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Preston pupils tackle sports sessions at university after SATs exams

Posted on - 26th May, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Preston News, Schools, UCLan
Pupils taking part in activities at the Preston Sports Arena
Pupils taking part in activities at the Preston Sports Arena

Pupils finishing their SATs at a Preston primary school have been given the chance to let off steam.

St Peter’s CoE Primary School in Fulwood joined the day at the UCLan Sports Arena.

The Healthy Schools’ Project organised and run by university students saw the 10 and 11-year-olds play cricket, take on teamwork activities and spend the afternoon orienteering.

Pupils taking part included Praise, 11, who said: “I really enjoyed the skiing challenge because we got to race against other people but at the same time it was all about teamwork. It was good fun but it also made us think about planning and problem solving.”

One of the teachers who brought the pupils to the session, assistant headteacher Gareth Allen said: “The children have just completed their SATs so it’s been great to bring them out for a fun day where fitness and teamwork have been very important. It’s been an opportunity for them to try a new sport or physical activity and we know from previous feedback that it’s one of the highlights of the Year 6 calendar.”

Orienteering was one of the activities for the children
Orienteering was one of the activities for the children

Throughout the last 12 months more than 900 youngsters from across Preston and South Ribble have taken part in similar sports sessions.

Darryl McNicholl, a second year sports studies student, led one of the sessions. He said: This event was all about getting the children together for physical activity, getting them out in glorious weather and getting them to engage in teamwork and leadership because it’s probably one of the last times when they’ll be together.

“We’ve been doing these events all year with a variety of age groups and it’s been great. A lot of us on the course want to work as sports teachers in the future so it gives us a great insight into what that entails. We’ve also learnt so much about what engages them and what makes them work well together.”

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