Lizzie Williams Visit- Believe and be the best you can be
We had a brilliant week with a set of wheelchairs in school, thanks to Mrs Williams. Having seen the children’s reaction at the Paralympic Event in September, we wanted to give the opportunity to all our students but with a message beyond fun. The ethos behind it was to develop thinking about others, tolerance, resilience and perseverance - after hearing the inspirational life story from Lizzie Williams, wheelchair athlete, on the road to Tokyo 2020. She kick started our week with an assembly, and was so pleased to see we had sports wheelchairs so asked to stay and watch our PE sessions…Mrs Williams maximised her enthusiasm and before she knew it she was teaching the children how to move.
All 6 classes had 2 PE sessions involving wheelchairs – basic control, PE warm up games, then either wheelchair football or basket/netball. All children were encouraged to think beyond the lesson being fun, what if they couldn’t get out the wheelchair and walk.
Mrs Williams also used them in after school clubs and got the children to think about how we could adapt the game (Cricket & Netball, we tried at hockey but holding the stick and pushing both wheels was a step to far) Both Y5/6 Change for Life Group & Y3/4 C4L group explored the school and accessibility in a wheelchair, older ones also played volleyball.
Feedback from parents has been really positive. Even passers-by were commenting and asking questions. The week finished with a Mufti Day to help raise funds to support Lizzie (as a local athlete and someone we can follow to see if she achieved her goal, she has also offered to come and support our sports day).