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Olympics inspires school to try something new

World Class Virginia | 08:41 UK time, Wednesday, 11 July 2012

 

Olympic school week

 

William Law School in Peterborough’s planned Olympic week turned into an Olympic fortnight as rain delayed the activities.

 

 

Sam in Year 1 got things off to a good start though as he presented a cake to his class.

 

The Olympic week was about being healthy and getting the pupils to try something new. And that’s exactly what they did.

 

Pupils aged 9-11 got a master class in sky diving from the Team GB Sky diving team, while younger children had a go at fencing.

 

Organiser Alison Harrison said: “The aim of the week was to get the children healthy. All of our 21 classes tried out three or four new sports, in the hope that all children would be inspired to get active and take up a new hobby after the week was over.

 

Some of the children put on a Taekwondo demonstration with their club teachers; another assembly had Paralympic swimmers and future Olympic swimmers talking about their training and there was also the chance to take up Judo."

 

Alison added: “They got the chance to have a go at sports there is no opportunity to do in this area.” 

 

There were also five different dance schools that came in to teach ballet, modern, hip hop and Zumba in the lunchtimes, as well as other martial arts.

 

Instead of running, children in reception were even asked to dance too - Havana Salsa style!

 

All of the school's classes adopted an Olympic country, and throughout the week learnt about its culture, music and language; plus many visitors came in and brought food for everyone to try.

 

Alison said: “The kitchen staff also did a super job making the week's menu reflect food from around the world.”

 

The two weeks of healthy eating and trying a new sport took place between 11th – 22nd June.

 

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