Inspired Ways to Rio
This year we are part of an exciting project called ‘Inspired Ways to Rio’. It is building on from the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic legacy ready for the Rio 2016 games. We want all of our pupils to be inspired to challenge themselves and be the best that they can be. Our aim is to increase pupils' participation in physical activity, as well as giving them the skills and confidence to set challenges and complete them. The different ways Olympians and successful adults achieve positive well being, in order to complete their goals, will be studied and children will be encouraged to apply these to themselves when completing challenges.
The journey from London to Rio is 5671 miles. Staff and pupils have to ‘travel’ the road to Rio and complete or gain this many miles. This will be through a variety of additional physical and challenging activities. The staff have already contributed 240 miles when they completed the Major Series at the beginning of October. Pupils have also collected some miles; they've had Junior Bootcamp when 65 pupils completed a mile each and on our first Inspired day, Year 3 did activity bingo earning more than 5 miles. Every little helps!
Our challenge started in October 2015 and we have until July 2016 to complete it!
There will be six days throughout this academic year dedicated to this project, called ‘Inspired days’, however there will be some activities and trips on other days. Each day will have a slightly different focus, exciting activities and opportunities to gain miles. On some of the days there will be visitors such as Chris Cook, who visited us on our first Inspired day and trips linked to the project for selected pupils.
Every child will get an opportunity throughout the year to complete a new and challenging activity either on the school site or off the school site. The video below will give you a clue about some of the activities we will be doing.
Inspire day 5 saw some awesome activities!
87 lucky children got to visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
We took the High Speed train to Stratford International both we split into four groups.
40 children visited the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and took part in specialist coached tennis and hockey sessions.
15 children visited the VeloPark, at the Lee Valley VeloDrome, and had 2 whole hours of BMXing!
12 children had amazing seats at the European Aquatic Championships at the London Aquatic Centre. Watching Francesca Halsall of Great Britain come first in the Women's 50m Butterfly and Ross Murdoch come first in the Men's 100m Breaststroke.
20 children were due to visit the ArcelorMittal Orbit, but it was cancelled last minute as Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry wanted their own exclusive visit! Instead the children watched part of the European Aquatic Championships followed by some exploration of the park.
Here are some of our memories from Term 4.
Our third Inspired day was on Thursday 28th January 2016! The focus was 'Superheroes Within'; our own super powers and how we help others. We wanted this to be a real community event and get the children helping the community as much as possible.
Our second Inspired day, in term 2, had a relaxation and well being focus. When Chris Cook visited us in October he told us how he used yoga and meditation to clear his mind.This helped him and continues to help him achieve his goals, stay focused and maintain good mental well being. It is important to look after your physical health as well as your mental health.
There was a variety of activities taking place throughout the day such as meditation, art therapy, mindfulness activities, skipping, visualisation, yoga and Tai Chi.
Children also spent some of the day doing physical activities to collect miles for our journey to Rio. We had Liz from National Skipping Workshops in doing skipping workshops with children throughout the school, they absolutely loved it and especially enjoyed showing off their new moves to the whole school at the end of the day. Later that week a small group of children from Oakfield and Temple Hill went ice-skating, again showing outstanding resilience and determination. Every single child was ice-skating on their own by the end of the 45 minute session. Our children never seize to amaze us and fill us with pride.
Skipping is now VERY popular on both playgrounds. Skipping ropes are still available for sale if your child would like one. Please speak to Mrs Davenport.