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THEY might be too young to appreciate the gameshow which started in the 1960s, but that didn’t stop these children having fun with their own version of It’s a Knockout.

The competition was organised for pupils of Mayville High School during Curriculum Week.

05/07/12  news''Pupils from Mayville School in Southsea take part in an It's A Knockout style games activity at Eastney. Max Morgan and Esther Albo both thirteen try to knock each other over.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122302-3)

05/07/12 news''Pupils from Mayville School in Southsea take part in an It's A Knockout style games activity at Eastney. Max Morgan and Esther Albo both thirteen try to knock each other over.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122302-3)

Students were split into six teams and took part in a series of activities using inflatables, hula hoops and space hoppers.

And they had fun in wheelbarrow races.

It came at the end of their sea-themed week during which they visited the Imperial War Museum, the Sea City museum and the Aspex gallery.

Headteacher Martin Castle said: ‘They have worked hard all year so we thought we would try and have a bit of fun. They have been out of the city most of this week.’

The games took place on the fields of Cockleshell Gardens in Eastney, which the school have been using as their playing fields for the past year.

‘This is the first time we have had a big space where we can do things like this,’ added Mr Castle. ‘It’s a great space to get out on to the grass and in the sunshine.

‘It’s teamwork. We work in teams a lot and this is collaborating without realising.’

Harrison Edwards, 14, said: ‘It’s a good set of activities for people our age to enjoy.

‘It’s a bit different for everyone.’

Fergus Bonar, 12, said: ‘It’s very cool.

‘It’s unique. It’s mixed up with other pupils so we get to know their names.’

Sam Hardcastle, learning support assistant, came up with the idea of the It’s a Knockout theme.

She said: ‘It’s encompassing all the teamwork.

‘It’s good to have a bit of fun and get them together before the end of term.

‘I did think this would be fun but still working on their excellent team skills.

‘They all get behind each other and really support each other.’

Members of the winning team were presented with prizes at the end of the competition.