Pocklington Infant School students take on Tokyo challenge

Staff and children at Pocklington Infant School are taking the virtual way of living to the next level as they seek to answer the question ‘How far is it from Pocklington to Tokyo?’

Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:20 pm
Dr Lynn Bartram, headteacher at Pocklington Infant School.

The question posed by Mrs Matthews, PE subject leader at Pocklington Infants, to the 192 children in Nursery, Reception and KS1 has seen an increase in exercise activity both inside and out of school.

There’s a good reason behind the chosen destination. To celebrate the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the whole school is taking part in the Travel to Tokyo challenge.

Each year group is trying to get to Tokyo first and learning about the countries they are travelling through on route. Each year group is logging their physical activity in school and at home.

The site’s windows have also been brought to life with eye catching displays with thanks to the themed designs and creativity from Miss Parsons, teaching assistant and Mr Tomlinson, the school’s PE apprentice.

This latest initiative across the school comes shortly after the recent positive news that Pocklington Infant School achieved Healthy Schools status.

Headteacher Dr Lynn Bartram said: “The importance of physical and mental wellbeing is a strong focus within our school and it’s great to see how the school community has taken up the challenge both in school and with parents and carers logging their family activities at home.”

Year 2 teacher and PE subject leader, Mrs Matthews said: “47,349 kilometres is a long way to travel to virtually reach Tokyo. We’ve been encouraging all our children, parents and carers to log onto our school website and follow the links to record their activities.

“All activities count, so whether our children enjoy walking the dog, going for a run around the garden or doing star jumps in the front room, the time spent exercising can be recorded to help us reach our goal.