Class 8 thoroughly enjoyed completing all the challenges that Jump To The Moon required. Some pupils were used to skipping and moved on to the acceleration activities quickly whilst others found it a little more challenging, however, all the pupils tried their best and achieved the minimum requirements.
For many class members, including the teachers, it was interesting to see how difficult it was, even for 'fit' pupils/staff to continuously skip on the spot. We will definitely be using skipping ropes more often in our warm-ups to improve our stamina further.
Class 8 started their astronaut training by challenging themselves with the Crew Strength Training activities. We completed these over two lessons so that we had the opportunity to improve on our results. The first session was really hard and lots of the pupils woke up with achy legs the following day!
The second session went better though and showed how quickly muscles can be built if you exercise, stretch and rest properly.
After completing all the specified repetitions some of the pupils wanted to see how long they could hold a squat for... Mrs Hazell had to ask them to stop after 3 minutes as she feared for their thigh muscles!
Very impressive start to our astronaut training!
Our team got their training underway with the building an Astronaut Core activity. We watched the video and talked about the importance of being fit, especially if you want to be an astronaut. Next up was - fitness training which was great fun. Our next activity was Speed of Light, a great activity to test reaction times. We are going to try this activity again wearing thick gloves and compare our results.
Fridays will never be the same again! Everyone looks forward to our Friday 'Mission X' challenge!
This week, we learnt about coordination, balance and agility. We took our learning outside and practised our balance and tennis ball activities.
The astronauts in training showed off their excellent balance as we threw balls against the playground wall, trying to catch the ball without losing balance...
A few tennis balls later, (and a few practises later), we were much improved! We experimented with our body weight shifting either slightly backward or forwards and varying the position of our foot off the floor.
After that, we carried out the group work activity, throwing the ball to everyone in our group and seeing who could score the highest number of consecutive catches without dropping the ball, or our 'balance' foot touching the ground! Our scores ranged from 12 to 88!
Good work Evington Astronauts-on to the next mission...
On Monday the 16th January, St Chads RC Primary School , from Cheetham Hill in Manchester had an out of this world experience when they came off timetable to have a whole school Mission X day.
To make it extra special the whole day was led by pupils in year 5 and 6 teaching the rest of the school about how to train like an astronaut.
We even dressed up as our favourite space alien.
We completed 8 missions including Peake Lift Off, Mission Control, Jump for the Moon, Speed of light,Crew Assembly, Build an Astronaut Core,Agility Astro course and finally Strong Bones.
In addition to the above missions, pupils also completed space maths problems, did singing and dancing, made rockets and UFO's ,learnt about Neil Armstrong, made their own fact files about the solar system and finally some space art.
In the afternoon we also has an amazing, unforgettable experience when we had the oppourtunity to Skype with Scott and Nubia at NASA .