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Stibbard youngsters have fun getting fit

PUBLISHED: 11:26 02 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:45 07 July 2010

Staff and children at All Saints Primary School in Stibbard took part in a bumper week of fitness activities.

They spent nine hours on PE activities instead of their normal two to help children realise the importance of health and fitness and show them the wealth of things they can do to get fit.

Staff and children at All Saints Primary School in Stibbard took part in a bumper week of fitness activities.

They spent nine hours on PE activities instead of their normal two to help children realise the importance of health and fitness and show them the wealth of things they can do to get fit.

Anna Welsh, the schools PE co-ordinator, organised different companies to come in and teach the children things that they had never been taught before.

It included Capoeira, a form of Brazilian dancing. Libby Sims, seven, said: “I loved Capoeira because it was exciting jumping over ropes and doing handstands when dancing. It was nice to try something from Brazil.”

There was also street dance. Callum Higgins, nine, said: “I don't usually like dancing, but this was fabulous and heart pumping.”

Other activities included skipping workshops, softball, salsa, power-walking, football and more.

“We had 100pc participation from children, staff and even some governors which was fantastic,” said Miss Welsh.

Children also learned about health, with cooking activities for Year 2 and healthy snacks at play time.

Years 3 and 4 had a second world war theme and they discussed foods and considered how healthy they were and talked about rationing.

As part of a cooking class they took photographs of each step of a dish they prepared and then doing an ICT project on it, uploading their photographs and recipes.

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