As a result of concerns around physical inactivity and childhood obesity across the UK, our school are currently implementing two daily fitness initiatives designed to help our children lead fit and healthy lifestyles.
In Sapphire Class we have been trialing these initiatives as part of our Healthy Living Week. We have looked at why exercise is important in a healthy lifestyle and how children should be receiving 60 minutes of physical exercise per day.
• Daily Running – Children are encouraged to run/jog for 15 minutes each day and children are encouraged to exercise at their own pace. This has been trialled with classes in Y3 and Y5 and the response from children has been positive.
• Take 10 – For 10 minutes each day children and staff complete an aerobic activity set to music.
Both these initiatives are inclusive meaning all children are able to engage and take full advantage of these activities. To support your child in these physical activities can you please ensure they bring appropriate footwear, bottled water and if they are asthmatic – inhalers, with them to school each day.
Studies show that daily physical exercise has many benefits on academic attainment in school. Research has shown physical activity provides brain benefits for children by turning on the attention system including sequencing, working memory, and attention span making children primed and ready to learn.
If you have any questions or concerns please speak to Mr Little.