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Schoolsworks is a multi-academy trust in West Sussex. Our aim is to create small hubs of schools which work closely together to collaborate, share best practice and improve outcomes for children.


East Preston Junior School

Skipping Workshop

On Thursday and Friday of our second week back at school, we were delighted to welcome Skipping Workshops to EPJS. Two experienced instructors attended, and each class enjoyed a workshop in which they learned a range of new skills that tested both the novice and experienced skipper alike.

Moves such as the ‘double under’ and ‘continuous crossover’ which were not even in our vocabulary earlier in the week, are now being performed with aplomb by children (and even a few adults)!

Some of the greatest individual moments were achieved by those children new to skipping, who managed to set personal best scores of continuous skips and it was clear to see their sense of achievement in an area that was new to them.

Whilst there were some incredible individual efforts, it was the collaborative skipping endeavours that were particularly pleasing to see, with each class trying to outdo each other in the 8-metre-long rope figure-of-8 challenge. The children were vocal in their support and encouragement for each other as they amassed some impressive class totals.

As part of the School Games - Keep Active initiative to encourage children to be involved in an hour of physical activity each day, the school has provided each child with their own named rope for use in curriculum and break times and I’m sure that this will have a hugely beneficial effect upon each of them. The children are already keen to go outside and practise the skills that they have learned so far!

If your child would like to continue with their skipping practice outside of school, we have been offered some high quality ropes used by the skipping professionals and these can be ordered from the school office and paid for via Parent-Pay. Please note there is a deadline of Tuesday 22nd September at 3.30pm for orders.

I would like to extend our warmest thanks to Harry, Lizzie and Hannah at Skipping Workshops for their efforts over the last couple of days and I hope to see them back at EPJS again in the not too distant future.