College juniors have mountain to climb

Elizabeth College Junior School pupils are being challenged to increase their fitness while also nurturing their inner explorer.

Elizabeth College Junior School pupils are being challenged to increase their fitness while also nurturing their inner explorer.
A new initiative called Climbing Together has been launched, which involves the students recording their daily physical activity and converting it into distance climbed virtually up a mountain. Left to right: Benedict Rodrigues de Brito, 10, Jesse Willis, 7, James Creasey, 6, Grace Isbister, 9, and Jacob Sheward, 10, with their artwork representing North America, having learned about Denali, also known as Mount McKinley. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 30011770)
Elizabeth College Junior School pupils are being challenged to increase their fitness while also nurturing their inner explorer. A new initiative called Climbing Together has been launched, which involves the students recording their daily physical activity and converting it into distance climbed virtually up a mountain. Left to right: Benedict Rodrigues de Brito, 10, Jesse Willis, 7, James Creasey, 6, Grace Isbister, 9, and Jacob Sheward, 10, with their artwork representing North America, having learned about Denali, also known as Mount McKinley. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 30011770)

A new initiative called Climbing Together has been launched, which involves the students recording their daily physical activity and converting it into distance climbed virtually up a mountain.

They are aiming to climb the seven summits – the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.

Teams will also find out facts about each of the mountains and the continent it is situated, and investigate traditions, try new foods, learn songs, and embrace different cultures.

Deputy headteacher Liz Bott said the challenge aimed to encourage physical activity, increase aspirations and develop character skills.

‘Daily activity improves fitness, attention and memory and Climbing Together combines the children’s daily activity with a chance to be inspired by different cultures and places by learning about the seven summits.

‘The Daily Mile is such an important part of the day here at Elizabeth College Junior School and so important for the children’s learning in the classroom.

‘We are proud of how enthusiastic the children are about getting outside and getting active.’

Charlie Miller-Helyar, 10, had been learning about Mount Elbrus and its surrounding area.

‘We’ve been split into groups and I’m learning about Russia in my group, and we’ve been trying different foods from Russia, I tried sauerkraut and it was sour, it was really strange, like sour cabbage, and we had small pancakes and they were nice.

‘We’re also learning to speak a bit of Russian, and decorating flags, and getting to spend some time with the lower years is quite good.’

Nell Wylie, 9, was looking forward to conquering Everest.

‘We’ve been decorating the continent that Mount Everest is in with pine cones, and before that we’ve been writing down facts on a piece of paper, and then we handed that in, and we cut out pictures, and that’s all going to be stuck on our Mount Everest.’

‘It’s good to [do] the Daily Mile because it’s good for your health.’

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