Dance Dash on Children in Need Day
Once again the students from HBH came to visit us as part of their Dance Dash charity fundraiser for Children in Need. We all love their dance routines and the children are especially enthralled by the students as they show their skills and creativity - truly inspirational for everyone. This year we contributed to the magnificent sum of £2873.65 that they raised form the 14 schools visited. We are looking forward to taking part again in the HBH Dance Festival in March where we can show off our own dancers.
In response to the Kent Sports Audit from last year we have been able to successfully form a partnership with Premier Sport and arrange a free taster session for every class at KS1. The children had a wonderful time learning the first skills of fencing - feedback included 'amazing' 'so exciting' 'I never thought I could do that' 'fun' from the children with even more expressions from the adults about the level of focus, inclusion and skill being demonstrated. The coaches were brilliant with the children - we will be welcoming them back when they return in Term 4 to lead our OOHL for fencing.
Not to be left out, Premier Sport led each YR class for a multiskills session which included various team games requiring high level interpersonal skills. The teachers commented on how well many of the children coped with the challenges with every child engaging and being successful. This was primarily down to the quality of the coaches from Premier Sport but also to the support given them by our outstanding teachers.
As much as possible we encourage the children to practise skills outside of the curriculum lessons. Year 1 children were inspired to further develop their hockey skills in the playground and were able to explain their strategies.
This year’s Herne Dance Troupe were invited to Herne Bay High School to begin the preparation for the HBH Dance Festival by learning a few steps and motifs to support their choreography. The coaches and dance teachers were impressed with the speed at which our children learnt the new dance as well as their happy, focussed approach to the session.
Year 2 Gymnastics
To combine the skills of adventurous activities and gymnastics the children were set the task of crossing the apparatus without touching the floor. Various challenges such as holding a partner’s hand, carrying a large hoop etc. were given as the children became more confident. All agreed that the approach was a huge success for inter-personal / team development as well as allowing the children to gain further expertise and confidence on large apparatus.
Road to Rio Day - 15th June
Our celebration for the Rio Olympics involved everyone from Year R to Year 2 in a day of sport and activity. The children began with a presentation by Sophie Husband from Premier Sport before beginning a carousel of sport ranging from archery and fencing to football and basketball. The weather was a challenge all day with rain and thunder causing disruption but it never once halted proceedings due to the amazing resilience of both staff and children. Everyone had a great time during the day learning about the Olympics, the athletes, Rio and Brazil as well as enjoying the fun of being part of a team and individual sports. At the end of the day some children from each class were chosen to be applauded for their expertise, efforts and skill. The day was a terrific inspiration for our own fun sports days over the coming weeks.
Chartwell’s Ready Steady Cook - 22nd June
Just in time for the summer break, Chartwell’s once again inspired us to eat healthily with some fabulous ideas for simple meals and drinks. All the children were keen to show their knowledge and skills for nutrition and food preparation with the staff on hand to share their expertise too.
Y2 Archery 4th - July
As part of the Year 2 outdoor week we began with archery for everyone. The children asked for this to be part of the week so the coaches from Premier Sport agreed to come along for the afternoon. Every child had a great time either consolidating skills learnt at our club or learning new skills. Adults too joined in and Mr Taylor looked especially funny wearing the kit! Children’s feedback included – ‘I never knew I could do that!’ ‘look, I can get it in the middle! I am good at this.’ ‘That was brilliant!’ from the children with plenty of evidence of concentration, inclusion and skill development within the session.
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