Joe Wicks at Bulford

Pupils and staff from Bulford St Leonard’s primary school, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, took part in an online High Intensity Interval Training (HIT) workout recently.

The workout was a country wide initiative by Body Coach Joe Wicks. His aim was to try to get one million school pupils exercising in one week. 

“As a school, we wanted to inspire children to get involved in fitness by seeing how easy and fun it can be to be active through simple exercises,” said Jemma Dicks, PE subject leader at Bulford St Leonard’s. 

All 247 children at Bulford St Leonard’s, from Nursery children all the way up to Year Six, completed the 20 minute workout during the week which also included a short warm up, meaning each session was around 30 minutes long.

Year 6 pupil, Kai Holmes said: "OK it really hurts but I feel so much better and it was really fun!" 

The children were exercising in all of the classrooms and hall space across the school and were very excited to take part in a huge live event. 

“This was a very exciting activity for the pupils to participate in and it has promoted the importance of exercise and keeping fit in a fun way. As a school, we hope it has encouraged children to participate in fitness and workouts at home too,” said Jemma Dicks.

Here is a link to Joe Wicks’ YouTube channel, so you can try it at home!

Pupils' poems published!

A group of pupils from Bulford St Leonard’s primary school, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, have had their poems published.

The Year 5 pupils took part in a 'Young Writers' competition and their poems have been selected to appear in the book of poetry. The theme of the poems was dream.

“I am so pleased that my work got into the book,” said 11 year old William McCluskey.  “It makes me want to write more and hopefully I will have more work published. I am definitely going to do the competition again this year,” he said.

Kieran Desroches  was in Year 5 when he wrote his poem about meeting a dragon. 

I met a little dragon
he said his name was Steve
he said he saw the monster
all covered in seaweed

He took me up a mountain
to the jagged, spikey top
he showed me to his cave
and that is where we stopped

I asked his what's for dinner
he offered steak or fish,
I was happy with the menu
so plated up a big dish

He flew me home to bed
to my tiny little shed
I said thanks for the adventure
and he said goodnight Ted


SPA pupils visit Bath Spa University

Thirty pupils from two primary schools who are part of Salisbury Plain Academies spent the day at Bath Spa University recently.

The Year 6 children from Bulford St Leonard’s and St. Michael’s primary schools were given the chance to look around the campus accompanied by student ambassadors from the university. It’s part of an initiative by Bath Spa to inspire children from a young age and give them knowledge on what they will need to do in order to get to university.

The pupils also took part in a Gamelan music session. Year 6 pupil Kushal Gurung said: “This is really tricky!” as he tried the instruments.

 “After our music session we went on a campus tour,” said class teacher Rosie Wheeler. “We got to see the halls of residence that were on campus as well as the library and the lecture theatres. After lunch, we had the chance to look at some prospectus from different university and find out about the courses they run at Bath Spa.”

Next the children were put into teams to create an outfit that describes the course they had chosen and the other teams had to guess what the course was. Finally, they took part in their very own graduation service; making their own mortar boards and even throwing them up into the air!

“The children had a fantastic day and it certainly inspired them to think about attending university when they are older,” said class teacher, Rosie Wheeler.

Year 6 pupil Natalie Atkinson wasimpressed with the visit. “I really want to go to Bath Spa University when I am older.”