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Children at St Peter’s Cross Keys Church of England Academy in Farndon take on skilled workshops




Children have started a timetable of lessons aimed at ensuring their physical health and well-being is in top shape to support their learning.

Children at St Peter’s Cross Keys Church of England Academy in Farndon will take part in workshops in archery, skipping, scooter and basketball, as well as their first lesson in skateboarding.

Mrs Charlene Fraser, the school’s PE lead, said the workshops would help children’s fitness levels, building on their core strength, as well as being great fun.

Maicie Chiswell, Lacy Parr and Eleanor Stanton. (45733189)
Maicie Chiswell, Lacy Parr and Eleanor Stanton. (45733189)

“These are the sort of activities that children are doing less of in the face of increased use of technology in their spare time,” she said.

“During the pandemic there has also been the added issue that after school sports clubs were cancelled, like gymnastics, football and swimming, and so some children have been missing out on their usual activities.

“By setting out this exciting series of events, we wanted to try and remedy this shortfall. Hopefully we have chosen activities that are a little different and will allow children to learn some new skills and benefit from the exercise.

Eva Sanderson, Freya Chandler and Sophia Choy. (45733186)
Eva Sanderson, Freya Chandler and Sophia Choy. (45733186)

“The children have been amazing during the skateboarding workshop. They are laughing and enjoying themselves and showing great resilience when learning a new trick.”

Pupil Lucas Cooper, 8, said, “We went on our tummies on the skateboard, and it was really good. It was fun and quite tiring.”

Harry Palmer, 9, said: “I have had a go at all of the tricks and have enjoyed it. I do have a skateboard but haven’t been on it for a while, so I have really enjoyed doing it again.

“The best part, like Lucas said was going on our tummies and although some parts were difficult, I have had great fun.”

PE Lead, Mrs Charlene Fraser, lends a hand with Charlie Hughes-Harper and Beau Barratt-Combes (45733193)
PE Lead, Mrs Charlene Fraser, lends a hand with Charlie Hughes-Harper and Beau Barratt-Combes (45733193)

Cosmin Stan, from Team Rubicon, was the children’s teacher, and said all of the equipment was prepared and cleaned to meet covid safety standards.

Cosmin said: “We start right from the basics of getting on and off the skateboards safely and progressing through to riding the skateboard and doing some little tricks.

“It’s a great sport for young people. It requires the use of all of your body, not just your legs, as you use your arms to balance, building your core strength.

“Children make rapid progress during the workshop and as children are working in small groups to support and help each other, they are able to accomplish a lot in the time we are here.

“Their confidence builds throughout and it is satisfying to see their enjoyment and progress.”



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