Primary schools across West Yorkshire are invited to ‘Skip into Summer’ with an initiative designed to provide more ways for children to be active.
Taking place after the Easter holidays, between Monday 18 April and Friday 20 May, schools will have access to a series of skipping tutorial videos for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 children, so that everyone can take part. The KS2 resources will focus on agility, balance, coordination skills and teamwork, with the inclusion of ten individual skipping skills and two long rope games.
For all age groups there will be differentiation within the tutorial videos, to allow for the differing ability levels, with the basics for beginners and more challenging ideas for those who are ready
The aim is to inspire and engage children to get active and have fun, and to create sustainable activity levels and boost self-esteem, confidence and overall wellbeing. Skipping positively impacts on fundamental movement skills, agility, balance, coordination, fitness levels, playground activity, teamwork, communication skills, and much much more.
Created in partnership between the West Yorkshire School Games and Leeds-based organisation, Skipping School, the free programme will provide schools with weekly resources to inspire and engage children to be active and have fun. Additionally, the initiative aims to create sustainable activity levels and boost self-esteem, confidence and overall wellbeing.
In 2021, more than 35,000 children from 155 different schools took part, a target the organisers are hoping to surpass in 2022.
Jodi Corcoran from Skipping School, said: “We are so passionate about the positive impact that skipping has on children’s health, fitness and mental wellbeing.
“Our company motto is ‘fitness through fun for everyone’ and this is the philosophy we promote to ensure a positive experience for both staff and children. Skipping also improves communication and language skills, personal, social and emotional development and teamwork and increases playground activity which helps schools to strive for pupils to have 60 Active Minutes per day.”
Emma Binnersley, Events and Programmes Manager at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, added: “On behalf of the West Yorkshire School Games committee, we’re thrilled that this is taking place again in 2022.
“Skip into Summer is a simple but effective way of providing schools with another way to get children moving more during the school day. It is recommended that children are active for an average of 60 minutes a day, and the most recent Sport England data tells us that less than half of all children nationally are reaching that target.
“By providing schools with a fun, sustainable activity like skipping, we hope it will contribute to more children being more active.”
This year the project will have a new and improved format to create more flexibility, and there will also be a ‘Skip into Summer Celebration Event’ at Bradford Grammar School on Friday 15 July – more information about how to register your school for this event will be announced in the weeks to come.
If you don’t have any ropes in school or need to add to current equipment, there is a chance to purchase sets of high quality skipping ropes within the registration form (a perfect use of your Primary Sports Premium funding).
To register, complete the online form.