This term the number of clubs offered remains very high which demonstrates how committed we are to improving the physical activity levels of our children. We continue to be grateful to parents and children who show enthusiasm and interest in our provision – we very much appreciate your kind support.
Children from Herne attending the local basketball club at Herne Bay High School have grown in number to 6 which is a 300% increase. The skills they are learning will be measurable but the opportunities they are gaining to interact with children from other schools is such a great opportunity.
Football continues as one of the most popular clubs and Bob Bolder from Charlton Athletic Community Trust is also coaching hockey again due to its popularity with the children. Expert skill practise begins each session followed by mini games which keeps the children active for the whole time. Having children who have been to the club before supports newcomers in many ways such as helping to coach each other and acting as role models.
Last term we were very fortunate to have Premier Sport deliver free fencing workshops for each class in Years 1 and 2 which enabled every child to have the opportunity of experiencing the beginning skills of the sport. As a result the club for this term was more than doubly oversubscribed. Premier Sport have kindly agreed to return in Term 5 to run a second club for those children who have been put on the waiting list. This is an amazing experience for our children and a first for the school so we are very grateful to Premier Sport for their support.
For a second term Mrs Beach has offered to continue the Speedstacking club. The children were very successful at the competition and many more chidlrne wanted to join the club. Speedstacking is a relatively new sport involving hand-eye coordination to an extreme but is such a fun way to encourage children who would usually shy away from the more traditional sports to be able to participate in physical activity.
New for Year 2 this year is Sydney’s Skating School at HBH Arena. The school is funding this club for 10 children who will learn to roller skate in the huge Arena at HBH under the guidance of Herne Bay Roller Skating Club. We appreciate the organisation of this by Mrs Green from Herne Junior School and I know the children are having enormous fun learning new skating skills.
Mrs March has continued the healthy eating club for Year 2 children as we are still working our way through the waiting list. She continues to be amazed by the development in their culinary skills and knowledge as well as their enthusiasm. From healthy food to chocolate cake as a treat the children are encouraged to be as independent as possible in order to develop those all-important life skills.
The current Change4Life club team have been together since January with some Year 2 children acting as leaders. Miss Asaiwi organises the sessions on Friday afternoons and the children are enjoying choosing the activities to share based on increasing enjoyment of physical activity, developing understanding of the social aspects of sport as well as tracking their own progress. Each child now has a record book to keep a track of heir increasing physical activity and to support their understanding of the health benefits. The children love coming to the sessions as there is always something new to challenge them.
In addition to our usual C4L club, one of our enthusiastic CCCUC students has elected to lead a group of Year 1 children in a similar way. They are able to join the Year 2 children for some activities but also engage in those more suitable for their ability and age range.
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