During the summer holidays we had some new, exciting playground markings installed on both the infant and junior playgrounds. The markings include an alphabet caterpillar, a hopscotch, a compass, roleplay opportunities, a running track, a long jump track and a games court to name a few. These markings provide the children with new opportunities to be physically active at playtimes and during outdoor PE lessons.
In September the Year 6 children had a great week during their bikeability sessions. All of the children passed the course and now have the skills and confidence to ride their bikes safely on the road.
In October the whole school participated in a Ju Jitsu taster session. Every child learnt some simple defensive moves that are used in this type of martial art. It was great to see how enthusiastic everybody was to try something new. Lots of our children were inspired to sign up to a local Ju Jitsu club and we can't wait to hear about their progress!
Heart Start (Emergency Life-Saving training)
Children in Year 6 received special training this week to provide them with the knowledge of when and how to act in a life-threatening emergency. All of the children participated in a practical two-hour session.
The children in Year 3 had a fantastic time during their Scoot Safe training this week. They have all learnt how to scoot safely to and from school using a scheme developed by the South Ribble Sports Development Team and Lancashire County Council's Road Safety & Sustainable Travel Team.
During the afternoon, Jake also taught the children about how to use scooters safely and confidently. They also learned about what important safety equipment they should be using when out on their scooters.
Ju Jitsu taster session
This week two Ju Jitsu instructors visited school to offer taster sessions to each class. Year 1 learnt some simple moves used in the martial art:
"We had to use a kick to try and push the instructor over." - Kyle
"We had to use our hands to block our partner." - Faith
"At the end of the lesson we had to bow to our partner." - Jenson
A surprise visit from Preston North End footballers
On Wednesday 8th November we received a surprise visit from two PNE footballers, Callum Woods and Tom Barkhuizen, as part of our involvement in the Premier League Primary Stars programme. All of the children participated in a question and answer session with Callum and Tom. Afterwards, the Sports Councillors asked them for autographs and had their photograph taken. Joshua was very impressed and said, "It was really good to meet professional footballers."
Dance from the Heart training
Recently a small group of children from Year 5 participated in a workshop with several other schools from the local area to learn this year's dance routine. The training was lead by Sian from the South Ribble Sports Development team. Year 5 will now teach the rest of the school the routine ready for the event in the Summer Term.
We had a fantastic time at Sports Day this Wednesday and were particularly lucky with the glorious weather! It was wonderful to see how supportive the children were of each other as they competed in each race. A special thank you to Year 6 who helped Miss Chapman, Mrs McDougall and Mrs Barker organise all of the races.
Outdoor and Adventure - Special Interest Week
Our Summer Term Special Interest Week was a great success! All classes have been on some very interesting trips to Hothersall Lodge, The Anderton Centre and Haigh Hall Woodland Park. Everyone also had the opportunity to try out an inflatable assault course and archery with even some members of staff having a go!
On Wednesday we participated in the yearly 'Dance from the Heart' festival which was great fun. The children performed a dance routine to music from a variety of musicals. Sharn and the team from South Ribble Sports Development were very impressed! We also had a visit from the Mayor and an acrobatic team.
Classes have also been busy using the school grounds for orienteering, competitive games and to create their own obstacle courses. It has been a very exciting week!