Children at Crofton Hammond Infant School in Stubbington have started a craze for skipping after every child in the school was bought their very own skipping rope, writes headteacher Jacky Halton.
Schools have received extra government funding this year for the development of PE and to help children improve their fitness.
Good physical development also helps children with their learning in the classroom.
Crofton Hammond Infant School has used a large part of their funding to employ a fully trained PE specialist who works in school one day a week, delivering high quality PE lessons and training for staff.
However, the school was also looking for other more creative ways of improving children’s fitness.
So the decision was made to buy each child their very own skipping rope.
The children can use their ropes at playtimes and during lunchtimes.
Now the playground is a sea of children jumping and skipping with their brightly coloured ropes.
The impact on the whole school has been incredible.
Both boys and girls are really keen to improve their skipping skills.
It has been great to see their progress over such a short time.
We believe it’s really important for children to persevere and not give up when learning a new skill so this initiative has been perfect.
As an added incentive we have signed all the children up to take part in the British Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart charity event in February.
We are hoping that the children’s new found skipping skills will prove really useful for them.
Any school which signs up for the event receives over £100 of free skipping ropes.
That includes two large Double Dutch skipping ropes and a skipping DVD, created to make it even easier for teachers to introduce skipping at school.
Crofton Hammond Infant School intends to train its lunchtime staff to teach skipping skills to the children.
After Christmas one of the staff will be running an after school skipping club.
The school staff have already reported that playtimes run even more smoothly now with so many children busy skipping.
The school has a great track record in collecting money for charity.
Last year the whole school dressed in pink and took part in a Race for Life for Cancer Research in memory of a parent who sadly died of the disease.
More than £1,500 was raised for the charity.