Inspired Ways to Rio
This year we are part of an exciting project called ‘Inspired Ways to Rio’. It is building on from the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic legacy ready for the Rio 2016 games. We want all of our pupils to be inspired to challenge themselves and be the best that they can be. Our aim is to increase pupils participation in physical activity, as well as giving them the skills and confidence to set challenges and complete them. The different ways Olympians and successful adults achieve positive well being, in order to complete their goals, will be studied and children will be encouraged to apply these to themselves when completing challenges.
The journey from London to Rio is 5761 miles. Staff and pupils have to ‘travel’ the road to Rio and complete or gain this many miles. This will be through a variety of additional physical and challenging activities. The staff have already contributed 240 miles when they completed the Major Series at the beginning of October. Pupils have also collected some miles; they've had Junior Bootcamp when 65 pupils completed a mile each and on our first Inspired day, Year 3 did activity bingo earning more than 5 miles. Every little helps!
Our challenge started in October 2015 and we have until July 2016 to complete it!
There will be six days throughout this academic year dedicated to this project, called ‘Inspired days’, however there will be some activities and trips on other days. Each day will have a slightly different focus, exciting activities and opportunities to gain miles. On some of the days there will be visitors such as Chris Cook, who visited us on our first Inspired day and trips linked to the project for selected pupils.
Every child will get an opportunity throughout the year to complete a new and challenging activity either on the school site or off the school site. The video below will give you a clue about some of the activities we will be doing.
Inspire Day 5 was on Friday 20th May 2016.
We had Main Event Wrestling visit us for the day . . . . . .. and what a day it was!
Although the wrestling we saw on our Inspire day was wrestling we watch for entertain, very similar to WWE, wrestling is a very disciplined sport and one that has been part of the Olympic Games since the ancient Olympic Games in 708 BC. Children that were involved got to watch a match between the two wrestlers; Flatliner and Andy Boy Simmons, which was followed by a serious talk about the training involved in wrestling. Flatliner made the children pledge to never try their moves at home or on the playground and shared his experience of sports with the children. Giving them a very strong message that there is sport out there for everyone, they just have to find the right one and never give up on their dream.
Year 6 also lead a mini Olympic Games for some of the younger children, showing their strong leadership skills.
The focus was 'Superheroes Within'; our own super powers and how we help others. We wanted this to be a real community event and get the children helping the community as much as possible. Here is what we got up to:
Inspired Ways to Rio Day 1
On our first 'Inspired' day in term 1 Chris Cook, Olympic swimmer and friend of the school, visited our school. He shared his inspiring story with every year group as well as giving our older children advice about achieving their goals, staying determined and never giving up.
Children throughout the school thought about goals they might like to achieve this year and how they could start making steps towards achieving them.
The staff at both Temple Hill and Oakfield took part in the Major Series in October 2015. This was either 5km or 10km of pure muddy carnage!
Between them the covered 440 miles, which kick started the journey from London to Rio.
220 miles per school towards the Inspired Ways to Rio project.
A lot of the staff were a little worried they wouldn't be able to do it, that they would get left behind, they'd get hurt etc. However, they all stuck together, worked as a team and help each other through it. EVERY SINGLE PERSON FINISHED THE COURSE.