‘HOT FOOT LIZARDS’ AND MORE
By Adam Brimelow Health Correspondent, BBC News
Zoe Biggs started the programme with her class of nine and 10-year-olds at Camps Hill Primary School in Stevenage last year.
The children have been delighted as their fitness has improved.
“Some of them really struggled at the beginning, and once they worked at it and persevered they really came alight,” said Ms Biggs.
“They looked so happy they could do it and they’d achieved it and done it themselves.” Progress was closely monitored through the academic year. The improvements – in terms of flexibility, co-ordination and strength – were dramatic.
Children said they enjoyed it.
“It’s quite hard at first but when you do lots it’s actually quite easy,” said one. Another said it was fun, but confessed that it sometimes left him feeling “hot and bothered”. They have worked their way through several sets of exercises, many of them with catchy names such as “upside-down bug” or “hot-foot lizard”.