A hop, skip and a jump for fitness with Harpenden youngsters

A girl from Harpenden Free school takes part in the jumpathon as part of their health week

A girl from Harpenden Free school takes part in the jumpathon as part of their health week - Credit: Archant

Skipping and jumping for charity recently brought smiles to the faces of children and staff of a new free school.

Harpenden Free School (HFS), currently located at St Luke’s School in Redbourn while its permanent school is under construction in the centre of the town, spent six weeks practising jumping and skipping techniques as well as learning about the importance of exercise and keeping their heart healthy.

They were taking part in the skipping challenge as part of the national Jump Rope For Heart initiative organised by the British Heart Foundation.

Over 150 pupils aged between four and nine, along with some of the St Luke’s children, put on their trainers to take part in the event. They had been working together on new jumping and skipping techniques as well as learning about the importance of exercise and keeping their heart healthy.

Marissa Davis, the new principal of Harpenden Free School, said, “Outdoor learning and physical exercise is an important part of our curriculum so preparing for the Jump Off has given our pupils yet another reason to be active, not to mention have lots of fun.


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“The idea is that the children can then use their new jumping and skipping skills and enthusiasm in the playground, the older children leading games for the younger ones.”

The Jump Off was just one of many events taking place at HFS a to celebrate Healthy Living week, one of which was the creation of 12 huge art boards soon to be mounted on the hoarding around the new school construction site in Harpenden.

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