Merton Abbey Primary School children learn to dance like Brazilians for National School Sport Week

Fitness fun: Ancy, Jessica and J Quan (all 8) doing Zumba

Fitness fun: Ancy, Jessica and J Quan (all 8) doing Zumba

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Primary school children swapped traditional PE classes for Zumba and Brazilian dance Capoeira during National School Sport Week.

Pupils from reception to Year Six at Merton Abbey Primary School in South Wimbledon took part in the South American dance-inspired fitness classes during the last week of June.

Headteacher Michael Bradley said: "We did Zumba because we wanted children doing an activity that clearly celebrates the joy of physical activity.

"The children really had a wonderful time and it has inspired us to think about how we could do this next year."

Mr Bradley said the school is now considering training teachers to teach Zumba from September.

The school introduced fitness classes children were not likely to have tried before to inspire more children to participate regularly in sport.

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1:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

CoachExcelsior says...

This is a sad state of affairs. Dance is an artistic expression, but has become synonymous with physical education simply because it involves movement.
Zumba may be physical activity, but it is far removed from physical education.
Unfortunately, the teaching staff have had little exposure to good quality physical education which teaches the children how to move effciently and develops them into healthy teenagers.
The government are onsessed with competitive sport which is the reason a lot of children switch off.
Where are the fundamental movement skills? How many of these kids are taught to run, jump, hop, throw and skip correctly? How many of them are taught and give the tools to squat, push, press, rotate, lunge and brace?
This is a sad state of affairs. Dance is an artistic expression, but has become synonymous with physical education simply because it involves movement. Zumba may be physical activity, but it is far removed from physical education. Unfortunately, the teaching staff have had little exposure to good quality physical education which teaches the children how to move effciently and develops them into healthy teenagers. The government are onsessed with competitive sport which is the reason a lot of children switch off. Where are the fundamental movement skills? How many of these kids are taught to run, jump, hop, throw and skip correctly? How many of them are taught and give the tools to squat, push, press, rotate, lunge and brace? CoachExcelsior
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