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Year 1 Sports Festival

Monday 15th October; Durham University; 12.30pm – 2.45pm


No festival without Sporty Bear is worth turning up to! Throwing his ‘Baby Shark’ moves! The children were amazed …. well done Sporty!

The children participated in golf, hula-hooping, parachute games, co-ordination team races, gymnastics, ‘strength, speed, agility, quickness training’ (SAQ) and frisbee. They were fully engaged and challenging themselves to improve their skills. The delight on their faces as they mastered them and the joy they expressed as they worked individually and as a team was magical to witness.

A Mill Lane child explaining the finer points to the art of golf to Mr Sheahan  – and check out Mrs Hussein and Mrs Metcalfe mastering the Hula Hooping!

Such excitement playing ‘cat and mouse parachute’ and ‘banana and pear swap’.

The Year 1 children were focused on improving their fundamental movement and ‘strength, speed, agility, quickness’ (SAQ) skills.  Agility is the ability to change the direction of the body in an efficient and effective manner and to achieve this you require a combination of balance, speed, strength and co-ordination. It is important that our children can balance – maintain a stationary position through the co-ordinated actions of the senses, move with speed – effectively move the body in a co-ordinated manner, have strength – that their muscle groups are developed to provide resistance and enable them to move their limb with precision, have co-ordination – the ability to control the movement of the body in co-operation with the body’s sensory functions e.g. catching a ball (ball, hand and eye coordination). Balance not only improves strength but also increases coordination. PE provides an opportunity to develop these necessary skills.

The children expertly demonstrating their ‘Daddy Shark’ frisbee catching moves. Such precision. Spectacular.