Daily Mile Helps William Barnes to Cross Country Success!

During the Spring term, the children at William Barnes have been exploring a new national initiative called the Daily Mile.

Being promoted across Dorset as a way to combat childhood obesity, children are encouraged to run everyday for fifteen minutes. At William Barnes, which already has a daily exercise routine for the whole school called “Wake and Shake”, it was impossible to run the Daily mile every day. However, in Key Stage 2, each class has been completing their fifteen minute mile twice a week, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The school has also been expanding its active curriculum where teachers plan lessons with an emphasis on active learning with the children exercising in subjects other than PE. The school also has a regular programme of after school sports clubs (including a running club) as well as opportunities to play football, basketball and netball during lunchtime.

William Barnes’ commitment to PE has really paid off over the last eighteen months with the school winning many sporting events. In this year’s Pyramid cross country competition, William Barnes won all the races coming first in year 3, year 4, year 5 and year 6. The team was composed of all the children who came to running club plus a few additional youngsters to make up the numbers. All the children trained really hard and were really proud of their success in a competition excellently organised by the staff at Shillingstone Primary School.