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!
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.
Performing 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.
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.
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