What a fantastic morning. We were joined at the end of our early morning collective worship by Steve, Colin and Marc from Steel Bones, who were here to lead a limitless games morning. This was arranged through South Cambs School Sports Partnership as part of our Sports Premium spending.
The children were very polite but certainly fascinated by both Colin’s and Marc’s prosthetic legs. Marc’s was definitely the more modern looking one and when one child described it as robotic, Marc confirmed that it did have a computer inside it.
Marc told some of the children how he and a group of friends (who all had missing limbs) had walked up and down Mount Snowden (he used one leg and crutches) and how when he got to the top, he felt he had no strength to come back down. He was going to take the train down but when he discovered that the train had a huge waiting list, he just got on with it and came down himself. He explained that sometimes you just have to carry on but that does make you proud of what you then achieve.
We were very lucky with the weather so were able to do activities outside. We gathered on the playground and the children worked in three mixed age groups, rotating through three different sports. Steve explained that each of these could be played by people with disabilities. The games were goalball (visually impaired football), sitting volleyball and Boccia (a bowling game).
After everyone had experienced each activity, we all got together for some parachute games and the children took care, while running rapidly under the lifted parachute, to be safe as well as having lots of fun. Steve then explained that today was about many things including facing our fear when we come across something that is new to us, like seeing someone with prosthetic limbs and that we all should understand that these physical differences are like the colour, or amount of our hair, or our height, and what really matters is that we are all just people.
Thank you to Steve, Colin and Marc.