As soon as Lockdown 3.0 was announced, the King’s St Alban’s Sports Department launched our KSA Kick Start 2021 Challenge. The aim was to engage our pupils in some form of regular daily activity, at a time when they and their families would be spending a lot of time indoors and at their desks. The King’s Family is passionate about sport, and as a department we feel it is essential for our children to maintain an active lifestyle while they spend this extended time at home, in order to support their continued physical and mental wellbeing.
Taking inspiration from the senior school’s ‘Jantastic Challenge‘, to get the children active we designed a programme which encourages pupils to do some form of exercise every day, with a wide-ranging variety of choices. Named ‘KSA Kick Start 2021’, the programme suggests three different activities for each day which are uploaded to the children’s learning platforms, Class Dojo and Showbie.
The activities offer a diverse range of sporting choices, from running, cycling and ‘Harry Potter yoga’ to fun challenges like juggling and ‘Disney Dance’. The King’s St Alban’s ethos puts the happiness and well-being of the children on a par with their learning journey. Therefore. in addition to the more light-hearted tasks are mindful activities, such as getting permission to ring a friend, creating a healthy snack or playing a board game with your family.
We encourage children and their families to share their efforts with us via their learning platforms, by email or via our Twitter account using #KSAKickStart2021 to inspire and motivate their peers.
“We have had a tremendous response from the children and their feedback through their learning platforms has been heart-warming. We have also included some videos of the PE teachers doing certain activities to raise a smile, remain connected and hopefully inspire our children along the way.
We are adapting our programme as we go through the term to include the activities the children appear to engage in the most. We have some very keen runners, who have been doing some impressive distances which they have shared with us on Strava. The Harry Potter Yoga was a great hit and we regularly do the ‘PE with Joe’ videos with the key worker children, who have particularly enjoyed his quiz questions on a Wednesday.
So, the message from the KSA PE Department is that we are very proud of all our children. They are showing great resilience with their ‘get up and go’ attitude. We must continue to recognise the physical benefits of our exercise but in some ways, perhaps more importantly, the mental benefits will be massive.” Jo Clark, Director of Sport