Morecambe schoolkids inspired by week of Paralympic sports

Justine Moore providing expert coaching to Year 2 children at Great Wood.
Justine Moore providing expert coaching to Year 2 children at Great Wood.

Children at Great Wood Primary School were given the chance to try out Paralympics sports when the school held a special Paralympics Week.

Deputy headteacher Rob Smith, who organised the week, said: “The main aim was for the children to appreciate and recognise the achievements of Paralympians and that everyone can succeed with hard work.

“We used lots of the Channel 4 ‘Superhuman’ videos and in particular the TV advert which repeated the message ‘Yes I can’ which inspired the children.”

The week started with a visit from Justine Moore, London 2012 Fencing Paralympian, who spoke about her experience at the London 2012 Games, training, competitions and hopes for Tokyo 2020. 

In class children researched different sports and discovered the achievements of some of our greatest ever Paralympians.

Throughout the week, every child in school had the opportunity to learn a new sport with specialist coaches.

Lancaster Bulldogs Wheelchair Basketball Club provided the children in Year 1 and Reception with wheelchair basketball sessions and David Varey Fencing and his team taught the rest of the school the basics of fencing and archery. Year 4 were also introduced to Goalball. 

Headteacher John Ross said: “The week provided the children with many wonderful opportunities across the curriculum.

“The children were introduced to different sports and developed their understanding and perception of the Paralympic Games and Paralympians.”