What an awesome day we had at the Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics - WAGS. As always the bus trip there was a highlight - AND - we had plenty of time to stop off at the Whangarei Library on our way. It was great to be there as a big group with our friends and share the books we love. Shelves and shelves of books, and each had their own special story for us to discover. We sat on our own. We sat in big groups. We sat in small groups and read. Then there was a special music time that they always have at the library and we were able to join in for the first few songs. We were impressed at how many songs we knew and could do all the actions to.
Then it was back on the bus and on to WAGS.
WAGS was a big building with a high roof. The mat area was huge. Some of us had been there before and were able to share stories about their experiences.
We started off all on the mat together. We pretended to drive a car/ bike, and we worked on our hoop skills.
After that we split into two groups and tried out the equipment. The hall was full of interesting apparatus. There were monkey bars, trampolines, beams, ropes, vaults, and rings. When we had some idea of how to use the equipment we were able to explore on our own and with our friends. Thanks to the huge number of parents who helped out and supported the children as they explored. This made it really safe for them to try new ways to make their bodies work. It was amazing to find new things for our bodies to move and to test out muscles in our arms and legs, in our backs and stomachs. We also had to learn to be safe to look after our bodies as we explored movement.
We finished on the mat with a bus trip. Yes a bus on the mat. We had to use our imagination as we walked to our seats, turned corners, and screeched to a stop. When the tyre needed changing we had to think about the actions we needed to pretend to fix the wheel, and then to push the bus when it broke down again.
Luckily our bus trip home was not as traumatic. We had a great day learning about movement, exercise and keeping healthy and fit.