I had a great afternoon at work yesterday. Actually the whole day went well (teaching Year 4 – 8 and 9 yr olds), but the afternoon finished on a high. The school is having its annual ‘get fit’ half term which means that every Thursday afternoon from now until the Easter break, just for half an hour, the whole school (pupils and staff) takes part in some exercise (in addition to the regular timetabled P.E. lessons). In previous years the focus has been on running/jogging/walking (your choice) round the school grounds trying to improve your performance each week. This year, however, it has been decided to concentrate on skipping with ropes, and so for the last half an hour of the school day we all went outside onto the playground and had great fun.
The sun was shining, the temperature was cool but not freezing, and 240 children and about 15 staff were out there skipping! Half of the children had individual ropes and the other half formed into groups of about 10 and used a long rope, with a child at each end and the others taking turns to jump in and out without tripping and stopping the rope. After fifteen minutes a whistle blew and we swapped to the other type of skipping for the remainder of the time.
I was very proud of myself and managed to remember quite a few of my skipping skills from the ‘olden days’ when taking ropes to school was allowed and we played with them at break times. I am expecting my legs to suffer a bit for a day or two though!