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Crawley pupils compete in first local interschool bike competition

July marked the first ever instalment of the Crawley Bike Games, an interschool bicycle competition for primary schools.

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Organised by Sustrans, the charity that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle, the event built on work in the area to encourage children to make active travel choices. The local sports games officer, based at Seymour Primary, hosted the event.

The event was open to teams of up to ten cyclists from primary schools from years five or six. Five activity stations were set up on the field. These included the bumpy bike obstacle course, speedy bling your bike, low as you go bike limbo, the super slow circle race and the mileage massacre. Teams had 10 minutes at each station to receive instruction on how to score points, and then to accumulate as many points as possible in the remaining time. 

This created 50 minutes of intense bicycle activities testing a variety of skills. Beyond their cycling abilities teams had to arrange themselves to get ready for each challenge, think ahead and work as a team.

Seymour Primary took top spot due to their impressive performances on the mileage massacre and the bumpy bike obstacle course. Having cycled as a team across from school,

The Mill Primary Academy stormed into second place, winning the super slow circle race. Gossops Green Primary took third spot and also won the low as you go bike limbo.

Together with a winning team trophy, all the children in the Seymour Primary team were awarded hoodies by the Sustrans officer. T-shirts went to the Mill Academy and all other participating children received puncture repair kits.

Patrick Alexander, Sustrans Bike It Officer for Crawley, said:

“It was brilliant to see so many children out enjoying riding their bikes. When all the challenges were complete each team looked exhausted, but satisfied after completing the circuit. I hope that all the pupils who took part will keep riding their bikes, both for fun and to get to school”. 

Steven Hand, Crawley School Games Organiser at Seymour Primary School, said:

“It was a fantastic event; one I hope that we can repeat next year. Seymour Primary could not have achieved what we have without Sustrans’ help.”

Seymour Primary and Sustrans are already looking to build on the success of this event and encourage even more schools to attend next year’s event.

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Crawley teacher launches new alternative to traditional teaching for 2-7 year-olds

Launched in Horsham at the beginning of July, Reading Rabbits! is a new interactive way for teaching young children.

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Ava Labelle wanted to create something that would make learning fun and inclusive for children with all abilities and learning styles. Having been a teacher in Crawley for three years she decided to go it alone with her own phonics learning centre, turning a dream into a reality.

Founder Ava Labelle.

Reading Rabbits delivers interactive phonics classes in what they describe as “a fun, messy learning environment to help shape confident learners.”

Ava says:

“I believe that the enjoyment of learning  should be at the core of every lesson, particularly for the youngest learners.

We offer classes for ages 2-7 and have a unique SEN class with plenty of multi-sensory learning opportunities. Whether parents are looking for the best possible transition into school, consolidation of sounds to support their child’s reading or wanting to get ahead- Reading Rabbits can help them on their journey.”

“There are many tuition centres in the local area, but there are not any that focus purely on the younger years, and the learning styles needed for young children to succeed. Reading Rabbits hopes to fill this gap in the market to provide a fun alternative to traditional tuition.”

“For our preschool classes, children have the opportunity to be fully immersed in play based activities, which focus on the letter sound for that session. Parents are fully involved in the 45 minute classes to share the special moments of phonics learning together and can support their child with that letter sound at home.”

The centre had its first open day in Horsham last weekend which was a huge success.

You can find out more at their website: www.readingrabbits.co.uk


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