A huge well done to everyone who has taken part in the virtual sports day so far!
We have had 72 responses from children taking part which was not as many as we would like but glad that some of you took on the challenge!
There is still time for you to get involved, we did want to say a huge well done to Jake in Year 5 for his ongoing support and involvement with all of our physical activity challenges. We received some great photos of him taking part in this competition wherever he could find space! Well done Jake!
Below are the year group responses so far so you can see which year group has been involved the most:
Thank you Year 6 for leading the charge on this, with Year 5, 4 and 2 in a close second place!
We were particularly impressed with a Year 4 child who managed: 1000000000 on the speed bounce and the skip… something tells me their finger got stuck on the 0 🙂
You have until Friday 17th of July to get involved and we will announce the Year group with the greatest participation. Well done everyone!
During this unusual time, we have found it is crucial to ensure that families are staying active. Many of our staff are finding more time to exercise and hopefully when lockdown is open, we will be able to invite families in to exercise with our staff.
For now, while we cannot resume with our normal routines. Please use some of the links below to keep active.
The Daily Mile team have adapted their guidance for schools so that it can also be used at home. The aim is to produce the same benefits which come from 15 minutes or more of walking, running or jogging in the fresh air – doing it at whatever pace suits you best. Use #DailyMileAtHome on social media or click HERE for more information
Chance to Shine have created a powerful bank of free resources for Primary and Secondary schools, so teachers can lead their own cricket sessions with confidence. These include lesson plans for cricket coaching sessions, instructional videos for all the skills and drills and top tips from the professionals. Find out more HERE
Using a set of resources created by the Lawn Tennis Association you can improve your tennis skills any time, any place, with their Home Activities hub. It’s full of activities for the whole family. This hub is divided into four areas, all of which are freely accessible and can be found HERE
You can receive free street dance lessons from the U Do It! Dance Foundation. The charity is working with choreographers across the UK to create online free lessons so everyone can keep learning from the comfort of your own living room. They are asking participants to film their versions and submit them on social media. Find out more HERE
The FA have created their own purpose-built ‘at home’ site full of resources to keep you busy. This includes colouring challenges, maths games, virtual classroom resources and more. Specifically for primary-aged pupils, there’s also the Superkicks app, which offers more challenges for young ones directly from FA coaches. Find out more about how it works HERE
The School Games Active Championships is a national activity campaign to help young people across the UK to #StayInWorkOut using the video-based platform powered by TopYa!. New challenges will be available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Click HERE for details
Move Crew is a programme developed with the expertise of teachers and physical activity specialists, elite athletes, kids and coaches. Each mission is designed to help kids unlock their 60 minutes of daily recommended activity
Fun physical activities for children to do throughout the day as a way to get active, have fun as a family and break up the day. Examples include hide and seek, den or fort building and ‘hot potato’ ball games
PE activities that can be done individually or in pairs/small groups with a focus on the development of physical competence and actively learning the importance of personal skills to support social, emotional and mental wellbeing
This Girl Can is all about celebrating women getting active, no matter how they like to do it. Partnering with Disney and real families across England, they’ve captured some of the ways mums and kids get moving to the songs they love
If you are able to, it is also good to get out of the house and get some exercise elsewhere. This could be going for a walk, run or a bike ride. Places usually tend to be more quiet in the mornings so some early-morning exercise could be a great way to start your day.
Here are some more ideas for children of all ages to keep active at home:
Chelsea FC Foundation have launched weekly virtual Breakfast and After School Clubs, a new unique experience that brings their coaches directly to you with special videos from their Foundation coaches available on a daily basis for you to access and take part in whenever and wherever you can.
Breakfast clubs will include bite size nutritional information followed by a fun exercise video to start your day.
After school cubs will include football sessions for all ages and abilities delivered by their foundation coaches.
No space? No problem. The sessions are specially designed for the home. All you will need is a device with the internet to watch the videos.
This week we bring you the sporting heroes of two more teachers: Mr Slade and Miss Holloway:
Mr Slade’s Sporting Hero: Michael Vaughan
Mr Slade said, “ Michael Vaughan is my sporting hero as he captained the England Test Cricket side that won the Ashes back in 2005 which really got me into cricket. ”
Michael Paul Vaughan OBE (born 29 October 1974) served as England captain for the test team from 2003 to 2008, the one-day international team from 2003-2007, and was the first Twenty20 England captain from 2005-2007. He represented Yorkshire in the domestic arena. Vaughan captained England in 51 Tests, winning 26 (a national record) and losing 11. England won all seven home Tests of the 2004 summer under Vaughan, and the pinnacle of his captaincy career came with a 2–1 victory in the 2005 Ashes, England’s first Ashes victory since 1986/87.
Miss Holloway’s Sporting Hero: Helen Housby
Miss Holloway said, “Helen Housby is my sporting hero because she works under high pressure and is a strong female role model in sport. I first knew of her in the Commonwealth Games when she scored a last second goal to win the gold medal for England!
Helen Housby (born 19 January 1995 in Carlisle, Cumbria) is a professional English netball player. Housby played for the Superleague side Manchester Thunder from 2013 to 2016, helping them to win the 2014 Superleague Grand-Final. She currently plays for the New South Wales Swifts. Housby was selected as a member of the England national netball team that played at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 Netball World Cup. She was a key member of the England netball team that won the gold medal match against Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games – she scored in the final second of the game to give victory to England by one point. By the time Housby was selected in the final 12-player squad for England’s 2019 Netball World Cup campaign, she had 58 caps to her name
This week is Mr Baldock’s sporting hero: Paul Sackey
From an early age, I always loved watching rugby on the telly with my dad. It wasn’t until 2006 that this passion really grew, when I saw an old neighbour playing rugby for England against none other than the might All Blacks.
When I was a boy, I used to play football in my garden with my older brothers and our neighbour’s sons. Paul Sackey was my neighbours son, he was amazing at football and was playing for his school rugby team at the time.
After being scouted at school, Paul went on to play at London Wasps youth team followed by London Irish and then he moved back to the Wasps senior team before going to France to play. Paul made the most of every opportunity to keep fit but also has a sense of humility. He never had the biggest ego and treated everyone with respect (even me as a boy). For the fact he was a genuine character and never lost sight of where he had come from, he is my sporting hero.
The sun has been out and we have all been using our daily exercise to get outside and move (whilst socially distancing of course). Have you managed to get outside and move? With the hotter weather around, it’s important that we use time to cool down, so this week is all about stretching.