.
Our ratings - we all gave it a 10 out of 10 because we had never done it before but it was really fun.
Definitely recommended :-)
report by Caedeigh
Kowan, Ashton and Jack enjoyed the short trip to Osbournby to take part in the quietest event in our sporting calendar. Onlooking teachers revelled in the silence as the blindfolded players listened eagerly for the bell-ball, trying to stop it from entering their goal. Then it was their turn to roll it (still blindfolded) towards where they thought the other team's goal was - often with comical results for those watching, particularly if they ended up rolling the ball into their own goal!
This game was created for blind and visually-impaired players and is an established feature of the Paralympic Games. Our boys played really well and finished in 2nd place
Netball Tournament 30.11.18
Wow wow wow!! What an afternoon we had at our first netball tournament in Heckington. We started off playing against Billinghay, which ended in a draw. Fantastic defending from Woody and I. Onto our next game which saw us playing our local friends, Brown's Horbling School, which we won 2-0. Our star of the game was Merryn, who scored both goals. Then we played Pointon, which we lost but it was a close game. Superb playing from all, especially Dominic and jacob, it must run in the family!! Onto our final game we came up against Helpringham which were a strong side but only beat us 4-2. Anna and Phoebe played well in this match.
All in all, we had a great time and came 3rd in our first netball tournament - roll on next year!
Report by Tabbie Ray (Year 5)
It was the day of the tag rugby tournament and everyone was determined to be the ones in the lead with a certificate; a certificate clasped in their hot, sweaty palms.
The scores were very close and astonishing but there could only be one winner and we were all hoping to come back with superb smiles on our face, hoping we won. It was truly an amazing but nerve-racking experience.
We marched out there proudly even though we didn't win every time. Slightly disappointed but it didn't change it from being spectacular!
Report by Summer Starbuck
We didn't win any but we didn't lose any either. As we all waited to get there, we were thinking about it. Our transport approached the car park.....we all jumped out of the cars and got warmed up.
Before we knew it, we were playing games. First game was 0-0 against Horbling, we were determined not to let any in but unfortunately we didn't score.
The second game against Caythorpe was also 0-0. We were very close and Yvette hit the post, I thought it had gone in but it hadn't! Nearly a winner but not quite.
Third game was 0-0. We tried really hard but luckily Harriet saved a shot and ended up with her leg in the air and her chest on the ground. It was an awesome save.
Our fourth game was 0-0 and we were all quite tired by now but tried to hang on. We all tried our very best against Church Lane and it was epic.
Harriet was a fantastic goalie for Billingborough and I think we make an excellent team despite injuries. I think it was wonderful. Also despite Sienna not really being into football, she did a brilliant job.
Report by Merryn Baldock
The squad (Oliver, Woody, Charlie, Henry, Jacob, Joe, Dominic, CJ and myself) all went to Rauceby School to participate in the qualifier event of football. So it was finally time for our first game and we came up against Leasingham. It was a tough game and they only just won 1-0 with an amazing strike from their number 10.
Our penultimate game was against Nocton Primary School and again we lost by a narrow 1-0. In our last game we had to do well and it was against the host team. We went 1-0 up with a good shot from Oliver then Woody came out of his shell with an absolute stunner of a shot. They then pulled one back but Woody made it 3 and we won the last game 3-1.
We came third but I think we all enjoyed ourselves. We had fun on the way home, then the day came to an end and it was all over.
Report by Finley Owens
On Friday 22nd June a group of children from Year 3 took part in the tenth Mini Olympics at Eslaforde Park in Sleaford. There were teams of other children from schools in the Sleaford area and we all took part in a number of sports and activities. All the teams were given a different country to represent from the World Cup. We got Denmark and we had to parade with the Danish flag with all the other teams carrying the flags of the other countries at the World Cup.
After that we all got to play different sports and activities, these included judo, football, cheerleading, gymnastics, tennis and kabaddi and it was great fun. I really enjoyed the judo and the tennis and the next day I showed some of the judo moves to my dad who got a bit annoyed about being thrown around the lounge by me.
The weather was sunny all day and although it was quite hot, we all drank plenty of water and sat in the shade of our Billingborough School gazebo when we were not taking part in any of the activities. All the other children from the other schools were really friendly and kind and the Billingborough team all did really well in all of the events. We all had a great time.
Report by Dominic Crawford
Our Time at the Mini Olympics
First we had a parade round the colossal sports field which was quite fun and an enjoyable moment for us. Surprisingly straight after that we got straight onto the sport activities which I was particularly excited for, but a bit nervous. When we passed cheerleading, it started getting interesting because everybody was getting more confident and eager to earn our school some points.
As the triathlon started I was confused because normally it would be swimming-biking-running, however it was just different because it ended up being rowing but I didn't complain because it was a fun experience for everyone. But the fun didn't stop cos we had some exciting events left to do, including freestyle football which was extremely good and in fact I did not expect it to be that amazing.
When it was getting closer to having lunch under the bright umbrella we all were still not tired and unexpectedly we were not giving up yet. Then we had lunch because mostly everyone was starving.
Then again we got right back into the enjoyable events which was quite boring because it was my most hated of them all - cricket. Then it got way better because it was tae kwon-do which was similar to the judo we did earlier. We found out some facts that were unbelievable about tae kwon-do and that was the time we got really tired.
Afterwards I wasn't really feeling football or karate so we tried but lost the boys' and girls' football. Then when we had finished all our sports we saw Ash Randall the freestyler doing some fantastic awesome football skills and then the medals were given out, mostly to Cranwell. Overall a super day!!!
Report by Wilf Colman
On Friday the 4th of May Luca, Rubie, Jordane and Joe went to Heckington School to play tennis. We played really well and had a great time. We all played singles matches against 3 other schools and came in 2nd place. This means we have made it to the finals
Report by Rubie Radford
KS1 Kabaddi Taster Activity
On Friday 27th April myself, Darcy, Milla, Caspar, Ethan and Taylor went to Helpringham Primary School to have a try at kabaddi. As it was raining heavily we had to play kabaddi indoors even though kabaddi is and outdoor activity. We played 5 matches and we won 3 and lost 2. It was a very fun sport to play and it was a bit like tag as it involved lots of running. Our team played very well and all of us had a wonderful time playing kabaddi.
Report by Fatimah Khan
On Friday 9th March, 10 people from Years 5 and 6 went out to play hockey at William Alvey School. We we were split into 2 teams: team 1 - Finley, Holly-Marie, Herbie, Harriet and Mia. Team 2 - Woody, Oliver, Dominic, Scarlett and Mollie.
Both teams did well, Billingborough's team 1 came second and team 2 came 3rd. We lost 1, drew 1 and won 2. Billingborough's team 2 lost 2 games and won 3. Our first game was against each other. Billingborough team 1 had their 1st win over their rivals Billingborough team 2 with a score of 1-0. We all played really well and scored some brilliant goals and did some great tackling to stop the other teams. William Alvey team 1 were the winners in the end.
Report by Finley Owens
Alexander, Brandon and Raef made the short journey to Helpringham School.
Jill, a highly-experienced coach (www.tkdclubs.com) showed them a variety of moves in their first-ever experience of this popular martial arts sport.
On Friday 11th January, Holly-Rose, Aminah, Dominic C, Thomas K and Lily went to a goalball tournament at Horbling Primary School. You play it with a blindfold on and have to be really quiet so you can hear the ball with the bell inside it. If we won this one, we went through to the finals and might get a medal. Yaaaaaay!
We had so much fun. We got to meet an old friend called Erin and in the finals we are going up against them and another school. The finals are on 2nd February in Lincoln. Today we won 4 matches, drew 1 and lost 1.
Report by Holly-Rose Stewart
Our team of 6 boys and 6 girls from Years 3 and 4 headed off to the gym at Carre's Grammar to compete against 13 other 'small' schools from the area.
We got off to a winning start in the first relay races with some fantastic sprinting and baton handovers. Soon the 'field' events also began, with each child doing 2 jumps or throws (standing long jump or triple jump, vertical jump, chest push or soft javelin). The action was almost non-stop, with the children eager to know what their next event was. There was so much going on that it was difficult to photograph it all.
The levels of excitement, energy and enthusiasm were even greater than the level of noise reverberating around the gym (and that's saying something!) Once again, the sportsmanship and behaviour of all our children was absolutely superb and a really fantastic time was had by everyone. Well done to Alice, Jade, McKenzie, Wilf, Dominic, Zuzia, Isaac, CJ, Merryn, Tabitha, Jordane and Jacob for representing us so well.
What a fantastic day! In the morning, we had 3 Reception Class children taking part in the first ever inter-school sport event for that age group. Running, throwing beanbags, animal walks and a balloon game provided plenty of fun while helping develop some key physical skills. Darcey, Cameron and Willow really shone with their energy and enthusiasm.
In the afternoon, 10 of our KS1 children took part in a variety of activities involving running, throwing, balancing, hand-eye coordination and target practice, all trying hard to beat their own individual score. Even the more reluctant children - also having their first taste of representing the school at sport - were soon engrossed in the fun and cheering each other on.
All of our children were a real credit to the school and many thanks also to the parents who kindly helped out by driving all the way to Nocton. But a final salute to Tom and Melissa from Year 6, who volunteered to go along as Young Leaders and did a superb job explaining and organising their activity station as the children from several schools came to play.
And we're off! The sporting year began with our own hall full of frantic action, colour and vocal support as we again hosted a KS1 dodgeball festival. Helpringham, Osbournby, Kirkby-la-Thorpe and Heckington schools joined us for an afternoon of tremendous fun, keen competition and great sportsmanship; the photos barely do it justice! 12 of our own children (2 teams) took part, proudly and honourably representing the school for the first time. They have all acquired a real passion for the game and we have some real 'hotshots' in our ranks
It was especially pleasing that our brand new school sports kit arrived just in time, making the team look particularly smart.
Special thanks also to Bethan and Harriet, our sports leaders for the day, who did an outstanding job assisting the children and coach. Here is Harriet's report:
The experience of being a sports team leader for the dodgeball tournament was great fun. We had 4 visiting teams from other primary schools. They each played each other, just for fun. The children were only Year 1 and 2, they really enjoyed themselves. Doing the various sports is great fun and if you are not very good at the sport you have been chosen for it doesn't matter as long as you enjoy yourselves. It's a great opportunity so have a go!
We went to Cranwell School to take part in an inter-schools hockey tournament. It was made up of teams of six children from Year 5 from different schools. When we arrived, it was already set up and the games were played on astro-turf and grass. We had never played hockey on astro-turf before – it was faster than on the grass! We played four games against Cranwell, Leasingham and Rauceby. It was fast- paced and fun. It was good to play against other schools and see what they do. Seeing the other teams wearing proper kit inspired us to get our own, which would make us feel even more of a team. At the end of each game, we shook hands with our opponents to congratulate each other for playing well. It was good to have parents watch and cheer us on too. Opportunities like this allow us to try different sports, meet other schools, develop skills and work as a team. We would love the opportunity to do it again.
by Megan, William & Sophie-Louise
The mini-tennis tournament
On Thursday 23rd June four children (Holly-Rose, Aminah, Liam and Finley) from Billingborough Primary School went to a tennis tournament at Sleaford Tennis Club. Fifteen other schools took part. We played three matches and came in 5th place. If it wasn’t our turn to play a match we would practise in a free space away from the court. If it was our turn we would line up next to the school we were playing against and go into the court that we were playing in and play the match. We were all either excited or nervous before we went. Once we started playing, we felt okay again. While we were waiting for our parents to collect us we played a game of tig.
by Holly-Rose and Finley
On Thursday 30thJune 2016, half the class from Buzzards, which was 12 people, went to Sleaford. There were 25 schools. We did Boxercise, Tennis, Cheerleading, Football, Archery, Athletics, Rowing, Volleyball, Climbing Wall, Tag Rugby, and some more. Our personal favourite part was the climbing wall because it was a lot of fun and you got to wear a harness and helmet. Our second favourite was football obviously. We had an opening ceremony and we wore our head dresses and we had music and a flag saying Take EveRy OpportunitY (so TRY) and we represented Billingborough Primary School. by Cayce & Finley
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