National Fitness Day 2017
This was a day to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity. It is an annual event that highlights the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping to raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier and active lifestyles.
At Herne we shared our love of bouncing by borrowing a colourful castle for the hall and each excited child took part in The Bounce Competition. There were also several keen adults joining in the challenge too! The top bouncers were rewarded with a certificate and the applause of the whole school.
Nursery and Year R children enjoyed exploring healthy fruit treats as well as outdoor fun activities during the day. Year 1 played some football training games with a fabulous coach from Charlton Athletic Community Trust while Year 2 practised their basketball skills with Mr Steele from The Bay Basketball Club.
Years 1 and 2 also walked or jogged a mile during the day! Year 2 classes used the Junior School field so it became more of a cross country run which was timed with the fastest class being declared the winner. Congratulations to Class 7 for their super-fast time.
Everyone agreed what a fabulous day it was and we are all looking forward to our next enrichment day in Term 2 – Scooter Day!
National Fitness Day Bouncing Challenge
National Fitness Day Cross Country Run
National Fitness Day Walk
National Fitness Day Yoga
National Fitness Day Basketball Coaching
National Fitness Day Football Coaching
National Fitness Day Certificate Presentation
Scooter Day - 8th November
In response to the increasing number of children who love to ride their scooters to school, we held our very own Scooter Day with the help of Team Rubicon. Every child was given the opportunity to bring their own scooter to school and take part in a range of scooter-based activities. Liam from Team Rubicon led workshop sessions for Years 1 and 2 which included learning safety aspects and racing as well as practising some new tricks as you can see from the photos. The Foundation Stage children from Year R and the Nursery were able to join in with a demonstration of riding and tricks and rode their own scooters in class-based activities. The children loved riding their scooters all together and were absolutely brilliant with not one bump or accident in the playground. Some children said it was ‘the best day ever’ while others wanted to ride their scooters all day.
The children and staff all love our whole school walks which not only bring with them a sense of community and togetherness, positive well-being and appreciation of our environment but also of course a test of physical activity levels. The walk through the woods always provides us with new aspects to explore and discover while the free time allows the children to engage in their chosen outdoor activity. We saw the children challenging themselves to climb trees, building intricate dens, playing hide-and-seek, practising their gymnastic skills, searching for different leaves and the longest branch to carry back as well as thoroughly enjoying the freedom of being in a large open space.
Children in Need Dance Dash - 17th November
Once again our friends from Herne Bay High School came to perform another of their inspirational dances to begin our charity day for Children in Need. The whole school was ready to welcome them at 9 o’clock when they wowed us with their flips and tricks as well as their cleverly choreographed routine. The money from our own collection set them up for their day of dance dashing to as many different schools as they could manage.
Head Teachers’ Conference - 23rd November
Three of our Year 2 children joined with nine other children from local infant schools to learn a dance in less than 2 hours. They demonstrated enormous commitment and such maturity at the rehearsals. Dressed up in lovely costumes they danced their way through a huge room to Katy Perry ‘Fireworks’ at the Ashford International Hotel in front of the headteachers from Kent. What an honour it was and they certainly made us all very proud.
Primary Arts Festival
Miss Ingram took twelve Year 2 children to an exciting workshop at HBH School run by some of their BTEC students. The aim is to perform at the HBH Performing Arts Festival and the morning session was to set the children on the road to creating a piece which fused dance and drama. Every child was highly motivated to be chosen and to take part. We shall now be practising in school to prepare for the big event.
FEEDBACK: “I just wanted to say thank you for two thoroughly enjoyable workshops yesterday, your pupils and staff are an absolute credit to your school, and I left school yesterday feeling utterly proud and inspired by this fantastic opportunity and of ALL the students involved. It was also great to see how like-minded and enthusiastic your staff were as well!!!” Miss Thorpe, HBH dance dept.
Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People - December 2017
We were selected by Sport England to take part in the above survey. The PE Coordinator and the children from two classes were chosen to complete an on-line questionnaire to find out about the sorts of sports and physical activities that children engage in both inside and out of school. The information collected will help Sport England to invest in opportunities for children to take part in and benefit from sport and physical activity.
Our taste buds were tingling as Chartwells came into school to show us their cooking roadshow. Not only did we all learn that to stay healthy we need to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, some of us even got to cook. One team made a tangy bean wrap that looked and smelt fantastic and the other team made a Thai chicken curry. We tasted both meals and chose which one we liked the most. It was a tough competition but we chose the green team with the Thai chicken curry. We interviewed the chefs and gave them our feedback. We learnt how to safely prepare food and how important it is to eat well. Archie in Class 9 loved the curry so much we couldn't stop him tasting it!
Primary Arts Festival Rehearsal
The students from HBH School who had spent time with us at the workshop in January, came to visit to see if we need any further support for our performance. They were very impressed with the routine and gave further ideas and support during the afternoon. Now all we need to do is costumes and practise!
Year 1 Coaching with Appeti Tennis
Furthering our liaison with Appeti Tennis based in Canterbury, we welcomed Helen to our school for a morning of taster workshops with Year 1 children. “I was very impressed with the classes and the enthusiasm of the staff!” she reported afterwards. The children listened carefully and worked hard to copy the skills. They loved the challenges such as ‘super hockey’ and ‘up and downers’.
As part of the Canterbury Schools Tennis Initiative our children were offered reduced-rate tennis coaching lessons at the Appeti centre. We look forward to tracking their progress.
Having heard about this from the Year 2 team, Year 1 staff also took advantage of the coaching so they came away with lots of new ideas to enhance their own teaching. This is one of the best links we have made this year.
Year 2 Tennis Lessons with Appeti Tennis
Continuing our link with Appeti Tennis based in Canterbury, we welcomed Fillie to our school for 4 weeks of intense coaching with Year 2 children. “Fillie really enjoyed the visits and was very impressed with the classes she had!” reported the head coach. Fillie herself commented that our children were the best behaved that she had come across and we had completed her whole introductory programme in 4 weeks instead of 6. The children made great progress with their mastery of tennis skills and were very happy to accept the challenges set each week with games such as ‘super hockey’ and ‘up and downers’.
As part of the Canterbury Schools Tennis Initiative our children were offered reduced-rate tennis coaching lessons at the Appeti centre. Six of our children have accepted this offer so we look forward to tracking their progress.
Staff also took advantage of the coaching from Fillie so they came away with lots of new ideas to enhance their own teaching. This was one of the best opportunities we have experienced this year.
Sports Relief Day Term 4
As the day coincided with our Ghana week this was a relatively low-key event within the school but that didn’t stop us from being extra-energetic! Everyone came to school dressed ready for action and wore sports clothing. Year 2 had Judo workshops (see below) while Year R accepted the challenge of an outdoor obstacle race. Elsewhere in the school Year 1 took a fast-paced walk to the bus stop for their trip to the pool where they enjoyed a great swimming session. The Nursery children were also kept active all day with extra games and activities. Our class worships highlighted the reasons for the day and how the money we raised will benefit those less fortunate than us.
Year 2 Judo Workshops Term 4
On Sports Relief Day we were very excited to welcome Eddie and Caz to our school for some Judo training. Kent Schools Judo Academy very kindly provided the taster sessions for free with total inclusion for all. Eddie and Cas are both highly qualified and experts in their field and both have taken part in major International championships, winning awards and medals for their skills. Cas was the British Junior Champion too so we felt in very safe hands. We hope to welcome them back in the autumn for a Judo club.
Children’s comments; “I wish I could do this all day!” “Look what I can do now!” “I never knew I could do Judo like this.” “I thought it would hurt but it doesn’t at all.”
Primary Arts Festival, Herne Bay High School
Having practised constantly in recent weeks, the crew of 12 children were very excited to be taking part in this tenth anniversary event. “I have been waiting for this for ever!” said one very excited child. We were one of several infant and junior schools to take part from the local area. Our performance was very well received by the audience and our grateful thanks go to the students who organised and ran the event. Special thanks also to our special teacher, Miss Winthrop and our volunteer Mrs French who were an incredible support on the day with makeup, refreshments and support. All the children reiterated this comment from one of their peers; “I wish I could do it all over again. It was so special and like magic. I can’t believe we did it.”
“I hope you know how appreciative we were of all your hard work and time spent to make last week possible. I want to thank you and all of your enthusiastic students for keeping a smile on my face all afternoon, it’s what reminds me of why I’m here with our students in the first place, so many thanks.” Miss Thorpe, HBH Dance Dept.
“Thank you so much for all you have done. I would never have believed that she would do something like this.” Parent
“This is the best day of my life.” Luke
“I’m so excited!” Paityn.
“I just love the make-up!” Isla.
One child could not stop looking at himself in the huge dance studio mirrors and said that he loved every minute.
“I wish we could do it all again.” Orlaith.
Curtis Wood Spring Walk
What a beautiful day we had this year! Along with the weather, the children were perfectly behaved as more than 300 of us walked to the woods for a morning of exploring, exercise, tree climbing and creativity. Following the trail through the trees was a sheer joy as the children spotted new growth, wondered at the sunlight bouncing off leaves and found natural materials to use for their artwork. The levels of well-being were very high that day. Year 2 children were inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy to create works of art from foliage, sticks and flowers.
Lucas Jet (Big Top Mania) made his first visit to Herne to perform for us and to lead workshops with Year 2 to support their circus topic and to share his skills. We began with a whole school performance by Lucas (aided by several children) which was incredible and inspiring. This was followed by the workshops when children learnt the art of juggling with scarves, how to roll a diablo and how to be very clever with flower sticks! After lunch some children from each class practised with Lucas to perform at the end of the day. They were spectacular! What a fantastic treat to start our last term of the year.
Kent School Games
As part of this massive event we were invited to take 15 of our Year 2 children to take part in the Infant Zone. What an excited bunch we were on a bright sunny day. They all absolutely loved it! Three girls said it was their best school trip ever and the boys all wanted to stay all day!
Although we arrived in plenty of time, we were sent to park at the sports hall which meant a 15 minute walk through the woods and residential areas of the university.
The staff on each event were brilliant with the children. We had specially chosen those who hadn’t represented the school very often if at all and they really did gain so much from the experience in terms of motivation, perseverance and sheer enjoyment.
As an added extra - the children stood up in our worship and spoke about their experiences. Walking through the university was mentioned with awe!! They loved the woods and seeing where the students lived! And they all had something great to say about every aspect including watching the cheer leading competition. So lovely to see otherwise shy children able to articulate with such animation.
Our thanks go to Natalie Harris, Countryside, Leisure and Sport Events Manager who organised the event and gave us such positive feedback.
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