While the giants of the cricket world were slugging it out in the world cup last summer, Aspley Guise was taking part in its own miniature version of the contest. Forty-two Bedfordshire lower schools fielded teams, named after world cup countries, for a kwik cricket contest. Kwik cricket is an introductory game with more team participation than the adult version and is played with blue plastic bats and a soft orange ball. In the contest, Aspley Guise's team of six eight to nine-year-olds were Pakistan. They didn't win the cricket but they did win pound;100 for the best song in a cross-curricular part of the contest. There was also an art section for which the pupils designed a poster to promote cricket to be displayed in schools. The school is in a rural part of the county with 109 pupils aged four to nine divided into four classes and taught by the equivalent of 4.8 teachers. ctivities include a once-a-week visit to the swimming pool at nearby Leighton Buzzard. The school is run by Mrs Deborah James who has been in her first headship for five years. "It's hard work but I love it," she says.
Snaps by staff
Footlights: Naomi Davies, Kathryn Pilkington and Isabella Gifford take part in a creative dance lesson.
Training day: Polly Holmes investigates 'push and pull' forces.
Come in: sheltered accommodation in the playground
Water babe: Alexander Darlington goes swimming at Tiddenfoot leisure centre
Role play: using paint rollers to make repeating patterns
Right answer: Max Monk uses the Amazing Maths program on the computer
Bedfordshire's cricketdevelopment officer, David Mercer, presents a cheque to Deborah James
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