THE children of Charmouth Primary School took part in a fun filled active week just before half term.
The week started with Paralympian David Hill, who grew up near Exeter, inspiring the children aged 3 to 11 with his experiences, challenges and skill.
Throughout the week, children took part in a number of different activities at school and off site.
A short coach trip to Bridport enabled children from Year 1 to Year 6 to take part in bouldering at Rockburn, a short walk from the school took even the youngest nursery children to the Charmouth Lawn Bowls Club to have a go at lawn bowls, and the range of activities in school and with visitors included football, athletics, street dance, circus skills and ultimate frisbee.
Having a go at new and different activities gave the children of Charmouth Primary School the opportunity to challenge themselves by trying things they hadn’t before, support and encourage each other to go higher than they thought they could, celebrate individual achievement and work independently, in pairs and in teams.
One of the visitors leading an activity commented: “The children were a pleasure to coach. Everybody had a go and did their best. They are a credit to the school.”
The school last had an Everybody Active Week two years ago and had planned for this to be an annual event.
The pandemic prevented such a week last year, but also stopped many of the trips and visits that would usually go ahead.
Headteacher Laura Cornish said: “It has been a real pleasure to see all the children have a go at new and different activities, particularly after the challenges of the last year.
“They have encouraged and supported each other to really be the very best versions of themselves.”
Parents were equally delighted that, particularly after the restrictions faced through the pandemic, children had the opportunity to work together in different ways and experience a range of activities.
One parent commented: “The children have had such an amazing time and thrived with all those brilliant activities.”
During the second half of the summer term, there continues to be a range of activities and visits planned for the children of Charmouth Primary School, including the older children taking part in an activity day and going sailing, children in Year 3 and 4 visiting Abbotsbury Gardens, children in Year 1 and 2 visiting Axe Valley Wildlife Park, animals visiting the children in nursery and reception, beach school and assemblies led by the RNLI, NSPCC and the Charmouth Green Group.