The place is jumping

6th June 1997 at 01:00
Children's express reports on PE

Rachel Thomas, 10, is in Year 6 at City of London School for Girls at the Barbican, central London

I love PE because you can run around and get fit. We do tennis, rounders, swimming and athletics. We have PE every day except Thursday. Boys get to do rugby, football and all the other sports in PE. Girls just do netball, lacrosse and all those girlie sports. I'm at an all-girls school, so we don't have football on our timetable at all. We do have a football club but it isn't very good. I love football and I play for Arsenal girls.

There are other clubs that you can join, like fencing, but we don't get to do as much as the seniors. They get to play basketball and volleyball but we can't. I would especially like to try basketball; it seems fun.

We've just got our own swimming pool at school and there is a big green patch for playing football. We've got two netball courts which are also the tennis courts, so that's really cramped.

We have competitions between classes sometimes. Our netball team has lost every single match we've ever played; it's so rubbish!

The thing I most dislike about PE is the children who aren't very good. When we are trying to have a proper game of tennis some of the other children can't hit the ball over the net. Tennis is my favourite sport. I have a tennis coach outsude school, but if I could have anyone to teach me it would be Andre Agassi. I like him because he is really funny, especially with the bandanas he wears.

Hannah Williamson, 8, is in Year 3 at Warren Hills primary school, Coalville, Leicestershire

The best thing about PE is the jumping board. You run up and jump on to a box. I can do somersaults over the box. I nearly fell off the first time but my teacher helped me. It took a lot of practice to do it right.

We do PE in the hall and games outside. In PE we have to work in six groups. We do climbing and balance. We take it turns on the benches and we also do forward rolls on the mat.

We have a big, blue frame in the hall that has got a bar that you can hang and swing on, lots of bars that you can climb on, and a big rope that hangs from the top. You can slide down the rope but it hurts my fingers and makes them go red.

We don't have a uniform for PE - you have to take shorts and a T-shirt. If you forget your kit you have to borrow some.

We have games outside in a field. We run around, have races and do skipping. Sometimes our teacher asks us what we want to do. I usually want to do skipping because I like it and I can do French skipping, which is when you cross your arms when you're skipping.

We don't do team games yet but we might next year. I haven't played netball; it looks difficult. The boys play football. Sometimes they play matches against other schools and they can win medals. I don't like football at school because it's too rough. After school I play football on the green with the boys, but only because I'm bored.

I used to do cross-country running after school. The first time I went it was freezing. Sometimes at the weekend we use to run against other schools in Leicester. I gave it up though; I didn't like it.

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